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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-31-12, Feast, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    05/30/2012 8:26:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 52 replies ^ | 05-31-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 31, 2012 Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart,O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against you,he has turned away your enemies;The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;He will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,He will sing joyfully because...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENT OF GOD, 05-30-12

    05/30/2012 10:42:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 05-30-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): SACRAMENT OF GOD Jesus Christ as the visible incarnation of the Son of God through whose Passion, Death, and Resurrection the human race receives the grace of salvation and sanctification. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Fortnight for Freedom

    05/30/2012 9:46:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | U. S. Bishops/Fortnight for Freedom
    Fortnight for Freedom   On April 12, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4.Bishops in their own dioceses are encouraged to arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. Catholic institutions are encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation with...
  • Viva Cristo Rey!

    05/30/2012 4:30:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | May 30, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    When I first heard "For Greater Glory" (originally titled "Cristiada," which I prefer) was being shot, I was stunned -- and skeptical. It never could be produced by Hollywood. In fact, it wouldn't be a theatrical release, maybe a short documentary, certainly with a small budget. On the former, I was correct; it was made in Mexico. On the latter, I was wrong; it's a full-fledged major motion picture with grade-A talent. And it's wonderful. The cast includes Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O'Toole (in a cameo role as a murdered priest, the octogenarian is splendid), Ruben Blades and...
  • Fordham to Honor Geraldine Ferraro

    05/23/2012 7:25:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/23/12 | Charlotte Hays
    Geraldine Ferraro, the 1984 candidate for the vice presidency whose position on abortion repeatedly put her at odds with New York’s late John Cardinal O’Connor, will soon be memorialized at Fordham Law School, according to a report in Fordham magazine. Ferraro’s husband, John Zaccaro Sr., and their son, John Zaccaro Jr., who are pictured in the magazine, recently made a “leadership gift” to Fordham in honor the late Queens congresswoman who rose to national prominence. Ferraro died of multiple myeloma in 2011. The gift, whose amount is not disclosed in the article, reportedly will go to support a new Law...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-30-12

    05/29/2012 5:20:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 05-30-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 30, 2012   Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Pt 1:18-25 Beloved:Realize that you were ransomed from your futile conduct,handed on by your ancestors,not with perishable things like silver or goldbut with the precious Blood of Christas of a spotless unblemished Lamb.He was known before the foundation of the worldbut revealed in the final time for you,who through him believe in Godwho raised him from the dead and gave him glory,so that your faith and hope are in God. Since you have purified yourselvesby obedience to the truth for sincere brotherly love,love one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MINISTERIORUM DISCIPLINA, 05-29-12

    05/29/2012 7:45:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 05-29-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MINISTERIORUM DISCIPLINA Decree of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship, issued in 1972, giving the norms and ritual for the ministries of reader and acolyte, the admission of men to the diaconate, and the dedication to a life of celibacy (December 3, 1972). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Democrat Commiteewoman Resigns from Party, Cites Her Catholic Faith

    05/29/2012 2:42:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 5/28/12 | Matthew Archbold
    Ann Nardelli has been a Catholic Democrat her entire life. Her father was one before her. And she couldn't imagine a day where that wouldn't be true. But that day was Wednesday of last week. I read a story about Jo Ann leaving the Democratic Party and was interested because she cited her Catholic faith as the reason. So I gave her a call. I got her machine and as I was leaving a message she picked up. She said she'd been screening her calls because so many people have been calling to say nasty things to her or just...
  • The Sidewalk [ 1 woman, 700 babies saved]

    05/28/2012 4:38:46 PM PDT · by rhema · 5 replies
    LiveAction ^ | 5/22/12 | Lindsey Frechou
    A light drizzle falls from the gray sky as Vicki Klein walks along the crooked sidewalk, bundled up in her raincoat and scarf to stay warm on the chilling January afternoon. She reaches the end of the sidewalk and turns around, retracing her steps once again for what might be the hundredth time today. The sidewalk has uncut grass on one side and a parking lot on the other, filled with seven cars. Vicki is careful not to cross the line that separates the sidewalk and the parking lot. She doesn’t want to cause any trouble. The rain continues, but...
  • Vatileaks now has its very own Father Brown

