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  • Victorian Catholic Church reveals 620 abuse cases

    09/24/2012 8:19:34 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9/22/2012
    The Catholic Church in Victoria has revealed that at least 620 children have been abused by its clergy since the 1930s, sparking a fresh call for an independent inquiry into sex abuse. The Catholic Church in Victoria revealed the number in a submission to a state parliamentary hearing on Friday but said the instances of abuse reported had fallen dramatically from the "appalling" numbers of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Evangelicals: the new Face of Brazilian Fashion

    09/24/2012 7:53:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | September 23, 2012 | AP
    ITABORAI, Brazil – The latest fashion trend hitting the streets of Rio de Janeiro is the polar opposite of the famous Brazilian bikini. Instead of second-skin dresses in shocking pink spandex or strapless tops with strategically placed peek-a-boo paneling, the newest fashion craze is overt modesty. Found in stores like Silca Evangelical Fashion, these coveted pieces include demure, long-sleeved frocks with how-low-can-you-go hemlines and the polyester putty-colored potato sack dresses. In the birthplace of the "fio dental" or dental floss string bikini, so-called evangelical fashion has emerged as a growing segment of the country's $52 billion-a-year textile industry, catering to...
  • San Rafael priest granted diversion in China Camp nudity case

    09/24/2012 7:18:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 9/21/2012 | Gary Klien
    A San Rafael priest charged with exposing himself at China Camp State Park was granted misdemeanor diversion, giving him the chance to clear his record in two years. The Rev. Feliciano Torres Mofan, 58, was arrested Aug. 23 during an undercover sting at the state park, where rangers were cracking down on lewd behavior and sexual activity. The park said Mofan approached a plainclothes ranger at Chicken Coop Hill, propositioned him for sex and exposed himself.
  • Albanian bishops to excommunicate Catholics who take part in ‘blood-feud’ killings

    09/24/2012 7:10:41 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 24, 2012 | CWN
    The Albanian bishops have announced that they will excommunicate Catholics who take part in the practice of gjakmarrja: revenge killings that avenge murders or violations to a family’s honor such as a divorce. “People kill without hesitation in this bloody, barbaric system of revenge, often justifying their actions from a centuries-old tradition," said Archbishop Angelo Massafra of Shkodrë-Pult. “They attach more importance to human tradition than the law of God, and through their murderous behavior trample on the Gospel of Life and cross of Christ.” “Every person of the Catholic faith who kills for motives of vendetta will be excommunicated,”...
  • Most Recent Column from Fr. Rutler (9-23-2012)

    09/24/2012 6:42:53 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 6 replies
    Church of Our Savior ^ | 9-23-2012 | The Rev. George William Rutler, S.T.D.
    Most Recent Column from Fr. Rutler September 23, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI was in Lebanon last week where the principal Catholic rite, the Maronite, traces its roots to Saint Maroun, who in the fourth century was a friend of Saint John Chrysostom. The Holy Father spoke to people who “know all too well the tragedy of conflict and . . . the cry of the widow and the orphan.” Like Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, the Pope linked violence to contempt for the right to life: “The effectiveness of our commitment to peace depends on our understanding of human life.” The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-24-12

    09/23/2012 9:41:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 09-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 24, 2012   Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Prv 3:27-34 Refuse no one the good on which he has a claimwhen it is in your power to do it for him.Say not to your neighbor, "Go, and come again,tomorrow I will give," when you can give at once. Plot no evil against your neighbor,against one who lives at peace with you.Quarrel not with a man without cause,with one who has done you no harm. Envy not the lawless manand choose none of his ways:To the LORD the perverse one is an abomination,but with...
  • Catholic schools in Central Java threatened with closure for not teaching Islam

    09/22/2012 5:01:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies ^ | September 20, 2012
    <p>Jakarta (AsiaNews) – The demand to include Islamic teaching in Catholic schools is proving controversial again. A few months ago, the Education Department in Tegal District (Central Java) warned St Pius Catholic Schools to include Islamic courses for Muslim students.</p>
  • Catholic organization launches online multimedia portal

    09/21/2012 1:39:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | September 21, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    Jesus Colina, chairman of Aleteia, speaks at the Sept. 20, 2012 press conference launching the web portal. Credit: h2ostudio. Rome, Italy, Sep 20, 2012 / 04:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic media network has launched a new website to present a collection of the “best print and multimedia content” from Catholic organizations across the globe. “Today we're announcing that more than 1,000 Catholic institution movements and media are joined together launching a network to answer all the questions and information that people are looking for in the Internet,” Jesus Colina, Chairman of Aleteia said Sept. 20 at the website's...
  • Faithful should distinguish between Catholic faith and Vatican state [Vatican - the Last Monarchy?]

