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  • Who Really Speaks For God?

    05/24/2015 1:57:09 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 257 replies
    The Highway ^ | May 24,2015 | John H. Armstrong
    Serious evangelical dialogue with Roman Catholicism finds it virtually impossible to avoid the issues raised by the institution of the papacy. These issues were central in the sixteenth-century division, and they remain problematic for modern discussion as well. It is hard for many Catholics in the West to understand the serious concerns evangelicals have regarding the papacy, since they often think of John Paul II as a benevolent and kind gentleman who warmly radiates love for Christ and non-Catholics. In a special commentary on the Feast Day (1971) honoring St. Peter and St. Paul, the Vatican radio declared, “The Church...
  • “The Greatest of All Protestant Heresies”?

    05/12/2015 4:21:27 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 908 replies
    ligonier ministries ^ | May 12,2015 | Sinclair Ferguson
    Let us begin with a church history exam question. Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621) was a figure not to be taken lightly. He was Pope Clement VIII’s personal theologian and one of the most able figures in the Counter-Reformation movement within sixteenth-century Roman Catholicism. On one occasion, he wrote: “The greatest of all Protestant heresies is _______ .” Complete, explain, and discuss Bellarmine’s statement.How would you answer? What is the greatest of all Protestant heresies? Perhaps justification by faith? Perhaps Scripture alone, or one of the other Reformation watchwords?Those answers make logical sense. But none of them completes Bellarmine’s sentence. What he...
  • The Crafting of the 4th Century Roman Church, Doctrine, and Papacy

    05/06/2015 3:22:31 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 55 replies
    triablogue ^ | February 26, 2013 | John Bugay
    The Crafting of the 4th Century Roman Church, Doctrine, and Papacy There is no question that there were “bishops” in Rome, likely beginning in the late second or early third centuries. But these were not “bishops” as we would understand them today. Roger Collins, in his work “Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy”, New York, NY: Basic Books, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, ©2009) wrote: Not everyone is convinced that what has been called a monarchic bishop, with unquestioned authority over all of the Christian clergy in the city, was to be found...
  • Newman’s historical concession

    05/05/2015 8:10:20 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 18 replies
    Reformation500 ^ | February 12, 2010 | John Bugay
    A commenter wrote: I was not aware that Newman concedes the point that there was no bishop in Rome during that period and I am surprised to hear that! Could you possibly reference that for me? I’m working with the 1989 edition, published by the University of Notre Dame Press. Newman (p. 12) in discussing the Rule of Vincent of Lerins (what was believed always, everywhere, by all — which he single-handedly dismissed) is quoting an imaginary Anglican interlocutor on the discrepancies in teaching from the time of the early church to his time in the 19th century: I shall...
  • Rome's Meaningless Claim to "Unbroken Chain Of Succession"

    05/03/2015 12:05:34 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 207 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turrretin ^ | November 26, 2010 | TurretinFan
    The following is an example of Rome's claim of "unbroken succession" - provided by pope John Paul II:Nevertheless, the Roman Pontiffs have exercised their authority in Rome and, according to the conditions and opportunities of the times, have done so in wider and even universal areas, by virtue of their succeeding Peter. Written documents do not tell us how this succession occurred in the first link connecting Peter with the series of the bishops of Rome. It can be deduced, however, by considering everything that Pope Clement states in the letter cited above regarding the appointment of the first bishops...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2)

    05/02/2015 12:50:12 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 37 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 24, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2) Because neither the apostolic nor the earliest post-apostolic Christians refer to a jurisdictional primacy of the bishop of Rome, Catholics often cite references to any type of primacy of the Roman church. But a non-jurisdictional primacy of the Roman church doesn't prove a jurisdictional primacy of the Roman bishop. Even Peter himself isn't referred to as having papal authority among the early post-apostolic sources. Terence Smith explains: "there is an astonishing lack of reference to Peter among ecclesiastical authors of the first half of the second century. He is barely mentioned in...
  • Roman Catholic “presuppositions” on the early papacy are in retreat

