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  • Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

    12/14/2014 7:31:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (from Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). This theme is developed most fully in today’s readings in 1 Thessalonians 5:16ff. It, too, begins with the salutation and imperative, “rejoice always!”Let’s take a closer look at that reading and what is meant by the admonition to “rejoice.”The text begins, Rejoice always. The Greek word properly translated here as “rejoice”...
  • I Keep So Busy Workin' for the Kingdom, I Ain't Got Time to Die-A Homily for the 3rd Sunday/Year

    01/25/2015 6:35:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington I Keep So Busy Workin’ for the Kingdom, I Ain’t Got Time to Die – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe readings of “Ordinary Time” (Tempus per annum, in Latin) focus a lot on the call to discipleship and the living of the Christian Faith. The readings for today’s Mass are no exception, as they present us with a number of disciplines for disciples. These disciplines free us to serve Christ and His Kingdom joyfully, energetically, and wholeheartedly. We can group these disciplines into three broad areas, such that discipleship is...
  • From Magi to Wise Men – A Homily for Epiphany

    01/04/2015 7:12:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-03-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington From Magi to Wise Men – A Homily for Epiphany By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, the nations, and their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they see, and the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod and their ultimate rejection of him in favor Christ.In this meditation I would like especially to follow these Magi, in their journey of faith to become wise men. As Magi, they followed the faint stars, distant points of light; as Wise Men they follow Jesus who...
  • >A Portrait of Powerful Preaching – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

    02/01/2015 4:34:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Portrait of Powerful Preaching – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles Pope There are four aspects of powerful preaching displayed by Jesus in this passage. Jesus is not just a powerful preacher Himself, but also models what it means to be a powerful and effective preacher.In using the word “preacher” here we ought to be careful not to reduce preaching merely to what takes place in a church. For surely the clergy have churches in which to preach. But all Catholic parents ought also to learn from Jesus here, for they have...
  • Keep Your Eyes on the Prize – A Homily for the 19th Sunday of the Year

    08/10/2014 1:57:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/9/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel today is about faith and focus. It teaches that though storms and struggles inevitably arise, we have a choice as to whether we focus on them or on Jesus. The  admonition of this Gospel is clear: keep your eyes on the prize … hold on!Let’s look at this Gospel in four stages: Perceived Distance, Produced Distress, Point of Decision, and Process of Development.I. PERCEIVED DISTANCE – The text tells us that Jesus drew back from the disciples and sent them to make the crossing of the lake on their own, intending to join them again later. During their...
  • Pope Francis' Christmas Homily

    12/25/2013 12:40:35 PM PST · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    Vatican ^ | December 25, 2013
    MIDNIGHT MASS SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica Tuesday, 24 December 2013 Video 1. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1). This prophecy of Isaiah never ceases to touch us, especially when we hear it proclaimed in the liturgy of Christmas Night. This is not simply an emotional or sentimental matter. It moves us because it states the deep reality of what we are: a people who walk, and all around us – and within us as well – there is darkness and light. In this night,...
  • Pope Francis describes ‘ideological Christians’ as a ‘serious illness’ within the Church

    10/21/2013 9:32:05 AM PDT · by armydoc · 94 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht
    Pope Francis called for a more open-minded Church on Thursday, suggesting that when a Christian “becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith.” Francis said because ideology is rigid and non-inclusive, it pushes people away and leaves out the grace of God. “And, even worse, the Lord cannot be close to the people,” Francis said. “The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” he said. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid.”...
  • St Basil: On Detachment

    09/22/2013 3:58:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Web Archive ^ | approx 360 AD | St Basil the Great
    HOMILY 21 On Detachment from Worldly Goods and Concerning the Conflagration Which Occurred in the Environs of the Church THOUGHT, well-beloved, that, Inasmuch as I had so vigorously plied you with the goad of my words on every and all occasions, you regarded me as a troublesome fellow, overbold for a stranger and for a man who is himself guilty on similar charges. Yet, by my rebukes you were moved to kindliness and the blows of my tongue you transformed into incentives to greater zeal. This, of course, is not a matter for surprise, since you are wise in the...
  • "Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil." Homily of the Holy Father Pope Francis

