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  • What your Church Needs to Know- and Do- About the Court's Marriage Ruling

    06/30/2015 7:15:06 AM PDT · by keats5 · 32 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 6/30/2015 | Erik Stanley
    By now, you have heard the Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision that imposed a 50-state same-sex marriage mandate. Pastors and churches have exhibited a great degree of uncertainty preceding this moment, wondering what the effect will be on their ministry. Now that the decision has been released, though, we can respond with greater clarity. Here are the immediate things you need to know.
  • Benedictine Monks' Disputed Role at Catholic University in Illinois at Center of New Lawsuit

    06/30/2015 4:11:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/28/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Chicago, Ill., Jun 28, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven monks of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Ill. have filed suit against the leadership of Illinois’ Benedictine University, saying that the leadership has denied them their rights to help govern the university their abbey founded. Abbot Austin Murphy, who is also the university’s chancellor and a member of the board of trustees, said the dispute “goes to the very heart of maintaining the Catholic identity” of the university because of the monks’ oversight role in ensuring “that the university remains Catholic and Benedictine.” “They are surely not the only...
  • The Almost Unbelievable Account of How the Family Synod Was Almost Hijacked by an Anti-Family Agenda

    06/29/2015 7:27:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/24/15 | Matthew McCusker
    Editor’s note: This was originally given in Rome May 8, 2015 during the Rome Life Forum.ROME, June 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- In this presentation I intend to give a brief overview of events before and during the Extraordinary Synod held in October 2014. On March 17 2013, four days after his election as Pope and during his first Angelus address in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father drew attention to a recently published book by Walter Cardinal Kasper and strongly praised it. He said: In these days I have been able to read a book by a Cardinal – Cardinal...
  • Father Carl Dennis McIntosh! (It's official! Catholic freeper ordained RC priest) [Cath Caucus]

    06/28/2015 3:29:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Bridgeport Diocese ^ | June 27, 2015 | Father Colin McKenna
    An overcast day could not keep Deacon Carl McIntosh from smiling. As the 11:00 am ordination Mass drew ever closer, his smile and his spirit provided the light that the clouds tried to conceal. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano lay his hands on the head of a kneeling Deacon Carl McIntosh at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport, and priestly ontological change was impressed upon his soul. In that instant, Deacon Carl McIntosh became Father Carl McIntosh. Pictured: Deacon Carl McIntosh is all smiles as he waits for his ordination Mass to begin. In the background is an image of Our Lady of...
  • Why Do We Waver in Our Faith?

    06/27/2015 5:06:19 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 4 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 26 Jun 2015 | Charles Stanley
    Biblical faith is the confident conviction that God will do what He has promised. But what happens when we waver between our own thoughts and those of our Lord? How do we recover when our own feelings and our circumstances crowd out our faith in Him? Dr. Stanley answers these questions as he lists common doubts and how we can overcome them to avoid the future pain of regret.
  • Vatican Commission Formally Recognizes Martyrdom of Oklahoma City Priest

    06/27/2015 11:09:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Fr. Stanley Rother Could Become First Beatified Martyr from the United StatesA Theological Commission of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints has recognized the martyrdom of Fr. Stanley Rother, a priest from Oklahoma. According to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the vote is a crucial step in advancing his cause of Beatification. If beatified, Fr. Stanley Rother would be the first Catholic martyr and priest from the United States to receive such recognition. Fr. Rother, a native of Okarche and a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, was murdered by an unknown assailant on July 28th, 1981. At...
  • My Assurance: God is in Control, Part 1 (Charles Stanley)

    06/26/2015 7:25:49 AM PDT · by fishtank · 16 replies
    In Touch (Charles Stanley) ^ | 9-26-2015 | Charles Stanley
    "Do you believe God is in complete control of everything - even the situation you face today? Dr. Charles Stanley reminds you in this sermon that understanding God's sovereignty - and acting on its truth - strengthens your faith and calms your fears. Take hold of God's love with My Assurance: God is in Control, Part 1." From Charles Stanley
  • The Intrepid Missionary Elisabeth Elliot

