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  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 04-28-15,OM, St PeterChanel,St Louis deMontfort, St GiannaMolla

    04/27/2015 8:00:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 28, 2015Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26 Those who had been scattered by the persecutionthat arose because of Stephenwent as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,preaching the word to no one but Jews.There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with themand a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When...
  • The Magisterium of the Catholic Church

    04/27/2015 7:15:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    CatholicEssentials.net ^ | 2008 | CatholicEssentials.net
    The Magisterium of the Catholic Church Defined as "the Church's divinely appointed authority to teach the truths of religion". In other words, Our Lord gave His Church the authority to teach the faithful about what is expected of them, and that is what the Church has done consistently from the start. The Magisterium of Catholic Church teaches the faithful in two ways; 1) Solemn Magisterium: is Church teaching which is used only rarely by formal and authentic definitions of councils or Popes. This includes dogmatic definitions by councils or Popes teaching "ex cathedra"2) Ordinary Magisterium: this second form of...
  • Manhattan Parish Fights for Survival

    04/27/2015 6:26:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/26/15 | Melanie Grayce West
    They gathered for an early celebration of a centennial that may never arrive. Hundreds of parishioners of Our Lady of Peace strolled through Manhattans Upper East Side on Sunday clutching pictures of the ancestors who founded this Roman Catholic parish in 1918. They donned bright blue sashes with the names of those Irish and Italian founders: Scudellari, Iacovone, Tauriello, OKeefe and many more. Young and old feasted on antipasti, pizza, tiramisu, Irish beer and Italian wine. This lovingly maintained Victorian Gothic churchwith its colorful painting of Madonna and child, ornate Murano glass chandeliers, pews adorned with golden grape clusters and...
  • Pope Francis and the family, the next step

    04/27/2015 5:32:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | April 27, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    April 15 was the deadline given to dioceses to return the questionnaire to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in preparation for the up-coming Synod. Then, beginning on April 15, Pope Francis dedicated his address in two consecutive general audiences to the complementarity between man and woman. In his speeches, Pope Francis defended the traditional family, and attacked gender ideology, emphasizing that difference is the solution, it is not the problem. Those who believed that Pope Francis pastoral revolution presaged a doctrinal change in terms of marriage and family heaved a sigh of relief upon hearing his...
  • Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at Catholic University (Sept 23)

    04/27/2015 5:28:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | 4/27/15 | Jeff Clabaugh
    Pope Francis will visit The Catholic University of America during his September visit to Washington. Catholic University confirms the Pope will celebrate an outdoor Mass from the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Sept. 23. I know that it will be a great thrill for our students, faculty and staff to see the Holy Father and to know that as he looks out over the congregation during the Mass, he will also be seeing the pathways and buildings that members of our community frequent every day on their way to and from...
  • Dominican sisters walk out of class over LGBT Day of Silence

    04/27/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 23, 2015 | Catherine Harmon
    “We went home because the Catholic school and faith that we love was being compromised.” Image via Wikipedia Five Dominican sisters who teach at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California walked out of class on Friday of last week when it became evident that some students at the school were participating in a national “Day of Silence” for LGBT youth. “We went home on Friday because what happened was inappropriate,” the sisters explained in an email sent to Marin Catholic students over the weekend. “We went home because we were made to feel uncomfortable and used for another’s agenda. We went home because...
  • Radical Homosexuals Want to Have Their 'Ideological Cake' and Make You Eat it Too

    04/27/2015 3:31:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 27, 2015 | Fr. Marcel Guarnizo
    This past week, we witnessed the unseemly pandering of several Republicans to the radical homosexual lobby. Each stumbled over the other to present his credentials. Florida Senator Marco Rubioin a display of complete incoherencestated on Face the Nation: I dont believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of the people the bottom line is I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with. Which one is it, are all people born that way, or just the ones who want to make that claim? Rubios incoherent view seems to boil down to...
  • Hillary and Christian Dhimmis

    04/27/2015 2:45:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Royal
    Several years ago I visited a synagogue in Istanbul, one of the few remaining in all of Turkey. It had been firebombed a few weeks earlier in response to some recent incident between Israelis and Palestinians. But because of security and a thick outer wall, it was relatively unharmed. Inside, ten elderly, eccentric Jewish Turks were gathered, the bare number needed for a minyan. We spoke for a short while about what it was to live as a religious minority in a big Muslim country. But I will never forget the atmosphere in that tiny congregation wary, but...
  • THIS TRIDUUM, PRAY FOR THOSE FOMENTING HATRED AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN INDIANA

