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  • St. Louis Expels (statue of) De Smet from Campus (concession to pc crowd)

    06/01/2015 2:23:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 1, 2015 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    American universities have long been citadels of political correctness but, in the past year, the noose has gotten even tighter. In many places, classic literature and great books have been banished or at least subjected to the prior censorship of “trigger warnings,” lest their content prove discomforting to some students. “Microaggressions” are practically universal. “Speech codes” and faculty guidance on what can and cannot be said which, if imposed elsewhere would bring Planned Parenthood and the ACLU out in force, quietly gag campus discussion. Speakers who might challenge the regnant orthodoxies of the ever so-intolerant heralds of “tolerance” are...
  • Why Context is Important the Lesson of Caesarea Philippi

    06/01/2015 7:36:24 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 26 replies
    Fishing The Abyss ^ | September 25th, 2006 | unsigned
    A number of people have recently asked me directly and indirectly why context is important in studying scripture. Or to be more accurate, why the original Hebrew context is important. In Rabbinic fashion (how appropriately), I would like to answer this question in the form of a story. One that many Christian readers will be familiar, yet unfamiliar, with. It begins like this: Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. (Mark 8:27) For the casual reader with no geographical context, this sounds no different than Jesus took the disciples down the road to...
  • Ancient Bishop Rebukes His Emperor for Crimes Against Life: St. Ambrose and the Emperor Theodosius

    06/01/2015 7:16:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    An Ancient Bishop Rebukes His Emperor for Crimes Against Life: A Story of St. Ambrose and the Emperor Theodosius By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have begun a series on the blog that I am tagging the “Courage” series. (Our new blog format, to be unveiled soon, will feature tags at the bottom of each post.) I will be highlighting courageous persons and acts both from both Scripture and Church history. It’s going to take a lot of courage going forward.Bishops, priests, and God’s people are going to have to be willing to accept persecution, fines (which we should refuse to pay), jail, and even...
  • The Amazing Catholic Art at Anti-Catholic Bob Jones University

    05/31/2015 12:19:12 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 80 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | May 30, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
    Bob Jones University, a fundamentalist Protestant university in Greenville, South Carolina, is downright unfriendly toward Catholics. Can I prove that? Well, shortly after the death of Pope Paul VI in 1978, Bob Jones, Jr., son of the founder and chancellor of the university, published an article in the schools magazine, Faith for the Family, which begins: Pope Paul VI, archpriest of Satan, a deceiver and an anti-Christ, has, like Judas, gone to his own place. Catholic Answers tells the whole story in their tract on Anti-Catholic Whoppers: It goes downhill from there. At one point, Jones attempts to raise the...
  • 1 and 1 and 1 is One A Homily for Trinity Sunday

    05/31/2015 6:39:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    1 and 1 and 1 is One – A Homily for Trinity Sunday By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high, you can’t get over him, he’s so low you can’t get under him, he’s so wide you can’t get ’round him, you must come in, by and through the Lamb.”That’s not a bad way of saying that God is other; He is beyond what human words can tell or describe; He is beyond what human thoughts can conjure. And on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity we do well to...
  • Roman Catholicism is a medieval heresy...

    05/30/2015 8:10:14 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 257 replies
    baylyblog ^ | October 21, 2011 | David and Tim Bayly
    Roman Catholicism is a medieval heresy... Under the post, Repenting of parachurch, Baptist childhoods..., one comment elicited this response from your scribe. I posted it as a comment, there, but also put it here for the benefit of those who don't keep track of comments. (TB)Brothers, allow me a few responses, although they must be hopelessly brief considering the weight of these matters.>>Be careful when you sling around words like apostasy, idolatry (Per Calvin we're all "fabricum idolarum") and heresy.We are careful. That is, careful--very careful--to keep them alive. The proper word to use concerning Roman Catholicism is 'heresy'. Read...
  • The sin of fornication Unmarried sexual intimacy is mortal sin, requires Confession before Communion

    05/30/2015 7:47:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The sin of fornication Unmarried sexual intimacy is mortal sin that requires one to go to confession before Communion  Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly 5/6/2015  Question: Several of my cousins live together with others and are having sexual relations outside of marriage. They think that it is no problem for them to go to holy Communion since, in their mind, it is either not wrong at all or only a venial sin. Are there texts in the Bible or Catechism I can point them to? — Doris O’Hare, via email  Answer: The situation you describe objectively involves mortal sin,...
  • Complaints Prompt Catholic University to Remove Statue of Priest Praying Over Indians

