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  • Turning to a Support Group to Deal With Celibacy

    10/15/2011 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 14th 2011 | Debra Weiner
    Publicly, he is a religious brother with a Roman Catholic order. Privately, although he took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, he said, at 23 he was a sex addict, anonymously cruising bars, parks and Cook County Forest Preserves for quick hookups. Six years ago, his superiors found out and encouraged him to seek help. He agreed readily and spent the next six months in intense therapy at a residential treatment clinic north of Toronto for male and female church ministers with psychological and addiction problems. Brother Patrick has been chaste ever since (his real name is being withheld because...
  • What Is the Unforgivable Sin against the Holy Spirit? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/14/2011 5:20:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    CE.com ^ | June 15th, 2006 | Eric Stoutz and CE Editors
    What Is the Unforgivable Sin against the Holy Spirit? June 15th, 2006 by CE EditorsEric Stoutz Information Specialist Catholics United for the Faith 827 North Fourth Street Steubenville, OH 43952 800-MY-FAITH (800-693-2484) Editor's Note: To submit a faith question to Catholic Exchange, email faithquestions@newcesite.com. Please note that all email submitted to Catholic Exchange becomes the property of Catholic Exchange and may be published in this space. Published letters may be edited for length and clarity. Names and cities of letter writers may also be published. Email addresses of viewers will not normally be published. Dear Catholic Exchange:I recently read a...
  • DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be

    10/12/2011 11:27:49 AM PDT · by Dr. White · 77 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/12/2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    In yet another stunning attack on freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be. The case involves a former teacher at Lutheran school, who along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pushing a claim that a Lutheran congregation should be forced to restore her ministry position. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and American Atheists, Inc. have filed briefs siding with the Obama administration against the church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church...
  • Jeffress Says Satan Rules Catholicism

    10/12/2011 12:03:22 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 320 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 10/12/2011 | n/a
    Last Friday, Rev. Robert Jeffress, the Dallas pastor who introduced Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit, spoke derisively about the Mormon faith of Mitt Romney, making the case that “Mormonism is a cult.” Two days later, he chided Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as “false religions.” Last year, Rev. Jeffress said the Roman Catholic Church was the outgrowth of a “corruption” called the “Babylonian mystery.” He continued, “Much of what you see in the Catholic Church today doesn’t come from God’s word. It comes from that cult-like pagan religion. Isn’t that the genius of Satan?” Catholic League president Bill...
  • Vatican asks bishops to create ministry roles for priests who left to marry (Catholic Caucus)

    10/08/2011 2:09:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Beliefnet ^ | October 7, 2011 | Rob Kerby
    Facing a growing shortage of priests, the Roman Catholic Church is turning to former priests who left their callings to get married.While the “dispensed” priests won’t be allowed to take confessions or celebrate mass — they will be asked to serve as teachers and lay workers in such roles as helping serve communion to the congregation, roles already filled by lay members of local congregations.“The Vatican has appealed to diocesan bishops to encourage priests who have left ministry in order to get married to play a more active role in parish life,” reports Catholic Herald magazine, which reports that Cardinal...
  • Conflict between Pentagon and Catholic military chaplains brews over ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

    10/03/2011 10:52:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    DailyCaller.com ^ | 06/07/2010 | Updated: 5:04 PM 04/26/2011 | Paul Conner
    Conflict between Pentagon and Catholic military chaplains brews over ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ Published: 5:06 AM 06/07/2010 | Updated: 5:04 PM 04/26/2011 By Paul Conner - The Daily Caller Bio | Archive | Email Paul Conner   (From left) Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. military, Pope Benedict XVI, and then-President George W. Bush during the Popes 2008 visit to the United States. The archbishop for the U.S. military spoke out for the first time against the effort to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” setting up a possible conflict between Pentagon brass and the 285 Roman Catholic priests who...
  • My 'granddaddy' John Wayne, actor and Catholic convert

