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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-18-14

    09/17/2014 8:16:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-18-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 18, 2014Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-11 I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,of the Gospel I preached to you,which you indeed received and in which you also stand.Through it you are also being saved,if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,unless you believed in vain.For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures;that he appeared to...
  • 75% of Assyrians Return to Their Town in North Iraq [Thanks to the Kurds: Celebrate Mass]

    09/17/2014 8:09:06 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-16 22:31 GMT | Revan Hakim
    Alqosh, Iraq (AINA) -- More than 75% of the residents of Alqosh, an Assyrian town 37 miles north of Mosul, have returned to their town after fleeing from the threat of ISIS on August 7. On September 12 the residents celebrated the festival Mar Qardakh, the patron saint of Alqosh, at the Saint Qardakh the Martyr Church. The Holy Mass was led by Bishop Michael Muqadissi of the Alqosh Archdiocese and was attended by hundreds of people from the town. After the mass, the people walked around the Church in a procession lead by children and deacons. Improvements in security...
  • Argentina Freak Show. Just in Time for Family Synod,

    09/17/2014 7:35:55 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    Rorate ^ | 9/15/14 | New Catholic
    "..."Luisa Luca Paz" is a man from Santiago del Estero, Argentina. A transsexual, he is a high-ranking official in a homosexual-transsexual organization activist organization that was prominent both in the approval of the law on civil same-sex marriage and the law on the change of civil names for transsexuals. After this second law was approved, some years ago, he managed to have his name officially changed to "Luisa Luca" -- he got his new "female" ID from President Cristina Kirchner herself in the first ceremony after the law was changed (source). He had been in a counternatural relationship with Jos...
  • Why do bad things happen to good people

    09/17/2014 7:06:26 PM PDT · by impactplayer · 44 replies
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    Why do bad things happen to good people? There is no real answer to this question, because it is a flawed question! The question assumes we are good. There really are no good people, so how in the world could any of us tell bad things from good things? The question we actually need to ask is: Why would a good God let those trying to do His will suffer? This question has real answers. First, we need to review where we stand. We are fallen creatures, inclined to do wrong, and wrong thoughts and acts have bad consequences ...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury: My Doubts About Existence of God

    09/17/2014 6:42:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/17/14 | John Bingham
    Justin Welby says he asks himself is there a God? and says Christians cannot explain why there is suffering in the world The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has disclosed that he questions whether God exists. Britains most senior churchman, who is effectively the leader of almost 80 million Anglicans worldwide, admitted that there are moments when he asks himself Is there a God? and Where is God? He also said that Christians cannot explain why suffering exists in the world but that the answer was faith. His remarks came in an interview conducted as part of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 17, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/17/2014 6:14:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/17/14 | Joel Osteen
    Be a Prisoner of Hope Today's Scripture Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. (Zechariah 9:12, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When things get difficult, its easy to want to give up. Its easy to get down and discouraged. But, thats not Gods plan for us. God wants us to be so full of hope, so full of expectancy that we just cant help believing for the best. He wants us to be prisoners of hope! When youre a prisoner of something, its...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 17, 2014]

    09/17/2014 6:11:32 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is There Good in Temptation? " No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man . . . —1 Corinthians 10:13 " The word temptation has come to mean something bad to us today, but we tend to use the word in the wrong way. Temptation itself is not sin; it is something we are bound to face simply by virtue of being human. Not to be tempted would mean that we were already so shameful that we would be beneath contempt. Yet many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply...
  • My Year As an Abortion Doula (Slate)

    09/17/2014 5:24:53 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    Slate ^ | 9/15/14 | Alex Ronan
    My first patient ever stares at me blankly when I say the doctor will see her soon. Her two small children treat the waiting room chairs like monkey bars; theyve been sitting around for hours. Dee (some names have been changed throughout) is here to get laminaria inserted, the small seaweed sticks positioned in the cervix that expand upon contact with moisture, producing enough dilation to enable a second trimester abortion, which will happen tomorrow. I know Im not succeeding at giving her the warm, confident assurance Ive practiced in the mirror. -snip- Women have historically supported other women through...
  • The Bible Anticipates Islam...ISlam and the Bible pt 3

