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  • Stop the Synod! (An Online Petition)

    08/14/2014 11:50:23 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 8/12/14 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The Return of Vatican II Fever The symptoms are unmistakable: after a period of relative remission during the years of Pope Benedict’s mysteriously self-terminated reign, the postconciliar “process of decay” remarked by the former Cardinal Ratzinger has resumed with a vengeance, like a rebound infection after an incomplete course of antibiotics. The progressivist priests and prelates who are the disease-causing agents of Vatican II Fever are now running amok throughout the ecclesiastical bloodstream. They have been let loose by a Pope who is so fond of publicly staged “surprises,” all tending to the diminution of traditional Roman Catholicism, that Respice...
  • What does the new synod working document tell us about what will happen in October? (Cath Caucus)

    06/27/2014 2:16:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 27, 2014 | LUKE COPPEN
    Cardinal Baldisseri discusses the working document yesterday (CNS) The Vatican has released the eagerly awaited instrumentum laboris, or working document, of the family synod in October. The 73-page text, which takes about an hour to read, consists of 159 numbered paragraphs, divided into three sections. The first is devoted to “the Gospel of the Family”, the second to challenges to family life, and the third to “openness to life” and parental responsibility.The document is based on responses to questions in the synod’s preparatory document, released last November. It’s written primarily for the select group who will take part in October’s...
  • Marriage, Divorce, and Communion - An Interview with Cardinal Thomas Collins

    06/25/2014 6:47:21 PM PDT · by scouter · 34 replies
    Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire ^ | 6/25/2014 | Brandon Vogt
    It is always assumed by the Church that Couples are truly, or "validly" married. The burden of proof is on anyone who says that they are not... One thing that would help would be if all of us realized that receiving communion is not obligatory at Mass... Lot's of good stuff in this interview.
  • Bartholomew: With Francis, we invite all Christians to celebrate the first synod of Nicaea in 2025

    05/31/2014 8:09:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Asia News ^ | May 29, 2014 | NAT da Polis
    Istanbul (AsiaNews) - On his return from Jerusalem , where he met with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulchre, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has revealed an important appointment for unity between Catholics and Orthodox: a gathering at Nicaea in 2025, where the first real ecumenical council of the undivided Church was celebrated. Speaking exclusively with AsiaNews, Bartholomew says that together with Pope Francis "we agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries , the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was...
  • Lest so many words complicate a simple question

    03/20/2014 5:57:03 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | 3/19/14 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD
    Catholic discipline that precludes holy Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics rests on three simple points. Assuming the specifications and nuances that should flesh out these points, they are: Catholics obstinately persisting in manifest grave sin should neither approach for nor be administered holy Communion. Canons 915, 916. Catholics living in post-divorce ‘marriages’ are in a state of public and objective grave sin (specifically, a form of chronic adultery). CCC 2380, 2381, 2384. Such ‘marriages’ are adulterous because true marriage is an exclusive union lasting until death. Canons 1055, 1134, 1141.
  • [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Synod 2014 on marriage: Lots of smoke, but hardly any mirrors

    03/19/2014 5:05:05 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | March 17, 2014 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In my last Insights message, I prophesied that the media furor over divorce, remarriage, and the sacraments in the Catholic Church would not result, at the 2014 Extraordinary Synod and thereafter, in the same sort of breakdown in Catholic discipline that followed Vatican II (closing in 1965) and Humanae Vitae (promulgated in 1968). One reason I gave is that it is not the 1960s any more. This was shorthand for saying that the world and the Church are no longer teetering over the same precipice. The world has already fallen over, and the Church —-- in the light of Christ...
  • Cardinal Kasper says Church will soon give Communion to divorced, remarried Catholics