    10/02/2011 12:12:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies · 1+ views
    cna ^ | October 1, 2011 | David Kerr
    Fr. Matthew Muńoz Rome, Italy, Oct 1, 2011 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- John Wayne, for many, was a Hollywood legend who symbolized true masculinity and American values. To Fr. Matthew Muńoz, though, he was simply “granddaddy.” “When we were little we’d go to his house and we’d simply hang out with granddaddy and we’d play and we’d have fun: a very different image from what most people have of him,”  Fr. Muńoz told CNA on a recent visit to Rome. Fr. Muńoz was 14 years old when his grandfather died of cancer in 1979. In his lifetime, “The...
  • Bp. Thomas Doran (D. Rockford) on kneeling for Holy Communion… heh heh… (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    09/30/2011 5:13:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 29 September 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In this last week’s edition of The Wanderer, we read a reprint of a column by Most Rev. Thomas Doran, Bishop of Rockford.  I believe it was originally on the site of the diocese on 2 September 2011. My emphases and comments. Reverence and Respect of The Blessed SacramentFrom time to time people make inquiries of the Bishop’s office that demand more than a private answer. One of the things that disturbs practicing Catholics more and more is the seeming lack of reverence and respect for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in our liturgy and in our devotions.As I...
  • Priest barred from saying mass ["it is we Catholics who are destroying our Catholic Church"]

    09/27/2011 7:13:08 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies
    Telegraph-Journal ^ | September 22nd, 2011 | SHAWN BERRY
    An elderly priest on the Acadian Peninsula has been barred from performing church services in the Bathurst diocese after he made remarks about homosexuals and women who have had an abortion. Rev. Donat Gionet, 85, gave the sermon at the Roman Catholic church in Saint-Léolin while replacing the regular parish priest late last month. He stands by the comments he made in Saint-Léolin, a village of about 730 people located about 50 kilometres east of Bathurst. Reached in Caraquet on Wednesday, Gionet declined an interview but did provide a written statement. In a letter written in French that he provided...
  • Dolores Hope supported Catholic causes: Bob Hope's widow was a lifelong Catholic.

    09/24/2011 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Arlington Catholic Herald.Catholic News Service ^ | September 2011 | Catholic News Service
    Dolores Hope supported Catholic causes Bob Hope's widow was a lifelong Catholic. By Catholic News Service   Dolores Hope (right) was responsible for the conversion of her husband, Bob, to Catholicism. She died Sept. 19 at the age of 102. By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES — Dolores Hope, a lifelong Catholic who was the widow of comedian Bob Hope and an entertainer in her own right, died Sept. 19 at age 102 at her home in Toluca Lake outside of Los Angeles. A family spokesman said she died of natural causes. "Dolores Hope was a Catholic of deep and...
  • Brownback endorses Perry for president

    09/22/2011 10:40:11 PM PDT · by Clairity · 29 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | Sept. 21, 2011 | Eagle Staff
    Gov. Sam Brownback endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president on Thursday, citing Perry's record on creating jobs and reducing taxes. "Rick Perry is the right leader for this moment in history," he said in a prepared statement. "I think he's really got the right message that it's about jobs, it's about job creation and it's about getting the atmosphere right," Brownback said. "They've maintained and created a very positive, growth-oriented atmosphere in Texas that we've got to get back to in the United States." Perry's campaign issued a statement calling Brownback "one of the most respected voices for conservatism...
  • Abp. Dolan to Obama: Cease Attacks on Marriage or Risk “National Conflict…of Enormous Proportions”

    09/22/2011 11:08:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | September 22, 2011 | Thomas Peters
    Wow. This definitely represents a significant escalation of tone and includes the threat of consequences if the Obama administration does not, as this letter from Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the President calls for, “push the reset button” on their multipronged efforts to undermine marriage and treat Catholics who believe in marriage as bigots.Abp. Dolan is careful to point out that his opinion represents the view of the bishops conference: The Justice Department‟s move [to undermine DOMA], in addition to other troubling federal decisions occurring recently, prompts me yet again to register my grave concerns. The content of this letter reflects...
  • Priest Barred From Saying Mass [Canada; for remarks on abortion, homosexuality]

    09/22/2011 7:11:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph-Journal ^ | 9/22/11 | Shawn Berry
    An elderly priest on the Acadian Peninsula has been barred from performing church services in the Bathurst diocese after he made remarks about homosexuals and women who have had an abortion. Rev. Donat Gionet, 85, gave the sermon at the Roman Catholic church in Saint-Léolin while replacing the regular parish priest late last month. He stands by the comments he made in Saint-Léolin, a village of about 730 people located about 50 kilometres east of Bathurst. Reached in Caraquet on Wednesday, Gionet declined an interview but did provide a written statement. In a letter written in French that he provided...
  • ...on the day of judgment: A Reflection on the Sin of Gossip