    Islam as a world religion didn’t burst onto the world scene until the 7th century AD. But in the 14 plus centuries since, it has played a major role in world affairs, as a foil to the Judeo Christian world, and a scourge on India, the Levant, Persia, Southern Asia, much of Africa, the Caucasus, and even part of China. Many have forgotten that Islam menaced Europe as late as the 17th century when the siege of Vienna ended. It was as recent as early in the last century that the Caliphate of Sunni Islam finally collapsed, after Ottoman Turkey...
  • Cardinals weigh creation of two new Vatican congregations

    09/17/2014 1:26:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 17, 2014 | Diogenes
    The Council of Cardinals has concluded a 3-day session, during which the nine papal advisers discussed a plan to merge several pontifical councils. The Council also began drafting a new apostolic constitution on the organization of the Roman Curia. In a briefing for reporters on September 17, Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said that the Council of Cardinals has now completed its work on the economic affairs of the Vatican, with the inauguration of the new Secretariat for the Economy, under Cardinal George Pell, and the Council for the Economy supervising his work. The Council...
  • Church doctrine on marriage cannot change, but some bishops will try: Cardinal Martino

    09/17/2014 1:22:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 17, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    In a lengthy interview in an Italian Catholic paper, a former Vatican ambassador to the UN has said that any change to the Catholic doctrines surrounding marriage and sexuality is impossible. Cardinal Renato Martino has joined an impressive list of high-ranking prelates to say that the Synod cannot alter Catholic doctrine. The cardinal told La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana there will “certainly” be presentations from bishops at the Synod “that do not correspond with the doctrine of the Church, but in the end, it will not be able but to reaffirm what the Church has always said about the family.”...
  • Pope Francis is Irritated -- with a Pro-Marriage Book Published by Ignatius Press

    09/17/2014 12:30:31 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 39 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/17/14 | New Catholic
    A new book with articles by prominent churchmen is about to be released worldwide in severak kanguages (in English by Ignatius Press, under the title "Remaining in the Truth of Christ"), with important articles strongly defending all aspects related to the traditional Catholic doctrine on family and marriage, and the integrity of Blessed Sacrament, words that come from Our Lord Himself. This is how Ignatius Press describes it: In this volume five Cardinals of the Church, and four other scholars, respond to the call issued by Cardinal Walter Kasper for the Church to harmonize fidelity and mercy in its pastoral...
  • Breaking: Sources confirm Cardinal Burke will be removed. But will he attend the Synod?

    09/17/2014 11:41:27 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 9/17/14 | John-Henry Westen
    Sources in Rome have confirmed to LifeSiteNews that Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Vaticans highest court, known as the Apostolic Signatura, is to be removed from his post as head of the Vatican dicastery and given a non-curial assignment as patron of the Order of Malta. The timing of the move is key since Cardinal Burke is currently on the list to attend Octobers Extraordinary Synod on the Family. He is attending in his capacity as head of one of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, so if he is removed prior to the Synod it could mean...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUANTA CURA, 09-17-14

    09/17/2014 10:52:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-17-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUANTA CURAThe encyclical published by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1964, to which was attached the famous Syllabus of Errors, condemning secularism and religious indifferentism. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope Francis Supposedly Claimed Virgin Mary Is Second Trinity, At Godhead Level

    09/17/2014 9:07:14 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 115 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 09/17/2014 | Tanya Diente
    Pope Francis, with his open-mindedness and more humanist approach to Catholicism reportedly promoted that the Virgin Mary should be at the second Holy Trinity, even putting her at Godhead level. Pope Francis recently attended the morning mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15 at Casa Santa Marta. He preached on how the Virgin Mary "learned, obeyed and suffered at the foot of the cross," according to theVatican Radio."Even the Mother, 'the New Eve', as Paul himself calls her, in order to participate in her Son's journey, learned, suffered and obeyed. And thus she becomes Mother,"...
  • Meriam Ibrahim Says 'Faith Was the Only Weapon' She Had After Receiving Death Sentence

