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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-15, OM, Bl. Junipero Serra, Priest

    06/30/2015 9:20:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    ISCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 1, 2015  Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 21:5, 8-20a Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Isaac grew, and on the day of the child’s weaning Abraham held a great feast. Sarah noticed the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham playing with her son Isaac; so she demanded of Abraham: “Drive out that slave and her son! No son of that slave is going to share the inheritance with my son Isaac!” Abraham was greatly distressed, especially on account of his son Ishmael....
  • Why the SCOTUS Ruling on Same Sex Marriage Almost Broke My Heart

    06/30/2015 5:35:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Joe Klaas
    Hello everybody. The Supreme Court ruling in favor of same sex marriage occurred June 26, 2015. I do not agree with it. I have to say, the last few days, I have been kinda bummed out about it. I have thought and prayed much about it. Why is that? Oh, the bigoted, hateful guy didn't get his way? He hates gay people so much, he's sad that the Court didn't rule his way. Is that it? Easy. Let's all stop being armchair psychologists, alright. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ,...
  • Gay Marriage Vs. Religious Liberty

    04/30/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case to determine whether the Constitution requires states to issue same-sex marriage licenses and requires other states to honor same-sex marriages performed in those states. A primary argument by the plaintiffs is that gay marriage is covered under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and that if straights can marry, then so can gays. The counterargument is that marriage is a privilege and not a right, a union of one man and one woman sanctioned over millennia by virtually every culture and country over time as the stable...
  • Churches Could Lose Tax Exemption Over Gay Marriage

    06/30/2015 10:40:19 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Lost in the celebrations over universal gay marriage, like abortion, being deemed a right found in the “penumbras and emanations” of the Constitution is the chilling effect the ruling has on religious liberty. In a telling exchange between the Obama administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, detailed by Tom Blumer at Newsbusters.com, in which Verrilli admitted that churches could lose their tax exemptions if they refuse to perform gay weddings: Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax­exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage...
  • In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times

    06/30/2015 7:48:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 79 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times Msgr. Charles Pope • June 29, 2015 • There’s an old hymn that says, “In times like these, you need a Savior, in times like these, you need an anchor. Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.” And indeed, there are very few faithful Catholics who are not astonished and dismayed at the rapidity of decline into confusion (sexual and otherwise) of a culture we once described as Judeo-Christian. Whatever our sectarian differences of the past (and honestly they were significant and...
  • THOUSANDS PROTEST PLAN TO CONVERT CATHOLIC HOSPITAL CHAPEL INTO ISLAMIC PRAYER ROOM

    06/29/2015 11:39:22 PM PDT · by Lil Flower · 22 replies
    BREITBART ^ | June 29, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition protesting a proposal to turn a Catholic hospital chapel into a Muslim prayer room.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-30-15, OM, The First Holy Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

    06/29/2015 11:13:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 30, 2015 Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 19:15-29 As dawn was breaking, the angels urged Lot on, saying, “On your way! Take with you your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of Sodom.” When he hesitated, the men, by the LORD’s mercy, seized his hand and the hands of his wife and his two daughters and led them to safety outside the city. As soon as they had been brought outside, he was told: “Flee for your life! Don’t look back or...
  • Local churches say no same-sex ceremonies (Hobby Lobby ruling should eliminate being forced on this

    06/29/2015 3:49:49 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies
    Corsicana Daily Sun ^ | 6/29/2015 (30 minutes ago) | Deanna Kirk
    While the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Friday that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, several religious leaders in Corsicana said Monday they will not hold a same-sex wedding service in their churches. ... Pastors of several churches cited Biblical teachings for their stance. ...
  • Father Carl Dennis McIntosh! (It's official! Catholic freeper ordained RC priest) [Cath Caucus]

