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  • Contraception is contrary to God's law: Why the Hahns became Roman Catholic

    10/05/2012 3:22:55 AM PDT · by koinonia · 88 replies
    From a transcript of Scott Hahn telling his story: We [Kimberly & I] got married right out of college. Both of us had so much of the same vision. We wanted to do ministry together [as Presbyterians], we wanted to share the good news of Christ, we wanted to open up the Bible and make it come alive for people... We were off to seminary a week or two after our wedding... [In] a course that Kimberly took her first year... Dr. Davis had all the students break up into small groups so that each small group could tackle one...
  • Bene Israel hail DNA result {Indian Jewish history dating back 2000 years}

    10/04/2012 11:14:35 PM PDT · by Cronos · 25 replies
    Times of India ^ | July 22, 2002 | Manjiri Damie
    They have adopted mehendi and haldi ceremonies from Indian weddings, they speak fluent Marathi and many of them have enrolled their children in Marathi medium schools. As fond as they are of their adoptive home, the 250-odd members of the Bene Israel community in the city were pleasantly surprised to open the Sunday Times of India on July 21. An STOI exclusive report highlighted the results of four-year-long DNA tests in London which confirms their genetical link to the "original children of Israel" (literal translation of Bene Israel), who are said to have migrated to this country 2,000 years ago....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-05-12, OM, St. Faustina

    10/04/2012 10:17:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 5, 2012 Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5 The LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said: Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morningand shown the dawn its placeFor taking hold of the ends of the earth,till the wicked are shaken from its surface?The earth is changed as is clay by the seal,and dyed as though it were a garment;But from the wicked the light is withheld,and the arm of pride is shattered. Have you entered into the sources of the sea,or walked about in the depths...
  • Judge decides for pope that funding contraception is not a sin

    10/04/2012 7:37:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    lsn ^ | 10.4.2012 | Johanna Dasteel
    Last week, a federal district judge in Missouri dismissed a case against the HHS mandate, ruling that forcing Catholics to pay for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs does not violate their faith, because they remain “free to exercise their religion, by not using contraceptives.” In her ruling, Judge Carol E. Jackson contended that the mandate does not prohibit a business owner’s religious worship or personal decision not to use contraceptives, echoing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ contention that the new mandate does not “affect an individual woman’s freedom to decide not to use birth control.” “This Court rejects the proposition that requiring...
  • S.F.'s new archbishop takes over

    10/04/2012 7:31:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/4/12 | Stephanie M. Lee
    More than 2,000 worshipers filled St. Mary's Cathedral on Thursday to see Salvatore Cordileone assume his role as Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, as several dozen protesters angered by his leading role in the fight against same-sex marriage demonstrated outside. "I know in my own life God has always had a way of putting me in my place - little and sometimes big ways of reminding me of my need to depend upon him and to attend to the work of my own rebuilding from within," Cordileone told the congregation. "I would say, though, that with this latest episode...
  • Prayer Request for Michelle, Sister of my Sister-in-law, Mother of 3 brave boys serving our Nation

    10/04/2012 7:21:49 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 42 replies
    Self
    Received the following email from my Sister-in-Law: Hello Everyone, Just wanted to share some news about my sister Michelle. She has been diagnosed with Oral Cancer. About 10 days ago she had an ulcer removed from her lower lip and just received the results of the biopsy yesterday. The good news is that it has not spread to her lymph nodes and hopefully is localized. She is now scheduled for additional surgery on October 16th – the doctor needs to remove more of the surrounding tissue to make sure that all of it has been removed. The recovery period is...
  • From Islamic (conspiracy) lexicon: 'Zionist Hair Rays'

