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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Vatican II: Concilium contra Papa Ratti – Part One

    02/11/2016 1:07:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 11, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    The Second Vatican Council represents a departure from tradition so severe that Yves Congar, an influential figure among the architects of the revolt, once boastfully described it thus: "The Church has had, peacefully, its October Revolution." In addition to being an assault against tradition in the most general sense, however, Vatican II was also in many ways an offensive against the legacy of Pope Pius XI in particular, beginning with the events leading up to its calling. Writing in the inaugural encyclical of his pontificate, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, Pope Pius XI touched briefly on the possibility of reconvening the...
  • Lutheran Leaders Emphasize 'Quest for Unity' with Catholic Church

    02/09/2016 7:36:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 74 replies
    The leaders of the Lutheran World Federation have issued a statement welcoming Pope Francis's upcoming trip to Sweden to commemorate the anniversary of the Reformation. "It is historic that Catholics and Lutherans are commemorating the anniversary of the Reformation together in October 2016," Martin Junge, the federation's general secretary, said in a statement published on February 4. "In Lund we come together to give thanks for the gifts of the Reformation and our 50 years of dialogue together, repent for the human suffering and disunity of the church that followed the Reformation, and commit to joint witness in the world."...
  • U.S. Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Launched, Chicago Archbishop Cupich to Co-Chair

    02/09/2016 7:31:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Rekigion News Service ^ | 2/8/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Monday (Feb. 8) that it was starting a new National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue group, an initiative driven in part by growing anti-Islamic sentiment that many bishops have denounced. "As the national conversation around Islam grows increasingly fraught, coarse and driven by fear and often willful misinformation, the Catholic Church must help to model real dialogue and good will," Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Springfield, Massachusetts., said in a statement. "Our current dialogues have advanced the goals of greater understanding, mutual esteem and collaboration between Muslims and Catholics, and the members have established lasting...
  • Hampton Court Vespers Mark First Catholic Service Since Reformation

    02/09/2016 7:23:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    (Vatican Radio) English Cardinal Vincent Nichols will preside at Vespers in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace on Tuesday, for the first Catholic service to be held there in over 450 years. The Anglican bishop of London Richard Chartres will preach the sermon at the service, which will be preceded by a conversation between the two Church leaders, focusing on the history and unique musical tradition of the Chapel Royal. World renowned ensemble 'The Sixteen' which specializes in early English polyphonic music, will perform works from the Reformation period, highlighting how - in the cardinal's words - "music can...
  • Delaying Patriarch-Pope Meeting "No Longer Possible" - Russian Orthodox Church

    02/08/2016 9:43:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/8/16
    Moscow, February 8, Interfax - While problems remain in the relations between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Churches, both see protection of persecuted Christians as a priority, the synodal Department for External Church Relations said ahead of the upcoming meeting between the patriarch and the pope. "If we are talking of the meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, this is a meeting between two brightest and most significant leaders of the Christian world, the leaders of the largest Christian communities. There were many years of thorough preparations for the meeting," Moscow Patriarchate Department for External...
  • Objections Raised to Anglican-Presbyterian Agreement

    02/05/2016 5:51:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Church of England and the Church of Scotland have agreed to the Columba Declaration, an ecumenical statement that calls for closer cooperation between the two bodies and permits clergy to minister in one another's churches. The Church of England is the Anglican body in England and Wales; the Church of Scotland, founded by John Knox, is Presbyterian. The Columba Declaration has led to objections from the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in Scotland, whose primate questioned whether the Church of England has overstepped its bounds in making the agreement.
  • Let's stop snuggling the wolves (Protestant Caucus)

    02/05/2016 7:39:01 AM PST · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    "Now these [Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so." - Acts 17:11 No matter how much love and humility Bereans have, they tend to take a lot of arrows from their own when contending. Many times when those who stand firm in God's Word as truth are told they have a critical spirit, it is because we have stepped on the tender toes of a teacher that is teaching the opposite of what biblical Christianity teaches. We are told that they...
  • Patriarch Kirill, Pope to Meet on Cuba on February 12

    02/05/2016 4:57:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Moscow, February 5, Interfax- - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will meet with Pope Francis on Cuba on February 12, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told a press conference in Moscow on Friday. "The issue of the persecution of Christians will be central in this meeting," the metropolitan said. He said the patriarch and the pope will discuss issues relating to bilateral relations and international policy. The meeting will comprise a meeting in person at the international airport in Havana and will lead to the signing of a joint...
  • Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World: Draft Document Pan-Orthodox

