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  • Celibacy For Priests. The Defense Takes the Floor

    10/25/2016 4:39:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 10/24/16 | Sandro Magister
    It will not be discussed at a synod, but pressure is growing in favor of the ordination of married men. The most highly esteemed of the Italian theologians has puts a spotlight on the question in an authoritative magazine. And he is opting to hold on to celibacy: not only “opportune,” but “necessary” ROME, October 24, 2016 – Interviewed a few days ago by Gianni Cardinale for the newspaper of the Italian episcopal conference, “Avvenire,” the secretary general of the synod of bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, confirmed that the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the new session in 2018...
  • Irish Archbishop: We Shouldn’t Try to Define the Family

    10/25/2016 4:35:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite news ^ | 10/25/16 | Claire Chretien
    DUBLIN, Ireland, October 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — We must not “allow ourselves to be become entangled in trying to produce definitions of the family” because different cultural values mean family “cannot be defined simply,” the Archbishop of Dublin said in a speech preparing for the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who has previously said the controversial exhortation Amoris Laetitia will be the “core resource” for the family life conference’s catechesis, lamented that one of the problems with the world is that we “judge things in black and white.” He suggested that this is at odds with...
  • Controversial Christian cartoonist [Jack Chick]...dies aged 92 [trunc]

    10/25/2016 6:51:26 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 119 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10.25.16 | Ted Thornhill
    Full title: Controversial Christian cartoonist [Jack Chick] who mocked minorities and said Harry Potter was satanic dies aged 92. Jack T. Chick died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday evening His cartoon tracts vilified secular society, evolution and homosexuality They portrayed rock music and Harry Potter as literal traps of the Devil
  • Belgian Catholics Urge Rome to Discipline Antwerp Bishop Over Gay Advocacy

    10/24/2016 5:41:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/24/16 | Jeanne Smits
    October 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro Familia, a Belgian association of Catholic lay people, has decided to act against the public stance made by Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny, who suggests in a new book published Friday that homosexual pairs, divorced, remarried and cohabiting couples should receive a Church blessing as part of a “diversity of rituals” that would recognize the “exclusiveness and stability” of their unions. “The question of Communion for the divorced and remarried should be carefully weighed," he writes. "It is not a question of a general ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but of an evaluation. You have to judge...
  • A Time for Decision

    10/24/2016 4:57:45 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 8 replies
  • Bringing back the dead… Catholic style

    10/23/2016 3:54:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 23, 2016 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    Forget about ghosts and goblins on Halloween; how about a walk through a dark cemetery where dead people who once walked the earth appear out of nowhere and talk to you about life and death, heaven and hell?The “Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk” in Emmitsburg, Maryland has provided such an experience every October for the past 12 years. Held in the historic cemetery on the grounds of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine, it’s the brainchild of Fr. Brian Nolan, chaplain for Mount Saint Mary’s University.The idea for the walk was inspired by a haunted house at Mount Saint...
  • Catholic Cardinal: No Obligation to Follow a Pope Who Betrays the Church [China]

    10/23/2016 1:31:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    What Is Up With The Synod ^ | 10/22/16 | Hilary White
    I know we were all expecting the crack to come from a completely different corner of the Church, and that hardly anyone has been paying attention to the eagerness of the Francis Vatican to throw the Catholic Church in China to the communist wolves. As with every jurisdictional Vatican compromise with Communist governments the one in the offing smells of betrayal. There have been four secret meetings between Vatican representatives and Chinese government officials in the past two years, the most recent being at the end of April. Cardinal Zen, retired Bishop of Hong Kong, is not at all optimistic....
  • By God's Grace, Believers Needs to Expand Their Influence in American Society and Around the World

    10/22/2016 8:25:15 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 3 replies
    A pastor commented on the moral and spiritual decline in our country inferring a need to focus on our spiritual issues, not just our political political issues. I agree that the underlying cause of our political and social malaise is a deep spiritual need to come back to a trust and reliance on God, not a reliance on man and his government. "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall...
  • Russia’s Patriarch Kirill Meets Queen Elizabeth II, Discusses Christians in Europe

