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  • "Have you been saved?Ē

    11/16/2014 1:42:01 PM PST · by NYer · 198 replies
    The Integrated Catholic Life ^ | November 16, 2014 | DEACON MICHAEL BICKERSTAFF
    ‚ÄúReturn of the Prodigal Son‚ÄĚ (detail) by Murillo Have You Been Saved? In Acts 4, St. Peter delivers a powerful sermon. He concludes by saying, ¬ďThere is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.¬ĒI have written before in these pages of the time when I was growing up in the southern part of the United States and how I would from time to time encounter young, protestant teens and adults who would excitedly take to the streets to witness for Christ.Now...
  • October 13, 2014: The Day That Will Be Remembered for Starting the Catholic Schism?

    10/14/2014 9:10:20 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Two Hearts Press ^ | 10/13/14 | Dr. Kelly Bowring
    Will today be remembered as the first day that led to the Church¬ís prophesied schism? Quite likely yes. By many accounts people are waking up to see that the Family Synod of October 2014 is an officially Vatican-orchestrated work of manipulation. The mid-way report was released, October 13th, a day of great spiritual significance. This report has been called an ¬ďearthquake¬Ē by one Catholic reporter, and ¬ďone of the worst official documents drafted in Church history¬Ē by John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family. He went on to say: ¬ďWe urge Catholics not to be complacent or give in...
  • The Secret Synod Does What We Expected: Evil

    10/14/2014 5:49:20 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/13/14 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As if we didn¬ít know it before, today we learned why the Secret Synod was conducted in secret, with the faithful not being permitted to see the texts of the participants¬í addresses or even to know which bishop or cardinal was advancing which position. The Secret Synod was conducted in secret because evil advances in shadows. Many others, and not just traditionalists, have already expressed outrage over the disastrous ¬ďRelatio post disceptationem,¬Ē which appeared on the Vatican website today, October 13. This is the anniversary of Pope Leo¬ís vision of Satan¬ís attack on the Church (leading to his composition of...
  • Why not Communion for polygamists if we give it to divorced and remarried?: So Af Cardinal

    10/10/2014 4:07:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 10, 2014 | Hilary White
    If someone in Germany who is divorced and civilly remarried can receive Communion without being expected to change his lifestyle, why can‚Äôt someone in Africa who is ‚Äúmarried‚ÄĚ to two women do so as well?That‚Äôs the question that Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the archbishop of Durban, South Africa, asked in a recent interview with Catholic News Service. Napier added that a better way forward for the Church than the recommendation made by the German Cardinal Walter Kasper is to recommend the traditional Christian practice of fortitude in the face of suffering; the carrying of the cross.¬†‚ÄúJesus didn‚Äôt say ‚ÄėI want...
  • Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals' marriage book [Fessio! Speaks!]

    09/20/2014 10:11:00 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    CNA ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | CNA staff
    Catholic Church sources have dismissed rumors that Pope Francis is annoyed by an Ignatius Press book critical of Cardinal Walter Kasperís position on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. The French Catholic newspaper La Croix said Sept. 17 that ďa senior source close to the Argentine PopeĒ claimed that Pope Francis would be ďannoyed by the publication of this collective work.Ē However, sources close to the Pope denied this claim, telling CNA that the Pope is not even aware of the book. The book, from Ignatius Press, is titled ďRemaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in...
  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magisterís blogónot his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for LíEspresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Churchís teaching on the matter: ďFor the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...
  • Reconsidering Communion in the hand

    07/06/2014 6:38:47 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 15 replies
    Why We Should Go Back To the Traditional Reception of Holy CommunionThe Traditional Reception of Holy CommunionThroughout the history of the Catholic Faith specifically in the Roman Rite of the Mass, the reception of Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue is the established tradition. This has been true for various centuries dating as far back as the Early Church. This is itself the tradition of the Church and is still the norm in the Extra-Ordinary form of the Mass. It was not until the ecclesiastical revolts and dissent during the 1960s and 1970s in which this tradition started falling...
  • Lutheran Satire on the Secular Progressive reaction to the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS decision

