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  • Notre Dame Announces Gay, ‘Allies’ Student Group

    12/06/2012 8:27:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 12/5/12 | Matthew Archbold
    In what the University of Notre Dame’s student newspaper is calling “a historic decision,” the University announced plans for a University- recognized homosexual student organization as well as a full-time student development staff position focused on LGBTQ issues. The announcement was made as the result of a long review of the University’s policies. According to the student newspaper, Fr. John Jenkins, the president of the university, said that the plan “grows out of our mission as a Catholic university” and is “directed by that fundamental mission in a profound way.” But although the plan describes the student organization as acting...
  • The Awkwardness of Advent

    12/06/2012 8:22:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 12/6/12 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    The star that Jean-Paul Sartre once was, doyen of his day’s incompletely educated intellectuals, has not quietly faded the way splashy names often do in the generation after they die. His star has astonishingly imploded. Some echoes remain, for he was not devoid of a way with words, nor was he without rays of light seeping through his melancholy philosophy. Even if his existentialism did not include belief in the existence of Hell, he described its non-existence well as the place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself. That was before a new crop of people appeared, Twittering...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CATHARSIS, 12-06-12

    12/06/2012 8:16:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic Reference.net ^ | 12-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CATHARSIS Purging or purification, especially of the emotions or conscience. The emotions can be purified by a strong affective experience in which a person identifies himself with someone else's generally tragic experience. The conscience can be purified by a sincere admission of guilt and begging God's mercy for whatever wrong had been done. (Etym. Greek katharsis, purgative.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East Dies

    12/06/2012 8:13:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/6/12
    Moscow, December 6, Interfax - Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East has died at the age of 91, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, deputy head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday. The Antioch Church is one of the 15 Local Orthodox Churches in the world. It comprises parishes located on the territory of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Kuwait. Patriarch Ignatius was born in 1921. In 1942, he was among the organizers of an Orthodox young people's movement, which developed in Lebanon and Syria during WW II. That movement gave new...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 6, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/06/2012 4:45:24 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 12/6/12 | Joel Osteen
    He Anoints You with Oil Today's Scripture …You anoint my head with oil… Psalm 23:5, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the Bible, oil is symbolic of the anointing of God. Do you know what oil does? It makes things flow. Whenever there is friction or something gets stuck, putting oil on it makes it become more fluid. That’s what God wants to do for you. He wants to anoint your head with oil. When He does that, notice what David says in Psalm 23, “Because God anoints me, because I walk in His favor; surely, goodness...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(12/6/12)[Prayer]

    12/06/2012 4:42:16 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/6/12 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Psalm 144Of David. 1 Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. 2 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. God Bless America!
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 6, 2012]

    12/06/2012 4:42:13 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    “My Rainbow in the Cloud” "I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth" —Genesis 9:13 It is the will of God that human beings should get into a right-standing relationship with Him, and His covenants are designed for this purpose. Why doesn’t God save me? He has accomplished and provided for my salvation, but I have not yet entered into a relationship with Him. Why doesn’t God do everything we ask? He has done it. The point is— will I step into that covenant relationship?...
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem, (12/6/12)[Prayer]

    12/06/2012 4:30:16 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/6/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Messenger of the CovenantMalachai 3:1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
  • Why Jews don't believe in Jesus

    12/06/2012 3:46:27 AM PST · by yinandyang · 129 replies
    Aish ^ | Dec 6, 2012 | Rabbi Simmons
    Jews do not accept Jesus as the messiah because: Jesus did not fulfill the messianic prophecies. Jesus did not embody the personal qualifications of the Messiah. Biblical verses "referring" to Jesus are mistranslations. Jewish belief is based on national revelation.
  • Atheists and Islam: No God, not even Allah

