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  • John Carroll: America’s Bishop

    09/30/2014 7:18:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CE.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | George J. Galloway
    John Carroll: America’s Bishop George J. GallowayWhen President James Madison asked for and received, by a narrow margin, a declaration of war against Great Britain in 1812, there was one man in the new republic who knew exactly what to do: John “Jackie” Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore, an aging shepherd of a small and widely diverse flock, in a fledgling democracy about to enter into war against the greatest sea power on earth, got on his knees and dedicated America to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.This year, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore. For the...
  • The Mighty Archangels

    09/29/2014 8:55:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 09914 | Kathleen Beckman
    The Mighty Archangels Kathleen Beckman The Office of Readings for the feast of the Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, offers a reflection by Saint Gregory, pope, “
Those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. Personal names are assigned to some to denote their ministry when they come among us. Thus, Michael means, “Who is like God?”; Gabriel is “The Strength of God”; Raphael is “God’s Remedy.”We are beloved of God, and He provides us with angelic companions and protectors as the Catechism states, “The...
  • The Crusades, a new docudrama from EWTN

    09/29/2014 7:50:08 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://christendomblog.blogspot.co.uk ^ | September 25, 2014 | EWTN
    Let the truth be victorious The Crusades, a new docudrama from EWTN Episode one of the new EWTN mini-series, The Crusades will be broadcast on 8th October in the USA at 10pm and 9th October at 9.30pm in the UK, the following 3 episodes will be shown on consecutive days at the same time slot. There will also be a continuous showing of all 4 episodes on Saturday 11th starting at 7pm in the Britain and Ireland. The series is a co-production between EWTN, St Clare Media Foundation of the UK, Buckfast Abbey Devon and Lux communication of Slovakia. The...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY, 09-29-14

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 09-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY  The freedom from suffering experienced by Adam and Eve before the Fall. This gift may be defined as the possibility of remaining free from suffering. It was associated with bodily immortality. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Jihad, Heresy, and Authority in Islam

    09/28/2014 11:15:03 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 49 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 29 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have established that Islam has never been peaceful. But, when confronted by Muslim heretics, Protestants, especially, have an innate tendency to cower over this. Just like Protestants, these Muslims protest against their tradition, with heresies of Qur'an-alone, "tolerance", and so on. Just as Protestants attempt to discard the tradition of the Church, "the pillar and support of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15), so some Muslims attempt to discard their tradition. These Muslims rely on faulty translations and interpretations of Qur'an 17:46 and others, taken out of context. As in Christianity, their central text does not exist in a vacuum...
  • First Genetically Modified Children Graduate from High School

    09/28/2014 6:56:11 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 39 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 9/28/2014 | Sarah Buhr
    Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90’s for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are entering their senior year of high school. The first successful transfer of genetic material for this purpose was published in a U.S. medical journal in 1997 and then later cited in a Human Reproduction publication in 2001. Scientists injected 30 embryos in all with a third person’s genetic material....
  • Defending the Faith: Thinking clearly about archaeology and the Book of Mormon

    09/28/2014 3:51:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 09/28/2014 | By Daniel Peterson
    In student papers, year after year, I’ve seen the same mechanical errors repeated and, year after year, I’ve felt compelled to correct them and to explain why they’re wrong. I’ve devoted entire class periods to subject-verb agreement, the use of apostrophes, consistency in verb tenses and lists, and fundamental logical fallacies. Unfortunately, having to address such simple but important mistakes steals valuable time from the actual topics of my classes on Islam and the Middle East. So I was delighted, several years ago, to reread William Strunk and E.B. White’s little classic, “The Elements of Style,” and to realize that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TWELVE PROMISES [of the Sacred Heart of Jesus], 09-27-14

    09/27/2014 11:12:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TWELVE PROMISES The promises made by Christ to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in the convent chapel at Paray-le-Monial, France, between 1673 and 1675. They occurred during revelations she received on devotion to the Heart of Jesus, and have been encouraged by the Church as worthy of pious belief. They have been translated into more than two hundred languages. Although the total number is larger, the following are the most important promises made by Christ to those who are devoted to the Sacred Heart: 1. I will give them all the graces necessary in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NEW TESTAMENT NAMES AND TITLES OF CHRIST, 09-26-14

