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  • The Family's Mission in the Year of Faith [Ecumenical]

    10/06/2012 2:00:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | Sept. 4, 2012 | Father Mariusz Frukacz
    The Family's Mission in the Year of Faith Journalist From Polish Catholic Weekly Offers Reflections By Father Mariusz FrukaczROME, SEPT. 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- What role can the family play in the context of the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith?A question that ZENIT asked Jowita Kostrzewska, correspondent at the Polish Catholic weekly “Niedziela.”ZENIT: There is talk of a crisis in the family in the contemporary world. At the same time, some believe that the family is important in terms of giving witness during the Year of Faith, which will begin in October. What is your point of view in...
  • Poll: PCUSA Church Members Increasingly Favoring Same-Sex Marriage

    10/06/2012 1:15:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/05/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    According to a recently released survey, support for same-sex marriage among Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members and pastors has considerably increased since 2005. In research conducted by Presbyterian Research Services and published in October, the number of PC(USA) members and pastors supporting the denomination redefining marriage grew. In 2005, 23 percent of PC(USA) members supported same-sex marriage; in 2012, the number had increased to 34 percent. Among pastors, support for same-sex marriage in 2005 was at 35 percent; in 2012, it is at 49 percent. Jack Marcum, coordinator of Research Services at Presbyterian Mission Agency and author of the published findings,...
  • Hollywood Gets Religion, Again

    10/06/2012 1:00:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/02/2012 | Leroy Huizenga
    The Wall Street Journal reports that the cinematic return of the biblical epic is at hand. Russell Crowe will star in Noah, with a 148-foot ark, copious animals, and a $125 million budget. Steven Spielberg is in talks to direct Gods and Kings about Moses, Warner Bros. secured a script about Pontius Pilate, and 20th Century Fox is having Ridley Scott direct Exodus. Sony is developing The Redemption of Cain, while Lionsgate will distribute Mary, Mother of Christ, promoted as a prequel to the highly-successful The Passion of the Christ. Why? There are compelling economic reasons for Hollywood to...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/06/2012 11:58:46 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 12 replies
    October 6, 2012 | Irish Rose
    A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8)
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INHIBITIVE FEAR, 10-06-12

    10/06/2012 11:26:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INHIBITIVE FEAR Mental agitation as affecting moral responsibility. Of itself, fear does not remove the voluntary character of human actions, but it usually lessens their guilt, as also their merit. There is a distinction, however, between acting through fear or with fear. One acts through fear if it is the fear that induces one to act, as when a student cheats out of fear of failing an examination. Such actions are voluntary and imputable in most cases. One acts with fear if the emotion merely accompanies an action but does not cause it. Any significant human...
  • (Vanity) Prayer Request

    10/06/2012 11:17:28 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 45 replies
    October 6, 2012 | None
    Library Lady has a friend that almost died of a heart catheterization today and requests your prayers. Please pray for this precious soul.
  • Rap attack and "Precious Puritans" discussion (Vanity)

    10/06/2012 6:23:09 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 16 replies
    Christian Observer Forums: CO-URC | 10/6/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Most of us in conservative Reformed circles are not fans of rap. I'm not either, though I have Korean relatives who are -- the "Gangnam Style" video of Korean rappers which has gone viral has shown to lots of Americans how our culture is affecting lots of places we would least expect it. The result is that many of us were probably caught unaware by the explosion on the blogosphere which greeted a Reformed man of African-American ancestry who uses rap as his medium of Christian music. The rapper, who goes by the name of "Propaganda," produced a rap song...
  • Unitatis redintegratio applied: Episcopal “Bishop” not seated for installation of Archbp. Cordileone

    10/06/2012 5:51:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 10/6/2012 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Rex novus in Aegypto.The other day Archbishop Cordileone was “installed” (a fitting word given the shape of the Cathedral in San Francisco).  You may recall that just days before the installation the Episcopalian (Episcopal) “Bishop” of California, Marc Andrus, wrote a hit piece, distorting Catholic doctrine concerning pastoral care of homosexual persons.  I wrote about Andrus HERE.  Among the ways Andrus bashed the Catholic Church and denigrated Archbp. Cordileone, there was also this: Claiming that the appointment of Archbishop Cordileone was met with mixed reactions by San Franciscans of “all or no faith tradition,” Bishop Andrus invited Catholics “less at home”...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/6/2012)[Prayer]

    10/06/2012 5:45:32 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 13 replies
    10/6/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 6, 2012]

    10/06/2012 4:45:11 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Nature of Regeneration "When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me . . ." —Galatians 1:15-16 If Jesus Christ is going to regenerate me, what is the problem He faces? It is simply this— I have a heredity in which I had no say or decision; I am not holy, nor am I likely to be; and if all Jesus Christ can do is tell me that I must be holy, His teaching only causes me to despair. But if Jesus Christ is truly a regenerator, someone who can put His own heredity...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (10/6/12)[Prayer]