    10/04/2012 5:31:07 PM PDT · by Milagros · 26 replies
    Zionist hair rays Magical rays emanating from the hair of attractive Jewish women, with the ability to mesmerize Muslim men and render them sexually enslaved. Based on an Islamic justification of the need for the hijab, which covers women's hair so that it does not inflame the passions of men. Various imams have sermonized about "rays" from women's hair which needed to be avoided, and the notion was exaggerated by female bloggers for satirical purposes. In their quest for world domination, Wahabbi clerics caution their male followers about the dangers of Zionist hair rays. Sexually repressed Saudis are considered particularly...
  • Pope’s ambition, a blend of the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite, could sweep Church [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2012 4:23:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    CatholicHerald.co.uk ^ | Friday, 20 May 2011 | William Oddie
    The Pope’s ambition, a powerful blend of the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite, could sweep the Church There are too many difficulties attending both the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite By William Oddie on Friday, 20 May 2011 Cardinal Walter Brandmüller celebrated the Extraordinary Form Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (CNS photo) An extremely interesting story by John Thavis – which appears currently on the Herald’s homepage under the headline “Pope’s ‘reform of the reform’ in liturgy to continue” – reports what seems to me a potentially wondrous proposed advance. But will it happen? There is...
  • Pope says liturgical abuses detract from Christ

    10/04/2012 3:41:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 3, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Vatican City, Oct 3, 2012 / 09:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has reminded Catholics that the liturgy belongs to Jesus Christ and his Church, and should not be changed according to individual whims. “It is not the individual – priest or layman – or the group that celebrates the liturgy, but it is primarily God’s action through the Church, which has its own history, its rich tradition and creativity,” the Pope said during his Oct. 3 general audience in Rome. “This universality and fundamental openness, which is characteristic of the entire liturgy...
  • Paul Ryan with hard-hitting religious freedom message to ‘fellow Catholics’

    10/04/2012 3:29:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 4, 2012 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    WASHINGTON, DC, October 4, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Romney campaign has released a hard-hitting video message from Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan aimed at Catholics.  Speaking as a Catholic to ‘fellow Catholics’ about Catholic charities, Ryan said, “President Obama has attacked these indispensable institutions since virtually the moment he took office.” “We need a president who will support our God-given rights—not try to circumvent them,” he added. “The protection of religious liberty will be a cornerstone of a Romney-Ryan administration.” The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue told LifeSiteNews, “Rep. Ryan’s message is what we’ve been saying all along: the threat to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MANASSEH, 10-04-12

    10/04/2012 12:09:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MANASSEH 1. the older son of Joseph and Asenath. Joseph explained the name, which means "forget," as helping him forget his sufferings (Genesis 41:51). Jacob was the grandfather of Manasseh and his younger brother Ephraim, and adopted the two boys. This was a common custom because adoption ensured inheritance. When he gave them his blessing before he died, Jacob prophesied that Ephraim would be the ancestor of a great nation. His prophecy proved accurate (Genesis 48:19). Manasseh married a Canaanite and settled in the Jordan Valley. His best-known descendant was Gilead; 2. son of Hezekiah. He...
  • Revisiting the Mormon Issue ('It's great to vote for Jesus Christ, but He's not on the ballot')

    10/04/2012 11:46:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/04/2012 | Jerry Newcombe
    The Mormon issue is rearing its head again in this campaign. An online article in the latest issue of US News (9/27/2012) notes that some political phone calls have raised the Mormon issue. The article refers to Deal Hudson, "the president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Network and an expert on Catholic outreach," and says that he is alarmed after finding out "that a group calling itself Catholics for Obama had been making push poll phone calls in support of the president's re-election bid. Among the questions being asked, he said, was 'How can you support a "Mormon" who does not...
  • Working Wonders at St. Gregory’s

    10/04/2012 9:51:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    legatus Magazine ^ | 10/3/12 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Legates’ addiction-treatment program helps people be who God calls them to be . . .Barb Conner was in a “dark place” in 2008 when she boarded the plane in Boston and alighted in Iowa. Drinking, complicated by “unresolved issues,” had taken her life in a downward spiral. She had tried AA but found its approach “very negative,” regarding alcoholism as a disease and addiction as a permanent condition. Her husband and daughters had desperately helped her research treatment options. Online they discovered St. Gregory Retreat Centers, which experts have touted as the most advanced, comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction recovery...
  • Pope, at Marian shrine, entrusts Year of Faith, synod to Mary (Catholic Caucus)

