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  • Denver's Archbishop Aquila Restores Sacraments to Original Order

    05/25/2015 6:53:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Denver, Colo., May 23, 2015 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unprecedented change for an archdiocese, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion – will be restored to their original order. “In an increasingly secular world, the reality is this: the souls of our children are the battleground. As the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Denver, I must do everything I can to help those who form children win that battle,” he explained in his pastoral letter “Saints Among Us” released May 23. “The world needs saints. Even...
  • On the 25th Anniversary of the CDF's Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian

    05/25/2015 6:50:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/24/15 | Peter Kwasniewski
    On May 24, 1990, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published one of the most important documents of the postconciliar period: the Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian,or more succinctly, Donum Veritatis. This carefully written document, undergirded by centuries of prior teaching, not only reaffirmed the obviously important role of theologians in explaining, clarifying, and enriching the Church's teaching, but also called on theologians who disagree with Church teaching not to use the mass media to publicize their views or try to pressure for change in the Church. Could any message be more timely, as we...
  • My Mother passed away last night at 9pm

    05/25/2015 4:10:06 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 149 replies
    self | 05/25/15 | RaceBannon
    Harriett Louise Croft Bancroft passed away at 2100 hours, May 24, 2015. She died peacefully and at rest My mother was born Oct 15, 1924 in Worcestor, Massachusetts. Her mom was named Ethel Fudge Croft, her dad Morrell Croft. Both were originally from Canada. Her mom's family came from Ireland in the mid 1800's, her Dad's family came from Holland in the 1600's on a ship named THE ANN and they spelled their name KRAFT then smile emoticon I was with her alone when she passed. My sister Jeannie was on the phone saying goodbye to her and she told...
  • ‘Fix It, Jesus': Student Takes Podium to Pray as Medical Emergency Unfolds During Graduation

    05/24/2015 4:38:38 PM PDT · by roamer_1 · 16 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | May 22, 2015 | Heather Clark
    "CLAY, Ala. — A high school student in Alabama jumped to his feet and took the podium Thursday night to lead those gathered for the senior graduation ceremony in prayer as a medical emergency took place in the stands." [exerpt]
  • San Fran Teachers Shift from Contracts to Doctrine: Great Reversal in Church Teaching Underway

    05/23/2015 11:00:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/21/15 | Joan Desmond
    In an escalation of the teacher-contract dispute in the San Francisco Archdiocese, a spokesman affiliated with the group opposing Archbishop Cordileone published a manifesto that dismissed his "interpretation" of Catholic teaching as a flawed approach that required "fraternal" correction. "Archbishop Cordileone’s authority is not in his assertions but in his arguments," read the rambling open letter addressed to school administrators. Published in the National Catholic Reporter, the May 20 statement was written by Jim McGarry, a former Catholic high school teacher, who once taught religious studies at the Jesuit-run St. Ignatius College Prepatory and at Mercy High School. Supporters of...
  • Synod. An Unconventional Voice from Argentina

    05/22/2015 6:21:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 5/19/15 | Sandro Magister
    A jurist and father of 14 children demolishes Cardinal Kasper’s ideas of in favor of communion for the divorced and remarried, not approved by the synod fathers but already put into practice in many places ROME, May 19, 2015 – He was just stating the obvious when during the synod last October South African cardinal Wilfrid Napier he said that “the message has gone out and whatever we say hereafter is going to be as if we're doing some damage control.” The “message” was the one issued by proponents of a change in pastoral practice in the matters of homosexuality...
  • Priests Are Bucking Catholic Church Leadership to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland

    05/21/2015 6:24:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/20/15 | Sarah Kaplan
    For the Rev. Pádraig Standún, a Catholic priest in western Ireland, voting “yes” is a matter of what’s right. To another Irish priest, the Rev. Iggy O’Donovan, it’s about creating an inclusive state. To the Rev. Martin Dolan, Ireland’s upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage is deeply personal. “I’m gay myself,” he announced to his Dublin congregation in January. It was a surprise ending to Dolan’s homily, in which he urged his congregation to vote “yes” in the referendum. But his parishioners took it in stride — they gave him a standing ovation, according to the Belfast Telegraph. As the Friday...
  • The Catholic Church’s German Crisis

