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  • 10 Things to Remember When Receiving Communion (Catholic Caucus)

    12/21/2015 7:14:17 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Churches will be crowded soon with more people heading to Mass who don’t regularly attend. We’ll all be seeing some unfamiliar faces in the pews. And I know I’ll be seeing people in the Communion line I’ve never seen before; some will be casual Christmas-and-Easter Catholics, some will be visitors from out of town. And inevitably, I know I’ll be seeing people receive the sacrament in some creative ways.(In my parish, we stopped distributing the Precious Blood a couple years ago, during one of our big flu outbreaks, and the practice was never restored.)People will debate this until the Second Coming, but the...
  • Pope Francis Reaffirms that Catholic Marriage is Indissoluble

    09/30/2015 11:43:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 30, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Answering a question about the Synod and annulment reform, Pontiff says the door to divorce is closed Those who fear that the Church is about to allow divorced Catholics to remarry can take heart by something Pope Francis said on his way back to Rome from the United States.The Pope’s words might also reassure those worried that his recent motu proprio Mitis Iudex reforming the annulment process will weaken the sanctity of the marriage bond.“Marriage is indissoluble when it is a sacrament. And this the Church cannot change. It’s doctrine. It’s an indissoluble sacrament,” the Pope told reporters during an...
  • German Bishops Conference website promotes homosexual unions as sacrament

    08/27/2015 4:47:39 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/27/15 | Maike Hickson
    On August 25,, the official website of the German Bishops' Conference, published an interview with the German moral theologian Stephan Goertz concerning his new book, Who Am I to Judge? Homosexuality and the Catholic Church. In the interview, Goertz makes the claim that homosexuality should no longer be condemned because the times have changed. In biblical times, says the theologian, "procreation was the first God-given purpose of sexuality." At that time, "sexuality had as its first purpose to secure the survival of the people"; however, "that is obviously not any more our situation, and that is since the [Second...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR, 04-06-15

    04/06/2015 9:20:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-06-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SACRAMENT OF THE ALTARThe Eucharist viewed as the body and blood of Christ, which are offered on the altar in the Sacrifice of the Mass. Also the Eucharist as reserved on the altar for adoration by the faithful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Mercy! So Great a Gift Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer Confession

    03/31/2015 7:51:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-30-15 | catholic, apologetics, history, theology
    Mercy! So Great a Gift – Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer the Sacrament of Confession By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt tonight’s Chrism Mass, the Cardinal chose to focus his remarks to the more than 300 priests in attendance on the beauty of the Sacrament of Confession and the power of mercy. What a magnificent gift the Lord gave His Church through the ministry of priests, that we can hear His blessed words, I absolve you from your sins … go in peace.My mind goes back to a beautiful story of St. John Paul II and a certain bishop (not of...
  • Pope to Faithful: 'Do Not Be Afraid of Confession' (Francis promotes Sacrament of Penance)

    03/17/2015 6:38:50 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 77 replies ^ | February 19, 2014 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Reflects on the Sacrament of Penance During General Audience Continuing his catechetical series on the Sacraments, Pope Francis reflected on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which along with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick form what he described the Sacraments of Healing. The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation [...] flow directly from the Paschal mystery, he told pilgrims attending his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. "In fact, the same evening of Easter the Lord appeared to the disciples, closed in the Cenacle, and, after addressing to them the greeting Peace be with you, he breathed on them...
  • Abortionist: abortion is a sacrament and women abort out of love

    12/26/2014 5:13:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | December 24, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    In an article in Florida Today, abortionist Patricia Baird-Windle had some things to say about her work: I now consider abortion to be a major blessing, and to be a sacrament in the hands of women.At the very crucible of the sacrament of abortion work is the sentence in a letter written to me by a woman when I retired, and that is some women have an abortion out of love for the baby. She identifies herself as pro-abortion. So what exactly is this sacrament that is done out of love? A while ago I interviewed Catherine Anthony Adair, a...
  • Card. Burkes kindness

