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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • Just to think. One day it will all happen. Stay loving, steadfast, and true to HIS WORD.

    04/27/2012 6:41:12 PM PDT · by jesus4life
    faith | GOD-inspired
    We feel, believe, and know through faith that one day GOD will come to judge all of us. HE will judge all. Live like this day can be any day. Get right with the LORD in your heart, which will eventually change the actions of the flesh.
  • Crisis between U.S. nuns and Vatican has been a long time coming

    04/27/2012 2:42:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | April 26, 2012 | marco tosatti
    The doctrinal rebuff which the LCWR received from the Holy See, has its roots back in 1971, when the U.S.’s women religious rewrote their statute The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, led by U.S. Cardinal William Levada, has asked for a deep reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the organisation which represents the majority of religious women’s orders in the United States. The request for the reform came after the conclusions of an inquiry showed that ““the current doctrinal and pastoral situation of the LCWR is grave and a matter of serious concern.” The Congregation...
  • Bishop to Ad-Libbing Priest: Only appeal Now is to Rome

    04/27/2012 8:57:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Belleville News Democrat ^ | 5/25/12 | George Pawlaczyk
    BELLEVILLE -- The Rev. Bill Rowe said Wednesday he will not go quietly into forced retirement, even if his only avenue of appeal is to Cardinal Raymond Burke in Rome, who has already told Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton to get rid of the Mount Carmel priest. "There have been so many people who have supported me and said that what was happening was right, I feel that maybe I have to just let Bishop Braxton complete the course to remove me and say I fought the best fight I could." Rowe, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Mt. Carmel, drew...
  • 8 Themes of the LCWR Worldview

    04/27/2012 7:45:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Domine Da Hanc Aquam ^ | 4/25/12 | Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP, Ph.D.
    [NB. Given recent developments on the CDF/LCWR front, I thought I'd repost about a piece from April of 2009 on some of the presidential addresses delivered at the LCWR annual assemblies. 2012 editions are bracketed in red.]Again, waiting for my bowl of coffee to kick in, I did a little browsing on the website of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). They have posted information about their annual assemblies, including the texts of the presidential addresses and keynote speeches. I read through several of the keynote speeches, and I noticed a couple of themes (that's what we Old Lit...
  • The Church and the Sisters: What Is Really Happening?

    04/27/2012 6:58:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/26/12 | Ann Carey
    The standard media account about the CDF and LCWR lacks essential information and historical backgroundFrom the moment the United States Bishops announced on April 18 that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) had issued a document ordering a supervised renewal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), confusion and misinformation about the initiative have run rampant. Sensational headlines have appeared, such as: “Nuns Gone Wild! Vatican Chastises American Sisters” (Daily Beast, April 20), “Vatican waging a war on nuns” (Chicago Sun Times, April 20) and “Guess Who the Vatican Is Picking on Now …” (Philly Post,...
  • “The Real Gospel”: Speaking to a Mormon Congregation

    04/27/2012 6:17:23 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 19 replies
    Standing Firm in Faith ^ | 4/26/2012 | Matt Kennedy
    To my surprise, one of the local Mormon churches asked me to speak at a special dinner gathering last week. They billed the night as a “fireside” chat. The theme was “I Believe in Christ”. The idea they seem to have intended to promote is that Mormons and Christians share the same faith in the same Christ. The local Mormon patriarch was slated to speak right after my talk and before my talk a married couple, a Christian man with a Mormon woman, were to share their “testimonies”. The night was designed, I believe, to assure the Mormon congregation that...
  • GOD strengthens us when we have faith in HIM and are obedient. Do your best in serving HIM.

    04/27/2012 1:35:50 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 7 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Be inspired daily through reading, believing, and following HIS WORD. The WORD made flesh; JESUS CHRIST. JESUS CHRIST, the love of GOD. Before the foundation of this earth.
  • Media and Nuns Colluding in Deception, Says Expert: Vatican’s Reform no David and Goliath Battle

    04/26/2012 11:58:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/25/12 | Hilary White
    ROME, April 25, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite few in the western world having seen any in the last four decades, the image of the nun as the sweet, selfless and courageous “bride of Christ” is remarkably enduring. And according to U.S. Catholic author, researcher and expert on Catholic religious life in the U.S. Donna Steichen, this “classic” and noble image is now being used knowingly by the LCWR sisters and their supporters as a means of generating public sympathy in their fight with the Vatican. Last week the media and the “progressive” end of the Catholic Church reacted with outrage...
  • Pope: U.S. Catholics Must Lead Church Revival

    04/26/2012 11:35:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    St. Louis Review ^ | 4/25/12 | Tim Puet
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI wants the Catholic Church in America to be in the forefront of reviving Catholicism worldwide, the apostolic nuncio to the United States said in Columbus. "The Church in the United States should lead the entire Church in the world" in a revitalization effort, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said. "This is a great task, but you have the determination and the grace to do it. This I know is the vision of the Holy Father regarding the Church in the United States." The archbishop was speaking to an audience of seminarians and benefactors of...
  • Wages of sin is death. But GOD is loving, gracious, merciful, forgiving, and more.