    05/21/2015 6:19:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/20/15 | George Weigel
    One rarely finds, among German churchmen today, a sobered openness, born of the recognition that something has gone terribly wrong and that another approach to evangelization and catechesis must be found The 21st-century Church owes a lot to 20th-century German Catholicism: for its generosity to Catholics in the Third World; for the witness of martyrs like Alfred Delp, Bernhard Lichtenberg, and Edith Stein; for its contributions to Biblical studies, systematic and moral theology, liturgical renewal, and Catholic social doctrine, through which German Catholicism played a leading role in Vatican II’s efforts to renew Catholic witness for the third millennium. At...
  • China Allows 1st Ordinations of Russian Orthodox Priests in 60 Years

    05/19/2015 1:39:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs department of the Moscow patriarchate, announced the ordinations after his return from a visit to China. His trip came shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Moscow, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. Metropolitan Hilarion reported “very constructive talks” with government officials in Beijing, adding that China is a society that properly values the “role of culture, traditions and the moral factor in shaping the lives of...
  • Hope for the Church: Making Disciples Out of Cultural Catholics

    05/19/2015 2:03:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 19, 2015 | REV THOMAS BERG
    Catholics, as a segment of U.S. population, shrank by 3.1% from 2007 to 2014, and are now outnumbered as a portion of American population by the “nones”, the religiously unaffiliated. That was the headline-grabbing revelation last week from the Pew Research Center.  That trend fits within the overall decline in affiliation with Christian denominations, notwithstanding population growth in the U.S. in the same time period. So there it was in black in white:  approximately 51 million adult Catholics in the United States as of 2014 versus approximately 56 million religiously “unaffiliated” adults. That should come as no surprise to any Catholic...
  • Pope to Bishops: Stop Ordering Faithful Around, Fight Graft

    05/19/2015 5:05:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/18/15 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told bishops to strongly denounce corruption and to act more like pastors than "pilots" telling the faithful what to do. Francis' strong words were aimed at members of the Italian bishops' conference, who opened their annual meeting at the Vatican on Monday. Francis, who is also the bishop of Rome, urged his bishops to be more Christ-like in showing humility, compassion, mercy and wisdom. He told them to not shy away from denouncing the "diffuse mentality" of public and private corruption that he said impoverished families, honest workers and retirees, while marginalizing the...
  • Was Raul Castro Joking About His Return to the Church?

    05/18/2015 1:41:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | May 17, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
    So what do you think:  Was Cuban President Raul Castro mocking Pope Francis when he said that the Holy Father had inspired him, that after reading his speeches and becoming impressed by the Pope’s “wisdom and modesty,” he might consider returning to prayer and returning to the Catholic Faith?Berta Soler, head of the Cuban human rights movement “Ladies In White”, thinks so.  In an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Soler claimed that Castro was “…mocking the Holy Father when he said that he might return to the bosom of the Church. He has never believed in Christ and he never...
  • Top German Lay Catholic Group Pushes Communion for Civilly Divorced-Remarried and More

    05/18/2015 4:58:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/15/15 | Edward Pentin
    BONN, Germany — A public dispute has broken out between Germany’s top lay Catholic organization and a German bishop, after the organization issued a statement calling for a raft of new pastoral practices, which the bishop and other critics say are opposed to Church doctrine. The Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken (Central Committee of the German Catholics, or ZdK) issued a statement Sunday calling for the admittance of civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion, acceptance of all forms of cohabitation, the blessing of same-sex couples and the reconsideration of the Church’s teaching on contraception. The organization is heavily financed by the...
  • Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Gay Ministers in Civil Partnerships

    05/17/2015 6:16:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/16/15
    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain gay ministers who are in same sex civil partnerships. Delegates voted 309 in favour and 183 against. The vote followed a church-wide debate and consultations with all 45 presbyteries, which voted 31 to 14 in favour of change. A further vote will be held this week on whether or not to extend ordination to ministers in same sex marriages. Supporters said it was time for the church to be inclusive and recognise the "mixed economy" of modern Scotland. Opponents warned that the move was contrary...
  • Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

