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  • Catholic Word of the Day: NIHIL EX NIHILO; 10-22-12

    10/22/2012 9:42:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-22-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NIHIL EX NIHILO Nothing (comes) from nothing. A statement of the principle of causality, that every effect must have a cause; and of the principle of sufficient reason, that everything must have an adequate reason for its existence or operation. (Etym. Latin nihil, nothing.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Cat Discovers 2,000-Year-Old Roman Catacomb

    10/22/2012 6:51:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/18/12 | Tom Kington
    Rome resident Mirko Curti stumbles upon tomb piled with bones while chasing wayward feline near his apartmentRome may not exactly be short of catacombs, but one discovered this week is more deserving of the name than the city's countless other subterranean burial chambers. For Mirko Curti stumbled into a 2,000-year-old tomb piled with bones while chasing a wayward moggy yards from his apartment building. Curti and a friend were following the cat at 10pm on Tuesday when it scampered towards a low tufa rock cliff close to his home near Via di Pietralata in a residential area of the city....
  • Two New American Saints, Three Notable Firsts, Bl. Marianne Cope & Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha

    10/21/2012 6:47:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CWR.com ^ | February 09, 2012 | Brian O'Neel
    Two New American Saints, Three Notable Firsts   February 09, 2012 Blessed Marianne Cope and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be canonized in October Brian O'Neel On Saturday, December 19, 2011, the Holy See announced His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had approved the Congregation for the Causes of Saints’ findings that miracles attributed to seven blesseds were authentic. This clears the path for their canonization and thus the recognition of these men and women as saints of the universal Church. Of course, while the creation of new saints is important and exciting, it is nonetheless true that reviewing and, where appropriate,...
  • The Life of A Martyr -- Blessed Pedro Calungsod (now a Saint) [Catholic Caucus]

    10/21/2012 2:26:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    PedroCalungsod.net ^ | not given | PedroCalungsod.net
    The Life of A Martyr A Very Common Name         "Calungsod" is a very native and descriptive Visayan family name. His family name is variously spelled in the different documents as "Calonsor,"  "Calongsor,"  "Calangsor,"  or "Calansor".  His real family name must have been Calungsod . The variations of the spelling of Pedro's family name in the documents may have been due to the Spanish authors' inability to accurately hear a Filipino name.         Today, it is not easy to trace the place of origin of the "Calungsod" families. The name can be found in different parts of the Philippines. However, the "Calungsod" families...
  • Blessed Anna Schaffer: A life of pain and suffering (now Saint) [Catholic Caucus]

    10/21/2012 2:02:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    ManilaTimes.net ^ | not given | ManilaTimes.net
    Blessed Anna Schaffer: A life of pain and suffering Blessed Anna Schaffer   MOST people often perceive suffering and illness as a curse or a punishment from God. However, to some faithful, pain and suffering means an opportunity to offer one’s self to God, to submit to His will and identify with the sufferings of Jesus Christ for the sake of redeeming mankind.. Such was the case of Blessed Anna Schaffer, a German laywoman, who along with Filipino Pedro Calungsod, is expected to be canonized this year—declared a saint to be emulated by the universal Church. As a Blessed she...
  • Living the Year of Faith: How Pope Benedict Wants You to Begin [Catholic Caucus]

    10/20/2012 2:30:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | October 17, 2012 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    Living the Year of Faith: How Pope Benedict Wants You to Begin By Dr. Jeff Mirus | October 17, 2012 1:02 PM The Holy Spirit has urged me to read the inaugural documents for the Year of Faith. Of course while one should seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in all things, one should never claim the inspiration of the Holy Spirit for anything. Those of us who are prone to expose all too clearly our own faults and weaknesses have a special need to heed this advice so as not to give the Holy Spirit a bad name.But...
  • Share Your Faith in This Year of Faith: Two keys to help you do it.

