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  • "Synod Fathers under intense pressure from the Kasper Front to modify their views - or else"

    10/16/2014 2:53:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    rorate-caeli ^ | October 15, 2014
    It seems Walter Kasper's racist remarks on Africa and Africans have caused an understandable shock wave throughout the assembly. They reflect a racist, xenophobic, and anti-African mindset that has removed the Church in Africa from any participation in the Synodal administration and governance, or in the committee formed to help draft the final relatio. Other than that, Synod Fathers are being strongly pressured by the allies of the racist German cardinal, who are in the minority, to modify as little as possible the partial relatio: as Tosatti explains below, that was one of the main reasons why the racist manipulators...
  • Having patience for the sausage-making Synod of Bishops

    10/15/2014 10:30:41 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 14 replies
    WordOnFire.org ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | Fr. Robert Barron
    The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the Church’s teaching. One even opined that this report is the “silliest document ever issued by the Catholic Church,” and some have said that the interim document flaunts the teaching of St. John Paul...
  • ‘Gay Catholic’ groups converge on Rome for Synod on the Family

    10/04/2014 5:48:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | October 3, 2014 | Hillary White
    As pro-family and pro-life advocates gather in Rome this week to have their voices heard during the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, so too are the world’s homosexualist leaders. “LGBT” Catholic activists from Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Portugal, the US, Chile, Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Russia, Italy and Britain are expected to participate in a series of conference, forums and press gatherings sponsored by a wide array of well-funded international organisations, including the European Union. A coalition of “Italian Christian LGBT groups” organised by the Forum of Homosexual, Bisexual and Transsexual Italian Christians (FCOI)...
  • Bad Omens for the Future of Marriage

    10/04/2014 4:51:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 4, 2014 | Nicholas Frankovich
    Traditionally, social conservatism has enjoyed the support of Catholicism, whose body of teaching on morals is a mother lode of ideas and arguments that retain much of their force even apart from their theological context. Rumors that the Church is poised to relax its position on the indissolubility of marriage are therefore troubling or encouraging, depending on which side you stand in the culture war. Tomorrow, a synod of bishops will convene in Rome to discuss the family. It’s a big topic, but what has developed as the headline item on the agenda is a question that on its face...
  • The Troubling Case of Cardinal Kasper

    10/03/2014 5:23:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 3, 2014 | Steve Skojec
    “And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.” - Jesus (Matthew 19:9) “It’s now a new situation of a marriage. They are living together, they love each other, and to say every sexual act is sinful, that’s different. If you tell people who do it this way, and they do it in a responsible way, to tell them that’s adultery, permanent adultery, I think they would feel insulted and offended.” - Cardinal Walter...
  • New Bishop of Gloucester [UK] 'Likely to be a Woman'

    09/24/2014 6:35:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/23/14
    The first woman bishop in the Church of England could be in the Gloucester diocese, a senior clergyman has said. The archdeacon of Cheltenham's comments came during an open meeting where some 70 people shared their views on what qualities the new bishop should have. The Venerable Robert Springett said he felt the likelihood was "really pretty high" as the diocese could now pick the best person regardless of gender. The Right Reverend Michael Perham, stepped back as bishop in August. He had been due to retire in November. He was interviewed by the Metropolitan Police investigating two allegations of...
  • Pre-Synodal Reconnaissance

    09/16/2014 4:53:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of the Vatican II ^ | September 16, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    As most readers know by now, Pope Francis witnessed the marriage of some twenty couples in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, September 14th. As Cardinal Dolan might say, Good for them! Bravo! (No, wait… these were heterosexual couples. Never mind.) In any case, like so many other things involving His Humbleness, there’s more to the story. According to a statement issued by the Diocese of Rome in the days leading up to the event, among those getting married that day were couples “who are already cohabitating; who already have children…” (NOTE: These people didn’t just happen to fall into a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BOGOMILES, 09-16-14

    09/16/2014 3:55:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BOGOMILES A dualist, heretical sect and branch of the Catharists. Originally they taught in Bulgaria, in the first half of the tenth century, but in time their influence spread through Asia Minor and the Balkans. Eventually they merged with Islam. They believed in a superior God, the Father, whose son Satanaël revolted and was driven from heaven. Satanaël created the world and Adam, but since the Father gave Adam his soul, man belongs to God as well as Satan. The latter seduced Eve and was punished by being deprived of creative power, yet entrusted with the...
  • Belgian bishop urges synod on family to hold real dialogue on moral issues