    04/30/2015 10:26:38 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 23 replies
    triablogue ^ | January 17, 2014 | John Bugay
    Roman Catholic “presuppositions” on the early papacy are in retreat Galileo: “If I can do it, Bergoglio can do it” A “presupposition” is an elementary assumption in one’s reasoning or in the process by which opinions are formed… [In the case of Protestant/Catholic discussions], a “presupposition” is not just any assumption in an argument, but a personal commitment that is held at the most basic level of one’s network of beliefs. Presuppositions form a wide-ranging foundational perspective (or starting point) in terms of which everything else is interpreted and evaluated. As such, presuppositions have the greatest authority in one’s thinking,...
  • The Reformation is over. Catholics 0, Protestants 1

    04/25/2015 10:33:08 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 576 replies
    triablogue ^ | April 13, 2015 | Jerry Walls
    I'm going to transcribe an article that Jerry Walls wrote when he was a grad student at Notre Dame: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am nearing the end of three very happy (with a brief interlude) years as a graduate student in the philosophy department at Notre Dame. The philosophy department is quite lively and stimulating and I have learned a great deal about my discipline. Along the way, I have also acquired an education of another sort–namely in the ways of the Roman Catholic Church. My education in this regard has been informal and piecemeal, to be sure. My insights have been...
  • Prayers For, To,and Through the Dead

    04/22/2015 2:34:02 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 508 replies
    Reformed Apologetics Thoughts of Francis Turretin Blog ^ | April 21, 2009 | Francis Turretin Fan
    Within Roman Catholicism (and within some other churches as well) there are prayers that are made for, through, and to the dead. We, as Reformed believers, reject all three of these categories but on different grounds. In discussing these issues with Roman Catholics it may be useful to be able to understand the different categories and to explain why it is that we reject each. We should pray for the living, to the living and true God, through the merits and intercession of Christ alone. 1. Prayers For the Dead In Roman Catholicism, there is a belief in Purgatory. Although...
  • The Catholic Dogma of Infallibility

    04/16/2015 8:47:22 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 84 replies
    Apologitics Press ^ | 2005 | Moisés Pinedo
    When the Roman Pontiff speaks EX CATHEDRA...he possesses, by the divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his Church to enjoy in defining doctrine concerning faith or morals. Therefore, such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are of themselves, and not by the consent of the Church, irreformable (Vatican I, 1869b, chap. 4, s. 9). This is the dogma declared by Pope Pius IX, and approved by the Vatican I Council, in regard to the alleged infallible teaching authority of the Roman pontiff. For more than a century, this dogma has pressed greatly...
  • 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...
  • Mary's Virginity

    04/07/2015 11:37:31 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 197 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Dan Corner
    MARY'S VIRGINITYThe Bible gives us many ways whereby we can clearly identify the Messiah. One of these ways is called a "sign" and is specifically linked to his miraculous birth. In the Book of Isaiah we read: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (Isa. 7:14, KJV). Along with many other Scriptures, that passage clearly points us to the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, who was born of a "virgin". But even among those who agree that Mary was a virgin, at that...
  • 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...
  • Never Thirst-Taking Jesus" Literally" can be Fatal

    03/29/2015 2:11:17 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 355 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turretine ^ | July 17, 2014 | TurretinFan
    Never Thirst - Taking Jesus "Literally" can be Fatal Roman Catholics like to try to claim that they are just taking Jesus "literally" when they interpret "this is my body" to mean that what was in Jesus' hands was not bread but his physical body [FN1]. Three passages in John help to illustrate the problem with that approach: John 4, John 6, and John 7.  In the first, Jesus refers metaphorically to living water, in the second Jesus refers to himself as food and drink, and in the third Jesus offers drink to those who thirst. In John 4, Jesus...
  • Obama’s Mideast Realignment

    03/27/2015 12:17:17 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 25 , 2015 | Max Boot
    His new doctrine: Downgrade ties to Israel and the Saudis while letting Iran fill the vacuum left by U.S. retreat.
  • Pope Francis: Doctrine is cold and leads to an abstract world devoid of Theological Virtues