    12/05/2012 10:45:29 PM PST · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | Nov 2012 | Economist
    A MOB attacked Alexander Aan even before an Indonesian court in June jailed him for two and a half years for “inciting religious hatred”. His crime was to write “God does not exist” on a Facebook group he had founded for atheists in Minang, a province of the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Like most non-believers in Islamic regions, he was brought up as a Muslim. And he has been punished. .. Sharia law, which covers only Muslims unless incorporated into national law, assumes people are born into their parents’ religion. Thus ex-Muslim atheists are guilty of apostasy—a hudud crime...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-12, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2012 8:15:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2012 Thursday of the First Week of Advent   Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: "A strong city have we;he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.Open up the gatesto let in a nation that is just,one that keeps faith.A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;in peace, for its trust in you." Trust in the LORD forever!For the LORD is an eternal Rock.He humbles those in high places,and the lofty city he brings down;He tumbles it to the ground,levels it with the dust.It is...
  • The Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah is not about “Hospitality”

    12/05/2012 2:30:46 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Late last week on the blog I made mention of the sins that “cry to heaven for vengeance.” The traditional list, is summarized in the Catechism which states The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner (# 1867).It probably does not surprise you that I got push-back from certain homosexuals who wrote in to “remind” me that the sin of Sodom “has nothing...
  • Lawsuit Threat Cancels Christmas Concert (Hatetheist Alert)

    12/05/2012 10:55:04 AM PST · by kaehurowing · 22 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | December 4, 2012 | Rick Daysog
    Lawsuit threat cancels Christmas concert HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A threatened lawsuit had put a halt to what's become a Christmas tradition for members of the Moanalua High School orchestra. For the past six years, the award-winning group and volunteers from the New Hope Church have raised more than $200,0000 for a charity that treats poor people in Hawaii. But that all came to a halt on Monday when the Department of Education decided to cancel the concert just four days before the event. In a letter to the Department of Education, Mitch Kahle, founder of the Hawaii Citizens for the...
  • Castholic Word of the Day: DRUSILLA, 12-05-12

    12/05/2012 9:26:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-05-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DRUSILLA The youngest daughter of Herod Agrippa I, the king who ordered the Apostle James beheaded and who persecuted Peter. She was the wife of Felix (Acts 24:24), the Roman procurator who presided at the trial of Paul in which Tertullus, the prosecutor, described the accused as follows: "The plain truth is that we find this man a perfect pest; he stirs up trouble among the Jews the world over, and is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect" (Acts 24:5). Drusilla listened with interest to Paul explain his faith later in a private hearing before Felix....
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    12/05/2012 8:01:15 AM PST · by Hiskid · 16 replies
    12/5/12 | Hiskid
    “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:7, 9-10 KJV
  • After Decades-Long Ban, Christmas Holds New Meaning for Cuba

    12/05/2012 7:03:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Havana, Cuba, Dec 4, 2012 / 12:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Local Catholics say that the reinstatement of Christmas as a national holiday in 1997 after decades of being outlawed has brought enormous good “to the life of the nation,” but that its deeper meaning still needs to be understood. “Once again Christmas proves to be a source of happiness: however, we cannot forget that this beneficial aspect of Christmas has its roots and its nature in the religious event of the birth of Jesus Christ,” wrote editors from the Diocese of Pinar del Rio's magazine titled Vitral. “The more Christmas...
  • US Ordinariate Receives $5 million Land Donation for Chancery

    12/05/2012 7:00:08 AM PST · by marshmallow
    EWTN News ^ | 12/4/12
    An anonymous donor has purchased five acres of land adjacent to the flagship church of the U.S. Anglican Ordinariate and donated it for building a chancery. “This will be the future home of the chancery of the Ordinariate as well as serve future expansion needs of this wonderful, growing parish. It is an incredible blessing, and I know you all will want to say with me: To God be the glory,” Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, the ordinary of the structure, said on Dec. 2 during a Mass at the parish. The property, which cost the donors $5 million, will allow...
  • Papal Events, Vatican Webcam Feeds Streamed Live With New 'Pope App'

    12/05/2012 6:55:41 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Service ^ | 12/4/12 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican is offering a new app that provides live streaming of papal events and video feeds from the Vatican's six webcams. "The Pope App" also will send out alerts and links to top stories coming out of the Vatican's news outlets, said Gustavo Entrala, founder and CEO of the Spanish firm 101.es, which developed the free app. "You'll have almost everything that the pope does or says" delivered to a mobile device and app users "will be able to watch the pope live every time he speaks," he told reporters during a Dec. 3 news...
  • Despite ‘War on Catholics,’ Faculty and Staff at Catholic Universities Gave Overwhelmingly to Obama

