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  • The Great Western Earthquake (Reformation Day 2014)

    10/31/2014 5:40:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | October 31, 2014 | William H. Smith
    The Great Western Earthquake Reformation - No one could have known it then, but what happened then set in motion an earthquake whose aftershocks are still being felt in the churches today. That earthquake had three epicenters, one in Wittenburg with Martin Luther, another in Geneva with John Calvin, and still another in Canterbury with Thomas Cranmer. What were the contributions of each of these men? Wittenburg, Geneva, Canterbury. Luther, Calvin, Cranmer. An earthquake with three epicenters. The quake continues to roll. Reformation Day 2014The date that marks the beginning of the Protestant Reformation is October 31, 1517. No one could have...
  • Does Mormonism Have Dead, Zombie Rituals? [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/31/2014 5:22:14 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    I recently listened to an interesting podcast episode of Buddhist Geeks called Creating Living Ritual included a critique of modern Buddhisms dead ritualism. The discussion included some thoughts about what modern ritual should include to be successful and ironically, many of those suggestions Joseph Smith included in the first endowment ceremony which have recently been removed or altered. It got me wondering: did Joseph Smith create better ritualistic practices than we have today? He goes on to lament that Buddhist rituals, definitely including most Tantric Buddhist rituals, are nothing like that. They are dead, zombie rituals. (emphasis mine) He also...
  • 9 Ways to Restore All Things in Christ

    10/30/2014 9:46:31 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.catholicgentleman.net ^ | October 24, 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    The world looks pretty frightening for the Church these days. Christians are being martyred around the world, whether it be by Communists in China or by Islamic radicals in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Western society is becoming ever more anti-religious, and the Church is facing increasing threats by secularists in many countries, including in the United States. As big as these external threats are, yet larger ones exist within the Church. Bad priests and religious educators have led, and continue to lead, untold numbers of Catholics astray; partially as a result, there are large numbers of Catholics who have either...
  • Halloween and All Saints Day

    10/30/2014 6:23:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    CE.com ^ | 10-30-14 | Fr. William Saunders
    Halloween and All Saints Day Fr. William Saunders Q: What are the origins of All Saints Day and All Souls Day? Are these linked with paganism and Halloween?Both the feast of All Saints and the feast of All Souls evolved in the life of the Church independently of paganism and Halloween. Let us first address the feast of All Saints. The exact origins of this celebration are uncertain, although, after the legalization of Christianity in A.D. 313, a common commemoration of the saints, especially the martyrs, appeared in various areas throughout the Church. For instance in the East, the city...
  • [St.] Teresa of vila: Slayer of Dragons

    10/30/2014 6:09:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    WAU.org ^ | October 2014 | Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm
    Teresa of Ávila: Slayer of Dragons Let this good-humored saint teach you how to overcome every obstacle. By: Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm.St. Teresa of Ávila was one of the most earthbound mystics our Church has ever seen. She knew how to ascend to the heavens with the Holy Spirit yet never lose her footing on the earth. This woman, who had deep spiritual insights, described prayer as nothing but an intimate sharing between friends. Rather than describe a formula for prayer, she taught an attitude for life. She discovered that all we need to do is seek the Lord actively;...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THEOLOGICAL VIRTUE, 10-30-14

    10/30/2014 8:13:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:THEOLOGICAL VIRTUEA good habit of the mind or will, supernaturally infused into the soul, whose immediate object is God. The theological virtues are faith, hope, and charity. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: Christian Fortitude, 10-29-14

    10/29/2014 11:10:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CHRISTIAN FORTITUDEThe virtue of fortitude, based on faith and motivated by the love of God. Many adversities confront those who would devoutly follow Christ, as he foretold. but they are not heavy, for the suffering, though real, is lightened by love. When someone is in love, that person does not feel overwhelmed by the sufferings endured for the sake of the beloved. One makes little of the. And so the New Law is not oppressive. "My yoke is easy," Christ promised, "and my burden light" (Matthew 11:29). It is love that makes it so. All...
  • On the Balance of Love and Correction, According to St. Gregory

    10/29/2014 9:08:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-29-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Balance of Love and Correction, According to St. GregoryBy: Msgr. Charles PopeApplying salutary  discipline and balancing it with necessary consolation and encouragement is never an easy task. It is possible that parents can be too severe on their children, such that they become disheartened and lack necessary self-esteem. But it is also possible that parents can be too lax, such that their children become spoiled and lack proper self-discipline and humility. Hence Scripture, seeking to balance teaching with encouragement, says, Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord (Eph 6:4).Pastors, too, in...
  • History made, as Anglicans, Oriental Orthodox agree on Christ's incarnation