    09/10/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 9/10/14 | Tom Heneghan
    Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny has published a long letter on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urging the assembly to have the courage to bring the Church’s moral teachings more in line with the lived experience of the laity. "The Church must step away from its defensive, antithetical stance and seek anew the path of dialogue" on moral issues, he wrote in the 22-page letter posted on his diocese’s website in five languages. More Read the letter in full "It must dare once again to start with 'life' and then move on to 'teaching'. The Church has nothing to lose in...
  • Funeral Pastors Compare Michael Brown’s Death To Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion [VIDEO]

    08/26/2014 3:10:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8/26/2014 | Heather Smith
    A crowd of family, friends, music stars, civil rights leaders and preachers gathered at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the memorial of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old robbery suspect who was fatally shot by local police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.Brown’s uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing, gave a passionate eulogy and made parallels of his nephew’s life and that of the life of Jesus Christ. “Michael Brown was 18 years old. He was shot around noon. Our Lord and Savior hung on the cross — now compare our time frame 12 o’clock to the Jewish time frame...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ACACIANS, 08-16-14

    08/16/2014 10:12:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 08-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ACACIANS Heretical sect named after Acacius of Caesarea (d. 366), who refused to accept the Nicene term homoousios (one in being with) the Father in reference to Christ. They claimed that Christ was merely homoios (like) the Father. Also called Semi-Arians and Homoeans. According to St. Jerome the leader of the Acacians was nominated Felix, the antipope, in 358. In the next century another Acacius, who was Patriarch of Constantinople (471-89), provoked the Acacian Schism with Rome by his compromise with the monophysites. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary,...
  • Catholic Word Of The Day: Eugenic Sterilization, 08-08-14

    08/08/2014 8:59:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EUGENIC STERILIZATION Depriving people of their generative powers in order to eliminate offspring having allegedly undesirable traits and to develop an environment more advantageous for human beings having allegedly desirable traits. the Catholic Church forbids the procedure because "public magistrates have no direct power over the bodies of their subjects. therefore, where no crime has taken place and there is no cause for grave punishment, they can never directly harm or tamper with the integrity of the body, either for reasons of eugenics or for any other reason' (Pius XI, Casti Connubii, II, 68-70). All items...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ERASTIANISM, 08-05-14

    08/05/2014 8:25:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-05-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ERASTIANISM The system of Church-State relations named after Thomas Erastus (1524-83), who was a follower of Huldreich Zwingli (1484-1531) and whose real name was Thomas Lieber. Its main thesis is the supremacy of civil rulers in matters of religion. The basis for this theory is the alleged analogy between the Jewish and the Christian dispensations. Erastianism became the theological justification for the established churches in England and elsewhere. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REVOLUTION, 07-17-14

    07/17/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-17-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:REVOLUTION A radical and generally violent effort to overthrow a civil government or constitution. Essential to a revolution is that the change of regime is not brought about by peaceful evolution or mutual agreement between the power that withdraws and the power that takes over the new government. Revolutions are caused either by the masses or by an act of high officials in the government. In the latter case it is called a coup d'état. In the twelfth century John of Salisbury (1115-80), followed by others, held that the murder of a tyrant was permissible even...
  • A pastor presides at his son’s gay wedding—and pays the price

    07/12/2014 2:07:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | July 11, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The story behind a case that made headlines a few months back, from The New York Times: Father and son had always been close, from the moment Tim Schaefer was born, six weeks premature, with blood poisoning, a weak heart and lungs, and a doctor who thought he would not make it through the night.His father, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist minister, thought of his eldest son as a miracle child, saved by some combination of medicine and prayer, saved for something special.“We couldn’t even touch him; he was in an incubator, and we had to reach in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ILLUMINISM, 07-11-14

    07/11/2014 8:27:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ILLUMINISM A form of Gnosticism, it appears in the history of Christian heresy as a belief in one's own divine enlightenment, with a sense of mission to enlighten others, contrary to the express teachings of the Church's magisterium. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • White House invites "gay-affirming" Southern Baptist pastor to Presidential reception

    I can't cut and paste right now, but the story says the "pastor" is invited to a reception with Obama on June 30.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NICOLAITANS, 06-20-14

    06/20/2014 8:26:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NICOLAITANS  A Christian sect in the early Church in Ephesus and Pergamum; it had a divisive influence because it encouraged pagan food practices condemned by the Church (Revelation 2:15). In Revelation, John speaks of them bitterly when he says, "It is in your favor that you loathe as I do what the Nicolaitans are doing" (Revelation 2:6). (Etym. Greek nikolaites [sing.], follower of Nicolaus.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HERESIARCH, 06-19-14