    12/16/2014 1:22:34 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 16, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Do you recall that, last year, Card. Burke consoled a little boy who was crying because he couldn’t yet receive Communion?  HEREThis is somewhat beyond the ken of most catholics, I believe.  They might console a Questioning-status minor not yet able to vote more than once in the same pro-same-sex “marriage” referendum.   But, I digress.  This shouldn’t be polemic and… there I went and did it.  Sorry!  I am under the weather.So, last year Card. Burke consoled a boy who couldn’t receive Communion.  At that time His Eminence said that his time would come soon enough.The day came!Here is a piece from...
  • ASIA/JORDAN - 1,400 children to receive first communion at Pope-led mass at the Amman Stadium

    05/21/2014 6:38:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Fides ^ | May 19, 2014
    Amman (Agenzia Fides) About 1400 boys and girls from all over Jordan will receive the sacrament of communion for the first time during the Mass that Pope Francis will celbrate on Saturday, May 24 at the Amman International Stadium. This was confirmed to Fides Agency by Father Rifat Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media and official spokesman for the papal visit. "Preparations for this rite include both the children and their parents, and started four months ago, adding that hour-long classes are held every Friday where religion teachers and nuns help the children understand and...
  • Cardinal Mller: Most Catholics are clueless about marriage

    03/01/2014 2:20:16 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 27, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    That is my paraphrase of this story, which contains some direct, blunt words from the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Just because many Catholics do not understand the Church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage, that does not mean the Church can change that teaching, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday — just days after the College of Cardinals held a two-day meeting to discuss the pastoral care of families — he said the widespread lack of understanding among Catholics about...
  • Three Sayings on Marriage

    08/21/2010 5:56:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/20/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Here are a few sayings on marriage that I often use in pre-cana settings. They are humorous but meant to make a serious point. See what you think and please give me any humorous or insightful sayings you know of as well. Some want their marriage to be ideal and if theres any ordeal they want a new deal The problem is wanting marriage to be ideal. There is no ideal marriage. Two sinners have married so the marriage will be imperfect, non-ideal. Marriage is life. And life has ups and down, things we like and things we...
  • Wedding music and other difficulties.

    08/11/2012 1:27:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Most priests, if they are lucky and smart, have a trained music director or organist to whom they can refer the Bride (sometimes with the groom) to finalize music for weddings. Then he can refer them and avoid a ton of trouble. Yet, occasionally he has to duck for cover when the flak from the battle between bride and organist gets thick.Don’t get me wrong, everything generally goes fine and most brides and grooms are just fine. But every now and then, there’s a bride (and sometimes a groom) who are the irresistible force that meet the immoveable object (i.e....
  • On the Giving and Receiving of Holy Communion: Some norms to recall [Catholic Caucus]

    06/05/2012 3:51:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | June 3, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Giving and Receiving of Holy Communion: Some norms to recall.By: Msgr. Charles Pope Recently here in the Archdiocese of Washington there was an issue regarding the denial of Holy Communion to a certain individual, which caused no little debate among the faithful. I am NOT going to reopen that case here, and ask all readers to please recall that, no matter what you may think, you do not have all the facts, and I do not wish to rehearse the (partial) specifics of the whole affair.That said, a number of us priests asked for a review of...
  • Parents: Dont Delay Baptism for your Infants!

    04/27/2012 6:36:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 156 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 22, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Parents: Don’t Delay Baptism for your Infants!By: Msgr. Charles Pope There is a trend that has set up for years now, and that is that Catholics are waiting many months to get their children baptized. I suspect that what we have here is a combination of a much lower infant mortality rate and, also, a less fervent practice of the faith by many. Further, there seems little sense among the faithful today that an unbaptized infant would be excluded from heaven.As regards the last point, I think it is pastorally sound to trust in God’s mercy for infants who...
  • Clarifying Certain Misunderstandings About Confirmation [Catholic Caucus]

    05/09/2012 9:46:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Clarifying Certain Misunderstandings About ConfirmationBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Yesterday we discussed a bit about baptism and some of the pastoral practices surrounding it. Today in a kind of companion piece Id like to address some of the distortions and confusion that often surround the Sacrament of Confirmation.Some one once said that Confirmation is the Sacrament in search of a theology. While not true, the statement does capture that there is a lot of incorrect and sometimes silly teaching about this sacrament to young people. And since it is the season for Confirmations, it may be helpful to explore what...
  • Why women still need husbands

