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  • Catholic vs. Protestant - why is there so much animosity?

    02/22/2010 10:21:17 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 126 replies · 1,223+ views
    Question: "Catholic vs. Protestant - why is there so much animosity?" Answer: This is a simple question with a complicated answer, because there are varying degrees of, and reasons for, animosity between any two religious groups. This particular battle is rooted in history. Degrees of reaction have ranged from friendly disagreement (as reflected in the numerous ecumenical dialogues produced between the two groups), to outright persecution and murder of Protestants at the hands of Rome. Reformation teachings that identify the Pope as the Beast of Revelation and / or Roman Catholicism as Mystery Babylon are still common among Protestants. Clearly,...
  • Sola Scriptura - In the Vanity of their Minds

    02/22/2010 10:34:43 AM PST · by MarMema · 153 replies · 1,149+ views
    Orthodox Christian Information Center ^ | unknown | Fr John Whiteford
    PROBLEMS WITH THE DOCTRINE OF SOLA SCRIPTURA A. IT IS A DOCTRINE BASED UPON A NUMBER OF FAULTY ASSUMPTIONS An assumption is something that we take for granted from the outset, usually quite unconsciously. As long as an assumption is a valid one, all is fine and well; but a false assumption inevitably leads to false conclusions. One would hope that even when one has made an unconscious assumption that when his conclusions are proven faulty he would then ask himself where his underlying error lay. Protestants who are willing to honestly assess the current state of the Protestant world,...
  • Disagreement Among Protestants and Sola Scriptura

    02/22/2010 10:17:55 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 116 replies · 941+ views
    Just for Catholics ^ | Dr Joe Mizz
    Question: How can all these denominations claim to follow the bible yet all come to different conclusions? How can I possibly know which one of those above teach the truth when they can't even agree on what the Bible says? Protestants believe a variety of doctrines and all claim to take their doctrines from the Bible. That doesn't really sound like perspicuity to me. 'Bible alone' has created so much havoc in this world. Answer: You rashly attribute the differences of opinions among Christians to 'Sola Sciptura' - namely, the Protestant belief that the Holy Scripture is the only infallible...
  • The Lady of Fatima: Has Mary Appeared in Visions?

    02/19/2010 11:32:44 PM PST · by bogusname · 184 replies · 1,470+ views
    THE LADY OF FATIMA- Introduction Some Roman Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Christ, has actually appeared to people in places like Fatima and Medjugorje. Well, did she? THE LADY OF FATIMA- Biblical? In evaluating the alleged appearances of Mary, our primary concern would be to determine whether these apparitions are indeed biblical. Interestingly enough, these “Marian apparitions” (as they are commonly referred to) are inextricably woven together with the official Catholic teachings about Mary which, by the way, is known as Mariology. In fact, it would be fair to say that Catholic Mariology is the very foundation of...

    12/14/2009 9:26:45 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies · 469+ views
    Serviam ^ | 12/13/2009
    The 2009 CINO (Catholic In Name Only) Award Nominations are now open.  Due to the sheer volume of possibilities, the 2009 CINO awards will be limited to elected officials in the United States, given their unique ability to affect and influence our lives.  (I certainly encourage folks in others countries to start their own CINO awards.) The purpose of this exercise is NOT to place ourselves in judgment of others, but rather as observers of behavior within the context of Catholic teaching as set forth in the Catechism.  There is only one ultimate Judge and we are not Him.  Please...
  • Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?