    02/03/2016 5:19:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 2/3/16
    Draft document of the Pan-Orthodox Council, adopted by the 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference in Chambesy on October, 10-17, 2015.Published in compliance with the decision of the Synaxis of Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, Chambesy, January, 21-28, 2016. 1. Orthodox Church, being the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, in her profound ecclesiastical consciousness firmly believes that she occupies a central place in matters relating to the promotion of Christian unity within the contemporary world. 2. The Orthodox Church grounds her unity on the fact that she was founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as on the communion...
  • News From the Eastern Front. Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete, While in Athens...

    01/30/2016 6:51:32 AM PST · by NRx · 13 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 01-30-2016 | Sandro Magister
    News From the Eastern Front. Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete, While in Athens... Agreement and disagreement among the Churches of Orthodoxy, on the verge of their first council after more than a thousand years. And from Rome a slap in the face for the Greek Church, with the appointment of a new Catholic and Latin bishop by Sandro Magister ROME, January 30, 2016 - There are two new developments on the front of the Eastern Churches, one huge and one tiny. The tiny one is the appointment of the new apostolic exarch of Byzantine-rite Catholics living in Greece, in essence...
  • Patriarch grateful to Russia for military intervention in Syria

    01/29/2016 6:07:16 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | 01-29-2016 | Staff
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, welcomed the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War. In the four months since Russia, at the request of the Syrian government, began its air strikes against rebel forces and the Islamic State, "many things have changed on the ground," said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. "The Russian intervention gives us a bit of hope in this tragic situation," he continued. "Russia has helped Syria a great deal to retake and liberate cities and...
  • Mind Power: A Manifesto

    01/28/2016 12:44:49 PM PST · by TBP · 6 replies
    HarvBishop.com ^ | January 2016 | Mitch Horowitz
    From time to time I hear from old friends, and sometimes from strangers, wondering why I occupy myself with what they regard as “woo-woo” stuff – that is, New Thought and positive-mind traditions. They are right about my commitments. Since the 2014 publication of my One Simple Idea, a history and analysis of positive-mind metaphysics, I have grown more dedicated to exploring the use and viability of the core mind-power thesis, which is: thoughts are causative. My aim is not to disembark from “serious” esoteric traditions (more on that in a moment); nor is it to discontinue my work as...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Denies Rumors of Upcoming Patriarch-Pope Meeting in Latin America

    01/27/2016 6:27:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/26/16
    Moscow, January 26, Interfax - The assumptions about a possible meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis in a Latin American country this February are baseless, the Synodal Department for External Church Relations told Interfax-Religion. "The Patriarch and the Pope's Latin American visit programs do not intersect," the Russian Orthodox Church's spokesman for inter-Christian relations, Hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov) told the agency on Tuesday, commenting on recent rumors in the foreign press about a possibility of such a meeting during the two church leaders' visits to that region in February. "The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and the head of...
  • Pope Francis Asks Protestants to Forgive Catholics for Persecution

    01/27/2016 6:19:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 122 replies
    The Pope spoke at a prayer service concluding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity After walking across the threshold of the Holy Door of the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls with an Orthodox metropolitan and an Anglican archbishop, Pope Francis invoked God's mercy upon divided Christians and apologised for times that Catholics may have hurt members of other denominations. "As bishop of Rome and pastor of the Catholic Church, I want to beg for mercy and forgiveness for un-Gospel-like behaviour on the part of Catholics against Christians of other churches," the Pope said on Monday at a...
  • Francis & the Lutherans: Intercommunion Confusion

    01/26/2016 8:53:41 AM PST · by NRx · 17 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | Jan-Feb 2016 | NOR
    It was no more than a minor blip on the ecclesiastical screen. So minor, in fact, that many Catholic news agencies didn't even pick it up. This past October, to very little fanfare, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in conjunction with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), announced the publication of a joint document titled "Declaration of the Way: Church, Ministry, and the Eucharist." Released in preparation for the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, the 118-page declaration was the result of a dialogue between members of ELCA and the U.S. bishops' Committee...
  • Pope Francis to Visit Sweden for Reformation Commemoration