    05/28/2012 7:17:27 PM PDT · by Gillibrand
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 29 May 2012 | Cathcon
    The priest who is the Secretary to the Cardinal's Commission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-29-12

    05/28/2012 6:37:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 05-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 29, 2012 Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Pt 1:10-16 Beloved:Concerning the salvation of your soulsthe prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yourssearched and investigated itinvestigating the time and circumstancesthat the Spirit of Christ within them indicatedwhen it testified in advanceto the sufferings destined for Christand the glories to follow them.It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but youwith regard to the things that have now been announced to youby those who preached the Good News to youthrough the Holy Spirit sent from heaven,things into...
  • Dalai Lama attends Pentecost Mass of Cardinal in Vienna

    05/28/2012 3:35:50 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 15 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 28 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Report and pictures of the Dalai Lama robed and in choir.
  • "I confess: I'm one of the whistleblowers We're doing it to defend the Pope" (Catholic Caucus)

    05/28/2012 3:47:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    La Republica ^ | May 28, 2012 | MARCO ANSALDO
    The Vatileaks story, an informer speaks out: "There's a group of us: the real brains behind it are cardinals, then there are monsignors, secretaries, small fry." The valet is just a delivery boy that somebody wants to set up." "Vatican intelligence has security systems more advanced than anything the CIA has... but cardinals are still in the habit of writing their messages by hand and dictating them." "It's open warfare, with everyone against everyone else."ROME - Who are the Vatican whistleblowers? "There isn't just one brain behind the operation, there are several. There are cardinals, private secretaries, monsignors and the...
  • Monstrance given as prize for the best dressed at Vienna AIDs Benefit Ball

    05/28/2012 12:06:09 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 28 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Video and report
  • Catholic Word of the Day: AMENDE HONORABLE, 05-28-12

    05/28/2012 8:14:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 05-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):AMENDE HONORABLE Public form of satisfaction formerly inflicted on condemned criminals. With candle in hand, stripped to the waist and barefoot, they appeared before the ecclesiastical judge, begging pardon of God, the king and justice. It was used as late as the seventeenth century. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Georgetown Legend: Sebelius “Unnerved” Alumni

    05/28/2012 6:53:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/25/12 | Charlotte Hays
    “The Pope and the Vatican should say to Georgetown, ‘You guys get your act together and straighten up and fly right or you can’t hold yourself out as a Catholic institution anymore,’” Francis T. Coleman, Georgetown ’61, told The Cardinal Newman Society. A basketball legend at Georgetown, Coleman, who goes by the name of Tom, has undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown. He coached freshman basketball and served as the first chairman of Georgetown’s Law Alumni Board. Now, the loyal alumnus finds himself advising the campaign led by Exorcist author William Peter Blatty, Georgetown ’50, to get his alma mater...
  • Bishop Williamson's Plan Against the Pope Revealed

    05/28/2012 6:48:22 AM PDT · by jcpryor · 4 replies
    The latest volley in Bishop Richard Williamson's war against Bishop Fellay and the Holy Father has come from Fr. Francois Chazal, a priest of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX)stationed in Asia. At the end of this post you will find a video and written transcript of a sermon give by Fr. Chazal that praises Bishop Williamson, a renowned Holocaust Denier, for thwarting Bishop Fellay's "plot" to sign a deal with Rome. This lengthy sermon is well worth taking time to listen to as it provides a perfect example of the ecclesiology taught within the SSPX. It would be...
  • Matalin: Religious liberty is the issue at stake in the HHS mandate

    05/27/2012 2:41:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | May 27, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The Obama White House and its allies in the media continue to pretend that the controversy over the HHS mandate is all about keeping women from accessing birth control, a claim that’s absurd on its face. For instance, Obama appeared in Iowa on Thursday and tossed out this bit of demagoguery: We don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood — (applause) — or taking away affordable birth control. No one is trying to take away “affordable birth control.” For that matter, no one is attempting to “get rid” of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-28-12

    05/27/2012 7:44:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 05-28-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 28, 2012 Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Pt 1:3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hopethrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,kept in heaven for youwho by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.In this you rejoice, although now for a little whileyou may have to suffer through various trials,so that the...
  • Before a calendar change, mankind will have witnessed the financial collapse.

