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  • The Hidden Soul and the Weight of Glory

    From a Facebook conversation: "Though I wish I believed otherwise, in the depths of my being, I do not believe any part of us survives death. I am, at the center of my consciousness, a materialist, and a reluctant atheist still. I fight this disposition daily, and it is becoming an enormous burden that I wish I could throw off. There are days where my doubt and despair far eclipse my hope that someday, God will really let me know it’s “not all in my head”, or that He will somehow bless me with a profound Athonite experience to solidify...
  • A Mathematical Proof for the Existence of the One God

    05/05/2015 10:17:51 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 45 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 5 May 2015 | ن Teófilo de Jesús ن (@vivificat)
    Brothers and Sisters: Peace be with you. Frequently, Internet atheistic aces challenge me to provide evidence and/or proof for the existence of God. Almost all the time the proof they demand is, on its face, absurd because it is empirical in way or the other and God, if they only knew what the word "God" is, lies beyond any empirical proof. No matter, they keep insisting and the silence of the impossible experiment is proof enough for them. This post is not address to those narrow, sterile minds because they've closed themselves within and become impermeable to any argument....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LITURGICAL KISS, 05-05-15

    05/05/2015 9:33:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-05-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LITURGICAL KISS Touching with the lips as a mark of reverence during ceremonies of public worship. The frequency of this gesture has been reduced since the Second Vatican Council, but it is still prescribed. The priest must kiss the altar as he begins and concludes the Mass, and he is to kiss the lectionary after reading the Gospel. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Newman’s historical concession

    05/05/2015 8:10:20 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 9 replies
    Reformation500 ^ | February 12, 2010 | John Bugay
    A commenter wrote: I was not aware that Newman concedes the point that there was no bishop in Rome during that period and I am surprised to hear that! Could you possibly reference that for me? I’m working with the 1989 edition, published by the University of Notre Dame Press. Newman (p. 12) in discussing the Rule of Vincent of Lerins (what was believed always, everywhere, by all — which he single-handedly dismissed) is quoting an imaginary Anglican interlocutor on the discrepancies in teaching from the time of the early church to his time in the 19th century: I shall...
  • A Brief Directive for Church Leaders from the Acts of the Apostles

    05/05/2015 7:29:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Directive for Church Leaders from the Acts of the Apostles By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe second reading from today’s Mass is very Catholic and too informative to let pass without comment. It presents a highly organized Church, possessing some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal (seed) form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of the Church. The soft, cross-less Christianity of many today, who replace the cross with a pillow and...
  • Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra at Rome's North American College [Catholic Caucus]

    05/04/2015 2:00:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    News.va ^ | 05-02-15 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra at Rome's North American College 2015-05-02 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday made the short trip to Rome’s Janiculum Hill to the Pontifical North American College, the national seminary for the United States.The College was hosting a day of reflection on Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan missionary to California who will canonized by Pope Francis during his trip to Washington, DC, in September.Pope Francis said during his homily he wanted to discuss three aspect of the life of Blessed Serra – his missionary zeal, his Marian devotion, and his witness of holiness.Pope Francis said...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VENI SANCTAE SPIRITUS, 05-04-15

    05/04/2015 8:56:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-04-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:VENI SANCTAE SPIRITUS The Golden Sequence, for the Pentecost Eucharistic liturgy. From its opening lines, "Come, Holy Spirit," the hymn sustains the theme of asking for an increase of the seven gifts. Its author was most probably Stephen Langton (d. 1228), Archbishop of Canterbury. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pondering Pruning – A Meditation on This Necessary Work of God in Our Lives

    05/04/2015 7:05:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Pruning – A Meditation on This Necessary Work of God in Our Lives By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe gospel from Sunday (John 15:1-8) presents us with an important meditation on the difference between love and kindness. Perhaps some further reflections from this gospel are in order today.There is an unfortunate tendency in our times to reduce love to kindness. Kindness is an aspect of love, but so is rebuke. It is an immature notion of love that reduces it merely to affirming, or that refers to proper correction as a form of “hate.”We saw in yesterday’s gospel that proper care...
  • We've Already Redefined Marriage, by Accepting Contraception