    10/04/2012 9:44:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cnsnews ^ | October 4, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass outside the Sanctuary of the Holy House in Loreto, Italy, Oct. 4. The small house inside the basilica is traditionally venerated as the house of Mary, miraculously transplanted from the Holy Land. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Catholic News Service LORETO, Italy (CNS) -- During a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, Pope Benedict XVI formally entrusted to Mary the world Synod of Bishops and the Year of Faith. The pope was marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed John XXIII's visit to the Marian shrine, about 175 miles northwest of Rome, when he...
  • TURKMENISTAN: Mass fines for unregistered religious worship

    10/04/2012 8:29:18 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy
    Forum 18 News Service ^ | 2 October 2012 | Felix Corley
    A week after their Sunday worship was raided, eleven Baptists in the northern city of Dashoguz were each fined two months' average wages, Protestants told Forum 18 News Service. One of those fined was a schoolboy aged 17. Two of the judges refused to discuss with Forum 18 why they had punished individuals for meeting for worship. One of the judges also refused to explain why he had imprisoned a Jehovah's Witness conscientious objector in March. Meanwhile, the Turkmen authorities allowed a visiting Protestant Oleg Piyashev to return to his family in Russia after earlier blocking his departure. But mystery...
  • Francis of Assisi: Pattern for Lay Holiness

    10/04/2012 7:10:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/4/12 | Donald S. Prudlo
    For over 100 years, there has been a veritable “Francis industry,” going well beyond the plastic kitsch in Assisi gift shop windows (after all, no one can capitalize on poverty like a Minorite!). For that whole period of time, people have been making and remaking Giovanni Francesco di Pietro Bernardone to fit their own images of what they think he was really about. From the neutered figure made appealing to agnostic Victorians and gardening aficionados, to Francis the PETA activist, the poor man of Assisi has been made poorer in the process. We have had Francis the Socialist Hippie, with...
  • San Francisco Set to Welcome New Roman Catholic Archbishop with Pomp and Protests

    10/04/2012 6:53:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/4/12 | Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO — The installation of a new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco — a backer of California’s same-sex marriage ban — is drawing support and concern as the 56-year-old priest assumes the ceremonial seat at St. Mary’s Cathedral during a Mass Thursday. Such inductions have not historically been cause for much interest or angst in San Francisco, where the population of church faithful is smaller than in many major U.S. cities. But attention is intense this time. Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, a native Californian who served as bishop of neighboring Oakland for the last three-and-a-half years, has a nationwide...
  • Leading Church Historian to be Received into Personal Ordinariate

    10/04/2012 6:49:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/4/12 | Madeleine Teahan
    Dr Edward Norman, the historian and former Canon Chancellor of York Minister, will be received into the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sunday. In an article for this newspaper, Dr Norman explains the reasons for his decision to become a Catholic. He argues that Anglicanism has “no basis for its authority” as its confession “varies from place to place and person to person”. He says: “At the centre of Anglicanism is a great void.” He adds: “The Church of England provides a masterclass in equivocation; it also, however, is the residence of very many good and faithful Christian people who...
  • The Mainstream Media Falls for the Latest Hoax: The Case of Mrs. Jesus

    10/04/2012 6:45:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/4/12 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Monsignor Ronald Knox, probably the most inspired preacher and apologist of the twentieth century, wrote an essay in 1928 satirizing some skeptical Biblical literary critics, in which he used their methods to “prove” that the real author of Tennyson’s In Memoriam was Queen Victoria. Many who doubt the plausibility of the Scriptures are gullible about hoaxes. I don’t just mean the rabbit with antelope horns called a jackalope. There was the Cardiff Giant of 1869 promoted by P.T. Barnum, and John Payne Collier’s forgery of Shakespeare letters. Some pretended to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, and far earlier was the...
  • Converting Protestants [to Catholicism] - A Secret Method

    10/04/2012 6:39:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 27 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | 24 September 2012 | Shane Schaetzel
    I have a secret.  I know how to get more Protestants into the Catholic Church.  Would you like to know?  It's guaranteed to work with shocking effectiveness.  You'll get more Protestant converts to the Catholic Church than you know what to do with.  They'll come in small numbers at first, just a trickle really, but that will slowly grow into a torrent.  You won't know what to do with them all.  You'll probably have to build bigger parishes or add on to existing ones.  From these converts you will find the most faithful and passionate Catholics in your whole diocese....