    12/02/2013 2:48:21 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 122 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/22/2013 | By Suzanne Venker
    Over the past several decades, America has witnessed a profound change in the way women view men and marriage. It began with the baby boomer adage never depend on a man. This message resulted in a generation of women who turned their attention away from the home and onto the workforce. They did what their mothers told them to do: they became financially independent so theyd never have to rely on a husband. ~snip~ How can they spend more time with their children? How can they make time for exercise or even a social life? How can they keep their...
  • Religion stoush as questions are raised over communion wine hygiene (Catholic Caucus)

    11/01/2013 9:51:32 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 37 replies
    The Standard ^ | Nov 1, 2013 | Alex Sinnot
    Australia: AN unholy headache is developing for major churches, with questions raised over whether sacramental wine passes hygiene standards. Former Warrnambool mayor Frank McCarthy, a devout Catholic, is calling for the time-honoured tradition of drinking from a shared goblet during services to be scrapped. Mr McCarthy said wholesale consumption of wine from the same chalice would not be allowed in any pub or restaurant and queried why churches were given an exemption. The former businessman said the risk of spreading disease was heightened with a shared cup. The rules and regulations surrounding beverages are pretty clear and no pub or...
  • What Can (and Can't) a Deacon Do?

    09/26/2013 4:07:36 PM PDT · by Weiss White · 12 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | September 26, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: We have a permanent deacon at our parish. Some of us are wondering if the pastor sometimes allows him to do things that hes not supposed to do for example, occasionally the deacon preaches a homily at Sunday Mass instead of the priest. Is that permissible? What are the limits of what a deacon can do? Jay A: Its a good question! Lay Catholics generally understand that because a deacon is not a priest, there are some sacramental/liturgical actions which he cannot perform. But occasionally the laity are taken aback when they see a deacon engaged in some sort...
  • Confession [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2013 10:54:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 2003 | Oblates, July-August 2003 (Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate)
    ConfessionWhy Do We Go To Confession? "Catholics who started going to confession as children may recall that the major concern during preparation was not how you sinned - disobedience was a given - but how often you had sinned since your last confession. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Penance as it was once called, was never intended to be a numbers game. It is now and always has been a means to seek receive God's forgiveness and to renew our resolve, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to follow Jesus' commands to love God and to love one...
  • If a Catholic Marries a Non-Christian, How is it a Sacrament?

    01/18/2013 3:57:43 AM PST · by Weiss White · 54 replies ^ | January 17, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: An unbaptized person cant receive any of the other sacraments unless he gets baptized first, right? So how is it possible for a Catholic to marry a non-Christian in a Catholic ceremony? I dont see how the non-Christian spouse can be receiving the sacrament of matrimony, if hes never received the sacrament of baptism! Is the marriage a sacrament for the Catholic but not for the non-Christian? How does this work? Ashley A: Its a very astute observation! By thinking it through logically, Ashley has spotted a genuine theological/canonical quandary.
  • The dreaded Christmastime ward sacrament meeting [Mormon Merry Smithmas!]

    12/12/2011 6:35:20 AM PST · by Colofornian · 60 replies
    Ogden Standard-Journal ^ | Dec. 24, 2009 | Doug Gibson
    For the most part, I enjoy sacrament meeting. I like that its always been the final meeting in every ward Ive been in. Its cool to sit close together with the family, even if our four-year-old is bending my shoe back trying to boost out of the pew and the eight-year-old is begging to go sit with Meghan, or Brittany, etc. I like the songs, the once-monthly testimonies and the wide variety, and quality, of the talks. Maybe the comfort of sacrament meeting never really changing as long as I remember, satisfies this believing Latter-day Saint. But, every December around...
  • Selling Confession

