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  • Between the Skeptic and the Fundamentalist

    09/15/2014 7:39:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com/ ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mark Shea
    Reading Scripture as a modern Catholic is a perpetual balance between extremes; among them, the extremes of farfetched skepticism and equally farfetched supernaturalism. For, unlike these extremes, the Faith takes both the unseen realities of the Spirit and the ordinary life of human beings seriously. It believes in both accountants and angels. But many people, seeing only one of these truths clearly, then proceed to use that pet truth as a cudgel against the truth they don't see. This came through to me loud and clear recently when a skeptical acquaintance (whom we shall call "Clarence") wrote on the Internet...
  • The Vocation To Love

    09/15/2014 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Day
    The Vocation To Love James Day “When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child.”-          1 Corinthians 13:11There was life before the engagement and life after the engagement. For years, the thought of marriage was walled off as something unthinkable, remote. An unimaginative life choice for others, not for me. My reasoning, that only until a successful career had been established, ambitions realized, life lived, would I consider the married life.A rationality very much along the lines of childish thinking and reasoning.Little did I know beforehand—or even care to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNIAT CHURCHES, 09-15-14

    09/15/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNIAT CHURCHESEastern Christians who profess the same doctrines as the rest of the Roman Catholic Church. Their rites and discipline, however, vary greatly from those of the Latin Rite. Their liturgies originated in Antioch, Alexandria, and Byzantium, and they usually have a married clergy. Nearly all Non-Uniat churches possess corresponding Uniat groups who have reacknowledged their allegiance to the Pope. the expression "Uniat," though found in theological literature, is seldom used by Eastern Catholics. They feel that it implies something less than complete allegiance to the Holy See. All items in this dictionary are from...
  • If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic

    09/15/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    New Republic.com ^ | 09/15/2014 | Jerry A. Coyne
    [SNIP] Well, if ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic. The fact is that there are no defensible criteria for whether a faith is true, since all faiths are man-made and accrete doctrinesaid to come from God, but itself man-madethat becomes integral to those faiths. Whatever true faith means, it doesnt mean the right religion: the one whose God exists and whose doctrines are correct. If that were so, we wouldnt see Westerners trying to tell us what true Islam is. No, if true means anything, it must mean true to some principles. As far as I...
  • Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943 (Fr. George Rutler)

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

    09/13/2014 10:57:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 290 replies
    FishEaters.com ^ | not given | FishEaters.com
    Grace, Faith, and Works Real Audio Lessons on this Topic Justification by Faith Alone? IJustification by Faith Alone? IIJustification by Faith Alone? IIIJustification by Faith Alone? IVWhat it means to be born againAre you saved? The Catholic position on salvation can be summed up thus: We are saved by Christ's grace alone, through faith and works done in charity inspired by the Holy Spirit.Sola gratia! Grace alone -- but a grace we have to co-operate with. Thinking that all one has to do is pray the "Sinner's Prayer" once to be saved is wrong. Thinking that all one...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WHOLE CHRIST, 09-13-14

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

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

    09/11/2014 12:08:50 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 220 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | David Wells
    There are one billion Roman Catholics worldwide, one billion people who are subject to the Pope’s authority. How, one might ask, did all of this happen? The answer, I believe, is far more complex and untidy than Catholics have argued. First, I will give a brief explanation of what the Catholic position is, and then, second, I will suggest what I think actually took place. The Catholic Explanation The traditional Catholic understanding is that Jesus said that it was upon Peter the church was to be built (Matt. 16:18−19; see also John 21:15−17; Luke 22:32). Following this, Peter spent a...
  • How the Renaissance Papacy contributed to the Reformation

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

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

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

    09/09/2014 11:20:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.churchpop.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | ChurchPop Editor
    The older a person gets, the more they can usually appreciate the incredible potential that exists within every young child. What will they learn? What will they discover? Will they have a family of their own? What will be their greatest highs? What will be their darkest lows? Maybe its because most of us realize that we havent used our own potential to its fullest extent. The saints are far from perfect, but they are individuals whom the Church holds up as examples of people who truly followed after Christ, lived in Gods grace, and demonstrated heroic virtue. But they...
  • Onward Catholic Soldiers: The Catholic Church during the American Civil War

