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  • Essays for Lent: Statues and Holy Pictures

    03/28/2012 9:19:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Statues and Holy Picturesby Sebastian R. FamaObjections to the making and veneration of holy pictures and statues are based on faulty interpretations of Scripture. Those who are opposed to such practices traditionally appeal to Exodus 20:3-5: "You shall not have other Gods besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth. You shall not bow down before them or worship them."God is not prohibiting the making of pictures and statues, but the deifying and worshipping of them. Note the...
  • Obamacare Mandate in Deep Trouble

    03/28/2012 8:43:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | March 28, 2012 | Keith Koffler
    Obamacare Mandate in Deep Trouble PoliticsMarch 28th, 2012 Keith Koffler The Obamacare health insurance mandate appears to be teetering on the edge of being struck down by the Supreme Court, as the only potential swing justices – Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts – expressed deep skepticism that the government’s power to compel commerce could be limited once it can force you to purchase insurance.Kennedy appeared deeply skeptical until the end, when he gave proponents of the mandate some hope by suggesting health care may be a unique case.Here’s a concise analysis by Lyle Denniston, author of SCOTUSblog: If Justice...
  • Following the Truth: The Easiest Way To End Up In Hell… [Catholic and Open]

    03/28/2012 4:23:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies ^ | Mar 14th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    The Easiest Way To End Up In Hell… Mar 14th, 2012by Gary Zimak. As humans, we have a tendency to do things that “feel good”. Conversely, we like to avoid things that are unpleasant. When we are young, this practice often keeps us out of trouble. Speaking from personal experience, very few kids are going to put the metal key in the electrical socket more than once. One “zap” is usually all it takes to make them realize that it’s not a “fun” experience! Unfortunately, while this attitude can be a big help when we are young, it can work...
  • The Case for Gay Acceptance in the Catholic Church (Mega Hurl Kennedy alert)

    03/28/2012 12:51:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 28, 2012 | Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
    On St. Patrick's Day I had the pleasure of speaking to about 350 Catholics who gathered together to attend a conference put on by New Ways Ministry, which is an effort to support the LGBT community in the Catholic Church. The women and men I spoke to included nuns and priests, children who had come out and parents who wanted to be supportive. Two female priests gave me special blessing and I left the meeting inspired by the devotion of those who attended. New Ways Ministry has a critical mission, since changing the Church will help those who suffer from...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EUGENIC STERILIZATION, 03-28-12

    03/28/2012 9:09:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 03-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EUGENIC STERILIZATION Depriving people of their generative powers in order to eliminate offspring having allegedly undesirable traits and to develop an environment more advantageous for human beings having allegedly desirable traits. the Catholic Church forbids the procedure because "public magistrates have no direct power over the bodies of their subjects. therefore, where no crime has taken place and there is no cause for grave punishment, they can never directly harm or tamper with the integrity of the body, either for reasons of eugenics or for any other reason' (Pius XI, Casti Connubii, II, 68-70). All items...
  • Essays for Lent: The Rosary

    03/27/2012 9:52:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     The Rosaryby Sebastian R. FamaThe Rosary consists of the Apostle's Creed, which is a statement of Christian belief, the Lord's prayer, which was uttered by Jesus in Luke 11:2-4, the Glory Be, which is a prayer that glorifies the Trinity, the Hail Mary, and the Mysteries. The Hail Mary and the Mysteries are probably the two parts that are the most misunderstood by non-Catholics. However, they are both very scriptural. In Psalm 143:5 we read, "I remember the days of old, I meditate on all that thou hast done, I muse on what thy hands have wrought." Eighteen of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-28-12

    03/27/2012 9:43:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 03-28-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 28, 2012 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 King Nebuchadnezzar said:"Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,that you will not serve my god,or worship the golden statue that I set up?Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made,whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet,flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe,and all the other musical instruments;otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace;and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar,"There is no need for...
  • Vatican Gives the Green Light [Rite for the Blessing of Child in the Womb]

    03/27/2012 7:02:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | 3/27/12 | USCCB
    ‘Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb’ approved by RomeWASHINGTON (March 26, 2012) -- The Vatican has approved the publication of the "Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb," which will be printed in English and Spanish in a combined booklet and should be available for parishes by Mothers' Day. The U.S. bishops who collaborated on the development of the blessing welcomed the announcement of the recognitio, or approval, by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome. "I'm impressed with the beauty of this blessing for human life...
  • Parishes encouraged to use new blessing for unborn children

