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  • Waiting for the hat to drop: Card. Mahony relieved of duties in Los Angeles [Catholic Caucus]

    02/01/2013 1:51:36 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 1, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Archbishop of Los Angeles, Most Rev. José H. Gomez, has said “Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties.” See the pdf of the letter HERE.What this means is that His Eminence cannot be any sort of representative for the sitting Archbishop or for the Archdiocese. Canon law itself gives Cardinal some faculties. According to can. 357§2, “in those matters which pertain to their own person, cardinals living outside of Rome and outside their own diocese are exempt from the power of governance of the bishop of the...
  • Heres the BSA Boy Scouts of America Pro-Sodomy Policy Change Proposal

    02/01/2013 1:34:17 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | January 31, 2013
    MEDIA STATEMENTBoy Scouts of America Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 Attributable to: Deron Smith, Director of Public Relations“For more than 100 years, Scouting’s focus has been on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the Scouting family to determine what is in the best interest of the organization and the young people we serve.“Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and...
  • Vancouver Archbishop Defends Proposed Protestant Law School Against Attacks by Gay Activists

    02/01/2013 1:18:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 2/1/13 | Patrick B. Craine
    Editors note: Archbishop J. Michael Miller issued the following statement of support for Trinity Western Universitys proposed law school on Friday.VANCOUVER, Feb. 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) A recent pastoral letter from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops pointed out a disturbing trend worldwide and in Canada of bias, prejudice, hate propaganda, discrimination and persecution of others because of their religious beliefs. Efforts to deny Trinity Western University the right to a law school on the basis of its religious principles are an example of the threats to freedom of conscience and religion that are becoming increasingly common in...
  • The Latest From the Pius Wars Front

    02/01/2013 8:50:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/31/13 | Michael Coren
    The new book, Soldier of Christ, published by Harvard University Press, is a definitive biography of Pope Pius XII.Theres a running joke in Canada about our charming sense of delicate hubris. A Toronto newspaper headline wryly proclaims: Man Lands on Moon. Boots made in Montreal! In other words, were only 30 million strong and were invariably mistaken for quiet Americans, and so when we do achieve something remarkable, even of a minimal variety, we like people to know. Which is why the world needs to know that what will now be the standard life of Pope Pius XIIthe definitive biography...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONOPAEUM, 02-01-13

    02/01/2013 8:23:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-01-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CONOPAEUM Veil covering the outside of the tabernacle in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved. It may be white, gold, or the liturgical color of the priest's vestments for the day. There is normally an opening in the front of the veil, to allow the tabernacle to be opened for removing and reposing the Holy Eucharist. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/1/2013)

    02/01/2013 8:05:29 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 16 replies
    February 1, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Ronald Reagan, born February 6, 1911 23 This is what the LORD says: Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, 24 but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the LORD. Jeremiah (NIV) ----
  • Service of G-d or Bondage to Man

    02/01/2013 7:50:08 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 7 replies
    Manhigut Yehudit ^ | 2/1/'13 | MK Moshe Feiglin
    "I am Hashem your G-d Who took you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage." (From this week's Torah portion, Yitro, Exodus 20:2) Values always come on a ladder. They have no significance if they are not set out in the proper order of preference; what is more important, what comes first and what is the foundation for all the rest. The first commandment of the Ten Commandments in this week's Torah portion is the starting point and the foundation for the entire structure of values that follows. There is a G-d Who redeemed us from...
  • Contraceptive Insurance Mandate Faces Change [religious organizations will be able to opt out]

    02/01/2013 7:49:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    WCVB Boston ^ | 2/1/13
    WASHINGTON (CNN) Religiously affiliated organizations will be able to opt out of providing their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives under updates to an Obama administration mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to unveil on Friday, according to two sources. In March, after an uproar among religious institutions that didn't want to pay for contraceptives, the Obama administration offered several policy suggestions that would require the administrator of the insurance policy, not the religious institution or the insurer, to pay for contraception coverage and invited comment on those proposals. The administration is expected to detail...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/1/13)[Prayer)

