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  • Beware the Deception of False Prophets

    08/01/2016 8:24:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Deception of False Prophets Msgr. Charles Pope • July 31, 2016 • In today’s first reading (Monday of the 18th Week) the Prophet Jeremiah denounces the false prophets of his day, who promise all sorts grand visions for Israel despite its sin. Jeremiah says to the people, By breaking a wooden yoke, you forge an iron yoke! (Jer 28:13) In other words, by failing to repent (breaking the wooden yoke) you shall know an iron yoke. (Think about the addiction to sin of many who do not show restraint earlier in life.) To the false prophets of...
  • Who knows our sin?

    04/09/2016 7:13:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 03-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who knows our sin? While Scripture could be taken to mean saints in heaven are aware of details of our sin, it is unlikely Msgr. Charles PopeMarch 27, 2016 Question: Do the souls in heaven know our sins, or is that knowledge reserved to God alone?— Peter Tate, Long Beach, California Answer: We are in the realm of speculative theology when it comes to answering questions like this. However, it does not seem to pertain to God’s justice that he would reveal our sins to others (even the saints in heaven), especially our more hidden sins. We are not...
  • Men, Fornication is for Cowards

    08/09/2015 11:09:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 149 replies ^ | August 9, 2015 | Matt Barber
    “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18 I had an interesting heart-to-heart with my dad the other day. We were discussing my son, his grandson, who was spending time with my folks in Colorado over the summer. At the risk of bragging a bit – my boy, an eighth grader who recently turned 14, is already 6-foot-1, very handsome and a competitive Olympic-style boxer. Evidently, on the previous day a “drop-dead gorgeous” high school girl had made a sexual advance...
  • A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect

    04/09/2015 8:22:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 131 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhen I was in the seminary, my Moral Theology Professor, Fr. Robert Zylla (R.I.P.), encouraged us to meditate on the sins of the intellect during the third sorrowful mystery (The Crowning with Thorns). In his years of teaching he had surely witnessed the intellectual pride that could beset theologians and seminary students who figured they knew a few things. And added to this human tendency to intellectual pride was the rather prideful sense of the 20th century that we had somehow “come of age.” Dissent from church teaching was rampant and...
  • Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy

    04/01/2015 7:50:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 223 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-31-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Spy Wednesday and a Reflection on the Sins of the Clergy By: Msgr. Charles PopeWednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called “Spy Wednesday,” since it was on this day that Judas conspired with the Temple leadership to hand Jesus over. He would not accomplish his task until the evening of the next day, but this day he made the arrangements and was paid.One way to reflect on this terrible sin is to consider that Judas was among the first priests called by Jesus. We see in the call of the Apostles the establishment of the ministerial priesthood. Jesus called these men to...
  • Catalog of Sin All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier

    11/18/2014 7:50:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 99 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Catalog of Sin – All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video at the bottom of the page is something of a spoof on drug commercials, treating sin like a drug. Wait till you hear the side-effects disclaimer at the end. I also thought today of doing a little post on the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance since I was talking to a parishioner today, who is suffering because his employer has not paid him for three weeks. The employer, a shipping agency says this is  due to “administrative...
  • 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...
  • Uganda: Museveni Dedicates Uganda to God

    10/09/2012 11:51:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    New Vision ^ | 9 October 2012 | Moses Mulondo
    President Yoweri Museveni has repented his sins and the sins of Uganda as a nation in a move aimed at establishing Uganda as a God-fearing nation. The President made this historic move at Mandela National stadium Namboole in the early morning of today (Tuesday) at 2:00am during national prayers for dedicating Uganda to God. "I denounce witchcraft and satanic practices. I repent on behalf of Uganda. We confess our sins. We repent of the sins of shedding innocent blood, corruption, bribery, sexual immorality, drunkenness, rebellion, insubordination, tribalism and sectarianism," Museveni repented amidst ululations from the Christians. The president dedicated Uganda...
  • The Sins That Come From Being a Busybody A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory

    12/30/2014 7:25:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-29-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Sins That Come From Being a Busybody – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory By: Msgr. Charles PopeFaults in others I can see, but praise the Lord there’re none in me!The term “busybody” usually refers to one who is intent on the matters of others but looks little to his own issues. Busybodies also tend to focus especially on the faults, foibles, and troubles of other folks. Seldom are they chattering away about good news related to other people; more often it is the scurrilous and scandalous that occupy their minds.Merriam-Webster online defines a busybody as  “a person who...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis: Be Courageous, and Go to Confession

