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  • Catholic Word of the Day: WORD AND DEED. 10-02-14

    10/02/2014 8:57:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-02-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WORD AND DEED Speech and action as objects of moral responsibility, whether of praise or blame. Between the two, deeds are mroe important, as testified by Christ (Matthew 7:21). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic University of America Cancels Screening of "Milk"

    10/02/2014 8:19:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/2/14 | Michael O'Loughlin
    A planned screening of the biopic chronicling the life of gay-rights pioneer Harvey Milk was scrapped at the Catholic University of America Wednesday after administrators said showing the film violated campus policy, according to students at the Washington, D.C. school. “I was extremely disappointed that this was happening. I thought this was an incredibly asinine decision that the school made,” said Jackson Tovar, a member of the College Democrats, the group that was to host “Milk and Cookies.”According to event organizers, administrators at the university approved the event, and its flyers and posters, last month. Students were invited to hear...
  • Cardinal Kasper Defends Proposal, Sees 'Fundamentalism' in Critics

    10/02/2014 8:13:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Cardinal Walter Kasper continued to defend his proposal to allow Communion for some divorced and remarried Catholics, and to assail critics of that proposal, in a new interview. The German cardinal said that his critics are fearful that “if you change one point, all would collapse.” Dismissing such fears of a “domino effect,” he said that his critics were displaying “a theological fundamentalism which is not Catholic.”
  • From whom demons withdraw in terror and pain

    10/02/2014 3:29:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 10/2/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The world’s quicksand is shifting under our feet.More than ever we need the help that God sends us through the loving help of our Guardian Angels.Yes, there are angels. Open your Bible and, within a few pages, you’ll find angels.From the Martyrologium Romanum (which you readers can put into perfect yet smooth and elegant English): Memoria sanctorum Angelorum Custodum, qui, primum ad contemplandam in splendore faciem Dei vocati, a Domino etiam apud homines commissi sunt, ut iis invisibili sua, sed sollicita, praesentia adessent ac consulerent. There are three types of persons, divine, angelic and human. Of the three types, divine...
  • Some Basic Facts and Clarifications about the Angels.

    10/02/2014 1:27:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10/1/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus affirms the truth that we have Guardian Angels: See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father (Mat 18:10). On the feast of the Guardian Angels we consider a beautiful truth that God assigns an angel to have special care for us, it is a sign of his very specific love for each of us as individuals. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has much to say on angels. Here are just a few verses: The whole life...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-02-14, M, The Holy Guardian Angels

    10/01/2014 9:48:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-02-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 2, 2014Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels    Reading 1 Jb 19:21-27 Job said: Pity me, pity me, O you my friends,for the hand of God has struck me!Why do you hound me as though you were divine,and insatiably prey upon me? Oh, would that my words were written down!Would that they were inscribed in a record:That with an iron chisel and with leadthey were cut in the rock forever!But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives,and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust;Whom I myself shall see:my own eyes, not another’s, shall...
  • Bishop Finn in Kansas City: Not Quite up to Date?

    10/01/2014 6:39:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 9/30/14 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    Frankly, I was among the most vigorous supporters of Bishop Robert Finn when he took over the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in May of 2005. It did not take this “Opus Dei” bishop long to start making the kinds of changes which are so critical to both Catholic renewal and the New Evangelization. I did not hesitate to provide a long list of reasons to praise Bishop Finn after his first year in a piece called Everything’s Up To Date in Kansas City. And when I rerview that commentary today, I am still struck by how promising Finn’s leadership...
  • Icons & Iconoclasm

    10/01/2014 6:28:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Our Lady of the Mountains, Jasper, GA ^ | 9/11/14 | Fr. Charles Byrd
    These days, we’re likely to associate the word “icon” with symbols on our computer screen, but in the Church, “icon” is the word for an image of religious art that the Church uses in teaching the Faith and in encouraging religious piety. In the 1500 years of Church history before the invention of the printing press, images were important, because few had books and fewer still were literate. When missionaries went into pagan lands, they took with them icons of Our Lord and of Our Lady to help them overcome the initial language barrier and to introduce another heathen race...
  • Photos From Inside the Vatican Secret Archives

