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  • Catholic Word of the Day: PENITENT, 08-09-12

    08/09/2012 9:03:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 08-09-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PENITENT In the sacrament of penance, the person who confesses sins and seeks absolution. And in general, anyone who sincerely repents of wrongdoing, resolves to amend his or her life, and by appropriate means tires to expiate the guilt and punishment incurred for offending God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-09-12, OM St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Virgin/Martyr

    08/08/2012 7:12:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 08-09-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 9, 2012 Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time   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 fathers:the 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...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANOINTING, 08-08-12

    08/08/2012 9:35:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 08-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANOINTING Literally the pouring of oil on someone or some thing in a religious ceremony. Its biblical purpose was to make sacred the object anointed. Thus kings were anointed (I Samuel 10:1), priests (Exodus 28:41), and prophets (I Kings 19:16). The reference to anointing in the New Testament as a sacred rite pertains to the sacrament of anointing the sick, but the verb here used (James 5:14), aleipho, is unique. It therefore has a different meaning from "to make sacred," as elsewhere in the Bible. In the Catholic Church, holy oils are used in the administration...
  • Why Catholicism Is Losing Influence To Protestantism In Brazil

    08/08/2012 9:03:55 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 113 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 17, 2012 | Ryan Villarreal
    At least 1 million evangelical Christians took part in Saturday's annual "March for Jesus" in Sao Paulo, demonstrating the growing trend of Protestantism in Brazil. With 123.2 million of 191 million Brazilians identifying as Catholic according to 2010 census data, the South American nation still holds the world's largest Catholic population, but adherents to the faith have been steadily declining over several decades, while Protestantism, particularly evangelical Christianity, has been on the rise.
  • Catholics Revive 'Prayer for France' Amid Push for Gay Marriage, Euthanasia

    08/08/2012 8:49:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/08/2012 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    The French Catholic Church will revive a centuries-old custom next week with an updated national "prayer for France" opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage and other "grave social" reforms planned by the new government. "Nobody should be surprised that we Catholics think the first page of the Bible is right, even more so than a parliament," said Lyon Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, referring to the union between Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eve in the Book of Genesis. The Vatican and Catholic churches across the world have been speaking against the growing acceptance of homosexuality, which they say is...

    08/08/2012 4:51:13 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 12 replies
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  • National Boy Scout policy against openly gay members flouted by local councils

    08/08/2012 5:24:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    LSN ^ | 8.8.2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    August 7, 2012 ( - Although the Boy Scouts of America recently reaffirmed a policy against having open homosexuals as members, at least some local councils say they don’t consider the policy actually binding on their own operations. A Catholic parish in Minnesota was recently blindsided when they learned the Boy Scouts’ reputation for Christian conservative values didn’t bear out in the case of their local Council, which declared last month that it would continue admitting individuals who were openly homosexual. “Every council is reflective of their community,” said Kent York, spokesman for the Twin Cities-based Northern Star Council, Minnesota’s...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-08-12, M, St. Dominic, Priest

    08/07/2012 10:20:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 08-08-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 8, 2012   Memorial of Saint Dominic, Priest   Reading 1 Jer 31:1-7 At that time, says the LORD,I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel,and they shall be my people.Thus says the LORD:The people that escaped the swordhave found favor in the desert.As Israel comes forward to be given his rest,the LORD appears to him from afar:With age-old love I have loved you;so I have kept my mercy toward you.Again I will restore you, and you shall be rebuilt,O virgin Israel;Carrying your festive tambourines,you shall go forth dancing with the merrymakers.Again you shall plant vineyardson...
  • The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic [Catholic Caucus]

    08/07/2012 10:06:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | not given |
    The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic About the Nine Ways of PrayerThe following was written by an anonymous Bolognese author, sometime between A.D. 1260 and A.D. 1288, whose source of information was, among other followers of St. Dominic, Sister Cecilia of Bologna's Monastery of St. Agnes. Sister Cecilia had been given the habit by St. Dominic himself. "The Nine Ways of Prayer" has been sometimes printed as a supplement to "The Life of St. Dominic" by Theodoric of Apoldia, though they aren't an actual part of that work. The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic Holy teachers...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH, 08-07-12

    08/07/2012 9:37:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 08-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH See: PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Obama’s Poison Pill

