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  • The nasty taint of porn [Less than 5 years ago, Lds church-owned paper took Romney to task]

    04/12/2012 4:13:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 41 replies
    Pornography taints everything it touches. Mitt Romney should have understood that. So should the Marriott Corp. and other hotel owners who offer hard-core movies in hotel rooms. Romney caught a bit of flack...because he spent nearly 10 years on the Marriott board and yet never tried to reverse the company's policy of providing pornography on demand, something J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr., defended in a 2000 letter as being economically important... For a presidential candidate who has railed against pornography, this is not entirely insignificant. Even if the subject never came up at a board meeting, one can argue that at...
  • I Miss Women Wearing Hats and Veils in Church. A brief reminiscence of days gone by

    04/11/2012 5:08:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 146 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | april 10th, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Miss Women Wearing Hats and Veils in Church. A brief reminiscence of days gone by.By: Msgr. Charles Pope I know, I know, I am so hopelessly old fashioned. But I want to say, I miss women wearing hats. I have written before (HERE) of how I miss them wearing the veil in Church. But even before the veil, the hat was more commonly worn by women in 1940s and before (See photo  below left, of my parish taken in the early 1950s, click photo for a larger view). Veils became popular in the later 1950s and 1960s before...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MALABAR RITES, 04-11-12

    04/11/2012 11:04:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MALABAR RITES The customs and practices of the natives of South India, which the Jesuit missionaries in the seventeenth century permitted their converts but which the Holy See afterward prohibited. Robert de Nobili (1577-1656) initiated these rites in order to pave the way for the hoped-for conversion of the Brahmins. Among those who observed the Malabar Rites was St. John de Britto (1647-93). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Annulment

    04/10/2012 5:55:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Annulmentby Sebastian R. FamaQuite often you will hear an annulment described as a Catholic divorce. But an annulment and a divorce are two different things. Divorce dissolves a marriage while an annulment is a recognition that a sacramental marriage (valid in the eyes of the Church) never existed. The Church does recognize, however, that a civil marriage (valid in the eyes of the state) did exist. In order for a marriage to be valid in the eyes of the Church, both parties must be aware of what constitutes a sacramental marriage. They must also be free, willing and capable of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PALM SUNDAY, 04-10-12

    04/10/2012 10:40:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    http://www.catholicreference.net/ ^ | 04-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PALM SUNDAY The Sunday before Easter and the sixth and last of Lent, and the beginning of Holy Week. On this day the Church commemorates Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when olive and palm branches were strewn in his path. In the liturgy the memorial of this event is included in every Mass, with the procession or solemn entrance before the principal Mass, and with the simple procession before the other Masses on Palm Sunday. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Resurrection Appearances Chronologically Arranged

    04/10/2012 9:57:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-09-12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Resurrection Appearances Chronologically ArrangedBy: Msgr. Charles Pope This blog post is a follow-up from yesterday’s blog. You can read yesterday’s post by clicking HEREWhen we encounter the resurrection accounts in the New Testament we face a challenge in putting all the pieces together in a way that the sequence of the events flow in logical order. This is due to the fact that no one Gospel presents all, or even most of the data. Some of the data also seems to conflict. I tried to show in yesterday’s blog that these apparent conflicts are not, usually, true conflicts....
  • Happiness: Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness (Part 3)

    04/09/2012 7:22:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CERC.org ^ | 2012 | Peter Kreeft
    Happiness: Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness PETER KREEFTChrist's fourth beatitude, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness," cuts to the rotten flesh at the heart of the modern world. It shows a striking difference between our culture and all others, especially our own culture's past. As Solzhenitsyn said in his great and shocking 1978 Harvard commencement address, nothing more conspicuously distinguishes us than our lack of courage, our lack of passion. You see this strikingly when you live in another culture, or even when you read the writings of another culture, like the Middle Ages...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PLAIN CHANT, 04-09-12

    04/09/2012 10:34:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-09-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PLAIN CHANT Sometimes inaccurately called Gregorian chant, but plain chant is a modification of the Gregorian, introduced among the Franks in the ninth century. It is unisonous and free-rhythmed and composed on a scale of four lines. The modes or scales of plain chant are limited to the natural intervals of the human voice and the melodies likewise confined to a person's natural range. Features of this chant are that the "leading note" is commonly avoided; also two choirs may be used while alternately singing the same melody. The beauty of plain chant derives from its...