    07/04/2014 3:28:40 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    Lutheran Satire | 7-2-14 | Lutheran Satire
    Everyone has a church and everyone has an understanding of the marks of the church, of what makes their church the true church. For the Roman Catholic, the mark of the church is the pope. In his mind, if you don't have the pope, then you don't have the church as God instituted it. And so a faithful Catholic would get furious if his priest rejected papal supremacy, because doing so would stop the church in his midst from being what the church is and doing what it should do. For the Lutheran, the marks of the church are the...
  • Doubts increase over Pope's alleged phone call on divorce

    04/24/2014 1:42:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2014
    Father Federico Lombardi. Credit: CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2014 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Media frenzy over an alleged phone call Pope Francis made to a divorced and remarried woman allowing her to receive Communion has seen a rise in conflicting details ‚Äď and has been lamented by the Vatican as causing ‚Äúconfusion.‚ÄĚ Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said today that the Holy See will not officially comment on the alleged phone call Pope Francis made to an Argentinean woman this week, as the pontiff's ‚Äúpersonal pastoral‚ÄĚ relationships ‚Äúdo not in any way form part of the Pope's public activities.‚ÄĚ...
  • Is Confession Biblical?

    04/18/2014 10:26:17 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 56 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | February 19, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Is Confession Biblical? The Lord declares in Isaiah 43:25:I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.Psalm 103:2-3 adds:Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases¬ÖMany will use these verses against the idea of confession to a priest. God forgiving sins, they will claim, precludes the possibility of there being a priest who forgives sins. Further, Hebrews 3:1 and 7:22-27 tell us Jesus is, ¬ďthe¬Ö high priest of our confession¬Ē and that there are...
  • Confession: Why Do We Go to Confession? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/08/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    StIsidore-yubacity.orgg ^ | not given | NA
    Confession Why 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...
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America (Wuerl's Web of Lies)

    03/31/2014 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 53 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been the most outspoken of those bishops who refuse to obey Canon 915, but all of them are on record, as he is, as endorsing the commission of MORTAL SINS by their priests and other ministers of Communion. Cardinal Wuerl has even punished those who have obeyed Canon 915.
  • The Real Presence: Eucharistic Devotion and the Real Presence [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/24/2014 9:09:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1997 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Eucharistic Devotion and the Real Presenceby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The present issue of The Catholic Faith is devoted to the Holy Eucharist. The immediate reason is a request by the Holy See that we devote one issue of the magazine in preparation for the International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Poland during May 1997.If there is one mystery of our Faith that is being widely challenged today it is the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Pope John Paul II is deeply concerned about this weakening of belief in the cardinal truth of Catholic Christianity.For...
  • The Real Presence: Eucharist as Presence-Sacrament [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/21/2014 9:05:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 2000-2014 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J
    Eucharist as Presence-Sacramentby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J....The Mass and Holy Communion derive all their meaning from the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament . ...We shall draw on the irreversible teaching of the Council of Trent about the Real Presence. The original doctrine is worded in the form of anathemas. What follows is a summary list of these dogmas expressed in positive terms. The Body and Blood of Christ together with the soul and divinity of Christ and therefore the whole Christ, is truly, really, and substantially contained in the sacrament of the most Holy...
  • Another church gets a new Communion rail!

    03/17/2014 7:43:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 17, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The other day I posted about the installation of a new Communion rail in the Church of St. Mary in Pine Bluff, WI. HERENow I read that a new rail will be installed in St. Joseph’s Church in Macon, GA.From Southern Orders (excerpt): The unanimous consensus was conveyed to Bishop Hartmayer [in the diocese of Savannah] and he approved of the decision. Then a small fund raiser was carried out and as if God Himself endorsed our plan, out of the blue a large, large bequest was given to us in a Last Will and Testament of a wonderful parishioner...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MARRIAGE, 03-14-14

    Featured Term (selected at random:MARRIAGE†As a natural institution, the lasting union of a man and a woman who agree to give and receive rights over each other for the performance of the act of generation and for the fostering of their mutual love. The state of marriage implies four chief conditions: 1. there must be a union of opposite sexes; it is therefore opposed to all forms of unnatural, homosexual behavior; 2. it is a permanent union until the death of either spouse; 3. it is an exclusive union, so that extramarital acts are a violation of justice; and...
  • Can a Catholic Ever Elope?