    02/01/2013 7:23:15 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/1/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures El Hakabodh - The GOD of Glory(Psalms 29:3) The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
  • The Death and Life of X Gamer Caleb Moore

    02/01/2013 7:21:41 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 33 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 1, 2013 | JP
    Caleb Moore, the Winter X Games snowmobiler, went to be with Lord yesterday. He was 25 years old. The young man crash landed a week ago much to the entertainment of millions watching on ESPN attempting a back flip during the snowmobile freestyle finals. Initially knocked unconscious, the X game athlete awakened, woozily, was diagnosed with a concussion and, eventually, whisked to the hospital. While hospitalized, Calebs condition worsened. Docters found blood near his heart. This past Sunday, the Lords Day, the young mans family issued a statement that his cardiac injury had led to a secondary injury...
  • LA Archbishop Relieves Retired Cardinal of Duties [Mahony, sex abuse fallout]

    02/01/2013 7:10:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 86 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/1/13 | Gillian Flaccus
    LOS ANGELES (AP) Cardinal Roger Mahony, who retired with a tainted career after dodging criminal charges over how he handled pedophile priests, was stripped of duties by his successor as a judge ordered confidential church personnel files released. The unprecedented move by Archbishop Jose Gomez came less than two weeks after other long-secret priest personnel records showed how Mahony worked with top aides to protect the Roman Catholic church from the engulfing scandal. One of those aides, Monsignor Thomas Curry stepped down Thursday as auxiliary bishop in the Los Angeles archdiocese's Santa Barbara region. Gomez said Mahony, 76, would...
  • Possible lift of Boy Scouts' gay ban draws disappointment

    02/01/2013 6:45:30 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Boy Scouts salute the american flag. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Nat Moger. Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 12:28 am (CNA).- News that the Boy Scouts of America may soon approve of openly gay members and leaders has sparked a wave of concern and criticism throughout the country. Eagle Scout Andrew Hill, who lives in Philadelphia, said that he is “disappointed” that the organization’s leadership appears to have “caved to external demands.” “The Boy Scouts are now just another organization or public figure that has given in to societal pressure,” Hill told CNA on Jan....
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 1, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/01/2013 4:45:21 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/1/13 | Joel Osteen
    Get Ready for a Shift! Today's Scripture I have declared the former things from the beginning; they went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. Isaiah 48:3, NKJV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that one touch of Gods favor can put you 50 years down the road? You can be at a lower position at work, just going along being your best, honoring God, and suddenly, things can change. One good break, one idea, one person who likes you, and suddenly, you...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 1, 2013]

    02/01/2013 4:44:26 AM PST · by Vision · 2 replies
    The Call of God "Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel . . ." —1 Corinthians 1:17 Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel. But remember what Paul means by “the gospel,” namely, the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are inclined to make sanctification the goal of our preaching. Paul refers to personal experiences only by way of illustration, never as the end of the matter. We are not commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification— we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ (see...
  • A good friend is considering joining the Jehovah's Witnesses. What should he worry about?

    01/31/2013 8:44:30 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 143 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 1/31/2013 | Me
    When I come by my friends house they are always there. They are polite to me but act like I'm interfering. Anyone here associated with them or been to their church? Thanks.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-01-13

    01/31/2013 7:58:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-01-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 1, 2013 Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1Heb 10:32-39 Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering.At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated.You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession.Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense.You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what...
  • Why a Protestant Pastor Became Catholic - Dr. Scott Hahn

    01/31/2013 7:01:05 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 65 replies
    youtube ^ | August 29, 2012 | Dr. Scott Hahn
    Dr. Scott Hahn has a number of different recorded talks where he discusses his conversion from being an Evangelical Protestant Pastor to becoming an ordinary Catholic layman. Some of those talks tend to focus more precisely on that specific period from when he was already a Protestant Pastor through his actual conversion to the Catholic faith, but this audio recording has a broader focus, and includes a longer period in his life, including some of the foibles of his youth. (This was originally just an audio recording, to which the "youtube" poster added some unusual slides for their "youtube video",...
  • Bishop Sample shares his Vision and Program for the New Evangelisation [Catholic Caucus]