    04/09/2012 9:02:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Divinemercysunday.com ^ | April 8, 2012 | Robert R. Allard, Director
    The establishment of the Feast of The Divine Mercy on the octave day of Easter fulfilled the purpose of the restoration of the liturgical year, allowing "the faithful through their faith, hope and love to share more deeply in the whole mystery of Christ as it unfolds throughout the year" (Moto Proprio of Pope Paul VI, 1969, on the Liturgical Year and Roman Calendar, quoting Vatican II on the Liturgy, 102). It ensures even greater prominence to the paschal mystery of Christ, so that the faithful more effectively "lays hold of the mysteries of Christ and are filled with...
  • Are There Discrepancies in the Resurrection Accounts? If so, Can They be Resolved?

    04/09/2012 8:42:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 74 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/8/12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When we read the various accounts of the Resurrection in the four Gospels, Acts and Pauline Epistles we can easily be puzzled by some apparent discrepancies in the details. The Pope in his recent book, Jesus of Nazareth (Vol II) says, We have to acknowledge that this testimony [of Scripture] considered from an historical point of view, is presented to us in a particularly complex form and gives rise to many questions. (P. 242) The Pope goes on to explain what he considers to be the reason for this complexity and apparent divergence in some of the details. What actually...
  • Good Thursday (not Good Friday)

    04/08/2012 12:32:29 PM PDT · by FoxPro · 26 replies
    tedmontgomery.com ^ | Ted Montgomery
    I would like to demonstrate that Jesus’ crucifixion and death occurred not on a Friday (the sixth day of the week), as has been traditionally accepted, but rather on the previous day, Thursday (the fifth day of the week). My Holy Week chart, near the bottom of this page, displays my depiction of the week during which the following occurred during the month of Aviv (also called Nisan) of that year:
  • Easter Changes Everything

    04/08/2012 12:08:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 5th, 2012 | George Weigel
    Easter Changes Everything Columnists George WeigelApril 5th, 2012 George Weigel Christmas occupies such a large part of the Christian imagination that the absolute supremacy of Easter as the greatest of Christian feasts may get obscured at times. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, an Italian biblical scholar, suggests that we might begin to appreciate how Easter changed everything—and gave the birth of Jesus at Christmas its significance—by reflecting on the story of Jesus purifying the Jerusalem Temple, at the beginning of John’s Gospel.In this prophetic and symbolic act, Ravasi writes, Jesus draws a sharp contrast between a religion of superficiality and self-absorption and...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Divorce and Remarriage

    04/07/2012 8:31:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Divorce and Remarriageby Sebastian R. FamaIt is a sad fact of life that divorce has become an all-too-common occurrence. Many marriages that began with joy and hope end in bitter separation. Unfortunately, the Church is not immune to this problem. As with marriage, many view the Church’s position on divorce and remarriage as archaic and unrealistic. But the Church’s position is nothing more than the direct teaching of Christ. In Luke 16:18 we hear Jesus saying: "Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery."Paul says essentially...
  • THE EXULTET: Liturgical Treasure of the Easter Vigil

    04/07/2012 3:53:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | April 6, 2012 | DR WILLIAM LUCKEY
    The Exultet is a very lengthy, yet beautiful proclamation of the resurrection of Christ, resembling Haggadah, the great proclamation in the Jewish Pascal supper.The deacon singing the Exultet at Easter VigilThe Benedictine theologian of liturgy, Cyprian Vagaggini, points out that there are certain attitudes, surprisingly, within the church today, which have muddled the understanding of Easter. First, there is a positivist-historicist mentality which kind of tricked us into seeing the resurrection of Christ separately from his passion, and, then, his passion and death separately from his resurrection, and, both of these, separate from the sacraments. There is also a “juridic...
  • MSNBC's O'Donnell on Romney's "Mormon Problem": How Moronism Was "Invented"

