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  • Short Saga of a Youth Leader

    10/13/2015 3:17:15 PM PDT · by TheRobb7 · 4 replies
    Self ^ | 10-13-2015 | TheRobb7
    I have been Youth Leader at my church (Baptist) for the last 16 years. In that time we have had our ups and downs ministering to teens; the good times and the bad. But never this bad. About 4 years ago, we were averaging 10-15 teens in our group (we're a small church, with attendance in the 80s and 90s.). Then an incident happened which began an unfortunate pattern. "The Incident" (as I call it) involved a Sunday night youth meeting in which I mentioned, in passing, that the Bible condemns homosexuality (the topic was in the news). After everyone...
  • Praying the Five Fatima Prayers (Catholic Caucus)

    10/13/2015 1:58:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | October 13, 2015 | DEACON MICHAEL BICKERSTAFF
    Santuário de FátimaBascilica of Our Lady of the Rosary Today, October 13, 2015, we celebrate the 98th anniversary of the final apparition of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, to the three young seers at the Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal during 1917. It was on this day that the Miracle of the Sun was witnessed by up to 100,000 people.The children were Lucia de Jesus dos Santos (age 10), Blessed Francisco Marto (age 9) and Blessed Jacinta Marto (age 7). Francisco and Jacinto died within a few years of the apparitions and were beatified in 1983. Lucia (Sr. Maria Lucia) died...
  • What Our Lady Can Do with a Little Bag of Beads (Catholic Caucus)

    10/13/2015 1:44:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | October 9, 2015 | Patricia Pulliam
    The Miraculous Closing of the Last Abortion Facility in Corpus Christ, TexasFor many years the pro-life community of Corpus Christi, Texas and surrounding areas prayed in front of the last remaining abortion business left in the town. There were countless novenas and Masses offered along with visitations of a relic from the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Women and men spent many hours in silent prayer standing on the sidewalk at the busy intersection of Morgan Avenue and the Crosstown Freeway.The clientele at this particular facility was predominantly Hispanic. I think I can safely say at least 75% of...
  • Synod Fathers: From Hollywood to Gender Ideology to ISIS

    10/13/2015 11:22:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 13, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY — Two newly released interventions by Synod Fathers offer insight into the gravest threats facing the family today, and unite in calling for a rediscovery of the beauty of Christian family life and the transforming power of the Gospel.Expressing deep reservations over certain synodal procedures, Cardinal Robert Sarah advised the body to “help the Holy Father to enunciate clearly certain truths and useful guidance on a global level,” as “gender ideology and ISIS” spread across the globe assailing humanity from opposite poles: “On the one hand, the idolatry of Western freedom; on the other, Islamic fundamentalism: atheistic secularism versus religious fanaticism.”Cardinal Sarah serves as the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and...
  • Uproar After Pope Calls Chilean Bishops Critics Dumb

    10/13/2015 7:31:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | October 12, 2015 | Christine Niles
    There's been an uproar in Chile ever since Pope Francis called critics of a controversial Chilean bishop "dumb." Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, appointed by Pope Francis early this year to head the diocese of Osorno, Chile, has been dogged by controversy for allegedly covering up sex abuse by priest-friend Francisco Karadima 20 years ago. Madrid has repeatedly denied the charges, and Pope Francis came to his defense back in May when he called the protestors in Osorno "dumb" and "led by the nose by the leftists who orchestrated all of this." The video was obtained by a Chilean TV station...
  • Cardinal Burke: Synods Originally Meant to Preserve and Strengthen Doctrine and Discipline

    10/12/2015 8:39:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/12/15 | Edward Pentin
    In the face of concerns that after the Synod on the Family pastoral innovations could be introduced that are inconsistent with Church doctrine and thereby foster disunity in the Church, its worth recalling a speech Cardinal Raymond Burke made in Rome shortly before the current synod got underway.
  • Polish Bshps explain why "remarried" divorcees will never be able to licitly receive Holy Communion

    10/12/2015 7:03:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | New Catholic
    Since the very first year of Rorate, we have covered the persistent wave of those prelates who have tried to use the cover of "mercy" to push for sacrilege (in the name of reception of Holy Communion by civilly "remarried" divorcees). Naturally, at that time we did not expect we would ever reach an age where support for the idea would come from the very highest level of the hierarchy. Thankfully, Catholic Poland does not disappoint. In his intervention on the matter, made Saturday in the Synod Hall, and made public this Monday, the President of the Polish Bishops' Conference...
  • Highlights from the First Week of the Synod on the Family

