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  • Stump the Priest: The Sin of Sodom

    11/27/2015 3:56:05 PM PST · by NRx
    Stump the Priest: The Sin of Sodom Lot and his family fleeing Sodom Question: "Doesn'tEzekiel 16:49 make it clear that the sin of Sodom was inhospitality rather than homosexuality?" Actually, no, it doesn't. Here is what Ezekiel 16:49 says: "Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy." Which if that was all that the Bible had to say on the subject, would provide some basis for the assumption behind this question. However, let's...
  • Creationist Group 'Answers in Genesis' Disputes 'Lucy' Ancestry Claim

    11/27/2015 11:55:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/27/2015 | BY MICHAEL T. HAMILTON
    Earlier this week Google's logo mutated (if you will) from its usual form into a Google Doodle adorned with a series of images depicting an ape evolving into a human. Clicking the Doodle led to information about "AL 288-1," less esoterically known as "Lucy the Australopithecus," or simply "Lucy." Many scientists regard the fossil as an intermediary link between apes and humans.The same day, Googling "lucy australopithecus controversy" turned up a different interpretation of the fossil, including several from Answers in Genesis. The apologetics ministry, which focuses primarily on whether evolution or biblical creation provides the most accurate interpretation...
  • St. Damaskinos the Studite, Bishop of Liti and Rendini (+1577)

    11/27/2015 10:25:07 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Mystagogy ^ | 11-27-2015 | John Sanidopoulos
    St. Damaskinos the Studite (Feast Day - November 27) Damaskinos, the Bishop of Liti and Rendini, was a prominent figure and holy hierarch not only of the 16th century, but throughout all the years of bondage under the Turks, and therefore is a spiritual lighthouse that illumined then the spiritual darkness of Orthodox Christians, glorifying as well the renowned Diocese of Liti and Rendini, which because of him became famous throughout the world. He was born around the year 1520 in Thessaloniki where he received an excellent education. Damaskinos, known as Demetrios at this time, went to Constantinople as...
  • Moscow wants Turkey to return Cathedral of St. Sophia to Orthodox Church

    11/27/2015 6:54:47 AM PST · by NRx · 44 replies
    RISU ^ | 11-26-2015 | Staff
    The State Duma deputies supported the idea of ​​return of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to the Orthodox Church. This was stated by Chairman of Committee on Property, coordinator of inter-factional parliamentary group on the protection of Christian values ​​Sergei Gavrilov, TSN reports. Today, when the Russian-Turkish relations are undergoing “endurance trial,”the mutual friendly initiatives and proposals are of special importance, Gavrilov says. “The Russian side deems it possible to recur to the ancient shrine of the Christian world, located in Turkey, Istanbul - St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) of Constantinople –an ancient Byzantine cathedral, which is associated with the history of...
  • Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death - A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

    11/27/2015 5:58:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian Msgr. Charles Pope • November 26, 2015 • As November winds down and Advent approaches, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and the things awaiting us in Heaven) as our highest priority.In writing this meditation, St. Cyprian had in...
  • Thanksgiving and the Eucharist

    11/26/2015 6:16:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | 11-26-15 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    November 26, 2015Thanksgiving and the EucharistMarcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. For Americans, the term "Thanksgiving" conjures up images of turkey and cranberry sauce, parades and bowl games. These "traditions" have come to mark an event made a perpetual institution of American life by President Abraham Lincoln.But why did Lincoln proclaim the last Thursday in November as a national holiday? Because it was clear to him that the blessings of food, land, family, and freedom enjoyed by Americans are all gifts from the Creator. But Americans, he realized, had forgotten this. A special day was needed for us to forget our differences and...
  • Some Thoughts to Help Deepen Gratitude

    11/26/2015 6:34:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 00-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Thoughts to Help Deepen Gratitude Msgr. Charles Pope • November 25, 2015 • True gratitude is a grace, or gift, from God. It proceeds from a humble and transformed heart. In such a case we do not render thanks merely because it is polite or expected, or because God commands it, but because it naturally flows from a profound experience of gratitude. The “command” of Scripture to give thanks is not a moralism, but a truth and a description of what flows from a transformed heart.Thus, an anointing to seek from God is the powerful transformation of our intellect...
  • 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...
  • The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word "Nice"