    04/07/2012 2:48:46 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 136 replies
    MSNBC via YouTube ^ | April 4, 2012 | Lawrence O'Donnell
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_5hww4HNDQ And so begins the MSM turn on the Republican nominee. And as much as I hate to credit the MSM, and particularly O'Donnell, I cannot find anything in his rant that is inaccurate, other than the number of wives Joseph Smith claimed. O'Donnell says 48, but I believe the most consistent number put forward by historians is 27. On the other hand, Brigham Young claimed 56 wives, so O'Donnell is certainly within range.
  • Following the Truth: Follow Me… [into Holy Week]

    04/07/2012 1:13:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Apr 1st, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Follow Me… Apr 1st, 2012by Gary Zimak.  As Jesus passed on from there,He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. (Matthew 9:9)As we head into the final 2 weeks our Spiritual Exercises retreat, I just wanted to reach out and share a few thoughts. Today, with the celebration of Palm Sunday, we enter into the holiest week of the year. Over the next five days, on my nightly radio show, we’ll meditate on Our Lord’s Passion and death. As we do this, we’ll recognize...
  • The Fifteen Promises Granted to Those Who Recite the Rosary [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2012 11:30:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    TheMostHolyRosary.com ^ | not given | The MostHolyRosary.com via prophecy of the BVM
      The Fifteen Promises Granted to those who Recite the Rosary The Fifteen Promises of Mary Granted to those who Recite the RosaryThe Glory of St DominicGuido Reni 1613 A.D. FrescoSan Domenico, Bologna The Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that "Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted." She left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary. Imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces. I promise my special protection and the greatest...
  • Crucifixion: History, Archaeology (with photos!), and Why Jesus Died This Way

    04/07/2012 6:27:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 6, 2012 | Michael Barber
    Today we meditate on the crucifixion of Jesus. In places around the world, images of the Christ crucified will be contemplated and venerated. Indeed, the image of the cross is quite familiar to us. It is part and parcel of Christian iconography. Perhaps, it is too familiar. Put frankly, the cross has in many ways been sanitized. To some extent, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004) helped bring attention to the actual violence associated with this form of ancient execution. Indeed, the attempt to re-dramatize the violence caused deep controversy. Some have even claimed that the film exaggerated...
  • Historical Questions About the Resurrection (Special TSP Easter Post and Podcast)

    04/07/2012 12:35:42 AM PDT · by Mighty_Quinn
    The Sacred Page ^ | 4/7/12 | Michael Barber
    Click below (scroll to the bottom of this post) to listen to the special TSP Easter podcast. Of course, you can also listen on iTunes. (Have you subscribed to the podcast yet?)St. Paul makes it clear that Resurrection is an essential aspect of Christian faith. He states, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (1 Cor 15:16–19). Yet...

    04/06/2012 8:15:19 PM PDT · by Outlaw Woman · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | Don Francisco sung by Dolly Parton
    If you want a true blessing on this, the most sacred of days, listen to this rendition of He's Alive. The most amazing part of the production of this song was that it was performed Live on National T.V. in 1989 during the Country Music Awards and what a blessing it was (and is). Whatever happens to us as a Nation, we must remember that this is truly what it is all about. I hope this blesses you as much as it has me. He's Alive! He's Alive! He's Alive and I'm Forgiven! (as I so desperately need His forgiveness)...
  • Visiting the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is Now Possible Without Ever Leaving Your Home

    04/06/2012 7:55:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Holy Land is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. Every year millions of people come here to see and walk in the same places that Jesus once did two thousand years ago. But from now on it will not be necessary to travel to Jerusalem in order to visit every corner of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, a tour of the place where Jesus was buried after his crucifixion. Through the web, a virtual pilgrim can now walk through the streets of Jerusalem even if they are thousands of miles away. The website also...
  • Following the Truth: No Greater Love… [Catholic and Open]