    09/16/2010 2:47:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | September 16, 2010 | David Mills
    While in Rome recently, I went to confession at St. John Lateran. It's the cathedral of Rome, and I'd heard the grace was better there. I got an old Irish priest, soft-spoken, deliberate, patient, and with a habit of sighing frequently as you spoke. He sounded -- and looked, when I saw him a little later -- like the old Irish priest from central casting who loves dogs, is patient with rambunctious boys and ironic to the old women, and is never surprised by any wickedness this world can produce.I soon realized that I could confess to stealing a...
  • "Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/24/2010 8:25:04 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies · 140+ views ^ | March 24, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament FrequentlyTonight we conclude our five-part series on the Sacrament of the Altar. So far we have followed the outline Luther uses for the Sacrament of the Altar in the Small Catechism: the Nature of the Sacrament, what it is; the Benefit of the Sacrament, what it gives; the Power of the Sacrament, how it can do such great things; and the Reception of the Sacrament, how to receive it worthily. But remember what I said right at the outset of this series, about the purpose of this teaching: Our purpose here in...
  • "How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/17/2010 11:45:45 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies · 170+ views ^ | March 17, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament of the AltarDuring this series on the Sacrament of the Altar, weve been following the outline Luther uses in his treatment of this part of the Small Catechism. And so we began by asking, What is the Sacrament of the Altar? And we said that the nature of the Sacrament is that it is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink. Then in week two we asked, What is...
  • "How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/10/2010 12:01:37 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 210+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament of the AltarTwo weeks ago we began this series by establishing The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar, asking the question What Is It? and hearing Christs answer, This is my body, this is my blood. Last week we followed that up by asking What Does It Give? and Jesus told us, Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. We said that this is The Benefit of the Sacrament and that where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. But...
  • "What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the Altar" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/03/2010 1:11:51 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies · 257+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the AltarIn this midweek Lenten series, were looking at the Sacrament of the Altar--Holy Communion, the Lords Supper, are other names by which we know this sacrament instituted by Christ. Last week we began by focusing on The Nature of the Sacrament. We asked the foundational question, What Is It? And the answer came, It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink. Our answer was based on what Jesus...
  • "What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    02/24/2010 8:55:35 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 278+ views ^ | February 24, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the AltarWhen the Lord God brought the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and led them up to the Promised Land, he provided for them along the way. He gave them food and drink for their journey, to sustain them as they traveled. He gave them bread from heaven. It came in the form of a fine, flake-like thing that fell on the ground in the morning, for them to gather up. The first time the Israelites saw it--they had never seen such a thing before--they were amazed, and...
  • Around the clock Confession to take place in New York City

    02/16/2010 5:27:44 AM PST · by mlizzy · 8 replies · 230+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 02-16-10 | Staff
    New York City, N.Y., Feb 16, 2010 / 08:04 am (CNA).- A young adults group in the Archdiocese of New York has recently announced a 24-hour confession event which will take place in March during the 2010 Lenten season. The Cathedral of Saint Patrick Young Adults (CSPYA) group is holding their second annual 24 Hours of Confession project March 5 -6 at 51 parishes throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, Duchess, Staten Island, as well as Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties. Catholics need to know that confession is all about God's forgiveness and love and that the priest is there for them,...
  • Fr. Men: The Eucharist [Cath-Orth caucus]

    02/14/2010 4:40:46 PM PST · by annalex · 25 replies · 317+ views ^ | Father Alexander Men
    The EucharistFather Alexander Men A bird is sitting in a tree singing. Even though its singing seems without purpose, it performs important work: singing is its territorial claim. The part of the forest that hears my voice is mine says the bird. Even if someone larger and stronger inserts itself in that territory, the owner will begin to fight and more often than not come out victorious: there is a peculiar law of nature that protects the property right. It is in the very nature of life that the desire to spread out, conquer, consume the weaker is lodged....
  • MARRIAGE IN THE NEWS -- January 2010

    01/16/2010 8:38:32 PM PST · by delacoert · 1 replies · 222+ views
    For Your Marriage ^ | January 2010 | David Gibson
    --> Marriage and family: Lessons of the recession --> Study finds children are hard work and make married couples happy --> Why hasnt cohabitation lowered the risk of divorce? --> Supporting the vocation of marriage --> A glance back at Christmas: --> a) How couples can fare better during holidays --> b) A husband and wife, their quarreling parents and a baby Marriage and Family: Lessons of the Recession Since the current economic recession began in December 2007, millions of Americans have adopted a home-grown bailout strategy. They are relying upon their own marriages and families to...
  • Baptizing infants, Pope speaks of 'adventure of being disciples'