    11/25/2015 7:02:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Not-so-Nice Origins and Meanings of the Word "Nice" Msgr. Charles Pope • November 24, 2015 • Words can change meaning over time—sometimes dramatically. For example, "manufactured" originally meant "handmade" (manu (hand) + facere (make)). The word "decimate" used to mean "to reduce by a tenth" (decem = ten); now people usually use it mean "to wipe out completely." The list of examples could go on and on. Yes, words do change meaning over time.One word that has changed meaning dramatically over time is "nice." Today it is an overused word that usually means pleasant, kind, or easygoing. In our...
  • Holy New Martyrs of Optina

    11/24/2015 5:54:55 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Death to the World ^ | 2013 | John Valadez
    Holy New Martyrs of Optina 2 years ago John Valadez ArticlesHoly FathersLives 2 From Issue 19 In 1917, the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism resulted in the deaths of millions of believers and destroyed countless churches and monasteries. Optina monastery, once the center of true spirituality for the entire region, was initially spared… but not for long. In 1938 the last Abbot was executed by the communists and the Monastery was shut down. It’s lands were taken by peasant farmers and it’s beautiful cathedral turned into a state museum. It stood silently decaying, awaiting it’s own resurrection....
  • Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ? A Meditation on a Teaching from Joseph Sobran

    11/24/2015 7:45:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 11-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Whence Comes the Special Resistance to Christ? A Meditation on a Teaching from Joseph Sobran Msgr. Charles Pope • November 23, 2015 • I have started reading through a recently published book called Subtracting Christianity: Essays on American Culture and Society. It is an anthology of the writings of Joseph Sobran (1946-2010), long-time editor at National Review and a keen observer of culture and its intersection with faith. I recommend it highly, for its penetrating observations and its sober portrait of what happens when we remove Christianity from our culture, the same Christianity that was fundamental in our making.I'd like...
  • The Return of Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) - Kamal El-Mekki

    11/24/2015 7:34:45 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 23 replies
    Some of the things covered in this lecture - What really happened to Jesus did he die, was he crucified, who was put on the cross? When will Jesus Return and what will be his mission? Why did Allah (God) raise Jesus up? What will Jesus look like, where and when will he descend? Who will Jesus follow when he returns? Who and what is the dajjal (antichrist)? What will the dajjal (antichrist) look like and where and when will he appear? Who will kill the dajjal (antichrist) and what will happen after he is killed? Who are the yajooj...
  • France’s Catholic Revolution

    11/23/2015 3:04:13 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 23, 2015 | Samuel Gregg
    A boy stands with cross outside Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris April 3. Catholic churches in France have been placed under police protection and urged to take extra security measures against possible Islamist attacks before the Aug. 15 feast of the Assumption. (CNS photo/Etienne Laurent, EPA) When many think about France and religion today, the images that usually come to mind are those of a highly secular society with a growing Islamic presence: a combination of widespread indifferentism, epicurean Voltairans, persistent anti-Semitism, increasingly radicalized Muslims, and now jihadist-inspired and organized terrorism. But now even some secular French journalists have...
  • Advent Is a Drama of Light and Darkness – Pondering a Season Soon to Come Upon Us

    11/23/2015 7:44:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Advent Is a Drama of Light and Darkness – Pondering a Season Soon to Come Upon Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 22, 2015 • The Feast of Christ the King (celebrated yesterday) signals the end of the liturgical year. This coming Sunday marks the beginning of Advent and a new liturgical year. Perhaps then we do well to prepare by taking a look ahead just past Thanksgiving.Many people think of Advent merely as being "pre-Christmas" time: office parties, shopping, decorating, and baking. But in the Church, Advent is more a penitential period, a time of preparation for both the...
  • Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

    11/22/2015 7:34:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King Is Christ Really Your King? A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King Msgr. Charles Pope • November 21, 2015 • On the feast of Christ the King, we are called to acknowledge that Jesus is in fact our King. It is one thing to say that He is our King because the song in Church says that, or the preacher says that, or the Bible says that (yes, faith does come by hearing). But it is quite another for us to personally say that...
  • Thanksgiving Proclamation, November 1777 (how the mighty have fallen)

