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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-04-12, Second Sunday of Lent

    03/03/2012 8:57:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 03-04-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 4, 2012 Second Sunday of Lent Reading 1Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 God put Abraham to the test.He called to him, "Abraham!""Here I am!" he replied.Then God said:"Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,and go to the land of Moriah.There you shall offer him up as a holocauston a height that I will point out to you." When they came to the place of which God had told him,Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.But the LORD's messenger...
  • Essays for Lent: The Pope

    03/03/2012 8:07:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
    The Popeby Sebastian R. Fama"But who do you say that I am?"  Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona!  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and...
  • Obama Risks $100 Billion If Catholic Hospitals Close

    03/03/2012 4:20:49 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 58 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | March 1, 2012 | EDWARD MORRISSEY
    Perhaps Barack Obama assumed that religious leaders would simply offer a token protest to his new mandate for religious organizations to provide free birth control, even when contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization violate the core doctrines of their faith. The president might have had reason to expect that Catholic bishops wouldnt put up much of a fight, considering their support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, from which Health and Human Services derives the authority to dictate their coverage requirements to employers. Obama has enjoyed significant support from Catholics, the largest religious group...
  • Catholic bishops exhort faithful to oppose Obamacare in a Sunday message

    03/03/2012 3:00:03 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Speroforum ^ | March 2, 2012 | Martin Barillas
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops is issuing a flyer to be distributed at Masses over the March 3-4 weekend that asks their congregation to voice their opposition to the Obama administration's requirement that all employers pay for their employees' contraceptives. The mandate, which President Obama has given just one year for compliance, would force Catholic hospitals - for instance - to pay for contraceptives, even though contrary to Catholic teachings. Besides the Catholic bishops, other religious groups, including non-Christians and secular people, have criticized the Obama administration's move as an unconstitutional intromission into religious freedoms and the freedom of association. The bishops ask their congregations to contact their Members of Congress to voice their opposition...
  • Meet Sandra Fluke: The woman you didn’t hear at Congress’ contraceptives hearing

    03/03/2012 2:40:30 PM PST · by machman · 45 replies
    Washington Post Blogs ^ | 2/16/12 | Sarah Kliff
    Congress held a lengthy hearing Thursday morning on the health reform laws mandated coverage of contraceptives, probing whether the provision violates religious liberties. The hearing has gotten a lot of attention not necessarily for what happened there, but what didnt. Namely, no one testified in favor of the contraceptives mandate. Moreover, no women participated in the first, three-hour panel (two women did testify against the provision in the second panel.) The Democrats did, however, invite one woman to speak: Sandra Fluke, a third-year student at Georgetown Law and past president of the schools Students for Reproductive Justice group. Rep. Darrell...
  • Following the Truth: Listening To Marys Voice Part 5 (Losing Jesus), [Catholic Caucus]

    03/03/2012 2:17:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Following the ^ | Feb 13th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Listening To Marys Voice Part 5 (Losing Jesus) Feb 13th, 2012by Gary Zimak. Mary: Wheres Jesus?Joseph: I thought He was with you.Mary: No, I thought He was with you.Joseph: Well, He has to be around here somewhere, so lets look.(Mother Angelica, Mother Angelicas Private and Pithy Lessons From the Scriptures)This humorous snippet of fictitious dialog reminds us that, despite being the parents of the Messiah, Mary and Joseph werent given a pass from the worries and difficulties faced by all parents. When we look at the story of the Finding in the Temple, we can almost feel the helplessness...
  • Congress Told HHS Mandate Fines Could Total $620,000

    03/03/2012 12:35:41 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | February 28, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Members of Congress heard from pro-life advocates today who told them in a hearing of the laundry list of problems associated with the new mandate the Obama administration put in place.The mandate has drawn strong opposition from religious groups concerned that they would have to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their members or employees. Republicans in the House sought to bring light to that in a hearing entitled, “Executive Overreach: The HHS Mandate Versus Religious Liberty.”Asma Uddin, an attorney with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told the Judiciary Committee of the United States...
  • Cardinal Dolan blasts White House contraception plan as 'freedom of religion battle'