    01/31/2013 6:08:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CaritasVeritas.blogspot.com ^ | October 11, 2011 | not given
    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Bishop Sample shares his Vision and Program for the New Evangelisation At the final session of the Convocation of Priests serving in the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop Alexander Sample spoke about his vision or program for the New Evangelisation. He summed it up by saying: It's the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This is very much in line with Pope John Paul II's view: that there is no need for any new program. However, Bishop Sample highlighted two central themes that are, as it were, coming over the horizon: the renewal of the Sacred Liturgy the work...
  • Unpaid Mormon Leaders Get a Pretty Sweet Deal [So-called 'unpaid' bishops get $100,000 in benefits!]

    01/31/2013 5:05:06 PM PST · by Colofornian · 170 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Sharon Lindblum
    Late last year (2012) a copy of the 2006 Mission Presidents Handbook was posted on an individuals blog site. This document, produced by the Mormon Church as a practical instruction manual for mission presidents, contains basic policies and guidelines established by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to help you lead your missionaries and direct the work (6). The book is not intended for general readership; general readers have found that it contains some things that are surprising in light of the public face that the Church puts forth. PaycheckOne such surprise is found in Appendix...
  • The Appeal of Normal Holiness: The Revolutionary Approach of St. John Bosco

    01/31/2013 4:11:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    WAU.org ^ | January 2013 | Leo Zanchettin
    The Appeal of Normal Holiness The Revolutionary Approach of St. John Bosco By: Leo Zanchettin Italy in the mid-1880s was not the best place for farming families. Many farms were failing, and in the face of mounting poverty, parents sent their sons into the cities to work in the rapidly expanding factories. Sadly, however, with no child labor laws, these boys were often subjected to very harsh conditions. Working for pennies a day, most of them could not even afford a place to live. They ended up sleeping in abandoned buildings or on the streets or in the fields...
  • Noah Found Grace...Genesis 6 pt 7

    And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the...
  • Canon lawyer: Bishop has warned National Catholic Reporter

    01/31/2013 2:03:10 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | January 31, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Dr. Kurt Martens, J.C.D., Associate Professor of Canon Law at Catholic University of America. Credit: Ed Pfueller/CUA. Washington D.C., Jan 31, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA).- A canon lawyer at the Catholic University of America says that a recent column by Bishop Robert Finn serves as a strong urging to the National Catholic Reporter to re-establish its fidelity to the Church. “What he's doing here,” Dr. Kurt Martens said, “is he's giving them a warning, saying 'Be careful, because...I've looked into the NCR's positions against authentic Church teaching on a number of issues.'” “He has, as a diocesan bishop,...
  • The Four Pillars of the Christian Life

    01/31/2013 1:49:23 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 30, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I and twelve other pastors, have been meeting recently to embark on a period and plan for renewal in our parishes. which focuses back on the fundamental mission of the Church, and of our parishes, and which seeks to restore a kind of back to basics approach to Church life.For too often many parishes are reduced from being lighthouses to clubhouses; from being thermostats which set the temperature of culture, to thermometers that merely record the temperature; from being places where Christ is central, and it is his wedding, to being places where Christ is merely an invited guest at...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LIBER USUALIS, 01-31-13

    01/31/2013 8:40:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-31-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LIBER USUALIS A liturgical book containing most of the Gregorian chants and readings in the Mass and the Divine Office of the Roman Catholic Church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Hillary Clinton Only Secretary Since Nixon Years to Skip the Vatican

