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  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLY OILS, 09-26-12

    09/26/2012 9:25:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HOLY OILS Sacramentals blessed by a bishop. There are three kinds: oil of catechumens, holy chrism, and oil of the sick. The first and third are pure olive oil. chrism has in the oil a mixture of balm or balsam. In 1970, the Congregation for Divine Worship declared that, if necessary, the holy oils may be from any plant and not only from olives. The holy oils are symbols of spiritual nourishment and the light of grace. They are used in the public administration of baptism, confirmation, and anointing of the sick. The blessing of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-12, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2012 8:19:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2012   Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Prv 30:5-9 Every word of God is tested;he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.Add nothing to his words,lest he reprove you, and you will be exposed as a deceiver. Two things I ask of you,deny them not to me before I die:Put falsehood and lying far from me,give me neither poverty nor riches;provide me only with the food I need;Lest, being full, I deny you,saying, "Who is the LORD?"Or, being in want, I steal,and profane the name of my God. Responsorial...
  • Welcome to 40 Days for Life: September 26 - November 4, 2012

    09/25/2012 6:59:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 140 replies
    40DaysforLife.com ^ | 09-25-12 | 40DaysforLife.com
    40 Days for Life opens September 26 in 316 locations   It's official! This 40 Days for Life campaign will be a record-setter! The campaign, from September 26 - November 4, will be the largest and longest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history ... and you can help save lives by getting involved TODAY! Here's a quick rundown: 316 locations -- the most ever! 49 US states -- plus Washington, DC 7 Canadian provinces Australia, England, Spain and -- for the first time -- Uganda Many NEW cities ... 46 first-time campaigns The full list of locations for the...
  • Filipino priest profiled in 'National Geographic' ivory trade exposé drops from public view

    09/25/2012 11:31:12 AM PDT · by DFG · 5 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 09/25/12 | Brooks Egerton
    An internationally prominent Catholic priest has dropped out of sight in the Philippines, years after admitting to me that he had sex with altar boys in the U.S. and supplied them with drugs. Monsignor Cristobal Garcia’s sudden low profile coincides with a new National Geographic article on the ivory trade. It calls Garcia “one of the best known ivory collectors in the Philippines” and quotes him as giving advice on how to smuggle ivory into the U.S., in defiance of a 1989 global trade ban. The magazine refers to my 2005 investigative piece on the priest, who had fled the...
  • Voting Guide for Serious Catholics-Final?

    09/25/2012 10:17:05 AM PDT · by pgyanke · 10 replies
    Vanity | 9/25/2012 | pgyanke
    In recent election cycles, our politicians have catered to favored minority groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, social class and sexual orientation. The one group neglected in this narrative is Christians (in general) and Catholics (in particular). By most estimates, the homosexual population is approximately 2% of the total. Yet our politicians are in competition with one another in courting their vote. Why don't the politicians speak of a Christian agenda when Christians comprise 85% of the population? Perhaps there are too many denominations to see them as a single group. Why, then, ignore the Catholics who number nearly 25%...
  • Newark, NJ Archbishop Urges Voters to Defend Marriage and Life

    09/25/2012 9:00:32 AM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    The Record ^ | 09.25.12 | ABBOTT KOLOFF
    In a sweeping pastoral statement to be made public today, the leader of more than 1 million North Jersey Catholics urges them to vote “in defense of marriage and life,” and warns that the passage of same-sex marriage laws might lead to a government crackdown on their religious freedoms. Newark Archbishop John J. Myers said the statement on gay marriage was not timed to coincide with the November election, now little more than a month away, and that he was not calling on Catholics to vote for a particular candidate. But he said they should examine the “full spectrum” of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD, 09-25-12

    09/25/2012 7:42:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-25-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD A series of invocations of the Savior, through his Precious Blood, approved in its present form by Pope John XXIII in 1960. Each of the twenty-four petitions begins with the term "Blood of Christ," to which the response is "Save us." The Blood of Christ represents wither Christ himself, as "Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God," or refers to the physical Blood of the Savior, as "Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross," or spans both meanings, as "Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory." The Litany of the...
  • Deal could be near between archdiocese, sex abuse victims

    09/25/2012 7:00:39 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9/24/2012 | Annysa Johnson
    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and victims of sex abuse by priests and others in authority have extended their court-ordered mediation into next week, prompting speculation that one of the Catholic Church's largest bankruptcies could be nearing a close. Lawyers for both sides met for another session Monday with the mediator, retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Randall J. Newsome of San Francisco, in hopes of hammering out a settlement that would compensate victims and allow the archdiocese to continue its mission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-25-12

    09/24/2012 8:55:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    September 25, 2012   Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Prv 21:1-6, 10-13 Like a stream is the king's heart in the hand of the LORD;wherever it pleases him, he directs it. All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes,but it is the LORD who proves hearts. To do what is right and justis more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart?the tillage of the wicked is sin. The plans of the diligent are sure of profit,but all rash haste leads certainly to poverty. Whoever...
  • German bishops get tough on Catholics who opt out of church tax

    09/24/2012 1:17:52 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 132 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/21/2012 | Tom Heneghan
    PARIS (Reuters)- Germany's Roman Catholic bishops have decreed that people who opt out of a "church tax" should not be given sacraments and religious burials, getting tougher on worshippers who choose not to pay. Alarmed by a wave of dissenting Catholics quitting the faith, the bishops issued a decree on Thursday declaring such defection "a serious lapse" and listed a wide range of church activities from which they must be excluded.
  • 'They're Serious and They're Not Going to Back Down': Archbishop Cordileone, Heads to San Francisco

    09/24/2012 9:17:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/24/12 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    I believe that the Archbishop was chosen precisely because he is up to this kind of challenge.SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Catholic Online) - A weekend article in the Los Angeles Times expressed the surprise of some in the main stream media over Pope Benedict's superb choice to Shepherd the faithful of San Francisco. ArchBishop Salvatore Cordileone will be installed on October 4, 2012, the Feast of the patron of the City, Francis of Assisi. This Bishop is ready, as was Francis, to assume the work of rebuilding the Church. He understands, as did that great Saint, that the Church carries forward...
  • 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    http://www.asianews.it ^ | 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 Aleteia.org 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 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...
  • FORTRESSES ROUT A JAPANESE FLEET OFF SOLOMONS; DEFENDERS HOLD INSIDE STALINGRAD (9/20/42)

    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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 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
    SFGate.com ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 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...