    10/12/2015 6:40:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five | October 12, 2015 | Michael Lofton
    The first week of the Synod on the Family is over. Much has transpired in one week and it is easy for noteworthy events to get lost in the barrage of news reports issued over the last week. For this reason, it might be helpful to recap the highlights of what has transpired. The Erdo Affair On the first day of the synod, Cardinal Erdo delivered a speech affirming the churchs teachings on marriage and attempting to put a stop to the Kasper Proposal, saying: The integration of the divorced and remarried in the ecclesial community can be realized in...
  • Universal Call to Prayer - Join us October 13! [Catholic Caucus]

    10/12/2015 6:07:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    On October 13, 2015 - the 98th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, Our Ladys sixth apparition at Fatima - join us in praying a Rosary for the bishops attending the Synod, for the conversion of sinners and the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We plan to pray this Rosary kneeling in Saint Peters Square at the same hour as Our Ladys Fatima apparition took place, which is 12 noon Portugal time, 1:00 pm Rome, Italy time. We believe our prayers united with those of supporters around the world on this day honoring Our Lady...
  • Contrast: Why Doesnt Pope Francis Talk Like This?

    10/12/2015 5:58:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/12/15 | John Vennari
    A primary error promoted via the 2015 Synod is the alleged separation of Catholic doctrine from pastoral practice. This dangerous notion is crystallized in Cardinal Walter Kaspers radical proposal that would allow divorced and remarried Catholics to embark on an undefined period of penance, after which they would be readmitted to the Sacraments while remaining in their adulterous union. Such a proposal manifests a profound malady of intellect. It is also bereft of a Catholic understanding of mortal sin, sanctifying grace, the sacraments and marriage itself. Over the past year, a number of right-thinking prelates have stood up to oppose...
  • France Will Not Name New Ambassador to the Holy See After Nomination Stalemate

    10/12/2015 2:47:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The French government has chosen not to name a new ambassador to the Holy See, after the Vatican declined to accept the nomination of Laurent Stefanini. The government of France put forward Stefaninis name in January. The Vatican did not formally respond, but after weeks of silence it became evident that the Holy See did not approve the nomination. (Under ordinary diplomatic protocol, a country is not required to accept an ambassador, and no explanation is required.) Nevertheless Francis refused to withdraw Stefaninis name. Media reports in France suggested that the nomination was not approved because Stefanini is homosexual. But...
  • Vatican family synod takes new twist with disputed letter

    10/12/2015 1:02:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 12, 2015 | The Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Francis' divisive meeting on family issues took another odd twist Monday with reports that several conservative cardinals wrote to the pontiff expressing serious concerns about "predetermined results" coming out of the meeting only to have doubts arise over both the content of their letter and the cardinals responsible. Veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister published the letter Monday morning on his L'Espresso blog and listed 13 cardinals who purportedly signed it. He said one of the 13, the Vatican's Australian financial manager, Cardinal George Pell, had hand-delivered it to Francis on Oct. 5 at the...
  • Archbishop Chaput to Synod: We Need to Call People to Grace, Not Confirm Them in their Errors

    10/12/2015 12:54:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 10, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY — Speculation has been swirling about what’s happening — and what might happen — in the synod discussions currently underway behind closed doors in the Vatican.In the past, the prepared statements of the synod fathers — known as “interventions” — were made public and participants’ names identified. But with changes now introduced into the synod process, the 3-minute interventions are no longer being released by synod organizers.A synod father is permitted to make public their own intervention, though he may not release those of other participants.Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has released the intervention he delivered this week, providing valuable insight...
  • United Methodist and Episcopalian Church Clergy Lead Prayer Rally to Bless Abortion Clinic

    10/12/2015 12:33:54 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 20 replies ^ | Oct 12, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Ohio, Reverend Laura Young says she believes pro-life protesters in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities have misguided faith....In Ohio, Reverend Laura Young says she believes pro-life protesters in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities have misguided faith....Young also says religious groups are fueling the so-called war on women. She explained, Women are being attacked at a moral level by the radical Religious Right. Theyve hijacked the political discussion. This event is an opportunity for progressive religious leaders to stop the silence. We need to be in the conversation....The abortion reverend heads up a group...
  • Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus (Requested by Cardinal Burke for the 2014 Synod)

