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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-18-17

    01/17/2017 7:38:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 01-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 18, 2017 Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 7:1-3, 15-17Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kingsand blessed him.And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything.His name first means righteous king,and he was also "king of Salem," that is, king of peace.Without father, mother, or ancestry,without beginning of days or end of life,thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. It is even more obvious if another priest is raised upafter the likeness of Melchizedek,...
  • Traditionalist Society of Exorcists Moving to Denver

    01/17/2017 7:00:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/16/17 | Max Douglas
    Father Chad Ripperger and his order are being welcomed by Bp. Samuel AquilaDENVER ( - A traditional group of exorcist priests, the Doloran Fathers, also known as the Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother, are moving their ministry to Denver. News of the move has been circulating on blogs and has been confirmed by those close to the Doloran Fathers. Neither the archdiocese of Denver nor the Dolorans themselves have yet to release an official statement. Father Chad Ripperger, founder of the Dolorans, was asked to leave the Tulsa, Oklahoma diocese in September 2016, shortly after Bp. David Konderla was...
  • Marquette: McAdams to Remain Suspended Until He Apologizes

    01/17/2017 6:50:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 1/17/18 | Kassy Dillon
    * Marquette University is refusing to reinstate a conservative professor until he issues a formal apology for questioning criticizing a colleague’s classroom speech policies on his personal blog.* Dr. John McAdams has been suspended since December 2014 for questioning a colleague's prohibition on questioning the propriety of gay marriage in class.* Marquette President Michael Lovell is demanding that McAdams issue a statement accepting his punishment, apologizing for the blog post, and admitting "guilt" in the matter.Marquette University is refusing to reinstate a conservative professor until he issues a formal apology for questioning criticizing a colleague’s classroom speech policies on his...
  • Another Bishop Says Chastity Key to Communion Debate

    01/17/2017 6:40:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/17/18 | John Allen Jr
    Bishop Steven Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Peter, for ex-Anglicans, has issued a pastoral letter on 'Amoris Laetitia' holding that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may receive Communion only if they commit to "complete chastity."In a new pastoral letter on the implementation of Amoris Laetitia, another Catholic bishop has concluded that the pontiff’s document on the family does not change the Church’s existing rules for the divorced and civilly remarried, and that Catholics in that situation may receive Communion only if they commit themselves to “complete chastity.” “A civilly remarried couple, if committed to complete continence,...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Will Actively Participate in Restoring Syrian Shrines

    01/17/2017 6:22:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/17/18
    Moscow, January 17, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk assures the Russian Orthodox Church will help restore destroyed churches in Syria. "Certainly, we will take part in restoring churches, but first of all, we should restore peace in the country. It is difficult to get down to restoration, when the power in the territory is changing hands every now and then," he said at his meeting with Moscow State Linguistic University students on Tuesday in Moscow. According to the hierarch, the key task is "to restore civil peace in the region,...
  • Pope Raps Christians Who Do Not Want Change

    01/17/2017 6:15:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    In his homily at a morning Mass on January 17, Pope Francis criticized “lazy Christians, Christians who do not have the will to go forward, Christians who don’t fight to make things change.” Such Christians “have found in the Chuch a good place to park,” the Pontiff said. “And when I say Christians, I’m takling about laity, priests, bishops...” Such “stationary” Christians, he said, are a danger, like still water: “It is the first to go bad.” Pope: Christians are not 'parked' but rather courageous (Vatican Radio)
  • Dispute Escalates Between Vatican, Knights of Malta

    01/17/2017 6:06:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Vatican has underlined its commitment to an investigation into controversy within the Knights of Malta, after the head of that order charged that an investigating committee was troubled by “serious accusations of a conflict of interest.” In a letter to members of the Knights of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, the grand master of the Order, reiterated that he was opposing the Vatican investigation because it was a threat to the sovereignty of the Order. He said that he was deeply troubled by the conflict with the Vatican, and “I have barely been able to concentrate on anything else.” Nevertheless...
  • BREAKING: Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