    01/31/2013 7:08:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/30/13 | Al Kamen
    A recent Loop item noted that outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite a record number of countries visited, was the only secretary in many years not to visit the Vatican except for Warren Christopher. We were relying on the official records compiled by the State Department historians office. But some former top aides to Christopher insist the records are wrong, and they are pretty sure they were at the Vatican with President Clinton, Christopher and Pope John Paul II. Well, lets see. The historians records say Christopher accompanied President Clinton to meetings with Prime Minister Berlusconi, President Scalfaro,...
  • Catholic Event Cancels Talk by Islam Critic

    01/31/2013 7:02:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 1/31/13 | Lisa Wangsness
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester rescinded an invitation Wednesday to Robert Spencer, a Catholic whose work depicts Islam as an inherently violent religion, to speak at its annual Catholic Mens Conference in March. The invitation was withdrawn after Muslims in Massachusetts expressed concerns to the diocese about the appearance of Spencer, scheduled to be a featured speaker at the DCU Center on March 16. Spencer is director of the blog Jihad Watch and a leader of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, both of which are seen as anti-Muslim groups by some organizations that monitor...
  • Vatican and Israel Edge Closer to An Agreement

    01/31/2013 6:58:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | Andrea Tornielli
    In an interview with Jerusalem Post Israels Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon, announced Jerusalem is on verge of signing a diplomatic agreement with the Holy See. But the Vatican is exercising cautionWe have overcome most if not all the outstanding issues that have prevented signing of this agreement for so long, said Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon in an interview with Jerusalem Post on the progress of Israeli-Vatican diplomatic relations. Ayalon said he was sure the new Israeli government would sign soon: the reason it has not already been signed is that it would have been inappropriate for a caretaker...
  • Religious Radicals Will Fail in Russia - Putin

    01/31/2013 6:54:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 1/31/13
    MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) - Religious radicals in Russia will fail in their attempts to intimidate clerics and followers of traditional Islam, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. Speaking at a meeting with his envoys to Russian federal districts, Putin said that multiethnic harmony should be consistently maintained as religious radicals of various confessions have intensified their activities in the country. In fact, a terrorist war is being waged against [those who teach] traditional Islam. They are being intimidated, deprived of their rights to speak to believers. At the same time, false values that have nothing to do...
  • The Hellenic Origins of Church Music

    01/31/2013 6:49:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/30/13 | Christopher B. Warner
    Many Greek contributions to Western music have been unknown to modern scholars until recently.Today, the name of Greece may evoke new images of debt, bailouts, and tourism, or old images of Olympians, Corinthian columns, Socrates, and Spartan warriors. But most of us dont associate Greece with Western Church music. Nevertheless, Gregorian chant, Western musical notation, and the Lutheran hymnal all have common origins in the Hellenic (Greek) Eastern Christian traditions of sacred music. Medieval music theorists of Europe built their work upon a foundation established by the Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle. And if the Greco-Syrians had not developed the...
  • Can a Pope be Removed from Office?

    01/31/2013 5:35:16 AM PST · by Weiss White · 43 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | January 31, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: In a recent piece you explained that the Pope can resign if he chooses. To me that raises another question: What would happen if a Pope became so mentally debilitated that he didnt know what he was doing? It seems to me that he wouldnt be able to resign under those circumstances. Is there some legal mechanism that would allow the Church to remove him, and call for a conclave to elect a new Pope? Or is there at least a way for the cardinals to take charge of running the Church until that Pope passes away? Paul
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem (1/31/13)[Prayer]

    01/31/2013 5:04:30 AM PST · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/31/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures El Gibbor - Mighty GOD(Isaiah 9:6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (1/31/13)[Prayer]

    01/31/2013 5:01:12 AM PST · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/31/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (Deuteronomy 7:9) Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him God Bless America!
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 31, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/31/2013 4:47:03 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 1/31/13 | Joel Osteen
    The Best Time Today's Scripture The vision is yet for an appointed time... (Habakkuk 2:3, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria The scripture says, The vision is for an appointed time. That means there is a specific time already determined for the fulfillment of the desires God has placed in your heart. The appointed time is the best time! We have to trust that God can see the big picture for our lives. He knows whats up ahead. He knows what were going to need, who were going to need, and when they need to show up. If...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 31, 2013]