    10/06/2012 4:43:15 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/6/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Chapter 7 is a Census of the Returned Exiles, so we will proceed to Chapter 8. 1 all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel. 2 So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to...
  • God Is Still With You

    10/05/2012 9:06:37 PM PDT · by Frank Broom · 11 replies
    10-06-12 | Frank Broom
    In rough times you may be wondering where is God, but he is still there. And he can turn things around. Right in the midst of your hard times that thing can change. And God can do it in a way that people will see that God is with you. Take Isaac in chapter 26 of Genesis, when there was a famine he sowed and reaped an hundredfold. He was so blessed that the people asked him to leave. And after he left they came to him again to make a covenant between them, because they said, "We saw certainly...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-06-12, OM, St. Bruno, Bl. Marie Rose Durocher

    10/05/2012 8:33:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    October 6, 2012   Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17 Job answered the LORD and said: I know that you can do all things,and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.I have dealt with great things that I do not understand;things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.I had heard of you by word of mouth,but now my eye has seen you.Therefore I disown what I have said,and repent in dust and ashes. Thus the LORD blessed the latter days of Jobmore than his earlier ones.For he had fourteen...
  • The President’s Pitch to People of Faith

    10/05/2012 2:49:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 4, 2012 | George Neumayr
    In 2008, Barack Obama stole a chunk of religious voters from the GOP by clothing his secularist and socialist positions in quasi-religious garb.“People of faith” received their own slot on his campaign web site, a mere two tabs down from the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community.” Obama “valued” the religious, as he put it. He particularly valued their votes. Obama has long believed in the separation of church and state but not in the separation of bogus religiosity from winning.This year his pitch to the religious is a little more tricky in light of the HHS mandate and other...
  • On the Ecclesial Nature of Liturgical Prayer

    10/05/2012 2:04:33 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 3, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Ecclesial Nature of Liturgical Prayer The Liturgy is the Act Whereby We Enter Into Contact with God VATICAN, OCTOBER 3, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Father continued his new series of catecheses on prayer in the Sacred Liturgy by reflecting upon the ecclesial nature of liturgical prayer. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catechesis I began to speak about one of the privileged sources of Christian prayer: the sacred liturgy, which – as the Catechism of the Catholic Church states...
  • Things we can learn from Dogs

    10/05/2012 1:26:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Today for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and, like many parishes, we conducted a blessing of the animals. Over 80 neighbors brought their pets (mostly dogs) by for a blessing this evening. To each of them I passed out a little list of things we can learn from dogs. The list that appears below. Scripture says little about dogs and when it does it is never flattering. Most of the references make one think of wild dogs who ran in packs. Psalm 22:16 says, “Many dogs have surrounded me, a pack of evildoers closes in upon me. Or...
  • Obama Administration Tells Small Catholic College to Create Hockey Team for Girls

    10/05/2012 1:17:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | October 3, 2012
    The Obama administration has forced a small Catholic college to create a girl’s hockey team.The United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights ruled that Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, is “not providing equal opportunity for women to participate in its intercollegiate athletics program” in compliance with Title IX regulations.The beancounters at OCR determined that while women made up 47.4% of the student body in 2009-2010, they only had 34.8% of the athletic opportunities. “To achieve proportionality in opportunities without decreasing opportunities for male students, the College would have to create 87 new participation opportunities for female athletes,”...
  • New San Francisco Archbishop Must Accept Homosexuals, Says Former Catholic Charities Director

    10/05/2012 12:36:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    On the day that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was installed as the head of the San Francisco archdiocese, the former director of the archdiocesan office of Catholic Charities published an op-ed column warning that the incoming prelate should not stress Catholic teachings regarding the sanctity of marriage. “No one expects him to be silent on church teaching, but he has a choice to make,” wrote Brian Cahill in the San Francisco Chronicle. He continued: He can continue to be the aggressive, outspoken leader of the American Catholic bishops in their effort to prevent civil gay marriage, or he can be the...
  • The Principle of Contradiction: 8 things everyone should know

    10/05/2012 8:54:00 AM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 15 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 10-04-12 | TFP
    What is the principle of contradiction? In a nutshell, it’s this:  a thing cannot be and not be at the same time.  Saint Thomas Aquinas shows that not even God can deny the principle of contradiction, the absolute law of the order of being, because it is impossible for God to will the absolutely impossible (Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, chap. 84). Father Garrigou-Lagrange gives us eight principal reasons, based on Aristotle, for defending the necessity and real validity of the principle of contradiction. They are briefly: 1. To deny this necessity and this validity would be to deprive words of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALMS BOX, 10-05-12

    10/05/2012 8:35:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-05-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALMS BOX Or alms chest. Permanent receptacle in a church for the donations that are prompted by charity and given to the poor by the parishioners or worshipers. See Also: POOR BOX All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ is Hokum