    03/03/2012 12:21:22 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 26 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | 3/3/2012 | KEVIN SHEEHAN and GARY BUISO
    Its holy war! Cardinal Timothy Dolan ramped up the battle with the White House today, blasting the government for a controversial new regulation that would require providing free contraceptive services to workers of religious institutions. Dont impose your teaching upon us and make us do as a church what we find unconscionable to do! the freshly minted prince of the church told a roaring crow of 1,000 at Holy Trinity Diocesan HS in Hicksville. In a blistering attack interlaced with humor, Dolan never mentioned President Obama by name only his policies.
  • The HHS Mandate: Cardinal George and the Bishops Are Fighting the Last War (Excellent Analysis)

    03/03/2012 11:05:49 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    gerardnadal ^ | March 3, 2012 | Dr. Gerard M. Nadal
    It is a well-known phenomenon that generals have a tendency to “Fight the Last War,” meaning that they tend to use the tactics that brought them victory in the last war they fought. The problem is that the enemy usually shows up with new weapons and new tactics. Either the generals adapt, or go down to defeat.In the war over the HHS Mandate, it seems that the bishops have shown up with Cardinal O’Connor’s playbook from the 1980′s. It won’t work, and they had better grasp that reality today, and with all due urgency.This past week, Francis Cardinal George of...
  • The Coming Persecution (a priest's projection on what is to come if Obama re-elected)

    03/03/2012 12:03:05 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | March 2, 2012 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    So much talk amongst right wing Catholics of the erosion of religious liberty, the collapse of all things and the coming persecution. Talk of government detention centers and priests being shot like Bl. Miguel Pro. I don't think they get it. That's not what it will be like. America is different. We're into image big time. We thought the Soviets were into brainwashing and propaganda. We put them in the shade. America is all about healthy, lusty, good looking guys and gals who are clean cut, successful and smiling. We're into the good life. We're into being good and...
  • Sandra Flukes Appearance Is No Fluke

    03/03/2012 8:10:08 AM PST · by yellowhammer · 158 replies ^ | March 2 , 2012 | Just a grunt
    <p>In other words, folks, you are being played. She has been an activist all along and the Dems were just waiting for the appropriate time to play her.</p>
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISTLES TO THE THE THESSALONIANS, 03-03-12

    03/03/2012 8:17:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 03-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EPISTLES TO THE THE THESSALONIANS Two letters written by St. Paul to the Christians of the city of Thessalonica. Both were written from Corinth about A.D. 51. In the first, St. Paul sets the people's minds at rest about the fate of the righteous dead. They are alive and at the Second Coming of Christ will rise in their glorified bodies. In the second letter, the Apostle admonishes the new converts to be steadfast in the faith in spite of false teachers who are trying to seduce them. All items in this dictionary are from Fr....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-03-12, Opt. Mem. St. Katherine Drexel

    03/02/2012 9:50:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 03-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 3, 2012 Saturday of the First Week in Lent Reading 1Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:"This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and...
  • Modern, secular liberalism is a political religion

    03/02/2012 3:16:27 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    CWR ^ | March 2, 2012 | Carl Olson
    Jonah Goldberg's most recent "Goldberg File" comments at length, and with several good points, on the maddening way that modern liberalism presents itself as an objective, secular belief system above the superstitious, backwards fray of traditional (and non-traditional) religions: Speaking of Liberal Fascism, one of its core themes -- and mine -- is that modern liberalism is a political religion. That's why I've been so intrigued and frustrated by the discussion around Rick Santorum and his various comments, including: His ham-fisted remarks about wanting to vomit after reading JFK's church-state speech, his defense of religious freedom, his insistence that Obama's...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MECHITARISTS or MEKHITARISTS, 03-02-12

    03/02/2012 8:29:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 03-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MECHITARISTS or MEKHITARISTS A community of Catholic Armenian monks, founded at Constantinople in 1701 and living under a modified Benedictine Rule. Established by Mechitar of Sebaste, an Armenian priest who submitted to Rome, the community was driven from Constantinople and took refuge in Venetian territory, finally on the island of San Lazzaro. Another section later settled in Vienna. The Mechitarists are engaged in education and missionary work and have published many important Armenian writings. They use the Armenian Liturgy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used...
  • UPDATE on Fr. Marcel Guarnizo [Denied Lesbian Communion]

    03/02/2012 6:22:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Deacon Greg posted the following update to his story. It seems that someone from St. John Newmann wrote to him the following:just wanted to let you know that there is a lot more to this story than has been published। I was in a meeting with Fr Marcel and heard the whole story। The woman in question brought her lesbian partner into the vesting sacristy just before the funeral Mass and made sure to introduce her partner to Fr Marcel, introducing her as her ‘lover’. He told her then that she should not present herself for Communion. I have been...
  • Cstholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-02-12