    02/19/2014 5:33:54 PM PST · by Coleus · 23 replies
    NC Register ^ | 02/19/2014
    The Holy Father spoke of the healing available in the sacrament of reconciliation at his Feb. 19 audience: 'Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who showers us with mercy and grace that pours forth unceasingly from the open heart of Christ, crucified and risen.'VATICAN CITY -- During his Wednesday audience on Feb. 19, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. "Everyone say to himself: When was the last time I went to confession? And if it has been...
  • What are you really afraid of? An answer from the Bible

    07/25/2012 3:12:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 24, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is it that really holds us in bondage? What is it that is truly the source of our problem, our sins, our selfishness, our anger, our lust and pride? Original Sin? Yes but where does the wound of sin really set up shop in us and stay open for business? What does it tap into for its strength? Scripture has an interesting answer to this question: Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of deaththat is, the devil and free...
  • Lord, Keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth: Common Sins of Speech

    07/09/2013 1:47:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 8, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the greatest gifts of the Human person is the capacity to speak. It is also one of our greatest weaknesses. The Book of James says,We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect!, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, and thus we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever...
  • "No genuine Catholic ever denies he is a sinner"

    06/13/2010 12:14:31 PM PDT · by Desdemona · 28 replies · 357+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | June 13, 2010 | Carl E. Olsen
    Readings: 2 Sam. 12:7-10, 13 Psa. 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11 Gal. 2:16, 19-21 Lk 7:368:3 or 7:36-50 A Catholic may sin and sin as badly as anyone else, wrote Archbishop Fulton Sheen, but no genuine Catholic ever denies he is a sinner. A Catholic wants his sins forgivennot excused or sublimated. One of Sheens heroes, G. K. Chesterton, put it very directly when asked why he became Catholic: To get my sins forgiven. Mans need for forgiveness of sins is an essential tenet of Christianity that is sometimes pushed to the side, as though it might...
  • Wounds of Humanity

    02/22/2010 8:51:10 AM PST · by joesjane · 61+ views
    YouTube ^ | 17 February 2010 | WoundsofHumanity
    This video offers a meditation on the various wounds of sin which plague humanity, wounds that were borne by Jesus on the Cross. The meditation begins with the denial of God by eliminating prayer and then progresses through wounds such as divorce, pornography and abortion to arrive at cold indifference. The drama of Christ's Passion shows how Divine Mercy can transform these wounds into life and holiness providing we turn back to God in prayer. The video serves as an excellent Lenten Meditation on the Way of the Cross and on the Christian meaning of human suffering.
  • Swinging Chicken Ritual Divides Orthodox Jews

    10/01/2009 8:37:31 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 28 replies · 1,510+ views ^ | September 26, 2009 | BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY
    Swinging Chicken Ritual Divides Orthodox Jewsby BARBARA BRADLEY HAGERTY September 26, 2009 Rabbi Shea Hecht in Brooklyn, N.Y., demonstrates how Orthodox Jews wave a chicken three times over their heads and say the prayer of Kapparot (or Kapparos, depending on heritage) in the days leading up to Yom Kippur.Rabbi Shea Hecht plucks a chicken off a truck parked behind a synagogue in Queens, N.Y., and demonstrates how to swing a chicken. "You take it by the wing," says the white-haired Hecht, careful not to get the chicken's feathers or anything else on his black suit and tall black hat. "You...
  • Thou shalt not kid thyself. The Vatican unveils fresh new sins, as the world just rolls its eyes.

    03/19/2008 6:50:58 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 56 replies · 1,028+ views
    SF Gate ^ | March 19, 2008 | Mark Morford, Columnist
    Is your name on the list? This just in: If you're an obscenely wealthy drug-dealing pedophile stem-cell researcher who drives a Hummer and doesn't recycle, you are totally going to hell. Oh please, like you didn't already know. Hey, the Catholic Church wouldn't lie, mister. The Big Book o' Deadly Sins apparently has a whole new addendum and it looks like it ain't just gluttony and lust and murder and hot porn and witchcraft and coveting thy neighbor's way cool Flickr photo stream anymore. That stuff is for wimps. Serfs. Lutherans. The Vatican is trying to get serious. Modern. Hip,...
  • The Virtue-Driven Life