    10/20/2012 2:16:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    WAU.org ^ | October, 2012 | WAU staff
    Share Your Faith in This Year of Faith Two keys to help you do it. The gospel really does have the power to save and redeem. It’s something that each of us can experience. And it’s something that each of us is called to proclaim. As we try to respond to the Lord’s call to go out into all the world, it’s important for us to see how much the Lord wants us to evangelize. On the one hand, we should not presume that everyone is already converted and on the path to heaven. But on the other hand,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SPIRITUAL FATHER, 10-20-12

    10/20/2012 8:12:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SPIRITUAL FATHER The one who counsels and directs a person in the spritiual life. Generally a priest, the spritual father is often designated by ecclesiastical authority to guide the members of a religious community or confraternity, students for the priesthood, or in general persons specially dedicated to Christian perfection or the Church's apostolate. The Pope is sometimes called the Spiritual Father of all Christians. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, 10-19-12

    10/19/2012 9:26:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-19-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL A historic monument of Catholic England, in County Kent, it is the burial place of some of the Church's greatest leaders. At first it was forbidden to bury within the cathedral precincts. The rule was changed when St. Cuthbert (d. 687), arranging his own burial, ordained that all archbishops could be buried within their own cathedral churches. St. Dunstan, St. Alphege, St. Anselm, St. Odo have their tombs within its walls. But the saint who is most responsible for Canterbury's prestige is St. Thomas ŕ Becket, who was murdered by the agents of King...
  • Reformation Day: celebrate a Halloween alternative Oct 31st

    10/19/2012 6:08:32 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2012 | Ruth Hill
    This year, I’ve found a new way to celebrate October 31st – popularly known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween. I’m heading to Germany to celebrate Reformation Day, Martin Luther, and my Christian heritage. Martin Luther, who was a law student turned Augustinian monk, committed an act on October 31, 1517 that forever changed the church and western civilization. [SNIP] I will be in what is now called Lutherstadt Wittenberg for its Reformation Day Festival. And I’ll be doing a tour of towns and cities that were a part of Martin’s life. More to come in my column about that...
  • The Real Differences Between Mormons and Orthodox Christians

    10/18/2012 1:07:42 PM PDT · by newheart · 50 replies
    Christianity Today Online ^ | 10/12/2012 | Gerald R. McDermott
    A survey this summer by the Pew Research Center and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 60 percent of voters who know of Romney's Mormonism are comfortable with his religion. Another 21 percent said it doesn't matter. But the Pew survey also found that, along with atheists and agnostics, white evangelicals and black Protestants are the most uncomfortable with his religion. The vast majority of those who are already Republican will vote for Romney anyway, but only 21 percent of those who are uncomfortable with his Mormonism will back him strongly. Some may choose not to...
  • St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church

    10/18/2012 6:53:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Ignatius Insight ^ | 10/17/12 | Kenneth Whitehead
    St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Early Church | Kenneth D. Whitehead | From One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Early Church Was The Catholic ChurchSometime around the year 107 A.D., a short, sharp persecution of the Church of Christ resulted in the arrest of the bishop of Antioch in Syria. His name was Ignatius. According to one of the harsh penal practices of the Roman Empire of the day, the good bishop was condemned to be delivered up to wild beasts in the arena in the capital city. The insatiable public appetite for bloody spectacles meant a chronically short...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: AGONY IN THE GARDEN, 10-17-12

    10/17/2012 10:01:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):AGONY IN THE GARDEN The bloody sweat of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, described by the third Evangelist (Luke 22:43). Although Matthew and Mark also narrate the event, only Luke mentions the sweat of blood and the visitation of the angel. Catholic tradition has understood the bloody perspiration literally. Medical testimony indicates that, although rare, the phenomenon is neither impossible nor, by itself, miraculous. Commemoration of the event forms the first of the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary. (Etym. Latin agonia; from Greek, contest, anguish, from ag_n, contest, from agein, to drive.) All items in...
  • Colonial Baptists used Bible to rally support for revolution