    02/21/2014 6:25:32 AM PST · by Weiss White · 45 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | February 20, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: What does canon law say about Catholics eloping? I understand the issue from the perspective of the sacramental theology of the Church, but was wondering if canon law had anything to say about it. ĖDavid A: When we speak of ďelopementĒ today, we usually envision a young couple running away in the middle of the night to be married in secret, and without the consent of their parentsóusually by a justice of the peace in a civil wedding ceremony. Is it ever possible for a Catholic couple (or a couple including only one Catholic) to marry under such circumstances?...
  • The Truth Is Always Pastoral

    02/05/2014 10:39:39 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 5, 2014 | J.D. Flynn
    Canon lawyers are fascinated by the Samaritan woman at the well. The moment we hear about her five husbands, and her consort, we start thinking about how her case might be handled at the marriage tribunal. But the most instructive part of the story is how Jesus relates to her: he is kind to her, and respectful, but he is unabashed about telling her the truth. Over the past few months, an ecclesial dialogue about pastoral care has been played out in the media as if it were the precursor to a monumental doctrinal split among the Church’s leadership. The...
  • No One Goes Away From Jesus Unchanged. Reflection on the fruitfulness of Sacraments and Liturgy

    02/26/2013 3:29:14 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 25, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is a very clear and consistent principle in the New Testament which stated simply is ‚ÄúNo one goes away from Jesus Christ unchanged.‚ÄĚ That is to say, no one encounters him and leaves that encounter in the same condition that they began it. The blind man came away seeing, the deaf man came away hearing, the lame left walking, lepers went away cleansed, the poor had the good news proclaimed to them, those without a shepherd gained a Shepherd, those without a teacher, were taught, the sick got well, and the dead were raised to life.Sadly too there were...
  • Catholic Sacraments - Explained without Protestant Bias

    12/16/2013 6:05:21 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 56 replies
    Youtube - posted by Jeremy Hochstein ^ | October 11, 2011 | Karlo Broussard
    Karlo Broussard does a very good job of explaining the sacraments without the distortions or misrepresentations of Protestants who never even walked the earth until more than 14 centuries after Christ established the sacraments.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENTS OF THE LIVING, 11-30-13

    11/30/2013 10:34:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-30-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SACRAMENTS OF THE LIVING†The sacraments that require the state of grace to be received fruitfully. They are confirmation, the Eucharist, matrimony, and the priesthood. Of these four, however, confirmation, matrimony, and priesthood are received validly even in the state of grave sin. So that a person is really confirmed, married, or ordained, but does not obtain the graces associated with the sacraments until the state of grace is recovered. The Eucharist is also truly received by a person not in the state of grace but who commits a grave sin of sacrilege if he or...
  • Former Catholics return to the church: Why did these Catholics leave and what brought them back?

    11/24/2013 10:16:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 159 replies
    CatholicHerald.com ^ | 11-2013 | Katie Bahr
    Former Catholics return to the church Why did these Catholics leave the church and what brought them back? Katie Bahr | Catholic Herald Ashleigh Buyers | Catholic Herald Illustration Maybe they had a bad experience with a priest. Maybe they were upset about a church teaching. Maybe they lost their faith or never had it. No matter the reasons, the sad truth is that Catholics leave the church every day.According to a recent study from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, approximately one-third of survey respondents who were raised Catholic no longer describe themselves as such. Nearly...
  • Mercy and Confession: 10 Tips on How to Confess Well [Catholic Caucus]

    11/02/2013 10:24:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CE.com ^ | July 23, 2013 ē | Fr. Ed Broom
     Mercy and Confession: 10 Tips on How to Confess Well by Fr. Ed Broom on July 23, 2013 ·  In the context of an Ignatian retreat it is always beneficial to prepare oneself to make an excellent Confession. To make a good confession demands prior preparation!  The better the prior preparation, the more abundant the graces and the more overflowing the river of peace in your soul! Following are ten short helps to make the best confession in your life!1.    IMPROVEMENT/UPGRADING THE RECEPTION.  As Catholics two of the most important actions we can accomplish are to go to Confession and to receive...
  • Sacraments are not mere 'decorations,' insists Pope

    10/27/2013 5:56:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | October 27, 2013 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Pope Francis greets families of pilgrims Oct. 26 in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Vatican City, Oct 26, 2013 / 03:31 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis met with families from around the world today in a celebration of the joy of family life, telling them that the sacraments provide real grace to aid in the challenges everyone faces. ‚ÄúThe sacraments don‚Äôt just decorate life!‚ÄĚ exclaimed the Pope to the crowds filling St. Peter‚Äôs Square on Oct. 26. ‚ÄúThey are to give us strength of life!‚ÄĚ The event was held during the Year of Faith in order for families from around...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NUNC PRO TUNC, 09-06-13