    01/17/2017 1:43:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 56 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Jan Bentz
    If you happen to receive a piece of mail from the Vatican this year, don’t be surprised to see the face of Martin Luther. The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals. The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and...
  • The Vatican postage stamp to celebrate Luther

    01/17/2017 12:50:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 47 replies
    RS ^ | January 16, 2017 | jeannedare
    It happens up the magazine where Bolaffi (the oldest and the largest company in philatelic) announce the stamps to be issued this year. I see the page dedicated to the Statement of the Vatican City, where he announces a << >> issue that astonishes, as he wrote the piece extender: nothing less than a postage stamp of the Holy See that celebrates the five hundred years since the Reformation. Of course, the color image which is above the Vatican paper square is that of Martin Luther. Google translation.
  • FAQ on the Pope's Authority for Baffled Catholics and Softly Snickering Protestants

    01/17/2017 11:21:52 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    The Stream ^ | January 16, 2017 | John Zmirak
    Pope Francis warned us that he wanted to “make a mess” in the church, and at the moment, he seems to be making good on that promise. In still-fresh 2017, we have seen: The pope’s close advisor, Rev. Antonio Spadaro, who edits the quasi-official Vatican journal La Civilta Cattolica, defend Pope Francis’s apparent defiance of the infallible Council of Trent on divorce and remarriage, by explaining that in theology, “2+2=5.” No one knows quite what that means, but perhaps that’s the point. The bishops of Malta have published a set of guidelines for Holy Communion based on Pope Francis’s ambiguous...
  • Fast Evolution Confirms Creationist Theory

    01/17/2017 11:06:44 AM PST · by fishtank · 69 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 1-16-2017 | Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.
    Fast Evolution Confirms Creationist Theory by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. * A tenet of creationist theory maintains that creatures are designed for robust speciation. Although they cannot change into fundamentally different kinds, creatures can rapidly express a wide diversity of traits to fit changing environments. "Fast evolution affects everyone, everywhere" is one headline1 from the theme of the Royal Society's life science journal in January, 2017.2 But its content further bolsters creationist theory. The pace of change within organisms is a keen topic of interest. One reason many people doubt evolution is that no one has ever seen one...
  • Catholic Malta Falls to "the Francis effect" [Catholic Caucus]

    01/17/2017 9:26:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 16, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Each week I resolve to devote this column to something other than the Bergoglian pontificate, but each week a new development makes that impossible. For Pope Francis is in the process of making history – and not in a good way. Witness the recent publication of “guidelines” for “the application of Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia” — note well: Chapter 8 — by the bishops of once Catholic Malta. Based entirely on Amoris Laetitia (AL), the Maltese bishops now declare that the floodgates are open to Holy Communion for literally any divorced and “remarried” person who persuades himself that he...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/17/17)[Prayer]

    01/17/2017 8:23:24 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/17/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 83) Psalm 83[a] A song. A psalm of Asaph. 1 O God, do not remain silent;     do not turn a deaf ear,     do not stand aloof, O God. 2 See how your enemies growl,     how your foes rear their heads. 3 With cunning they conspire against your people;     they plot against those you cherish. 4 “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,     so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” 5 With one mind they plot together;     they form an alliance against you— 6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,...
  • God’s Mercy and Justice - Balance or Bust!

    01/17/2017 8:23:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Mercy and Justice – Balance or Bust! Msgr. Charles Pope • January 16, 2017 • One of the signs of orthodoxy is the ability to hold competing truths in tension, realizing that they are there to balance each other. For example, on the one hand God is sovereign and omnipotent, but on the other we are free to say no to Him. Both of these are taught in Scripture. Our freedom mysteriously interacts with God’s sovereignty and omnipotence, but how?Heresy will not abide any tension and so it selects one truth while discarding others meant to balance or...
  • Should Different Religions Be Treated Differently?