    08/07/2012 5:15:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | August 3, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    What does back-to-school season have to do with the “contraception rule” from the White House? The very existence of some schools is threatened, now that the Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs has gone into effect.Hadley Heath, a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum, points to Pius X High School in Lincoln, Neb., which has sued the federal government. The school’s administrators are “arguing that Pius X would be forced to choose between compliance and shutting its doors entirely,” says Heath. “The Obama administration shouldn’t be in the business of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-07-12, OM, St. Cajetan, St. Sixtus II & Companions

    08/06/2012 11:16:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies ^ | 08-07-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 7, 2012   Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:Write all the words I have spoken to you in a book. For thus says the LORD:Incurable is your wound,grievous your bruise;There is none to plead your cause,no remedy for your running sore,no healing for you.All your lovers have forgotten you,they do not seek you.I struck you as an enemy would strike,punished you cruelly;Why cry out over your wound?your pain is without relief.Because of your...
  • Catholic Caucus: Virgin Mary statue draws visitors to Broadmoor home

    08/06/2012 12:49:42 PM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    Morning Advocate ^ | August 6, 2012 | by naomi martin
    Ever since word started spreading July 5 of the bleeding Virgin Mary statue in the front yard of a house on Broadmoor Circle, the once quiet dead-end street has transformed into a bustling scene lined with yellow police tape and cars from all over the country. “The Wisconsin license plate kind of struck me,” said neighbor Greg Miller, 52. “But there have been California, Florida, a lot of other out-of-state plates. It seemed for a while like it might be the No. 1 tourist attraction in town.” The home is owned by Hoa Nguyen, who is from Vietnam and does...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FIDES ECCLESIASTICA, 08-06-12

    08/06/2012 9:08:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 08-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FIDES ECCLESIASTICA See: THEOLOGICAL NOTES All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Fr. Pavone opposes Obama appearance at NY Catholic Charities dinner

    08/06/2012 8:17:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    life news ^ | 8.6.2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    NEW YORK, August 6, 2012 ( - Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has issued a statement opposing President Obama’s appearance at a New York fundraiser dinner for Catholic Charities. “I’m all in favor of protocol and understand the difference between respecting the President’s policies vs. respecting his office. But there comes a time when the polite putting aside of differences for a while amounts to scandal,” said Pavone in a statement emailed to Monday morning. LSN confirmed the president’s appearance last week. “There comes a time when enough is enough and we can no longer afford to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-06-12. Feast, Transfiguration of the Lord

    08/05/2012 8:11:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 08-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 6, 2012   Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord   Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;his throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him.The court was convened and the books were opened. As the visions during the night continued, I saw: One like a Son of man coming,on the clouds of...
  • Outcry after bishop's gay marriage jibe

    08/05/2012 7:18:57 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 112 replies
    Herald Scotland ^ | Aug 4 2012 | Gerry Braiden
    A CATHOLIC bishop has sparked controversy by suggesting that, if the Scottish Government truly believed in equality, it could extend legislation on same-sex marriage to encompass bigamy and even incest. Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen asked why equality did not extend to "nieces who genuinely, truly love their uncles" and why men could not have two wives, adding such scenarios were not freaks of nature but might in fact occur in Scottish parishes. ... In an interview with the Scottish Catholic Observer (SCO), Bishop Gilbert, the first to be appointed in Scotland by Pope Benedict, said: "You can't have a...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Catholic Action

    08/04/2012 10:29:13 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Catholic Action 1237. Would you kindly explain in detail the aims and objects of Catholic Action? The aim of Catholic Action is the same as that of the Church — the salvation of souls, and the establishing of the reign of Jesus Christ in all phases of individual, family, and social life, so that Christ is ever better known, loved, and served by men. The object is to secure the coordinated action of the Catholic laity in union with, and under the direction of the Bishops for the defense of religious and moral principles, and for the development of a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-05-12, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/04/2012 8:42:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 08-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 5, 2012   Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Ex 16:2-4, 12-15 The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.The Israelites said to them,"Would that we had died at the LORD's hand in the land of Egypt,as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!But you had to lead us into this desertto make the whole community die of famine!" Then the LORD said to Moses,"I will now rain down bread from heaven for you.Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;thus will I test them,to see whether...
  • Church-Speak: Strange things Church people say