    10/21/2016 5:00:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Russia Insider ^ | 10/19/16
    The meeting is the first between Patriarch Kirill and Britain's head-of-stateQueen Elizabeth II has held a historic meeting with Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, who is on an official visit to the UK to mark the 300th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church’s presence there. The meeting was held Tuesday behind closed doors in Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence in London, and lasted for about a half-hour, the Patriarch's secretary, Alexander Volkov, said. “Patriarch Kirill told the Queen about the revival of the Church in Russia in the past 20 years, the construction of churches, the...
  • Priests Must Leave Their “Fortresses”, Says Francis

    10/21/2016 4:45:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/20/18 | Christopher Lamb
    Pope Francis has said vocations are best generated by pastorally minded priests living in the real world while begging bishops to carefully vet who they ordain. Speaking at a Vatican conference today, Francis told an audience of cardinals, bishops and vocation experts to re-think their vocations ministry so it did not simply become a bureaucratic pastoral programme. The Pope told the gathering that their work involves “going out” and listening to people: he pointed out that his own vocation was not the result of a “nice theory” but having experienced the “merciful gaze of Jesus over me.” In order for...
  • The happiest day of Mother Teresa's life

    10/21/2016 8:48:07 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 3 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | October 21, 2016
    It’s been said that saints often come in pairs. Sts. Peter and Paul, Mary and Joseph, Francis and Clare, and Louis and Zelie Martin are just a handful of such saints, coupled together through marriage or friendship. Perhaps the best-known modern saintly pair of friends would be Mother Teresa and John Paul II, whose lives intersected many times during her time as Mother Superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and his pontificate. When John Paul II came to visit Mother Teresa’s home in the heart of the slums in Kolkata in 1986, Mother Teresa called it “the happiest day of...
  • Pope Says the Catechism is “Not Enough”

    10/20/2016 7:33:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/20/16 | Christopher Lamb
    Catholics should not simply know what the Church teaches but instead must have a faith based on prayer and recognising their own sins, Pope Francis said this morning. “Studying the catechism teaches us who Christ is. But this is not enough,” the Pope said in a homily during Mass at his residence, the Casa Santa Marta. In comments reported by Vatican Radio, Francis said that three elements were needed in order to have a fruitful Christian life: prayer, adoration and getting into the habit of “accusing oneself” of sins. The Pope particularly stressed the importance of praying in silence, something...
  • The "Enemies" of Pope Francis

    10/19/2016 6:03:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 10/18/16 | Bernardo Cervellera
    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."Rome (AsiaNews) – Not a day goes by without AsiaNews publishing reports of the Pope's homilies, speeches, audiences, summaries of encyclicals. We are among the...
  • A Christian view of the election

    10/18/2016 11:57:46 AM PDT · by chuckles · 30 replies
    vanity | 10-18-2016 | chuckles
    Well, the enemy is busy, as usual, and I fear being more successful than usual. I tend to look at things in a binary fashion and for the election, I see the Christian view, and everyone else's view. During the Primary, I had my picks based on what I saw in the character of the candidates and used the guidelines of what they believed, what fruit they displayed, Biblical knowledge, ect. My picks one by one fell off the list. Now we have, at last, a binary choice. What I see and hear from fellow Christians is misery, complaining, depression,...
  • Gays and Catholicism: Pope's Words Open Door to Confusion

    10/17/2016 4:52:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/12/16 | AP
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An ideological tug of war over the firing of a Rhode Island church music director for marrying his same-sex partner illustrates the confusion that permeates some U.S. Roman Catholic parishes over Pope Francis' words on homosexuality. Francis' famous declaration "Who am I to judge?" in 2013 energized Catholics who had pushed the church to accept gays and lesbians. Now, some gay Catholics and supporters who hoped for rapid acceptance find themselves stymied by many bishops and pastors. Francis is being cited by both the music director, Michael Templeton, and by Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, known for taking...
  • Catholics Who are Anti-Francis but Love Putin

