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  • Traditional Anglican Communion to Enter into Full Communion with the Catholic Church?

    01/29/2009 5:06:59 AM PST · by tcg · 18 replies · 882+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/29/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Pope is preparing to offer the Traditonal Anglican Communion, a group of half a million dissident Anglicans, its own personal prelature by Rome, according to reports this morning. History may be in the making", reports The Record. "It appears Rome is on the brink of welcoming close to half a million members of the Traditional Anglican Communion into membership of the Roman Catholic Church. Such a move would be the most historic development in Anglican-Catholic relations in the last 500 years. But it may also be a prelude to a much greater influx of Anglicans waiting on the sidelines,...
  • Commentary: The March for Life and Christian Unity Week

    01/21/2009 4:15:42 PM PST · by tcg · 6 replies · 424+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/22/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On January 22, 2009 thousands will gather in Washington, D.C. to give their voice to our neighbors in the first home of the whole human race. These are the children who await their welcome among us upon birth. These littlest neighbors need our voice because theirs is being muffled behind the wall of their mother’s womb, once considered the first refuge of safety. There in their first experience of the interdependency which reveals the truth about our humanity, where they are supposed to be embraced by the warmth of love, they are vulnerable to the worst kind of domestic violence....
  • The Language of Love

    08/29/2008 1:40:25 PM PDT · by annalex · 4 replies · 324+ views
    Zenit News ^ | 2008-08-29 | Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap
    The Language of Love Gospel Commentary for 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time By Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap ROME, AUG. 29, 2008 ( In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear Jesus who says: “Whoever wants to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. Because whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” What does it mean to “deny" yourself? And why should you deny yourself? We know about the indignation of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche over this the request of this Gospel. I...
  • Brother Roger of Taize -- Catholic, Protestant, what? [remained a Reformed Protestant to his death]

    08/26/2008 8:38:24 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies · 197+ views
    America - The National Catholic Weekly ^ | 2008-08-26 | Austen Ivereigh
    When Fr Roger Schutz, founder of the ecumenical monastic community at Taizé, in south-east France, attended the April 2005 funeral of Pope John Paul II, he received Communion from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. This raised a few eyebrows at the time -- Shutz was a Protestant pastor -- and gave rise to speculation that "Brother Roger", as he was always known, had secretly converted to Catholicism. This idea was supported by what subsequently came to light: that Schutz had repeatedly received Eucharistic communion from John Paul II and received the Eucharist every morning at the Catholic Mass in Taizé. The question...
  • An open letter to Mr. Stephen A. Baldwin, Actor, and “born again” Christian.

    08/11/2008 4:58:31 PM PDT · by annalex · 459 replies · 790+ views
    The Evangelization Station ^ | Victor R. Claveau, MJ
    An open letter to Mr. Stephen A. Baldwin, Actor, and “born again” Christian. Dear Mr. Baldwin, Praise God, you have become a strong voice in winning souls for Jesus as one who has experienced the saving grace of the Redeemer. May you always use your notoriety to spread the Good News. It has been my experience that when an individual submits themselves to Christ, they undergo a deep conversion of heart. A tremendous weight is lifted, and they receive a sense of inner peace and joy. There is also the need to share this wonderful experience with others in the...
  • Evangelicals: Change of Heart toward Catholics

    07/29/2008 4:39:52 PM PDT · by annalex · 1,140 replies · 1,562+ views
    The Black Cordelias ^ | July 28, 2008 | The Black Cordelias
    Evangelicals: Change of Heart toward Catholics Evangelicals have been going through a major change of heart in their view of Catholicism over the past 15 years or so. In the 80’s when I was in college I lived in the Biblebelt and had plenty of experience with Evangelicals–much of it bad experience. The 80’s was the height of the “Are you saved?” question. In Virginia, the question often popped up in the first 10 minutes of getting to know someone. As I look back, Isurmise that this was coached from the pulpit or Sunday school as it was so well...
  • New legal threat to teaching evolution in the US [Ecumenical Thread]