    09/26/2014 8:31:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random: NEW TESTAMENT NAMES AND TITLES OF CHRIST The following is a list of names and titles of Christ, together with their biblical citations, that appear in the New Testament: I John 2:1 Advocate Revelation 1:8; 22:13 Alpha and Omega Revelation 3:14 Amen Hebrews 3:1 Apostle and High Priest of our religion Luke 2:12 Baby Matthew 12:18 Beloved John 6:33 Bread of God John 6:35 Bread of Life John 6:50 Bread that comes down from heaven John 3:29 Bridegroom Mark 6:3 Carpenter Matthew 13:55 Carpenter's son I Peter 5:4 Chief Shepherd Matthew 2:20 Child Luke 23:35...
  • Why Benedict's Regensburg speech has been vindicated

    09/25/2014 9:12:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    http://cathnews.com/ ^ | September 25, 2014 | CathNews.com
    - Ethics and Public Policy Centre Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture looks a lot different. Indeed, those who actually read it in 2006 understood that, far from making a “gaffe,” Benedict XVI was exploring with scholarly precision two key questions, the answers to which would profoundly influence the civil war raging within Islam—a war whose outcome will determine whether 21st-century Islam is safe for its own adherents and safe for the world.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROSPHORA, 09-25-14

    09/25/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PROSPHORA Literally "offering" or oblation." This is the altar bread in the Greek or Byzantine Liturgy. It is commonly a round piece of leavened bread, stamped with one or more symbols, e.g., with a cross between the Greek Letters IC XC NI KA (Jesus Christ Conquers). prosphora is also the third part of the Eucharistic liturgy in the Byzantine Rite, corresponding to the Offertory of the Mass. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • 15 Fun Facts from Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s FBI file

    09/24/2014 4:20:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    cna ^ | September 23, 2014 | Mary Rezac
    Currently the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, best known for his T.V. and radio preaching, is caught up in an impasse regarding the next steps in his cause for canonization.Photo of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, New York. He had a radio and television program called Life Is Worth Living which aired from 1951 to 1957. In the meantime, we thought we’d give you some fun tidbits we found in his FBI file.But wait! Don’t freak out - pretty much everyone during the Communist scare in the 1950â€Čs had a file, especially people...
  • Trumpets of Warning! — Part II

    09/24/2014 9:43:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    MarkMallett.com ^ | August 28, 2006 | Mark Mallett
    Trumpets of Warning! — Part II  AFTER Mass this morning, my heart was burdened again with the grief of the Lord.  MY LOST SHEEP! Speaking about the shepherds of the Church last week, the Lord began to impress words on my heart, this time, about the sheep.To those who complain about the shepherds, hear this:  I have undertaken to feed the sheep myself. The Lord has left no stone unturned in order to find the lost sheep of his flock. Who can say that God has abandoned them who still has the breath of life in his lungs? The Lord, in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, 09-24-14

    09/24/2014 9:23:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KNOWLEDGE OF GOD According to the First Vatican Council, "God, one and true, our Creator and Lord [can] be certainly known by the natural light of human reason from the things that are made" (Denzinger 3026). God's first witness of himself, therefore, is in the world of creation as declared by St. Paul: "Ever since God created the world, His everlasting power and deity -- however invisible -- have been there for the mind to see in the things He has made" (Romans 1:20). Moreover, the human mind "can even demonstrate" his existence and attributes by...
  • Prince William attends Mass ‘in official capacity’ for the first time

    09/23/2014 1:47:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 23, 2014 | SIMON CALDWELL
    Prince William, right, at an Independence Day Mass at St John's Co-Cathedral in Malta (Photo: CNS) Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has attended his first public Mass in an official capacity, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.During a visit to Malta last weekend, the second in line for the throne went to Mass in St John’s Cathedral in Valletta, the island’s capital.The Prince, attending in an official capacity as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence, was seated beside British High Commissioner Rob Luke, just a few seats away from Maltese President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.Prince William...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANTIOCHENE RITE, 09-23-14

