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  • Learn the Latin of “O Salutaris Hostia” and “Tantum Ergo Sacramentum

    06/01/2016 7:13:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Learn the Latin of “O Salutaris Hostia” and “Tantum Ergo Sacramentum” Msgr. Charles Pope • May 31, 2016 • As a further reflection in the wake of Corpus Christi Sunday, permit me to offer a reflection on the two great Eucharistic hymns of Benediction. I sometimes get requests for help in understanding the Latin texts of these very familiar hymns for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.“O Salutaris Hostia” and “Tantum Ergo Sacramentum,” though familiar to many Catholics, remain only vaguely understood in terms of a word-for-word translation. They are sometimes referred to as just “O Salutaris” and “Tantum Ergo.” Most...
  • What Does It Mean to Receive Communion Worthily? (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    05/16/2016 3:49:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 16, 2016 | Jenna M. Cooper, J.C.L.
    [Editor’s Note: In response to a recent piece by Judy Landrieu Klein, our “Daily Catch” blog polled readers about their habits of confession and the reception of Holy Communion. As nearly 60% of the respondents admitted to knowingly participating in Communion while not in a state of grace, we asked canonist Jenna Cooper to address what the church teaches about this issue, and why.]As the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium tells us, the Eucharist is the “source and summit of Christian life” (LG 11), in which Jesus Christ is made really and truly present to us. During the holy sacrifice of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] World Over - 2016-04-14 – Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on the Family (tr)

    04/15/2016 7:54:03 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 5 replies
    Full title - "[Catholic Caucus] World Over - 2016-04-14 – Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on the Family with Raymond Arroyo" FR GERALD MURRAY and ROBERT ROYAL...the Papal Posse...join us to discuss Pope Francis' recently released Apostolic Exhortation, AMORIS LAETITIA (The Joy of Love). Excerpt - see video of this EWTN program segment at "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Avd7bCiV0".
  • Called to Communion

    01/09/2016 9:51:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 01-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Called to Communion Msgr. Charles Pope Question: The priest quotes Jesus at Mass, saying, “Take this all of you and eat of it.” There are no caveats like, “unless you are divorced, gay or any number of other qualifiers.” Jesus gave the bread to Judas. Shouldn’t the Church act as Jesus did and remove the caveats and qualifiers Jesus never had?— Bill McKenna, via email Answer: The same Jesus you (rightly) extol as our model is the one who forbade divorce and remarriage, calling the second union an ongoing state of adultery (Mt 19:1-12). He also forbade illicit sexual union...
  • No Impediments Remain to Full Communion, Pope Tells Orthodox Patriarch

    11/30/2015 3:10:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    In a message to the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Francis wrote that "there is no longer any impediment to Eucharistic communion which cannot be overcome through prayer, the purification of hearts, dialogue and the affirmation of truth." The Pope's message to the Ecumenical Patriarch was timed for November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Constantinople see. Each year the Holy See sends a delegation to celebrate that feast with the Ecumenical Patriarch, just as the Orthodox leader sends representatives to Rome for the patronal feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29. This...
  • Vatican’s liturgy chief contradicts Pope Francis on Communion for non-Catholics

    11/30/2015 11:43:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Mon Nov 30, 2015 - 11:12 am EST | John-Henry Westen
    The Vatican's cardinal in charge of liturgy and the sacraments has strongly defended the Church's tradition on reception of Communion in the wake of Pope Francis' comments to a Lutheran woman suggesting she could choose in conscience to receive. Speaking with Aleteia reporter Diane Montagna, Cardinal Robert Sarah said, "Intercommunion is not permitted between Catholics and non-Catholics. You must confess the Catholic Faith. A non-Catholic cannot receive Communion. That is very, very clear. It's not a matter of following your conscience." ...
  • Pope Cracks Door to Lutheran Communion

    11/16/2015 7:06:16 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 11-16-2015 | Rod Dreher
    Now for Protestants too, says Francis (Martin Podzorny/Shutterstock) Francis continues to, um, amaze. From Rocco Palma’s report on the Pope’s meeting with Lutherans in Rome on Sunday, as part of an ecumenical dialogue: In an answer that’s almost certain to resonate broadly across the ecumenical scene (and elsewhere, quite possibly show his hand on his intended course following last month’s Synod on the Family), the pontiff – clearly wrestling with the plea – pointedly appealed less to the standard prohibition of the Eucharist for Protestant communities than to the woman’s discernment in conscience.As if to reinforce the point, in...
  • What Did The Pope Really Say… about Lutherans and Communion?

