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  • Don Nicola Bux on Amoris Laetitia: "The Eucharist is Not a Sacrament for the Sinner"

    08/22/2016 5:58:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 157 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | August 19, 2016
    "The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the sinner but the sacrament of reconciled sinners. Just as it is the source and principle of mercy. I hope I have been clear! Nicola Bux, August 13, 2016 at a youth meeting in Schio. The theologian spoke on the theme "The sacraments are not a joke." The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the divorced and remarried, but for reconciled sinners. The liturgist Nicola Bux is one of the most reputable practitioners of the liturgical science and is one of the leading supporters of Benedict XVI's intended liturgical renewal. He is a...
  • An Anti-Catholic Pope? [Catholic Caucus]

    07/03/2016 9:54:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 30, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    By now we have been accustomed to the shocking results of Francis’ insistence on blathering to reporters during flights to or from the destinations of the useless papal trips that have become a primary activity of the post-Vatican II papacy. In the midst of all the blathering, however, there are also inadvertently revealing remarks that indicate the scope of the crisis-within-a-crisis that is the Bergoglian pontificate. The most recent example is the inflight press conference on the return to Rome from the papal trip to Armenia. A most revealing remark came in the context of a reporter’s question about key...
  • If the Church apologizes to homosexuals, what comes next? [Catholic Caucus]

    07/01/2016 6:17:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 1, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Pope Francis says that the Church should apologize to homosexuals. But how should we go about it? The Holy Father made it clear, in that remarkable statement, that he thought individual Christians, not the universal Church, had mistreated homosexuals. Certainly I should apologize to anyone that I have offended. But I can’t apologize on behalf of others, especially if I am not aware of how they have given offense. What it is, exactly, for which apologies are due? Are we taking it for granted that on balance, Christians have done more harm than good for people with homosexual inclinations? Are...
  • Francis: Christians must apologize to gay people for marginalizing them

    06/26/2016 5:54:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 64 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Jun. 26, 2016 | Joshua J. McElwee
    The Catholic church and other Christian communities must apologize to gay people and to many groups they have let down or offended throughout history, Pope Francis has said. In a press conference Sunday on the flight back to Rome after his weekend trip to Armenia, the pontiff said bluntly: "The church must say it's sorry for not having comported itself well many times, many times." "I believe that the church not only must say it's sorry ... to this person that is gay that it has offended," said the pope. "But it must say it's sorry to the poor, also,...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Rigid… this or nothing’ Catholics are ‘heretical’ and ‘not Catholic’

    06/09/2016 3:59:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 113 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 9, 2016 | John-Westen
    The stunning introduction to today’s official Vatican Radio report on Pope Francis’ morning homily reads: “Pope Francis warned on Thursday against an excessive rigidity, saying those within the Church who tell us ‘it’s this or nothing’ are heretics and not Catholics. His remarks came during the morning Mass on Thursday celebrated at the Santa Marta residence.” The specific section of the homily referred to in the opening is as follows: This (is the) healthy realism of the Catholic Church: the Church never teaches us ‘or this or that.’ That is not Catholic. The Church says to us: ‘this and that.’...
  • Pope Francis OK's Contraception Use in Zika-Affected Countries

    02/18/2016 12:27:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    VOA ^ | 02/18/2016
    Pope Francis has suggested it is acceptable to use artificial contraception methods in countries affected by the Zika virus. "Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil," he told reporters en route to Rome following his five-day trip to Mexico. He cited Pope Paul VI's decree in the 1960s that allowed nuns serving in Africa to use contraception due to the threat of rape. He said, "In certain cases, as in this one, such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear." But he maintained the church's stance against abortion calling it "an absolute evil". CDC's advice...
  • The Instrumentum laboris and Catholic Moral Tradition in Extra-matrimonial Situations (Cath Caucus)

    08/13/2015 4:59:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 12, 2015 | Roberto de Mattei
    The Instrumentum laboris of last June 21st, 2015, offers all the elements to [help us] understand what is at stake at the upcoming Synod. The first consideration is about method. Paragraph 52 of the Relatio Synodi of 2014 did not receive (as did paragraphs 53 and 55) the two thirds qualifying majority necessary in the regulation norms for approval, but was inserted into the final document nonetheless. It was an obvious forcing, which confirms the plan to open the doors to the divorced and remarried, despite the opposition from a consistent body of the Synod Fathers, and above all, despite...
  • Vatican missing the point (horribly) on divorce and remarriage

