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  • Cardinal Keith O'Brien Resigns as Archbishop [UK]

    02/25/2013 7:14:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/25/13 | Robert Pigott
    Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, is stepping down as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church. It follows claims, which he contests, of inappropriate behaviour towards priests dating back to the 1980s. In a statement, the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh apologised to those he had offended for "failures" during his ministry. The cardinal also confirmed he would not take part in the papal election. This means Britain will be unrepresented in the election of a new pontiff. The Vatican confirmed the cardinal has stepped down from his post. The Scottish Catholic Media Office said Pope...
  • Dorothy Day: Anarcho-Capitalist, Perhaps

    02/25/2013 6:57:30 AM PST · by ubipetrusest · 12 replies
    American Catholic ^ | February 17, 2011 | Bonchamps
    [Someone]brought my attention to the [recent] tug of war ... over the legacy of Dorothy Day ... between pro and anti-capitalists. The Catholic Worker has criticized both the NY Times and Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute on Day-related matters. Liberals can’t claim her ... because she was anti-abortion and loyal to Church teaching, obviously never having gone the way of radical disobedient feminism. But conservatives and libertarians can’t claim her either because she rejected capitalism.... Or did she? As best I can tell, she neither practiced it or preached it as a way of life.... If you don’t...
  • The 'strictest' secrecy: a look at how conclaves work

    02/25/2013 5:05:51 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2013
    St. Peter's Square. Credit: Camille King (CC BY-SA 2.0). Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI's successor will soon be elected during a conclave, a secret vote of cardinals that will occur in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel next month. The number of cardinal-electors, who will travel to Rome from across the globe, is limited to 120, and only those cardinals who are not yet 80 are allowed to vote in the conclave. Conclaves are events of “the strictest secrecy,” to preserve the impartiality of proceedings. Cardinal-electors must “promise, pledge and swear...to maintain rigorous secrecy”...
  • Sounds of Hawks ~ Prayerful Singing

    02/25/2013 4:52:31 AM PST · by Revski · 1 replies
    This animated video of a US red shoulder hawk & Northwestern rough legged hawk and there cry, brook fish, farm pig, Galapagos tortoise and bullfrogs singing the chorus to the hymn, "Revive Us Again", are to inspire faith in Jesus our Lord & His view.
  • Pope will change rule for conclave date tomorrow [today]

    02/25/2013 4:46:09 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Benedict XVI rests at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo in July 2010. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano - Vatican Pool via Getty Images. Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio on Feb. 25, clearing the way for the College of Cardinals to choose a date in early March to begin the conclave for electing his successor. According to sources at the Vatican, Pope Benedict plans to publish a declaration on Monday that will enable the cardinals to select a date that is early than the 15-day waiting period...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/25/13)[Prayer]

    02/25/2013 4:42:16 AM PST · by left that other site · 21 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/25/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Hashopet - The LORD the Judge (Judges 11:27) Therefore I have not sinned against thee, but thou doest me wrong to war against me. The Lord, the Judge, be judge this day between the children of Israel and the children of Ammon.”
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 25, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/25/2013 4:38:34 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 2/25/13 | Joel Osteen
    Hit the Delete Button Today's Scripture “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Our minds work a lot like a computer. The way we program it will determine how it’s going to function. You can have the most expensive, powerful computer you can find, but if you load the wrong software, it’s not going to perform at its best. In the same way, many people are not living a victorious life, not because there is something wrong with them, but because of what has been programmed in...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 25, 2013]

    02/25/2013 4:37:42 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Destitution of Service ". . . though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved" —2 Corinthians 12:15 Natural human love expects something in return. But Paul is saying, “It doesn’t really matter to me whether you love me or not. I am willing to be completely destitute anyway; willing to be poverty-stricken, not just for your sakes, but also that I may be able to get you to God.” “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor . . .”...
  • Prayer request

    02/25/2013 4:04:22 AM PST · by redgolum · 27 replies
    Vanity
    A family close to us just lost their daughter at birth. Doctors do not know what happened. They are, as expected, devastated. Please pray for them in this difficult time. She was full term, and the check up on Tuesday showed that the little girl was fine and doing well.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-13