    06/19/2014 7:27:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HERESIARCH The original expounder or promoter of a major heresy that was later condemned by the Church, e.g., Arius, Nestorius, Pelagius. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • FRANCIS IN WONDERLAND

    06/10/2014 5:53:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    First Things ^ | 6/10/14 | Maureen Mullarky
    ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace. [Jeremiah 6:14] There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. [Lord Acton] The papacy is swaddled in sycophancy in the best of times. Add to that the exultant adulation induced by celebrity culture. It is a heady mix that can beguile a decent man into a grandiose conception of himself that blinds him to the limits of his office. And encourages conceit in his own sympathies. Francis’ excursion into Middle East politics illustrated the danger of a pope assuming office as a saint-in-waiting. His incautious...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PANPSYCHISM, 06-03-14

    06/03/2014 8:38:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-03-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PANPSYCHISM A theory that everything in the world is animated. All things are said to be alive or even conscious. Among its proponents the best known was Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). (Etym. Greek pan, all + psyche, soul.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Someone Please Tell Melinda Gates that She is Excommunicated

    05/26/2014 7:56:02 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 38 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 05/26/2014 | David L. Gray
    In a recent interview with the Telegraph newspaper in the UK, Melinda Gates talked about why she decided to dissent from the teaching of the Catholic Church, but still seems to believe that she is a Catholic in good standing. She said: "I’ve traveled so much all over the world. India, Bangladesh; so many counties in Africa. And I would come home and the stories would ring in my head of the women I talked to on the ground in those counties. I go out to the rural areas. I go out to slums and townships, and I would be...
  • Explaining the Heresy of Catholicism (John MacArthur)

    05/26/2014 4:13:56 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 232 replies
    Grace To You ^ | Pastor John MacArthur
    Praying to Mary, celebrating the Mass, venerating the Pope—you won’t find those doctrines in the Bible. And yet more than one billion Roman Catholics throughout the world follow such practices in line with the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. With that many Catholics around the globe, it’s likely you know some of them as relatives, friends, neighbors, or co-workers. Find out what they don’t know—the origin and error of Catholic doctrine—so you can help the Catholics you know out of the darkness and into the light.
  • Obama Spiritual Adviser and Megachurch Pastor Launches Initiative to Tackle Climate Change

    05/08/2014 7:23:02 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 5/7/2014 | Gina Meeks
    Full Title: Obama Spiritual Adviser and Megachurch Pastor Joel Hunter Launches Interfaith Initiative to Tackle Climate Change Florida pastor Joel Hunter is launching an initiative that empowers multifaith leaders to lead and engage others on climate solutions. The initiative, called Blessed Tomorrow, brings together more than 20 evangelical, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and Jewish leaders who are committed to working with their congregations and communities in response to climate change. “Blessed Tomorrow empowers faith leaders from across religious traditions to both steward God’s creation and inspire their congregations, communities and other leaders to do the same,” a statement says. “Faith leaders...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OCCAMISM, 05-06-14

    05/06/2014 8:33:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-06-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OCCAMISM  Philosophical system of William of Occam (1300-49). Essentially nominalism, it maintains the basic position that universal ideas have no foundation in reality; they exist only in the thinking mind and not in individual things. Consequently all science deals not with things but with concepts, and words that convey these concepts. Since only individual things exist, the ordinary means of acquiring knowledge is not by way of abstraction from reality, but by intuition. Given this postulate, that human knowledge is essentially subjective and not derived from objective reality, Occamism led to agnosticism. Part of the Occamist...
  • Destroy a Church in 4 Simple Steps

    04/28/2014 11:37:57 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 48 replies
    challies.com ^ | 4/28/14 | Tim Challies
    A short time ago I learned of a church building in our neighborhood that was for sale. For years now Grace Fellowship Church has been looking for a building of our own, so we thought we should go and give it a look. This had once been a thriving congregation. Faithful Christians had given sacrificially to construct that building. They had consecrated it to the Lord and had worshipped there for many years. Yet now that building was deserted, decaying, and up for sale. What happened? How did that church go from thriving to dying? How did it slide from...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FEBRONIANISM, 04-26-14