    10/16/2016 4:32:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/16/16 | Giacomo Galeazzi - Andrea Tornielli
    Journey to the world of Francis’ opponents, where regionalists, Ratzinger nostalgics and enemies of the Council are joined by a common disapproval of the current Pope: “There is chaos in the Church because of the Pope” The glue that holds them together is their aversion towards Francis. The world of Francis dissenters ranges from Lefebvrians who have decided to “wait for a traditional Pope” before renewing their communion with Rome, to catholic regionalists who compare Francis to his predecessor Ratzinger and promote the campaign “Benedict is my Pope”. Then there are the ultra-conservatives of Fondazione Lepanto – a foundation that...
  • Chicago’s New Cardinal Embodies the Pope Francis Idea of a Bishop

    10/15/2016 5:02:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/14/16 | Mark Zimmermann
    Chicago's cardinal-elect is a pastor who identifies strongly with Pope Francis's vision for the Church. As Archbishop of Chicago, he embodies the pope's idea of shepherds who know their flock and are there for them -- especially in times of suffering and need. [On Sunday, Oct. 9, Pope Francis announced a consistory on Nov. 19 for the creation of 17 new cardinals, including 13 under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote for the next pope. Crux is offering a series of profiles of the new cardinals.]When new Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich arrived in that city in the...
  • What’s it really like to be a Mother Superior? [Catholic Caucus]

    10/15/2016 3:28:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 14, 2016 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    What is it really like to be a new mother superior of a monastic order? Mother John Mary, C.P. knows all about it and graciously agreed to talk with Aleteia.Mother was actually Sister John Mary for 21 years before being elected new leader of her community this past June. Originally from Indiana — “a born and bred Hoosier,” she tells us — Mother entered the monastery in August 1995 when the community was in the process of a major relocation. In December that year they moved 13 miles from their original location in Owensboro, Kentucky, to 170 acres of hills, woods and fields in Whitesville, Kentucky. There...
  • Is the Vatican Editing Pope Francis?

    10/14/2016 5:00:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 10/14/18 | Steve Skojec
    Everyone has that family member or friend who embarrasses them by saying things they shouldn’t in public. The racist joke, the sexist comment, the unsolicited conspiracy theories…the options run the gamut. Sometimes, they might even say something you might agree with in private, but would never say around strangers. Whatever the case, you just wish they’d try silence for a while. Catholics in 2016 find themselves in the unenviable position of having this same experience with the pope. Our efforts at evangelization are often undermined by the inevitable moment where we have to explain him. I was at the bank...
  • Caritas India to Recruit Transgender People

    10/13/2016 7:02:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 10/13/16
    Caritas India, an official agency of the Catholic Church, has decided to fight against an openly discriminatory mentality, announcing the launch of a programme for the assistance and social promotion of transgender people. The Catholic Church's social service wing has confirmed the decision in a statement on Monday, Oct. 10 after holding internal talks on its inclusive development policy. "Caritas is open to work with transgender people. I am even open to recruiting them," said Fr Frederick D’Souza, executive director of Caritas India, during the meeting. Referring to the initiative as the “beginning of a new school of thought,” and...
  • Proselytism Venom Against Ecumenism-Pope

    10/13/2016 6:57:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    ANSA.EN ^ | 10/13/16
    (ANSA) - Vatican City, October 13 - Pope Francis told a group of mostly Lutheran pilgrims on Thursday that proselytism was a potential threat to Christian unity. "The last thing you must do is 'to say, to convince'. It's not right to convince someone of your faith," he said. "Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism". The pope was speaking to around 1,000 pilgrims in the Vatican - most of them German Lutherans - who are in Rome as part of ecumenical preparations for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran reformation. "The Apostle Paul...
  • Second Vatican Council Q&A

    10/12/2016 4:10:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | October 11, 2016 | Louie Verracchio
    Today, October 11, 2016, marks the 54th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. While regular readers of this space are well-versed in matters concerning Vatican II, the Council it remains a source of confusion for many if not most in the Church, and that includes any number of those in Catholic media. With this in mind, I’d like to take the opportunity to provide some basic but critically important information, in an easy-to-read Q&A format, for the benefit of those who are struggling to come to grips with the reality of the Council’s place in the life...
  • Pope Francis Invites French Muslim Leaders to Meet in Vatican