    04/25/2012 6:22:09 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 7 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Do not tell GOD about your problems, but tell your problems about your GOD.
  • The Real Shock...

    04/25/2012 8:27:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/24/12 | Carl E. Olson
    ... in the CDF vs. LCWR saga is not, George Weigel notes, the faux shock of the LCWR leadership, but that the Vatican had finally acted, decisively, after three decades of half-hearted (and failed) attempts to achieve some sort of serious conversation with the LCWR about its obvious and multiple breaches of the boundaries of orthodoxy.Weigel makes several observations about the general lack of orthodoxy and orthopraxy among LCWR ladies: Yes, many sisters continue to do many good works. On the other hand, almost none of the sisters in LCWR congregations wear religious habits; most have long since abandoned convent...
  • Mailmen Refuse to Deliver 'New Testament'

    04/25/2012 5:41:09 AM PDT · by pavlova · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Mar. 3, 2012 | Gil Ronen
    Dozens of mail deliverers who were supposed to deliver copies of the Christian "New Testament" Bible to homes in Ramat Gan refused to do so, arguing that the deliveries constituted "missionary material." The mail deliverers said that distributing missionary material is forbidden by Jewish law (Halakha) and may also be against state law. They therefore asked that a legal inquiry be held before taking a decision on whether to hand out the Bibles. The postal workers contacted MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) and asked him to assist them vis-ŕ-vis the Postal Authority, which they say demands that they "do their...
  • Wait on the LORD. HE will re-new your strength. Trust in HIM only.

    04/25/2012 1:37:15 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 7 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Let us all trust in the LORD with all of our hearts. HE will guide our ways.
  • Where in the hell are the churches?

    04/24/2012 9:04:06 PM PDT · by ShadowPatriot · 51 replies
    I don't write about this topic lightly, and as you'll see by the dates---I've allowed several months and multiple opportunities to pass.  I have no desire to 'broad-brush' an entire church based on the behavior of one or two representatives and NO WAY will I lie about a church, but as it turns out, my 'now former church' is a poster child for 'religious political correctness' crossing paths with 'uncompromising reality.'  So as a result, I am now forced to use a much 'looser definition' of the word 'church'... but this in no way diminishes my love for God.  ~JDG...
  • United States, a “Boom” of Vocations

    04/24/2012 6:57:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/22/12 | Giacomo Galeazzi
    Positive data compared to the rest of the western world where seminarists are less and less numerous. On the other hand, their numbers grow in Asia, Africa and OceaniaAfter the storm created by the abuses scandal, the resurfacing of the Church in the United States has begun. With the closure of the “horrible decade” 2001-2011 (afflicted by a series of financial and reputation disasters) the US Church shows clear signs of recovery. In the last year there have been 467 sacerdotal ordinations and, poignantly, the Boston seminary (diocese-epicenter of the pedophilia-scandal) has become the symbol of the rebirth. This year,...
  • Pope Notes Early Church Faced Persecution With Prayer

    04/24/2012 6:42:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 4/20/12 | Ann Schneible
    Wednesday Audience Returns to Theme of Communication With GodROME, APRIL 20, 2012 (Zenit.org).- As Christians look to the approaching feast of Pentecost, Pope Benedict, in his papal audience this past Wednesday, reflected upon on the integral role of prayer in the life of the nascent Church. Repeatedly in the accounts given by the writers of the New Testament, such as the time which Mary and the Apostles spent waiting for the descent of the Holy Spirit, it is seen that "an atmosphere of prayer accompanied the Church's first steps." "Pentecost," the Pope clarified, "is not an isolated episode since the...
  • Trust in the LORD, and believe and follow Jesus who is the author of our faith!!