    06/25/2015 10:43:04 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 25, 2015 | David Howard
    Last week marked the passing of a woman whose missionary work and writings inspired hundreds of thousands of Christians to live lives of faith and obedience to God, and led thousands to bring the gospel to people in countries around the world. Elisabeth Elliot died June 15 at age 88, but her legacy will continue through the lives transformed by her example. I knew her simply as “Aunt Betty,” as she was my father’s sister. Elliot first entered the news in 1956, when her husband, Jim Elliot, and four other missionaries were killed by a group of Auca Indians, today...
  • Catholic Church in Sydney Writing to Businesses Backing Same-Sex Marriage, Outlining Grave Concerns

    06/25/2015 6:16:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Church in Sydney is sending letters to companies that publicly support same-sex marriage, expressing its "grave concern" about their stance. The Archdiocese of Sydney has targeted some of the 150 businesses that put their names and logos to recent newspaper advertisements supporting gay marriage. The ABC has seen a copy of one letter addressed to the chairman of partners at Maurice Blackburn law firm, Steve Walsh, from the Archdiocese's business manager Michael Digges. "It is... with grave concern that I write to you about the Marriage Equality for Australians campaign," it reads. "You are publically supporting a strategic,...
  • Vatican Sets Stage for Tradition and Controversy at October Synod

    06/25/2015 6:12:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/24/15 | Edward Pentin
    NEWS ANALYSIS: According to one priest, the working document, issued Tuesday, reflects fidelity to the Church’s traditional teaching and the diversity of opinions within the Church today regarding hot-button issues.VATICAN CITY — A highly anticipated working document for the upcoming synod on the family, published by the Vatican on Tuesday, pushes back on same-sex relationships, reaffirms much of the traditional Church’s teaching on the family, but controversially offers an opening for divorced-and-civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Although praised for being attentive to a diversity of opinions within the Church on a wide variety of issues to do with marriage...
  • 'Returning to Iraq During IS Occupation Was a Call From God’

    06/24/2015 6:15:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 6/23/15 | Luca Marcolivio
    Auxiliary Bishop Yaldo of Baghdad, Speaks on Challenges of Evangelizing Amid PersecutionAn extraordinary testimony of Christian faith in a time of persecution was given at the end of the meeting “Pellegrini nel Cyberspazio” (Pilgrims in Cyberspace) (Grottammare-Ascoli Piceno, June 18-20), by Bishop Basel Yaldo, Auxiliary Bishop of the Chaldean Patriarchate of Baghdad for the past five months. The Prelate asked the journalists in the hall “to make the whole world hear the voice of a suffering Church.” He then talked about his abduction in Baghdad in September 2006, in an overheated atmosphere, following Pope Benedict XVI’s famous address, completely misunderstood...
  • Few Priests Preached About the Pope’s Encyclical Sunday

    06/24/2015 6:09:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    The New York Times via Crux ^ | 6/21/15 | Laurie Goodstein
    On the first Sunday after Pope Francis issued a landmark document on the environment, Roman Catholics attending Mass in Kenya, France, Mexico, Peru, and the United States said they were thankful that he is using his pulpit to address climate change, pollution and global inequality. But few priests or bishops — other than in parts of Latin America — used their own pulpits on Sunday to pass on the pope’s message, according to parish visits, interviews with Catholic leaders, and reports from Catholics after Mass. Despite the urgent call to action in Francis’ document and the international attention it received,...
  • This Carmelite Brother escaped Muslim soldiers by singing about Jesus

    06/23/2015 2:54:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | June 23, 2015
    As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara.He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in love with the country and felt God’s call to the religious life there.That love for language and for God would one day save Brother Johnson’s life. At a recent prayer breakfast in Denver, Brother Johnson recalled the story of Easter Monday, three years ago. He was...
  • Outreach to Gay Couples Not on Agenda for Vatican Meeting

    06/23/2015 8:23:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 6/23/15 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A working paper for a major Vatican meeting on the family this autumn indicated on Tuesday that organizers do not want the issue of how the Church should reach out to homosexual couples to be a key topic. Gay rights activists had hoped the working document, the final one before the October meeting, might resurrect at least some of the conciliatory language on the pastoral care of gay couples that surfaced during a preparatory meeting last year. The keenly awaited gathering of world bishops, or synod, will be held at the Vatican October 4-25. Its preparations...
  • Church Criticises Proposal to End Religious Instruction in UK [Catholic] Schools