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

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

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

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

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

    09/07/2014 10:09:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    ITV ^ | 9/7/14
    The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury will both be taking part in services in Leicester Cathedral to mark the reinterment of King Richard III, it has been announced. This means the most senior clergy of both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in the country will be present as the former monarch is laid to rest during a week of events from 22nd - 28th March next year. Since the discovery of the body of Richard III in 2012, the Anglican Diocese of Leicester and the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham have worked closely to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REQUIEM, 09-06-14

    09/06/2014 8:45:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionay ^ | 09-06-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:REQUIEMA Mass celebrated for the dead. The name is derived from the firsrt word of the opening hymn in the Latin Rite Mass prior to the revision since the Second Vatican Council. The invocation said, "Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine" (Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord). (Etym. Latin requies, rest after labor, relaxation.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EVANGELICA TESTIFICATIO, 09-05-14

    09/05/2014 8:50:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-05-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EVANGELICA TESTIFICATIOApostolic exhortation of Pope Paul VI on religious life. The most important single document on the subject since the Second Vatican Council. It recognizes that some are calling into question the very existence of religious life. Its main focus is to urge religious to be faithful to the charism of their respective founders and to cultivate a strong spiritual life, whose center is the Eucharist (June 29, 1971). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Chinas Modern Martyrs: From Mao to Now (Part 4)

    09/04/2014 9:41:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/3/14 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    The blood of martyrs has proven to be the seed of the Church in China, as vibrant communities thrive despite government interference and restrictionsPart 4, Resurrection We should be glad and rejoice. As the Shanghai Catholic youths said: We are greatly honored to have been born and lived at this important time. Cardinal Kung Pin-mei, Sermon for Catholics in China (Rome, June 30, 1991) When I published my book, Chinas Saints, in 2011, I thought that only a few interested scholars would read it. I wrote it, after all, as an academic study, a work for curmudgeonly professors like...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PENETRABILITY, 09-04-14

    09/04/2014 8:35:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-04-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PENETRABILITYThe capacity of a body to coincide with another body in such a way that both occupy the same space at the same time. Naturally this is impossible for ponderable matter, but is one of the qualities of a glorified body as witnessed after Christ's resurrection from the dead (John 20:19). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The 'Unknown Pope' how Benedict XV is relevant today

    09/03/2014 3:48:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | September 3, 2014
    Benedict XV, circa 1915. Photo courtesy of the United States Library of Congress. Vatican City, Sep 3, 2014 / 01:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a biography title labeling him the “Unknown Pope,”  Benedict XV had a tremendous impact on life of the Church, and his legacy of diplomacy and efforts for peace live on today. On Sept. 3, 1914 – 100 years ago today – Giacomo Giambattista della Chiesa was elected Bishop of Rome. della Chiesa, a longtime diplomat who had been Archbishop of Bologna since 1907, took the name Benedict XV when he was elected a little more than...
  • Whats Hidden in the Vatican Secret Archives?

    09/03/2014 12:27:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/2/14 | Michael O'Loughlin
    Some believe it houses evidence of extraterrestrial life. Others, ancient texts that disprove the existence of Jesus. Perhaps dark truths that would discredit and destroy the Church? A mistranslated Latin word may be responsible for the conspiracy theories about the Vatican Secret Archives. In fact, the actual contents can stand on their own without delving into the absurd. The archives, or Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, contains historical records chronicling intriguing historical events. Its contents, once plundered by Napoleon and moved to Paris, span 12 centuries. * Theres the document that began the Protestant reformations: Pope Leo Xs 1521 decree excommunicating...
  • The Real History of the Crusades: An Act of Love

    09/03/2014 8:40:33 AM PDT · by high info voter · 37 replies
    The RIght Scoop ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | THOMAS F. MADDEN
    The article below was written by one of the worlds foremost experts on the Crusades. I saw it over at Shoebat.com and was so impressed by it I wanted to post it here. It kinda long but it is written very well and is an easy read. I would deem this as a MUST READ and Im sure many of you will.With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo,...
  • The Original Tea Partier Was an Atheist