    01/17/2017 7:17:31 AM PST · by livius · 46 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 16, 2017 | William Kilpatrick
    When the planning board of Bernards Township, New Jersey, turned down a plan to build a mosque, the local Islamic society turned around and sued the town for discrimination. Now, a federal judge has ruled that a parking requirement imposed by the township on the mosque was discriminatory. Adeel Mangi, the Islamic society’s lawyer, praised the decision, saying “this is a landmark ruling…that will have national impact in reaffirming that townships cannot treat applicants differently based on their religion.” Andrew Bieszad, an Islam scholar, has a different take. In an article titled “landmark federal court ruling opens the way for...
  • The Maltese Falcons [Catholic Caucus]

    01/17/2017 6:59:55 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 16, 2017 | Brian W. Harrison, O.S., M.A., S.T.D.
    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat recently published a widely circulated commentary on the recent fall-out from Amoris Laetitia entitled, “The End of Catholic Marriage”. In it, he argued persuasively that if Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on marital love comes to be generally interpreted and applied as liberally as it has been in the Diocese of San Diego, California, it will in effect mean the death of this sacrament as the Gospel of Christ and the Catholic Church have always presented it: a sacred covenant whose indissoluble character means that remarriage after divorce constitutes adultery – a violation of the...
  • Discipling and Disciplining (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    01/17/2017 5:52:43 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 1/16/2017
    There is a strange dichotomy in the language of the contemporary church. Much is said and written about the important function of discipling new Christians, while at the same time the function of church discipline has almost vanished. Today, discipline is a word used to refer to the instruction and nurture of the believer. It does not usually carry the connotation of ecclesiastical censure or punishment. In one sense, this modern version of discipling is linked to the New Testament model. The term disciple in the New Testament means “learner.” The disciples of Jesus were students who enrolled in Jesus’...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: The Law Of The Lord Is Perfect, Refreshing The Soul… Psalm 19:7

    01/17/2017 3:56:37 AM PST · by Resettozero · 1 replies ^ | January 16, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    Know what needs “refreshing”? My ridiculous garden I try to grow to show kids where food comes from. I might as well just designate it the local critters’ favorite feed. It’s never really worked even for one big salad. I do not have a green thumb, but even I know that dead things – or things almost dead – need refreshing. Bet you need a little refreshing or revival in your life, too. I do. This nation does. Remember those old traveling tent meetings where a visiting preacher would ask God for a “revival”? Well, don’t wait for a church...
  • In Light of Malta: Further Questions on the Müller Position [Catholic Caucus]

    01/17/2017 3:40:32 AM PST · by Petrosius · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 16, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Over the weekend – and especially after the troubling new public (and promiscuous) guidelines from the Bishops of Malta concerning Communion for the “remarried” divorcees – more questions have now been raised with regard to Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s own recent and explicit endorsement of the papal document Amoris Laetitia. For, the cardinal called that Apostolic Exhortation both “doctrinally sound” and “not a danger to the Faith.” But at least two demurring voices have thus come to us now, one from Germany, and one from the United States. First, let us consider – and here I translate the entire post –...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL – January 17, 2017 (Prayer)

    01/17/2017 3:15:20 AM PST · by Jeanbl · 43 replies
    Free Republic | January 17, 2017 | Jeanbl
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Heroes and Nation Prayer Thread” have combined to form the America Prayer Vigil prayer thread. Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice-President-Elect and for America: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. I John 5:14 Religion forum threads labeled “Prayer” are closed to debate of any kind. Praise waits for You, O God, in Zion, and unto You shall the vow be performed. O You...
  • The Difficult Road to Redemption | Parshat Shemot

    01/17/2017 12:33:05 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 16, 2017 | NetivOnline
    This week we excitedly begin a new book of the Torah. When we read a book, any book, someone might ask us: "What is it about?" It is sometimes difficult to encapsulate a book in a short phrase or comment, but it is a task that forces us to think about the central messages and to examine the storyline of the book in question. This is true about the Torah as well. Many of our sages tried to give titles or themes for the books of Chumash. As we begin Sefer Shemot, we might want to think about the central...