    06/23/2015 6:31:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/23/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    The Catholic Education Service has said that religious instruction must remain part of Catholic educationThe Catholic Education Service (CES) has said that religious instruction must remain part of Catholic education following a landmark report calling for its removal in schools. The criticism from the CES, an arm of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, came in a report by Charles Clarke, the former education secretary, and Prof Linda Woodhead of Lancaster University. The report, entitled A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools, stated that religious instruction should be the “responsibility of religious communities and families”. It said that...
  • Vatican Releases Working Document Ahead of Family Synod

    06/23/2015 6:23:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) | 6/23/15 | Staff Reporter
    The Vatican has just released the instrumentum laboris for October's synod The Synod of Bishops has released its working document ahead of the October synod on the family. The working document, or instrumentum laboris, which will guide the three-week long synod on “the vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world”, is dedicated to three central themes; challenges facing the family, the vocation of the family, and the mission of the family. At a Vatican press conference Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, said that each theme will...
  • Omaha Archdiocesan Phase for Flanagan Cause Ends; Documents Go to Rome

    06/23/2015 6:19:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- About 800 people witnessed history June 18 as the Archdiocese of Omaha advanced to Rome the sainthood cause for Father Edward Flanagan, Boys Town founder. Archbishop George J. Lucas was the main celebrant of a morning Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha that marked the closing of the archdiocesan phase of the canonization effort with a special ceremony to encase and officially seal four boxes -- 4,600 pages -- of documents detailing the archdiocese's three-year investigation. The documents will be shipped to the Congregation for Saints' Causes at the Vatican. If the findings are accepted,...
  • Catholic Chch “Desperate” After Handing Out Anti-Gay Marriage Booklets to Children: Brisbane Priest

    06/22/2015 11:18:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Star-Observer ^ | 6/22/15 | David Alexander
    A Brisbane priest has condemned those in the Catholic church hierarchy responsible for the anti same-sex marriage booklets distributed to school children in recent weeks as "desperate" and "worried that they are on the losing side".RECENT efforts by some Catholic dioceses to distribute anti-marriage equality booklets to school children has been slammed as “desperate” by a Brisbane priest and a sign that they’re “increasingly despairing”. The circulation of booklets from the Catholic Bishops of Australia called Don’t Mess with Marriage that lays out a case against same-sex marriage made headlines last week after it was revealed children at numerous Catholic...
  • Relatives of SC Shooting Victims Speak in Court (We can make the Grace of God go viral tonight!)

    06/21/2015 6:42:35 PM PDT · by knarf · 16 replies
    Associated Press self/youtube ^ | Published on Junr 19, 2015 | Associated Press knarf
    It's not about guns, or race or flags ...
  • Amazing 1927 Smith Wigglesworth Message

    06/20/2015 9:33:05 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 3 replies ^ | 1927 (Wigglesworth); 6/18/2015 | Smith Wigglesworth, Bert Farias
    On Aug. 11, 1927, Smith Wigglesworth stood in Angelus Temple to preach on preparing for the Second Coming of Christ. He told the audience that liquid fire was consuming him. Then Wigglesworth made this opening statement: But there will be things that will happen prior to His coming that we shall know. You can tell. I am like one this morning that is moving with a liquid, holy, indispensable, real fire in my bosom, and I know it is burning and the body is not consumed. It is real fire from heaven that is making my utterances come to you...
  • Good news about the new encyclical Laudato si’ – #PopeForPlanet

    06/18/2015 4:23:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 18, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Before anything else
 don’t just bash the new encyclical.   Some people are having rancisull-fledged spittle-flecked nutties today.  I suspect that some of them are people who are happy only when they are unhappy.Dear readers
 take a deep breath.There are good things in it.   Yes, there are bad things in it too.   Pope’s don’t get all things right all the time.  Sometimes Popes are
 wrong, especially when they stray onto unfamiliar turf.Also, let me say that Popes can and should write about the environment.   It is the Pope’s job to explain the theological and spiritual dimensions of...
  • 10 Things in Laudato Si You Won’t Hear About From the Media