    05/17/2015 6:10:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Town Talk | 5/16/15 | Bob Tompkins
    Great story which can't be posted on FR due to legal issues but click HERE to go to the site. Long read.
  • Time again, to get ready for church

    05/17/2015 3:25:47 AM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | May 17, 2015 | knarf
    Got some nice rain the last couple of days ...
  • ASK FATHER: Is baptism by fake women ‘priests’ valid? (Catholic Caucus)

    05/16/2015 2:51:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 15, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: While discussing the ecclesial status of someone baptized by an SSPX priest (is the newly baptized person Catholic?), I had a troubling thought: what about someone who is baptized by a Catholic woman who has pretended to be ordained as a priest? Is that newly baptized person considered Catholic? I tend to think not, since these women have gone to non-Catholic bishops to simulate their ordination. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks for all your work. Every priest has a story about a “grandmother baptizing in the bathroom sink.” Usually it’s a pious woman, motivated by sincere faith and love for...
  • Colombian Bishop Floats Idea of Gay Apostle, Lesbian Mary Magdalene

    05/16/2015 9:53:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Crux ^ | 5/15/15 | Inés San Martín
    Bishop Juan Vicente Córdoba says 'no one chooses to be gay or straight'ROME — A Colombian bishop, insisting that being homosexual is not a sin, said Thursday it’s possible that one of the twelve apostles of Jesus was gay or that Mary Magdalene, another key New Testament figure, was a lesbian. Bishop Juan Vicente Córdoba of Fontibón, Colombia, also said the Catholic Church does not oppose same-sex couples making a life together, but does not consider such arrangements to be a marriage or a family. “No one chooses to be gay or straight,” Córdoba said. “One simply feels, loves, experiments,...
  • Humble Palestinian Nuns to be Made Catholic Saints

    05/16/2015 9:38:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    WDAM Channel 7 ^ | 5/16/15 | CNN
    BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (CNN) - Pope Francis will canonize two 19th century Palestinian women as Roman Catholic saints. The historic event is especially meaningful to one of the world's oldest Christian communities. It is the perfect celebration of sainthood for two Palestinian nuns, a humble and devout offering of prayer to mark a historic moment for Christians and Palestinians. In the land of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, the land of the beginnings of Christianity, Mariam Baouardy and Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas are the first two Palestinian saints in modern times. “As Christians, this is a sign of hope, this is...
  • Judge to Protesters: End 11-Year Vigil Inside Closed Church

    05/15/2015 6:23:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/14/15 | Philip Marcelo
    BOSTON (AP) — Parishioners of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must end their 11-year protest vigil and vacate the shuttered Roman Catholic church, a judge ruled Thursday. But the Friends of St. Frances, the group that has been occupying the Scituate church day and night since 2004, say they're not going anywhere. They intend to ask the state court to stay the ruling pending an appeal. "As of today, nothing changes," Jon Rogers, one of the organizers, declared late Thursday. "From Day One, we made a promise that we would exhaust every appeal that was available to us, and...
  • Benedictine Nuns Make Their Home on the Range

    05/15/2015 6:16:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 5/12/15 | Jim West
    VIRGINIA DALE, Colo. (CNS) -- Sister Maria Walburga Schortemeyer is at home wading through the mud and manure of a barnyard in boots, work pants, a fleece jacket, and her white veil. Minutes later, in the black-and-white habit of a Benedictine nun, she is equally at home singing psalms and praying the Divine Office in a chapel with other nuns. Sister Maria Walburga is the ranch manager at the Abbey of St. Walburga in Virginia Dale. The town sits in the arid and isolated foothills of the Rocky Mountains, almost within shouting distance of the Wyoming border. This community of...
  • You Can’t Be Any Poorer Than Dead

    05/14/2015 3:49:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | May 14, 2015 | Robert Royal
    The Catholic Church in America sometimes looks as if it’s on a suicide mission. Individual bishops or institutions don’t seem able to tell friend from foe, invite enemies into their midst, ignore threats, give the impression that the best they can hope for is that people won’t be too angry at the Church. Which they would rather be thought of as doing nice, uncontroversial things like providing social services, and not overemphasizing more difficult moral matters.A recent instance: President Obama was lavishly welcomed and participated in a panel discussion on overcoming poverty at Georgetown University on Tuesday. No one has...
  • Bully apologises to kids he was picking on after being given Bible

