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  • President Corey announces commitment to obtaining "Jesus Saves" sign

    09/13/2012 6:09:28 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Biola University Chimes ^ | September 6, 2012 | Julia Henning
    At the Convocation chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 29 president Barry Corey announced that Biola is going to attempt to procure an iconic Jesus Saves sign that was from the original Biola building in LA. One of the two signs is currently on what will soon become the Ace Hotel in Hollywood. “I’ve made up my mind this year. If we can’t get those original signs back, we’re gonna get some replicas made and put them back on this campus,” Corey said. His announcement was answered with overwhelming applause from students, staff and faculty alike in Chase Gymnasium. “It’s a part...
  • Libya: there is good reason to ban the hateful anti-Muhammad YouTube clips

    09/12/2012 12:42:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 12, 2012 | Andrew Brown
    The material I have viewed, said to be linked to the US embassy attack, is purely and simply an incitement to religious hatred. I have just watched a YouTube video of clips from a film which, it is claimed, provoked the attack on the American embassy in Libya. It is impossible to completely authenticate them at this stage, or exclude the possibility the clips could have been doctored in some way by the uploaders. However, we do know that the film has been linked to riots in Egypt and the attack in Benghazi in which four embassy staff, including the...
  • Son of Cristero Talks "For Greater Glory", Religious Freedom

    09/12/2012 9:22:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 9/11/12 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Tell Christ the King I shall be with him soon, young Jos Snchez del Ro, reportedly told a fellow martyr of the Cristero War in Mexico, before he was murdered. His holy story is among those told in the movie, For Greater Glory, released on DVD today.The movie is about the Cristero War and has been held up as an important story about religious liberty and the lengths some have had to go to defend their God-given right to live their religious faith. We tend to forget the human suffering because our modern culture cannot make sense of it, Bishop...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PREMONSTRATENSIANS, 09-12-12

    09/12/2012 7:27:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PREMONSTRATENSIANS Canons Regular of Prmontr, also called Norbertines. They were founded in 1120 by St. Norbert at Prmontr, near Laon, France, approved in 1126, and again in 1617-24. Their focus is on solemn liturgical worship, missions, parochial ministry, and the education of youth. Based on the Rule of St. Augustine, with some Cistercian influences, the constitutions include certain austerities, e.g., abstinence from meat. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Are Catholics into the Bible?

    09/11/2012 7:21:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 115 replies
    CatholicBridge.com ^ | not given | David MacDonald
    Are Catholics into the Bible? In this Article What does the Catholic Church teach about Bible access and reading? The Catholic Mass is totally Bible centredThe Catholic Church protected the BibleDoes the Church agree that the Bible is the unerring word of God?Why do we need help interpreting Scripture?Paul & Barnabus consulted Church authority on Scripture interpretationIsn't the Bible the only authority?Why does the Catholic Church think it has the right interpretation?Catholics take the Bible at its wordIs the Church squashing private interpretation?Is an evolving understanding of Scripture relativistic?Don't most Evangelicals trust an interpretive authority?Why do Catholics refer to the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: COMMUNION RAIL, 09-11-12

    09/11/2012 8:25:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):COMMUNION RAIL The metal, wooden, or stone railing, along the front of the sanctuary, at which the faithful receive Holy Communion while kneeling. It was also customary to have the rail covered with a Communion cloth that the communicant places under the chin at the time of receiving. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Wagon Train Descendants tell tale of 1857 massacre in Utah

    09/10/2012 6:58:49 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 92 replies
    1857 Massacre.com Truth Outreach ^ | August 8, 2007 | Deborah Gertz Husar
    Wagon Train Descendants tell tale of 1857 massacre in Utah Taping an episode of WTJR's "Truth Outreach" with host Rocky Hulse, the four men forgot about the cameras. They didn't forget their story. A massacre in 1857 in southwest Utah claimed the lives of some of their ancestors. What came to be called the Mountain Meadows Massacre shadows each generation, but Scott Fancher said the public knows little of "one of the single most important historical incidents" in the nation's history. "Apart from the Oklahoma City bombing, this was the single largest act of domestic white-on-white violence in the history...
  • Revealed: Soviets influenced reputation of Pope Pius XII as Nazi collaborator

