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  • Jesus, the Beginning of the New Creation: The Readings for the Baptism of the Lord

    01/12/2013 11:24:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    TheSacredPage.com ^ | 01-2013 | John Bergsma
    Jesus, the Beginning of the New Creation: The Readings for the Baptism of the Lord The end of the Season of Christmas arrives this Sunday, as we celebrate the event that marked the end of Jesus’ early life and the beginning of his public ministry: the Baptism. The Christmas decorations coming down in our churches and homes inevitably leaves a feeling of sadness and nostalgia.  We don’t want to move on from meditation on all the joyful aspects of Our Lord’s early life, the incidents of wonder and mystery, like the angels singing to the shepherds, or the visit...
  • Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and The Band Played On

    01/12/2013 10:39:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 1/11/13 | Phil Lawler
    Oh, good. The US bishops announce that they remain in dialogue with the heads of Catholic colleges and universities about the implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Their report tells us: Clarity about Catholic identity among college and university leadership has fostered substantive dialogues and cultivated greater mission driven practices across the university. In acknowledging that much progress has been made, we recognize there is still work to be done.Well, that makes everything perfectly clear, doesnt it? Look: Ex Corde Ecclesiae, which called upon bishops to ensure the authentic Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities, was released in 1990. A...
  • Syria: Christian Community Trapped in War Zone

    01/12/2013 10:34:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    About a thousand Christians, both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic are trapped in the small village of Yaakoubieh in the north of Aleppo a Franciscan Friar reports. Fr Francois Kouseiffi OFM Cap, Parish Priest of the church of San Francesco in Hamra, Beirut, in Lebanon, said: "They are completely worn out, with no food, no electricity, lack of basic necessities, and find themselves in the midst of heavy fighting between loyalist forces and opposition groups. They are unable to leave the village and "are in terrible condition, where they risk extinction." Fr Francois is caring for about 500 Syrian refugees...
  • Gay Marriage Could Signal Return to Centuries of Persecution, - Say 1,000 Catholic Priests

    01/12/2013 10:30:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/11/13 | John Bingham
    More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter voicing alarm that same-sex marriage could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during centuries of persecution of Roman Catholics in England.In one of the biggest joint letters of its type ever written, they raise fears that their freedom to practise and speak about their faith will be severely limited and dismiss Government reassurances as "meaningless". They even liken David Camerons moves to redefine marriage to those of Henry VIII, whose efforts to secure a divorce from Katherine of Aragon triggered centuries of bloody upheaval between church and state. They claim...
  • Cumulus Acquires 94.7 WFME New York - Family Radio off the air Jan 11th

    01/12/2013 10:18:40 AM PST · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    Update 1/11: Family Radio bid farewell to 94.7 WFME at 3:40pm this afternoon. After a few minutes of dead air as the programming source was moved to Cumulus studios at 2 Penn Plaza in Manhattan, the station returned to air under the WRXP call letters in a shadowcast of new sister 95.5 WPLJ. The audio of 94.7 is about 15 seconds ahead of 95.5 with many tweaks being made to the audio processing as Cumulus prepares its new acquisition for whatevers next. Listen to the sign-off of WFME under Family Radio control at FormatChange.com.
  • Vanity: Was Mary "assumed into heaven? Catholic Dogma and Scripture

    01/12/2013 9:45:29 AM PST · by count-your-change · 116 replies
    Although once considered a binding "probable opinion" by the Catholic church, in 1950 the belief that the virgin Mary war taken into heaven "body and soul" was declared dogma for Catholic believers. As the Catholic Encyclopedia notes in agreement with the Catechism of the Catholic church: (Today, the belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is universal in the East and in the West; according to Benedict XIV (De Festis B.V.M., I, viii, 18) it is a probable opinion, which to deny were impious and blasphemous.) (Note: By promulgating the Bull Munificentissimus Deus, 1 November, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SUMMA THEOLOGICA, 01-12-13

    01/12/2013 9:15:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-12-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SUMMA THEOLOGICA The principal doctrinal synthesis in Catholic theology, written by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-74). The method used was the application of Aristotelian philosophy in the systematic and rational explanation of dogma and morals, without any substantial modification of the traditional teaching of the Church. Its central theme is God considered under aspects: 1. he is studied as Being, not only in himself but also outside himself, as the source of all things; 2. he is then seen as the Good, that is, as the end of created beings and especially of angels and men; 3....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/12/13)[Prayer]

    01/12/2013 5:15:02 AM PST · by left that other site · 26 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/12/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Our MakerPsalm 95:1 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 12, 2013]

    01/12/2013 5:03:41 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Have You Ever Been Alone with God? (1) "When they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples" —Mark 4:34 Our Solitude with Him. Jesus doesn’t take us aside and explain things to us all the time; He explains things to us as we are able to understand them. The lives of others are examples for us, but God requires us to examine our own souls. It is slow work— so slow that it takes God all of time and eternity to make a man or woman conform to His purpose. We can only be used by God...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-12-13

    01/11/2013 9:14:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-12-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 12, 2013 Saturday after Epiphany Reading 11 Jn 5:14-21 Beloved:We have this confidence in himthat if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask,we know that what we have asked him for is ours. If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly,he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin,about which I do not say that you...
  • A Christian Manifesto, by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer [Part 4 of 14]

    01/11/2013 9:00:44 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    People for Life ^ | 1982 | Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer
    Everything is relative. So as you cut yourself loose from the Law of God, in any concept whatsoever, you also soon are cutting yourself loose from a strict constructionism and each ruling is to be seen as an arbitrary choice by a group of people as to what they may honestly think is for the sociological good of the community, of the country, for the given moment. Now, along with that is the fact that the courts are increasingly making law and thus we find that the legislatures' powers are increasingly diminished in relationship to the power of the courts....
  • The Pope Was Right All Along (Pope Paul VI) Secular sources now agree with him!