    03/11/2008 3:41:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies · 686+ views Institue ^ | n/a | Mark Lowery, Ph.D.
    The Virtue-Driven Life by Mark Lowery, Ph.D. I heard someone refer to the "cardinal virtues." I know what a virtue is a good habit but I need some help with the word "cardinal." There are four cardinal moral virtues: prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude. They are called "cardinal" from the Latin word for "hinge," (cardo, cardinis) since the whole life of natural virtue pivots on these four key virtues. Think of these as "grooves" in your life that keep you headed toward your final destiny. Every particular virtue patience, magnanimity, gratitude, trust belongs to one of...
  • The Virtues (counteracting the REAL Seven Deadly Sins)

    03/11/2008 3:12:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 481+ views
    Catechism of the Catholic Church ^ | Second Edition | Catechism of the Catholic Church
    CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCHSECOND EDITION PART THREELIFE IN CHRIST SECTION ONEMAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT CHAPTER ONETHE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON ARTICLE 7THE VIRTUES "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."62A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory...
  • Media Falsely Portrays (Catholic) Bishops Opinion in Interview as New Sins

    03/11/2008 10:21:45 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 78 replies · 1,256+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/11/2008 | Matthew Balan
    A supposed list of "new sins" from the Vatican, such as pollution and genetic manipulation, made headlines across the world on Monday. The list actually didnt come from any official Catholic Church document, but from an interview of a bishop that was published in L'Osservatore Romano, the "semi-official" newspaper in Vatican City, and it exposed the mainstream medias fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity in general, and the Catholic Church specifically. L'Osservatore Romano printed the interview of Gianfranco Girotti, a bishop who is a member of the Vaticans Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, in its March 9 edition. In it, Girotti...
  • Sins of emission?

    03/10/2008 8:02:51 AM PDT · by jdm · 28 replies · 831+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 10, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    As a practicing Catholic, I try to keep up with the latest from the Home Office in the Vatican, but more often than not, I find myself wondering if they know not what they do. For instance, today we hear from officials that they have added to the list of sins Catholics must consider, including ecological sins. In the same breath but without a hint of irony, the same officials bemoan the decreasing participation in the rite of reconciliation, or what used to be called confession: Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring...
  • Clerical Contraception (Important Read! By Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer)

    10/05/2006 1:19:51 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 20 replies · 747+ views
    Spirit and Life ^ | 10/6/2006 | Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    The beloved founder of Human Life International, Fr. Paul Marx, was not known to mince words when it came to what he called the "conspiracy of silence" from the pulpits of our Church on the issue of contraception, but his insights of twenty and thirty years ago were right on target and remain true to this day: "Future generations," he said, "will wonder why so many Catholic bishops and priests in the West didn't see contraception as a seminal evil and the chief cause of the Church's swift decline." There is the core issue. Priestly silence about contraception is deadly...
  • Bookmaker has eyes on strip-poker record

    05/15/2006 12:20:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 13 replies · 342+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 15, 2006
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland will play host to the world's biggest ever strip poker contest if bookmaker Paddy Power gets its way. The idea was originally floated as an April Fool's joke but generated so much interest that Dublin-based Paddy Power has decided to look seriously at organising a contest it hopes will find a place in the Guinness Book of Records. "We got almost 100 requests to take part," the company's spokesman, also called Paddy Power, said. "We're trying to investigate whether it's possible or whether we'll get put in prison for it." Poker has become big business in...
  • 'Catholics Supporting Denial of 'Nutrition and Hydratiion' are not in Communion With Church'

    05/04/2005 3:10:06 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 415+ views
    It is a rare person who has not heard of the recent cruel homicide of the Florida woman, Terri Schiavo. Everyone, it seemed, had a strong opinion on the subject. Yet, despite clear moral teachings on the evils of euthanasia, there are Catholics who boast support for euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.[1] Are these Catholics badly formed and ignorant of their Churchs infallible teachings on the dignity and sacredness of all human life? Is it the fault of Catholic clergy for not preaching the Churchs teachings from the pulpit? In view of the clarity and frequency of the Churchs up-to-date teachings,...
  • Examination of Conscience

    03/05/2005 9:39:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies · 6,240+ views ^ | 1954 | Rev. Joseph A. Fischer
    Examination of Conscience Here is a helpful examination of conscience, based on the Ten Commandments. Perform a brief examination every night, but go through a more thorough examination before confessing your sins to the priest. DIRECTIONSThe Commandments of God Have I doubted in matters of faith? murmured against God because of adversity? despaired of His mercy? Have I believed in or consulted fortune tellers? Have I taken part in non-Catholic worship? Have I recommended myself regularly to God? Neglected my morning or evening prayers? Omitted my religious obligations because of human respect? Presumed upon God's mercy in committing sin?...
  • Indian Catholics object to film on priestly "Sins"

