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  • 5 faith-based movies coming in 2016 that are worth your time and money

    02/10/2016 8:26:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CATHOLIC ONLINE ^ | 02/10/2016
    Faith-based films with an overt Christian message have been making inroads in the nation's box offices. The film industry is responding to audiences who want Christian themes in their entertainment, and even more films that are Christian are coming to theaters in 2016. To date, most of the Christian films released to date have been low budget, independent affairs. This year sees a new faith-based film from America's leading film director, Martin Scorsese and a lavish Biblical picture about the resurrection, "Risen." According to Ryan Duncan on the Crosswalk blog, these five Christian films coming to theaters in 2016 are...
  • Pope Francis Sees Putin as 'Only Man' to Defend Christians Around the World

    02/10/2016 7:48:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    The upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill will not only be a historic religious event, but could also have major benefits to Christians around the world, the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported. In an attempt to defend Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world where they're being persecuted, Pope Francis wants to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for help. According to Pope Francis, Putin is "the only one with whom the Catholic Church can unite to defend Christians in the East." With the help of Putin, Pope Francis hopes to reach...
  • How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today

    02/10/2016 7:39:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today Msgr. Charles Pope • February 9, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lippelmann for the Catholic Standard.As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea of having dirty ashes smeared on my forehead. I didn't like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I'll admit I still don't like it too much, I behave myself and don't...
  • The controversy at Mount St. Mary’s goes national after professors are fired

    02/10/2016 7:09:49 AM PST · by detective · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | FEB. 10, 2016 | Susan Svrluga
    Professors from universities across the country - from Stanford to North Carolina Central to the University of Nebraska to Harvard - signed a petition Tuesday calling on the Mount St. Mary's University administration to reinstate professors who had been fired. Within hours of being posted, the petition had more than 2,400 digital signatures, a symbol of the outrage from some in the campus community as well as in broader academic circles who viewed the terminations as retribution against faculty who had opposed the president. They also said the decisions threaten the academic freedom at the private Catholic university in Maryland...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-16, Ash Wednesday

    02/09/2016 7:30:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the...
  • Lutheran Leaders Emphasize 'Quest for Unity' with Catholic Church

    02/09/2016 7:36:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 70 replies
    The leaders of the Lutheran World Federation have issued a statement welcoming Pope Francis's upcoming trip to Sweden to commemorate the anniversary of the Reformation. "It is historic that Catholics and Lutherans are commemorating the anniversary of the Reformation together in October 2016," Martin Junge, the federation's general secretary, said in a statement published on February 4. "In Lund we come together to give thanks for the gifts of the Reformation and our 50 years of dialogue together, repent for the human suffering and disunity of the church that followed the Reformation, and commit to joint witness in the world."...
  • U.S. Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Launched, Chicago Archbishop Cupich to Co-Chair

    02/09/2016 7:31:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Rekigion News Service ^ | 2/8/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Monday (Feb. 8) that it was starting a new National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue group, an initiative driven in part by growing anti-Islamic sentiment that many bishops have denounced. "As the national conversation around Islam grows increasingly fraught, coarse and driven by fear and often willful misinformation, the Catholic Church must help to model real dialogue and good will," Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Springfield, Massachusetts., said in a statement. "Our current dialogues have advanced the goals of greater understanding, mutual esteem and collaboration between Muslims and Catholics, and the members have established lasting...
  • Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent -- A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice

    02/09/2016 7:24:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent -- A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice Msgr. Charles Pope - February 8, 2016 - There is a remarkable passage in the breviary from Diadochus of Photice (pronounced Di-áh-do-cuss of Fóe-tah-chee). Little is known of his life. He lived from around 400 to 485 A.D. He was a mystic and theologian who particularly refuted Christological heresies and upheld the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon. He became bishop of Photice, a region in northwestern Greece. His writings emphasized the stillness, rest, or quiet that is necessary for...
  • Hampton Court Vespers Mark First Catholic Service Since Reformation

    02/09/2016 7:23:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    (Vatican Radio) English Cardinal Vincent Nichols will preside at Vespers in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday, for the first Catholic service to be held there in over 450 years. The Anglican bishop of London Richard Chartres will preach the sermon at the service, which will be preceded by a conversation between the two Church leaders, focusing on the history and unique musical tradition of the Chapel Royal. World renowned ensemble 'The Sixteen' which specializes in early English polyphonic music, will perform works from the Reformation period, highlighting how - in the cardinal's words - "music can...
  • A Decentralized Church: What Would Be Acceptable?