    09/21/2011 8:43:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-11 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken….” A Reflection on the Sin of GossipBy: Msgr. Charles Pope One of the more under-rated categories of sin are the sins of speech. There are many ways we sin, but perhaps the most common way is by speech. Too easily, almost without thought, do we engage in gossip, idle chatter, lies, exaggerations, harsh attacks, uncharitable observations and remarks. With our tongue we can spread hatred, incite fear and maliciousness, spread misinformation, cause temptation, discourage, teach error,...
  • Why bother going to Mass in the state of sin? Fr. Z rants with hellfire and brimstone (Catholic)

    09/21/2011 2:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 21, 2011
    From a reader: Fr. Z I’m struggling to wrap my head around what the point of going to Mass if we’re not in the state of sanctifying grace.My understanding is when we fall from grace, any good works we do merit us nothing. Also, it only takes one mortal sin to sever our relationship with God, so committing another one by not fulfilling my Sunday obligation wouldn’t really make a difference in regards of the state of my soul. And finally, I can’t receive communion, so I don’t receive any graces from that.So in summation, I wouldn’t sever my relationship...
  • Disillusioned German Catholics: The Pope's Difficult Visit to His Homeland

    09/20/2011 12:50:05 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 27 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 20th 2011 | Staff
    When Joseph Ratzinger became pope in 2005, Catholics in Germany joyfully celebrated the first German pope in almost 500 years. Since then, the euphoria has turned to disappointment and disillusionment. Benedict XVI's visit to Germany this week will do little to heal the deep divide between conservatives and reformers in the German Church. One thing is already clear: The two men will be all smiles when they meet. Sticking to the Rules Benedict is scheduled to arrive at Berlin's Olympic Stadium at 6 p.m., where he will celebrate mass and meet with Berlin's openly gay Mayor, Klaus Wowereit. Will the...
  • East German Stasi Considered Ratzinger a Fierce Foe (How Secret Police Spied on Future Pope)

    09/17/2011 5:20:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/15/11 | Edward Pentin
    In 1974, a Trabant -- an old East German car -- was chugging through the Thuringian countryside, a province in the communist German Democratic Republic.In its passenger seat sat Professor Joseph Ratzinger and at the wheel was Father Joachim Wanke, then an assistant at a local seminary -- the only one in the GDR.The two priests, writes Rainer Erice, a journalist for the German radio station Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk Thüringen (MDR), were on a harmless sightseeing tour, taking in the historic cities of Jena and Weimar. It was a moment of relaxation during Father Ratzinger's short visit to East Germany, the...
  • Gay Choir Director At East Rutherford Parish Resigns After Priest’s Comments

    09/16/2011 1:18:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    CBS ^ | September 15, 2011
    Bob Russell EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBS 2) – He says he can’t take it anymore.A gay choir director at a Catholic Church in New Jersey has quit his job because he says the priest is making his work environment hostile.But does he have a case?St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in East Rutherford is where Bob Russell has been the choir director for decades. On Thursday, however, the 55-year-old was taking boxes into the parish to pack up his belongings.“Felt that I was put into a position that I had to resign my job because of my sexuality,” Russell told CBS...
  • America's conservative Catholics are on the warpath. Republicans should be courting them.

    09/13/2011 4:06:15 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 46 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | August 22, 2011 | Tim Stanley
    Michael Voris is the favourite talking head of the Catholic Taliban, that motley crew of traditionalists who believe in way-out stuff like “abortion is evil” and “Jesus rose on the third day”. He runs his own online TV station in Michigan and has hair so unreal it could be miraculous. In an age when the average priest seems to get the life – and the theology – sucked out of him at seminary, Voris speaks with clarity and humour. This is the man who dismissed liberal nuns as Marxists “embracing lesbianism”, “yoga” and “witchcraft”. He became a viral sensation after...
  • CatholicTV calls for "Benevolent Dictatorship"?!

    04/08/2011 2:27:55 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 150 replies
    Above Top Secret ^ | 04-08-2011 | thedeadlyrhythm
    This may be one of the more disturbing things I have ever seen. This video is shown to people, and even more frightening, many are likely inspired by it. This guy basically says that the problem with our country is that "everyone can vote", both ignorant know-nothings who only care about themselves(aka people who support abortion, gay marriage, etc), and informed people(aka people who agree with his/the organizations particular views) and this is all presented in such a way as if it is incontrovertible. as if having an opinion that a woman has a right to choose or that homosexuality...