    05/30/2015 6:33:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 5/27/15 | Nathan Rubbelke
    Saint Louis University has removed a statue on its campus depicting a famous Jesuit missionary priest praying over American Indians after a cohort of students and faculty continued to complain the sculpture symbolized white supremacy, racism and colonialism. Formerly placed outside the universitys Fusz Hall in the center of the private Catholic university, the statue will go to the universitys art museum, a building just north of the bustling urban campus. The statue features famous Jesuit Missionary Pierre-Jean De Smet S.J. praying over two American Indians dressed in traditional clothing. Last Monday, just two days after graduation, it was removed...
  • 1963 Congressional Record:Communist goal for the U.S. - Present homosexuality as "normal"

    05/30/2015 6:02:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 30, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Penny Starr, writing for CNS News, notes how, "The U.S. State Departments new envoy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) spoke on Tuesday about the U.S. mission to put in place constitutional protections for homosexuals in countries around the globe and how that those protections make 'a more durable, healthier nation.' Randy Berrys remarks are particularly interesting when contrasted with the Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35, January 10, 1963 that list 'Current Communist Goals.' The list of 42 goals, entered into the record by Rep. A. S. Herlong Jr., a Democrat from Florida, is credited to the book...
  • On Your Marks: The Church Is One

    05/29/2015 8:03:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | June 21, 2013 | Hector Molina
    On Your Marks: The Church Is OneHector Molina June 21, 2013 | During a recent speaking tour in Australia, my good friend and fellow apologist, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, and I delivered a presentation on The Four Marks of the Church. Our tag-team talk was well received. Afterward, I was encouraged by a few of the participants to share some of my notes and citations with them. In light of their request and in light of my last blog post, I thought I would focus this week’s entry on the first of the four marks of the Church.What do we...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAX CONSCIENCE, 05-29-15

    05/29/2015 8:57:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-29-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAX CONSCIENCEAn erroneous conscience when the mind decides on insufficient grounds that a sinful act is permissible or that something gravely wrong is not serious. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Is It Time for the Benedict Option? (moral and social disintegration)

    05/29/2015 6:49:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 28, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The poet T.S. Eliot predicted that, after the disintegration of Western society, civilization would be conserved and restored by a new monastic movement. He was referring to the events at the end of the fifth century, when Benedict of Nursia abandoned the decaying Roman Empire and established small communities of men and women dedicated to prayer, work and study. In Benedict’s day, the once-great Roman Empire had collapsed into chaos. Through economic disaster, famine, plague, moral decadence and political corruption, the society was enervated and vulnerable. Barbarians invaded from the north and east, sensing lucrative spoils to be had. In...
  • Pope Joan: The Female Pope whose Real Gender was Revealed after she Gave Birth in a Procession

    05/28/2015 7:47:55 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 63 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 28 May, 2015 | Ḏḥwty
    The origins of the Papacy can be traced to St. Peter, one of the original disciples of Jesus. The current pope, Francis I, is the 265th successor of St. Peter. Needless to say, all 266 popes are male. Yet, during the middle ages, there existed a story about a pope who was actually a female in disguise. The name of this supposed female pope was Joan. Who was this mysterious Pope Joan, and did she really exist? The statue that still stands in Rome is Joanna with a papal crown.(ericcostanzo.com)The first written account of Pope Joan can be traced to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NET WITH FISH, 05-28-15

    05/28/2015 7:53:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NET WITH FISHSymbol of the Church based on the text "the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast unto the sea. When it is full the fishermen haul it ashore" (Matthew 13:47). Saints and sinners will fill the net to be sorted out later. Reminiscent of Christ's meeting with Peter and Andrew casting their nets into the sea as Christ bade them, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men" (Mark 1-17). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Distinction Without a Difference or a Distinction to Die For? John 21:16 Peter, Do You Love Me?

