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  • ObamaCare: Christian Leaders Will Fraternize, Fall, or Fight!

    02/12/2013 3:58:25 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 11 replies
    CST News ^ | February 8, 2013 | Dr. Don Boys
    My column, “Catholics Defy ObamaCare! What About Fundamentalist Churches and Universities?” caused a stir in some circles. Will Christian leaders decide to fraternize with the enemy by killing innocent babies, or fall on their swords by closing their ministries, or fight to the very end by operating illegally in storefronts or darkened basements? They will do one of the three. The fraternizers will be promoted (but should be pitied); those who fall on their swords (seeking some credibility by not joining the enemy or identifying with the “fighters”) will be praised and those who fight and disobey the law and...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    02/12/2013 1:56:43 AM PST · by Jeanbl · 21 replies
    February 12, 2013 | Jeanbl
    And if one person is vulnerable to attack, two can drive the attacker away. As the saying goes, “A rope made of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-12-13

    02/11/2013 10:40:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-12-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 12, 2013   Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Gn 1:20—2:4a God said,“Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures,and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky.”And so it happened:God created the great sea monstersand all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems,and all kinds of winged birds.God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying,“Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas;and let the birds multiply on the earth.”Evening came, and morning followed–the fifth day. Then God said,“Let the earth...
  • Cardinal Mahony voting for a new pope rankles some Catholics

    02/11/2013 9:07:51 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 50 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | 2/11/2013 | TERESA WATANABE AND RICHARD WINTON
    LOS ANGELES -- Nearly two weeks ago, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced he had removed Cardinal Roger Mahony from all public duties amid revelations that he plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement. But Mahony on Monday found himself back at the center of church business, as one of 117 cardinals who will elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Mahony was quick to weigh in on the papal news - posting a statement on his online blog at 8:38 a.m. PDT, two hours before the archdiocese announced that Gomez would issue his own remarks at...
  • Haters Tweet Death Threats to Pope After Resignation News

    02/11/2013 9:02:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 48 replies
    LN ^ | Steven Ertelt
    It didn’t take long for news of Pope Benedict XVI’s planned resignation to hit the Internet before haters went to Twitter to flood his account with death threats and harassing messages. A sample of the vile tweets follows (Warning: very graphic language).
  • On God As Creator of Heaven and Earth

    02/11/2013 8:56:11 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 6, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On God As Creator of Heaven and Earth "In the work of creation, God is seen as the almighty Father who by his eternal Word brings into existence a universe of goodness, harmony and beauty" Vatican City, February 06, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is a translation of the general audience Pope Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Creed, which begins by describing God as "Almighty Father," as we meditated on last week, then adds that He is the "Creator of heaven and earth," and thus takes up the Bible's opening line. In the first...
  • On Abraham's Faith

    02/11/2013 8:49:56 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 23, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On Abraham's Faith "Saying 'I believe in God' means founding my life on Him" Vatican City, January 23, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this Year of Faith, I would like to start today to reflect with you on the Creed, the solemn profession of faith which accompanies our lives as believers. The Creed begins, "I believe in God." It is a fundamental affirmation, deceptively simple in its essentiality, but one that opens onto the infinite world of the relationship...
  • On Christ As Mediator Between God and Man

    02/11/2013 8:45:54 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 16, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On Christ As Mediator Between God and Man "Jesus is Truly God Among Us, 'The Mediator and the Fullness of All Revelation'" Vatican City, January 16, 2013 (Zenit.org). Here is a translation of the general audience Pope Benedict XVI gave today in Paul VI Hall. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Second Vatican Council, in its Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum, says that the intimate truth of the revelation of God shines for us "in Christ, who is both the mediator and the fullness of all revelation"(no. 2). The Old Testament tells us how God, after the creation, despite...
  • On the Incarnation

    02/11/2013 8:39:36 PM PST · by ELS
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 9, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On the Incarnation "God gives us the greatest gift possible, the gift of himself " Vatican City, January 09, 2013 (Zenit.org). Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this Christmas season we focus once again on the great mystery of God who came down from Heaven to enter into our flesh. In Jesus, God became incarnate, He became man like us, and thus opened for us the door to His Heaven, to full communion with Him. In recent days, the term "incarnation" of God has resounded several times in our churches, to express the reality we celebrate on Christmas: the Son of...
  • Pope’s Possible Successor Promotes Marxist for Sainthood

    02/11/2013 8:25:30 PM PST · by ubipetrusest · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 11, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    ...Cardinal Timothy Dolan, reported to be in the running to replace Pope Benedict XVI as the head of the Roman Catholic Church, is usually described as a “conservative” because he has strongly criticized President Obama’s attacks on religious liberty and federal intrusions into church affairs. But Dolan is also the leader of the campaign to promote Marxist Dorothy Day for Sainthood. One report asks, “Could Timothy Dolan Become The First American Pope?” Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB,) is considered the voice of U.S. Catholicism. But Carol Byrne, author of "The Catholic Worker Movement (1933-1980):...
  • Benedict announces resignation and lightning strikes

    02/11/2013 6:58:56 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 11, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    On 11 February, the day Pope Benedict announced that he would resign, lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Quote of the Day (Pope visits home for the elderly)