    02/22/2010 6:48:33 AM PST · by bogusname · 169 replies · 1,516+ views
    Creation Science Evangelism ^ | 2010 | Joshua Joscelyn
    The argument is often made that the Catholic Church gave us the Bible, but this could not be further from the truth. Only God could give us the Bible. It was originally authored by Him (II Tim. 3:16) and then preserved by Him (Psalm 12:6-7). The confusion, however, comes from the two streams of Scripture that came out of the Middle East after the time of Christ. The Christians were first called Christians at Antioch, where they diligently copied the Scriptures, and spread them throughout the world. However, Alexandria was the home of “scholars” who gloried in their knowledge (Jer....
  • Breach of etiquette

    02/21/2010 10:09:19 PM PST · by the_conscience · 345 replies · 2,605+ views
    Triablogue ^ | 2/19/2010 | Steve Hays
    You can tell a lot about a man’s moral or spiritual compass by what offends him. For example, many Catholics are oddly thin-skinned when it comes to criticism of their own denomination. At say that’s odd for a couple of reasons. For one thing, their hypersensitivity is strikingly lopsided. After all, a number of Catholic epologists are hardly paragons of decorum in their characterization of the Protestant faith. And, of course, it’s not as if their denomination was conspicuous for its tender treatment of theological opponents in the past. I suppose we could chalk this up to standard issue hypocrisy....
  • From Tradition To Truth: A Priest’s Story

    02/21/2010 11:15:34 PM PST · by bogusname · 22 replies · 486+ views ^ | January 20, 2010 | Richard Bennett
    Born Irish, in a family of eight, my early childhood was fulfilled and happy. My father was a colonel in the Irish Army until he retired when I was about nine. As a family, we loved to play, sing, and act, all within a military camp in Dublin. We were a typical Irish Roman Catholic family. My father sometimes knelt down to pray at his bedside in a solemn manner. Most evenings we would kneel in the living room to say the Rosary together. No one ever missed Mass on Sundays unless he was seriously ill. By the time I...
  • Is Mary Co-Redemptress of the World?

    02/19/2010 5:07:29 PM PST · by bogusname · 176 replies · 1,547+ views
    CRI ^ | 2008 | Eric D. Svendsen
    Roman Catholic theology often parallels Mary the mother of Jesus with Jesus Himself in His work of redemption. For example, Jesus is born without the stain of original sin, and so is Mary. Jesus lives a sinless life; so does Mary. Jesus remains a virgin all His life; Mary is Ever-Virgin. Jesus is the Redeemer; Mary is Co-Redemptress. Jesus is the one Mediator between man and God, yet Mary, too, is Mediatrix. Jesus is bodily assumed into heaven; so is Mary. Ascribing Christological attributes such as these to Mary historically has been a source of contention between Protestants (who see...
  • Gay "Marriage" Law Forces D.C. Archdiocese to End Foster Care....

    02/17/2010 1:25:39 PM PST · by TaraP · 12 replies · 720+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Feb 17th, 2010
    WASHINGTON, DC, February 17, 2010 ( - The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has been forced to give up the foster care program it ran with the aid of public funds, after repeated warnings that there would be no other choice should the D.C. City Council insist that the archdiocese recognize gay "marriage" partners in its employment practices. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Catholic Charities handed over the foster-care program intact to the National Center for Children and Families on February 1. Catholic Charities, whose foster program included 43 children, 35 families and seven staff, runs more than 20 social...
  • D.C. Archdiocese Ends Foster Care Program Over Same-Sex Marriage Bill

    02/19/2010 1:18:33 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 20 replies · 653+ views ^ | February 19, 2010 | By Edwin Mora
    ( -- The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has ended its 80-year tenure as a public foster care provider because of a same-sex marriage bill in the nation’s capital that allows children to be adopted by homosexual couples. On Feb. 17, Catholic Charities transferred its foster care and public adoption programs in D.C. to the National Center for Children Families (NCCF), a private, non-profit organization that has been serving the less fortunate for 95 years. The move by Catholic Charities and Archbishop Donald Wuerl came in the wake of the D.C. Council approving a same-sex marriage bill on Dec. 16...