    05/28/2015 6:50:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Distinction Without a Difference or a Distinction to Die For? Wrestling With the Subtleties of John 21:16 – Peter, Do You Love Me? By: Msgr. Charles PopeLast week, as we wrapped up the Easter season, we read the beautiful dialogue between Jesus and Peter: “Peter, do you love me?” Analyzing this beautiful text is one of the great indoor sports of New Testament Biblical Scholarship: how to interpret the subtleties in that dialogue between Jesus and Peter.And thus Jesus asks, “Peter do you love me?” And Peter responds, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” This exchange occurs three times. But...
  • Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Heres Why

    05/27/2015 5:42:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Here’s Why By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are some today who think that the Church should give greater recognition to the “call” to the single life. And therefore when we pray for  vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and marriage in the Prayer of the Faithful (or at other times) some will say, “Why don’t you ever pray for those called to the single life or mention the vocation to the single life?” Here in the blog, too, when I write about vocations there are usually some who comment...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMPIRICISM, 05-26-15

    05/26/2015 9:06:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EMPIRICISMIn moral philosophy, the system of thought that claims that experience is the only valid source of knowledge. This is more than saying that experience is a presupposition to all human knowledge or a test of that knowledge once gained. It holds that the mind can regulate only the data of experience. All so-called universal ideas and all judgments in which people speak of the nature of things, according to empiricists, are not universals or natures at all. They are merely a series of sense data drawn from experience and connected by reason in a...
  • Beware: Strangest Idol of All Reflection on...Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ

    05/26/2015 7:47:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Strangest Idol of All – A Reflection on How Even Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a passage in the gospels that breaks conventions and cuts to the core of what has come to be called the “Social Gospel.”  Before looking at the passage we need to define “Social Gospel.” The phrase “Social Gospel” emerged in the Protestant denominations but has also come to be used in Catholic circles as well. The Social Gospel is an intellectual movement that was most prominent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The...
  • Is the Catholic Church a Force for Good?

    05/25/2015 3:25:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 210 replies
    http://www.wordonfire.org ^ | May 25, 2015 | Matt Nelson
    Western civilization is greatly indebted to the Catholic Church. Modern historical studiessuch as Dr. Thomas E. Woods' How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilizationhave demonstrated with force and clarity that it is the Catholic Church who has been the primary driving force behind the development and progress of the civilized world. The Church has provided innumerable 'goods' for the benefit of humanity. Nonetheless, modern critics assert that no amount of good could outweigh the evil the Church has allegedly committed in contrast. Talk is cheap, however. We must look at the evidence. Has the Church really been an irreconcilable force...
  • The 13 Catholics in Statuary Hall: On Memorial Day, Remembering Our Heroes

    05/25/2015 3:22:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | May 25, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
      THE NATIONAL STATUARY HALL COLLECTION By user:Southgeist [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOne of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington, D.C. is National Statuary Hall. Also known as the Old Hall of the House, it’s a semicircular gallery immediately south of the Capitol Rotunda. For nearly fifty years—from 1807 through 1857—Statuary Hall served as the meeting place for the House of Representatives. The Hall now houses many of the 100 statues of great Americans (two from each state) which together comprise the National Statuary Hall Collection.It’s an extraordinary honor for the men and women depicted here to have been...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SPIRITUAL EXERCISES, 05-25-15

    05/25/2015 9:51:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SPIRITUAL EXERCISESAny set program of religious duties, notably the prayers, meditations, and spiritual reading required of persons following a distinctive rule of life. Also the period of silence and prayerful reflection practiced annually (or more often) in a retreat. Particularly the Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius Loyola, drawn yp as a method of arriving at the amendment of one's life and resolving on a determined way of holiness. The Exercises of St. Ignatius were first composed by him in a cave at Manresa, in Spain, after his conversion. They have been recommended by successive popes...
  • Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly A Memorial Day Recollection

    05/25/2015 7:35:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Freedom Is Not Free; It Is Costly – A Memorial Day Recollection By: Msgr. Charles PopeFor many, Memorial Day means the beginning of summer. To others, it is a day off to go shopping. But as I am sure you know, Memorial Day is really a day to honor those who have died in the service of this country.  The word “memorial” comes from the Latin “memorare,” which an  imperative meaning “Remember!” So Memorial Day is “Remember!” Day. To remember something is to allow it to be present in our minds and hearts such that we are grateful, sober, aware, and different.This...
  • On the 25th Anniversary of the CDF's Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian

    05/25/2015 6:50:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/24/15 | Peter Kwasniewski
    On May 24, 1990, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published one of the most important documents of the postconciliar period: the Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian,or more succinctly, Donum Veritatis. This carefully written document, undergirded by centuries of prior teaching, not only reaffirmed the obviously important role of theologians in explaining, clarifying, and enriching the Church's teaching, but also called on theologians who disagree with Church teaching not to use the mass media to publicize their views or try to pressure for change in the Church. Could any message be more timely, as we...
  • The Aftermath - Ireland lies in ruins, and the laity are not to blame