    11/17/2015 12:56:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Here we go again. Pope Francis has offered some confusing observations about the possibility of Lutherans receiving Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.I'm getting email… angry… alarmed… confused… sad… above all demoralized.Edward Pentin has the best press breakdown I have seen so far. HERE You can read the whole of the answer that the Pope gave to a Lutheran woman Anke de Bernardinis. Here's the video of the whole event in the original language, Italian. The part under discussion here starts at 21:00:Here below are the Pope's comments in context (Pentin's working translation): Question: My name is Anke de Bernardinis...
  • Archbishop Cupich lays out pathway for gay couples to receive Communion at Vatican press scrum

    10/16/2015 11:46:54 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 65 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/16/15 | John-Henry Westen
    Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago — who is participating in the Synod of the Family at Pope Francis’ personal invitation — said at a press scrum in the Vatican press office this afternoon that the conscience is "inviolable" and that he believes divorced and remarried couples could be permitted to receive the sacraments, if they have "come to a decision" to do so "in good conscience" - theological reasoning that he indicated in response to a follow-up question would also apply to gay couples. During the lengthy press briefing, the archbishop also spoke approvingly of the so-called "Kasper Proposal," which...
  • The Papal Elephant in the Kasperite Drawing Room

    10/12/2015 12:22:25 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    What's Up With the Synod? ^ | 10/12/15 | Jeanne Smits
    We can be confident in assuming that Pope Francis is in favor of finding a way to administer Holy Communion to those divorced, remarried, or actively homosexual. He would be in favor of either changing Church teaching or changing Church practice, i.e. finding a loophole in which he doesn’t have to promote heresy via a declaration, but rather, showing a false sense of “mercy” towards the sinner. How can I be so certain that he wants to defy Christ’s teaching? Simple. Cardinal Kasper said so. Cardinal Kasper, much like a priest exorcising a brand new baby in the old form...
  • 2 Catholic Bishops: Biden Not to Speak at Catholic Schools; Should Not Receive Communion

    09/25/2015 10:17:25 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    http://cnsnews.com ^ | September 24, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Although Vice President Joe Biden says he is “a practicing Catholic” and believes that life begins at conception -- but he would not “say that” to people who “have a different view” -- his former bishop forbade Biden from speaking at Catholic schools, and the bishop for Colorado Springs has said Biden should not present himself for Communion at Mass. Also, in a document cited by the Wilmington, Del., office of Biden’s former bishop – Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli, who died in 2009 – it states that “Catholic politicians who take pro-abortion legislative positions … should never be put forward...
  • For the GOP, Donald Trump may be evil incarnate — literally

    07/25/2015 6:54:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    The Week ^ | 07/25/2015 | James Poulos
    What if a candidate for president were evil? I'm not talking about the way "evil" is thrown around as an insult. I'm talking about real evil, the kind you find in the Bible. Chuckle if you must, but Donald Trump's opponents are beginning to make the case that he is truly evil. And the deeper you look, the more you see that it's no laughing matter. The prevailing wisdom says Trump is riding high because the Republican base is raising a middle finger — once again — to the establishment. But the prevailing wisdom also says the base is dominated...
  • "When I drink my little wine have my little cracker I guess that's a form of asking for forgiveness"

    07/20/2015 3:42:59 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 211 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/20/2015 | Staff
    Moderator Frank Luntz asked Trump whether he has ever asked God for forgiveness for his actions. "I am not sure I have. I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don't think so, he said. ... I don't bring God into that picture." Trump said that while he hasn't asked God for forgiveness, he does participate in Holy Communion. "When I drink my little wine - which is about the only wine I drink - and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of asking for forgiveness, and I do that...
  • Cardinal Kasper Says Francis Did Not Approve his Communion Proposal

    06/04/2015 6:32:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/4/15 | Staff Reporter
    The German cardinal appears to backtrack on earlier comments in interview with EWTNCardinal Walter Kasper has clarified that Pope Francis did not approve his proposal to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion after a period of penance. The cardinal made the remarks in an interview with EWTN during a visit to the United States. He said the Pope wanted him to “put the question”, and that afterwards he “expressed his satisfaction with my talk”. But he added: “I wouldn’t say he approved the proposal, no, no, no.” The remarks appear to represent a backtracking from earlier comments....
  • Further Problems With American Eucharistic Practice (Catholic Caucus)