    04/24/2012 12:06:47 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 9 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Give all praises to the FATHER, follow the Son, and listen to the Holy Spirit!
  • Letter from Notre Dame Faculty Demands Jenky Apologize [for remarks about Obama]

    04/23/2012 10:10:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | 4/22/12 | Sarah Garfinkel
    Faculty members say comments demonstrate ‘ignorance’ and ‘insensitivity’Some faculty members at the University of Notre Dame are calling on Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky to renounce statements he made during a controversial April 14 homily or resign from the school’s Board of Fellows. More than 90 faculty members have so far signed the letter, which was released Monday to the Notre Dame student newspaper, according to John Duffy, an English professor at the university. Jenky, during his homily, analogized the political actions of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin to those of President Obama. “Bishop Jenky’s comments demonstrate ignorance of history, insensitivity...
  • Important Background Information About the CDF-LCWR Situation

    04/23/2012 9:53:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/21/12 | Carl E. Olson
    Author and journalist Ann Carey, who has for many years researched and covered the situation of women's religious in the U.S., reacted yesterday to the news of the CDF statement about the LCWR and the response, so far, of the LCWR: Ann Carey is author of the book "Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women’s Religious Communities", so she’s not remotely surprised by the Vatican’s call for reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.“Some people have speculated that the CDF renewal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was prompted by the LCWR and Network support of Obamacare...
  • Paul's Strange Mention of Co-Senders: What It Might Mean

    04/23/2012 6:56:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 18, 2012 | Michael Barber
    This quarter I am teaching a graduate course on the Pauline Epistles. Today we began working through 1 Corinthians. Here I wanted to touch upon something we examined in class today: Paul's co-workers. Paul begins 1 Corinthians by doing something he often does in his epistles: he mentions a co-worker. "Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God which is at Corinth. . ." (1 Co 1:1–2).The question of Sosthenes' identity is an extremely interesting one. Is he the same figure who gets beaten in...
  • GOD is great! Nothing seperates the believer from GOD's love.

    04/22/2012 8:02:54 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 9 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Never forget these greatest commandments of Jesus that sum up the 10 Commandments: 1. Love the LORD with all your heart. 2. love your neighbor. Do this in faith and heaven is not a far away place.
  • The Ripped, Bikini-Clad Reverend

    04/22/2012 9:30:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4/20/12 | The Rev. Dr. Amy Richter
    I stood by the mailbox holding a package that weighed about as much as an apple. Inside, I knew, there was a bikini. I was almost afraid to open it. How could something so small hold such a big risk? As an Episcopal priest, I am usually more interested in what is going on inside a person than in what shows on the outside. Most days, if I have official duties, I put on my black clergy shirt, my white collar and a suit that looks decent and head out looking like a priest. Now here I stood with my...
  • Give GOD the thanks, praise, honor, and glory in all things and through all things in your life.

    04/21/2012 3:28:11 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 4 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Know that our GOD knows all, created all, and allows many things. HIS eye is constantly on us. Knowing all we are doing and going to do. HIS love corrects us when we are wrong, edifies us when we are trying to understand, and guides us when we are constantly seeking to do HIS will; from the heart.
  • Exhibit A for Explaining the LCWR Report

    04/21/2012 10:41:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Patheos ^ | 4/19/12 | Thomas L. McDonald
    The keynote speaker for the annual conference of the LCWR is New Age quack Barbara Marx Hubbard. If you’ve never heard of her, just try to imagine a combination of Deepak Chopra and Ray Kurzweil with an extra helping of crazy. Her big thing is Conscious Evolution, which is the latest repackaging of “est” with an added transhumanist/post-humanist subtext. Here she is on her website explaining Conscious Evolution, which sounds like a combination of X-Men comics, techno-fetishizing, narcissism, New Age nonsense, paganism, trite bromides, bad grammar, Gnosticism, and good old heresy. (Emphasis added.) It has become obvious that a creative...
  • Love the LORD with all your heart. Let the peace of GOD rule your hearts!!