    10/17/2012 9:42:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | October 16, 2012 | Ken Camp
    From the days surrounding the American Revolution, Baptists used religious arguments to make political points and political arguments to make religious points, historian James P. Byrd, associate dean at Vanderbilt Divinity School, told a conference at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the same time Baptists argued for separation of church and state, they did not hesitate to preach on political topics or embrace patriotic causes with religious fervor, Byrd said, addressing an Oct. 12-13 conference on “Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture.” In a sense, Baptists reflected their culture. Neither Thomas Jefferson nor Benjamin Franklin accepted orthodox Christian...
  • NY Catholics Set for Blessed Kateri's Canonization

    10/17/2012 6:42:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/14/12 | Associated Press
    AURIESVILLE, N.Y. — For more than 300 years, generations of faithful Catholics have prayed for the sainthood of Kateri Tekakwitha. On Oct. 21, they'll celebrate her canonization. "People have been praying for this since the moment of her death," said Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine museum director Beth Lynch. The shrine sprawls out over the hilltop where Kateri was born in 1656. In those days it was a Mohawk village call Ossernenon. Kateri was the daughter of a captive Catholic-Algonquin mother and Mohawk chief in a time when the Catholicism was first working its way through the country. At the...
  • Play tells story of death row inmate's Marian visions

    10/16/2012 1:37:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | October 16, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    (L to R) Steve Gunning as Deputy Kilgore, John Menchion as Elmo Tate, John Brooks as Claude Newman, Maria Vargo as Sister Lucy and Andy Fitzgerald as Father Robert O'Leary. Credit: gkctheatre.org. Santa Monica, Calif., Oct 16, 2012 / 04:12 am (CNA).- The story of a Mississippi death row inmate who admitted his guilt and converted to the Catholic faith after seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary has come to the stage in a play that premiered in California last month. Cathal Gallagher’s play “Claude Newman: A Miracle on Death Row” dramatizes the last days of Claude Newman, a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALTÖTTING (shrine), 10-16-12

    10/16/2012 8:25:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALTÖTTING (shrine) An ancient pilgrimage center in the heart of Bavaria; its original shrine has never been destroyed. One of the richest sanctuaries in the world. It is the site where, in 680, St. Rupert baptized Otto the pagan in a temple built in pre-Christian times. It is now a Catholic chapel to which the people make pilgrimage from May until November to venerate Our Lady and her Son. The larger church built around the first octagonal chapel has been enlarged repeatedly for the crowds that come and need accommodation. The center of attention is an...
  • Welcome to the Golden Age of the Liturgy

    10/15/2012 2:09:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 14, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A couple months back, I wrote an article asking, what What was the Golden Age of the Liturgy? For it would seem, that every period has had its challenges, and also, it’s good points. The question of what is the golden year, the paradigm, is most pertinent among traditional Catholics, who largely regard the Golden age of the liturgy to be at some point in the past.Though the Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated according to the form it had in 1962, most traditional Catholics would set the ideal year, the Golden age, long before that. Yet, there is great debate...
  • Rahner and Ratzinger branded 'heretics' by Lefebvrists during Vatican II

    10/15/2012 2:00:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | October 14, 2012
    Supporters of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of Society of St Pius X, branded the future Pope Benedict XVI and the late Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner "heretics" during the Second Vatican Council, reports The Tablet.A previously undiscovered letter written by Karl Rahner to his brother, Fr Hugo Rahner SJ, during the council in November 1963 has revealed that the French Intégristes - followers of Lefebvre - accused him and Fr Joseph Ratzinger as "heretic[s] who deny the existence of hell and are worse than Teilhardt de Chardin and the Modernists".The letter, part of an exhibition in Munich, states that Rahner consoled...
  • No New or Different Church

    10/15/2012 9:23:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/15/12 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    “The Council Fathers neither could nor wished to create a new or different Church. They had neither the authority nor the mandate to do so. It was only in their capacity as bishops that they were now Council Fathers with a vote and decision-making power, that is to say, on the basis of the Sacrament and in the Church of the Sacrament. For this reason they neither could nor wished to create a different faith or a new Church, but rather to understand these more deeply and hence truly to ‘renew them.’ This is why a hermeneutic of rupture is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ARCA, 10-15-12

