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  • The end of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the beginning of “Irish Day”

    03/17/2015 6:59:42 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 17 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | March 17, 2015 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    In 1762 Irish Catholic soldiers, who were serving in the British Army stationed in New York City, organized the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the City. They wanted to celebrate the life of St. Patrick and show their gratitude for his having brought the Catholic Faith to Ireland. From its very beginning, the parade was a religious celebration that included attendance at mass receiving Holy Communion and prayerful contemplation of the gift St. Patrick had given the Irish. Over the centuries since 1762 the parade has become a major event in the lives of many people. Those who are...
  • The end of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the beginning of “Irish Day”

    03/17/2015 8:33:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/17/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In 1762 Irish Catholic soldiers, who were serving in the British Army stationed in New York City, organized the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the City. They wanted to celebrate the life of St. Patrick and show their gratitude for his having brought the Catholic Faith to Ireland. From its very beginning, the parade was a religious celebration that included attendance at mass receiving Holy Communion and prayerful contemplation of the gift St. Patrick had given the Irish. Over the centuries since 1762 the parade has become a major event in the lives of many people. Those who are...
  • Pope says Koran is a book of peace and Islam is a peaceful religion

    03/13/2015 6:41:54 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 162 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/13/15 | The Pope himself
    People need to examine whether the faith they claim is really Biblical.
  • SF Supes Tell Archbishop His Morality Clauses Are Unwanted

    03/06/2015 7:03:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/15 | Emily Green and Jill Tucker
    In a rebuke to the archbishop of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday urging the conservative Catholic leader to respect the rights of teachers and administrators. The measure comes after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone included morality clauses in a new handbook and proposed changes to the labor contract of teachers at four Bay Area Catholic high schools, setting off a wave of opposition. “These actions really conflict with the values of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the resolution. “In San Francisco, we stand up for everyone. We stand up for our...
  • Against Rome's Apostolic Succession Argument by Bullinger (Part 1)

    02/16/2015 12:14:36 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 97 replies
    Beggars All ^ | Dec 29,2013 | - James Swan
    Sunday, December 29, 2013 Against Rome's Apostolic Succession Argument by Bullinger (Part 1) Heinrich Bullinger (1504-1575) was a Swiss Reformer and author of a popular writing entitled The Decades. This particular writing was influential in England, highly esteemed and used as a textbook of sorts for training English clergy. Included in The Decades is a section entitled Of The Holy Catholic Church, and included therein is Bullinger's refutation of Rome's apostolic succession argument (that Rome is the true church because of an historical succession of church authority that began with Peter). Here is the first part of Bullinger's argument: Second,...
  • The Late Development of the Bishop of Rome

    02/16/2015 8:49:55 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 61 replies
    Beggars All ^ | October 08, 2010 | Matthew Schultz
    Friday, October 08, 2010 The Late Development of the Bishop of Rome John Bugay has posted on Hermas and the structure of the early Roman church before. I don't have anything original to add to that discussion. However, I'd like to provide some corroboration by Roman Catholic scholars Raymond Brown and John Meier, whose book received both the Nihil Obstat and the Imprimatur (bold mine): There is no doubt that it [The Shepherd of Hermas] was written at Rome (Vis. 1.1.1.; 2.1.1; 4.1.2); and the suggestion that Clement would send it abroad (Vis. 2.4.3) may mean that Hermas' revelations had...
  • Hermas – a primary eyewitness source regarding the leadership structure of early church at Rome

    02/15/2015 10:17:53 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 60 replies
    Beggars All ^ | October 05, 2010 | John Bugay
    Hermas – a primary eyewitness source regarding the leadership structure of early church at Rome Paul writes to the church at Rome without addressing a leader. He writes in the years 57-58, a date that is very firm in history, in a letter that is not contested. Excuses are made as to why there is no mention of Peter in Rome, even though the church has been attested in Rome perhaps from Acts 2, when visitors for Rome were present at/saved at Pentecost. In Acts 18, Aquila and Priscilla are expelled from Rome by the edict of Claudius, attested in...
  • How the fictional early papacy became real

