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  • [Catholic Caucus] Lone Priest Administers Last Rites to Driver After Deadly Car Crash

    07/11/2020 6:41:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | July 10, 2020 | Alyssa Murphy
    [Catholic Caucus] Lone Priest Administers Last Rites to Driver After Deadly Car Crash Father John Killackey came to the aid of several stranded on the road after a tragic six-car pileup in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Father John Killackey walking down Interstate 81 southbound on July 8, 2020. Father John Killackey came to the aid of several stranded on the road after a tragic six-car pileup in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. A picture of a lone priest walking along Highway 81 piqued the interest of thousands of Catholics this week. Drenched with so much rain, the image appears as a Norman Rockwell work of...
  • If the Sacraments Aren’t Essential, Nothing Is Essential

    06/17/2020 1:51:31 AM PDT · by one guy in new jersey · 11 replies
    Last year, I wrote a column arguing that if priests and bishops refuse to stand up for the Sacrament of Matrimony, they will eventually grow reluctant to stand up for the other sacraments as well. ... [T]hat’s a prediction that has come true in ways far worse than I could have imagined. ... The end-of-life sacramental issues have been the most newsworthy. ... There have also been beginning-of-life sacramental issues, as infant baptisms have been postponed indefinitely. (Presumably, some Catholic parents have baptized their own babies during this time. But with catechetics as it is in America, many Catholic parents are unaware...
  • Catholic Bishops Pander To Washington State Politics Rather Than Defend Their Faith

    05/28/2020 10:28:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 28, 2020 | Carina Benton
    Bishops are keeping sacraments suspended indefinitely and allowing Washington churches to be treated differently than other establishments in terms of opening. Washington state Catholic leaders would rather stick it to the president than let him defend their right to celebrate Mass. Following President Donald TrumpÂ’s direction on Friday for states to allow houses of worship to reopened and to declare public worship as essential, Gov. Jay Inslee immediately thumbed his nose, and Washington bishops quickly follow suit.In a disappointing response, the bishops demonstrated that rather than stand up for their flock and acknowledge the presidentÂ’s commitment to religious freedom, they...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cdl Burke decries ‘distortion’ of sacraments during pandemic, loss of sense of sacred

    05/28/2020 9:24:37 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 27, 2020 | Lianne Laurence
    [Catholic Caucus] Cdl Burke decries ‘distortion’ of sacraments during pandemic, loss of sense of sacred First Communion at home, Hosts in plastic bags, and distribution of the Eucharist using plastic gloves are manipulations, the cardinal emphasized. Urgent appeal to the bishops of the world: Feed your flock! Sign the petition here. SAN DIEGO, California, May 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — “Distortions” of the sacraments that took place in churches during the coronavirus lockdown, and that are taking place as they open up again, could result in Catholics losing a sense of the sacred, says Cardinal Raymond Burke. “The sacred in the highest...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cupich: How To Keep Churches Closed Whilst Pretending To Open Them

    05/20/2020 10:59:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | May 19, 2020
    [Catholic Caucus] Cupich: How To Keep Churches Closed Whilst Pretending To Open Them Cardinal Cupich has, as we know, really been outdoing himself. I have read a very good rebuttal to his nonsense.The linked article is here.The mean quote is this one: With the stroke of a pen, Cardinal Cupich has blithely yielded the Authority of the Church and subjugated the primacy of her worship to laws of man which are being successfully challenged by other denominations. In doing so, he replaces what has been heroically defended for thousands of years with the absurd perception that the Mass and the Sacraments are less necessary...
  • Wake County, NC Still Banning Christians From Communion While Allowing Takeout

    04/27/2020 12:33:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 27, 2020 | Joy Pullman
    Wake County, North Carolina continues to ban Christians from their central rite of communion while allowing hand-delivered food so long as it's served by restaurants instead of pastors. Like many other locales across the nation, in the name of reducing coronavirus transmission Wake County, North Carolina continues to ban Christians from their central rite of communion while allowing hand-delivered food so long as it’s served by restaurants instead of pastors. After I reported last week on threats against a local church for holding services within government social-distancing and hygiene guidelines while grocery, hardware, and other retail stores are allowed to...
  • Violent Threats, Hate Mail Hit Raleigh Church For Holding Services With Under 10 People