    10/01/2014 6:16:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/2/14
    The archives, or Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, contain historical records chronicling intriguing historical events. Its contents, once plundered by Napoleon and moved to Paris, span 12 centuries.Read more details hereThis area of the Vatican Secret Archives is known as the “Gallery of the Metallic Shelves.” It houses records of the Roman Curia and other material. (Photo courtesy of Vatican Secret Archives and VdH Books/CNS) A prelate studies Inquisition documents in the Vatican Archive. (Photo by Arturo Mari, L’Osservatore Romano, HO via AP)The signature of astronomer Galileo Galilei from the records of his trial. (Photo by Vatican Secret Archives via CNS)...
  • 7 Old-Fashioned Sins that Can Still Send You to Hell

    10/01/2014 3:54:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Churchpop ^ | October 1, 2014
    American culture may have become more enlightened and moved beyond such constricting, old-fashioned ideas like sin and hell, but God hasn’t.Sin is still serious, hell still exists, and sinners still go there. Or as St. Paul put it, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived…” (1 Corinthians 6.9)Of course, there’s hope! By God’s grace, we can turn from our sins and find salvation in Jesus Christ.But first, we need to acknowledge our sins and that we need saving. And once we are given new life in Christ, the...
  • Are Church Leaders Unwittingly Promoting a Secularist Agenda?

    10/01/2014 2:45:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 1, 2014 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    Recent developments make me wonder if Church leaders and Catholic institutions in the U.S. are not, “on the unawares,” helping to further crucial parts of the secularist-leftist political and cultural narrative.Several months ago, on a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border one high-ranking prelate criticized “the xenophobic ranting of a segment of the population” on the immigration question. This summer another prelate spoke about the need to “dismantle systemic racism” in the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Reacting to the “coming out” of a prominent athlete, another high-ranking prelate spoke approvingly and insisted that the Bible instructs us...
  • If You Want Justice, Work for Chastity

    10/01/2014 11:40:04 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Chastity.com ^ | Gregory R. Beabout
    At the height of the counterculture of the late 1960s and the flower-power desire for peace, Pope Paul VI said "If you want peace, work for justice." It remains a popular bumper sticker even today. And the Church does a tremendous job working for justice: feeding the hungry, providing clothing, offering shelter and healing, ministering to prisoners, caring for AIDS patients, promoting peace, offering counsel, providing education, condemning consumerism, preserving the environment, and so forth. This work often draws praise from those who are otherwise critical, those who might ask: "Why can’t the Church stick to issues of social justice?...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPHPHETA, 10-01-14

    10/01/2014 10:16:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDitionary ^ | 10-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EPHPHETA Imperative of the "to open" in Aramaic. Part of the ceremony of baptism where accepted by the bishops' conference. the celebrant touches the ears and lips of each child baptized, while saying, "May the Lord Jesus, who made the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak, grant that you may soon be able to receive His word and profess the faith to the praise and glory of God the Father," to which all answer, "Amen." The ceremony resembles the curing of the deaf-mute (Mark 7:31-37). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • Cardinal Müller: Don’t Remove Gospel’s Challenges to Accommodate Post-Modern Man

    10/01/2014 9:32:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/1/14 | CNA/EWTN News
    The prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith said when the authentic Word is deconstructed, we risk depriving ourselves of the authentic happiness only Christ can bring.CORDOBA, Spain — With the Synod on the Family just days away, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cautioned against deconstructing the Gospel message to make it artificially easy. “We can talk a lot about God, and in the end, do so without faith,” warned Cardinal Gerhard Müller during a Sept. 28 Mass at the cathedral in Cordoba, where he delivered an address on St. John...
  • Cardinal Burke Rebuts 'Outrageous' Claim that Cardinal Kasper Speaks for Pope

    10/01/2014 9:13:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Cardinal Raymond Burke strongly defended his criticism of the “Kasper proposal,” and said it was “outrageous” for Cardinal Walter Kasper to suggest that such criticism was actually aimed at Pope Francis, during a teleconference with reporters on September 30. “I find it amazing that the cardinal [Kasper] claims that he speaks for the Pope,” Cardinal Burke said. “The Pope doesn’t have laryngitis.” Cardinal Burke joined several other participants in a teleconference on preparations for the Synod of Bishops. The teleconference was arranged by Ignatius Press, which will release four books on October 1 presenting arguments against the Kasper proposal and...
  • Church Asks Music Director to Resign After He Married Same-Sex Partner; Congregation Laments