    03/01/2012 10:11:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies · 10+ views ^ | 03-02-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 2, 2012 Friday of the First Week in Lent Reading 1Ez 18:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil waythat he may...
  • How Some Kids With A Van Are Changing The Pro-Life Movement

    03/01/2012 3:23:25 PM PST · by rhema · 8 replies · 6+ views ^ | 3/1/12 | Kristen Walker
    [ . . . ] Heres what happens: a woman is walking up to an abortion clinic. She is approached by Dave or Daryl or another member of Save the Storks. Hi, how are you? Would you like a free ultrasound? This is the approach. There is no dangling rosary, no graphic pamphlet, no doom-and-gloom. Just an offer of free help from a non-threatening, friendly, smiling young person. And then there is the Stork bus. . . . [ . . . ] The Stork bus . . . is a bright, lovely blue on the outside, and the inside...
  • Cookies for Life: 10-year-old ex-Girl Scout raises thousands for pro-life with home-baked cookies

    BOISE, Idaho, March 1, 2012 ( When Grace Swanke, 10, found out that Girl Scouts is entangled with Planned Parenthood, not only did she decide to quit her troop, but as someone who loved to sell cookies, she decided to make and sell her own brand of cookie, but with a pro-life twist. The thing I enjoyed most about the girl scouts was selling cookies, and then I realized I could still sell cookies, I just had to bake them myself, Grace told LifeSiteNews. Several years ago, a significant number of Girl Scout councils nationwide admitted to partnering with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANGELS (symbols), 03-01-12

    03/01/2012 8:58:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies · 2+ views ^ | 03-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANGELS (symbols) Depicted in various forms to express the will of God, of which they are the mediators. Shown as messengers, in worship, and in executing justice, they appeared in Western art before A.D. 600. Before Constantine their appearance without wings was mainly with a staff indicative of their office as messengers. The nine choirs are distinctively represented. Angels in art are represented with a variety of articles, musical instruments, thuribles, shields, scrolls, and in a few instances emblems of the Passion, though they are usually represented in worship before the Blessed Sacrament on earth and...
  • What if Catholic bishops arent bluffing? (To close hospitals and schools because of HHS Mandate)

    03/01/2012 6:50:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 3+ views
    Hotair ^ | 03/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier this week, Francis Cardinal George of the archdiocese of Chicago sent a message to parishioners in Barack Obama’s home town that imposition of the HHS mandate to fund and facilitate contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization would force the Catholic Church to close its hospitals, clinics, schools, and all other organizations that would otherwise have to comply. “Two Lents from now,” Cardinal George warned, “unless something changes, the page [listing Catholic organizations] will be blank.” At the time, some commenters wrote that this has been Obama’s plan all along — to force religious charities out of business to make people more...

    03/01/2012 4:31:46 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 24 replies · 3+ views
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 3/1/42 | C. Brooks Peters, Robert P. Post, Charles Hurd, Daniel T. Brigham, Henry C. Wolfe
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 THE NEWS OF THE WEEK IN REVIEW12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-01-12

    02/29/2012 10:31:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 1, 2012 Thursday in the First Week of Lent Reading 1Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids,from morning until evening, and said:"God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me, who am alone and...
  • Gay woman wants priest relieved of duties after communion

    02/29/2012 5:02:18 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | feb 29, 2012 | Joe Danielewicz
    The local archdiocese has apologized for the actions of Father Marcel Guarnizo, but Barbara Johnson, who is gay and lives with her lesbian partner, said that was not enough. Guarnizo officiated at a funeral mass for Loetta Johnson on Saturday at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, about 25 miles northwest of Washington. He told attendees that only church members in a "state of grace" would be allowed to receive communion, Johnson said.
  • Chicago's Cardinal Warns Of An ObamaCare Gulag

    02/29/2012 1:14:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 29, 2012 | IBD staff
    First Amendment: The ex-head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compares the administration take on freedom of worship to the Soviet Union's and says its contraceptive mandate will force church hospitals to close. On the first Sunday of Lent, Chicago's Francis Cardinal George issued his version of the letter issued by the USCCB he recently led. It shredded assurances by the administration that things could be worked out so that religious freedom would not be impaired and painted a bleak future that just might be the administration's intent. Going a bit further than his peers, Cardinal George essentially rejected...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OBEDIENCE, 02-29-12