    10/11/2016 6:14:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/10/16 | Thomas D. Williams
    Pope Francis will receive a delegation from the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) in the Vatican on November 3, according to French media sources.The five members representing the CFCM include President Anwar Kbibech, the three Vice-Presidents and the Secretary General of the organization, Abdallah Zekri. They will meet with the Pope in a private audience after meeting with the prelate in charge of relations with Islam, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. “I am very happy to meet the Pope because he is a man of dialogue and a man of peace,” Adballah Zekri said. A national elected body, the...
  • With Pope’s Cardinal Picks, Bernardin’s ‘Seamless Garment’ is Back

    10/10/2016 4:44:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/9/16 | John Allen Jr
    By naming Blase Cupich of Chicago, Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis and Kevin Farrell, formerly of Dallas, as cardinals, Pope Francis has moved the senior leadership of the American Catholic Church to a centrist, non-cultural warrior stance reminiscent of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's "seamless garment."Pope Francis on Sunday engineered what may prove to be a seismic shift in the Catholic hierarchy in the United States, elevating not one or two, but a full three new American cardinals seen as belonging to the centrist, non-cultural warrior wing of the country’s hierarchy. The pontiff announced a consistory, the event in which new...
  • German Bishop’s New Proposal: “There Exists More Than Man and Woman”

    10/09/2016 4:50:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 10/8/16 | Maike Hickson
    The Catholic Church in Germany seems to be becoming more and more unbounded in its proposals. In the recent past, for examples, the official website of the German Bishops’ Conference,, has reported about the idea to have women cardinals; about establishing homosexuality as a human right; and about the need for married priests and for female deacons – to name but a few of the seemingly heterodox themes coming to us out of Germany. Another theme that has also recently become international news, as it were, is that a commission of the German Bishops had published already a year...
  • Cardinal Robert Sarah on "The Strength of Silence" and the Dictatorship of Noise

    10/09/2016 4:39:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/3/16 | CWR Staff
    In a wide-ranging interview with "La Nef", Cardinal Sarah discusses his new book, published in France, saying, "By living with the silent God, and in Him, we ourselves become silent."Editor's note: The following interview with Robert Cardinal Sarah appeared in the October 2016 issue of the French newspaper La Nef; it was given on the occasion of the publication of his new book La Force du silence (The Strength of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise). The interview appears exclusively here in English by kind permission of Cardinal Sarah. The translation is by Michael J. Miller, who translated Cardinal Sarah's...
  • In New Cardinal Picks, Pope Francis Sidelines Conservatives, Promotes Progressives

    10/09/2016 3:31:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 9, 2016
    Pope Francis announced his choices for new Catholic cardinals Sunday, promoting a number of well-known progressives while snubbing conservatives who were up for the job. In all, the Pope named 17 new cardinals, including 13 who are under 80 years old and therefore eligible to participate in the conclave electing the next pope. Notably, in his selection for cardinals from among the United States bishops, Francis named the recently appointed archbishop of Chicago, Blaise Cupich, a man with impeccable liberal credentials. He also broke with protocol by choosing Archbishop William Tobin of Indianapolis, a relatively small archdiocese never before considered...
  • Marriage Manuals: Good Reads for After the Wedding [Catholic Caucus]

    10/09/2016 1:39:32 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 8, 2016 | Patti Armstrong
    If it’s you or your spouse driving your relationship, you may get lost. But God knows the way. In fact, Catholic marriages receive his grace. The problem is that “grace” can seem so abstract that we don’t always know how to access it. Two new books on marriage written by two married couples share personal experiences and insights on how to access those graces.  Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriages by Teresa Tomeo (Pastore) and Dominick Pastore and The Four Keys to Everlasting Love: How Your Catholic Marriage Can Bring You Joy for...
  • Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops “Sent Out” for United Mission

    10/08/2016 4:03:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Anglican Communion News Service ^ | 10/5/16 | Gavin Drake
    The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis have commissioned 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from across the world to take part in united mission in their local areas. The bishops, selected by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (Iarccum) were “sent out” for mission together by the Pope and Archbishop from the same church were Pope Gregory sent Saint Augustine to evangelise the English in the sixth Century. “Fourteen centuries ago Pope Gregory sent the servant of God, Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, and his companions, from this holy place, to...
  • Pets & Instrumental Mix

