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  • Cardinal Sean OMalley Applauds Obamas Immigration Plan

    11/23/2014 12:56:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | November 22, 2014 | Paul Burton
    This week, President Barack Obama set the change in immigration reform in motion by signing executive orders that would protect some illegal immigrants from deportation and allow some to obtain working permits. Obamas controversial plan has been met with mixed reviews, but among those who support the order is Bostons own Cardinal Sean OMalley. Its much needed relief and we applaud what he has done, OMalley told WBZ-TVs Paul Burton while handing out Thanksgiving turkey baskets in Dorchester Saturday. OMalley said the presidents solution is not a permanent one, but a step in the right direction. We have 11 million...
  • Executive Amnestys Alinsky-inspired Bishop-gate

    11/23/2014 10:42:10 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/23/14 | Judi McLeod
    The Obama administration was bankrolling America's churches as far back as 2010 in preparation for the November 2014 invasion of American sovereignty Some of Barack Obamas most passionate Marxist minions come arrayed in priestly robes rather than business suits. Their benign-sounding, if not downright boring name the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration helps hide them from the spotlight of controversy. Everyone should be aware that being far more immersed in politics than prayer, the USCCB Committee on Migration have long been waving the cheerleaders pom pom for President Barack Obamas Executive Amnesty fiat.
  • The Strangest of Kings! A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

    11/23/2014 7:10:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov. 22, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Strangest of Kings! A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe reading today on this Feast of Christ the King evokes three images of Christ as King. All of them are to some extent paradoxical, for they emphasize things about a king that we don’t usually think of in relation to a king. They also tell us that we have already met King Jesus, even if we didn’t know it. Let’s look at these three images of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of all Creation.I. Caring King - The first reading, from Ezekiel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-23-14, SOL, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    11/22/2014 7:48:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 59 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 23, 2014The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe    Reading 1 Ez 34:11-12, 15-17 Thus says the Lord GOD:I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flockwhen he finds himself among his scattered sheep,so will I tend my sheep.I will rescue them from every place where they were scatteredwhen it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep;I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD. The lost I will seek out,the strayed I will bring back,the injured I will bind up,the sick I will...
  • America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere

    11/22/2014 4:39:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 138 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov, 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video below boasts, “America loves Italy” and features a Fiat car driving through American towns with Italian names.If that is the case then America loves Catholicism even more, since thousands of towns and places are named for Catholic saints, themes, and objects. Consider the following:In California: San Diego, San Miguel, San Francisco, San Bernadino, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, San Rafael, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles (aka Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de la Porciuncula), Santa Cruz, Santa Clarita, Sacramento, San...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-22-14, M, St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

    11/22/2014 9:45:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 22, 2014Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr   Reading 1 Rv 11:4-12 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me:Here are my two witnesses:These are the two olive trees and the two lampstandsthat stand before the Lord of the earth.If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouthsand devours their enemies.In this way, anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain.They have the power to close up the skyso that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying.They also have power to turn water into bloodand to afflict...
  • Seal of confession is absolute, even after penitent dies, officials say

    11/15/2014 1:56:37 PM PST · by NYer · 211 replies
    cns ^ | November 13, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY — The secrecy of a confession is maintained so seriously and completely by the Catholic Church that a priest would be excommunicated for revealing the contents of a confession when ordered to testify by a court or even after the penitent dies, Vatican officials said.“No confessor can be dispensed from it, even if he would want to reveal the contents of a confession in order to prevent a serious and imminent evil,” said Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court dealing with matters of conscience.The penitentiary sponsored a conference at the Vatican Nov. 12-13...
  • IS POPE FRANCIS DUPING LIBERALS ON MARRIAGE?