    12/05/2012 6:49:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 12/3/12 | Levi Fox
    About ninety percent of faculty and administrators from America’s top Catholic universities who contributed to presidential campaigns in 2012 gave to President Obama, a Campus Reform investigation has revealed. The strong support for President Obama from Catholic schools came despite Democrats’ controversial health care legislation which could force employers to provide contraception for employees even though it is explicitly forbidden under Catholic doctrine. A Campus Reform investigation revealed that faculty and staff at Catholic universities gave overwhelmingly to President Obama's reelection campaign. The findings, based on official Federal Election Commission data made available by the government transparency site OpenSecrets.org, revealed...
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem(12/5/12)[Prayer]

    12/05/2012 5:05:19 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/5/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures The Potter Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-05-12

    12/04/2012 7:26:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-05-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 5, 2012 Wednesday of the First Week of Advent   Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from all faces;The reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said:"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!This...
  • Early Church Errors Repeating?

    12/04/2012 6:46:21 PM PST · by fwdude · 71 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | Dave Hunt
    An excerpt from How Close Are We?The Blessed Hope With Christ’s I will come again! still fresh in memories, the early Christians eagerly waited and watched for their Lord’s return. He had said that they were not of this world, but that He had chosen them out of it. Paul would soon write under His Lord’s inspiration: “For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20,21). The world held little interest for...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Why are the Four Gospels the heart of Christian Faith?

    12/04/2012 6:26:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    SanCarolo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Article works to get rid of the Heavenly Mother myths [Meet Mrs. god; wife of a Mormon god]

    12/04/2012 4:01:55 PM PST · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    Meridian Magazine, a Mormon magazine, (its website is http://ldsmag.com) has published an excellent article by Warren Aston, titled “The Other Half of Heaven: Debunking Myths About Heavenly Mother.” (Read) It’s refreshing to see this piece published in Meridian, which is often a vanilla-plain LDS-themed publication. (Hat tip for learning about the article goes to LDS writer Joanna Brooks, via her Facebook page).For a divine individual who is presumably equal to her spouse, Heavenly Father, Mormons are hesitant to discuss Heavenly Mother. As Aston points out, the most condescending reason sometimes offered for the silence on Heavenly Mother is that to...
  • Brigham Young biography portrays a great leader and an unpleasant man [Book on Lds Deseret shelf]

    12/04/2012 3:35:55 PM PST · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Oct. 6, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    Closing the book after reading, "Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet," the new biography by George Mason University religious studies professor John G. Turner, published by Belknap Press of Harvard University, causes some swirling emotions for this Latter-day Saint reader. From reading Turner’s fantastic — and it is by far the best that has been written of Young’s life — biography, it’s easy for a faithful Mormon to agree that God called Young to the task of moving 20,000-plus Mormons across the plains to Utah territory and over a generation-plus, to set up hundreds of Mormon settlements. No man in U.S. history...
  • Papal Frontal Assault

    12/04/2012 12:38:26 PM PST · by Donald Rumsfeld Fan · 8 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 12/04/2012 | Michael Voris
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  • Catholic Newspaper Calls for Ordination of Women

    12/04/2012 12:16:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | 12/3/12 | Robert MacPherson
    WASHINGTON — An independent Roman Catholic newspaper in the United States called Monday for a campaign to reverse the Vatican's refusal to allow women to become priests. "Barring women from ordination to the priesthood is an injustice that cannot be allowed to stand," the National Catholic Reporter said, waving a red flag in front of the Vatican over one of its most strongly held teachings. The call to the priesthood "is a gift from God," it said, and excluding women from responding to that call "has no strong basis in Scripture or any other compelling rationale." With bishops and theologians...
  • Presbyterians and the fiscal cliff: potential impact on your church's bottom line [Reformed Caucus]

