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  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 14, 2013]

    02/14/2013 4:45:53 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Discipline of Hearing "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops" —Matthew 10:27 Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and God puts us into “the shadow of His hand” until we learn to hear Him (Isaiah 49:2). “Whatever I tell you in the dark. . .”— pay attention when God puts you into darkness, and keep your mouth closed while you are...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/14/13)[Prayer]

    02/14/2013 4:45:32 AM PST · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/14/13 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (Psalms 18:46) 46. The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47. It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me. 48. He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. God Bless America!
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/14/13)[Prayer]

    02/14/2013 4:39:39 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/14/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures Elohe Tishuathi - GOD of My Salvation(Psalms 18:46&51:14) 46. The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. 47. It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me. 48. He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-14-13, OM, Sts. Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop

    02/13/2013 9:20:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-14-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 14, 2013 Thursday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people:Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom.If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin on you today,loving him, and walking in his ways,and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,you will live and grow numerous,and the LORD, your God,will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,I tell you now that you will certainly perish;you will...
  • A last chance for the SSPX? Plus: the SSPX in the heart of the Pope's frustration Catholic Caucus)

    02/13/2013 7:03:15 PM PST · by narses · 39 replies
    Rorate can independently confirm the report --hinted at just now in Le Forum Catholique -- that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has sent a letter with a final offer to the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX): resume the dialogue with the Holy See by February 22, or else the Holy See will make an offer of reconciliation and full communion to individual SSPX priests. (What kind of offer or structural basis will be offered is unclear.) We can only wonder how things would be like if dissenting liberal theological faculties and the individual heretics...
  • Cardinal Bertone's Farewell Address to the Holy Father

    02/13/2013 5:03:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Zenit ^ | February 13, 2012
    Vatican City, February 13, 2013 (Zenit.org). | 650 hits Here is a translation of the brief statement by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Pope's secretary of state and the cardinal camerlengo, at the end of this evening's Ash Wednesday Mass, over which Benedict XVI presided. * * * Most Holy Father,with feelings of great emotion and profound respect, not only the Church, but the whole world, has heard the news of your decision to give up the ministry of the Bishop of Rome, Successor of the Apostle Peter.We would not be honest, Your Holiness, if we said that this evening...
  • "Thank You Let Us Return to Prayer": For the Last Time, The Pope Leaves the Altar

    02/13/2013 4:23:48 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    WITL ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    Even for two millenia of a very full, yet never boring history, the Catholic Church has never seen a moment like this. Remember, folks the "new" St Peter's Basilica was only opened some three centuries after the last time a Pope resigned. As prelates and people alike were seen fighting back tears, here are the closing moments of Benedict XVI's final turn at the Altar of the Confession (homily), a site literally upon the "rock" on which the papacy and the church it guides is built.... In a spontaneous move out of deference to Joseph Ratzinger's...
  • "Today, We Begin A New Journey" Liturgically Speaking, B16's Last Word

    02/13/2013 4:06:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WITL ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    From this evening's Ash Wednesday Mass as a monumental Lent begins for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, here's the Vatican's English translation of Joseph Ratzinger's final homily as Pope Benedict XVI, bishop of Rome, the 264th successor of St Peter. * * * Venerable Brothers, Dear Brothers and Sisters! Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin a new Lenten journey, a journey that extends over forty days and leads us towards the joy of Easter, to victory of Life over death. Following the ancient Roman tradition of Lenten stations, we are gathered for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist....
  • Benedicts Decision in the Light of Eternity

    02/13/2013 2:31:42 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    What God knows is not necessarily what God wills. Each pope is guaranteed the protection of the Holy Spirit from fallible definitions of faith and morals, but to suppose that each pope is there because God wants him there, including the unworthy successors of Peter, comes close to the unforgivable blasphemy against the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. Twenty year old Benedict IX was at least as nightmarish as his successor Gregory VI who usually is counted with his predecessor among the popes who relinquished their office. There are times, though, when the hand of God is not manhandled,...
  • Cardinal Peter Turkson, Shhh (Catholic Caucus)