    02/29/2012 10:58:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 02-29-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OBEDIENCE The moral virtue that inclines the will to comply with the will of another who has the right to command. Material obedience is merely to carry out the physical action commanded; formal obedience is to perform an action precisely because it is commanded by a legitimate superior. The extent of obedience is as wide as the authority of the person who commands. Thus obedience to God is without limit, whereas obedience to human beings is limited by higher laws that must not be transgressed, and by the competency or authority of the one who gives...
  • Holder: 1st Amendment Allows Gov't to Force Catholics to Buy Sterilization- Contraception-Abortion

    02/29/2012 9:56:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/29/12 | Fred Lucas
    The Justice Department will defend against any legal challenge to the new Obama administration mandate to force employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, even if it goes against their conscience, Attorney General Eric Holder told a House subcommittee Tuesday. The Department of Health and Human Services rule, part of Obamacare, violates the freedom of conscience for Catholics and other religious groups that expressed their objections to the mandate, opponents say. Already there is litigation asserting that the rule violates the First Amendments guarantee to free exercise of religion.
  • New Pew survey: Obama losing ground among Catholic, Jewish, Protestant and even atheist voters

    02/29/2012 9:35:05 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/29/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    According to a Pew poll released earlier this month even before Barack Obama went public with his all-out war on the Catholic Church White non-Hispanic Catholics started moving away from the Democrats and toward a Republican self-identification. The quietly released survey, which contains lots of bad news for Democrats, was completed last December by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. What Pew found was as follows. The Democrat identification all Catholics (practicing and non- practicing) had in 2008 is gone. Democrat identification has slipped from 53/37 to 48/43 again this was BEFORE Obamas declaration of war. While...
  • Conservative Leaders Demand Apology From Huffington Over Anti-Catholic Column [Mass "Barbaric"]

    02/28/2012 10:05:04 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 4+ views
    FoxNews ^ | February 28, 2012
    Conservative Leaders Demand Apology From Huffington Over Anti-Catholic Column February 28, 2012 A group of socially conservative leaders is demanding Huffington Post publisher Arianna Huffington apologize for allowing a column to be published on her website that compares Catholics to pedophiles and attacks communion as a "barbaric ritual." (snip) Letter to Arianna Huffington from Christian and conservative leaders "Larry Doyle's recent anti-Catholic screed in the Huffington Post, 'The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum,' is bigoted and unacceptable, and a perfect example of 'flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric'" that Huffington pledged to avoid when she launched the Huffington Post...

    02/29/2012 6:58:18 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 48 replies · 4+ views ^ | February 28, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Why Santorum Scares the Left February 28, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, we have some headlines that are in the Drive-By Media today. Most of them are about Santorum and how out of touch he is and how what a wacko he is and what a creep, what a fanatic. I had 'em set aside. I'll just run through the headlines here.ABC: "New Lows Among Conservatives Mark Romneys Popularity Problem."This is an ABC News/Washington Post poll on Romney's plummeting popularity with conservative Republicans. From the Right Scoop: "Santorum: Romney Uniquely Unqualified to Take on President Obama." From the National...
  • Set the Captives Free: Why (and How) Abortion Should Be Talked About in Church

    02/29/2012 6:52:43 AM PST · by rhema · 2 replies
    He Leapt ^ | 2/25/12
    "Kristen decided to share her secret with someone she trusted, a youth pastor. He told her something that forever changed her life and the life of her baby. 'Abortion is not an option,' he said. 'Two wrongs dont make a right.' The kind pastor suggested that adoption would be a more loving option. 'His words reminded me that this was a baby we were talking about.'" --Peter Baklinski,, February 20, 2012 Not all Christian pastors would have spoken these words to Kristen, and not all Christian denominations teach their clergy to counsel in this way. I know this, tragically,...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: (new) Rule coming soon on contraception coverage

    02/29/2012 5:51:50 AM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 3+ views
    Politico ^ | February 28, 2012 | KATE NOCERA
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the Obama administration plans to issue a rule "in the near future" on its compromise plan on contraception coverage and is meeting with insurers, clergy and health leaders to get feedback on how to make it work.“We’ve begun outreach. I have talked to Catholic health leaders, I’m reaching out to priests. We’re also talking to union leaders, we’re talking to our partners at labor who run the self-insured plans to figure out a strategy,” Sebelius told reporters at a conference in D.C. on Tuesday.“We intend to propose a rule in the near future on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-29-12