    01/16/2017 10:06:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    “And I will surely hide My face in that day for all the evil which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.” Deuteronomy 31:18 (The Israel Bible™) In two separate sets of Bible Codes, published three months apart, international Bible Codes expert Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson found evidence that Donald J. Trump will win the upcoming US presidential election. What’s more, Trump’s predicted win appears to be connected to his support for Israel. The first table was published on July 6, 2016. In this table, which comes from the Book of Deuteronomy, Rabbi Glazerson pointed to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-17, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2017 9:53:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 01-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 17, 2017 Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20Brothers and sisters:God is not unjust so as to overlook your workand the love you have demonstrated for his nameby having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagernessfor the fulfillment of hope until the end,so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. When God made the promise to Abraham,since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,and said, I will indeed...
  • The Paris Flop! Our prayers have been answered!

    01/16/2017 8:05:46 PM PST · by Lera · 24 replies
    Behold Israel ^ | 1/16/17 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir's commentary on Sunday's Middle East Peace Conference in Paris "...The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much... (James 5:16) The Paris Middle East Peace Conference ended up as a great disappointment to the Palestinians and a great relief to the Israelis. The closing declaration at the conference in Paris urged both sides to "officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution". It also warned them against taking one-sided actions that could hurt talks, in an apparent reference to Israeli settlement building. But Britain, which attended as an observer, did not back the final communique. A Foreign Office...
  • Pope Admits to 'Darkness' In Own Faith

    01/16/2017 5:23:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/15/17 | AFP
    Guidonia (Italy) (AFP) - Pope Francis admitted on Sunday to sometimes having "darkness" cloud his own faith, while warning against "Christian parrots" who pay lip service to the church without acting on its values. "At certain times, I have also encountered moments of darkness in my faith and that faith decreased a lot, but with a little bit of time we rediscover it," the Pointiff told parishioners after saying mass in a village near Rome. "Some days we can't see faith, everything is in darkness. "Yesterday, for example, I christened 13 children in areas devastated by earthquakes and there was...
  • Top Divinity Schools: Use Gender-Neutral Language to Refer to God

    01/16/2017 5:20:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/15/17 | Katherine Timpf
    The divinity schools at Duke and Vanderbilt Universities have instructed their professors to start using more “inclusive” language when referring to God because the masculine pronouns “have served as a cornerstone of the patriarchy.” For example: This year’s divinity course catalogue at Vanderbilt tells professors to give “consistent attention to the use of inclusive language, especially in relation to the Divine,” because the school “commits continuously and explicitly to include gender as an analyzed category and to mitigate sexism. “It is up to the individual professor’s interpretation for their classes and is suggestive rather than mandatory,” the associate dean for...
  • Heretical Views of Christ's Atonement - Mark Driscoll

    01/16/2017 4:33:19 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 14, 2017 | Mark Driscoll
    Mark Driscoll highlights the heretical view embedded in the Word Faith Movement's view of Christ's "finished work" on the cross at Calvary. A good snippet almost lost on the interweb. This video was edited and uploaded for use in this post: The full sermon this was clipped from can be listened to here:
  • ‘Exorcist’ Author’s Canon Law Case Against Georgetown Continues

    01/16/2017 3:01:52 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 16, 2017 | Patrick Reilly
    William Peter Blatty, best-selling author and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Exorcist, died Thursday at the age of 89 after battling a form of blood cancer. But his final work is still underway: a petition to the Vatican, seeking the enforcement of canon law to reform Georgetown University’s Catholic identity, is still in front of the Church’s highest court. Although Bill Blatty is appreciated widely for his writing talent, great humor and one of the scariest movies ever made, we should also remember him as a faithful Catholic and a passionate advocate for Catholic education. In many of his works, Blatty...
  • “Only a blind man can deny that there is great confusion in the Church.” (Cath Caucus)