    02/24/2013 8:57:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-25-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 25, 2013 Monday of the Second Week in Lent   Reading 1 Dn 9:4b-10 “Lord, great and awesome God,you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love youand observe your commandments!We have sinned, been wicked and done evil;we have rebelled and departed from your commandments and your laws.We have not obeyed your servants the prophets,who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes,our fathers, and all the people of the land.Justice, O Lord, is on your side;we are shamefaced even to this day:we, the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem,and all Israel, near and far,in...
  • Moshiach (Messiah...in Hebrew) 101

    02/24/2013 7:19:06 PM PST · by Phinneous · 13 replies
    Chabad.ord ^ | 2/24/13 | Various and Sundry Rabbis
    Let's learn about Moshiach! A compilation site about the Messiah in Jewish teachings.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/24/2013 6:40:37 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 16 replies
    2-24-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 103:17 The Lovingkindness of the Lord Endureth Forever and Ever upon them that Fear Him, And His Righteousness upon Children's Children.
  • Original Language of the Book of Mormon: Upstate New York Dialect, King James English, or Hebrew?

    02/24/2013 5:01:01 PM PST · by Colofornian · 64 replies
    BYU Maxwell Institute ^ | 1994 | Royal Skousen
    ...the original text of the Book of Mormon contains expressions which seem inappropriate or improper in some of their uses. For example, in the original text a good many occurrences of the phrase "and it came to pass" are found in inappropriate contexts. In his editing for the 1837 edition, Joseph Smith removed at least 47 of these apparently extraneous uses of this well-worked phrase. In most cases, there were two or more examples of "it came to pass" in close proximity; in some cases, nothing new had "come to pass."
  • Protestant scholar lauds Benedict's ecumenical strides

    02/24/2013 4:49:04 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Pasadena, Calif., Feb 24, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict has been a leader devoted to ecumenical efforts, according to a professor of Christian history and ecumenism at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Protestant school in Pasadena, Calif. “I have appreciated his commitment to ecumenism,” Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., who is also a minister in the Assemblies of God, an ecclesial community in the Pentecostal tradition, told CNA Feb. 19. Robeck participated in the third inter-faith gathering at Assisi with Pope Benedict in 2011, and corresponded with him when he was still prefect of...
  • QUESTION: Wat If ... God Sent A Plague Of Flys And The United States Didn't Notice

    02/24/2013 4:18:02 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 34 replies
    www.BibleStudyTools.com ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Yosemitest
    Here in eastern central Mississippi, the common house fly is the talk of the community. Fly paper is getting hard to buy, and plastic zip-lock bags full of water tacked to trees close to the doors of the houses, are seen everywhere. Maybe it's the wet season and the temperatures above freezing that have allowed the woods to bloom with house flies, because they're everywhere. Or maybe it's the scarceness of birds and bats, that consume the flies. Honey bees aren't as prevalent in the woods as they use to be, and black hornets are just as rare. Something is...
  • Choose Your Pope!

    02/24/2013 3:38:56 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2-24-13 | Lutheran Satire
    The latest from Lutheran Satire. I think all critics(both Protestant and Roman Catholic alike) of theological liberalism can appreciate this one.
  • Defending the Faith: Top Book of Mormon expert Royal Skousen to lecture

    02/24/2013 3:13:06 PM PST · by Colofornian · 60 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 7, 2013 | Daniel Peterson
    Readers along Utah’s Wasatch Front will have a rare opportunity to hear from the foremost expert on the history of the text of the Book of Mormon between late February and the middle of March. In a series titled “25 Years of Research: What We Have Learned about the Book of Mormon Text,” professor Royal Skousen will discuss “The Original and Printer’s Manuscripts” (Tuesday, Feb. 26), “The Printed Editions” (Tuesday, March 5) and “The Nature of the Original Text” (Tuesday, March 12). A professor of linguistics and English language at BYU, Skousen is the founder of the “analogical modeling” approach...
  • Protestant Denominations, Catholics Sign Ecumenical ‘Mutual Recognition of Baptism’ Agreement