    08/13/2015 4:29:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | August 12, 2014 | tantamergo
    Good entry at One Peter Five on the disastrous approach the Synods on the Family seem to be taking towards the topic of divorce and remarriage. I very much agree with the author below that many modernist Synod fathers and their advisers seem to believe that divorce is just something that happens to people, like getting the flu, and that the Church owes it to those people to not ostracize them for such an unfortunate accident. There is almost no recognition of the evil of divorce in and of itself and the moral culpability of souls who fall into it...
  • Former papal theologian decries ‘rigorism’ on issue of divorce and remarriage

    08/08/2015 12:57:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 08/07/15 | Maike Hickson
    On 30 July 2015, the journal Vatican Insider (of the Italian newspaper La Stampa) reported on the recent interview made by the current editor of Civiltŕ Cattolica, Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., with the Swiss Dominican, Cardinal Georges Cottier. In it, Cardinal Cottier criticizes the expression “remarried divorcees” as being “too generic” and as too often inadequately “applied in fundamentally different situations.” He also says: “In rigorism there is an innate brutality that goes against the gentle way God has of guiding each person.” In the interview – which will appear in the next issue of the Jesuit periodical – Cardinal...
  • Mortal and Venial Sin? (Catholic Caucus)

    07/21/2015 6:42:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies ^ | March 14, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The most common Bible verse used against the very Catholic and very biblical doctrines concerning mortal and venial sin is James 2:10-11: For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” said also, “Do not kill.” The argument is made from this text that all sins are the same before God. Is this true? Two Points in Response: First, the context of James 2 reveals St. James to have been talking about showing partiality for the first nine verses leading up to verses...
  • Why the Church Distinguishes Between Mortal and Venial Sin, Part I

    05/08/2015 2:03:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 143 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 8, 2015 | MARK SHEA
    Many supposed "theological differences" between Catholics and Evangelicals are, I think, founded in semantics rather than in substantial disagreement. For example, when I was an Evangelical one of the periodic arguments I ran across against Catholic moral theology was that the concept of mortal and venial sin is unbiblical. Sin is sin, say Evangelicals, and there's no good in trying to make out some sins as "minor." To us Evangelicals such nice distinctions smelled a great deal like rationalization and looked like an escape clause from the commandment "Be holy, for I, the Lord, am Holy." After all, James wrote,...
  • The Sins That Come From Being a Busybody – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory

    12/30/2014 7:25:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-29-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sins That Come From Being a Busybody – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory By: Msgr. Charles PopeFaults in others I can see, but praise the Lord there’re none in me!The term “busybody” usually refers to one who is intent on the matters of others but looks little to his own issues. Busybodies also tend to focus especially on the faults, foibles, and troubles of other folks. Seldom are they chattering away about good news related to other people; more often it is the scurrilous and scandalous that occupy their minds.Merriam-Webster online defines a busybody as  “a person who...
  • “I Haven’t Killed Anyone!” What Serious Sins Will Exclude Us From the Kingdom of God?

    11/28/2013 5:54:01 AM PST · by NYer · 87 replies
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | November 21, 2013 | Ralph Martin, S.T.D.
    Why aren’t we more concerned about how even many of our fellow Catholics are engaging in behaviors (“lifestyles”), or accepting, or even approving them, in others, that scripture says will exclude them from the kingdom?A soul being rescued from purgatory.Right after Vatican II, there was an explosion of interest in moral theology. The “fundamental option” theory gained wide notice in both scholarly journals and in popular Catholic culture. Many people got the impression—and many still have it—that if one’s overall life is pointed in a good direction, particular sinful acts may not exclude us from the kingdom. This interpretation was...
  • On Jimmy Akin and mortal sin

    06/28/2013 7:18:08 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | June 28, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    In my previous post, I noted how Jimmy Akin believes that "quite a number" of those Americans who are, "committing abortion and contraception...sleeping together outside of marriage, using porn, and doing a host of other things that can endanger their souls," will not end up in hell. He writes, "It can be tempting to conclude that most Catholics in America today are going to go to hell. Is the situation that bleak?...Although Catholics sometimes say things like “contraception is a mortal sin” or “sleeping together outside of marriage is a mortal sin,” this is a form of shorthand. For a...
  • Who to believe about mortal sin: Our Lady or Jimmy Akin?