    01/25/2016 4:52:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/25/16 | Staff Reporter
    Francis will visit the city of Lund in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration to mark the anniversary of the start of the ReformationPope Francis will visit Sweden in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the start of the Reformation, it has been announced. Francis will be joined for the commemoration by leaders of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and representatives of other Christian Churches on October 31 in the Swedish city of Lund, a press release, released today by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the LWF, has confirmed. Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Dr...
  • Lutherans receive Communion at Vatican after meeting with Pope: report

    ROME, January 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of Finnish Lutherans were offered Holy Communion by priests at a mass held at the Vatican following a meeting with Pope Francis, according to a report by the Finnish periodical Kotimaa 24. The Lutherans were members of an annual ecumenical delegation to Rome on the part of Catholics, Orthodox, and Lutherans to celebrate the feast day of St. Henry of Uppsala, who is credited with the evangelization of Finland in the 12th century. After an audience with the pope, the delegation was present at a celebration of the Catholic mass. According to...
  • A Common Statement by Orthodox and Catholic Bishops on Abortion

    01/21/2016 8:16:50 PM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Seeking Life, Mercy, and HealingA Common Statement by Orthodox and Catholic Bishopson the 43rd Anniversary of Roe v. WadeOn January 22, Catholic and Orthodox Christians will once again stand in solidarity on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As our communities firmly believe in the sanctity of life, the faithful--along with many people of other traditions and good will--lament the legal circumstances that facilitate abortion and the cultural phenomena that present abortion as the only choice for expectant mothers experiencing difficult conditions.We recognize that the choice to abort an unborn child ultimately reflects the broken condition...
  • Magister: Lutherans Given Communion in Rome after Papal Audience

    01/20/2016 6:45:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 20, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    But after the audience with the Pope, in the course of the liturgical celebrations that the delegation has officiated in Rome along with groups of faithful who came also from Finland, it happened during a Catholic Mass that communion was also given to the Lutherans. This, at least, is what was reported by the Finnish Lutheran weekly "Kotimaa", signaling the surprise of a member of the delegation, Samuel Salmi, bishop of Oulu, according to which the Catholic officiants knew very well to give communion to the Lutherans ...
  • Archbishop Justin Welby Hopes for Fixed Easter Date

    01/16/2016 11:08:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/15/16
    The Archbishop of Canterbury is working with other Christian churches to agree on a fixed date for Easter. Justin Welby made the announcement after a meeting of primates from the Anglican Communion in Canterbury. In the UK, an act of Parliament passed in 1928 allowed for Easter Sunday to be fixed on the first Sunday after the second Saturday in April. However, this has never been activated and Easter has remained variable, determined by the moon's cycle. Easter is the most important Christian festival, as it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion on Good Friday....
  • One World Religion: Pope Francis Says All Major Religions Are 'Meeting God In Different Ways'

    01/15/2016 10:52:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    EAD ^ | 01/15/2016 | Michael Snyder
    A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”. This is the most recent example that shows that the Pope has completely abandoned any notion that a relationship with God is available only through Jesus Christ. As he has done throughout his papacy, he continues to...
  • Islamic town presentations

    01/14/2016 6:28:06 PM PST · by Capt. Tom · 34 replies
    self | capt. Tom
    I sent an e- mail yesterday after attending a Muslim presentation at a local church, open to the public. It was sponsored by local religious groups to get a better understanding of Islam. My friend who I sent the e- mail too, picked up on the idea that it might be part of a nationwide effort by Muslim apologists to numb the Infidel about the Islamic threat to us Kafirs , by portraying Islam as a religion of peace. MY friend asked my permission to alert Rush and Howie Carr about this. I said OK but don't get the church...
  • Will Pope Francis Become a Holy Man for the World? [Ephesians 4]

    01/07/2016 10:41:26 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 25 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 01/04/2016 | Deepak Chopra
    Pope Francis I is poised to be more than a very popular pontiff graced with humility and an approach of love and gentleness, two words he often uses. He could rise to become a symbol of holiness beyond the Catholic Church, as the Dalai Lama is a symbol of enlightenment beyond Tibetan Buddhism. Pope Francis has designated 2016 a Holy Year of Mercy, beginning on December 8 of last year. The specifically Catholic aspect of this announcement is that the Church will be "a witness of mercy," but for those of us who aren't Catholic, there's a universal message voiced...
  • Ecumenism: An Essay by Don Pietro Leone