    10/15/2012 9:03:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-15-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ARCA A box in which the Eucharist was kept by the early Christians in their homes. It was also a chest for the safekeeping of church moneys, endowment funds for churches, schools, or other pious uses. The term is now used to describe the investments for some ecclesiastical purpose, e.g., arca seminarii, seminary fund. (Etym. Latin arca, chest, coffer.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • On the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council

    10/15/2012 7:58:50 AM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 10, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council "An Event of Light That Shines Forth Even Until Today" VATICAN, OCTOBER 10, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. On this Eve of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, the Holy Father dedicated his reflection to the importance of rediscovering the conciliar documents. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, We have arrived at the eve of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and the beginning of the Year of Faith....
  • The acceptance of the book of Revelation {ecumenical}

    10/15/2012 2:03:43 AM PDT · by Cronos · 30 replies
    During the 1st century CE, Judaism was composed of about 24 separate religious groups. Some of these were the Sadducees, Pharisees, Essenes, various groups within the Christian movement, followers of John the Baptist, etc. One which had a strong political agenda was the Zealot party. The Zealots taught that a military-political Messiah would soon appear, as prophesized in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). He would conquer the world, and rule for a thousand years from Jerusalem. This concept of millennialism was promoted during the second century CE, by Montanus, a recent convert to Christianity. He prophesized that the New Jerusalem...
  • Montanus and Montanists {not the state :)}

    10/15/2012 1:53:34 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    New Advent ^ | 2009 | Newadvent
    Schismatics of the second century, first known as Phrygians, or "those among the Phrygians" (oi kata Phrygas), then as Montanists, Pepuzians, and (in the West) Cataphrygians. The sect was founded by a prophet, Montanus, and two prophetesses, Maximilla and Prisca, sometimes called Priscilla. Montanus was a recent convert when he first began to prophesy in the village of Ardabau in Phrygia. He is said by Jerome to have been previously a priest of Cybele; but this is perhaps a later invention intended to connect his ecstasies with the dervish-like behavior of the priests and devotees of the "great goddess". The...
  • Following the Truth: Attention Catholics,Time To Get Serious About Evangelization! (Year of Faith)

    10/14/2012 7:19:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Sep 19th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Attention Catholics…It’s Time To Get Serious About Evangelization! Sep 19th, 2012 by Gary Zimak.  “The task of preaching, teaching, growing and living the Catholic faith in our time, in this country, belongs to you and me. No one else can do it.” (Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Sept. 18,2012)On October 11, 2012 we officially begin the celebration of the Year of Faith, as promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei. The Holy Father has declared that the Year of Faith is “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to...
  • The Scandal of Faith

    10/14/2012 9:33:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/11/12 | Carl. E. Olson
    The Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of Vatican II are occasion for self-examination and bold proclamation."It was by no means only yesterday that truth became embarrassing." With those rather wry words, Jean Daniélou, S.J., opened his book, Scandaleuse Vérité, published in English as The Scandal of Truth in August 1962. Daniélou, whose father was a Communist, was not taken in by the starry-eyed optimism of the early Sixties; on the contrary, he saw clearly that a humanism divorced from faith in Jesus Christ ends in despair and ruin, for "while man may be destined for happiness, he has...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Defections From the Catholic Church

    10/14/2012 6:20:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Defections From the Catholic Church 1243. How many were the major forms of defection from the Catholic Church since the time of the Apostles? As a general estimate, I would say seven, namely, Gnosticism, Manichaeism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Eutychianism, Greek Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. I have given them in the order of their appearance on the stage of history. 1244. What was the principle cause of desertion in each case? That is a very comprehensive question, and I can but give here a general answer. In each case the dissident movement began either in a denial of the teachings of the Catholic...
  • Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Forgery Confirmed? [Contains Online Typo]

    10/14/2012 5:56:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    First Things ^ | Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Anna Williams
    Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Forgery Confirmed? Thursday, October 11, 2012 Anna Williams In the weeks since Harvard historian Karen King unveiled the papyrus fragment dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife,” evidence rapidly mounted that the scrap could be a forgery. The latest discovery: The fragment, which contains snippets from the Coptic text of the Gospel of Thomas, replicates a small error found in an online version of that text.Andrew Bernhard was, from what I understand, the first to suggest that the fragment was based on that version; he explains his findings in some detail on his website (PDF). Here’s the quick overview from Duke professor...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LIGHT, 10-13-12

