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  • What Was the Climate and Weather Of Israel Like at the Time of Jesus?

    07/10/2014 1:12:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 10, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The climate in Palestine, both today, and at the time of Jesus has two distinct seasons. The wet or rainy season is from the middle of October to the middle of April. The dry or summer season lasts from the middle of June until the middle of September. It is quite dry in these months and rainfall is very unusual. Although the temperature is summer can get very hot, it often does not feel this way. Cool breezes and low humidity are typical, making the summers very pleasant, especially in areas directly on the coast or on the higher slopes...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FETICIDE, 07-10-14

    07/10/2014 6:58:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:FETICIDE The direct killing of an unborn child. It is always murder and therefore gravely sinful. (Etym. Latin fetus, the young in the womb + -cidium, a killing.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • A Vindication of Tradition (Catholic Caucus)

    07/09/2014 1:33:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 9, 2014 | James Kalb
    Modern times donÂ’t like the authority of tradition, any more than they like prejudice or deeply rooted social stereotypes. We know more today than people did in the past, so why should we view the unreflective habits and attitudes they happened to fall into as somehow binding?People today believe in science, which relies on observations that can be repeated and checked; expert bureaucracies, which base their decisions on the latest objective studies; and free markets, which determine prices by reference to current supply and demand. Those methods have been enormously successful in many important settings, and they donÂ’t care...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TYCHISM, 07-09-14

    07/09/2014 7:29:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-09-114 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TYCHISM A theory that chance is an objective fact in the universe and that it is not merly due to human ignorance. It is commonly associated with the idea that evolution takes place casually and without planned direction by some guiding intelligence. (Etym. Greek tyche, fortune, chance.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MANTELLETTA, 07-08-14

    07/08/2014 8:11:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-02-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MANTELLETTA A sleeveless outer garment fastened at the neck, reaching to the knees, open in front, worn by cardinals, bishops, abbots, and certain prelates of the papal court. (Etym. Latin dimin. of mantellum, cloak, veil.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Has Islam ever been peaceful?

    07/08/2014 3:17:45 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 18 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 6 July 2014 | Matthew Olson
    In this episode, I answer the title’s question, perhaps one of the biggest on everyone’s minds today: Has Islam ever been peaceful? I herein go through some of the most important historical battles and events for Muslims, also mentioning the Qur’an when relevant. WATCH ON YOUTUBE (Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary: I start out the show by running through Islam's violent beginnings, then transition into its tyrannical rule in Jerusalem and Cordoba. Then, I talk about the key battles of Covadonga and Lepanto, at which Islam was curtailed. Next, I skim over the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire....
  • Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer gay? A new biography raises questions

    07/07/2014 8:15:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Religion News ^ | 07/05/2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    A new biography is raising questions about the life and relationships of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an anti-Nazi dissident whose theological writings remain widely influential among Christians. Both left-leaning and right-leaning Christians herald the life and writings of Bonhoeffer, who was hanged for his involvement in the unsuccessful plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944. Bonhoeffer was engaged to a woman at the time of his execution, observing that he had lived a full life even though he would die a virgin. The new biography, “Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” from University of Virginia religious studies professor Charles Marsh, implies...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BAPTISM OF MARTYRDOM, 07-07-14

    07/07/2014 7:23:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-07-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BAPTISM OF MARTYRDOM  Also called baptism of blood. It is the patient endurance of fatal torture inflicted out of hatred for Christ or the Christian faith or Christian virtue. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Risking Hell for Harvard

    07/07/2014 4:53:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 7, 2014 | Brad Miner
    The development of education was job one when Coadjutor Bishop John Joseph Hughes came to New York in 1837. As one expert explains:  eight makeshift parochial schools, meeting in church basements or rented halls, had on register about 5000 Catholic children. An additional 7000 either lacked accommodation or made no effort to go to school.  Public aid had been given to some of these basement schools by the Free School Society, but in 1825, when it became the Public School Society, funding for denominational schools (Catholic and Baptist) ceased. The Society wasn’t unwilling to educate Catholic children; it just intended...
  • The Faith of Our Fathers: Was the faith of the Founding Fathers deism or Christianity?