    07/11/2008 11:11:46 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 52 replies · 151+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/9/2008 | Amanda Gefter
    New legal threat to teaching evolution in the US New Scientist ^ | 7/9/2008 | Amanda Gefter Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 4:06:06 AM by Soliton Louisiana is another story. A hub of creationist activism since the early 1980s, it was Louisiana that enacted the Balanced Treatment Act, which required that creationism be taught alongside evolution in schools. In a landmark 1987 case known as Edwards vs Aguillard, the US Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional, effectively closing the door on teaching "creation science" in public schools. ID was invented soon afterwards as a way of proffering creationist concepts...
  • A Monastery to Last 1,000 Years

    06/13/2008 1:52:30 PM PDT · by annalex · 11 replies · 441+ views
    Zenit News ^ | 2008-06-12 | Jason Adkins
    A Monastery to Last 1,000 Years Traditional Benedictines Flourish in Eastern Oklahoma By Jason Adkins HULBERT, Oklahoma, JUNE 12, 2008 ( It’s been said that when the revolution comes, you won’t read about it in the newspapers. Indeed, when the history of this part of the world is written, it may point to the recent establishment of a monastery amid the rolling hills and lakes of eastern Oklahoma as an event of momentous consequence for fostering a renaissance of Christian culture. On my return drive to Minnesota after living for a year in Texas, I chose to spend some time...
  • A Well-Rounded Pope [Ecumenical]

    06/13/2008 1:32:02 PM PDT · by annalex · 3 replies · 250+ views
    Zenit News ^ | 2008-06-11 | Gisčle Plantec
    A Well-Rounded Pope Interview on Benedict XVI's Qualities and Fundamental Ideas By Gisčle PlantecROME, JUNE 11, 2008 ( Benedict XVI is impressive in his well-rounded character -- a man who goes easily from playing the piano to visiting world leaders to explaining to children the mystery of the Eucharist, affirmed a scholar from a Roman university. Legionary of Christ Father Juan Pablo Ledesma talked with ZENIT about the German Pope -- his most striking qualities and the ideas that presumably govern his thought. ZENIT approached Father Ledesma, dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university, following a conference he helped...

    06/11/2008 2:25:41 PM PDT · by annalex · 3 replies · 257+ views
    EWTN ^ | 9/11/1996 | James Akin
    RIGHTEOUSNESS AND MERIT James Akin I. Words And Word-FightsTwo Catholic doctrines which are phenomenally confusing to Protestants are the Catholic understandings of righteousness and merit. The key reason for this—in fact, virtually the only reason for this—is the different ways in which the two key terms "righteousness" and "merit" are used in the two communities.Often a given theological term may be used in several different technical senses, and when one sense is common in one community and another sense is common in a different community, terrible confusion and hostility can result.For example, it is vitally important to distinguish the...

    06/02/2008 8:01:12 PM PDT · by annalex · 66 replies · 530+ views
    EWTN ^ | 4/1/1996 | James Akin
    THE PRIESTHOOD DEBATE James AkinI. Opening RemarksWhen I was an Evangelical, I originally held the same view of the priesthood that my opponent does. I viewed it as a man-made institution which robbed the faithful of their place as God's priests. I even quoted the same verses that my opponent does—the ones about us being a "kingdom of priests" or a "royal priesthood," depending on the translation you are using.But over the course of time, I began to realize that merely quoting those verses did not settle the issue. The Bible has far more to say on the subject.An embarrassment...
  • Hermits and Solitaries [Ecumenical]

    05/24/2008 10:35:57 PM PDT · by annalex · 10 replies · 530+ views
    Immaculate Heart of Mary's Hermitage Hermits and Solitaries Can one be a hermit without being monastic? In the Christian world the technical designation hermit tends to signify monastically vowed solitary life. The New Code of RC Canon Law for Monastic and Religious reflects this position, and gives local Bishops the possibility of vowing diocesan hermits with no connections to any established religious or monastic order, Per Se.  Per Accidens, anyone who would be a vowed diocesan hermit will at least have to have some minimal recourse to the monastic and eremitic traditions of the Church.      The founders of...

    05/23/2008 8:39:53 AM PDT · by annalex · 122 replies · 497+ views
    EWTN ^ | 4/1/1996 | James Akin
    JUSTIFICATION IN CATHOLIC TEACHING James Akin [Note: To understand the Biblical basis of some of the concepts in this paper, such as the fact that salvation is a process, see the paper "Salvation Past, Present, and Future."] The key document giving the Church's teaching on this subject is known as the Decree On Justification from the Council of Trent (1545-1564). This document contains a set of sixteen short, paragraph-long "chapters," followed by a series of canons excommunicating the teachers of false views.The first two chapters deal with fallen man's need for justification and the provision that God has made...