    10/08/2016 1:04:06 PM PDT · by Revski · 2 replies
    YouTube Ministry (o7jimmy) - Revski ^ | 10/08/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    Instrumental, with the hymns; Jesus Loves Me, Till We Meet Again, with sing along lyrics. This video was arranged with our pets, my wife & scenic animation.
  • Msgr. Topper, Oldest Priest in Nation, Dies at 104

    10/08/2016 12:58:26 PM PDT · by lightman · 6 replies
    ROman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg ^ | 7 October A.D. 2016 | Staff
    Msgr. Vincent Topper, the oldest and longest-serving priest in the country, died Oct. 7. He was 104 years old and celebrated the 80th anniversary of his Ordination to Priesthood on May 24 of this year. According to research done by Zenit News he may have been the longest ordained diocesan priest in the world. “His life was a shining example of fidelity and cooperation with God’s grace in a selfless and dedicated manner,” Bishop Ronald Gainer said of Msgr. Topper, who was a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg for 80 years. “He has seen and personally experienced so much...
  • Belgian Bishop Calls on Catholic Church to Approve ‘Ritual’ for Blessing Gay Unions

    10/07/2016 5:44:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/6/16 | Jeanne Smits
    October 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, suggested that homosexual couples, divorced and remarried Catholics, and cohabiting pairs should be given some sort of Church blessing as part of a “diversity of rituals” that would recognize the “exclusiveness and stability” of their unions. Since the two Synods on the Family and the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, this is probably one of the most radical viewpoints to have been expressed to date in the name of “pastoral care” and “mercy” by a Catholic prelate. Bishop Bonny offers his thoughts in a book to be published October 11...
  • Pope Francis Replaces Cardinal Sarah to Open JPII Institute's Academic Year

    10/06/2016 4:47:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/6/16 | Edward Pentin
    Change comes on the heels of controversial new appointments at the head of the institute for studies on marriage and the familyIn a last minute change, Pope Francis will open the academic year at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Rome, replacing Cardinal Robert Sarah whom the Institute had originally scheduled for the task. The news of the Holy Father’s attendance at the Oct. 27 inauguration comes just weeks after the Pope controversially hand-picked two prelates — Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri — to head the institute. The appointments caused...
  • The Download—Double Standard in Philadelphia

    10/05/2016 5:59:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/3/16 | Christine Niles
    Pro-abortion politicians get white-glove treatment while faithful Catholics are ignoredOn September 6, Catholic News Agency — owned by EWTN — published a laudatory piece on Sen. Tim Kaine, highlighting his early connections to Liberation Theology in Honduras and how it transformed his worldview and helped kickstart his political career. Nowhere does the article mention Kaine's abortion and same-sex marriage advocacy, nor does it make clear that Liberation Theology is an ideology explicitly condemned by the Church. Multiple commenters beneath the article expressed disbelief that EWTN would allow CNA to run such a piece praising a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage Catholic during...
  • U.S. Bishops’ Survey Finds ‘Significant Energy and Interest’ in ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    10/04/2016 5:36:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite ^ | 10/4/16 | Claire Chretien
    October 4, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — At the request of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) surveyed bishops and leaders across the country to determine how Amoris Laetitia is being implemented and received across the country. The USCCB’s survey led it to recommend the development of resources on “best practices based on Amoris Laetitia,” particularly “further resources on the application [of] aspects … such as those treating the internal forum and reception of the sacraments with regard to persons in irregular marital situations” and “advice on how confessors can assist persons in irregular marital relationships.” The survey results...
  • World Cup 2014 Influenced Timing of Benedict XVI’s Resignation, Says Aide

    10/03/2016 5:28:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    <p>The long-time personal aide to Benedict XVI has said the retired pope had hoped to stay in the papacy until 2014 but resigned a year earlier because of the World Cup.</p> <p>Mgr Georg Gaenswein’s comments about Benedict, who stunned the world in February 2013 by announcing he would be the first pontiff in 600 years to resign, came in a speech the aide gave in Munich last month.</p>
  • Francis: Sexual Morality Determined Case-by-Case, Even for Transgender

    10/03/2016 4:41:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 65 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 10/2/16 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis has said that Catholics must discern difficult situations of sexual morality on a case-by-case basis, even when presented with a person who is considering or has had gender reassignment surgery. In a lengthy press conference aboard the papal flight back to Rome Oct. 2 after a weekend visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the pope said "you must take things as they come" and give time to accompany and discern individually with the various situations people are facing. Francis recounted a meeting at the Vatican he had last year with a Spanish transgender man who had written to the...
  • If you are a dove and see [Pope] Francis coming, run away!