    09/21/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 40 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | September 21, 2012 | JOHN MANNION
    THE PUBLIC response to the recent Vatican embassy closure indicates that many devout Catholics are unable to distinguish between the Catholic faith and the Vatican state. Central to the former is our belief in Jesus Christ as God incarnate, but nowhere in our creed do we profess a belief in the Vatican state, of whose origins and history we know practically nothing. Given that Taoiseach Enda Kenny travels to Rome this weekend to meet the pope, it may be timely to try lift the veil on these matters. To do so, it is necessary to go back to AD313 when...
  • Retired Air Force chaplain arrested in sexual assault case

    09/21/2012 6:31:57 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    KWGN ^ | September 19, 2012 | David Mitchell
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A retired Air Force chaplain was arrested Wednesday in a sexual assault case that detectives say involves at least four victims. The suspect is 78-year-old David Grosse. Police received a report of an alleged sexual assault on July 3 and opened their investigation at that time. “Investigators are concerned that there may be more victims,” says Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Barbara Miller.
  • Of gods and goddesses

    09/21/2012 6:51:55 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 22, 2012 | William Dalrymple
    THE best view of the Goa coast of western India can be seen from the topmost turret of the ruined Portuguese fort above Chapora. From the dark upper slopes of the Pernem hills down to the level ground of the coastline stretches kilometre upon kilometre of banana and coconut groves, the deep-green of the palms offset by the white sand of the shore and the foam of the breaking rollers. In the palm groves, you can just see the toddy tappers throwing ripe king coconuts down from the treetops. Further up the beach, lean fishermen are beaching their catamaran-canoes on...
  • Oakdale priest, 47, charged in sex assault of boy, 12

    09/21/2012 6:36:26 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 62 replies
    Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | 9/20/2012 | Emily Gurnon
    An Oakdale priest has been charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a 12-year-old boy. The boy reported to his mother that Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 47, pastor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul, had been sexually abusing him in a camper trailer in the church parking lot, according to a criminal complaint.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-23-12, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/20/2012 6:52:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 56 replies ^ | 09-23-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 23, 2012   Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Wis 2:12, 17-20 The wicked say: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.Let us see whether his words be true;let us find out what will happen to him.For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend himand deliver him from the hand of his foes.With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the testthat we may have proof of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-22-12

    09/20/2012 6:44:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 09-22-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 22, 2012 Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49 Brothers and sisters:Someone may say, "How are the dead raised?With what kind of body will they come back?" You fool!What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.And what you sow is not the body that is to bebut a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind. So also is the resurrection of the dead.It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.It is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-21-12, Feast, St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

    09/20/2012 6:35:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 09-21-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 21, 2012 Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist   Reading 1 Eph 4:1-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the Spiritthrough the bond of peace:one Body and one Spirit,as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PATER NOSTER, 09-20-12

    09/20/2012 8:34:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 09-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PATER NOSTER The prayer composed and taught by Christ to the Disciples (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4). Named from the first two words of the prayer in the Latin, Pater Noster (Our Father). The Pater Noster has been part of the Church's liturgy since apostolic times. It was part of the profession of faith for the reception of catechumens into the Church, has more commentary by the Fathers and Doctors of the Church than any other passage in the Bible, and, after baptism, is the best known bond of unity among Christians in every tradition. Its seven...

    09/20/2012 5:08:56 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 14 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 9/20/42 | Bertram D. Hulen, Ralph Parker, Daniel Brigham, Hanson W. Baldwin, Charles Hurd
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  • Campaign Opposed to Marriage Amendment Uses Social Media to Stalk Marriage Amendment Supporters

    09/20/2012 4:30:37 AM PDT · by rhema · 9 replies
    Minnesotans United for All Families (MUFAF), the coalition opposed to the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment, is stalking supporters of the Amendment on Facebook. “MUFAF is encouraging its own supporters to use a new Facebook tool, the ‘kNOw tool,’ to stalk Minnesotans who plan to vote YES on the Marriage Amendment,” said Autumn Leva, Spokesperson for Minnesota for Marriage. “Once the ‘kNOw tool’ identifies a potential Amendment supporter on Facebook, this individual is targeted for ‘conversation’ in an attempt to convince him or her that the definition of marriage need not be protected.” “For those who support the Minnesota Marriage Protection...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-20-12, M, Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang/compan

