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  • Should Trump and Cruz unite with we the people against the establishment uni-party?

    03/16/2016 1:31:00 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 481 replies
    The biggest plus is a Trump/Cruz ticket would immediately secure the nomination for us (the majority of the right-leaning grassroots voters), end any possibility of a GOPe betrayal at the convention, and would ensure the Republican party is finally with we the grassroots people (tea party, conservatives, religious people, economic conservatives, business people, middle class, blue collar, national security patriots, etc, ie, a rebirth of the Reagan Coalition) and against the globalist GOP big government establishment. It’d be a yuuuge middle finger to the elite ruling classes of both parties. And it would have coattails guaranteeing a pro-America landslide against...
  • A Priest (Msgr. Pope) Confesses What It’s Like to Hear People’s Sins

    03/12/2016 4:24:04 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 11, 2016 | Zoe Romanowsky
    Much has been written about the sacrament of reconciliation — the theology behind it, the scriptural evidence for it, the power and benefits of it for penitents. But what’s it like, experientially, for a priest to hear the sins of others week after week and month after month? Can it be a burden? Does it affect a priest’s spiritual life? Aleteia’s lifestyle editor, Zoe Romanowsky, asked Msgr. Charles Pope about what it’s been like to hear confessions over his 24 years as a priest. Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian in Washington DC. He is a...
  • Thy Precious Blood (devotional)

    03/10/2016 9:58:06 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 1 replies
    Days of Praise, Institute of Creation Research ^ | March 9, 2016 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: . . . And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Colossians 1:14, 20) John introduced Jesus to the world at His baptism by saying, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). He was known prophetically as a lamb even before then. "He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep...
  • Senate uses reconciliation to pass ObamaCare repeal, Planned Parenthood defunding

    01/04/2016 11:59:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/16 | Dan Calabrese
    But since an Obama veto is guaranteed, what's the point? It’s a first in two ways: The House has passed ObamaCare repeals before, but this is the first one to pass both the House and the Senate and land on Obama’s desk. Oh, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood is in there too. It’s the first time the Senate has used reconciliation to bypass the filibuster and pass the ObamaCare repeal with more than 50 votes but fewer than 60. So sure, it’s more than has been done before. Then again, you’d expect more when you’ve finally got control of...
  • Ryan promises vote next month to roll back ObamaCare, on Obama's desk before State of Union

    12/17/2015 12:15:52 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that House members will vote on a rollback of ObamaCare as one of their first acts of 2016. "When we return in January, the House will put an ObamaCare repeal bill on the floor and pass it and put it on the president's desk," Ryan told reporters Thursday. "We are going to keep working to give families relief from this law while we work to dismantle and replace it altogether." The vote on the legislation, which has already passed the Senate, will set up a veto battle with the White House just ahead of...
  • Ryan and Reconciliation Is a Powerful Combination

    10/12/2015 8:33:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10-11-15 | Lawrence Kudlow
    As of this writing, House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan has not decided whether to run for speaker. He has been bombarded by all the Republican factions. Even Mitt Romney says the Wisconsinite can unify the Republican conference and take ON the job. I applaud Ryan’s leadership and policy skills and think he would make a good speaker But there’s a backstory to the current chaos of the GOP conference and the withdrawal of Kevin McCarthy from the speakership race. The GOP leadership in the House and Senate has failed to pass legislation to repeal the Obama agenda and...
  • New Boehner strategy: Defund Planned Parenthood through reconciliation process

    09/25/2015 8:54:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/25/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Why not? It worked for ObamaCare, didn’t it? The Hill reports that Speaker John Boehner’s latest strategy to thread the needle of demands to defund Planned Parenthood and yet avoid a government shutdown will take a page from the Harry Reid/Nancy Pelosi playbook: Top House Republicans hope to convince their members to keep the government open by using a fast-track process known as reconciliation to try to defund Planned Parenthood.House Republican leaders are planning to target Planned Parenthood’s funding by immediately drafting a fast-track reconciliation bill, according to a senior House GOP aide.Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his lieutenants...
  • When did you stop sending abortive Moms to Hell? APF Reporter asks Catholic Priests