    05/27/2012 1:28:35 PM PDT · by stpio · 28 replies ^ | May 22, 2012 | Our Lord to a Catholic seer
    In the most recent messages, three times, the words "financial collapse." To: Jennifer 5/22/12 7:43 PM My child, I say to My children that mankind relies too much upon himself and it is there that you become the victim of your own sinfulness. Heed to the Commandments My children for they are your entrance into the kingdom. I weep today My children but it is those who are failing to heed to My warnings that will weep tomorrow. The winds of spring will turn into the rising dust of summer as the world will begin to look more like a...
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Wendy Long Stands With Cardinal Dolan (snip) Religious Freedom

    05/27/2012 11:54:52 AM PDT · by Sun · 6 replies
    Wendy Long for New York ^ | May 22, 2012 | Staff
    Calls on Gillibrand to support rights for all New Yorkers New York, New York – U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long stands with Cardinal Dolan, Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon, the University of Notre Dame, and all people of conscience to oppose the Obama administration’s attack on religious liberty, calling on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to support the rights of all New Yorkers, not just some. While Sen. Gillibrand is relentless in her efforts to extend benefits to certain select groups, she has turned her back on the fundamental freedom of faith and conscience that is protected by the United States...
  • 'Catholic Voices' Reaches America Just in Time for a Full-Blown First Amendment Battle

    05/26/2012 1:09:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 5/25/12 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    Launched in Britain, apologetics-training program seeks to give Catholics the skills to spread the faith while disarming opponents.   WASHINGTON — Media coverage of the Health and Human Services “contraception mandate” debate has intensified demand for appealing arguments that win minds and hearts, yet effective spokesmen and women for Catholic teaching are in short supply, giving an edge to those who spin the bishops’ position as a “war on women.” Enter Austen Ivereigh, a British Catholic journalist, community organizer and onetime spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the now-retired archbishop of Westminster. Troubled by the British bishops’ struggle to counter partisan...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-27-12, Pentecost Sunday, Mass during the Day

    05/26/2012 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 61 replies ^ | 05-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 27, 2012 Pentecost Sunday, Mass during the Day   Reading 1 Acts 2:1-11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,they were all in one place together.And suddenly there came from the skya noise like a strong driving wind,and it filled the entire house in which they were.Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,which parted and came to rest on each one of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Spiritand began to speak in different tongues,as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.At this...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-26-12, Pentecost Sunday at the Vigil

    05/26/2012 1:35:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies ^ | 05-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 26, 2012 Pentecost Sunday at the Vigil    Reading 1 Gn 11:1-9 The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,"Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire."They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so make a name for ourselves;otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth." The LORD came down to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GALLICAN RITE, 05-26-12

    05/26/2012 1:11:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Catholic ^ | 05-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GALLICAN RITE A ritual that prevailed from the fourth to the eighth centuries in Gaul. Its origin is disputed, but the ritual was most likely introduced by the first missionaries. It differed from the Roman Rite in the arrangement of the liturgical year, the elaborate ceremonial in the offering of the bread and wine, and in the fact that all Mass prayers were variable daily. Some liturgies today at Milan and Toledo bear resemblance to the Gallican rites. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with...
  • [12} Fruits of the Holy Spirit [Catholic Caucus]

    05/26/2012 9:43:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 05-26-12 | Latin VulgateBible
    Fruits of the Holy Spirit They are supernatural works that manifest the presence of the Holy Spirit. Identifiable effects of the Holy Spirit.The one who performs these supernatural works recognizes God’s spiritual presence in the happiness he experiences by doing them.Others around him sense God’s spiritual presence by witnessing these good works.The Church takes its official list of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit from the Latin Vulgate Bible. In the Douay-Rheims translation: Gal 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity.” CharityJoyPeacePatience BenignityGoodnessLonganimityMildness FaithModestyContinenceChastity
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-26-12, Memorial, St. Philip Neri

    05/25/2012 9:15:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 05-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 26, 2012   Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest   Reading 1 Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,with the soldier who was guarding him. Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.When they had gathered he said to them, "My brothers,although I had done nothing against our peopleor our ancestral customs,I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to...
  • 150 Titles of Christ from the Scriptures