    07/06/2014 8:09:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | Greg Koukl
    Was the faith of the Founding Fathers deism or Christianity? What does the answer mean for us today? Both the secularists and the Christians have missed the mark.There's been a lot of rustle in the press lately--and in many Christian publications--about the faith of the Founding Fathers and the status of the United States as a "Christian nation." Home schooling texts abound with references to our religious heritage, and entire organizations are dedicated to returning America to its spiritual roots. On the other side, secularists cry "foul" and parade their own list of notables among our country's patriarchs. They...
  • The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 [Unconditional Election]

    07/06/2014 3:44:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Trouble With Calvin – Pt. 2 In my last post, I began a series of critiques of John Calvin’s famous “five points,” most often referred to using the acronym, TULIP, which represents Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistibility of Grace, and The Perseverance of the Saints (“once saved, always saved”). In this installment, we’ll deal with Unconditional Election.Calvin’s idea of Unconditional Election simply means that God “elected” certain men for salvation and others for damnation from all eternity, rooted in texts of Scripture, as we will see below, like Romans 9:10-12:And not only so, but also when Rebecca had conceived...
  • Khilafa Rising (Cover the keyboard with your prayer rug)

    07/05/2014 3:44:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The American Muslim ^ | July 4, 2014 | Rev. Frank Julian Gelli
    Who is afraid of a rising Middle East Khilafa, the Arabic word for Caliphate? Lots. Muslims like Shia, Kurds, most Sufis, Alawis, sundry Arab secularists. And Arab Christians of course. All fearing their lives, women, sacred buildings and properties being treated as war loot. Western leaders too are shaking in their boots: good! A nemesis is unfolding. A sort of retributive justice, maybe of divine origins. A paying back for the 2003 illegal, unjustified aggression on Iraq. Engineered by the two scoundrels, Bush and Blair. But the roots of evil reach far back. To WWI, the catastrophic, suicidal, mad all-European...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OUR LADY OF LUJÁN, 04-05-14

    07/05/2014 8:19:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-05-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OUR LADY OF LUJÁN Argentine shrine, forty miles west of Buenos Aires. Its main object of devotion is a small doll-like statue of the Blessed Virgin; her head is surrounded by a golden aureole and is crowned with hundreds of diamonds and other precious stones. The Basilica of Our Lady of Luján is the most important pilgrimage center in Argentina. According to legend, in 1639 a peasant from Cordova, wishing to revive his neighbors' "belief in their early faith," ordered two statues from Brazil, one of the Immaculate Conception, the other the Blessed Virgin and her...
  • Catholic priest ordained in America - 1793

    07/04/2014 9:33:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    History.com ^ | not given | History.com
    May 25, 1793: Catholic priest ordained in America   In Baltimore, Maryland, Father Stephen Theodore Badin becomes the first Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States. Badin was ordained by Bishop John Carroll, an early advocate of American Catholicism, and appointed to the Catholic mission in Kentucky.In colonial America, there were few English-speaking Catholics outside of Maryland, which was established in 1634 as a haven for Roman Catholics persecuted in England. In 1735, some 100 years after the establishment of Maryland, John Carroll was born in Baltimore into a prominent Catholic family. As secondary Catholic education was...
  • Hobby Lobby 4th July Message

    07/04/2014 8:28:19 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://www.hobbylobby.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Hobby Lobby
    Hobby Lobby wishes everyone a blessed 4th of July.
  • Those Blasted Presbyterians: Reflections on Independence Day

    07/04/2014 10:22:04 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    The Chief End of Man ^ | 7-4-14 | Don Sweeting
    “We are subject to the men who rule over us, but subject only in the Lord. If they command anything against him, let us not pay the least regard to it.” Book Four, Calvin’s Institutes “I fix all the blame of these extraordinary proceedings upon the Presbyterians.” So one colonist loyal to King George wrote to friends in England. Around the same time, Horace Walpole spoke from the English House of Commons to report on these “extraordinary proceedings” in the colonies of the new world. “There is no good crying about the matter,” he said. “Cousin America has run off...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ETHOS, 07-04-14