    05/21/2015 2:45:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 21, 2015 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    Christian Browne’s excellent critique of how receiving Communion-in-the-hand while standing are practices that might be reconsidered to strengthen American Catholics’ understanding of the Eucharist properly notes that these ideologically driven changes were required in no way by Vatican II or even the Holy See. Let me add three additional Eucharist-related phenomena bedeviling the “American Church” that also lack much of a doctrinal or theological base but which have become, for ideological reasons, part of the landscape of “American” Catholicism: extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, blessings in the Eucharistic procession, and the disconnect between the Sacraments of Penance and the...
  • Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 12:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    ccWatershed ^ | May 3, 2015 | Fr. David Friel
    HE BEST AGE to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation is a matter of discussion in my diocese, as it is in many others. There are advocates for quite a wide range of ages, from as early as Baptism to the latter years of high school. Reasonable arguments can be made in favor of almost any age between these two mileposts. But which age is best? Anyone involved in Catholic education/catechesis will know the struggle it is to keep young people in religious education after their Confirmation. A common tactic in many local Churches has been to raise the age at...
  • Four times the Church has held her ground on [no] Communion for the divorced and remarried

    04/10/2015 6:19:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 137 replies
    CNA ^ | April 10, 2015 | Mary Rezac
    The argument that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics (lacking annulments) be allowed to receive the Eucharist is kind of like 40+ year-old, re-heated mashed potatoes: it’s been spit out by the authority of Church time and again, but for some reason keeps appearing on the spoon of stubborn theologians and bishops who keep trying to trick us into eating it by making cutesie airplane noises. In an essay for Communio entitled “The Merciful Gift Of Indissolubility and the Question Of Pastoral Care For Civilly Divorced And Remarried Catholics”, Nicholas J. Healy, JR. traces the history of this argument, as well...
  • The Concept of Catholic Unity in the Doctrine of the Eucharist at the time of Trent

    04/09/2015 10:36:50 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 31 replies
    Reformation500 ^ | January 1, 2013 | Paul Bassett
    The last time I posted here I examined Bryan Cross’s claim for unity in the Roman Catholic Church.  It was my intention to apply Bryan’s guidelines to a specific case that he mentioned – i.e. abortion – to show that his claim, in at least that instance, did not meet the “visibility” standard he required for unity to exist.  I hope to have been fair in my examination and believe that said examination disproved Bryan’s thesis on his own grounds.But that exercise caused me to reflect more broadly on the Roman claim to unity as it might apply to other...
  • The Catholic Eucharist: Unbiblical and Idolatry

    04/04/2015 12:46:43 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 283 replies
    The Watchman's Bagpipes ^ | June 20, 2010 | Glenn E. Chatfield
    Roman Catholicism teaches that Jesus instituted the Mass at the Last Supper. According to Rome, Jesus actually turned the bread and wine into his physical body and blood. Since that time, whenever the priest says the same words Jesus said at the Last Supper, the bread and wine of the Mass miraculously turns into the actual body and blood of Christ. While the outer appearance of the bread and wine remain the same, supposedly the inner essence - the substance - changes to Christ’s body and blood and remains that way as long as the bread and wine remain “incorrupted.”...
  • Mere Signs

    04/02/2015 9:40:18 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 5 replies
    Triablogue ^ | June 05, 2013 | Steve
    Mere signs For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes (1 Cor 11:26). There are liturgical churches that put great stock in the real presence. If you don’t believe in the real presence, you are said to reduce the sacraments to “mere signs” or “nude signs.” Let’s talk about signs for a moment. The camera is a wildly popular invention. It’s become even more popular in the age of digital cameras, cellphone cameras, and Facebook. Why do people like to take pictures? Well, there are different reasons....
  • Interpreting The Bible And Later Sources On The Eucharist

    04/01/2015 8:27:38 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 27 replies
    Triablogue ^ | July 05, 2008 | Jason Engwer
    Interpreting The Bible And Later Sources On The Eucharist I want to make a couple of points that aren't often emphasized, or even mentioned at all, in discussions about John 6 and the eucharist. - When John 6 is discussed in relation to the eucharist, the discussion often begins with the comments on the bread of Heaven in verse 31, verse 35, or somewhere else later in the passage. But we should keep the earlier context in mind. Given the contrast that Jesus sets up in John 6:26-29, in which resting in faith in Him is contrasted with the...
  • Is John 6:66 Evidence of Transubstantiation?