    12/22/2013 7:46:05 AM PST · by cutofyourjib · 43 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Fri Dec 20 | Hilary White
    Despite a recent strongly worded clarification from Rome, confusion is continuing to be stirred up over the Catholic Church’s practice of refusing Communion to those who are divorced and remarried. A prominent curial cardinal, and favorite of Pope Francis, has defied the Vatican’s doctrinal office, saying that he expects a change. Cardinal Walter Kasper has said bluntly, and in direct opposition to the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), that the rules will shortly be changed to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to be admitted to Holy Communion.
  • Virtually unprecedented: papal resignation throughout history

    02/11/2013 6:17:16 AM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 11, 2013
    No pope has resigned in almost 600 years. But Pope Benedict’s surprise announcement is not entirely unprecedented. More than 260 men have reigned as Pope since Saint Peter was martyred in Rome in the third decade after the death of Christ, and at least four of them have resigned. We spoke to medieval historian Doctor Donald Prudlo, Associate Professor of History at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, about the history of papal resignations. Listen: Vatican Radio: It’s been centuries since a Pope has resigned the See of Peter. Can you tell us about the last Pope to resign? Dr....
  • "I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome" [Full Text]

    02/11/2013 5:52:00 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Chiesa ^ | February 10, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also tocommunicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world,...
  • Pope 'working harder than anyone' at synod sessions

    10/10/2012 2:01:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | October 10, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    A screenshot of the Oct. 9 session of Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization. Credit: CTV. Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI opened the first working session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization Oct. 9 by closely following the proceedings and issuing a call for a “renewed evangelical dynamism” in the Church. “The Holy Father’s participation has been unbelievable,” said Curtis Martin, founder of the U.S.-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Martin, who is attending the synod as an observer, said that Pope Benedict took a keen interest...
  • Pope opens bishops' synod with universal call to holiness

    10/07/2012 1:21:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | October 7, 2012 | David Kerr
    The Middle East Synod of 2010 (Credit: Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem) Vatican City, Oct 7, 2012 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness” aimed at all Christians worldwide. “Holy men and women bloom among the generous missionaries who announce the Good News to non-Christians, in the past in mission countries and now in any place where there are non-Christians,” said the Pontiff in his homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 7. “Holiness is not confined by cultural, social, political...
  • The Synod of Dhimmitude

    11/13/2010 3:32:56 PM PST · by bsaunders · 4 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | November 13. 2010 | B. Saunders
    The recent Synod called by the Vatican of the leaders of the Eastern Church and all the Christian denomination related or accepted to Catholicism from the Middle East was a very revealing occurrence. The final liturgical statement by Archbishop Cyril S. Bustros was, to say the least, quite disturbing to me as a Jew and a Zionist. The Archbishop’s statement that the Jews could no longer use Old Testament Biblical claims to verify the legitimacy of their claim to the Promised Land is ludicrous, not even the small part existing as a sliver of land bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea....
  • WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, THE VATICAN'S LATEST, PAINFUL PRONOUNCEMENT ON ISRAEL IS WRONG

    10/25/2010 11:58:16 AM PDT · by wmfights · 322 replies
    Joel Rosenberg's Weblog ^ | October 25, 2010 | Joel Rosenberg
    A new headline in the Jerusalem Post reads: “Vatican synod calls for end to Israel’s ‘occupation’: At conference on Christians in the Middle East, US Melkite archbishop says: ‘There is no longer a chosen people.’” With all due respect, the Vatican is wrong on this issue. The entire Bible — from Genesis to Revelation — makes crystal clear again and again the Lord’s love for the Jewish people, His decision to choose Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their descendants for His very own, and His eternal promise to give the Holy Land to the Jewish people. As such, it is...
  • Bishops blame Israeli-Palestinian conflict for spurring Christian exodus from Mideast

    10/13/2010 9:31:23 AM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 30 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Associated Press
    Bishops summoned to the Vatican to discuss the flight of Christians from the Middle East have blamed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for spurring much of the exodus and warned that the consequences could be devastating for the birthplace of Christianity. Some bishops have singled out the emergence of fanatical Islam for the flight. But others have directly or indirectly accused Israel of discriminating against Arab Christians and impeding solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In fact, the working document of the two-week synod accused the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories for creating difficulties in everyday life for Palestinian Christians, including their religious...
  • Catholic Cleric: Jesus Cancelled Biblical ‘Chosen People’