    09/02/2014 7:04:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/02/2014 | By MATTHEW STEWART
    How do we decide who deserves a place in history? Generations of devoted American history buffs have spent countless hours reading and writing long books about the American Revolution without ever having come across the name of Dr. Thomas Young. Yet it was Young who came up with the idea for the original tea partythe one in Boston Harbor. And he went on from there to help kick off the Revolution in Pennsylvania, co-write the first modern constitution, and name the state of Vermont. The reason he isnt well remembered today is just this: The grandfather of todays Tea Party...
  • Faith is rooted in God - not human approval, Pope Francis says

    09/02/2014 8:45:18 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Ann Schneible
    Vatican City, Sep 1, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith is not founded upon human wisdom, but on the power of God, as made manifest in the Gospel. This was one of the main themes of Pope Francis' homily on Monday morning, resuming daily Mass at the Santa Marta residence following the summer holidays. Addressing the congregation, the Pope said that we do not read the Gospel simply to learn, but to find Jesus. This is because Jesus is truly in His Word, in His Gospel. One ought to receive the Word as one receives Christ: that is, with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HIERONYMITES, 09-02-14

    09/02/2014 8:37:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-02-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HIERONYMITESAlso called the Jeronymites or the Hierohymitae. Groups of hermits who followed the way of life of St. Jerome (342-420), going back to the community of men and women who gathered around him in Bethlehem. They were later given the Rule of St. Augustine. Hieronymite nuns were founded in Spain in 1426. In the sixteenth century the order was one of the channels through which the Catholic Counter-Reformation found its expression. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Francis Sends Letter to Residents of Beslan Who Mark 10 Years Since School Massacre

    09/01/2014 4:20:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 9/1/14
    ROME, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - Pope Francis has written a letter to the residents of the town of Beslan in North Ossetia who are marking ten years since the Beslan school massacre, Italian media reported Monday. Abbot Paolo De Carli, who sheltered 60 Beslan residents for two months at his monastery in the Trentino province in Italy in 2004, will take Pope Franciss letter, the contents of which are not disclosed, to North Ossetia, the press service of the Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation in Bolzano told RIA Novosti. Paolo De Carli will also take part in the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VATICAN CITY, 09-01-14

    09/01/2014 9:29:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VATICAN CITYOfficial name, Stato della Citt del Vaticano. It is the territorial see of the Papacy, determined by the Lateran Treaty of 1929. Situated within the geopraphic boundary of Rome, it covers an area of 108.7 acres and includes the Vatican Palace, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Radio Station, and numerous other buildings that serve the Pope and the administration of the universal Church. Ultimate authority for Vatican City is vested in the Pope but actually administered by the Pontifical Commission for the State of the Vatican City. In generaly, the government is based on canon...
  • The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa [Catholic Caucus]

    08/31/2014 6:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CE.com ^ | August 2014 | Sarah Reinhard
    The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa Sarah ReinhardI never wanted to be a mom. It was never in my goals or my plan for life.And yet here I am, watching my three-year-old “mow”as I type away in the comfort of a camp chair in the shade of the garage. Right now this kid is the focus of most of my photos and social media efforts. He’s immensely quotable, hilarious, and spontaneous. It’s something that I can’t help but share (lest it drive me crazier than I already am).But don’t get me wrong. Three is not my favorite age. And...
  • Let My People Go: The Catholic Church and Slavery

    08/31/2014 6:04:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 100 replies
    How many divisions does the Pope have? Joseph Stalin once ironically asked the official warning him of the Vatican's power. Decades later, totalitarian regimes have all but vanished, while the Catholic Church, founded strictly on an evangelical message of love, has continued to grow. Id like to buy your argument, replied the professor, but the facts are other than you assert. How is it that Catholic countries such as Spain and Portugal promoted the slave trade in America, if, as you claim, the Catholic Church actually brought the end of slavery? How do you explain certain bishops of the American...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NATURAL VIRTUE, 08-30-14

    08/30/2014 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NATURAL VIRTUEA good moral habit whose principles, object, and purpose are natural to the human person. This means any virtue whose existence in knowable by the light of natural reason and whose practice is possible (at least for a time) without the help of supernatural grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Chronicling the Last Ebbing Twilight of Byzantium

