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  • Apologetics: The Next Generation [Ecumenical]

    05/06/2012 8:23:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FaithandFamilyLive.com ^ | April 17, 2010 | Eddie O'Neil
    Apologetics: The Next Generation Young Adults Find New Ways to Defend the Faith by Eddie O'Neil in Faith on Saturday, April 17, 2010 6:00 AM Easter reminds us to go and share the good news of Christ’s glorious resurrection. Young adults who are on fire for the faith are doing just that using some traditional means of defending the Church — as well as tapping into the use of new media to get the message out.Down south at Texas A&M University, the opportunities are plentiful for the more than 12,000 Catholics students to get involved in their faith. According to...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Knowledge is Not Enough!

    05/04/2012 6:23:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Knowledge is Not Enough!by Sebastian R. FamaOn September 20, 2000, Pope John Paul II speaking to 40,000 people gathered for his general audience said, "Through the Holy Spirit, Christians are brought into a personal relationship with God." Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, speaking to a group of religion teachers and catechists at the Vatican was more explicit. He said, "Catechesis is not so much a matter of transmitting knowledge as it is a question of leading people to a relationship with Jesus."Knowledge, as valuable as it is, is not enough. Christianity is much more than a collection of facts. The loving God...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KEYS, 05-04-12

    05/04/2012 8:21:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; }   KEYS The emblem of Christ's conferral of spiritual power on St. Peter: "I will give unto you, the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16, 19). This distinctive power in the Church given to Peter is expressed by the two crossed keys, the first emblem to have been assigned to any saint, at the same time as the sword came to represent St. Paul. See Also: POWER OF THE KEYS All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • How NOT to Investigate Mitt Romney’s Mormon Ties

    05/04/2012 4:04:53 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    Religion Dispatches.org ^ | May 2, 2012 | Joanna Brooks
    Earlier this week, Mother Jones' Tim Murphy tried to connect the dots between Mitt Romney and Cleon Skousen, the ultra-conservative, anti-Communist LDS political theorist made famous by Glenn Beck. Murphy dug out an August 2007 radio interview Romney did with a Rush Limbaugh-esque political talk jock in Iowa, who, after goading Romney on his faith, turned the subject to Skousen. Romney gamely played along. He told radio host Jan Mickelson that he once took a class from Skousen at Brigham Young University, admitted that had not read much of Skousen, and agreed that Skousen's The Making of America might be...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Our Debt to the Catholic Church

    05/03/2012 6:19:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2007 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Our Debt to the Catholic Churchby Sebastian R. Fama Attacks on the Catholic Church have never been in short supply. The Church’s critics have been maligning her and predicting her demise for centuries. While those same critics fade off into history one by one, the Church continues on in her mission, sometimes shaken but never defeated. Whenever scandals arise in the Church gleeful detractors try to portray the aberration as the norm. Starting with Judas, the Church has always had within its walls those who would betray Christ. However, to focus on such individuals while ignoring those who take their...
  • As Dutch churches shut, sacred art finds new use abroad

    05/03/2012 3:39:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2012 | Tom Heneghan
    ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (Reuters) - When Christianity fades, it doesn't just leave empty pews behind. With each church that shuts, the statues, crucifixes, chalices, paintings or vestments that were part of regular Sunday services suddenly have no liturgical home.In the Netherlands, where faith has faded more dramatically than in many other parts of Europe, two churches close down on average every week. The sacred art left over is piling up in cellars and storerooms around the country.Some congregations elsewhere have the opposite problem. New Catholic and Protestant churches are springing up in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and pastors in eastern...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EUCHARISTICUM MYSTERIUM, 05-03-12

    05/03/2012 8:34:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EUCHARISTICUM MYSTERIUM Instruction of the Sacred Congregation of Rites on the worship of the Holy Eucharist. The document is in two parts, one dealing with principles and the other with practices. The main principle enunciated is that the Eucharist is Jesus Christ, and therefore to be honored as the heart of Catholic piety. The main practices urged on all the faithful are: 1. maintaining the spirit of oneness in the celebration of Mass; 2. restoring the centrality of Sunday, centered around the Eucharist; 3. fostering Holy Communion among the faithful; 4. reserving the Blessed Sacrament; 5....
  • On the Prayer of the First Christian Martyr

    05/03/2012 7:38:30 AM PDT · by ELS · 21 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 2, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of the First Christian Martyr "Our prayer, too, should be nourished by listening to God's Word" VATICAN CITY, MAY 2, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. On this first Wednesday in May the Holy Father continued his catecheses on prayer by reflecting on the witness and prayer of the Church’s first martyr, St. Stephen. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the most recent catecheses, we have seen how in personal and communal prayer, reading and meditation on Sacred...
  • French Revolution martyr beatified [Catholic Caucus]

    05/03/2012 5:07:39 AM PDT · by sayuncledave · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | May 2, 2012 | Catholic World News
    French Revolution martyr beatified Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge (1757-93), a Norbertine priest martyred during the French Revolution, was beatified on April 29 at the cathedral in Coutances, France. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification, which was attended by 1,500 faithful and hundreds of priests and religious. When Father Toulorge was sentenced to death, a nun who was arrested with him wept, prompting this rebuke from the priest: Madame, the tears you are shedding are unworthy of you and me. What would worldly people say if they knew that having renounced the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PSYCHOPHYSICAL PARALLELISM, 05-02-12

    05/02/2012 12:25:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PSYCHOPHYSICAL PARALLELISM One of many theories that hold that the mental and bodily operations in human beings merely occur simultaneously but are not really unified as acts of one human being. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • St. Athanasius: On the Incarnation, with an Introduction by C. S. Lewis

    05/02/2012 11:03:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    ChristianBook.com ^ | Probably written before 313 A.D | St. Athanasius
    St. Athanasius: On the IncarnationWith an Introduction by C. S. Lewis St. Athanasius_____________ Author: Athanasius of Alexandria(Probably written before 313 A.D.) St. Athanasius Contra Mundum (Against the World)"This is a good translation of a very great book...St. Athanasius stood contra mundum for the Trinitarian doctrine, "whole and undefiled," when it looked as if all the civilized world was slipping back from Christianity into the religion of Arius---one of those "sensible," synthetic religions which are so strongly recommended today and which then, as now, included among their devotees many highly cultivated clergymen. "I soon discovered I was reading a masterpiece..."  -C. S....
  • What has the Mormon Church historically taught about Christianity?