    11/21/2014 3:08:09 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    The Spectator ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    Its no secret that liberals adore Pope Francis. The more secular the progressive, the greater the reverence for the new man in the Vatican. Liberalswhich includes liberal Catholics and Protestants as well as secularistssee the pontiff as the long-awaited liberator of the reactionary Roman Catholic Church.And yet, if you think about it, there arent many things they actually want from Francis. What kind of wish-list do they have in mind as they celebrate his arrival? Francis is not calling for women priests, for abortion-on-demand, or for clowns dancing at the altar during consecration of the Eucharist. Sure, they relish his...
  • Pope urges doctors to witness to sanctity of life

    11/21/2014 12:01:51 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 15, 2014 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis meets medical doctors at Paul VI hall - ANSA (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on Saturday. He urged them to resist false compassion and witness by word and by example that human life is always sacred, valuable, and inviolable. Read the full statement below: I welcome you on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors. In particular, I address a cordial greeting to the chaplain, Msgr. Edward Menichelli, to Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, who for decades has followed the life of the...
  • May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings

    11/21/2014 6:58:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-14 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s an old expression, seldom used today although I remember the old folks used it sometimes when I was young, “May you sleep the sleep of the just.” When my Great Aunt Polly used it, she meant simply, “May you sleep well.” But more richly and historically, the phrase speaks to a serenity that comes from having a quiet conscience, a conscience that is untroubled by the burden of unconfessed and unrepentant sin. A serene and clean conscience is an...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-14, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2014 9:39:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
     November 21, 2014Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Rv 10:8-11 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me.Then the voice spoke to me and said:“Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angelwho is standing on the sea and on the land.”So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll.He said to me, “Take and swallow it.It will turn your stomach sour,but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.”I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand...
  • Nebraska Diocese Will Move to Ad Orientem Liturgy During Advent

    11/20/2014 2:10:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, has announced that Mass will be celebrated ad orientem in the diocsean cathedral during Advent, to remind the faithful of the symbolism of facing East. Explaining the move, Bishop Conley writes: But the symbolism of facing together, and awaiting Christ, is rich, time-honored and important. Especially during Advent, as we await the coming of the Lord, facing the east togethereven symbolically facing Christ together at the altar and on the crucifixis a powerful witness to Christs imminent return.
  • Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

    11/20/2014 7:50:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-19-14 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer? By: Msgr. Charles PopeHow do you think of prayer? Is it another thing you “have to do” among many other things on your list? Or is prayer a time when you refrain from doing? Is prayer a requirement you regret or a rest you relish? What is prayer for you?The danger in answering questions like these is that we may answer them the way we think they “should” be answered rather than in an honest way. Many struggle with prayer and experience it with a lot of negativity: boredom,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-20-14

    11/20/2014 7:20:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 20, 2014Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 5:1-10 I, John, saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals.Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice,“Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earthwas able to open the scroll or to examine it.I shed many tears because no one was found worthyto open the scroll or to examine...
  • How (Pope) Francis Is Befriending the Pentecostals

    11/19/2014 2:24:41 PM PST · by NYer · 87 replies
    Chiesa ^ | November 19, 2014 | Sandro Magister
    In Latin America, they're pulling millions of faithful away from the Catholic Church. But the pope has only words of friendship for them. This is his way of doing ecumenism, unveiled here in two of his video messages by Sandro Magister ROME, November 19, 2014 - With the mastery for which it is known all over the world, the Washington-based Pew Research Center has conducted a survey on a massive scale that gives substance to a fact that was already known in general terms, the startling decline of Catholic membership in the Latin American subcontinent:> Religion in Latin America. Widespread...
  • BBC TV's Ballykissangel: Did this stir up any controversy?

    11/19/2014 2:33:15 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 5 replies
    IMDB ^ | 11/19/2014 | Vanity
    I've been binge watching an ITV series on Amazon Prime. It ran from 1996-2001. Storyline Peter Clifford, a young Catholic priest from Manchester, is transferred to the village of Ballykissangel, Ireland, and is taken by the dry-humored publican Assumpta Fitzgerald who has almost the exact opposite of his good nature and dislikes the organized church. He has to deal with occasional battles against his hateful superior, Father MacAnally, and the day-to-day problems of the people:
  • 5 Reasons Abp. Cupich is a Great Choice for Chicago (or Anywhere)

    11/19/2014 8:50:17 AM PST · by millegan · 11 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Mattew Sewell
    Yesterday, Archbishop Blase Cupich began his tenure as the Archdiocese of Chicagos 9th prelate. My wife and I were blessed a few weeks ago to attend one final young adult Pub Night with the archbishop before he vacated his seat as Bishop of the Diocese of Spokane, where he spoke on the Popes encyclical Joy of the Gospel and took questions from the audience on anything and everything. Lots of people have been saying lots of things about Pope Francis recent selection good and bad, Christian and un-Christian, smart and dumb but at the end of the day,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ELDERS, 11-19-14