    02/19/2010 1:06:52 PM PST · by Pope Pius XII · 7 replies · 351+ views
    Catholic League ^ | February 19, 2010
    Mary E. Hunt, who runs a group called the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), has launched a vile assault on the Catholic Church. The pretext of her article is the decision of the Archdiocese of Washington to discontinue its foster-care program; the archdiocese maintains that as a condition of public funding it would have to compromise Church teachings on gay marriage. In a piece posted on the website Religion Dispatches, Hunt accuses the entire Catholic Church of “bigotry” and says that the Church’s position on gay marriage “is but one among differing Church theologies of sexuality”; she...
  • UPDATED: Scholars ask pope to slow Pius XII's canonization

    02/19/2010 1:10:33 PM PST · by Pope Pius XII · 8 replies · 271+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Feb. 18, 2010 | Dennis Sadowski
    WASHINGTON -- Nineteen Catholic scholars of theology and history are asking Pope Benedict XVI to slow the process of the sainthood cause of Pope Pius XII. Saying that much more research needs to be done on the papacy of the mid-20th century pope, the scholars said in a Feb. 16 letter to Pope Benedict that "history needs distance and perspective" before definitive conclusions can be reached on the role of Pope Pius during World War II and the Holocaust. Leading the effort are Servite Father John Pawlikowski, professor of ethics at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and Holy Cross Father...
  • Dissident Nun Sister Joan Chittister – The LifeSiteNews Interview

    02/16/2010 11:05:26 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 416+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | February 15, 2010
    (Editor’s note: The following is the full interview with Sister Joan Chittister who is to deliver a Lenten mission for the Canada’s National Catholic Broadcasting Council (NCBC), which airs the daily Mass on Vision TV.  LifeSiteNews reported on the upcoming on the mission here)LSN: It's been reported that you hold positions that are divergent from Catholic magisterial teaching.  Would you say that's correct?JC: Well, yes, I guess it is correct.  It's not an opposition position.  It is a position of query, of theological and scriptural commitment and search.  I'm asking the question, for instance, how do we understand God...
  • Who are the Catholics: The Orthodox or The Romanists, or both?

    01/05/2010 9:46:47 PM PST · by the_conscience · 12,203 replies · 74,662+ views
    I just witnessed a couple of Orthodox posters get kicked off a "Catholic Caucus" thread. I thought, despite their differences, they had a mutual understanding that each sect was considered "Catholic". Are not the Orthodox considered Catholic? Why do the Romanists get to monopolize the term "Catholic"? I consider myself to be Catholic being a part of the universal church of Christ. Why should one sect be able to use a universal concept to identify themselves in a caucus thread while other Christian denominations need to use specific qualifiers to identify themselves in a caucus thread?
  • Sainthood Scoop: Book on The "Real" John Paul II Snubbed at Vatican

    02/13/2010 10:39:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies · 232+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 12-12-10 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When it was unveiled in late January, the insider book about the "real" Pope John Paul II looked at first glance like the Vatican's own effort at a pre-beatification biography. But as the fallout over the next two weeks made clear, the Vatican was not directly involved. Nor was everyone happy that the book was co-authored by the official postulator, or promoter, of Pope John Paul's sainthood cause, using information that is generally considered confidential. In addition, several officials thought the book's simple presentation of the late pope's reported penitential practices, with little explanation or context,...
  • Catholics in Costa Rica outraged by disrespect toward Eucharist [Catholic Caucus]

    02/12/2010 4:23:14 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies · 614+ views
    cna ^ | February 12, 2010
    San Jose, Calif., Feb 12, 2010 / 07:08 pm (CNA).- Catholics in Costa Rica continue to express disgust following the actions of Deborah Formal, the girlfriend of presidential candidate Otto Guevara. Last Sunday, Formal broke off a piece of the Eucharist and placed it in her boyfriend's pocket.The Costa Rican media has continued to air footage of the Mass which shows Formal receiving Communion, bringing a piece of it back to her seat, and giving it to Guevara.Being divorced, Guevara did not present himself for Communion.The video shows that as she approached the archbishop to receive Communion, the two briefly...
  • Lindsay Lohan poses as Jesus Christ