    05/04/2015 6:14:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 74 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/1/15 | Phil Lawler
    In a must-read column for the Wall Street Journal, Rev. Donald Sensing, a Methodist minister from Tennessee, argues that acceptance of same-sex marriage “will not cause the degeneration of the institution of marriage; it is the result of it.” Understand that Rev. Sensing is not happy with the situation as he sees it. “I believe that this state of affairs is contrary to the will of God,” he writes. But he argues persuasively that the public understanding of marriage was doomed when society accepted the Pill, and thereby severed the link between marriage and procreation. Marriage, he observes, had traditionally...
  • Scripture Speaks: “Remain in Me” (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 1:07:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | May 3, 2015 | GAYLE SOMERS
    On the eve of His death, knowing that He was about to depart from His friends, Jesus said to them: “Remain in Me, as I remain in you.” How would that be possible?Gospel (Read Jn 15:1-8) Our reading today comes from a section of St. John’s Gospel that is often called “the Last Supper discourse.”   After He washed the disciples’ feet, Jesus spoke at length with them in a most serious manner. This was straight talk; no more parables. We should be keenly interested in every word He had to say.He begins with a dramatic statement: “I am the...
  • The Family in God’s Plan (William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore)

    05/03/2015 9:42:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    WAU.org ^ | May 2015 | William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
    The Family in God’s Plan The Commandment to Honor One’s Father and Mother Reflects the Family’s Role in Church and Society By: Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of BaltimoreArticle Tools The fourth commandment instructs us to “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times as youngsters did we confess that we had disobeyed our parents in ways great and small? Yet we can understand this commandment more fully by considering how it encompasses God’s entire plan for marriage and family life.The fourth commandment instructs us to “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times as youngsters...
  • A Crisis in the German Church? Synod Questionnaire Would Suggest So

    05/03/2015 9:24:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/2/15 | Carl Bunderson
    Vatican City, May 2, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA).- The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts. The synthesis of responses from Catholics in Germany was released by the nation's bishops conference on April 16. The 17-page document, provided in an English translation, summarizes the responses, which filled some 1,000 pages. According to the German bishops conference,...
  • If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You! A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

    05/03/2015 8:12:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington` ^ | 05-02-15 | Msgr. Charlles Pope
    If You Ever Leave Me, I’m Going With You! A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn this Easter Season, we continue to reflect on how the risen Lord Jesus ministers to us and supplies our needs. Last week we considered him as our shepherd. This week we learn how He is the vine and we the branches on the vine, wholly dependent on Him for everything. As we consider how he cares for us as his disciples, we need to rescue the word “care” from its rather sentimental modern sense. True care does not...
  • If You Ever Leave Me, I’m Going With You! A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Easter

    05/03/2015 4:07:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://blog.adw.org/ ^ | May 3, 2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In this Easter Season, we continue to reflect on how the risen Lord Jesus minsters to us and supplies our needs. Last week we considered him as our shepherd. This week we learn how He is the vine and we the branches on the vine, wholly dependent on Him for everything. As we consider how he cares for us as his disciples, we need to rescue the word “care” from its rather sentimental modern sense. True care does not merely include more pleasant things such as giving food and shelter and other basic needs. Sometimes care involves difficult things necessary...
  • Temperament in the Christian Life - Chapter 20

    05/02/2015 1:16:32 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    A CELEBRATED AMERICAN PREACHER once advanced the novel theory that the various denominations with their different doctrinal emphases served a useful purpose as gathering places for persons of similar temperaments. Christians, he suggested, tend to gravitate toward others of like mental types. Hence the denominations. Undoubtedly this is oversimplification carried to the point of error. There are too many persons of dissimilar temperaments in every denomination to support such a sweeping classification. Yet I believe that we have here an instance where an error may serve to point up a truth, the truth being that temperament has a great deal...
  • The Eternity of God - Chapter 7