    09/01/2015 10:09:34 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 48 replies
    Freep | 9/1/2015 | CharlesOconnell
     "When did you stop beating your wife?" is the position of the logical fallacy, the Loaded Question. The answer "I never started" improperly grants the question the dignity of the reasonable. "Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions ... overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church" screams the headline from APF by Jean-Louis de La Vaissiere. He writes from the Vatican, without knowing anything about his subject. Prior to this declaration, only the Pope himself could pardon the sin of abortion. "Sins which the priest has no authority to absolve are called reserved sins. Absolution from these sins can be obtained only...
  • US Military Bases Named After Confederate Leaders

    06/28/2015 6:55:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    WJBF ^ | june 28, 2015 | Stefany Bornman
    When pictures of Dylann Roof holding the Confederate Flag were uncovered, the South’s history during the Civil War was brought back to the forefront. “The Confederacy itself was basically the slave owner’s vision of a good country. A country that rested as their Vice President said on the corner stone of slavery as an institution on a basic racial inequality,” said John Hayes, Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Regents University. Hayes says there are three parts of history with different meanings that surround the Confederacy. The Confederacy in the 1860s, the commemoration of the Confederacy, and the last occurred...
  • On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion – Part Two (Particular Issues)

    06/09/2015 7:46:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion – Part Two (Particular Issues) By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post we examined some fundamental principles related to Holy  Communion: that it is not akin to the “table fellowship” Jesus had with sinners but is rooted in the “family meal” of the Passover Celebration, and that it must be received worthily and authentically based on what Scripture and Tradition have set forth. Our “Amen” is more than an affirmation of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, it is an “Amen” to all that the Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be...
  • Mercy! So Great a Gift – Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer Confession

    03/31/2015 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-30-15 | catholic, apologetics, history, theology
    Mercy! So Great a Gift – Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer the Sacrament of Confession By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt tonight’s Chrism Mass, the Cardinal chose to focus his remarks to the more than 300 priests in attendance on the beauty of the Sacrament of Confession and the power of mercy. What a magnificent gift the Lord gave His Church through the ministry of priests, that we can hear His blessed words, I absolve you from your sins 
 go in peace.My mind goes back to a beautiful story of St. John Paul II and a certain bishop (not of...
  • ASK FATHER: Haven’t been to confession for 40 years (Catholic Caucus)

    04/07/2015 3:26:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 7, 2015 | Fr.J
    From a reader
QUAERITUR: I’m 49 and haven’t been to confession since I was about 9 I say prayers every day and pop into church now and then to light candles the thing is I’ve not been to well recently and would like to make a confession but not to sure what to say could you please help How about, “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It’s been about 40 years since my last confession. I think I’m going to need some help from you for this confession.” It would probably be best to make an appointment for this...
  • GOP FINALLY HAS TOOL TO REPEAL OBAMACARE

    03/29/2015 8:45:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 29, 2015 | by Mike Flynn
    Last week, the GOP-led Congress passed a budget resolution which, Republicans claim, will balance the budget in 10 years. The resolution is a policy document, intended to guide the appropriations process, and doesn’t itself have the force of law. More important than the details of the budget document, the action sets up the GOP to finally match its action to its rhetoric and undo the worst aspects of Obama’s fiscal policies. Over the next two weeks, while Congress is in recess, the House and Senate will begin to hammer out small differences between the budget resolutions that passed each chamber....
  • How Parents are Stealing the Gift of the Mass from their Children

    03/27/2015 2:55:12 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 3/27/15 | Father Anthony Gerber
    A parish priest on the troubling news he's learned from kids in the confessional The Need for Questions in Lent Lent is a penitential season, a time of purification and of clarification: of being purified of our sins and of clarifying the roots of what has been keeping us from God in the first place. Purification and clarification can come about through the typical Lenten observances: prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. Fasting, for example, not only acts as an immediate purification of something (ie, a thing is taken away), but it can also clarify in that, as we are feeling the...
  • Senate GOP aims to kill Obamacare… via reconciliation