    11/19/2014 8:27:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ELDERSThe older men in a community acting as a governing body (I Samuel 16:4). The Sanhedrin, for instance, was made up of elders (Exodus 3:16). they were mentioned in Matthew as joining the chief priests in challenging Jesus during his ministry (Matthew 27:12). The traditional system carried over into Christian communities. The Apostles appointed elders to take charge of each church (Acts 14:23). According to the Council of Trent, the elders mentioned by St. James as administrators of the sacrament of anointing (James 5:14) "does not refer to the older men nor to the more...
  • Pope Francis's defense of doctrine sends the Associated Press spinning

    11/18/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 74 replies
    http://www.getreligion.org ^ | November 18, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    A colleague offers the following capsule summary of Associated Press reporter Nicole Winfield's latest report on Pope Francis, in which the pontiff's defense of traditional church teaching seems to baffle the Vatican correspondent: Francis is a RADICAL no, no, sorry about thathe is now a conservative who sounds just like Benedict -- NO, WAIT -- he really is a liberal at heart, but he is being FORCED by those evil, evil right-wing conservatives to cave--he is at WAR with his own CDF chief (you know, the one he re-confirmed -- but never mind) -- AT WAR, I TELL YOU!...
  • A Reflection on Perhaps the Meanest and Most Shocking Thing Jesus Ever Said

    11/19/2014 6:44:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 18, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Reflection on Perhaps the “Meanest” and Most Shocking Thing Jesus Ever Said By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel from today’s Mass (Wed. of the 33rd Week – Luke 19:11-27) is known as the “Parable of the Ten Gold Coins.” It is similar to Matthew’s “Parable of the Talents” from Sunday, but with certain significant differences and an ending so shocking that, when I read it at daily Mass some years ago, a young child said audibly to her mother, “Wow, that’s mean!”I’d like to take a look at it and ponder its shocking ending.As I said, the parable is similar...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-19-14

    11/18/2014 10:15:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 19, 2014Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 4:1-11 I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,and I heard the trumpetlike voicethat had spoken to me before, saying,“Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards.”At once I was caught up in spirit. A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat onewhose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other throneson which twenty-four elders sat,dressed in white garments and with...
  • Pope Francis: Children Have Right to a Mother and Father

    11/18/2014 2:45:44 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | ANN SCHNEIBLE/CNA/EWTN NEWS
    VATICAN CITY Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that the family is the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation. The Pope made these remarks on Nov. 17, at the opening of the three-day international, interfaith colloquium entitled The Complementarity of Man and Woman, currently under way in the Vatican.
  • 68 Year Old Man Kicked Out Of Planet Fitness For Wearing Pro-life T-shirt Despite.....

    11/18/2014 2:41:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 42 replies
    standtrue.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bryan Kemper
    FULL TITLE: 68 Year Old Man Kicked Out Of Planet Fitness For Wearing Pro-life T-shirt Despite Their Claim Of Being 100% Judgement Free UPDATE: Planet Fitness released this statement to me a few minutes ago At Planet Fitness, we are committed to providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for everyone. The majority of Planet Fitness clubs, including this location in Orange City, FL, are owned and operated by individual franchisees. The dress code policy is enforced at the discretion of club staff and the local franchisee. McCall Gosselin, Director of Public Relations I just got off the phone with...
  • Pope Francis selects Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican Christmas Concert

    11/14/2014 5:52:29 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 195 replies
    http://www.nme.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Luke Morgan Britton
    Patti Smith is to play this year's Vatican Christmas Concert in Rome next month. The punk singer will perform live at the Italian city's Auditorium Conciliazione on December 13 following a personal invitation from Pope Francis, according to The International Business Times. The entire event is set to be broadcast live on TV. Smith's booking has evoked a mixed response from Christian groups, with Catholic organisation Portosalvo apparently describing the decision as "blasphemous", following the singer's 1975 song 'Gloria', which famously featured the lines: "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine". The singer met Pope Francis at St. Peter's...
  • Pedophile priests sent abroad to avoid prosecution: Activist