    02/24/2013 11:55:01 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 155 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | January 30, 2013 | Heather Clark
    Austin, Texas – Leaders from several Protestant denominations met with representatives from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last night to sign an ecumenical document agreeing to recognize each other’s baptisms. The document, entitled “These Living Waters: Common Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Baptism,” has been approximately four years in the making. The Presbyterian Church USA was reportedly the first to deliberate the move, followed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.“The Common Agreement affirms that both Catholic and Reformed Christians hold that baptism is the sacramental bond of unity for the Body of Christ, which is to be performed...
  • The FALSE POPE – Saint Hildegard

    02/24/2013 10:05:01 AM PST · by JosephJames · 18 replies
    spirtffood.blogspot ^ | February 22, 2013 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    The FALSE POPE – Saint Hildegard Forewarned is forearmed! Saint HILDEGARD of BINGEN (d. 1179), the newest Doctor of the Church, wrote that when the new Pope is elected immediately before the Antichrist, a cardinal will kill the elected pope before he is crowned through jealousy, he wishing to be Pope himself. Then when the other cardinals elect the next Pope this cardinal will proclaim himself (anti) Pope, and two-thirds of the Christians will go with him. She notes that this Antipope as well as the Antichrist are descendents from the tribe of Dan. If this private revelation of St....
  • Homosexuality Incompatible With Priesthood

    02/24/2013 9:50:05 AM PST · by Gluteus Maximus · 140 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11-24-2010 | John Travis
    "Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation. Otherwise, celibacy itself would lose its meaning as a renunciation. It would be extremely dangerous if celibacy became a sort of pretext for bringing people into the priesthood who don't want to get married anyway," the pope said. The pope cited a 2005 Vatican document that drew a sharp line against priestly ordination of homosexuals. He said the document emphasized that homosexual candidates cannot become priests because their sexual orientation interferes with "the proper sense of paternity" that belongs to the priesthood. The pope said it was important to select priestly candidates very...
  • Longest-Married Couples Share Wonders of Matrimony

    02/24/2013 5:54:57 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    cny ^ | February 20, 2013 | CHRISTIE L. CHICOINE
    HAPPILY EVER AFTER—Cardinal Dolan congratulates Curtis and Wilhelmina Jones, one of many couples from the archdiocese honored on World Marriage Day, Feb. 11, at a reception after a Mass the cardinal celebrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Joneses, who attend Mass at Resurrection Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo parish in Harlem, will mark their 70th anniversary April 21. At left, they show the cardinal their marriage certificate. Parents of six, the Joneses have 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. A cigarette and a lollipop, not an arrow, were all Cupid needed to strike up the courtship of...
  • Pope Benedict says he is not 'abandoning the Church' (tens of thousands fill square)

    02/24/2013 5:34:49 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Benedict XVI responds to the crowd at the Feb. 17, 2013 Angelus. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address, in which he said that “the Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation,” a change that does not mean he is “abandoning the Church.” “Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope said as he dwelt on the Sunday Gospel on the Transfiguration, “the Word of God feels particularly directed at me, at this...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 24, 2013]

    02/24/2013 5:28:16 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Delight of Sacrifice "I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls . . ." —2 Corinthians 12:15 Once “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit,” we deliberately begin to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ’s interests and purposes in others’ lives (Romans 5:5). And Jesus has an interest in every individual person. We have no right in Christian service to be guided by our own interests and desires. In fact, this is one of the greatest tests of our relationship with Jesus Christ. The delight of sacrifice is...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/24/13)[Prayer]

    02/24/2013 5:02:46 AM PST · by left that other site · 26 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/24/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Goelekh - The LORD Thy Redeemer(Isaiah 49:26&60:16) “You will also suck the milk of nations And suck the breast of kings; Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
  • Laws Needed to Protect Teens From Adults Forcing Abortions

    02/24/2013 2:17:38 AM PST · by kathsua · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/21/13 | William Saunders and Mary Novick
    A brave 16-year-old girl, who is 10-weeks pregnant, won a case in Texas Family Court recently, which protects her from being forced by her parents to get an abortion. Her name has not been revealed because she is a minor. When this girl’s parents found out she was pregnant, they took measures to make her life miserable unless she agreed to have the abortion. They took away her phone and her car; they took her out of school; they forced her to get two jobs. The parents subjected the girl to verbal and physical threats; her mother even spoke of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-24-13, Second Sunday of Lent