    02/13/2013 2:21:22 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | February 13, 2012 | PATRICK ARCHBOLD
    Cardinal Peter Turkson gave a wide ranging interview to the UK Telegraph about his vision and what it would mean if he is elected Pope. He told The Daily Telegraph Tuesday that his biggest challenge, should he be elected, would be to maintain an orthodox Catholic doctrine while "at the same time knowing how to apply it so that you do not become irrelevant in a world that has continuous changes". Cardinal Turkson, who holds one of the most important jobs in the Roman Curia and has been repeatedly promoted by Pope Benedict, was quick to take a conservative line...
  • Vatican releases schedule for Pope's final days

    02/13/2013 1:44:21 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 12, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Father Federico Lombardi addresses the press on Feb. 11, 2013 about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. Credit: David Uebbing/ CNA. Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 06:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last days of Pope Benedict XVI will include three public appearances, a meeting with the priests of Rome, Lenten spiritual exercises, and audiences with politicians and cardinals. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi detailed the final events of the Pope’s schedule for the press at a Feb. 13 meeting. The first event on the list is Ash Wednesday Mass this evening in St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be his final...
  • Gay rights activists demand DC Comics fire Mormon Superman writer (Orson Scott Card)

    02/13/2013 1:03:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    <p>A writer for DC Comics Superman series has come under attack by homosexual rights activists, who view his work as anti-gay and want him fired.</p> <p>Orson Scott Card is one of a team of writers and artists to create the new digital DC Comics product, Adventures of Superman, according to a report from Fox News. Mr. Card is a Mormon and vocal opponent of gay marriage. Fox News reported he once referred to same-sex marriage as the end of democracy in American and suggested the left is at war with the family.</p>
  • Bill Maher: Priests Would OK Birth Control if Altar Boys Got Pregnant

    02/13/2013 12:46:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    LN ^ | Noel Sheppard
    There clearly is no limit to Bill Mahers depravity. On TBSs Conan Tuesday, the comedian beloved by the liberal media said that Catholic priests would use birth control if altar boys could get pregnant (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): Not surprisingly during his discussion with Maher, host Conan OBrien brought up the announcement earlier this week that the Pope was resigning. What a marvelous topic for a man who in 2008 said the Pope used to be a Nazi and is the leader of a child-abusing religious cult. As such, having been perfectly teed up by his host,...
  • On Ash Wednesday

    02/13/2013 9:53:43 AM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 13, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On Ash Wednesday "The forty days of Lent recall Israels sojourn in the desert and the temptations of Jesus at the beginning of His public ministry." Vatican City, February 13, 2013 (Zenit.org). Before delivering his catechesis today, the Holy Father said the following to the faithful present: "Dear Brothers and Sisters, As you know, I have decided [applause] Thank you for your sympathy, I have decided to give up the ministry that the Lord has entrusted to me on April 19, 2005. I did this in full freedom for the good of the Church, after having prayed at length and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (ADVOCATUS DIABOLI), 02-13-13

    02/13/2013 9:26:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-13-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (ADVOCATUS DIABOLI) A popular name for the advocate of God, the Vatican official who is the promoter of the cause in a process of beatification and canonization. The name arose from the fact that he is required to raise objections to a person's alleged sanctity or reputation for having worked miracles. 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 Nation

    02/13/2013 9:26:18 AM PST · by Hiskid · 11 replies
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  • Top candidate to be next Pope has ties to creation of global economic system

    02/13/2013 8:43:02 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 75 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11 Feb 13 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    On Feb. 10, the world was shocked to hear that Pope Benedict would step down from his Papal office on Feb. 28, and become the first leader of the Catholic church to resign from office in over 500 years. However, speculation for his replacement is already under way, and the front runner to become the next Pope has strong ties to the creation of a global economic system, as well as being a prime candidate to an ancient Catholic prophecy suggesting he would help lead the world into a new order. The front runner to be the next pope...
  • Benedict XVI: Reasons Revolutionary

    02/13/2013 8:14:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | 2/11/13 | Samuel Gregg
    Ever since I started writing about Joseph Ratzinger in the late 1990s, two qualities about the man impressed me. The first was his quiet but clear love of Christ as a living Person rather than the vague abstraction of liberal, often atheist theologians. The second was Ratzingers genuine humility. Intellectually, Ratzinger far surpassed the usual suspects who want to turn Catholicism into something between the disaster otherwise known as the Church of England, and the rather sad leftist-activism of aging nuns stuck in 1968. But against the increasingly-absurd rants of a Hans Kung or Leonardo Boff, Ratzinger simply continued defending...
  • Why the Popes resignation matters to Protestants