    11/18/2014 11:35:09 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 22 replies
    PressTV ^ | 11/18/2014
    Discredited pedophile priests in the Catholic Church are outsourced to countries where no prosecution takes place, a commentator tells Press TV. A lot of the pedophiles who discredit themselves in more advanced white countries, where theyll be prosecuted, are outsourced to rape, molest and abuse non-white black, brown people And the church needs to confront its long history of racism, Randy Short, a human rights activist said in an interview with Press TV from Washington on Tuesday.
  • Accuser Infuriated By Monsignors Exoneration By Catholic Church

    11/18/2014 11:29:13 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 14 replies
    LOS ANGELES (AP) A man who accused a high-ranking Roman Catholic monsignor in Los Angeles of molestation said Wednesday he is furious that an internal Vatican tribunal recently exonerated the priest. *snip* They [the church] never contacted me for anything. It just infuriates me, he said. Theyre laughing in my face.
  • Four sisters recount lives haunted by [Catholic] clergy abuse

    11/18/2014 10:28:50 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 64 replies
    MPR News ^ | 11/17/2014 | Madeleine Baran
    Nancy Meyers remembers the fear in the priest's eyes when he spotted her. It was a Sunday morning in 1990, and Nancy, then 42, and her sister Kate had just arrived at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lino Lakes to confront the man Nancy says had sexually abused her as a child. The Rev. Kenneth LaVan was greeting parishioners at the back of the church. "Can I help you?" a parishioner asked. "Oh, no," Kate Meyers said. "We're here to see Father LaVan, it's just a quick thing. He knows us. We're old friends." When the sisters got to the...
  • 11 Quotes that Explode the Spirit of Vatican II

    11/18/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by millegan · 16 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    [O]ften men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasonings and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, serving the creature rather than the Creator. [...] By the proclamation of the Gospel [the Church] gives [non-Christians] the dispositions necessary for baptism, snatches them from the slavery of error and of idols and incorporates them in Christ Sound like something from the superstitious medieval Church? Actually, its a quote from the Second Vatican Council (Lumen gentium, 16-17; promulgated in 1964).
  • Catalog of Sin All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier

    11/18/2014 7:50:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 99 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Catalog of Sin – All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video at the bottom of the page is something of a spoof on drug commercials, treating sin like a drug. Wait till you hear the side-effects disclaimer at the end. I also thought today of doing a little post on the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance since I was talking to a parishioner today, who is suffering because his employer has not paid him for three weeks. The employer, a shipping agency says this is  due to “administrative...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUARANTINE, 11-18-14

    11/18/2014 7:16:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUARANTINEAccording to the ancient Church, a rigorous fast of forty days. It was an ecclesiastical penalty imposed by a confessor. Later on it came to be applied to partial indulgences and meant that the amount of temporal punishment removed was equivalent to that remitted by the ancient canonical penalty. However, the term is no longer applied to indulgences. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • End of communism not all good for Christianity: Vatican

    11/17/2014 1:22:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 66 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Tom Heneghan
    The end of communist rule in Europe, which began 25 years ago this month, was not all positive for Christianity because it brought tensions between Rome and Russia back to the surface, a senior Vatican official said on Monday. Cardinal Kurt Koch, the top Roman Catholic official for inter-church relations, said the re-emergence of Eastern Catholic churches in Ukraine and Romania after decades of suppression had created major tensions with the Russian Orthodox Church. Russian Orthodox leaders have accused the Vatican-aligned Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of trying to take back churches and woo away believers from the Moscow Orthodox Patriarchate....
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings,11-18-14, OM,Ded. St.Peter& St.Paul Basilicas,St. Rose Duchesne

    11/17/2014 9:18:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 18, 2014Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 3:1-6, 14-22 I, John, heard the Lord saying to me:“To the angel of the Church in Sardis, write this: “‘The one who has the seven spirits of Godand the seven stars says this: “I know your works,that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die,for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent.If you are not...
  • From Bondage to Freedom (From Rome to Christianity)

    11/17/2014 5:56:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 144 replies
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3). I never even considered salvation in Christ because I did not even know about it. Suicide, not salvation, was my way out. It was the Lords desire that I be saved before I was born! What a blessing! Ephesians 1:4 says that each believer was chosen before the foundation of the world, According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame...
  • What is The Art of Accompaniment? Some Concerns About Another Phrase Emerging From the Synod