    02/23/2013 8:49:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-24-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2013   Second Sunday of Lent      Reading 1 Gn 15:5-12, 17-18 The Lord God took Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”Abram put his faith in the LORD, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness. He then said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as a possession.”“O Lord GOD,” he asked, “how am I to know that I shall possess it?”He answered him,...
  • UK's Top Cardinal Accused of 'Inappropriate Acts' by Priests

    02/23/2013 7:46:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Observer ^ | 2/23/13 | Catherine Deveney
    Three priests and former priest report Cardinal Keith O'Brien to Vatican over claims stretching back 33 yearsThree priests and a former priest in Scotland have reported the most senior Catholic clergyman in Britain, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, to the Vatican over allegations of inappropriate behaviour stretching back 30 years. The four, from the diocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, have complained to nuncio Antonio Mennini, the Vatican's ambassador to Britain, and demanded O'Brien's immediate resignation. A spokesman for the cardinal said that the claims were contested. O'Brien, who is due to retire next month, has been an outspoken opponent of gay...
  • Mike the Martian and the Attack of the Argumentroid

    02/23/2013 7:43:33 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    John C Wright's Journal ^ | February 18, 2013 | John C Wright
    One of the argumentroids of Robert Heinlein has annoyed me for years. I was irked not the least because this particular argumentroid suckered me in my innocent youth, back when I was so proud of being a nonconformist, as were we all in my generation, and so proud of believing exactly what all the other nonconformists believed. But let me first explain what my silly made-up word is supposed to mean. I have always held that Science Fiction was never actually fiction stories about science. Instead, it is stories about fictional science. Writers routinely commended for the “hardness” of their...
  • Catholic Schools Will be Forced to Teach About Gay Marriage [UK]

    02/23/2013 7:28:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 2/20/13
    Read correspondence between bishops and Equalities MinisterThis week the bishops' conference of England and Wales published its correspondence with Maria Miller, Minister for Women and Equalities, on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The Government rejected proposed amendments by the Church to its gay marriage Bill, and said the new definition of marriage will have to be taught in Catholic schools. The Church suggested a number of amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill during a meeting with Culture Minister Maria Miller in January. In a letter to Archbishop Smith that was released yesterday, Ms Miller said teachers in...
  • The Original `Al HaNissim (music for Purim)

    02/23/2013 6:45:32 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1974 | Izhar Cohen
    Click on the link and enjoy! Purim sameach!
  • PRAISE THE LORD

    02/23/2013 6:42:09 PM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 2-23-13 | Jedediah
    Your proximity to My Spirit is where the anointing begins to take affect. So be engulfed in "My Will" for it is as I surround you that I AM magnified and miracles exist. "BE" My door mat and welcome ME into your presence for I will not be denied by a true heart filled with "MY LOVE". Psalm 22:3 3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. Genesis 29:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son. And she said, This time will I praise Jehovah. Therefore she called his name Judah. And she left off bearing....
  • 7 Names The New Pope Should Avoid (No not that name!)

    02/23/2013 4:42:51 PM PST · by NYer · 80 replies
    NC Register ^ | February 22, 2013 | Patrick Archbold
    Of all the possible advice I could give to a new Pontiff, perhaps the most important would be on the subject of name selection. I wouldn't presume to tell the new Pope what name to pick, but I feel very qualified to tell him which names not to pick. All of the names below are previous names of Popes that should not be repeated. Let's just say they would send the wrong message or offer too many opportunities to detractors.Hilarius Picking this name is just asking for trouble. Trust me, Holy Father, it will be very difficult for you to...
  • Nun Implicated in Voter Fraud

    02/23/2013 4:36:54 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    CMR ^ | February 20, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    A nun has been implicated by prosecutors in a troubling case of election fraud, according to local news reports. It's been alleged by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters that Sister Marge Kloos of the Sisters of Charity mailed in an absentee ballot of Sister Rose Marie Hewitt who had reportedly passed away on October 4th of last year. Deters sent a letter to the Board of Elections that said: Re: Deceased Voter Rose Marie Hewitt. Please be advised that sufficient information has been developed with respect to the above mentioned matter to determine that there is probable cause to believe...
  • German Bishops Aren’t the First to Allow for Plan B (USCCB approved in 2009)

