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  • Catholic Church needs exorcists (Church short of priests who know how to perform exorcism)

    11/14/2010 10:12:15 AM PST · by WebFocus · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/13/2010 | Todd Venezia
    The Roman Catholic Church is looking for a few good men -- to battle Satan. The church in the US has become so short of priests who know how to perform an exorcism that it began an emergency two-day meeting yesterday to teach clerics how to properly cast out demons. A group of 56 bishops and 66 priests -- including an assistant to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan -- have gathered in Baltimore for the Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism. The mystical meeting was focused on a lot more than just dodging green vomit and stopping...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Persevering in Prayer

    09/03/2010 6:28:14 AM PDT · by mlizzy
    Vultus Christi ^ | 8-31-10 | Fr Mark Kirby
    From time to time, I present anew some of the prayers that I composed for the Spiritual Mothers of Priests and for all, men and women alike, who pray, suffer, and offer themselves for the sanctification of priests. Here are three of these prayers: Prayer for Vocations Lord Jesus Christ, Who callest to Thy service whomsoever Thou wilt, let the light of Thy Face and the tenderness of Thy Heart rest upon the young men of our own parishes and families. Grant that those whom Thou hast chosen from among us may hear Thy invitation and respond to Thy call...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FIRST MASS, 08-25-10

    08/25/2010 9:53:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 08-25-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FIRST MASS The first Sacrifice of the Mass offered by a newly ordained priest. In the new grant of indulgences (A plenary indulgence is granted to the priest, who celebrates his first Mass with any solemnity, and to the faithful who devoutly assist at this Mass." All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Can we Correct the Leadership Gap in the Catholic Church?

    07/30/2010 10:50:16 AM PDT · by Balt · 1+ views
    Master of Divinity ^ | 7/20/2010 | Father Michael Venditti, M. Div.
    As one who has made a point of actively persuing and personally instructing converts to the Catholic Faith,—rather than simply waiting for them to appear then throwing them into some “program” in which I am minimally involved—I have observed that one of the most attractive aspects of Catholicism drawing Protestant Christians as well as the “unchurched” to the Faith is the certainty and unmitigated intransigence of Catholic dogma. For the most part, the converts—and I am not ashamed of using that word, even for baptized Protestants entering the Church, inasmuch as anyone making such a change in his or her...
  • Pray for Priests! [PRAYER]

    07/26/2010 3:02:10 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Saint Pio from Pietrelcina ^ | 7-26-10 | mlizzy
    Last night at Mass, our enlightened younger priest, who is from India, gave a homily that my teenage daughter referred to as "really good." I asked her what he said (I don't have my hearing), and she said he quoted saints and popes all throughout, adding in that people of great wealth (we live in a wealthy area) have difficulty putting time aside for prayer, that a survey claimed only four minutes per day on average for this group. At the end of Mass, our pastor, whose last day was yesterday, spoke at the lectern to say goodbye and he...
  • Vatican orders gay priests to clear out

    07/25/2010 1:24:30 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 24 replies · 2+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | July 25th 2010 | Nicole Winfield
    THE Catholic Church in Italy, still reeling from the clerical sex abuse scandal, has lashed out at gay priests who are leading a double life, urging them to come out of the closet and leave the priesthood. The Diocese of Rome issued the strongly worded statement last Friday after the conservative weekly magazine Panorama printed a cover story and accompanying video claiming it had interviewed three gay priests in Rome and accompanied them to gay clubs and bars and to sexual encounters with strangers, including one in a church building. One of the priests, a Frenchman identified only as Paul,...
  • Editorial: Homosexual Activity, Catholic Teaching and Scandalmongering

    07/23/2010 3:27:03 PM PDT · by tcg · 6 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/24/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The teaching of the Catholic Church regarding homosexual sexual activity as morally disordered, constituting grave sin and against the Natural Law which binds all human beings is unequivocal. Among the clearest summaries was one set forth by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons" promulgated in 1986 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith. Here are a few of the insights: "The Church, obedient to the Lord who founded her and gave to her the sacramental life, celebrates the divine plan of the loving...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] 23 Reasons Why A Priest Should Wear His Collar

