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  • Vatican Discloses That Benedict Has Heart pacemaker

    02/12/2013 7:45:06 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
    ROME — A day after Pope Benedict XVI stunned Roman Catholics by announcing that he would resign at the end of the month, the Vatican disclosed new details about his physical well-being on Tuesday, saying he had been fitted with a heart pacemaker a decade ago but that had not influenced his decision to become the first pope in almost 600 years to step down. The disclosure about the device, whose existence was not widely known, came as the Vatican grappled with a series of logistical questions raised by a decision that gave Benedict just 17 days to wind up...
  • Historian Notes Precedents for Papal Resignation

    02/12/2013 7:13:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Benedict XVI Not the First Pope to Step Down From See of PeterThough it hasn't happened in about 600 years, there is precedent for a papal resignation. And the Church has the resources and the experience of history to know what to do now. This is the affirmation of Donald Prudlo, associate professor of History at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, who spoke with Vatican Radio today about Benedict XVI's shocking announcement that he is resigning. With this news, the Pope joins at least four of his predecessors from history who have also stepped down from the See of Peter....
  • US Will Have Unprecedented Voice In Electing New Pope

    02/12/2013 7:09:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/ ^ | February 12, 2013 | John Newland And Claudio Lavanga, NBC News
    When the next Papal Conclave meets behind closed doors to replace the retiring Pope Benedict XVI, the United States will have an unprecedented voice in the process. Eleven cardinal electors, almost 10 percent of the conclave, will be Americans -- the largest share the country has ever had, even though it has historically had a large Catholic population. The retiring pope gets credit for the greater influence of the U.S.
  • [Catholic] School Official Fired for Blog Post About Gay Marriage

    02/12/2013 7:06:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Canton Reporter ^ | 2/11/13 | Amanda Lee Myers
    A Catholic school assistant principal was fired Monday over comments he made on his blog in support of gay marriage. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati fired Mike Moroski from Purcell Marian High School, telling him in a termination letter that he had shown “poor judgment” and violated the teachings of the Catholic church, archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said.
  • Russian Defense Ministry Hands Back Orthodox Church Property

    02/12/2013 6:57:56 AM PST · by marshmallow
    RIA Novosti ^ | 2/1/13
    MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) – A seminary turned military aviation school is to be handed back to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Defense Ministry has announced, as part of the ongoing return of church property taken over by the state in Soviet times. Five buildings making up the Kirov Military Aviation Technical School, located in the city of Kirov near the Urals, will be given over free of charge to the Russian Orthodox Church’s Vyatka Diocese “to be used in accordance with the purposes of the activities of a religious organization as established by its founding documents,” according to...
  • Pope Benedict’s Resignation and St. Corbinian’s Bear

    02/12/2013 6:54:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/11/13 | Catherine Harmon
    All day today, as I’ve been reading news and opinion pieces on the Holy Father’s resignation and listening to the commentary of various (informed and uninformed) pundits, my thoughts keep coming back to a bear. Specifically, the bear featured on Pope Benedict XVI’s papal coat of arms, known as St. Corbinian’s Bear. The bear figures in a legend about St. Corbinian, an 8th-century bishop of Freising, in Bavaria. The story goes that, while Corbinian travelled along a road to Rome, a bear jumped out of a wood and killed Corbinian’s pack-horse. The saintly bishop reprimanded the bear and forced him...
  • Card. George on HHS Mandate: "Institutions for Which We're Responsible Will Simply Not Cooperate"

    02/12/2013 6:39:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/8/13 | Catherine Harmon
    "It will be up to the government to decide what it wants to do."CNS has a video of a brief interview with Cardinal Francis George, in which he discusses the Obama administration's new HHS mandate regulations: "I understand the new regulations expand not the definition [of religious institutions] but they expand the number of institutions that might be accommodated by it. But the issue of government taking upon itself...to decide what is religious and what is not is truly a constitutional issue and that must go forward. "The bishops have made it very clear that the institutions for which we're...
  • Pope Benedict XVI’s Musical Legacy

    02/12/2013 5:21:27 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 12, 2013 | Jeffrey Tucker
    One of the many lasting legacies of the papacy of Benedict XVI concerns liturgical music. Enormous progress has been made in his papacy. Incredibly this progress has happened without new legislation, new restrictions, new mandates, or firm-handed attempts to impose discipline on musicians and artists. The change has happened through the means that Benedict XVI has always preferred: he has led through example and through the inspiration provided by his homilies and writings.You can observe the difference by watching any Papal liturgy, whether live or on television or through webcast. Gregorian chant is back but not just as a style...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 12, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/12/2013 4:42:03 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/12/13 | Joel Osteen
    You Are Priceless Today's Scripture I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made… Psalm 139:14, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria A few years ago, I was having dinner with some people in their home. I noticed some paintings on the wall. To me, they weren’t very impressive. In fact, some of them looked like they had been painted by a child. They were abstract and modern, and it appeared like paint had been just thrown here and there. But later that evening, the owner mentioned how he had paid over a million dollars for just...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 12, 2013]