    01/07/2016 10:14:41 AM PST · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/06/2016 | Don Pietro Leone
    In the Arms and Armoury Department of his Infernal workshop, Satan certainly gives pride of place to Ecumenism. Ask him to show you on your trip around Hell, if you ever have the misfortune to end up there. This powerful weapon is of recent date. It has been elaborated for the present age when Faith is growing cold, and is designed to speed up the process.
  • Pope Francis: Ecumenism over all else

    01/07/2016 10:05:51 AM PST · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/07/2016 | Adfero
    For those who want the traditional Catholic take on the evils of ecumenism, read the latest essay by Don Pietro Leone (here). Regarding ecumania: Francis, Bishop of Rome, "seeking or meeting God in many ways".
  • Biblical Redemptive Suffering

    01/06/2016 9:15:48 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 3 replies
    Bible | 1/5/2016 | CharlesOconnell
    Paul writes in Colossians 1, 'Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church'. How can Paul say that, if Christ's sufferings on the cross were infinitely meritorious? How can we make up for some supposed lack in Christ's suffering? When a Daddy is working in the garage, his little boy watching, asks, 'Can I help?', the Daddy doesn't say, 'NO, get out of here, you can't help', he lets the little boy help. The...
  • Pope Francis: The Devil Is 'Crouching at Our Door,' 'Wants to Enter'

    01/03/2016 5:31:18 PM PST · by GreyFriar · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan. 3, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams
    In his weekly Angelus message Sunday, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the meaning of Christmas, reminding his hearers that on coming into the world Jesus was rejected, and that we too must make a choice whether or not to accept him. Speaking on the day's Gospel before a crowd in Saint Peter's Square, the Pope underscored the dramatic contrast between God's gift of love in the Incarnation, and man's failure to receive Him. "The gift of God's love is matched by the non-acceptance of men," Francis said. "The Word is the light, but men loved darkness; the Word came...
  • Genesis contradictions?

    12/29/2015 7:13:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 42 replies
    Creation.com ^ | September 1996 | Don Batten
    In Genesis chapter 2 the order of creation seems to be different to that in chapter 1 with the animals being created (2:19) after Adam (2:7). Doesn't the Bible contradict itself here? Between the creation of Adam and the creation of Eve, the KJV/AV Bible says (Genesis 2:19) 'out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air'. On the surface, this seems to say that the land beasts and birds were created between Adam and Eve. However, Jewish scholars apparently did not recognize any such conflict with the account...
  • Cardinal Mueller: Pope's Words on Intercommunion Misunderstood

    12/26/2015 3:43:24 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 12/23/2015 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said Pope Francis’ visit to a Lutheran church in Rome last month was a “sign of hope” for full visible unity, but that his comments were misunderstood as giving the green light to intercommunion because of a failure to take account of the differences between Catholics and Protestants. In Dec. 22 comments to the Register, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said "misunderstandings come up again and again because of a failure to take account of the fact that, unfortunately, there is actually a different understanding of the Church between Catholics...
  • The Problem with Christmas

    12/25/2015 9:57:15 AM PST · by impactplayer · 15 replies
    self | Never published | self
    The problem is that the Christmas story starts at the beginning of the end of an epic drama. It’s like picking up a 700 page novel and starting on page 650. You see the ending, but there is no context – no character development – no drama – no power. And as a story it just does not work. This was demonstrated in glaring fashion a couple of hundred years ago when the Gospel was introduced into Korea and Japan. The entire Bible was available in Korean, but only the New Testament in Japanese – Korea became Christian, while the...
  • At 90, Spanish priest all set to get Indian citizenship

    12/21/2015 2:33:37 AM PST · by Cronos · 1 replies
    Mid Day ^ | 5 Oct 2015 | PTI
    fter living in India for over six decades serving the poor and needy, a 90-year-old Spanish Catholic priest is all set to get Indian citizenship, a long-cherished wish. Gussi Frederick Sopena of the congregation of the Society of Jesus completed all the formalities including a solemn oath for getting Indian citizenship at Collector's office at Bandra on Thursday, in the presence of his close associates and well-wishers.Sopena came to India in 1947 as a 22-year-old on a mission to serve mankind through the Society of Jesus, a male religious congregation of the Catholic Church founded by Spanish spearhead of counter-reformation,...
  • MECCA ON THE TIBER