    07/23/2010 1:55:10 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 4+ views
    Courageous Priest ^ | 7-22-10 | Msgr. Charles M. Mangan & Father Gerald E. Murray
    1. The Roman collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. As a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolizes the union they enjoy, so the Roman collar identifies bishops and priests (and often deacons and seminarians) and manifests their proximity to the Divine Master by virtue of their free consent to the ordained ministry to which they have been (or may be) called. 2. By wearing clerical clothing and not possessing excess clothes, the priest demonstrates adherence to the Lord’s example of material poverty. The priest does not choose his clothes – the Church has, thanks...
  • Belgian child sex abuse police probe death threats

    07/05/2010 6:55:32 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | July 4th 2010 | Dominic Huges
    Police investigating claims of child abuse by Belgian clergy have told the BBC they are probing death threats against witnesses and magistrates. Last month police raided a meeting of Belgium's Catholic bishops as part of their investigation, seizing computers and documents. They even searched the tomb of at least one cardinal, prompting an angry response from the Vatican. The country is one of several where the Church has been shaken by abuse claims. The investigation into child abuse allegations in Belgium's Catholic Church has already prompted extraordinary scenes, says the BBC's Dominic Hughes in Brussels. But now the investigation has...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Blessed Mother leads boy to priesthood

    06/28/2010 7:51:35 AM PDT · by mlizzy
    CNA ^ | 6-26-10 | Tanya Connor
    Worcester, Mass., Jun 26, 2010 / 01:14 pm (CNA).- “When I grow up, I want to be like him,” The 5-year-old was talking about the priest. But while still a child the boy fell in love – with the image of Our Lady of Fatima. “If I find a woman who looks like her, and has her characteristics, I’ll marry her,” he decided. “For 34 years I’ve never met that woman,” he says now. “I guess the Blessed Mother wants me. I’m all hers. Like John Paul II said, ‘Totus Tuus Maria.’” This is the story of Deacon Lowe Bretańa...
  • Priests are a gift from the Heart of Christ, Pope Benedict says

    06/13/2010 12:16:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2,435 replies · 3,592+ views
    CNA ^ | 6/13/2010
    Vatican City, Jun 13, 2010 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of pilgrims and faithful gathered at noon Sunday in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus with the Holy Father. Before the prayer, he said that the fruits of the recently ended Year for Priests could never be measured, but are already visible and will continue to be ever more so. “The priest is a gift from the heart of Christ, a gift for the Church and for the world. From the heart of the Son of God, overflowing with love, all the goods of the Church spring forth,”...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Exclusive excerpt from Father Euteneuer's book on exorcism

    06/16/2010 3:24:59 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 27 replies · 318+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 6-11-10 | Matt C. Abbott
    Below is the Introduction to Exorcism and the Church Militant, a new book authored by Father Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International. ------- Introduction to Exorcism and the Church Militant:Draw your strength from the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Our battle is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above. You must put on the armor of God if you are to resist...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS} The Maternal Heart of Mary

    06/07/2010 11:11:58 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 2 replies · 14+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 6-5-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Mother Potter's Marian MissionAt the end of 1874, Mother Potter received the inner certitude that she and the religious Congregation she was to institute (The Little Company of Mary) were called to foster devotion to the Maternal Heart of Mary. "We are chosen," wrote Mother Potter, . . . to promulgate in God's Church an increase of devotion to the Maternal Heart of Mary. We must increase our love for Our Lady and her sweet Maternal Heart, which makes us desire to propagate that devotion and to lead as many of God's vast family as we can to love and...
  • The Catholic Blogosphere: friend or foe?