    03/27/2012 11:53:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | March 27, 2012
    Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond. Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2012 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are encouraging parishes to incorporate into their communities a new blessing for a child in the womb, which the Vatican approved on March 25. “I'm impressed with the beauty of this blessing for human life in the womb,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. “I can think of no better day to announce this news than on the feast of the Annunciation, when we remember Mary’s ‘yes’ to God and the incarnation of...
  • Testimony Begins in Pa. Trial of Catholic Priests

    03/27/2012 7:04:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AP ^ | MaryClaire Dale
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- After nine years and two grand jury reports, prosecutors have brought a landmark case to trial that explores how the Archdiocese of Philadelphia dealt with child sex-abuse complaints against scores of Roman Catholic priests. Monsignor William Lynn is the first U.S. church official ever charged over his handling of abuse complaints. He supervised more than 800 priests as the secretary for clergy in Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004. Prosecutors charge that Lynn kept dangerous priests in parish work around children to protect the church's reputation and avoid scandal. They say the church kept secret files dating to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DOCTRINE, 03-27-12

    03/27/2012 8:38:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 03-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DOCTRINE Any truth taught by the Church as necessary for acceptance by the faithful. The truth may be either formally revealed (as the Real Presence), or a theological conclusion (as the canonization of a saint), or part of the natural law (as the sinfulness of contraception). In any case, what makes it doctrine is that the Church authority teaches that it is to be believed. this teaching may be done either solemnly in ex cathedra pronouncements or ordinarily in the perennial exercise of the Church's magisterium or teaching authority. Dogmas are those doctrines which the Church...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-27-12

    03/26/2012 8:52:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies · 17+ views ^ | 03-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 27, 2012   Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,to bypass the land of Edom.But with their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,"Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!" In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,"We have...
  • Essays for Lent: The Assumption

    03/26/2012 5:35:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies · 25+ views ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     The Assumptionby Sebastian R. FamaThe doctrine of the Assumption of Mary, just like the doctrine of the Trinity, is not formally defined in Scripture. However, in both cases we find scriptural evidence to support them. There are two examples in Scripture that clearly demonstrate the bodily assumption of saints. Enoch (Hebrews 11:5) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:1-13) were both taken up to heaven with their bodies. All Christians agree on this, so logically all should agree at least on the possibility that the same could have happened to Mary. (1) Scripture teaches us that it was possible. The Assumption of...
  • Rick Santorum, cafeteria Catholic?

    03/26/2012 10:00:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies · 5+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 03/25/2012 | Lisa Miller
    He has seven children, attends a Latin Mass and has driven issues of reproductive rights back into the center of American politics. In 2002, he traveled to Rome to express his support for the founder of the ultra-conservative Catholic lay movement called Opus Dei. With these boxes on his religious resume checked, Rick Santorum has convinced Americans, even those who disagree with him, that he’s the Republican candidate who most stands for orthodox religious faith. He has been called “devout,” “traditionalist,” and even — by the Catholic historian Garry Wills — “a papist.” So it is worth pointing out here...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE, 03-26-12

    03/26/2012 8:56:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 03-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE See: SALUS POPULI ROMANI All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • AWESOME VIDEO We Hold These Truths || Spoken Word

    03/26/2012 3:47:12 AM PDT · by koinonia · 6 replies · 8+ views
    Spirit Juices Studios ^ | March 7, 2012 | Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns
    "We Hold These Truths" is a video that we felt needed to be produced in order to clearly state the main issue in regards to the (HHS) Health and Human Services Mandate. The main issue is Religious Liberty. The mandate, as it stands right now, violates the Constitution and specifically the 1st Amendment. We have a right to the free exercise of our religion without violating our consciences. Every American should see this as an important issue. It is not a Catholic issue. It is an American issue.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-26-12, Solemnity, Annunciation of the Lord

    03/25/2012 8:14:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 26, 2012   Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord   Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10 The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,"I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!"Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David!Is it not enough for you to weary people,must you also weary my God?Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel,which means "God is with us!"...
  • Essays for Lent: The Immaculate Conception

    03/25/2012 7:53:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies · 5+ views ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     The Immaculate Conceptionby Sebastian R. FamaIn 1854 Pope Pius IX affirmed the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. He wrote, in part, "We declare, pronounce and define, that the doctrine which holds that the most blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, was preserved immune from all stain of sin, by a singular grace and privilege of the omnipotent God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ…" (Ineffabilis Deus).The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is consistent with the teachings of Scripture. In fact it is foretold in Genesis 3:15 where God says to Satan, "I will put...
  • The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger [Catholic Caucus]