    10/02/2016 3:55:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Call Me Jorge ^ | October 1, 2016
    The German blog Nur ein Kreuzknappe (Only a Crusader’s squire) reported earlier today that on Friday evening a peace dove Francis released skyward promptly flew smack dab into a wall! No, we at Call Me Jorge... are not kidding. The peace dove really did fly into the wall surrounding the courtyard of the Church of St. Shimun Bar Sabbae in Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • Chaldean Bishops Order Priests Who Fled Iraq to Return Home

    09/30/2016 4:39:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    They said priests who left without permission had to 'regularise their statusChaldean Catholic bishops have said that priests and monks who left their dioceses and monasteries in Iraq without formal permission to emigrate are “raising doubts among [the] faithful”. A statement by 20 bishops urged these priests and monks to “leave their current dioceses [abroad] immediately”. The statement also said the Chaldean Church would proceed with the cause for canonisation of Catholics martyred in Iraq since 2003, including Archbishop Faraj Rahho, Fr Ragheed Kani, four deacons and a nun. The bishops, meeting for their annual synod, pleaded for peace in...
  • Challenge for Pope is to Find Lost Sheep Without Distressing Faithful, Says Cardinal Ruini

    09/30/2016 4:24:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The greatest challenge facing Pope Francis is to bring people back into the Catholic Church without creating a crisis among practicing Catholics, according to Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the retired vicar of the Rome diocese. "I pray to the Lord that the search for the lost sheep—which is indispensable—does not disturb the consciences of the faithful in the flock," the Italian prelate said. Cardinal Ruini made his remark in the course of an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. The interview was primarily devoted to the cardinal's new book, Is There an Afterlife? Death and Hope. Il doppio messaggio...
  • Cardinal Caffarra Among Signatories of Declaration Upholding Church's Teaching on Marriage

    09/29/2016 6:55:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/28/16 | Edward Pentin
    Declaration drawn up in response to what signatories see as continued confusion over the Church's moral teaching following the Synods on the Family and Amoris Laetitia.An increasing number of laity, clergy and prelates, including such prominent Church leaders as Cardinal Carlo Caffarra and the respected Austrian theologian Wolfgang Waldstein, have signed a declaration of faith to counter what they see as continued ambiguities over key moral Church teachings on marriage and the family. As of Sept. 28, over 1,800 Church figures, including many priests, pro-life leaders, and eminent scholars, had added their name to a “Declaration of Fidelity to the...
  • Vatican Newspaper Examines Deaconesses and the Early Church

    09/29/2016 6:39:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Nearly two months after Pope Francis instituted a commission to study women and the diaconate, L’Osservatore Romano has published an article on deaconesses and the early Church. Carlo Carletti, an archaeology professor at the University of Bari, said that the starting point for any examination of the topic is Romans 16:1, in which St. Paul refers to “our sister Phoebe, a deaconess.” Of the 30 inscriptions that refer to deaconesses, said Carletti, 25 have been found in Asia Minor (in modern-day Turkey). Carletti attributes this geopraphical concentration to the legacy of St. Paul, who included women in his missionary activity....
  • My journey from Tehran to Rome [WSJ journalist, formerly a Muslim, becomes a Catholic)

    09/29/2016 2:14:54 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 40 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 29 Sep 2016 | Sohrab Ahmari
    'I just sat in the back pews and felt waves of peace wash over me' As a Muslim-born Iranian, I first doubted God, then flirted with Nietzsche and Marxism. But the whisper of conscience kept suggesting that I go to Mass. On July 26, I announced my decision to join the Catholic Church. Hours earlier, a pair of jihadists had attacked a church in France and murdered a priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, while he was celebrating Mass. Two months before that, I had begun studying one-on-one with a priest in London, reading Catholic books and immersing myself in the...
  • Faith Leaders Call To ‘Repentance’ Catholics and Protestants Aiding Soros’ ‘Anti-Christian’ Agenda