    01/31/2013 4:44:59 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Do You See Your Calling? ". . . separated to the gospel of God. . ." —Romans 1:1 Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the gospel of God. The one all-important thing is that the gospel of God should be recognized as the abiding reality. Reality is not human goodness, or holiness, or heaven, or hell— it is redemption. The need to perceive this is the most vital need of the Christian worker today. As workers, we have to get used to the revelation that redemption is the only...
  • On God the Almighty Father

    01/30/2013 9:22:36 PM PST · by ELS · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 30, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On God the Almighty Father "Despite the Crisis of Fatherhood in Many Societies, the Scriptures Show us Clearly what it Means to Call God 'Father'" VATICAN CITY, January 30, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is a translation of the General Audience Pope Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, In last Wednesday's catechesis we focused on the words of the Creed: "I believe in God." But the profession of faith specifies this statement: God is the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I should like to reflect with you now on the first, fundamental definition of...
  • Christ "alive" in us !

    01/30/2013 8:34:43 PM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 1-30-13 | Jedediah
    I have come that you may have life and have this abundantly, therefore as you release words of life to others I fill their wellspring with everlasting promises of life through restoration and as their wellspring fills, My joy that is their strength overwhelms their situations and proceeds to heal all within. So be My Wellspring of Life for others as I bear My fruit through you for you "ARE" a Living Testimony of My love I give Freely to ALL. John 7:37-38 Amplified Bible (AMP) 37 Now on the final and most important day of the Feast, Jesus stood,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-31-13, M, St. John Bosco, Priest

    01/30/2013 8:30:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-31-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 31, 2013 Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest Reading 1 Heb 10:19-25 Brothers and sisters: Since through the Blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil, that is, his flesh,and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he...
  • Familys agonizing trail leads to infants surgery

    01/30/2013 8:01:56 PM PST · by MediaMole · 5 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | Bella English
    Mary Gundrum, 20 weeks pregnant, was excited when an ultrasound revealed that she was going to have a baby boy. Then she looked closer and said, Whats that in front of his face? That, the doctor replied somberly, is a problem. The news was grim. The fetus had an encephalocele, a rare disorder in which part of the brain was exposed, covered in skin, outside the head. In this case, the brain was growing down into the roof of the mouth and protruding onto the face.
  • "Catholic Social Teaching" Rears its Ugly Head

    01/30/2013 5:25:26 PM PST · by HawkHogan · 22 replies
    "When I started this article about what we face in the 113th Congress, I was focused on the challenge and frustration of trying to govern with an intransigent minority that would rather wreck the economy than grow it. The tea party fringe of the Republican Party has held the government hostage and while their attitude has not changed, what is different is the experience and commitment of others to do what is good for the country. The Presidents Inaugural address and the apparent results of the Republican retreat last week have lightened my mood and encouraged me to think that...
  • Confession to an SSPX priest a sin? [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    01/30/2013 2:59:30 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 30, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader: While doing research I came across something that said that one of the faithful who knowingly receives a Sacrament from a priest without faculties commits a sin. I have always attended SSPX chapels and gone to confession there. But after what I read, I haven’t known what to do. I haven’t gone to Confession in months. I’m also afraid of having a disagreement with my parents. My Dad has very strong opinions about anything not connected with the SSPX. The Church’s law says clearly that if a priest lacks the faculties from proper authority to receive sacramental...
  • The USCCB files amicus brief in Supreme Court supporting DOMA, Prop. 8

    01/30/2013 2:36:21 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | January 30, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    From Sister Mary Ann Walsh, for the USCCB:WASHINGTONThe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on January 29 filed amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court in support of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Californias Proposition 8, both of which confirm the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.DOMA was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996 and defines marriage for federal and inter-state recognition purposes. Proposition 8 is a state constitutional amendment approved by the citizens of California in 2008. Both laws are challenged because they define marriage exclusively...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PATRINI, 01-30-13