    06/18/2015 3:27:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Epic Pew ^ | June 18, 2015 | Ryan Mayer
    Pope Francis’ second encyclical “Laudato Si” was released this morning by the Holy See…and it’s pretty epic.  It’s on ecology, the environment, creation, and much, much more!  Despite some in the media reducing its contents to whatever is socio-politically controversial (ahem…climate change) there’s much more to this encyclical than what the media will no doubt focus on.  Here are 10 things in Laudato Si (“Praise be to you”) you won’t hear about from the media
and this is just the tip of the iceberg!  1. Transgenderism “The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire...
  • Working Document of Upcoming Synod of Bishops to be Released June 23

    06/18/2015 6:36:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Holy See Press Office has announced that the instrumentum laboris, or working document, of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family will be released on June 23. Three of the synod’s leading officials-- Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Cardinal Péter Erdo, and Archbishop Bruno Forte-- will present the document at a Vatican press conference.
  • Synod Appointments Promise October Fireworks

    06/18/2015 6:28:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/16/15 | Michael O’Loughlin
    ROME — A Belgian bishop who has called on the Church to welcome same-sex couples will get to bring his case straight to Pope Francis. The Vatican announced Tuesday that Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp will serve as a delegate to October’s Synod on the Family. His appointment adds intellectual heft and star power to the liberal flank of bishops pushing for the Church to change how it approaches Catholics living in “irregular situations.” Bonny’s views, however, may be vigorously resisted by other synod members announced by the Vatican Tuesday, including prelates from Africa and Poland. Bonny, 59, made waves...
  • What happens when an entire country becomes infested with demons?

    06/16/2015 2:20:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    cna ^ | June 16, 2015 | David Ramos
    Credit: Estitxu Carton via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0). Vatican City, Jun 16, 2015 / 03:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so. And as a result, they called for a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico, carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis PotosĂ­. High levels of violence, as well as drug cartels and abortion in the country, were the motivation behind the special rite of exorcism, known as “Exorcismo Magno.” Cardinal Juan Sandoval ĂĂ±iguez, the archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara,...
  • African Bishops Meet, Will ‘Speak With One Voice’ at Synod

    06/16/2015 6:28:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The presidents of African national and regional episcopal conference gathered in Ghana from June 8 to 11 to discuss the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family. Fifty prelates, including five cardinals, were present. Among them was Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. “Be conscious of the mission of the Church; protect the sacredness of marriage which is now being attacked by all forms of ideologies that intend to destroy the family in Africa,” said Cardinal Sarah, according to a Vatican Radio report. “Do not be afraid to stress the...
  • Elisabeth Elliot, Iconic Christian Missionary, 'Through Gates of Splendor' Author Dies at 88

    06/16/2015 6:25:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/16/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Iconic evangelical Christian missionary and prolific author Elisabeth Elliot, who continued to minister to the Auca tribe in Ecuador years after her first husband, Jim, and four other missionary workers were "speared to death" in the 1950s, died Monday after battling dementia for about a decade. She was 88. There have been multiple reports on Elliot's Monday morning death and her status as one of the most influential women of the 20th century. In a brief biography from her website, Elliot sums up the very difficult loss of her husband when their daughter was just 10 months old. "A year...
  • Priests needed: As (Catholic) Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

    06/15/2015 2:33:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | January 12, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Pilgrims fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Oct. 15, 2014. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2015 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church. And this poses a challenge: With an overall growth in the number of Catholics, especially in Africa and Asia, but not enough growth in the number of parishes and priests to supplement it, there are fewer opportunities for Catholics to receive the sacraments...
  • New encyclical leaked in Italian (Fr. Z weighs in) [Catholic Caucus]

    06/15/2015 1:54:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 15, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I am reading the Pope’s new encyclical, Laudato si’, leaked in Italian. HEREYou might want to look at Andrea Gagliarduci’ Monday Vatican on this.  He makes the point that everyone will find what he wants in this encyclical
 except maybe those who are pro-transgender.I direct the readership to par. 155 when you are able to get the text, about “human ecology” and the meaning of differences of sexes.Also, 120 is good on abortion.  It is pretty much in your face for those who are worked up about protecting Gaia from global-warming but are not very interested in protecting human life in the womb.  However,...
  • Polish Bishops Vow to Resist Change at Synod on the Family