    10/23/2010 6:06:40 PM PDT · by papabrody · 98 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 15 Heshvan,5771 (October 23, 2010) | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Creator’s promise in the Bible that the Promised Land belongs to the Jewish People is no longer valid is, a Catholic synod declared. An American archbishop at the Synod explained Saturday that the promise of the Creator was "abolished by the presence of Christ."In a decision that is bound to set off a furious reaction from many Jewish leaders, the synod concluded that “recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable.”However, an implicitly contradictory Synod statement also declared, “The same Scriptures unite us; the Old Testament, the Word...
  • Catholic Clergy Still Embrace Heretical "Replacement Theology"

    10/24/2010 3:55:27 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 37 replies · 1+ views
    So evidenced by un-Biblical and "Christian anti-semitic" statements made during a  synod gathering of 185 Catholic clergy in St.Peters Basilica.Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Daniel Ayalon decribed this Vatican synod as a forum for Arab propaganda. I agree 100%. The church is not the "new" Israel. This heretical false doctrine, whether it is refered to as "relacement theology", "successionism", or "supercessionism", weaseled it's way into the church sometime after non-Jewish gentiles became the majority of believers and followers of the Jewish messiah Yeshua [Jesus]. A brief note on the english word "church":The word rendered as church in modern english Bibles dates back to the Middle Ages. That is, the modern recognized...
  • Israel complains of bias in Middle East Synod

    10/25/2010 2:30:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | October 25, 2010
    Archbishop Cyrille Bustros and Deputy Foreign Ministers Danny Ayalon Vatican City, Oct 25, 2010 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican drew fire from the Israeli government for allegedly turning the recent Synod for the Middle East into a "forum for political attacks." Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, downplayed the criticism, which was lodged by Israel’s deputy foreign minister. Father Lombardi said the Synod was "largely positive" and that the statements of individual participants did not reflect the overall consensus of the synod. Tensions flared in response to a statement from one synod participant, Melkite Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros...
  • Israel critical over Mideast synod conclusions

    10/24/2010 12:03:09 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10-24-2010 | ALESSANDRA RIZZO and IAN DEITCH
    VATICAN CITY – Israel said Sunday that a meeting of Middle East bishops was hijacked by enemies of the Jewish state, after the gathering at the Vatican largely blamed Israel for conflict in the region.In a communique at the end of their two-week meeting, the bishops demanded that Israel accept U.N. resolutions calling for an end to its occupation of Arab lands, and told Israel it shouldn't use the Bible to justify "injustices" against the Palestinians."We express our disappointment that this important synod has become a forum for political attacks on Israel in the best history of Arab propaganda," Deputy...
  • Iraq Church Standoff, is “Al-Qaeda“‘s answer to Pope Benedict’s synod statement

    11/01/2010 9:26:33 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 25 replies
    Roads to Iraq ^ | November 1st, 2010 | Ladybird
    In this con­text, we can clas­sify yesterday’s inci­dent of the Syr­iac Catholic Church of the Arch-Baghdad as the first test for the released Synod state­ment, to check the reac­tions of the patri­archs, bish­ops and church offi­cials on the chal­lenges fac­ing Chris­tians in the Mid­dle East, and was not an encour­ag­ing experience. Many fear the fate of Chris­tians in the East, as it turns to the ter­ror­ists for their attrib­utes with the pas­sage of time. After being “mar­gin­al­ized” polit­i­cally (even in Lebanon, where Chris­tians have been absent from polit­i­cal influ­ence in the coun­try), they have become “minor­ity”, who is not heard...
  • Middle East synod participant explains factors behind its controversial conclusion