    02/13/2013 6:48:52 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies
    Times-Union ^ | February 12, 2013 | Rev. Alan Rudnick
    Surprise and shock are an understatement when it comes to Pope Benedict XVIs resignation. Only a handful of Popes have called it quits. The Popes decision continues to spark speculation about who the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church will be. This decision will have far reaching impact for Catholics around the world and certainly for Protestants. As most readers know, Im not Catholic. Im an American Baptist clergyman. I come from a tradition that fought to continue the reforms of the Church of England. Baptists were one of the many English separatist groups that wanted to go further...
  • Some Interesting Tidbits From Todays Vatican press conference

    02/13/2013 6:34:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/12/13 | Catherine Harmon
    Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, director of the Vatican Press Office, met today with reporters to answer questions concerning yesterdays surprising announcement of the Holy Fathers impending resignation. Catholic News Service has a very thorough report on the meeting, which yielded many interesting details about Pope Benedicts decision and what the coming weeks will hold; that story can be read here. Vatican Radios report on Lombardis remarks is here. Some items of particular interest: Father Lombardi confirmed that Pope Benedict has a pacemaker, and that it was put in before his election to the papacy. He also confirmed that Benedict...
  • Pope Decided to Resign After Cuba Trip, Vatican Advisor Says

    02/13/2013 6:27:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Vatican City, Feb 13, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVIs decision to step down from his office was made soon after his trip to Mexico and Cuba in March 2012, according to a senior communications officer at the Vatican. What's interesting is how long ago this decision was made, shortly after the Pope's trip to Cuba, which was in March of last year, said Vatican advisor Greg Burke. On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict XVI announced to a gathering of cardinals in Rome that he no longer has the strength to carry out the office of the papacy and...
  • Pope Says He's Resigning for the 'Good of Church'

    02/13/2013 6:22:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 2/13/13 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) Looking tired but serene, Pope Benedict XVI told the thousands who gathered for his weekly audience that he was resigning for "the good of the church" an extraordinary scene that unfolded in his first appearance since dropping the bombshell announcement. The 85-year-old Benedict basked in more than a minute-long standing ovation when he entered the packed hall for his traditional Wednesday catechism lesson. He was interrupted repeatedly by applause, and many in the audience of thousands had tears in their eyes. A huge banner reading "Grazie Santita" (Thank you Your Holiness) was strung up at...
  • Watch for the Anti-Catholics To Weigh in on the Papal Succession

    02/13/2013 5:33:44 AM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 12, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    Because the Roman Catholic Church adamantly defends life in the womb, the oldest and most infirm and the institution of marriage, it has legions of foes spread throughout major media. Those critics will surface repeatedly between now and the selection of the new pope to use the occasion to sling their stones. It is a fun time, really, since they know almost nothing of which they speak, and their agenda journalism is of so little consequence unlike the MSM's recent interventions in the presidential election. There are very good commentators on the Church and the proceedings at the Vatican, and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/13/13)[Prayer]

    02/13/2013 5:25:50 AM PST · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/13/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New JourneyThe Names of God in The Scriptures El Simchath Gili - GOD My Exceeding Joy(Psalms 43:4) Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God
  • Why Mormonism will Surrender to Homosexuality

    02/13/2013 4:44:23 AM PST · by spirited irish · 299 replies
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    The Mormonism Research Ministry is a missionary/apologetics organization organized in 1979 to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to critically evaluate the differences between Mormonism and biblical Christianity. Of the many crucial differences, the Mormon rejection of the Genesis account of supernatural creation ex nihilo in favor of a naturalistic account is just one of many pressing differences. MRM reveals that Joseph Smith taught that matter is eternal and the Mormon God Elohim had no power to create out of nothing. Elohim merely reorganized already present elements, which have no beginning or end and cannot be destroyed: "Since Mormons...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 13, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/13/2013 4:41:05 AM PST · by Vision
    Email ^ | 2/13/13 | Joel Osteen
    Anointed to Be You Today's Scripture I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14, NIV. Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that when you compare yourself to others or wish you were like someone else, its like saying He just didnt do a good job? Its actually like saying, God, why did You make me subpar? Why did You make me less than? Realize today, God didnt make anyone inferior. He didnt make any person second class. No, you are a masterpiece! You...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 13, 2013]