    03/31/2015 2:42:14 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 217 replies
    In Plain Sight ^ | March 31,2015 | Jason Engwer
    If priests indeed have the exclusive power to change finite bread and wine into the body and blood of the infinite Christ, and, if indeed, consuming His body and blood is necessary for salvation, then the whole world must become Catholic to escape the wrath of God. On the other hand, if Jesus was speaking in figurative language, then this teaching becomes the most blasphemous and deceptive hoax any religion could impose on its people. There is no middle ground. (Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood. by Mike Gendron)“There is no indication in the biblical accounts of the Last...
  • How Parents are Stealing the Gift of the Mass from their Children

    03/27/2015 2:55:12 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 3/27/15 | Father Anthony Gerber
    A parish priest on the troubling news he's learned from kids in the confessional The Need for Questions in Lent Lent is a penitential season, a time of purification and of clarification: of being purified of our sins and of clarifying the roots of what has been keeping us from God in the first place. Purification and clarification can come about through the typical Lenten observances: prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. Fasting, for example, not only acts as an immediate purification of something (ie, a thing is taken away), but it can also clarify in that, as we are feeling the...
  • On taking John 6 literally

    03/29/2015 5:59:11 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 143 replies
    triablogue ^ | October 16, 2005 | Steve
    On taking John 6 literally Roman Catholics claim to take Jn 6 literally, unlike the Baptists. But what exactly does it mean to take Jn 6 literally, and who is more literal, the Catholic or the Baptist? 1.Here is what I take a literal interpretation of Jn 6 to mean. Some time around the year AD 30 or so, Jesus performed three nature miracles (the multiplication of food, walking on water, stilling the storm) situated on or about (the E. shore of) the Sea of Galilee. The next day, in a synagogue located in Capernaum, on the NW shore...
  • No, Christ will not die tomorrow…

    03/20/2015 6:18:32 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 45 replies
    Disciple of Jesus Christ ^ | April 5, 2012 | disciple of Christ
    No, Christ will not die tomorrow. He died once for all almost 2000 years ago for our sins: “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). No, He will not die again: “knowing that Christ having been raised up from among [the] dead dies no more: death has dominion over him no more.” (Romans 6:9) Yes, He has risen once for all! And by their carnal traditions men teach people that Christ dies again and again each year, and then with this same...
  • Early Church Evidence Refutes Real Presence

    03/11/2015 2:49:15 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 372 replies
    One Fold ^ | March 11,2015 | unknown
    Early Church Evidence Refutes Real Presence Introduction The real presence doctrine is probably the most important doctrine to Catholics today because it is the nucleolus of the Catholic mass. The doctrine insists that the eucharistic elements of bread and wine become the glorified body and blood of Christ when blessed by the priest. The doctrine further asserts that the substance of bread and wine are no longer present and only the accidents (characteristics or appearance) remain. Thus, the name derived from the explanation becomes transubstantiation (a change of substance). It is this belief that compels devout Catholics to worship the...
  • The Church Ordinances: Baptism and Communion

    03/05/2015 7:28:13 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 26 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/5/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    Lesson 18GOD'S CALLED-OUT ASSEMBLYTHE CHURCH The Church Ordinances: Baptism and Communion  [This document is available in PDF Format]      There are two ordinances which Jesus Christ has instituted and established for His Church. An ordinance is a "prescribed practice." It is something that has been prescribed and ordered by Jesus Christ and practiced by the Church. An ordinance is something that the Church practices because Jesus Christ has told her to do so. The New Testament makes it very clear that the early Church practiced and observed two ordinances: 1) BAPTISM 2) COMMUNION ("the breaking of bread") These two ordinances are both...
  • On the Discipline for Receiving Holy Communion (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/28/2015 10:04:10 AM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Holy Trinity Monastery ^ | 3 Feb 2015 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    On February 3, 2015 (NS) the Holy Synod approved the linked document which lays out the current discipline for the reception of the Holy Mysteries of the Altar by the lay faithful. The executive summary is that it cautiously encourages the faithful to commune more frequently than the old custom of once or twice a year, while reiterating the necessity of approaching the chalice with great reverence. This means observing the pre-communion fasts, recent confession and prayerful participation in the services of the Church. Details of which may be found in the document. To many the discipline described in the...
  • Papal Signaling: Pope Francis and the False Dichotomy