    09/10/2012 5:51:41 PM PDT · by AstralisLux · 9 replies
    Spero News ^ | 9/10/12 | Martin Barillas
    Revealed: Soviets influenced reputation of Pope Pius XII as Nazi collaborator. Documents continue to trickle out from a number of sources, including the Vatican, that may begin to restore the image of the wartime pope who at the time was heralded as a champion of the rights of Europes minorities, including the Jewish community... http://www.speroforum.com/a/MEXUNANSQF48/73090-New-book-to-shine-light-on-Pope-Pius-XII-and-the-Holocaust
  • Archbishops residence sold for $10M [Philadelphia/Chaput]

    09/10/2012 7:59:13 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald UK ^ | September 10, 2012 | Matthew Gambino
    St Josephs University will buy the Archbishop of Philadelphias residence for $10 million (6 million), the university announced last week. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia signed a letter of intent with St Josephs to acquire the 8.9-acre property and its three-storey, 23,350-square-foot mansion that has been the home of Philadelphias Catholic archbishops since 1935. The property sits across Cardinal Avenue from the universitys campus along City Avenue. Acquiring this adjacent property presents an opportunity that will be integral to the universitys long-term strategic planning, said St Josephs president, Fr Kevin Gillespie. As we look to the future, this opens exciting possibilities...
  • Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

    09/09/2012 8:00:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 105 replies
    This work was originally published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 117-194. The paper received considerable notice, and in 1995 the Mormon History Association recognized Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection with its annual award for the best article in Mormon studies. [snip] The one thing about which we might all agree concerning Joseph Smith is that he was not the usual sort of person. He did not approach life itself--or his religious commitment--in a usual way. Yet the character of our historical investigation of Joseph Smith and his times has...
  • ...but Mindful Mystery: On the Fruitful Reception of the Sacraments [Catholic Caucus]

    09/09/2012 6:44:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdioces of Washington ^ | May 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Not Mindless Magic, but Mindful Mystery: On the Fruitful Reception of the SacramentsBy: Msgr. Charles Pope A fundamental principle of the seven Sacraments is that they have a reality that exists apart from the priests holiness or worthiness. They work ex opere operato (ie.. they are worked from the very fact of the work). One need not doubt therefore that a sacrament is in fact given just because a bishop, priest or deacon seems less than holy or worthy. Neither can the disposition of the recipient un-work the work. For example, Holy Communion does not cease to be the...
  • Does the Bible Teach Once Saved, Always Saved?

    09/09/2012 3:08:47 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 241 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 9, 2012 | JP
    A recent sermon by Pastor David Jeremiah has been weighing heavily upon my mind. He recounted the true-life story of contemporaries William Franklin Graham and Charles Templeton, up and coming young evangelists who began their ministries during the 1940s. Most thought Templeton, rather than Graham, would achieve greater things in the name of the Lord. But, in fact, the former fell away from his Christian faith actually declaring himself atheist while the great Billy Graham remained a good and faithful servant of the Most High. Pastor Jeremiah shared the story of Graham and Templeton to remind his congregation...
  • A new war of religion

    09/09/2012 12:25:22 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 55 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 7 September 2012 | Massimo Franco
    Perhaps you dont know it: in northern Europe many people think that the "spread", the difference between the interest rate for the soverign debt of his own "virtuous" country and the rate for those countries in a sorry state to the south, is the fruit of a Catholic sin. In German the word Schuld, for debt, also means fault. This semantic nuance reflects profound cultural differences and helps to better understand the distrust or prejudice of some nations of northern Europe towards countries considered members of a blithe "Club Med". The spread between Spanish and Italian bonds on...
  • WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING IN AMERICA