    02/09/2016 7:11:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/6/16 | Edward Pentin
    NEWS ANALYSIS: An assessment of the positives and negatives of giving more power to bishops and their flocksVATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' landmark address last October - in which he outlined his vision for a more collegial, decentralized and "listening" Church - was "one of the most powerful" of Francis' pontificate, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, said last month. So much so that the cardinal and the synod secretariat will be hosting a symposium Saturday through Tuesday to "build a discussion" on the topic, with doctrine as its "starting point," and the goal of encouraging...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-09-16

    02/08/2016 9:05:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-09-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 9, 2016 Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30 Solomon stood before the altar of the LORDin the presence of the whole community of Israel,and stretching forth his hands toward heaven,he said, "LORD, God of Israel,there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below;you keep your covenant of mercy with your servantswho are faithful to you with their whole heart. "Can it indeed be that God dwells on earth?If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you,how much less this temple which I have built! Look...
  • The Pope's Traditional Masterstroke to bring Crowds to the Jubilee

    02/08/2016 11:43:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/07/16 | New Catholic
    Rorate Caeli + Tempus Septuagesimæ + The Pope's Traditional Masterstroke to bring Crowds to the Jubilee So...the 2016 Mercy Jubilee was not the popular success that had been foreseen. What was the solution? The Pope had the Capuchins bring to Rome from different points of Italy two of the most popular and traditional saints of the 20th Century, great Apostles of Penance and Confession: Sts. Padre Pio and Leopold Mandic. And the crowds suddenly appeared for the venerable Relics! Hail Tradition!
  • Card. Parolin Addresses Gregorian Conference on Celibacy

    02/08/2016 9:48:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    (Vatican Radio) The Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, delivered the keynote address on Saturday morning at a conference being hosted by the Pontifical Gregorian University on the past, present, and future of the discipline of priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church. In his prepared remarks, the Cardinal Secretary of State recalled that the requirement of celibacy is a disciplinary one that has never been imposed by the whole Church, and one from which men have more or less frequently been dispensed. Cardinal Parolin addressed the opinion that it is time to lift the discipline in...
  • Delaying Patriarch-Pope Meeting "No Longer Possible" - Russian Orthodox Church

    02/08/2016 9:43:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/8/16
    Moscow, February 8, Interfax - While problems remain in the relations between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Churches, both see protection of persecuted Christians as a priority, the synodal Department for External Church Relations said ahead of the upcoming meeting between the patriarch and the pope. "If we are talking of the meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, this is a meeting between two brightest and most significant leaders of the Christian world, the leaders of the largest Christian communities. There were many years of thorough preparations for the meeting," Moscow Patriarchate Department for External...
  • Are These the Last Days? Pondering a Text of St. Paul's

    02/08/2016 7:48:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 68 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-07-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Are These the Last Days? Pondering a Text of St. Paul's Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 7, 2016 -- Are these the last days? In some sense the planets are aligning. But hold your horses; let's speak carefully of these matters.Last week in the Breviary we read First and Second Thessalonians, which are important source texts for such considerations. I'd like to look at a critical passage from Second Thessalonians, which lays out some important principles for us in the last days, balancing caution with teaching us about the signs that will point to His coming (though not the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-08-16, OM, St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

    02/07/2016 8:38:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-08-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 8, 2016 Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13 The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes,the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel,came to King Solomon in Jerusalem,to bring up the ark of the LORD's covenantfrom the City of David, which is Zion.All the people of Israel assembled before King Solomonduring the festival in the month of Ethanim (the seventh month).When all the elders of Israel had arrived,the priests took up the ark;they carried the ark of the LORDand the meeting tent with all...
  • Princeton's Robert George: Are You Ready to Pay the Price? The Days of Socially Acceptable....

    02/07/2016 6:50:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/4/16 | John-Henry Westen
    ORLANDO, February 4, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- "It is no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, an authentic witness to the truths of the Gospel," said Princeton Professor Robert George to a large crowd at the Legatus Summit in Orlando, Florida last weekend. Professor George added that people can still safely identify as "Catholic" as long as they don't believe, or will at least be completely silent about, "what the Church teaches on issues such as marriage and sexual morality and the sanctity of human life." He said "the guardians of those norms of cultural orthodoxy that...
  • ASK FATHER: Why is a baptismal certificate so important for annulment process? (Catholic Caucus)