    04/24/2020 6:17:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 24, 2020 | Joy Pullman
    ‘It’s great that dog grooming, gin, guns, and garden supplies are essential,’ says Pastor Kevin Martin, chuckling at the irony, ‘but the body and blood of Christ are not.’ It was a parishioner who called local news and possibly the police on Rev. Kevin Martin for continuing to hold services during coronavirus shutdowns, even though he had explicit state permission to do so while taking extra health precautions.Members of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Raleigh, N.C. were filmed by local television as they walked with their spouses and children into the church to worship and receive critical spiritual care at...
  • [Catholic Caucus] German bishop criticizes Catholics asking for Sacraments as ‘whining, belligerent’

    04/21/2020 1:11:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 20, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    [Catholic Caucus] German bishop criticizes Catholics asking for Sacraments as ‘whining, belligerent’ Bishop Feige of Magdeburg offered an almost purely secular response to COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences for Catholics. MAGDEBURG, Germany, April 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – German Bishop Gerhard Feige has offered an almost purely secular response to the coronavirus pandemic and the desire of Catholic faithful to attend Mass and receive the Eucharist. The bishop of Magdeburg asked, “And in the face of the hardships and suffering of those who have to fear for their own lives or the lives of relatives, who hardly see an economic perspective...
  • "See what the fear of temporal evils does and how great an increase of eternal woes results" ~ Saint Augustine's last letter

    04/06/2020 1:07:59 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 6 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | April 6, 2020 | Florentius
    In the year AD 430, Roman north Africa was overrun by a warlike barbarian horde known to history as the Vandals. Under the leadership of their brutal king, Gaiseric, the Vandals were bent on plunder, ruin and conquest to such an extent that the name of their nation lives on as a common noun in the English language with negative connotations reverberating across 15 centuries. With Roman military resistance collapsing on every front before the overwhelming attack, Saint Augustine found himself trapped in his home city of Hippo Regius, deathly ill and under siege by a Vandalic host. More about...
  • Clergy Offer Clandestine Masses as Bishops Capitulate to Coronavirus

    03/03/2020 12:06:03 PM PST · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 3, 2020 | Jules Gomes
    Clergy Offer Clandestine Masses as Bishops Capitulate to Coronavirus Catholics slam opening of borders while closing churches ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - Catholics deprived of Mass are berating the bishops for "cowardice" in the face of the coronavirus crisis, while clergy afraid of being disciplined are celebrating the Eucharist "clandestinely" to small groups of the faithful in Northern Italy.    In an open letter to the archbishop of Turin, Catholic campaigner Angela Ciconte shames the bishops of "all the dioceses of Northern Italy" for "abandoning" and "betraying" the faithful and "submitting as cowards to political correctness" by shutting down churches in the region while "mosques and shopping...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Despite crowded stores and bars, N. Italian dioceses suspend sacraments, citing Coronavirus

    03/01/2020 5:48:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 57 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 27, 2020 | Dorothy Cumming McLean
    [Catholic Caucus] Despite crowded stores and bars, N. Italian dioceses suspend sacraments, citing Coronavirus Not being available to hear confessions is really something incomprehensible,' said one local Catholic. THIENE, Vicenza, Italy, February 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― Catholics are being turned away from even the sacrament of penance in at least one Italian town. Several dioceses in Italy, including Bologna, Milan, and Padua, cancelled Ash Wednesday liturgies and have suspended all public Masses, thanks to the outbreak of coronavirus in the northern regions of Italy.  But the parish of the Madonna of Olmo in Thiene has gone even further, advising...
  • The One Mediator – And the Sacraments