    07/04/2014 8:15:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-04-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ETHOS  The spirit of a people or culture, or, more technically, the totality of the ideas and attitudes held by a specific community in relation to behavior. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Nun Who Challenged Billy the Kid is on the Road to Sainthood

    07/04/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | June 26, 2014 | Tony Rossi
    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico. Segale, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, came to Trinidad, Colorado, in 1877 to teach poor children and was later transferred to Santa Fe, where she co-founded public and Catholic schools. During...
  • St. George Utah Temple: 1st operating temple [Dead 'Founding Fathers...appeared' in Mormon temple?]

    07/04/2014 6:49:54 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 110 replies
    Announcement: 9 November 1871 Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 9 November 1871 by Brigham Young Private Dedication: 1 January 1877 by Wilford Woodruff, Erastus Snow, and Brigham Young Dedication: 6–8 April 1877 by Daniel H. Wells (with Brigham Young presiding) SNIP The St. George Utah Temple is the first temple where endowments for the dead were performed. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America appeared twice to Wilford Woodruff in the St. George Utah Temple asking why their temple work had yet not been performed on their behalves. A striking painting depicting this singular event hangs in the temple...
  • We are a corporate theocracy now: The Christian right seeks cultural and political domination

    07/04/2014 12:31:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Salon ^ | July 3, 2014 | C.J. Werleman
    Christian right's plan is simple: Dominate courts, state legislatures, and push their twisted morality on all of us. “If fascism comes to America, it will not be identified with any “shirt” movement, nor with an “insignia,” but it will probably be “wrapped up in the flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution,” wrote in a 1936 issue of The Christian Century. Nobel Laureate recipient Sinclair Lewis put it even more succinctly when he warned, “It [fascism] would come wrapped in the flag and whistling the Star Spangled Banner.” No one who has followed the...
  • A Church Renovation Worth Celebrating

    07/03/2014 11:43:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 3, 2014 | ANTHONY ESOLEN
    Several years ago, the best thing that could have happened to my boyhood church in Pennsylvania did in fact happen. One evening the pastor entered the church, turned on the light switch, heard the pop of a short circuit, and peered into an impenetrable cloud of smoke. He ran out of the church and called the fire department. But there had been no fire. The smoke came from tons of plaster that had crashed fifty feet to the floor. The ceiling had collapsed.Saint Thomas Aquinas Church was built in the 1870′s by the same rough Irish coal miners who...
  • Take This Chalice—Please

    07/03/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 32 replies
    Commonweal ^ | June 30, 2014 | Rita Ferrone
    The results of a recent survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate indicate that more than half the priests in the United States dislike the new Missal translation. A very large majority finds parts of it “awkward and distracting.” Many believe it urgently needs revision. Fr. Tony Cutcher, president of the Federation of Priests’ Councils, says it’s time to move forward with “constructive criticism” and changes. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said much the same thing recently at a conference in Florida. OK, I’m ready. Can we change “chalice” back to “cup” now? The new translation retired the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VOW OF POVERTY, 07-03-14

    07/03/2014 7:45:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-03-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:VOW OF POVERTY The vow by which a person freely gives up the ownership, or at least the independent use and administration, of temporal goods. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • When Man is the Measure of All Things

    07/02/2014 2:03:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 2, 2014 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The distinguished political philosopher Leo Strauss was supposed to have said that the only two things in life really worth talking about are God and politics. That’s because at a most fundamental level they are inextricably intertwined. A skewed notion of the very nature of God and whether man acknowledges him—or tries to substitute himself for God—is at the crux of the turmoil, fanaticism, and destructiveness of the politics of our day and of much of the last hundred years.This is seen well in two books of the last decade. Robert R. Reilly’s The Closing of the Muslim Mind...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NOBLE GUARDS, 07-02-14