    05/14/2015 11:45:59 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 1 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 13 May 2015 | Angie Chui
    All it took was one act of kindness – a Bible in particular, to turn the tide for eight year old Phoenix and her brother, seven year old Kingston Walywyn, who were being bullied by a kid from their bus. Like most kids, they were getting frustrated. According to Phoenix, the bully constantly called them names and this made them want to confront him at times. "It made me feel like I wanted to yell at him," Phoenix said in an interview with KHOU. Instead, the siblings told their parents, who asked to have the bus seating arrangement changed....
  • Amtrak Passengers Met With Community Kindness, Catholic Sister Reports

    05/13/2015 2:25:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 13, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Father Thomas Higgins was watching television in the rectory of Holy Innocents parish in Philadelphia, where he is pastor, when he heard sirens. A few blocks away, Sister Linda Lukiewski, SSJ, and Sister Julie Fertsch, SSJ, were watching television and also heard sirens.  "In the inner city you're always hearing sirens, but when you hear 10, 20, 30, you know there's something going on," said Father Higgins Wednesday morning. "When I turned the news on and saw the train, and it's this close," he said of the Amtrak derailment, which took place Tuesday evening only a couple of miles from...
  • Benedict XVI Breaks Silence with Introduction to New Book by Cardinal Bertone

    05/12/2015 8:29:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The work of a pastor “cannot be limited only to the Church,” Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI wrote in a letter to his former Secretary of State—one of the few things the former Pontiff has written for publication since he resigned in 2013. The former Pope’s letter appears as the introduction to a new book by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, La Fede e il Bene Comune. The letter was also summarized in the May 10 issue of L’Osservatore Romano. Reflecting on his work with Cardinal Bertone, who served as his Secretary of State, Benedict XVI said that they understood their work for the...
  • This Popular Catholic Coffee House Even Has An Adoration Chapel (video)

    05/12/2015 8:18:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/12/15 | Zoe Romanowsky
    St. James Coffee House proudly brews European Roasterie coffee from Le Center, MinnesotaSt. James Coffee House in Rochester, Minnesota, is playing its part in the New Evangelization. Founded to "provide a welcoming space for non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics to come to know Christ and His Church, and to provide a forum for Catholics to find fellowship and catechesis, " it serves quality, fair-trade, organic beans—from European Roasterie coffee in Le Center, MN. It also carries teas obtained through partnerships with like-minded nonprofits such as Compassion Tea. St. James hopes to build community and help people discover truth, while providing quality...
  • Christian leaders in India protest recent spate of attacks after yet another incident

    05/12/2015 3:56:25 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 1 replies
    Barnabas Fund ^ | 05/12/2015 16:45 | barnabas aid
    Over 400 Christian leaders and social activists gathered together in Hyderabad, in India’s Telangana state, on 2 May, to hold a peaceful protest against a recent spate of attacks against Christians. The protest came in the wake of yet another brutal mob attack in the state, when at least 100 Hindu radicals stormed a Christian meeting shouting anti-Christians slogans and beating the believers with wooden clubs, iron rods, and knives.Christians in India meet to pray together First breaking the lights and sound system, the assailants then proceeded to attack the Christians who had gathered together in Pebber town, in Telangana...
  • The Closed Door of Pope Francis

    05/11/2015 7:35:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 5/11/15 | Sandro Magister
    Since the end of the 2014 synod, he has spoken dozens of times on abortion, divorce, and homosexuality. But he hasn't said a single word more in support of the “openness” demanded by the innovators ROME, May 11, 2015 – The second and last session of the synod on the family is approaching, and the temperature of the discussion keeps going up. The latest uproar is over an onslaught of the German bishops, who now take as a given, in the “cultural context” of their local Church, substantial changes of doctrine and pastoral practice in matters of divorce and homosexuality:...
  • Archbishop Welby Says His Worst Hate Mail Are From Christians; Points Out Lack of...