    09/23/2014 7:46:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-23-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ANTIOCHENE RITE A ritual used throughout the Patriarchate of Antioch. The pure Antiochene, in its oldest form, eliminated the Pater Noster and the names of the saints in the Mass. This form was early displaced by the Liturgy of St. James from Jerusalem, which became the ritual of all Western Syria. Originally Greek, the Liturgy of St. James was later translated into Syriac. The Greek version is now used twice a year by the Orthodox; the Syriac version by the Jacobites in Syria and Palestine and by the Syrian Catholics. A Romanized form of this liturgy...
  • A delayed desire: Albanian priest waited decades for ordination

    09/22/2014 2:03:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | September 22, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Father Gjergj Simoni speaks with CNA in Tirana, Albania on Sept, 21, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Tirana, Albania, Sep 22, 2014 / 07:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Albanian Catholic priest shared his story of encountering persecution for his faith by the country's repressive state atheism, noting how he waited decades before his dream to be ordained was fulfilled. “When I first said I wanted to be 'like Him,' a priest told me that it was a dark path to take, but I replied: 'I see no darkness,'” Father Gjergj Simoni said. In a Sept. 21 interview with CNA, he recalled...
  • Trumpets of Warning! — Part I

    09/22/2014 9:13:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    MarkMallett.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Mark Mallett
    Trumpets of Warning! — Part I  I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry. (Jer 4:19) I can no longer hold in the "word" which has been welling within me for a week. The weight of it has moved me to tears several times. However, the readings from the Mass this morning were a powerful confirmation—"a go ahead", so to speak. TOO FAR  Mankind has entered into regions which make even the angels shudder. Our pride has struck at the very core of life and human dignity, pushing Divine patience...
  • Did St. Jerome's Vulgate (containing the Masoretic Text) provide correct quotes for the NT?

    09/22/2014 8:25:59 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 75 replies
    9/22/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jerome's Vulgate was the first translation of the Old Testament into Latin --- directly from the Masoretic Text. Given that, was Jerome's Version, the Vulgate, inspired by God if Jesus did not quote from the Masoretic Text? If Jesus Christ did not quote from the Masoretic Text, what authoritative power(s) could the original Vulgate have contained, and what authentic inspiration did Jerome possess at that time of his translation? At the time its translation the Vulgate was considered to be authoritative, but how correct were any at this time to declare the Vulgate to be authoritative and/or inspired? If it...
  • My Thoughts On The Appointment Of Bishop Cupich To Chicago…

    09/21/2014 8:45:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Frank Weathers
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  • After brutal persecution, Albania 'reopened' to missionary zeal

    09/21/2014 2:11:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | September 21, 2014
    Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21. Credit: Daniel Ibåñez/CNA. Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 03:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During Mass at Mother Teresa square as part of his one-day trip to Albania, Pope Francis recalled the country's vicious history of anti-religious persecution, saying it is now ready for the Gospel to flourish. “Recalling the decades of atrocious suffering and harsh persecutions against Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims, we can say that Albania was a land of martyrs: many bishops, priests, men and women religious, and laity paid for their fidelity with their lives,”...
  • Did we have any surviving Original Manuscripts that prove Jesus Christ quoted from the Septuagint?

    09/21/2014 1:37:08 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 38 replies
    9/21/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) If no one alive today was there when He spoke, how then do we know which Jesus quoted from - the Masoretic Text or the Septuagint? B.) If he did quote from the Masoretic Text, and His quotes, parables, etcetera, were later translated into Greek in the middle of the first century AD - independently of the Septuagint - how would we know given that none of these Original Manuscripts have survived. And though this translation work would undoubtedly differ slightly from the Septuagint, none have survived. Since no Original Manuscripts - showing one way or the other -...
  • Who Do You Worship ?