    04/21/2012 12:53:10 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 2 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love the LORD with all your heart. Christ is the light of our lives.
  • Vatican Crackdown on U.S. Nuns a Long Time Brewing

    04/20/2012 7:40:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/20/12 | Stephanie Simon
    (Reuters) - When Pope John Paul II arrived in the United States in 1979, the president of the nation's most powerful organization of nuns met him with a challenge. In a bold welcoming address, Sister Theresa Kane called on the pope to include women "in all ministries of our church," including the priesthood. The pope sat silent, his expression stony. That moment did not change Vatican policy. But it unveiled growing tensions between the Vatican and American nuns. The conflict would continue to mount for the next three decades, until this week the Vatican finally moved to reassert control over...
  • Ailing Venezuelan Bishop Says President Chavez Must Repent

    04/20/2012 7:31:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Caracas, Venezuela, Apr 19, 2012 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Retired Bishop Eduardo Herrera Riera of Carora, who is suffering from terminal cancer, called on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to repent of his “injustices” against the country. “As a Head of State, you have the most gravest of obligations, first and foremost, to procure the peace and security of Venezuelans,” the bishop said in an open letter April 9. “Unfortunately, you have been very weak and negligent in confronting this most serious of problems.” The controversial president has battled illness himself in recent years, traveling last month to Cuba in...
  • LCWR: getting to the truth of the matter (the blogosphere response to CDF document)

    04/20/2012 2:17:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    hancaquam ^ | April 20,
    Reactions to the CDF's assessment of the LCWR are flooding the Catholic blogosphere.   So far, 99% of these reactions have been predictably supportive of either the Left's narrative of Hierarchical Males Oppress the Alternative Spiritualities of Women or the Right's narrative of Holy Mother Church Finally Punishes Naughty Daughters. There have been a few reactions that hit closer to the truth of the matter. Tom McDonald makes a point that needs to be repeated like the "Hail Mary": The LCWR is a toxic organization that has slowly poisoned the church since the 1970s. . .They do not represent the 60,000+ women’s religious...
  • When God says “No”

    04/20/2012 1:52:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 19, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is common for all of us to have to struggle as to the great mystery of God’s providence and will. If it is not our own struggle then we must often commiserate with others who are in distress. One person is losing her young daughter to cancer, a friend is struggling to find work, still another has a husband who is drinking. Some will say to me, “I’ve been praying, Father. Nothing seems to happen.” I am not always sure what to say and God doesn’t often explain why we must suffer, or why he delays, or why he...
  • Peoria Bishop Under Fire For Obama-Hitler Comparison

    04/20/2012 1:38:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    cbslocal ^ | April 19, 2012
    Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky (CBS) CHICAGO (CBS) – The Roman Catholic bishop of Peoria has set off a firestorm of controversy, comparing President Obama’s policies to those of Hitler and Stalin.Bishop Daniel Jenky made the comment Sunday. As the crowds who gather round him will attest, he is a firebrand outside and inside the pulpit.“Hitler and Stalin at their better moments would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care,” Jenky said over the weekend. “In clear violation of our constitutional rights, president Obama with...
  • Complaint Filed With IRS Over Homily by Peoria Bishop

    04/20/2012 7:05:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/19/12 | Manya A. Brachear
    <p>A prominent advocate for the separation of church and state filed a formal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, accusing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria of violating federal law by intervening in a political campaign.</p> <p>The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, alleges that a fiery homily by Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky last Sunday effectively urged Catholics to vote against Obama in the 2012 presidential election.</p>
  • Belonging Without Believing [Ireland]

    04/20/2012 6:49:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/19/12 | Michael Kelly
    While 84 percent of Irish people self-identify as Catholics, support for key Church teachings is at an all-time low.During a meeting at the Vatican in 1946, Msgr. Giovanni Battista Montini—the future Pope Paul VI—told Ireland’s ambassador to the Holy See, “You are the most Catholic country in the world!” The latest figures from the country’s census show that, in some respects at least, Ireland remains an overwhelmingly Catholic country. Bucking a trend all across Western Europe, the census recorded that the Catholic population in Ireland rose by around 5 percent from 2006-2011. Eighty-four percent of Irish people now describe themselves...
  • China’s Church: Awakening the Dream of Hope

    04/20/2012 6:42:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/17/12 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    There is plenty of bad news to be heard about Catholics in China. But there is good news that usually goes unreported.Courage in a Time of UncertaintyAristotle famously wrote that, “Hope is a waking dream.” Hope, to indeed be hope, must awake; it must be a dream that is made real. China’s dreams for religious freedom and tolerance have for nearly a century been slumbering under a strong anesthetic, but recent months have shown slow but tangible signs of waking. China’s Catholics have embraced the “new evangelization,” and have decided that, as J R. R. Tolkien once said, “There is...
  • The Anti-Mormon Moment: LDS critics capitalize on Romney's GOP nom [Shine light on dark UT corner]

    04/19/2012 9:03:29 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 41 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | April 18, 2012 | Eric S. Peterson
    When presidential contender Rick Santorum bowed out of the GOP White House race April 10, it cleared the way for Mitt Romney’s all-but-inevitable nomination. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will for the first time see one of the faithful nominated for president by a major political party. But while the faithful rejoice, so do the church critics, whose cries of hosanna may be just as loud as LDS members’. For them, Romney’s nomination is an opportunity for the nation to finally pick up on their rebuke of the church’s beliefs and practices, as a wider...
  • Be in the world and not of the world! Believe and follow JESUS and this is possible.