    08/04/2012 1:41:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 3, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is a tendency that any group has to use words that make sense to some of its members, but are often unintelligible to outsiders. I have sometimes had to coach recent converts in “Church speak”.For example I may proudly announce that “RCIA classes will begin next week….so if you know anyone who is interested in attending, please fill out an information card on the table just outside the sacristy door.” Thinking I have been perfectly clear, a new member approachs me after Mass to ask what “RCIA classes are….and also what is a sacristy?”I have had the same reaction...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SIN AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT, 08-04-12

    08/04/2012 11:55:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Catholic ^ | 08-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SIN AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT Major offenses that carry a stubborn resistance to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and a contempt of his gifts. They are despair of one's salvation, envy of another's spiritual good, opposing known truths of faith, obstinacy in sin, presumption of God's mercy, and final impenitence. Because those who sin in this way, resisting grace, do not wish to repent, we say that their sins cannot be forgiven them. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Episcopal-to-Catholic Converts

    08/04/2012 12:48:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    PBS ^ | August 3rd, 2012 | Bob Faw
    BOB FAW, Correspondent: In Bladensburg, Maryland, the Catholic service unfolds smoothly, a comfortable routine for priests and parishioners alike.But one year ago, members of St. Luke’s parish were devout, devoted Episcopalians. This is the first Episcopal church in the country to convert to Catholicism under Vatican rules designed to attract disaffected Episcopalians.If 20 years ago I had said you’re destined to be a Catholic priest, how would you have answered?FATHER MARK LEWIS: I would have thought you were crazy.FAW: Under a 2009 decree by Pope Benedict XVI, St. Luke’s, like all Episcopal churches that choose to convert, gets to retain...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-04-12. M. St. John Mary Vianney, Priest

    08/03/2012 8:25:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 08-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 4, 2012 Memorial of Saint John Mary Vianney, priest   Reading 1 Jer 26:11-16, 24 The priests and prophets said to the princes and to all the people,"This man deserves death;he has prophesied against this city,as you have heard with your own ears."Jeremiah gave this answer to the princes and all the people:"It was the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this house and cityall that you have heard.Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds;listen to the voice of the LORD your God,so that the LORD will repent of the evil with which he threatens you.As for...
  • Former IVF doc: my conversion began when confronted by a priest

    08/03/2012 1:41:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 3, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Caruso began to question the IVF process after being confronted by his parish priest. CHICAGO, August 3, 2012 ( - One former in-vitro fertilization (IVF) expert’s difficult moral journey towards becoming the first of his kind to embrace a new vision of fertility treatment, one in line with his religious faith, began with the intervention of a Catholic priest. Reproductive endocrinologist Anthony Caruso told the Chicago Tribune July 30 that he began to seriously question the IVF business, in which children are picked and chosen according to physical features and frequently aborted in “selective reductions” of multiple pregnancies, after an...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Capital Punishment

    08/03/2012 10:38:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Capital Punishment 1231. You insist that the State has the right to inflict capital punishment? The State possesses the right on the same principle as an individual who may kill an unjust aggressor, if there be no other efficacious way in which to preserve his own life. Those whose crimes gravely threaten the well-being of society may be put to death by social authority when lesser penalties prove inefficacious as a control upon them. God Himself sanctioned this law in Hebrew society, and it is entirely reasonable. If the extreme penalty could not be lawfully inflicted by the State upon...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BIOGENESIS08-03-12

    08/03/2012 8:12:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic ^ | 08-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):BIOGENESIS The theory that all life has its source only in pre-existing life. Organisms, even the minutest, arise from similar organisms, never from inorganic matter. It is reasonable to affirm, and experience offers proof that "what is without life cannot generate life." Life in its origin is due to God's creative act. Opposing this theory is abiogenesis, which is without scientific basis. (Etym. Greek bios, life + genesis, origin, source.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-03-12

    08/02/2012 7:58:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 08-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 3, 2012 Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jer 26:1-9 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim,son of Josiah, king of Judah,this message came from the LORD:Thus says the LORD:Stand in the court of the house of the LORDand speak to the people of all the cities of Judahwho come to worship in the house of the LORD;whatever I command you, tell them, and omit nothing.Perhaps they will listen and turn back,each from his evil way,so that I may repent of the evil I have planned to inflict upon themfor their evil deeds.Say...
  • Following the Truth: Don’t Take The Our Father So Personally! [Catholic and Open]