    06/25/2013 7:15:59 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | June 25, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    Father Joseph Pelletier, A.A., was a native of Winchendon, Massachusetts. And he served the Church at a time when most priests were still reminding the souls entrusted to their care about the reality of hell and that mortal sins, unrepented of, render a soul incapable of eternal life. Back then, most Catholics knew and accepted God's Holy Word: "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the...
  • Why bother going to Mass in the state of sin? Fr. Z rants with hellfire and brimstone (Catholic)

    09/21/2011 2:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 21, 2011
    From a reader: Fr. Z I’m struggling to wrap my head around what the point of going to Mass if we’re not in the state of sanctifying grace.My understanding is when we fall from grace, any good works we do merit us nothing. Also, it only takes one mortal sin to sever our relationship with God, so committing another one by not fulfilling my Sunday obligation wouldn’t really make a difference in regards of the state of my soul. And finally, I can’t receive communion, so I don’t receive any graces from that.So in summation, I wouldn’t sever my relationship...
  • Despite Catholic teachings, women religiously take the pill {Open}

    05/10/2010 12:12:13 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 59 replies · 874+ views
    AFP ^ | May 5, 2010‎ | Karin Zeitvogel
    WASHINGTON — Fifty years after the birth control pill went on the US market, millions of women around the world are still under orders from the Roman Catholic hierarchy to eschew its use. But all indications are that women stopped listening long ago. "Catholics use the pill the same way everyone else does... Priests don't even preach against it any more," said Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice. "There is no evidence that the teachings of the church influence Catholics in their decisions about the kind of contraception they actually use," said Frances Kissling. The lead author of a...
  • "Grave Sin" = Mortal Sin [Catholic Caucus]

    05/08/2010 1:40:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 442+ views
    Jimmy Akin ^ | May 6, 2010 | Jimmy Akin
    The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: 1857 For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: "Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent." What if a sin has been committed that has grave matter but lacks the knowledge and consent needed to make it mortal? How might one refer to such a sin? Since it has grave matter, one might refer to it--logically--as a grave sin. That would seem pretty straightforward: Sin with grave matter is grave sin. Add the needed knowledge and...
  • Is gossip a sin?– Catholics in societal rough sea of calumny must not harm reputations of others

    08/10/2007 1:59:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 452+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | August 10, 2007 | Michael Swan
    TORONTO, Canada (The Catholic Register) – From cell phone conversations about what the boss may have told a colleague about his boss, to an Internet blog reporting what insiders are saying about a movie still in production, and TV shows filled with breathless revelations about celebrity marriages and sports pages filled with whispers about athletes at loggerheads with teammates and coaches, Catholics are daily floating in a sea of gossip. It’s a rough and dangerous sea for people who believe indulging in gossip is worthy of a trip to the confessional. There are plenty of Canadians who think that gossip...
  • IVF Three Times More Likely to Cause Genetic Brain Defects

    03/13/2006 5:27:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 733+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/13/06 | Hilary White
    Evidence is growing that in vitro fertilization causes serious birth defects and genetic anomalies. The most recent study has shown that babies born from IVF have three times the rate of genetic brain disorders. The survey examines nearly all of the 1,105 IVF babies born in Ireland since 1989. The study particularly notes a comparatively high incidence of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) and Angelman Syndrome (AS) at almost three times that of the general population.  The study said that although the number of incidents of brain disorders are small, "there are strong circumstantial observations that suggest a cause-and-effect relationship between assisted...
  • Gay Catholic priest reflects on his church, his calling, his future (what's wrong with this story?)

    10/18/2005 8:01:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies · 905+ views
    Post Standard ^ | October 17, 2005 | Renee Gadoua
    It wasn't until two years after his ordination as a Roman Catholic priest that the Rev. Fred Daley acknowledged he might be gay. "I was coming down the stairs for morning Mass, and I felt this real deep ache and pain in the pit of my stomach," he said. "It was the first time I was recognizing an ache within that my activity and work and ministry was covering up, and avoiding something." A light went on, he said. "I began to become aware of my sexual feelings and desires," he said. He was 27. Almost 30 years later -...
  • Vatican Criticizes People Who Receive Communion While Living in Mortal Sin

