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  • A Priest (Msgr. Pope) Confesses What Itís Like to Hear Peopleís Sins

    03/12/2016 4:24:04 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 11, 2016 | Zoe Romanowsky
    Much has been written about the sacrament of reconciliation — the theology behind it, the scriptural evidence for it, the power and benefits of it for penitents. But what’s it like, experientially, for a priest to hear the sins of others week after week and month after month? Can it be a burden? Does it affect a priest’s spiritual life? Aleteia’s lifestyle editor, Zoe Romanowsky, asked Msgr. Charles Pope about what it’s been like to hear confessions over his 24 years as a priest. Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian in Washington DC. He is a...
  • Pope Cracks Door to Lutheran Communion

    11/16/2015 7:06:16 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 11-16-2015 | Rod Dreher
    Now for Protestants too, says Francis (Martin Podzorny/Shutterstock) Francis continues to, um, amaze. From Rocco Palma‚Äôs report on the Pope‚Äôs meeting with Lutherans in Rome on Sunday, as part of an ecumenical dialogue: In an answer that‚Äôs almost certain to resonate broadly across the ecumenical scene (and elsewhere, quite possibly show his hand on his intended course following last month‚Äôs Synod on the Family), the pontiff ‚Äď clearly wrestling with the plea ‚Äď pointedly appealed less to the standard prohibition of the Eucharist for Protestant communities than to the woman‚Äôs discernment in conscience.As if to reinforce the point, in...
  • What Did The Pope Really Say‚Ķ about Lutherans and Communion?

    11/17/2015 12:56:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Here we go again. Pope Francis has offered some confusing observations about the possibility of Lutherans receiving Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.I'm getting email… angry… alarmed… confused… sad… above all demoralized.Edward Pentin has the best press breakdown I have seen so far. HERE You can read the whole of the answer that the Pope gave to a Lutheran woman Anke de Bernardinis. Here's the video of the whole event in the original language, Italian. The part under discussion here starts at 21:00:Here below are the Pope's comments in context (Pentin's working translation): Question: My name is Anke de Bernardinis...
  • Some differences between Catholics and Lutherans on Baptism, Eucharist, Priesthood

    11/18/2015 2:11:53 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 18, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In a comment elsewhere, someone wondered about differences between Catholics and Lutherans. √ā¬†HEREI cannot go into deep detail about these differences. √ā¬†Books can be written about each point, and have been.Here are my lunch break reflections while the US Bishops are having lunch during their annual meeting.Keep in mind that I am a former Lutheran convert to the Catholic Church. √ā¬†I was validly baptized as a Lutheran. √ā¬†I rejected the Lutheran catechism and instruction√ā¬†when I was 7 years old√ā¬†because I couldn‚Äôt square their message about√ā¬†corruption with the beauty of the music of Mozart. √ā¬†After a vaguely Christian time and a...
  • Pope Francis says half of marriages today are invalid. He's wrong.

    05/22/2014 7:38:39 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 77 replies
    The Week ^ | 5/20/14 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    T o much fanfare in the press, Pope Francis has started a "dialogue" about the Catholic Church's marriage practices. The part that has received the most attention is whether civilly divorced and civilly remarried Catholics should be admitted to Holy Communion, without having to abandon their second marriage, which the church recognizes as continuing adultery. This issue will be addressed by the bishops of the Catholic Church at a "Synod on the Family" over this year and next. Unfortunately, the pope's favorite theologian and the pope himself have initiated this discussion in a befogging cloud of pessimism. The pope is...
  • Cardinal Kasper Says Francis Did Not Approve his Communion Proposal

    06/04/2015 6:32:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/4/15 | Staff Reporter
    The German cardinal appears to backtrack on earlier comments in interview with EWTNCardinal Walter Kasper has clarified that Pope Francis did not approve his proposal to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion after a period of penance. The cardinal made the remarks in an interview with EWTN during a visit to the United States. He said the Pope wanted him to ďput the questionĒ, and that afterwards he ďexpressed his satisfaction with my talkĒ. But he added: ďI wouldnít say he approved the proposal, no, no, no.Ē The remarks appear to represent a backtracking from earlier comments....
  • Why Lowering the Age of Confirmation Makes Sense