    02/12/2013 4:41:03 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Are You Listening to God? "They said to Moses, ’You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die’ `" —Exodus 20:19 We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God— we simply don’t listen to Him. God has given His commands to us, but we pay no attention to them— not because of willful disobedience, but because we do not truly love and respect Him. “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Once we realize we have constantly been showing disrespect to God, we will be filled with shame and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/12/13)[Prayer]

    02/12/2013 4:31:57 AM PST · by left that other site · 30 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/12/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohim Shophtim Ba-arets - GOD that Judgeth in the Earth(Psalms 58:11) Then men will say, "Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.
  • 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...
  • Speculation mounts on who will be next pope

    02/11/2013 12:06:45 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 160 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 11, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    “The entire College of Cardinals has been appointed by Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI, therefore it’s extraordinarily unlikely that the next pope will not reflect their collective interpretation of the council, which means in worldly terms, a conservative pope,” said R.R. Reno, editor of First Things magazine and professor of theology at Creighton University, in Omaha, Neb. “So the question is whether the College of Cardinals wants another ‘professor pope’ or do they want someone to kind of deal with the Vatican bureaucracy, or a diplomat? “I’m not a handicapper and I couldn’t begin to speculate,” he said....
  • Cardinal Sodano to Pope Benedict: “We have heard you with a sense of loss and almost disbelief”

    02/11/2013 12:00:30 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 11, 2013 | Catherine Harmon
    Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, has said that he and his fellow cardinals have received the news of Pope Benedict’s resignation “with a sense of loss and almost disbelief,” and he assured the Holy Father that the cardinals “are closer than ever to you.” Below are Cardinal Sodano’s words to the Holy Father, as released by Vatican Information Services: We have heard you with a sense of loss and almost disbelief. In your words we see the great affection that you have always had for God's Holy Church, for this Church that you have loved...
  • Pope's resignation invokes sadness, gratitude from US bishops

    02/11/2013 11:52:11 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    EWTN News ^ | February 11, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan The U.S. bishops voiced sorrow over the news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, as well as appreciation for his eight years of leadership and service to the Church.“The Holy Father brought the tender heart of a pastor, the incisive mind of a scholar and the confidence of a soul united with His God in all he did,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “His resignation is but another sign of his great care for the Church.”Cardinal Dolan’s Feb. 11 statement came hours after Pope Benedict announced...
  • Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation

    02/11/2013 11:42:47 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    EWTN News ^ | February 11, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Benedict XVI blesses Cardinals during a consistory at the Vatican February 11, 2013, in this picture provided by Osservatore Romano. Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of cardinals Feb. 11 that he no longer has the strength to carry out ministry and will resign on Feb. 28. “I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age,...
  • Report: Brother Says Pope Was Considering Resignation for Months

    02/11/2013 11:40:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 2/11/13
    BERLIN – The pope's brother, Georg Ratzinger, says the pontiff had been advised by his doctor not to take any more transatlantic trips and had been considering stepping down for months.
  • Some Notes About the Upcoming Conclave

    02/11/2013 11:30:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say ^ | 2/11/13 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Canon 332 §2 of the Code of Canon Law states: “If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone.”So, since the Pope has not died, there will not be the period of mourning and Masses, the Novemdiales, the day of death being counted as one of the days. When the Pope resigns, at 8 p.m. Rome time on 28 February, there will be a state called “sede vacante”, “the see being empty” . I remind priests not...
  • As Vatican Leader Pope Benedict Never Had A Chance

    02/11/2013 10:12:00 AM PST · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | February 11, 2013 | John Moody
    He never had a chance. From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s on April 19, 2005, to greet the faithful, Benedict XVI faced an insurmountable problem: He was not John Paul II. Benedict’s decision to resign the papacy is being blamed on his age – nearly 86 – and his health – never robust. He might just as well have been diagnosed with a broken papal heart.
  • Do the prophecies of St. Malachy suggest we are living in the end times?