    10/01/2014 8:49:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/01/2014 | BY VINCENT FUNARO
    Members of Minnesota Catholic Church are lamenting over the resignation of their music director of 17 years who was asked to leave his position after marrying his same-sex partner. Jamie Moore served at St. Victoria Catholic Church for a little less than two decades and was beloved by much of the congregation. Several of the church's choir members recently voiced their disappointment over the matter to KARE11 News. "I think it's unfortunate," said member Judy Janish. "I think people should be able to marry who they love and who they belong with." June Henning, who served alongside Moore for 17...
  • The Bilbo Baggins Inside All of Us

    10/01/2014 7:35:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 1, 2014 | JASON SCHREDER
    This past summer my junior honors theology students read The Hobbit in preparation for their morality class this fall. While reading, I discovered why so many enjoy The Hobbit. We can connect so well with Bilbo Baggins and the other characters because they are so real, so like us. One can also find many “hidden” parallels or analogies to the Catholic Faith if they are truly sought out. What draws so many readers to The Hobbit is this central Christian message: there is a Bilbo Baggins inside of us who is faced with a decision whether or not to...
  • The Only Hope is Holiness: A Meditation on What it will take to Restore our Culture

    10/01/2014 3:34:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/30/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There has been a tendency for traditional Catholics to hitch their wagons to the Republican Party specifically, and conservative politics in general. It is demonstrably true that the stated platform of the Republican Party has been more aligned with Catholic teaching on a number of critical issues: abortion, religious liberty, the definition of marriage, euthanasia, school choice, parental notification, etc. And while it is true that some other issues as stated in the Catechism (opposition to the death penalty, immigration reform, care for the poor, etc.) align with Democratic views, most traditional Catholics point out that these issues are either...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,10-01-14, M,St. Thérčse ofthe Child Jesus,Virgin &Doctor/Church

    09/30/2014 8:10:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-01-14 | Revised New American Bible
    October 1, 2014Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Jb 9:1-12, 14-16 Job answered his friends and said: I know well that it is so;but how can a man be justified before God?Should one wish to contend with him,he could not answer him once in a thousand times.God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;who has withstood him and remained unscathed? He removes the mountains before they know it;he overturns them in his anger.He shakes the earth out of its place,and the pillars beneath it tremble.He commands the...
  • Catholic College Decides to Cover Abortions in Healthcare Plan

    09/30/2014 7:55:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 9/30/14
    University announces it will comply with new state regulationLoyola Marymount University in Los Angeles is complying with a State of California mandate to include abortion in the medical services its insurance policy covers, Live Action News reported. The decision came in the wake of a directive from the director of the state’s Department of Managed Healthcare, Michelle Rouillard. Los Angeles Loyolan, the campus newspaper, reported on Saturday that LMU’s insurance will cover faculty and staff for elective abortions effective from August 22 to the end of the policy period. “The news was confirmed in an email sent to faculty and...
  • John Carroll: America’s Bishop

    09/30/2014 7:18:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    CE.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | George J. Galloway
    John Carroll: America’s Bishop George J. GallowayWhen President James Madison asked for and received, by a narrow margin, a declaration of war against Great Britain in 1812, there was one man in the new republic who knew exactly what to do: John “Jackie” Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore, an aging shepherd of a small and widely diverse flock, in a fledgling democracy about to enter into war against the greatest sea power on earth, got on his knees and dedicated America to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.This year, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore. For the...
  • Five Myths About the “Rapture” and the “Left Behind” Industry

    09/30/2014 11:41:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 221 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 29, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Five Myths About the “Rapture” and the “Left Behind” Industry | Carl E. Olson | CWROn the (short) history, (bad) theology, and (continuing) appeal of premillennial dispensationalismThis year has marked a sort of second coming of “the Rapture”. On June 29th, HBO launched a new series, "The Leftovers", based on the 2011 novel of the same title, written by Tom Perrotta, which follows the struggles of various characters living in the aftermath of the sudden disappearance of millions of people. “And then it happened,” states the novel's Prologue, “The biblical prophecy came true, or at least partly true. People disappeared,...
  • Nuns on the Bus: check out their ride!