    02/13/2013 4:40:06 AM PST · by Vision · 3 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...
  • Peter Turkson Reveals Vision For The Church And "Alternative Lifestyles"

    02/13/2013 3:42:57 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | February 13, 2013 | Malcolm Moore
    Cardinal Peter Turkson, a 64-year-old Ghanaian prelate, is the bookmaker's early favourite to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. He told The Daily Telegraph Tuesday that his biggest challenge, should he be elected, would be to maintain an orthodox Catholic doctrine while "at the same time knowing how to apply it so that you do not become irrelevant in a world that has continuous changes".
  • Require All U.S. Muslims to Repudiate Atrocities in Saudi Arabia or Be Deported.

    02/12/2013 10:55:05 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 16 replies
    CST News ^ | February 10, 2013 | Dr. Don Boys
    In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the ruling family is the House of Saud consisting of 25,000 princes and princesses who own most of the valuable land and live a royal life of leisure, laziness, license, and luxury, all provided by the purchase of oil. Saudi Arabia produces 25% of the worlds oil and with those funds they sponsor, support, and give succor to the Muslim extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Plus, they founded and now direct 80% of U.S. mosques! They also support the rebels in Syria and have demanded the resignation of Assad, Despot of Damascus. It is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-13-13, Ash Wednesday

    02/12/2013 8:47:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-13-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 13, 2013 Ash Wednesday If the blessing and distribution of ashes take place outside Mass, it is appropriate that the Liturgy of the Word precede it, using texts assigned to the Mass of Ash Wednesday. Reading 1Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet...
  • Your Guide To A Catholic Lent

    02/12/2013 7:06:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 2013 | Our Sunday Visotor
    Your Guide To A Catholic Lentfrom Our Sunday Visitor What is Lent? Lent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. The name "Lent" is from the Middle English Lenten and Anglo-Saxon Lenten, meaning spring; its more primitive ecclesiastical name was the "forty days," tessaracoste in Greek. The number "forty" is first noted in the Canons of Nicaea (A.D. 325), likely in imitation of Jesus' fast in the desert before His public ministry (with Old Testament precedent in Moses and Elijah).By the fourth century, in most of the West, it referred to...
  • The Reluctant Pope

    02/12/2013 5:37:03 PM PST · by D-fendr · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 2/2/2013 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    He served out of duty, not ambition. After John Paul IIs death, Benedict emerged as the indispensable man, without the least bit of angling for that role. He didnt seek the papacy; it simply fell upon him. He had hoped the college of cardinals would select someone else. But his acute intellect, grasp of the Churchs crisis, and closeness to John Paul II made him the obvious choice. Given this background, his resignation appears more understandable. He entered the papacy humbly and now leaves it humbly. His resignation is a great loss for the Church and the world. He represented...
  • Scott Hahn: Resignation shows Pope's servant nature

    02/12/2013 3:49:51 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    cna ^ | February 12, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Dr. Scott Hahn in Rome, April 4, 2012. Steubenville, Ohio, Feb 12, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's decision to resign as Bishop of Rome shows how the papacy is an office not of power but of service, reflected author and professor Dr. Scott Hahn. “It seems to me this might be for him, the most humble and obedient act of service that he can render in his own conscience,” Hahn, a professor of Biblical theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, told CNA Feb. 11. “It's a profound reminder that the papacy is not an office of...
  • Pope's last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter's

    02/12/2013 3:38:48 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | February 12, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 28, 2012. Credit: Anne Hartney/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 12, 2013 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the buzz created by the Pope’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact that his last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday and not in the normal location for the first day of Lent. “It’s very clear that St. Peter’s is a much bigger church than Santa Sabina in Aventino, so for a celebration in which we expect there will be a lot of faithful, bishops...
  • 40 Days for Life: Vision and Mission, February 13 - March 24, 2013

    02/12/2013 3:26:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 105 replies
    40DaysforLife.com ^ | 02-12-13 | 40 Days for Life
    Vision and mission40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access Gods power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek Gods favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.The 40 Days for Life campaign40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign...
  • The challenge Pope Benedict has left for his successorand for ordinary Catholics