    04/19/2012 8:14:30 PM PDT · by jesus4life
    FAITH | GOD-inpsired
    Love the LORD with all your heart and love thy neighbor. Remember and believe what HE says, does, and lived and all we need to do is do the same; eternal life is our promise.
  • Liberal Outrage in Spain: Homosexual Groups Seek Prosecution of Bishop Over Sermon on Homosexuality

    04/19/2012 12:01:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/18/12 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    April 18, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Homosexual groups are seeking the prosecution of a Spanish bishop after he gave a sermon repeating the Catholic Church’s teaching associating the gay lifestyle with the suffering of hell, and then an interview in which he endorsed psychological treatment for homosexual behavior. Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Plŕ of the diocese of Alcalá de Henares began the brouhaha on Good Friday earlier this month, when he gave a sermon on the death of the soul as a result of sin. Referring to various kinds of sinful behavior, including adultery, theft, and failure to pay wages to...
  • Why do Catholics leave, and what can be done about it?

    04/19/2012 11:58:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 410 replies
    cna ^ | April 19, 2012 | Father Robert Barron
    I saw an advance copy of a survey by William J. Byron and Charles Zech, which will appear in the April 30th edition of “America” magazine.  It was conducted at the request of David O’Connell, the bishop of Trenton, and its focus was very simple:  it endeavored to discover why Catholics have left the church.  No one denies that a rather substantive number of Catholics have taken their leave during the past 20 years, and Byron and Zech wanted to find out why.  They did so in the most direct way possible and asked those who had quit.The answers they...
  • Vatican announces reform of US women's religious conference (more details)

    04/19/2012 11:52:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | April 19, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle. Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2012 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican called for reform amid a doctrinal “crisis” within the U.S.'s Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), appointing Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle to lead renewal efforts.The appointment was made as the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith revealed the findings of its multi-year doctrinal assessment of the women's conference, which has more than 1,500 members throughout the country.The assessment document explained, “it is clear that greater emphasis needs to be placed both on the relationship of the LCWR...
  • Middle East: The Catholic Answer to Al Jazeera

    04/19/2012 11:47:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Between 17 and 20 April in Harissa, fifty bishops will be debating the themes of Christian-inspired communication and informationFifty bishops from the Middle East are currently gathered in Beirut to talk about mass media. The discussion is being held by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, from 17 to 20 April in Harissa, the Marian shrine on a hill just a few kilometres from the Lebanese capital. The theme “Communication as a means of evangelization, dialogue, and peace in the Middle East” will be discussed by participants along with the President of the Vatican Congregation, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, and...
  • Citing doctrinal problems, Vatican announces reforms of US nuns' group

    04/19/2012 11:42:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    cns ^ | April 18, 2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    Archbishop Sartain gave the homily during the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington last October. (CNS/Leslie E. Kossoff) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Citing "serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life," the Vatican announced a major reform of an association of women's religious congregations in the U.S. to ensure their fidelity to Catholic teaching in areas including abortion, euthanasia, women's ordination and homosexuality. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle will provide "review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work" of the Leadership Conference of...
  • Walk in love. Love all people. Jesus love is love.

    04/18/2012 5:20:19 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love is the highest form of human existence. We must love one another in order to come together, live together, and grow together. As JESUS loved and loves us.
  • LCWR Having a Bad Day. Vatican Names Archbishop Delegate to Continue Watching LCWR and Network

    04/18/2012 11:52:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    What Does the Prayer Really Say ^ | 4/18/12 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    It is a bad day for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR… subsidiary of The Magisterium of Nuns). If the SSPX gets chilled Veuve, this one might get … dunno… a big chocolate cake? Popcorn? I save some milkfat from my clarified butter and it is fantastic on popcorn. That seems appropriate. From the USCCB: Vatican Names Archbishop Sartain To Lead Renewal Of LCWR April 18, 2012 Critiques doctrinal aspects of LCWR assemblies, publicationsFaults work with Network social justice lobby, financial, legal Resource CenterCalls for advisory group of bishops, sisters and other experts to assist in renewalWASHINGTON—The Vatican Congregation...
  • Vanity - Lyrics I wrote years ago