    02/12/2010 10:46:22 AM PST · by RGirard · 28 replies · 1,115+ views ^ | Feb. 12, 2010 | Réne Girard
    Lindsay Lohan is in the news again, and this time she's posing as Jesus Christ on the Spring-Summer 2010 cover of Purple Fashion magazine. (published in France - oh don't you just love the French!) This girl seems to invite criticism and controversy into her life every way possible. Lindsay Lohan was once known as an aspiring actress and a singer, now she is known as a drunkard and a lesbian - but I guess that just wasn't enough. In case you don't see the resemblence in the picture, or think "Certainly that is not who she is imitating", upon...
  • Is It Time for a Catholic Tea Party?

    02/12/2010 10:09:32 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies · 395+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | February 11, 2010 | Deal Hudson
    Over 750 "tea parties" were held on April 15 of last year, protesting the excesses of the Obama administration -- in particular, the pork-stuffed stimulus bill. Initially, the mainstream media tried to ignore the movement. They downplayed its size and influence, until the steady slide of President Obama's popularity, the growing opposition to Congress's health-care reform proposals, and Republican victories in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts forced them to acknowledge its influence.Since then, the media strategy has been to portray the tea party as a gathering of disgruntled extremists, in spite of the fact that the limits on government...
  • The Death of Spain - New Chapter

    02/12/2010 7:31:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies · 543+ views
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/11/10
    A group of lawyers in the Spanish city of Murcia (Autonomous Community of Murcia) has asked the Government Delegation in Murcia to remove a statue of Our Lord, the "Cristo de Monteagudo" (built in 1951 in the fashion of the Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro). The statue is "a relic of the Catholic totalitarianism imposed by the Franco regime, and remains on top of the Muslim castle of Monteagudo, whose beauty it ruins," according to the Association for the Precedence of the Law, an association of secular lawyers, and its president, José Luis Mazón. The Association mentioned...
  • Mysogynistic, Homophobic, Fascist, Racist and Xenophobic (Reaction to Pope's UK Visit) (Ecumenical)

    02/11/2010 1:35:48 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies · 325+ views
    I find it quite frightening on how badly prepared the Church in England and Wales is to combat secularism and opposition to the Church's teaching. We give the impression that we don't really care. This weekend there will be a demonstration against the Papal visit outside Westminster Cathedral followed by a rally outside the Italian embassy, presumably in the hope of attracting the attention of the Italian media, amongst the speakers will be Peter Tatchell, it advertises itself as: We support: · Women's equality and reproductive rights · Equal rights for LGBT people · A secular Europe - immune to...
  • Who Hates Mother Teresa?

    02/10/2010 3:38:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies · 554+ views
    The anti-religion crusaders are at it again. This time they want the Post Office to cancel a planned new stamp honoring Mother Teresa. I am continually shocked by the persistence of these activist groups. They seem to never give up! Any mention or reference of God must be wiped out. The Pledge of Allegiance, In God We Trust, you name it… they want it boarded up, whitewashed, and banished from our public life. But not this time. Not Mother Teresa. Sign on to our group letter to the Postmaster General here – Stamp Out Bigotry A group called the Freedom...
  • Vatican Official Says Religious Orders Are in Modern 'Crisis'

    02/05/2010 5:53:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies · 450+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 2/4/10 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A top Vatican official said religious orders today are in a "crisis" caused in part by the adoption of a secularist mentality and the abandonment of traditional practices. Cardinal Franc Rode, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said the problems go deeper than the drastic drop in the numbers of religious men and women. "The crisis experienced by certain religious communities, especially in Western Europe and North America, reflects the more profound crisis of European and American society. All this has dried up the sources that for centuries...
  • Editorial: Joe Feuerherd’s Attack on Deal Hudson: Who is ‘Dealing from the Bottom of the Deck?’