    03/19/2015 7:57:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Frustrated with the slow pace at which the Democrat-dominated Congress was working to pass the massive health care reform bill he championed by the early spring of 2010, President Barack Obama insisted that it was past time for the Senate to call an up or down vote on the law. Knowing, however, that the bill would not be able to overcome a filibuster by the Senate’s 41 Republican members, Obama and the Senate’s Democratic leadership proposed using the budgetary process known as reconciliation in order to pass the bill with a simple majority. “White House officials will make the...
  • Pope to Faithful: 'Do Not Be Afraid of Confession' (Francis promotes Sacrament of Penance)

    03/17/2015 6:38:50 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 77 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | February 19, 2014 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Reflects on the Sacrament of Penance During General Audience Continuing his catechetical series on the Sacraments, Pope Francis reflected on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which along with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick form what he described the “Sacraments of Healing”. “The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation [...] flow directly from the Paschal mystery,” he told pilgrims attending his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. "In fact, the same evening of Easter the Lord appeared to the disciples, closed in the Cenacle, and, after addressing to them the greeting ‘Peace be with you’, he breathed on them...
  • Is Confession Dead?

    03/01/2015 12:52:48 PM PST · by NYer · 60 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 1, 2015 | Terence K. O'Leary
    The confessionals are empty. The sinners have gone away. Or should I say, “sin has gone away.” Not to be judgmental, but rather to be observant, I sense poignantly a lack of what I would call “sin awareness” among modern Catholics. We seem to have assimilated the secular notion that the concept of sin places outdated, even psychologically damaging restraints on people, or that the feeling of guilt for wrongdoing (or wrong-thinking) is emotionally debilitating. Thus, we see in society the virtual elimination of the word “sin.” We don’t want to hurt anybody’s self esteem. Catholics, perhaps innocently, have...
  • Benefits Of The Cross

    02/06/2015 12:19:03 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 5 replies
    Truth2Freedom's ^ | Febuary 6,2015 | Abdillah Fadhil
    The Benefits of the Cross As believers in Christ, we know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for people’s sins. But many do not know that the forgiveness of our sins is not the end of the story. The benefits of the cross are much more: Not only has Jesus freed believers from all condemnation, but we have a whole new identity, according to John 1:12 and 2 Corinthians 5:17. He has given us purpose, power, and hope to live here on Earth now!Eternal life is not just about Heaven; it starts as soon as you accept Christ. Jesus’ purpose was to preach and...
  • Did Pope Francis really give his own Curia a 'blistering attack' for Christmas?

    12/26/2014 10:58:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    GetReligion ^ | December 24, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    Call it truth in advertising–though not in reporting. Religion News Service's story on Pope Francis's Christmas address to the Curia bears a headline that aptly sums up its spin: "Pope Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas, you power-hungry hypocrites." The lede signals that we have before us the mainstream media's familiar "Francis as radical" meme: VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday (Dec. 22), outlining a “catalog of illnesses” that plague the church’s central administration, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and gossipy cliques. The pope’s traditional Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who...
  • Republicans eye obscure budget tool to repeal ObamaCare

    12/21/2014 6:07:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/21/14 | Scott Wong
    Republicans on and off Capitol Hill are rallying behind using a rarely-deployed budget tool next year to dismantle ObamaCare. But the issue of how to use “budget reconciliation” has divided Republicans, with some calling for it to be implemented to overhaul the tax code or to push through major energy reforms. The tool is useful because it could allow newly-empowered Senate Republicans to pass legislation with a 51-vote simple majority rather than the usual 60, greatly increasing the chances of moving legislation to President Obama’s desk. And while Obama is certain to veto anything that tries to roll back his...
  • Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

    12/08/2014 1:03:52 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2014
    Confessional. Credit: Paul Lowry (CC BY 2.0). Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 8, 2014 / 08:54 am (CNA).- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City's News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the Cathedral of Mexico City Nov. 29. Cathedral officials said many people also attended an Advent talk given by Father Julian Lopez Amozurrutia entitled, “Coming Home.” Although the lines generally...
  • "Have you been saved?”