    02/11/2013 6:51:59 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    WITL ^ | February 11, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    “I come to you as Bishop of Rome, but also as an old man visiting his peers. It would be superfluous to say that I am well acquainted with the difficulties, problems and limitations of this age and I know that for many these difficulties are more acute due to the economic crisis. At times, at a certain age, one may look back nostalgically at the time of our youth when we were fresh and planning for the future. Thus at times our gaze is veiled by sadness, seeing this phase of life as the time of sunset. This morning,...
  • DHS's curiosity piqued over Pope Benedict XVI's retirement and Catholic Prophecy

    02/11/2013 6:13:58 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 71 replies
    Summorum Pontificum blog ^ | 2/11/2013 | Brian Kopp
    Monday, February 11, 2013 Dept of Homeland Security's curiosity piqued over Pope Benedict XVI's retirement and Catholic ProphecyBy Brian Kopp Back in 2011, two posts on the Summorum Pontificum blog garnered multiple visits from multiple office locations and ISPs of the Department of Homeland Security: For fourth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope draws attention to little known prophecies of Venerable Elena Aiello The apocalyptic prophecies of Hildegard of Bingen, the next Doctor of the Church Today, two different computers at the DHS Washington DC offices stopped in once again at the Summorum Pontificum blog: Notice the link that lead them...
  • A message from above? Lightning strikes Vatican after Pope Benedict resigns

    02/11/2013 4:00:57 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 41 replies
    Blacktown Sun ^ | Feb. 12, 2013 | Megan Levy
    Pope Benedict XVI's resignation came like a bolt from the blue overnight. And the weather around the Vatican was eerily appropriate, with lightning striking St Peter's Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic sites, on the same day that Pope Benedict announced he would be stepping down. Global news agency Agence France-Presse published an image of lightning striking the basilica's dome, which it said was taken "on the day the Pope" announced his resignation. AFP said the striking image was captured by photographer Filippo Monteforte, who works for Italian national news and photo agency ANSA. Monteforte's website shows that he has...
  • Prayers for Pope Benedict XVI

    02/11/2013 3:48:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Kresta in the Afternoon.blogspot.com ^ | 02-11-13 | Krestain the Afternoon and St. Lisa Marie
    Monday, February 11, 2013 Prayers for the Pope This blog post was published last October, but the prayer seems helpful today. nunspeak~ Sr Lisa Marie's Nun Blog   It is a good practice for all of us to pray for the Pope on a regular basis. As we might imagine, he carries a lot on his shoulders as he governs the Universal Church; he continues to reach out to others, building bridges towards unity within the Christian community, and in reaching out to people of other faith traditions.Let us then, hold our Pope in constant prayer, that he may...
  • When the pope was powerful, and why that changed

    02/11/2013 3:33:30 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 33 replies
    Washington Post blogs ^ | 2/11/2013 | Max Fisher
    It’s difficult to pinpoint a precise moment when the office of the pope began to lose its vast political power, which had long placed the Holy See above even the kings and emperors of Europe, but has since declined to the point that now-retiring Pope Benedict XVI found few political accomplishments in his reign. But one day that stands out is Dec. 2, 1804. A few weeks earlier, French voters had overwhelmingly approved a referendum elevating Napoleon Bonaparte from first consul to emperor, the beginning of the end of France’s democratic revolution. His coronation was to proceed in the manner...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Resigning on Feb. 28 Due to Age, Health Concerns

    02/11/2013 2:45:43 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 11, 2013 | Associated Press
    Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
  • Pope Benedict's Devotion to Saint Celestine Signaled His Resignation from the Papacy

    02/11/2013 2:30:24 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | February 11, 2013 | Taylor Marshall
    Pope Benedict venerating St Celestine,  the only Pope Saint to have resigned When I heard Pope Benedict's announcement this morning that he would be retiring from the Chair of St Peter at the end of February 2013, I was sad but not entirely surprised. In fact, here on the blog, we've been following Pope Benedict's devotion to Pope Saint Celestine for over two years now, and wondering whether our beloved Holy Father may be contemplating this decision. Saint Celestine, as you may know, was the last Pope to resign...and he is a canonized saint. Pope Benedict's visits to Saint...
  • How Liberty Turns Into Tyranny

    02/11/2013 1:43:02 PM PST · by Guido2012 · 12 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 2/11/13 | Tony Caruso
    Ever wonder how a free society manages to deteriorate into a totalitarian police state? How do people willingly submit to tyranny after they have known freedom?
  • If tithes go to pastors, what about Deut 26:12 where tithes went to widows, etc, every 3rd year?

    02/11/2013 12:14:15 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 88 replies
    2/11/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    In certain passages of scripture it says that tithes are to be given to the Levites, and then the Levites were to give a tenth to the priests. In other scriptures is says to bring ye the tithe into the storehouse, that my house may be full. Deuteronomy 26:12 says that every third year, that in addition to giving to the Levites, some of the tithe must go to widows, orphans, (the down-and-out), etc. Now, if in modern times we give tithes to our local church that we attend and tithes are then used to pay for the pastors salary...