    04/26/2014 8:51:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-26-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:FEBRONIANISM A system of Church-State relations developed by Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim (1701-90), Auxiliary Bishop of Trier, under the pseudonym Justinus Febronius. Influenced by Gallicanism, Hontheim advocated the subordination of ecclesiastical organizations to the State, taught that Christ entrusted Church authority not to the Pope or bishops directly but only through the body of the faithful, denied papal infallibility, and claimed that the primacy was not attached to the See of Peter. The Pope, according to Hontheim, should be subject to the bishops; and national churches, subject to the State, should be created throughout the Catholic...
  • God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge -- A Response to Matthew Vines

    04/24/2014 6:06:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | April 23, 2014 | Al Mohler
    Evangelical Christians in the United States now face an inevitable moment of decision. While Christians in other movements and in other nations face similar questions, the question of homosexuality now presents evangelicals in the United States with a decision that cannot be avoided. Within a very short time, we will know where everyone stands on this question. There will be no place to hide, and there will be no way to remain silent. To be silent will answer the question. The question is whether evangelicals will remain true to the teachings of Scripture and the unbroken teaching of the Christian...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROSMINIANISM, 04-16-14

    04/16/2014 5:37:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 364 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-16-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROSMINIANISM A system of philosophy formulated by Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855), founder of the Institute of Charity. Encouraged by Popes Pius VII, Gregory XVI, and Pius IX, he undertook a renewal of Italian philosophy, ostensibly following St. Thomas Aquinas. But the influence of Descartes, Kant, and Hegel shifted his thinking. He came to hold that the human mind is born with the idea of "being." In time it analyzes this basic idea to discover in it many other ideas, which are identical with those in the mind of God. Rosmini also taught that reason can explain the...
  • Multnomah to publish pro-homosexual book

    04/15/2014 4:22:46 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    barbwire.com ^ | April, 2014 | barbwire.com
    I can't cut and paste from my phone, but the story from barbwire.com says that Christian publisher Multnomah will soon publish a pro-homosexual book, "God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-sex Relationships," by Matthew Vines. This will be done under Multnomah's liberal subsidiary, Convergent. The report also says the publisher's employees have been told to keep quiet about it. Barbwire also carries the story that Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth, I believe, was recently arrested In Canada for speaking out on what the Bible says about homosexuality.
  • The New Torquemadas: CEO Brendan Eich Would not recant his heresy, The New Torquemadas

    04/05/2014 8:52:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/05/2014 | By Charles C. W. Cooke
    One could be forgiven for throwing one’s hands up in despair at the sheer audacity of it all. A fortnight ago, as the federal government took to the courts to defend a rule that deliberately burdens the consciences of America’s more religiously devout entrepreneurs, the professional Left adopted the position that companies do not have consciences, griped that a harsh separation of the public and the private spheres was a recipe for the suffering of unpopular or put-upon individuals, and insisted that any links between the activities of an employee and the deeply held beliefs of his boss should be...
  • ‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy

    03/12/2014 3:25:50 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 10, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Full Title: ‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy. The film gives oxygen to a claim early church leaders denounced as historically and theologically false. ________________________________________________ To judge from the controversy sparked by early screenings of Russell Crowe’s Noah, Hollywood directors walk on thin ice when they start tinkering with the details of the Bible for the sake of a movie. Son of God, a movie about the life of Jesus Christ, has met with a better reception from Christians in part because producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey worked assiduously to enlist the support of religious leaders and denominations...
  • How Jesus is Being Denied ...

    I am re-running an article I did two years ago, because the following story Evangelical Pastor Turns Pro-GAy illustrates my warning that there are many within evangelicalism who are not prepared to stand and bear witness to the Biblical teaching of marriage, in the face of the coming onslaught of propaganda and emotional bullying on the issue of ‘gay’ marriage. But of course He doesn’t do the decent thing and resign the church to follow his new convictions. Read the article and weep, as the ‘Pastor’ is applauded for seeking to bring the church into His new (Heretical) “compassion”. (It...
  • “Secret” Kasper speech to see the light of day

    02/28/2014 5:50:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    U.S. Catholic ^ | Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
    After a week of wrangling over a Vatican decision to keep it secret, the German Catholic book publisher Herder announced today (Feb. 27) that on March 10 it would publish in book format Cardinal Walter Kasper’s two-hour keynote address at last week’s meeting of the College of Cardinals in Rome. Although Pope Francis had publicly praised Kasper’s speech on the theology of the family for its “profound theology” and “clear thinking,” the Vatican has so far only released a brief summary of the two-hour talk. Earlier this week, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, a member of the “G-8” Council of...
  • Cardinal outlines possible paths to Communion for divorced, remarried