    03/25/2012 4:24:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies · 3+ views ^ | March 25, 2012 | Pope Benedict XVI
    "The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace" by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) | Ignatius Insight The mystery of the annunciation to Mary is not just a mystery of silence.It is above and beyond all that a mystery of grace. We feel compelled to ask ourselves: Why did Christ really want to be born of a virgin? It was certainly possible for him to have been born of a normal marriage. That would not have affected his divine Sonship, which was not...
  • Conflict and Confusion in Cuba

    03/25/2012 4:09:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    InsightScoop from Catholic World Report ^ | March 24, 2012 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Conflict and Confusion in Cuba Conflict and Confusion in Cuba | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman | Catholic World Report Cuban dissidents ask Benedict XVI to take up their cause as papal visit approachesAs Cuba prepares to receive Pope Benedict XVI on March 26, an increasing number of voices both on the island and abroad are complaining that the local church authorities are ignoring dissident groups and showing favoritism to a government that oppresses its own people. They also fear that the pontiff's visit could be exploited for the same purposes.In recent days, Lech Walesa, the former leader of Poland's Solidarity movement...
  • The Pilgrims' Regress - The Geneva Bible And The "Apocrypha"

    03/25/2012 2:40:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 42 replies · 3+ views
    Hands on Apologetics ^ | Gary Michuta
    The Pilgrims' Regress The Geneva Bible And The "Apocrypha"By Gary Michuta Every American schoolchild knows that the pilgrims landed on Plymouth rock, but do they know which Bible the pilgrims used? Most people, if asked the question, would say the Puritans used the good old King James Version. Wrong. The King James Bible was the "Authorized Version" of the Established Church of England and the Puritans were religious dissenters from that church. The Puritan's Bible of choice was the Geneva Bible, which was translated by Protestants who fled to Geneva from England during the reign of Queen Mary. The Geneva Bible broke new ground for printed Bibles....
  • Evangelical Christian Support of Santorum Marks New High in US Protestant-Catholic Relations

    03/25/2012 12:36:37 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Talking Points ^ | 25th March, 2012 | Talking Points
    Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has the media pulling their hair out. And that is no surprise. Rick represents old fashioned American politics that is 180 degrees away from the anything-goes, high-tax, high-spend, blame-Christians philosophy that they support. But there is one story they don't want to tell. And that is how Evangelical Christians are happily supporting Mr. Santorum, because they feel that he best represents their interests. And the fact that he is a Catholic doesn't matter to them at all. This is a sea change that is incredibly beneficial to the movement to conserve America. With Protestants and Catholics...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-25-12, Fifth Sunday of Lent

    03/24/2012 7:55:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies · 4+ views ^ | 03-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 25, 2012   Fifth Sunday of Lent   Reading 1 Jer 31:31-34 The days are coming, says the LORD,when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israeland the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe day I took them by the handto lead them forth from the land of Egypt;for they broke my covenant,and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.But this is the covenant that I will makewith the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.I will place my law within them and...
  • Essays for Lent: Mary Ever-Virgin

    03/24/2012 7:24:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 105 replies · 48+ views ^ | 200 | Sebastian R. Fama
      Mary Ever-Virginby Sebastian R. Fama Some say that Mary had children other than Jesus.  They cite several passages of Scripture that supposedly say as much.  One example is Matthew 1:24-25, which reads, "When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.  He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus." The word "until" seems to indicate that after the birth of Jesus there were normal marital relations.  However, the Greek word heos (ἕως) which is translated as until, does not imply...
  • “October Baby” Is a Gift

    03/24/2012 3:35:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | March 23rd, 2012 | Harold Fickett
    “October Baby” Is a Gift Movies & MusicMarch 23rd, 2012 Harold Fickett Rachel Hendrix as Hannah Editor’s Note: For more on October Baby–reviews, pictures, and videos with special features–see this special CE information page.  Everyone in America should see October Baby and cherish it like the innocent life it celebrates.Not because it’s a perfect film.  It’s based on a great story, though, an important story, and one we haven’t seen before; in the end, it packs the wallop of greatness despite its flaws.  October Baby is a beautiful woman, who could use some help with accessorizing.  She’s still a stunner,...
  • President Carter says he clashed with 'fundamentalist' Pope John Paul II