    02/20/2015 7:24:44 AM PST · by Repent and Believe · 3 replies
    The Remnant ^ | February 16, 2015 A.D. | Megaera Erinyes
    Pope Francis’ homily for the latest consistory of cardinals meeting in Rome this week is being called a re-statement of his programme for his pontificate. Fr. Thomas Rosica, his English language spokesman, wrote on Twitter: “More than anything I’ve heard from (the pope) today’s homily is his mission statement.” Let us assume for a moment that the pope knows the implications of what he is saying, and that the people closest to him are telling the truth when they say, repeatedly, that the things that are happening are happening at his behest, and examine what this “mission statement” has to...
  • Is The Roman Catholic View of the Eucharist Supported by the Historical Evidence?

    02/08/2015 6:39:23 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 169 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Feburary 8,2015 | Jason Engwer
    Is The Roman Catholic View of the Eucharist Supported by the Historical Evidence?Jason EngwerThere aren't many subjects Catholic apologists like to discuss more than the eucharist. Even if their arguments about the papacy are refuted, even if the evidence they cite for the Immaculate Conception, Purgatory, and other doctrines isn't convincing, they still think they have a strong argument in the doctrine of the eucharist. They'll quote John 6 and the passages of scripture about the Last Supper. They'll quote centuries of church fathers referring to the eucharist as a sacrifice and referring to Jesus being present in the elements...
  • Is the Mass the Real Sacrifice of Christ?

    02/08/2015 12:34:39 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 293 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Febuary 7 ,2015 | James G. McCarthy
    Few Catholics think about this question. The reason is that most Catholics are not aware that the Church teaches that the Mass is an actual sacrifice. They know that the rite is called the Sacrifice of the Mass, that it is performed by a priest, that the congregation assembles before an altar, and that the consecrated bread wafers are called hosts. Nevertheless, most Catholics do not seem to realize that the Church teaches that the Mass is a real and true sacrifice, that a prime function of the Catholic priesthood is to offer sacrifice, that an altar is a place...
  • Evangelicals & the Eucharist (Part 1)

    01/28/2015 1:23:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 427 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | May 23, 2013 | Nathan Busenitz, professor of theology at Cripplegate's The Master’s Seminary
    Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early church’s celebration of the Lord’s Table and its implications for the evangelical church today. Two of these inquiries have come from Roman Catholics, each of whom has suggested that the Roman Catholic practice of transubstantiation best represents the way the Lord’s Table was observed in the first few centuries of church history. Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early church’s celebration of the Lord’s Table and its implications for the evangelical church today. Two of...
  • The Meal That Divides

    01/22/2015 2:35:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    Ligonier.org ^ | Keith Mathison
    On the night of the institution of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus prayed for His disciples and for those who would become His disciples, “that they may all be one” (John 17:21). This was a profound prayer for unity among Christ’s disciples. Sadly, the occasion for this prayer, the “Passover” of the new exodus, the meal commemorating the death of the Lamb of God for His people, has become the focal point for some of the most serious controversies and divisions in the church. It is no longer the meal that unites us but instead has become the meal that divides...
  • Faithlessness: The Terrible Price of Communion in the Hand

    01/22/2015 9:57:36 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    The Remnant ^ | 1/21/15 | The Remnant
    Another sacrilegious scandal at a big papal pep really--this time in Manila. Why is the Vicar treated like God, while God is treated like a bag of Doritos? What part does the institutionalized abuse of Communion in the hand play in this ongoing outrage?
  • Card. Burke’s kindness

    12/16/2014 1:22:34 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 16, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Do you recall that, last year, Card. Burke consoled a little boy who was crying because he couldn’t yet receive Communion?  HEREThis is somewhat beyond the ken of most catholics, I believe.  They might console a Questioning-status minor not yet able to vote more than once in the same pro-same-sex “marriage” referendum.   But, I digress.  This shouldn’t be polemic and… there I went and did it.  Sorry!  I am under the weather.So, last year Card. Burke consoled a boy who couldn’t receive Communion.  At that time His Eminence said that his time would come soon enough.The day came!Here is a piece from...
  • Ratzinger's retraction: the fruit of 42 years of theological maturation