    07/07/2005 7:46:28 PM PDT · by murphE · 32 replies · 1,020+ views ^ | 07/07/05
    The Vatican singled out divorcees who remarry and Catholic politicians who support abortion on Thursday in criticizing those who continue to receive Holy Communion while in a state of mortal sin. The lament came in a new document on the Eucharist that details abuses of the sacrament and the need for better instruction to ensure it remains sacred. The 85-page text is the working draft of a final document that will be developed during the global synod, or meeting, of bishops Oct. 2-23 in Rome. The paper covers a range of issues related to the Eucharist: It suggests, for example,...
  • Annulment frustrations (vanity)

    04/14/2005 5:56:15 PM PDT · by TheStickman · 55 replies · 1,022+ views
    Good Evening, I need to know that Satan has not some how wormed his way into the annulment process my wife and I find ourselves in. I trust in God's Will and Mercy. I truly believe God wants my wife and I to be brought into the Church. However, the more I read about and experience the annulment process the more I begin to worry Satan's hands are wrist-deep in the whole process. The fact I can ask for and receive forgiveness thru the Sacrament of Confession for ANYTHING--except the horrible sin of a failed marriage seems to me to...
  • DignityUSA Leadership Decries Pope's Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

    03/18/2005 2:42:17 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 5 replies · 357+ views,uk ^ | 13 Jan 2005 | Editors
    Washington, DC – The leadership of DignityUSA strongly disagrees with the Pope's recent statement in his “State of the World Message” where he said same sex marriage promotes a “direct challenge to the family” “It is clear that the Pope has a very myopic understanding of family”, stated Matthew Gallagher, Executive Director of DignityUSA. “The Pope needs to be open to the lived experience of countless couples as many people of faith and society in general move toward understanding 'family' in a broader sense. “Family is more than one male, one female and their biological children. The modern world has...
  • Those in Mortal Sin Can't Go to Communion, Says Pope

    03/14/2005 9:40:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 181 replies · 3,121+ views ^ | 03-14-05 | Pope John Paul II
    Date: 2005-03-14Those in Mortal Sin Can't Go to Communion, Says PopeIn a Message to Priests at Course on "Internal Forum"VATICAN CITY, MARCH 14, 2005 ( In keeping with Church teaching, John Paul II issued a reminder that no one who is aware of being in a state of mortal sin can go to Communion. The Pope confirmed the traditional teaching of the magisterium in a message published by the Holy See on Saturday. The message was addressed to young priests who attended a course last week on the "internal forum" -- questions of conscience -- organized by the tribunal of...
  • Hillary Clinton 2008 Confirmed?

    01/17/2005 4:38:09 PM PST · by yoe · 51 replies · 6,759+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Jan. 16, 2005 | Staff
    New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has long been rumored as desperately seeking the democratic nomination for president in 2008. And while many political observers fully expect the power hungry former First Lady to hit the campaign trail within only a few months of being re-elected as a US Senator in 2006, US News & World report claims to have a confirmation of sorts. From USNews.Com's Washington Whispers: Hillary's in… You don't have to take it from us about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's desire to run for president. Her brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham, say it's true. Friends...
  • The Sin of Divorce

    01/04/2005 12:24:26 PM PST · by Keyes2000mt · 1,115 replies · 12,701+ views
    Renew America ^ | 01/04/2005 | Adam Graham
    The words were said countless thousands of times last year as a minister concluded the ceremony. "What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder." But so often man and woman do. While gay marriage has been roundly condemned in most churches (and rightly so), you will not hear much about divorce. In many cases, if divorce is discussed in church, it's talked about as this horrible circumstance that comes upon people, listed in the same breath as automobile accidents or serious illnesses. The Bible is quite clear on the issue of divorce. Malachi 2:16 says it clearly, "For...

    06/24/2004 2:48:41 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 51 replies · 2,279+ views ^ | 24 June 2004 | Editors
    © 2004 A brand-new translation of the Bible – praised by Britain's archbishop of Canterbury, that nation’s senior Christian voice – flatly contradicts traditional core Christian beliefs on sex and morality. Titled "Good as New," the new Bible is translated by former Baptist minister John Henson for the "One" organization, to produce what the group calls a "new, fresh and adventurous" translation of the Christian scriptures. Archbishop Rowan Williams The 104th archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams – leader of the Church of England – describes it is a book of "extraordinary power," but admitted many would be startled...