    10/13/2012 10:23:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-13-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LIGHT In revelation and sacred doctrine, a source of understanding or of insight into the truth. It may be either the truth itself, which enlightens the mind about what God wants human beings to know; or the inward supernatural power that enables the mind to grasp what is beyond its native capacity to understand; or the assistance of grace to help dispel the darkness induce by sinful passion that tends to prevent the intellect from seeing the things of God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life....
  • All moves of God have met resistance from established churches-'Traditions of men'

    10/12/2012 10:10:09 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 32 replies
    Persecution and Triumph.--The years following 1741 were filled with incredible evangelistic victories - as well as with the most violent persecution. George Whitefield was frequently pelted with stones, rotten vegetables, and dead animal parts as he spoke. On one occasion, a rock struck his head and nearly rendered him unconscious. On another occasion, he would have been stabbed had the crowd not intervened on his behalf. Another time, a man tried to strike him with a whip as he preached; on other occasions, protestors attempted to drown out his voice with drums or trumpets. In 1744, an intruder broke into...
  • Maronite Christians Seek To Revive Aramaic Language

    10/12/2012 11:32:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 10/12/12 | Ksenia Svetlova
    Ancient Israeli Minority Hopes To Win Community RecognitionOn a hot August day in the Galilee, a group of schoolchildren in the Arab Christian village of Jish counted diligently, from one to 10, after their instructor. But the words, though similar to Arabic and Hebrew, were neither. ”Chada, tarteyn, telat, arba, khamesh,” they recited, ”shet, shva, tamney, teysha, asar.”At this unique summer camp, some 85 children were being immersed in Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke and in which the Gemara — one of the Talmud’s two major books — was written. Once the Middle East’s lingua franca, Aramaic is an almost...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MOTIVE, 10-12-12

    10/12/2012 9:14:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MOTIVE A conscious good that incites a rational being to perform some action. It is a motive of assent when the intellect is moved to make a judgment, and the motive of consent when the will is moved to make a decision. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Vatican II at 50

    10/11/2012 10:05:15 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/11/12 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    Vatican II at 50By Kenneth J. Wolfe Fifty years ago today the Second Vatican Council began with a clear indication of who had gained control of the Catholic Church’s direction. From the Latin Mass to meatless Fridays to the concept of salvation, numerous components of the faith were set to be reformed, led mostly by clerical academics who had served on preparatory commissions. So powerful were they that Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, a conservative who headed what is now the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (which the future Pope Benedict XVI would later lead), was vocally heckled and silenced...
  • What St. Paul’s example as both believer and Bishop can teach us about authority

    10/11/2012 1:41:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the readings for daily Mass the past few days we have been reviewing the faith journey of St. Paul who describes his personal history and also his authority in the second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. The story is interesting for three reasons. It can help correct notions that some have of PaulÂ’s rapid assent to the office of apostle (Bishop) and affirm that he was not a lone-ranger apostle. He was a man who was formed in the community of the Church for some length of time, and did not go on Mission until he was...
  • Preaching the Real Gospel Brings Persecutions {from the church}

    10/11/2012 10:15:05 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 1 replies
    From 1739 onward, Wesley and the Methodists were persecuted by clergymen and magistrates for various reasons. Though Wesley had been ordained an Anglican presbyter, many other Methodist leaders had not received ordination. And for his own part, Wesley flouted many regulations of the Church of England concerning parish boundaries and who had authority to preach. This was seen as a social threat that disregarded institutions. Ministers attacked them in sermons and in print, and at times mobs attacked them. Wesley and his followers continued to work among the neglected and needy. They were denounced as promulgators of strange doctrines, fomenters...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALUMBRADOS, 10-11-12

    10/11/2012 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALUMBRADOS A loosely organized group of spiritual persons in sixteenth-century Spain, condemned many times by the Inquisition, who taught that once a person attains the vision of God's essence in this life he can dispense with all external means of sanctification. Vocal prayer, the use of the sacraments, the practice of justice and charity, penance and bodily mortification become unnecessary. Perfect souls need give themselves only to mental prayer and ecstatic contemplation, which unite them so intimately with God that they lose personal liberty and individuality. In the state of perfection a man becomes incapable of...
  • Vatican II, 50 Years Later : The council brought great controversy, but eventually, a greater gift.