    09/17/2014 8:40:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    After almost being martyred in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith a few months ago, global Christian icon Meriam Ibrahim, 27, is breathing easier now and smiling. "Faith means life. If you don't have faith, you are not alive," said Meriam Ibrahim when asked if she was afraid of dying for her faith. In her first public interview since arriving in the U.S. with her two children and husband, Ibrahim revealed how she was able to survive after being placed on death row in Sudan for her Christian beliefs and her response was simple "faith." It was...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    09/17/2014 7:29:15 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 13 replies
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  • Irish Bishop Bows to Pressure, Shelves Plans for Permanent Diaconate

    09/17/2014 6:25:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    An Irish bishop has decided not to institute the permanent diaconate in his diocese, because of protests from supporters of womens ordination. Bishop Kieran OReilly of Killaloe had begun recruiting candidates for the diaconate, when opposition arose among some women in the diocese. Quickly reacting to the pressure, Bishop OReilly announced: I will not now proceed with the introduction of the permanent diaconate at this time in the diocese. Bishop backs down over plan for male-only lay ministers (Irish Independent)
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/17/14)[Prayer]

    09/17/2014 5:57:01 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/17/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Builder (Building Contractor) New International Version (NIV) 12 In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mothers name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. 2Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. 4Joash said to the priests, Collect all the money that is brought as sacred offerings to the temple of the...
  • Homosexual Acts Cannot be Approved or Celebrated by the Church Heres Why

    09/17/2014 1:38:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/16/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In recent years, homosexuality has frequently been in the news. An increasingly nationwide effort to make homosexual acts something to celebrate has gained great ground and sowed serious confusion even among those who describe themselves as Christian and Catholic. Hence, it is necessary once again to instruct on this matter and to reassert what Scripture plainly teaches and why the Church cannot affirm what the world demands we affirm.An essential fact is that the Scriptures are very clear in unambiguously, uncompromisingly declaring homosexual acts as a serious sin and as disordered. Disordered here means that they are acts that are...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-17-14, OM, St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    09/16/2014 9:03:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-17-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 17, 2014Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 1 Cor 12:31-13:13 Brothers and sisters:Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tonguesbut do not have love,I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.And if I have the gift of prophecyand comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;if I have all faith so as to move mountains,but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give away everything I own,and if I hand my body over so that I may...
  • The possible demotion of Card. Burke. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

    09/16/2014 7:24:30 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 26 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 09/16/14 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The possible demotion of Card. Burke. Wherein Fr. Z rants. Posted on 16 September 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf Now that the cat is out of the bag, Ill post this. I do not like the fact that Sandro Magister posted in this way, however. Ive been biting the inside of my mouth for a while now. The optimist in me was saying that the official announcement would not be made until after the Synod of Bishops, or at least the beginning of the Synod. Or at all.Its not good news. At the time of this writing, it is still...
  • Sarah Palin Chats with Jewish Travelers: USA and Israel, Together

    09/16/2014 6:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    JSpace News ^ | September 16, 2014 | Staff
    A pair of Jewish travelers stopped by Sarah Palin’s house recently, and the GOP pundit welcomed the men in for a chat. Palin was prepping for a film segment when two strangers, donning kipopt, knocked on her door and asked to come in to kibbitz. The on-hand camera people were able to video the exchange as the past Alaska governor spoke with the pair about Judaism and Israel. Palin remarked on the events in Israel over the summer, saying “it’s not right” and adding “USA and Israel, together. ” The video was uploaded to YouTube this week via the SarahPalinChannel.com...
  • My lovely wife is having surgery tomorrow morning.

    09/16/2014 6:34:00 PM PDT · by infool7 · 108 replies
    self | 09/16/14 | self
    Please pray for a successful outcome, My wife is having a surgery to remove two mass' that they have found on each ovary they tell us that this is quite routine and it's very likely they are not cancerous but there is a family history and we will know more after they do the biopsy.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - September 16, 2014 [Devotional]

    09/16/2014 6:25:38 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 9/16/14 | Joel Osteen
    When the Intensity Gets Turned Up Today's Scripture Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. (1 Chronicles 16:35, ESV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Whenever life gets difficult and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, thats a sign you are closer to your victory. When those lies are bombarding your mind, when youre tempted to get discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel, thats not the time to back down. Thats...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [September 16, 2014]

    09/16/2014 6:22:12 PM PDT · by Vision · 6 replies
    Praying to God in Secret " hen you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . . —Matthew 6:6 " The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know...
  • Fishwrap: Approve of gay sex or risk a shrinking, irrelevant Church.