    10/05/2012 8:13:30 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 5, 2012 | JP
    There was an intriguing forum this week in New York City provocatively titled “I’m So Spiritual.” It was co-hosted by The New School, which trains up its students, it says, “to bring actual, positive change to the world,” and New York Salon, an organization composed of intellectuals, academics artists and public personalities, according to Wikipedia. The forum featured four speakers: Courtney Bender, an associate religion professor at ColumbiaUniversity, Matthew Hutson, a Psychology Today science writer, Sally Quinn, editor of the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, and Alan Miller, New York Salon’s co-director. Of the four speakers, Miller proved to be...
  • Russian Orthodox Clergy Allowed to Run in Secular Elections

    10/05/2012 6:51:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/5/12
    Moscow, October 5, Interfax - The governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church has allowed clerics to run for elected office in government "in the event of "ire ecclesiastical necessity." "In the event of dire ecclesiastical necessity, in exceptional situations where action is needed against schismatic or non-Orthodox forces that are seeking to use elected office for fighting the Orthodox Church, the Holy Synod or the Synod of a self-governing Church will choose persons for participation in elections for bodies of state authority," the Holy Synod said in a resolution in Moscow on Thursday. At the same time, a cleric...
  • Shanghai’s Priests and Nuns Forced to Attend Government Classes

    10/05/2012 6:48:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Priests and nuns in the Shanghai diocese have been forced to attend compulsory “study classes”, which observers believe were imposed by Chinese authorities in response to the new Shanghai auxiliary’s renunciation of the Catholic Patriotic Association. In September, approximately 80 diocesan priests and 80 nuns of the Our Lady of Presentation Congregation were divided into three groups to take three days of classes at the Shanghai Institute of Socialism, reported the Asian church news agency UCA News. Classes lasted 12 hours each day and included university professors lecturing about strengthening the sense of duty toward China, the law, and the...
  • Cardinal Wuerl: Synod Strives to Turn Back 'Tsunami of Secularism'

    10/05/2012 6:42:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 10/4/12 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At the Synod of Bishops, which opens Oct. 7 with a papal Mass in St. Peter's Square, some 250 prelates from around the world will meet for three weeks to talk and pray about the new evangelization. Long after the bishops have expressed their diverse views, Pope Benedict XVI will have the last word in an authoritative document of reflections called a post-synodal apostolic exhortation. In the meantime, none of the participants has a better overview of the Vatican gathering, or of the questions it will examine, than Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington. As the...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 5, 2012 [Devotional]

    10/05/2012 4:38:17 AM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    www.joelosteen.com ^ | Today | Joel Osteen
    He Will Multiply You Today's Scripture “And I will make My covenant (solemn pledge) between Me and you and will multiply you exceedingly.” (Genesis 17:2, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God is in the multiplication business. It doesn’t matter what your need is today, God wants to increase you! One time in the Old Testament, God simply multiplied the sound of four men’s footsteps and caused them to sound like a mighty army. When their enemies heard them coming, they took off running. Thousands of people, thousands of troops running for their lives, scared to death, thinking...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 5, 2012]

    10/05/2012 4:36:44 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Nature of Degeneration "Just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned . . ." —Romans 5:12 The Bible does not say that God punished the human race for one man’s sin, but that the nature of sin, namely, my claim to my right to myself, entered into the human race through one man. But it also says that another Man took upon Himself the sin of the human race and put it away— an infinitely more profound revelation (see Hebrews 9:26). The nature...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (10/5/12) [Prayer]

    10/05/2012 4:15:25 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/5/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Jerusalem In The Scriptures Further Opposition to the Rebuilding 1 When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— 2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.” But they were scheming to harm me; 3 so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I...
  • Pray For The Salvation And Restoration Of America (10/5/2012)[Prayer]

    10/05/2012 4:04:07 AM PDT · by DarthVader · 9 replies
    10/5/12 | The Holy Scriptures
    Pray For the Salvation of America My fellow Freepers, It is a very serious time in our nation's history and our future looks very uncertain and every day the news is full of stories that cause us to fear as it looks like we are teetering towards the edge of a cliff. It is quite obvious to even the casual observer that our great country is under a tremendous spiritual assault by the forces of darkness and hell that is causing great distress to many across this land and in other free nations. This is largely our own fault as...
  • Former Arctic priest pleads not guilty to 76 charges of sex abuse

    10/05/2012 3:48:25 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 22 replies
    Canada.com ^ | 10/1/2012
    IQALUIT, Nunavut - A trial date has been set for a former Arctic priest facing dozens of sex abuse allegations. Eric Dejaeger has pleaded not guilty to 76 charges stemming from his time in Igloolik, Nunavut, between 1978 and 1982. Most of the charges are for the alleged sexual abuse of boys and girls.
  • 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....
  • Daniel and the Times of the Gentiles (Part 1)

    10/04/2012 5:56:52 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | 10/4/2012 | Dr. Tony Garland
    While reading the Gospels, we can encounter passages which puzzle us. One such passage concerns a statement made by Jesus in response to questions on the part of his disciples concerning the destruction of the Jewish Temple and the end of the age (Luke 21:5-7). For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of...