    04/27/2015 2:14:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 27, 2015 | THOMAS PETERS
    Honestly, did anyone expect the situation to get this bad in Indiana?Every single day seems to bring worse news.The situation of the O’Connor family in particular has me sick to my stomach. Local news ABC 57 went looking for a restaurant owner that would go on camera to share their beliefs and found an unsuspecting girl behind the counter of a small-town pizzeria who said she would have no problem serving gay people but that they would not cater a gay wedding if asked.Notice, there wasn’t even an act of discrimination — the girl simply answered a hypothetical question.For this...
  • CHARLOTTE BISHOP TO LGBT-ADVOCATE NUN GRAMICK: YOURE NOT SPEAKING IN MY DIOCESE

    04/27/2015 2:09:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 27, 2015 | JOHN WHITE
    Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis has cancelled a speaking event by Sister Jennine Gramick that was scheduled to take place at one of the parishes in his diocese.Sister Gramick is the founder of New Ways Ministry, self-described as a “gay-positive ministry that advocates for justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, and for reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities.”In announcing Bishop Jugis’ decision to cancel the event as soon as he was made aware of it, diocese spokesman David Hains noted that the Vatican has previously determined that Gramick and New Ways Ministry oppose the Catholic Church’s...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHRISTIAN, 04-27-15

    04/27/2015 8:49:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CHRISTIANA person who is baptized. A professed Christian also believes in the essentials of the Christian faith, notably in the Apostles' Creed. A Catholic Christian further accepts the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, participates in the Eucharistic liturgy and sacraments of Catholic Christianity, and gives allegiance to the Catholic hierarchy and especially to the Bishop of Rome. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • For filmmakers, 'Little Boy' moved mountains of its own

    04/27/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2015 | Hillary Mast
    Jakob Salvati and Eduardo Verastegui star in 'Little Boy.' Courtesy of Metanoia Films. Hollywood, Calif., Apr 25, 2015 / 03:54 pm (CNA).- A new film from award-winning writer and director Alejandro Monteverde proved to not only tell a story of faith, but to strengthen the faith of those working on it as well. “It was going to be a very, very difficult film to produce, but at the same time we were in love with the story which is about believing in the impossible,” said Eduardo Verastegui, one of the film’s producers and stars, known for his role in the...
  • Please Pray This Week for Traditional Marriage The Supreme Court Is in Session

    04/27/2015 7:22:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Please Pray This Week for Traditional Marriage – The Supreme Court Is in Session By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe March for Marriage yesterday in Washington, D.C. was successful for numerous reasons. Among them was the turnout: over 10,000 people. This is especially impressive given the date change (the march had been planned for June but was moved to April when the Supreme Court’s schedule for the marriage cases was announced).Second, the march manifested a diversity that shows that the concerns for traditional marriage are not coming only from older white Catholics and Pentecostals. You can see some pictures from the march here: March for Marriage 2015. Indeed...
  • Pope to new priests: Dont be a peacock

    04/27/2015 7:19:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | April 26, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Nineteen men lie prostrate for their ordination as priests for the Diocese of Rome on April 26, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA Vatican City, Apr 26, 2015 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s. “A priest is ugly who lives for his own pleasure,” Pope Francis said, adding that such a priest “acts like a peacock.” Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Apr. 26,...
  • Church calls for priests who died at Dachau to be honoured

    04/27/2015 3:20:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Polish Catholic Church has called for a fitting tribute to hundreds of its priests who died during World War II at the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau. Dachau was the main camp for priests from all over Europe, and over half came from Poland, said Mgr Jzef Kloch, spokesman for the Polish bishops conference. We want to highlight this as we remember the camps liberation by the US Army, paying tribute to those who died, as well as to their spiritual achievements in such appalling conditions, he explained. Mgr Kloch spoke as plans were underway for the observance of...
  • How To Stop Whiners

    04/26/2015 3:41:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    kevinfitzmaurice.com ^ | Kevin Fitzmaurice
    Do you hate it when they whine? Do you hate it when they whine and say, "Don't you agree," "Do you see my point," "Ain't it awful," "Aren't they just terrible for doing that," etc.? Do you want to graciously stop them from wasting your time and using you to confirm their distorted views? Then memorize the following line: "Thanks for the honor of being a judge. But, to be a fair judge-- I will first have to hear the other side." If you stick to this line each time they whine--they will soon stop bothering you and move on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-27-15