    07/02/2014 9:38:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-02-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NOBLE GUARDS The highest ranking corps of the papal ministry service. It originated in the light cavalry that was a mounted guard for the Pope and had been reorganized many times. Pope Leo XIII gave them their modern name. The Pope appointed the commander, who was always a Roman prince. All members were to show a sixty-year line of nobility recognized by the papacy. They appeared with the Pope at public functions and left always with him. They were privileged to convey the tidings to newly appointed cardinals of their appointments. The Noble Guards were abolished...
  • Bl. Junípero Serra and the Holy Family

    07/01/2014 9:49:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    CE.com ^ | 07-01-14 | Sean Fitzpatrick
    Bl. Junípero Serra and the Holy Family Sean FitzpatrickOn September 25th, 1988, Pope St. John Paul II beatified a swarthy, Spanish, asthmatic priest of small stature who was a dazzling scholar, a tireless apostle, and the founder of many missionaries from San Diego to San Francisco—Junípero Serra, who walked the western desert to irrigate souls with the water that becomes a spring welling up to eternal life.Born Miguel Jose Serra Ferrer on November 14, 1730, in Petra, Majorca, Spain, this servant of God and God’s people became a Franciscan after a brilliant career as a scholar of philosophy, taking...
  • For the first time in a 1600 years, no Masses said in Mosul

    07/01/2014 2:16:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Iraqi refugees are seen in a camp near the northern city of Irbil June 12. Hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes in Mosul are left without access to aid, officials said. (CNS photo/Stringer, EPA) In a June 12th post, Michael J. Miller passed along the bad news that Christians were being driven out completely of the city of Mosul, which is located in northern Iraq and had an estimated population well over two million: After the capture of the northern-Iraqi metropolis Mosul by Islamist forces, all the Christians who were still living there have now...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEVEN HEAVENS, 07-01-14

    07/01/2014 8:03:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SEVEN HEAVENS A popular belief, never confirmed by the Church, that heaven is divided into seven levesl of beatitude, the highest being the seventh. The expression "seventh heaven" is a remnant of this belief. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Generosity of Catholic Family Planning

    06/30/2014 6:47:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CE.com ^ | June 30, 2014 | Revised New American Bible
    The Generosity of Catholic Family Planning Caitlin Marchand In a contraceptive culture it is little wonder that natural family planning is often in the Catholic spotlight.  Perhaps it is also little wonder that we accidentally slip into using the secular world’s terms or attitudes when discussing it.  It is well established to anybody willing to hear that NFP is a licit practice.  In fact, it is not merely an acceptable but second rate choice made by second rate Catholics but can and should be undertaken in such a spirit as to be equally receptive to God’s will and lovingly exercise...
  • What is a caliphate?

    06/30/2014 10:00:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | June 30, 2014 | Ian Black, Middle East editor
    Caliphate ("succession" in Arabic) is an institution first created in the 7th century after the death of the prophet Muhammad. Now revived by the jihadists of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), this old-new political-religious entity has been given its own hashtag, #CaliphateRestored – a potent weapon in a digital propaganda war. Isis has shown itself to be a slick media operator in addition to its battlefield successes in Syria and Iraq. Other memorable hashtags –#SykesPicotOver and #BringbackmyHumvees – have encapsulated its achievements in erasing "artificial" colonial borders and humiliating both the US and Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GOLDEN SEQUENCE, 06-30-14

    06/30/2014 7:49:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GOLDEN SEQUENCE A name applied to the hymn Veni, Sancte Spiritus, et emitte coelitus (Come, Thou Holy Paraclete), which is sung on Pentecost Sunday. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Polygamy and Human Dignity