    09/21/2014 2:36:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | October 13, 2012 | unknown
    Published on Oct 13, 2012 FAIR USE NOTICE: This video may contain copyrighted material. Such material is made available for educational purposes only. This constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. section 107 of the US Copyright Law.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-21-14, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/20/2014 7:49:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 21, 2014Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Is 55:6-9 Seek the LORD while he may be found,call him while he is near.Let the scoundrel forsake his way,and the wicked his thoughts;let him turn to the LORD for mercy;to our God, who is generous in forgiving.For my thoughts are not your thoughts,nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.As high as the heavens are above the earth,so high are my ways above your waysand my thoughts above your thoughts. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 R/ (18a) The Lord is near to all who call upon...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INDEFECTIBILITY, 09-20-14

    09/20/2014 10:39:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 09-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:INDEFECTIBILITY Imperishable duration of the Church and her immutability until the end of time. The First Vatican Council declared that the Church possesses "an unconquered stability" and that, "built on a rock, she will continue to stand until the end of time" (Denzinger 3013, 3056). The Church's indefectibility, therefore, means that she now is and will always remain the institution of salvation, founded by Christ. This affirms that the Church is essentially unchangeable in her teaching, her constitution, and her liturgy. It does not exclude modifications that do not affect her substance, nor does it exclude...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ZEALOT, 09-19-14

    09/19/2014 8:49:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ZEALOT 1. a Jewish member of a radical, violent group bitterly opposed to Roman domination of Palestine. The group was especially active during the century in which Christ lived on earth. The present-day use of the word "zealot," to mean a fanatical enthusiast, derives from this group's name; 2. Simon was one of the Twelve Apostles. He was referred to in the New Testament as Simon the Zealot (Luke 6:15) to distinguish him from Simon Peter. He had probably been a member of the Jewish group until his conversion to Christianity. (Etym. Latin zelotes; from Greek...
  • Tithing and Excommunication

    09/19/2014 3:24:30 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 4 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | September 18, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I am a graduate theology student, and in class we covered the reforms of the Council of Trent. I came across this passage from Chapter 12 of the Decree on Reformation of Session 25: “The holy synod therefore enjoins on all, of what rank and condition soever they be, to whom the payment of tithes belongs, that they henceforth pay in full the tithes, to which they are bound in law, to the cathedral church, or to what other churches… they are lawfully due. And they who either withhold them, or hinder them [from being paid], shall be excommunicated…”...
  • Choirs of Angels

    09/18/2014 6:20:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Fr. William Saunders
    Choirs of Angels Fr. William Saunders Q: With all of the talk about angels, the multitude of pictures and books about them, and even the television shows with angels, why don’t we ever hear more about them? Some of these shows make angels seem like fantasy spirits. Too many people have a superficial view of angels. Do we still believe in them?The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly affirms, “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition” (no....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GUEST MASTER, 09-18-14

    09/18/2014 8:17:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GUEST MASTER Also called an "obedientiary," he is the member of a monastic community whose duty is to care for the guesthouse and in general be in charge of the visitors to the monastery. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUANTA CURA, 09-17-14

    09/17/2014 10:52:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-17-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUANTA CURA The encyclical published by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1964, to which was attached the famous Syllabus of Errors, condemning secularism and religious indifferentism. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/16/2014 5:21:54 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 105 replies
    1. Fast before Mass. It is Church law that one fasts for at least 1 hour before receiving Holy Communion. Water and medicine can be consumed, of course. The purpose is to help us prepare to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. 2. No Food and Drink in Church. The exceptions would be a drink for small children, water for the priest or choir (if discreet) and water for those who are ill. Bringing a snack into church is not appropriate, because we want to set the church apart as a place of prayer and reflection. 3. Men take your hats...
  • 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...
  • Between the Skeptic and the Fundamentalist

    09/15/2014 7:39:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com/ ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mark Shea
    Reading Scripture as a modern Catholic is a perpetual balance between extremes; among them, the extremes of farfetched skepticism and equally farfetched supernaturalism. For, unlike these extremes, the Faith takes both the unseen realities of the Spirit and the ordinary life of human beings seriously. It believes in both accountants and angels. But many people, seeing only one of these truths clearly, then proceed to use that pet truth as a cudgel against the truth they don't see. This came through to me loud and clear recently when a skeptical acquaintance (whom we shall call "Clarence") wrote on the Internet...
  • The Vocation To Love

    09/15/2014 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Day
    The Vocation To Love James Day “When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child.”-          1 Corinthians 13:11There was life before the engagement and life after the engagement. For years, the thought of marriage was walled off as something unthinkable, remote. An unimaginative life choice for others, not for me. My reasoning, that only until a successful career had been established, ambitions realized, life lived, would I consider the married life.A rationality very much along the lines of childish thinking and reasoning.Little did I know beforehand—or even care to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNIAT CHURCHES, 09-15-14