    03/26/2015 1:55:49 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 19 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 26, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    The assault on doctrine continues as Rome disintegrates. Vatican Radio: "It is not 'cold doctrine' that brings joy, but faith, and the hope of meeting Jesus. He who cannot rejoice is an unhappy believer: that’s what Pope Francis said in his homily at Thursday morning’s Mass in Santa Marta in the Vatican: Abraham’s joy upon hearing that as God promised, he may become a father inspired Pope Francis’ reflection Thursday. Commenting on the day’s readings, Pope Francis remarked that Abraham is old, as well as his wife Sara, but he believes and opens 'his heart to hope' and is 'full...
  • Bishop slammed in radio ads for not supporting Immaculata teacher Patricia Jannuzzi (Fight back!)

    03/24/2015 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Change.org ^ | March 24, 2015 | Staff writer
    (Photo: BishopBootkoski.jpg) Story Highlights Patricia Jannuzzi was suspended by Immaculata High School two weeks ago after her personal Facebook post on the gay 'agenda' went viral. A conservative Catholic group is running radio ads defending the teacher. The Diocese of Metuchen says no decision has been made whether to rehire the teacher. SOMERVILLE – A longtime Catholic school teacher suspended from her job after celebrities drew attention to her anti-gay posts on Facebook has become a cause célčbre among a growing number of conservatives rushing to her defense. And the controversy shows no signs of slowing down as questions...
  • Fr. Rosica explains modernism to us……

    03/19/2015 10:10:13 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 3/18/15 | Tantumblogo
    …….and I must say, he does so perfectly. Via Vox Cantoris, the highly influential Fr. Tom Rosica, whose career has really taken off since March 2013, had this to say about how doctrine can evolve. It is as good an encapsulation of the modernist mindset as I have seen: Will this Pope re-write controversial Church doctrines? No. But that isn’t how doctrine changes. Doctrine changes when pastoral contexts shift and new insights emerge such that particularly doctrinal formulations no longer mediate the saving message of God’s transforming love. Doctrine changes when the Church has leaders and teachers who are not...
  • Will there be a rapture?

    03/13/2015 7:43:01 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 184 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/12/15 | Gary
    Will there be a rapture? Is it pre-tribulational? I believe the answer is an emphatic 'yes' to both questions. Here are some key points: 1. For starters, I want to address the small, but growing minority of Christians who emphatically state that the rapture isn't even in the Bible. Now I believe it is one thing to hold to various views as to the timing of the rapture event, but no rapture at all? I believe that this belief is thoroughly nonsensical. The argument often takes shape the same way that Jehovah's Witnesses will say that the Bible doesn't teach...
  • Idolatry

    03/12/2015 6:55:28 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 35 replies
    Bible Hub ^ | 3/12/2015 | J.C. Ryle
    Idolatry by J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)   This updated and revised manuscript is copyrighted Ó1998 by Tony Capoccia.  All rights reserved.   "Flee from idolatry" (1 Corinthians 10:14)   Our text for today may seem at first to be hardly needed in our country.  In an age of education and intelligence, we might almost fancy it is waste of time to tell us to "flee from idolatry."   I am bold to say that this is a great mistake.  I believe that we have come to a time when the subject of idolatry demands a thorough and searching investigation. ...
  • The Lord's Supper: solemn symbolism or corporeal flesh and blood?

    03/04/2015 12:31:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 288 replies
    Peace By Jesus ^ | March 4,2015 | Peace by Jesus
    Preface: This is an extensive examination of the Roman Catholic sacrament of Eucharist (which means thanksgiving) as regards the doctrine of the “Real Presence.” This deals with the question as to whether Scripture teaches that Jesus is literally and wholly present—body and blood, soul and divinity—under the appearances of bread and wine by transubstantiation of the elements of bread and wine. And by which believers thereby receive life in themselves. Or whether, consistent with other examples of figurative language and teaching, the elements are representations of Christ, and that eating and drinking Christ in John 6 refers to receiving and...
  • Is There A Purgatory?