    06/28/2015 3:29:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Bridgeport Diocese ^ | June 27, 2015 | Father Colin McKenna
    An overcast day could not keep Deacon Carl McIntosh from smiling. As the 11:00 am ordination Mass drew ever closer, his smile and his spirit provided the light that the clouds tried to conceal. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano lay his hands on the head of a kneeling Deacon Carl McIntosh at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport, and priestly ontological change was impressed upon his soul. In that instant, Deacon Carl McIntosh became Father Carl McIntosh. Pictured: Deacon Carl McIntosh is all smiles as he waits for his ordination Mass to begin. In the background is an image of Our Lady of...
  • Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

    06/29/2015 6:32:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-28-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing Msgr. Charles Pope • June 28, 2015 • When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but everyone I ever asked admitted that prayer was difficult. And while many had reasons they offered as to why prayer was difficult, I still wondered...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-29-15, SOL, Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

    06/28/2015 9:44:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 0629-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 29, 2015   Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Mass during the Day Reading 1 Acts 12:1-11 In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them. He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also. –It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.– He had him taken into custody and put in prison under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. He intended to bring him before the people after Passover....
  • The Pope Says Nothing About The Supreme Court Ruling On Gay Marriage, but...(Vanity)

    06/28/2015 7:03:33 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    06/28/15
    The Pope says nothing about the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, but he believes in global warming and is for planetary government. Just an observation....
  • From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

    06/28/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 27, 2015 • The gospel today focuses on a man named Jairus and a journey he makes from despair to deliverance, with the help of Jesus. Of course Jairus is not merely a synagogue official who lived two thousand years ago. You are Jairus and his journey is your journey. We also meet in this gospel a woman of great faith, to whom the Lord points as an exemplar. If you are ready to accept it, she also...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-27-15, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/27/2015 8:41:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 28, 2015  Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, and there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the netherworld on earth, for justice is undying. For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who belong to his...
  • Why I am not Protestant (Non-Denominational, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc)

    06/27/2015 6:34:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 328 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/17/2015 | By Shaila D Touchton
    According to recent statistics, in the United States alone, there are 327,717 Protestant churches and 19,863 Catholic churches. However, despite the numerous individual congregations here and throughout the world, there’s really only one true Church. Even though many churches have differences in doctrinal opinions or other characteristics, every church which is based on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is a part of the true Church. Amazingly, there are thousands of different denominational and independent Christian churches who, for the most part, agree on the basic fundamentals of Christ, but who maintain their separate groups for relatively minor issues. They...
  • Biblical slavery

    06/27/2015 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 102 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 6-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Biblical slavery Question: A person I know, hostile to Church teaching, dismisses the Bible as a moral source because it approved of slavery. How can this be answered? M Taylor, via email Answer: Slavery in biblical times tended to be an alternative to the more modern tendency of incarcerating people for long periods in prisons. People were generally enslaved for three reasons: They had debts they could not pay, they were guilty of certain crimes, or they had been soldiers who had waged war against the Roman Empire. Slavery was sometimes for the duration of one’s life, but might not...
  • France’s Main Protestant Church Gives Blessing To Gay Marriages

    06/26/2015 5:47:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Rt ^ | May 18, 2015
    France’s Main Protestant Church Gives Blessing To Gay Marriages May 18, 2015 France's largest Protestant Church, the fourth-largest religious group in the country, has voted for its pastors to give their blessing to homosexual couples. The move comes two years after Paris legalized same-sex marriages. "The synod has decided to take a step forward in accompanying people and these couples by opening the possibility of celebrating liturgical blessings if they want," said Laurent Schlumberger, president of the Church. The United Protestant Church of France, claims it has about 110,000 active members and 400,000 believers. It was created back in 2012-2013...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-27-15. OM, St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    06/26/2015 8:36:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 27, 2015  Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 18:1-15 The LORD appeared to Abraham by the Terebinth of Mamre, as Abraham sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot. Looking up, he saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them; and bowing to the ground, he said: “Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant. Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest...
  • Will it Never End? Pope Francis Praises Quarreling in the Church