    02/07/2016 4:03:49 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 22, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader… QUAERITUR: Trying to get an annulment. Can’t find his baptismal record. Why is it so important? Well! That was pithy.There is a Latin adage from ancient Rome: Verba volant, scripta manent… Words merely spoken fly away, but words written down remain.Baptismal records are wonderful things. When they are properly tended, they record all of the sacraments we receive in life. These written records are to be kept at the parish of our baptism. When a baptismal record is issued, it will have notations on the back listing the dates and places of all the sacraments we received....
  • But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

    02/07/2016 7:24:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 6, 2016 -- Today's gospel describes the call of Simon Peter. It is a call that takes place in several stages. And while it is presented in a compact time frame, for most of us it takes place over a longer period, as the Lord works to deepen our faith and heighten our call. The upshot of today's gospel is that Peter's faith is strengthened by his obedience to the Lord's command.Let's see how the...
  • The Pope Francis Mercy Monopoly; Is this a Joke? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/06/2016 8:42:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | Saturday February 6, 2016 | Christopher A Ferrara
    It seems to be impossible to get off the Francis beat on which Remnant writers and other tradition-minded Catholic commentators around the world have found themselves over the past three years. Not a week passes without something from the Vatican, orchestrated by Francis and his public relations team, designed specifically to call attention to the latest sensational development in what is being marketed shamelessly as Pope Francis' Revolution of Tenderness and Love.(r) Many journalists have devoted entire careers to covering the Vatican beat, but this Pope's endless of train of publicity stunts has made Vatican-watchers of the rest of us....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-07-16, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/06/2016 8:23:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-07-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 7, 2016 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 6:1-2a, 3-8 In the year King Uzziah died,I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,with the train of his garment filling the temple.Seraphim were stationed above. They cried one to the other,"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!All the earth is filled with his glory!"At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shookand the house was filled with smoke. Then I said, "Woe is me, I am doomed!For I am a man of unclean lips,living among a people of unclean lips;yet...
  • Chicago Archdiocese to Close Parishes Due to Priest Shortage

    02/06/2016 4:38:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Chicago Business ^ | 2/5/16 | AP
    (AP) - The Archdiocese of Chicago expects to close an undetermined number of parishes in coming years due largely to a shortage of priests. Archbishop Blase Cupich outlined a "multi-year planning process" in a column in this week's archdiocesan newsletter, Catholic New World. He says "demographics have shifted dramatically" in recent decades, buildings are in disrepair and fewer priests means resources are spread too thinly. Cupich says by the time the process is complete "we will mourn together the loss of some parishes."
  • Meet the Cardinal Who 'Recharges for Battle' by Fasting from Food and Water

    02/06/2016 4:26:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/4/16 | Jack Carrigan
    Cardinal Robert Sarah has the quiet authority to stand up to Western ideologyGod or Nothing by Cardinal Robert Sarah, Ignatius, £12.99I would bet that many Catholics in the West had not heard of Cardinal Sarah of Guinea before the family synod in October. Then his name kept cropping up, dispelling the disquiet many of us felt over the Church, when we heard his voice: strong, wise and confidently Catholic. It has become a cliche to survey the Church worldwide, note the moral turmoil in Europe alongside its decreasing populations, and then suggest that it might be Africa's turn to take...
  • It's Friday, but Sunday Is Coming! As Seen in Life and in a Powerful Video

    02/06/2016 8:10:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It's Friday, but Sunday Is Coming! As Seen in Life and in a Powerful Video Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 5, 2016 -- Some years ago in a previous parish assignment (St. Thomas More, in Washington D.C.) I was accustomed to taking a Friday afternoon walk in order to focus on my Sunday homily. At the beginning of the walk I'd often stop by the house of an elderly parishioner, Ms. Lillian, and give her Communion. Her mind was beginning to fail and it was difficult for her to get to Church.In mild weather she would often be out...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings: 02-06-16, M, St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

    02/05/2016 7:54:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 6, 2016 Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Kgs 3:4-13 Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice there,because that was the most renowned high place.Upon its altar Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings.In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.God said, "Ask something of me and I will give it to you."Solomon answered:"You have shown great favor to your servant, my father David,because he behaved faithfully toward you,with justice and an upright heart;and you have continued this great favor toward him, even today,seating a son of his on his throne.O...
  • The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving [Catholic and Orthodox Caucus]