    01/16/2010 5:33:28 PM PST · by delacoert · 4 replies · 219+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 11, 2010
    Pope Benedict XVI baptized 14 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, January 10, in a traditional ceremony marking the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Holy Father said that the 7 boys and 7 girls were beginning the joyful and exciting adventure of being disciples. The Pope noted that St. John the Baptist encouraged a baptism of repentance. Such repentance is certainly an important aspect of Christian life, he said: Indeed, we cannot aspire to a new world while wallowing in selfishness and in the habits of sin. But the sacramental Baptism that the Church offers her...
  • Truth is Truth [Catholic Caucus]

    12/17/2009 2:37:52 AM PST · by mlizzy · 158+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 12-17-09 | Helen Valois
    From the First Apology of St. Justin Martyr: We call this food Eucharist; and no one else is permitted to partake of it, except one who believes our teaching to be true and who has been washed in the washing which is for the remission of sins and for regeneration, and is thereby living as Christ has enjoined. For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by the word of God and had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so too, as we have been taught,...
  • [Rep. Patrick] Kennedy barred from communion by bishop

    11/22/2009 3:46:34 AM PST · by Daffynition · 37 replies · 1,333+ views
    YahooNews ^ | Nov 22 2009 | RAY HENRY
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has banned Rep. Patrick Kennedy from receiving Communion, the central sacrament of the church, in Rhode Island because of the congressman's support for abortion rights, Kennedy said in a newspaper interview published Sunday. The decision by the outspoken prelate, reported on The Providence Journal's Web site, significantly escalates a bitter dispute between Tobin, an ultra orthodox bishop, and Kennedy, a son of the nation's most famous Roman Catholic family. "The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion," Kennedy...
  • Pope Benedict to Catholics: Kneel For Communion

    08/02/2009 9:32:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 296 replies · 8,258+ views
    News Blaze ^ | August 1, 2009 | David Martin
    "Whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord... For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the Body of the Lord" - 1 Corinthians 11:27,28 Pope Benedict to Catholics: Kneel and Receive on the Tongue Only Pope Benedict XVI does not want the faithful receiving Communion in their hand nor does he want them standing to receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. According to Vatican liturgist, Monsignor Guido Marini, the pope is trying to set...
  • "It Works" (Sermon on the Sacrament of Holy Baptism)

    03/18/2009 7:59:20 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies · 440+ views ^ | March 18, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    It Works (The Sacrament of Holy Baptism)The Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lords Prayer. Tonight, in our series on the Catechism, the basics of the Christian faith, we come to the sacraments. We begin, fittingly enough, with the sacrament with which we begin the Christian life, namely, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. I think all that I want to say about Holy Baptism tonight I can include under a heading of just two words: It Works. It works! It is effective. It actually does something--quite a lot, really. Holy Baptism works, and it works in your life. Tonight, then, we...
  • Sacrament for the sick is in demand (Catholic Caucus)

    03/16/2009 12:11:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 396+ views
    chicago tribune ^ | 03.16.09 | Manya A. Brachear
    Once reserved for the dying, the anointing of the sick is now offered to any Catholic who needs healing from a serious illness Mary Ellen Segraves could sense the fear in her ailing mother Ceil's eyes the day after her knee surgery. But when Rev. Yaroslav Mendyuk approached her hospital bed to offer the sacrament of the sick, Segraves saw her mother light up. Following the priest's lead, Ceil Segraves crossed herself with a frail hand taped with tubes and closed her eyes as Mendyuk anointed her forehead and hands with oil and recited the blessing from his prayer book....
  • In One Church, Confession Makes a Comeback (Catholic Caucus)

    02/21/2009 3:02:39 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 51 replies · 1,471+ views
    NY Times ^ | 02/20/2009 | Samuel G. Freedman
    STAMFORD, Conn. The day after Msgr. Stephen DiGiovanni was installed in June 1998 as the pastor of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church here, he walked through the quiet sanctuary, appreciating the English Gothic grandeur and tallying all the repairs it required. One particular sight seized him. The confessional at the rear of the pews had been nailed shut. The confessional in the front, nearer the altar, was filled with air-conditioning equipment. And these conditions, Monsignor DiGiovanni realized, reflected theology as much as finance. In the wake of the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960s, the Catholic Church...
  • Priests should encourage recovery of Sacrament of Reconciliation