    10/31/2010 9:59:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2010
    Msgr. Robert Stern New York City, N.Y., Oct 31, 2010 / 07:55 am (CNA).- The Synod for the Middle East, a historic gathering of the region's bishops, concluded October 24, amid controversy over alleged bias in its concluding message. One expert on the region told CNA that the document reflected pastoral needs, not a political agenda. The bishops' concluding “Message to the People of God” criticized Israel in detail, but omitted most of the criticisms made against Islamic governments during the synod. Some observers took remarks about using religion to “justify injustices” as a blanket rebuke of Israel, a...
  • Benedict XVI calls Synod of bishops to appoint new Patriarch of Syriac Catholic Church

    01/15/2009 9:39:51 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 655+ views
    CNA ^ | January 15, 2008
    Vatican City, Jan 15, 2009 / 11:48 am (CNA).- The Holy Father has called a Synod of bishops from the Syriac Catholic Church to take place in Rome January 17 – 23 in order to elect a new Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians and of All the East. The position of the supreme head of the Syriac Catholic Church has been vacant since the resignation of Patriarch Ignace Pierre VIII Abdel-Ahad was accepted in February 2008.  The Patriarch had held the position since 2001. In a statement from the Holy See, Pope Benedict explained that the Synod “will begin...
  • Pope Acknowledges Being Moved by Synod

    10/26/2008 3:00:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 367+ views
    ZNA ^ | October 26, 2008
    p>VATICAN CITY, OCT. 26, 2008 (Zenit.org).- After the conclusion of the working sessions of the world Synod of Bishops, Benedict XVI invited the some 400 participants and collaborators to lunch.The meal took place Saturday at 1 p.m., in the atrium of Paul VI Hall.President Delegate Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, addressed the Holy Father on behalf of the assembly, offering a brief, spontaneous and humorous reflection in Italian.The Australian cardinal brought a chuckle suggesting that this synod was one of those during which "most agreement and most communion" was lived, and therefore that "it has been perhaps the least...
  • Patriarch at the Synod: Unexpected Impact [Ecumenical]

    10/24/2008 4:53:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 471+ views
    ZNA ^ | October 24, 2008 | Jesús Colina
    VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The intervention from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople at the synod of bishops marked an ecumenical milestone, says a representative of the Orthodox Church of Greece. Archimandrite Ignatios Sotiriadis is a fraternal delegate at the world Synod of Bishops on the Word of God, which ends Sunday. The Church of Greece representative spoke with ZENIT about the intervention from Bartholomew I, given as a homily Oct. 18 in a celebration of vespers together with Benedict XVI. Q: You have been participating in the entire synod. What have you heard from the synod fathers...
  • Synod Tour de Force (Cardinal Marc Ouellet leaves attendees spellbound)

    10/20/2008 10:52:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 395+ views
    NCR ^ | October 20, 2008 | Tom McFeely
    Synod participants pray Oct. 18 in the Sistine Chapel. (CNS) Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec City is earning kudos for the skills he’s displaying as relator-general of the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God. Part of the work of the relator-general is, at the synod’s mid-point, to coalesce the scores of presentations made by the assembled bishops and invited guests in order to help orient the second half of the synod to its task of making specific recommendations to present to Pope Benedict XVI. Here’s Basilian Father Thomas Rosica’s assessment in Zenit News Service about how well the...
  • Pope: in Pompeii to entrust the synod and missionaries to the Virgin Mary [Catholic]

    10/19/2008 2:52:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 202+ views
    ANS ^ | October 19, 2008
    Pompeii (AsiaNews) - Entrusting the synod on the Word of God to Mary, "in whose womb to Word was made flesh," "that it may bring the fruit of authentic renewal to every Christian community," and urging prayers for those who "exert their energies in service of the proclamation of the Gospel to all nations." These are the reasons for the pilgrimage that Benedict XVI made today to Pompeii, the town near Naples reborn last century around the shrine conceived by Blessed Bartolo Longo and dedicated in a special way to the Rosary, which the pope described today as "a...
  • Bishops of persecuted Christians speak on faithfulness to the Word of God (many conversions)