    12/06/2014 12:27:31 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | December 5, 2014
    Pope Benedict XVI. Photo Credit: Mazur. Vatican City, Dec 4, 2014 / 03:16 pm (CNA).- News broke weeks ago that a new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works was being released in German with an updated version of a 1972 essay, which no longer suggests that the divorced and remarried can receive Communion, as it once did. But thanks to Sandro Magister and his translator Matthew Sherry, the full text of his “Retractatio” is now available in English. As CNA reported Nov. 25, Joseph Ratzinger published an essay in 1972, while a priest of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] World Over - 2014-10-09 – Cardinal Raymond Burke on the Synod on the Family

    10/10/2014 7:54:18 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 6 replies
    EWTN youtube ^ | 10-10-14 | EWTN
    FULL TITLE: "[Catholic Caucus] World Over - 2014-10-09 – Cardinal Raymond Burke on the Synod on the Family with Raymond Arroyo" RAYMOND CARDINAL BURKE, prefect of the Holy See's Apostolic Signatura at the Vatican, on the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops for the Family currently underway in Rome and his chapter in the new book, Remaining In the Truth of Christ (Ignatius Press), on the indissolubility of marriage and his thoughts on Walter Cardinal Kasper's recent proposals to harmonize "fidelity and mercy" in the Church's pastoral approach to divorced and remarried Catholics and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
  • Why not Communion for polygamists if we give it to divorced and remarried?: So Af Cardinal

    10/10/2014 4:07:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 10, 2014 | Hilary White
    If someone in Germany who is divorced and civilly remarried can receive Communion without being expected to change his lifestyle, why can’t someone in Africa who is “married” to two women do so as well?That’s the question that Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the archbishop of Durban, South Africa, asked in a recent interview with Catholic News Service. Napier added that a better way forward for the Church than the recommendation made by the German Cardinal Walter Kasper is to recommend the traditional Christian practice of fortitude in the face of suffering; the carrying of the cross. “Jesus didn’t say ‘I want...
  • Synod on Family to end with a text voted on by the Fathers

    10/04/2014 9:08:15 AM PDT · by scouter · 3 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 10/3/2014 | Iacopo Scaramuzzi
    "The 'Relatio Post Disceptationem' produced at the end of the first week will form the basis for the work that will follow in the second week in the 'circuli minores' and which the Synod Fathers will examine before the concluding 'Relatio Synodi' document is published. This final document will be sent to the Holy Father," the Tuscan cardinal said. The 'Relatio Synodi' differs from the concluding messages usually published at the end of every synodal assembly (this time Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi has been asked to write the message). It replaces the proposals ... the Synod Fathers usually sent the Pope...
  • Radical Synod Planned for October

    07/26/2014 3:26:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | Went to press for August 25, 2014 | John Vennari
    The three most radical proposals are: 1) A new “pastoral solution” to allow divorce and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion; 2) A new “pastoral approach” that permits the baptism of children from same-sex couples, thus indirectly legitimizing these unions; 3) A recasting of natural law in “new language”, which threatens to undermine our entire ethical foundation of true morality. Indeed the Synod’s Working Document further displays the triumph of the New Theology over today’s Vatican; the same new theology that wrought havoc at Vatican II and continues its destructive path to this day.
  • Marriage, Divorce, and Communion - An Interview with Cardinal Thomas Collins

    06/25/2014 6:47:21 PM PDT · by scouter · 34 replies
    Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire ^ | 6/25/2014 | Brandon Vogt
    It is always assumed by the Church that Couples are truly, or "validly" married. The burden of proof is on anyone who says that they are not... One thing that would help would be if all of us realized that receiving communion is not obligatory at Mass... Lot's of good stuff in this interview.
  • Extraordinary ministers at Papal Mass deny Communion in the hand

    05/20/2014 3:37:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    While Pope Francis doesn't reject Communion in the hand (remember Rio?), it's nice to see the convention retrieved under Pope Benedict XVI continued in Rome: Communion on the tongue. Check it out: Pope Francis on Reception of Holy Communion Kneeling and On The Tongue- Video Now just imagine one of your lay "Eucharistic ministers" try that in your local AmChurch parish! Isn't this crazy? All hell would break loose, and you know it! For a good discussion of the issue by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, author of Dominus Est – It Is the Lord! Reflections of a Bishop of Central Asia...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Arinze: Even children know pro-abort politicians should be denied Communion