    11/16/2014 1:42:01 PM PST · by NYer · 198 replies
    The Integrated Catholic Life ^ | November 16, 2014 | DEACON MICHAEL BICKERSTAFF
    “Return of the Prodigal Son” (detail) by Murillo Have You Been Saved? In Acts 4, St. Peter delivers a powerful sermon. He concludes by saying, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”I have written before in these pages of the time when I was growing up in the southern part of the United States and how I would from time to time encounter young, protestant teens and adults who would excitedly take to the streets to witness for Christ.Now...
  • Senate Republicans ready to use reconciliation to repeal ObamaCare?

    11/12/2014 7:40:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 12, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The bill’s destined to be vetoed, of course, but unless the reconciliation process ends up eating lots of time, there’s really no harm to it. One conservative activist told Politico he’s worried that if the GOP uses the same arcane procedural move to undo O-Care that Democrats used to pass it, Obama will turn around and whine that Republicans are doing the same thing Democrats did when they were in power. But … why would he say that? If he means to imply that reconciliation is a dubious strong-arm tactic, then he’ll be forced to explain why it was okay...
  • Dems Blast the “Tricky, Little-Known Maneuver” That Passed Obamacare (Reconciliation Schadenfreude)

    10/23/2014 10:01:09 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    Powerline ^ | 20 October 2014 | John Hinderaker
    Former Secretary of Labor Bob Reich, on behalf of MoveOn, warns Democrats what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate: they may use a “tricky, little-known maneuver” to “ram through” their “right-wing policies” with only 51 votes, instead of the 60 votes “usually required” in the Senate. Here he is:Reconciliation
  • Upcoming day of reconciliation announced by Pope (Catholic Caucus)

    03/23/2014 3:42:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | March 23, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Pope Francis delivers his first Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2013. Credit: InterMirifica.net Vatican City, Mar 23, 2014 / 06:38 am (CNA).- During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that March 29-30 would be “24 hours for the Lord,” during which people can find special opportunities for prayer and the sacrament of confession. “Next Friday and Saturday we will live a special moment of penance, called ‘24 hours for the Lord.’ It will begin with a (liturgical) Celebration in the Basilica of St. Peter’s (on) Friday afternoon, then in the evening and night some churches in the center of Rome...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis: ‘Be Courageous, and Go to Confession’

    02/19/2014 5:33:54 PM PST · by Coleus · 23 replies
    NC Register ^ | 02/19/2014
    The Holy Father spoke of the healing available in the sacrament of reconciliation at his Feb. 19 audience: 'Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who showers us with mercy and grace that pours forth unceasingly from the open heart of Christ, crucified and risen.'VATICAN CITY -- During his Wednesday audience on Feb. 19, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. "Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been...
  • The Time is Near, Have You Gone to Confession? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/18/2011 9:43:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | april 17, 2011 | By: Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Time is Near, Have You Gone to Confession? By: Msgr. Charles Pope   It’s Holy Week and Lent is drawing to a close. Have you made a good confession? It just doesn’t seem possible that any Lent can be complete or even proper without going to confession. In many diocese there is a “Light is On for You” outreach wherein confession is available in all the parishes of that diocese every Wednesday night from 6:30 pm – 8:00pm. That is surely the case here in the Washington Area. I’ll be in the box waiting for people this Wednesday! So...
  • CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer Calls Off Divorce from Nadia Lockyer, Who's Finished with Meth Rehab

    03/15/2013 9:02:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 03/14/2013 | Josh Richman
    (Stephen Chikhani and Nadia Lockyer made sex tape; cuckholded treasurer Bill Locker poses with his wife) California state Treasurer Bill Lockyer's differences with his estranged wife, former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, might not be so irreconcilable after all. The 71-year-old mainstay of state Democratic politics this week withdrew divorce papers he had filed last July against his 41-year-old wife, whose methamphetamine addiction and extramarital affair ended her political career and could have stained his. "He and Nadia have agreed to try and work things out, to try and reconcile," said Tom Dresslar, Bill Lockyer's spokesman. "He's proud of...
  • The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