    01/16/2017 2:06:56 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    CW Report ^ | January 16, 2017
    Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna, Italy, carries a book before the start of the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 8. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Editor's note: The following interview was originally published in Il Foglio by Matteo Matzuzzi. It was translated into English by Andrew Guernsey and is reprinted here with permission. “The division among shepherds is the cause of the letter that we wrote to Francis. [The division is] not its effect. Insults and threats of canonical sanctions are unworthy things.” “A Church with little attention to doctrine is not...
  • Ethicist says ghostwriter’s role in ‘Amoris’ is troubling [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 2:03:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Michael Pakuluk
    [Editor’s note: In this essay, Professor Michael Pakaluk of the Catholic University of America examines the role of Argentine Archbishop Victor Fernandez, a theological adviser to Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia, the pontiff’s document on the family. Crux invited Fernandez to respond, and his comments appear at the bottom of the article.] The most important footnote in Amoris Laetitia may not be, as many suppose, one dealing with access to the sacraments for Catholics in “irregular” situations. Instead, it may be a footnote that’s not actually in the document but which should be, since one of the sentences in Amoris...
  • The Maltese directive makes answering the ‘dubia’ urgent [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 12:07:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | January 15, 2017 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    When highly placed Italian prelates declare that “only a blind man cannot see” that confusion is the ecclesiastical order of the day, and that such confusion has as its fundamental source Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia, matters have reached crisis level. Catholics who have not followed the intense three-year debate over (among other things) admitting to holy Communion divorced-and-remarried Catholics who are living as married persons should stop reading this post and go get caught up on current events. But for those sufficiently aware of the doctrinal and disciplinary issues at stake I offer some observations in the wake of this...
  • Prayers Answered: Regime Change Comes to the Nation’s Capital

    01/16/2017 11:13:40 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 11 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 16, 2017 | JP
    I’m awaiting Inauguration Day with expectancy. Not to rejoice that, at long last, we will finally reach the 2,922nd – and final – day of the Obama presidency. Not to experience the schadenfreude of seeing the pained expressions of Hillary and Bill Clinton as Donald Trump – rather than Madam Clinton – takes the oath of office as the nation’s 45th president. No, I look forward to Inauguration Day because the Christian heritage of this nation’s founders – disavowed for the past eight years by a president who declared America “no longer a Christian nation” – will be front and...
  • Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards Stands in Front of a Cross While Promoting Abortion

    01/16/2017 9:20:25 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 16, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile RichardsÂ’ latest photo op had pro-lifers calling out the abortion chain this weekend for using a cross to promote abortion. On Saturday, Latinos for Planned Parenthood account tweeted a photo of Richards speaking in front of a cross in the Metropolitan AME Church sanctuary Saturday in Washington, D.C. The highly paid CEO gave her speech during a Here to Stay rally protesting President-elect Donald TrumpÂ’s position on immigration. Planned Parenthood co-sponsored the immigration rally and used it to promote its abortion agenda. In a column for Medium, Richards claimed her abortion chain is essential to immigrants...
  • Malta sinks [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 8:36:13 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 16, 2017 | Joseph Shaw
    If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with “humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for God’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it” (AL 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351). I wonder what would happen...
  • The Hardening of Hearts Caused by the Deceit of Sin

    01/16/2017 8:27:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Hardening of Hearts Caused by the Deceit of Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2017 • Last week at daily Mass (Thursday of the First Week of the Year) we read from the Letter to the Hebrews. In it was an important admonition, especially appropriate for our times:Encourage yourselves daily while it is still today, so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin (Heb 3:12).Collectively speaking, we been hardened by the deceit of sin. Many of us who are older remember times when sins that are openly practiced (and even celebrated) today...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(1/16/17)[Prayer]

    01/16/2017 7:28:10 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/16/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 82) Psalm 82 A psalm of Asaph. 1 God presides in the great assembly;     he renders judgment among the “gods”: 2 “How long will you[a] defend the unjust     and show partiality to the wicked?[b] 3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;     uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy;     deliver them from the hand of the wicked. 5 “The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.     They walk about in darkness;     all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”;     you are...
  • 70 Nations Unanimously Declare That God's Land Must Be Divided