    05/11/2015 7:26:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 5/11/15 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev. Justin Welby said that the worst "poison pen letters" he receives are from other Christians. The leader of the Anglican Communion said that Christian groups are failing to show tolerance to one another, and said that religious leaders should look to confront the "profound differences" between faiths. "The worst poison pen letters I get are from other Christian groups on the whole," Welby revealed during his address to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Independent reported on Sunday. "The reality is that we do not as faith groups in our society...
  • Catholicism’s Man-Sized Crisis

    05/11/2015 12:43:41 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 7, 2015 | Joseph M. Hanneman
    Matthew James Christoff is, in some ways, like a modern-day St. John the Baptist, an urgent voice crying out in the wilderness. Christoff wants the world to know the Catholic Church has a man problem. Actually, not just a problem, but a crisis. The Catholic convert from Minnesota’s Twin Cities founded an apostolate called the New Emangelization Project to help men learn and fully live their faith. Nothing less than the future of the Catholic Church is at stake, he says. The father of four’s journey into the Catholic men’s movement began with a cancer diagnosis and a “very long...
  • Jonathan Jackson: “How I became Orthodox”

    05/11/2015 7:30:00 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pemptousia ^ | 05-11-2015 | Jonathan Jackson
    I don't usually post conversion stories, most of which on here seem to be aimed at proselytizing, but I found this one spiritually very moving.
  • [Prot. Caucus] Pastor Resigns From Georgia Church After Congregation's Vote to Leave PCUSA Fails

    05/11/2015 6:14:26 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | May 7, 2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The Rev. Charles Hasty, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Georgia, has announced his resignation from the congregation he's served for 13 years after members narrowly defeated a motion to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA). Hasty announced his resignation Monday evening after congregants voted 266-146 last month to leave PCUSA over theological differences; the total was just eight votes shy of the necessary two-thirds majority needed to pass. JoAnna Williams, administrative assistant for Hasty, directed The Christian Post to a local news article wherein quotes from a letter Hasty wrote explaining his reasoning was published. "Undoubtedly, there is...
  • Demonstration at Mission Dolores Opposes Sainthood for Junipero Serra

    05/11/2015 6:11:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    On May 2, Native American community members and Interfaith supporters, including clergy leaders, demonstrated outside of Mission Dolores in San Francisco to oppose the impending canonization of Junipero Serra by the Catholic church. Pope Francis has reaffirmed his decision to name Junipero Serra a saint, despite strong opposition from Native Americans who say the man is responsible for the killing of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous people when he helped to establish and then presided over the California mission system in the 1700s. "My ancestors were directly enslaved at Mission Dolores here, and at Mission San Jose in Fremont, and...
  • What's unprecedented about Pope Francis' Year for Mercy (Catholic Caucus)

    05/09/2015 3:16:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | May 8, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis is presented an image of the Divine Mercy by members of the John Paul II Foundation, April 25, 2015. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano. Vatican City, May 8, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In tune with his knack for making history, Pope Francis' Year for Mercy will include things no other jubilee has: worldwide “missionaries of mercy,” and “holy doors” in every diocese for pilgrims to walk through.      “For the first time in the history of the Jubilee tradition, there will be an opportunity for individual dioceses to open a Holy Door – the Door of Mercy,”...
  • Holy Trinity Church in Boston Being Turned into Boutique Condos

    05/09/2015 1:49:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    For those who have not yet heard, Holy Trinity Church, the former home of the German Catholic Community and the Traditional Latin Mass is being redeveloped into boutique condos. We posted last June that the property was up for sale, and in November we learned it had been sold, however the identity of the developer was not yet publicly available. Oddly, the archdiocese has not announced the sale price, or what will become of the millions of dollars of proceeds. Now the plans are up for approval by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. A picture of the proposed development can be...
  • Dissident Groups Scheme Against Archbishop Cordileone, Catholic Education