    02/23/2013 3:50:49 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    truth and charity ^ | February 22, 2013
    This morning, a headline blazed across many Catholic computer screens stating German bishops’ decision to allow the ‘morning-after pill’ in rape cases. The article quoted Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg as saying that the ‘morning-after pill’ could be used “as long as this has a prophylactic and not an abortive effect.” The outrage among faithful Catholics that such an announcement generates is understandable, as the bishops’ decision not only continues to create a market for the ‘morning-after pill’ but, more notably, dances a line between preventing pregnancy and killing a baby.What might surprise many Catholics is that the new position...
  • Communiqué of the Secretariat of State on the upcoming Conclave

    02/23/2013 1:51:46 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    rorate-caeli ^ | February 23, 2013
    The freedom of the College of Cardinals, which alone, under the law, is responsible for the election of the Roman Pontiff, has always been strongly defended by the Holy See, as a guarantee of a choice based on evaluations solely for the good of the Church. Over the centuries, the Cardinals have faced multiple forms of pressure exerted on the individual voters and the same College, with the aim of conditioning decisions, to bend them to a political or worldly logic. If in the past it was the so-called superpowers, namely States, who sought to condition the election of...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/23/2013 1:23:12 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 13 replies
    February 23, 2013 | Irish Rose
    Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless...
  • LDS Church announces 58 new missions

    02/23/2013 1:20:54 PM PST · by District13 · 295 replies
    Ksl.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Stephanie Grimes
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday the creation of 58 new missions, including one in Utah. The announcement came after the LDS church saw a drastic increase in members interested in serving missions following LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson's October announcement that the church would lower the age of mission eligibility to 18 for men and 19 for women.
  • Ratzinger's forgotten prophesy (sic) on the future of the Church

    02/23/2013 12:12:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    VaticanInsider.lastampa.it ^ | 02-18-13 | Marco Bardazzi
    Ratzinger's forgotten prophesy on the future of the Church   Benedict XVI A week after Benedict XVI's shock announcement, an important statement he once made comes to lightMarco BardazziRomeA restructured Church with far fewer members that is forced to let go of many places of worship it worked so hard to build over the centuries. A minority Catholic Church with little influence over political decisions, that is socially irrelevant, left humiliated and forced to “start over.”But a Church that will find itself again and be reborn a “simpler and more spiritual” entity thanks to this “enormous confusion.” This was...
  • Father Emil Kapaun to be Awarded Medal of Honor

    02/23/2013 11:26:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Witchita Eagle ^ | 2/22/13 | Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying
    One of the two iconic photographs of Father Emil Kapaun shows him and another soldier carrying an exhausted GI off a battlefield in Korea, early in the war. The photo shows Kapaun to the GI's left. The soldier on the GI's right side was Capt. Jerome A. Dolan, a medical officer with the 8th Cavalry regiment.Emil Kapaun, a priest from Kansas celebrated for his actions during the Korean War and in a North Korean prisoner of war camp, will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama, the nation’s highest military award for bravery Former Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt...
  • Homosexual Network at the Vatican, Yes; Reason for the Pope's Resignation, No

    02/23/2013 11:12:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 2/22/13 | Phil Lawler
    Is there a network of homosexual clerics working within the Vatican? Undoubtedly, Yes. Was the discovery of that network a major factor motivating Pope Benedict to resign? Undoubtedly, No. Rome is abuzz with reports about a story that appeared in two Italian publications, La Repubblica and Panorama, alleging that in a confidential report to Pope Benedict on the “Vatileaks” scandal, three cardinals said that one faction within the Vatican bureaucracy was “united by sexual orientation” and could be subject to blackmail. The story—which has quickly spread around the globe—goes on to speculate that the cardinals’ report, submitted in December, shocked...
  • Islam or Death? Egypt's Christians Targeted by New Terror Group

    02/23/2013 10:52:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/21/13 | Lisa Daftari
    A group of Christian priests from a local Coptic church in Egypt were told to convert to Islam or face death, according to an Arabic news site. The incident, which comes in the midst of continued persecution and pressure on Egypt’s Christian community, took place this week in the town of Safaga, near the Red Sea, the El Balad site reported. According to El Balad, the threats are from a new group in Egypt, Jihad al-Kufr, whose name translates to Jihad against non-believers or non-Muslims. The group targets non-Muslims, and reportedly pressures them to convert to Islam. “It’s not the...
  • Priest conceived in rape recounts journey to forgive father