    01/30/2013 10:43:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-30-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PATRINI Sponsors at baptism. So called from the Medieval Latin term, which means those taking the place of parents. They undertake the office of spiritual patents toward those whom they bring to the baptismal font. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Armenian Catholic Archbishop on the Massacre in Aleppo: " We Are Addicted to Daily Horror "

    01/30/2013 10:27:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/30/13
    "The effect of the condition in which we have been living for more than a year is that we are now addicted to horror everyday." This is how the Archbishop of Aleppo of the Armenian Catholics, Boutros Marayati, describes the devastating situation to Fides Agency experienced by the inhabitants of the Syrian metropolis, where yesterday dozens of corpses of young victims were found. "There is always new news of massacres, there is the constant noise of bombing, one lives in a state of tension and fear day and night, there is a struggle to survive in a daily life in...
  • Portland's New Archbishop Known for His Emphasis on Vocations, Catechesis

    01/30/2013 9:42:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/29/13 | Catherine Harmon
    The Vatican announced this morning that Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Michigan will be the new archbishop of Portland, Oregon, succeeding Archbishop John Vlazny. From the Vaticans statement on the new appointment: Bishop Sample, previously bishop of Marquette, Michigan, USA, was born in Kalispell, Montana, USA, in 1960, was ordained to the priesthood in 1990, and received episcopal ordination in 2006. In the national bishops conference he currently serves on the Subcommittees on Native American Catholics and on the Catechism. He is also vice-postulator for the cause for canonisation of Venerable Frederic Baraga, first bishop of the Diocese of Marquette....
  • Ever have back trouble? (ICR 'That's a Fact' video 1:15 mins)

    01/30/2013 8:04:48 AM PST · by fishtank · 2 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Nov. 17, 2012 | ICR
    "Ever have back troubles? Evolutionists would have you think that the root of back pain comes from evolutionary ancestors. But the fact of the matter is, two legs or four, we all get back troubles."
  • Pray for our Heroes and Nation

    01/30/2013 6:58:21 AM PST · by Hiskid · 17 replies
    1/30/13 | Kenneth Copeland
  • Exclusive: U.S. bishops say theyre willing to go to jail over HHS mandate

    01/30/2013 5:26:02 AM PST · by NYer · 113 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Archbishop-elect Alexander Sample speaks with John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews' editor-in-chief WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the Obama administration and the U.S. Bishops remain locked in battle over the HHS mandate, the question on the minds of many observers is: what lengths are the bishops willing to go to to oppose the mandate? The prelates LifeSiteNews spoke to after the Vigil Mass for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24th indicated that they intend to do everything they can to oppose the mandate, including risking imprisonment if necessary. "I would be willing to go to jail in defense of religious...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/30/13)[Prayer]

    01/30/2013 5:07:49 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/30/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures El Emunah - The Faithful GOD(Deuteronomy 7:9) Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - January 30, 2013 [Devotional]

    01/30/2013 4:46:39 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Email ^ | 1/30/13 | Joel Osteen
    Accept His Timing Today's Scripture And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9, NKJV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Id love to tell you that if you stay in faith, if you believe, then God will always answer your prayer within 24 hours, or at least within the first week. But we know thats not reality. God promises He will be true to His word, but He never puts a timeframe on it. In fact, He tells us that we need patience...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 30, 2013]

    01/30/2013 4:45:47 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Dilemma of Obedience "Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision" —1 Samuel 3:15 God never speaks to us in dramatic ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand. Then we say, “I wonder if that is God’s voice?” Isaiah said that the Lord spoke to him “with a strong hand,” that is, by the pressure of his circumstances (Isaiah 8:11). Without the sovereign hand of God Himself, nothing touches our lives. Do we discern His hand at work, or do we see things as mere occurrences?Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will...