    06/26/2015 3:07:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 23, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Another day, another mind-boggling remark from Francis. The scenario is by now quite familiar: the Pope decides he will speak in Spanish so that he can “speak from the heart,” and the Church braces for the next explosion. This time it was remarks in Spanish to the World Retreat of Priests at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran on June 12. Francis said this about quarrels among members of the Church: “There are quarrels and arguments in the Church? Well, it makes good news! This is so since the beginning… A church without quarrels is a dead church. Do you...
  • Why I'm Still Catholic (And Why Other People Aren't)

    06/26/2015 10:18:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 233 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | y Anabelle Hazard
    My grandmother celebrates 100 years of being a Catholic. She will most likely be a Catholic till her last breath as all my other grandparents were. Me? I’m a mere forty-year cradle Catholic. I own that it hasn’t been easy to remain a faithful daughter of the Church, particularly during my turbulent twenties. There was a period I disagreed with, questioned, and criticized Holy Mother Church. There were times I watched people I love abandon their baptismal promises. Still, I remained true to my heritage. Why? Why am I still Catholic? It’s for the same reasons why people disagree, question,...
  • It’s time to kneel down and pray for our nation

    06/26/2015 7:54:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 145 replies
    WDTPRS.com ^ | 06-26-15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    It’s time to kneel down and pray for our nation Posted on 26 June 2015 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf The Supreme Court came down in favor of same-sex marriage today.  The Slip opinions are HERE. Held: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. Pp. 3–28. […] KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. ROBERTS, C. J., filed a dissenting...
  • Ad Multos Annos: FR Member's Ordination and Request for Prayers: Catholic Caucus

    06/26/2015 7:46:40 AM PDT · by Romulus · 47 replies
    self | June 26, 2015 | Romulus
    A longstanding and well-beloved member of this Forum (anonymous, so if you know the man, please do not reveal his name) tomorrow will be ordained as a priest of Jesus Christ. He has requested this thread so that prayers may be offered. Please join me in thanksgiving and petition that his vocation will be fruitful and joyous: Heavenly Father, grant these and other blessings unto thy servant, for thy glory and the salvation of souls. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Ad multos annos, gloriosque annos, vivas, vivas, vivas!
  • Romans 1: 20 - 32

    06/26/2015 7:04:59 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 27 replies
    BibleHub ^ | 56 AD | St. Paul
    20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24...
  • What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? The Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount

    06/26/2015 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? A Consideration of the Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount Msgr. Charles Pope • June 25, 2015 • On Thursday in daily Mass we finished reading the Sermon on the Mount (Mat 7-9). In it, there is a line describing the reaction of the crowd that day on the slopes of the Mount of Beatitudes: And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes (Mat 7:28-29). What does it mean that Jesus spoke “with authority”?...
  • Sister Nirmala Joshi, Successor to Mother Teresa, Dies at 81

    06/26/2015 12:14:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Mother Teresa as head of the Roman Catholic order Missionaries of Charity, died Tuesday in Kolkata, India, where the organization is based. She was 81. Her health had been declining, the order said, but it did not specify the cause of death. In its obituary, the Vatican newspaper, l’Osservatore Romano, said she had been elected superior of the order even though she had an incurable form of malaria that gave her constant fevers. Sister Nirmala was selected to lead the charity six months before the death of Mother Teresa, its founder, in 1997. Mother Teresa...
  • CDF Reportedly Judges Medjugorje Apparitions False, but Permits Pilgrimage

    06/26/2015 12:05:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    According to Italian media reports, the Vatican congregation concluded June 24 that the alleged Marian apparitions are inauthentic, but recognized the site as a place of prayer.If reports in Italian media outlets are to be believed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met June 24 to discuss the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, reaching the conclusion that they are inauthentic, but recognizing the site as a place of prayer. On Thursday, Vatican watcher Gianluca Barile wrote that, “for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in fact, the ‘apparitions’ do not have any supernatural character; therefore,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-26-15, OM, St. Josemaría Escrivá, Priest