    08/30/2014 7:31:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/28/14 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    William Dalrymples 1997 travelogue "From the Holy Mountain" is an excellent place to start for Westerners seeking to understand the devastating decline of Christianity in the Middle East. The historian William Dalrymple is Britains most famous living travel writer. He is also a member of the Dalrymple clan, a celebrated Scottish family of three principal branches. Williams branch became Roman Catholic in the 19th century, and in the 20th both his Uncle John (Old Jock) and his brother John (Young Jock) were ordained Roman Catholic priests. Today Young Father Jock Dalrymple is the pastor of a parish church in Edinburgh....
  • He defended real marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 29Aug14 | Pete Baklinsk
    A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage. The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was against the law of God. The Christians words enraged the rulers partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced. John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint. While Johns death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real...
  • Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 9:16:19 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 13 replies
    National Catholic Register | 08/28/2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    Is Islam inherently violent? Does it justify violence against infidels? Does it encourage the faith to be spread by the sword? The establishment of an Islamic State in northern Iraq this summer has brought such questions to the forefront in the face of the lethal brutality the Islamic State has unleashed against religious minorities, including the expulsion and killing of Christians. There are political and military aspects to those questions, but they are most fundamentally theological. Does God desire violence to spread his revelation? Theology addresses reality at its deepest level, and, therefore, theological ideas matter a great deal in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONICAL LIFE, 08-29-14

    08/29/2014 8:48:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CANONICAL LIFEA rule of life drawn up in ancient times for the clergy, mainly the cathedral assistants. Intermediate between the monastic life and secular priesthood, they lived in community. Many later become canons regular of St. Augustine (354-430), who introduced this mode of life into his own episcopal household. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE, 08-28-14

    08/28/2014 9:21:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TRANSITIONAL DIACONATEThe temporary state of men who intend to go on for the priesthood. Before their ordination as deacons they must indicate whether they wish to enter the permanent or the transitional diaconate. They must also decide whether to marry or remain celibate. Once they are ordained deacons, they cannot marry and continue in the Church's ministry. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Onward Christian Soliders? Not Likely

    08/27/2014 2:36:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | August 27, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    George Tate George Tate was in the US Army in World War II. He served in a unit that was establishing communication lines across the Himalayas.George’s son, Sid is a parishioner, he said about his Dad, “His plane was riddled with enemy gunfire going in, and as I understand it his job was conducted in an active combat zone. He received the Bronze Star, which was the military’s 4th highest award: Awarded to ‘any person whom while serving in with the United States military after 6 December 1941, that distinguished himself or herself apart from his or her comrades...
  • Kurdish Peshmerga Steps in to Protect the Oldest Monastery in Iraq

    08/27/2014 12:52:02 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    BasNews, Maqloub Mountain ^ | 27.08.2014 | Shahab Botani
    Christian holy site in Iraq -Deir Mar Mattai on Maqloub Mountain News / Kurdistan Kurdish Peshmerga Steps in to Protect the Oldest Monastery in Iraq 27.08.2014 Shahab BotaniBasNews, Maqloub Mountain After Islamic State (IS) militants took control of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, various religious minorities that pepper the region came under attack as well in the wake of IS spread of terror. Many holy sights revered by the religious minorities have been destroyed in order to wipe their existence from history. One of the most important Christian holy sites in Iraq is Deir Mar...
  • Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State

    08/27/2014 9:43:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    National Geographic ^ | August 27, 2014 | Rania Abouzeid
    DAHUK, IraqOf all the many ancient peoples who once lived in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Iraq's Assyrian Christians pride themselves on having persisted in their traditional homeland for millennia, even as other civilizations thrived then disappeared, as languages and cultures died out, as ethnic groups melted into the ways and genetic pools of their conquerors. But today Iraq's Assyrians, and its Christians in general, fear that their place in this multiethnic, multisectarian mosaic society is shrinking, under severe threat from the ultraconservative Islamist group the Islamic State (IS). It isn't the first time that Iraq's Christians...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEGRADATION, 08-27-14