    10/12/2015 12:31:24 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | October 15, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    (Taken from both Chaplet of the Holy Face of Jesus: Roman Catholic Man and Chaplet or Crown of the Holy Face: The chaplet has for its object the honoring of the five senses of our Lord Jesus Christ and of entreating God for the triumph of His Church. The chaplet is composed of a cross, 39 beads, six of which are large, and 33 of which are small. The 33 small beads represent the 33 years of the mortal life of our Lord. The first 30 recall to mind the 30 years of His private life, and are divided...
  • Stunning photos of baby Nathan, miscarried at 14 weeks, prove the humanity of the unborn

    10/12/2015 12:05:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies ^ | September 23, 2013 | Susan Michelle
    According to Texas law he wasnt old enough or heavy enough to need a death certificate, but he got a proper burial anyway. Allisons son was 13 weeks and 4 days when she lost him. Her husband Daniel, 2 year old son Matthew, along with their family, laid Nathan Isaiah to rest on September 12. Nathans story is one of life and deathand ultimately life. Allison and Daniel, both 28, rejoiced in the news of their pregnancy and looked forward to February 28, 2014, their due date. After suffering a miscarriage about a year after Matthews first birthday, they...
  • Vatican revokes Catholic priests press credentials after he challenged archbishop

    10/12/2015 9:43:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 12, 2015 | Patrick B Craine
    Amid continuing concern about the Vatican press offices manipulation of the family synods message, a priest who has been covering Vatican news for over 15 years had his credentials revoked last week, and was told to leave the premises immediately. The revocation came after he had challenged an archbishop following the October 6 press conference over comments claiming that allowing Communion for the divorced and remarried is up for debate. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher made the comments in response to a reporters question about whether the matter pertained to Church discipline which could potentially change or doctrine, which is...
  • Crisis for Pope Francis as top-level cardinals tell him: your synod could lead to ...

    10/12/2015 6:59:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    The Spectator ^ | October 12, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    A group of cardinals including some of the most powerful figures in the Catholic Church have written to Pope Francis telling him that his Synod on the Family, now meeting in Rome, has gone badly off the rails and could cause the church to collapse.
  • Cardinal Letter Rejected by Pope - Plus, Pell Appeal Ignored

    10/12/2015 6:53:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | New Catholic
    The letter was signed by Cardinals Caffarra (Bologna), Collins (Toronto), Dolan (New York), Eijk (Utrecht), Erd (Esztergom-Budapest, president of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe and Synod Relator-General), Mller (Prefect of Doctrine for the Faith), Napier (Durban, President-Delegate), Pell (Secretary for the Economy), Piacenza (Penitentiary Major)*, Sarah (Prefect of Divine Worship), Scola (Milan*), Urosa (Caracas), Vingt-Trois (Paris, President-Delegate *). The text was the following: Your Holiness, As the Synod on the Family begins, and with a desire to see it fruitfully serve the Church and your ministry, we respectfully ask you to consider a number of concerns we...
  • Cardinal: There is a lot of talk about compassision, ... But without truth, we are way off course.

    10/11/2015 6:26:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | Daniele Sebastianelli
    Faced with the crisis in marriage and the family, answers can only come from the certitudes of the faith. This was affirmed by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, President emeritus of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See, when he intervened at the Meeting Marriage and the Family. Between Praxis and Dogma in the Church, organized by the Lepanto Foundation and the Association Famiglia Domani which took place on the 10th of October in Rome at the Sala S. Pio X, Via dellOspedale. Among those participating were Monsignor Antonio Livi, Professor Roberto de Mattei and Professor Giovanni Turco. There...

    10/11/2015 4:51:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 11, 2015
    Last week cardinals and bishops attending the Ordinary Synod on the Family separated into thirteen small groups to discuss the first part of the Instrumentum Laboris and propose amendments to the document. The reports of their work, made public yesterday, reveal a striking failure to protect the family from the serious threats contained within the first part of this heterodox preparatory document. It is important to note that these reports are not the only documents that will be submitted to the commission that will write the final report of the synod (if such a report is written). The small groups...
  • Kenyas cardinal determined to be in the thick of the synod action