    02/04/2010 5:32:08 PM PST · by tcg · 2 replies · 186+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/5/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    .....Joe Feuerherd’s scurrilous article did not respond to the issues raised by the claims of the Reform CCHD NOW Coalition concerning John Carr. It did not seek to refute the points raised in the articles in question. It did not even attempt to defend John Carr, at least beyond a brief reference to his skills and Feuerherd’s assertion that the claims in the articles are “calumnies”. These would have all been an entirely appropriate use of Feuerherd’s journalistic platform as the Editor in Chief of a Newspaper which bears the name “Catholic”. Instead, he used this newest controversy as another...
  • Priest Bridges Religious Divide by Funding Germany's Biggest Mosque

    02/03/2010 6:38:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies · 616+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2/2/10 | Isabelle de Pommereau
    The cooperation between Rev. Franz Meurer and Iranian Navid Kermani illustrates how far Germany has gone in accepting its booming Muslim minority.The recent Swiss ban on minarets reflects a climate gone sour between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe. But here in Germany, two people have taken a stand to promote a dialogue that goes far beyond symbolics. Not long ago, the Rev. Franz Meurer, a Roman Catholic priest in a rough Cologne neighborhood, led his parish to raise funds for the construction of a controversial mosque there, slated to be Germany’s biggest in a city most famous for its Catholic...
  • Richard Williamson 'Unrepentant' Over Holocaust Denial

    02/02/2010 6:44:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 50 replies · 725+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/2/10 | David Wroe
    Richard Williamson, the Catholic Bishop soon to face trial in Germany on charges of denying the Holocaust, is apparently unrepentant, allegedly telling colleagues recently it was a "huge lie" that six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.The notorious English bishop also allegedly told colleagues from his ultraconservative brotherhood that "a completely new world order" had been built on the "fact" that Jews were systematically gassed in concentration camps such as Auschwitz, Treblinka and Sobibor. Jews, he added, had become "ersatz saviours thanks to the concentration camps," according to a report in German news magazine Der Spiegel. "The fact is...
  • Remember Doug Kmiec? Stiring The Anthill in Malta.

    02/02/2010 6:37:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies · 361+ views
    What Does the Prayer Really Say ^ | 2/1/10 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Remember Doug Kmiec? He wasn’t very well accepted in Malta. He was nearly sycophantic in his support of Pres. Obama during the campaign and after, probably because he wanted to be the ambassador to the Holy See instead of just to Malta. He was the one who said Catholics could set the problem of a candidate’s aggressive support of abortion aside and vote for him anyway. Kmiec Catholics, and others who embrace the corrosive Kmiec Compromise hold that if the candidate’s stand on other social justice issues are acceptable, then his stand on those issues outweighs his unacceptable stand on...
  • Has the Pope Declared War on Labour?

    02/02/2010 6:08:28 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies · 175+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/2/10 | Damian Thompson
    Some commentators are amazed by the strength of Pope Benedict XVI’s attack on Labour’s “equality” legislation. In a speech to the English and Welsh bishops published today, the Pope said: Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society. Yet as you have rightly pointed out, the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs. In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of...
  • Catholic Charities to Give Syringes to Drug Users

    01/29/2010 7:30:06 AM PST · by NoExpectations · 49 replies · 540+ views
    Times Union ^ | January 29, 2010 | Paul Grondahl
    Catholic Charities to give syringes to drug users Church agency's needle exchange aims to cut disease risk By PAUL GRONDAHL, Staff writer First published in print: Friday, January 29, 2010 Editor's Note: To discuss this story, visit Read and React. ALBANY-- After 20 years of alleviating suffering for people touched by AIDS, Catholic Charities will take one of its boldest steps yet on Monday: passing out free syringes to IV drug users in two urban neighborhoods to prevent the spread of the disease. Anticipating criticism, the social services agency of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany spent five years planning...
  • Catholic Bishops to Congress: Ditch the Politics, Pass Health Care