    11/22/2015 4:54:49 AM PST · by fone · 12 replies
    Church flyer | November 1, 1777 | Continental Congress
    The First National Thanksgiving Proclamation November 1, 1777 FOREASMUCH AS it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending Providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to Him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased Him in His abundant mercy not only to continue to us in the innumerable bounties of His common Providence IT IS THEREFORE recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thrusday, the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and...
  • Role of the angels

    11/21/2015 9:00:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | 11-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Role of the angels While guardian angels can help guide our decisions, God gives us free will to choose sin or goodness Msgr. Charles Pope November 29, 2015 11/18/2015 Question: How does the Church reconcile the role of our guardian angels with the fact that so many children are vulnerable today to things like pornography and other things contrary to the Faith? There are so many attacks, and children seem so vulnerable. Where are the angels in all this?— Name withheld, Boston Answer: Your question is a profound one, touching on the deep mystery of evil, in this case...
  • The Old Testament: Was Israel Commanded to Commit Genocide?

    11/20/2015 1:24:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    CRI ^ | By: Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan
    Have you ever been in a discussion with a skeptic about God and morality? Perhaps you've admirably made the case that God's good character is the basis for human dignity and worth. Maybe you've shown how objective moral values and duties can't be explained naturalistically. Then someone takes the wind out of your sails by asking, "Well, if God is so good, why would He command Israel to engage in ethnic cleansing and genocidal warfare against the Canaanites? After all, doesn't Deuteronomy 20:16-17 plainly state this? 'Only in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving...
  • This Week's Torah Portion: Why Did Rachel Fool Jacob Into Marrying Her Sister?

    11/20/2015 8:34:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/20/2015 | BY AVNER ZARMI
    Dëvar Torah – Parashath Va-Yétzé' (Genesis XXVII, 10 -- XXXII, 3)Our parasha tells the story of Ya'aqov's ("Jacob's") sojourn with his uncle and father-in-law, Lavan. As we read at the end of last week's parasha (XXVII, 42 -- XXVIII, 9), Rivqa ("Rebecca") persuaded Ya'aqov to flee to her brother in Charan both to escape from the wrath of his brother 'Esav and to find himself a proper wife. Just as Avraham had opposed the marriage of Yitzchaq to any daughter of the depraved Canaanites (XXIV, 3), so too did Rivqa consider any such prospect repugnant.When Ya'aqov arrived in Charan,...
  • Are Christianity and Islam equally violent? Leftists Seem to Think so.

    11/20/2015 8:12:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/20/2015 | By James Arlandson
    This one is making the rounds, both on ABC'sThe View and by a religious leftist who says weneed to wrestle with violencein the Scriptures. The hostesses ofThe ViewsaysHitler was a Christian, so who are Christians today to moralize about ISIS? To me, it doesn't matter whether, hypothetically, Hitler or Timothy McVeigh yelled "I kill in the name of Christ!" (Neither one claimedChristianity; both rejected it.) We wouldjudge them by their fruit and their conformity to the New Testament.Which bring us to the religious leftist. He is right that Christians need to wrestle with Old Testament violence, though he correctlysays...
  • How to Draw Your Children Back to the Church, A Reflection on a Wonderful New Resource [Catholic C]

    11/20/2015 7:11:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | 11-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Draw Your Children Back to the Church – A Reflection on a Wonderful New Resource Msgr. Charles Pope • November 19, 2015 • One of the more common heartaches people express to me is that their adult children no longer attend Mass or have any relationship with the Church. Many of these parents sent their children to Catholic School and brought them to Mass every week. Yet despite these efforts, many of these young adults were drawn away from the Church by the lure of the secular world, often during their college years or shortly thereafter.It was typically...
  • Islam, Terrorism, and Denial

    11/20/2015 4:58:08 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 3 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/19/15 | Michael Brown
    According to Middle Eastern scholar Daniel Pipes, since 9/11, there have been "27,000 attacks globally connected to Islam," many of which have involved Muslims killing Muslims. This number certainly dwarfs all other terrorist attacks worldwide by non-Islamic groups, reinforcing the simple message of my tweet.
  • Should We Accept Syrian Refugees?