    02/22/2015 12:15:07 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 102 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Feb.22,2015 | Jason Engwer
    "in purgatory the souls of those 'who died in the charity of God and truly repentant, but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions,' are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge away their debt." - Second Vatican Council, "Sacred Liturgy", "Apostolic Constitution on the Revision of Indulgences", no. 3 "For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God" - 1 Peter 3:18 The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Christians may have to suffer in Purgatory before going to...
  • Sungenis Claims: "the Church did not receive any divine revelation on the nature of Purgatory"

    02/22/2015 5:12:26 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 87 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turretine ^ | July 03, 2010 | Turretinfan
    Sungenis Claims: "the Church did not receive any divine revelation on the nature of Purgatory" In a recent (2009) response to Dr. White, Robert Sungenis made some interesting admissions regarding the absence of knowledge of what Purgatory is in Roman Catholic theology: Since the Church did not receive any divine revelation on the nature of Purgatory, and since the Church declined to make any official statements on its nature, it is only natural that people of different eras are going to come to different views of what precisely constitutes the Purgatorial experience. ... we have not settled on the nature...
  • Cardinal Sarah: "Detachment of doctrine and pastoral practice is Heresy."

    02/21/2015 3:13:51 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | February 20, 2015
    French publishing house Fayard is publishing a book with an interview with one of the most impressive Cardinals in the College, the recently-named Prefect for Divine Worship, Cardinal Robert Sarah. "Either God or Nothing" (Dieu ou rien) has the very interesting subtitle "Entretien sur la foi" (Conversation on faith), which certainly calls to mind the groundbreaking book-interview of another Cardinal published three decades ago -- Rapporto sulla fede (Report on the Faith, published in English as... The Ratzinger Report). From its presentation by French magazine Famille Chrétienne, we find the following remarkable extract of Cardinal Sarah's words on a...
  • Hell

    02/21/2015 7:50:13 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 111 replies
    Bible Researcher ^ | Feb.21,2015 | R.C Sproul
    HELL by R.C. Sproul We have often heard statements such as “War is hell” or “I went through hell.” These expressions are, of course, not taken literally. Rather, they reflect our tendency to use the word hell as a descriptive term for the most ghastly human experience possible. Yet no human experience in this world is actually comparable to hell. If we try to imagine the worst of all possible suffering in the here and now we have not yet stretched our imaginations to reach the dreadful reality of hell.Hell is trivialized when it is used as a common curse...
  • Is The Roman Catholic View of the Eucharist Supported by the Historical Evidence?

    02/20/2015 12:33:03 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 591 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Jason Engwer
    There 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 of the eucharist. They'll point out that even Protestants like Martin Luther have...
  • The Accounting of Simon Peter's Six Denials of Christ

    01/30/2015 5:46:04 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 34 replies
    Vanity | January 30, 2015 | self
    ============================================= . The Accounting of Simon Peter's Six Denials of Christ ============================================= Abstract: Harmonizing the Scripture passages concerning Peter's denial of Jesus at the time of His pre-crucifixion trial shows that Peter denied Christ six times, not three as some insist. These were predicted by Jesus to His disciples the night before He was executed. The denials occurred in groups of three, each group marked by a cockcrow. The denials were Peter's responses, twice to a doorkeeper maidservant, and once each to another maidservant, to a subordinate of the high priest conducting the trial, to a group of other menservants,...
  • Mother of Bo Morrison sues Slinger homeowner who killed her son

    01/14/2015 1:13:05 PM PST · by Monitor · 28 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Bruce Vielmetti
    The mother of Bo Morrison, who was killed by a Slinger man when Morrison hid in the man's house while fleeing from an underage drinking party, has filed a lawsuit against the man and his insurance company. Washington County District Attorney Mark Bensen declined to charge the homeowner, Adam Kind, with a crime in the March 2012 incident, finding Kind acted in self-defense. The incident prompted numerous protests about "the castle doctrine," adopted by legislators the previous year, but Bensen said Kind would have been cleared even without the law's extra presumptions in favor of residents using deadly force in...
  • Protecting One's Poison

    01/04/2015 5:52:13 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/4/15
    The poisonous and destructive fruits of godless men abound everywhere today. These fatal fruits are the results of the outworking of UNRIGHTEOUSNESS and LAWLESSNESS in an individuals life (Gal. 5: 19-21, 6:7). Yet today the world with great zeal protects, defends, guards and will decimate any who seek to challenge their godless and lawless deeds (John 15:18, 17:14, 1 John 3:13). This world fully embraces and condones all of these destructive actions in its never ending quest to rid the world of RIGHTNESS and LIGHT in their delusional quest for a world of peace and a Christ-less utopia (John 3:19-21)....
  • What Price Truth?