    01/27/2010 1:51:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 93 replies · 1,129+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 01/27/10 | David Gibson
    n a strongly worded appeal that will test their political influence, especially with their pro-life and Republican allies, the Catholic bishops of the United States have told Congress to put politics aside and focus on the "moral imperative" of passing universal health care. "The health care debate, with all its political and ideological conflict, seems to have lost its central moral focus and policy priority, which is to ensure that affordable, quality, life-giving care is available to all," the three bishops who are leading the lobbying effort for the Catholic hierarchy write in a letter sent Tuesday to all 535...
  • A Question of Judgment: Pius XII & the Jews

    12/22/2009 12:15:17 PM PST · by markomalley · 55 replies · 1,222+ views
    Jewish Virtual Library ^ | 1963 | Dr. Joseph L. Lichten
    In any human organization, the actions and attitudes of its leader color the image the organization has of itself and projects to those outside its membership. The stronger the leader, in his vested authority and in his person, the more firmly will this image be molded in his form. This truism is particularly applicable to the Roman Catholic Church. Men speak of "good" popes and "bad", and of "good" and "bad" ages in the history of the Church. The judgments used to define these nebulous value words vary according to the judge's own culture, standards, faith or lack of it,...
  • Saints and Commencement Speakers (more on Pius XII)

    12/22/2009 11:28:36 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies · 251+ views
    Commonweal ^ | 12/22/2009 | Cathleen Keveny
    I have to say, I really don’t get it. It’s not okay for the University of Notre Dame to ask a pro-choice politician to give a commencement speech, and receive an honorary degree, because abortion is the new Holocaust. . . and we shouldn’t honor in any form those who who acquiesce in its legality, claiming that this is the best we can do realistically and pragmatically. But it is okay for the Roman Catholic Church to advocate the cause of sainthood for Pope Pius XII, who was at best lukewarm in his opposition to Nazism and the original Holocaust,...
  • Wiesenthal Center shocked at pope Pius sainthood moves

    12/22/2009 11:22:35 AM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies · 826+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/21/2009
    The founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center voiced dismay and disappointment Monday at weekend Vatican moves to raise controversial wartime pope Pius XII to sainthood. The Vatican sparked anger in Jewish communities worldwide with moves to nudge Pius -- whose beatification process was launched in 1967 -- closer to sainthood, its ultimate honor. The Catholic Church argues that Pius saved many Jews who were hidden away in religious institutions, and that his silence during the Holocaust -- when millions of Jews were exterminated by Germany's Nazi regime -- was born out of a wish to avoid aggravating their situation. But...
  • Jewish leaders condemn Vatican's plan to venerate Pope Pius XII

    12/22/2009 11:19:56 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies · 370+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/22/2009 | Kevin Flower
    It was a Vatican announcement guaranteed to spark controversy. "With this decree the Pope says that Pius XII is a person that we have to admire, recognize as a model of Christian virtues, and it is very, very important that the church gives officially this appreciation of this important pope that we know was guiding the church in very difficult times." said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi. The move by the sitting Pope, Benedict XVI, brings the controversial World War II pontiff, Pius XII, a step closer to sainthood, despite persistent allegations from historians and Jewish groups that he did...
  • US holocaust memorial museum statement on Pope Pius XII

    12/22/2009 11:16:51 AM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies · 705+ views
    At this time, as the possible canonization of Pope Pius XII moves forward, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum repeats its call for the opening of all wartime material from the Vatican archives, so that scholars can finally begin the important work of examining and evaluating this crucial aspect of history. The response of Eugenio Pacelli (Pope Pius XII) to the policies of the National Socialist regime - notably his failure to condemn publicly the genocide of the European Jews - has long been the topic of debate and controversy. At the time of the Holocaust, questions about Pius XII’s...