    03/04/2005 8:11:51 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 27 replies · 819+ views
    Times of India ^ | FRIDAY, MARCH 04, 2005 08:34:06 PM | Times of India
    MUMBAI: Christians in India will step up protests against the screening of "Sins", a Bollywood film that shows a Catholic priest in a cassock and cross having sex with a woman half his age, a religious group said on Friday. The film prompted an attack this week by protestors on a theatre in Bombay, India's film capital and home to a large Catholic community. A further protest is planned on Saturday. Christians object to the scene mixing sex with the cross, their main religious symbol."We want the objectionable scenes in the film to be deleted or the movie be completely...

    02/22/2005 5:06:56 AM PST · by An.American.Expatriate · 3 replies · 1,179+ views
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    In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives. Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Kreme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" And Man said, Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled. And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that...
  • I am an Apostate too - (Former Muslim explains why he left Islam)

    12/25/2004 6:32:37 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 15 replies · 1,589+ views
    Hello Ali Sina! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Fatik. At present Im no longer a Muslim but a year ago I was a very fervent Muslim. I turned from a passionate Muslim into a passionate apostate. I think you have predicted something like this. Im not sure about your feelings towards Muslims, but I hope you dont hate them. Most Muslims are not as violent as Mullahs from Iran . Believe me the majority of Muslims only name themselves Muslims but as a matter of fact they are not. Maybe you will say that I am a...
  • Kerry's speech tells half of story (guilty of grave sins of omission)

    08/02/2004 8:17:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 483+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 7/31/04 | Jerry Zremski
    Kerry's speech tells half of story By Jerry Zremski News Washington correspondent Jerry Zremski analyzes and fact-checks what was said during Thursday's prime-time television coverage of the Democratic National Convention. By CONVENTION WATCH 7/31/2004 WASHINGTON - In accepting the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. John F. Kerry was eloquent, passionate and presidential - and guilty of grave sins of omission. He didn't explain his position on Iraq. He vowed to cut the deficit without explaining how. And Kerry's 5,310-word speech included only 73 words about his 19-year Senate career. That's what pundits noted Friday when asked to square Kerry's speech...
  • The Crimes, Lies, Sins and Legacies of Leftist Democrats With Me, Its Personal

    07/29/2004 11:48:03 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies · 877+ views ^ | 7/29/04 | Joan Swirsky
    Thirty-five years ago last week on July 22, 1969 I was a little younger than 29-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, the congressional aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy. They left a boozy party together sometime after 11 that night and she drowned when the car he was driving veered off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island (near Marthas Vineyard) into the water. According to journalist Jeff Jacoby, who has faithfully followed this case for over three decades, the senator managed to swim to shore and make his way to a motel in Edgartown, Mass., where he had the presence of mind...
  • Beware of the 'Cross-less' Gospel

    03/07/2004 7:20:42 PM PST · by anncoulteriscool · 4 replies · 116+ views
    Decision Magazine ^ | March 2004 | Roger Chilvers
    Special Feature Beware of the 'Cross-less' Gospel Part One of a Two-Part Series by Roger Chilvers I watched a television program that featured interviews with a number of people at a well-known evangelical church. One person after another gave testimony about how their lives had been changed: "I came to this church and was thrilled about what I saw. God changed my life." Someone else said, "I was a drug addict, and God dealt with that." Every testimony mentioned God, but in that whole program Jesus was mentioned only once. What Christ did on the cross was not mentioned at...
  • U.S. Muslims open annual gathering with prayers for Sept. 11 victims

    08/30/2002 11:24:24 PM PDT · by Black Powder · 42 replies · 564+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | August 30, 2002
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The largest annual gathering of U.S. Muslims began Friday with prayers for victims of Sept. 11 and for Muslims who have been harassed since the attacks. Muhammad Nur Abdullah, president of the Islamic Society of North America, said in his opening address Islam condemns violence and Muslims, like others in the United States, want terrorists to be punished. "We're for justice," said Abdullah, a St. Louis imam, standing on a stage flanked by U.S. flags. "This is our country. American Muslims, we care for the betterment of this country and for every human being." Khadija Abdullah of...