    11/17/2014 7:25:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 16, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is “The Art of Accompaniment”? Some Concerns About Another Phrase Emerging From the Synod By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the events at last week’s meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was a first-hand summary of the Roman (extraordinary) Synod on the family by several bishops who attended. It would appear, as related by Archbishop Kurtz,  that a certain expression emerged at the Synod that is meant to convey a kind of pastoral strategy. That phrase is the “art of accompaniment.” Of itself, the phrase both makes sense and has value. In life, we must all learn, individually and collectively,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-17-14, M, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

    11/16/2014 7:58:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 17, 2014Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious    Reading 1 Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him,to show his servants what must happen soon.He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,who gives witness to the word of Godand to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.Blessed is the one who reads aloudand blessed are those who listen to this prophetic messageand heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near. John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and...
  • "Have you been saved?

    11/16/2014 1:42:01 PM PST · by NYer · 198 replies
    The Integrated Catholic Life ^ | November 16, 2014 | DEACON MICHAEL BICKERSTAFF
    “Return of the Prodigal Son” (detail) by Murillo Have You Been Saved? In Acts 4, St. Peter delivers a powerful sermon. He concludes by saying, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”I have written before in these pages of the time when I was growing up in the southern part of the United States and how I would from time to time encounter young, protestant teens and adults who would excitedly take to the streets to witness for Christ.Now...
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - November 17, 2014 - MIKE COUSINEAU - a former Assembly of God

    11/16/2014 6:16:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 31 replies
    EWTN ^ | 11.16.14
    Mike Cousineau, a former Assembly of God, sits down with Marcus to talk about what convinced him that the Catholic Church is the True Church. Monday, 11/17 08:00 PMTuesday, 11/18 01:00 AM Friday, 11/21 01:00 PM
  • Topless feminists target 'political' Pope

    11/16/2014 9:52:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | November 14, 2014
    Femen, the women's rights group known for topless protests, took their act to a new level of provocation on Friday with an explicitly sexually suggestive demonstration in front of the Vatican. In what they described as a protest over Pope Francis's upcoming visit to the European Parliament, three members of the group appeared on St Peter's square wearing only leather mini-skirts and flower garlands in their hair. Two of them had "Keep it Inside" written on their backs - a slogan apparently related to what followed. After bending forward, the women dropped down on to all fours, all the time...
  • Growing in the Fear of the Lord A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/16/2014 6:38:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe past two Sundays have featured feasts (All Souls, and the Feast of St John Lateran) that stepped out of the usual Sunday cycle, and thus, especially last week, we missed the  November theme of the the Last things: Death, judgment, Heaven and Hell. Nevertheless, here on the 33rd Sunday we are back to the last things and reminded that we will one day account for our use of the gifts and resources God has given us.But today’s readings...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-16-14, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/15/2014 7:45:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 54 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 16, 2014Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 When one finds a worthy wife,her value is far beyond pearls.Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,has an unfailing prize.She brings him good, and not evil,all the days of her life.She obtains wool and flaxand works with loving hands.She puts her hands to the distaff,and her fingers ply the spindle.She reaches out her hands to the poor,and extends her arms to the needy.Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.Give her a reward for her labors,and let her...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GERIZIM, 11-15-14

    11/15/2014 7:00:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GERIZIMA mountain in Samaria. When Moses was passing on to the Israelites the instructions Yahweh had given him, he told them that, as soon as they had taken over the Promised Land, they must speak the words of blessing from Mount Gerizim (Deuteronomy 11:29). In the New Testament it was on this mountain that Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water (John 4). In the ensuing conversation she referred to the worship her people offered on Mount Gerizim to rival the Jerusalem temple. To this day certain Samaritans observe the Passover on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-15-14, OM, St. Albert the Great, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    11/14/2014 8:56:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 15, 2014Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 3 Jn 5-8 Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,especially for strangers;they have testified to your love before the Church.Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.For they have set out for the sake of the Nameand are accepting nothing from the pagans.Therefore, we ought to support such persons,so that we may be co-workers in the truth. Responsorial Psalm Ps 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.or:R. Alleluia.Blessed the man who...
  • WE RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE (Immigration)