    09/16/2014 6:10:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/16/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I think we are going to see the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) lurch even farther to the left, even deeper into angry dissent now that they have to cope with and distinguish themselves with Crux.I suspect Crux will wind up doing a better job of what Fishwrap has been doing.Here is an example of angry edginess from Fishwrap. This ought bring in those readers!Brian Cahill has a peevish piece in which he makes the claim that The Catholic church is on track to become a shrinking cult Oh no! What will save us from this dire fate? Fishwap...
  • Mass Etiquette: 20 Things To Do And Not Do In Mass

    09/16/2014 5:21:54 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 105 replies
    1. Fast before Mass. It is Church law that one fasts for at least 1 hour before receiving Holy Communion. Water and medicine can be consumed, of course. The purpose is to help us prepare to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. 2. No Food and Drink in Church. The exceptions would be a drink for small children, water for the priest or choir (if discreet) and water for those who are ill. Bringing a snack into church is not appropriate, because we want to set the church apart as a place of prayer and reflection. 3. Men take your hats...
  • Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke

    09/16/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 25 replies
    Chiesa news ^ | 9/17/14 | Sandro Magister
    Vatican Diary / Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke As the impeccable prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura, he is on the verge of being demoted to the purely honorary role of patron of an order of knighthood. At the behest of Pope Francis by Sandro Magister VATICAN CITY, September 17, 2014 The revolution of Pope Francis in ecclesiastical governance is not losing its driving thrust. And so, as happens in every self-respecting revolution, the heads continue to roll for churchmen seen as deserving this metaphorical guillotine. In his first months as bishop of Rome, pope...
  • Pre-Synodal Reconnaissance

    09/16/2014 4:53:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of the Vatican II ^ | September 16, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    As most readers know by now, Pope Francis witnessed the marriage of some twenty couples in St. Peters Basilica on Sunday, September 14th. As Cardinal Dolan might say, Good for them! Bravo! (No, wait these were heterosexual couples. Never mind.) In any case, like so many other things involving His Humbleness, theres more to the story. According to a statement issued by the Diocese of Rome in the days leading up to the event, among those getting married that day were couples who are already cohabitating; who already have children (NOTE: These people didnt just happen to fall into a...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BOGOMILES, 09-16-14

    09/16/2014 3:55:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BOGOMILESA dualist, heretical sect and branch of the Catharists. Originally they taught in Bulgaria, in the first half of the tenth century, but in time their influence spread through Asia Minor and the Balkans. Eventually they merged with Islam. They believed in a superior God, the Father, whose son Satanal revolted and was driven from heaven. Satanal created the world and Adam, but since the Father gave Adam his soul, man belongs to God as well as Satan. The latter seduced Eve and was punished by being deprived of creative power, yet entrusted with the...
  • Isil want to assassinate the Pope, says Iraq's ambassador to Vatican

    09/16/2014 3:12:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 16, 2014 | Nick Squires
    Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of Isil, the Vatican has been warned, ahead of his first visit to a Muslim-majority country this weekend. As the 77-year-old pontiff prepares to travel to Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit, Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See said there were credible threats against the pontiff's life. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church could also be vulnerable when he travels to Turkey in November, the ambassador said. Jihadists from Isil have in recent weeks boasted of wanting to extend their caliphate to Rome, the heart...
  • Does Anyone From Seattle Know Anything About Mars Hill?

