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  • Pray for Our American Heroes

    02/16/2013 5:26:38 PM PST · by Jeanbl · 14 replies
    John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. . . . 2 Thessalonians 3:16 May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
  • Is the Pope facing International Criminal Prosecution?

    02/16/2013 5:20:42 PM PST · by George Varnum · 80 replies
    The ROOD Awakening ^ | Feb. 15, 2013 | Michael Rood
    Pope Benedict XVI has allegedly applied to the President of the Republic of Italy for immunity from arrest and prosecution following a diplomatic statement of intent to issue an arrest warrant for him. Apparently an unidentified EU country wants to prosecute him for various charges related to ongoing child abuse scandals.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/16/2013 5:10:32 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 9 replies
    February 16, 2013 | Irish Rose
    Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:11-14)
  • E.J. Dionne -- The best choice for pope? A nun

    02/16/2013 3:56:06 PM PST · by NYer · 78 replies
    CMR ^ | February 16, 2013 | Patrick Archbold
    The media silly season prior to a conclave may have just reached its peak. The media has been giving all kinds of silly advice to the cardinal-electors and the future pontiff, but E.J. Dionne's idiocy takes the cake. In giving up the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was brave and bold. He did the unexpected for the good of the Catholic Church. And when it selects a new pope next month, the College of Cardinals should be equally brave and bold. It is time to elect a nun as the next pontiff. ... A sister as pope could also resolve what...
  • Anybody gearing up for the Mormon Reformation/95 Theses Post this weekend?

    02/16/2013 3:33:50 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies ^ | Feb. 16, 2013 | Anonymous and Luther Day Saint
    ...Should be a good turnout 300+ confirmed on Facebook, with many more reaching out to me pledging anonymous participation. I have confirmed postings already in Australia, Germany, and Africa.... Also, I'm working to see if the story just got published by a new outlet because as of an hour ago, I've been getting about 4-5 new unique visits per minute. Every person counts! Please support the effort and join us tonight!
  • Jesus debates 'Progressive' Catholics

    02/16/2013 3:00:28 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Bonfire of the Vanities ^ | February 14, 2013 | FR MARTIN FOX
    When I began Mass today, I wasn't going to offer a homily. It's not required for daily Mass (but is encouraged); it's good for folks to have some silence to reflect on the Scriptures and on the prayers of Mass; and many people at daily Mass have to get back to work--so I try to keep things moving, yet reverent. But as I listened to the readings, a point came to mind that I decided to share. It occurred to me that what our Lord told people to do, in the Gospel, is directly the opposite to what the so-called...
  • Another way to destroy the (Catholic) Church where you are.

    02/16/2013 2:50:00 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 15, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Hell’s Bible has a piece about one way some people are trying to “revitalize” the Catholic Church in Brazil. Rather, this is how Hell’s Bible and those who work for the enemy against the Church want the Church to try to revitalize the faith. Such a path would enervate the Church, not revitalize her. A Laboratory for Revitalizing CatholicismRIO DE JANEIRO — At one new megachurch in São Paulo, a Roman Catholic priest who was a personal trainer before joining the clergy energetically belts out songs, rock-star style, before 25,000 worshipers. Other Brazilian priests are donning cowboy hats and crooning...
  • Non-believers taking college campuses by storm

    02/16/2013 2:45:43 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Katherine Don
    In the past few years, the number of affiliated student secular organizations has increased more than threefold This month at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a select group of students will show their humanitarian spirit by participating in the Bleedin’ Heathens Blood Drive. On February 12, they will eat cake to celebrate Darwin Day, and earlier this year, they performed “de-baptism” ceremonies to celebrate Blasphemy Day, attended a War on Christmas Party, and set up Hug An Atheist and Ask An Atheist booths in the campus quad. These activities and more are organized by the Illini Secular Student Alliance...
  • ZOT: If The Pope Asked Me how to attract more to the Catholic Church, pagans, & stray lambs too

    02/16/2013 12:47:21 PM PST · by San Rafael Blue · 75 replies
    San Rafael Blue
    The very notion that His Holiness, The Pope, way over there in Rome (Vatican) would ask me anything at all is of course, somewhat ludicrous and highly unlikey, to say the least. That is my initial disclaimer and statement of humility before I even start my excercise of answering questions I have not been seriously asked. Still, in the privacy of my home, I hold opinions, and by the miracle of this internet connection, I can speak to you by the press of a button. So, with that said, let's talk for a bit. Anyone could hold a valid point...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APOSTOLICA SOLLICITUDO, 02-16-13

    02/16/2013 12:32:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 02-16-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):APOSTOLICA SOLLICITUDO Apostolic Letter of Pope Paul VI, establishing the synod of bishops for the universal Church, September 15, 1965. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Survivor: Sistine Chapel!