    02/28/2012 11:53:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 2+ views ^ | 02-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 29, 2012 Wednesday of the First Week in Lent Reading 1Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:"Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you."So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD's bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day's walk announcing,"Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,"when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-28-12

    02/28/2012 9:49:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 3+ views ^ | 02-28-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 28, 2012 Tuesday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial PsalmPs 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with me,let...
  • Actress-turned-nun Dolores Hart back at Oscars on the red carpet

    02/27/2012 7:11:31 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 2+ views
    NWTimes ^ | February 27, 2012 | By Philip Potempa
    Actress-turned-nun Mother Dolores Hart I wrote in April about the new play "Nunset Boulevard" by Dan Goggin opening at Theatre at the Center in Munster. In this stage comedy, a group of nuns trying to raise money to save its convent dares to risk a cross-country trip to face the evils of today's Hollywood and audition for a new movie based on the life of Dolores Hart. Although the play was pure silly imagination, Hart, now 73, is the very real actress who had a successful film career in 1950s Hollywood opposite famous leading men such as Elvis Presley, Montgomery...
  • Cardinal George: no Catholic hospitals in 2 years unless HHS mandate is rescinded

    02/27/2012 9:15:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 7+ views
    Warning that the Church is being despoiled of her institutions as freedom of conscience and of religion become a memory from a happier past, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago observes that the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must give up her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations. So far in American history, our government has respected the freedom of individual conscience and of institutional integrity for all the many religious groups that shape our society, he continues. The government has not compelled them to perform or pay for what...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THOMISM, 02-27-12

    02/27/2012 9:02:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies · 2+ views ^ | 02-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):THOMISM The philosophy and theology taught by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) and by those who respect his ideas and follow his basic principles. The body of propositions contained in the Twenty-four Theses approved by Pope St. Pius X. This is the most concise and authoritative expression of Thomism as understood in the Roman Catholic Church. The term is also sometimes used to identify the Baezian theory on the relation of grace and free will with its stress on physical predetermination to explain the efficacy of divine grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-27-12

    02/26/2012 7:46:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies · 2+ views ^ | 02-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 27, 2012 Monday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. "You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in...
  • The Temptations of Jesus Christ

    02/26/2012 4:36:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | not available | Jeff Cavins
    The Temptations of Jesus Christby Jeff CavinsSome people give in when confronted with temptation in their lives. Some just do the best they can. In this weeks Gospel reading [the first Sunday in Lent] we have an inside look at how Jesus overcame temptation with Gods word.When Jesus came on the scene in Israel 2,000 years ago, the Romans were occupying the land and Israel was feeling the weight of that oppressive government. The Jews were expecting the Messiah to come at anytime to liberate them. After all, great kings of Israels past had all demonstrated their leadership by confronting...
  • The Argument Against Abortion from Metaphysics

    02/26/2012 8:59:20 AM PST · by rhema · 11 replies
    Liveaction ^ | February 26th, 2012 | Matthias
    I think it would be useful to look at the philosophical basis for defending the right to life of unborn babies from the branch of philosophy called metaphysics. Metaphysics isnt actually as abstract as it sounds. Essentially its just the thinking of being, of existence. Everyone is really capable of metaphysics; whenever we consider the existence of things, how things exist, whenever we know some thing and consider what is were doing metaphysics. Its actually impossible for any thinking person not to do metaphysics. If we never considered things with being, we would never consider anything. My point is:...
  • A Call from the FSSP French District: offer up your Lent for Catholic Unity [Catholic Caucus]

    02/26/2012 3:25:52 AM PST · by sayuncledave · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 24, 2012 | Rorate Caeli
    From the website of the "French District of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter" (FSSP): Offering up our Lent for Catholic Unity (Last modification: 02.24.2012, 0827) In this Lenten season, some among our friends have taken the initiative of offering up their struggles and sacrifices for reconciliation and unity between all Catholics. At a moment in which the dialogue between the Society of Saint Pius X [SSPX] and the Holy See reaches a decisive point for the future, the District of France [of the FSSP] encourages its friends to double their fervor in prayer. P.S. reading material to enrich our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-26-12, First Sunday of Lent