    02/14/2015 1:16:14 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 527 replies
    Beggars All Martin Luther's Mariology ^ | June 7,2010 | John Bugay
    "Historically, Catholics have argued that the papacy was a divinely-given institution papacy (Matt 16:17-19) etc., and they have relied on the notion that there have been bishops of Rome extending all the way back to the time of Peter. This notion of bishops extending all the way back was thought to be actual history. In fact, as Shotwell and Loomis pointed out, in the General Introduction to their 1927 work "The See of Peter": With reference to the Petrine doctrine, however, the Catholic attitude is much more than a "pre-disposition to believe." That doctrine is the fundamental basis of the...
  • Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery 2

    02/14/2015 8:26:46 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 27 replies
    Beggars All Reformation Blogspot. ^ | May 28,2010 | John Bugay
    Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery 2 The right way to understand history is to start from the beginning. What was it like to be a Christian in the earliest church in Rome? We have a marvellous picture of this earliest church, provided by the New Testament scholar Peter Lampe, author of the work "From Paul to Valentinus: Christians in Rome in the First Two Centuries."The Catholic historian Eamon Duffy writes in his work, "Sinners and Saints": "All modern discussion of the issues must now start from [this] exhaustive and persuasive analysis by Peter Lampe.” Lampe seemingly searched...
  • Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery, part 1

    02/13/2015 5:56:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 124 replies
    Beggars All ^ | May 26, 2010 | John Bugay
    Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery, part 1 J. Gresham Machen said, in his 1915 lecture "History and Faith," that "The student of the New Testament should be primarily an historian." And in fact, thanks to the last few centuries' worth of historical criticism, and a couple of “historical Jesus” quests, both the life of Jesus and the history of the New Testament have undergone a thorough historical examination, and in the process, have only had their historical reliability enhanced. On the other hand, what we've been told about the early papacy has fallen away like chaff. Instead...
  • Landmark Event: Pope Will Address U.S. Congress

    02/11/2015 6:33:59 PM PST · by juliosevero · 17 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Landmark Event: Pope Will Address U.S. Congress By Julio Severo For the first time in the U.S. history, a pope will address the Congress, invited by Republican John Boehner and Democrat Nancy Pelosi. When he speaks to American lawmakers September 24, Pope Francis will address a Congress that is 31 percent Catholic, well above the 22 percent of all the American population, according to a survey released last month by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Boehner and Pelosi are both Catholic. “We’re humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message...
  • America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere

    11/22/2014 4:39:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 158 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov, 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video below boasts, “America loves Italy” and features a Fiat car driving through American towns with Italian names.If that is the case then America loves Catholicism even more, since thousands of towns and places are named for Catholic saints, themes, and objects. Consider the following:In California: San Diego, San Miguel, San Francisco, San Bernadino, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, San Rafael, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles (aka Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de la Porciuncula), Santa Cruz, Santa Clarita, Sacramento, San...
  • The Protestant's Dilemma: A Review (Part One)

    02/01/2015 1:05:39 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 64 replies
    Beggers All ^ | Jan. 13 2015 | James Swan
    Recently I picked up The Protestant's Dilemma: How the Reformation’s Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism (San Diego: Catholic Answers Press, 2014). In the preface of the Kindle edition, an unidentified author states that the primary author, Devin Rose, has put forth a book looking to engage in "dialogue" specifically"with members of the thousands of Protestant sects." The book is said to raise issues that a Protestant "has never considered before," not simply to have dialogue for the sake of mutual understanding, but rather to have "conciliar" dialogue in which the goal is to show the logical inconsistency of Protestantism...
  • MLA Gets Religion Wrong

    01/28/2015 7:17:58 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 27, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    When professors do pay attention to religion, they usually get it wrong. “Conservatives would rather have [social welfare] provided by religious organizations, which is incompatible with other aspects of Catholic social teaching,” Robin Sowards, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University told an audience at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Vancouver, Canada. Here are a few highlights from the history of Catholic Charities: October 24, 1727—“Ursuline sisters arrive from France to open an orphanage, school for street girls, and health facility in New Orleans. It is the first formal Catholic charity in the present United States.” January 1, 1845—“The...
  • Fr. Richard McBrien, theologian and church expert, dies at 78 [NCR, aka Fishwrap, aka National Sch