    06/29/2014 8:47:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | June 16, 2014 | Carson Holloway
    The normalization of polygamy would undermine our commitment to human dignity—our sense that each human being is to be valued as an end in him- or herself, and not merely as a means to others’ ends. Conservatives have long warned that the redefinition of marriage sought by the proponents of same-sex unions will prepare the way for a further redefinition of marriage to include polygamy. Some liberals have already done their part to fulfill this prophecy by assuming that the argument over same-sex marriage is over and by beginning to argue for a normalization of plural marriages. As I have...
  • The story of Father McGivney, extraordinary priest

    06/29/2014 2:04:15 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | June 28, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Italian edition of a book about the life of Father Michael McGivney tells the story of his extraordinary life as a parish priest, the inspiration that led him to found the Knights of Columbus, and the chronicle of his ongoing canonization process. “In reading this book, it will be clear that Father McGivney isn't only a model for American priests, but for all priests as well,” Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, stressed at a June 25 presentation in Rome. The Italian edition of “Parish...
  • As Moses Lifted Up The Serpent In The Wilderness

    06/29/2014 7:59:20 AM PDT · by OneVike · 76 replies
    The Relevant Christian Magazine | 7/29/14 | Chuck Ness
    Have you ever given it much thought about the phrase, “Lift Christ up with Praise?” Quite often you will hear a pastor use this phrase as he instructs you to give glory to God though His Son. But have you ever really consider what the significance of the phrase? Give me a moment of your time and allow me to introduce you to something very few Christians have actually ever considered when hearing this phrase, “Lift Christ up with Praise.” Most people know the verse, John 3:16, many have even memorized it. For me, that was the first verse...
  • Traditional Catholics Perplexed Over N.Y. Parish’s Rumored Closing [Catholic Caucus]

    06/28/2014 3:39:05 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | BRIAN FRAGA
    NEW YORK — Every week day, several traditional Catholics in New York City gather for a 6pm traditional Latin Mass at the Church of the Holy Innocents, a Gothic-Revival structure in Manhattan’s Garment District. On Sundays, a 10:30am sung high Mass in the extraordinary form, which features a talented schola, attracts more than 200 worshippers. The traditional parish community also attends a Sunday Rosary and 2:30pm vespers service that consistently draws more people than the 12:30pm English-language Mass. “The Masses there are packed. They have sung Latin Masses at all major feast days and processions. What other church does that?”...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OMEGA, 06-28-14

    06/28/2014 7:11:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OMEGA  The twenty-fourth and last letter of the Greek alphabet. Occurs in the Bible as Alpha and Omega (Revelation 21:6), where Christ refers to himself as the Beginning and the End. He is the Omega of the universe as the destiny of the human race and the final fulfillment of all creation. (Etym. Greek omega, the great [i.e., long] o., last letter of the alphabet.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHAINED BIBLES, 06-27-14

    06/27/2014 7:44:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CHAINED BIBLES  An institution of the medieval Church to protect copies of the Bible from thievery. Before the advent of printing, the rarity of books made them available only to the wealthy. they were often locked away in chests. The Church, wishing to make the Bible available to all the faithful and still to ensure it against loss, chained it to a desk or lectern near a window. There even poor students had its use and it was in popular demand. Bias and ignorance have interpreted this chaining as proof that the Church withheld the Bible...
  • Megiddo: A New Archaeological Find and True Christian Identity

    06/26/2014 6:30:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/26/14 | Bishop Arthur Serratelli
    One of the ancient world’s most important cities was Megiddo, dating from at least the 5th century B.C. Its location on a hill overlooking the Valley of Jezreel in modern day Israel gave it strategic importance in history. In former days, it controlled the passage between two military and trade routes. One connected Egypt to the lands of modern day Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria. The other connected Jerusalem to modern day Lebanon that opened the way by sea, in ancient times, to Italy and Spain. Throughout history, battles were fought and blood shed for control of Megiddo. In fact,...
  • The restoration of the cave church of St. Peter in Antioch - Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