    10/28/2014 7:57:50 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 6 replies
    Anglican Communion News Service ^ | October 27, 2014 | ACNS staff
    Senior theologians in Anglican Communion and Oriental Orthodox Churches recently made history by signing an agreement on their mutual understanding of Christ's incarnation. This was not just a minor point of theology, rather it was a subject that divided the Church following the Council of Chalcedon* in 451 AD, leaving the Oriental Orthodox Churches separated from the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Church of Rome. The work to reconcile these branches of the Christian family on the question of how the two natures, human and divine, were united in one human being: Jesus Christ began in earnest in the 1990s....
  • The Bishops Fateful Decision Respecting the Unborn

    10/28/2014 6:50:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/22/14 | Mark Gallagher
    In 1973 the Supreme Courts Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion. It was projected that the decision would not just replace illegal abortions with legal ones, but that the total number of abortions would dramatically increase (it turned out by approximately a million a year). It was clear that there were only two remedies: the Supreme Court reversing it; or a constitutional amendment proposed by Congress and ratified by the states to overturn it. This required the election of presidents who would nominate Supreme Court justices not interested in creating constitutional rights to legal abortion, and the election of pro-life...
  • The Powerful Faith and Intercession of St. Jude [Catholic Caucus]

    10/28/2014 4:01:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 10-28-14 | Daniel Stewart
    The Powerful Faith and Intercession of St. Jude Daniel Stewart When I first moved to Texas, I was baffled by the religious candles for sale in the supermarkets. Somewhere between the paper towels and the batteries, every store had a small section of tall candles with pictures of Jesus or a saint pasted to the outside of the glass. Not yet Catholic, I found this practice strange enough. But I was also perplexed by the selection of images: Jesus holding a heart, St. Michael slaying a dragon, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and …Saint Jude.Mentioned only in passing in the gospels,...
  • Want Something Creepy? Step Inside Europes Bone Churches

    10/28/2014 8:34:22 AM PDT · by millegan · 29 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    The Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic looks very normal on the outside... (see pics at the link)
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROTA, 10-28-14

    10/28/2014 8:19:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROTAThe Sacred Roman Rota, which for centuries has been one of the chief tribunals of the Roman Curia. Pope Innocent III gave it the right to pass sentence, and Pope Sixtus IV (1472) set its number at twelve members. Reorganized by Pope St. Pius X in 1908, it is essentially a tribunal of appeal for all cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the Roman Curia. However, it may also pass judgment on original cases reserved to the Holy See or requested by the Pope. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's...
  • Consider a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality from the Book of Wisdom

    10/28/2014 7:07:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-28-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Consider a Prophetic Interpretation of Reality from the Book of Wisdom By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn today’s Office of Readings there is a text from the Book of Wisdom that prophetically interprets the times in which we are living. In the 30 years I have been reading this text in the Breviary, I found that the pieces of this prophecy are continually falling into place. In my earlier years I would have found the threats or persecution to be too overtated for our times. That is changing now and slowly we are seeing each element become more clear.In the text that...
  • Seven Sub-Topical Samples Proving Mormonism's Occultic Origins [The OTHER WORLD Series]

    10/28/2014 5:23:04 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 141 replies
    Colofornian | Oct. 28, 2014 | Colofornian
    1: 'Lucifer was one of us...' The so-called 'premortal' world Mormons claim they had as alien spirits on a distant planet, supposedly located near the star they call "Kolob": Joseph Fielding Smith, 10th "prophet" of the Mormon Church: "Before the foundations of this earth were laid, WE were ALL in the presence of the Father as spiritual children. Lucifer was one of us..." (Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., Religious Truths Defined: A comparison of Religious Faiths with the Restored Gospel, Bookcraft, Salt Lake City, p. 67, 1959/1962) 2. Per a Mormon Seminary and Institute teacher in Salt Lake City, the so-called...
  • Chaput: clergy might stop signing marriage licenses as principled resistance