    04/26/2015 7:15:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 27, 2015Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:1-18 The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judeaheard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalemthe circumcised believers confronted him, saying,‘You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them.” Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,“I was at prayer in the city of Joppawhen in a trance I had a vision,something resembling a large sheet coming down,lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me. Looking...
  • AMICUS BRIEF FILED BY U.S. CATHOLIC BISHOP SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE

    04/26/2015 4:40:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    April 26, 2015
    http://www.usccb.org/about/general-counsel/amicus-briefs/upload/Obergefell-v-Hodges.pdf NOTE: NY Times Story http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/opinion/sunday/its-not-gay-marriage-vs-the-church-anymore.html?_r=0 Its Not Gay Marriage vs. the Church Anymore By WILLIAM N. ESKRIDGE Jr.APRIL 25, 2015 NEW HAVEN THIS week, committed gay couples seeking the right to marry will take their case to the Supreme Court. The plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges are supported by amicus briefs submitted by a variety of institutions and people, from the former N.F.L. player Chris Kluwe to Ken Mehlman, a past chairman of the Republican National Committee. Religious groups are on their side, too. While several prominent religious organizations have filed briefs in opposition, leaders in the Episcopal...
  • El Salvadors gangs promise to stop killing during Romero beatification (gee, thanks)

    04/26/2015 11:02:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Crux News ^ | Ins San Martn
    ROME As El Salvador prepares to celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the criminal gangs that terrorize the country have agreed to a sort of truce: As a gift to the martyr, theyve promised to suspend killing police and military officers, judges, politicians, and the poor. Romero, who was shot to death while saying Mass in 1980, is considered a national hero in El Salvador for his defense of the poor and of human rights at the outset of a bloody civil war. His May 23 beatification is expected to be one of the largest public events in...
  • Dead Cat Bounce

    04/26/2015 10:04:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 124 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 26, 2015 | Patrick Archbold
    There is an amusing investing term called a dead cat bounce. It follows from the idea that "even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height." A dead cat bounce refers to a temporary recovery from a prolonged decline followed by a continuation of the downtrend. The dead cat bounce is a suckers bet. Suckers, thinking that the worst is over and that things have reached bottom, start buying up stock. In reality, the temporary rally is caused by investors shorting the stock purchasing the worthless stock to cover long-term bets against the company creating short-term...
  • The German Catholic Collapse: Priests confess once a year, if at all -- what about the Lay Faithful?

    04/26/2015 9:02:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 24, 2015 | Lorenzo Bertocchi
    The German laity confirm their desire for evolution in the Church: according to a document made available on the Episcopal Conference site, the answers to the questionnaire between the Synods show that the Catholics of Germany are expecting major openings from the Synod on the Family. Mainly on the thorniest issues: they are asking for the admittance of the divorced and remarried to the Eucharist, a development of moral doctrine for the pastoral acceptance of homosexual people and a form of church blessing for second civil-marriages. Are these requests an expression of serious discernment or, do they show a watered-down,...
  • PopeWatch: Green Pope

    04/26/2015 8:52:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | April 24, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    How bad will the upcoming Papal encyclical on the environment be? Maybe this bad: As the world celebrates Earth Day on Wednesday, Pope Francis is planning to use one of the highest forms of papal expression an encyclical to promote climate action to save the planet as a moral and religious imperative. In recent weeks, Vatican officials have outlined what the document will say and are choreographing its release perhaps as early as June for maximum global impact beyond the Roman Catholic Churchs 1.2 billion members. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, who chairs a panel dealing...
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/26/2015 6:57:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter By: Msgr. Charles PopeOn this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the King of Love, He shepherds us. Here, then, are four portraits of His love:I. Passionate love – Jesus says, I am the Good Shepherd, a...
  • Archbishop Kurtz on March for Marriage: Sacrament is much more than "adult friendship"

    04/26/2015 4:14:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2015 | Adelaide Mena
    Crowds hold signs in defense of traditional marriage at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Credit: Adelaide Mena/CNA Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A diverse crowd of thousands of people from across the U.S. gathered in front of the US Capitol to speak and stand in defense of marriage on Saturday. “We have too long taken for granted the gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNA. The Archbishop cautioned that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-26-15, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday

    04/25/2015 7:14:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 26, 2015Fourth Sunday of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:8-12 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:“Leaders of the people and elders:If we are being examined todayabout a good deed done to a cripple,namely, by what means he was saved,then all of you and all the people of Israel should knowthat it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazoreanwhom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;in his name this man stands before you healed.He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,which has become the cornerstone.There is no salvation through anyone else,nor is there any...
  • The Mystery and the Mask of Alfred Hitchcock