    09/09/2012 10:06:10 AM PDT · by RichSr · 6 replies
    TRUTH THAT TRANSFORMS | 09/09/ 2012 | D JAMES KENNEDY
    post is not religious. IT IS REALIt is what is happening to our nation. Anyone who cannot see that is .. as blind as the indian who tried so hard to shoot George Washington off his horse. They shot three horses out from under him and his coat was full of shot holes. Watch this ten or fifteen minute clip and see if I am lying. Go to truth that transforms and watch. 2Ch 7:17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee,...
  • John Knoxs Writings - A Review

    09/09/2012 8:41:47 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 27 replies
    Banner of Truth ^ | Matthew Vogan
    'You are holding in your hands a rare and precious book', reads the publishers description on the jacket of this book.1 'It contains the choicest practical writings of a man whom God used to transform his native country and bring it into the light and under the blessing of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that in spite of constant opposition and grave personal danger.' Knox is well known as a man of resolute action and a most powerful preacher under the Holy Spirits mighty operation. He sought no honour, however, for himself, saying: 'It hath pleased God of His...
  • Pope reflects on prayer in Book of the Apocalypse

    09/08/2012 10:27:33 AM PDT · by EBH · 12 replies
    EWTN ^ | 9/5/2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI says the final book of the Bible, which he referred to as the Book of the Apocalypse, provides Christians with a vision of a Church fully in communion with Jesus Christ in prayer. The Apocalypse presents us with a community gathered in prayer, because it is in prayer that we gain an increasing awareness of Jesuss presence with us and within us, the Pope said during his Sept. 5 general audience at the Vatican. The more and the better we pray with constancy and intensity, the more we are assimilated to him, and the more he enters...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CLERICAL DRESS, 09-08-12

    09/08/2012 1:06:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): CLERICAL DRESS The normal distinctive ecclesiastical garb of Catholic priests in the Western Church is a black cassock indoors and a clerical collar and suit for outdoors. In some countries this varies somewhat, but the Church's legislation about priests wearing a garb that distinguishes them from the laity is mandatory. The Catholic Eastern clergy in Western countries follow the pattern of the place where they reside. In other places they may wear a black gown, turban, and similar characteristic dress. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal...
  • Turkish Archaeologists Reveal 6th Century Baptistery Abroad [in Kosovo]

    09/07/2012 11:14:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 9/7/12 | Doğan News Agency
    A historic baptistery structure has been unearthed at one of the most important ancient sites in Kosovo by Turkish archaeologists. It is the first such excavation to be carried out by Turkish archaeologists in Europe Since the beginning of excavations in July in Kosovos ancient city of Ulpiana, a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period have been unearthed by Turkish archaeologists of the Mimar Sinan University. At an excavation site in Kosovos ancient city of Ulpiana, a team of Turkish archaeologists have discovered a baptistery dating from the Byzantine period. The archaeological team, consisting of archaeology students from Istanbuls Mimar...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SECULAR INSTITUTE, 09-07-12

    09/07/2012 7:40:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SECULAR INSTITUTE A society, whether clerical or lay, whose members profess the evangelical counsels in the world. Their purpose is to enable the members to attain Christian perfection and to exercise a full apostolate. They are distinguished in ecclesiastical law from other common associations of the faithful. They were first approved by Pope Pius XII on February 2, 1947, in his constitution Provida Mater, which still contains the guiding norms for their directions. Secular institutes differ from formal religious institutes or societies of common life because, while their members take vows or promises, these are not...
  • We Remember Mother Teresa: What we can learn from the saint of Calcutta

    09/06/2012 5:07:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    WAU.oef ^ | September 2012 | WAU staff
    We Remember Mother Teresa What we can learn from the saint of Calcutta In 2007, a new book about Mother Teresa was published, grabbing headlines and causing people around the world to look at her in a completely new light. Published ten years after her death, on September 5, 1997, the book was called Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta.In it, Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, a priest-member of the Missionaries of Charity, released a collection of Mother Teresas letters and personal writings that showed how she spent the last fifty years of her life...
  • On Prayer in Part 1 of Revelation [Apocalypse]