    01/17/2009 4:00:56 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies · 686+ views
    CNA ^ | January 16, 2009
    Rome, Jan 16, 2009 / 08:36 pm (CNA).- The Vatican congregation in charge of overseeing the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as the granting of indulgences has just finished a conference in Rome. The aim of the meeting was help people recover the joy of the personal experience of the mercy of God and to encourage priests to make this a priority. According to the LOsservatore Romano, the event which took place January 13 and 14 was, in the words of the head of the Apostolic Penitentary, Cardinal Francis Stafford, an occasion to offer to the men and women of...
  • The Sacrament of Farewell (Catholic Caucus)

    11/20/2008 3:54:15 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies · 540+ views
    Cath News ^ | November 21, 2008
    Saying that Confirmation has practically become a "Sacrament of Farewell", Bunbury Bishop Gerard Holohan has called for a radical reconsideration of the age and practice relating to its conferral. Addressing a meeting with the school principals of the Bunbury Diocese, Bishop Holohan said that "in every practical sense, Confirmation had become a 'Sacrament of Farewell'", a diocesan media statement says. The Bishop contrasted the gap between the practice of today and the pastoral practice of the early Church. "Most Confirmation candidates today are the children of parents who have little if anything to do with the Christian community," the diocesan...
  • Valid Conferral of the Sacrament of Baptism

    04/23/2008 10:09:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 64+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 21, 2008 | Archbishop Raymond Burke
    IntroductionIn some places in the English-speaking world, under the influence of a false feminism, a new and unauthorized practice has been introduced into the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. The practice consists in substituting for the names of the three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity, in the formula for Baptism, the names of three functions. In one formula, the three functions named are: Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. In another formula, they are: Creator, Liberator, and Sustainer.Recently, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office of our Holy Father with responsibility “to promote and safeguard the doctrine...
  • A Comeback for Confession

    09/30/2007 1:38:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 247+ views
    Time ^ | September 27, 2007 | TIM PADGETT
    One of the first things Roman Catholics do when they enter the confessional is utter how long it has been since their last confession. But Franca Gargiulo can't remember the last time. Gargiulo is a spiritually thoughtful woman who went to Catholic school as a girl and at 44 still attends Mass at St. Dominic Catholic Church in San Francisco. Confession--telling your sins to a priest and receiving absolution--is one of her faith's seven sacraments, but for Gargiulo it now seems as anachronistic as prayer veils and meatless Fridays. "It lost its efficacy for me," says Gargiulo. "It was too...
  • Learning to Confess

    04/16/2007 3:37:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies · 661+ views
    CERC ^ | not available | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    Learning to Confess FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS I have heard the priests of my parish encouraging us to go to confession during Lent. I admit I have not been to confession in years because I am not sure I know how to go to confession. With all the changes that occurred in the '60s, would you please review how to go to confession? The Second Vatican Council did decree that the rite and formulas of penance are to be revised in such a way that they may more clearly express the nature and effects of this sacrament...
  • Priests say more Catholics returning to confession

    03/25/2007 12:52:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 108 replies · 1,831+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | March 25, 2007 | Selicia Kennedy-Ross
    "Bless me Father, for I have sinned."The words which usually serve as the opening to confession, a sacrament in the Catholic Church, are being heard more by local priests these days. The reason - confession seems to be making a comeback.Although fewer people sought absolution in the post-Vatican II era, it appears as though confession, also known as the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation, is on the rise in the Diocese of San Bernardino. The Sacrament of Penance allows Catholics to confess their sins to a priest through a screen in a small closed confessional, under cover of darkness. They...
  • Why Does the Catholic Church Ordain Only Men to the Priesthood? Part Three[Cath/Orth/Angl Caucus]