    09/15/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNIAT CHURCHES Eastern Christians who profess the same doctrines as the rest of the Roman Catholic Church. Their rites and discipline, however, vary greatly from those of the Latin Rite. Their liturgies originated in Antioch, Alexandria, and Byzantium, and they usually have a married clergy. Nearly all Non-Uniat churches possess corresponding Uniat groups who have reacknowledged their allegiance to the Pope. the expression "Uniat," though found in theological literature, is seldom used by Eastern Catholics. They feel that it implies something less than complete allegiance to the Holy See. All items in this dictionary are from...
  • If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic

    09/15/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    New Republic.com ^ | 09/15/2014 | Jerry A. Coyne
    [SNIP] Well, if ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic. The fact is that there are no defensible criteria for whether a faith is “true,” since all faiths are man-made and accrete doctrine—said to come from God, but itself man-made—that becomes integral to those faiths. Whatever “true faith” means, it doesn’t mean “the right religion: the one whose God exists and whose doctrines are correct.” If that were so, we wouldn’t see Westerners trying to tell us what “true Islam” is. No, if “true” means anything, it must mean “true to some principles.” As far as I...
  • Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943 (Fr. George Rutler)

    09/14/2014 5:27:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | September 12, 2014 | Francis Phillips |
    Fr Rutler, a parish priest in Manhattan, New York and a well-known essayist, has taken his title from the famous quotation in St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. This is in part because of he wishes to show the larger forces at work during WWII and also because an old friend and fellow priest had bequeathed to him a pile of newspapers, journals and radio transcripts for this particular year. Growing up after the war, Rutler sees his book as “a feeble act of thanks from my generation” for the previous one that had endured so many sacrifices on behalf...
  • Grace, Faith, and Works

    09/13/2014 10:57:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 353 replies
    FishEaters.com ^ | not given | FishEaters.com
    Grace, Faith, and Works    Real Audio Lessons on this Topic Justification by Faith Alone? IJustification by Faith Alone? IIJustification by Faith Alone? IIIJustification by Faith Alone? IVWhat it means to be born againAre you saved? The Catholic position on salvation can be summed up thus: We are saved by Christ's grace alone, through faith and works done in charity inspired by the Holy Spirit.Sola gratia! Grace alone -- but a grace we have to co-operate with. Thinking that all one has to do is pray the "Sinner's Prayer" once to be saved is wrong. Thinking that all one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WHOLE CHRIST, 09-13-14

    09/13/2014 10:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WHOLE CHRIST Christ in the fullness of his human and divine natures present in the Holy Eucharist. This means that the same Christ numerically is now present in heaven and in the Blessed Sacrament. There is nothing objectively lacking in the Eucharist of what constitutes Christ. He is there entirely. The only deficiency is the subjective one on the part of the believer, who cannot perceive him with the senses or even reason to his presence, but can only assent on faith that what seems to be bread and wine is really Jesus Christ. Moreover, Christ...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUBAL, 09-12-14

    09/12/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JUBAL The son of Lamech and Adah in the line descended from Cain. He is described in Genesis as "the ancestor of the lyre and the flute." In modern parlance he might be called the Patron of the Musical Arts (Genesis 4:21). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/11/2014 12:08:50 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 413 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | David Wells
    There are one billion Roman Catholics worldwide, one billion people who are subject to the Pope’s authority. How, one might ask, did all of this happen? The answer, I believe, is far more complex and untidy than Catholics have argued. First, I will give a brief explanation of what the Catholic position is, and then, second, I will suggest what I think actually took place. The Catholic Explanation The traditional Catholic understanding is that Jesus said that it was upon Peter the church was to be built (Matt. 16:18−19; see also John 21:15−17; Luke 22:32). Following this, Peter spent a...
  • How the Renaissance Papacy contributed to the Reformation

    09/11/2014 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Brother André Marie’s Weblog ^ | September 6, 2007 | Brother André Marie
    The Catholic historian, A. Dufourcq, called the papacy of 1447 to 1527, la papautĂ© princiĂšre, “the papacy of princes.”[1] This trenchant appellation conveys Fr. Maurice Sheehan’s meaning when he says “these popes were more men of culture or rulers than popes.”[2] Regardless of the scandalous particulars of their military extravagances, personal profligacy, or political intrigues, what is common to these popes is that “they had other interests, other things on their minds besides being pope.”[3] Therein lies the problem. In explaining how the Renaissance Papacy was a cause of the Reformation, we should not fall into a monism, as if...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FATALISM, 09-11-14