    02/12/2013 3:00:09 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 11, 2013 | Phil Lawler
    Although Pope Benedict caught nearly everyone by surprise when he announced his resignation, we can’t say that he didn’t give us fair warning. In an interview in 2010, the Holy Father explained at some length why a Pope should resign when he no longer had the strength to carry out his duties. He even said at the time: “I also notice that my forces are diminishing.”For months now, visitors to the Vatican have reported evidence of the Pope’s physical decline. He not only needs help walking because of aching joints, but also has trouble concentrating through a long work session...
  • New Breed of Christians Will Arise in 2013

    02/12/2013 2:17:33 PM PST · by kanooga · 12 replies
    Z3news.com ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | James Bailey
    The following is the transcript of a very powerful prophetic word for 2013 delivered by Dr. Jonathan David on November 23, 2012 at the International Business Congress, located in Muar, Johor, Malaysia. In this message, Dr. David shares his prophetic vision for dramatic changes coming in 2013 with the rise of a new breed of Christians and a transformation of the church throughout the world. The complete video presentation of this message is provided at the end of this post. If you have never heard Dr. David speak before, get ready to be blessed!
  • Gay Catholics hope new progressive Pope will convene Vatican III

    02/12/2013 12:30:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 64 replies
    LSN ^ | Ben Johnson
    VATICAN CITY, February 11, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) Homosexual Catholic groups hope after Pope Benedict XVI steps down, a new progressive Pope will champion LGBT issues, female ordination, and contraception at a Third Vatican Council. The new Pope will have an opportunity like Pope John XXIII to open wide windows of the Church so that fresh ideas may fill the Church by calling for a new Ecumenical Council of the Church, Vatican III, said the Rainbow Sash Movement in a press release on Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. . The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI [is] an opportunity for the Church to...
  • "Final Pope" Authors predicted Benedict would resign

    02/12/2013 11:56:17 AM PST · by wesagain · 30 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Jerome R. Corsi
    "900-year-old Catholic prophecy says successor will be 'Peter the Roman'"Although a Roman Catholic pope had not stepped down in nearly 600 years, the startling resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was predicted by the co-authors of a book published last spring about a medieval prophecy that the next pontiff will be the last. In Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here, co-authors Tom Horn and Cris Putnam examine St. Malachys Prophecy of the Popes, said to be based on his prophetic vision of the next 112 popes, beginning with Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144. Malachy presented a description of...
  • Mormon Reformation Group...Posting 95 Theses on LDS Church Doors [this upcoming Sunday, 2/17]

    02/12/2013 11:52:32 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 79 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | PRWEB.COM Newswire
    American Fork, UT (PRWEB) February 12, 2013 A group of over 260 active and disaffected Mormons will be posting a copy of 95 LDS Theses onto the doors of their local churches around the world between the hours of 9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16th, and 9:00 a.m. Sunday, February 17, 2013. The project is organized by Mormon Reformation, a protest movement which aims to follow protestant reformer Martin Luther, who in 1517 posted a list of grievances on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. Within two weeks, it was distributed by the press throughout Germany, exposed the corruption...
  • How the Antichrist reflects an era's anxieties

    02/12/2013 8:13:24 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 54 replies
    The Christian Century ^ | Feb 07, 2013 | Daniel Burke
    Every age needs an Antichrist. Protestant Reformers picked the papacy as their embodiment of evil. American colonists chose King George III and some Cold War Christians suspected the Soviet Union was satanically led. Now, amid threats of Islamic terrorism, a nuclear-armed Iran and tumult across the Middle East, a growing group of American evangelicals say the Antichrist will be Muslim. "I understand that I'm going to be viewed as a fringe, apocalyptic Christian," said Joel Richardson, author of several books predicting an Islamic Antichrist. "But I fully own the idea that the Antichrist will be a Muslim and will come...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MOTET, 02-12-13

    02/12/2013 8:08:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-12-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MOTET A polyphonic musical composition, probably of secular origin but based on a sacred text. It came into liturgical use in the thirteenth century. In its classical form it is based on the Gregorian tones of the Mass, to which it belongs. For some time instrumental accompaniments were used. But Pope St. Pius X in a motu proprio encouraged a return to older traditions. Allegri, Bach, Handel, and Mozart have composed some of the best specimens of the motet. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used...
  • 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 Churchs 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 Benedicts Resignation and St. Corbinians 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 Ive been reading news and opinion pieces on the Holy Fathers 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 XVIs papal coat of arms, known as St. Corbinians 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 Corbinians 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 XVIs 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...