    10/14/2008 11:34:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 292+ views
    CNA ^ | October 14, 2008
    Cardinal Emmanuel Delly of Baghdad, Iraq Vatican City, Oct 14, 2008 / 10:48 am (CNA).- Tuesday morning’s meeting of the synod of bishops on the Bible saw Cardinal Emmanuel Delly of Baghdad, Iraq and Bishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Lihn of Thanh Hoa, Vietnam speak about how their flocks remain faithful to the Word of God amidst persecution. “I am a son of the land of Abraham, Iraq,” Cardinal Delly began as he spoke passionately about the seemingly impossible struggle to bring peace to his country. Saying that the Church has “tried everything to obtain peace and serenity for the...
  • Bishops address the Bible’s role in the family, for clergy and in the Holy Land

    10/10/2008 1:29:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 234+ views
    CNA ^ | October 10, 2008
    Vatican City, Oct 10, 2008 / 11:35 am (CNA).- On Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, with Pope Benedict present, several Church fathers offered their input to the ongoing synod on the Bible. Among them were the president of the Council on the Family, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative texts.Addressing the assembly, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli spoke about the need to incorporate the Word of God into the lives of families. The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family recommended that families make the Bible a part of their lives by following...
  • Prayer, homilies, understanding emerge as early themes at Bible synod

    10/08/2008 1:43:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 308+ views
    CNS ^ | October 8, 2008 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Learning to pray with the Scriptures, improving homilies and ensuring an accurate interpretation of Bible passages were the major themes of formal presentations, open discussion and small-group work Oct. 7-8 at the world Synod of Bishops on the Bible. Canadian Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the synod's English-language briefing officer, said the three concerns came up repeatedly during the Oct. 7 open-mike discussion in the synod hall and in small groups Oct. 8. Pope Benedict XVI was not present for the Oct. 7 evening session, and he does not participate in the small-group discussions. Father Rosica said...
  • What Is Needed for a Bible Comeback (Part 2)

    10/07/2008 10:30:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies · 262+ views
    Zenit ^ | October 5, 2008 | Father Lucas Teixeira, LC
    What Is Needed for a Bible Comeback (Part 2) Interview With Cardinal Albert Vanhoye By Father Lucas Teixeira, LCROME, OCT. 5, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A renowned biblical scholar who will be participating in the synod of bishops on the word of God has advice for the faithful who don't know where to start to get to know the Bible better. Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, a Jesuit priest and former rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and former secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, spoke with ZENIT about sacred Scripture and the synod that opens today. He has been a professor...
  • "The Patriarchs Aren't Registering" (update from floor on Vatican Synod on the Bible)

    10/07/2008 1:58:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 336+ views
    WITL ^ | October 7, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    Among the rookies attending their first Synod of Bishops is the US bench's #2, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson... who's substituting his usual "Monday Memo" with a daily blog chronicling the experience: I found my seat -- section II, row G, seat 14 -- right in the center of the hall. The guidelines for the Synod are most interesting. They state that delegates are expected to be at every session no matter what. If you want to be excused, you need to see the General Secretary and you have to state your excuse. (I think we might have to...
  • At Synod's Opening Bell, Benedict Talks Banking

    10/06/2008 10:36:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 374+ views
    WITL ^ | October 6, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    Opening today's first session of the Synod on the Word, the Pope saw fit to throw in a word on the global financial crisis, whose effects have buffeted European markets in recent days. "We now see in the collapse of the great banks: money disappears, turns to nothing," B16 said in an impromptu meditation at the day's start. "And all these things, which seem like the true reality on which we can count, are realities of a second order. "One who builds his life on these realities, on objects, success, on everything that's visible, builds on sand," the pontiff...
  • A Jew For All Seasons (Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, the chief Ashkenazi rabbi of Haifa, Israel)