    10/11/2012 6:50:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/11/2012 | George Weigel
    The modern history of the Catholic Church has rarely followed the historical arc imagined for it.In the early 19th century, the Church in France was awash in Jacobin-drawn blood, and the Church throughout Europe was reeling from two papal kidnappings by Napoleon. No one imagined that, in the decades just ahead, Catholicism would flourish in the new United States and that the Church’s mission to sub-Saharan Africa would begin in earnest, led by new religious orders founded in the aftermath of the French Revolution.In 1870, when Piux IX retreated behind the Leonine Wall and became the “prisoner of the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONCORDAT, 10-10-12

    10/10/2012 11:40:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CONCORDAT An official agreement between the Pope, in his spiritual capacity as visible head of the Catholic Church, and the temporal authority of a state. Commonly accepted as a contract between Church and State, it is a treaty governed by international laws and has been used by the Holy See since the early Middle Ages. The earliest agreement called such was the Concordat of Worms (1122), by which Pope Calixtus II and Emperor Henry V (1081-1125) put an end to the struggle over lay investiture. the best known in modern times was the Lateran Treaty of...
  • Maximilian Kolbe's Story Shows us Why Sainthood is Still Meaningful

    10/10/2012 7:01:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/10/12 | Steven Hepburn
    On the anniversary of St Maximilian's canonisation, we can learn from the priest who died in place of a stranger in AuschwitzIf the story of the Christian faith is about suffering, death and the power of God in the resurrection, then the 20th-century story of Nagasaki and Auschwitz is about suffering, death and the power of man in destruction. St Maximilian Maria Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan priest who was canonised 30 years ago today, in a unique way embraced both places. With his life he witnessed for the Christian faith in the first and with his death he witnessed for...
  • 14 Surviving Fathers of Vatican II to Take Part in Year of Faith opening ceremony

    10/10/2012 6:49:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Speaking at an October 9 press conference, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization announced the details of the opening ceremony of the Year of Faith, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. The Year of Faith begins on October 11 and concludes on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The opening ceremony “is an opportunity to revisit that event which left such a deep mark on the life of the Church in the twentieth century, and to examine the influence its teachings have had during the intervening...
  • America’s first mega-church was in Congress

    10/09/2012 12:47:10 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Standard-Examiner ^ | 10/09/2012 | Chris Crowder
    America’s first mega-church, defined as a congregation of 2,000 attendees or more, held services in the capitol building inside the House of Representatives. It remained there until 1868 as the congregation raised money for building a new sanctuary they could call their own. According to the diary of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, church services were also held in the Treasury building and the Supreme Court Building. He describes the Reverend James Laurie, pastor of a Presbyterian Church, that had settled into the Treasury Building, preaching to an overflow audience in the Supreme Court Chamber,...
  • The Discovery Of America By Christopher Columbus (painting by Dali)

    10/08/2012 5:54:22 PM PDT · by annalex · 42 replies
    The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus Salvador Dalí 1959 oil on canvas 410 cm × 284 cm (161.4 in × 111.8 in) Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida Dalí completed his tenth masterwork, The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, in 1959. This work, which is almost 14 feet tall, is an ambitious homage to Dalí's Spain, combining Spanish history, religion, art and myth. This painting was commissioned for Huntington Hartford's Gallery of Modern Art on Columbus Circle in New York. At that time, some Catalan historians claimed that Columbus was actually from Catalonia, not Italy. From that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GREED, 10-08-12

    10/08/2012 8:32:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GREED Avarice or cupidity. It implies a controlling passion for wealth or possessions and suggests not so much a strong as an inordinate desire and is commonly associated with the lust for power. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Stockton: a might've been LDS sanctuary [was Stockton Brigham Young's "Plan B" for a Mormon HQ?]