    08/02/2012 5:52:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | Jul 26th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Don’t Take The Our Father So Personally! Jul 26th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  Are you kidding me? How can I not take the Lord’s Prayer personally? It allows me to communicate directly with my Heavenly Father and has been called the “Perfect Prayer”. Why shouldn’t I take it personally? Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me explain what I mean. While it’s important (and encouraged) to have a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father, we want to make sure we don’t limit the effectiveness of this powerful prayer by focusing solely on our own personal intentions. Although...
  • Robert Sirico: The RealClearReligion Interview

    08/02/2012 10:48:28 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    RealClearReligion ^ | 08/02/2012 | Nicholas G. Hahn III
    "Liberty is not the power of doing what we like," Lord Acton once wrote, "but the right of being able to do what we ought." In Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Acton Institute President Father Robert Sirico develops a manifesto for economic liberty. On the 100th anniversary of Milton Friedman's birth, Fr. Sirico and I met at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House north of Chicago to discuss subjects ranging from smoking pot with Jane Fonda to why Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises and Pope John Paul II have more in common than you may...
  • Catholic Group [Priests for Life] to Defy New Obamacare Pro-Abortion Mandate

    08/02/2012 8:16:03 AM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 8/1/12 | Steven Ertelt
    The pro-life Catholic group Priests for Life is the first to announce it will openly defy the new pro-abortion mandate the HHS department put in force today under the Obamacare health care law. The new mandate compels religious employers to pay for and refer employees for birth control, abortion-causing drugs and contraception in violation of employers’ religious beliefs. Father Frank Pavone told LifeNews his pro-life group doesn’t qualify for the narrowly-drawn exemptions in the mandate, so his organization will not comply with it and will run the risk of fines and other possible punishment. “The unjust and unconstitutional HHS mandate,...
  • Scandal Redux: Catholic Relief Services Edition

    08/02/2012 7:26:25 AM PDT · by Columbo · 3 replies
    RedState ^ | 8/2/2012 | Shaun Kenney
    For those who haven’t been watching, there’s another scandal brewing in the Catholic Church — this time with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the promotion of some very un-Catholic things. The good folks over at Life Site News just uncovered a rather unsettling relationship between CRS and an organization called the CORE Group, but there seems to be more to the story than a simple working relationship. Two weeks ago, Life Site News revealed that CRS gave a $5.3 million grant to a pro-abortion, pro-contraception, and pro-homosexual organization known as CARE. It’s bad enough that CRS has been so rigidly...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-02-12, OM, St. Eusebius/Vercelli, St. Peter Julian Eymard

    08/01/2012 9:17:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 08-02-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 2, 2012 Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jer 18:1-6 This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:Rise up, be off to the potter's house;there I will give you my message.I went down to the potter's house and there he was,working at the wheel.Whenever the object of clay which he was makingturned out badly in his hand,he tried again,making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased.Then the word of the LORD came to me:Can I not do to you, house of Israel,as this potter has done' says the LORD.Indeed, like clay...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GRIDIRON, 08-01-12

    08/01/2012 9:38:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 08-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GRIDIRON Symbol of St. Lawrence the deacon. Martyred in A.D. 258 by being roasted alive on a gridiron. By the fourth century venerated as one of the famous martyrs of Rome, he included in the Canon of the Mass. St. Vincent (d. 304), a Spanish deacon martyred in the same way, also has the gridiron for his emblem. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-12, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2012 9:18:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 08-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    August 1, 2012   Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church   Reading 1 Jer 15:10, 16-21 Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth!a man of strife and contention to all the land!I neither borrow nor lend,yet all curse me.When I found your words, I devoured them;they became my joy and the happiness of my heart,Because I bore your name,O LORD, God of hosts.I did not sit celebratingin the circle of merrymakers;Under the weight of your hand I sat alonebecause you filled me with indignation.Why is my pain continuous,my wound incurable, refusing to be...
  • Pelosi’s New Archbishop Warns: America Could Be Moving Toward ‘Despotism’

    07/31/2012 6:55:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 31, 2012 | Staff
    Recent government attacks on religious liberty have made him fear the United States might be headed toward “despotism,” the newly appointed archbishop of San Francisco—a city represented by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi—warned in a recent speech. “When I saw what was happening and my eyes were opened, it made me fear that we could be starting to move in the direction of license and despotism,” the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone said at a May 24 conference on religious liberty at the Ethics in Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. In the same speech, Cordileone also said church...
  • Cardinal George slams Chicago mayor’s comments on Chick-fil-A marriage flap