    06/03/2015 3:26:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 3, 2015 | JARED M. SILVEY
    This past Pentecost Sunday, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the age for the reception of Confirmation would be lowered to seven. In addition, the archbishop said that he would restore the sacramentís former place in between Baptism and First Communion. In his pastoral letter ďSaints Among Us,Ē he explains his reasons for making the change, especially from the standpoint of theology. The archbishop quotes Pope Benedict XVI, who in Sacramentum Caritatis writes that ďIt must never be forgotten that our reception of Baptism and Confirmation is ordered to the Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist, then, brings Christian...
  • Baby With Two Dads Will Get Baptized, Bishop Says

    05/12/2015 10:16:00 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 33 replies
    Yahoo! Parenting ^ | May 11, 2015 | Beth Greenfield
    A pair of gay Florida dads will have their son baptized this summer, following a soul-searching controversy within their Episcopal church that concluded with a meeting with ó and the blessing of ó their local bishop. ďWe talked about my being a part of the baptism and I told them I would be happy to do so,Ē said the Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, in a statement. ďWe look forward to celebrating Jackís baptism at the Cathedral in the near future.Ē
  • The Church Prior to the Reformation: The Mass

    05/11/2015 12:53:42 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 71 replies
    triablogue ^ | October 21, 2013 | John Bugay
    The Church Prior to the Reformation: The Mass Medieval conception of Purgatory As Protestants, we all seem to know that the Roman Church was very bad during the middle ages, but in what ways? What, precisely, was being protested? In his work ďThe Reformation: A HistoryĒ, Diarmiad MacCulloch gives a brief overview of the Roman Church prior to the Reformation. He introduces that overview with this passage: Nicholas Ridley, one of the talented scholarly clergy who rebelled in England against the old [Roman] Church, wrote about this to one of his fellow rebels John Bradford in 1554, while they both...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BAPTISMAL VOWS, 05-09-15

    05/09/2015 10:05:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-09-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:BAPTISMAL VOWS†Profession of the Christian faith by an adult candidate for baptism or by the sponsor in the name of the infant to be baptized. The solemn renewal of these promises is a widespread act of piety usually at the close of a mission or retreat or when receiving First Communion or the sacrament of confirmation. It is a part of the Eucharistic liturgy at the Easter Vigil and on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. BAPTISMAL WATER. The water used for the administration of the sacrament of baptism. For the valid conferral...
  • Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 12:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    ccWatershed ^ | May 3, 2015 | Fr. David Friel
    HE BEST AGE to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation is a matter of discussion in my diocese, as it is in many others. There are advocates for quite a wide range of ages, from as early as Baptism to the latter years of high school. Reasonable arguments can be made in favor of almost any age between these two mileposts. But which age is best? Anyone involved in Catholic education/catechesis will know the struggle it is to keep young people in religious education after their Confirmation. A common tactic in many local Churches has been to raise the age at...
  • The Bread of Affliction: A Meditation on What Jesus Endured at the Last Supper

    04/02/2015 8:32:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Bread of Affliction: A Meditation on What Jesus Endured at the Last Supper By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Last Supper is, strangely, a sad study in the kind of affliction the Lord had to endure from His own disciples. Of all the meals the Lord must have shared with them, this was the one that should have gone beautifully and perfectly; it did not. From one moment to the next the blows just got worse. There were inept responses, distractions, bullheaded debates, and rebukes directed against Jesus … and then of course betrayal. It was nothing short of a disaster. The...
  • Priest: Iíll never Ďprofaneí the sacraments by following Kasperís proposal...