    05/27/2010 2:28:39 PM PDT · by Balt · 4 replies · 213+ views
    Master of Divinity ^ | 5/27/2010 | Rev. J. Michael Venditti
    “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong” (Voltaire). Some twenty-five years ago, a discussion arose in the seminary about when a priest should or should not be dressed as such. All manner of examples were thrown out for consideration: restaurants, movie theaters, baseball games (with and without altar boys), etc. One of our professors, Msgr. William B. Smith, STD, whose obituary your M. Div. wrote last year and will post here eventually, had the most lucid comment: “Whenever a priest is in a situation where being known as a priest would...
  • Do Not Tire of Visiting Us [Catholic Caucus]

    05/13/2010 6:26:06 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 7 replies · 142+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 5-12-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Tonight, at least, I have no words to express what I perceive to be the significance of this Act of Consecration in the context of The Year of the Priest. I have nothing but joy, and an immense gratitude to the Holy Father. Consecration of Priests to the Immaculate Heart of MaryImmaculate Mother, in this place of grace, called together by the love of your Son Jesus the Eternal High Priest, we, sons in the Son and his priests, consecrate ourselves to your maternal Heart, in order to carry out faithfully the Father's Will. We are mindful that, without Jesus,...
  • Men of the Same Cloth?: Old Priests vs. New Priests

    05/02/2010 6:11:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies · 603+ views
    US Catholic ^ | 4/19/10 | Christina Capecchi
    As wing tips and clerical collars replace sandals and golf shirts, parishes react to a new style of priest.When the alarm clock rings, Father James Moore, 33, pops out of bed. He brews coffee, makes his bed, and launches into prayer. Down the hall, Father Bart Hutcherson, 48, likes to set two alarms half an hour apart to ease into the morning. He doesnÂ’t bother making his bed. Their days, their desks, and their general approaches to priesthood differ widely. Yet they are both Dominican priests serving the same parish, St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center in Tucson, Arizona. When...
  • Blogging the Good News - Priests and Bishops Answer the Pope's Call

    04/25/2010 6:50:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 213+ views
    Faith and ^ | April 24, 2010 | Eddie O'Neill
    Blogging the Good News Priests and Bishops Answer the Pope's Call by Eddie O'Neill in Family on Saturday, April 24, 2010 5:00 AM “Who better than a priest, as a man of God, can develop and put into practice, by his competence in current digital technology, a pastoral outreach capable of making God concretely present in today’s world?” Benedict XVI wrote in his Message for the 44th World Communications Day, which will be celebrated on Sunday, May 16.The Holy Father says that a blog is a good way for priests to proclaim the Gospel, a significant message as the Church...
  • Singing priests top French album charts

    04/25/2010 4:31:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 521+ views
    Agoravox ^ | April 23, 2010
    Move over Lady Gaga. Sorry Black Eyed Peas. And tough for homegrown French talent such as Christophe Maé. This week’s best selling album here in France is none other than "Spiritus Dei" by a group called "Les Prêtres". "Holy voices singing eternal hits" goes the commercial for the album that is currently taking France by storm. Given the name, there are no prizes perhaps for guessing that the group is made up of two real-life priests, Jean-Michel Bardet and Charles Troesch and a seminarist, Dinh Nguyen Nguyen. A Boys Band with a difference, if you will, and the brainchild of...
  • What the Media DOESN'T say [regarding many abusive priests being homosexual]

    04/16/2010 1:24:19 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 7 replies · 537+ views
    You Tube / Real Catholic TV ^ | 4-16-10 | Michael Voris
    Media prejudice is always based on its own view of the world and the agenda it wants to put forward. In the case of clerical sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, there is one point which constitutes a virtual conspiracy of silence and coverup on the part of the media.
  • Vatican under fire for linking gays to pedophilia

    04/14/2010 10:28:34 AM PDT · by DManA · 28 replies · 703+ views
    Reuters via The Vancoever Sun ^ | April 14, 2010 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY - Gay groups and politicians condemned Pope Benedict's number two on Wednesday for calling homosexuality a "pathology" and linking it directly to sexual abuse of children. The comments made by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a visit to Chile, and the controversy they caused, were splashed on mainstream Italian newspapers on Wednesday. The French foreign ministry and some Catholic blogs that support the pope also condemned the cardinal's remarks.