    05/09/2015 1:40:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/8/15 | Justin Petrisek
    Who are the players opposing Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone? Catholic dissidents have been opposing the efforts of the San Francisco archbishop to reinforce the Catholic identity of his schools by asking teachers to witness to the Catholic faith, both inside and outside the classroom. But the intentions of Archbishop Cordileone’s critics seem far removed from the best interests of faithful Catholic education. At the end of April, representatives from Call to Action, DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Catholics for Choice and Human Rights Campaign met in Chicago to strategize how to best oppose Cordileone and...
  • Husband, father, deacon—and soon, a priest

    05/08/2015 3:22:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | May 5, 2015 | BRENDAN MONAHAN
    Thirteen years ago Jim Cardosi’s wife, Cindy, discovered she had little time left to live.In 2002 she experienced symptoms resulting from a neurological illness that by 2005 would be identified as frontotemporal dementia or Pick’s Disease, which Cindy developed in her mid-40s.She required full-time care, so Jim retired from the military. They raised five kids together and built their lives around each other.Jim’s faith kept him poised throughout the illness, and he felt the call to the priesthood before her death. He cared for Cindy until her passing in July 2008 at 51 years old in their Jacksonville, Florida home.“I...
  • Monsignor Charles Pope on fraternal correction

    05/08/2015 3:02:12 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 1 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 8, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Monsignor Charles Pope writes, "The gospel from Sunday (John 15:1-8) presents us with an important meditation on the difference between love and kindness. Perhaps some further reflections from this gospel are in order today. There is an unfortunate tendency in our times to reduce love to kindness. Kindness is an aspect of love, but so is rebuke. It is an immature notion of love that reduces it merely to affirming, or that refers to proper correction as a form of “hate.” We saw in yesterday’s gospel that proper care involves the Lord “pruning” us so that we bear more fruit....
  • Swiss Catholics Call for Same-Sex Partnerships, Change in Teaching on Communion

    05/08/2015 1:20:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Five months before the upcoming Synod of Bishops, the Swiss Bishops’ Conference has published a report summarizing the results of recent discussions by Swiss Catholics on marriage and family life. Six thousand persons, the majority of them clergy, catechists, and active parishioners, took part in the discussions, which were held between January and March. “The exclusion of remarried divorcees from the sacraments must be ended,” stated Walter Müller, the bishops’ information officer, as he summarized Swiss Catholics’ “very concrete requests to Rome.”
  • Fatima Message ‘Lifts Veil’ on Past Century, was ‘Turning Point’ of JPII Pontificate, Says Cardinal

    05/08/2015 1:11:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Stating that “there is no fourth secret nor are there other hidden secrets,” Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, delivered a lengthy address on the Fatima apparitions at the Pontifical University Antonianum on May 7. The 20th century, said Cardinal Amato, was expected to be a time of “reason and brotherhood,” but instead saw the beginning of an era of Christian persecution: “the Armenian genocide, the Mexican repression, the Spanish persecution, the Nazi massacres, the Communist extermination, and, in this first part of the third millennium, Islamist persecution.” “The message of Fatima in...
  • Married Priests Wouldn’t ‘Surprise’ Archbishop Cupich

    05/07/2015 8:05:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 5/5/15
    The possibility of married Roman Catholic priests was part of a candid and revealing conversation with Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine sat down with Archbishop Cupich, who said that is wouldn’t surprise him, though not right away. The Archbishop reminded us that Pope has already told the worldwide bishops conferences to consider it and report back. “I think that what the pope was saying is that he wants to make sure that whatever you do it creates unity within your own churches, your own country,” Cupich said. “There’s no reason for any decision to be...
  • Pope Francis Suggests Divine Comedy as Vital Reading for Year of Mercy