    08/27/2014 9:10:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DEGRADATIONA penalty by which a cleric is reduced to the lay state; a deprivation, an abasement. Its effects may be deposition and privation of a religious habit. It is permanent unless remitted by a superior after completion of conditions required as penance. It can only be imposed for things labeled criminal by law or if one continues giving scandal after deposition. It is real if accompanied by formalities prescribed by the Roman Pontifical, and verbal when inflicted by a person authorized to sentence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OPERATING GRACE, 08-26-14

    08/26/2014 8:24:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OPERATING GRACESimilar to preventing or prevenient grace, it precedes the free consent of the will or accompanies it in the performance of an act. The thought of doing a good act suggests itself with no effort on the part of the human being, as an indeliberate impulse. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • In Ethiopia, an Adrenaline-Filled Act of Faith

    08/25/2014 7:44:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/22/14 | Audrey Scott and Daniel Noll
    Ethiopias little-known churchesWith their sheer cliffs, surreal rock formations and vertical spires, northern Ethiopias Gheralta Mountains recall stretches of the southwestern United States red desert landscape. The primary difference: perched high and tucked away into these mountain cliffs are some of the countrys least visited rock-hewn Ethiopian Orthodox cave churches, some of which are more than 1,000 years old. The Gheralta cluster, located in Tigray Province, includes more than 30 structures. Although local legend claims that these churches date to between the 4th and 6th Centuries, historians believe that they were more likely built from the 9th to 12th Centuries....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO, 08-25-14

    08/25/2014 9:42:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIODecree on Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council. It deals with the Catholic principles on ecumenism, the practice of ecumenism, and the churches and ecclesiastical communities separated from the Roman Apostolic See. A careful distinction is made between spiritual ecumenism, mainly through prayer and the practice of virtue, and practical ecumenism, which actively fosters the reunification of Christianity. Also the faithful are told to recognize various levels of nearness to the Catholic Church, in descending order, the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Protestants (November 21, 1964). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • Martin Luther's Devotion to Mary

    08/24/2014 4:45:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 255 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org ^ | April 24, 2003 | Dave Armstrong
    Let's see what the Father of Protestantism thought about the Blessed Mother..... Despite the radicalism of early Protestantism toward many ancient Catholic "distinctives," such as the Communion of the Saints, Penance, Purgatory, Infused Justification, the Papacy, the priesthood, sacramental marriage, etc., it may surprise many to discover that Martin Luther was rather conservative in some of his doctrinal views, such as on baptismal regeneration, the Eucharist, and particularly the Blessed Virgin Mary. Luther indeed was quite devoted to Our Lady, and retained most of the traditional Marian doctrines which were held then and now by the Catholic Church. This is...
  • Priest on Road to Canonization Given Highest US Military Honor

    08/24/2014 9:48:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | April 12, 2013 | Kathleen Naab
    Priest on Road to Canonization Given Highest US Military Honor Editor of Biography Reflects on What Fr. Kapaun Has to Teach Us Washington, D.C., April 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) Kathleen Naab | Thursday in the White House, President Barack Obama bestowed on Fr. Emil Kapaun the nation's highest military recognition, the Medal of Honor.The priest, who died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean war, is also being considered for canonization.The life that won Fr. Kapaun not only such high military praise, but also possible recognition as a canonized saint, is the subject of a biography called "The...
  • Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/24/2014 5:46:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies
    http://spiritualdirection.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Peter Howard
    What a beautiful salutation to call upon Our Most Blessed Mother! One may be tempted to think that these words are an exaggerated expression of piety as they apply also to her Son, whose sacrifice on the Cross obtained our Redemption. However, Gods Redemption began not with an imposition upon an unworthy humanity, but through the free gift of a womans fiat that first opened the door of heaven to bring down the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. This is why St. Bernard, and the Church throughout the ages echoing his words, refers to Mary as the cause...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVES, 08-22-14

    08/22/2014 8:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VATICAN SECRET ARCHIVESRepository of confidential documents of the Holy See, going back to the early centuries. Deterioration of the original papyri, transfers, and political upheavals caused the almost complete loss of the collections earlier than Pope Innocent III. In the fifteenth century the Archives were kept in Castel Sant'Angelo. In 1810, Napoleon ordered the Archives of the Holy See to be transferred to Paris, and though later returned to Rome many documents were lost. The Archives are now housed in a special building off the Piazza of St. Peter's. to the Archives is attached the...