    03/24/2012 10:09:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 24, 2012 | Diogenes
    Former US President Jimmy Carter has disclosed that he had angry exchanges with Pope John Paul II about liberation theology and about the ordination of women. The former president said that he complained to the Pontiff about the Church’s “perpetuation of the subservience of women” while Blessed John Paul II was visiting the US in 1978, and “there was more harshness when we turned to the subject of ‘liberation theology.” Carter said that he classified the Pope as a “fundamentalist,” placing him in that category along with Iran’s late Ayatollah Khomeini. In the same interview Carter said that “it...
  • Following the Truth: Listening To Mary’s Voice – Part 6 (The Wedding At Cana) [Catholic Caucus]

    03/24/2012 12:55:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | Feb 20th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Listening To Mary’s Voice – Part 6 (The Wedding At Cana) Feb 20th, 2012by Gary Zimak. “They have no wine.” (John 2:3)As I continue with Part of 6 of my 7-part series on Mary’s words in Scripture, the scene shifts to the wedding at Cana. Previously we’ve been looking at Mary’s words as recorded by Saint Luke, but now we’ll focus on Saint John’s writing. When the wine ran out at the wedding, Mary’s four words leave us with a powerful message. More importantly, it was her words that led to Jesus performing His first miracle!Do you really think...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONSISTORY, 03-24-12

    03/24/2012 10:31:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 03-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CONSISTORY An ecclesiastical court, especially an assembly of cardinals for purposes of deliberation, presided over by the Pope. A papal consistory is secret if only cardinals are present, semi-public if bishops also participate, and public if other prelates are called to the meeting. (Etym. Latin consistere, to stand together.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Can we trust the Sentinel & Enterprise to cover the Catholic Church?

    03/24/2012 7:31:58 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 24, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Professor James Hitchcock has said that many in the media belong to a "self-defined 'enlightened' class who claim the right to judge other people's beliefs, even when they do not understand those beliefs, a claim which clearly contradicts the same enlightened class's constant sermons about 'respect' and 'understanding.' Their favorite cause is 'sexual freedom' and nothing sets off their alarm bells faster than the suggestion that chastity may have some value...Religious believers are continually accused of trying to impose their beliefs on others, which in reality means resisting having secular beliefs imposed on them...The enlightened class obviously does not understand...
  • ‘The thing that frightens our opponents most’ is ‘an evangelical-Catholic alliance’

    03/24/2012 6:41:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 82 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 23, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, March 22, 2012, ( – Politicians usually calculate every action to maximize their popularity among future voters, especially during an election year. But a prominent leader of the nation’s second largest denomination says President Barack Obama’s HHS mandate has the potential to unite Catholics and Protestants into a coalition that will turn him out of office in November. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said, “The thing that frightens our opponents the most is the specter of an evangelical-Catholic alliance – because they can count.” He told listeners...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-12

    03/23/2012 11:16:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies · 2+ views ^ | 03-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2012   Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:"Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will be spoken no more." But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,searcher of mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,for to you...
  • Essays for Lent: Praying to Saints

    03/23/2012 8:28:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Praying to Saintsby Sebastian R. FamaThere seems to be a great deal of confusion among non-Catholics concerning the Church's teaching on praying to the saints in heaven. It is alleged that by praying to them we equate them with God. This is false. But why pray to them, when we can pray to God? Don't the Scriptures tell us that we have but one mediator, and that is "Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5)? It is true that intercessory prayer is a type of mediation but not the type exclusively performed by Jesus. Hebrews 9:15 tells us that Jesus "is the...
  • TBN: Televangelists Feuded Over Millions, Motor Home For Dogs [$50m Jet, $100,000 Dog Motor Home]

    03/22/2012 10:15:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes ^ | March 22, 2012
    TBN: Televangelists Feuded Over Millions, Motor Home For Dogs March 22, 2012 The Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Orange County-based televangelist ministry that bills itself as the world’s largest Christian network, is embroiled in a legal battle involving allegations of massive financial fraud and lavish spending, including the purchase of a $100,000 motor home for family dogs. Brittany Koper, a former high-ranking TBN official and the granddaughter of its co-founder, Paul Crouch Sr., was fired by the network in September after discovering “illegal financial schemes” amounting to tens of millions of dollars, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Orange...
  • Lots of Babies and lots of Smiles... Here comes the Catholic Church!