    02/28/2014 3:50:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | February 28, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world's cardinals. Jesus' teaching on the indissolubility of sacramental marriage is clear, the retired German cardinal said, and it would harm individuals and the church to pretend otherwise. However, "after the shipwreck of sin, the shipwrecked person should not have a second boat at his or her...
  • All About Heresy

    02/22/2014 11:44:14 AM PST · by PhilipFreneau · 31 replies
    http://www.graceonlinelibrary.org ^ | 2014 | Michael S. Horton
    Witch trials in Salem. The Council of Toulouse in the 13th century, employing men whose sole purpose was to hunt out human kindling for the flames of the Inquisition. These are images evoked by that word, ‘heresy.’ A nasty word, it suggests more about the accuser, who is considered intolerant, bigoted, and ignorant, than about the accused. But while there have been historical events in Christian history to remind us of the dangers of heresy-hunting, very few Christians today realize the debt they owe to those who had the courage of their convictions to call heresy by its proper name,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HISTORICAL DETERMINISM, 02-06-14

    02/06/2014 8:25:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-06-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HISTORICAL DETERMINISM A philosophy of history which claims that human actions are all determined exclusively by their antecedents. Given the same circumstances, people always behave in the same way. The task of the historian, then, is to show that the movements of nations are perfectly regular and that, like all other movements, they are solely determined by their antecedents. This conception of history as a deterministic science is at variance with Catholic Christianity, which believes in human freedom. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: IMMANENTIST APOLOGETICS, 01-29-14

    01/29/2014 7:02:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-29-14 | salvation
    Featured Term (selected at random:IMMANENTIST APOLOGETICS A method of establishing the credibility of the Christian faith by appealing to the subjective satisfaction that the faith gives to a believer. This method tends to ignore, if not deny, the corresponding value of objective criteria for accepting divine revelation, notably miracles and prophecies. The latter alone are finally demonstrative of the fact of revelation. Therefore immanentist apologetics runs the danger of leaving Christians with purely personal motives for their faith and without intellectually convincing grounds as to why they believe. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • The Holy Trinity: Sound Doctrine or a Man-Made Tradition?

    01/12/2014 7:49:32 PM PST · by restornu · 772 replies
    ArticleSeen.com ^ | Aug-28-2011 | Steve-O
    The Holy Trinity: Sound Doctrine or a Man-Made Tradition? Author: Steve-0 The Apostle Paul admonished young Timothy, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;" (1 Timothy 4:1) The Greek word that was translated into English as "depart from" is aphistemi (Strong's G868) pronounced ä-fe'-sta-me meaning ... 1) to make stand off, cause to withdraw, to remove a) to excite to revolt 2) to stand off, to stand aloof a) to go away, to depart from anyone b) to desert, withdraw from...
  • Pope Francis encouraged Muslims to find hope in the Qur’an. 11 things to know and share.

    01/21/2014 8:16:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 62 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 1/21/2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    1. While visiting with a group of refugees at the Sacred Heart parish in Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis said: “Sharing our experience in carrying that cross, to expel the illness within our hearts, which embitters our life: it is important that you do this in your meetings. Those that are Christian, with the Bible, and those that are Muslim, with the Quran. The faith that your parents instilled in you will always help you move on.” 2. As Catholics, we understand that the “illness within our hearts” is more than just the anxiety and sadness that accompany all who...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MARCIONISM, 01-15-14

    01/15/2014 10:00:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MARCIONISM A second-century heresy of Marcion and his followers, who rejected the Old Testament and claimed that the Apostles were wrong in claiming that the New Testament is a fulfillment of the Old. Marcion claimed to be teaching a pure Christianity, after the example of St. Paul. He wrote a mutilated revision of the New Testament, consisting mainly of the Gospel of St. Luke and ten letters of St. Paul. The Macionists' principal doctrine was that Christianity is wholly a gospel of love to the exclusion of any law. Among their followers married people could never...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMANATION, 01-14-14

    01/14/2014 7:38:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-14-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EMANATION In the philosophy of emanationism, the flowing out of all things from the divine substance and therefore also that which has flowed out. The emanation is considered a necessary attribute of the divine substance, and that which emanates is said (like rays of light) to lose in perfection as it flows out. As a form of pantheism, emanationism was condemned by the Second Vatican Council, since God, who is absolutely simple and unchangeable, cannot pour out of his being. (Etym. Latin emanatio, discharge, flowing from.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's...
  • False Obedience and the "Rehabilitation" of Teilhard de Chardin in "Osservatore Romano"