    10/11/2015 4:43:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Crux News ^ | October 10, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    As a young man, Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya, became adept at both boxing and karate. He says those skills in the martial arts are still very useful for me, especially when I am provoked. Njue, 71, is taking part in the Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the family, and while hes not throwing any literal punches, hes brought the same fighting spirit to this gathering of 270 bishops from around the world. Here, for example, is Njues take on calls at the synod for a more compassionate approach to gays and lesbians. It is there in the...
  • Stalin Is Running The Synod

    10/11/2015 2:23:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Munabor's Blog ^ | October 10, 2015 | Mundabor
    An article here gets, I think, some things very right. There can be no talk of conspiracy in the proper sense of the word, because the rules have been made known publicly and the criticism to them was public, too. So much so, that no one trusts those (and particularly one) who report about the synod. It is also true that, in the end, the Pope decides what he wants to adopt from what he has heard in a synod. He is the Pope; therefore, he and no one else bears the responsibility for where he steers the Church. He...
  • The Impractical Catholics Guide to Infallibility

    10/11/2015 12:22:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 168 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 10, 2015 | Anthony S. Layne
    There are two common and distinct approaches to the question of the infallibility of the Churchs teaching authority. Non-Catholics deny that any human person or institution can be infallible in any meaningful way. Many Catholics, by contrast, hold that the Church can and does teach infallibly on matters pertaining to faith and morals except when she teaches something they dont want to believe.Infallibility is at the same time one of the most controversial and least understood dogmas of the Catholic Church. Even people who do understand infallibility argue over what teachings it covers and doesnt cover, while others...
  • MASONS&VATICAN: Synod Fathers believe the spirit of "the illuminati" is in the Instrumentum Laboris

    10/11/2015 11:53:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | Toronto Catholic
    I can now report that during the Morning Session discussions of Group A (Italicus) on October 8th, 2015, the influence of Freemasonry was raised. The incident was recorded by Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki on his blog. The fact that Synod Fathers are raising the issue of Freemasonry helps explain the blasphemies, the heresies, the cloud of dark confusion and evil that surrounds the machinations of a group of churchmen intent on overturning the unchangeable teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Holy Matrimony and human sexuality. Specifically, Archbishop Gadecki noted that there were Synod Fathers in Italicus A who were concerned...
  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB - "Basilian deacon puts sharing at forefront of religious aims"

    10/11/2015 11:05:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Saturday Windsor Star via Vox Cantoris | January 18, 1986 | Marty Gervais
    Basilian Deacon puts sharing at forefront of religious aims THE WORD Thomas Rosica repeats over and over again is scandalous. Hes referring to the way in which churches tend to remain segregated, isolated, interested in their own. If you spend any time talking to Rosica, he will tell you just how frustrated he gets when he hears how Roman Catholic priests speak in such chauvinistic ways about salvation in the Catholic Church. He doesnt even like it when they refer to themselves as Catholics, when the word Christian would not only have been good enough, but preferable. Its not that...
  • Priest-theologian: if worst-case scenario at synod occurs, Catholics must resist changes

    10/11/2015 10:35:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Renew America ^ | October 10, 2015 | Matt Abbott
    I asked Father Brian Harrison, a priest of the Society of the Oblates of Wisdom and an emeritus professor of theology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, the following questions: If the worst-case scenario comes to pass in regard to the synod, what are we to think of magisterial teaching? Would we have to accept the changes as a form of doctrinal development as with Vatican II? Father Harrison's response is as follows: First of all, the synod itself is not a magisterial body. If it votes (heaven forbid!) to authorize Communion for the divorced and...
  • 20-City Anti-Islam Rally Puts Mosques Across U.S. on High Alert

    10/10/2015 10:15:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    MSN ^ | October 10, 2015 | Polly Mosendz, Newsweek
    An organization called the Global Rally for Humanity is organizing a series of events this weekend in at least 20 U.S. cities to protest Islam, targeting mosques, community centers and government offices. Standing up against Islam does not mean youre a racist or a bigot, it simply means youre not an idiot and can see the reality of Islam around the world, rally organizers wrote on their Facebook page. The world is saying no to Islam. Numerous mosques have upped security because of the rallies, which are being organized via social media. The Council on American-Islamic Relations is working with...
  • BOMBSHELL! PRO-HOMOSEXUAL propaganda was ALLOWED to be distributed at the Synod