    10/27/2014 8:36:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    Chaput: clergy might stop signing marriage licenses as “principled resistance” October 21, 2014 by Deacon Greg KandraStrong words from the Archbishop of Philadelphia: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message, and “confusion is of the devil.”  In a lecture delivered Monday evening in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic priests might consider opting out of certifying civil marriages as...
  • Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon 3 [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/27/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 76 replies
    LifeAfter.org ^ | Jan. 11, 2014 | Michelle Grim
    In the past six or so years Ive written countless articles on many subjects regarding Mormonism, but there are a few subjects that continue to show up for another view and additional insight. The subject of this article is my case in point. The first time I wrote on this subject I received many horrible reviews all by members of the Church. The reviews that were favorable of course were from the Christians. At the request of former Mormons and Christians I was asked to write a sequel so I acquiesced that was three years ago. Now Im...
  • Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon 2 [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/27/2014 9:59:21 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    LifeAfter.org ^ | Jan. 11 | Michelle Grim
    Over five years ago I wrote an article entitled Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon. Since then I have been asked by numerous people to write more on this particular subject so here it is! Back by popular demand I went through my old notes and found some other names that I think would be of interest to the Mormon and non-Mormon alike. There were more than 50 names of people and/or places that contradict what the Biblical accounts report. Here are just a few of them. ChemishThe name of Chemish so closely resembles the name of...
  • Demonic and Ungodly Names in the Book of Mormon 1 [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/27/2014 9:58:49 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    LifeAfter.org ^ | Jan. 11 | Michelle Grim
    While studying some points of interest in Masonry, I came across some names within their books that sounded familiar to me. The familiarity became abundantly clear when I opened the Book of Mormon. I began researching some of the names in the Book of Mormon and their meanings. I compared them with the Bible, bible dictionaries and even Websters dictionary. I found 57 names of people and places that are demonic or names of false gods and their derivatives, however I have chosen to narrow this down to three names that I thought was most relevant. Someone mentioned to me...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OPTIMA INTERPRES LEGUM, 10-27-14

    10/27/2014 8:26:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OPTIMA INTERPRES LEGUMThe best interpreter of laws. Expression used of custom, as the most accurate commentary on how ecclesiastical laws are to be understood. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What is the Wrath of God?

    10/27/2014 7:23:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-27-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is the Wrath of God? By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn Yesterday’s (Sunday of the 30th Week) Mass there was a reference to the wrath of God and how only Jesus can save us from it. St Paul, writing to the Thessalonians, commends them who have turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath (1 Thess 1:9-10). Well thank you, Jesus!But what is God’s wrath? It is spoken of often in the scriptures and it is a concept with which...
  • Prince of Translators: William Tyndale

    10/27/2014 5:48:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | October 27, 2014 | Steven Lawson
    William Tyndale (ca. 14941536) made an enormous contribution to the Reformation in England. Many would say that he made the contribution by translating the Bible into English and overseeing its publication. One biographer, Brian Edwards, states that not only was Tyndale the heart of the Reformation in England, he was the Reformation in England (Edwards, Gods Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale and the English Bible [Darlington, England: Evangelical Press, 1999], 170). Because of his powerful use of the English language in his Bible, this Reformer has been called the father of modern English (N. R.Needham, 2,000 Years of Christs...
  • The Reformation And The Men Behind It

    10/27/2014 5:43:10 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 78 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | October 25, 2014 | Steven Lawson
    The Protestant Reformation stands as the most far-reaching, world-changing display of Gods grace since the birth and early expansion of the church. It was not a single act, nor was it led by one man. This history-altering movement played out on different stages over many decades. Its cumulative impact, however, was enormous. Philip Schaff, a noted church historian, writes: The Reformation of the sixteenth century is, next to the introduction of Christianity, the greatest event in history. It marks the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of modern times. Starting from religion, it gave, directly or indirectly, a...
  • Pope Alexander VI's Dealings with the French

    10/26/2014 9:04:06 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 22 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 26 October 2014 | Matthew Olson
    [This is part of Catholic Analysis' special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the sixth, grapples with Alexander's interesting relations with the French. Read the fifth part.] With a devout personality, encouraged by his friend, St. Francis of Paola, King Charles VIII was just the man to bring about needed reforms. He was quirky, but responsible, and he was a little naive, but full of ideas. There was only one snag to him: Charles had been taught to covet Naples, and he saw it as a gateway to further expansion. He wanted Alexander to give it to him, but...
  • Essay: Mormon founder had teen bride during early days of faith when polygamy was practiced