    05/25/2012 6:55:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    `Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 23, 2012 | Compiled by Msgr. Charles Pope
    150 Titles of Christ from the ScripturesBy: Msgr. Charles Pope There are many, many titles of Christ in both the New and Old Testaments. As one prays and studies them, they amount to a mini-Catechesis of the Lord Jesus.Presented below are over 150 titles of Christ. I have also presented “hot-links” to the Scriptures from which they are drawn for your further study. The list is compiled from various sources, but most come from The Catholic Source Book, compiled and edited by Fr. Peter Klein. I have also placed this article in PDF Format here: The Titles of Jesus Christ...
  • Following the Truth: 7 Reasons To Be Thankful For The Holy Spirit [Catholic Caucus]

    05/25/2012 6:36:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | May 17th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    7 Reasons To Be Thankful For The Holy Spirit May 17th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  If we were to poll Catholics and ask which of the 3 Persons of the Trinity they LEAST understood, the odds are good that the Holy Spirit would be the most popular answer. While most of know something about God the Father and God the Son, the mysterious God the Holy Spirit can be rather vague. As we prepare for the great solemnity of Pentecost, let’s take a look at the Holy Spirit and examine 7 reasons to be thankful for His presence in our lives.Before...
  • 'Exorcist' author to sue Georgetown after Sebelius visit

    05/25/2012 5:34:21 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2012 | Fox News
    The author of best-selling novel “The Exorcist” says he plans to sue alma mater Georgetown University in a Vatican court after the Catholic school invited Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak on campus. The author, William Peter Blatty, says the Jesuit-founded university in Washington has for the past two decades invited speakers who support abortion rights and has refused to comply with orders by the late Pope John Paul II for church-affiliated colleges and universities. The “last straw” was the university allowing students to invite Sebelius to speak May 18, considering she was instrumental in helping President...
  • Catholic bishops sound battle cry for religious liberty

    05/25/2012 5:51:37 PM PDT · by lward99 · 8 replies
    Times247 ^ | 5/25/2012 | Jeff Kuhner
    Liberals are waging a war on Christianity. This is the real reason why the Catholic bishops this week filed lawsuits against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. The Catholic church realizes religious freedom is at stake. If the courts don’t overturn President Obama’s authoritarian regulations, America will slide toward secular tyranny. On Jan. 20, the Health and Human Services Department issued a mandate compelling nearly all religious organizations — including Catholic hospitals, universities, schools and charities — to provide their employees with free birth control, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. This is a direct assault upon the conscience rights of numerous Christian...
  • The Friend Closest to Your Heart -- How well do you know the Holy Spirit?

    05/25/2012 5:44:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | May, 2012 | Alan Schreck
    The Friend Closest to Your Heart How well do you know the Holy Spirit? By: Alan Schreck Jesus’ way of presenting the Holy Spirit made it evident that his followers were supposed to relate to the Spirit as a teacher, a counselor, a consoler—as someone who would help and guide them in their daily lives as Christians. In the Acts of the Apostles, we saw that Christ’s followers were in a dialogue with the Spirit, who actively directed and assisted them in their missionary activity. They knew the Spirit as the gift of Jesus and the Father to help...
  • Pope's valet source of leaked documents? (Catholic Caucus)

    05/25/2012 1:10:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | May 25, 2012
    Vatican police have arrested the Pope's valet, reporting that he was discovered in possession of confidential documents, and are holding him for questioning. The director of the Vatican press office, Father Federico Lombardi, told reporters on May 25 that an investigation into a recent series of leaks had led the Vatican gendarmerie to a particular individual. The suspect was illegally holding confidential documents, he said. Although he did not identify the suspect, Vatican sources later confirmed reports that it was Paolo Gabriele, who has served as the Pope's valet for the past 6 years. As a member of the pontifical...
  • Vatican Bank boss fired over alleged mismanagement (Catholic Caucus)

    05/25/2012 1:43:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | May 25, 2012 | David Kerr
    Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, former president of the Vatican Bank. Vatican City, May 25, 2012 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The President of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, has been fired from his post following a vote of no-confidence by the bank's supervisory board. “Over time this area had generated increasing worries among the members of the board and, despite repeated efforts to communicate these concerns to Professor Gotti Tedeschi, President of the Works of Religion, the situation deteriorated further,” read a communiqué issued by the Vatican May 25. “Following discussion of the issues, the board members voted unanimously in...
  • Exhibition of crucified pigs cancelled despite Jesuit support

