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  • Is the Next Pope the One From John Bosco’s Dream? (Patrick Madrid offers an intriguing twist)

    02/14/2013 2:56:41 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 14, 2013 | Patrick Madrid
    For at least the next month, we will be bombarded with a myriad of theories, speculations, and predictions about who will be elected the next pope. One name you will hear a LOT about in the coming weeks is Cardinal Tarcisio Pietro Evasio Bertone, S.D.B., who currently holds two important and powerful positions in the Vatican, Secretary of State and Camerlengo.Already, the speculators and conspiracy-theorists are theorizing that Cardinal Bertone will be the next pope because, at least according to the dubious “prophecy of Saint Malachi,” the next pope after Pope Benedict XVI will be known as “Peter the Roman,”...
  • "Re-Elect Pope Benedict" - “Eight more years!”

    02/14/2013 2:29:13 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 02/14/13 | Fr. Z.
    Re-Elect Pope Benedict With affection and appreciation.Click HERE for bumper stickers, car magnets, even yard signs and car flags.And we have to have some Latin…And just for nice…
  • Who can be elected pope?

    02/14/2013 2:28:15 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | February 13, 2012 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    It’s been more than 500 years since a non-cardinal was elected pope, but then, it’s been more than 500 years since a pope resigned, so, one moves cautiously to our question, who is eligible to be elected pope?Turns out, lots of people.Canon 332 § 1 of the 1983 Code simply states that one already a bishop (nb: not necessarily a cardinal) who accepts legitimate papal election becomes pope immediately. One who is not yet a bishop (and the Church has elected several non-bishops to the papacy) can accept election, but must be immediately consecrated bishop. By implication, that would seem...
  • The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: A commentary by Fr. Barron

    02/14/2013 12:52:14 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.wordonfire.com ^ | Februyary 14, 2013 | Robert Barron
    Watch Fr. Robert Barron's new video on Pope Benedict's Legacy. Please share this with friends and family and be on the lookout for a very exciting announcement from Word On Fire in the next few days!
  • More details on papal resignation, conclave (Vatican Press Office)

    02/14/2013 12:37:29 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 14, 2012 | Diogenes
    Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, held a briefing for reporters on February 14, providing more information about plans for the retirement of Pope Benedict and the election of his successor. He revealed: Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who has served for years as the private secretary to Benedict XVI, will continue to live with the Pontiff after his retirement. However the archbishop, who was recently appointed as prefect of the pontifical household, will continue to serve in that role as well. The new Pontiff could, if he wished, select a replacement.The Vatican will continue to provide security...
  • Can a Baby be Baptized Against the Parents' Wishes?

    02/14/2013 12:14:09 PM PST · by Weiss White · 95 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | February 14, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Some Jewish people in my city complained to the local Catholic hospital, saying they were afraid to bring their sick children to the emergency room, because the hospital staff might baptize them. The hospital staff publicly agreed never to do this. I had always assumed that you can’t baptize a baby without at least one parent’s consent, so I thought the hospital would simply say, “Don’t worry, we’re not allowed to do that anyway!” But the wording of the hospital administrators’ response seemed to suggest that they really could baptize a sick baby if they wanted to. Can a...
  • Church doesn’t bend, but endures

    02/14/2013 11:48:35 AM PST · by massmike · 7 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 02/14/2013 | Jennifer C. Braceras
    The press is outraged.Why? Because the Roman Catholic Church might (once again) select as its pope someone who is actually Catholic,and who does not share the political sensibilities of The New York Times editorial board. The resignation of Benedict provides a hostile press the opportunity to rehash any problem that may have arisen in the hundreds of thousands of Catholic churches around the world — and to blame the Vatican for them all. The media’s current focus on abuse perpetrated by priests, the bulk of which occurred long before Benedict was pope, reveals a deep obsession with scandal and an...
  • Faith, firearms and the gun control debate