    02/23/2013 8:07:16 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | February 18, 2013
    CNA STAFF, Feb 18, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A priest who was conceived in rape when his mother was only 13 years old is sharing the story of how he met, forgave and heard the confession of his father, who is now living a life of faith. “I could have ended up in a trash can, but I was allowed to live,” said Father Luis Alfredo Leon Armijos of Loja, Ecuador. In a Feb. 6 telephone interview with CNA, Fr. Leon, who is pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Loja, said his mother, Maria Eugenia Armijos Romero, was working...
  • Castel Gandolfo prepares to receive first retired Pope

    02/23/2013 7:45:41 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | February 23, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Saverio Petrillo, director of the pontifical villas at Castel Gandolfo. File photo CNA. Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Feb 23, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Residents of the town that is home to the Pope’s summer residence say they are happy Pope Benedict is returning to live there. “When the Pope arrives he will find his apartment the same as always, but also the affection and devotion of everyone here,” Saverio Petrillo, director of the pontifical villas in Castel Gandolfo, told CNA Feb. 20. Pope Benedict will officially end his ministry at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 28, but at 5:00...
  • Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

    02/23/2013 7:38:33 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 23, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is greeted by his brother cardinals at the Feb. 18, 2012 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica. CNA file photo. Vatican City, Feb 23, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope is resigning, causing the Secretariat of State to warn about “completely false and unverifiable” news stories aimed at swaying public opinion to influence the vote.  “It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the Conclave … that there is...
  • Were Italian Journalist’s Blackmail Allegations Baseless? (Catholic Caucus)

    02/23/2013 6:03:38 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | February 22, 2013 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    “…As we grow olderthe world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated…”–T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets, East CokerThe WitnessesLast night, my phone rang twice, just before 3 in the morning. In the morning, I found three emails from the same person, a priest I know. He called again this morning.He wanted to know about my letter of yesterday, which discussed an Italian press report that the Pope has received information that his Curia is riven with factions, and that this was part of the reason he decided to step down from the papacy.“What are you doing?” the priest asked me, excitedly....
  • Three Very Different Roads that Led to Rome

    02/23/2013 5:35:09 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 22, 2013 | JIM GRAVES
    Left to right: David Fagerberg, Matthew Arnold, and Jesse Romero A little more than 90 years ago, G.K. Chesterton, one of the 20th century’s most famous converts, entered the Catholic Church.  Explaining “why I am a Catholic,” he wrote: “there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” A prolific writer, Chesterton used his considerable talents to author numerous works which won, and continue to win, many converts. The following are stories of three converts—the first of whom specifically credits Chesterton with being an influence on his conversion—who, since entering the Church, have devoted...
  • Spain Agrees That Children Adopted From Morocco Will Remain Muslim

    02/23/2013 5:22:34 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    religionclause ^ | February 21, 2013
    The Gatestone Institute reported yesterday that the government of Spain has agreed with the government of Morocco that Moroccan children adopted by Spanish families will be required remain culturally and religiously Muslim.  The Spanish government will create a "control mechanism" that will allow Moroccan religious authorities to monitor the children until they reach the age of 18 to see that they have not converted to Christianity. Spain agreed to these conditions so that Spanish families who are in the process of adopting Moroccan children can bring them to Spain. Morocco has a high rate of child abandonment, and Spain has been...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/23/13)[Prayer]

    02/23/2013 5:02:54 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/23/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Maginnenu - The LORD Our Defense(Psalms 89:18) For the LORD is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 23, 2013]

    02/23/2013 4:37:12 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Determination to Serve "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve . . ." —Matthew 20:28 Jesus also said, “Yet I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27). Paul’s idea of service was the same as our Lord’s— “. . . ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5). We somehow have the idea that a person called to the ministry is called to be different and above other people. But according to Jesus Christ, he is called to be a “doormat” for others— called to be their spiritual...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-13, OM, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2013 11:47:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-23-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2013 Saturday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:“This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and...