    12/04/2012 12:04:45 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    The Layman Online ^ | 12/3/2012 | Carmen Fowler LaBerge
    * Disclaimer: The following should not be considered legal, financial or tax advice. Every individual situation is unique and you are encouraged to consult with your tax and financial advisor before year end. There's a lot of hype, confusion and speculation related to the so-called "fiscal cliff" America is facing as the calendar rolls over from 2012 to 2013. At the Presbyterian Lay Committee, we're getting questions from donors and churches alike about what they might anticipate in terms of the impact on charitable giving. The answer all depends on what happens between now and the end of the year...
  • Jesuit Suspended After Joining Female 'Priest' for Liturgy

    12/04/2012 9:01:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    An elderly Jesuit priest has been suspended from ministry in the Milwaukee archdiocese after he joined in a liturgical celebration with a woman who claims to be a Catholic priest. Father Bill Brennan told the National Catholic Reporter that his Jesuit superiors had barred him from public ministry at the request of Milwaukee’s Archbishop Jerome Listecki. The 92-year-old priest said that he was also told not to contact the media—an order that he apparently ignored in speaking with the National Catholic Reporter. Jesuit, 92, penalized after eucharistic liturgy with woman priest (National Catholic Reporter)
  • Poll: Most Americans Say Employers Should Cover Contraception

    12/04/2012 8:34:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/3/12 | Daniel Burke
    (RNS) Most Americans say that employers -- even religious ones -- should provide birth control coverage to their employees, according to a survey released on Monday (Dec. 3). The poll by LifeWay Research also showed that almost two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) believe businesses should be required to provide the coverage for free, even if contraception conflicts with the owner’s religious ethics. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care reform law, President Obama issued regulations that require most employers, including some religious ones like Catholic colleges and hospitals, to provide birth control coverage. The administration has...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: AMOS, 12-04-12

    12/04/2012 8:28:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):AMOS Third among the minor prophets. He describes Israel as steeped in national prosperity and reveling is sin. The central theme of his book is a threefold prophecy that extends through nine chapters. The first part (1-2) foretells God's judgment on the nations surrounding Israel and then on Israel itself. The second part (3-6) develops the divine judgment against Israel in three separate discourses. The third part (7-9) records five visions, of which the fifth describes the glorious anticipation of messianic blessings. Amos is the prophet of God's sovereign lordship over all creation. All items in...
  • Archbishop Tobin asks Catholics to evangelize with passion {Ecumenical}

    12/04/2012 6:53:25 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Catholic News agency ^ | 4.Dec.2012 | Kevin J Jones
    Archbishop Joseph William Tobin was installed as the sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis on Monday, calling on Catholics to live the Gospel as a personal encounter with Jesus. “What we will do together as a Church, we will do with passion, the passion that characterized our patron Saint Francis Xavier,” he said at the Dec. 3 installation Mass at Indianapolis’ Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. “We will do whatever the Lord asks us to do, in bringing the Good News especially to those who have the least chance of doing it. For those who live on the margin of things,...
  • Pope Benedict XVI tightens church control over Catholic charities {Catholic-Orthodox Caucus}

    12/04/2012 6:50:03 AM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3.Dec.2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    Bishops must exercise closer supervision over Catholic charities and ensure that their activities do not contradict church doctrine, according to new rules issued by Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday (Dec. 1). The new guidelines state that charities with links to the church must “follow Catholic principles in their activity” and may not “accept commitments” that could undermine those principles in any way. They also bar charities from accepting funding “from groups or institutions that pursue ends contrary to the church’s teaching” or for initiatives that are “not in conformity with the Church’s teaching.” Should an organization fall short of these...
  • Nigerian Baptist pastors killed in bombing

    12/04/2012 6:45:15 AM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies
    Baptist Standard ^ | 3.Dec.2012 | Bob Allen
    The head of the Baptist World Alliance protested continuing violence in Nigeria that recently claimed the lives of two Baptist pastors. BWA General Secretary Neville Callam said he is “deeply concerned about the continuing attacks being perpetrated by extremist groups, in many cases targeting Christians.” Callam issued the statement after Olasupo Ayokunle, president and chief executive officer of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, reported two pastors were among at least 15 people killed Nov. 25 in a suicide bombing of a church located on a military base in Jaji in Kaduna State. Callam cited special concern about Maiduguri, where a third...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - December 4, 2012 [Devotional]