    09/06/2012 9:24:12 AM PDT · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 5, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer in Part 1 of Revelation [Apocalypse] "The Church at prayer, in welcoming the Lord's Word, is transformed" VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 5, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father reflected on prayer in the first part of the Book of Revelation [Apocalypse]. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today, after a summer holiday break, we resume the audiences at the Vatican, and I would like to continue in that "school of prayer" that I am living together with you...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROVOCATION, 09-06-12

    09/06/2012 9:07:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PROVOCATION Exciting or stirring someone to do a certain action. It is one of the ways that a person can share in another's guilt. The provocation can be words or by actions; it can also be done by silence or inactivity. Its gravity depends on the degree of awareness that another person is being provoked to do wrong, and especially on the malice or indifference with which the incitement to evil is performed. (Etym. Latin provocation, a summoning, challenging.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used...
  • Beatification of Fr. Gabriel M. Allegra, OFM - "The St. Jerome of China" [Catholic forum]

    09/06/2012 7:54:35 AM PDT · by koinonia · 3 replies
    Blog post ^ | September | Fr. Maximilian M. Dean
    This news is from Fr. Dean's blog: An extraordinary grace for the Church: Fr. Gabriele Maria Allegra, OFM, (Dec. 26, 1907Jan. 26, 1976) will be beatified on September 29, 2012. He translated the entire Bible into Chinese and is popularly known as the "St. Jerome of China." As a Franciscan, missionary and biblical scholar, he saw the doctrine of the absolute primacy of Christ as being central to understanding Sacred Scripture and God's design in creating and redeeming the universe. He was renowned for his knowledge of the theology and philosophy of Bl. John Duns Scotus and was even invited...
  • Barack Obama, Wladyslaw Gomulka and the Attack on the Catholic Church

    09/06/2012 6:55:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/5/12 | John Hittinger
    This July at a conference at Mundelein Seminary I heard Cardinal George state that the Church is in a more perilous position in this country then it has ever been. In February he said the Church is being despoiled of her institutions and that the new HHS mandate is nothing short of a demand for the Catholic Church in the United States to “give up her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations.” He predicted that if the HHS regulations are not rescinded a Catholic institution has the choice to secularize itself, pay exorbitant fines...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SUMMUM BONUM, 09-05-12

    09/05/2012 1:16:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-05-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SUMMUM BONUM The supreme good. Applied to God as the object of the human being's highest aspirations and the fulfillment of all desires. It is therefore the object of perfect beatitude. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima in the Heart of the Gulag Archipelago

    09/04/2012 11:09:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The camp officers and groups of the camp guards would go afoot or ride through it in droves, like occupying forces; the camp administration would be the city's main institution; the telephone network would not belong to the city, but to the camps; the bus routes would all lead from the city's center to the camps; and all the town inhabitants would earn their living off the camps. The largest of such provincial capitals of the [Gulag] Archipelago was Karaganda. It was created by and filled with exiles and former prisoners to such a degree that a veteran zek [inmate]...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JACOBITES, 09-04-12

    09/04/2012 9:16:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JACOBITES The group of Syrian Monophysites who did not accept the teaching of the Council of Chalcedon (451) on the two natures united in one divine Person of Christ. They took their name from Jacob Baradaeus, who formed them into the national Church of Syria. One of their distinctive customs in to make the sign of the Cross with one finger to express their belief that Christ had only one nature, not two. Sometimes the term "Jacobites" is applied to the Monophysites elsewhere, e.g., in Egypt. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ABIGAIL. 09-03-12