    09/30/2014 11:31:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 29, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I was recently sent a link to a page about the Nuns on the Bus tour taking place. This is effort run by Sr. Simone Campbell of the lobby group NETWORK to sign up as many people who will vote for democrats (the pro-abortion party) as possible.Here is a video about their luxury bus. Inside the 'Nuns on the Bus' Rockstar Tour Bus
  • [Catholic and Protestant] Conservatives to Synod: Don’t Go Soft on Marriage

    09/30/2014 4:02:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/29/14 | John L. Allen Jr.
    One sign that a summit is viewed as crucial is when a tug-of-war breaks out to shape its agenda and outcome. By that standard, the looming Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family appears a very big deal indeed. In the run-up to the synod, we’ve already seen cardinals publicly jousting over the contentious issue of whether the Church ought to relax its ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. Activists and rank-and-file believers alike have entered the fray on all manner of issues related to the family, with the latest to-do involving a cross-section of 48 mostly...
  • Vatican Diary / Behind the scenes of the Chicago appointment

    09/30/2014 3:17:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | 9/30/2014 | Sandro Magister
    While still reeling from the news of the imminent removal of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the more conservative and traditional Catholicism of the United States - and historically the more “papist” - has been dealt another blow with the appointment of the new archbishop of Chicago. Francis’ selection of Blase J. Cupich ( in the photo) as the new pastor of the third-ranking diocese in the U.S. has plunged this particularly dynamic component of American Catholicism into a profound depression, almost to the edge of a nervous breakdown. It is enough to scan the reactions of the websites and bloggers...
  • The Magnificent Mystery of Art and the Glory of the Human Soul

    09/30/2014 1:31:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/29/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more common modern themes is that the human person is really nothing more than a smart ape or an above-average animal. To this I must reply, “Nonsense!”It is true that we have many similarities to primates and, really, to all mammals. But the similarities stop there.At the level of the soul the differences could not be greater! Animals do not compose symphonies; they do not write great works of literature or create magnificent art. They do not build cities or form bicameral legislatures. They do not pass laws or even ponder right and wrong. They do not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-30-14, M, St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

    09/29/2014 9:08:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2014Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church  Reading 1 Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.Job spoke out and said: Perish the day on which I was born,the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” Why did I not perish at birth,come forth from the womb and expire?Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,like babes that have never seen the light?Wherefore did the knees receive me?or why did I suck at the breasts? For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;had...
  • The Mighty Archangels

    09/29/2014 8:55:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 09914 | Kathleen Beckman
    The Mighty Archangels Kathleen Beckman The Office of Readings for the feast of the Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, offers a reflection by Saint Gregory, pope, “…Those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. Personal names are assigned to some to denote their ministry when they come among us. Thus, Michael means, “Who is like God?”; Gabriel is “The Strength of God”; Raphael is “God’s Remedy.”We are beloved of God, and He provides us with angelic companions and protectors as the Catechism states, “The...
  • NO COMMUNION for first time in 2,000 years...

    09/29/2014 5:23:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/29/2014
    The ancient city of Nineveh in Iraq, one of the world's first Christian enclaves, has been emptied of its Christians. Islamic State terrorists have driven off or murdered the entire city's population of Christians. Across Iraq other Christians have fled en masse. Canon Andrew White, the only Anglican Vicar in Iraq told the Telegraph "Last week there was no communion in Nineveh for the first time in 2,000 years. All are closed, all their people have run away." Despite the extreme dangers, Christians are permitted to live in the Islamic State, but only if they pay a punishing tax. All...
  • Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn Under Vatican Investigation

    09/29/2014 4:39:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/29/14 | Joshua J. McElwee
    A Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate the leadership of Bishop Robert Finn, the first Catholic prelate to be found criminally guilty of shielding a priest in the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis. Ottawa, Ontario, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast visited the Midwestern diocese for several days last week, interviewing more than a dozen people about Finn's leadership, several of those interviewed told NCR. According to those who spoke with Prendergast, the main question he asked was: "Do you think [Finn] is fit to be a leader?" The communications officer...
  • Catholic Music Director Will Not Sue Nienstedt

    09/29/2014 3:22:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | 9/29/14 | Karen Zamora
    The forced resignation of a Catholic church music director who married his longtime same-sex partner apparently won’t be challenged in court. Jamie Moore, who was music director at St. Victoria Parish Catholic Church for more than 17 years before he quit at the request of church leaders, decided Friday not to pursue legal action against Archbishop John Nienstedt, according to his former lawyer. “I think he was in a very good position to challenge the termination because of the reason that was given, and that was marital status,” Clayton Halunen said Sunday, explaining that Minnesota churches are allowed to discriminate...
  • Bishop Conry Absolves Himself