    10/06/2008 10:13:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 865+ views
    CMR ^ | October 6, 2008 | Patrick Archbold
    “I don't divide Jews into religious and secular, to me, they are all Jews.” Who said that? Mel Gibson? Nope. This statement is actually from the history making Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, the chief Ashkenazi rabbi of Haifa, Israel. Cohen is history making because tomorrow afternoon Cohen will become the first non-Christian to address a synod of bishops. That synod, of course, is the synod on the Bible and Cohen will be discussing how Christians understand Jewish scriptures. In his piece at NCR entitled "Synod: A Rabbi, a Jesuit and the Pope walk into a bar …", John Allen Jr...
  • Synod head says it was logical to invite rabbi to biblical synod [Ecumenical]

    10/03/2008 3:30:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 358+ views
    CNS ^ | October 3, 2008 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Inviting a Jewish scholar to address the world Synod of Bishops on the Bible was logical given the role of the Scriptures in Jewish life, said the head of the synod office. Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, briefed journalists on plans for the Oct. 5-26 celebration of the 12th general assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will focus on "The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church." Also during the Oct. 3 briefing, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the synod's 253 voting members would...
  • What would Jesus do? Scholars look at morality in the Bible [Ecumenical]

    09/26/2008 1:29:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies · 773+ views
    CNS ^ | February 26, 2008 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Even when it comes to morality, Catholics are not biblical fundamentalists, although they view the Bible as an important source of moral guidance, said top Catholic scholars. The various books of the Bible were written in different epochs, in different cultures and by different authors, the scholars said, so when looking for moral precepts, a Christian cannot focus on just one line. In their new document, "The Bible and Morality," the scholars on the Pontifical Biblical Commission said biblical morality is not so much a set of dos and don'ts as it is a set of...
  • Rabbi to Address Synod (on the Bible) [Ecumenical]

    09/25/2008 4:28:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 257+ views
    ZNA ^ | September 25, 2008
    VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 25, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The rabbi who will address the upcoming synod of bishops says the invitation to participate in the meeting is a message of love.Shear Yashuv Cohen, chief rabbi of Haifa and co-chairman of the Jewish-Catholic bilateral commission, will be a "fraternal delegate" at the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The Oct. 5-26 synod will focus on the theme "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church."The rabbi will participate on Oct. 7, leading a discussion on the Hebrew Scriptures."It is an invitation that implies a message of...
  • “Churchgate:” Obama Misused Tax Exempt Church Resources for his Campaign

    09/10/2008 12:11:02 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 5 replies · 311+ views
    The Husaria: For Our Freedom and Yours ^ | 9/10/08 | Winged Hussar 1683
    Barack Obama's campaign has made a point about not taking money from big donors, even though it has received six figure bundled contributions from "little, ordinary people" like Goldman Sachs, Lehman Broters, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Execlon, and Microsoft,* and even though Obama broke his pledge to accept Federal campaign financing and the accompanying spending limits. The Obama campaign's fundraising ethics also include illegal and possibly rigged lotteries like "Dinner with Barack;" the "Backstage with Barack" lottery was modified to allow entry without a donation under pressure from Minnesota and possibly other law enforcement agencies. While Barack Obama is at...
  • Women win bloody battle at the Synod

    07/08/2008 5:56:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies · 76+ views
    Telegraph ^ | July 8, 2008 | George Pitcher
    Make no mistake, the Anglo-Catholics were done over at the General Synod in York in the debate over women bishops. This being the Church of England, their humiliation was accompanied by lots of hand-wringing, a good deal of guilt and a late attempt to stop the beating entirely, when the Bishop of Durham intervened like a worried boxing referee. The Synod was fraught and emotional But it was bloody just the same. After nearly eight hours, all that the Catholic Conscience had to show for its pains was a motion that now indicates that it is the wish of a...
  • IRS Implies Obama, not Church, to Blame for Misuse of Tax Exempt Resources

    05/25/2008 10:25:42 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 13 replies · 151+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 05/25/08 | Bill Levinson
    Obama Effectively F-Bombed His Own Church with Improper Campaign Speech The Internal Revenue Service has cleared the United Church of Christ of accusations that it violated its tax exempt status by hosting Barack Obama’s “A Politics of Conscience.” The IRS’s letter to the United Church of Christ cites the same points that we did: even though Barack Obama’s “A Politics of Conscience” contained campaign-related content, the UCC did everything possible to prevent the Obama campaign from misusing its resources for electioneering. It would therefore be hardly fair to hold the United Church of Christ accountable for Barack Obama’s decision to...
  • Cardinal Lehmann hopes for ecumenical stimulus