    05/02/2012 6:34:01 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 8 replies
    Rethiking Mormonism ^ | Sept. 1997 | www.think-link.org
    While some current church leaders portray the LDS Church as Christian, the church actually has a long history of condemning Christianity. The church has also stated repeatedly that no one can be saved without the permission of Joseph Smith. The church has even suggested that Islam is better than Christianity. Mormon Church Condemns Christians "This is not just another Church. This is not just one of a family of Christian churches. This is the Church and kingdom of God, the only true Church upon the face of the earth..." - Prophet Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.164-165...
  • Same-sex relationship sent LDS Church patriarch into exile [Yet restored to Lds stake high council]

    05/02/2012 4:26:06 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 4 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | April 17, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    In October 1946, Joseph F. Smith II, LDS Church patriarch, was released from his calling in LDS General Conference. He had not served for several months, the official reason being that he was ill, confined to his home in Centerville, Utah. What wasn’t known publicly was that Smith had been forbidden to give patriarchal blessings since May 1. In fact, after that day, his secretary never saw him again. As historian Gary James Bergera recounts in the winter 2012 issue of The Journal of Mormon History, Smith’s tenure stopped after this course of events: President George Albert Smith received communication...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Freemasons

    05/01/2012 6:34:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Freemasonsby Sebastian R. FamaThe Catholic Church and Freemasonry have been at odds for centuries. Eight popes have condemned it, as well as have the majority of Christian denominations. Christianity and Freemasonry hold contrary beliefs. Catholics are forbidden to join the Lodge in the strongest of terms. The Church's position is expressed in its "Declaration on Masonic Associations." It states in part: "Therefore the Church's negative judgment in regard to Masonic associations remains unchanged, since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church, and therefore membership in them remains forbidden. The faithful who enroll in Masonic...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Mormons

    04/30/2012 5:24:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2006 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Mormonsby Sebastian R. FamaMormonism was started by Joseph Smith (1805-1844) who claimed to have had a vision from God when he was a young man. He claims he asked God which church was the true church. Supposedly God told him that they were all corrupt and that he was being chosen to restore the Christian church. A few years later he claims to have discovered some golden plates written in what he called reformed Egyptian. God enabled him to translate them and shortly thereafter, in 1830, he organized the Mormon Church. Once the plates were translated an angel took them...
  • The Declaratio​n of Religious Independen​ce

    04/30/2012 3:18:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 30, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    If a decree like the HHS contraception mandate was issued during the Medieval era, Archbishop Dolan would probably have declared Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “anathema” and excommunicated her from the Church (see this famous scene from the movie Becket for an example). If President Obama was a tyrannical monarch in that era, he would be muttering the same words as King Henry II when challenged by the Catholic hierarchy, “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”The church’s relationship with government has changed since the 12th century; nevertheless, the Catholic Church is again facing off with civil authority over their...
  • On Prayer and Ministry

    04/30/2012 12:25:09 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 25, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer and Ministry Without prayer 'we risk suffocating amid a thousand daily cares' VATICAN CITY, APRIL 25, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square.  The Pope continued his reflection on prayer in the Acts of the Apostles. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catechesis, I showed that from the beginning of her journey, the Church found herself having to face unforeseen situations, new questions and emergencies, which she sought to respond to in the light of faith, by allowing...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ONAN, 04-30-12

    04/30/2012 9:36:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-30-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ONAN Son of Judah and Shua. When Onan's brother, Er, died, Judah ordered Onan to marry the widow, Tamar, and produce a son who would be Er's child, according to the levirate law (Deuteronomy 25:5-6). Onan married her but frustrated the law by withdrawal during intercourse. In punishment, Yahweh caused Onan's death (Genesis 38:8-10). In modern usage, onanism is variously used to mean contraception or masturbation. (Etym. Hebrew Onan.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CELESTINES, 04-28-12

    04/28/2012 11:59:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CELESTINES A branch of the Benedictines founded by Pope St. Celestine in 1250. It survived until 1785, when its last surviving house of Calavino near Trent was closed. First established on Monte Morrone, its spirit was one of great asceticism, favoring the solitary monastic life. At one time, it numbered one hundred fifty monasteries and exerted great influence even over the mother Benedictine community at Monte Cassino. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Parents: Don’t Delay Baptism for your Infants!

    04/27/2012 6:36:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 156 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 22, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Parents: DonÂ’t Delay Baptism for your Infants!By: Msgr. Charles Pope There is a trend that has set up for years now, and that is that Catholics are waiting many months to get their children baptized. I suspect that what we have here is a combination of a much lower infant mortality rate and, also, a less fervent practice of the faith by many. Further, there seems little sense among the faithful today that an unbaptized infant would be excluded from heaven.As regards the last point, I think it is pastorally sound to trust in GodÂ’s mercy for infants who...