    11/22/2014 3:44:40 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 11/20/14 | Fr . Jerry Pokorsky
    The Church spends a good deal of money on the education of priests and religious. From seminary or convent formation to continuing education workshops and retreats, the faithful, of course, bear the cost. In justice, what do the faithful receive in return? The cost of seminary education is considerable. Room, board and tuition, I’m told, is now something like $40,000 a year per seminarian. That amount is charged to the diocese; it does not include the various gifts and grants seminaries receive, and it is comparable to the overall cost of private college. Over a typical five-year formation period, the...
  • They are going for the Doctrine

    11/06/2014 7:00:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | November 6, 2014 | tantumblogo
    They are coming for the Doctrine. 1600+ years ago, when noxious Arian heresies were proposed to a group of bishops, they bishops didn’t just politely sit their awaiting their turn to vote, they did not wait for a mid-term report to be released, they went on the attack, to the extent of St. Nicholas breaking Arius’ jaw. They would not listen to the heresies (as Saint John advised), pandemonium broke out in the hall (in the presence of the Emperor of all the civilized world), and the orthodox bishops stormed out. I pray our bishops get some of the zeal...
  • My Plea “I’m a Divorced and Remarried Mother. Please, Don’t Change Church Practice.”

    11/04/2014 10:45:38 AM PST · by sitetest · 144 replies
    First Things ^ | November 3, 2014 | Luma Simms
    The day my soul became Catholic was the day I found out that as a divorced and remarried woman I could not receive Communion. Tears of sorrow and joy flowed. Sorrow because I had by then grasped the truth of transubstantiation, only to find I couldn’t consume, and joy because at last we found the ground of real authority—his Church, the one he founded, the one tasked to keep all he taught her Apostles. I came to Catholicism from Calvinism. That’s a tough row to hoe if there ever was one. It was that prescient and beautiful encyclical Humanae Vitae...
  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magister’s blog—not his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for L’Espresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Church’s teaching on the matter: “For the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...
  • US TAKES GAY RIGHTS GLOBAL, DESPITE UNSURE WELCOME

    06/28/2014 6:29:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    AP ^ | June 28, 2014 | VANESSA GERA
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- President Barack Obama's administration has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn't been won at home. Sometimes U.S. advice and encouragement is condemned as unacceptable meddling. And sometimes it can seem to backfire, increasing the pressure on those it is meant to help.With gay pride parades taking place in many cities across the world this weekend, the U.S. role will be more visible than ever. Diplomats will take part in parades and some embassies will fly the rainbow flag along with the...
  • White House Aides Define Obama Doctrine: ‘Don’t Do Stupid Sh-t’ (Seriously, that's what it is)

    06/02/2014 4:47:36 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6-2-2014 | Jamie Weinstein
    Still trying to figure out what President Barack Obama’s foreign policy doctrine is? Search no more. The White House has got you covered. “For those pining for an Obama Doctrine victory for the president, here it is: ‘Don’t Do Stupid Sh-t,’” Politico’s Mike Allen wrote in his daily tip sheet, the Politico Playbook, Saturday. “Playbook rarely prints a four-letter word — our nephews are loyal readers. But we are, in this case, because that is the precise phrase President Obama and his aides are using in their off-the-record chats with journalists.” Allen went on to point out all the places...
  • Obama’s leadership is right for today