    04/06/2012 6:57:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Apr 6th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    No Greater Love… Apr 6th, 2012by Gary Zimak.   Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)On this day, approximately 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ suffered and died on a cross so that you and I can one day live in the eternal happiness of His kingdom. He gave everything, holding nothing back. As we look over our lives, what have we done to express our gratitude? Speaking for myself, I have to admit that the answer is “not much”. As a matter of fact, not only haven’t I...
  • Following the Truth: Don’t Just Feel Sorry For Jesus… [Catholic and Open]

    04/06/2012 6:52:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    FollowingtheTruth ^ | Apr 4th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Don’t Just Feel Sorry For Jesus… Apr 4th, 2012by Gary Zimak  For several years, my reaction to Our Lord’s Passion was the same:How could the authorities do this to Jesus?How could people cry out “Crucify Him”?What did He ever do to deserve this?How could Peter and Judas betray their friend?These people were really nasty!But eventually the sadness passed (usually by the evening of Good Friday) and nothing really changed in my life. As I started to learn more about my faith, however, I realized that my sins were responsible for the Lord’s suffering. Although that was a big revelation, the...
  • Bread from Heaven: The Eucharist Sustains Us and Lifts Us Up [Catholic Caucus]

    04/06/2012 1:10:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    WAU.org ^ | April, 2012 | WAU staff
    Bread from Heaven The Eucharist Sustains Us and Lifts Us Up From the very beginning of time, when God first created the universe, his intention was that we would all come to him to receive the grace, wisdom, and strength we needed. The Book of Genesis uses the image of the two trees in the Garden of Eden to convey this central truth: The tree of life held all the treasures of his divine plan, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil supported the philosophy that we could decide for ourselves what was right or wrong—we...
  • Crucifixion: Ancient descriptions, archaeology (with photos!), and why Jesus died this way

    04/06/2012 9:20:15 AM PDT · by Mighty_Quinn · 9 replies
    TheSacredPage.com ^ | 4/6/12 | Michael Barber
    Click below to listen to our special Good Friday podcast. Also be sure to come back tomorrow and Sunday for special podcasts on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday!  Crucifixion: History, Archaeology, and Why Jesus Died This Way (Good Friday Podcast)(Right click to download) Today we celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus. In places around the world, images of the Christ crucified will be contemplated and venerated. Indeed, the image of the cross is quite familiar to us. It is part and parcel of Christian iconography. Perhaps, it is too familiar. Put frankly, the cross has in many ways been sanitized. To some...
  • Vatican, Israel Spar Over Disputed Last Supper Site

    04/05/2012 10:55:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | 4/5/12 | Daniel Estrin
    This room, known as the Cenacle on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, is venerated as the site of Jesus' Last Supper. Jews and Muslims also consider the building to be a holy site, and it has been a source of contention for years. Israel and the Vatican may be nearing an agreement.This room, known as the Cenacle on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, is venerated as the site of Jesus' Last Supper. Jews and Muslims also consider the building to be a holy site, and it has been a source of contention for years. Israel and the Vatican may be nearing an...
  • The Christian Origin of Easter Eggs.

    04/05/2012 9:17:44 AM PDT · by dangus · 30 replies
    Vanity | 4-5-12 | Dangus
    In past years, I've debunked all sorts of nonsense about supposedly pagan origins of various Easter traditions, and Easter itself. However, since the Western Church has lost some of its ancient traditions, I was unaware of the Christian origins of Easter eggs. Since attending Eastern rites, occasionally, I have learned the truth: Traditionally, Christians have fasted from not only meat on Friday, but from all meat, fish, and dairy, all week long. Thus, just before Lent, great Feasts are held to consume all the spoilable foods that are abstained from during Lent. One can wait until after Lent is over...
  • Bishop Williamson- new evidence required before conviction

    04/05/2012 2:57:08 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 9 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 5th April 2012 | Cathcon
    The completion of the investigation of Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson takes longer than initially planned. In about three weeks, a penalty will be sought for race hatred of of 6500€, said the spokesman for the prosecutors in Regensburg, Wolfhard Meindl,on Tuesday.
  • Essays for Lent: Marriage