    Mars Hill is a mega church in Seattle that has made front page news in the Seattle Times. Seems the media wants to demonize Christian churches that have internal problems. I was wondering if anybody here has the inside scoop. Seems our church invited a new church, 'The Seattle Church' over to share our space and sermon for one Sunday. I'm wondering if this is a spin off of Mars Hill. When I do a Google Search to get information on 'The Seattle Church', it always comes up with Mars Hill. Seem the pastor of The Seattle Church was a...
  • The hard truth about marriage, mercy and Eastern oikonomia

    09/16/2014 2:20:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Click to PRE-ORDER I have been posting about the soon-to-be-released book by five cardinala and four scholars called Remaining In The Truth Of Christ. This book is a defense of the Catholic doctrine marriage. It is an important book, some of it may be hard for all readers to read, but it is worth the effort.It is still available for 25% off as a pre-order. HEREThus, I was please to find an EXCELLENT comment in the other entry, so good that I reproduce it here as a separate post.I want to thank PaterAugustinus for his honest evaluation of Orthodox oikonomia....
  • Surprise! One of the (Catholic) Church's family issues is polygamy (Synod on the Family)

    09/16/2014 2:12:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crux Now ^ | September 11, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    The Tswana people of South Africa practice polygamy. (Photo/Wikipedia) Say family issues to most Americans or Europeans, and theyre likely to flash on divorce, or the challenges of single-parent households, or perhaps same-sex relationships and the push for gay marriage.What probably wouldnt come naturally to mind is polygamy. Yet in many parts of the non-Western world, polygamy is a major feature of family life, and thus a major pastoral challenge for the Catholic Church.Discussion of polygamy is likely to surface at the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family in the Vatican, and could be a factor in the...
  • Brother of [al-Baghdadi] Top ISIS Leader Repents, Converts to Christianity

    09/16/2014 9:40:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    World News Daily Report via AINA ^ | 2014-09-16 05:57 GMT
    Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the Caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, has converted to christianity, reports Al-Jazeera this morning. The move has brought the man an unprecedented backlash from the Salafist Sunni community that has ordered a fatwa, or death-sentence, on the man as soon as the news was spread in media around the muslim world. "He is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday" told the self-proclaimed Caliph to a large crowd of his followers. "Let Allah not forget this treacherous swine when he pleads on his...
  • Billy Graham's Daughter Delivers Timely Message On Site in Jerusalem

    09/16/2014 8:36:36 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 12 replies
    Anne Graham Lotz ^ | 9/15/2014 | Anne Graham Lotz
    "To know how to pray effectively, I've turned to Daniel Chapter 9. It's a prayer that the prophet Daniel prayed for this very same city [Jerusalem] and a prayer that was so effective that the answer was dramatic and actually changed history."
  • Reigning and Emeritus. The Enigma of the Two Popes

    09/16/2014 7:50:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 9/15/14 | Sandro Magister
    It is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church. With many unknowns still unresolved, and with serious risks already in play. An analysis by Roberto de MatteiROME, September 15, 2014 That the figure of pope emeritus is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church, instituted by Benedict XVI himself in his act of resignation, has been recognized by Pope Francis himself, during the press conference on the airplane that brought him back from Korea to Rome last August I8. This does not change the fact that from both the juridical and the doctrinal point of...
  • The Muslim Brotherhoods Inter-Faith Charade

    09/16/2014 5:34:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mark Tapson
    Dr. Mark Christian is the President and Executive Director of the Global Faith Institute (GFI), a Christian organization based in Omaha, Nebraska dedicated to the proclamation and pursuit of truth as it relates Middle Eastern history and current happenings. Dr. Christian, an Egyptian-born Christian convert from Islam related to high-ranking leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, is now engaged in a battle to root out the Brotherhood influence in what is called the Tri-Faith Initiative, a building project in Omaha.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(9/16/14)[Prayer]

    09/16/2014 5:01:31 AM PDT · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 9/16/14 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jobs In The Bible Brickmaker King James Version(KJV) 1And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. 4And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven; and let...
  • Marian Ibraheen: Embassy Wouldn't Listen To Me, Thanks Lanier

    09/16/2014 5:00:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    Mariam Ibraheem, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity reported that officials at the US Embassy in Sudan initially refused to deal with her, while thanking the current US Charge DAffairs to Sudan, Ambassador Jerry Lanier for his work on her behalf, through a translator on Mondays Kelly File on the Fox News Channel.
  • Premarital Sex is a Mortal Sin Of this we must be clear and insist on repentance as the...