    03/03/2013 8:56:53 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 18 replies
    Forign Policy ^ | March 3, 2013 | VALI NASR
    "My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience." It was close to midnight on Jan. 20, 2009, and I was about to go to sleep when my iPhone beeped. There was a new text message. It was from Richard Holbrooke. It said, "Are you up, can you talk?" When I called, he told me that Barack Obama had asked him to serve as envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He would work out of the State Department, and he wanted me to join his team. "No one knows this yet. Don't tell anyone. Well, maybe...
  • Someone Always Has to Pay...Genesis 4 pt 4

    But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.(Genesis 4:5-8)Cain offered...
  • Libya: Former Guantánamo detainee is training rebels

    04/03/2011 11:46:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/3/2011 | Nick Allen
    Former detainee at Guantánamo Bay has taken a leading role in the military opposition to Col Muammar Gaddafi, it has emerged, alongside at least one other former Afghan Mujahideen fighter. Rebel recruits in the eastern port city of Derna are being trained by Sufyan Bin Qumu, a Libyan who was arrested following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, and held at Guantánamo for six years. Port city of Derna, Libya Abdel Hakim al-Hasidi, a senior Libyan rebel commander in Derna, was also held following the invasion of Afghanistan and handed over to Libyan custody two months later. Both men...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PENITENT, 08-09-12

    08/09/2012 9:03:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-09-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PENITENT In the sacrament of penance, the person who confesses sins and seeks absolution. And in general, anyone who sincerely repents of wrongdoing, resolves to amend his or her life, and by appropriate means tires to expiate the guilt and punishment incurred for offending God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Paul Ryan: We can definitely repeal at least 85% of Obamacare via reconciliation

    Paul Ryan was on with Mark Levin tonight to discuss how Obamacare would be repealed, and the budgetary process called reconciliation is the game plan. The nice thing about reconciliation is that it cannot be filibustered, but the down side is it only applies to legislation that has a fiscal impact. That’s why Ryan says that we can definitely repeal 85% of Obamacare because that percentage can easily be done via reconciliation. The remaining regulatory portion of Obamacare may still be included in the budget but that will be debated at the time. Even if it can’t be included Ryan...
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation (as reflected by our relationship with God)

    03/23/2012 2:57:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Maronite Heritage ^ | March 23, 2012 | Fr. Antonio Elfeghali
    The Sacrament of Reconciliation  “Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time it damages communion with the Church. For this reason conversion entails both God’s forgiveness and  reconciliation with the Church.” (CCC 1440).  To make a good confession, we need to go through the following:  1- Examination of Conscience  2- Contrition: Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.  3- Confession: Confession to a Catholic priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Reconciliation.  4- Absolution: The...
  • The Ministry of Reconciliation as Believer-Saints of God — A Priceless Gift

    01/02/2012 2:00:12 PM PST · by bibletruth · 8 replies
    Bible | 2012 | BIbleTruth
    The Ministry of Reconciliation “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” — II Corinthians 5:17,18
  • Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger on road to reconciliation?

    12/28/2011 5:43:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies · 1+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/28/11 | Matt Donnelly
    Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's marriage might not be completely terminated, according to one report. The couple, who filed for divorce in July surrounding a messy infidelity-and-love-child scandal on Arnold's part, could get a second chance thanks to Shriver's religious beliefs. Shriver's Catholicism forbids divorce, so Maria is second-guessing the split, a TMZ source said Monday. The report also alleges that the former governor of California "desperately" wants his bride back and has been wooing her with gifts. The pair spent the Christmas holiday together
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FORGIVENESS, 11-14-11