    02/14/2013 11:45:30 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/13/13 | David Briggs
    During the 1940s, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" was a popular song of patriotism. Today's gun debate has stirred religious passions, too. You can learn a few things about religion and politics listening to flea market dealers in Indiana. For starters, sociologist Arthur Farnsley writes in his new book “Flea Market Jesus,” it is a political mistake of biblical proportions to write off all Christian fundamentalists as red-state, moral values Republicans. In in-depth interviews, Farnsley found among this fiercely independent group on the fringes of evangelical Protestantism an adherence to rugged individualism and distrust of institutions that left...
  • 12 Catholic colleges to host obscene play The Vagina Monologues this year

    02/14/2013 11:28:35 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    lsn ^ | Tim Drake
    (CNS) - The Cardinal Newman Society has confirmed that at least 12 Catholic colleges and universities will be hosting on-campus productions of the play The Vagina Monologues in 2013. That number is up from nine last year. Proceeds from performances at the University of San Francisco will support a group that advocates “reproductive justice” and homosexual rights. The V-Day organization reports that students at Marquette have plans for a performance benefiting Planned Parenthood. Catholic bishops and college presidents have pointed out that The V-Monologues distorts human sexuality and celebrates sinful behaviors, including lesbian activity and masturbation. One scene even declares...
  • Who Will Take Up the Keys of Peter (This is a MUST READ!)

    02/14/2013 11:10:54 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Chiesa ^ | February 14, 2012 | Sandro Magister
    ROME, February 14, 2013 – On the evening of an unremarkable Thursday in Lent, at 8 p.m. on February 28, Joseph Ratzinger will take the step that none of his predecessors had dared to take. He will place upon the throne of Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Which another will be called to take up. There is the power of a revolution in this action that has no equal even in centuries long ago. From that point on, the Church enters into unknown territory. It will have to elect a new pope while his predecessor is...
  • English cardinal’s advice to new pope: don’t condemn in realm of sexual morality

    02/14/2013 10:34:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    lsn ^ | staff
    ROME, February 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – With the eyes of the world fixed on the 125 cardinal electors who will be voting in the upcoming conclave, the former Archbishop of Westminster has advised the next pope not to “condemn” anything in the realm of sexual morality, but to focus instead on the positive. “I think that the Church would be wise actually to focus on that in her teaching, rather than saying ‘we condemn this, we condemn that, or the other’. No – focus on what’s good and what’s true,” Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor told the BBC today. “I think...
  • Archdiocesese, St. Stanislaus resolve legal dispute [St Stanislaw parish is no longer Catholic]

    02/14/2013 10:28:19 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    St Louis Review ^ | 2/14/2013 | Joseph Kenny
    The Archdiocese of St. Louis and St. Stanislaus Corporation have resolved a legal dispute over the status of St. Stanislaus Church. According to a joint statement issued Jan. 13, the archdiocese will dismiss its appeal in the case, and the judgment of the trial court is now final. "St. Stanislaus has agreed that it will not hold itself out as affiliated in any way with the Archdiocese of St. Louis or the Roman Catholic Church," the statement noted. "Neither side made any payments to the other as part of this resolution. All other terms of the resolution are confidential. By...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUSTIFYING GRACE, 02-14-13

    02/14/2013 8:35:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-14-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JUSTIFYING GRACE The grace by which a person is restored to God's friendship, either for the first time, as in baptism, or after baptism, as in the sacrament of penance. See Also: SUFFICIENT GRACE,See Also: EFFICACIOUS GRACE,See Also: GRACE,See Also: GRATUITOUS GRACE,See Also: HABITUAL GRACE,See Also: SACRAMENTAL GRACE,See Also: SANATING GRACE,See Also: SANCTIFYING GRACE,See Also: ACTUAL GRACE All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Atheists' Pope

    02/14/2013 7:12:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/13/13 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    The beginning of my religious conversion was a lonely time for me. I'd spent my whole life as an outsider to Christian circles, and it was hard to imagine that I could ever be comfortable being one of them, the Christians, the people whom I had firmly categorized in my mind as "Other." I'd come to believe in God on an intellectual level, yet I felt stuck, unable to move forward from there. Years of looking down on the entire concept of religion left me with a lingering impression that Christians and Christian culture were different from anything I'd ever...
  • Pope to Rome's Priests: The Second Vatican Council, as I Saw It