    05/02/2015 1:07:35 PM PDT · by metmom · 14 replies
    This day our hearts approve with gladness what our reason can never fully comprehend, even Thine eternity, O Ancient of Days. Art Thou not from everlasting, O Lord, my God, mine Holy One? We worship Thee, the Father Everlasting, whose years shall have no end; and Thee, the love-begotten Son whose goings forth have been ever of old; we also acknowledge and adore Thee, Eternal Spirit, who before the foundation of the world didst live and love in coequal glory with the Father and the Son. Enlarge and purify the mansions of our souls that they may be fit habitations...
  • She has been a priest for 25 years

    05/02/2015 9:10:44 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 05-01-2015 | Sr. Maureen Fiedler
    No, that headline is not a mistake. "She" is the Rev. Ana Langerak, who was ordained a priest 25 years ago in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but who now serves St. Matthew/San Mateo Episcopal Church in Hyattsville, Md. (ELCA is in communion with the Episcopal church, and they share clergy.) I just returned from the liturgy and luncheon that celebrated Ana's quarter-century of priestly service, much of which was in Central America and some at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. As a Roman Catholic, it is truly heartening to see a parish accept Ana fully --...
  • Mamma Mia – Perfectly in God’s Design, as Seen in a Short Video (Think Mother's Day)

    05/02/2015 6:58:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mamma Mia – Perfectly in God’s Design, as Seen in a Short Video By: Msgr. Charles PopeNancy Pope and Charlie Pope 1961My mother died a little more than ten years ago, quite tragically and suddenly. At first her presence seemed so far away, her soothing voice with its gentle mid-western accent, gone. But then about six months ago, in my heart and deep in my thoughts, I had a sense that suddenly she moved closer to me. Perhaps her purgation was at an end, or perhaps some roadblock in my own heart moved. But there she was, and once...
  • The Anti Christ - Seven Year Reign or Forty Two Month Reign?

    05/02/2015 6:26:45 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 32 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/2/15
    My dear friends, a few more key points and challenges I would like to make to Bible scholars is for them to see how many times the person of the "anti Christ" is found in the first half of the seven year tribulation period in comparison to the second half. The passages referring to the anti- Christ in the second half of the seven year tribulation are much more abundant and display him in a place of total global dominance and authority, while in the first half he is lightly esteemed. The Anti Christ/Messiah does NOT come to ABSOLUTE TOTAL...
  • Love and faithfulness do not disappear or die out.

    05/01/2015 10:11:19 PM PDT · by bad company · 1 replies
    http://www.pravmir.com ^ | Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann
    Listening to the account of Christ’s crucifixion and death during Holy Week, I am invariably struck by one detail in the story: the loyalty to the very end of a handful of people, mostly women, about whom the gos­pels tell us almost nothing else. What we do know is that Christ’s disciples, all of them, ran away and left him behind. Peter denied him three times. Judas betrayed him. Crowds followed Christ while he was preaching, and each person was expecting to get something from him: they expected help, miracles and healings; they expected liberation from hated Roman occupation; they...
  • 2015 B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture Series: Pentecost and the Work of the Spirit Today

    05/01/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 3 replies
    What happened on Pentecost? What are the implications of what took place on Pentecost for the church today? What expectations ought Christians to have for the work of the Holy Spirit in their own lives and the lives of others? Christians today continue to be divided, sometimes deeply, over the answers to these questions. During the 2015 B.B. Warfield Memorial Lecture Series we will examine the Bible for the sound and reliable answers it alone provides.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS, 05-01-15

    05/01/2015 8:31:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-01-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random: THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST. FRANCIS Also called Fioretti. A collection of stories about the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his companions. It cannot be traced to a single author, but one part at least has been attributed to a provincial of the Friars Minor, Fra. Ugolino Brunforte. The earliest manuscript dated 1390 is in Berlin. First printed at Vicenza in 1476, the vernacular translation was widely circulated and is considered a masterpiece of Italian literature. There are several English versions. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • Are you a Kisser or a Cleaver?