    02/11/2013 9:47:24 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 64 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | Unknown | Catholic Answers Staff
    Full Question Someone in my parish told me about the prophesies of St. Malachy, which he claims, prove that we are nearing the end of times. What are these prophesies? Answer St. Malachy was an Irish bishop who lived in the 12th century. By far the more famous of his prophecies concerns the sequence of popes. The prophecy consist of 112 short Latin descriptions of future popes; the prophecies were discovered in 1590 and attributed to Malachy. Each description indicates one identifying trait for each future pope, beginning with Celestine II, who was elected in 1130. In some instances, the...
  • An Evangelical Looks at Pope Benedict XVI

    02/11/2013 9:42:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    First Things ^ | 2/11/13 | Russell D. Moore
    With Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking resignation this morning, Evangelical Christians might be tempted to see this the way a college football fan might view the departure of his rival team’s head coach. But the global stakes are much, much higher. As Pope Benedict steps down, I think it’s important for us to recognize the legacy of the last two bishops of Rome that we ought to honor and conserve: an emphasis on human dignity. As a Baptist Christian, I disagree with Rome on many things, of course, and some of those things relate to the nature of the Petrine ministry,...
  • Pope Benedict’s Resignation in Historical Context

    02/11/2013 9:39:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisi Magazine ^ | 2/11/13 | Donald S. Prudlo
    In shocking news that quickly demonstrated the ongoing relevance of medieval historians, Pope Benedict announced that he will lay down his governance of the Church of Rome at the end of this month. Such an event has not happened for nearly 600 years when his predecessor, Gregory XII, sacrificed himself in 1415 to bring an end to the Great Western Schism. It is appropriate, in an historical Church, to look back. Rooted in tradition, we see that we do have the resources to cope with such a stunning and in some ways heartbreaking announcement. Benedict XVI used the occasion of...
  • Explain how the church wasn't born until Pentecost if the believers were already saved pre-Pentecost

    02/11/2013 8:32:29 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 79 replies
    2/11/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If those who assembled on the Day of Pentecost (the 120 who assembled together before they spake with tongues on the Day of Pentecost, and before Peter preached his sermon) were already saved, were believers, had seen him ascend to heaven, etc, and the Body of Christ (the church) then must already have been in existence before the Day of Pentecost. Would someone please explain, then, how the church wasn't formed or "born" until the day of Pentecost? Was the church just halfway outside the womb pre-Day of Pentecost? Did it have to wait until the Day of Pentecost to...
  • Saint Malachy, Prophecies about 112 popes until the end of the world, the last five Popes

    02/11/2013 8:06:08 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    The Work Of God.org ^ | Unknown | Anonymous
    Saint Malachy  Prophecies about 112 popes until the end of the world. Note: The Church does not lean on private revelation for doctrinal matters, but it does not oppose to the faithful obtaining benefit from them so long as they don't go against our faith.   This analysis focuses on the last five Popes in the context of the prophecies of Saint Malachy. + + +   Saint Malachy was born in Amagh Ireland in 1094, he lived a religious life as a monk, then he was ordained priest and finally Bishop. He was canonized in 1199 by Pope Clement III....
  • Vatican Website Going Islamic?

    02/11/2013 7:48:57 AM PST · by DoctorBulldog · 34 replies
    The Vatican ^ | 11FEB13 | Self
    Okay, this morning when I heard about Pope Benedict resigning, I immediately went to the Vatican’s website to read their press release. Imagine my surprise when I was greeted with what appears to be a crescent moon with the Pope as the star:
  • Virtually unprecedented: papal resignation throughout history

    02/11/2013 6:17:16 AM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 11, 2013
    No pope has resigned in almost 600 years. But Pope Benedict’s surprise announcement is not entirely unprecedented. More than 260 men have reigned as Pope since Saint Peter was martyred in Rome in the third decade after the death of Christ, and at least four of them have resigned. We spoke to medieval historian Doctor Donald Prudlo, Associate Professor of History at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, about the history of papal resignations. Listen: Vatican Radio: It’s been centuries since a Pope has resigned the See of Peter. Can you tell us about the last Pope to resign? Dr....
  • Pope Benedict XVI:a papal timeline

    02/11/2013 6:11:14 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 10, 2013
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II on April 19th 2005.On April 24th, he celebrated the Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter’s Square, during which he was invested with the Pallium and the Ring of the Fisherman.On May 7th he took possession of his Cathedral Church, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.During his Papacy Pope Benedict XVIth has undertaken 24 apostolic journeys abroad. The first was to Cologne in Germany in occasion of the 20th World Youth Day in August 2005. The most...
  • "I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome" [Full Text]

    02/11/2013 5:52:00 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Chiesa ^ | February 10, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also tocommunicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world,...
  • Pope Benedict's Address on Resignation of the See of Rome

    02/11/2013 5:35:15 AM PST · by annalex · 41 replies
    Zenit ^ | Vatican City, February 11, 2013 (Zenit.org). | 5 hits | His Holiness the Pope
    Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/11/13)[Prayer]

    02/11/2013 4:44:27 AM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/11/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Elohim Ozer Li - GOD My Helper (Psalms 54:4) Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 11, 2013]

    02/11/2013 4:42:31 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Is Your Mind Stayed on God? "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You" —Isaiah 26:3 Is your mind stayed on God or is it starved? Starvation of the mind, caused by neglect, is one of the chief sources of exhaustion and weakness in a servant’s life. If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. There is no reason to wait for God to come to you. You must turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of...