    09/19/2012 10:20:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 09-20-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 20, 2012 Memorial of Saint Andrew Kim Taegŏn, priest and martyr and Saint Paul Chŏng Hasang, martyr, and their companions, martyrs   Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-11 I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,of the Gospel I preached to you,which you indeed received and in which you also stand.Through it you are also being saved,if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,unless you believed in vain.For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-19-12, OM, St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

    09/18/2012 8:07:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 09-19-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 19, 2012 Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 12:31-13:13 Brothers and sisters:Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tonguesbut do not have love,I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.And if I have the gift of prophecyand comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;if I have all faith so as to move mountains,but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give away everything I own,and if I hand my body over so that I...
  • Joliet bishop revokes return of priest accused of sex with teen

    09/18/2012 1:47:37 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/18/2012 | Manya A. Brachear
    A Joliet-area priest reinstated last week after being removed from ministry over an allegation of sexual abuse has been withdrawn once again, Joliet Bishop R. Daniel Conlon confirmed today. Last week, parishioners learned that the Rev. F. Lee Ryan could minister to homebound parishioners of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka, south of Kankakee, and St. Joseph Mission in Crescent City. He had been removed from ministry in May 2010 because of an alleged relationship with a teenager in the 1970s.
  • Priest who had sex with boys now tells how to smuggle ivory

    09/18/2012 1:22:31 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 14 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/18/2012 | Brooks Egerton
    National Geographic‘s new issue exposes the ivory business, which has been hiding in plain sight since a worldwide trade ban was enacted in 1989. And a major player in the magazine’s story is a priest in the Philippines whom I wrote about in 2005 when investigating another global-trafficking phenomenon — the Catholic Church’s movement of sexual abuse suspects across international borders to escape justice. The priest, Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, is now quoted as explaining how to smuggle ivory into the United States: “Wrap it in old, stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it.”
  • Catholics Then, Muslims Now [NYT Op-Ed on why Muslims deserve our trust]

    09/18/2012 12:09:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09/18/2012 | DOUG SAUNDERS
    During the Republican primaries, Muslims were accused of harboring plans for “stealth Shariah.” A group of five Republican House members, led by Michele Bachmann, groundlessly accused two prominent Muslim federal officials of loyalty to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Another Republican representative, Joe Walsh of Illinois, used a campaign rally to suggest that Muslims in the Chicago suburbs were plotting to commit terrorist attacks. In New York City, the police spied on thousands of Muslims for six years without producing any evidence that could lead to an investigation.... ....From the 19th century on, distrust, violence and, eventually, immigration restrictions were aimed at...
  • Archbishop Chaput: I can’t vote for pro-abortion Obama (But Obama is ahead among Catholics)

    09/18/2012 9:59:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/18/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Whither the Catholic vote in this election? Late last week, a poll showed Obama ahead by eight among Catholic registered voters (to which I've lost the link), although the data didn't come from one of the regular national pollsters such as Pew, Gallup, or Rasmussen. With Abortion-Palooza in Charlotte still ringing in the ear and the provocative HHS contraception mandate threatening religious liberty --- as well as Paul Ryan's supposedly apostate budget in the mix --- the Catholic vote may end up being critical to the outcome, or at least a bellwether of it.National Catholic Register asked Archbishop Charles Chaput...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SITTING, 09-18-12

    09/18/2012 7:56:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 09-18-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SITTING The posture prescribed liturgically for certain parts of the Mass. The faithful are to be seated during the First Reading, the Responsorial Psalm, and the Second Reading; during the Homily; during the Offertory (optional); and during the period of Silence After Communion. In other liturgical functions sitting is also a part of the cermony, e.g., during the readign or singing of the psalms in the Divine Office. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic group calls for KC Bishop Robert Finn to resign

    09/18/2012 7:44:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 9/16/2012 | Karen Dillon
    Members of a national Catholic organization on Sunday demanded the resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn, who was convicted this month of failing to report child sexual abuse.The National Survivor Advocates Coalition, which has its headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, held a news conference at Barney Allis Plaza in downtown Kansas City - in the shadow of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - to make its demand."A criminally convicted bishop cannot lead. Bishop Finn must resign or be removed by Pope Benedict," said coalition chairwoman Kristine Ward. "Every hour he remains bishop revictimizes survivors and their families."
  • Catholic church suspends Philadelphia priest