    10/10/2015 7:46:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 70 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | October 10, 2015 | Toronto Catholic Witness
    Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki continues his valiant defense of Holy Mother Church by informing us that during the Afternoon Session of October 7th, 2015, the bishops in his Group noted that pro-homosexual propaganda was being distributed at the Synod. Who is allowing this? How did this pro-homosexual propaganda get in? Just who are the homosexualists in the Vatican? Are they practicing homosexuals? Are they Cardinals? Archbishops? Are they bishops, mid-level homosexual infiltrators like the self-outed Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa? Just how many are involved in this powerful, malignant homo-lobby? Catholics have a right to know! The screenshot of the Archbishop's blog: Toronto...
  • Final Relatio in danger; Rules changed by the hr-Microphone denied to Erdo, as to Ottaviani in VCII

    10/10/2015 6:53:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/10/2015 | New Catholic
    Since before the Synod, there were doubts about a specific post-synodal papal exhortation, but there were never any doubts that there would be a final Relatio voted by the Assembly. Not anymore! The votes must be in doubt on the side of the manipulators, because since Cardinal Tagle first mentioned the possibility that there might be no final document at all in yesterday's press conference, that has been the general talk. Plus, there is complete disarray in the order of works. While Cardinal Erdo, formally the Relator-General, should be presenting his reports on the second and third parts of the...
  • Synod 2015: German Language Group Report (English)

    10/10/2015 6:42:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Radical Catholic ^ | October 9, 2015 | Card. SCHNBORN, O.P. Christoph
    In the German group under the leadership of Christoph Cardinal Schnborn, O.P., we deliberated over and worked through the first part of the Instrumentum laboris in a very open and positive atmosphere. The various viewpoints of the participants were enriching and perceived accordingly. In my opinion, the work in this group demonstrates yet once again: Diversity enriches. The overarching style of the text received unanimous approval. We are also very much in agreement with the order - that is, with the ordering of the three chapters - given in the Instrumentum laboris. It hearkens back to the structure of the...
  • Once the meeting is over, power will rest entirely in the hands of the Pope.

    10/10/2015 4:13:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    What's Up With the Synod ^ | OCT 10, 2015 | Hilary White
    So this guy (the heretic, Marx) who threatened as above is now basically saying Oh we are unified with the Pope and whatever the Pope decides, everybody must go along with. You know, for unitys sake.
  • Don't fall into the traps of relativism and rigidity, Pope says

    10/10/2015 3:20:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | October 10, 2015
    Pope Francis says Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 4, 2015. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano. Vatican City, Oct 10, 2015 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Friday Pope Francis focused on the importance of knowing how to discern whether something comes from God or the devil, who seduces and leads us to either become too rigid or relativistic. “The Evil Spirit never tires...the Christian can never be assured that all is well, he must discern things and be well aware of where they come from, of what their roots are,” the Pope said Oct. 9 during his Mass...
  • From the synod: Mercy is not an abandonment of Church teaching

    10/10/2015 2:18:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | October 10, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Bishops exiting the Vatican's Paul VI Hall during the Synod on the Family, Oct. 9, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Oct 10, 2015 / 12:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mercy has emerged as a major theme in the synod of bishops, as discussion has moved forward with many participants emphasizing that while mercy is greatly needed, it must always be linked to truth. “The question is not whether we're here to change doctrine, but to make sure pastoral care takes account of real, actual, concrete situations of what each person is doing,” Fr. Thomas Rosica told journalists Oct. 10, quoting...
  • The Sick Game of the Synod: They manipulate, and then they mock - and then they manipulate again

    10/10/2015 12:03:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/10/2015 | Maike Hickson
    Andrea Tornielli, a well-known Vatican expert and friend of Pope Francis, wrote on 8 October an article about Pope Francis which could potentially lead to a world-wide public reaction of indignation. In his article, which is entitled “Pope Urges Bishops Not to Give in to Conspiracy Theories”, Tornielli reports that Pope Francis had been contacted by 13 cardinals and bishops who participate at the Synod on the Family and who have grave concerns about possible manipulations exercised especially by the General Secretary, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldissieri. As Tornielli reports: Right from the very first press briefing, some Synod Fathers were said...
  • Kirsten Powers awakens to the beauty and depth and riches of the Catholic faith

    10/10/2015 9:42:19 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 77 replies ^ | October 9, 2015
    Just under two years ago, Msgr. Charles Pope wrote in part of Kirsten Powers conversion to evangelical Christianity: The other day I read a beautiful conversion story, a witness story of a woman I have long admired, Kirsten Powers. She is a Fox News Commentator. And while I do not always agree with her political perspectives, she is a solid journalist, she gives fair consideration to all issues, and is, to my mind, a very classy lady. He went on to chronicle and respond to Ms. Powers testimony, one describing her embrace of an Evangelical Presbyterian Church and the struggles...
  • Cardinal Schonborn says Synods contentious parts are yet to come