    05/25/2015 6:13:58 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 53 replies
    http://www.churchmilitant.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | CHRISTINE NILES
    The day after the same-sex marriage referendum revealed an Ireland overwhelmingly in favor of legalized sodomy, the Primate of Ireland, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, said to the press: "I appreciate how gay and lesbian men and women feel on this day. That they feel this is something that is enriching the way they live. I think it is a social revolution." His words echoed that of Leo Varadkar, Ireland's first openly gay Health Minister, who said the referendum was "almost like a social revolution." Shortly before the referendum, Martin had said he wouldn't tell Catholics how to vote. Although...
  • Memorial Day in Light of Our Day

    05/24/2015 10:47:58 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/25/15
    This Memorial Day we think of those who gave their last full measure on our behalf as Americans; to preserve our freedoms and liberties, which only come from Almighty God (John 8:32, 36, Gal. 1:4, 3:13, 5:1, Titus 2:14). There can NEVER be TRUE liberty without a saving relationship to our Creator and apart from the firm adherence to Almighty God's moral absolutes (Prov. 14:34). Our Founding Fathers knew this to be true and have communicated it to us in their writings and in our nation's birth certificate. Today, America has full well rejected our founder's vision and have squandered...
  • The Fire Next Time -- A Homily for Pentecost

    05/24/2015 6:39:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhat a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us, because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to the Apostles and still says to us, “I have come to cast a fire on the earth!” (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire—about a transformative, refining, and purifying fire that the Lord wants to kindle in us and in this world. It is about a necessary fire, for as the...
  • A.D. Series Biblical Figures | Rabban Gamaliel

    05/24/2015 5:43:11 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Holy Lands Studies ^ | May 5, 2015 | Marc Turnage
    [A.D. Series Biblical Figures | Rabban Gamaliel-YouTube Video] In this week's video, Marc Turnage, director of the Center for Holy Lands Studies, discusses the Chief Priests and Sadducees, the Jewish authorities referred to both in the Gospels as well as the Book of Acts. Marc clarifies their role in handing Jesus over to Pilate and why it was not widely known to the people. He further describes the tensions that erupt between these leaders and the early church, led by Peter and John. As many are watching the A.D. Series in the coming weeks, Marc will be recording additional short...
  • 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage: May 22 - June 30

    05/23/2015 12:05:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CatholicVote.org ^ | 05-22-15 | 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage
    The Supreme Court is deliberating right now on how to rule on the case involving marriage. This court case will have a major impact on marriage, and the future generations of Americans not yet born. This case could change our country forever.The court’s ruling is due by the last day of June. As we await the court’s ruling, CatholicVote.org is calling on all Catholics to join our 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage from May 22 to June 30.Can we count on you? Will you Pledge to Pray for Marriage? We have voted for marriage at the ballot box....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DUALISM, 05-23-15

    05/23/2015 9:52:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:DUALISMAny view of reality that holds there are two fundamentally and irreducibly different types of being or operations. Thus God and the world, spirit and matter, intellect and will, truth and error , virtue and sin are typical expressions of dualism. (Etym. Latin dualis; from duo, two.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Necessity of Mass

    05/23/2015 8:22:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Necessity of Mass While the faithful are obligated to attend Mass, the compulsion to do so shouldn’t take away the joy Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly5/20/2015 Question: I wonder if the blessing of attending Mass would be greater if we didn’t compel Catholics to attend. Further, keeping the Lord’s Day holy is about 24 hours, not just one hour.— William Bandle, Manchester, MissouriAnswer: I am not sure on what basis you say blessings would be greater. Perhaps you mean that someone who joyfully attends Mass enhances both the experience of the one who attends and the communal experience of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TANTUM ERGO, 05-22-15

    05/22/2015 9:25:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-22-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:TANTUM ERGOThe last two verses of the hymn Pange Lingua, composed by St. Thomas Aquinas and long prescribed for singing at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A modern English version reads: Down in adoration falling, Lo, the sacred host we hail. Lo, o'er ancient forms departing Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying Where the feeble senses fail. To the everlasting Father, And the Son who reigns on high. With the Holy Spirit proceeding Forth from each eternally, Be salvation, honor, blessing, Might and endless majesty. Amen. All items in this dictionary...
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble Ive Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed

    05/22/2015 7:18:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a follow-up to the recent post on comforting the sorrowful, I was led to consider the grief of my parents and the difficulties they faced in raising a daughter with serious mental illness.My father died eight years ago, and except for essential papers related to his estate, I simply boxed up most of his papers and stored them in the attic of my rectory for future attention. At long last I am sorting through those boxes. Among his effects were also many...
  • Communist China's Unlikely Catholic outpost: Tibetans

