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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...
  • THEOLOGY OF THE FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY [Catholic Caucus]

    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...
  • HE'S ALIVE!

    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)...