    09/11/2014 9:03:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:FATALISM Belief in the inevitability of all events, whether caused or uncaused. It differs from fate in that it provides for the inevitability on the basis of cause and effect relationship. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MIRACLE OF GRACE. 09-10-14

    09/10/2014 8:02:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MIRACLE OF GRACE A sudden and unexpected conversion form ignorance to faith, from doubt to certainty, from sinfulness to holiness. It is not due to ordinary causes but to God's particular special and unmerited grace. It is an effect of divine intervention beyond the ordinary working of Providence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Holy Cuteness! Rare Photos of 12 Saints as Children {Catholic Caucus}

    09/09/2014 11:20:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.churchpop.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | ChurchPop Editor
    The older a person gets, the more they can usually appreciate the incredible potential that exists within every young child. What will they learn? What will they discover? Will they have a family of their own? What will be their greatest highs? What will be their darkest lows? Maybe it’s because most of us realize that we haven’t used our own potential to its fullest extent. The saints are far from perfect, but they are individuals whom the Church holds up as examples of people who truly followed after Christ, lived in God’s grace, and demonstrated heroic virtue. But they...
  • Onward Catholic Soldiers: The Catholic Church during the American Civil War

    09/09/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT · by Pelham · 82 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | Fall 2011 | Mark Summers
    It is a common, even clichéd saying that the American Civil War pitted "brother against brother." Certainly, the conflict divided the nation as the seceded Southern states fought for independence, while the Northern and Border states fought to preserve the Union. Even within the sections, there were politicians, civilians, and soldiers who sympathized with the other "side." The issues of Slavery, "States-Rights," and the meaning of the Federal Constitution created passions and hatreds, which leapt from the ballot box to the battlefield. Even churches— especially churches— were prone to this division. Each section, denomination, and parishioner believed God to be...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENTAL DISPOSITIONS, 09-09-14

    09/09/2014 9:41:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-09-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SACRAMENTAL DISPOSITIONS Condition of the soul required for the valid and/or fruitful reception of the sacraments. The dispositions differ between minister and recipient. In the minister is required merely the faculty of conferring a given sacrament, and the willingness to carry out the intention of Christ or the Church, even just to satisfy another person's wish or desire. In the recipient who has the use of reason is required merely that no obstacles be placed in the way. Such obstacles are a lack of faith or sanctifying grace or of a right intention. All items in...
  • How the King James Bible changed the world

    09/09/2014 7:52:23 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 124 replies
    In 1611, the new British state headed by King James I issued its translation of the complete Bible, "newly translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised. By His Majesty's special command. Appointed to be read in churches." The book gave English-speaking Christians a common standard through which they could express their faith. Soon, the spread of printing technology meant that this translation above all became the definitive Bible that believers kept in their houses, and before too long, carried in their pockets. *snip* Even thinkers not sympathetic to the Bible's message still...
  • Are Christians required to pay tithes?

    09/08/2014 3:44:25 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 98 replies
    9/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    When pressed for an answer to "Paying tithes was under the Law", some retort that Christians are required to pay tithes because Abraham's paying of tithes to Melchizedek preceded to Law. In reply to that, do the scriptures say in Genesis chapter 14 that Abraham was compelled to pay tithes, or was it rather a free will tithe offering, unlike the compelled tithe that was enacted under the Law? In Deuteronomy 14:26 (NIV), it says that those who attended a particular feast day that they could "...Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LEGEND OF THE SAINTS, 09-08-14

    09/08/2014 8:50:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LEGEND OF THE SAINTS  Popular biographical stories of the saints. Not entirely fictitious, they possess a substratum of truth, usually under considerable embellishment. The Church has consistently sought to sift this substratum of truth from the legendary additions, as in the Breviary reform under St. Pius X and the total revision of the Liturgy of the Hours by pope Paul VI, according to the directives of the Constitution on the Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.