    10/26/2014 7:11:46 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 125 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/24/2014 | Associated Press
    SALT LAKE CITY A new church essay reveals Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had an underage bride and was married to other men's wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says most of Smith's wives were adults, but one was a 14-year-old girl who was the daughter of Smith's close friends. Research shows the marriage might not have involved sex.
  • Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception

    10/26/2014 8:08:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 143 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | Monday, February 09, 2004 | Dave Armstrong
    Why Did God Kill Onan? Luther, Calvin, Wesley, C.S. Lewis, & Others on Contraception Genesis 38:9-10: “But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife he spilled the semen on the ground, lest he should give offspring to his brother. 10 And what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him also.” It is an historical fact that no Christian communion sanctioned contraception until the Anglican Lambeth Conference in 1930. Protestant historian Roland Bainton states casually that the Church “very early forbade contraception”...
  • Pope emeritus Benedict XVI: Dialogue cannot substitute for mission

    10/26/2014 7:46:23 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 47 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Francis X. Rocca of CNS has a report for CNS on a speech by Benedict XVI, delivered on October 21st to faculty and students of Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome; the address was read by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who is prefect of the papal household and the personal secretary to Benedict. Rocca reports some of the address, which doesn't appear to be available online in its entirety: "The risen Lord instructed his apostles, and through them his disciples in all ages, to take his word to the ends of the earth and to make disciples of all people," retired Pope...
  • The Whole Law, standing on one foot! A Homily For the 30th Sunday of the year

    10/26/2014 6:41:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-25-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Whole Law, standing on one foot! A Homily For the 30th Sunday of the year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere was an expression common among the rabbis of Jesus’ time, wherein one rabbi would ask another a question, and request that the answer be given while “standing on one foot.” This is a Jewish way of saying, “Be brief in your answer.”And that sort of expression may be behind the question that is raised in today’s gospel by the scholar of law, who asks, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”Just as an aside, it is likely that...
  • Amazing Story: The Beard That Lost This Cardinal The Papacy

    10/25/2014 10:52:19 AM PDT · by millegan · 5 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    If only he had shaved that morning. Basilios Bessarion grew up in an Eastern Orthodox community in present-day Turkey in the early 15th century. He become a monk, then an abbot, and was eventually appointed to be a metropolitan bishop by the Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, with whom he attended the ecumenical Council of Florence with hopes to reunite eastern and western Christianity. Though Bessarion was originally against reunion with Rome, he quickly changed his mind and became the most important Eastern Orthodox advocate for reunion at the council. Pope Eugene IV was so impressed by him that he...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HEORTOLOGY, 10-25-14

    10/25/2014 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionaary ^ | 10-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HEORTOLOGYThe study of religious calendars. More specifically, the science of the history and meaning of the seasons and festivals of the Christian Church year. (Etym. Greek heorte, feast + logia, science, knowledge.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Thomas Aquinas on Islam

    03/08/2011 7:12:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic Vote.org ^ | 3/7/11 | Brad Birzer
    At the risk of being presumed rather causticespecially considering the heinous acts perpetrated against the Copts this past weekendI offer this tidbit from St. Thomas Aquinas on Islam. On the other hand, those who founded sects committed to erroneous doctrines proceeded in a way that is opposite to this. The point is clear in the case of Mohammed. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teachings also contain precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as...
  • Defending the Trinity

    10/24/2014 10:29:32 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    Tim Staples Blog ^ | Tim Staples
    Defending the Trinity The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in paragraph 261, declares:The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life.Belief in the Trinity is essential for salvation and should be at the top of the list when it comes to priorities in defending the faith. Yet, many Christians—many Catholics—find themselves in over their heads when the topic of the Trinity is broached by members of various quasi-Christian sects who deny it, e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, The Way International, etc.Beginning with Sacred Scripture as a common...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUEEN OF VIRTUES, 10-24-14

    10/24/2014 9:43:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUEEN OF VIRTUESThe virtue of prudence. It gently controls all other virtues and guides all human actions, since it considers not merely generalities--for these do not really move us to achieve--but also the singular and particular things that are the objects of action. Prudence is practical, that is to say, it is the principle of acting. Because they are more experienced, some people who lack a scientific theory can be more successful with practical issues than those who possess a large fund of speculative knowledge; thus a doctor who knows what is in fact the...
  • Luther In Rome