    06/25/2015 9:30:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 06-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 26, 2015   Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said: “I am God the Almighty. Walk in my presence and be blameless.” God also said to Abraham: “On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages. This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you that you must keep: every male among you shall be circumcised.” God further said to Abraham: “As for your wife Sarai, do not call her...
  • 5 Reasons the Catholic Church is the True Church

    06/25/2015 7:00:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | Amelia Monroe Carlson
    There are many reasons the Roman Catholic Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, however, some of those reasons are necessary for discussions with those outside the Catholic Church. Jesus prayed for unity of believers and unity begins with understanding. The understanding of the Church’s beliefs is essential in working toward that unity. Here are some key reasons to keep in mind when speaking to non-Catholics: 1.) Authority- Jesus gave specific instructions regarding dealing with members of the Church who were in sin. Matthew 18:15-18 says “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between...
  • Israel Uncooperative After Historic Church in the Holy Land Burned, Vandalized

    06/25/2015 6:53:54 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 27 replies
    Church Militant ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    The state of Israel is blocking the release of details on the recent arson attack against a historical Catholic church by the Sea of Galilee, namely the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish in Tabgha. It resides at the site where Christ miraculously multiplied loaves and fish to feed 5,000 people.Aside from being damaged by the fire, the church was also vandalized with Hebrew graffiti messages such as "Death to non-Jews" and "False idols will be eliminated." The incident marked the second time since last year the building has been attacked.Sixteen Jewish seminary students were arrested,...
  • Pope Blasts ‘Gender Ideology’

    06/25/2015 7:56:15 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 25, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    Many Catholics, especially conservative ones, obviously aren’t thrilled with the pope’s new encyclical. I find myself once again spending a lot of time explaining to non-Catholics why the current pope is either not a Marxist or is being yet againmisunderstood for the 999th time. Frankly, I’ve lost most of my credibility with these folks, who surely see me as a hopelessly blind Catholic. Pope Francis from behind This constant defense-mode has been unique in the case of this particular pope. Sure, much of the fault is with those looking to remake this pope and this Church in their own image,...
  • Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation

    06/25/2015 6:53:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 118 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation on a Teaching by Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • June 24, 2015 • In the gospel earlier this week, we read a warning from Jesus that too many people just brush aside: Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few (Matt 6:12-13). I have commented on this blog...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-25-15

    06/24/2015 9:17:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 25, 2015 Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 16:1-12, 15-16 Abram’s wife Sarai had borne him no children. She had, however, an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar. Sarai said to Abram: “The LORD has kept me from bearing children. Have intercourse, then, with my maid; perhaps I shall have sons through her.” Abram heeded Sarai’s request. Thus, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, his wife Sarai took her maid, Hagar the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his concubine. He had intercourse with her, and she...
  • The Mystery of Being a Priest

    06/24/2015 6:42:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-23-15 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    The Mystery of Being a Priest Msgr. Charles Pope • June 23, 2015 • Each year I concelebrate with hundreds of other priests in the ordination Mass of new priests. I find such Masses deeply spiritual. I have no role other than to quietly concelebrate, so the readings and the rites move me deeply. As I sit quietly, I ponder the mystery of my own priesthood. When I was growing up, there was little to indicate that I would ever become a priest. I was not a particularly spiritual child (at least not after age 7). I did not “play Mass.” In...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, SOL, Nativity of St. John the Baptist - Mass during the Day

    06/23/2015 8:51:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 24, 2015 4  Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist - Mass during the Day Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O coastlands, listen, O distant peoples. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. He made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me. You are my servant, he said to me, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly,...
  • VIDÉO. Les dégâts de la basilique Saint-Donatien, à Nantes, vus du ciel (Translation below)