    11/19/2015 7:38:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies ^ | November 17, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Everywhere I turn the talk is about the Syrian refugees and why we should take them or why we shouldn't. What I'm not hearing is much common sense or Christian charity. Why all the idiocy about the refugee crisis? I'm talking about the stupidity and lack of common sense by those who want to throw open our borders and those who want to refuse entry to all refugees. On the one hand, Christian charity demands that we welcome the stranger and give solace to the homeless where we are able. We are the richest and most prosperous and bountiful country...
  • Pondering Pride, the Most Perilous of All Sins

    11/19/2015 7:42:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Pride, the Most Perilous of All Sins Msgr. Charles Pope • November 18, 2015 • Pride is a sin that is so pervasive, and that runs so deep within us, we often don't even sense it is there. Not only is it is a sinful drive in itself, it also plays a role in every other sin we commit. It is the sin we most share with Satan and all the fallen angels. Satan refused to serve God or to submit to His plan, and these are strong tendencies in every human person as well. Satan planned his strategy...
  • Islam and the Closing of the Secular Mind (must read)

    11/19/2015 7:33:47 AM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    The American Spectator | 09-19-2012 | Samuel Gregg
    Given the decidedly strange response of the Obama Administration and much of the Western commentariat to the violence sweeping the Islamic world, one temptation is to view their reaction as simple incomprehension in the face of the severe unreason that leads some people to riot and kill in a religion's name. But while the Administration's response has plenty to do with trying to defend a foreign policy that has plainly gone south, it also reflects something far more problematic: the Western secular mind's increasing inability to think seriously and coherently about religion at all. This problem manifests itself in several...
  • The Left’s Dishonest Biblical Argument for Taking in Syrian Refugees

    11/19/2015 7:09:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/19/2015 | David French
    Is Jesus telling America to open its borders? To read the secular and religious Left --and to hear President Obama speak --you'd think that American Christians who argue against welcoming Syrian migrants to our shores are hateful, bigoted hypocrites ignoring clear scriptural imperatives of openness and compassion. In reality, however, Christians who urge that we care for Syrian refugees abroad rather than here at home are responding wisely to national leaders who've failed in their own God-ordained duties. We can be compassionate from afar, and we'd be wise to do so. But don't tell that to the Left. Writing...
  • ISIS Flogs the Crusades Myth

    11/18/2015 4:18:59 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | 11/18/15 | Steve Weidenkopf
    This post is the sixth in a series on the most prevalent modern myths about the Crusades and how to refute them.The world reacted in horror at the despicable and evil Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.  It is natural, in the face of such evil, to ask why. Why did these attacks occur? Why are some Muslims drawn to groups like ISIS, and why are they willing to kill innocent people in the name of religion? Many believe  economics, Western foreign policy, or religion is to blame. Some believe that history—or, more specifically, certain historical actions—provide the answer. ISIS,...
  • Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica Unwalled (Catholic Caucus)

    11/18/2015 2:50:58 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 18, 2015
    VATICAN CITY — In preparation for the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on December 8, the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica has been freed of the brick wall that has hidden it since the Holy Year of 2000.The Recognitio ceremony took place on Tuesday evening and was led by the Basilica’s cardinal archpriest, Angelo Comastri.Following a procession and short prayer service, workers began carefully removing the wall, extracting a small metal box that conserved mementos from the Great Jubilee of the year 2000.The zinc box contained several documents certifying the closure of the Holy Door at the end of the last Holy Year....
  • Ben Carson's Pyramid Scheme Is an Insult to the Christian God

    11/18/2015 8:28:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/18/2015 | BY TYLER O'NEIL
    Retired neurosurgeon turned presidential candidate Ben Carson has doubled down on his crazy theory about the pyramids. Not only is it false, his idea also minimizes the wonder of God's creation by implying that human beings are not creative enough to build the majestic Egyptian landmarks on their own. At a commencement address at Andrews University in 1998, Carson argued that the biblical prophet Joseph built the pyramids as grain silos for the seven fat years recorded in Genesis. Scholars of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, feel free to laugh now. Everyone else, go ahead, join in. The archaeological evidence...
  • A Word of Encouragement in One of Jesus' Stranger Sayings

