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  • NH (RC) Diocese Becomes Latest Diocese to Restore Order of Sacraments (Cath Caucus)

    06/16/2017 2:29:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    NC Register ^ | June 14, 2017 | Peter Jesserer Smith
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — In the name of raising up lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ, another U.S. Latin-rite diocese has decided to restore confirmation to its traditional place before first Holy Communion. Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, New Hampshire, has begun the process of restoring the reception of the sacraments of initiation in the diocese to their theological sequential order of baptism, then confirmation and first Eucharist. Most U.S. dioceses, for more than 100 years, have followed a sequence of baptism, first Communion and then confirmation, ever since Pope St. Pius X made the age of reason (typically around age...
  • A Priest (Msgr. Pope) Confesses What It’s Like to Hear People’s 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’s report on the Pope’s meeting with Lutherans in Rome on Sunday, as part of an ecumenical dialogue: In an answer that’s almost certain to resonate broadly across the ecumenical scene (and elsewhere, quite possibly show his hand on his intended course following last month’s Synod on the Family), the pontiff – clearly wrestling with the plea – pointedly appealed less to the standard prohibition of the Eucharist for Protestant communities than to the woman’s discernment in conscience.As if to reinforce the point, in...
  • What Did The Pope Really Say… 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.  HEREI cannot go into deep detail about these differences.  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.  I was validly baptized as a Lutheran.  I rejected the Lutheran catechism and instruction when I was 7 years old because I couldn’t square their message about corruption with the beauty of the music of Mozart.  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 · 79 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 “put the question”, and that afterwards he “expressed his satisfaction with my talk”. But he added: “I wouldn’t say he approved the proposal, no, no, no.” 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 sacrament’s former place in between Baptism and First Communion. In his pastoral letter “Saints Among Us,” 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 “It 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 — and the blessing of — their local bishop. “We talked about my being a part of the baptism and I told them I would be happy to do so,” said the Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating Jack’s baptism at the Cathedral in the near future.”
  • 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 “The Reformation: A History”, 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: I’ll never ‘profane’ the sacraments by following Kasper’s proposal...

    04/25/2015 6:37:47 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/24/15 | Maike Hickson
    "Priest: I’ll never ‘profane’ the sacraments by following Kasper’s 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 “back-bencher” 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 – 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...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: CONFIRMATION

    02/21/2015 7:54:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicApologetics.info ^ | 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 | CatholicApologetics.info
    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...