    03/07/2007 9:17:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies · 727+ views
    Catholic ^ | 02-04-07 | Fr. Kyle Schnippel
    Fr. Kyle Schnippel Other Articles by Fr. Kyle Schnippel Printer Friendly Version Why Does the Catholic Church Ordain Only Men to the Priesthood? Part Three March 4, 2007 Marital Imagery of the Priesthood[Part One, Part Two]Michael Novak, writing in the Journal First Things, comments on the meeting between Pope John Paul II and Dr. George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in May 1992. In the interim period between Inter Insigniores and this meeting, the Anglican Communion had progressed on its movement towards the acceptance of women into the sacramental priesthood. In response, he noted an unnamed Vatican official...
  • Why Does the Catholic Church Ordain Only Men to the Priesthood? Part One [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/01/2007 10:29:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies · 529+ views ^ | 02-25-07 | Fr. Kyle Schnippel
    Fr. Kyle Schnippel Other Articles by Fr. Kyle Schnippel Printer Friendly Version Why Does the Catholic Church Ordain Only Men to the Priesthood? Part One February 25, 2007 With the recent illicit ordination by dissident Archbishop Milingo in New Jersey of two married men to the priesthood, and the repeated attempts by several women's groups to ordain women, most recently upon a boat on a river in Pittsburgh, the question of who has a 'right' to the Sacrament of Orders has been a heated topic of late.According to Catholic Church theology, however, no one has a 'right' to...
  • Benedict XVI Extols Sacrament of Penance - Says Priests Need to Make It a Priority

    02/19/2007 7:10:34 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 560+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 19, 2007
    VATICAN CITY, FEB. 19, 2007 ( The baptized need to rediscover the sacrament of reconciliation so that they can experience "the boundless renewing power of divine love," says Benedict XVI. The Pope said this today when receiving in audience Cardinal James Stafford, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, with the prelates and officials of that tribunal, as well as the penitentiary fathers of the patriarchal basilicas of Rome. "In the gesture of absolution, uttered in the name and on account of the Church, the confessor becomes the conscious means of a wonderful event of grace," the Holy Father said in...
  • The Early Church Fathers on Confession / Reconciliation - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    02/10/2007 2:05:44 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 1,231+ views
    The Early Church Fathers taught that Christ passed on His authority to forgive sins to His priests.The Didache Confess your sins in church, and do not go up to your prayer with an evil conscience. This is the way of life. . . , On the Lord's Day gather together, break bread, and give thanks, after confessing your transgressions so that your sacrifice may be pure (Didache 4:14,14:1 [A.D.70]).The Letter of BarnabasYou shall judge righteously. You shall not make a schism, but you shall pacify those that contend by bringing them together. You shall confess your sins. You shall not...
  • What happened to confession Changing mores reflective of use

    02/07/2007 7:07:29 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 75 replies · 1,091+ views ^ | National Catholic Reporter | Ed Conroy
    SAN ANTONIO, Texas. (National Catholic Reporter) Lyn Woods, a middle-aged Catholic woman who teaches ceramics at the Southwest School of Art & Craft in San Antonio, said that, although she goes to church, she hasnt been to confession in many years. She says her childhood experience of the sacrament of reconciliation explains much of her adult attitude toward it today. When I was 7, 8 or 9 years old, she said, I found myself repeating the same sins over and over to the priest. It seemed to me they werent really sins but simply human nature. On the other...
  • The Sacraments

    10/22/2006 6:44:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 549+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | Peter Kreeft
    Protestants dont see why Catholics who come to disagree with essential teachings of the Church dont just leave. The answer is symbolized by the sanctuary lamp. They do not leave the Church because they know that the sacramental fire burns there on the ecclesiastical hearth. Even if they do not see by its light, they want to be warmed by its fire. The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a magnet drawing lost sheep home and keeping would-be strays from the deathly snows outside. The Churchs biggest drawing card is not what she teaches, crucial as that...
  • Marriage, in the Beginning

    10/08/2006 9:43:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies · 700+ views ^ | 10-07-06 | Fr. Jerome Magat
    byFr. Jerome Magat Other Articles byFr. Jerome Magat Marriage, in the Beginning 10/07/06 Of all the moral teachings that our Lord gave us during His time on earth, He was never more specific in His instruction than when He discussed marriage. The Pharisees tested Jesus on this particular teaching by referencing the law that permitted divorce which had been given to them through Moses. In order to fulfill the law, our blessed Lord both explains the rationale behind the concession that Moses made in regards to divorce and elevates our understanding of marriage by returning us to an original...