    09/18/2012 7:04:04 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies ^ | 9/17/2012
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in Philadelphia who was previously cleared of inappropriate conduct has been suspended due to new allegations of sexual abuse, church officials said Monday. The accusations, which involve minors and date back about 30 years, first surfaced last spring, according to the archdiocese. The Associated Press is not naming the 56-year-old priest because he has not been criminally charged. He could not be reached for comment on Monday.
  • The Pope and climate change

    09/18/2012 5:47:15 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    Climate of Change ^ | September 17, 2012 | Doug Craig
    "In fact, it is by now evident that there is no good future for humanity or for the earth unless we educate everyone toward a style of life that is more responsible toward the created world." Pope Benedict XVI November, 2011 My father was born a Catholic. And his mother before him. She was one of 12 or 13 kids as was her husband. Who was a Methodist. And converted to Catholicism when he married my grandmother. I thought mostly Catholics and Mormons had big families but back in the late 1800s I guess large families was the norm...
  • Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, Two Catholic Vice Presidential Candidates and One is Being Faithful

    09/18/2012 4:09:21 AM PDT · by tcg · 5 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/18/12 | Keith A Fournier
    ..." I am a Catholic, not because anyone has ordered me to accept a creed, but because of the grace and truth revealed in my faith - and that's how we all feel about the faiths we hold... " "...Ladies and gentlemen, you would be hard pressed to find another group in America that does more to serve the health of women and their babies than the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities. And now, suddenly, we have Obamacare bureaucrats presuming to dictate how they will do it... ..."We're all in this together" - it has a nice ring. For everyone...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-18-12

    09/17/2012 6:37:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 09-18-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 18, 2012   Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a Brothers and sisters:As a body is one though it has many parts,and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,so also Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many. Now you are Christ's Body, and individually parts of it.Some people God has designated in the Churchto be, first, Apostles;...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONFIRMATION CHARACTER, 09-17-12

    09/17/2012 9:07:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 09-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; }   CONFIRMATION CHARACTER The indelible sign imprinted on the soul by the sacrament of confirmation. Its distinctive qualities are that it assimilates a person more closely to Christ, the Teacher of Truth, the King of Justice, and the High Priest. St. Thomas Aquinas holds that the confirmation character gives a person the power and the right to perform actions that are necessary in the spiritual battle against the enemies of the faith. He distinguishes the fighters of Christ (the confirmed) from the simple members of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-17-12, OM, St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    09/16/2012 8:28:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 09-17-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 17, 2012 Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33 Brothers and sisters:In giving this instruction, I do not praise the factthat your meetings are doing more harm than good.First of all, I hear that when you meet as a Churchthere are divisions among you,and to a degree I believe it;there have to be factions among youin order that also those who are approved among youmay become known.When you meet in one place, then,it is not to eat the Lord's supper,for in eating, each one goes ahead with his own supper,and one...
  • Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Timothy Dolan as tag team comedians

    09/16/2012 4:19:56 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies
    Irish Central ^ | September 16, 2012 | PATRICK COUNIHAN
    Comedian Stephen Colbert and New York’s Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan brought the house when they displayed the funny side of Catholicism at Fordham University. The New York Times reports that the unlikely comedy duo wowed over 3,000 ‘cheering, stomping and chanting students’ on Friday night. The paper branded their ‘gig’ as possibly ‘the most successful Roman Catholic youth evangelization event since Pope John Paul II last appeared at World Youth Day’. Organizers had billed the show as ‘an opportunity to hear two Catholic celebrities discuss how joy and humor infuse their spiritual lives’. The New York Times reports that both...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-16-12, Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/15/2012 9:16:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies ^ | 09-16-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 16, 2012 Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Is 50:5-9a The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear;and I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;my face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near who upholds my right;if anyone wishes to oppose me,let us appear together.Who disputes my right?Let that man confront me.See, the Lord...
  • Loveland school seizes rosary beads from student, says they’re ‘gang symbol’

    09/15/2012 8:29:43 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 36 replies
    KDVR Fox 31 News in Denver ^ | Sep. 14, 2012 | Tammy Vigil
    LOVELAND, Colo. — A student is questioning whether his faith or his fashion is under fire at his high school in Loveland. Thompson Valley High School officials have confiscated his rosary beads twice since school started three weeks ago. And he says they never told him, or his family, why. “They tell me I can’t wear them,” says Manuel Vigil, showing us an identical rosary to the one seized by his school. The junior says he wears rosary beads to protect himself from harm. But his school district thinks the religious necklace will harm students. “That’s typically not what we...
  • Mass etiquette: Obey rubrics, be charitable (Catholic Caucus)