    02/05/2016 7:12:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CE.com ^ | 02-05-16 | Thomas Moses
    The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and AlmsgivingThomas Moses For many Eastern Christians, Lent is embraced as a time for the renewal of repentance, fervent seeking after God, and increased love and concern for our neighbor. After a few weeks of preparation for Lent (also known as the Great Fast) we begin this period of bright sorrow, a forty day period leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and finally Pascha, Easter, or the Feast of all Feasts.I say bright sorrow because joy and sorrow are kept in tension. We experience sorrow because of the suffering endured by our Lord...
  • Delaware Judge: Priest-Penitent Privilege May be Unconstitutional

    02/05/2016 5:55:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    A Delaware superior court judge has questioned the constitutionality of a state law that protects the secrecy of sacramental confession. State law mandates the reporting of suspected child abuse except in cases covered by the attorney-client privilege and conversations "between priest and penitent in sacramental confession." Ruling in a case involving the failure of elders of the Jehovah's Witnesses to report child abuse, Judge Mary M. Johnston said that if "priest," "penitent," and "sacramental confession" are interpreted narrowly, then the law is unconstitutional because its "effect would be to advance certain religions over others."
  • As Ambassador Reinstated, Turkish, Armenian Governments Differ Over Vatican Statement

    02/05/2016 5:47:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Turkey reinstated its ambassador to the Holy See because of the wording of a recent Vatican statement, according to the Turkish foreign ministry. Turkey recalled its ambassador in April after Pope Francis, quoting St. John Paul II, said that the mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire "is generally referred to as the first genocide of the twentieth century." At the conclusion of Pope Francis's February 3 general audience, Rinaldo Mirmara, a historian and president of Caritas Turkey, presented the Pope with a copy of his new history of the Battle of the Dardanelles (1657), which took place during...
  • BOMBAY CARDINAL PUSHES GAY RIGHTS IN INDIA

    02/05/2016 9:26:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 3, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    The top court of India is re-evaluating a law deeming homosexual acts punishable with prison time-- and the Catholic archbishop of Bombay is encouraging the move. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, and known to be gay-friendly, has come out "in favor of decriminalization of Section 377" of the Indian Penal Code, which declares homosexual acts as "against the order of nature." The supreme court in New Delhi is setting up a panel to re-examine a 2013 ruling that declared only the Indian parliament could repeal the colonial-era law prohibiting the country's citizens from openly engaging in a homosexual lifestyle....
  • The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness

    02/05/2016 8:06:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness Msgr. Charles Pope February 4, 2016 Man who found exitThere is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the "mystery of iniquity." St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious "man of iniquity" who will appear before the Second Coming of Jesus. Many modern translations (accurately) render it as the "mystery of lawlessness" but that has less of a ring to it.The Latin root of the English word...
  • Patriarch Kirill, Pope to Meet on Cuba on February 12

    02/05/2016 4:57:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Moscow, February 5, Interfax- - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will meet with Pope Francis on Cuba on February 12, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told a press conference in Moscow on Friday. "The issue of the persecution of Christians will be central in this meeting," the metropolitan said. He said the patriarch and the pope will discuss issues relating to bilateral relations and international policy. The meeting will comprise a meeting in person at the international airport in Havana and will lead to the signing of a joint...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-05-16, M, St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

    02/04/2016 9:00:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 5, 2016 Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Sir 47:2-11 Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings,so was David in Israel.He made sport of lions as though they were kids,and of bears, like lambs of the flock.As a youth he slew the giantand wiped out the people's disgrace,When his hand let fly the slingstonethat crushed the pride of Goliath.Since he called upon the Most High God, who gave strength to his right armTo defeat the skilled warriorand raise up the might of his people,Therefore the women sang his praises,and ascribed to him tens of...
  • Behind the Scenes at Vatican II

    02/04/2016 8:01:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/3/16 | Peter M J. Stravinskas
    The first volume of Henri de Lubac's "Vatican Council Notebooks" (Ignatius Press, 2015) is filled with detailed and often surprising accounts of conversations, disputes, and key figures at the CouncilOn January 29, 1959, Pope John XXIII shocked the Church and the world with his announcement at the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls in Rome that he was convoking the first ecumenical council in nearly a century. In fifth grade, Sister Regina Rose began to inform us of the impending council, noting that we would be living through a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With that in mind, she also assigned us...
  • Catholic high school: Archdiocese 'does not permit' same-sex wedding announcement

    02/04/2016 7:33:23 PM PST · by steve86 · 26 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | Thursday, February 4, 2016 | JOEL CONNELLY
    Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain: Catholic Church can in no way associate itself with same-sex marriage. Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle has refused to run an announcement in its alumni magazine for the same-sex marriage of an alumna who once served as student body vice president and homecoming queen. In response to the submission by the 1997 graduate, the school sent her a letter saying, in part, "... the Archdiocese does not permit this type of information to be published in our Catholic school magazine." The reaction has been a much-circulated Facebook post by James Nau, who was student...
  • Good Man. Good Monk. Good Beer.

