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  • Confraternity of Cath. Clergy: "No Religious Leader, No Synod Can Change Teaching on Marriage."

    01/29/2015 8:08:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/19/15
    Statement on Marriage by the Confraternity of Catholic ClergyMarriage was instituted by God, not invented by man (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.1603). The Creator has built it into human nature, even into the human body, in its two complementary forms, male and female. ‘Male and female He created them’ (Gen.1: 27): man for woman, and woman for man, united in marriage as ‘one flesh’ for the procreation of new life: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1: 28). God has given marriage its essential characteristics and proper laws: unity (one man married to one woman); indissolubility (nothing but death...
  • The God of Sundays

    01/29/2015 2:26:47 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 29, 2015 | DUSTY GATES
    In the year 1617, King James issued his famous Declaration of Sports, a document which would be controversial due to its encouragement of the English to participate in certain sports on Sundays and Holy Days. This document, also known as simply the Book of Sports, enumerated a number of licit sports, which were fair game, as it were, for Sundays, and also listed several illicit sports in which subjects to the crown were forbidden to participate. Prior to this legislation, participating in sports on Sunday was not only discouraged, but in fact illegal. King James’s decree permitted recreation through approved...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUESNELLIANISM, 01-29-15

    01/29/2015 9:02:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-29-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:QUESNELLIANISM A theory of grace taught by Pasquier Quesnel z91634-1719) which popularized the views of Michael Baius (1513-1638). Among his doctrines condemned by Pope Clement XI in 1713 were the claims that no grace is given outside the Church, that grace is irresistible, that without grace human beings are incapable of any good, and that all acts of a sinner, even prayer and attendance at Mass, are sinful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal

    01/29/2015 7:46:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the “Actual Mass” of Vatican II: the 1965 Missal By: Msgr. Charles PopeA couple of weeks ago I wrote a cautionary article aimed at my traditionally-minded brethren saying, among other things, that we ought to be careful in identifying the Ordinary Form of the Mass (1970 Missal and beyond) as the “Mass of Vatican II.”  I will not reproduce that whole article here. I will only recall three points:1. The Mass was already undergoing significant changes, beginning in the 1940s and picking up speed through the 1950s. More changes were planned by the Vatican before the Second Vatican...
  • Giving up Hell for a Year: How it could revolutionize our relationships

    01/29/2015 7:26:35 AM PST · by avenir · 14 replies
    The Pangea Blog (via Patheos) ^ | January 27, 2015 | Kurt Willems
    Hell is real, in some form or another.Hell on earth is something every human being agrees exists. War tears families apart. Disease kills parents and leaves behind orphans. Famine neglects to feed the most vulnerable. Consumerism by the privileged fuels the ramifications of all of these things. Hell on earth–this is real.Hell as a literal place of eternal conscious torment for those who never make a mental assent to the Four Spiritual Laws (1. God loves humans, 2. Humans are sinners, 3. Only Jesus saves sinners, 4. Accept Jesus to live eternally) is another perspective. People with this view, which...
  • If the Lord Marks Iniquity, Who Should Stand?

    01/29/2015 7:13:03 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | January 28, 2015 | R.C. Sproul
    The Psalmist asked the question: “If the Lord marks iniquity, who should stand?” This query is obviously rhetorical. The only answer, indeed the obvious answer is no one. The question is stated in a conditional form. It merely considers the dire consequences that follow if the Lord marks iniquity. We breathe a sigh of relief saying, “Thank heavens the Lord does not mark iniquity!” Such is a false hope. We have been led to believe by an endless series of lies that we have nothing to fear from God’s scorecard. We can be confident that if He is capable of...
  • Top Official of Synod on the Family Counters Conservatives' Arguments

    01/28/2015 6:32:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 1/29/15 | Diane Montagna
    Cardinal Baldisseri joins the debateROME: Last week, the debate about next October’s Synod on the Family came into view once again as the Secretary General of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, opened a three-day (January 22 -25) international conference of lay and family movements in Rome. Cardinal Baldisseri called the 300 conference participants, representing 80 different organizations, to enter into the synod process by reflecting on the preparatory document, called the Lineamenta. The document contains the final report from last October’s preparatory assembly (the Extraordinary Synod of 2014), together with 46 questions intended to facilitate its reception and examine the...
  • Voices, Lightnngs, Thunderings,and an Earthquake...Revelation 8 pt 2

    And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. (Revelation 8:4-7)The cumulative prayers of all of the Saints for all time, have been gathered into a censor, by the Angelic ministers at the heavenly Altar of Incense. Every heartfelt cry for deliverance,...
  • Not Ashamed of the Gospel

    01/28/2015 1:13:20 PM PST · by redleghunter · 9 replies
    desiringGod ^ | June 14, 1998 | John Piper
    For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Today we will take the "gospel of God" and our praises of God and go to the streets. We will walk and sing and pray and shout our faith and our love to all who will listen. Which will raise for many the question: Am I ashamed to do this? So the Lord seems to have ordered the timing of our series of messages in Romans so that today's text...
  • Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of Assisted Suicide

    01/28/2015 7:56:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Arhcdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 64? A Refutation of the Latest Assisted Suicide Bill By: Msgr. Charles PopeA bill has been introduced in the Washington D.C. City Council to legalize assisted suicide. And thus yet another battle is before us in the cultural meltdown of our land. Unpleasant though it is, dear reader, consider with me the proposed legislation and why we, as both Christians and those dedicated to Natural Law and the common good, must vigorously oppose it.As a tool for reflection, I am using an article published recently on the website DCist.com. I...
  • Silence In Heaven...Revelation 8 pt 1