    05/25/2012 11:03:05 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 7 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 25 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Shocking pictures caused exhibition to be cancelled- just....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FOURTH CRUSADE, 05-25-12

    05/25/2012 8:12:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 05-25-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FOURTH CRUSADE Considered the most important of the Crusades in terms of lasting results (1202-4). The crusade was preached by Pope Innocent III. Its political effect was to conquer Constantinople, but only at the cost of embittering the Eastern Christians. They mistakenly charged the pope with responsibility for the pillage of churches and massacre of the people by the Venetian-paid crusaders' army. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Obama, the born-again Catholic

    05/24/2012 5:54:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/12 | Neil Munro
    Amid polls showing that his efforts to regulate religious institutions have hurt his image among Catholics, President Barack Obama has begun touting his early ties to the church. “My first job as a community organizer was with Catholic churches who taught me the power of kindness and commitment to others in neighborhoods,” he declared at a Hollywood fundraiser May 23. “When I was a young community organizer, I was working with Catholic churches and they taught me that no government program can make as much of a difference as kindness and commitment on the part of neighbors and friends,” he...
  • Bishop: Conservatives may ‘co-opt’ HHS lawsuits for ‘anti-Obama crusade’

    05/25/2012 5:22:35 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 5/24/2012 | Ben Johnson
    STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, May 24, 2012, ( – A California-based bishop is concerned that the lawsuits to overturn the HHS mandate filed by the leading dioceses and institutions of his Church may be used to underscore political criticism of the Obama administration. Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton told America magazine that, while the bishops he knows in California “are strong supporters” of these religious liberty lawsuits, “I think there are different groups that are trying to co-opt this and make it into political issue.” Forces “very far to the Right” may be tempted to make the legal challenge a part of...
  • Dan Brown comes out of his Exeter, NH hole-

    05/25/2012 5:36:20 AM PDT · by BonRad · 15 replies
    I’ve had the misfortune to run into a very few minutes of Dan Brown’s extended stage interview from Portsmouth NH Friday night May 18 that was part of today May 22 “Word of Mouth” radio program on NHPR Word of Mouth 11:01 am Thu May 24, 2012 It is available here in two parts, each under a half hour. Writers on a New England Stage: Dan Brown By Virginia Prescott International bestselling author Dan Brown talks about science, religion, and life after the Da Vinci Code at a benefit performance for Writers on a New England Stage, live from...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings,05-25-12, OM, Sts. Bede Venerable,Gregory VII,M Magdalen dePazzi

    05/24/2012 7:11:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 05-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 25, 2012   Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 25:13b-21 King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesareaon a visit to Festus.Since they spent several days there,Festus referred Paul's case to the king, saying,"There is a man here left in custody by Felix.When I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jewsbrought charges against him and demanded his condemnation.I answered them that it was not Roman practiceto hand over an accused person before he has faced his accusersand had the opportunity to defend himself against their charge.So when they came together...
  • Bishop: Conservatives may ‘cop-opt’ HHS lawsuits for ‘anti-Obama crusade’

    05/24/2012 5:27:03 PM PDT · by topher · 16 replies ^ | May 24, 2012 | by Ben Johnson
    STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, May 24, 2012, ( – A California-based bishop is concerned that the lawsuits to overturn the HHS mandate filed by the leading dioceses and institutions of his Church may be used to underscore political criticism of the Obama administration. Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton told America magazine that, while the bishops he knows in California “are strong supporters” of these religious liberty lawsuits, “I think there are different groups that are trying to co-opt this and make it into political issue.” Forces “very far to the Right” may be tempted to make the legal challenge a part of...
  • Dishonesty Of Pro-Choice Movement More Obvious To Young People Than To Old Media