    04/25/2015 3:14:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 24, 2015 | K. V. Turley
    Left: Alfred Hitchcock directing Family Plot inside Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California, in the summer of 1975 (Photo: Stan Osborne | Wikipedia). Right: The cover of the new biography of Hitchcock, written by Peter Ackroyd. Following hard on the heels of last year’s fascinating Charlie Chaplin, Peter Ackroyd turns his attention to yet another ‘Cockney visionary’ with the publication of Alfred Hitchcock (Chatto & Windus). Hitchcock is one of the most written about directors in the history of cinema, certainly in the English-speaking world. What could be left to say of a man about whom it has all been...
  • Cdl Burke criticizes Cdl Marx' ridiculous claim that German Church is not a subsidiary of Rome

    04/25/2015 11:38:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    ROME, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) In an interview today with the prominent German newspaper, Die Welt, Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who suggested German Catholic dioceses are not a subsidiary of Rome on the question of Communion for remarried couples. I have not read Marx' declaration verbatim, but of course formulations like 'subsidiary of Rome' are ridiculous, said Burke. We are all oriented toward Peter, that is the unity of the Catholic Church. 'Subsidiaries that is the language of business, that does not belong to the Church. That is where obedience counts. When asked about his...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GENUFLECTION, 04-25-15

    04/25/2015 10:04:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:GENUFLECTIONBending of the knee as an act of reverence. Customary when passing before the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle, entering the pew for divine worship, and during certain ceremonies to the Cross. A double genuflection of both knees simultaneously was commonly made before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in a monstrance. The new directive since the Second Vatican Council specifies: "One knee is bent before the Blessed Sacrament, whether reserved in the tabernacle or exposed for public adoration" (Eucharistiae Sacramentum, 1973, number 84). Genuflections are also made to the Pope, to a cardinal, and to a...
  • Priest: Ill never profane the sacraments by following Kaspers proposal...

    04/25/2015 6:37:47 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/24/15 | Maike Hickson
    "Priest: Ill never profane the sacraments by following Kaspers proposal, no matter who tells me to do it" Unto the encouragement of those loyal parts of the Catholic Church that are keenly concerned about the rise and growing influence of Walter Cardinal Kasper and his lenient proposals to slacken the Church's discipline concerning adultery, there is a growing resistance against this ambiguous and subversive relaxation, and it is coming from several countries. We shall thus consider now four different voices that show to us a highly differentiated resolve and loyal love for the Faith in resistance against those who would...
  • Mary Carberry gathers papers exposing her as Maria Divine Mercy

    04/25/2015 6:25:45 AM PDT · by FourtySeven · 36 replies
    One week after exposing Ireland resident Mary McGovern-Carberry as the secret Catholic visionary Maria Divine Mercy, the Irish Mail on Sunday featured her againgathering up all available copies of the 1 February 2015 publication near her Malahide home. The former owner of McGovern PR should have known better. The public relations consultant, who fell on hard financial times in recent years, transformed herself into an all-internet, all-secret visionary in 2011 gathering millions of Irish-Mail-Inside-2-Feb-8-1followers who purchased her books and medals. Store security cameras caught Carberry who, as Maria Divine Mercy, called herself the last prophet, angel and victim soul...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-15, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2015 7:54:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2015Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist    Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • Chicago Archbishop Commits Sacrilege?

    04/24/2015 7:19:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/24/15 | Michael Voris
    Archbishop Blase Cupich allows non-Catholic Governor to receive Holy CommunionCHICAGO, April 24, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com)Eyewitness reports as well as television footage clearly prove that Illinois governor Bruce Rauner received Holy Communion at Cardinal George's funeral Mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Thursday, April 23. Governor Rauner is not Catholic. Therefore, what appears to be a grave violation of Canon 844 has been committed. Present at the Mass was Chicago's new archbishop Blase Cupich. In addition to the violation of canon law, the question is being asked: Was a sacrilege committed on the new archbishop's watch? According to canon law, since the...
  • What Do You Mean You Are a "Maronite" Catholic?