    11/18/2015 7:09:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Word of Encouragement in One of Jesus’ Stranger Sayings Msgr. Charles Pope • November 17, 2015 • It is one of the stranger dialogs that occurs in the Gospel, and it is hard not to rejoice in Jesus’ aplomb. We read it last week in daily Mass.In it, some Pharisees, likely disingenuous, approach Jesus, warning Him to leave immediately: Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you. Probably more for their ears than Herod's, Jesus responds,"Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third...
  • Even bird brains respond

    11/18/2015 5:52:56 AM PST · by Resettozero · 1 replies ^ | 629 BC to 580 BC | Jeremiah
    Jeremiah 8 English Standard Version (ESV) 4 "You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord: When men fall, do they not rise again? If one turns away, does he not return? 5 Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return. 6 I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, "What have I done?" Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle. 7 Even the stork in the heavens knows her times, and...
  • G'Town To Rename Buildings Because of Slavery Ties

    11/17/2015 1:40:13 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | November 16, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    Georgetown University has announced it will rename two buildings which were named for former presidents with ties to slavery. No word yet on the Jesuit university recanting all the honors it has bestowed on pro-abortion politicians. Now, according to the Washington Post, the Jesuits owned slaves and sold them to pay off debt? Wow. I'd never heard that. That's a pretty large and glaring gap in Matt's historical knowledge right there. Kind of embarrassing, huh? So that's clearly a bad thing the Jesuits did. But it seems to me that it's kinda' interesting the timing of G'town's decision to rename...
  • Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together

    11/17/2015 6:42:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Bookends: How the First and Last Books of the Bible Fit Together Msgr. Charles Pope • November 16, 2015 • Today's post shows some contrasts and fulfillments between the first book of the Bible, Genesis, and the last book, Revelation. There is a kind of “bookend” quality to those books wherein things are announced or initiated in Genesis and then fulfilled or finished in Revelation.Consider the following two lists. I pray that you will appreciate the parallels and paradoxes presented in them, especially during the months of November and December, when we consider the four last things and the culmination...
  • In Lieu of Female Deacons, a Proposal (Catholic Caucus)

    11/16/2015 2:07:55 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 11, 2015 | JENNA M. COOPER, J.C.L.
    On October 6, 2015, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of Gatineau, Canada surprised Catholic Synod observers when he called for more study on the possibility of women deacons. In the course of his allotted three-minute address to the assembled bishops at the Synod on the Family, the Archbishop suggested that admitting women to the permanent diaconate could help affirm the dignity of women by giving them a wider role in the Church. He proposed this as something he considered feasible, given that the diaconate is traditionally ordered “non ad sacerdotium, sed ad ministerium” (“not to priesthood, but to ministry”).The goal of...
  • 'Flat-pack' (Byzantine) Church lost in shipwreck to be built after 1,500 years

    11/16/2015 1:50:15 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | November 12, 2015 | Hannah Furness,
    It is the ultimate in DIY: a flat-pack building found on the bottom of the sea 1,500 years after it sunk. A Byzantine church is to be reassembled for the first time in its long history, after it was lost in a ship wreck around 550AD. The church is to go on show at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford as part of a new exhibition of treasures found under the sea, as its director says he hopes it is easier to assemble than “an Ikea wardrobe”. It is the most extensive building project of its kind, bringing the church...
  • How to Discuss Same-Sex Marriage With Dissenting Family Members

    11/16/2015 7:08:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Discuss Same-Sex “Marriage” With Dissenting Family Members Msgr. Charles Pope • November 15, 2015 • I was out on the preaching circuit this past week and spoke at five parishes (including my own) on the biblical vision of Holy Matrimony (marriage) as set forth by God and the Church. The talks were sponsored by the pro-life group Defend Life.While I cannot succinctly reproduce the talk in today's blog, I spoke from notes that are available here and here. A video of one of the talks will be posted soon.I heard a consistent concern voiced by those in attendance...
  • But the Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/15/2015 6:58:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | 11-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    But the Word of the Lord Remains Forever! A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 14, 2015 • “O Jerusalem” by Greg OlsenAs winter approaches and we approach the end of the liturgical year, we ponder the passing quality of this world and the fading of its glories. Jesus' words in the gospel today must surely have shocked, even horrified, his Apostles. Let's look at His stunning words and seek to apply them in our own life.The Place of this Gospel -- As we complete the liturgical year, we find Jesus standing just...
  • Crowded with saints?