    09/03/2012 8:51:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ABIGAIL The beautiful, intelligent wife of a rich landowner named Nabal, who raised sheep on the slopes at Carmel. Nabal, stupid and insensitive, foolishly antagonized David by refusing to share his wool, although David's soldiers had conscientiously protected Nabal's livestock. Learning that the angry David was leading his men to seek revenge, the quick-witted Abigail speedily set out with generous gifts to appease David. Her humility and eloquence in begging forgiveness moved David to abandon his intended attack. "Go home in peace," he said; "see, I have listened to you and granted your request." Within a...
  • Use Labor Day to remember Catholic social doctrine, priest says

    09/03/2012 7:41:32 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 50 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | September 3, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Port Arthur, Texas, Sep 3, 2012 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic priest involved in labor advocacy says that Labor Day is a time to reflect on Catholic teaching about the role of work in society and in Gods plan for mankind. Labor Day is just really an opportunity to focus not on the secular world, but on what our Church teaches, Father Sinclair Oubre, spiritual moderator of the Catholic Labor Network, told CNA Aug. 30. Fr. Oubre is pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Port Arthur, Texas, in addition to his duties with the Catholic Labor...
  • Mirabile Dictu! The Pope Saves Latin

    09/03/2012 7:25:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/1/12 | Harry Mount
    Thank God for the Catholic church and I speak as an agnostic Anglican. Once again, they are helping to preserve the study of Latin in Western Europe, as they have for more than a millennium. Pope Benedict is about to set up a new body, the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis, which will study and promote the language in schools and churches. The role of Latin has declined in the Catholic church since Vatican II but it still remains the official language of the Vatican and the role of the church in the survival of Latin is incalculable. The Old...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PRIMOGENITUS, 09-01-12

    09/01/2012 12:47:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PRIMOGENITUS The firstborn son. The policy in some societies of handing down property to the first born son in the family. Primogeniture. (Etym. Latin primus, first + Greek genesis, origin.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Takes Steps to Promote Latin [New Pontifical Academy for Latin language]

    08/31/2012 10:06:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 8/30/12 | Andrea Tornielli
    Benedict XVI is to publish a motu proprio to establish the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis. In the Vatican, e-mail address has been translated as inscriptio cursus electroniciFoveatur lingua latina. Pope Benedict XVI is keen to foster peoples knowledge of the language of Cicero, Augustine and Erasmus of Rotterdam not just in the Catholic Church but also in civil society and in schools. Indeed he is about to publish a motu proprio to establish the new Pontificia Academia Latinitatis. So far, the Vatican body in charge of keeping the ancient language alive has been the Latinitas foundation, which has been under the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HYPOSTASIS, 08-31-12

    08/31/2012 7:57:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-31-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HYPOSTASIS An individual, complete substance existing entirely in itself; an incommunicable substance. The term used by the Church to identify the persons in the Trinity and the union of two natures in one divine person in Christ. A person is a hypostasis endowed with reason. Moreover, hypostasis and nature are related to each other in such a manner that the hypostasis is the bearer of the nature and the ultimate subject of all being and acting, while the nature is that through which the hypostasis exists and acts. (Etym. Latin hypostasis, basis; single substance; rational single...
  • Where Did the New Calvinism Come From? [Calvinist Caucus]

    08/30/2012 1:12:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 8/29/12 | Tim Challies
    Justin Taylor recently revived Mark Dever’s 2007 series of articles titled “Where’d All These New Calvinists Come From?” This was a ten-part series that looked to the rise of New Calvinism and sought to discover the sources of a theological resurgence. Dever said, Of course, theologically, the answer is “because of the sovereignty of God.” But I’ve never been convinced by hyper-Calvinism’s argument that because God has determined the ends, the means don’t matter. Means do matter. And as a Christian, as an historian who had lived through the very change I was considering, I wondered what factors had been used...
  • On the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

    08/30/2012 10:23:47 AM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 29, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist "The Truth is the Truth; there is no compromise" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, AUG. 29, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in the main square at Castel Gandolfo. Today the Holy Father reflected on the figure of St. John the Baptist, whose martyrdom we celebrate today. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, This final Wednesday of the month of August marks the liturgical memorial of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus. In the Roman...
  • Historys Craziest Popes