    05/06/2015 6:07:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/5/15 | Catholic News Service
    Dante is 'a prophet of hope' and 'herald of the possibility of redemption', says PontiffDante’s Divine Comedy is more than a literary masterpiece, it is an invitation “to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the human person shines in its fullness,” Pope Francis has said. As the Italian government formally celebrated the 750th anniversary of Dante’s birth on May 4, Pope Francis sent a message saying that while the centuries have passed Dante “still has much to say and to offer through...
  • A Brief Directive for Church Leaders from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/05/2015 7:29:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Directive for Church Leaders from the Acts of the Apostles By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe second reading from today’s Mass is very Catholic and too informative to let pass without comment. It presents a highly organized Church, possessing some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal (seed) form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of the Church. The soft, cross-less Christianity of many today, who replace the cross with a pillow and...
  • Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 12:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    ccWatershed ^ | May 3, 2015 | Fr. David Friel
    HE BEST AGE to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation is a matter of discussion in my diocese, as it is in many others. There are advocates for quite a wide range of ages, from as early as Baptism to the latter years of high school. Reasonable arguments can be made in favor of almost any age between these two mileposts. But which age is best? Anyone involved in Catholic education/catechesis will know the struggle it is to keep young people in religious education after their Confirmation. A common tactic in many local Churches has been to raise the age at...
  • A Crisis in the German Church? Synod Questionnaire Would Suggest So

    05/03/2015 9:24:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/2/15 | Carl Bunderson
    Vatican City, May 2, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA).- The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts. The synthesis of responses from Catholics in Germany was released by the nation's bishops conference on April 16. The 17-page document, provided in an English translation, summarizes the responses, which filled some 1,000 pages. According to the German bishops conference,...
  • Junípero and the Others: The Pope Praises the Courage of America’s Missionaries

    05/02/2015 10:13:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/2/15 | Andrea Tornielli
    Today Pope Francis celebrated a mass at the North American College on the Janiculum, as part of a special day dedicated to Junípero Serra, "one of the founding fathers of the United States". “Sometimes we stop and thoughtfully examine their weaknesses and their shortcomings. But I wonder if today we are able to respond with the same generosity and courage to the call of God”Although he will be canonizing Friar Junípero Serra himself on 23 September, in preparation for this ceremony, Pope Francis wished to pay tribute to the “Apostole of California” and “one of the founding fathers of the...
  • Catholic Church never works for conversions: Syro Malabar Major Arch Bishop

    05/02/2015 9:53:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 92 replies
    The Times of India ^ | May 1, 2015 | Stanley Pinto
    The Catholic church never works for conversions. There are people who misunderstand the mission of Christians, especially of the Catholic church, said Cardinal Mar George Alenchery, the major archbishop of Syro Malabar Church. The major archbishop, who is on a pastoral visit to the diocese of Belthangady till May 5, said, "Conversion is a personal response of a person to God. Nobody can force or coerce a person. The church witnesses the charity of Christ and proclaims Christian values—truth, justice, love and harmony—to others. This attracts people. It is not something which we create, it is something they (people) request....
  • Archbishop Cordileone Sends Back-Up to Priest Under Attack

    05/01/2015 8:21:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/1/2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    A solid new school chaplain takes over today at a San Francisco Catholic community that's recently been targeted by the media for its pastor's altar boys-only policy. Star of the Sea School, part of the same community as Star of the Sea parish, will now be ministered by Fr. Vito Perrone of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, who's described as "a priest of impeccable orthodoxy." The parish's pastor, Fr. Joseph Illo, co-founder of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, has been under attack since last November, when he announced the parish will only be training boys to serve at the...
  • US Clergy Back British Priests Over Synod Letter

    04/29/2015 6:01:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/29/15 | Staff Reporter
    American clergymen join British counterparts in wishing to uphold 'Church discipline' on sacramentsA group of American priests has given their backing to the British clergy who wrote to the Catholic Herald last month in support of Church teaching on marriage. Following the letter from 500 clergy in England and Wales , which was issued in advance of the Synod of Bishop taking place later this year, a group of American clergy has now added their support, as first reported by the Church Militant website. In a letter, addressed to the Synod Fathers and published on the the Credo Priests website,...
  • Packed Church for Fathers Illo and Driscoll

    04/28/2015 6:02:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Hundreds of supportive Catholics fill San Francisco’s Star of the SeaOn Saturday, May 25, the 4:30 p.m. Mass at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Church resembled Easter or Christmas. The packed Church was a show of support for Star’s faithful Catholic Priests, Father Joseph Illo and Father Patrick Driscoll. The two have earned the enmity of the San Francisco power structure, as well as that of a number of their fellow priests, for their decision to only allow boys to serve at the altar. That decision is at the discretion of each parish’s pastor—at Star of the Sea, Fr....