    03/23/2012 10:58:47 AM PDT · by koinonia · 6 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | March 6, 2012 | Catholic Sistas
    Cecile Richards does not Speak for Me, Here Comes the Catholic Church! This video was made in response to Cecile Richards calling on women to make videos called "I have a say". We are women who are Catholic and we have a say and the men who love us and treat us with dignity and respect and they also have a say.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ARIANISM, 03-23-12

    03/23/2012 8:38:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 03-23-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ARIANISM A fourth-century heresy that denied the divinity of Jesus Christ. Its author was Arius (256-336), a priest of Alexandria, who in 318 began to teach the doctrine that now bears his name. According to Arius there are not three distinct persons in God, co-eternal and equal in all things, but only one person, the Father. The Son is only a creature, made out of nothing, like all other created beings. He may be called God but only by an extension of language, as the first and greatest person chosen to be divine intermediary in the...
  • Stand Up for Religious Freedom Friday,March 23 Noon

    03/23/2012 5:55:53 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Join us Friday March 23 at Noon as we Rally in defense of religious freesom and Stand Up against the Obama administration's HHS Mandate at federal buildings in cities across the country.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-12, Opt. Mem.St. Turibius of Mongrovejo, Bishop

    03/22/2012 8:07:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 03-2312 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2012   Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Wis 2:1a, 12-22 The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright:"Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;he sets himself against our doings,Reproaches us for transgressions of the lawand charges us with violations of our training.He professes to have knowledge of Godand styles himself a child of the LORD.To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us,Because his life is not like that of others,and different are his ways.He judges us debased;he holds...
  • Essays for Lent: Indulgences

    03/22/2012 7:05:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Indulgencesby Sebastian R. FamaIt is claimed that the Catholic Church invented the doctrine on indulgences in order to extract money from the faithful. Critics are quick to remind us that it was the selling of indulgences in the Middle Ages that sparked the Protestant Reformation. No one disputes that there were abuses by individuals in the past. But past abuses should not be used as a reason to reject indulgences. The Bible itself has always been subject to abuse. Should it too be rejected? Of course not! Both the Bible and the doctrine on Indulgences should stand or fall on...
  • Report: Syrian Christians being 'ethnically cleansed'

    03/22/2012 4:20:41 PM PDT · by lward99 · 11 replies
    Times247 ^ | 3/22/12 | Catholic Culture
    Islamic extremists are engaged in “ethnic cleansing” of Christians in the Syrian city of Homs, local sources tell the Fides news service. Militants with links to Al Qaida have reportedly driven 90% of the Christians out of the city, going door-to-door to inform families that they must leave immediately. Read more:
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SHEEP, 03-22-12

    03/22/2012 8:41:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 0322-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): SHEEP Symbols of the Twelve Apostles, with Christ in the center as the Good Shepherd. A later symbol early found in the catacombs shows Our Lord either supporting a wounded sheep on his shoulder with the other sheep nearby or the Shepherd rescuing the wandering lost ewe caught in a briary thicket. The twenty-third psalm speaks of "the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." In song and story it is illustrative of God's providence and concern. Sheep are symbols of docility, humility, and long suffering, all attributes expected of those who follow the...
  • “Hare, hunter, field” — Castration for deviancy

    03/22/2012 6:06:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies · 2+ views
    Get Religion ^ | March 21, 2012
    Montgomer Clift in Judgment at Nuremberg The New York Post usually wins the award for best worst headline amongst the New York metropolitan papers. “Headless body in topless bar” remains my favorite.The New York Times however is giving the Post a run for their money. In the 21 March 2012 issue on page A4 we have “Dutch Church is accused of castrating young men”.This is not a story for the faint of heart. And, if you were looking for a fair, informed treatment of the story, look elsewhere.Here is the lede. A young man in the care of the Roman...