    05/01/2015 7:29:28 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 4 replies
    TheYeshiva.net ^ | 2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    Are you a Kisser or a Cleaver? Exploring the literal, poetic, and mystical interpretations of the Book of Ruth. This is part one (with links contained within to subsequent classes) of an incredible series about the Book of Ruth, it's classical teachings, and messages for the future. On the night of the up-coming Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, many Jewish congregations read the Book of Ruth? Give a listen and learn the incredible depth of the story.
  • God on His Terms, Not Ours

    05/01/2015 7:02:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God on His Terms, Not Ours By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a brief interaction between Jesus and certain unbelieving Jews on the Temple Mount which illustrates the rather common human tendency to demand that God be God on our terms, not His. Here is that dialogue:And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon.So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,“How long are you going to keep us in suspense?If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe.The works I do in my Father’s...
  • Catholic word of the Day: TONSURE, 04-30-15

    04/30/2015 8:53:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-30-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:TONSURE For centuries, up to the Second Vatican Council, the outward visible sign of the clerical state. A lock or sometimes a circle of hair was cut, varying in size, from the top of the head. the baptized and confirmed layman so tonsured was admitted to the clerical state with all privileges in an ecclesiastical ceremony. In 1972, with the apostolic letter Mysteria Quaedam, Pope Paul VI decreed that "The first tonsure is no longer conferred. Entrance into the clerical state is now joined with the Diaconate." This provision applies to the Latin Rite. (Etym. Latin...
  • More Precious than Silver or Gold – Meditation on the Spiritual Work of Mercy-Instruct the Ignorant

    04/30/2015 7:31:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    More Precious than Silver or Gold – A Meditation on the Spiritual Work of Mercy to Instruct the Ignorant By: Msgr. Charles PopeTo instruct comes from the Latin in + struere, which means to build up or (even more literally) to pile up. In English, there is also the notion of strewing something. For example, to strew hay or to say that the seed has been strewn. Thus, to instruct means to disperse knowledge or build someone up in what is learned.These days, the word “ignorant” is most often used in a negative or pejorative sense. And thus to say that someone is ignorant usually...
  • Westminster Abbey acknowledges Mohammed in succession of prophets

    04/30/2015 6:48:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 38 replies
    Archbishop Cranmer (blog) ^ | 04-28-2015 | Archbishop Cranmer (blog)
    “Peace be upon all auspicious prophets of God, from Adam, Noah and Abraham to Moses, Jesus and Mohammed Mustafa..”
  • Holy Orders: The sacrament of ordained ministry [Catholic Caucus]

    04/29/2015 8:25:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CatholicSpirit.com ^ | May 23, 2012 | Father Michael Van Sloun
    Holy Orders: The sacrament of ordained ministryThe Catholic Spirit | Father Michael Van Sloun for The Catholic Spirit | May 23, 2012 Holy orders is one of the seven sacraments. It, along with the sacrament of marriage, belongs to a special group of sacraments known as the Sacraments of Commitment. These two sacraments are “sacraments at the service of communion,” “directed toward the salvation of others,” and “serve to build up the people of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1534).Three degreesWhile all of the baptized share in the universal priesthood, holy orders is the sacrament of the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROMAN VESTMENTS, 04-29-15

    04/29/2015 8:41:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-29-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ROMAN VESTMENTS A name popularly given to liturgical vestments for Mass, in contrast to the Gothic style. Roman vestments are post_Tridentine and are characterized by a broad and short stole, and a chasuble, practically recangular in shape, and made of relatively stiff material so that the design flatly stands out. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission. 
  • Some Things Are Not for You to Know – A Meditation on the Seven Thunders of the Book of Revelation

    04/29/2015 7:05:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There Are Some Things That Are Not for You to Know – A Meditation on the Seven Thunders of the Book of Revelation By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the Office last week, we read a poignant passage from the Book of Revelation. It reminds us that there are some things that are not for us to know.Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open...
  • US Clergy Back British Priests Over Synod Letter