    08/30/2012 10:00:19 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 29 replies
    All That Is Interesting ^ | August 21, 2012 | Unknown
    Pope Formosus (891-896) While Formosus pontifical reign is noted more for its brevity than its breadth, its the absolute insanity that defined his afterlife that makes him one of the worlds craziest popes. A year following his death, the rather batty Pope Stephen VI ordered Formosus desiccated body to be exhumed and put on trial. Known as the Cadaver Synod, Formosus corpse was dressed in papal vestments and convicted accordingly.In the ruling, it was declared that Formosus was unworthy of the pontificate, and all acts and measures made under his papacy were declared null and void. Such was the case...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PAROCHIAL MASS, 08-30-12

    08/30/2012 8:49:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-30-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PAROCHIAL MASS The Mass offered on all Sundays and holy days of obligation for the parishioners of every parish. If a pastor cannot celebrate the Mass, he must have another priest do so. the obligation is a grave one. (Etym. Latin parochialis, pertaining to a parish.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Eyes of Guadalupe Image Hold Pro-Family Message, Expert Says

    08/30/2012 6:48:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 8/29/12
    A Peruvian expert who has been studying the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico for 34 years, says the microscopic figures that appear in her eyes hold a powerful pro-life and pro-family message. Jose Aste Tonsmann said the tiny images in the eyes include an entire Aztec family and are a sign from the Mother of God about the importance of life and the family at a time when both are under attack worldwide. During a conference at the Theatrical and Social Cultural Institute in Lima, Tonsmann said a total of 13 figures can be seen in the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INDWELLING, 08-29-12

    08/29/2012 7:28:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-29-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INDWELLING Presence of the Holy Spirit in a person who is in the state of grace. He is present not only by means of the created gifts of grace, which he dispenses, but by his uncreated divine nature. This personal indwelling does not produce a substantial but only an accidental union with the souls of the just. As the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is an operation of God outside himself and as all activity of God outside the Trinity is common to the three persons, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit implies the indwelling of...
  • Reformation Gems 2 [Calvinist/Lutheran Caucus]

    08/28/2012 9:52:28 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    Fundamentally Reformed ^ | August 28, 2012 / 1553 | Bob Hayton / Johannes Brenz
    Reformation Gems are excerpts from selections contained in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a new commentary series from IVP which gathers the best Reformation-era comments on the text together all in one set. The volumes in this commentary series resurrect long-forgotten voices from the Reformation age and in so doing they recover the piety and vivacity of that era. I hope that by sharing some excerpts from this series, I will edify my readers and promote this important commentary series. Todays selection comes from volume 1 (Genesis 1-11). I appreciated the Christ-centered comments on Noahs sacrifice in Genesis 8, from...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT, 08-28-12

    08/28/2012 8:40:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT The third person of the Trinity, who eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son and is really distinct from them yet coequal with them as God. To him are attributed all the works of the Trinity that pertain to the sanctification of the human race. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PASSIONTIDE, 08-27-12

    08/27/2012 9:16:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PASSIONTIDE The week before Easter from Passion Palm Sunday to and including the Easter Vigil. It was formerly the last two weeks before Easter Sunday. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Communists Firmly Oppose Lenin's Reburial Zyuganov

    08/27/2012 6:27:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/27/12
    Moscow, August 27, Interfax - Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said that Communists will not allow Lenin's re-burial and that Lenin's current resting place complies with the Christian tradition. "This form of burial corresponds to the Orthodox canons and traditions. Don't fuss. Or are you going to provoke more bloodshed, similar to that in Chechnya, right on Red Square?" Zyuganov said at a press conference in Interfax on Monday. Lenin's resting place is not an exception. Epic Russian hero Ilya Muromets's remains can be seen in the Kiev Laura of the Caves Monastery, he said. The remains of those...
  • Our Lady of Czestochowa [Catholic Caucus]