    04/24/2015 4:22:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic 365 ^ | April 23, 2015 | DAVID R. MYERS
    Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church I was raised as a Latin Rite Catholic. I did not hear that there was such a thing as the “Eastern Rite” until I was about 20 years of age. I was attending Christian Brothers College (now Christian Brothers University) in Memphis, Tennessee, and I took a concentration of courses in Religion and Culture (one short of a minor). My father, who was not Catholic, and I were talking about religion one day when he mentioned the Eastern Rite.Like many Catholics I have met since then, I asked what is often the question when someone...
  • Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

    04/24/2015 3:18:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican. News of the private audience, which was kept strictly confidential, was reported April 22 by the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé, although the magazine said that the meeting took place April 18. A source from the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA that the meeting actually took place in the late evening of April 17, and confirmed that it...
  • Muslim Delegation Visits Shroud of Turin

    04/24/2015 2:17:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 24, 2015 | L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO
    Imam says linen cloth believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus invites us to be "brothers" TURIN — “We decided to come as a sign, to say that we are citizens of this country and city. The Shroud draws Christians and Muslims, and in a world marked by division, it invites us to be brothers.”  This message of peace and dialogue came Wednesday from a group of Muslims who visited the Holy Shroud of Turin now on display at northern Italian city’s Cathedral. The delegation included the President of the League of Imams and Preachers of Mosques in Italy,...
  • New: "From the Kippah to the Cross: A Jew's Conversion to Catholicism"

    04/24/2015 1:57:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | April 23, 2015
    A Jewish converts remarkable journey to Catholicism recounted in a fascinating new book from Ignatius PressSan Francisco, April 23, 2015 Ignatius Press has published another poignant and astonishing story of a Jew who discovers the truth of the Catholic faith. This latest book, From the Kippah to the Cross tells the moving conversion story of Jean-Marie lie Setbon. Raised in a non-observant Jewish family, Jean-Marie first encountered Jesus Christ on a crucifix at the age of eight. He felt an inexplicable attraction to Christ on the cross and would spend hours contemplating Him and began to develop a deeply...
  • Gay Activists Target Marin Catholic HS in San Francisco

    04/24/2015 1:48:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 24, 2015 | DANIEL GUERNSEY
    The attacks continue against San Franciscos archbishop and faithful Catholic teachers in his archdiocese who just want to be free to teach the truth with love in the City of St. Francis. Crisis readers are already aware of petitions to Rome to remove the faithful archbishop for requiring Catholic school teachers to follow Catholic teaching and for allowing a conservative priest to only have altar boys. These critics latest target is the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, one of the fastest growing orders of nuns in the United States, who teach in his diocese.The San Francisco...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ETIOLOGY, 04-24-15

    04/24/2015 8:43:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ETIOLOGYThe science of inquiring into the causes or reasons for things. It may also concentrate on a particular phenomenon, as the etiology of a mental or moral disorder, e.g., the breakdown of family life or the prevalence of contraception. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Its Time for The Vatican to be Realistic About Islam

    04/24/2015 7:47:28 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 30 replies
    One Peter 5 ^ | April 24, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    In what is an ongoing frustration for many Catholics, the Vatican continues to insist on friendly relations with Islam. It started with Nostra Aetate #3 and Lumen Gentium #16, neither of which are particularly compatible with what the saints previously said about Islam. Since the Second Vatican Council, this innovative understanding of a religion Catholic thinkers like Belloc have characterized as a great heresy continues to spiral. In Evangelii Gaudium #253, Pope Francis asserts that authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence. More recently, there has been common prayer in the...
  • German bishops' report: laity want change in Church teaching; many priests do not pray regularly

    04/24/2015 7:17:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    The German Catholic bishops conference has made public a report on a survey of the faithful in preparation for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, finding a gap between the lived reality of families and our communities and the teachings of the Church. The report complains of an idealization of marriage and family in Church teaching, and calls for the approval of new pastoral initiatives to help families that fall short. The bishops expectations among the faithful are very high that the Church will approve new policies. And the bishops recall the decision of their own episcopal conference...
  • On Praying for a Deep Hatred and Fear of Sin and Its Darkness

    04/24/2015 7:12:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Praying for a Deep Hatred and Fear of Sin and Its Darkness By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe ought to ask the Lord to inspire us with a holy hatred of sin. There is a kind of inverse relationship that we ought to seek: if we love the truth staunchly we will detest sin and lies more fully. It is impossible to love the truth vigorously without also detesting error. Similarly, as we grow in the love of God, we grow in the love of holiness, for God is holy.As our love for Him deepens, we become increasingly averse to all that...
  • Italian Police Round up Terror Suspects in Failed Vatican Plot, Deadly Pakistan Attack