    09/14/2012 11:14:09 PM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 10 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 12 September 2012 | Nissa LaPoint
    Mass etiquette: Obey rubrics, be charitable By Nissa LaPoint It’s likely a familiar scene to Mass-goers. Across the pew, one man strikes his breast to the words of the Penitential Act while a tardy couple with a baby apologetically stumbles past him. The majority prays on bended knees, but at the consecration, one woman slips out to answer a vibrating Blackberry. One sniffling parishioner clasps hands with another during the Lord’s Prayer. Others pray with folded hands. Many Catholic faithful have fallen victim to and grappled with such liturgical conundrums and church faux pas. As the one-year anniversary of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-15-12, M, Our Lady of Sorrows

    09/14/2012 9:52:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 09-15-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 15, 2012   Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows   Reading 1 1 Cor 10:14-22 My beloved ones, avoid idolatry.I am speaking as to sensible people;judge for yourselves what I am saying.The cup of blessing that we bless,is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ?The bread that we break,is it not a participation in the Body of Christ?Because the loaf of bread is one,we, though many, are one Body,for we all partake of the one loaf. Look at Israel according to the flesh;are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?So what am I saying?That...
  • Muslim union demands pope apology, accuses him of sedition

    09/14/2012 4:14:10 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 22 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | 14 Sept 2012 | AFP
    An Islamic group headed by influential cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi on Friday demanded Pope Benedict XVI apologise to Muslims over inflammatory remarks he made in 2006. The Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars also accused the pope of fuelling "sedition" between Muslims and Christians, in a statement coinciding with the start of the pontiff's three-day visit to Lebanon. The union "demands the pope of the Vatican apologise to Muslims over what he said during his speech in Germany... just as he had apologised to Jews," said the statement issued late on Thursday. In 2006, Benedict offended Muslims by appearing to...
  • Thompson Valley High School student's rosary beads taken away

    09/14/2012 7:11:42 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 28 replies
    KMGH TV ^ | 9/13/2012
    LOVELAND, Colo. - A Thompson Valley High School student had his rosary beads taken away twice in three weeks after school officials said they were gang-related. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reported the story of Manuel Vigil, a junior at the high school. He is also Catholic and his mother told the newspaper that the beads had been especially important to him in dealing with the recent slaying of an uncle. School officials said the beads themselves are not prohibited, but they way they are worn could be gang-related and violate the school's dress code. Loveland Police Sgt. David Murphy, who heads...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OBJECTIVITY, 09-14-12

    09/14/2012 8:41:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 09-14-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OBJECTIVITY The quality of impartial reflection in which the mind considers things as they really are, and not as a person is naturally or temperamentally inclined to view them. Philosophically, it is the viewpoint that regards extramental beings as real, so that the mind is said to possess truth when its knowledge corresponds with the reality outside the mind. Opposite of subjectivity. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The prickly Catholic vote ["bargaining with evil" vs "sitting the election out"]

    09/14/2012 6:04:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 26 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | September 14, 2012 | Louie Verrecchio
    In the days immediately following Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, the Catholic blogosphere was all abuzz with excitement, but it was also filled with a lot of hand-wringing over the Wisconsin congressman's alleged attachment to the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Now, I'm not talking about liberals in Catholic clothing like James Salt of Catholics United and other likeminded posers who are engaged in a two-front war against both Jesus Christ and capitalism; rather, I'm referring to otherwise sensible commentators who sincerely love the Lord and His Church. Over the last couple of weeks, speculation about...
  • Washington's Katie Walker weds Archduke Imre of Austria

    09/14/2012 3:25:46 AM PDT · by iowamark · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/11/2012 | Roxanne Roberts, Amy Argetsinger
    Save for the parade of stupendous hats, there was little to alert passersby to the royal wedding Saturday morning in downtown Washington. The bride: Katie Walker, 26, a Cincinnati native who until recently was communications director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. The groom: Archduke Imre of Austria, also 26, great-grandson of Charles, the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Right now you’re thinking, “Wow. How’d she find an archduke?” Well, by going to church. Ken Wolfe, a friend of the bride who sang in the Gregorian chant group at her wedding, tells us the couple met two...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-14-12, Feast, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    09/13/2012 9:33:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 09-14-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 14, 2012   Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross   Reading 1 Nm 21:4b-9 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 sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us."So Moses prayed...
  • Christian Company Will be Fined $1.3 MILLION a DAY Unless HHS Mandate Repealed or Defeated