    02/15/2020 11:26:10 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 52 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | February 15, 2020 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (1 Tim. 2:5) There is no way to adequately explain priesthood without reference to mediation. A priest is a mediator between God and Man. From time to time over the years, I have had the verse from 1 Timothy pointed out to me with the argument that there cannot be any mediator other than Christ, and, thus, there cannot be any such thing as a “priest” within the Church. Sometimes the argument becomes even more pointed: I do not need to go to a...
  • The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism - A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

    01/12/2020 10:48:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on January 11, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism – A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of his body. As Christ enters the water, he makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we who are members of his Body go with him. And in these waters...
  • The Final Destruction of Demons – Holy Baptism

    01/03/2020 12:52:06 PM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 9 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | January 3, 2020 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    “Final” is not a word you often hear in Christian teaching. Most Christians leave the final things until, well, the End. But this is not the language of the fathers nor of the Church. A good illustration can be found in the Orthodox service of Holy Baptism. During the blessing of the waters the priest prays: And grant to [this water] the grace of redemption, the blessing of Jordan. Make it the fountain of incorruption, the gift of sanctification, the remission of sins, the remedy of infirmities; the final destruction of demons, unassailable by hostile powers, filled with angelic might....
  • Will Marriages Be Acknowledged in Heaven?

    08/13/2019 7:38:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-12-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on August 12, 2019August 12, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope Will Marriages Be Acknowledged in Heaven? I am often approached by widows and widowers after the death of a spouse with a question similar to this one, which was submitted to me at my “Question and Answer” column in Our Sunday Visitor.I recently lost my husband of 46 years and long to be reunited with him one day. But some people have told me that our marriage ended with his death and that Jesus says we will not be married or considered spouses in heaven. This is difficult...
  • A Humorous Call to Confession

    12/14/2018 9:33:59 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Humorous Call to Confession Msgr. Charles Pope • December 13, 2018 • Sometimes our pets teach us a lot about ourselves. The video below shows various dogs resisting the taking of a bath. Some hide; some go limp and become passive; others get feisty.I see here a similarity with Catholics when they hear that it is time for Confession. Advent is an important time to go to Confession because we are preparing for the birth of our Savior. He is called Jesus (a name that means “God saves”) because He will save us from our sins. It would...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Marriage Is About What Is Best For Children

    10/08/2018 8:54:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage Is About What Is Best For Children Msgr. Charles Pope • October 7, 2018 • As a kind of follow-up from yesterday’s Gospel on marriage, we do well to ponder where our focus on marriage is, both personally and nationally.Finding our way back – Part of the essential work we must do in re-establishing a coherent vision for marriage rooted in tradition, Natural Law, and, for believers, Scripture, is to restore a proper reference point so that all the pieces of the discussion make sense.What is this proper reference point? Marriage is essentially about children and what is...
  • Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

    10/07/2018 8:21:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-06-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 6, 2018 • Both today’s first reading and the Gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new deal. Our culture says, if it doesn’t work out, bail out. Marriages are also a miracle because they are, ultimately, a work of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Sacraments, Not Social Events

    09/14/2018 9:24:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sacraments, Not Social Events Msgr. Charles Pope • September 13, 2018 • A common pastoral problem today is that many people have reduced the liturgy and the sacraments to ceremonies. To be sure, they have ceremonial aspects, but they are not mere ceremonies. Sacraments change reality; they affect us and effect a change in us that is necessary, real, and glorious. Too often the effects of the sacraments are forgotten in favor of the externals. The sacraments most affected by this mentality are Baptism, Holy Matrimony, and the Mass itself.As an illustration, consider a man who is about to...
  • Why infant baptism?

    08/11/2018 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 294 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-01-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why infant baptism? Practices have shifted for some Christians, but Catholics are with those who hold to infant baptism Msgr. Charles Pope 8/1/2018 Question: Since infant baptism is becoming controversial, why doesn’t the Church abandon the practice or emphasize individualized confirmation for older teens? —Robert Bonsignore,  Brooklyn, N.Y. Answer: I am unaware of any recent controversy about infant baptism in the Church. There have been Protestant groups opposed to infant baptism, but their views stretch back more than 200 years. Ironically today, it is the Baptists and their evangelical offshoots that are most opposed to the practice. But for...