    03/15/2013 8:17:53 PM PDT · by PanzerKardinal · 69 replies
    Vatican.VA ^ | March 14, 2013 | Pope Francis
    Thirdly, professing. We can walk as much as we want, we can build many things, but if we do not profess Jesus Christ, things go wrong. We may become a charitable NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of the Lord. When we are not walking, we stop moving. When we are not building on the stones, what happens? The same thing that happens to children on the beach when they build sandcastles: everything is swept away, there is no solidity. When we do not profess Jesus Christ, the saying of Léon Bloy comes to mind: "Anyone who does not...
  • Get this...

    08/23/2012 9:57:37 AM PDT · by NYCCatholic · 42 replies
    Okay, another question for my awesome freepers... Get this...a friend of mine recently attended a week-long silent retreat given by a congregation of nuns in the Northeast. I won't name the order. During daily Mass, the Priest allowed one of the nuns to proclaim the Gospel and give a homily. Is this allowed? I was under the impression that only a Priest or Deacon can read the Gospel and give a homily.
  • Vatican Reports Discovery of Ancient Documents (Origen)

    06/12/2012 4:08:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 12, 2012
    The Vatican newspaper reported Tuesday that 29 previously unpublished homilies said to be the work of one of the most important and prolific early church fathers have been discovered in a German library. The 3rd Century theologian Origen of Alexandria is considered to have played a critical role in the development of Christian thought. Pope Benedict XVI, himself a theologian, dedicated two of his 2007 weekly church teaching sessions to the importance of Origen's life and work. Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said that despite Origen's importance, few of his original texts remain in part because he was condemned by the...
  • Fr. Maletta's Religious Liberty Homily on HHS Mandate

    03/25/2012 7:32:42 AM PDT · by foxfield
    WHP (580AM), Glen Meakem Show ^ | Feb 5, 2012 | Fr. Sammie Maletta
    Fr. Sammie Maletta drawing a line in the sand.
  • Religious Liberty Homily

    02/27/2012 8:08:12 AM PST · by mkmensinger · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-5-12 | Youtube
    Religious liberty homily
  • Benedict XVI's Homily on Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

    06/30/2011 9:51:18 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 29, 2011 | Benedict XVI
    Benedict XVI's Homily on Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul "It Is Only in the Unity Represented by Peter That We Truly Lead People to Christ" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 29, 2011 ( Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Benedict XVI delivered today at a Mass for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, which he presided over in St. Peter's Basilica. At the Mass, the Pope conferred the pallium upon 41 new archbishops, and recalled his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, "Non iam dicam servos, sed amicos" -- "I no longer...
  • Text Of Pope's Homily For Christmas Eve Mass

    12/25/2010 10:04:52 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 1 replies
    cbs news ^ | Dec. 24, 2010 | Pope Benedict XVI
    . . . "Mary gave birth to her first-born son" (Lk 2:7). In this sentence Saint Luke recounts quite soberly the great event to which the prophecies from Israel's history had pointed. Luke calls the child the "first-born." In the language which developed within the sacred Scripture of the Old Covenant, "first-born" does not mean the first of a series of children. The word "first-born" is a title of honor, quite independently of whether other brothers and sisters follow or not. So Israel is designated by God in the Book of Exodus (4:22) as "my first-born Son," and this expresses...
  • Archbishop Dolan's Homily (Mass Of Installation)

    04/18/2009 5:45:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 3 replies · 499+ views
    Archdiocese Of New York ^ | April 15, 2009 | Archbishop Timothy Dolan
    AMDG Installation Homily JMJ "This is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad! Alleluia!""He has risen as He said, alleluia! alleluia!""Jesus Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega.All time belongs to Himand all the ages, to Him be glory and power! Amen!"You are all so very welcome here, in this "Cathedral of suitable magnificence," as Archbishop John Hughes, whose cross I wear today, termed it, that has been such a warm, embracing spiritual home for untold millions. Thank you, thank you all for so personally supporting me as I begin...
  • Easter Vigil: Homily Of His Holiness Benedict XVI

    04/12/2009 4:47:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 2 replies · 268+ views
    Vatican Website ^ | April 11, 2009 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters,Saint Mark tells us in his Gospel that as the disciples came down from the Mount of the Transfiguration, they were discussing among themselves what “rising from the dead” could mean (cf. Mk 9:10).  A little earlier, the Lord had foretold his passion and his resurrection after three days.  Peter had protested against this prediction of death.  But now, they were wondering what could be meant by the word “resurrection”.  Could it be that we find ourselves in a similar situation?  Christmas, the birth of the divine Infant, we can somehow immediately comprehend.  We can love the...
  • Humilitas (30th anniversary of the death of JPI)

    09/28/2008 2:31:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 309+ views
    WITL ^ | September 28, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    On this 30th anniversary of the death of the short-reigned "Smiling Pope," B16 recalled John Paul I at today's Angelus: Pope Luciani, said Benedict XVI, “chose Saint Carlo Borromeo’s Episcopal motto—Humilitas— as his own, a word that sums up that which is essential in Christian life and which indicates the virtue needed by those in the Church who are called to the service of authority.” “In one of the four general audiences held during his brief pontificate he said among other things and in that very informal way of his: ‘I will just recommend one virtue so dear to...
  • Papal Homily For Quebec Congress: "The Eucharist Is Not A Meal Among Friends"

    06/24/2008 3:55:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 2 replies · 149+ views
    Zenit ^ | June 23, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Here is a translation of the homily Benedict XVI gave via satellite Sunday at the closing Mass of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress. The congress was held in Quebec City. The homily was given in English and French. * * *Lord Cardinals,Excellencies,Dear Brothers and Sisters, While you are gathered for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, I am happy to join you through the medium of satellite and thus unite myself to your prayer. I would like first of all to greet the Lord Cardinal Marc Ouellet, archbishop of Quebec, and the Lord Cardinal Jozef Tomko, special envoy for the congress,...

    04/24/2008 10:23:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 82+ views
    VIS ^ | April 23, 2008
    VATICAN CITY, 23 APR 2008 (VIS) - This morning in St. Peter's Basilica, Benedict XVI pronounced a homily following the funeral Mass for the late Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, who died on Saturday 19 April at the age of 72. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals. The Holy Father traced the biography of the youngest cardinal created by John Paul II in the consistory of 1983, recalling his priestly ordination in 1960, his work as auxiliary bishop of Bogota in the 1970s, as president...
  • Pope Benedict's Homily, Mass at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York  (full text)

    04/20/2008 2:54:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 297+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 20, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    During the Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Easter celebrated 20 April 2008, the Holy Father gave the following homily.   Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the Gospel we have just heard, Jesus tells his Apostles to put their faith in him, for he is "the way, and the truth and the life" (Jn 14:6). Christ is the way that leads to the Father, the truth which gives meaning to human existence, and the source of that life which is eternal joy with all the saints in his heavenly Kingdom. Let us take the Lord at his...
  • Pope Benedict's Homily, Mass for Clergy and Religious, St. Patrick's Cathedral

    04/19/2008 6:16:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 262+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 19, 2008
    During the Mass for Clergy and Religious at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral on Saturday 19 April 2008, the third anniversary of his election to the Chair of St. Peter, the Holy Father delivered the following homily.Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, With great affection in the Lord, I greet all of you, who represent the Bishops, priests and deacons, the men and women in consecrated life, and the seminarians of the United States. I thank Cardinal Egan for his warm welcome and the good wishes which he has expressed in your name as I begin the fourth year of...
  • Heaven Touches Earth: Papal Liturgy at Saint Patrick’s

    04/19/2008 9:04:57 AM PDT · by tcg · 16 replies · 94+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/19/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Pope used the structure of the great Cathedral as a symbolic framework for addressing the interior meaning of the Christian vocation and mission.
  • Benedict XVI’s sermon at St. Patrick’s in NYC (With Fr. Z's Commentary)

    04/19/2008 8:14:57 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 38 replies · 350+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/19/2008 | Benedict XVI (commentary by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf )
    Here is the text of the Holy Father’s sermon from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.  My emphases and comments: Keep in mind that the readings for this Mass will be from the Mass of Pentecost, a theme similar to that celebrated in Nationals Stadium.  The Holy Father is trying to help American’s look for a new "anointing" of the United States, with its special role in the world, by the Holy Ghost.   This is a Votive Mass for the Universal Church. Keep in mind that this Mass is for priests and religious.  Backdrop: The Holy Father has already...
  • Homily of Pope Benedict XVI, Holy Mass at Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

    04/17/2008 8:21:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 317+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 17, 2008
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, "Peace be with you!" (Jn 20:19). With these, the first words of the Risen Lord to his disciples, I greet all of you in the joy of this Easter season. Before all else, I thank God for the blessing of being in your midst. I am particularly grateful to Archbishop Wuerl for his kind words of welcome. Our Mass today brings the Church in the United States back to its roots in nearby Maryland, and commemorates the bicentennial of the first chapter of its remarkable growth - the division by my predecessor, Pope...
  • 9/11 & the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

    09/12/2007 8:23:31 AM PDT · by Balt · 126+ views
    The Priestly Pugilist ^ | 9/12/07 | Priestly Pugilist
    10:56 AM 9/12/2007 - The attack on our country on September 11th six years ago is probably one of those events that will always remain transfixed in our minds -- we will always remember where we were and what we were doing when it happened. I was on retreat at the time with the other priests of our eparchy; and, when I returned to my parish in East Brunswick at the end of the week, I had to wrestle with how I was going to address this, since we had a number of families in the parish which were directly...
  • The "Sequela Christi" (homilies of Vatican Holy Week)

    04/02/2007 10:09:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 720+ views
    WITL ^ | April 1, 2007 | Rocco Palmo
    As promised, here begin the homilies of Vatican Holy Week 2007. Grazie mille e píu to one of the illustrious ops del nord for preparing this fulltext translation of Benedict XVI's meditation from the Mass of Palm Sunday, celebrated earlier today on the steps of St Peter's. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the procession of Palm Sunday we associate ourselves with the crowd of disciples who, with festive joy, accompany the Lord during his entry into Jerusalem. Like them we praise the Lord with loud voices for all the wonders we have seen. Yes, we also...
  • "A Cosmic Event" - text of pope's homily at last night's Vigil Mass (rare event)

    04/16/2006 11:48:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 556+ views
    WITL ^ | April 16, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    The Vatican's custom is that the Pope does not preach at the liturgy of Easter morning so that the focus upon the Urbi et Orbi message which follows isn't diluted. So here, in the English translation provided by the Holy See, is Benedict XVI's Easter homily, delivered at the Mother of all Vigils, held last night in the Basilica. **************************** "You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here" (Mk 16:6). With these words, God’s messenger, robed in light, spoke to the women who were looking for the body of Jesus in the...
  • Pope Calls Judas Double-Crosser in Homily (Adios National Geographic's romantic notion!)

    04/13/2006 7:47:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 57 replies · 1,552+ views
    AP ^ | April 34, 2006 | Daniela Petroff
    Pope Benedict XVI Thursday recounted the Biblical betrayal of Jesus by Judas, calling the apostle a double-crosser for whom "money was more important than communion with Jesus, more important than God and his love."Benedict's traditional depiction of Judas came during his Holy Thursday homily, a week after the release of an ancient Egyptian Coptic text dubbed the "Gospel of Judas," in which Judas is portrayed not as Jesus' betrayer but as his confidant who was doing his will by handing him over to his enemies to be crucified.Holy Thursday marks the start of a series of solemn ceremonies in the...

    04/11/2006 10:30:47 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 10 replies · 388+ views
    March 29, 2002 Good Friday Sermon for Stations of the Cross Reading (Isaiah 52:13 – 53:6) The reading that we just heard is part of what is known as the fourth of the Suffering Servant Songs. We also heard that same reading this afternoon in the service for Good Friday. In this particular passage taken from the fifty-second chapter of the prophet Isaiah, we hear, with remarkable precision, the prophet telling us what was going to happen to the Messiah, that He was going to suffer.

    03/21/2006 6:40:33 AM PST · by NYer · 28 replies · 733+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | March 21, 2006
    The following e-mail was sent to viewer Mary Grace Westman, who inquired as to why a Minnesota priest, Father Robert Altier, was no longer allowed to conduct a radio and internet ministry. The move by Archbishop Harry Flynn caused a heated controversy two weeks ago, for Father Altier had a significant following in conservative and Marian circles. The archbishop's explanation:To interested party Thank you for your recent note. I appreciate that you have benefited spiritually from Fr. Altier’s homilies. He has done much good work and is not being “silenced.”Fr. Robert Altier is a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint...
  • Placing Our Pro-Life Work in Mary's Hands

    02/27/2006 2:09:02 PM PST · by klossg · 2 replies · 161+ views
    Catholic Herald ^ | From the issue of 2/23/06 | Bishop Paul S. Loverde
    The following homily was given by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde on Feb.11 during the Respect Life Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Alexandria. As we participate in this monthly Respect Life Mass, the Word of God, proclaimed in our hearing moments ago, contrasts two women: Eve and Mary. Eve said “no” to God’s command; she and Adam committed the first sin. Yet, even as the first sin was being committed, God in His mercy promised victory over sin and eternal death. On the other hand, Mary said “yes” to God’s command and through her the Victor came to...
  • Good Will Equals Salvation? (Did the pope say non christians could be saved - part 1)

    01/16/2006 6:00:21 AM PST · by NYer · 119 replies · 1,354+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 15, 2006 | Ilaria Morali
    Theologian Ilaria Morali Responds ROME, JAN. 15, 2006 ( If it is enough to seek peace with good will to be saved, of what use is Christianity? This is the question posed after Benedict XVI's address during the Nov. 30 general audience, in which he spoke about the possibility of salvation for non-Christians. In Part 1 of this interview with ZENIT, theologian Ilaria Morali, a professor of theology at the Gregorian University, and a specialist on the topic of grace, explains the Pope's words, and the Church's magisterium on the subject. Q: The Pope said in that general audience that...
  • "In That Child Lying in the Stable, God Has Shown His Glory" - Pope's Homily

    12/26/2005 4:23:24 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 541+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 25, 2005
    VATICAN CITY, DEC. 25, 2005 ( Here is a translation of the homily Benedict XVI delivered at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, held in St. Peter's Basilica. * * * "The Lord said to me: You are my son; this day I have begotten you." With these words of the second Psalm, the Church begins the Vigil Mass of Christmas, at which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our Redeemer in a stable in Bethlehem. This psalm was once a part of the coronation rite of the kings of Judah. The people of Israel, in virtue of its election,...
  • Mass of Priestly Ordination -- Homily by Pope Benedict XVI on Pentecost Sunday

    05/21/2005 6:21:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 640+ views
    The Holy See ^ | 05-15-05 | Pope Benedict XVI
    MASS OF PRIESTLY ORDINATIONHOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVISt Peter's BasilicaPentecost Sunday, 15 May 2005   Dear Brothers in the Episcopate and in the Priesthood, Dear Ordinandi, Dear Brothers and Sisters, The First Reading and the Gospel of Pentecost Sunday offer us two great images of the mission of the Holy Spirit. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles speaks of how, on the day of Pentecost, under the signs of a strong wind and fire, the Holy Spirit sweeps into the community of the disciples of Jesus who are in prayer, thus bringing the Church into being....

    04/24/2005 5:55:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 105 replies · 1,816+ views ^ | 04-24-05 | Pope Benedict XVI
        HOMILY OF INAUGURATION MASS OF BENEDICT XVI Homily of Pope Benedict XVI of the Mass for the Imposition of the Pallium, the Conferral of the Fisherman's Ring, and the Inauguration of the Pontificate, given in St. Peter's Square, Sunday 24 April 2005.Your Eminences,My dear Brother Bishops and Priests,Distinguished Authorities and Members of the Diplomatic Corps,Dear Brothers and Sisters,  During these days of great intensity, we have chanted the litany of the saints on three different occasions: at the funeral of our Holy Father John Paul II; as the Cardinals entered the Conclave; and again today, when we...
  • Ratzinger calls for “clarity of faith” ahead of papal conclave