    06/23/2015 7:12:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    aleteia.org ^ | 22.06.2015 | Arthur Herlin
    Le drone s'élève depuis le parvis de la place des Enfants Nantais et parcourt l'étendue de la façade de la basilique Saint-Donatien, jusqu'aux campaniles : se dévoile alors à nos yeux l'immense charpente mise à nue, carbonisée. Ces images, pour le moins spectaculaires, ont été réalisées par la société de production Colibri
  • Four Common Tactics of the Devil

    06/23/2015 8:43:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Common Tactics of the Devil Msgr. Charles Pope • June 22, 2015 • In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in demonic possession. Movies and books, along with human fears and fascinations, are largely the cause. Although actual demonic possession is somewhat rare, it does occur. Each diocese ought to have an appointed exorcist to assess possession. This exorcist, with the permission of the bishop, should use the Rite of Major Exorcism when true and morally certain possession has been determined. But because actual possession is quite rare, most of us should be looking out for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-23-15

    06/22/2015 10:16:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 23, 2015  Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 13:2, 5-18 Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold. Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support them if they stayed together; their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and those of Lot’s. (At this time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were occupying the land.) So Abram said to Lot: “Let there be no strife between you and me, or...
  • How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight

    06/20/2015 6:13:31 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2015 | By Anthony Faiola and Chris Mooney
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis was about to take a major step backing the science behind ­human-driven global warming, and Philippe de Larminat was determined to change his mind. A French doubter who authored a book arguing that solar activity — not greenhouse gases — was driving global warming, de Larminat sought a spot at a climate summit in April sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Nobel laureates would be there. So would U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs and others calling for dramatic steps to curb carbon emissions. fter securing a high-level meeting at...
  • Beyond the Criticism of Religion (<i><revealing hurl alert></i>

    06/22/2015 8:02:23 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 1 replies
    The Bullet ^ | 06/22/2015 | Tadzio Muller
    Oer the last few years, religion has gained in socio-political importance. For example, although the Tea Party in the U.S. had seemed to be in decline due to a determined counterattack by the Wall Street-affiliated Republican establishment, the Tea Party clearly demonstrated its influence with the surprising defeat of Eric Cantor, the Republican former majority leader in the House of Representatives. . . . . At least in the short and medium term, the revival of politico-religious movements is a fact that left-wing politics can hardly ignore, this brings us to the second question. Gramsci formulated a classic strategic demand...
  • A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief

    06/22/2015 7:34:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Powerful Parable Against the Premises of Unbelief Msgr. Charles Pope • June 21, 2015 • There are many reasons for the unbelief rampant in our times. Among them is the claim by some that because they do not see or hear evidence of God or an afterlife, our belief in these is just wishful thinking on our part so as to avoid the conclusion that everything ends with our death, that this world is all there is. A parable currently circulating on the Internet addresses this sort of unbelief. A Facebook friend (Vicki) called it to my attention. I...
  • Pope: 'Weapon Makers Are Not Christians'

    06/22/2015 5:27:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    Sky News ^ | June 22, 2015
    Pope Francis has said people who make weapons or invest in arms industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christians. "If you trust only men you have lost," he said to applause during a speech about war, money and politics. "It makes me think of ... people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn't it?" Francis also spoke about bloodshed in the Second World War, saying: "The great powers had the pictures of the railway lines that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews,...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 06-22-15,OM, St. Paulinus/Nola, Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More

    06/21/2015 8:46:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.orf/RNAB ^ | 06-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 22, 2015 Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 12:1-9 The LORD said to Abram: “Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you.” Abram went as the LORD directed him, and Lot...
  • Conservatives and the Marriage Debate