    01/25/2015 10:09:40 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    “Fr. McBrien was an able and indefatigable proponent of the Catholic revolution that never was and, now, never will be,” said George Weigel, widely seen as America’s leading conservative Catholic commentator.
  • Queens of Heaven. Mary and Kuantan Yin

    01/24/2015 4:16:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 204 replies
    1/24/15 | Self
    Here are artistic representations of two goddesses who are considered the Queen of Heaven and Goddesses.  The Buddhist/Taoist Kuan Yin (or Guan Yin) (觀音) And The Catholic depiction of Mary Note the similarities in representation.  This relates to a thread last week on the leftover, or accretional pagan beliefs or rituals that are still present in the Catholic church.  The Goddess of Mercy is a universal idol/icon in pagan belief systems. 
  • What May Christians Safely Disbelieve?

    01/17/2015 5:23:38 PM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 52 replies
    Ethics Forum ^ | January 10, 2015 | Alice C. Linsley
    My Roman Catholic friend, Michael Liccione, has written on his Facebook page that "the main disagreement among American Catholics is not about whether we should believe 'all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, professes, and teaches,' but which teachings we may safely disbelieve." I responded, "Aggiornamento has that effect on us! There is an interesting parallel between the Roman Catholic Church in the USA and the Anglicans in the USA in that liturgical reform suggested to many that the historic Catholic faith had changed. The Vatican II liturgical changes and the Episcopal Church's 1979 prayer book changed words and forms....
  • What Did the Saints Say about Islam?

    01/15/2015 9:21:38 AM PST · by billys kid · 15 replies
    Spirit Daily ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Andrew Bieszad on
    What Did the Saints Say about Islam? 187 By Andrew Bieszad on August 12, 2014 Evangelization, Interfaith, Islam 2.9K SHARES juanderibera St. Juan de Ribera, Viceroy and Bishop of Valencia (1568-1611), Supervising the Expulsion of Moriscos; Francisco Domingo Marques, 1912 For Islamic scholars, there is a statement in the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, which is particularly troubling: Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence. (p. 253)...
  • Dublin priest says he is gay during Mass – receives standing ovation

    01/09/2015 7:59:28 AM PST · by massmike · 62 replies
    irishcentral.com ^ | 01/09/2015 | Cathy Hayes
    Father Martin Dolan, who has been a priest at Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Francis Street in Dublin’s city center for 15 years, opened up to his congregation at the Saturday night Mass. He also confided in his Sunday morning congregation. Dolan is the only priest in the parish. Calling on his Dublin city congregation to support same sex marriage in the upcoming Irish referendum, set for the end May, Dolan said “I’m gay myself.” Dolan’s statement at Mass on Saturday was met by applause and a standing ovation from his “proud” parishioners. Speaking to the Irish Sun...
  • St. Juan Diego: Ordinary Son of Mary

    12/09/2014 5:23:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    CE.com ^ | 12-09-14 | Daniel Stewart
    St. Juan Diego: Ordinary Son of Mary Daniel StewartJuan Diego was born in 1474 in a place called Cuautitlán. Once a part of the Aztec Empire, Cuautitlán was conquered by the Spanish and is now in present day Mexico City. Born before the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, Juan Diego was an indigenous Mexican who was given the name Cuauhtlatoatzin at birth. When Franciscan missionaries arrived, Cuauhtlatoatzin and his wife were some of the first indigenous people to convert. At baptism, they were given the names Juan Diego and Maria Lucia. Juan Diego was not a slave but...
  • The “Great Gettin’ Up Morning” as Described in an Unlikely Advent Hymn