    09/13/2012 11:04:19 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 22 replies ^ | 9/13/12 | Thomas Peters
    How little does Obama care about religious liberty? This little: A few minutes ago, in Oklahoma, The Becket Fund filed a lawsuit on behalf of a multi-billion dollar private business, Hobby Lobby. As you may know, Hobby Lobby is a privately owned company with 500 stores in 42 states, 22,000 employees, and $1.3 + billion in sales. If this private family owned business refuses to comply with the HHS mandate, the government will fine them $1.3 million per day. [The Becket Fund] It may be only a little to him. But this fine is a lot to us. Steven Ertelt...
  • Obama Protecting Muslim "Feelings", while Trashing Catholics and Evangelicals

    09/13/2012 1:56:09 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies ^ | September 13, 2012 | Bill Donohue
    It is hardly surprising to learn that many young Muslim men in the Middle East react like barbarians when insulted by a movie, but it is rather incredible to learn of the way the Obama administration initially reacted to the release of the anti-Muslim film. The U.S. Embassy’s statement sounded more like something penned by Oprah than American diplomats. It said it “condemns efforts to offend individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” (My italic.) Just this week, I wrote a news release explaining why a special jury award was given to a movie at the Venice Film Festival:...
  • Catholic Conundrum: What's an Anti-Abortion, Pro-Immigrant Voter to Do?

    09/13/2012 8:28:28 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 85 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | Sep 13 2012 | Monica Alonzo
    ....religious-minded Americans also have to reconcile conflicting stances on political views within the church itself. For example, both Mormon and Catholic doctrines preach anti-abortion and traditional family values that align with the Republican way. At the same time, church leaders also publicly adopted a Democrat-esque, humane approach to immigration enforcement, inccluding a path to citizenship. [SNIP] The conversation also is about immigration and church officials' views that politicians should adopt a more tolerant view of the presence of immigrants. The softer stance stems from a growing number of undocumented immigrants converting to Mormonism — an estimated 70 percent of Latino...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEFAMATION, 09-13-12

    09/13/2012 8:27:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 09-13-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DEFAMATION Unjust injury of a person's good name. It consists in telling facts that harm another's reputation. In defamation, there is at least an implicit intention to harm the reputation of another, who is absent and therefore not a witness to being defamed. Defamation may be committed in tow ways: by spreading injurious facts that are true but not publicly known, or by saying things that are false. Since defamation violates commutative justice, it involves the duty of making reparation for the foreseen injury inflicted. Hence the defamer must try, not only to repair the harm...
  • Poll: Obama holds 8-point lead over Romney among Catholic voters

    09/12/2012 10:13:31 PM PDT · by granada · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12:50 AM 09/12/2012 | Neil Munro
    A new poll by a Catholic advocacy group shows President Barack Obama has a slight lead over Gov. Mitt Romney among non-Hispanic Catholics, despite the stalled economy and his 2012 establishment of church regulations requiring them to fund contraception and abortion-related services that they abhor. The poll of 2,629 likely Catholic voters, an unusually large sample, showed that 46.5 percent of non-Hispanic Catholics support Obama, while 45.6 percent support Romney.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-13-12, M, St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    09/12/2012 10:12:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 09-13-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 13, 2012 Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church   Reading 1 1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters:Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up.If anyone supposes he knows something,he does not yet know as he ought to know.But if one loves God, one is known by him. So about the eating of meat sacrificed to idols:we know that there is no idol in the world,and that there is no God but one.Indeed, even though there are so-called gods in heaven and on earth(there are, to be sure, many 'gods' and many 'lords'),yet for...
  • NARAL Blasts McMahon (Connecticut Senate Race)

    09/12/2012 9:27:42 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 6 replies
    New Haven Independent ^ | Sep 10, 2012 | Thomas MacMillan
    Women’s reproductive rights took center stage in the U.S. Senate race Monday, as a pro-choice group took aim at Republican candidate Linda McMahon over her support of a bill that would have allowed employers to refuse to cover contraception for their employees. The campaigns have been vying for the support of female voters, who did not get behind McMahon in her 2010 Senate bid. In a Monday afternoon conference call hosted by Christian Miron, the director of the NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut, the state branch of the national pro-choice advocacy organization. Miron scored McMahon for saying she would have supported the...