    05/21/2008 1:04:07 PM PDT · by annalex · 26 replies · 501+ views
    EWTN ^ | 4/1/1996 | James Akin
    SALVATION PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE James Akin I. "HAVE YOU BEEN SAVED?"This is a question Protestants often pose when they are doing evangelism, but it is a question which takes many people by surprise, including many Catholics. Some people are surprised because they never think about salvation, but Catholics tend to be surprised by it for a different reason. Catholics tend to focus on salvation as a future event, something that has yet to happen. As a result, the Protestant question, "Have you been saved?" can sound presumptuous. But the question sounds very natural to Protestant ears because Evangelicals...
  • On Salvation Outside the Catholic Church [Ecumenical]

    05/16/2008 4:46:28 PM PDT · by annalex · 166 replies · 614+ views
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | 15 June 1998 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.)
    On Salvation Outside the Catholic Church Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Monday, January 23, 2006 [originally uploaded on 15 June 1998; from The Catholic Catechism, Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1975, 234-236] ***** The Catholic Church makes claims about herself that are easily misunderstood, especially in the modern atmosphere of pluralism and ecumenism. Among these claims, the most fundamental is the doctrine of the Church's necessity for salvation. Not unlike other dogmas of the faith, this one has seen some remarkable development, and the dogmatic progress has been especially marked since the definition of papal infallibility. It seems...
  • An Update on the NDP and the Battle over Jesus Name (National Day of Prayer NDOP)

    05/15/2008 10:36:22 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 21 replies · 102+ views
    Slice Of Laodicea ^ | May 2008 | Ingrid Schlueter
    An Update on the NDP and the Battle over Jesus Name Focus on the Family is reportedly planning a two-day program series on the National Day of Prayer on May 13 and 14. They are sending out emails claiming that what everyone has heard is inaccurate about Shirley Dobson and the NDP Task Force. I stand by all that we have said. The facts speak for themselves. 1. Dr. Ravi Zacharias, 2008 Honorary Chairman of the NDP, by his own admission, conformed to government demands that there be a non-sectarian, Jesus-free prayer. That prayer was on the Task Force website...
  • Commentary: The Way of Authentic Ecumenism

    05/07/2008 5:28:33 PM PDT · by tcg · 76+ views
    Catholic online ^ | 5/8/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Prayer of Jesus echoes in the Church at the beginning of this new missionary age. We need to make it our own: "I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me."John 17:20-23 ... Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical Letter "Ut Unum Sint" (On the Commitment to Ecumenism, literally "May They Be One") was a monumental contribution to...
  • Benedict XVI Address to Ecumenical Meeting at St. Joseph's Church, New York

    04/18/2008 4:03:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 189+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 18, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    The Holy Father addressed representatives of other Christian communities during an ecumenical encounter at St. Joseph's Church, New York, 18 April 2008. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My heart abounds with gratitude to Almighty God - "the Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Eph 4:6) - for this blessed opportunity to gather with you this evening in prayer. I thank Bishop Dennis Sullivan for his cordial welcome, and I warmly greet all those in attendance representing Christian communities throughout the United States. May the peace of our Lord and Savior be...
  • US Muslim Group Declines to Meet Pope

    04/15/2008 12:52:10 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 36 replies · 103+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 4/15/2008 | Rachel Zoll
    NEW YORK - Unease with Pope Benedict XVI's approach to Islam has led a U.S. Muslim group to decline joining in an interfaith event with him later this week. Several other U.S. Muslim leaders expressed similar concerns about the pope, but pledged to participate in the Washington gathering, saying the two faiths should do everything possible to improve relations. "Our going there is more out of respect for the Catholic Church itself," said Muzammil H. Siddiqi, chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America, which interprets Islamic law. "Popes come and go, but the church is there." Siddiqi, co-chairman of...
  • Editorial: ?Evangelical Catholic? Commends Deal Hudson for meeting with Pastor Hagee

    04/01/2008 4:08:32 PM PDT · by tcg · 8 replies · 149+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | Deacon Keith Fournier
    When I read of Deal Hudson’s outreach and encounter, I rejoiced. It shows that the work of authentic ecumenism continues. Deal used a difficult situation to make progress with another Christian.