    04/24/2015 6:45:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/24/15
    Italian security forces were rounding up 18 Islamic extremists Friday who prosecutors said were behind a failed 2010 plot to attack the Vatican as well as a bombing at a Pakistan market that killed more than 100 a year earlier. Prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters in Cagliari, Sardinia, on Friday that wiretaps indicated the suspected terrorists, including two former bodyguards for Usama bin Laden, planned a bomb attack at the Vatican and went as far as to send a suicide bomber to Rome. Mura said the attack plans never went further and that the suicide bomber left Italy, though it...
  • What He Received, He Gave Away (Funeral Mass for Cardinal Francis George)

    04/24/2015 6:21:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Archbishop Peter J. Sartain
    Following is Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattles homily for the funeral Mass of Cardinal Francis George, on April 23, 2015. As a pastor in Memphis 20-something years ago, one day I picked up a national Catholic publication and read a talk by the bishop of Yakima, Francis George. I cannot recall the topic, but I do recall my reaction. Here was a clear voice, a voice I wanted to listen to, a pastor who helped me understand the faith and taught me how to teach it. From that point on, whenever I noticed Bishop Georges name associated with a...
  • On the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide, set in place by Turkish authorities

    04/24/2015 4:07:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/24/15
    Armenians executed by Ottoman authorities in Aleppo, 1916 (Aleppo, where Christians are being exterminated once again 100 years later)This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you. I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-15, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr

    04/23/2015 7:52:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2015Friday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20 Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,went to the high priest and asked himfor letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”He said, “Who are you, sir?” The...
  • How the Saints Overcame Evil

    04/23/2015 7:25:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    CE.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Kathleen Beckman
    How the Saints Overcame Evil Kathleen BeckmanFr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., Postulator for the cause of Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote, “Her beatification challenges us to take a closer look at the question of holiness and its relevance in contemporary society.”The saints not only teach us volumes about the spiritual life; their stories enkindle the heart with a desire to do what they did. That is, to make a radical gift of self to God. Do I really, truly desire holiness of life? If so, how am I putting my desire into action and cooperating with God’s grace?I am presently...
  • Frances gay ambassador-nominee poses special challenges for Who am I to judge pope

    04/23/2015 3:35:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/23/15 | Michelle Boorstein
    Pope Francis made history when he said, of being gay: Who am I to judge? Now close Vatican-watchers say the pope is in a complex diplomatic spot in the case of a gay man France has nominated to be ambassador to the Holy See. France nominated Laurent Stefanini in January, but so far the Vatican hasnt accepted the appointment. European media has speculated that this is because Stefanini, a Catholic who worked for years in the French Embassy at the Vatican, is gay, though the French government officially is denying any problems. This week a French government spokesperson confirmed that...
  • Pope Francis Calls Christians to Stand United with Jews in Condemning Anti-Semitism

    04/23/2015 3:10:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Christian Times ^ | 23 April, 2015 | Monica Cantilero
    Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt, left, shakes hands with Pope Francis during their meeting in the Vatican on April 20, 2015. Pope Francis called on Christians to stand united with Jews to defend themselves against discrimination and persecution. The Pope made the call during a meeting with a 30-member delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis on Monday at the Vatican. The highest leader of the Catholic Church cited the "troubling" anti-Semitic movements in Europe, in his address to rabbis who met with him in anticipation of the 50th anniversary in October of the "Nostra Aetate," the Second Vatican Council's declaration on...
  • Bishop Bars Sr. Jeannine Gramick [LGBT Advocate] from North Carolina Family Gathering

    04/23/2015 11:40:02 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | April 21, 2015 | Bob Shine
    Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of [LGBT] New Ways Ministry, has been barred from speaking at a Catholic parish in North Carolina, a move which seems to contradict Pope Francis initiatives for a more listening and merciful church. Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte personally expelled a PFLAG-Charlotte event from St. Peter Catholic Church where it was set to be held, according to QNotes. (PFLAG stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.) Diocesan spokesperson David Hains explained that Jugis acted against Sr. Gramicks presence because of her connection to New Ways Ministry and outspoken support for LGBT rights. Gramick...
  • What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? [Open Thread]

    04/23/2015 10:13:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? By: Msgr. Charles PopeSt Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy:He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself (Phil 3:19).I once spoke with an older woman who wasn’t all that pleased to hear that her body was going to rise and be joined again to her soul. “Oh, Father, you don’t mean this old decrepit body, do you? If this body has to...