    02/04/2016 2:47:08 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 4, 2016 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    I first met Brother Augustine Wilmeth when he was one of the students where I served as chaplain. As a convert, he was intensely interested not only in his new Catholic faith but in the more traditional expressions of life and worship.I followed his progress through the years and had the chance last summer to visit him a few months before he took his first vows as a monk at the Benedictine monastery that has been reestablished at Norcia in Italy.Brother Augustine spoke to me for Aleteia about his vocation, his life in the monastery and his work brewing...
  • First Anglican Ordinariate Bishop Ordained: ‘It Means We’re Here to Stay’

    02/04/2016 2:11:38 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 4, 2016 | KATHLEEN NAAB
    HOUSTON — In a majestic Mass at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening, history was made for the Anglican ordinariates established by Pope Benedict XVI: Their first bishop was ordained. “In a nutshell, it means we’re here to stay,” summarized Msgr. Harry Entwistle, the ordinary of Australia’s ordinariate, which is under the patroness of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. The new bishop, Stephen Joseph Lopes, 40, a native of California, was in fact instrumental in the creation of the ordinariate that he now leads — the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The...
  • "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say"

    02/04/2016 8:07:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say Msgr. Charles Pope February 3, 2016 Many groups have a tendency to use words that make sense to their members but are unintelligible to outsiders. I have sometimes had to decode "Church-speak" for recent converts.For example, one time I proudly announced, "RCIA classes will begin next week, so if you know anyone who is interested in attending please fill out an information card on the table just outside the sacristy door." I thought I'd been perfectly clear, but then a new member approached me after Mass to inquire about the availability of...
  • Married Priests? At the Gregorian They’re Voting Against

    02/04/2016 5:57:39 AM PST · by NRx · 34 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 02-04-2016 | Sandro Magister
    Cardinals Parolin and Ouellet are lining up in defense of the celibacy of the Latin clergy, in a conference at the prestigious pontifical university. But once again the pope has let the German bishops know that he wants to break with this tradition by Sandro Magister ROME, February 4, 2016 - This afternoon at the Pontifical Gregorian University a conference will get underway that in many respects is surprising, The surprise comes first of all from the theme: "Priestly celibacy, a journey of freedom." A theme in stark contrast with the ever more frequent signals of an imminent relaxation of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-04-16

    02/03/2016 9:54:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 4, 2016 Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12 When the time of David's death drew near,he gave these instructions to his son Solomon:"I am going the way of all flesh.Take courage and be a man.Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, following his waysand observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decreesas they are written in the law of Moses,that you may succeed in whatever you do,wherever you turn, and the LORD may fulfillthe promise he made on my behalf when he said,'If your sons so conduct themselvesthat they remain...
  • Pope's Opening to China Skips Over Religious Freedom

    02/03/2016 5:24:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/2/16 | John Allen Jr
    On Tuesday, an exclusive interview with Pope Francis about China was published by the Asia Times, in which the pope urges the world not to fear growing Chinese power. It's likely to be hailed as a great opening, as well as another sign of keen Vatican interest in moving ever closer to normalized diplomatic relations with Beijing. "The Catholic Church, one of whose duties is to respect all civilizations, before this civilization, I would say, has the duty to respect it with a capital 'R'," the pope said. Yet there's a striking omission in the conversation between Francis and Italian...
  • The Real Story Behind the Church’s Tradition of Blessing Throats (Catholic Caucus)

    02/03/2016 3:52:18 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 3, 2016 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.--Prayer from the the Blessing of the Throats Years ago a priest told me that when he was a young boy, his brother began choking on a bone. Panicked, his mother called aloud for the help of St. Blaise, and immediately the bone cleared and everything was fine. Whether the boy was truly in grave danger or not, I don't know,...
  • (Red) China, Vatican negotiate further on bishop appointments

    02/03/2016 2:45:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    UCA News ^ | February 3, 2016 | ucanews.com reporter
    The meeting in Rome was the third round of negotiations on bishop appointments in China. The first was held in June, 2014 and the second in October, 2015.
  • Is It Ever OK to Lie?