    10/24/2014 8:52:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    AFTER many a weary league, Luther's feet stand at last within the gates of Rome. What now are his feelings? Is it a Paradise or a Pandemonium in which he is arrived? The enchantment continued for some little while. Luther tried hard to realise the dreams which had lightened his toilsome journey. Here, thought Luther, the martyrs had died; on the floor of this stupendous ruin, the Coliseum, had they contended with the lions; on this spot, where now stands the sumptuous temple of St. Peter, and where the Vicar of Christ has erected his throne, were they used "as...
  • Some Temptations to Avoid in the Wake of the Synod

    10/23/2014 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Temptations to Avoid in the Wake of the Synod By: Msgr. Charles PopeDeep concerns remain in the hearts of many Catholics regarding the just-closed Extraordinary Synod on the Family. I have written much in the past two weeks and you know my own concerns, especially the need for clarity on Catholic doctrine in those teachings most disputed by the western world: marriage, family, sexuality, and the dignity of human life. We need to keep praying, a lot!I must say, there are words in the Pope’s concluding address that I take to heart and hope will guide us going forward....
  • The Color of Vestments [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/23/2014 7:08:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | not given | Fr. William Saunders
    The Color of Vestments Fr. William Saunders Q: Would you please explain the different colors used at Mass and the vestments? In my travels, I have even seen blue and black vestments which I have never seen before.The Church’s liturgical norms do prescribe specific vestment colors for various celebrations. The purpose of utilizing different colors for vestments is twofold: first, the colors highlight the particular liturgical season and the faithful’s journey through these seasons. Second, the colors punctuate the liturgical season by highlighting a particular event or particular mystery of faith. The following explanation is based on the norms of...
  • The Beard That Lost This Cardinal The Papacy

    10/23/2014 11:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 15 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    If only he had shaved that morning. Basilios Bessarion grew up in an Eastern Orthodox community in present-day Turkey in the early 15th century. He become a monk, then an abbot, and was eventually appointed to be a metropolitan bishop by the Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, with whom he attended the ecumenical Council of Florence with hopes to reunite eastern and western Christianity. Though Bessarion was originally against reunion with Rome, he quickly changed his mind and became the most important Eastern Orthodox advocate for reunion at the council. Pope Eugene IV was so impressed by him that he...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JOY, 10-23-14

    10/23/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-23-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JOYIn spiritual literature, the feeling aroused by the expectation or possession of some good. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Joyful emotions affect the body, but they are essentially in the higher faculties of the soul. Differs from pleasure, which may affect the human spirit but originates in some bodily sensation. Thus joy is possessed by angels and human beings, and its source is the rational will. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory the Great

    10/23/2014 7:35:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archidocese of Washington ^ | 1023-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory the Great By: Msgr. Charles PopeA former Archbishop of Washington was known to often remark, “There’s nothing deader than a dead priest.” Some wondered as to the meaning of this expression, and those who knew him the best explained that it was a sort of version of the old Latin expression Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the worst thing of all).Of all the men on the planet who need to be alive, vocal, clear, and active, the priest is...
  • Pakistan clerical panel endorses polygamy

    10/22/2014 9:45:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | October 23, 2014 | Omer Farooq Khan
    ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani clerical panel has endorsed polygamy, saying a woman cannot object if her husband remarries. The body that advices the government on religious affairs has long been condemned for its retrograde and misogynist outlook. "A woman cannot demand a divorce over a second, third or fourth marriage of her husband. Islam has given a woman right to separate from her husband, but another marriage could not be a valid ground for doing so," local media reported Islamic Council of Ideology (CII) chairman Shah Ahmed Sheerani as saying. He observed the Muslim Divorce Act, 1939, was against the Sharia....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MORTIFICATION, 10-22-14

    10/22/2014 9:12:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MORTIFICATIONThe practice of Christian asceticism in order to overcome sin and master one's sinful tendencies, and through penance and austerity to strengthen the will in the practice of virtue and grow in the likeness of Christ. Natural mortification is a normal part of self-discipline; supernatural mortification, based on faith, seeks to grow in holiness through merit gained by cooperating with the grace of God. (Etym. Latin mortificatio, a killing, a putting to death.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • There's a Real Sword in the Stone, & It Belonged to the RCCs First Official Saint

    10/22/2014 9:09:45 AM PDT · by millegan · 23 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    You saw the Disney movie as a kid. You may have read the book. But did you know some of it was based on real history? While the story of King Arthur, Merlin, and all the rest may not be true, there really is a centuries-old sword stuck in a stone. In the small Italian town of Chiusdino, theres a small chapel near Saint Galgano Abbey known as Montesiepi chapel. And inside youll find a big slab of stone in the floor with the handle of a sword sticking out of it.
  • Catholics, Protestants Honor Paisley in Belfast