    11/14/2015 8:42:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | 11-2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Crowded with saints? Msgr. Charles Pope Q.  The descriptions of heaven in the Bible seem to describe a vast amount of people, and the paintings I have seen from the Renaissance make it look rather crowded and busy. Frankly, I hate big cities and crowds. Are these descriptions accurate, or am I missing something?— D.L., Wichita, Kansas A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: The danger to avoid when meditating on heaven is taking earthly realities and merely transferring them to heaven. Whatever similarities heavenly realities have to things on earth, they will be experienced there in a heavenly...
  • On the coronation and anointing of French monarchs

    11/13/2015 9:13:41 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Orthodox in the District ^ | 11-13-2015 | OITD
    Titled women of the French nobility (duchesses and countesses) could inherit land and titles from their fathers if theyhad no surviving male issue to succeed them, but from antiquity the throne and crown of France adhered to Salic Law, which permitted succession to the throne only through the male line and excluded all females. A central theological and ceremonial reason for why the French monarchy did not permit female succession was the highly sacramental nature of the coronation rites, in which the king exercised a quasi-sacerdotal role and held certain sacred instruments which, it was believed, women could not touch....
  • Three Aspects of Anxiety and How to Overcome Them

    11/13/2015 8:35:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Aspects of Anxiety and How to Overcome Them Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2015 • Worry is a universal human problem. Jesus speaks to it in Matthew 6 and His advice amounts to more than just "Don't worry." He actually sets forth how we can avoid it. Let's see how by looking at three problems He describes that bring about worry.No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Therefore I tell...
  • Hyperstimulation Is an Increasing Evil Whose Influence We Must Combat

    11/12/2015 7:21:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hyperstimulation Is an Increasing Evil Whose Influence We Must Combat Msgr. Charles Pope • November 11, 2015 • We live in an age of such overstimulation that it would be unimaginable to people even a mere hundred years ago. In fact, it is probably more accurate to say we are not simply overstimulated, we are hyperstimulated. The number and kind of diversions available to us and imposed upon us are almost too numerous to mention. Silence and quietude are as unknown to us as is real darkness. We are enveloped in such sea of light that we are no longer...
  • What are Beauty and Peace? The Ancient Philosophers Had Simple, Objective Definitions

    11/11/2015 7:02:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What are Beauty and Peace? The Ancient Philosophers Had Simple, Objective Definitions Msgr. Charles Pope • November 10, 2015 • Every now and then we all run across a description or definition of something that captures its truth, yet at the same time respects its mystery. For indeed mere words can ever really be, or take the place of, the thing or person they describe. The reality is always richer than the descriptions we attempt with the grunts and scrawls we call "words."Such were my thoughts when I was rummaging through some old philosophy notes and came across two classic...
  • Pope Francis Explains Why He Won’t Sell the Church’s ‘Treasures’

    11/10/2015 2:42:53 PM PST · by NYer · 55 replies
    NC Register ^ | November 6, 2015
    VATICAN CITY — In a new interview ranging from fame to finances to childhood dreams, Pope Francis explained that, despite his strong concern for the poor, he will not sell the “riches of the Church.” Asked whether he has ever felt pressure to sell “the treasures of the Church,” the Pope responded, “This is an easy question. They are not the treasures of the Church, [but] the treasures of humanity.” “For example, if tomorrow I say that Michelangelo’s Pieta is going to be auctioned, it can’t be done, because it’s not the property of the Church. It’s inside a church,...
  • Love and Lament Alike -- A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church