    04/29/2015 6:01:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/29/15 | Staff Reporter
    American clergymen join British counterparts in wishing to uphold 'Church discipline' on sacramentsA group of American priests has given their backing to the British clergy who wrote to the Catholic Herald last month in support of Church teaching on marriage. Following the letter from 500 clergy in England and Wales , which was issued in advance of the Synod of Bishop taking place later this year, a group of American clergy has now added their support, as first reported by the Church Militant website. In a letter, addressed to the Synod Fathers and published on the the Credo Priests website,...
  • Cause for Controversy: Catholic School Teaches Catholic Morals to Catholic Students [UK]

    04/28/2015 8:24:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/28/15 | Joanna Bogle
    "The Telegraph" apparently finds it bothersome that Coloma Convent Girls' School presents the dark side of premarital sex and strongly encourages chaste choicesHeadlines about complaints over sex education in a Catholic school. Claims that some students are “scared” by the approach used in teaching about sexually transmitted diseases. The head teacher defending what had been done and saying the aim was to meet the needs of pupils and “discuss various issues and ideas”. Sound familiar? There has been plenty of controversy over sex education in recent years. So why did Britain's Daily Telegraph pick up this particular story? Coloma Convent...
  • On the Infallibility of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium

    04/28/2015 6:01:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 108 replies
    CatholicPlanet.com ^ | December 16, 2005 | Ronald L. Conte Jr.
    On the Infallibility of Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium 1. Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Magisterium are a reflection of the Most Holy Trinity. Tradition is a reflection of the Father; Scripture is a reflection of the Son; Magisterium is a reflection of the Spirit. Scripture proceeds from Tradition, just as the Son proceeds from the Father. Magisterium proceeds primarily from Tradition and Secondarily from Scripture, just as the Spirit proceeds primarily from the Father and secondarily from the Son. Tradition, Scripture, Magisterium are three distinct aspects of One Divine Gift, just as the Trinity is three distinct Persons of One...
  • Ex-Muslim: Koran Revealed a Religion I Did Not Like

    04/28/2015 9:35:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    CBN ^ | 4-27-15 | Dale Hurd
    Mona Walter is on a mission. Her mission is for more Muslims to know what is in the Koran. She says if more Muslims knew what was in the Koran, more would leave Islam.  Walter came to Sweden from Somalia as a war refugee when she was 19. She says she was excited about joining a modern European nation with equal rights for women. But as a young Muslim woman, that was not the Sweden she encountered.  A Real Introduction to Islam It was in Sweden that she first experienced radical Islam on a daily basis. "I discovered Islam first...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ILLUMINATING GRACE, 04-28-15

    04/28/2015 9:30:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ILLUMINATING GRACE Actual grace conferred by God to enlighten the mind. Its main function is to enable a person to believe with certitude in God's revelations, and to better understand the mysteries of faith and of divine providence. It is thus fundamental in the spiritual life, since moral conduct and sanctity absolutely depend on the prior convictions of faith which reside in the intellect illuminated by God's grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • There Is No “Bible” in the Bible

    04/28/2015 9:30:05 AM PDT · by NRx · 59 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-28-2014 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    ...The “Bible,” a single book with the whole of the Scriptures included, is indeed modern. It is a by-product of the printing press, fostered by the doctrines of Protestantism. For it is not until the advent of Protestant teaching that the concept of the Bible begins to evolve into what it has become today. The New Testament uses the word “scriptures” (literally, “the writings”) when it refers to the Old Testament, but it is a very loose term. There was no authoritative notion of a canon of the Old Testament. There were the Books of Moses and the Prophets (cf....
  • Are you infallible?