    09/06/2013 7:08:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-06-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):NUNC PRO TUNCNow for then. Intending some future effect while performing a present action. This applies especially to the administration of the sacraments, whose effects take place over a lifetime, as in baptism; or at the hour of death, as in the anointing of the sick; or with varying graces to meet different needs, as in matrimony. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Are SSPX Sacraments Valid? Part II

    08/15/2013 7:06:25 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 3 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | August 15, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    As we saw in Part I, SSPX priests are able to celebrate validly the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist (because they can celebrate a valid Mass), and Anointing of the Sick. Additionally, SSPX bishops can validly administer Confirmation and Holy Orders. Again, without authorization from church superiors, they shouldnít be doing any of these things; but the fact remains that they do indeed have the power to do them. These sacraments are valid, but illicit. But there are two other sacraments which havenít been addressed yet. Unlike the five mentioned above, celebrating the sacraments of Penance and Matrimony requires more...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SOLEMN BAPTISM, 08-03-13

    08/03/2013 10:06:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-03-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SOLEMN BAPTISMThe sacrament of baptism, administered by a priest or deacon who performs all the ceremonies prescribed by the Church's ritual. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Mercy and Confession: 10 Tips on How to Confess Well [Catholic Caucus]

    08/01/2013 5:23:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Fr. Ed Broom
    Mercy and Confession: 10 Tips on How to Confess Well by Fr. Ed Broom on July 23, 2013 ·   In the context of an Ignatian retreat it is always beneficial to prepare oneself to make an excellent Confession. To make a good confession demands prior preparation!  The better the prior preparation, the more abundant the graces and the more overflowing the river of peace in your soul! Following are ten short helps to make the best confession in your life!1.    IMPROVEMENT/UPGRADING THE RECEPTION.  As Catholics two of the most important actions we can accomplish are to go to Confession and to...
  • Are SSPX Sacraments Valid?

    08/01/2013 11:28:46 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 16 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | August 1, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Whatís the canonical status of priests ordained by SSPX bishops, and whatís the canonical status of the sacraments they administer? ĖJohn A: It would have been marvelous to be able to respond to John that the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) were now fully united to Rome, and thus had a status comparable to the members of any other religious institute in the Church. Sadly, however, this is not the case! While Pope Benedict was clearly hoping to reconcile the SSPX to the Church during his papacy, the fact is that this important item on...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRILEGE, 05-28-13

    05/28/2013 8:33:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-28-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SACRILEGE The deliberate violation of sacred things. Sacred things are persons, places, and objects set aside publicly and by the Church's authority for the worship of God. The violation implies that a sacred thing is desecrated precisely in its sacred character. It is a sin against the virtue of religion. Personal sacrilege is committed by laying violent hands on clerics or religious of either sex; by unlawfully citing them before secular courts, i.e., without just cause and without express permission of their ecclesiastical superiors; by unlawfully demanding of them the payment of civil taxes or military...
  • Rail by rail! (priest explains why he installs altar rails at each parish where he serves)

    05/13/2013 6:31:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 13, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    One for the Brick by Brick file.I had a note from a friend in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, where the great Bishop Robert Finn presides.At St. Andrew the Apostle on the north side of KC, Fr. Vince Rogers has installed a new brand new Communion rail!My friend wrote: He has installed altar rails in most of not all of the parishes in which he has served over the past 15-20 years.He noted in his homily this morning, “So, why do I do this everywhere I go? It started when I was a seminarian at the NAC. Mother Teresa...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, Matrimony

    05/07/2013 8:44:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer Matrimony Lesson 35 from the Baltimore Cathechism457. What is the sacrament of Matrimony? Matrimony is the sacrament by which a baptized man and a baptized woman bind themselves for life in a lawful marriage and receive the grace to discharge their duties.And God created man to his own image; to the image of God he created him. Male and female he created them. And God blessed them, saying "Increase and multiply, and fill the earth." (Genesis 1:27-28)458. What are the chief duties of husband and wife in...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, Extreme Unction and Holy Orders