    11/10/2015 7:14:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love and Lament Alike – A Brief Reflection for All Who Care About the Church Msgr. Charles Pope • November 9, 2015 • As a priest and pastor I work very closely with others: clergy, religious, laity who work for the Church, and laity who volunteer. We all work for the Church because we love her and her people.But along with that love comes, at times, disappointment, hurt, or even disillusionment. Perhaps these feelings result from issues in the wider Church such as the betrayal of sexual abuse by clergy, the lack of courage and leadership from some bishops and...
  • St. John Lateran – A Celebration of Home

    11/09/2015 3:13:47 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 9, 2015 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    As a convert, one of the things that attracted me to the Catholic Faith was its strong grounding in the physical world. Catholic teaching on the Real Presence, the Sacraments, and sacramental objects offered me a faith grounded in the real world, where Jesus wasn’t just a memory we commemorated through symbolism or a spiritual presence living invisibly in our hearts. No, for Catholics, he is flesh and blood, physically present all over the world in the Eucharist, and his grace is a tangible thing. Baptism, Confession, Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination, the Anointing of the Sick—these Sacraments are not...
  • Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use "Dishonest Wealth”?"

    11/09/2015 7:11:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does Jesus Tell Us to Use "Dishonest Wealth"? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 8, 2015 • There was a puzzling reference in Saturday morning's Gospel (Saturday of the 31st week in Ordinary Time) in which Jesus says,I tell you, make friends for yourselves by your use of dishonest wealth, so that, when it fails, they will welcome you to eternal dwellings (Luke 16:9).What does He mean by "dishonest wealth"?The Greek expression μαμωνᾶ τῆς ἀδικίας (mamona tes adikias) is more literally translated as “mammon of unrighteousness.” Mammon is a Hebrew and Aramaic word that has a wider meaning than just...
  • Still Controversial: Cardinal Danneels and the Conclave of 2005

    11/08/2015 10:39:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/5/15 | Edward Pentin
    German journalist Paul Badde recounts the actions of the Belgian cardinal - whose participation in the recent family synod drew criticism - at the time of Pope Benedict XVI's election.VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis' choice of Cardinal Godfried Danneels to attend last month's Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family as one of his 45 papal delegates was heavily criticized on account of the Belgian cardinal's record. The archbishop emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels advised the king of Belgium to sign an abortion law in 1990, told a victim of clerical sex abuse to keep quiet and refused to forbid pornographic, "educational"...
  • After Nearly 500 Years, Our Lady of Guadalupe Still Has Something to Tell Us

    11/08/2015 10:24:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/6/15 | Hillary Mast
    Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 6, 2015 / 12:24 am (CNA).- The miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is centuries old and her message to St. Juan Diego has been translated into numerous languages over the years. Countless books have been written about the apparition, and the tilma itself has been intensely scrutinized by scientists. So what more can we learn about Our Lady of Guadalupe and her message? Plenty, says Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who along with postulator for St. Juan Diego's cause for canonization, Msgr. Eduardo Chavez Sanchez, has produced the new documentary, "Guadalupe: The Miracle and the...
  • The Paradox of Poverty – A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year

    11/08/2015 6:49:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington The Paradox of Poverty -- A Homily for the 32nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 7, 2015 • The first reading in today's Mass, from 1st Kings, speaks to us of the paradox of poverty. And the paradox is this: it is often our poverty, our neediness, that provides a doorway for God to bless us with true riches. It is our emptiness that provides room for God to go to work.Yes, in our riches we have "too much to lose." To the rich and worldly minded, the Gospel seems too demanding. But...
  • Profound examples of holiness: The Royal Martyrs [Ecumenical]

    11/07/2015 7:30:21 PM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11-07-2015 | Ryan Hunter
    In 1905, twelve years before Emperor Nicholas II’s abdication and three years from his own repose, St. John of Kronstadt, who had served as confessor to Nicholas II’s father Emperor Alexander III (r. 1881-94, d. 1894), spoke these prophetic words: We have a Tsar of righteous and pious life. God has sent a heavy cross of sufferings to him as to His chosen one and beloved child, as the seer of the destinies of God said: ‘Whom I love, those I reproach and punish’ (Rev. 3.19). If there is no repentance in the Russian people, the end of the world...