    01/09/2014 6:40:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Thursday, January 9, 2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    The Monitus reads: "Certain works of Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, including some posthumous, are published and can not find the least benevolence. [...] In the philosophical and theological point of view it clearly recognizes that the said works contain dangerous ambiguities and serious errors which offend Catholic doctrine."
  • [Christian Sabbatarian Caucus] The Sabbath in the Age to Come

    01/07/2014 1:24:04 PM PST · by DouglasKC · 10 replies
    God's Sabbath Rest ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    The Sabbath in the Age to Come God created the Sabbath for mankind and there will yet come a time when all mankind will keep God's Sabbath. God created the Sabbath for mankind (Mark 2:27), and there will yet come a time when all people will keep God's Sabbath. The Bible speaks of God's Kingdom as being established on earth when Jesus Christ returns to rule as "King of Kings and Lord of Lords" (Revelation 11:15; 19:11-16). In addition to ruling over sons of God who will be changed to spirit beings and rule with Christ in the Kingdom of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OLD CATHOLICS, 12-30-13

    12/30/2013 7:48:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-30-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OLD CATHOLICS General name for various national churches that at different times separated from the Roman Catholic Church. Three main segments are distinguishable. The Church of Utrecht in Holland, which separated from Rome in 1724. The immediate occasion for the break was the Jansenism of some of the Dutch Catholics, notably their archbishop, Petrus Codde (1648-1710). The German, Austrian, and Swiss Old Catholics were organized after certain leaders in these countries rejected the two dogmas of papal infallibility and the universal ordinary magisterium, defined by the First Vatican Council in 1870. Their principal intellectual leader was...
  • MSNBC: Loving Jesus Is “Interestingly Homoerotic”

    12/26/2013 3:29:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 42 replies
    http://www.westernjournalism.com ^ | December 26, 2013 | Christopher Agee
    Throughout its protracted ratings nosedive, cable news network MSNBC has increasingly pandered to the tiny audience of far-left radicals it has retained. Whether by mocking Christianity, labeling all whites as inherent racists, or championing the homosexual lobby’s cause, this sham of a news organization has a limited bag of ideological tricks. In a desperate ploy to keep the “Duck Dynasty” controversy alive, political analyst Michael Eric Dyson was able to combine each of these disingenuous tactics to skewer the right. Appearing with host Joy Reid, the fringe pundit expressed some outrageous views of Christian faith that only prove he has...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MARIAVITES, 12-20-13

    12/20/2013 8:02:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-20-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MARIAVITES A Polish sectarian group founded by Father Kowalski, a priest of Warsaw, and Felicia Kozlowska, a Tertiary sister in 1906. The group was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church for doctrinal reasons, based on certain revelations of Felicia Kozlowska. Professing great devotion to the Blessed Virgin, the group was for a time united with the Old Catholics, from whom the founder received episcopal ordination. They are mainly concentrated in the eastern part of the United States. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GENERATIONISM, 12-17-13

    12/17/2013 9:43:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-17-13 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GENERATIONISM A theory that traces the origin of the human soul, as well as the origin of the body, back to the act of generation performed by the parents. Parents are therefore the originators of both body and soul. The cruder form of generationism, called traducianism, teaches that with the bodily semen a part of the soul substance of the parents (tradux) is transmitted to the child. A less crude form, taught by St. Augustine to be possible, holds fast to the spirituality of the soul but makes the soul of the child emerge from the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HENOTHEISM, 12-13-13

    12/13/2013 8:06:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-13-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HENOTHEISM Worship of one god in preference to others, while not denying a plurality of gods. In practice it means that one god is worshipped by an individual clan or nation to the exclusion of other deities belonging to other peoples. It is a form of polytheism in that even this one preferred deity is not recognized as the only true God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SABELLIANISM, 11-06-13

    11/06/2013 9:57:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-06-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SABELLIANISM A third-century heresy called after Sabellius, a theologian of the Monarchian school. His followers advocated belief in one Divine God, the Father who became Man in Jesus Christ and died to redeem the world. Later they modified this single belief to profess that, though only one Person, God had three modes or aspects of manifesting himself as Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. This heresy, known in the East as Sabellianism, in the West was called Patripassianism. It was condemned by Pope St. Callistus I but remained in Christian history under a variety of other forms. All...