    02/03/2016 6:37:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 89 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is It Ever OK to Lie? Msgr. Charles Pope February 2, 2016 Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor on both their newspaper side and in their magazine, The Catholic Answer. Every now and then a question comes in that seems like a good topic for the blog.The following question comes up frequently whenever I teach moral theology classes and we cover the issue of lying. In a way it is remarkable that the format of the question almost never changes, and that the usual (and I would argue questionable)...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-03-16, OM, St. Blaise, Bishop & Martyr, St. Ansgar, Bishop

    02/02/2016 9:45:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 3, 2016 Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17 King David said to Joab and the leaders of the army who were with him,"Tour all the tribes in Israel from Dan to Beer-shebaand register the people, that I may know their number."Joab then reported to the king the number of people registered:in Israel, eight hundred thousand men fit for military service; in Judah, five hundred thousand. Afterward, however, David regretted having numbered the people,and said to the LORD:"I have sinned grievously in what I have done.But now, LORD, forgive the guilt...
  • Twenty New priests and Thirty Deacons Will be Ordained in Seoul

    02/02/2016 7:56:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/27/16
    Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - The Church in Korea, which thrives in vocations to priesthood, will be enriched with 20 new priests: Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, will ordain 20 priests on February 5. Given the large numbers of faithful who are expected for the event, the celebration will be held in the big hall of the Olympic Park in Seoul. As reported to Fides in a note by the local Church, the Archdiocese of Seoul celebrates an ordination Mass every year, with an average of 30 new priests ordained. Over the past 20 years, ordinations in Seoul have...
  • Vietnam's Newest Theological Institute Kicks Off Courses in September

    02/02/2016 7:52:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/271/6
    Students can apply before 5 July for admission test to either biblical or dogmatic theology. Preparations for the new facility are well underway. This is unusual in a Communist nation where Church educational activities have always been hamperedHo Chi Minh City (AsiaNews/EDA) - In a statement on 21 January, the Bishops' Commission for Education announced that classes will begin next September at Vietnam's new theological institute in Ho Chi Minh City's Third District, at 72/12 Tran Quoc Toan Street. Hence, future students can begin to apply, this according to Eglises d'Asie (EDA). Following the initial evaluation of applicants' ability to...
  • Prayer for My Husband

    02/02/2016 3:59:12 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | FR. GUILLERMO SERRA
    Lord, you who know every heart and who search the depths of every soul,today I want to pray for my husband,the beloved of my heart,whom I chose, thanks to you, to be my companion and my best friend;the one I preferred; the one I selected from within the passing chapters of my life.I want to pray for his heart:gaze on it with tenderness and caress his deepest wounds;heal his memory of any painful recollections and place unending joy on his lips.Flood his heart with love,so that his words and deedstransmit to those who surround himthe companionship and securitythat we...
  • Byzantine Catholic Nuns Provide Place of Encounter With Christ (Catholic Caucus)

    02/02/2016 2:33:27 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    It wasn't unusual for young Celeste Strohmeyer to want to get married and have a dozen kids. After all, she was one of 11, which, she said, "provided a lot of hands-on experience with children."But there was a competing tug in her heart, beginning in early childhood -- a call to religious life. It kept calling to her: when she was 12, when she was 16, when she was 22 and later, after establishing a promising career.She had a good job, independence, a home of her own, the freedom to travel. She still could have married. But the thought...
  • EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Fr. Michael Rodriguez

    02/02/2016 12:16:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 1, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    I'm pleased, and honored, to share below brief excerpts taken from an extensive interview that I recently conducted with Fr. Michael Rodriguez; including an update on his current situation. The complete interview (over 6,000 words in length) will be published in the next print edition of Catholic Family News, wherein Father discusses his journey to tradition, explains why he is no longer able to celebrate the Novus Ordo in good conscience, and gives valuable advice to both laypersons and his brother priests, and a great deal more. I can assure you that you will find Fr. Rodriguez's insights and reflections...
  • (Catholic Caucus) Praying with the Four Seasonal Marian Antiphons

    02/02/2016 10:34:22 AM PST · by rwa265 · 3 replies
    Shameless Popery ^ | Undated | Joe Heschmeyer
    Today is February 2nd, which means (besides the annual showing of Groundhog Day) that it’s the Feast of the Presentation, better known as Candlemas. Candlemas is actually the holiday behind Groundhog Day, in that there was an old folk tradition that a sunny Candlemas meant a long winter, but that’s another story. More to the point, Candlemas is a turning point in the year. If you pray the four seasonal Marian antiphons, today marks the first day of a new season. If you don’t pray them, or don’t know what they are, read on.