    07/31/2012 12:22:55 PM PDT · by rhema · 25 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | 7/31/12 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Cardinal Francis George, the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, has taken aim at remarks by the mayor and an alderman of Chicago slamming Chick-Fil-A’s public stance in support of true marriage. “Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the ‘values’ that must be held by citizens of Chicago,” Cardinal George wrote in a “Reflection on ‘Chicago Values’.”Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is also co-chair of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, told the Chicago Tribune last week that he agreed with the reasons for Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno’s effort...
  • Vatican newspaper blasts Gates for ‘disinformation’ campaign on contraceptives

    07/31/2012 11:08:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 7.31.2012 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    uly 31, 2012 ( - The Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper has published an article attacking Melinda Gates’ recently-launched campaign to distribute contraceptives to African women, saying that it is based on “an unfounded and second-rate understanding” of the issue. Click here for full translation of article. The article, written by Italian journalist Giulia Galeotti, and titled “Birth control and disinformation: The risks of philanthropy,” notes that Melinda Gates has expressed “anguish” over her new initiative, due to the conflict it creates with the Catholic hierarchy. It adds that Gates is apparently unaware of the reliability of the Billings Ovulation Method...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SHEPHERD OF HERMAS, 07-31-12

    07/31/2012 8:40:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 07-31-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SHEPHERD OF HERMAS An ethical treatise of the mid-second century. It is a work of major historical importance, preaching penance and consisting of five visions, twelve mandates, and two parables. It witnesses to the high moral principles of the early Church. The authorship has been attributed to Hermas, mentioned by St. Paul in his letter to the Romans (16:14), but it was more likely written by a brother of Pope St. Pius I. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Fr Mitch Pacwa: Lack of any Spiritual Depth to Messages May be the Unraveling of Medjugorje

    07/29/2012 2:43:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Sanctepater ^ | July 29, 2012 | Greg Garrison
    [Father Mitch] Pacwa said there is no chance for the visions to get approval while they're still going on, and it's a long shot even after they stop. One quirk that emerged was when two of the Medjugorje visionaries said the Virgin Mary endorsed a book, "The Poem of the Man-God," that had been condemned by the Vatican. The fanciful 1940s biography of Jesus by Maria Valtorta contains details like a dancing girl brushing up against Jesus, Joseph giving young Jesus an anachronistic tool kit with screwdrivers and the Virgin Mary making statements such as "man disgusts me," Pacwa...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-31-12, M, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

    07/30/2012 8:00:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 07-31-12 | Revised New American Bible
    July 31, 2012   Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest   Reading 1 Jer 14:17-22 Let my eyes stream with tearsday and night, without rest,Over the great destruction which overwhelmsthe virgin daughter of my people,over her incurable wound.If I walk out into the field,look! those slain by the sword;If I enter the city,look! those consumed by hunger.Even the prophet and the priestforage in a land they know not. Have you cast Judah off completely?Is Zion loathsome to you?Why have you struck us a blowthat cannot be healed?We wait for peace, to no avail;for a time of healing, but terror...
  • Catholic Family Biz Scores Win Over ObamaCare Mandate

    07/30/2012 4:33:51 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    IBD editorials ^ | July 30, 2012
    Basic Rights: A court in Colorado has ruled that, contrary to DOJ arguments, Americans do not have to choose between giving up their faith or giving up their business. Freedom of religion also applies to the free marketplace. The Newland family of Colorado and the heating and air conditioning business they run are not quite as famous as CEO Dan Cathy and his Chick-fil-A restaurant chain — at least not yet. The granting of an injunction by Senior Judge John L. Kane of the U.S. District Court in Colorado saying they do not have to comply with the Health and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANON, 07-30-12

    07/30/2012 8:25:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 07-30-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CANON An established rule for guidance, a standard, or a list of such rules: 1. in biblical usage the catalogue of inspired writings known as the Old and New Testaments, identified as such by the Church; 2. in ecclesiastical usage, a short definition of some dogmatic truth, with attached anathema, made as a rule by general councils; 3. the Eucharistic Prayer, which is the essential part of the Sacrifice of the Mass. In religious life, certain orders of men with specific duties often attached to a particular church, shrine, or ecclesiastical function; 4. in music a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-12, OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/29/2012 8:04:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies ^ | 07-30-12 | Revised New American Bible
    July 30, 2012   Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jer 13:1-11 The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth;wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water.I bought the loincloth, as the LORD commanded, and put it on.A second time the word of the LORD came to me thus:Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing,and go now to the Parath;there hide it in a cleft of the rock.Obedient to the LORD's command, I went to the Parathand buried the loincloth.After a long interval, the LORD said...
  • From Speed Skating to Religious Life: Former Olympian on the Call to Join Franciscan--[Cath Caucus]