    09/29/2016 9:03:18 AM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Sep 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Shortened title. Full title: Faith Leaders Call To ‘Repentance’ Progressive Catholics and Protestants Aiding George Soros’ ‘Anti-Christian’ Agenda An open letter signed by more than 75 of America’s evangelical and Catholic leaders calls upon politically progressive groups that claim to be members of a traditional “faith” to refuse financial assistance from leftwing billionaire political activist George Soros and his political allies. The group of leaders – which calls itself the American Association of Evangelicals – writes in its letter: After years of earnest but less public attempts, it is now with heavy hearts, and a hope for justice and restoration,...
  • Amoris Laetitia Will Inspire New ‘Comprehensive Plan for Marriage and Family Life’, Say US Bishops

    09/28/2016 5:38:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Bishops in the US say they are taking time to understand the Pope's apostolic exhortation on marriage and the familyLeaders of the US Catholic Church have been proceeding carefully in their efforts to understand and implement the Pope’s exhortation on marriage and family, according to a report issued on September 27. The report, from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, was in response to a request from the Office of the Synod of Bishops to determine how the papal exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”) has been received and implemented since its release in April. The report is based...
  • Outcry at Providence Church Over Firing of Gay Music Director

    09/27/2016 7:48:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | 9/25/16 | Jacqueline Tempera
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rev. Francesco Francese kept his Sunday homily at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Broadway short as he encouraged worshipers to “be gentle” with people who stray from the path of God. “It’s our Christian duty to, if we can, to make up for mistakes, and try to help those who are also victims in one way or another,” said Father Francese. “God wants us to give others their due, to never be unjust to them.” As he closed his Bible the sanctuary fell silent. The rousing blend of voices, piano harmonies, and bongo drums associated...
  • Francis to journalists: Belief in God isn't necessary, only honesty

    09/25/2016 4:01:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 45 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 23, 2016 | Paul Anthony Melanson
    Francis just told journalists: "The question here isn't to believe in God or not. The question is to be or not to be honest with oneself and with others. This is the journalist's job -we might say his mission too-: to get as close as possible to the truth and never to say or write anything that one knows, in his conscience, to be false.” This isn't the teaching of Vatican II's Inter Mirifica: 3. The Catholic Church, since it was founded by Christ our Lord to bear salvation to all men and thus is obliged to preach the Gospel,...
  • Unlike Italy, Pope Backs Anti-Gay Marriage Push in Mexico

    09/25/2016 1:38:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/25/16 | Inés San Martín
    After having sat out an Italian debate in May over the legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples, Pope Francis broke his silence on Sunday by coming out in support of Mexico's Catholic bishops in their efforts to derail a push for gay marriage.ROME-After having remained quiet while Italy debated civil unions for same-sex couples in May, on Sunday Pope Francis expressed support for the Mexican bishops in their efforts to support the “family and life” amid a burgeoning national debate over gay marriage. “I join willingly the Bishops of Mexico in supporting the efforts of the Church and civil...
  • Cardinal Turkson: 'We Do Not Stop War by Starting Another War'

    09/23/2016 6:36:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/20/16 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis is giving "very strong recognition" to a landmark conference held at the Vatican last spring that called on the global Catholic church to reject its long-held teachings on just war theory, Cardinal Peter Turkson has said. Turkson, the head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said the pontiff's decision to focus his message for World Peace Day in 2017 on nonviolent strategies to prevent and stop global violence was partly caused by the discussions at the conference. "He's adopted this topic … as the message of peace for next year," said Turkson, referring to Francis....
  • Roman Rumor: New Drive to Allow Married Priests?

    09/22/2016 7:34:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    A meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Claudio Hummes has touched off speculation that the Pope might support a move to allow the ordination of married men as priests. Cardinal Hummes, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has indicated his support for a discussion of allowing married priests in areas where the shortage of clergy is particularly acute, such as in the Amazon region of his native Brazil. Sandro Magister, the veteran Vatican-watcher for L'Espresso, reports rumors in Rome that Pope Francis intends to devote the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops to discussion of the...