    06/26/2014 2:03:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Fides ^ | June 24, 2014
    Antakya (Agenzia Fides) - The cave church of St. Peter in Antioch is still closed and restoration work is not yet complete. But the prefecture authority has granted permission, however, to the Christians of Antioch, Iskenderun, Mersin and Adana to visit the cave church on June 29 to celebrate with a moment of prayer, the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. This was confirmed to Fides Agency by the Capuchin Franciscan Fr. Domenico Bertogli, pastor of the local Catholic Church of the Latin rite, editor of the news magazine entitled "Chronicle of Antioch". "There is still much...
  • A little perspective on wars of religion and irreligion

    06/26/2014 1:52:25 PM PDT · by dangus · 23 replies
    6-26-14 | dangus
    100 million killed by the Chinese Empire to crush a rebellion by a false Messiah during the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864) 80 million killed during the Muslin conquest of the Indian Subcontinent (chiefly, 12th-16th century.) 60 million died during World War I, triggered by anarchists. Includes influenza epidemic. 40 million died during Mao's Great Leap Forward (1958-1962) 35 million died during the Islamic conquest of Timur-e-Lang. 30 million died during the Mongol conquest of the Middle East and Central Eurasia, mostly after the conversion to Islam of the Mongol leadership. 30 million died during the collapse of the Yuan dynasty. 30...
  • Tao Te Ching: The "Ancient Child" Fallacy [Lao Tzu = 'bully...picking a fight']

    06/26/2014 1:08:36 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    Taoism.net ^ | Derek Lin
    In certain circles, it is popular to talk about the name Lao Tzu (or Laozi) having the dual meaning of "Old Master" and "Ancient Child." ...Another MeaningIn spoken Chinese, the two characters lao tzu can have another meaning when used in another context, but it's like absolutely nothing imagined by Western academics. In this other context, the tzu character looks the same but is pronounced in a different pitch. An English speaker probably won't be able to tell the difference. When pronounced this way, the meaning is 1) father and 2) a rude and crude way to refer to oneself....
  • Time for new reformation re: understanding of Biblical priesthood, sainthood, & ordination [Vanity]

    06/26/2014 11:27:30 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 169 replies
    Colofornian | June 26, 2014 | Colofornian
    Mass confusion is still extant pertaining to three key Christian words -- each related to "ministry" and those who serve God: "priesthood" "saints" "ordination" Each of these words have, unfortunately, been largely skewed by the historical Church: The first two by Roman Catholicism; the latter by Protestantism. 'Holy Priesthood...Royal Priesthood' No New Testament-based Church can neglect 1 Peter 2:4-9 and Revelation 1:5-6 plus Revelation 5:10 in its definition of "priesthood." In 1 Peter 2, the "holy priesthood" (verse 5) and the "royal priesthood" (verse 9) are described as a privilege presented to those who... ...come to Christ (verse 4); ...are...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNJUST DAMAGE, 06-26-14

    06/26/2014 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary,
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNJUST DAMAGE  Violating the property of another in some unfair manner without deriving any advantage from the harm caused. The obligation to undo the damage caused binds under the following conditions: 1. the act of damage must be unjust in the strict sense; 2. the action must be the real and effective cause of the damage, so that a accidental cause would not require restitution; 3. the harmful action must be formally sinful, i.e., deliberately unjust. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Restore Latin to the Mass [Lutheran / LCMS Mass, that is]

    06/26/2014 2:47:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 82 replies
    The Jagged Word ^ | 6/24/2014 | Rev. Graham Glover
    It’s been roughly 500 years since Martin Luther introduced the language of the people to the Mass – the Divine Liturgy of the Church. 500 years since the historic language of the Western Church was purged from the worship of God’s people. As a student of history, I understand why Luther thought this was necessary. Indeed, there is goodness in hearing and understanding the Liturgy in one’s native tongue. But Luther’s experiment with language should end. It’s time to restore Latin to the Mass of the Western Church. It’s time to reintroduce the language of the Church to her people.For...
  • A rare and meaningful ordination at Saint Henry’s Cathedral in Helsinki, Finland