    01/11/2013 7:53:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    CE.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Russell Shaw
    The Pope Was Right All Along by Russell Shaw on January 11, 2013 The disruptive results for individuals and society spawned by the revolution in attitudes and behavior regarding sex, marriage, family, and childbearing that erupted a half-century ago have become too obvious to ignore. These things were predictablein fact, some people actually predicted them from the startbut by now their impact has grown so painfully apparent that even secular voices are being raised in alarm.The problems are increasingly visible in the United States. They include an aging population with fewer young workers to support the elderly, along...
  • The Seventh From Adam...Genesis 5 pt 3

    01/11/2013 6:16:49 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies
    01-11-13 | Bill Randles
    And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.( Genesis 5: 21-24)We have been examining the two contrasting lines which developed from among Adams children. Cain, the worlds first will worshipper and murderer, set out east of Eden, away from the presence of the Lord, to inaugurate a new start for mankind, the city of Enoch,...
  • Answering an Atheist and Asking for Fairness and Accuracy

    01/11/2013 3:03:24 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 11, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Susan Jacoby, an author and atheist wrote a column in last Sunday’s New Your Times entitled “The Blessings of Atheism.” In it she proposes that atheism has a lot to offer, especially in times of tragic loss and that it frees human beings from having to ask and answer difficult question. As you may imagine, I am not so sure that asserting a question can be avoided means that it has actually been avoided, or that what she calls blessings are in fact blessings.I would like to excerpt her article and make a few comments. Her original writing is in...
  • Next pope will be African according to odds from Irish bookmaker

    01/11/2013 2:37:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 08/2012 | By PATRICK COUNIHAN
    The next pope is very likely to be African according to Paddy Power, Irelands leading bookmaker, who has come out with a list of papabile, those considered papal material. The list comes at a time of increased health problems for Pope Benedict, who, at 85, has begun using a cane and is appearing more frail. Favorite is Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, who is 15/8 (bet eight to win fifteen), while in second place is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana at 9/4. Thats two top Africans in the top two spots according to the bookmakers odds. In third place in...
  • Christians Banned From Using Word 'Allah' in Arabic by New Fatwa in Malaysia

    01/11/2013 2:24:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/11/2013 | Daniel Blake
    A Malaysian Sultan has issued a fatwa prohibiting non-Muslims from using the word "Allah" in Arabic. The Sultan of the Malaysian state of Selangor, Sharafuddin Idris Shah, issued the prohibition on Tuesday, according to the Lebanon Debate newspaper. Malaysian media have reported that the prohibition has been put in place by the Islamic leader because it is a "sacred word," and should be reserved exclusively for Muslims, according to MidEast Christian News. The sultan has ordered the Islamic Council of Selangor and the Islamic Affairs Department in the state to take strict action against all groups that question the fatwa...
  • African Anglicans Say Gay Bishops Affirmation 'Shatters Hopes of Reconciliation'

    01/11/2013 2:21:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/13/2013 | By Stoyan Zaimov
    Anglican leaders in Africa have expressed their outrage over the Church of England's decision to approve gay bishops in its order, saying that the decision could put an end to hopes of healing broken relationships in the Communion. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria, one of the world's largest provinces of the Anglican Communion with 17 million members, said that the affirmation of gay bishops "could very well shatter whatever hopes we had for healing and reconciliation within our beloved Communion," Reuters reported. Okoh added that the Church of England has given into "the contemporary idols of secularism and moral expediency,"...
  • Excommunicated priest formally notified of laicization

    01/11/2013 2:02:08 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 10, 2013 | Diogenes
    Roy Bourgeois, the former priest who was excommunicated in 2008 and dismissed from the Maryknoll society last year, has been formally notified of his laicization. Bourgeois received a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, relayed through his former Maryknoll superiors, notifying him of his dismissal from the society and from the priesthood. The Vatican asks Bourgeois to sign the letter, acknowledging receiptwhich he says he will refuse to do. Bourgeois was excommunicated in 2008 after he participated in a ceremony in which women claimed ordination. He had repeatedly refused to reconsider his stand, and had remained...
  • Can a Pope Ever Resign?

    01/11/2013 11:33:05 AM PST · by Weiss White · 10 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | January 3, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: I read in a news article that Pope Benedict said he would resign, if he reached the point where he couldnt physically handle being Pope any longer. Is that even possible? Can a Pope ever resign? Scott A: Its true that in the nearly eight years of Pope Benedicts reign, more than one news article has been written on this subject. Its of particularly keen interest to those opposed to his teachings, who would gladly see him leave the Throne of Peter as soon as possiblebut its of interest to many of the rest of us as well, if...
  • The Professor Who Knows Our Names

    01/11/2013 10:50:48 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/10/13 | Brian Jones
    A tribute to the man who is SchallFather Schall cares about where youre from and how youre doing. He doesnt need to do that, but he does. The greatest professor Ill ever have knows my name. Victoria Edel, former student of Father James Schall What, in the end, does a professor most want his students to remember? Not himself but what is true and the search for it. Above all, he wants them to remember the Socratic foundations of our culture, that it is never right to do wrong, that death is not the worst evil, that ultimately our lives...