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  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Burke’s critics fall into serious errors . . .

    12/03/2016 12:58:50 PM PST · by Rashputin · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Dec. 1, 2016 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Cardinal Burke’s critics fall into serious errors about the true nature and authority of the Papal Magisterium December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Jeffrey Mirus, the founder of, is concerned that Cardinal Raymond Burke might have confused the faithful by stating his intention to possibly make a “formal correction” of Pope Francis if Burke does not receive a response to several queries or dubia he and three other cardinals submitted to Francis regarding questionable affirmations in his recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. However, it is Mirus who’s more likely to confuse the faithful with his own ambiguous language and apparently...
  • The slow decline of the Ordinary Magisterium [Catholic Caucus]

    04/13/2016 1:10:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Catholic World Report ^ | April 12, 2016 | Edward N. Peters
    The Magisterium of the Catholic Church, the teaching authority left by Jesus Christ to his Church and principally exercised by popes and the college of bishops, proceeds in two ways: ordinarily, the Magisterium proceeds ‘ordinarily’; extraordinarily, the Magisterium proceeds ‘extraordinarily’. Bear with me. Ex cathedra pontifical pronouncements and solemn decrees of ecumenical councils—the two great expressions of the extraordinary Magisterium—get the headlines, but such statements are, well, extraordinary and hence relatively rare. In contrast, the day-in day-out, oft-repeated, variously-phrased and then re-phrased teachings put out (principally) by popes and bishops engaged in the public exercise of their offices constitute the...

    01/08/2016 6:51:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    After several months, we have reached a centenary, with one hundred studies analyzing diverse affirmations of Francis, in contrast with the two thousand years of Church teaching; from the Sacred Scriptures to a total of 54 popes, 10 Councils, 25 Fathers of the Church, 15 Doctors and several fundamental Church texts, as well as the pronouncements of Roman Congregations, the Episcopal Magisterium, and various Saints.
  • On the Infallibility of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium

    04/28/2015 6:01:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 108 replies ^ | December 16, 2005 | Ronald L. Conte Jr.
    On the Infallibility of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium 1. Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Magisterium are a reflection of the Most Holy Trinity. Tradition is a reflection of the Father; Scripture is a reflection of the Son; Magisterium is a reflection of the Spirit. Scripture proceeds from Tradition, just as the Son proceeds from the Father. Magisterium proceeds primarily from Tradition and Secondarily from Scripture, just as the Spirit proceeds primarily from the Father and secondarily from the Son. Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium are three distinct aspects of One Divine Gift, just as the Trinity is three distinct Persons of One...
  • Are you infallible?

    04/28/2015 8:36:56 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 1,573 replies
    One Fold ^ | December 10, 2013 | Brian Culliton
    It’s a question that requires little thought to answer; are you infallible? It ranks right up there with, “Are you God?” But to Catholic apologists the question is quite serious; that’s because they believe that there is a man on earth who, on the subject of faith and morals, is infallible; they call him, “holy father.” See, it does rank right up there with, “Are you God,” at least when coming from people who think their leader is equal with God on deciding issues of faith and morals. According to Catholic apologist, John Martignoni, this question should cause Protestants to...
  • The Magisterium of the Catholic Church

    04/27/2015 7:15:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 103 replies ^ | 2008 |
    The Magisterium of the Catholic Church Defined as "the Church's divinely appointed authority to teach the truths of religion". In other words, Our Lord gave His Church the authority to teach the faithful about what is expected of them, and that is what the Church has done consistently from the start. The Magisterium of Catholic Church teaches the faithful in two ways; 1) Solemn Magisterium: is Church teaching which is used only rarely by formal and authentic definitions of councils or Popes. This includes dogmatic definitions by councils or Popes teaching "ex cathedra"2) Ordinary Magisterium: this second form of...
  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magister’s blog—not his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for L’Espresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Church’s teaching on the matter: “For the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...
  • Social Justice According to Pius XI

    01/01/2013 2:03:44 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    hprweb ^ | DECEMBER 26, 2012 | THOMAS STORCK
    The term “social justice”… is the key term and concept of Catholic social teaching … with all the other aspects of the Church’s social doctrine—the principle of subsidiarity, the just wage or the right to private property—are related to, and rely, on the existence of social justice. The term “social justice,” though common enough today, is little understood by most of those who use it—whether they consider themselves friends and practitioners of social justice, or they regard it as a suspect term of probably socialist origin. But the term does have a precise meaning. That meaning and the significance of...
  • Young Catholic Women Try To Give Church’s Position On Birth Control New Sheen

    04/15/2012 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2012 | Michelle Boorstein
    Young Catholic Women Try To Give Church’s Position On Birth Control New Sheen Ashley McGuire is part of a movement of younger, religiously conservative Catholic women who are trying to rebrand what may be Catholicism’s most-ignored teaching: its ban on birth control methods such as the Pill. Michelle Boorstein April 15 Ashley McGuire fell in love with the Catholic Church five years ago, after reading its teaching against artificial birth control. McGuire, then a skeptical Protestant college student, initially saw the ban as a mandatory march to “domestic slavery.” But the more she read, the more she was blown away...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: POWER OF JURISDICTION, 04-07, 11

    04/07/2011 9:25:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 04-07-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):POWER OF JURISDICTION The moral right to govern the faithful in the Catholic Church. Also called the power of ruling (potestas regiminis), which, by divine institution, belongs to the Church founded by Christ. It includes jurisdiction in the external forum (publicly known) and the internal forum (privately matters of conscience), whether sacramental or nonsacramental. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Is the Magisterium?

    10/16/2010 2:17:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | October 16, 2010 | Thomas Storck
    The crisis that has afflicted the Catholic Church since the middle of the 1960s has been a crisis of both faith and morals, that is, a crisis that has made many Catholics no longer know what to believe or what kind of conduct God expects of us. What is needed as a remedy for this is a firm standard, a reliable guide or teacher who can tell us both what we must believe and what we must do. And, of course, in Christ's true Church we do have such a reliable standard and guide. But even Catholics of good will...
  • Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 3 Pillars of the Church's Authority

    08/10/2010 8:17:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | not given |
    Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With Jump to: The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)The 7 Corporal Works of MercyThe 7 Spiritual Works of MercyThe 3 Eminent Good WorksThe 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (& the Charismata)The 12 Fruits of the Holy GhostThe 3 Theological VirtuesThe 4 Cardinal VirtuesThe 7 Capital Sins & Their Contrary VirtuesThe 6 Sins Against the Holy GhostThe 4 Sins That Cry Out to HeavenThe 3 Conditions of Mortal SinThe 9 Ways We Participate in Others' SinsThe 10 CommandmentsThe 2 Greatest CommandmentsThe 3 Evangelical CounselsThe 6 Precepts of the ChurchThe Holy Days of Obligation (English)The...
  • Fake Catholic Groups Working Overtime for Healthcare Bill

    12/14/2009 10:08:04 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 360+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | December 14, 2009 | Deal Hudson
    It's sad to report, but report we must: The same fake Catholic groups that helped President Barack Obama get elected have rallied to the cause of the health-care bill, abortion funding and all. As reported by, Catholics United (CU) and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) are warning Catholics not to get too hung up on things like federal funding of abortion. Interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor, CU president Chris Korzen commented, "The wrong thing would be for anyone to be so firmly entrenched in their positions on federal funding of abortion that they're not...
  • The Perspicuity of Scripture and Other Creation Myths

    07/28/2009 3:19:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 222 replies · 2,078+ views
    ic ^ | July 28, 2009 | Mark Shea
      Last week, I wrote a little piece on the ways in which the various Protestantisms filter the sometimes ambiguous text of Scripture through various semi-permeable membranes in order to accept the bits of the Catholic Tradition they approve of while a) removing those things they dislike and b) stapling on those human ideas and notions they want to add or elevate to the status of Divine Revelation.   That sort of seditious talk immediately got blasted as a "classic attack on the perspicuity of Scripture" in the normal circles of anti-Catholic apologetics huff-puffery (my encounters with which I...
  • Docility (on Catholic dogma and infallibility)

    01/08/2009 7:40:48 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 464+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | January 7, 2009 | Mark P. Shea
      Recently, Rod Dreher posed a question about what a Catholic is to do when he thinks a magisterial authority has made some error of fact concerning, say, science, politics, or economics. Dreher's post concerns the question of whether some bishops are mistaken to think morning-after pills are abortifacient, but it could just as easily pertain to some bishop holding forth on farm subsidies, water quality in the Columbia River, the violence in Gaza, or the output of Hollywood.   What concerns Dreher is how a Catholic walks the line between paying attention to what the bishops have to say...
  • Fr. Roy Bourgeois Publicly Rejects the Magisterium; Excommunication Looms

    11/13/2008 4:49:28 PM PST · by tcg · 11 replies · 551+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/13/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    However, all that changed on August 9th when Fr. Bourgeois chose to become a “concelebrant” and homilist at the attempted ordination to the priesthood of Janice Sevre-Duszynska. The attempted “ordination” occurred at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, Ky. Now, Fr. Bourgeois has decided to engage in a new crusade, one which involves public and direct defiance of the Holy See and a repudiation of the unbroken teaching of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church concerning sacred ordination. According to a letter which Fr. Bourgeois released to the Press, he has received a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine...
  • Welcome To The Catholic Church: A Gated Community? [Ecumenical]

    07/12/2008 5:24:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 129+ views
    cuf blog ^ | July 9, 2008 | Leon Suprenant
    In last week’s catechetical post, I likened the deposit of faith–all that Christ has revealed to us through His Church–to a bank deposit, with the Church being the bank and the apostles and bishops having special authority to safeguard this deposit so that it might bear interest for the kingdom of God.Another way of approaching this reality is to think of the Church’s Magisterium, or teaching office, as a fence or wall. If the deposit of faith is understood as a body of teachings regarding what we are to believe and how we are to live as Christians in the world, one...
  • Golden Compass author Philip Pullman calls critics "nitwits"

    11/28/2007 10:39:58 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 282+ views
    American Papist ^ | November 28, 2007 | Thomas Peters
    I've been noticing an ongoing stream of headlines relating to the Golden Compass in recent weeks (it opens Dec. 7th), and also to the Catholic League's initiative to boycott the film because it is based on Philip Pullman's anti-Catholic series, His Dark Materials. I blogged about this story back in August ("The Golden Compass is pointing towards anti-Catholicism") and composed a short summary of what you need to know about the film back in October ("The word is getting out about The Golden Compass"). Now, with the movie's release immanent, and the fate of films two and three hanging...
  • "My books are about killing God!" An athiest's 'Narnia' knockoff

    10/26/2007 8:54:15 AM PDT · by SvdByFaith · 42 replies · 1,183+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | October 26, 2007 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    On Dec. 7, 2007, the movie "The Golden Compass," based on the first book in the fantasy trilogy entitled "His Dark Materials" by atheist Philip Pullman will be released in theaters throughout the world. Pullman wrote his fantasy trilogy because he was so upset by the Christian evangelism of C.S. Lewis in his wonderful series of Christian tales entitled "The Chronicles Of Narnia." Pullman is an avowed atheist who has dedicated his life to undermining Christianity and the Church among young readers. The film's release is only another example of a culture spiraling away from faith, a culture into which...
  • Anti-Christian Children's Novel Coming out as Time Warner Film in December starring Nicole Kidman

    08/23/2007 10:54:21 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 18 replies · 837+ views ^ | August 20, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Anti-Christian Children's Novel Coming out as Time Warner Film in December starring Nicole Kidman By Elizabeth O'Brien LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2007 ( - The best selling novels of atheist author Philip Pullman, which were written specifically to indoctrinate children with anti-Christian values, have sparked the creation of a controversial new fantasy film to be released this December 7 by New Line Cinema - a Time Warner Company. Starring Nicole Kidman, "The Golden Compass," is based on Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, which includes "Northern Lights" (re-titled "The Golden Compass" in the United States), "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber...
  • The Golden Compass is pointing towards anti-Catholicism (starring Nicole Kidman - a Catholic)

    08/20/2007 1:02:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 87 replies · 1,890+ views
    American Papist ^ | August 20, 2007 | Thomas Peters
    CathNews alerts us to the potential problem: Nicole Kidman has denied that a new film she's making is anti-Catholic. The movie features an organisation known as "The Magisterium", which kidnaps children to remove their souls.The Brisbane Times reports that Kidman told a US magazine that her Catholic faith affected her consideration of the script for the film, which is titled The Golden Compass.The fantasy film is based on a novel by Philip Pullman called Northern Lights. It is already attracting attention in the US for avoiding much of the book's perceived anti-Catholic rhetoric.Kidman said some of the religious elements...
  • Catholic Tide Is Turning: Interview With Author David Hartl

    10/25/2007 8:43:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 227+ views
    Zenit ^ | October 24, 2007
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, OCT. 24, 2007 ( Young people want something built on a solid foundation after seeing how the culture of death is destroying society, said author David Hartline. Hartline is the author of the recent book "The Tide Is Turning Toward Catholicism," published by Catholic Report. In this interview with ZENIT, Hartline considers some of the changing trends in the Church that have come about through courageous Catholic leaders, seen especially in Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Q: What motivated you to write "The Tide Is Turning Toward Catholicism"? Hartline: While working for the Church, I began...
  • Critics Slam 'Golden Compass' Movie for 'Castrating' Anti-Church Themes

    10/16/2007 10:17:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 102 replies · 3,289+ views
    Christian Post ^ | October 15, 2007 | Joshua Kimball
    LONDON – A debate over a movie’s anti-religious antagonism – or lack thereof – is heating up ahead of its upcoming release, with some accusing Hollywood of “castrating” the anti-Catholic themes present in the novel from which it is based. The expected blockbuster, “The Golden Compass,” is named after the American title of best-selling author Philip Pullman’s novel “Northern Lights” and will star actress Nicole Kidman and James Bond star Daniel Craig. The original children’s novel, part of Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series, rejects organized religion – in particular, the Catholic Church – and critics of the movie version say...
  • The Clintons’ God

    10/12/2007 8:13:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 216+ views
    NCR ^ | October 14, 2007 | PAUL KENGOR
    As Pope John Paul II wrote in Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth) the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, and through the magisterium, serves as the “pillar and bulwark of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), particularly through its teaching of truth regarding moral action. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the tragedy of abortion, especially in contrast to where some (but certainly not all) Protestants stand on the issue, including two extremely influential Protestants: Bill and Hillary Clinton. No president did as much to advance legalized abortion as Bill Clinton, who is now poised to be exceeded in...
  • The Development of Doctrine

    08/31/2007 10:32:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 189+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz
    It is, as always, a great joy to be here at the Church Teaches Forum, and to be able to greet everyone who is here and participating. In a very special way, I want to greet again the many wonderful friends that, over these last several years, I have had the opportunity to meet at this Forum, and I want to salute in a particular way, Mr. Smith, whose generosity and Catholic zeal is so largely responsible for a great deal of this forum's activities. I also want to say a word of gratitude to His Excellency, the Most Reverend...
  • Thank God For the Magisterium

    06/10/2007 3:02:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 766 replies · 6,558+ views
    NCR ^ | June 10, 2007 | Mark Shea
    Many modern people have the notion that the principal mission of the Catholic Church is to impose belief on unbelievers. The reality is that most of its time is spent trying to restrain belief in everything from spoon-bending to the aliens who allegedly speak to us through a cat in Poughkeepsie.The riptides and cross-currents of religious enthusiasm in American culture are kaleidoscopic and dizzying. Cradle Catholics can be forgiven for just ignoring the whole thing and many of them do. But it’s still worth taking into account because some religious trends can have decided real-world effects.Some of the effects of...

    03/23/2007 5:54:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 106 replies · 1,093+ views
    Some people assure us: 'there are very few infallible teachings. In fact, the bolder spirits claim there are only two! Or again: 'We may disagree with noninfallible teachings after prayerful reflection.' Or take a third statement like: 'God speaks to us in many ways: through conscience, Scripture, the Church, life experience, nature'-without any indication of where the Magisterium stands in the matter. People talk also of a parallel magisterium consisting of the theologians. Because of the great confusion prevailing today concerning the doctrinal authority of the Church and how it is exercised, it is vital that Catholics clarify their thoughts...
  • Catholic Caucus: How the Infallibility of the Magisterium Protects Us

    08/10/2006 9:24:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 69 replies · 655+ views ^ | 08-10-06 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D
    by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. Other Articles by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. How the Infallibility of the Magisterium Protects Us 08/10/06 If there is any dogma that sticks in the craw of non-Catholics, it is the dogma of papal infallibility. “How” ask many, “can Catholics actually believe that any human being is incapable of error?” In This Article...By Divine AssistanceWhat If Bishops Disagree?Special Authority of the Successor of Peter By Divine Assistance But what about the human authors of sacred Scripture? The Gospel narratives are quite frank about the foibles of Peter, Paul, and the rest. But all Christians believe that their writings...
  • The Magisterium: A Complex and Diverse Reality

    08/03/2006 9:53:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 208+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 3, 2006 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    If the term “Magisterium” means “teaching office” and refers to the teaching role of the Pope and bishops, where does that leave all the other teachers in the Church — parents, catechists, professors, priests and deacons? The answer is, it leaves them with a lot of work to do! Passing on the Catholic Tradition to people who have yet not heard the Gospel — whether they be new generations of Catholic children or unevangelized peoples — is a task that requires the efforts of the whole Church (Deo Verbum 10). The teaching activity of the Church is certainly not limited...
  • What Is the Magisterium and Why Do We Need It?

    07/27/2006 12:06:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies · 1,432+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 26, 2006 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D
    All Christians can agree on this, that the Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired word, and ought to govern the faith and life of the Christian community. What’s in accord with Scripture is good. What contradicts Scripture must be rejected.Opposition in the Name of Fidelity The Protestant reformers, inspired with zeal for God’s word, went one step further. Under the banner of “sola scriptura” they proclaimed the Bible as the only infallible authority for Christians. That meant that both Tradition and Church authority could be opposed in the name of fidelity to Scripture. Funny thing, however: from the outset...
  • RAFTING THE TIBER - a blog for Episcopalians to catch their breath during the big swim

    07/12/2006 12:34:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies · 800+ views ^ | July 10, 2006 | Mark Windsor
    Introductions I am here because I am a convert to Catholicism from the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA). My going from the ECUSA to the Catholic Church was a long journey, filled with every emotion known to man. It was a journey measured in decades, not in weeks or months or years. Along the way, I had some help; the woman I would eventually marry, a priest to whom I would eventually make my first and darkest confession, a priest that eventually confirmed me, a sponsor who later became a deacon. A great many Episcopalians have recently started...
  • Secretary of State: a Top Collaborator In Governance of Universal Church

    06/24/2006 5:13:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 177+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 24, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, JUNE 23, 2006 ( The Vatican secretary of state who, beginning Sept. 15 will be Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, is "the Pope's first collaborator in the governance of the universal Church." This is the description made of the holder of this office in the Vatican's Web page, which presents the history and organization of the Secretariat of State. "The Secretariat of State," says the apostolic constitution "Pastor Bonus," "provides close assistance to the Supreme Pontiff in the exercise of his supreme office." The origins of the Secretariat of State go back to the 15th century. The apostolic constitution "Non...
  • How I Became the Catholic I Was (Richard John Neuhaus' story)

    04/17/2006 10:26:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 460+ views
    First Things ^ | Richard John Neuhaus
    This is more a story than an argument. It is in some ways a very personal story, and yet not without broader implications. It is just possible that some may discern in the story suggestions of an argument, even an argument about the nature of Lutheranism, and of Protestantism more generally.When in 1990 I was received by the late John Cardinal O’Connor into full communion with the Catholic Church—on September 8, the Nativity of Our Lady—I issued a short statement in response to the question Why. With Lutheran friends especially in mind, I said, "To those of you with whom...
  • Criminalizing the Good Samaritan

    04/17/2006 1:52:54 AM PDT · by Hieronymus · 8 replies · 261+ views
    Catholic Exchanged ^ | 4/17/2006 | James Fitzpatrick
    Criminalizing the Good Samaritan 04/17/06 Except for the fact that she will very likely be the next Democratic Party candidate for the presidency, there is no reason to take seriously Hillary Clinton’s recent comment that House Bill 4437 on immigration “would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus Himself.” The Senator says what she says to position herself favorably for her presidential campaign. A year ago, she was on the radio in New York City proclaiming her determination to stop illegal immigration and punishing employers who hired undocumented workers. Why the difference between last year and this? We...
  • “Pro-Choice” Position is Heresy Says Oregon Catholic Bishop

    02/23/2006 8:50:16 AM PST · by NYer · 72 replies · 1,208+ views
    LifeSite ^ | February 22, 2006 | Hilary White
    BAKER Oregon, February 21, 2006 ( – Robert Vasa, the Catholic bishop of the Oregon diocese of Baker, has written a letter to his diocesan newspaper clearly identifying the so-called “pro-choice” position among Catholics as a “heresy”. For decades, many Catholics have argued that “primacy of conscience” allows them to dissent from basic Church teaching, including the right to life, and still consider themselves “good Catholics.” He said he does not seek to justify “vigilante theology,”  and that the word needs to be applied with care, “but we do need strong words to combat erroneous and fallacious teaching.”“There is a...
  • Pope’s challenge of true Catholic university: faithfulness to the Magesterium

    11/25/2005 1:09:16 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 691+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 25, 2005
    Vatican City, Nov. 25, 2005 (CNA) - Pope Benedict, earlier today visited Rome’s Sacred Heart Catholic University, where he described and challenged faculty and students with his vision for a truly Catholic University--one that seeks to recover the synthesis between faith and reason.The university is currently celebrating the inauguration of its new academic year.Prior to the Pope's arrival, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general of the diocese of Rome celebrated Mass with students and faculty from the Milan, Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona, Campobasso and Rome branches of the university.The celebration began in earnest at 11.00 a.m. in the main hall of the "Agostino...
  • Salvation: Homemade or Vintage?

    11/11/2005 11:12:11 AM PST · by B-Chan · 13 replies · 332+ views
    BitPig Online / ^ | 2005.11.11 | BitPig [B-Chan]
    Salvation: Homemade or Vintage? Wine, being both beverage and nourishment, is (along with water) the perfect drink for human beings. In terms of savor, health benefit, and psychological effect, wine reigns as the king of cups at the finest tables in the world. Yet many people do not care for wine, citing its "bad taste" as the reason they do not partake. I have always suspected that for most oenophobes this distaste for the fruit of the vine is the result of a bad first impression. For many people, their first taste of wine comes as a child, when their...
  • Confraternity of Catholic Clergy 2005 Resolutions

    08/17/2005 4:27:19 PM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 10 replies · 347+ views
    Confraternity of Catholic Clergy ^ | August 5, 2005 | Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
    Confraternity of Catholic Clergy 2005 Resolutions FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Members of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy at their 30th annual Convocation (August 1st – 5th, 2005) in Alhambra, CA, issued the following resolutions: 1. As loyal sons of the Church we pledge our total obedience, support and respect for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as he begins his pontificate. We honor the memory and legacy of his predecessor, Pope John Paul the Great and we pray that God will grant our new Holy Father good health and long life as the Vicar of Christ on earth. 2. We pray...
  • Baptist church 'fake pope' sign attracting attention, criticism (Pope Bound for Hell).

    04/14/2005 12:00:51 PM PDT · by Dean Baker · 1,466 replies · 22,498+ views
    Knoxville News-Sentinel Co. ^ | April 13, 2005 | JEANNINE F. HUNTER
    Baptist church 'fake pope' sign attracting attention, criticism By JEANNINE F. HUNTER, April 13, 2005 NEWPORT, Tenn. - Two days after being posted, a church marquee message that questions the purpose of the papacy is still attracting attention in this small community. "What I am trying to do is to let people know there's only one way to heaven through Jesus Christ," said the Rev. Cline Franklin, pastor of Hilltop Baptist Church. "There's no need for help. God sent his son, Jesus Christ. We're all priests if we're saved. I don't need to go to anybody else to pray."...
  • German cardinal lashes out at 'secular Europe' (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger)

    11/19/2004 9:56:11 AM PST · by DBeers · 24 replies · 647+ views
    Expatica ^ | 19 November 2004 | Expatica
    ROME - German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a close advisor of Pope John Paul II, has issued a strong attack against "secular Europe", which he accuses of "decadence", "intolerance" towards Christians and ostracism towards God. In an interview published on Friday by the Italian daily La Repubblica, the cardinal speaks of a Europe that is living through a major transformation - from one based on Christian culture to an aggressive and at times intolerant (form of) secularism". "Secularism is no longer neutral," the cardinal said, it is beginning to transform itself into an ideology that imposes itself through politics and does...
  • Does the Bishops' voter guide confuse priorities of magisterial teaching?

    10/28/2004 7:53:56 AM PDT · by Convert from ECUSA · 3 replies · 144+ views
    Catholic Online (Renew America web site) ^ | October 28, 2004 | Barbara Kralis
    Does the Bishops' voter guide confuse priorities of magisterial teaching? Barbara Kralis Barbara Kralis October 28, 2004 Pope John Paul II, and the Bishops who teach in union with the Pope, [1] speak loud and clear what the church's priorities are for voting as a Catholic. They teach that one may not consider other human conditions without giving first predominant consideration of the five most important conditions of the right to life: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and same-sex marriage. In contrast, many 'faithful' Catholics [demographers call them 'church-attending Catholics'] as well as many 'devout' Catholics [those who...
  • A letter of Bishop Fellay to Cardinal Castrillon

    06/28/2004 3:22:29 AM PDT · by ultima ratio · 25 replies · 111+ views
    sspx asia ^ | June 22, 2001 | Bishop Bernard Fellay
    A Letter of Bishop Fellay to Cardinal Castrillon Menzingen, Switzerland June 22, 2001 Most Eminent Lord, It is with my eyes fixed on the Sacred Heart, whose feast we celebrate today according to his own desire, that I implore, of His mercy, that it might deign to impregnate the lines that follow with His light and His charity. The Jesuit, Bishop Pierre Henrici, at the time secretary of Communio, said in a conference on the development of the Council that at Vatican II two theological traditions, that are deep down incomprehensible to one another, entered into collision. Your letter of...
  • Jews Don't Need to Convert... ad nauseum

    03/11/2004 12:23:25 PM PST · by Mershon · 2 replies · 97+ views
    Catholic Apologetics International ^ | 3-11-04 | Thomas Woods
    Thomas Woods on "Cafeteria Catholic Bishops": Jewish Bishops Who Have No Intention of Trying to Convery Jews to Christianity. Pick your favorites, ignore the rest. Enough peculiar incidents have occurred within the Church during the past several weeks alone to vindicate the traditionalist argument many times over. Among the most dramatic was the recent appointment of the Benedictine abbot Jean-Baptiste Gourion as a bishop in Israel, where he will minister to the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community there. Bishop Gourion is a Jewish convert. Unfortunately, he shares much in common with the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger. Both are Jewish converts...
  • Does The Vatican Have A Duty To Declare One Roman Catholic Church in China?

    03/10/2004 4:47:28 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 12 replies · 715+ views
    Two of the three documents/articles below were prepared within The Vatican. The first document/article focuses on the present day China's persecution of the Roman Catholic Church in China ( commonly referred to as China's "underground Catholic Church"). The second document/article quotes Cardinal Etchegaray, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He has frequently served as the Pope's diplomatic envoy. On 03 October 2003, he publicly denied the existence of a divide between the underground and Chinese government-recognized 'patriotic' Catholic Church. "There is only one Church with two faces," he said. "There is not one 'patriotic' Church and...
  • SSPX - Fr. Violette's Letter to the Faithful

    01/14/2004 6:50:05 PM PST · by NYer · 278 replies · 551+ views
    SSPX ^ | December 2003 | Fr. Violette
    Dear Faithful, Unfortunately I have sad news to end the year. Some of you may have seen it on the Internet. Indeed Father Aulagnier, one of Archbishop Lefebvre’s first and closest companion in the resistance, assistant to the Superior General, founding district superior of the French district had to be expelled from the Society. Last September we were saddened by the interview of Father Aulagnier to the Wanderer. At first I thought of replying earlier but then decided to wait to see how this affair would end. This interview, along with an extended article published in French on his website...
  • Archbishop censures priest on same-sex sermon

    08/19/2003 7:16:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 82+ views
    CBC News ^ | August 18, 2003
    ST. JOHN'S - The Archbishop of St. John's defended his censure of a local parish priest Monday, saying Father Paul Lundrigan's comments were unacceptable within the Catholic Church. In a sermon last week, Lundrigan challenged the Catholic Church's campaign against legalizing same-sex marriage. Lundrigan called the church hypocritical, criticizing it for fighting same-sex marriages while it remained silent about sexual abuse by clergy members. On Sunday, Archbishop Brendan O'Brien spoke to Lundrigan's two parishes. It is a priest's responsibility to deliver the church's official teachings, including any scripture-based position the church takes, O'Brien told them. But Lundrigan has shown repentance...