    04/04/2012 8:26:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2004 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Marriageby Sebastian R. FamaIn recent years the institution of Marriage has increasingly come under attack. Some consider it to be an outdated relic from the past. Some think of it as an unnecessary formality while still others see it as something that "was created for the benefit of men at the expense of women."Isn’t it true, critics will ask, that women are required to vow blind obedience to their husbands? No they aren’t, at least not in the Catholic Church. To begin with the Church does not allow people to write their own vows. Marriage is an ecclesial affair, not...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SICK CALL, 04-04-12

    04/04/2012 10:39:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SICK CALL The call for a priest to minister to the spiritual needs of a person who is gravely ill. Normally the sacraments administered on a sick call are penance, Holy Communion, and anointing of the sick. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Mohammed & Charlemagne Revisited: The Epilogue

    04/04/2012 7:22:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The N ew English Review ^ | April 2012 | Emmet Scott
    We have seen that, irrespective of what happened in Europe, Graeco-Roman civilization was terminated very abruptly in the seventh century in its heartlands, in the Near and Middle East, and in North Africa. In these vast territories a new civilization, quite unlike that which had gone before, appeared with surprising rapidity. This new Islamic culture inherited the resources, wealth, and learning of the old one, and was, from the very beginning, at an enormous advantage over the remnant “Roman” lands which yet survived in Europe. The latter continent was still largely rural and, for the most part, “pagan” and tribal....
  • FReep this poll!!! Cardinal Timothy Dolan: TIME magazine 100 poll

    04/04/2012 1:16:27 AM PDT · by koinonia · 16 replies
    TIME Magazine ^ | March 29, 2012 | TIME Staff
    Timothy Cardinal Dolan Age: 62 Occupation: Prince of the Catholic Church The man most likely to give Barack Obama fits on the way to Election Day is the newly birettaed Archbishop of New York. Affable, jolly and theatrical, Dolan deploys these genial weapons as the Catholic Church's point man in the battle against the Obama Administration's policies on contraception and abortion. The President barely won the Catholic vote in 2008; without an accommodation, Dolan could turn away enough voters to tilt a close election — all with a smile.
  • Essays for Lent: Natural Family Planning

    04/03/2012 8:56:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2005 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Natural Family Planningby Sebastian R. Fama Natural Family Planning (NFP) seems to be the Catholic Church’s best-kept secret. It’s not that the Church wants it to be a secret. The message just doesn’t seem to get out. NFP is the licit alternative to contraception, or birth control as it is usually referred to. NFP is just as effective as any method of contraception and it has the advantage of causing no harm to the woman’s body with side effects and complications.Rather than tamper with a woman’s body, NFP works with it. It is important to note that NFP is not...
  • Behold! The Holy Week Treasure Map | Why I Am Catholic

    04/03/2012 7:35:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | not given | via yimcatholic
  • In 2008, Who Could've Predicted This? (Fixed)

    04/03/2012 4:54:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 3, 2012 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    If in 2008 you had pondered the outcome of a winner-take-all matchup between president-elect Barack Obama and then Archbishop of Milwaukee Timothy Dolan, I think few would’ve considered it a fair fight. As President-elect Barack Obama stood between the Greek columns giving his acceptance speech, not only the country applauded but the world. There were few who weren’t moved. Barack Obama was a man astride the Earth. One can look back now and say he was just reading off a teleprompter or that the Republican Party had nominated a candidate who was never really sure he wanted to beat Obama....
  • Catholic And Protestant Journalists, Websites Abuzz About Coming False Prophet "Petrus Romanus"

    04/03/2012 4:09:57 PM PDT · by sreastman · 23 replies
    Raiders News Network ^ | 4/3/2012 | Steve Eastman
    Catholic And Protestant Journalists, Websites Abuzz About Coming False Prophet "Petrus Romanus," Has He Arrived? by Steve Eastman, Raiders News Network The False Prophet is the forgotten figure in end time prophecy. There is plenty of speculation about who the Anti-Christ is, but very little about his “promoter.” Yet if we look deeply enough, we can discover what evangelicals and Catholics have believed about this personality, although there seems to be plenty of room for multiple interpretations in both camps. We begin by taking what at first glance appear to be bit of a rabbit trail, but it’s actually to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WESTERN SCHISM, 04-03-12