    09/29/2014 3:10:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 65 replies
    Munabor's Blog ^ | September 29,2014 | Mundabor
    Bishop Conry Absolves Himself Bishop Conry has given an interview to a semi-porn rag for gossiping housewives called “Daily Mail”. Visit the site at your peril. The interview allows us to give a long, hard look at your typical “spirit of V II” priest. Caution: strong smell of brimstone. First, the photo; reproduced above, and obviously published with his and his mistress consent, or acceptance: a priest and his mistress walk about. He is in plain clothes, though he is obviously still a priest; she wears a cross and what the wife of an Anglican bishop would consider a not...
  • SOURCE CONFIRMS POPE WILL REMOVE CONSERVATIVE CARDINAL FROM VATICAN

    09/29/2014 2:36:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 29, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    SOURCE CONFIRMS POPE WILL REMOVE CONSERVATIVE CARDINAL FROM VATICAN
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY, 09-29-14

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 09-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY  The freedom from suffering experienced by Adam and Eve before the Fall. This gift may be defined as the possibility of remaining free from suffering. It was associated with bodily immortality. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Autism and the Church

    09/29/2014 6:55:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    The Inclusive Church ^ | April 2, 2014 | Amy Fenton Lee
    Have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he had red hair? What if a mother was greeted at the children’s ministry check-in with news her redheaded son had to go back home? No, you can’t imagine. If any church ever sent home a child because of their natural hair color it would make the evening news! Now, have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he was on the autism spectrum? What if a mother was greeted at church check-in with the news that her son with autism couldn’t be...
  • U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution

    09/29/2014 8:31:42 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 6 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution By Julio Severo The United Nations Human Rights Council Friday adopted a resolution, by a 25-14, against anti-LGBT “violence” and “discrimination” that was pushed forward by Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia — nations mostly Catholic, but relentlessly affected by Liberation Theology and other forms of socialism. Brazil is the largest Catholic nation in the world. “The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles — that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human...
  • Do Not be Deceived! A Meditation on a Constant Theme of Scripture

    09/29/2014 1:24:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/28/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A very common word in the New Testament is “deceived.” In English we tend to think of this word as referring to someone who has been tricked or fooled. And thus the emphasis is on intellectual terms. The Greek and Latin roots, however, have an almost physical dimension to them.The Latin roots for “deceived” or “deception” are de- (from) + capere (to take or carry away). The Greek word in the New Testament that is translated as “deceived” is πλανάομαι (planaomai) and means more literally “to be carried off” or “to be led astray.”Thus, those who are deceived are those...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-14, FEAST, Sts. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2014 8:25:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2014Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels    Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming,on the clouds of...
  • The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

    09/28/2014 2:49:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 78 replies
    SpiritualDirection ^ | September 22, 2014 | FR. BARTUNEK
    THE DEVIL, OUR ancient enemy, really exists. Jesus talked about him a lot. The Catechism emphasizes the reality of this fallen angel, who is interested in interfering with the adventure of love we are called to live: Evil is not an abstraction, but refers to a person, Satan, the Evil One, the angel who opposes God. The devil is the one who ‘throws himself across’ God’s plan and his work of salvation accomplished in Christ. (CCC, 2851) And the devil knows the truth…that God is faithful, that divine grace will never fail us. The devil knows that he cannot obstruct...
  • Vatican says bishop's dismissal not the result of sex abuse

    09/28/2014 12:24:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | September 27, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops.
  • Back to Normal: Bishop Liberal in Doctrine and Morals is Liberal in his own Mores

    09/28/2014 12:15:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    rorate Caeli ^ | 9/27/2014 | New Catholic
    Back to Normal: Bishop Liberal in Doctrine and Morals is Liberal in his own Mores Good for the bishop and for the Church: In the same week of the arrest of former Archbishop Wesolowski for his abusive acts as nuncio in the Dominican Republic, as the Pope's own living quarters and bank are still under the control of a monsignor formerly in the service of Vatican diplomacy whose most famous event during his entire life was being caught stuck in an elevator with his male paramour when in Uruguay a few years ago, another bishop resigns for moral reasons -...
  • Religious conservatives opposed to Hillary Clinton

    09/28/2014 12:12:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2014 | Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is the one figure uniting religious conservatives frustrated by a leaderless Republican Party that's divided over foreign policy, immigration and social issues. The prospect of another Clinton White House stirred anguish at the Values Voter Summit this weekend where hundreds of conservative activists debated the GOP's future and warned that the acknowledged but unannounced 2016 Democratic front-runner would cement what they see as President Barack Obama's attack on religious freedom....
  • Immodest Dressing Could Lead to Killing (Unborn Babies)