    01/16/2017 7:14:22 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 36 replies ^ | 1/16/17 | Gary
    Representatives from some 70 nations, including Secretary of State John Kerry, gathered in France yesterday for the landmark Conference for Peace in the Middle East and upon conclusion of the meeting released a declaration saying that the only way to achieve peace was to divide God's covenant land (see Joel 3:2 for God's response).  They also affirmed December 23rd's Resolution 2334, which criticized settlement building in Judea and Samaria.  However, yesterday's declaration took it a step further saying that Israel must retreat to the 1949 Armistice Lines without any mention of mutually agreed upon land swaps.  Here is the world's response...
  • German Priests: Open the Priesthood to Women, Make Priestly Celibacy Voluntary [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 5:04:25 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 28 replies
    National Catholic Reporter (Fishwrap) ^ | January 13, 2017 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    In an open letter on the state of the church and priestly ministry in Germany, a group of 11 German priests from the Cologne archdiocese have urged the church to open the priesthood to both men and women and to make priestly celibacy voluntary. They underline seven essential points for the future of the church, including the following: "We urgently need to forge ahead with courageous initiatives on the question of admission to the priesthood. It makes no sense continuously to ask the Holy Spirit for vocations while at the same time excluding women from the priestly ministry.""Celibacy often leads...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Forgive Me, For I Have Sinned

    01/16/2017 4:34:51 AM PST · by Resettozero · 2 replies ^ | January 15, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… Romans 3:23 Every single human being has sinned an will sin again. Darn it. I’m right there at the top having to acknowledge mine. Double darn. I was baptized Catholic as a baby, part of a big, loyal Irish Catholic family led by our patriarch, Grandpa Clem Sheeran. Later, when I became of age to make the conscious decision to publicly testify of my walk with Christ, I was baptized in the icy waters of Little Beaver Lake. When Pastor Riley dunked me under the name of the...
  • I Rather Have Jesus – Till We Meet Again

    01/16/2017 4:30:54 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 1/16/2017 | Revski
    This than 2 minute video has two songs, I'd Rather Have Jesus, sang A-Capella, Till We Meet Again, with the mandolin plus lyrics. May you get faith in Jesus and call on him daily, He loves us and you will be blessed and have eternal life.
  • Paul VI on the Altars of Bergoglio

    01/16/2017 4:10:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Vida Neuva ^ | January 13, 2017 | N/A
    Google Ttranslation: Francis wants to accelerate the process of canonization of Pope Montini, DARÍO MENOR (ROME) | The Church is on the way to having a new Holy Pontiff: Paul VI. Three years after beatifying him, Francisco shuffles the possibility of canonizing him during 2017, accelerating the times by exempting the need for a new miracle. Jorge Mario Bergoglio would thus promote the ascent to the altars of Giovanni Battista Montini following the same path as John XXIII, who was first beatified by John Paul II in 2000 after a process of use, and then inscribed in the book of...
  • New Embassy Signals Pope’s Love for Palestine, says President Abbas

    01/16/2017 3:40:09 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 16, 2017 | N/A
    The Palestinian embassy to the Holy See was inaugurated on Saturday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pope Francis for his support of the country’s new embassy to the Holy See.“This is a sign that the Pope loves the Palestinian people and loves peace,” Abbas told the Pope on Saturday before heading to the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See in Rome.The Pope welcomed Abbas with open arms, embracing the president and saying, “It is a pleasure to welcome you here.”“I am also happy to be here,” Abbas replied.The Vatican said the two leaders spoke privately of the...
  • Pope Has Done Almost Nothing to Halt Sex Abuse, Author Claims [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 3:20:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 16, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    The last time Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi wrote an exposé about corruption at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, it landed him in a Vatican court facing a possible jail sentence on charges that he had illegally obtained confidential church papers in the course of his reporting.Now, six months after the 42-year-old reporter was cleared of all charges, Fittipaldi is taking on the church again. This time in a new book that accuses Pope Francis of doing “close to nothing” to stop clerical sexual abuse...around the world, despite the...pope’s frequent assertions that he has zero tolerance for...abuse...or those who...
  • The Real Argument over ‘Amoris’ Is an Old One over Conscience [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 11:22:44 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Austen Ivereigh
    The furious reaction from critics of 'Amoris Laetitia' to the Maltese bishops' guidelines implementing it suggests that behind the debates and arguments over Francis's apostolic exhortation 'The Joy of Love' is a very old-fashioned, and still unresolved, dispute within the Church over the role of conscience. The heart of the  Amoris Laetitia disputes, which flared up again at the weekend following the Maltese bishops’ guidelines on the admission of the divorced-and-remarried to the sacraments, is not doctrine or law but the role of conscience.Both critics and partisans of the exhortation have correctly detected a clear shift in magisterial teaching in...
  • Ethicist Says Ghostwriter’s Role in ‘Amoris’ Is Troubling