    02/16/2013 8:20:00 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    adeiinthelife ^ | February 11, 2013 | Mark Moorhead
    After finally watching Survivor for the first time, beginning with Season 20 - Heroes vs. Villains, I became an instant fan. Since then, I have watched every episode of every season - and they're about to begin Season 26. In between seasons, I have been trying to play catch-up. I have seen Seasons 1-3 and 9-13, and I've loved every minute. Sure, it's reasonable to ask whether it is an appropriate thing for a practicing Catholic to watch. The players aren't dressed modestly, though that's to be expected since it often takes place in the tropics, and in all...
  • MSNBC Features Liberal Nun Slamming Catholic Church: 'One Of The Last Bastions Of Sexism'

    02/16/2013 7:15:23 AM PST · by NYer · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 15, 2013 | Jeffrey Meyer
    It seems as though MSNBC’s liberal agenda doesn't concern itself simply with secular politics. They want the Catholic Church to "lean forward" into fundamentally changing themselves to reflect liberal values. In service of this pulpit-pounding, MSNBC's Jansing & Co. program brought on two liberal Catholic women over two days. At no point did she turn to a traditionalist, orthodox Catholic to defend the church's traditional teachings. On February 14, fill-in host Richard Lui interviewed Sister Louise Akers, of the Sisters of Charity to rail against the Church, in what she views as, “the last bastion of sexism.” Lui began the...
  • Conclave to silence at least nine tweeting cardinals

    02/16/2013 7:00:19 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    The Catholic Sun ^ | February 15, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Matt Lauer and New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan appear on NBC’s “Today” show in New York in this handout photo taken Feb. 11. The cardinal talked about Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement earlier that morning that he will resign as pope at the end of the month. The 85-year-old pontiff said he no longer has the energy to exercise his ministry over the universal church. (CNS photo/Peter Kramer, NBC via Reuters) VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Parrots may squawk in the Vatican Gardens during a conclave, but the cardinals are not allowed to tweet.For most of the 117 red-vested princes of...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/16/13)[Prayer]

    02/16/2013 5:50:37 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/16/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Adon Kol Ha-arets - The LORD, the Lord of All the Earth(Joshua 3:11) See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you.
  • Pope Benedict's resignation and the mystery of the missing encyclical

    02/16/2013 5:49:59 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    cns ^ | February 15, 2013 | Francis X. Rocca
    (CNS/Paul Haring) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's historic decision to resign at the end of February has astonished and perplexed the world in many ways, not least because of what might be called the mystery of the missing encyclical. In December, the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said that Pope Benedict's fourth encyclical would be released in the first half of 2013. Treating the subject of faith, the encyclical would complete a trilogy on the three "theological virtues," following "Deus Caritas Est" (2005) on charity, and "Spe Salvi" (2007) on...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 16, 2013]

    02/16/2013 5:02:54 AM PST · by Vision · 5 replies
    The Inspiration of Spiritual Initiative "Arise from the dead . . ." —Ephesians 5:14 Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat and throw it overboard—just do what needs to be done!” That is what we mean by ordinary human initiative. But when the Spirit of God comes to us and says, in effect, “Get up and get going,” suddenly we find that the initiative is inspired.We all have many dreams and aspirations when we are young,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-16-13

    02/15/2013 10:29:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-16-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 16, 2013   Saturday after Ash Wednesday   Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Unity and Trinity of God

    02/15/2013 9:50:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed The Unity and Trinity of God Lesson 3 from the Baltimore Cathechism24. Is there only one God? Yes, there is only one God.I am the Lord, and there is none else: there is no God besides me. (Isaiah 45:5)25. How many Persons are there in God? In God there are three Divine Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.Going, therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19)26. Is the Father...
  • Communion: God's Healing Meal

    02/15/2013 8:28:32 PM PST · by Frank Broom · 16 replies
    02-16-13 | Frank Broom
    We need to get the Bible revelation of communion, because it is not just drinking some juice and eating a cracker it is far more than that. But, through tradition you can make the word of God of no effect (Matthew 15:6). Communion is a powerful means of receiving healing. Notice what Jesus said, "Take eat; this is my body" and "This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many." Jesus said that was his blood and in Leviticus 17 God established that the life of the flesh is in the blood, it is the life...
  • The Impossible "Road Map" of Peace with the Lefebvrists

    02/15/2013 4:41:58 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Chiesa Press ^ | 2-09-13 | Sandro Magister
    In them, this brilliant and esteemed mystic and spiritual master expressed strong criticisms of Vatican Council II. Fr. Barsotti wrote: "I am perplexed with regard to the Council: the plethora of documents, their length, often their language, these frightened me. They are documents that bear witness to a purely human assurance more than two a simple firmness of faith. But above all I am outraged by the behavior of the theologians.” "The Council is the supreme exercise of the magisterium, and is justified only by a supreme necessity. Could not the fearful gravity of the present situation of the Church...