    10/07/2012 4:23:29 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    Recordnet.com ^ | October 07, 2012 | Michael Fitzgerald
    Now that Mitt Romney is back in the race, you might be interested to know San Joaquin County almost beat Salt Lake City to become the Mormon Church's world headquarters. It's the true - but largely forgotten - story of Sam Brannan and the colony of New Hope. If you can't make a winning bar bet out of this story, fuhgeddaboutit. From the time Joseph Smith founded The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the Mormon Church) in 1830, his followers were persecuted. Smith himself was jailed for treason in Illinois in 1844. Then he was killed...
  • Pope Benedict creates two new Doctors of the Church

    10/07/2012 1:47:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | October 7, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI at April 18 General Audience Vatican City, Oct 7, 2012 / 10:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named two new Doctors of the Church: the 16th century Spanish priest St. John of Avila and the 12th century German nun St. Hildegard of Bingen. St. John of Avila was “a profound expert on the sacred scriptures, he was gifted with an ardent missionary spirit,” said the Pope Oct. 7, “he knew how to penetrate in a uniquely profound way the mysteries of the redemption worked by Christ for humanity.” St. John of Avila was a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INHIBITIVE FEAR, 10-06-12

    10/06/2012 11:26:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INHIBITIVE FEAR Mental agitation as affecting moral responsibility. Of itself, fear does not remove the voluntary character of human actions, but it usually lessens their guilt, as also their merit. There is a distinction, however, between acting through fear or with fear. One acts through fear if it is the fear that induces one to act, as when a student cheats out of fear of failing an examination. Such actions are voluntary and imputable in most cases. One acts with fear if the emotion merely accompanies an action but does not cause it. Any significant human...
  • The Principle of Contradiction: 8 things everyone should know

    10/05/2012 8:54:00 AM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 15 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 10-04-12 | TFP
    What is the principle of contradiction? In a nutshell, it’s this:  a thing cannot be and not be at the same time.  Saint Thomas Aquinas shows that not even God can deny the principle of contradiction, the absolute law of the order of being, because it is impossible for God to will the absolutely impossible (Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, chap. 84). Father Garrigou-Lagrange gives us eight principal reasons, based on Aristotle, for defending the necessity and real validity of the principle of contradiction. They are briefly: 1. To deny this necessity and this validity would be to deprive words of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALMS BOX, 10-05-12

    10/05/2012 8:35:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-05-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALMS BOX Or alms chest. Permanent receptacle in a church for the donations that are prompted by charity and given to the poor by the parishioners or worshipers. See Also: POOR BOX All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Bene Israel hail DNA result {Indian Jewish history dating back 2000 years}

    10/04/2012 11:14:35 PM PDT · by Cronos · 25 replies
    Times of India ^ | July 22, 2002 | Manjiri Damie
    They have adopted mehendi and haldi ceremonies from Indian weddings, they speak fluent Marathi and many of them have enrolled their children in Marathi medium schools. As fond as they are of their adoptive home, the 250-odd members of the Bene Israel community in the city were pleasantly surprised to open the Sunday Times of India on July 21. An STOI exclusive report highlighted the results of four-year-long DNA tests in London which confirms their genetical link to the "original children of Israel" (literal translation of Bene Israel), who are said to have migrated to this country 2,000 years ago....
  • Pope’s ambition, a blend of the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite, could sweep Church [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2012 4:23:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    CatholicHerald.co.uk ^ | Friday, 20 May 2011 | William Oddie
    The Pope’s ambition, a powerful blend of the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite, could sweep the Church There are too many difficulties attending both the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite By William Oddie on Friday, 20 May 2011 Cardinal Walter Brandmüller celebrated the Extraordinary Form Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (CNS photo) An extremely interesting story by John Thavis – which appears currently on the Herald’s homepage under the headline “Pope’s ‘reform of the reform’ in liturgy to continue” – reports what seems to me a potentially wondrous proposed advance. But will it happen? There is...