    01/29/2007 7:50:18 AM PST · by Gillibrand · 159+ views
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 29th January 2007 | Gillibrand
    the reform congress of the German Protestant Church. (EKD) Original German text The organizations, the Catholic Caritas and the Protestant, Diakonie could work together more closely. 26.1.07 Wittenberg The Mainz Cardinal Karl Lehmann expects from the “future-orientated congress” of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) a stimulus specifically for ecumenism. Caritas and Diakonie, should above all work more closely together. This was stated by the Chairman of the German Catholic Bishops Conference in Wittenberg.
  • Syria pulled its army (from Lebanon) but left us its secret services and friends, says Cardinal

    07/05/2006 4:21:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 258+ views
    Asia News ^ | July 5, 2006
    Mar Nasrallah Pierre Cardinal Sfeir Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Beirut (AsiaNews) –Syria might have pulled its army out of Lebanon, but it has left its secret services. It has “friends” in the country and anyone can draw his own conclusions from that, said Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir who answered US reporters’ questions in Chicago yesterday about developments following last year’s assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and Syria’s withdrawal under international pressure.The cardinal, who is in the United States on a visit to local Maronite communities, reiterated his views about Hezbollah, namely that when...
  • How I Became the Catholic I Was (Richard John Neuhaus' story)

    04/17/2006 10:26:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 460+ views
    First Things ^ | Richard John Neuhaus
    This is more a story than an argument. It is in some ways a very personal story, and yet not without broader implications. It is just possible that some may discern in the story suggestions of an argument, even an argument about the nature of Lutheranism, and of Protestantism more generally.When in 1990 I was received by the late John Cardinal O’Connor into full communion with the Catholic Church—on September 8, the Nativity of Our Lady—I issued a short statement in response to the question Why. With Lutheran friends especially in mind, I said, "To those of you with whom...
  • Christmas Presence, Lenten Gifts

    02/25/2006 8:59:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies · 334+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 02-25-06 | Leon J. Suprenant, Jr.
    by Leon J. Suprenant, Jr Other Articles by Leon J. Suprenant, Jr Christmas Presence, Lenten Gifts 02/25/06 Nine months after his election, Pope Benedict XVI issued his much-anticipated first encyclical letter, entitled "Deus Caritas Est" (“God Is Love”). No doubt it will provide Christ-centered wisdom and encouragement to a world that increasingly looks for true love “in all the wrong places.” In This Article...Papal TransitionThe Church Is Alive!Vatican II Today Papal Transition As we drink in "Deus Caritas Est" and the many other blessings that God desires to give us this year, I'd like to focus our attention on the first...
  • Synod in disinvestment snub to Israel

    02/07/2006 4:03:17 AM PST · by vimto · 8 replies · 264+ views
    Time On-line ^ | 17 February 2006 | Ruth Gledhill
    Synod in disinvestment snub to Israel By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent, for Times Online The Church of England is expected to face condemnation from Jewish leaders after it voted to disinvest from companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the occupied territories. In a surprise move, the General Synod voted to back a call from the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East for "morally responsible investment in the Palestinian occupied territories". In particular, the Synod backed the Jerusalem church's call for the Church Commissioners to disinvest from "companies profiting from the illegal occupation", such as...
  • Supporting the Priesthood, God’s Gift to His Eucharistic Community - Presidential Address - USCCB