    12/09/2014 8:08:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-08-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The “Great Gettin’ Up Morning” as Described in an Unlikely Advent Hymn By: Msgr. Charles PopeHere in the heart of Advent, we are considering how prepared we are for the Lord to come again. Either He will come to us or we will go to Him, but either way we must prepare. In today’s post I’d like to consider some teachings about the Day of Judgment, from an Advent hymn that most do not know is an Advent hymn. Tomorrow I would like to consider the great Parousia, wherein the saved enter into glory with the Lord.Regarding the “Great and...
  • Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 1:36:57 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 73 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/02/2014 | Heather Clark
    In a new video, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and “Pope Francis,” who Warren recently referred to as the “Holy Father”—a move that is raising concerns among Christians nationwide and is resulting in calls for Warren to repent. Warren made the comments following his visit to the Vatican last month, where he spoke at an interfaith conference on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman.”...
  • Pope Francis Asserts Islam Can’t Be Equated With Violence [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 3:05:05 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 81 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/04/2014 | Heather Clark
    ROME – On his flight back to Rome after visiting Turkey, the Roman Catholic Pontiff known as Pope Francis told reporters that Islam should not be equated with terrorism and violence–a statement that some may disagree with considering the teachings of the religion. “On Islamophobia, it is true that when one sees these terrorist acts, not only in this region, but also in Africa, there is this reaction [of], ‘If this is Islam, I am going to get angry,'” he said. “And so many Islamic people are offended.” “Many, many [Muslims] say, ‘No, we are not this. The Koran is...
  • Pope Francis: I seek communion with Orthodox Churches

    11/30/2014 3:00:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 30, 2014
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embraces Pope Francis at a celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul - REUTERS (Vatican Radio)  In an address upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Below, please find the complete text of the Holy Father’s address:             When I was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I often took part in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of...
  • Atheist Confession: “I like Pope Francis.”

    11/23/2014 5:16:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Filipino Freethinkers ^ | November 23, 2014 | Dustin Celestino.
    I’m going to say something many of my fellow secularism advocates would probably not appreciate: I like Pope Francis. Why? I like Pope Francis because, in my opinion, he is more liberal than many liberals. American conservatives already hate him for his seemingly liberal position on many issues. He’s so liberal that Sarah Palin is actually taken aback by what she calls his “liberal agenda.” The Pope is so liberal that writer Damian Thompson, in an article he wrote for “The Spectator,” had to ask if we were in the early stages of a Catholic civil war. Apparently, even Catholics...
  • End of communism not good for Catholicism?

    11/19/2014 7:35:12 AM PST · by juliosevero · 7 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    End of communism not good for Catholicism? Brazil and its large Catholic population are prisoners of socialism, but the Vatican has been worried (for about 1,000 years!) about the Orthodox Church By Julio Severo While the world is celebrating the end of communist tyranny in Europe, its end was not all positive for Catholicism, a senior Vatican official indicated on Monday. According to Reuters through WorldNetDaily, the Catholic official thinks the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago brought religious tensions between Rome and Russia back to the surface. These tensions are much older than the Soviet Union....
  • Translation ‘error’? Final English Synod text cuts marriage ‘between a man and a woman’

    11/12/2014 11:17:44 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/11/14 | Hilary White
    Just at first glance, and without looking it up on Google Translate, what is the difference between these two passages of a recent important Vatican document, the final “Relatio” from October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops? “…confronto alla luce del Signore Gesů per discernere le vie con cui rinnovare la Chiesa e la societŕ nel loro impegno per la famiglia fondata sul matrimonio tra uomo e donna.” and “…facing the situation, with an eye on the Lord Jesus, to discern how the Church and society can renew their commitment to the family.” A little pared down, perhaps? The official Italian original...
  • Catholic bishops prefer the collection of money to the teaching of religion

    11/12/2014 9:01:56 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/12/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Don’t expect to see any breakout sessions on the bumper sticker “You Can’t Be Both Catholic and Pro-Choice” at the meeting this week of the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops in Baltimore. And you probably won’t be allowed to take part in any discussions about clarity from the bishops regarding how Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Patrick Murphy can be both Catholic and pro-abortion. The demoted Cardinal Raymond Burke, former St. Louis archbishop, is saying the church “is like a ship without a rudder” under Pope Francis. (1) The Illinois Catholic Conference of state church leaders called abortion and related issues...
  • Pontifical Council For Culture Supports Women Priests? -- The "Erotic Buddhist", Whom Francis...