    02/25/2012 9:11:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies · 3+ views ^ | 02-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2012 First Sunday of Lent Reading 1Gn 9:8-15 God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark.I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyedby the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth."God added:"This is the sign that...
  • Essays for Lent: The Church

    02/25/2012 8:44:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     The Churchby Sebastian R. FamaThere are those who contend that the Church is not a visible institution but merely the body of believers. However, Jesus compares His Church only to visible things, such as a flock, a body, a house, a city set on a hill, and a kingdom. 1 Timothy 3:15 tells us that the Church is "the pillar and foundation of truth." The words pillar and foundation indicate assurance and stability, not division and confusion, as one finds among the thousands of denominations that have sprung up since the Reformation. It is important to note that it is...
  • Pope Benedict Defends Religious Liberty

    02/25/2012 8:33:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 23rd, 2012 | Rebecca Ryskind Teti
    Pope Benedict Defends Religious Liberty PoliticsFebruary 23rd, 2012 Rebecca Ryskind Teti Bishops from the dioceses of Baltimore, Washington and Military Services were in Rome this month, making their requisite ad limina visit to Rome to pray at the tomb of St. Peter and renew their allegiance to his successor.It was a religious duty they were observing, but the Pope chose to speak to them not of prayer or sacraments, but about threats to religious liberty, the proper relations between Church and State and the role of the Catholic citizen in a secular nation.His appeal to all Catholics to defend...
  • Mitt Romney Tells The Big Lie On Honoring Religious Conscience

    02/25/2012 8:22:32 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Redstate ^ | Friday, February 24th at 2:23PM | Posted by streiff (Diary)
    Over the course of two election cycles Ive expressed extreme discomfort at the idea of a Mitt Romney presidency. I have a lot of, to me anyway, good reasons. Boiled down to two, though, the are 1) a lack of evidence that he would govern in a way that can be distinguished from Barack Obama in the key areas of judicial appointments and controlling the regulatory impulses of federal agencies and 2) that the man has no compunction about lying about anything. For heaven sakes, he may be the first president in history, and certainly the only in my lifetime,...
  • Congresswoman Kathy Hochul Booed Over Birth Control Policy (videos)

    02/25/2012 11:49:17 AM PST · by STARWISE · 35 replies
    WGRZ ^ | 2-24-12 | Athan Kompos
    LANCASTER, NY - Representative Kathy Hochul (D - 26th District) was booed at her own town hall meeting on Friday morning in Lancaster. The packed crowd was critical of Hochul for supporting President Obama's plan to require religiously affiliated employers, such as hospitals and schools, to provide full contraception coverage to female employees. The plan was later altered. It now calls for those workers to get free contraceptive coverage from health insurers, thus sparing religious based groups, morally opposed to paying for birth control, from having to do so. Even though Hochul's town hall meeting was open to any topic,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEQUENCE, 02-25-12

    02/25/2012 10:23:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies · 2+ views ^ | 02-25-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SEQUENCE A hymn of joy in varying meter sung or recited before the Gospel at Mass on certain feast days. Thos that have survived are the Easter Victimae Paschali, the Veni Sancte Spiritus at Pentecost, and the Lauda Sion for Corpus Christi. The Dies Irae at some Masses for the Dead is not, strictly speaking, a liturgical sequence. (Etym. Latin sequentia, a following, sequence.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Following the Truth: Listening To Marys Voice Part 4 (The Magnificat) [Catholic Caucus]

    02/25/2012 9:35:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | Feb 6th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Listening To Marys Voice Part 4 (The Magnificat) Feb 6th, 2012by Gary Zimak. As we continue our look at Marys words in the Bible, the scene shifts from Marys encounter with Gabriel (the Annunciation) and moves to her visit with Elizabeth (the Visitation). After traveling in haste to be with her pregnant relative, Mary is greeted with the words:Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached...
  • Retreat to Emmaus

    02/25/2012 6:38:13 AM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 3 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 2/24/12 | Noman
    I am on retreat this weekend, and will be sharing meditations and talks with you. It is not a moment too soon to take this break from the daily grind, and I hope not many moments too late. St Luke tells us about the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Lk. 24:13-35). They were walking along, talking about everything that had happened concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus. He walks with us, too and, like them, we don't always recognize him. "What words are these that you are exchanging as you walk and are sad?" He asks this of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-12

    02/24/2012 10:38:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies · 2+ views ^ | 02-25-12 | Revised New American Bibll
    February 25, 2012 Saturday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise...