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  • Archbishops Will No Longer Receive The Pallium in Rome

    01/29/2015 5:16:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Metropolitan archbishops will no longer receive the pallium at a formal ceremony in Rome following a decision by Pope Francis. The Pope has decided that each newly-appointed metropolitan archbishops should be formally vested at a cermony held in their own archdiocese, by the Apostolic Nuncio, replacing the tradition of the pontiff presenting the pallium on the Feast of St Peter and St Paul in Rome. Mgr Guido Marini, the master of liturgical cermonies, wrote in a letter to new archbishops that Pope Francis thought this new initiative would “greatly favour the participation of the local Church.”
  • Cause of St Thérčse of Lisieux’s Sister is Opened

    01/28/2015 6:54:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Léonie Martin had a troubled childhood and was almost forgotten after her deathA French bishop has officially opened the beatification Cause of Léonie Martin, the sister of St Thérčse of Lisieux. Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of Bayeux-Lisieux opened the diocesan stage of the Cause on Saturday at a Mass at the Monastery of the Visitation in Caen, north-west France, where Léonie lived from 1899 until her death in 1941, aged 78. Léonie, who took the name Sister Françoise-Thérčse when she entered religious life, now has the title “Servant of God”. Léonie, the third of the five surviving children of the Martin...
  • Top Official of Synod on the Family Counters Conservatives' Arguments

    01/28/2015 6:32:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 1/29/15 | Diane Montagna
    Cardinal Baldisseri joins the debateROME: Last week, the debate about next October’s Synod on the Family came into view once again as the Secretary General of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, opened a three-day (January 22 -25) international conference of lay and family movements in Rome. Cardinal Baldisseri called the 300 conference participants, representing 80 different organizations, to enter into the synod process by reflecting on the preparatory document, called the Lineamenta. The document contains the final report from last October’s preparatory assembly (the Extraordinary Synod of 2014), together with 46 questions intended to facilitate its reception and examine the...
  • How To Offend a Room Full of Calvinists [Calvinist Caucus]

    01/28/2015 8:24:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 109 replies
    Challies.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tim Challies
    Do you want to know how to make a Calvinist angry? Do you want to know how to offend a whole room full of them? Just bring up the old line about Reformed theology being incompatible with evangelism. We have all heard it, we have all read it, we have all rejected it. It’s the word on the street, though, that Calvinists make poor evangelists. Many people are firmly convinced that there is a deep-rooted flaw embedded within Reformed theology that undermines evangelistic fervor. Most blame it on predestination. After all, if God has already chosen who will be saved,...
  • Traditionalist Anglican Priest Interrupts Ordination of First Woman Bishop

    01/27/2015 4:08:23 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Aleteia ^ | January 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Rev. Libby Lane In a way, it was sort of like when the cleric officiating at a wedding asks, “If any of you has reasons why these two should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace.” Usually, no one objects, except in movies. The ceremony that took place in England’s Yorkminster Monday will be memorable for the historic nature of it, to be sure, but also because one man did not hold his peace. The Anglican Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, gave the congregation one last chance to sign off on the consecration of Rev. Libby...
  • Confront indifference to God and neighbor, Pope says in 2015 Lenten message

    01/27/2015 3:30:00 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 27, 2015 | Diogenes
    The Holy See Press Office has released the text of Pope Francis’s 2015 Lenten message. Entitled “Make Your Hearts Firm”-- a reference to a verse in the Letter of St. James-- the message, dated October 4, calls upon Christians to confront “the globalization of indifference.” “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians,” the Pope wrote. “Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.” He added: In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son...
  • Christian unity demands encounter – not theory, says Pope

    01/27/2015 1:24:04 AM PST · by Grateful2God · 84 replies
    EWTN News/CNA ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    More than “theoretical discussions,” what unites Christians is encounter, and a willingness to “challenge one another,” said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. “Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions,” the Pope said during vespers at Saint Paul Outside the Walls Basilica on Jan. 25. “To plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance...
  • American Priest Among Saints Causes Advanced by Pope Francis

    01/25/2015 6:33:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/23/15 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Jan 23, 2015 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title “Venerable” with the pontiff’s recognition of his heroic virtue. Pope Francis approved the advancement of the causes for canonization during a private Jan. 22 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In addition to Fr. Schwartz, six other Servants of God were recognized for heroic virtue, while three have been acknowledged as martyrs. The Pope also recognized a...
  • Between Magisterium and Magistrate: Notre Dame's Choice on Marriage's Meaning

    01/25/2015 6:27:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Guardian of the Grotto ^ | 1/23/15 | Michael Bradley
    Notre Dame's acceptance of the same-sex marriage movement's rhetorical paradigm has made our nation's flagship Catholic institution impotent. Yet there is an opportunity for the Notre Dame community to model ways to promote the good amid the crumbling ruins of institutional integrity.When I entered the University of Notre Dame in August of 2010, same-sex marriage was an invisible issue. Three weeks ago, the university announced that it had decided to extend employment benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The university did so willingly and without coercion of civil law. Notre Dame's president has even hailed the decision as one that...
  • Good Sunday Morning

    01/25/2015 4:43:38 AM PST · by knarf · 4 replies
    various authors ^ | January 25, 2015 | knarf various
    Background for getting ready for church
  • Pope Francis: Faith a Criterion in Investigating a Marriages Validity

    01/24/2015 9:42:05 PM PST · by AncientAirs · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 25 Jan 2015 | ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI/CNA/EWTN NEWS
    In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith ... Francis stressed “the crisis of values in society” is not a recent phenomenon, quoting Blessed Paul VI’s 1974 address opening the Rota’s judicial year, modern man “at times, wounded by a systematic relativism that bends to the easiest choices of circumstance, of demagogy, of fashion, of passion, of hedonism, of selfishness, so that externally he attempts to dispute the mastery of the law, and internally, almost without realizing, substitutes the empire of moral conscience...
  • Belgian Bishop Distances Himself from Gay Rights Award

    01/24/2015 12:50:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Inquirer.net ^ | 1/19/15 | AFP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium — A Belgian bishop has distanced himself from an award given by a gay rights group after he called on the Catholic Church to “respect” divorced people and homosexuals. Bishop Johan Bonny of the city of Antwerp said he wished to “preserve his independence” and did not need to be honored for a stance he considered part of his “mission and responsibility,” Belgian news agency Belga reported Sunday. Flemish gay rights umbrella group Cavaria had bestowed an award on Bonny over an open letter he published ahead of a major synod on family issues hosted by Pope Francis...
  • EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples

    01/23/2015 9:23:10 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 16 replies
    youtube of EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa with guest Tim Staples ^ | 01/21/2015 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Tim Staples
    Fr. Mitch Pacwa holds this fascinating interview on his weekly "EWTN Live" show, with his special guest, former strident "Catholic-Basher" and Pentecostal ("Assembly of God") minister, "Tim Staples": EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples.
  • NM bishops will push to end late-term abortions

    01/23/2015 1:32:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    abqjournal.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexico’s three Roman Catholic bishops hope Republican control in the state House of Representatives will help them achieve a ban on late-term abortions that Albuquerque voters rejected in a 2013 city election. Allen Sánchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the new Republican majority in the House provides the first “window of opportunity” in years to end late-term abortions in the state. “For years (Republicans) have made the claim that if they could take the House, they could get pro-life legislation on the governor’s desk,” Sánchez said. “We see pro-lifers, both Republicans and Democrats,...
  • Are we really pro-LIFE?

    01/23/2015 9:51:57 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    religionnews.com ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Boz Tchividjian
    I will never forget the first ultrasound of my unborn child. Expecting an idle smudge on a grainy screen, my wife and I were greeted by a hyperactive baby, all four flailing limbs foiling the doctor’s attempt at accurate measurement. Our child was beautiful, and very much alive. This week marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and across the country pro-lifers gather to profess the humanity of unborn children. However, as Brennan Manning noted in The Ragamuffin Gospel, “the danger of the pro-life position… is that it can be frighteningly selective.” Recent events provide repeated and disturbing evidence...
  • Postabortion Man Calls for Churches to Recognize Abortion Grief

    01/22/2015 8:35:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Clinicquotes.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Sarah Terzo
    “Research indicates that by age 40 one in four women have had an abortion and the fact is that many of them are sitting in our church pews broken and silent. It is my position that the same can be said of the men. What about the post-abortive father’s guilt, anger and emotional scars? Many of these fathers are as hurt as the mothers. It’s time for the church to open its eyes as well as it’s hearts and arms to these wounded men. They need assistance to break their chains of secrecy, seek godly professional counsel and find true...
  • Benedict XVI Aide Denies Rift with Francis

    01/22/2015 7:52:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/22/15 | Inés San Martín
    Archbishop Georg Gänswein says retired pope is not working behind-the-scenes with conservativesROME — A close aide to emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has denied the former pontiff is playing any behind-the-scenes role over the issue of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, calling such reports a “pure invention.” The aide also dismissed suggestions that Benedict is a sort of “anti-pope” for conservatives upset with Francis, calling it “stupid and irresponsible,” and labeling such rumors a form of “theological arson.” Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary of emeritus pope Benedict XVI, made the comments in an...
  • ‘Glamorization of promiscuity’ must end before abortion can, Cardinal O’Malley tells 11,000...

    01/22/2015 11:46:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    LIFESITENEWS.COM ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Pete Baklinski and Lisa Bourne
    FULL TITLE: ‘Glamorization of promiscuity’ must end before abortion can, Cardinal O’Malley tells 11,000 at March for Life vigil Abortion will not end until the “glamorization of promiscuity” is reversed, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley told an overflow crowd of over 11,000 pro-life pilgrims attending the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Capitol’s Catholic Basilica Wednesday evening. “People who favor legal abortion claim they want to reduce the number of abortions. One of the logical ways to reduce the number of abortions would be to discourage the promiscuous behavior that is rampant in our culture,” he said in his homily...
  • Cardinal Urges Pro-Life Movement to be ‘a Field Hospital, not Judge Judy’

    01/22/2015 6:12:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/22/15 | Mark Greaves
    Pro-lifers must overcome indifference with love, says Cardinal O'Malley at March for Life vigilCardinal Seán O’Malley has said that indifference is the “greatest enemy” of the pro-life movement, adding that “to change people’s hearts we must love them”. The cardinal was speaking at the March for Life vigil Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. He cited Pope Francis’s words at Lampedusa about the “globalisation of indifference”, and added that the pro-life movement was “about overcoming that indifference, indifference to the suffering of a woman in a difficult pregnancy, indifference to the voiceless child who is...
  • A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate”

    01/21/2015 6:40:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate” By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is sadly evident that the Church is currently divided into two camps over the question of divorce and remarriage, this in the aftermath (confusion) of the recent synod in Rome and in the rampup to the synod this coming October. Please pray a lot!If you read the blog here often, you know that I am strongly opposed to any notions that would seek to set aside what I regard as the ipsissima verba Jesu (the very words of Jesus) in this matter, words that are,...
  • A woman as pope and Jesuit

    01/20/2015 8:27:25 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | January 21, 2015 | Ambeth R. Ocampo
    When, during his encounter with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas, Pope Francis advised the organizers to include more women next time, to offset the program dominated by men, I remembered John Paul II at Mass in Luneta who brought cheer to women when he changed the standard invitation to prayer or exhortation, “Brothers and sisters in Christ,” to “Sisters and brothers…” While we know that the ordination of women in the Catholic Church are light years away, comment on this issue during the papal coverage should have been made over the cold malunggay soup served the Pope...
  • The Pope Creates a New Sui Juris Church in Eritrea

    01/20/2015 2:27:58 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | January 20, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    It was announced yesterday on the Bulletin of the Holy See that the Holy Father has erected the Eritrean Catholic Church to sui juris status as a Metropolitan Church, separating its territory from that of the Archeparchy of Addis Ababa (the capital of Ethiopia). The 23rd sui juris Church, which follows the Alexandrian liturgical tradition, will comprise four eparchies, covering the entire territory of the nation of Eritrea: the Archeparchy of Asmara, seat of the new Metropolitan and the national capital, and the Eparchies of Barentu, Keren and Segheneity. The Pope has nominated as the first Metropolitan His Excellency Mons. Menghesteab Tesfamariam, who...
  • Pope Francis: Five Revealing Details

    01/20/2015 4:17:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | 1/19/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    There are five revealing details that emerge from the papal trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines. Five details that perhaps help us to understand better this pontificate, as well the expectations surrounding it. Each of these details can be understood through a single interpretative key, as explained by Pope Francis himself: the Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, that Francis considers something like his governing program. Evangelii gaudium is first of all the criterion through which Pope Francis chooses saints to be canonized. The formula the Pope has often used is that of the “equipollent canonization,” i.e., the proclamation of a saint...
  • Chaldean Patriarch Says No to Pope

    01/19/2015 6:21:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Calif. priests must return to Iraq.The following comes from a Jan. 15 story in the Los Angeles Times. Intervention by Pope Francis has apparently not solved the schism between a prominent Chaldean priest in eastern San Diego County and the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq. At issue is a demand by Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako that Father Noel Gorgis and several other Chaldean priests in the U.S. return to Iraq or face, in effect, excommunication. In an interview with Aleteia, a Rome-based Catholic news agency, Sako said that the survival of the church was at stake...
  • German Bishops Support Kasper’s Proposals on Remarried Catholics (Catholic Caucus)

    01/19/2015 2:41:38 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | January 19, 2015 | MARIE MEANEY
    St John the Baptist gave his life in the defense of marriage. The German bishops, by coming out in favor of Cardinal Kasper’s proposals on divorced and remarried Catholics, took the side of Herod. In effect, they concluded that St. John’s position was too antagonistic and decided to issue a letter of congratulations to Herod upon marrying his brother’s wife. While some might think this comparison hyperbolic, it is nonetheless what their recent statements regarding the divorced and remarried come down to. Rather than being a witness to the indissolubility of marriage and what it means to sin against...
  • Canadian Pro-Life Apostle in Maximum Security Prison and Only the Poles Seem to Care

    01/19/2015 8:52:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 1/9/15 | Susan E. Wills
    How do you solve a problem like Mary Wagner? Is she a criminal or rock star?Yesterday a rally took place outside the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland to protest the Christmas Eve incarceration of Canadian Mary Wagner. She is being held in the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton, Ontario, a medium/maximum security correctional facility. Wagner was arrested for the crime of entering the waiting room of an abortion clinic on December 23—this time, the Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic in Toronto—and quietly offering individual women a rose with a card stating where they could learn about abortion alternatives and...
  • Captured By Grace [28 minute movie]

    01/18/2015 3:47:59 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 7 replies
    Billy Grahan assoc. ^ | Ja. 2015 | Billy Grahan assoc.
    Captured By Grace [video at link] Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner turned bombardier, survived a plane crash and prisoner of war camps during WWII. He returned a hero, but his greatest battle was yet to come.
  • Exclusive: Details of the proposal for Pope Francis' US visit revealed

    01/18/2015 3:34:02 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | January 18, 2015 | Alan Holdren and Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities. “He would arrive on the 22nd and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full six days, plus the travel, so it’s really one week,” Archbishop Auza told CNA/EWTN News in Manila on Jan....
  • Dr McGee Sunday Sermon - Where is Christ Now and What is He Doing?

    01/18/2015 12:32:33 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 14 replies
    Thru the Bible Ministry ^ | 1/18/2015 | Dr. j. Vernon McGee
    The late Dr. J. Vernon McGee's Sunday sermon broadcast for today, 1/18/2015. Thru the Bible Ministries. ttb.org
  • Dr. Charles Stanley: The real deal? (vanity)

    01/18/2015 10:53:07 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 94 replies
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    I was flipping channels and came across Dr. Charles Stanley preaching a sermon. I am, in general, suspicious of TV preachers. But Stanley came across as the real deal. Anyone care to offer opionions on his ministry?
  • Eat, pray, shop: Philippines embraces mall worshipping

    01/17/2015 7:45:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | January 17, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    On a recent busy evening in one of the Philippines’ top malls, shoppers wandered through luxury brand shops while prostitutes sat expectantly at a bar and a priest gave a sermon at a chapel. The scene may appear an unlikely combination but in the Philippines the Catholic Church has successfully set up shop where millions increasingly spend their leisure time. As a visit by Pope Francis to the Philippines this week shines a spotlight on the nation’s vibrant brand of Catholicism, local Church leaders said he would endorse the mixing of faith with consumerism. “It was Jesus who went to...
  • A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila's street kids

    01/17/2015 3:41:41 PM PST · by NYer · 124 replies
    cna ^ | January 17, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis met with street children during his visit to the Philippines on Jan. 16, 2015. Credit: ANSA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO. Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former street kids in Manila yesterday. “I saw a sense of paternity from the Pope, also physically in his embrace, his caress, his affection that the kids immediately noticed. So all of them wanted to be in contact with him,” Father Antonio Spadaro S.J. told CNA on Jan. 16. “It was a...
  • Paul VI was right to warn against contraception, Pope Francis says

    01/16/2015 4:41:20 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | EWTN sources
    Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life. The Pope spoke Friday to families gathered at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila during his Jan. 15-19 visit to the Philippines. After discussing various threats to the family, including “a lack of openness to life,” he deviated briefly from his prepared remarks, transitioning from English to his native Spanish in order to speak from the heart about the subject. “I think of Blessed Paul VI,” he said....
  • Pope's Canonization Announcement Surprises Even Serra's Promoters

    01/16/2015 2:25:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 1/15/15 | Patricia Zapor
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Surprising even the people who have been promoting the sainthood cause of Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis announced Jan. 15 that in September, he hopes to canonize the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan who founded a string of missions across Mexico and California. Blessed Serra is credited with directly founding nine missions in California, one in Baja California in Mexico and with reinvigorating established missions in Mexico. Friars under his tutelage founded many others across California, in territory that was then part of New Spain. The vice postulator for Blessed Serra's sainthood cause, Franciscan Father John Vaughn, told Catholic...
  • John Knox: The Trumpet Blast of Scotland [Part Two: The Emerging Force (1547–1554)]

    01/15/2015 11:22:08 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Knox 500 ^ | February 2014 | Dr. Steven J. Lawson
    Like a gathering storm off the shores of Scotland, the spiritual intensity within John Knox was building in strength during the initial years of his ministry. From the moment of his call to preach, the fiery convictions of this bold Scot were surging ahead with great force. In an hour when Rome was “breathing out threatenings and slaughter against all who tried to break them,” Knox was fearlessly preaching the Word of God with the undaunted boldness of the martyrs who preceded him. Nothing could prevent the inevitable Reformation from crashing upon Scotland’s coastline, led by this one who would...
  • Indian Faithful Save Church in England’s Catholic Heartland

    01/15/2015 4:46:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Syro-Malabars will take over St Ignatius after it was closed last yearA historic church in Preston that was closed two months ago will re-open after the Bishop of Lancaster offered it to Syro-Malabar Catholics. St Ignatius’ Church, opened in 1836, was due to be merged with the nearby English Martyrs Church because of a shortage of priests. Parishioners said they were stunned by the decision. But on New Year’s Eve Bishop Michael Campbell received a letter from Cardinal George Alencherry requesting a church and presbytery for Syro-Malabar Catholics under the charge of Fr Mathew Jacob Choorapoikayil. There are an estimated...
  • Our Lady of the Holy Eucharist

    01/14/2015 9:39:46 PM PST · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 100 replies
    Introduction: The Blessed Mother is both Eucharistic Lady and Queen of the Holy Rosary. The Angelic Salutation "Hail Mary" that recurs throughout the Rosary that ended up in Mary's acceptance of Jesus Christ physically in her womb bonds the Rosary with the Eucharist. Linking Earth to Heaven : As the bearer of both, she draws us closer to the latter through the former. Mary's Rosary is indeed a magnetic chain that pulls us towards the Eucharist -"The Centre of Catholic - Christian Life". It is obvious that the Rosary is called "The Sacred Chain linking Earth to Heaven". It has...
  • Pope Considers Adding Cardinal-Electors for Next Conclave

    01/14/2015 6:15:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    ANSA ^ | 1/9/15
    Study weighs increasing number of voters for next pontiff(ANSA) - Vatican City, January 9 - Pope Francis is considering the feasibility of expanding the number of cardinal electors who will chose the next pontiff to 140 from the current 120. The proposal is contained in a document recently presented to Francis by Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera. The issue is to be discussed in the consistory, or meeting of college of cardinals, next month.
  • Archbishops Say Church Faces 'Urgent' Struggle to Fill Pews

    01/13/2015 7:45:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/13/15 | AFP
    London (AFP) - The Church of England must face the "urgency of the challenge" of dwindling attendances, an ageing clergy and uncertain finances, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have said ahead of a meeting of the body's leadership next month. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, also said the Church must raise its social media and digital presence if it is to grow. "The urgency of the challenge facing us is not in doubt. Attendance at Church of England services has declined at an average of one percent per annum over recent decades...
  • The Birth of Modern Revival – Puritan Preaching in Scotland

    01/13/2015 1:29:47 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Church History Blog ^ | March 4, 2009 | Lex Loizides
    Iain Murray, in his classic, ‘The Puritan Hope’, points out that the Puritan era was a period of many local revivals. He writes, ‘Following as it did so closely upon the Reformation it is not surprising that the Puritan movement in England believed so firmly in revivals of religion as the great means by which the Church advances in the world.’ (The Puritan Hope, Iain Murray, Banner of Truth, p.3) 16th Century Breakthrough In 1559 a general revival broke out in Scotland. The conversions were so rapid that John Knox wrote, ‘God did so multiply our number that it appeared...
  • John Knox: The Trumpet Blast of Scotland [Part One: Young Preacher (c.1514–1547)]

    01/12/2015 6:53:16 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    Knox 500 ^ | February 2014 | Dr. Steven J. Lawson
    Wielding astonishing influence over Scotland in the sixteenth century, John Knox (c.1514–72) was one of the most heroic leaders and towering figures in the annals of church history. Regarded as ‘the Father of the Scottish Reformation’ and ‘the Founder of the Scottish Protestant Church,’ Knox was a spiritual tour de force of unmatched vigor in spreading the kingdom of God. With resolute convictions, this fiery Reformer established his native land as an impenetrable fortress of biblical truth, one that would reverberate throughout the known world. If Martin Luther was the hammer of the Reformation and John Calvin the pen, John...
  • Catholic Clergy Declare ‘Unwavering Fidelity’ to Church Ahead of Synod

    01/12/2015 6:16:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy met in Rome this weekAn international gathering of English-speaking clergy has issued a statement pledging their “unwavering fidelity” to the traditional doctrines of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality ahead of the family synod. The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, with priests from America, Britain, Australia and Ireland voted unanimously on a statement which said: “The International gathering of Confraternities of Catholic Clergy meeting in Rome (January 5 to 9 2015), have discussed issues pertinent to the forthcoming Synod on the Family in response to the Holy Father’s call for reflection. The fathers pledge their unwavering...
  • Haitian welder turned amputee soccer star: 'It's the best life'

    01/11/2015 1:54:33 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | January 10, 2015 | Elise Harris
    A member of Team Zaryen plays soccer. Credit: Daniel Ibanez / CNA. Vatican City, Jan 10, 2015 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After losing a leg during Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, Wilfrid Macena became a prosthetic technician and founded an amputee soccer team--and says his life can’t be topped years after the disaster. “The process has really helped me because I was only welding before the earthquake. I never could have believed that I would be a technician making prosthetics and helping the children in Haiti,” Macena told CNA Jan. 9. “Every time they came to check our prosthetics, I...
  • A Tale of Two Gospels

    01/10/2015 5:58:49 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 68 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | MARCH 22, 2013 | Mike Riccardi, Pastor, Los Angeles Grace Community Church
    What intrigues me about the Pharisee in this passage is that he thanked God for his moral uprightness and religious devotion. He is not claiming, perhaps like the rich, young ruler did, that he had kept God’s law and thus is deserving of eternal life. He doesn’t believe that he’s earned his salvation by works of righteousness achieved apart from divine grace. No, he goes to thank God for the grace and charity that God had worked in him, by which he has become acceptable to God. He believes that he is justified by his faith in God as well...
  • Dear Ms. Walker: You Are Not a Priest (another female ordination)

    01/10/2015 2:18:24 PM PST · by NYer · 95 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | January 5, 2015 | Kathy SCHIFFER
    On Saturday, January 3 in Kansas City, Georgia Walker attempted to do what no woman had done before:  She tried to become a Roman Catholic priest.And she’s got the pictures to prove it:  Georgia smiling, arms raised in triumph, vested in red and white, processing down the aisle at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church.  Her friend, “Bishop” Bridget Mary Meehan, smiles proudly at her side.  Attending the ceremony were members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a group of similarly deluded women who imagine themselves to be ordained.Here’s the thing, though:  WOMEN CAN’T BE PRIESTS.No, really!  Women...
  • 1/11/15 "Pastors Abortion Confession Motivates Action and Offers Hope" -Pastor Shane

    01/10/2015 2:43:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowship ^ | December 22nd, 2014 | Pastor Shane
    “Why didn’t someone do something?” Those five words still haunt my thoughts today. Sometime ago, I sat speechless as I listened to a man recount his trip to a holocaust museum with his young daughter. As they walked by photos of the death camps and gas chambers, his daughter silently contemplated the horrors that were unfolding before her eyes. When the tour ended, they drove home without saying a word. The father wondered if she truly understood the significance of the event. Was she too young to view such depravity? Was she too fragile to cope with the truth of...
  • When the Constitution “Hangs by a Thread”–The White Horse Prophecy in Modern Mormonism[Mitt Motive?]

    01/09/2015 10:41:17 PM PST · by Colofornian · 16 replies
    Check out this 2-part Viewpoint on Mormonism podcast series originally airing in October 2012 by clicking on the following links: Part 1 Part 2When the Constitution “Hangs by a Thread” – The White Horse Prophecy in Modern MormonismFollowing the Mormon expulsion from Missouri in 1838, Joseph Smith made a trip to Washington, D.C. “to present to the National Congress the petition of the Saints for a redress of their grievances, suffered in Missouri” (History of the Church 4:xxvi). Arriving in November 1839, Smith met with several powerful politicians of that day, including President Martin Van Buren, and left Washington in...
  • Remembering Andrae Crouch, Dead at 72

    01/08/2015 6:56:21 PM PST · by xzins · 24 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | January 8, 2015 | Robert Darden
    In 1972, I saw—for the first time—Andrae Crouch and the Disciples performing “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “Soon and Very Soon,” “My Tribute,” “Through It All,” and “Bless His Holy Name.” I was both mesmerized and a little frightened. That’s his music on the soundtrack to The Color Purple (where he earned an Oscar), the Broadway musical The Lion King, and the pop songs “Man in the Middle” and “Like a Prayer.” Not surprisingly, great swathes of the religious audience voiced their displeasure. How dare he combined Saturday night with Sunday morning? As he told interviewers, the criticism...
  • 'Pope shouldn't dialogue with Islam' says Salvini

    01/08/2015 6:02:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    ANSA ^ | January 8, 2015
    "Peace is all right," Salvini said. "But as spokesman of all Catholics, you should be concerned about those who are slaughtering you all over the world".
  • Radical Feminism is Assaulting the Church, Says Cardinal

    01/08/2015 6:45:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Cardinal Burke said the Church had become feminised in an interview this weekThe Catholic Church has been assaulted by radical feminism, leading to the marginalisation of men, an American cardinal has said. Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, said that the rise in the influence of radical feminism had distracted the Church, causing her to address women’s issues to the detriment of men. In an interview with NewEmangelisation.com the outspoken cardinal said: “I think there has been a great confusion with regard to the specific vocation of men in marriage and of men in general...