    05/24/2012 4:37:35 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 23, 2012 | Father Shenan J. Boquet
    A newly released Gallup poll shows that only 41% of Americans now identify themselves as "pro-choice," a record low. A look back at the history of these polls shows at least two things: they are notoriously fickle, often seeming to show a reaction against the party in power; but there is also a general trend in the pro-life direction, which Gallup acknowledges. So, while we in no way base our pro-life convictions on polls, it is encouraging to see this general trend. And this trend is supported by other objective evidence of a changing of America's heart on the issue...
  • Obama's grand miscalculation with Catholics (loses 14 points with Catholics over Mandate)

    05/24/2012 3:18:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2012 | Maureen Malloy Ferguson,
    The news Monday that 43 different Catholic entities across the country are suing the Obama administration, in response to the Health and Human Services' (HHS) rule mandating employer health care coverage of contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization, comes as a blow to the president's strength among Catholics, a demographic that helped carry him to victory in 2008. This news comes on the heels of the the latest CBS News/New York Times poll which finds Mitt Romney now leading President Obama among women, yet another demographic that he previously commanded. If Mr. Obama was hoping to once again rely on Catholics...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAW OF CONSCIENCE, 05-24-12

    05/24/2012 8:14:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 05-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LAW OF CONSCIENCE The natural law as it manifests itself within each person's conscience, where its dictates are expressed by certain basic tendencies of nature, evaluated and regulated by right reason. It is binding in conscience as the fundamental source of moral duty. Human law, on the other hand, is binding only insofar as it agrees with the natural law of conscience. All human beings are subject to the law of conscience, no matter when or where they live. It is, therefore, universal and unchangeable. No one can dispense from its observance, which becomes binding as...
  • Confirmed: 2nd Catholic uni dropping insurance ("If you like your health plan, you can keep it"?)

    05/24/2012 6:54:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/24/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The inevitable conclusion from last week's statement from Ave Maria University has arrived, perhaps a little more quickly than most would have imagined. Six days ago, the Catholic university followed in the footsteps of Franciscan University, which explicitly dumped its student coverage because of the HHS contraception mandate. Ave Maria also objected to the HHS mandate, but said that large cost increases might end up driving their decision. Today they announced that the 15% of their student body that relied on their relatively inexpensive health insurance would have to look elsewhere, and the university made clear the full extent of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-24-12

    05/23/2012 5:01:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 05-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 24, 2012   Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 Wishing to determine the truthabout why Paul was being accused by the Jews,the commander freed himand ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them. Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,so he called out before the Sanhedrin,"My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead."When he said this,a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,and...
  • Hans Küng demands the Pope be deposed for schism

    05/23/2012 1:09:06 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 38 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 23 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Pope should be deposed if he accepts the SSPX back
  • Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Apparitions or Revelations [Cath Cau]

    05/23/2012 9:49:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | February 25, 1978 (just published) | Jerome Hamer, O.P., Cardinal Francis Seper
    Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations by Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Jerome Hamer, O.P., Cardinal Francis Seper Cardinal William Levada's Preface PRELIMINARY NOTEOrigin and character of these normsDuring the annual Plenary Session in November 1974, the Fathers of this Sacred Congregation examined the problems relative to presumed apparitions and to the revelations often connected with them and reached the following conclusions:1. Today, more than in the past, news of these apparitions is diffused rapidly among the faithful thanks to the means of information (mass media). Moreover, the ease of...
  • Pizza restaurant advertises on website that targeting Catholic Hispanic market

    05/23/2012 9:43:36 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 8 replies
    Pizza Patron website ^ | Pizza Patron
    Pizza Patrón® targets predominantly catholic customer base with 'Pizzas de Cuaresma' campaign. And this Pizza Patrón returns to Pizza por Pesos® roots in 2012 - Restaurant accepts pesos for pizza. And this... Free pizza if you order in Spanish on June 5.
  • Ave Maria drops student health insurance over HHS mandate

    05/23/2012 3:24:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNA ^ | 5/23/12
    Ave Maria University has become the second Catholic college to announce it will discontinue its student health insurance plan due to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. In a May 21 statement, university president Jim Towey called the mandate “an affront to our core values.” “Ave Maria University will not offer or pay for health insurance plans that violate our deeply-held religious beliefs,” he said. The announcement comes amid continued controversy over a federal insurance mandate that will require employers and colleges to offer health care plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs, even if doing so violates their religious...