    11/14/2014 3:12:26 PM PST · by NYer · 58 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | November 12, 2014 | BRIAN BURCH
    What is a Catholic to think?We are called to welcome the stranger, but also to respect the law. We are morally bound to respect the dignity of every human person, but cannot create civil disorder.Reports suggest that President Obama may soon act by Executive Order to expand ‘deferred action’ for parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. By doing so, the Obama administration would no longer enforce our immigration laws as applied to an estimated 4-5 million people living illegally in the United States.A good idea? Necessary? Legal?Unfortunately this constitutionally suspect move has the apparent support of Bishop Eusebio...
  • Where Fundamentalists Are Right: 5 Things Catholics Need to Take Seriously Again

    11/14/2014 1:01:10 PM PST · by millegan · 238 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Brantly Millegan
    The term fundamentalist is a pejorative term today, used to label someone the speaker believes is an irrational religious extremist of some kind. But a hundred years ago, the term was taken as a badge of honor by theologically conservative Protestants to distinguish themselves from liberal Protestantism. While liberal Protestants in mainline denominations were denying basic Christian teachings like the authority of the Bible and the bodily resurrection of Jesus, conservative Protestants called for going back to the fundamentals of the faith hence the term. There are obviously a lot of issues on which Catholics and fundamentalists disagree, but...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WINGED MAN, 11-14-14

    11/14/2014 8:51:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-14-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WINGED MANA symbol assigned to St. Matthew the Evangelist, who opens his Gospel with the genealogy of Christ, "son of David, son of Abraham," stressing Christ's Israelite descent and fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • I have seven thousand in Israel, who have never bent the knee to nor bowed to Baal A Word of ...

    11/14/2014 7:32:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 13, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “I have seven thousand in Israel, who have never bent the knee to nor bowed to Baal” – A Word of Encouragement from God By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and again in times like these, I think of the prophet Elijah, anxious and fretting in a cave, so depressed he could barely eat. He was fleeing from Queen Jezebel, who sought his life. As Elijah looked to his beloved Israel, he saw a rather discouraging portrait of fellow Jews who were either too confused or too fearful to resist the religion of the Baals required by Jezebel. He seems...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-14-14

    11/13/2014 8:56:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-14-14- | Revised New American Bible
    November 14, 2014Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 2 Jn 4-9 [Chosen Lady:]I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truthjust as we were commanded by the Father.But now, Lady, I ask you,not as though I were writing a new commandmentbut the one we have had from the beginning:let us love one another.For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments;this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning,in which you should walk. Many deceivers have gone out into the world,those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ...
  • How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? [vanity]

    11/13/2014 6:49:41 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 633 replies
    How Many Protestant Denominations Are There? Partial List of 5000+ Protestant Denominations by Name How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?    The 20,000 / 30,000 numbers and David Barrett's statistics "The Facts and Stats on "33,000 Denominations" The 20,000 / 30,000 numbers and David Barrett's statistics Part II (Above links derived from here) ===> ("How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?") ⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪ There are many, many more Protestant denominations out there, not just those reflected in the links above.    How many?    Well, nobody really knows for sure exactly how many Protestant denominations exist at any given point in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PANTHEON, 11-13-14

    11/13/2014 8:44:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PANTHEONAll the gods of a polytheistic people. Also a temple dedicated to all gods, or at least the principal deities of a nation. The Roman Pantheon was built by Agrippa in 27 B.C., rebuilt by Hadrian in the second century A.D., and converted in 609 into a Christian church. The Panthon in Paris, originally the church of St. Genevive, was taken over during the French Revolution as a memorial temple of unbelief; after exchanging hands several times, it finally became what it is now, a national monument and mausoleum for illustrious Frenchmen. (Etym. Greek pantheion,...
  • Vatican rocked by another paedophilia scandal

    11/13/2014 5:29:02 AM PST · by Gamecock · 42 replies
    Euronews ^ | 25.09.2014
    Scandal has rocked the Vatican for the second time in a week. On Thursday (September 25), officials confirmed Pope Francis had sacked Bishop Livieres, head of the Paraguayan diocese of Ciudad del Este. Livieres is suspected of protecting a priest believed to have sexually abused young people. His dismissal followed the arrest two days earlier of former archbishop Josef Wesolowski, who is accused of paying for sex with children during his time as papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic. Pope Francis, has vowed to take a zero-tolerance policy on clerics who abuse minors. The pontiff approved Wesolowskis arrest and earlier...