    06/21/2015 2:08:50 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Catholic Citizens of Illinois ^ | June 21, 2015 | J.R. Dunn
    The same-sex “marriage” vote in Ireland marks the largest victory for the LGBT movement thus far. It’s quite a feather in the gay boa – an apparent success in yanking one of the most heterosexual cultures on Earth out of the closet. In truth, the vote was very likely a rebuke to the Catholic Church, which in Ireland, as everywhere else in the industrialized West, hired a lot of gays to act as priests, who exploited numberless teenage boys for sexual purposes, and then did nothing about it. The Irish Church tried to coast through the crisis, and this is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-21-15, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/20/2015 7:51:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 235 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 21, 2015 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jb 38:1, 8-11 The Lord addressed Job out of the storm and said: Who shut within doors the sea, when it burst forth from the womb; when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling bands? When I set limits for it and fastened the bar of its door, and said: Thus far shall you come but no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stilled! Responsorial Psalm Ps 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 R. (1b) Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting. or: R....
  • Pray for the Living and the Dead – A Meditation on the Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy

    06/20/2015 4:06:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pray for the Living and the Dead – A Meditation on the Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • June 15, 2015 • What is the value of one prayer? I suspect it is far greater than any of us imagine. Prayer changes things, sometimes in obvious ways, more often in subtle and even paradoxical ways. But prayer is surely important, even when we don’t experience its immediate effects. Perhaps this is why Jesus taught us to pray always and never to lose heart (cf Luke 18:1). St. Paul echoed this with the simple exhortation “Pray without ceasing”...
  • The First 10 Popes of the Catholic Church

    06/20/2015 12:42:46 PM PDT · by rwa265 · 298 replies
    St. Peter's List ^ | December 17, 2012 | SPL Staff
    Listers, we’ve catalogued the first ten Vicars of Christ for the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Save the information on our first pope – St. Peter – all the information presented is taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia and links for further reading are provided. 1. Pope St. Peter (32-67) St. Peter held a primacy amongst the twelve disciples that earned him the title “Prince of the Apostles.” This primacy of St. Peter was solidified when he was appointed by Jesus to the Office of the Vicar – demonstrated by Christ giving St. Peter the Keys to the Kingdom. To...
  • A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn

    06/20/2015 12:18:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | June 14, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Summons to Courage and a Reminder of Victory in an Old Hymn Msgr. Charles Pope • June 14, 2015 • There is a lesser known hymn, at least in Catholic circles, that is remarkably appropriate for our times. It challenges us to see the choice before us soberly, and encourages us with the fact that the victory is already ours if we choose Christ Jesus. In times like these we need courage and conviction; this hymn serves as a powerful anthem to such a call. I would like to present the verses of the hymn and supply commentary throughout....
  • Talk Show Host Michael Savage Announces Pope Francis Is The False Prophet From Revelation

    06/20/2015 7:06:51 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 89 replies
    Now the End Begins ^ | 20 June 15 | Geoffrey Grider
    Pope Francis is on an unstoppable collision course with prophetic destiny “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Revelation 16:13 (KJV) Radio talk show host Michael Savage must be a regular reader of NTEB, because we’ve been saying this from the moment Pope Francis was elected to rule the Vatican corporation. People used to laugh when we said that Francis was fulfilling the role of the False Prophet from the book of Revelation, but...
  • In the age of Pope Francis, can a good Republican be a good Catholic?

    06/20/2015 6:52:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    The Week ^ | 06/19/2015 | Damon Linker
    With Republican politicians (or at least their staffs) busy reading, pondering, and strategizing about how to respond to Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, I'd like to propose that pundits and political junkies play a little game to liven the mood. The rules are simple. Every time a Republican who is a Catholic is asked for an opinion on the encyclical, place him into one of two categories: the Catholic Republicans or the Republican Catholics. The difference between the categories depends on which term is doing the modifying. A Catholic Republican is a Republican whose Catholicism comes first, whose faith...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-20-15

    06/19/2015 10:32:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 20, 2015 Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Cor 12:1-10 Brothers and sisters: I must boast; not that it is profitable, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who, fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows), was caught up to the third heaven. And I know that this man (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up into Paradise and heard ineffable...