    04/18/2005 6:12:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies · 1,470+ views
    Kaleej Times ^ | April 18, 2005
    VATICAN CITY - German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger defended Roman Catholic Church doctrine and condemned “the dictatorship of relativism” at Monday’s mass to pray for guidance in the election of the next pope.In his homily, Ratzinger, the dean of the College of Cardinals and a leading candidate for the papacy, said relativism “recognizes nothing definitive and its final measure is no more than ego and desire.”The 78-year-old cardinal pointed to “so many winds of doctrine that we have known in recent decades, so many ideological currents, so many ways of thinking,” including Marxism, liberalism, radical individualism, atheism and mysticism.He was speaking...
  • Text of the Homily at Pope's Funeral

    04/08/2005 9:36:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 1,277+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 8, 2005
    Text of the homily read, in Italian, by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, dean of the College of Cardinals, during the funeral Mass of Pope John Paul II. Translation provided by the Vatican: These are the sentiments that inspire us, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, present here in St. Peter's Square, in neighboring streets and in various other locations within the city of Rome, where an immense crowd, silently praying, has gathered over the last few days. I greet all of you from my heart. In the name of the College of Cardinals, I also wish to express my respects to Heads...
  • Lay sermons permitted, Vatican tells Swiss bishops

    02/11/2005 1:08:52 PM PST · by B Knotts · 110 replies · 2,076+ views
    The Tablet ^ | 2/11/2005
    Lay sermons permitted, Vatican tells Swiss bishops. Proposals by Swiss bishops to allow lay theologians to give sermons and Protestants to receive Communion have met with the approval of the Curia in Rome, Bishop Amédée Grab, president of the Swiss bishops' conference, said this week. The Swiss church is having to cope with a shortage of priests and in an effort to deal with the crisis its bishops' conference has come up with controversial plans to make greater use of the laity serving as pastoral assistants. The Swiss bishops' conference has now declared that the assistants (who hold university degrees...
  • Text: Homily of former Sen. John Danforth at Reagan funeral

    06/11/2004 9:56:35 PM PDT · by Valin · 19 replies · 228+ views
    May I speak in the name of one god, who created us, who redeemed us, who comforts us. Amen. This is a service about Ronald Reagan, and it is a religious service. We've gathered to celebrate the life of a great president in a church where believers profess their faith. So this is not only about a person, but about faith. And the homily is the place to connect the two. For President Reagan, the text is obvious. It's from the Sermon on the Mount: "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be...
  • Family Suing Over Hell Prediction at Funeral

    07/18/2003 11:37:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 217+ views
    Yahoo ^ | July 17, 2003 | Zelie Pollon
    SANTA FE, N.M (Reuters) - A New Mexico family is suing their local Catholic church over a funeral Mass in which they claim a priest said their relative was only a middling Catholic and going straight to hell.   Lawyers for the family of Ben Martinez said on Tuesday they had filed a lawsuit in June against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe and one of its priests. Court papers filed last month say that Rev. Scott Mansfield said at Martinez's funeral last year that the deceased was "living in sin," "lukewarm in his faith" and that "the Lord...
  • Text of John Paul II's Homily at the Dedication Mass of the Shrine of the Divine Mercy

    08/17/2002 1:58:40 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 10 replies · 234+ views
    The Holy See ^ | 8/17/02 | Pope John Paul II
    APOSTOLIC VOYAGE TO POLAND Address of the Holy FatherDedication of the Shrine of Divine MercyKraków-Lagiewniki, 17 August 2002  "O inconceivable and unfathomable Mercy of God, Who can worthily adore you and sing your praises? O greatest attribute of God Almighty, You are the sweet hope of sinners" (Diary, 951).Dear Brothers and Sisters!1. Today I repeat these simple and straightforward words of Saint Faustina, in order to join her and all of you in adoring the inconceivable and unfathomable mystery of God’s mercy. Like Saint Faustina, we wish to proclaim that apart from the mercy of God there is no other source...