    03/22/2012 4:41:20 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 3/22/42 | C. Brooks Peters, Roy L. Curthoys, Hanson W. Baldwin, William Henry Chamberlin, Frank L. Kluckhohn
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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-22-12

    03/21/2012 10:22:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies ^ | 03-22-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22, 2012   Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Ex 32:7-14 The LORD said to Moses,"Go down at once to your peoplewhom you brought out of the land of Egypt,for they have become depraved.They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,sacrificing to it and crying out,'This is your God, O Israel,who brought you out of the land of Egypt!'"The LORD said to Moses,"I see how stiff-necked this people is.Let me alone, then,that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.Then...
  • Essays for Lent: Purgatory

    03/21/2012 9:12:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Purgatoryby Sebastian R. FamaIn 1 John 5:17, we see that there are different degrees of sin: "All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly." The Greek word used for deadly, Thanatos (θάνατος), signifies spiritual death as a consequence of sin – what we would call eternal damnation. The book of Revelation tells us that nothing unclean shall enter heaven (21:27). What would happen if we did not repent of a sin that was "not deadly" and we died? We are neither damned nor forgiven – yet we must be forgiven to enter heaven.Temporal punishment, which is...
  • Cardinal Wuerl's Dereliction of Duty ( Heresy )

    03/20/2012 10:46:49 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 15 replies · 2+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | A.D. 19 March 2012 | George Neumayr
    "....Wuerl and his surrogates have rebuked a visiting priest from the archdiocese of Moscow for denying Communion to a self-described practicing lesbian at a funeral mass. That's not our "policy," gasped Wuerl's horrified surrogates. But it is the policy of the Roman Catholic Church. If a person is not in communion with the teachings of the Church, said person should not receive Communion. Period. Canon law makes this explicitly clear. If you don't believe me, ask the head of the Vatican Supreme Court, Cardinal Raymond Burke. Though most of his colleagues seem to ignore his stance, he has said for...
  • Rubio Attacks the Catholic Church

    03/21/2012 3:01:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies · 2+ views
    CMR ^ | March 21, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    Marco Rubio loosed some hardcore bile against the Catholic Church, accusing the Church of cozying up to the Castro regime. The Daily Caller reports:Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday that he is “deeply concerned” that the leadership of the Catholic Church has “negotiated themselves a space of operation” in Cuba “in exchange for looking the other way,” and expressed concern that Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip to the island may “reinforce that arrangement.” Rubio, a Catholic, said during a discussion at The Heritage Foundation that the Catholic Church has “negotiated a political space for themselves in exchange for their...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUDAS ISCARIOT, 03-21-12

    03/21/2012 11:50:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies · 2+ views ^ | 03-21-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JUDAS ISCARIOT Son of Simon, the only Apostle who did not come from Galilee. His special interest was money, so he was in charge of the common fund of the Apostles (John 13:29). It was an unfortunate assignment, according to John. He referred to Judas as "a thief . . . who used to help himself to the contributions" (John 12:6). Moreover, Judas remonstrated sharply with Jesus for allowing Mary Magdalene to anoint his feet with a costly ointment, arguing that the money should have gone to the poor (John 12:1-8). His inordinate greed motivated him...
  • The Obama Administration vs. the American Constitution

    03/21/2012 8:56:09 AM PDT · by harpu · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | April 2012 | Joel Hilliker
    The government’s new health-care mandate is a stunning assault against the Constitution, against freedom of religion, against conscience, against life. The Obama administration is taking an ax to America’s freedom of religion. It has deliberately picked a fight with religious Americans and the Catholic Church in particular in a move that should alarm Americans of all faiths. The president has mandated that employers provide health-care coverage for all employees. He is now also demanding that this coverage include birth control: free sterilizations and access to all fda-approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortions. Of course, Catholic doctrine forbids all of...
  • Deadly serious request to Holy Souls Hermitage readers (Catholic Caucus)

    03/21/2012 6:51:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | March 20, 2012 | Father George David Byers, S.S.L., S.T.D.
    Preface to this post - The following was brought to my attention by a fellow freeper who also maintains a blog. He provides the following background information on the author. This priest is a "hermit" who is incardinated in the Diocese of Charlotte, NC. He was Chaplain in Lourdes for a time, and is an exorcist. He was ordained in Rome. He has posted a 30-odd series on exorcism and says the Traditional Latin Mass each day. He prays for priests and bishops each day in his daily Mass. After reading through the following text, I visited the blog of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-12

    03/20/2012 11:20:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies · 5+ views ^ | 03-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2012   Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent   Reading 1 Is 49:8-15 Thus says the LORD:In a time of favor I answer you,on the day of salvation I help you;and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,To restore the landand allot the desolate heritages,Saying to the prisoners: Come out!To those in darkness: Show yourselves!Along the ways they shall find pasture,on every bare height shall their pastures be.They shall not hunger or thirst,nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;For he who pities them leads themand guides them beside...