    10/10/2015 7:00:37 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 9, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    Thursday, October 8, saw a surprise for the Synod of Bishops on the Family, when the Synod Secretariat announced that the only German-speaking discussion group among the 13 discussion groups (circuli minores) is not, as was expected, to be led by the head of the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Mller. Instead, it was Austrian Cardinal, Christoph Schnborn, who was elected by the other Synod fathers of the group to become their moderator. Archbishop Heiner Koch, Berlin, was elected to be the relator of the group. The German-speaking group thus set a more progressive tone, since...
  • German archbishop: Churchs stance on divorce makes people doubt God

    10/10/2015 6:22:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    One of Germany’s representatives at the worldwide meeting of Catholic prelates on family has pointedly told the gathering that church teaching preventing divorced and remarried persons from receiving the Eucharist makes people “doubt God.” Berlin Archbishop Heiner Koch has used his 3-minute address during the deliberations to directly address one of the issues known to be creating the most disagreement among the prelates, saying he is often asked why remarried couples are barred from the Eucharistic table. The church’s theological arguments “do not silence the questions in the hearts of people,” Koch told the assembly. “Is there no place at...
  • What Does Cardinal Marx Know That We Dont?

    10/09/2015 6:31:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    Back in September, I told you about the proposed Synod rules, which were being revised to reduce transparency and keep the inner workings a secret. There would be no controversial mid-term report, they’d keep the discussion in small groups to avoid cross-pollination, and no final report or post-synodal exhortation was expected. In other words, those in control of the Synod were locking things down. They weren’t going to be embarrassed again by such strong backlash against their heterodox agenda. And they were doing this in the knowledge that it would be Pope Francis, not the Synod fathers, who would make...
  • The Elephant in the Room

    10/09/2015 5:34:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Torch of Faith ^ | October 9, 2015 | admin
    This image [image in post below], apparently showing Pope Francis and Cardinal Godfried Danneels at the Synod, has been doing the rounds on the internet. And why wouldn't it be them; given that Danneels is the second name on the list of 45 prelates that Pope Francis personally chose to attend the Synod in Rome? We have consistently pointed out that:- 1. Danneels has been recorded attempting to silence a victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of one of his friends in the episcopate. 2. Danneels attempted to get King Baudouin of Belgium to vote for abortion. 3....
  • Vandals in Rome: Will They Sack Christian Marriage?

    10/09/2015 5:21:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 9, 2015 | Christopher Ferrara
    "The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law." -Benedict XVI Editors Note: The following article is quite lengthy. But like Chris Ferraras other more lengthy contributions to this journal, it reads short while providing a clear and comprehensive overview of a complex situation. Franciss Blitzkrieg reform of the annulment process is a turning point in Church and world history that deserves the thorough treatment it receives here. Introduction At this point in the progress of Pope Bergoglios banana republic-style pontificate, no one should be surprised at the canonical sneak attack by which, on only 24...
  • Cardinal who supports LGBT radicals is moderator of English-speaking Synod group

    10/09/2015 4:58:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 9, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has been elected as moderator of the one of the four English-speaking circuli minores (small groups) at the Ordinary Synod on the Family. The moderator has extensive influence on the direction of the discussion and thus on the content of the final report of the small group. Cardinal Nicholss approach to human sexuality has caused the pro-life, pro-family movement grave concern for many years. Serious questions have been raised about his approach to issues as diverse as abortion, contraception, the rights and status of the embryo, sex education, homosexual unions and the reception of...
  • Is Pope Francis an Ambassador of Mercy or of Scandal?