    05/22/2015 6:27:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    UCA News ^ | 5/21/15 | Sebastien Blanc
    Why many Catholic Tibetans have maintained the faith despite decades of persecutionOpening the church door in Baihanluo reveals a large portrait of Pope Francis something of a paradox in an ethnically Tibetan area of Communist China. The village is only reachable on foot or by horse, and surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks. But despite its remoteness, French missionaries built the church with a curved, Chinese-style roof at the end of the 19th century. Pope Gregory XVI assigned Tibet to the Foreign Missions Society of Paris, shortly after China was forced to open its doors following its defeat...
  • Further Problems With American Eucharistic Practice (Catholic Caucus)

    05/21/2015 2:45:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 21, 2015 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    Christian Brownes excellent critique of how receiving Communion-in-the-hand while standing are practices that might be reconsidered to strengthen American Catholics understanding of the Eucharist properly notes that these ideologically driven changes were required in no way by Vatican II or even the Holy See. Let me add three additional Eucharist-related phenomena bedeviling the American Church that also lack much of a doctrinal or theological base but which have become, for ideological reasons, part of the landscape of American Catholicism: extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, blessings in the Eucharistic procession, and the disconnect between the Sacraments of Penance and the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NEOLOGY, 05-21-15

    05/21/2015 9:25:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NEOLOGYIn theology the introduction of new doctrine, contrary to the Church's teaching but expressed in traditional terms or phrases. (Etym. Greek neos, new + logos, discourse.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? Its Not in Your Wallet and Its Much Closer Than You Might Think

    05/21/2015 7:42:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 95 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? It’s Not in Your Wallet and It’s Much Closer Than You Might Think By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn polling friends as to what they think is the deepest root of all sin, I got three main answers. One was a shrug indicating no answer at all (i.e., “I dunno”). Another was to refer to Scripture: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils (1 Tim 6:10). I’ll discuss below why this is an inadequate answer. The third main response was that original sin (and the concupiscence that followed) is the source of all of our other...
  • Defenders of the Faith: Augustine, Aquinas, and the Evolution of Medieval Just War Theory

    05/21/2015 3:11:32 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.medievalists.net ^ | May 19, 2015 | Robert Busek
    The attempt to reconcile Christs injunctions against violence with the unfortunate necessity of war resulted in the development of what philosophers now call the just war theory, the conditions under which war can be waged without sin. It is fitting that the first great philosopher to write about the just war, Augustine of Hippo, lived during the death throes of the Roman Empire, in a world plagued by the strife of nations. Over eight hundred years later, the man who would further develop this theory, Thomas Aquinas, lived in a world where warfare had assumed a truly spiritual function through...
  • QUO VADIS FRANCIS?

    05/20/2015 5:54:15 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 10 replies
    SELF | 5/20/2015 | DQBAN22
    QUO VADIS FRANCIS?FRANCIS, THE LIBERATION POPEAccording to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mller, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis has close ties with liberation theology, the same Discaterio that once condemned the movement. In the 1980s the CDF under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, attacked liberation theology as borrowing from various currents of Marxist thought and praxis.By embracing and supporting Marxist liberation theology Francis has renegade the Magisterium of the Church that condemned Communism as the fatal plague which insinuates itself into the very marrow of the human society only to bring about its ruin Pope Leo XIII...
  • Scientific Neutrality and Modernist Christians in a Man-Centered Universe

    05/20/2015 10:36:20 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 19, 2015 | Linda Kimball
    "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 "...in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." Colossians 2:9 John 1:10 tells us that everything seen and unseen was created ex nihilo by the spoken Word of the Son of God, which means that Jesus Christ was active and present long before His incarnation, therefore eternally co-existent with the Father. Jesus Christ is therefore God just as the Father and Holy Spirit are God, thus the Word of the Old Testament's creation account...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FISHERMAN'S RING, 05-20-15

    05/20/2015 9:27:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:FISHERMAN'S RING The Pope's signet ring, used for the sealing of important documents, such as papal briefs. It represents St. Peter fishing and bears the name of the Pope. When he dies, an official document is drawn up testifying that his ring was destroyed. This is done to prevent falsification of briefs. See Also: RING OF THE FISHERMANAll items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?