    05/04/2013 9:48:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer Extreme Unction and Holy Orders Lesson 34 from the Baltimore Cathechism443. What is Extreme Unction? Extreme Unction is the sacrament which, through the anointing with blessed oil by the priest, and through his prayer, gives health and strength to the soul and sometimes to the body when we are in danger of death from sickness, accident, or old age.Is any one among you sick? Let him bring in the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the...
  • At Boston's bombing scene: Catholic priests need not apply

    04/27/2013 7:45:25 AM PDT · by bboop · 41 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 26, 2013 | Phil Lawler
    Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jennifer Graham tells me something that I hadnít heard about Boston Marathon bombing. As dozens of victims were sprawled across Boylston Street, many of them in danger of death, Catholic priests came running to the sceneóand were turned away. Doctors and nurses were welcome at the bombing scene. Firefighters and police officers were welcome. But Catholic priests, who might have offered the solace of the sacraments, were not. ĒCatholics need not apply.Ē That slogan was familiar in Boston years ago, before Irish and Italian immigrants took over control of the city. Now, after decades...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, How to Make a Good Confession

    04/29/2013 7:35:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer How to Make a Good Confession Lesson 32 from the Baltimore Cathechism426. Before entering the confessional, how should we prepare ourselves for a good confession? Before entering the confessional, we should prepare ourselves for a good confession by taking sufficient time not only to examine our conscience but, especially, to excite in our hearts sincere sorrow for our sins and a firm purpose not to commit them again. 427. How should we begin our confession? We should begin our confession in this manner: Entering the confessional, we kneel,...
  • At Boston's bombing scene: Catholic priests need not apply

    04/26/2013 5:38:54 PM PDT · by jobim · 45 replies
    catholicculture.org / The City Gates ^ | April 26, 2013 | Phil Lawler
    Doctors and nurses were welcome at the bombing scene. Firefighters and police officers were welcome. But Catholic priests, who might have offered the solace of the sacraments, were not. ĒCatholics need not apply.Ē That slogan was familiar in Boston years ago, before Irish and Italian immigrants took over control of the city. Now, after decades of decline in Catholic influence , the attitude has returned. One priest who was barred from Boylston Street remarked that in the past a priest was admitted anywhere. ďThatís changed,Ē he said. ďPriests are no longer considered to be emergency responders.Ē
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, Confession

    04/21/2013 12:16:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer Confession Lesson 31 from the Baltimore Cathechism408. What is confession? Confession is the telling of our sins to an authorized priest for the purpose of obtaining forgiveness.He that hideth his sins shall not prosper; but he that shall confess and forsake them shall obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)409. Why must we confess our sins? We must confess our sins because Jesus Christ obliges us to do so in these words, spoken to the apostles and to their successors in the priesthood: "Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, Contrition

    04/11/2013 5:09:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer Contrition Lesson 30 from the Baltimore Cathechism†388. What is contrition? Contrition is sincere sorrow for having offended God, and hatred for the sins we have committed, with a firm purpose of sinning no more.Let the wicked man forsake his way and the unjust man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord; and he will have mercy on him. (Isaiah 55:7)389. Will God forgive us any sin unless we have true contrition for it? God will not forgive us any sin, whether mortal or venial, unless we...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, Holy Communion

    04/06/2013 9:57:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 04-06-13 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer Holy Communion Lesson 28 from the Baltimore Cathechism366. What is Holy Communion? Holy Communion is the receiving of Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.He who eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, abides in me and I in him. (John 6:57)367. What is necessary to receive Holy Communion worthily? To receive Holy Communion worthily it is necessary to be free from mortal sin, to have a right intention, and to obey the Church's laws on the fast required before Holy Communion out of reverence for...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION, 03-26-13

    03/26/2013 10:29:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 03-26-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION A popular name for the sacrament of penance, centering on the accusation of oneself to a priest in order to obtain absolution. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, Confirmation

    03/23/2013 9:00:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 03-23-13 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer Confirmation Lesson 25 from the Baltimore Cathechism330. What is Confirmation? Confirmation is the sacrament through which the Holy Ghost comes to us in a special way and enables us to profess our faith as strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.But I speak the truth to you; it is expedient for you that I depart. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. (John 16:7)331. Who is the usual minister of Confirmation? The bishop is the usual minister of Confirmation. 332....
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, Baptism