    12/04/2012 5:09:01 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 12/4/12 | Joel Osteen
    The Journey of Preparation Today's Scripture A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Oftentimes, God will use our experiences in life as stepping stones to prepare us for what He has in store next. Scripture tells us that He’ll even take the things the enemy tries to bring against us and turn them around and use them for our good. He is always leading us on a journey of preparation. That’s why it’s so important to keep our eyes focused on Him. We have to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [December 4, 2012]

    12/04/2012 5:06:09 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Law of Opposition "To him who overcomes . . ." —Revelation 2:7 Life without war is impossible in the natural or the supernatural realm. It is a fact that there is a continuing struggle in the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual areas of life.Health is the balance between the physical parts of my body and all the things and forces surrounding me. To maintain good health I must have sufficient internal strength to fight off the things that are external. Everything outside my physical life is designed to cause my death. The very elements that sustain me while...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (12/4/12)[Prayer]

    12/04/2012 4:52:23 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/4/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Cornerstone Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
  • Book of lamentations: An intimate look at Anglicanism

    12/04/2012 2:32:38 AM PST · by Cronos · 1 replies
    The Economist ^ | Nov 2012 | Economist
    TO ENGLISHMEN of Roger Scruton’s generation (he is 68), religion was “as unmentionable as sex or love or hygiene”. The clumsy soul who stops by a country church in Philip Larkin’s 1955 poem, “Church Going”, speaks of an “awkward reverence”. This seems to be what Anglicanism means for many: God, as depicted in church services, is an Englishman, “uncomfortable in the presence of enthusiasm, reluctant to make a fuss, but trapped into making public speeches”, .. Mr Scruton’s work has a spurtive, poetic quality to it. Justifications of Anglican doctrine lie beside the author’s thoughts on his village church. Literary...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-04-12, OM, St. John Damascene, Priest & Doctor/Church

    12/03/2012 11:02:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-04-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 4, 2012   Tuesday of the First Week of Advent   Reading 1 Is 11:1-10 On that day,A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,and from his roots a bud shall blossom.The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,A Spirit of counsel and of strength,a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.Not by appearance shall he judge,nor by hearsay shall he decide,But he shall judge the poor with justice,and decide aright for the land's afflicted.He shall strike the ruthless with...
  • Doomsday French mountain to be closed 'on day the world ends' 21.Dec.2012

    12/03/2012 10:41:46 PM PST · by Cronos · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4.Dec.2012 | Henry Samuel
    New Agers and UFO watchers will be barred access to the flat-top mount outside Bugarach, population 179, during a four-day period around the date they are convinced represents Armageddon. New Agers and UFO watchers will be barred access to the flat-top mount outside Bugarach, population 179, during a four-day period around the date they are convinced represents Armageddon. They believe the Pic de Bugarach is an "alien garage" and that extraterrestrials are quietly waiting in a massive cavity beneath the rock for the world to end, at which point they will leave, taking, it is hoped, a lucky few humans...
  • Pope calls on bishops to run charities better

    12/03/2012 2:06:43 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pope Benedict XVI. (Credit: Anne Hartney) Vatican City, Dec 2, 2012 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has released an apostolic letter on charitable activities that asks bishops to improve their supervision of local charities and ensure that these groups’ work does not contradict Catholic teaching. The Pope’s six-page letter, released Dec. 1, notes the duty of the diocesan bishops and parish priests to see that in charitable service the faithful “are not led into error or misunderstanding.” Bishops and parish priests “are to prevent publicity being given through parish or diocesan structures to initiatives which, while...
  • Pope Benedict will make Twitter debut with @pontifex

    12/03/2012 1:55:55 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Greg Burke speaks to the media about the Pope's new Twitter account at a Dec. 3, 2012 press conference. Credit: Estefania Aguirre-CNA. Vatican City, Dec 3, 2012 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope's Twitter account will be @pontifex and will start on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Vatican representatives announced. The news of the 85-year-old tweeting came out weeks ago, but officials finally revealed the account's name and that it will be launched on the Marian feast day, which they said was a coincidence. But instead of informing people of his favorite band and...
  • Archdiocese of the Internet