    04/28/2015 8:36:56 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 1,168 replies
    One Fold ^ | December 10, 2013 | Brian Culliton
    It’s a question that requires little thought to answer; are you infallible? It ranks right up there with, “Are you God?” But to Catholic apologists the question is quite serious; that’s because they believe that there is a man on earth who, on the subject of faith and morals, is infallible; they call him, “holy father.” See, it does rank right up there with, “Are you God,” at least when coming from people who think their leader is equal with God on deciding issues of faith and morals. According to Catholic apologist, John Martignoni, this question should cause Protestants to...
  • Eyes That Are Humble – A Meditation on the Humbling Thorn of St. Paul

    04/28/2015 7:17:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Eyes That Are Humble – A Meditation on the Humbling Thorn of St. Paul By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe story of St. Paul’s conversion is well known and we read it last week in daily Mass. But there is a detail that I have often pondered which, though speculative, ought not be overlooked. Indeed, even my choice of the words “speculative” and “overlooked” (both of which refer to the eyes) indicate that we ought to give an eye (i.e., a look) to St. Paul’s eyes.As you probably recall, St. Paul was not just struck down on the road to Damascus, he was...
  • Famed German Catholic philosopher makes waves for criticizing Pope Francis’ ‘autocratic’ style

    04/28/2015 6:02:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 04-27-2015 | Maike Hickson
    April 27, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- In a recent lengthy interview with the German Catholic journal Herder Korrespondenz in an issue especially dedicated to the theme of Pope Francis, the renowned and arguably most prominent Catholic philosopher in Germany, Professor Robert Spaemann, a long-time friend of Pope Benedict, has gone public with a strong criticism of Pope Francis that is being discussed nation-wide. At the beginning of this interview-discussion that included also another German Catholic philosopher, Professor Hans Joas, Spaemann in a calm and differentiated way first acknowledged Pope Francis' strengths and especially what he calls his “traditional piety”: “He speaks...
  • The Magisterium of the Catholic Church

    04/27/2015 7:15:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 103 replies
    CatholicEssentials.net ^ | 2008 | CatholicEssentials.net
    The Magisterium of the Catholic Church Defined as "the Church's divinely appointed authority to teach the truths of religion". In other words, Our Lord gave His Church the authority to teach the faithful about what is expected of them, and that is what the Church has done consistently from the start. The Magisterium of Catholic Church teaches the faithful in two ways; 1) Solemn Magisterium: is Church teaching which is used only rarely by formal and authentic definitions of councils or Popes. This includes dogmatic definitions by councils or Popes teaching "ex cathedra"2) Ordinary Magisterium: this second form of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CHRISTIAN, 04-27-15

    04/27/2015 8:49:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CHRISTIAN A person who is baptized. A professed Christian also believes in the essentials of the Christian faith, notably in the Apostles' Creed. A Catholic Christian further accepts the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, participates in the Eucharistic liturgy and sacraments of Catholic Christianity, and gives allegiance to the Catholic hierarchy and especially to the Bishop of Rome. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Please Pray This Week for Traditional Marriage – The Supreme Court Is in Session

    04/27/2015 7:22:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Please Pray This Week for Traditional Marriage – The Supreme Court Is in Session By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe March for Marriage yesterday in Washington, D.C. was successful for numerous reasons. Among them was the turnout: over 10,000 people. This is especially impressive given the date change (the march had been planned for June but was moved to April when the Supreme Court’s schedule for the marriage cases was announced).Second, the march manifested a diversity that shows that the concerns for traditional marriage are not coming only from older white Catholics and Pentecostals. You can see some pictures from the march here: March for Marriage 2015. Indeed...
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/26/2015 6:57:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter By: Msgr. Charles PopeOn this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the King of Love, He shepherds us. Here, then, are four portraits of His love:I. Passionate love – Jesus says, I am the Good Shepherd, a...
  • Chapter 38: Eternal Marriage ['Eternal Marriage Essential for Exaltation' (living with) Lds god]

    04/25/2015 6:00:50 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Chapter 38: Eternal Marriage [SNIP] Eternal Marriage Is Essential for Exaltation• What is the Lord’s doctrine of marriage, and how does it differ from the views of the world? Many people in the world consider marriage to be only a social custom, a legal agreement between a man and a woman to live together. But to Latter-day Saints, marriage is much more. Our exaltation depends on marriage...[SNIP] Heavenly Father has given us the law of eternal marriage so we can become like Him. The Lord has said: “In the celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; “And in order...
  • Chapter 47: Exaltation [Requirement #5: 'We MUST be married for eternity...']

    04/25/2015 6:00:40 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 1 replies
    Requirements for Exaltation[SNIP] To be exalted, we first must place our faith in Jesus Christ and then endure in that faith to the end of our lives. Our faith in Him must be such that we repent of our sins and obey His commandments. He commands us all to receive certain ordinances: ... 3. Brethren must receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and magnify their callings in the priesthood. 4. We must receive the temple endowment. 5. We must be married for eternity, either in this life or in the next.In addition to receiving the required ordinances, the Lord commands all of...
  • President Harold B. Lee’s General Priesthood Address ['only' married exalted 'in celestial kingdom']

    04/25/2015 5:33:09 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 35 replies
    Ensign (official Lds Church publication) ^ | January 1974 | Lds "prophet" Harold B. Lee
    ...let me say just a bit more about...marriage. This may sound a little bit bold to urge marriage for those...past the marriageable age;...we are shocked to know that some men are delaying marriage until their later thirties or into their forties, and they have never talked of marriage. [SNIP] ...I have a letter here from a sister that pinpoints something...these girls are going through...There is a man who has been dating her for years and he comes especially at meal time... Here is another one who says, “I am a 40-year-old single woman.” Another one says, “I am a 30-year-old...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GENUFLECTION, 04-25-15

    04/25/2015 10:04:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:GENUFLECTION Bending of the knee as an act of reverence. Customary when passing before the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle, entering the pew for divine worship, and during certain ceremonies to the Cross. A double genuflection of both knees simultaneously was commonly made before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in a monstrance. The new directive since the Second Vatican Council specifies: "One knee is bent before the Blessed Sacrament, whether reserved in the tabernacle or exposed for public adoration" (Eucharistiae Sacramentum, 1973, number 84). Genuflections are also made to the Pope, to a cardinal, and to a...
  • Polygamy: Demise [Lds polygamy didn't end with 1890 manifesto; nor was it intended to]

    04/25/2015 5:09:20 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    TimesAndSeasons.org ^ | April 15, 2015 | Dave Banack
    This is the third and final post on B. Carmon Hardy’s Doing the Works of Abraham: Mormon Polygamy: Its Origin, Practice and Demise (Arthur H. Clark Co., 2007). The simple story of the end of LDS polygamy is that it ended in 1890 with the Manifesto. The not-so-simple story involves a Second Manifesto in 1904, which raises the obvious question, “If the First Manifesto ended polygamy, why the need for a Second Manifesto?” The First Manifesto did not end the officially sanctioned LDS practice of polygamy. In fact, it took twenty years to fully execute that momentous institutional change of...
  • Chicago Archbishop Commits Sacrilege?

    04/24/2015 7:19:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/24/15 | Michael Voris
    Archbishop Blase Cupich allows non-Catholic Governor to receive Holy CommunionCHICAGO, April 24, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com)—Eyewitness reports as well as television footage clearly prove that Illinois governor Bruce Rauner received Holy Communion at Cardinal George's funeral Mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Thursday, April 23. Governor Rauner is not Catholic. Therefore, what appears to be a grave violation of Canon 844 has been committed. Present at the Mass was Chicago's new archbishop Blase Cupich. In addition to the violation of canon law, the question is being asked: Was a sacrilege committed on the new archbishop's watch? According to canon law, since the...
  • “Assurance: Every Believer’s Birthright”

    04/24/2015 3:59:10 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 11 replies
    Reformed Bibliophile ^ | June 1, 2012 | Phil Johnson
    I was listening to a sermon by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones not long ago in which he pointed out that assurance is one of the most prominent subjects in the New Testament. Virtually every New Testament epistle was written to address some doubt, answer some question, settle some uncertainty—all of them aimed at stimulating or reinforcing the assurance of believers. Scripture encourages us to have assurance. It is not inherently brash or presumptuous to be confident in your faith.Shortly after reading that comment by Lloyd-Jones, while doing some research on a totally different theme, I had occasion to review The Canons...