    05/30/2014 11:44:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 29, 2014 | By Fareed Zakaria
    ... What is needed from Washington is not a heroic exertion of American military power but rather a sustained effort to engage with allies, isolate enemies, support free markets and democratic values and push these positive trends forward. The Obama administration is, in fact, deeply internationalist — building on alliances in Europe and Asia, working with institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations, isolating adversaries and strengthening the global order that has proved so beneficial to the United States and the world since 1945. ... A Democratic Advisory Council committee headed by Acheson called Eisenhower’s foreign...
  • Doctrine does not change, except when it does

    03/14/2014 11:39:46 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 22 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 3/14/14 | Augustinus
    From an interview with Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, published on Vatican Insider: Q. Do you foresee that there could be a change in relation to the question of the divorced and remarried? A. I don’t know. The Church does not change, it develops. By that I mean the doctrine of the Church develops by going out in a different direction. That is to say, it changes in an indirect way. And it could develop in the question of the divorced and remarried. His remarks on Pope Francis as representing "radical change" and how his election "made people...
  • Why do we do this? (Vanity? Perhaps...)

    02/25/2014 7:39:30 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 18 replies
    Hoagy62 | 2/25/14
    After this last Sunday's sermon at the church I attend, I got to thinking about something. My pastor has started a series on the book of Philippians, focusing on the joy of the Lord. During one of his points, he spoke of how some people get discouraged and do not think that the Lord cares about them. He referenced Isaiah 40: 26-29 which reads... Isaiah 40:26-29 (NLT) 26 Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable...
  • The Divine Office: The holiness of married life and family life

    01/27/2014 9:08:51 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner
    The Examiner ^ | 1/27/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    Vatican II, "Gaudium et spes" A man and a woman, who by the marriage covenant of conjugal love ‘are no longer two, but one flesh’, render mutual help and service to each other through an intimate union of their persons and of their actions. Through this union they experience the meaning of their oneness and attain to it with growing perfection day by day. As a mutual gift of two persons, this intimate union, as well as the good of the children, imposes total fidelity on the spouses and argues for an unbreakable oneness between them.
  • Methodist bishops asked to charge one of their own for performing gay wedding

    11/18/2013 8:53:42 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 35 replies
    Religion News Service (RNS) ^ | November 15, 2013 | Renee K. Gadoua
    The United Methodist Church’s division over homosexuality grew heated Friday (Nov. 15), as the denomination’s Council of Bishops called for charging retired Bishop Melvin Talbert with presiding at the Oct. 26 wedding of two men, which the church forbids. The council asked its president, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference, to file a complaint accusing Talbert of undermining the ministry of a colleague and conducting a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of a same-gender couple at Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Center Point, Ala. Talbert, who served as bishop of the San...
  • Pope Francis: Is he playing a dangerous game?

    11/15/2013 6:52:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 14, 2013 | William Oddie
    On the plane, on the way back from Brazil, the journalist Gianguido Vecchi, of Corriere della Sera asked Pope Francis the following question. “Holy Father, during this visit … you have frequently spoken of mercy. With regard to the reception of the sacraments by the divorced and remarried, is there the possibility of a change in the Church’s discipline?”. That elicited the following response. “This is an issue which frequently comes up. Mercy is something much larger than the one case you raised. I believe that this is the season of mercy. This new era we have entered, and the...
  • Pope Francis: Catholic Church will fall like a house of cards if it focuses on doctrinal truth

    09/20/2013 8:30:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 16 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 20, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    The shock waves are reverberating throughout the Church and around the globe. Pope Francis has insisted that the Church founded by Jesus Christ must focus beyond "small-minded rules" or it may very well "fall like a house of cards." Translation: Doctrinal truths which the world finds offensive must be watered-down or pretty much ignored to accommodate the zeitgeist. Doctrinal truths constitute "small-minded rules"? Dr. Germain Grisez, in a talk entitled "Legalism, Moral Truth and Pastoral Practice" given at a 1990 symposium held in Philadelphia, had this to say: "Theologians and pastors who dissent from received Catholic teaching think they are...
  • Do I go to mass tomorrow, and listen to a homily advocating amnesty for illegal immigrants? (Vanity)