    11/14/2005 8:09:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies · 467+ views
    Supporting the Priesthood, God’s Gift to His Eucharistic Community United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Presidential Address - Bishop William S. Skylstad, Bishop of SpokaneWashington D.C. – November 14, 2005 My Dear Brother Bishops, Once again, we in solidarity and fraternity gather in plenary session to carry on the work and mission of the Church.  I begin with a word of heartfelt thanks to you for the opportunity you gave me last November to serve as your president of our episcopal conference.  Though the responsibilities of the president are indeed daunting, especially when they are added to the ministry of...
  • Rigor mortis? At (Vatican) Synod, bishops give lip service to Latin

    11/01/2005 9:17:32 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 477+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | October 28, 2005 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Latin limped through another synod in October, as bishops paid lip service to the assembly's official language but did their real communicating in the vernacular. When Cardinal Angelo Scola opened the synod with the traditional reading in Latin of the "relatio ante disceptationem" (pre-discussion report), bishops throughout the synod hall reached quickly for their translation headphones. The Vatican's translators, also unprepared for the task, had to work from a parallel Italian text. Only one participant, Latvian Cardinal Janis Pujats, addressed the synod in Latin in both his six-minute speech and free discussion periods. Unlike most previous...
  • Cardinals call on Pope to save Latin from last rites

    10/24/2005 6:00:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies · 1,039+ views
    Times OnLine ^ | October 24, 2005 | Martin Penner
    O TEMPORA, o mores! The rolling thunder that is the Latin language is in such trouble, even in its last redoubt, the heirarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, that cardinals and bishops have begged Pope Benedict XVI to put it on a life support machine. The Princes of the Church appear to have the same problem that bedevilled generations of baffled English schoolboys battling their way across the three divided parts of Gaul with Julius Caesar — they don’t speak it, read it or understand it. And while the grandly dressed and highly respected congregation at the Vatican’s Synod of...
  • Glance As Some Catholic Proposals

    10/23/2005 9:52:44 AM PDT · by lizol · 13 replies · 338+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | Sat Oct 22, 2005
    Glance As Some Catholic Proposals Sat Oct 22, 3:14 PM ET VATICAN CITY - Bishops from around the world approved 50 recommendations for the pope to consider in a future document. Here is a look at some of the proposals: ___ On Eucharist and polygamy: "The nature of matrimony demands that man is bound definitively to a sole woman and vice versa. In this context, the polygamists who open themselves to the Christian faith should be helped to integrate their human project in the newness and radicalness of Christ's message." The proposal asks for Christ to reach them and "call...
  • Message of the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist

    10/22/2005 3:58:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 230+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 22, 2005
    "The Eucharist: Living Bread for the Peace of the World" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 22, 2005 (ZENIT.org).-During the Twentieth General Congregation held yesterday, Friday 21th October 2005, the Synodal Fathers approved the Message of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God, at the conclusion of the XI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. We publish here below the full text of the English version: * * * The Eucharist: Living Bread for the Peace of the World Dear brother bishops, dear priests and deacons, Dearly beloved brothers and sisters 1. «Peace be with you!» In the name...
  • Vatican synod rules out married priests (for Latin Church)

    10/22/2005 2:50:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 541+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 22, 2005
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A synod of Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday clearly reaffirmed priestly celibacy and ruled out allowing clergy to marry as a solution to the crisis of vocations facing the Church worldwide.The working sessions of the three-week synod, the first of Pope Benedict's papacy, closed with 50 propositions and a message to the world from the more than 250 bishops.Overall, the synod's decisions have dashed the hopes of some liberal Catholics for movement on issues such as married priests, celibacy and the divorced faithful.The message acknowledged that "the life of our Church is also marked by shadows...
  • Synod Fathers Have a Day of Reflection and Adoration

    10/17/2005 4:33:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 223+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 17, 2005
    VATICAN CITY, OCT. 17, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Synod of Bishops spent a day in reflection and Eucharistic adoration before making its key decisions. There was no general assembly this morning, allowing the relator general, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice, and other officials to finish writing the "propositions" that the synod will present to the Pope. The "unified list of propositions" will be presented Tuesday in the synod hall. The list will be analyzed that day and Wednesday by working groups and submitted for possible amendments. The final version of the propositions will be presented Friday. The synodal fathers will vote...