    09/16/2014 2:24:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/15/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We live in times when many call good or no big deal what God calls sin. This is especially true in the area of sexuality where whole sectors of our society not only tolerate, but even celebrate sexual practices that the Scriptures call gravely sinful, and which will lead to hell if not repented of. Acts of fornication (pre-marital sex) and homosexual acts cannot be considered acceptable by any Catholic, or any person who sincerely accepts the Scripture as the Word of God. And even for those who do not share our faith, acts of fornication, and homosexual acts can...
  • Prayer for our American Heroes and Nation

    09/16/2014 2:08:23 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 11 replies
    September 16, 2014 | Jeanbl
    . . . for I know the one in whom I believe, and I am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. 2 Timothy 1:12
  • Between the Skeptic and the Fundamentalist

    09/15/2014 7:39:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com/ ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mark Shea
    Reading Scripture as a modern Catholic is a perpetual balance between extremes; among them, the extremes of farfetched skepticism and equally farfetched supernaturalism. For, unlike these extremes, the Faith takes both the unseen realities of the Spirit and the ordinary life of human beings seriously. It believes in both accountants and angels. But many people, seeing only one of these truths clearly, then proceed to use that pet truth as a cudgel against the truth they don't see. This came through to me loud and clear recently when a skeptical acquaintance (whom we shall call "Clarence") wrote on the Internet...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-16-14, M, Sts. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

    09/15/2014 7:12:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 16, 2014Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs    Reading 1 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a Brothers and sisters:As a body is one though it has many parts,and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,so also Christ.For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body,whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many. Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.Some people God has designated in the Churchto be, first, Apostles;...
  • The Vocation To Love

    09/15/2014 5:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Day
    The Vocation To Love James Day “When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child.”-          1 Corinthians 13:11There was life before the engagement and life after the engagement. For years, the thought of marriage was walled off as something unthinkable, remote. An unimaginative life choice for others, not for me. My reasoning, that only until a successful career had been established, ambitions realized, life lived, would I consider the married life.A rationality very much along the lines of childish thinking and reasoning.Little did I know beforehand—or even care to...
  • Does God Exist to Make Man Happy? [Victoria Osteen Seems to Think So]

    09/15/2014 2:23:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/15/2014 | Dan Delzell
    God has always existed, and He was perfectly fine without man. He always was, is and will always be. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were already having a good time together. Everything they do is good and fulfilling, and so they didn't need man in order to be complete. Nevertheless, God chose to create man and, through worship, allow him to get in on the joy. Man tends to think in wrong ways about this entire arrangement. Man is prone to assume that it's all about him. How foolish of man. It's always been about God, and...
  • Vatican weddings a signal of progressivism at upcoming synod?

    09/15/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    With the Vatican’s Synod on the Family fast approaching and Pope Francis’ call to the Catholic Church to be a “field hospital for sinners” more focused on mercy than rules, lots of people are looking for hints at what the gathering of bishops will urge at the extraordinary synod next month. A wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Square, some of whom cohabited prior to marriage, has CBS News hailing the “progressive Pope,” who’s progressively progressive. Or something: Many had been living together prior to getting married, which is forbidden in Catholicism. Some even have children.But none of...
  • What To Expect When You Are Expecting (Synodal Disaster)

    09/15/2014 2:00:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | September 15, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    We are now just weeks aways from the commencement of the Synod on the Family. Due to the words of a Cardinal Kasper earlier this year during a speech in preparation for the synod, and the praise it received from the Pope, many have begun to suspect that the Synod on the Family will introduce novelties that will contradict the Church's (and Jesus') clear teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Some even think that such an event could provoke a schism. I want to go on record that I do not expect that. Actually, what I expect is that the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/15/2014 1:17:59 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    9-15-14 | Kitty Mittens
    2Chronicles 7:14 If My People, which are Called by My Name, shall Humble themselves, and Pray, And Seek My Face, and Turn from their Wicked Ways; Then will I Hear from Heaven, and will Forgive their Sin, and will Heal their Land.