    11/11/2014 8:54:13 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 22 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/10/14 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) The Pontifical Council for Culture is preparing an "opening" towards women priests? Pablo d'Ors, appointed papal Consultor of the Council for Culture since July, 1st, is convinced of a realignment. "While orthodox Church representatives are being kicked out from the Vatican, heretics are being brought in," said Messa in Latino about the Spanish priest, novelist and "Zen Buddhist" and his interview in the daily newspaper La Repubblica . The Pontifical Council for Cultural, headed by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, seems to deal not only with culture and sports, but also with the Doctrine of the Faith, and ground filled with...
  • US BISHOPS STRUGGLING UNDER FRANCIS' PONTIFICATE

    11/09/2014 12:27:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 11/8/2014 | RACHEL ZOLL, AP RELIGION WRITER
    U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy - a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar. The assembly, which starts Monday in Baltimore, comes less than a month after Francis ended a dramatic Vatican meeting on how the church can more compassionately minister to Catholic families. The gathering in Rome was only a prelude to a larger meeting next year which will more concretely advise Francis on church practice. Still, the...
  • Religion News Service monkeys around with that Pope Francis evolution speech

    11/01/2014 3:25:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    GetReligion ^ | October 30, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    If the mainstream media had a mantra these days, it would be "The Pope Is Just Like Us!" A recent variation on the meme of Francis as an earth-shattering revolutionary is the press's guiding interpretation of the pope's address to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. As Catholic blogger Damian Geminder observes, MSNBC Community Editor Daniel Berger had "the most popular article on msnbc.com for much of Tuesday, featuring this completely-not-sensationalistic-and-totally-journalistic headline" No need to give details here on where the MSNBC spin goes off the rails, as Geminder has done a serviceable (albeit highly polemicized) job. So too has...
  • Elton John calls Pope Francis ‘my hero’ for acceptance of gays

    10/29/2014 3:12:35 AM PDT · by xp38 · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Oct. 29 2014 | Associated Press
    Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in Manhattan. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?"
  • Pope Francis Says Evolution Is Not Inconsistent With God, Backs Scientific Advancements

    10/28/2014 9:44:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/28/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Evolution is not inconsistent with God, said Pope Francis during an unveiling of a bust of his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday. "Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation," Francis said. "The scientist," he continued, "must [nevertheless] be moved by a trust in the idea that nature hides, within her evolutionary mechanisms, potentialities that it is the task of intellect and freedom to discover and actuate, in order to achieve the [kind of] development that is in the design of the Creator." The pope, who backed the Roman Catholic...
  • Not All Catholic Bishops Onboard With Positive Language Toward Same-Sex Couples in Synod Report

    10/15/2014 11:30:57 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/15/2014 (1:53 PM EDT) | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis leads the synod of bishops in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican October 6, 2014. Pope Francis opened a global Roman Catholic assembly on Sunday showing his apparent irritation with Church leaders who have waged a sometimes bitter public battle between progressives and conservatives on family issues. A recently released midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family, which defended the traditional definition of marriage but used positive language towards same-sex couples in some situations, has garnered controversy among some bishops who say it does not accurately reflect the assembly's views. "In regard to homosexuality, there...
  • Vatican backtracks on gay comments (and Liberalism is a mental disorder)

    10/14/2014 1:26:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 51 replies
    http://www.kvia.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Delia Gallagher and Daniel Burke
    ROME (CNN) - Under furious assault from conservative Catholics, the Vatican backtracked Tuesday on its surprisingly positive assessment of gays and same-sex relationships. In a report Monday, the Vatican had said that gays and lesbians have "gifts to offer" the Christian community and acknowledged that same-sex couples can give "precious support" to one other. The statement, an interim report from a closely watched meeting of Catholic clergy here, was widely praised by liberals. It is believed be the first time the Vatican has said anything positive about gay relationships. One longtime Vatican journalist called the statement a "pastoral earthquake." But...
  • Christ on the Flat Screen: The Renovation of the Crystal Cathedral, Orange, California

    10/13/2014 6:44:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 10/9/14 | Matthew Alderman
    Some time ago, as part of the media buzz surrounding the purchase of the Crystal Cathedral, the Catholic Diocese of Orange opened the floor to online suggestions as to what the new church should be named. I offered that it should be titled the Cathedral of the Transfiguration; after all, the feast of the Transfiguration is traditionally the patronal festival for churches dedicated to Our Lord, and its suggestions of illumination, splendor, and above all, a glimpse of Heaven afforded through physical change, seemed perfectly suited to the project, even not without a bit of reverent wit. The name chosen,...
  • Catholic bishops go liberal on sex:

    10/13/2014 5:20:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 103 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 October 2014 | John Hall
    Catholic bishops meeting to discuss 'family issues' at a two week summit have said unmarried couples living together can be 'positive', and gay relationships and divorces must be welcomed. Displaying remarkably liberal attitudes for a Church famed for its conservatism, bishops meeting in the Vatican today also said that a couples' decision on the use of contraception should be respected.
  • The Pope Francis Progressive Set-Up

    10/10/2014 2:24:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | October 10, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    The secular-progressive media is hell-bent on trying to shape an image of Pope Francis as a fellow liberal-progressive, just like them. Give him more time, the media suggests, and he’ll soon be allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, allowing gays to marry within the Church, ordaining gays, ordaining women, endorsing the HHS mandate, praising Planned Parenthood, and who knows what else.It’s an incessant, incestuous, exasperating image that liberals in the media are pushing with abandon. Almost every one of Francis’ actions or statements is contorted to try to remake the man, and thus his Church, in their (the...
  • LI priest accused of molesting, giving 6-year-old girl STD

    09/24/2014 6:32:15 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 59 replies
    Pix11.com ^ | Sep 24 2014 | Ayana Harry
    HAMPTONS BAY, Long Island (PIX11)– A Long Island priest is accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl, resulting in her contracting an STD. Rev. Augusto Cortez, 50, a Catholic priest of the Vincentian congregation, is wanted by police for sexually assaulting a little girl from Long Island, according to police. Her family, who will not be named in order to avoid identifying the alleged victim, is deeply distraught, particularly because their child’s suspected molester is someone they trusted and turned to for religious guidance. “It’s the deepest pain that any mother can ever feel,” the victim’s mother said. Cortez spent numerous...
  • Sorry Cardinal Dolan, but your explanation doesn’t make sense

    09/21/2014 9:00:19 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 34 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/21/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    A few weeks ago New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee (SPDC) made a cynical and politically correct decision to allow Gays to march in the parade under a banner proclaiming they are proud sodomites. No one else in the parade is allow to advertise their particular sin; there have been no demands from groups to march under a banner saying “Proud Irish burglars.” But none of this means much to the SPDC. Those of us who have loved this parade and have fond memories of watching it and marching in it held our collective breath and waited for...
  • ISIS Islamic thugs target the Catholic Church as their true ultimate enemy

    09/04/2014 9:05:29 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/4/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Islam has been at war with the Catholic Church for fourteen hundred years. It may be politically correct to describe Islam’s war as one against “Christianity,” but true Islamists have hated the Roman Church well before the advent of other Christian churches. Now and always these mongrels have known the true identity of their ancient enemy. During the papacy of Pope John Paul II, Islamists tried to murder him in Rome. The attempt on John Paul was carried out by a Turkish sniper named Mehmet Ali Agca who shot him four times. By the hand of God the Pope did...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 [Unconditional Election]

    07/06/2014 3:44:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 In my last post, I began a series of critiques of John Calvin’s famous “five points,” most often referred to using the acronym, TULIP, which represents Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistibility of Grace, and The Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this installment, we’ll deal with Unconditional Election.Calvin’s idea of Unconditional Election simply means that God “elected” certain men for salvation and others for damnation from all eternity, rooted in texts of Scripture, as we will see below, like Romans 9:10-12:And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived...
  • Archbishop Lori at Fortnight opener: Catholics should be free to serve with ‘eucharistic heart’

    06/23/2014 10:29:13 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 6/23/14 | Maria Wiering
    The Eucharist conforms Catholics to “the pattern of Christ’s self-giving love” and compels them to see the dignity of the poor and perform acts of mercy, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said at the June 21 opening Mass for this year’s Fortnight for Freedom. The Mass coincided with the feast of Corpus Christi. “By entering the dynamic of Christ’s self-giving eucharistic love, we are impelled ... to work for a loving and just society where the dignity of human life is respected from conception until natural death and all the stages in between,” he said in his homily. More than...
  • To liberal Democrats masquerading as Catholics nothing too low; too dirty to say or do