    06/15/2015 7:07:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/15/15 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    Polish Church delegates will 'stick to the understanding of Paul VI and John Paul II', according to a bishops' conference spokesmanPoland’s Catholic bishops have pledged to resist changes to Catholic teaching on marriage and family life at October’s synod on the family at the Vatican and rejected demands for reform by German-speaking Catholics. “Polish Church delegates will certainly stick to the understanding of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II,” said Msgr Jozef Kloch, spokesman for the Polish bishops’ conference. “As the vicar of Christ, the Holy Father will decide what can be accepted. In this sense, we’ve nothing to...
  • Archbishop Nienstedt, Auxiliary Bishop Resign

    06/15/2015 6:32:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt as Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and has appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Newark’s coadjutor archbishop, as apostolic administrator. Archbishop Nienstedt’s resignation comes less than two weeks after a prosecutor has filed criminal charges against the archdiocese for failing to report sex-abuse charges against a priest. The Pontiff also accepted the resignation of Bishop Lee Piché, one of Archbishop Nienstedt’s auxiliary bishops. “In order to give the Archdiocese a new beginning amidst the many challenges we face, I have submitted my resignation as Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to...
  • Pope Unworried by Debates Within the Church

    06/15/2015 6:30:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pope Francis downplayed the severity of disputes within the Church, spoke about the Christian view of feminism, and underlined the need for practical ecumenism, in a June 12 meeting with priests associated with the charismatic renewal. During a two-hour meeting, held in the Roman basilica of St. John Lateran, the Pope also cautioned the priests against “the comfortable sin of clericalism.” And he disclosed that he had invited the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople to join him in presenting the forthcoming encyclical Laudatio Si. In answer to a question after his talk, Pope Francis said that he wanted to...
  • The Actor, the Author, and the Real ‘Father Brown’

    06/14/2015 2:06:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 13, 2015 | K. V. Turley
    The priest who was the inspiration for Chesterton's great detective also played a central role in the conversion of Chesterton and many others Crime fiction fans are well aware of G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown and his place in the Pantheon of great detectives. Nevertheless, in contrast with the seemingly endless speculation as to the ‘real Sherlock Holmes’, there has been little such debate about the origin of the priest sleuth. However, a recent book, The Elusive Father Brown (Gracewing, 2010), by Laura Smith, goes some way to rectifying this, detailing as it does the life of the cleric who formed...
  • AWANA Clubs International - What We Believe

    06/13/2015 11:06:42 AM PDT · by kinsman redeemer · 39 replies
    AWANA Clubs international is a Bible-centered youth ministry with 30,000 charter "clubs" around the world. Their statement of faith describes a sound doctrine. I invite you to take a look.
  • Cardinal Walter Kasper Takes on Cardinal Pell and Other Critics

    06/13/2015 9:30:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/11/15 | Raymond Arroyo
    In Part II of a World Over interview, Cardinal Kasper contends that the critics of his controversial proposal are to blame for Church division, not him.Cardinal Walter Kasper’s controversial keynote address on marriage and the family to cardinals in Rome on Feb. 20, 2014, sparked a firestorm of criticism. It continues to burn today. Within days of his address, Cardinal Kasper’s proposal to quickly admit divorced-and-remarried Catholics to the sacraments was in print and dominating headlines. Several cardinals immediately voiced opposition to the so-called Kasper proposal. Then in the lead-up to the extraordinary synod of last fall, a chorus of...
  • Why Orthodox Men Love Church

    06/13/2015 5:42:16 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 44 replies
    Journey to Orthodoxy ^ | October 28, 2010 | Frederica Matthewes-Green
    In a time when churches of every description are faced with Vanishing Male Syndrome, men are showing up at Eastern Orthodox churches in numbers that, if not numerically impressive, are proportionately intriguing. This may be the only church which attracts and holds men in numbers equal to women. As Leon Podles wrote in his 1999 book, “The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity,” “The Orthodox are the only Christians who write basso profundo church music, or need to.” Rather than guess why this is, I emailed a hundred Orthodox men, most of whom joined the Church as adults. What do...
  • The Top 20 Countries where Christianity is Growing the Fastest