    04/03/2012 8:45:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):WESTERN SCHISM Widespread division in Catholic unity caused by rival claims to the Papacy. In the Western Schism (1378-1417) there were two and later three claimants to the Papacy at the same time. The election of Urban VI (1318-89) was challenged post factum by thirteen of his cardinal electors, who in 1378 chose Clement VII as Avignon Pope in his stead. After thirty years of fruitless efforts to settle the rift, a council of prelates at Pisa in 1409 sought to depose the Roman and Avignon pontiffs and elected Alexander V. Finally the schism was healed...
  • Essays for Lent: Contraception

    04/02/2012 8:51:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2005 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Contraceptionby Sebastian R. FamaDiscussions on subjects such as the Trinity or the Eucharist can usually be kept on the intellectual level. But when it comes to a subject like contraception a person’s position may be influenced by forces beyond mere intellect. That’s because what people believe on this issue can have a profound impact on their lives. Consequently, people aren’t always willing to consider the arguments against contraception.Up until 1930, all Christian bodies taught that contraception was illicit. At that time the Anglican Church decided that it was permissible for "grave reasons in a marriage." It wasn’t long before "grave...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: AUTHORITY, 04-02-12

    04/02/2012 9:25:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):AUTHORITY The right of a society to direct and compel the members to co-operate toward the attainment of the end of that society. Ultimately all authority in a society comes from God but in different ways, depending on the kind of society. In a conventional society, founded by the free agreement of men and women who set its purpose and choose its means, God is the final source of authority, but indirectly, in the sense that he is the source of everything. He created the persons who form the society and gave them the faculties by...
  • LDS Proxy Marriage Rites Bind Slaves to Slavemasters for Eternity, including Jefferson and Hemmings

    04/02/2012 9:05:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Religious Dispatches ^ | 04/02/2012 | Joanna Brooks
    Yesterday, Religion Dispatches contributor Max Mueller published a piece at Slate detailing posthumous marriage rites performed in LDS temples that have wed Mormon and non-Mormon slaveholders to their former slave concubines—including Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings. The article sheds light on another form of posthumous religious rites performed in LDS temples. In addition to posthumous baptisms, LDS Church members routinely perform proxy temple marriages or “sealings” for their ancestors and other deceased couples. Church doctrine teaches that marriages performed within LDS temples “seal” husband and wife together not only for mortality but for eternity. Mormonism uniquely emphasizes eternal marriage as...
  • Homs: The City that is a Symbol of Today’s Syrian Turmoil Once Produced a Pope

    04/02/2012 7:09:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 3/21/12 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Pope Anicetus was the tenth successor of Peter. This land also produced Bishop Nemesius, the great 4th-century philosopherThe horrific images of the tortured bodies of women and children have made this city into a symbol of Syria’s current turmoil. But what few know is that Homs - the third largest city in Syria after Damascus and Aleppo - also has a significant Christian history and even produced a Pope for the Church of Rome. He was called Anicetus, and he was the tenth successor of Peter. He came from Emesa - as Homs was called in the ancient world -...
  • Being an American Catholic Today: The Historical (and Current) Challenge

    04/02/2012 7:01:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | 3/31/12 | Fr. Richard Gribble CSC
    It is important to understand how the American Catholic experience is unique in the history of the Church.Is it possible for one to be both an American, and Catholic, in the 21st century? Today, most American Catholics, in fact most people, in the United States or elsewhere, would answer unhesitatingly, “Yes.” As religious tolerance, at least in the western world, is normative, and the basic human freedom of choice is equally accepted, the question seems rather awkward, if not ridiculous. Why would anyone perceive or believe that a specific religious and national choice could not be sufficiently compatible to allow...
  • Essays for Lent: Abstinence

    04/01/2012 7:30:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2005 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Abstinenceby Sebastian R. FamaThe concept of sexual abstinence is not as popular as it once was. Tragically, even some Church goers have little or no regard for it. They choose to follow the lead of pop culture rather than the teachings of their faith. Even so, most men and women, at least subconsciously, believe that fornication (sex outside of marriage) is wrong.The standard defense for condoning fornication is usually a variation of the following: "There’s nothing wrong with sleeping with someone you really love. " Curiously, the same men who say this to their girlfriends say the opposite to their...
  • Following the Truth: Whoever Exalts Himself Will Be Humbled…