    01/15/2017 11:15:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Michael Pakaluk
    It turns out that the most important footnote in 'Amoris Laetitia' may be one that's not there, because a key passage of the document is lifted almost verbatim from a 1995 essay in theology by Archbishop Victor Fernandez -- raising troubling questions about Fernandez's role as ghostwriter, and the magisterial force of his ideas. [EditorÂ’s note: In this essay, Professor Michael Pakaluk of the Catholic University of America examines the role of Argentine Archbishop Victor Fernandez, a theological adviser to Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia, the pontiffÂ’s document on the family. Crux invited Fernandez to respond, and his comments appear...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 1-16-17 {Prayer}

    01/15/2017 10:40:52 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 30 replies
    1-16-17 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 12:2 Hinei, El is my Yeshuah (Salvation); I will Trust, and not be Afraid; For Hashem G-d is my Strength and my Zemirah; He also has become my Yeshuah (Salvation).
  • The Modern Church: A Synthesis of Martin Luther and Henry VIII

    01/15/2017 10:40:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 106 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 13, 2017 | C.T. Rossi
    I want to say to you, about myself, that I am a child of this age, a child of unfaith and scepticism, and probably (indeed I know it) shall remain so to the end of my life. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky I find it on any showing quite ludicrous to suppose that, for nineteen of Christendom’s twenty centuries, Christians were credulous idiots ready to believe any tomfoolery the Bible fostered. . . For one thing, it would seem to me that our twentieth century, far from being notable for scientific scepticism, is one of the most credulous eras in all history....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-17

    01/15/2017 9:24:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 01-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16, 2017 Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb5:1-10Brothers and sisters:Every high priest is taken from among menand made their representative before God,to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,for he himself is beset by weaknessand so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himselfas well as for the people.No one takes this honor upon himselfbut only when called by God,just as Aaron was.In the same way,it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,but rather the one who said to him:You...
  • Pope Francis: Beyond the Submerged Schism

    01/15/2017 7:36:20 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | January 16, 2017 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    The “lineamenta” (guidelines) of the forthcoming synod on young people, published January13, paved the way to a new path for the synod. Much has changed since the times when it was thought that the Synod of Bishops was going to gain more importance in the Curia – the chair of the first meetings of the heads of Vatican dicasteries under Pope Francis was Cardinal Baldisseri, the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops. In the meantime, a major role for the Synod of Bishops in papal elections, on the basis of a plan of Pope Paul VI, was rumored. At...
  • ASK FATHER: Can Absolution Be Granted When No Purpose of Amendment Exists? [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 7:26:09 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 15, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Under another entry here a commentator asked: Can absolution be granted where no purpose of amendment exists? If granted, with no purpose of amendment, does it even ‘take’? No. And No.In normal circumstances, when there isn’t danger or some other odd condition, in order to absolve a penitent who is sui compos (conscious, able to make a confession, etc.) the priest must be reasonably certain that the penitent 1) has actually confessed a sin (even a previously confessed and absolved sin is enough), 2) has, in that moment, at least imperfect sorrow for sin (attrition – fear of punishment), and...