    07/29/2012 7:37:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | JULY 27, 2012 | Ann Schneible
    From Speed Skating to Religious Life Former Olympian on the Call to Join Franciscan Order By Ann SchneibleLONDON, JULY 27, 2012 ( With the London summer Olympics commencing today, a former Olympian – now a sister with the Community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in Leeds, England – shared with ZENIT her journey toward answering the call to the religious life.For CFR Sister Catherine Mary of the Holy Trinity the Olympics were a family affair. The Wisconsin native -- whose legal name is Kirstin Holum -- is the daughter of Dianne Holum, who gained international fame by becoming the first...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-29-12, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/28/2012 8:30:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 56 replies ^ | 07-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    July 29, 2012   Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 2 Kgs 4:42-44 A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God,twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits,and fresh grain in the ear.Elisha said, "Give it to the people to eat."But his servant objected,"How can I set this before a hundred people?"Elisha insisted, "Give it to the people to eat.""For thus says the LORD,'They shall eat and there shall be some left over.'"And when they had eaten, there was some left over,as the LORD had said. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18 R. (cf. 16) The...
  • Course on Grace: Grace Considered Intensively,Deiform Life by Sanctifying Grace [Cath & Open]

    07/28/2012 12:44:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 1998 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Course on GracePart Two - A Grace Considered Intensively by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.Chapter X. Deiform Life by Sanctifying Grace When a person is justified, does he have a new life? It would seem so, for if sanctifying grace makes us sharers of the divine nature, must it not also make us sharers of the divine life, since God's nature is nothing if not vital. And yet, a new life is a difficult concept.However, Sacred Scripture, the Father of the Church, Popes and theologians all join in proclaiming that in the just -- those born again of water and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ACTS OF THE MARTYRS, 07-28-12

    07/28/2012 12:24:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 07-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ACTS OF THE MARTYRS Actual accounts of early Christian martyrdoms. The most reliable are those that follow the official shorthand reports of the trials and executions. Among the best known are the Acts of St. Ignatius, St. Polycarp, the Martyrs of Lyons, and the Passions of Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas, and St. Irenaeus. In the Western Church the Acts of the Martyrs were carefully collected and used in the liturgy from the earliest times, as witnessed by St. Augustine. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used...
  • Building a Culture of Religious Freedom

    07/28/2012 9:18:49 AM PDT · by Natural Law · 11 replies
    Witherspoon Institute ^ | July 27, 2012 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    A friend of mine, a political scientist, recently posed two very good questions. They go right to the heart of our discussion today. He wondered, first, if the religious freedom debate had “crossed a Rubicon” in our country’s political life. And second, he asked if Catholic bishops now found themselves opposed—in a new and fundamental way—to the spirit of American society. We should begin by recalling that even at the height of anti-Catholic bigotry, Catholics have always served our country with distinction. More than eighty Catholic chaplains died in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. All four chaplains who won...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-28-12

    07/27/2012 9:26:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 07-28-12 | Revised New American Bible
    July 28, 2012   Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jer 7:1-11 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:Stand at the gate of the house of the LORD,and there proclaim this message:Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judahwho enter these gates to worship the LORD!Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:Reform your ways and your deeds,so that I may remain with you in this place.Put not your trust in the deceitful words:"This is the temple of the LORD!The temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD!"Only...
  • EWTN Journey Home - Monday Oct. 1 - Al Kresta (former Evangelical) [conversion story below]

    10/01/2007 9:06:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 607+ views
    Why I Returned to the Catholic Church (Al Kresta) Monday, February 06, 2006 br />This is why I returned to the Catholic Church, not necessarily why you ought to. I'm more than happy to make a presentation some night to say why you ought to. This is my story of how I returned. I was raised Roman Catholic, in a church-going, sacrament-receiving home. I have, really, very positive memories of my upbringing. I liked it. It was kind of mysterious. I remember going there, and there was the Eucharist, and that was Jesus, and the church was in hushed...