    03/21/2013 6:48:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer Baptism Lesson 24 from the Baltimore Cathechism†315. What is Baptism? Baptism is the sacrament that gives our souls the new life of sanctifying grace by which we become children of God and heirs of heaven.Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)316. What sins does Baptism take away? Baptism takes away original sin; and also actual sin and all the punishment due to them, if the person baptized be...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer, The Sacraments

    03/19/2013 9:39:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part Three: The Sacraments and Prayer The Sacraments Lesson 23 from the Baltimore Cathechism304. What is a sacrament? A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. 305. How many sacraments are there? There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. 306. From whom do the sacraments receive their power to give grace? The sacraments receive their power to give grace from God, through the merits of Jesus Christ.Let a man so account us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the...
  • Confession to an SSPX priest a sin? [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    01/30/2013 2:59:30 PM PST · by NYer · 67 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 30, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader: While doing research I came across something that said that one of the faithful who knowingly receives a Sacrament from a priest without faculties commits a sin. I have always attended SSPX chapels and gone to confession there. But after what I read, I haven’t known what to do. I haven’t gone to Confession in months. I’m also afraid of having a disagreement with my parents. My Dad has very strong opinions about anything not connected with the SSPX. The Church’s law says clearly that if a priest lacks the faculties from proper authority to receive sacramental...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EX OPERE OPERATO, 12-19-12

    12/19/2012 9:27:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-19-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EX OPERE OPERATO A term defined by the Council of Trent to describe how the sacraments confer the grace they signify. Trent condemned the following proposition: "That grace is not conferred 'ex opere operato' by the sacraments of the New Law" (Denzinger 1608). Literally the expression means "from the work performed," stating that grace is always conferred by a sacrament, in virtue of the rite performed and not as a mere sign that grace has already been given, or that the sacrament stimulates the faith of the recipient and thus occasions the obtaining of grace, or...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONFIRMATION CHARACTER, 09-17-12

    09/17/2012 9:07:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; } † CONFIRMATION CHARACTER The indelible sign imprinted on the soul by the sacrament of confirmation. Its distinctive qualities are that it assimilates a person more closely to Christ, the Teacher of Truth, the King of Justice, and the High Priest. St. Thomas Aquinas holds that the confirmation character gives a person the power and the right to perform actions that are necessary in the spiritual battle against the enemies of the faith. He distinguishes the fighters of Christ (the confirmed) from the simple members of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: COMMUNION RAIL, 09-11-12

    09/11/2012 8:25:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):COMMUNION RAIL The metal, wooden, or stone railing, along the front of the sanctuary, at which the faithful receive Holy Communion while kneeling. It was also customary to have the rail covered with a Communion cloth that the communicant places under the chin at the time of receiving. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ...but Mindful Mystery: On the Fruitful Reception of the Sacraments [Catholic Caucus]

    09/09/2012 6:44:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdioces of Washington ^ | May 20, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Not Mindless Magic, but Mindful Mystery: On the Fruitful Reception of the SacramentsBy: Msgr. Charles Pope A fundamental principle of the seven Sacraments is that they have a reality that exists apart from the priestís holiness or worthiness. They work ex opere operato (ie.. they are worked from the very fact of the work). One need not doubt therefore that a sacrament is in fact given just because a bishop, priest or deacon seems less than holy or worthy. Neither can the disposition of the recipient un-work the work. For example, Holy Communion does not cease to be the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PENITENT, 08-09-12

    08/09/2012 9:03:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-09-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PENITENT In the sacrament of penance, the person who confesses sins and seeks absolution. And in general, anyone who sincerely repents of wrongdoing, resolves to amend his or her life, and by appropriate means tires to expiate the guilt and punishment incurred for offending God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Angry priest: ďIíve had it!Ē with sacrament prep of young people!

    06/21/2012 3:08:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 21, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A while back I gave a talk in Chicago to the group Legatus. I had the great pleasure of meeting several great priests. One of them was Fr. Richard Simon, Pastor of St. Lambert‚Äôs in Skokie. Fr. Simon is a regular host of Relevant Radio‚Äôs ‚ÄúGo ask your Father‚ÄĚ.Father is fed up with religious education as it is. He rants in his blog post and I must share some of it with my emphases and comments: [...]When I realized that Eastern Rite Catholics from the Middle East don¬ít have Communion and Confirmation classes, a light went on in my head....