    04/01/2012 6:29:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Following the Truth.com ^ | Mar 6th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Whoever Exalts Himself Will Be Humbled… Mar 6th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  …but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12)Whether it involves our practice of attending daily Mass, praying the rosary or performing charitable acts, the Lord’s words are clear. Being Catholic involves A LOT more than just thoughts and words. While all of these spiritual practices are essential parts of our faith, we have to remember that we’re also called to LOVE and SERVE one another. Jesus gave us the supreme example of what it means to serve. One of the best ways to serve is to SHARE what...
  • "That Rock Is Gonna Roll" Easter Video

    04/01/2012 6:27:03 PM PDT · by Emmett McCarthy · 9 replies
    Self-produced | March 31, 2012 | Emmett Grayson
    My song and video for the Easter season
  • 800-Year-Old Frescoes Leave Texas For Cyprus

    04/01/2012 6:01:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | 3/14/12 | Wade Goodwyn
    A set of 13th-century Byzantine frescoes — plundered after Turkey invaded Cyprus and on display in Houston for the last 15 years — is headed home at last. It's the closing chapter in what turns out to be a remarkable odyssey. It all started in the summer of 1974, when the Turkish army invaded Cyprus and nearly 200,000 Greek Cypriots became refugees fleeing south. "And so all the churches and homes and art was left behind," says Josef Helfenstein, director of the Menil Collection in Houston. "And after years, some of these churches began to be looted." Hundreds of them,...
  • The Divine Office: Palm Sunday

    03/31/2012 8:06:51 PM PDT · by Catholic Examiner
    Examiner.com ^ | 3/31/2012 | Joe Speranzella SFO
    Reading From a homily by Saint Gregory Nazianzen We are soon going to share in the Passover We are soon going to share in the Passover, and although we still do so only in a symbolic way, the symbolism already has more clarity than it possessed in former times because, under the law, the Passover was, if I may dare to say so, only a symbol of a symbol. Before long, however, when the Word drinks the new wine with us in the kingdom of his Father, we shall be keeping the Passover in a yet more perfect way, and...
  • Essays for Lent: The Rapture

    03/31/2012 8:03:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 93 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     The Raptureby Sebastian R. Fama"The Rapture" is a term that is used by Bible Christians to describe the belief that at some point in time Jesus will come, and all true believers will literally rise up and meet Him in the air and be whisked away to heaven. All non-believers will remain on the earth to be dealt with later. The Catholic Church teaches that Jesus will come and judge the living and the dead. The righteous will be saved and the unrighteous will suffer eternal damnation. No one will be left on the earth. Belief in such a rapture...
  • Happiness: The first three Beatitudes (Part 2)

    03/31/2012 1:40:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CERC.org ^ | 2012 | Peter Kreeft
    Part Two: Happiness: The first three Beatitudes PETER KREEFTChrist proposes a vision of happiness which is the exact opposite of what everyone in the post-Christian West assumes to be the sources of the greatest happiness in life. Blessed are the Poor in Spirit We say how blessed we are as individuals or as a nation when we have wealth. He says no, you are blessed when you are poor. Poor not only in your bank account, but even more than that, not less, poor down to the depths of your heart, poor in spirit, detached from riches, whether you are physically...
  • The Apostles and the Priesthood ~ Part 4 [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/31/2012 11:55:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    OpusAngelorum.org ^ | 2006-2009 | OpusAngelorum.org
    The Apostles and the Priesthood ~ Part 4   “Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent Him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation. Since ‘without faith it is impossible to please [God]’ (Heb 11:16)” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 161). We receive our faith from the teaching of the Apostles, which has been handed down to us through Scripture and sacred Tradition. Embracing the faith implies the dedication of our whole lives to the object of our faith, the Blessed Trinity. For “faith is a personal adherence of the whole man to God...