    09/28/2014 10:10:18 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 49 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 9-28-14 | Fr. Carota
    In this blog I want to show that sexually provocative clothing can lead to sexual activity. The lust that provocative clothing causes, is for sex, for pleasure outside of marriage, and not to bring a child into the world. The type of sex that this could provoke, based on lust, could lead to an un-wanted pregnancy. And this pregnancy could end with the unborn baby being murdered at an abortion mill.As many of you know, the 40 Days For Life has begun again. I went to pray the Holy Rosary where they kill unborn babies this morning after Latin Mass....
  • Got a Screaming Kid at Church? 6 Encouraging Things to Remember

    09/28/2014 9:57:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Catholic Pop ^ | September 27, 2014 | Rachel Lu
    Bowsk, Flickr / Ben Francis, Flickr / ChurchPOP With three young boys, Mass can be the scariest part of my whole week. I wonder: will the baby scream right in the middle of the Consecration? Will I end up chasing the toddler down the center aisle? Grim possibilities flit through my mind as I dress the boys for church.But God loves children, and even harrowing churchgoing memories will probably seem precious a decade or two hence.Here then are some thoughts to help you keep perspective if you have this problem as well.1) God notices your kids’ efforts… and yours. This...
  • Spiritual Triage: Help Wounded, Drop Theoretical Baggage, Pope Says

    09/28/2014 9:45:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 9/26/14 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has "no right" to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in "byzantine" philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement. "We have to go out! So that -- I've said this before -- the church seems like a field hospital," where the first order of the day "is heal the wounds, not measure people's cholesterol. That comes later. Got it?" he said to applause. The pope met at the Vatican with 500 people from 136 countries; they were attending...
  • Pitfalls of the Pious – A Sermon for the 26th Sunday of the Year

    09/28/2014 2:30:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/27/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In understanding this Gospel, we cannot overlook the audience Jesus was addressing. The text begins, Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people. In effect, Jesus was addressing the religious leaders and the religiously observant of His day. He calls to their attention at least three things, three common sins or pitfalls of the pious, if you will: lost connections, leaping to conclusions, and lip service.Let’s look at each of these in turn, remembering that though they are not exclusive to the religiously observant, they are considered in that context. Let’s also learn how they are particularly...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-28-14, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/27/2014 9:11:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 28, 2014Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time  Reading 1 Ez 18:25-28 Thus says the LORD:You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!"Hear now, house of Israel:Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed,he does what is right and just,he shall preserve his life;since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed,he shall surely live, he shall not die....
  • Real Men Love Their Wives as Christ Loves His Church

    09/27/2014 6:12:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    CHASTITY.COM ^ | Leon J. Suprenant
    "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church" (Eph. 5:25). The problem is most of us can’t just flip a switch and love our wives "as Christ loved the Church," even if—especially if—we understand the true meaning and depth of Paul’s words. Nonetheless, we realize that the apostle to the Gentiles is trying to give us a blueprint for success as husbands and fathers. The key for us as Christian men is to realize that implementing Paul’s instruction requires training and hard work. We need to build virtues, which not only are godly habits, but spiritual muscles that...
  • Bishop Livieres: "Pope Francis Will Have to Answer Before God For The Dismissal"

    09/27/2014 3:42:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Asuncion / Rome) Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, dismissed yesterday from his office by Pope Francis, sees himself as a victim of an intrigue, which he describes as "ideological persecution." In an open letter to the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the bishop wrote that Pope Francis will have to answer for his decision before God. At the same time Bishop Livieres announced that he has as yet no knowledge of the contents of the investigation report of the Papal Visitor, Cardinal Santos Abril. As a "son of the Church,"...
  • Paraguayan Bishop Obedient, but Has Grievance Over Removal

    09/27/2014 3:08:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano has accepted in obedience Pope Francis’ decision to remove him from governance of the Ciudad del Este diocese, though he says the action resulted from a flawed apostolic visitation and that his country is in vital need of Christian renewal. “As an obedient son of the Church, I nevertheless accept this decision, despite considering it to be unfounded and arbitrary,” Bishop Livieres said in a Sept. 25 letter to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. “Despite so much discourse about dialogue, mercy, openness, decentralization, and respect for local Churches, I haven’t...