    12/18/2015 5:19:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | December 18, 2015 | JOSEPH HIPPOLITO
    In 1998, Father Herwig Arts told Gazet van Antwerpen how the (muslim) squatters remodeled Antwerp's Jesuit chapel: "(Immigrants) removed the tabernacle, (and) installed a television set and radios, depriving us of the opportunity to pray in our own chapel and say Mass. It has upset me very much. For me, the place has been desecrated. I feel I cannot enter it anymore." But as The Brussels Journal reported in 2006, "Father Arts was severely criticized for his comments. Today he remains silent, as do all Catholic priests."
  • The First-Ever Orthodox Vesper Service is Celebrated at the Cologne Cathedral

    12/17/2015 12:14:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    On 27 November 2015, Orthodox Vesper service was celebrated for the first time in history at the Cologne Cathedral during the autumn session of the Orthodox Episcopal Conference in Germany. Over one thousand worshippers from the Orthodox communities of Cologne and the neighboring cities attended. The Cologne Cathedral is unique church; its main sanctuary was consecrated in September 1322 on the site on which the believers used to gather for prayers even in the first centuries of Christianity. The celebration of an Orthodox service became possible thanks to friendly support by Dompropst Gerd Bachner and Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop...
  • Found: Slab With Hebrew Inscription Where Bible Says Jesus Performed "Miracle Of The Swine"

    12/17/2015 6:44:34 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 17, 2015 | Deborah Danan
    Israeli archaeologists discovered a 1,500-year-old slab of marble with Hebrew inscriptions (pictured) by Kursi near the Sea of Galilee in Israel’s north, reaffirming a Jewish presence at what Christians believe to be the location of Jesus’ “Miracle of the Swine.”
  • Evading Dialogue with Catholic Church is Wrong - Patriarch Kirill

    12/15/2015 9:01:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 12/14/15 | Interfaax
    Moscow, December 14, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sees dialogue with the Catholic Church as an opportunity to reduce persecutions of Christians across the world."Evading dialogue with the Catholic Church now would be wrong: we defend the same values both in public and in private life. We need to establish such cooperation in the face of the non-Christian world as would enable us to multiply our own forces. Including what, I think, deserves positive treatment - our shared position on the situation in the Middle East," the Russian Orthodox Church leader said at a meeting with...
  • Sorry, St. Paul, We've Written Off Your People

    12/13/2015 4:47:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    St Corbian's Bear ^ | December 12, 2015 | St. Corbian's Bear
    The Vatican has just released a new document assuring everyone that it has no mission to the Jews. This is not going to be politically correct. You have been warned. The need to examine the Vatican's proof-text (Romans 11:29) in context required a detailed examination of Paul's clear teaching on the issue. That will be published in Part 2. But for now, St. Paul wrote, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now...
  • “Dangerous” Post on the Recent Terrorist Attacks

    12/07/2015 6:52:17 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 25 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 12/06/2015 | MSGR. CHARLES POPE
    Consider this a dangerous post, and a post that will be easily misunderstood. For here I am about to make a point that explores a biblical theme and apply it to today. But in so doing, I am “holding other things equal”—a technique which examines a certain aspect of a problem and focuses on that one thing, while not denying that other factors and issues are also at work. Simply put, part of the explanation is that God is permitting increased violence, and not restraining it, as a kind of chastisement on the increasingly secular West for our unbelief. This...
  • 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...
  • SUNDAY MORNING MUSIC

    11/29/2015 2:48:25 AM PST · by knarf · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | November 29, 2015 | knarf
    Time to get ready for church ...
  • Christian 'naturism' advocate appointed (Anglican) Bishop of Sherborne

    11/27/2015 2:05:49 PM PST · by Loyalist · 10 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | November 27, 2015 | George Conger
    The Church of England has appointed as Bishop of Sherborne a leading advocate of Christian nudism. On 26 Nov 2015 the Prime Minister’s Office announced the The Queen had approved the nomination of the Ven Karen Gorham, the Archdeacon of Buckingham, to the Suffragan See of Sherborne in the diocese of Salisbury in succession to the Rt Rev. Graham Kings. Archdeacon Gorham was educated at the University of Bristol and trained for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol. She served her title at Northallerton with Kirby Sigston in the diocese of York from 1995 to 1999 and went on to...
  • Papal Preacher Praises 'Theological and Spiritual Enrichment' of Reformation

    11/25/2015 2:53:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/25/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Fr Raniero Cantalamessa preached during the inauguarion of the Tenth General Synod in Westminster Abbey The Pope's personal preacher has praised the Reformation and said that moral issues such as sexuality, should not "divide us more than Jesus unites us." Speaking at Wesminster Abbey, during the inauguration of the Church of England's Tenth General Synod, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, who has served as Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980, praised the "theological and spiritual enrichment" of the Reformation. He said: "We need to go back to the time of the Apostles: they faced a pre-Christian world, and we are facing...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ‘Hare Krishna’ in a Catholic Church?