    10/22/2014 6:51:16 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    ABC News / AP ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    Ian Paisley often divided Northern Ireland in life. But a memorial to the Protestant evangelist who struck a twilight peace with Catholics united the British territory's fractious leaders in hymns and prayers Sunday. More than 800 dignitaries from across Britain and Ireland, among them former prime ministers and paramilitary enemies, packed the Ulster Hall in Belfast to eulogize Paisley, who died last month at age 88. Paisley's widow and two sons led the service. [SNIP] The service featured a massive oil portrait of Paisley on stage and, at the end, a recording of him reading a passage from "Amazing Grace."...
  • Pat Buchanan: The Price of Papal Popularity

    10/21/2014 3:03:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Normally a synod of Catholic bishops does not provide fireworks rivaling the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Mayor Richard Daley's boys in blue ran up the score on the radicals in Grant Park. But, on Oct. 13, there emanated from the Synod on the Family in Rome a 12-page report from a committee picked by Pope Francis himself -- and the secondary explosions have not ceased. The report recognized the "positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation" and said "homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community." As for Catholics who divorce and remarry without...
  • The Liberal Environmentalist Nobody Knew Was Catholic

    10/21/2014 9:39:56 AM PDT · by millegan · 3 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Joseph Pearce
    Few realized when Small is Beautiful was published that E.F. Schumachers economic theories were underpinned by solid religious and philosophical foundations, the fruits of a lifetime of searching. In 1971, two years before the books publication, Schumacher had become a Roman Catholic, the final destination of his philosophical journey.
  • For I am the Blessed Karl & the End of Christendom (Ecumenical)

    10/21/2014 9:21:00 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 10/21/2014 | Stephen Masty
    Today, 21st October, is the Feast Day of the Blessed Charles (or Karl) of Austria, beatified in 2004 by the pope Saint John Paul the Great....While devout to be sure, the young Archduke Karl von Habsburg (1887-1922) was also endearingly earnest as he studied his every sequentially-bestowed dynastic honour as though he was a medieval knight-errant preparing to seek the Sacred Grail....Over fewer than two years in power, he outlawed brutal army punishments and stopped submarines from attacking civilian shipping. Inspired by Pope Leo XIIIs encyclical Rerum Novarum, he established sweeping domestic reforms including the worlds first governmental department of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day:HERODIANS, 10-21-14

    10/21/2014 7:43:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-21-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HERODIANSA group of Jews who supported the dynasty of Herod and shared its loyalty to Rome. They took part in the attempt to trap Jesus over possible disloyalty to Caesar (Matthew 22:16-22). Mark accuses them of even plotting with the Pharisees to destroy him (Mark 3:6). They were a political rather than a religious group. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Religious Liberty Threats: 2 Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern/Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky

    10/21/2014 7:16:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-20-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Religious Liberty Threats: Two Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern and Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky By: Msgr. Charles PopeTwo stories recently in the news illustrate that the path for religious liberty is going to get increasingly rocky in the days ahead. Up until now, the main dispute of the Church with the federal government has been over the “HHS Mandate” requiring us to provide contraception and abortion coverage. We have seen some legal victories on this front, but the battle is far from over and the cost in terms of money, time, and other resources has been enormous.The...
  • Cardinal Burke confirms transfer, praises pushback, addresses controversy over remarks by Kasper

    10/20/2014 4:36:15 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Carl E. Olsen
    Late yesterday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, responded to questions sent as a follow-up to his October 14th interview with Catholic World Report. He confirmed that he is leaving his positiion as Prefect, remarked on the reactions against the Relatio released this past Monday, reflected on the importance of the texts issued by the ten small groups, and commented on the recent controversy over an interview given by Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany. CWR: Not to discount or question other reports, but can you confirm that you will indeed be leaving...
  • Early Christian Teachings on Abortion

    10/19/2014 4:27:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Chastity.com ^ | No date provided | Catholic Answers
    The Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as a grave evil. Christian writers from the first-century author of the Didache to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae ("The Gospel of Life") have maintained that the Bible forbids abortion, just as it forbids murder. This tract will provide some examples of this consistent witness from the writings of the Fathers of the Church. As the early Christian writer Tertullian pointed out, the law of Moses ordered strict penalties for causing an abortion. We read, "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely...