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  • ASK FATHER: Who is a member of the Church? (Catholic Caucus)

    07/01/2015 2:24:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 22, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: Who is a member of the Roman Catholic Church? Is baptism all that is required? What about people baptised into the RC Church who later in life do not believe in some of the teachings of the RC Church (eg regarding homosexuality) but still go to Mass & Holy Communion? Can they still claim to be members? This seems like a simple question, calling for a simple answer.  It isn’t.From the perspective of the world, the Church, like any other “club” should have clearly demarcated lines of membership, with an initiation process, rules for membership, and penalties...
  • The Rapture / an essay

    06/12/2015 8:30:49 PM PDT · by MHGinTN · 156 replies
    Freerepublic | 6/12/2014 | Self
    There is coming soon a stupendous supernatural event. Some will die because of the chaos it causes. Some will cry out to God because of what it causes them to realize. It really is coming upon the Earth, soon. In 1217 AD a German Rabbi of great devotion, Rabbi Judah ben Samuel, was given a vision from Elijah regarding the city of Jerusalem. It went something like the following, expressed in Jubilee periods of 50 years, not actual Jubilees but periods of fifty year increments. Six Jubilees from 1217 AD and Jerusalem will come under rule by the Turks. [In...
  • Who Needs the Church? You might as well ask, Who needs Jesus?

    03/18/2014 2:14:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/17/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was asked to go to a neighboring parish and address some fundamental questions related to the necessity of the Church. Many today question the need for a church or The Church and claim they can have Jesus without the Church. And thus the fundamental question Who needs the Church? ought to be addressed.I propose here a rather more doctrinal answer to the question and hope tomorrow to offer a more personal answer. But, the fundamental answer I offer to Who needs the Church? is that everyone does, because the Church is the Body of Christ.To the related questions Why...
  • The Divine Office: The Elect

    01/22/2014 9:56:14 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner · 9 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/22/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    By an utterly free and mysterious decree of his own wisdom and goodness, the eternal Father created the whole world. His plan was to dignify men with a participation in his own divine life. When in Adam men had fallen, he did not abandon them, but ceaselessly offered them help to salvation, in anticipation of Christ the Redeemer, who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. All the elect, before time began, the Father foreknew and predestined to become conformed to the image of his Son, that he should be the firstborn among many brethren.
  • The Church is a Bride, not a Widow

    08/17/2012 1:50:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 16, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The readings from the Feast of the Assumption still echo in my mind. I am particularly mindful of their announcement of victory: I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed One. Rev (12:10) Then comes the end, when [Christ] hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death, for...
  • What the Lord means when He says the Gates of Hell will not prevail

    03/07/2013 11:52:03 AM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 6, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Recently I have found a persistent line of questioning in reference to the traditional understanding of the Lord’s promise to the Church: the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it (Matt 16:18) . Yesterday on the blog a reader stated the question quite well:This is just a curiosity question, but why is it that “gates” is always phrased by Catholics as if they were an offensive weapon being wielded against the Church? I’ve never heard them used as such ….But in the normal usage of the word “gates” wouldn’t it be that the Church is doing the attacking against...
  • Dan Cathy And The Silence Of Many Churches

    08/15/2012 5:06:00 AM PDT · by rhema · 32 replies ^ | 8/5/12 | Bob Russell
    Chick-fil-A reported record sales last Wednesday as thousands showed support for owner Dan Cathy and his stance on Biblical marriage. However, while individual believers stood in long lines to publicly endorse Gods plan for the family and vent their frustration at the medias criticism of Dan Cathys Biblical stance, a number of churches seemed to opt out of the conflict. While the mayors of three large cities and a few University administrators were publicly threatening to ban Chick-fil-A, and while the discussion was the hot news topic of the week, there were many ministers who said little or nothing at...

    06/22/2010 7:25:34 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies ^ | 06/22/2010 | Thomas N. Tabback
    The greatest blot against our national record in the sight of Almighty God is the innocent blood we shed under the guise of individual rights. We treasure and sanctify our human rights, idolizing liberty,but we do not honor Life, which is the greatest gift the Lord has given His Church. In Truth, it is we who belong to His True Church who are most responsible for the destruction that swiftly approaches our shores. We have brought it upon ourselves, because we have valued wealth, property and a whole host of depravities more than the Sanctity Of Human Life. Jeremiah 22:3...
  • Abortion, The Church, And False Teachers

    01/24/2010 6:13:09 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 245+ views ^ | 01/24/2010 | Terry L. Brown
    Coinciding with the 37th anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision, a decision that is responsible for the legalized murder of more than 50 million innocent human beings, Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, has built a 78,000 square foot abomination in Houston, Texas.
  • 10 Reasons Why Pastors Avoid the Culture War

    10/13/2009 9:22:10 AM PDT · by Not an Obomunist · 15 replies · 589+ views
    Big Hollywood ^ | 13oct2009 | Doug Giles
    1. Fear of Man: your regard for God and His opinion must trump the trepidation of the creature God created from spit and mud. Come on, man of God, dont fear the crowd ... 4. Last Days Madness: Many ministers do not get involved in political issues because they believe that it simply doesnt matter since the end has come. These defeatists believe that any change in the jet stream, war, earthquakes, a warming globe, the success of a corrupt politicianor even a new Shakira videoare proof that God is getting really, really ticked off and that His only recourse...
  • Cannes critics left cold at Da Vinci Code screening

    05/16/2006 6:06:33 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 26 replies · 851+ views
    reuters ^ | may 16, 2006 | Mike Collett-White and Kerstin Gehmlich
    CANNES, France (Reuters) - Journalists gave eagerly awaited film "The Da Vinci Code" a cool reception at its first press screening on Tuesday, a day ahead of the world premiere of the adaptation of Dan Brown's controversial novel. The release of the big-budget Hollywood thriller has already prompted a wave of protests from Christians across the world who believe the theories put forward in the novel are blasphemous. One of the central characters suggests Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and they established a dynasty which elements within the Church would stop at nothing to try to cover up. The outcry...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 10: The Church (Part 2)

    04/25/2006 1:02:37 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 229+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 10: The Church (Part 2) In the previous lesson, we were talking about Peter, and now we want to move into his successors and look at the primacy of the Pope. The purpose of the papacy is to preserve the unity and the solidarity of the Church for all time. You have to have a head; there has to be a point of unity, otherwise we split up. All you have to do is look at any of the groups that have broken from the Church. Immediately, they start splintering into all...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 9: The Church (Part 1)

    04/24/2006 12:33:42 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 8 replies · 352+ views
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 9: The Church (Part 1) [Class begins with the recitation of the Our Father] We are going to cover one of the most important topics, especially of our day, and that is the topic of ecclesiology. The word ecclesiology means the study of the Church. That comes from the Greek word ekklesia. Ekklesia means an assembly, a gathering, a community or the Church. It means a convocation or a meeting of people. When we talk about the Catholic Church, the word Catholic means universal, complete, whole, total, or something along those...

    08/28/2005 12:27:03 PM PDT · by Quix · 41 replies · 993+ views
    I've Got To Get Some Things Off My Chest Greg Austin! Don't Read This I warned you - I asked you NOT to read this, but here you are anyway . . . . Consider yourself warned! I've gotta say something. It's going to make some good, Emerging Church folks mad and it's going to offend "Ex-Church" friends alike. Some "Institutional Church" people won't like what I'm going to say any better. What I need to say is going to be extremely controversial, and knowing I'm going to stir folks up, I'm going to speak out anyway. Get mad...
  • Abandoned by my church (I turned over and pulled the covers up around my head)

    08/07/2005 9:09:06 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 160 replies · 4,141+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 7, 2005 | JOHN W. FOUNTAIN
    Sunday morning arrived, like so many before, with a mix of sunlight and chirping birds outside my bedroom window and a warm greeting from my tiny son, lying beside my wife and me. My wife rose quickly, announcing her plan to jump in the shower and get ready for Sunday school at the Baptist church, not far from our house in suburban Chicago, that she and our two children attend. As for me, in what has become my ritual nowadays, I turned over and pulled the covers up around my head. Soon I overheard my 9-year-old daughter's familiar question: "Mommy,...
  • The Conscience of Society: The Role of the Church in a Democracy

    07/08/2005 8:29:57 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 3 replies · 378+ views
    Breakpoint with Charles Colson ^ | July 4, 2005 | Charles Colson
    Over the last few years, theres been increasing political and cultural pressure to keep Christian influence out of public affairs. Weve seen it in restrictions on prayer at public events, on posting of the Ten Commandments and the recent Supreme Court case. We see it when politicians or the media describe evangelical Christians as bigots. One of my greatest worries is that the Church will oblige the secularists by retreating into our safe sanctuaries. Ive had religious leaders tell me that all we need to do is lead people to Christ and keep them in our churches, and thats the...
  • Where is the Church?

    07/01/2005 2:03:56 PM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 9 replies · 415+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, July 1, 2005 | Zimbabwe Report
    Robert Mugabe's purge of the poor, code-named "Operation Murambatsvina", which has cut a swathe of destruction across the country and displaced more than a million Zimbabwean's from their homes and workplaces, must rank as the greatest single terrorist act for which he is ultimately responsible after Gukurahundi - the brutal campaign of the mid 1980s led by the notorious Fifth Brigade which resulted in the slaughter of between 20,000 and 40,000 Matabele. ... As the horror of the Mugabe tsunami becomes clear for all to see, the question arises where is the Church in all this? Surely the Church has...
  • Church, not state, must advance moral agenda

    06/22/2005 10:21:10 AM PDT · by LowCountryJoe · 22 replies · 744+ views ^ | June 20, 2005 | Cal Thomas
    Former Senator and U.N. Ambassador John Danforth has performed a valuable service between elections by writing about a Christian's role in contemporary American society. In an op-ed for The New York Times last Friday, Danforth, an ordained minister, observed: "Many conservative Christians approach politics with a certainty that they know God's truth, and that they can advance the kingdom of God through governmental action." He writes that the "only absolute standard of behavior is the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves." One can quibble over where Danforth's "absolutist" position may lead politically (and I do, given the position of...
  • Transforming Culture: Christian Truth Confronts Post-Christian America

    06/16/2005 5:24:12 AM PDT · by SLB · 37 replies · 1,197+ views
    Albert Mohler ^ | 2005 | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
    Peggy Noonan is right. At some point, in some moment, all of us must admit that something remarkable has happened to American culture. Mrs Noonan, a former presidential speechwriter, recalls that this moment came for her during a high school graduation in the early 1970s. A young girl walked across the stage to received her diploma. The girl was obviously pregnant. Noonan recalls that her first impulse was admiration for the girl's grit and determination against social disapproval. "But," recognized Noonan, "society wasn't disapproving. It was applauding." As she reflected, "Applause is a right and generous response for a young...
  • The Church and Statism

    06/13/2005 12:00:18 PM PDT · by Keyes2000mt · 11 replies · 542+ views
    Renew America ^ | 06/06/2005 | Adam Graham
    The Church is engaged in a battle with secular humanism over the sanctity of human life, marriage, and the place of faith in the public square. Yet, secular humanism is not the only ideology that must be challenged. A far more subtle force threatens our nation's survival and soul. Unchallenged in most churches is the idea that we require a strong federal government to take care of the poor, strictly regulate economic activity, and meet the various and sundry needs we expect of the federal government. The New Idol What the church has failed to recognize is that the State,...