    11/14/2011 8:33:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-14-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FORGIVENESS Pardon or remission of an offense. The Catholic Church believes that sins forgiven are actually removed from the soul (John 20) and not merely covered over by the merits of Christ. Only God can forgive sins, since he alone can restore sanctifying grace to a person who has sinned gravely and thereby lost the state of grace. God forgives sins to the truly repentant either immediately through an act of perfect contrition or mediately through a sacrament. The sacraments primarily directed to the forgiveness of sins are baptism and penance, and secondarily, under certain conditions,...
  • Bush Budget Official Explains How to Repeal Obamacare via Reconciliation

    10/19/2011 5:21:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/19/2011 | Avik Roy
    This is important, because the reconciliation process requires only 51 votes in the Senate rather than the conventional 60. Progressive commentators pooh-poohed the idea. But now, a former Bush budget official has drawn a road-map as to how repealing Obamacare the process could work. Jim Capretta, of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is one of the smartest and most interesting right-of-center thinkers on health care policy. His edge comes from his tenure as an associate director at the White House Office of Management and Budget in George W. Bush’s first term, where federal health-care spending was his primary focus....
  • Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum Commit to Reconciliation (Can 51 Senate votes repeal ObamaCare?)

    10/12/2011 7:51:19 AM PDT · by Praxeologue · 23 replies
    Heritage Action for Ameria ^ | October 12, 2011 | Ashe Schow
    Yesterday, we wrote about our CEO Michael Needham’s question for the candidates in last night’s debate. When asked by the Washington Post what Mr. Needham would ask the candidates, he responded: “A third of small business owners say Obamacare is one of the biggest hurdles they face to hiring new workers and budget analysts estimate it is a trillion-dollar budget buster. Given its negative impact on the economy and federal budget, do you think it is appropriate to repeal Obamacare using reconciliation given that is the tactic which was employed to pass it?” Well the candidates must have been listening...
  • i-Confess Video Contest

    04/21/2011 5:41:44 AM PDT · by Jubilate
  • First Confession Guide for Adults [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/05/2011 8:25:30 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies · 3+ views
    Self | April 5, 2011 | Mrs. Don-o
    Adult First Confession Candidates (preparing for Confirmation/First Communion), you need to go to confession sometime this Lent, that is, before the Easter Vigil. The Elect (preparing for Baptism), you don’t have to go to Confession this Lent, because Baptism itself washes away all sins. But sometime after Baptism, you should think about going to Confession, since regular Confession is an excellent habit to get into. Baptism --- by God’s grace -- makes you clean. Confession--- by God’s grace--- helps you stay that way. 1. Absolutely commit to doing it. Set a date. Put it on your calendar (in ink!) And...
  • Examination of Conscience [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/03/2011 6:12:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | 1954 | Rev. Joseph A. Fischer
    Examination of Conscience Here is a helpful examination of conscience, based on the Ten Commandments. Perform a brief examination every night, but go through a more thorough examination before confessing your sins to the priest. Directions The Commandments of God Have I doubted in matters of faith? murmured against God because of adversity? despaired of His mercy? Have I believed in or consulted fortune tellers? Have I taken part in non-Catholic worship? Have I recommended myself regularly to God? Neglected my morning or evening prayers? Omitted my religious obligations because of human respect? Presumed upon God's mercy in committing sin?...
  • Forgiveness: Consider the virtues of justice, clemency, and mercy [Ecumenical]

    03/24/2011 4:43:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | (March/April, 2002). | DONALD DEMARCO
    ForgivenessDONALD DEMARCOThe exalted nature of forgiveness is attested to by the fact that it presupposes a number of other virtues. Consider three virtues in particular: justice, clemency, and mercy. The Prodigal SonRembrandt Justice has the nature of an equation: Borrowing 10 dollars requires returning 10 dollars. When justice is violated, punishment or restitution of some kind is required. Herein is the timeless significance of bringing the scales of justice back into balance. Injustice demands a counterbalancing repayment. Clemency goes beyond justice, to some extent ignoring the need for precise balancing, and reduces the payment. For example, clemency may be used...
  • [Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Confession...Sacrament of Penance