    11/12/2015 7:47:29 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    11-07-2015 | Rod Dreher
    Jesus wept! That’s a group of Hindu devotees chanting “Hare Krishna” this fall in Our Saviour Roman Catholic Church in New York City. They chanted for an hour as part of an “interfaith prayer service.”Our Saviour used to be pastored by Fr. George Rutler, who was transferred out by Cardinal Dolan. The new pastor, Fr. Robbins, removed much of the iconography that Fr. Rutler had installed. This is definitely a video taken inside Our Saviour, where I have been on several occasions. It was uploaded on November 6. The description says: Published on Nov 6, 2015 Devotees conduct kirtan in...
  • Seminarian Dance-Off (originally posted by knittnmom under Bloggers & Personal)

    11/03/2015 3:58:40 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Link to knittnmom's thread, just in case you missed this over in Bloggers & Personal: Seminarian Dance-Off The Dance-off starts a minute in and doesn't end until the chorus finishes the song.
  • Prayers needed for child (Update #79)

    11/03/2015 9:20:08 AM PST · by verga · 84 replies
    11/3/15 | Verga
    Urgent prayers: I posted earlier in the week that a friend of mines newborn infant was admitted to the hospital. I just received word that she is being taken in for a bone marrow transplant. She will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. Her name is Sawyer Jane, Her parents are Brent and Wendi. Please pray for the family and the doctors.
  • Russian Orthodox patriarch: Americans for natural marriage are ‘Confessors of the Faith’

    11/02/2015 1:41:30 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 8 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Mon Nov 2, 2015 - 1:47 pm EST | Fr. Mark Hodges
    Fr. Mark Hodges Mon Nov 2, 2015 - 1:47 pm EST Russian Orthodox patriarch: Americans for natural marriage are ‘Confessors of the Faith’ MOSCOW, November 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – According to Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Christians who stand for the ancient traditions of their faith are becoming "Confessors of the Faith," in the mold of the mutilated and exiled St. Maximos (+662 AD). Kirill met with famous American Evangelical leader Franklin Graham last week, with whom he shared his admiration for American evangelicals' defense of Christian morals. Kirill called those who suffer for their stand supporting...
  • Southern Baptist leader: Christians should not attend homosexual weddings

    10/27/2015 10:52:10 PM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Lifesitenews ^ | 19 October 2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    There was a time when Church and State cooperated when governing powers welcomed the influence of Judeo-Christian values and sought to harmonize its laws with morality. But since the radical secularization of Western society, Christians have been forced into an adversarial, politically incorrect role, much like the early Church in times of persecution. Since a "culture of death" began to dominate the West, genuine Christians have become counter-cultural. The leader of America's largest Protestant denomination, Dr. Albert Mohler, applies this Christian counter-culturalism to the latest politically correct trend in society: the approval of sodomy and sodomitical relationships in...
  • Full Speech of Metropolitan Hilarion (Russian Orthodox) to the Roman Catholic Synod

    10/21/2015 4:29:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 32 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 10-21-2015 | Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
    Your Holiness! Your Beatitudes, Eminences and Excellencies! On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus I extend fraternal greetings to you on the occasion of the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church on the theme of the family. In our restless and disturbing world the human person needs a firm and unshakeable foundation upon which he can rest and upon which he can build his life with confidence. At the same time, secular society, aimed primarily at the gratification of individual needs, is incapable of giving the human person...
  • Pope: Teachers of the law "reduce God's horizon and make God's love teeny tiny."

    10/15/2015 4:17:19 PM PDT · by Legatus · 29 replies
    AsiaNews.it ^ | 10/15/2015 | staff
    Vatican City (AsiaNews) The teachers of the law "reduced God's horizon and make God's love teeny tiny, they did not understand the gratuity of salvation and this is why "Jesus was somewhat harsh on these doctors of law, said Pope Francis during Mass celebrated this morning at Casa Santa Marta, focused on the commandment of love and the temptation of wanting to be controllers of salvation. Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter. Those were Jesus words in the...