    08/26/2012 1:36:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    PolishAmericanCenter.org ^ | not available | PolishAmericanCenter.org
    Our Lady of Czestochowa Saint Luke the Evangelist, according to tradition, is believed to be the original artist of this painting in which Mary is depicted holding the Christ Child. This sacred picture, enshrined and venerated at the renowned Marian Shrine in Poland, was first brought from Jerusalem through Constantinople and was bestowed to the Princess of Ruthenia. It was brought to Poland in 1382 through the efforts of Ladislaus of Opole who had discovered it in a castle at Belz. To ensure its protection, he invited the Monks of Saint Paul the First Hermit from Hungary to be its...
  • Pope Among Donors to Restoration of Algeria's Basilica of St. Augustine

    08/26/2012 9:48:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Service ^ | 8/24/12 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With a personal donation, Pope Benedict XVI -- a longtime scholar of the works of St. Augustine -- has contributed to the restoration of the Basilica of St. Augustine in Annaba, Algeria, near the site where the fourth-century saint served as bishop of Hippo. Bishop Paul Desfarges of Constantine, Algeria, told the Vatican newspaper that Pope Benedict's personal donation, as well as a contribution from the U.S.-based Papal Foundation, demonstrates the importance of the project. The Algerian government also has given its support. "We all know how St. Augustine is dear to the heart of the...
  • Following the Truth:Dont Be Afraid To Cross The Line For Jesus!(Catholics MUST evangelize!)

    08/25/2012 3:00:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Jul 3rd, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Dont Be Afraid To Cross The Line For Jesus! Jul 3rd, 2012by Gary Zimak. There was a preacher once who was saying to the congregation, It is wrong to steal horses. The congregation answered, Amen,amen. It is wrong to steal cows. Amen, Amen! Then he said, It is wrong to steal chickens. And someone shouted back, Now he is meddling. Up until that point, conscience was not touched. (Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)I recently wrote a blog post about the need for Catholics to take action against some of President Obamas policies, mainly his health care plan and the HHS...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TEN TRIBES, 08-25-12

    08/25/2012 11:36:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-25-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):TEN TRIBES The ten social units of Israel that, after the death of Solomon (933 B.C.), separated from the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin to form the Kingdom of Israel. Those two tribes formed the Kingdom of Judah. When Israel was conquered by the Assyrians in 721 B.C., many of the more prominent Jews were exiled to Assyria, and their descendants either merged with the Gentiles or became part of the later Jewish Diaspora. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Woman who ruined Spanish artwork says priest knew she was painting on it

    08/25/2012 8:07:27 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 86 replies
    TODAY ^ | Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
    People around the world were shocked Wednesday when images of a ruined 19th century Spanish painting of Christ were revealed. But now the woman who altered the painting is saying a priest in the church that was home to the artwork knew she was attempting to touch up the faded piece. Cecilia Gimenez, identified only as being "in her 80s," spoke to Televisin Espaola after the story spread. A reporter asked Gimenez if she had been instructed to paint on the artwork. The BBC provides an English translation of her answer as, "Of course! It was the priest! The priest...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ACTUAL INTENTION, 08-24-12

    08/24/2012 8:29:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ACTUAL INTENTION The intention that a person freely makes to perform a given action, and that exists and influences him at the time he is doing the action, e.g., administering a sacrament. See Also: HABITUAL INTENTION,See Also: INTENTION,See Also: INTERPRETATIVE INTENTION,See Also: VIRTUAL INTENTION All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Parishioner leads charge to break ground for women in church

    08/23/2012 2:27:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 21, 2012 | Manya A. Brachear
    Lynne Mapes-Riordan, of Evanston, hopes women will one day serve as Roman Catholic deacons. After 800 years, she could be one of the first.Growing up, she never gave ordination a second thought. But then she learned that, unlike the church's verdict barring female priests, the question of female deacons has never been resolved. That open question has led Mapes-Riordan, 49, and fellow parishioners at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Evanston to seek an answer. If the church finds in favor of female deacons, she could become one of the first women ordained since the 12th century. After meeting last winter...