    12/03/2012 1:04:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic Tech Talk ^ | 12/1/12 | Joe Luedtke
    I received an email from the Austin Diocese the other day wondering if this blog operates on the approval of our diocese. In writing back, I responded somewhat flippantly with the question, “Which diocese covers the Internet?” The point I was trying to make was, of course, that there isn’t a diocese that covers this blog nor the Internet as the Internet has a global reach. Later, a crazy idea crossed my mind, should there be a diocese that covers the Internet?Pope Benedict XVI has described the Internet as a “Digital Continent” with our mission to go forth and evangelize...
  • The Hans who rocked Catholicism to reform the church

    12/03/2012 11:25:15 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    The Copenhagen Post ^ | November 12, 2012 | Jaya Rao
    Throughout history, religious reformations have changed the way people look at the concept of faith and a higher power. Denmark has been no exception in this respect. In the last 1,100 years, the country has experienced two major religious reformations that have changed the course of its history. And today, with church attendances dwindling and calls growing for a separation of church and state, the country would appear to be on the verge of a third. While the first reformation took place when King Harald Bluetooth embraced Christianity in the 10th century, it is the second − which saw a...
  • Cloistered Benedictines top charts with Advent album

    12/03/2012 11:17:23 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | December 2, 2012
    (Vatican Radio) A community of contemplative nuns, their cloistered monastery located in the farmlands of Missouri, have released an album of sacred music to mark the beginning of the liturgical season of Advent. “Advent at Ephesus” debuted on November 20th in the number 1 spot on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Chart. The nuns featured on the album are members of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a monastic order of sisters founded in 1995. All of the music was conducted and arranged by the order’s prioress, Mother Cecilia, a professionally-trained musician who performed in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra of Ohio...
  • The True Spirit of Vatican II

    12/03/2012 9:05:32 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/2/12 | Douglas Bushman
    The main desire of the Council was to reinvigorate the Church’s mission of promoting a fully human life in Jesus Christ.As far as I know, no participant in the Second Vatican Council summed up its goals or described its spirit as addressing the question whether God’s truth and love are effective, that is, whether they have the power to steer men on a course conforming to their dignity. Nevertheless, the overarching question that the Council did address leads to this question. For the Council Fathers the question was: “Ecclesia, quid dicis de te ipsa? Church, what do you say about...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CIVIL ALLEGIANCE, 12-03-12

    12/03/2012 8:52:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): CIVIL ALLEGIANCE Duty of respect and obedience owed by every man to the state of which he is a member. In the light of Christian principles this does not mean that one must support his country right or wrong, complying with wrong conditions solely for the sake of security. Spiritual obedience to God and the Church should not conflict with allegiance to lawfully constituted civil authority. As explained by St. Paul, "You must all obey the governing authorities, since all government comes from God, the civil authorities were appointed by God, and so anyone...
  • Nun's Music Sends Message Against Rebuke by Vatican

    12/03/2012 8:05:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Pittsburgh Post -Gazette ^ | 12/2/12 | Laurie Goodstein-The New York Times
    When Kathy Sherman was in college during the final years of the Vietnam War, she played the guitar with friends in her dorm room and sang folk and protest songs over bowls of popcorn. They sang Peter, Paul and Mary and Joan Baez, and some friends said her voice reminded them of Judy Collins. Sister Kathy graduated and joined an order of Roman Catholic nuns, the Sisters of St. Joseph of La Grange, but she never stopped making music. Last spring, when the Vatican issued a harsh assessment of the group representing a majority of U.S. nuns accusing them of...
  • An inspiring video

    A very inspiring vid about a very inspiring person
  • Holy Impatience

    12/03/2012 8:00:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | 12/1/12 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    Some years before he was elected pope, Joseph Ratzinger was asked what he thought about the health of the Church. He answered that she was doing very well; she was just a lot smaller than most people thought. He was exactly right. We need to think of the Church in our age as a seed of life embedded in layers of dead tissue. We also need to distinguish the Church in the emerging world from the Church in developed nations. In the emerging world, the Church has few material resources. She rarely has adequate money for education, development, or ministry....