    09/07/2013 3:59:35 PM PDT · by steelhead_trout · 226 replies
    Have head that tomorrow, September 8, parish priests, on order from their dioceses, will give homilies that unabashadly advocate amnesty for illegal aliens, that is, support the Obama administration's policy in this area. Last week's homily was, in my church, a taste of this; the priest worked (snuck?) the subject of immigration and immigrants into the homily. Since I've returned to the faith from a somewhat lapsed status over 4 years ago, I've endeavored not to miss any days of obligation. But I remember way back in 1982 when a priest gave an over-the-top homily supporting the nuclear "freeze" movement....
  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/14/2013 3:02:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 1,635 replies
    catholic-convert ^ | July 11, 2012 | Steve Ray
    Are saints who have physically died “dead saints” or are they alive with God?A friend named Leonard Alt got tired of being hammered by anti-Catholic Fundamentalists on this issue so he decided to write this article. I thought you might enjoy it too, so here it goes…Leonard writes: I wrote this note after several days of frustration with people, on Facebook, saying that saints can’t do anything, because they are dead. They seem to be leaving out the fact that the souls live on. ENJOY! Dead and gone? Where is his soul-his person? An antagonist named Warren Ritz asked,...
  • Finally, A Logical Explanation for ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’

    06/16/2013 6:39:19 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 108 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 16, 2013 | JP
    I belong to an evangelical Christian church. I subscribe to its tenets. Among them, that there is but one true God. That He created man in His image. That man sinned against his Creator and is, therefore, fallen. That God so loved the world He gave His only begotten son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Yet, there is one doctrine of the church with which I have long struggled: That once someone is “saved,” they are always saved. That if a person but calls upon the name of the...
  • Rome's New and Novel Concept of Tradition Living Tradition (Viva Voce - Whatever We Say)

    12/17/2012 1:19:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 413 replies
    Monergism.com ^ | 12/17/2012 | William Webster
    In the history of Roman Catholic dogma, one can trace an evolution in the theory of tradition. There were two fundamental patristic principles which governed the early Church's approach to dogma. The first was sola Scriptura in which the fathers viewed Scripture as both materially and formally sufficient. It was materially sufficient in that it was the only source of doctrine and truth and the ultimate authority in all doctrinal controversies. It was necessary that every teaching of the Church as it related to doctrine be proven from Scripture. Thomas Aquinas articulated this patristic view when he stated that canonical...
  • God is the greatest liberal claims No 3 in Catholic Churc

    07/09/2012 4:28:17 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 152 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 10 July 2012 | Cathcon
    Relaxed and at ease, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller returns a week after his appointment as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Diocese of Regensburg. A series of interviews for journalists are on the agenda for Friday: liberation theology, the SSPX and the situation of divorced and remarried. Minefields for an ecclesiastic, who has moved to third place in the Vatican's ecclesiastical pecking order. Archbishop Mueller, first of all, congratulations on the new job. Since when did you know about your appointment? I definitely knew it on 16 May, when the Holy Father has summoned...
  • Mormon doctrine and how it is established: an official explanation?

    05/31/2012 10:36:42 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | May 31, 2012 | Eric Johnson
    At the April (2012) General Conference of the Mormon Church, Apostle D. Todd Christofferson told the congregation, “…we must admit there has been and still persists some confusion about our doctrine and how it is established. That is the subject I wish to address today.”In his remarks, Apostle Christofferson explained, “The President of the Church may announce or interpret doctrines based on revelations to him (see, for example, D&C 138). Doctrinal expression may also come through the combined council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (see, for example, Official Declaration 2)… At the same time it...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DOCTRINE, 03-27-12

    03/27/2012 8:38:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 03-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DOCTRINE Any truth taught by the Church as necessary for acceptance by the faithful. The truth may be either formally revealed (as the Real Presence), or a theological conclusion (as the canonization of a saint), or part of the natural law (as the sinfulness of contraception). In any case, what makes it doctrine is that the Church authority teaches that it is to be believed. this teaching may be done either solemnly in ex cathedra pronouncements or ordinarily in the perennial exercise of the Church's magisterium or teaching authority. Dogmas are those doctrines which the Church...