    04/18/2012 7:53:02 AM PDT · by jagusafr · 7 replies
    self | 1996 | jagusafr
    I Know by Dana D. Jacobson I know my God is everlasting and I know His love is never-ending and I know my God will not forsake me for I know of Calvary Yes, I know of Calvary When my Lord lay weeping in a garden He raised his hands in final supplication Then bowed His will and turned to my salvation God chose to die for me My Lord chose to die for me So when I feel the darkness all about me and though I hear the storms that would enfold me yet shall I see and follow...
  • South Korea, the Asian Tiger of the Church

    04/18/2012 6:51:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 4/18/12 | Sandro Magister
    The number of Catholics there is growing at a staggering pace. With many thousands of new baptized adults every year. The report of a great missionaryROME, April 18, 2012 – The seven years of pontificate that Benedict XVI will mark tomorrow are associated, in common opinion, with the general decline of the Church. But this opinion is nurtured by a view restricted to the Christianity of the Old Continent: to a Europe that in effect has suffered the blows of a growing secularization. If one simply widens the perspective, in fact, the reality appears different. In the past century the...
  • Vatican Says Traditionalists' Response Marks 'Step Forward' in Talks

    04/18/2012 6:43:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/18/12 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In what the Vatican described as an encouraging "step forward," the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has revised its response to a Vatican document laying out certain basic doctrinal principles and criteria for interpreting church teaching. The latest response submitted by Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society, arrived at the Vatican April 17. It will be examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and then "placed under the judgment of the Holy Father," said a brief communique from the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," which is handling the Vatican's discussions with...
  • St. Pius X Society gives mixed response to Vatican

    04/18/2012 4:39:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Bernard Fellay. Rome, Italy, Apr 17, 2012 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The breakaway Society of St. Pius X has given its assent to a statement of doctrinal belief presented to it by the Vatican, but with some suggested amendments to the text.It will now be for Pope Benedict XVI to decide whether the traditionalist group's response is sufficient to permit them back into full communion the Catholic Church.  Weekend media speculation suggested that there has been behind-the-scene dialogue between both sides in recent weeks trying to smooth reconciliation. “Unofficially and in the utmost...
  • GOD loves us and orders our steps. We must love each other and be strong as GOD orders.

    04/17/2012 8:13:24 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Love to all people. As we are created by GOD, we are all given a mission that fulfill what HE wants. Whether we are believers, non-believers, sick, brave, weak, courageous, bold, shy, lost, and other characteristics or gifts. We are all the same. We are need one another. No one can post. If everyone was righteous, there would be no one to minister to. If no one was wicked, we would not know what righteousness is. If there was no one lost, then, there would be no one to minister to. If there was no sick, then there would be...
  • Recognition Finally for a Warrior Priest's Heroics

    04/17/2012 7:38:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/16/12 | Daniel Nasaw
    US Army Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun stole, suffered and sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers in a Korean prison camp. Six decades after his death, he is being considered for the Congressional Medal of Honor - and sainthood. On 2 November 1950, Father Kapaun made the decision that led to his death. The Korean war chaplain was in the middle of a firefight, with the American forces overrun by Chinese soldiers outside a crossroads town called Unsan in North Korea. Lighting forest fires to frustrate US reconnaissance planes, the Chinese surrounded the Americans and pressed in, attacking with small...
  • A Transitional Papacy?

    04/17/2012 7:08:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/13/12 | Marco Tosatti
    Many of those who voted for Benedict XVI in April 2005 believed his would be a transitional papacy. They were wrong. Here is a review of Joseph Ratzinger’s seven years on the Chair of PeterI am curious, in a way that might come across as slightly malicious, about one thing. I wonder how many of those who voted for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in April 2005 expected the Bavarian Pope to still be here among us seven years on. Despite his brisk baby steps which are made all the more uncertain by the problems he has with his hip and his...
  • ‘I Don’t Know What is Awaiting Me,’ Says Pope on 85th Birthday

    04/17/2012 7:04:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/16/12 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 85th birthday today with guests who treated him to Bavarian “oompah” music and folk dancing in the apostolic palace. Earlier in the day, in an impromptu homily, the Pope had said: “I find myself on the last stretch of my journey in life, and I don’t know what is awaiting me.” “I know, however, that the light of God exists, that he is risen, that his light is stronger than any darkness and that God’s goodness is stronger than any evil in this world, and this helps me go forward with certainty,” he said. Later...