    06/12/2015 7:38:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Where is Christianity growing the fastest? The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, based at Gordon Conwell Seminary, published In June 2013 an excellent report regarding Christianity in its Global Context. The full report can be found online at From this report I identified the top 20 countries that have the highest percentage Christianity Average Annual Growth Rate (AAGR). They are listed in Table 1. I have also calculated the number of years for the number of Christians to double, based on the Average Annual Growth Rate. Table 1. The Top 20 Countries Where Christianity Has the Highest...
  • Capuchin friars to leave W.Va. after more than a century

    06/12/2015 6:45:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies ^ | June 11, 2015 | Charlotte Ferrell Smith,
    After more than a century of ministry and service to West Virginia, the Capuchin friars are leaving the Mountain State this month. Vows as Capuchin friars require they live together in community as brothers, sharing a prayer life and meals. A minimum of three brothers is necessary to fulfill this supportive environment. The area has two Capuchin friars serving five Catholic parishes in Kanawha and Putnam counties. The Rev. James Kurtz serves St. Anthony on Charleston’s West Side and Our Lady of the Hills in Elkview. The Rev. Joseph Tuscan serves Holy Trinity in Nitro, Christ the King in Dunbar...
  • Bishop buries fetus, “Baby Francis,” found floating amid sewage

    06/11/2015 2:54:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 11, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Rhode Island Catholic:  Finally, “Baby Francis” is resting in peace.In a simple, but dignified ceremony this morning in a section of Gate of Heaven Cemetery set aside for the repose of babies, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin presided over a Christian burial service for the unborn child he named “Francis,” fulfilling a commitment he made to officials five months ago after a fetus was found floating amid the sewage at a nearby wastewater treatment facility.A tiny white casket, with “Baby Francis 2015” inscribed on a gold plaque affixed to one end, and flanked by flowers and a small...
  • Irish Bishop: Consider Married Priesthood, Female Deacons

    06/11/2015 11:27:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 64 replies
    An Irish bishop said that he will ask his brother bishops to institute a commission to study the possible ordination of married men to the priesthood and women to the diaconate. “I think the other bishops would be open to the idea of a discussion and we are reaching a situation where we have to look at all the options possible,” Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore told The Irish Catholic.Kilmore bishop wants Church to consider married priests
  • Bishop Schneider on The Crisis in the Church: It’s No Time for Sloth. We Need Soldiers for Christ.

    06/10/2015 7:19:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/8/15 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    June 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- LifeSiteNews contributor Dr. Maike Hickson interviewed Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, co-author with Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa and Archbishop Aldo de Cillo Pagotto of Paraiba, Brazil, of the new book "Preferential Option for the Family — 100 Questions and Answers Relating to the Synod" which deals with the confusion surrounding the upcoming Synod on the Family. The authors' intention in creating the guidebook on the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage and the family is "to instruct the faithful in a clear and differentiated way about such important truths as marriage and the family,"...
  • Polish, Eastern Catholic Bishops Stand Firm on Pastoral Care for Families

    06/09/2015 8:39:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/9/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Rome, Italy, Jun 9, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families. The bishops from Poland will be on the front line at the synod, giving an overall view of the family and not focusing merely on the contentious issues of access to Communion for the divorced and remarried, and pastoral openings to homosexual relationships. A source in a congregation at...
  • Empty Pews Not the End of the World, Says Church of England’s Newest Bishop

    06/09/2015 8:24:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/9/15 | John Bingham
    Young people won’t necessarily find faith in formal church services says the NHS's former Chief Nurse Dame Sarah Mullally as she is named as Bishop of Crediton Declining numbers at services should not necessarily be a cause of despair for churches because people will still “encounter God” without ever taking their place in a pew, the Church of England’s newest bishop designate has insisted. Dame Sarah Mullally, the former NHS Chief Nurse for England who has been named as the next Bishop of Crediton, said clerics must recognise that young people are as likely to hear the Christian message through...
  • Are Evangelicals Winning the World?