    04/25/2015 6:37:47 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/24/15 | Maike Hickson
    "Priest: Iíll never Ďprofaneí the sacraments by following Kasperís proposal, no matter who tells me to do it" Unto the encouragement of those loyal parts of the Catholic Church that are keenly concerned about the rise and growing influence of Walter Cardinal Kasper and his lenient proposals to slacken the Church's discipline concerning adultery, there is a growing resistance against this ambiguous and subversive relaxation, and it is coming from several countries. We shall thus consider now four different voices that show to us a highly differentiated resolve and loyal love for the Faith in resistance against those who would...
  • Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction

    04/08/2015 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction By: Msgr. Charles PopeA conference is being planned in August to ponder an authentic pastoral response in ministering to those with same-sex attraction. Dr. Janet Smith is the organizer; Courage International¬†and the Archdiocese of Detroit are the sponsors. It looks to be a ¬†fine gathering of solid speakers. Though I am clearly a ‚Äúback-bencher‚ÄĚ among the fine speakers being lined up, I was asked to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the book that will likely be published by Ignatius Press just prior to the conference.As a...
  • Mercy! So Great a Gift Ė 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 ‚Äď Why Many Parishes Need to Reconsider When They Offer the Sacrament of Confession By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt tonight‚Äôs 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 ‚Ķ go in peace.My mind goes back to a beautiful story of St. John Paul II and a certain bishop (not of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: CONFIRMATION

    02/21/2015 7:54:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | not given | Catholic Apologetics
    CONFIRMATIONConfirmation was instituted by Christ Our redeemer . This Sacrament was then practiced by His Apostles who were the first Bishops of the Church. "But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto Me...and even to the uttermost part of the earth." The Acts 1:8 Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit and is usually administered by a Bishop, in accordance with the traditions of the Church. For it is the Bishops who have the fullness of Gifts from the Holy Spirit, the same and equal Gifts...
  • Lenten Series 2015: CONFESSION (Penance/Reconciliation

    02/19/2015 8:12:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies
    CatholicApologetics ^ | not given |
    CONFESSION " Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained" - John 20:22"He that covers his sins shall not prosper; but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy" - Prov 28:13 "My son, give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession unto Him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me" - Josh 7:19 ††The Biblical TeachingThe Catholic Priest forgives sinners of their sins in the name of Jesus Christ, by the Authority given to priest...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: BAPTISM

    02/18/2015 8:51:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    BAPTISM[Prophecy] Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. - Ezekiel 36:25 †Baptism is the First Sacrament, without it, no other sacrament can be validly received. The Old Covenant was entered into through circumcision; the New Covenant is entered into through Baptism. "Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of GOD...Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of WATER AND THE HOLY GHOST, he cannot enter...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENT OF PENANCE, 02-07-15

    02/07/2015 10:53:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 02-07-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SACRAMENT OF PENANCE†The sacrament that, by means of certain acts of the penitent and by the absolution of a qualified priest, remits sins committed after baptism. As defined by the Catholic Church, it is "truly and properly a sacrament, instituted by Christ our Lord, for reconciling the faithful to God as often as they fall into sin after baptism" (Denzinger 1701). The required acts of the penitent are contrition, confession, and the willingness to make satisfaction. These acts are called the matter of the sacrament. The priest's absolution is the form. The sacrament of penance...
  • What Do We Believe About the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church?

    01/14/2015 10:02:53 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 38 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Frederick Faber
    There is something almost indiscriminate in the generosity of the Precious Blood. It appears not to regard the probabilities of its being used, or appreciated, or welcomed. It goes in floods through the seven mighty channels of the sacraments. It lies like a superincumbent ocean of sanctifying grace over the Church. Truly, the sacraments are an invention of love, yet are thy not also as truly a necessity for our salvation? Would not the divine assurance of our salvation be a very heaven begun on earth? Yet the Sacraments are the nearest approach to such an assurance as the love...
  • "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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
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    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 ^ | 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.
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    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...