    06/22/2014 9:37:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/22/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    To the loathsome, liberal Democrat it is never important what he/she says; it is only THAT he/she says. They are the experts at dog whistle messages to their anti-American donors and the theme is always the same: “You hate America and/or the Catholic Church. I hate them as well so send me money so I can keep on attacking them.” Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is one of the best at crafting messages to the hating crowd that makes up the Democrat Party. She knows how to tap into their wallets. She has carved out a special niche for herself as the...
  • In 2014, how can grown men write this with a straight face? "Vatican II was a new Pentecost ... ."

    06/21/2014 6:51:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 44 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | June 21, 2014 | New Catholic
    In 2014, how can grown men write this with a straight face? International Theological Commission of the Catholic Church The Church had one Pentecost. One. The Church does not need new foundations, she is not a country in search of new constitutional orders. Enough is enough: 50 years of collapse of the sensus catholicus, collapse of Catholic life in all countries where the Church was firmly established in Europe and the Americas, near-disappearance of all Catholic communities across the Middle East (in this case, mostly through no fault of the hierarchy, but still indicating that speaking of a "new Pentecost"...
  • Nancy Pelosi Urges S.F. Archbishop to Exit Marriage March

    06/15/2014 2:01:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | 6/14/14 | Carla Marinucci
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the lead this week in a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the controversial March for Marriage event, which she characterized as "venom masquerading as virtue." Pelosi, who is one of the country's most powerful Catholic politicians, made a passionate appeal to the archbishop in a letter obtained by The Chronicle not to participate in the National Organization for Marriage's June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington. Cordileone, who is one of the featured speakers at the event, was a leader in the campaign for...
  • Adviser to Pope Francis says Catholicism is incompatible with libertarianism.

    06/12/2014 3:28:30 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 20 replies
    This Week ^ | June 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Stoker
    An adviser to Pope Francis says Catholicism is incompatible with libertarianism. He's right. At least by one National Review writer's definition of the free market. It should come as no surprise that Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga's recent comments on American libertarianism have stirred a bit of a furor in free-market circles. On American zeal for preserving laissez-faire economic systems, the Honduran Cardinal had the following to say at speech on June 3 in Washington, D.C.: The elimination of the structural causes for poverty is a matter of urgency that can no longer be postponed... The hungry or sick child of...
  • Modernism = Darwinism

    06/11/2014 7:36:49 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 58 replies
    Christian Order ^ | 3/'14 | Peter Wilder
    What has Darwinism got in common with Modernism? Everything! They are two edges of the same blade. A century ago, how could any Catholic dare question the Church’s dogmatic teaching and not be excommunicated as a heretic? The answer is that natural science has allegedly shown that nothing in the realm of the created world is immutable. It has proved thereby that the Church was wrong in dogmatically declaring that fully operating living beings with stable natures were produced from nothing. The knowledge now amassed from biology, physics, and chemistry is already sufficient to render the notion of creation ex...
  • The Catholic Faith is the fixed point on which we move the world

    06/11/2014 1:54:01 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 32 replies
    An essay in which I argue that scientists make for poor moralists and that the only institution in the world able to call these scientists to account is the Roman Catholic Church, because only within her the fusion of faith and reason has come to full fruition.. Brethren, Peace be with you! I hope and pray you’ve been set afire by the Holy Spirit as we made his bestowing present once again the liturgy last Sunday.Today, I wish to knit a “tapestry” of considerations about the relationship between empirical science and morality. Each consideration stands by itself but it is...
  • ‘The door is always open’: Celibacy for priests not unchangeable dogma, Pope Francis says

    06/11/2014 9:04:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    National Post ^ | 06/11/2014
    ROME — Pope Francis says he believes that Roman Catholic priests should be celibate but the rule was not an unchangeable dogma and “the door is always open” to change. Francis made similar comments when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires but his remarks to reporters on a plane returning from a Middle East trip were the first he has made since becoming pope. “Celibacy is not a dogma,” he said Monday in answer to a question about whether the Catholic Church could some day allow priests to marry as they can in some other Christian Churches. “It is a...