    10/09/2015 3:02:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 9, 2015 | LISA DUFFY
    I’ll never forget the morning I was leaving church after mass and noticed an elderly woman sharply berating a younger, recently divorced woman for receiving communion. While I understand the elder was most likely acting out of a desire to protect the sacrament, the young woman was not prohibited from receiving the Eucharist simply because she had a civil divorce decree. That divorcee’ left the church quite upset and who knows if she ever came back.As the first week of this second half of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family progresses, it’s stories like this that underscore Pope Francis’...
  • 'Flawed, inadequate' bishops skewer synod's working doc in new report

    10/09/2015 2:23:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | October 9, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Oct. 2014. Credit: Mazur/ Vatican City, Oct 9, 2015 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A controversial working document for the Vatican's synod on the family took a hard hit from numerous bishops who've called the text overly negative, unclear, and possibly inaccurate in its translations. “While various elements of the (document) are admirable, we found much of the text to be flawed or inadequate,” says a new report from group “D” of the four English-speaking synod circles. The document – officially called an Instrumentum Laboris – also fell short “especially...
  • Cdl Sarah (at the Synod): gender ideology and Islamism are the two greatest threats to the world

    10/08/2015 7:18:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | October 7, 2015 | Barona
    Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki gave a outline of Robert Cardinal Sarah's intervention on his Polish language blog. Here is my summary of his entry as you will not be hearing or reading about this from the Holy See Press Office. Firstly, the Archbishop noted that his colleague, Archbishop Henry Hoser was deeply impressed with the theological and intellectual depth of Cardinal Sarah's intervention. Cardinal Sarah outlined two main, immediate global threats against humanity. A dictatorship of moral relativism that is especially reflected in gender ideology, and Islamic fanaticism, as reflected in the various jihadi movement, especially the islamic State. The Cardinal...
  • African bishops throw swift punch at 'ideological colonization'

    10/08/2015 2:01:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | October 8, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Opening Mass for the synod of bishops on the family, Oct. 8, 2015. Credit: Mazue/ Vatican City, Oct 8, 2015 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Heavy criticism of the West imposing secular values on Africa in exchange for aid emerged as a theme from the continent's bishops, as the Vatican's synod on the family kicks off its first week. From press conferences to individual interviews, multiple prelates voiced concern over what Pope Francis has termed “ideological colonization,” in which Western nations have made the acceptance of legislature favoring gay rights and “marriage” contingent on receiving financial aid. “It's one thing...
  • The SSPX and the Synod (Catholic Caucus)

    10/08/2015 11:37:15 AM PDT · by Legatus · 13 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | 10/07/2015 | Steve Skojec
    Absolutely Stunning Candlelight Marian Procession for the Synod Im exhausted by the Synod. Im exhausted by the debates about the SSPX. And yet, this video combines both themes in a way that is so radically uplifting, so completely moving that I finished it in tears. This. This. This. This is what Catholicism is supposed to look like. You want to call them schismatics? Youre wrong, but go right ahead. The institutional Church gives us an endless parade of perverse clerics trying to tear down Christs teaching, while the SSPX gives us this. You can say whatever you want about the...
  • An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris?

    10/08/2015 10:47:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 8, 2015 | Xavier Rynne II
    DISQUISITIONS being thoughts on Synod 2015 from various observers An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris? With the Synod on the Family well underway in Rome, considerable attention has been given (and not only in the media) to the Kasper Proposal to admit the divorced and civilly remarried to Holy Communion. No doubt discussion on this will continue, although Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that he doesnt want the Kasper Proposal to be the dominant issue, the principal focus of attention, at Synod-2015. But Kaspers is not the only proposal with consequences. For buried within the Synods working...
  • We're Not Receiving Full Story from the Synod

    10/08/2015 9:56:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/08/15 | Compiled by CFN
    Some points we're not hearing from the official Vatican press briefings: Despite efforts to stifle any public revelation of what's actually going on, a Melkite Patriarch, Gregory Laham spoke up in the face of the heretical musings of the President of the Panamanian Bishops' Conference, according to Even the Old Liberal Archbishop Coleridge states that an overwhelming majority of the Bishops are opposed to Communion for the remarried and divorced as reported by John Allen at Crux from Boston Globe: Its very early, but based on your sense of where the synod stands right now, if the Kasper proposal for...
  • Synod, Day 4: Cardinal Erdo, who??? Let's talk about sex!

    10/08/2015 9:40:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/08/15 | New Cathoic
    An English translation of the very conservative opening address by Cardinal Peter Erdo, Relator General of the Synod of Bishops, delivered on September 5, Day 1 of the Synod, has been made available in the past few hours, by the National Catholic Register and the Catholic News Agency. We appreciate their effort, but it seems that our editorial decision not to waste our scarce resources on this was not wrong: already on the fourth day, the second of the meeting of the "circuli minores" (the small groups of bishops according to general language groups), and in the following press conference,...