    06/25/2014 1:59:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 23, 2014 | Alberto Carosa
    Deacon Anders Hamberg being ordained by Bishop Teemu Sippo at Saint Henry's Cathedral in Helsinki (Photo courtesy of Saint Henry's Cathedral: henrik.katolinen.fi) Among the recent positive developments of Catholicism in the Northern countries, Deacon Anders Hamberg was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 7th, as only the sixth Finnish-born Catholic priest since the Reformation. The ordination took place in Saint Henry’s Cathedral in Helsinki, in both Swedish, the mother tongue of Fr. Hamberg, and Latin, and was celebrated by the Bishop of Helsinki, Msgr. Teemu Sippo S.C.I. Father Hamberg had been ordained a deacon by Bishop Sippo on September...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FREEMASONRY, 06-25-14

    06/25/2014 8:06:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary,
    Featured Term (selected at random:FREEMASONRY  The teachings and practices of a secret international organization whose modern origins date from the first quarter of the eighteenth-century. Freemasonry began as a fraternity of Deists in Europe, and its basic orientation has been naturalistic, i.e. supernatural, ever since. Its hostility to the Catholic Church has evoked numerous declarations of the Holy See, notably of Popes Clement XII (1738), Pius IX (1864) and Leo XIII (1884). The Code of Canon Law (1918) decreed that no Catholic may join "Masonic sects or any other similar associations which plot against the Church" (Canon 2335). The...
  • Who needs conspiracy theories when the Freemasons openly celebrate Vatican II in the Eternal City?

    The largest and most influential Masonic organization in Italy is the Grand Orient of Italy [Grande Oriente d'Italia]. Yes, it is the very same Grand Lodge whose Grand Masters always worked for the humiliation of the Apostolic See, from the battles against Pius IX to symbolic acts of effrontery (such as Giordano Bruno's statue in Campo de' Fiori, a response to Leo XIII); it was also the Grand Lodge that once had jurisdiction over the well-known Propaganda Due lodge, the P2, including during the crucial years of the Vatican II Council and immediate aftermath. This Grande Oriente d'Italia hosted a...
  • Did Paul invent or hijack Christianity?

    06/24/2014 2:13:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1,085 replies
    Madison Ruppert ^ | 06/24/2014
    Recently, a friend emailed me with a very common claim, namely, that, “Paul hijacked Christianity with no personal connection with Jesus and filled his letters with personal opinions.” This could be rephrased in the more common claim: Paul invented Christianity.This claim is especially common among Muslim apologists who use it in an attempt to explain why the Qur’an simultaneously affirms Jesus as a true prophet while also contradicting the Bible at every major point. However, since my friend is not a Muslim and is not coming at the issue from that angle, I will just deal with the question more...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAYING ON OF HANDS,06-24-14

    06/24/2014 8:36:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 06-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LAYING ON OF HANDS In both the Old and New Testaments a significant symbolic action denoting various meanings. Examples: Israel giving his parental blessing to Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 48:18); Moses passing his authority to his successor (Numbers 27:18); Joshua receiving the spirit of wisdom to lead his people (Deuteronomy 34:9); Aaron preparing the ram for sacrifice (Exodus 29:10). In the New Testament its symbolism took on a further and deeper meaning: Jesus blessing the children (Matthew 19:15); Jesus bringing the official's daughter back to life (Matthew 9:18); Peter and John calling down the Holy Spirit...
  • A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church – Conversion Story of A. David Anders, Ph.D.

    06/23/2014 5:06:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 87 replies
    ComingHomenetwork.org ^ | February 13, 2012 | A. David Anders, Ph.D.
    A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church – Conversion Story of A. David Anders, Ph.D. February 13, 2012 | 74 responses A Protestant Historian Discovers  the Catholic Church by A. David Anders, Ph.D.I grew up an Evangelical Protestant in Birmingham, Alabama. My parents were loving and devoted, sincere in their faith, and deeply involved in our church. They instilled in me a respect for the Bible as the Word of God, and a desire for a living faith in Christ. Missionaries frequented our home and brought their enthusiasm for their work. Bookshelves in our house were filled with theology...