    03/16/2011 10:13:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Catholic-Forum.com ^ | 1987 | Saint Faustina
    Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts   Jesus's words are in italics.  St. Faustina's words are in regular print.   "Your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me." (1693)     "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." (300)     
  • Using Reconciliation to Repeal Obama Care

    02/13/2011 2:03:51 PM PST · by Involuntary Servitude · 19 replies
    My Involuntary Servitude ^ | 2-13-11 | My Involuntary Servitude
    Karl Rove has suggested in a WSJ article that large parts of Obama Care could be repealed through reconciliation, meaning that Republicans could repeal with just a majority of the Senate and not need to worry about a filibuster. So, in essence the idea is to (i) maintain control of the House, (ii) gain control of a majority of the Senate in 2012 (which at this point seems somewhat likely), and (iii) win the presidency in 2012 (which at this point unfortunately appears somewhat unlikely). The point of Rove's argument here is that we're closer than we think we are...
  • Democrats Can't Filibuster ObamaCare Repeal

    02/09/2011 5:16:25 PM PST · by NCjim · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | February 10,2011 | Karl Rove
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin likes to taunt his Republican colleagues, arguing that ObamaCare can't be repealed because 60 votes are required to end debate in the Senate on any measure. Though Republicans will likely win control of the Senate in 2012, Mr. Durbin is right that they probably won't get to 60 senators. That would require the GOP to win back more than half the Democratic seats up next year. Rep. Jim Moran (D., Va.) recently called GOP promises of repeal "a political scam on their base. . . . It can't happen." Not so fast. Keith Hennessey, a...
  • Pope Benedict’s Prophetic Words!

    01/01/2011 1:02:39 AM PST · by mlizzy · 21 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | 12-31-10 | Kevin Whiteman
    Is Anyone Listening To Peter? A new Dark Age on the horizon?Catholics, Protestants, Agnostics
 the vast majority of conservatives of every stripe would agree with this almost non-reported speech made by Pope Benedict XVI on 20 December, 2010.In a speech to Papal representatives from all over the world, the Pope spoke in the context of a the near total collapse in the Western world of any moral consensus rooted in Christian ethics and heritage.In comments aimed directly at the secularization and abandonment of God by the West, Benedict stunned those in a attendance when he stated; “Alexis de Tocqueville, in...
  • In tax defeat, Dems pay the price for old tricks

    12/06/2010 6:26:37 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 6,2010 | Byron York
    So why not try reconciliation? If it was used to pass the Bush cuts in the first place, couldn't it have been used to extend them? That way, Democrats, who have 58 votes, could have passed their bill with just 51 and would not have had to worry about a GOP filibuster. Taxes on the "rich" would go up, and progressives everywhere would be celebrating today. Alas, it didn't happen. And, although the details are complicated, the Democrats have only themselves to blame. To pass a measure by reconciliation, the Senate must pass a budget that contains what are called...
  • How do I deal with pain from the past? (About Forgiveness) [Catholic Caucus]

    12/01/2010 11:58:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction ^ | August 9th, 2010 | Father John Bartunek
    How do I deal with pain from the past?Posted on August 9th, 2010 by Father John BartunekQ: “The truth is that we cannot remain prisoners of the past; people need a sort of ‘healing of the memories’ so that past evils will not come back again.”  My question arises from this quote. HOW, HOW do I make it so that the past evils not come back, when the Hurt is there. The Mistrust is there?A: This question is relevant for all of us, because all of have wounds from the past, whether wounds caused by our own sins, or by...
  • Selling Confession

    09/16/2010 2:47:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | September 16, 2010 | David Mills
    While in Rome recently, I went to confession at St. John Lateran. It's the cathedral of Rome, and I'd heard the grace was better there. I got an old Irish priest, soft-spoken, deliberate, patient, and with a habit of sighing frequently as you spoke. He sounded -- and looked, when I saw him a little later -- like the old Irish priest from central casting who loves dogs, is patient with rambunctious boys and ironic to the old women, and is never surprised by any wickedness this world can produce.I soon realized that I could confess to stealing a...