    04/30/2014 9:32:45 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/29/14 | John Jalsevac
    The question of whether Catholic politicians who support abortion should receive or be denied Holy Communion has been a source of contentious debate amongst many bishops and theologians. But according to one of the Vatican’s most senior cardinals, the answer to the question is so simple that even schoolchildren intuitively know it. In an exclusive video interview with LifeSiteNews.com this week, Cardinal Francis Arinze observed that he is often asked about pro-abortion Catholic politicians and Holy Communion. “Do you really need a cardinal from the Vatican to answer that?” the cardinal said he tells his questioners. “Is that really a...
  • Doubts increase over Pope's alleged phone call on divorce

    04/24/2014 1:42:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2014
    Father Federico Lombardi. Credit: CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2014 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Media frenzy over an alleged phone call Pope Francis made to a divorced and remarried woman allowing her to receive Communion has seen a rise in conflicting details – and has been lamented by the Vatican as causing “confusion.” Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said today that the Holy See will not officially comment on the alleged phone call Pope Francis made to an Argentinean woman this week, as the pontiff's “personal pastoral” relationships “do not in any way form part of the Pope's public activities.”...
  • The Fourth Cup

    04/13/2014 9:39:14 AM PDT · by verga · 6 replies
    Dr. Scott Hahn shows us how the Catholic Understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ, embodied in the Church and revealed anew in the Holy Eucharist, comes directly from the Bible. He places the Last Supper in the context of the Jewish Passover Seder liturgy. By explaining the significance of the drinking of the fourth and final cup in the Old Testament Passover meal ceremony, Dr. Hahn draws a symbolic parallel to Christ’s death on the Cross. It is an exciting concept, that will help viewers discover a whole new dimension to Holy Mass, and the relationship of the Last...
  • The reform that no one wanted: Communion in the hand

    04/10/2014 11:34:40 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 59 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/10/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    Over the winter break, I spent several days shifting through the survey results in the diocese’s archive, located in St. Mary’s Seminary. The survey results could provide evidence for many articles, even books, but I was initially only interested in questions dealing with the liturgy. The simple answer to the laity’s reception of the liturgical changes can be found in question 19: “Changes in the Mass have harmed rather than helped me to worship” and 27% agreed and 68% disagreed. These results confirm the standard narrative that the majority of Catholics preferred the new Mass with its use of English...
  • Illinois bishop upholds priest’s decision to deny Communion to pro-abort Sen. Dick Durbin

    04/03/2014 1:43:27 PM PDT · by topher · 38 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu Apr 03, 2014 14:10 EST | by Patrick B. Craine
    SPRINGFIELD, IL, April 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, known for his outspoken defense of the right to life and the natural family, has signaled his support for denying Communion to Catholic politicians who publicly endorse activities gravely contrary to the moral law.
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America (Wuerl's Web of Lies)

    03/31/2014 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 53 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been the most outspoken of those bishops who refuse to obey Canon 915, but all of them are on record, as he is, as endorsing the commission of MORTAL SINS by their priests and other ministers of Communion. Cardinal Wuerl has even punished those who have obeyed Canon 915.
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America

    03/28/2014 6:43:56 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 14 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    It is said by many, including Cardinal Wuerl, that Communion should not be used as a political weapon. Absolutely true. And the reception of Communion is being used as a political weapon—by pro-abortion politicians. As long as they are permitted to receive Communion, the bishop (e.g., Cardinal Wuerl) endorses their claim to be “ardent Catholics” whose promotion of abortion is NO SIN.
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America

    03/27/2014 6:21:24 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 35 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been the most outspoken of those bishops who refuse to obey Canon 915, but all of them [Wuerl, Dolan, O'Malley, Chaput, George...] are on record, as he is, as endorsing the commission of MORTAL SINS by their priests and other ministers of Communion. Cardinal Wuerl has even punished those who have obeyed Canon 915. Of course, this is something he has no right to do, because no bishop has the authority to command anyone to commit a mortal sin! “Bearing in mind the nature of the above-cited norm (cfr. n. 1), no ecclesiastical authority may dispense...