    02/14/2013 7:01:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2/14/13
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI has met parish priests and clergy of the Diocese of Rome in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. Led by Cardinal Vicar Agostino Vallini and auxiliary bishops, they greeted Benedict XVI with great affection and prolonged applause"It is a special and providential gift of - began the Pope - that, before leaving the Petrine ministry, I can once again meet my clergy, the clergy of Rome. It' s always a great joy to see how the Church lives, and how in Rome, the Church is alive: there are pastors who in the spirit of...
  • Catholic Health Association: Administration’s New HHS Mandate ‘Compromise’ is ‘Substantial Progress’

    02/14/2013 6:51:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    A week after Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, stated that the Obama administration’s most recent “compromise” on the HHS mandate fails to preserve the religious liberty of Catholic individuals and Catholic institutions, the president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) stated that the proposal represents “substantial progress.” “The structures that HHS intends to use to provide contraceptive services to employees of non-profit religious organizations have yet to be finalized, especially for those who are self-insured,” said Sister Carol Keehan, who revealed that “we have been asked by HHS to evaluate three possible...
  • Message from Jesus the Redeemer, as given to by Anne the lay apostle.

    02/14/2013 6:40:25 AM PST · by mgist · 26 replies
    Direction for Our Time ^ | 5/3/1004 | Anne the lay apostles
    May 3, 2004 Jesus the Redeemer My children experience many fears with regard to their worldly existence and their physical safety. Children, at this time I would like to remind you that your body is only the temporary dwelling place of your soul. Your soul is the eternal part of you. You will not need your body for very long in comparison to how long you will exist without it. Concentrate and prepare your soul. If you were preparing to travel to a foreign land, you would prepare in many ways. You would learn some of the language, assuming that...
  • American Nuns Hope For Sister-Friendly New Pope

    02/14/2013 6:16:05 AM PST · by NYer · 42 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 13, 2012 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    Of all the scandals that have been pinned to Benedict XVI’s papacy, perhaps none has been more divisive than the so-called clampdown on American nuns last April.  Its no wonder, then, that sisters across America are hoping that the next pope gives them a fairer shake.  In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the head of the largest group of American nuns shares what she is looking for in a new leader. Sister Florence Deacon. (Seth Perlman/AP) The American nun scandal came to a head last spring when the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued...
  • Conclave & The Media: The Silly Season

    02/14/2013 6:03:38 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | February 13, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    Nothing brings the kooks out like a conclave. The Catholic Church is unique in so many ways. In the the silly season that is the weeks leading into a conclave, the Catholic Church is a unique target for its detractors and their cohorts in a willing media. Barely 48 hours after the announcement of Pope Benedict's retirement and the approach of a new conclave, the progressive kooks have come out of the woodwork. In 2005, after a generation of John Paul II and watching their 70s progressive dreams stall and slowly lose favor, aging dissident Catholics had hope that finally...
  • Anyone ever heard of the "Book of Jasher", and if so what did everyone think of it?

    02/14/2013 5:59:36 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 55 replies
    14 Feb 2013 | US Navy Vet
    I have been reading it, was kinda impressed.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 14, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/14/2013 4:47:18 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/14/13 | Joel Osteen
    Put Your Love into Action Today's Scripture “If anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? Let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:17–18, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria I’ve heard it said that you can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. Notice this verse tells us that love isn’t just about our words...
  • 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 Journey…The 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 1 Dt 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....
  • Benedict’s 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 Maher’s depravity. On TBS’s 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 O’Brien 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: Reason’s 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 Ratzinger’s 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 Pope’s 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 XVI‘s resignation. Only a handful of Popes have called it quits. The Pope’s 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, I’m not Catholic. I’m 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 Today’s 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 yesterday’s surprising announcement of the Holy Father’s impending resignation. Catholic News Service has a very thorough report on the meeting, which yielded many interesting details about Pope Benedict’s decision and what the coming weeks will hold; that story can be read here. Vatican Radio’s report on Lombardi’s 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 XVI’s 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 Journey…The 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, it’s like saying He just didn’t do a good job? It’s actually like saying, “God, why did You make me subpar? Why did You make me less than?” Realize today, God didn’t make anyone inferior. He didn’t 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 world’s 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...