    05/20/2015 8:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | not given | Jimmy Aking
    What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?  by Jimmy Akin Ever since Luther's Ninety-Five Theses was posted in 1517 to the door of the castle church in Wittenburg, the topic of indulgences has been a controversial one. In this article Jimmy Akin explains exactly what indulgences are and how they may be applied by Catholics to mitigate the temporal punishment due to sin. He discusses the nature of punishment, the role of grace, and the role of the Church, ending with an explanation of how an indulgence may be obtained. October 31, 1517, is sometimes celebrated as the birth date...
  • Comfort the Sorrowful A Consideration of the Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy

    05/20/2015 7:13:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Comfort the Sorrowful – A Consideration of the Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy is to “comfort the sorrowful.” Sometimes it is listed as to “comfort the afflicted.” This description broadens the work just a bit and also fits more with the original notion of the word “comfort,” as we shall consider in a moment.But of all the spiritual works of mercy, comforting the sorrowful requires the greatest patience, sensitivity, and also silence. This is because sorrow (or grief) often has a life and logic of its own; often it must be allowed...
  • The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States (Catholic Caucus)

    05/20/2015 4:14:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 20, 2015 | CHRISTIAN BROWNE
    This year marks the 50thanniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the Year of Mercy. Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in the Church. The anxiety over the coming Synod on the Family is substantial and growing, with the German bishops recent moves to formally ignore the Churchs teachings on sexual morality and the family. Their corruption, and the decayed state of the Church in Europe, is a source of much distress.The social and political situation in the United States is...
  • 8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday

    05/19/2015 4:28:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    JimmyAkin.com ^ | 2015 | Jimmy Akin
    8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday by Jimmy AkinThe great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas.What happened on this day?Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event?How does the Church celebrate this day?Is Easter a pagan holiday?Here are 8 things you need to know. 1. What happened on Easter? Among other things: The women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body.They saw angels, who told them he wasn’t there.They went to tell the apostles, who initially didn’t believe them.Peter and the beloved disciple rushed to...
  • Recollections and Insights of an Iraqi Christian

    05/19/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2015 | LUMA SIMMS
    I was born in Baghdad, but all my ancestors before me, including my parents, where born in Mosul and neighboring cities in Northern Iraq. Even now when I speak Arabic it is still with a Moslouy dialect. For many years, no matter where I was living or what I was doing, the answer to “Where are you from?” was one of identity: “Ana Maslouy.” I am a Mosulian. And I am, all the way down, in spite of my thoroughly Americanized personality—such is the deep and dual identity of immigrants.Born to a Chaldean Catholic mother and a Syriac Orthodox...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALLEGORY, 05-19-15

    05/19/2015 8:54:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-19-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ALLEGORYA long or complicated story with an underlying meaning that differs from the literal or surface meaning. The greatest biblical allegory is the Canticle of Canticles. (Etym. Latin allegoria; from Greek all_goria, a description of one thing under the image of another.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains

    05/19/2015 7:15:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have written off and on about some of the problems that are setting up around cremation. Of course there has been very little explicit teaching or information available to Catholics to help them to frame their thinking. To assist modestly in that refelction I wrote the following flyer for my own parish. What follows is the text of that flyer. In case you are interested, I provide it in PDF format here: Considering Cremation?Some years ago, the Church gave wider permission for cremation and also lifted traditional...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PARTIAL INDULGENCE, 05-18-15

    05/18/2015 9:04:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-18-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:PARTIAL INDULGENCEAn indulgence that removes part of the temporal punishment due to forgiven sin. All particularities in terms of days, months, or years are ow removed from partial indulgences. The new norm is based on the dispositions of the person gaining the indulgence and the character of the indulgenced work that person performs. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Russian Orthodox Commemoration of the Martyrs of the Communist Persecutions

    05/18/2015 8:16:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 05-18-2018 | The Russian Orthodox Church
    The commemoration of the New Martyrs of Russia in the church dedicated in their honor at the Butovo Firing Range and mass grave. Tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians were shot or buried alive there.
  • A Reflection on the Prayer of the Faithful at Mass and Why The Intentions Are Often Disappointing

    05/18/2015 7:06:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Reflection on the “Prayer of the Faithful” at Mass and Why The Intentions Are So Often Disappointing By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was “restored” from antiquity is the “Prayer of the Faithful.” However, there is (in this author’s mind) a certain disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological or, at the other end of the spectrum, perfunctory and flat. Peter Kwasniewski, writing at New Liturgical Movement, summarizes the problem very well: It is surely no exaggeration to say that throughout the world the...