    06/09/2015 6:17:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 06/08/2015 | PETER BERGER
    Why are parts of Germany formerly under the enforced secularism of the Communist party rediscovering charismatic religion? In its story of May 16, 2015, the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel carried a story tiled (on its cover at least) “Are Evangelicals Winning the World?” [That is my translation. The German wording is “Are Evangelicals conquering…” I substituted the less martial-sounding English “winning”. To the best of my knowledge, there is a remarkable scarcity of Evangelical suicide bombers.] The story states that Evangelical congregations are generally growing in Germany. But it concentrates on two congregations: one in Stuttgart, in western Germany, the...
  • Among the ruins of Iraq, Christians' faith burns brightly

    06/09/2015 4:22:34 AM PDT · by EBH
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/9/2015 | Ann Schneible
    Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the potential threat from the nearby Islamic State, several monks and students in northern Iraq have found refuge in an ancient monastery, certain they are in God's hands no matter what happens. Erbil’s Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said that those who have chosen to remain in the fourth century Monastery of Saint Matthew have “expressed their faith that this is a secure place.” He told CNA June 8 that although these Christians are now being protected by the Kurdish military, their sense of safety is not only due to...
  • Darwin [Australia] Catholic School 'Sent Children Home with Anti-Gay Marriage Brochure'

    06/08/2015 2:56:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/5/15 | Helen Davidson
    Primary school was told by bishops to distribute the material saying same-sex marriage ‘messed with marriage and messed with kids’, report claimsA Northern Territory Catholic school has reportedly sent children home with an anti same-sex marriage brochure. St Paul’s Catholic primary school, in the Darwin suburb of Nightcliff, was told to distribute the brochure on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Australia conference, the NT News reported on Friday. The brochure, entitled “don’t mess with marriage”, outlined in detail the Catholic church’s opposition to same sex marriage, the report said, claiming it was “a struggle for the very soul of...
  • Three Bishops . . . Pen New Hard-Hitting Book To Clear Up Synod Confusion

    06/07/2015 5:40:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 6/6/15 | Lisa Bourne and John-Henry Westen
    ROME (LifeSiteNews) — “The Synod is a solely consultative assembly that has no Magisterial weight in and of itself.” “Neither the Synod of Bishops nor any other Church authority has the competence to change the doctrine of the Church.”Those are a couple of the hard-hitting quotes in a newly released book penned by three bishops and endorsed by another four, one of whom is a retired Vatican cardinal. LifeSiteNews has obtained a copy of the book, which is available in several languages and will be sent to all of the world’s bishops. Preferential Option for the Family — 100 Questions...
  • I want to thank everyone for their prayers

    06/06/2015 8:14:54 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 20 replies
    self | 06/06/15 | RaceBannon
    I want to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers in the last 2 weeks. My Mom passed on May 24 and we laid her to rest on May 29. Driving up to CT, my car started to fail, the air suspension system was tired, not knowing where it was failing, but on the way home, the warning alarm went off every 25 miles. When I got to Church the day after my mom's funeral, I got a flat tire on the highway that for some reason (THE GRACE OF GOD!) held out until I was safely in the...
  • Church of England 'One Generation Away from Extinction' After Dramatic Loss of Followers

    06/05/2015 6:13:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Independent (UK) | 6/1/15 | Siobhan Fenton
    The Independent may not be posted due to legal issues but click HERE for the full article.
  • ASK FATHER: Masses in living rooms (Catholic Caucus)

    06/04/2015 2:40:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 4, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    QUAERITUR: I have observed several Priests of my acquaintance celebrating Mass in various private residences for different occasions, the latest of which was Mother’s Day (the strangest being Christmas Midnight Mass). Most if not all of these private Masses have taken place in non-consecrated space, i.e. in normal living rooms. Are Priests allowed to do this for their families and friends, particularly when there is a church available (though perhaps not with the same measure of “privacy”)? Canon 932 stipulates that Holy Mass should be offered in a sacred place, “unless in a particular case necessity requires otherwise, in such a case the celebration must be done in a decent...