    And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.(Revelation 8 :1-3)The flow of the Revelation given to John goes as follows; Chap 1 – “Write the things you have seen…”- This...
  • No Compromise' – Catholics, Evangelicals Unite on Marriage

    01/27/2015 7:43:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A coalition of Catholic and Protestant leaders has united to call all Christians to an unwavering defense of the truth of marriage, rooted in nature as well as faith. (W)e affirm strongly and without qualification, following the clear testimony of Holy Scripture, that marriage is a unique and privileged sign of the union of Christ with his people and of God with his Creation – and it can only serve as that sign when a man and a woman are solemnly joined together in a permanent union,” reads a joint...
  • Marquette and L’affaire McAdams

    01/27/2015 7:37:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 1/27/15 | Howard Kainz
    With the ongoing advocacy of gay marriage and mandatory attendance at “sensitivity” classes, pressures on faculty at universities to avoid doing or saying anything “politically incorrect” have significantly increased. A recent example, which has entered into national headlines, arose when a graduate student in philosophy, Cheryl Abbate, teaching a course on ethics at Marquette University, was discussing John Rawls’ “Equal Liberty” principle, which affirms individual freedom unless the rights of others are impugned. When Abbate asked in class for examples where this principle might be employed, one student offered the example of bans on same-sex marriage as flouting the principle....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GIFT OF FEAR, 01-27-15

    01/27/2015 8:45:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-27-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:GIFT OF FEAR Infused gift of the Holy Spirit that confirms the virtue of hope and inspires a person with profound respect for the majesty of God. Its corresponding effects are protection from sin through dread of offending the Lord, and a strong confidence in the power of his help. The fear of the Lord is not servile but filial. It is based on the selfless love of God, whom it shrinks from offending. Whereas in servile fear the evil dreaded is punishment; in filial fear it is the fear of doing anything contrary to the...
  • Sober Scriptural Wisdom on Avoiding the Whirlwind of Lust

    01/27/2015 7:28:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sober Scriptural Wisdom on Avoiding the Whirlwind of Lust By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a marvelous chapter in the Book of Proverbs that ought to be studied by every young person who must live in this lustful world. Its sets forth plainly the stance that any son or daughter of God should have regarding the lust so often celebrated by this age.Many preachers and teachers wince at the Book of Proverbs on this topic since it tends to portray seduction and lust as coming from women.However it must be recalled that Proverbs features a father speaking to his son....
  • The Conversion We Think We Want

    01/26/2015 6:04:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    CE.com ^ | 01-26-15 | Stephen Beale
    The Conversion We Think We Want Stephen BealeLet’s face it. Given a choice, most of us would choose to have the conversion experienced by St. Paul.Here’s how Acts 22 describes the sudden conversion of the great apostle, which we celebrated on Sunday:On that journey as I drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from the sky suddenly shone around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ I replied, ‘Who are you, sir?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus the Nazorean whom you...
  • Catholic Caucus: Why the Devil Hates the Blessed Virgin So Much (And Why You Should Love Her)

    01/26/2015 5:06:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 37 replies
    catholicgentleman.net ^ | January 23, 2015 | Sam Guzman
    Satan hates the Blessed Virgin Mary. In fact, he has been doing everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred for her for two millennia. Have you ever noticed that it is Marian dogmas and devotions that stir the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are embarrassed by devotion to our Lady, and they feel we should not be too extreme in our veneration of her. Perhaps you, too, have wondered why the Church holds the Immaculate Virgin in such high regard. Perhaps you have wonder why God has chosen...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RELIQUARY, 01-26-15

    01/26/2015 11:41:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:RELIQUARY Any repository in which a relic is sealed and kept. Reliquaries vary in size, according to the relic, from very small ones that can be easily carried to larger caskets for whole parts of a saint's body. Relics are never exposed for public veneration unless enclosed in a reliquary. Some reliquaries are famous for their exquisite design and value. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Female bishop: Man interrupts Libby Lane ordination (Church of England)

    01/26/2015 9:23:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | bbc
    A man has interrupted the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop. The unidentified man said that "it was not in the Bible", when Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu asked the congregation if it was their will that Mrs Lane should be ordained. The man asked to speak to Dr Sentamu about the "absolute impediment" before walking off. VIDEO ON LINK
  • Christianity’s Human Sacrifice Problem: If God called upon you to wipe out a village ...

    01/26/2015 7:58:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/26/2015 | Walter Hudson
    Does Christianity call for human sacrifice?When you put the question like that, the instinctive response of any given Christian would tend toward a resounding “no.” After all, human sacrifice is a barbaric act which no rational person could condone. We believers like to regard ourselves as rational.Yet, a cursory examination of popular Christian doctrine suggests that human sacrifice – to one degree or another – stands as a central tenet of the faith. In his book Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, author Craig Biddle cites “religionists” – including many prominent Christian theologians –...
  • If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts...Meditation on-Jonah.

    01/26/2015 7:24:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-2515 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there shall thy hand lead me. A Meditation on the Story of Jonah. By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a followup to yesterday’s (Sunday 3rd Week) reference to Jonah the Prophet, I would like to sketch a fuller portrait of his life. Yesterday’s reading dropped us into the middle of the story. Let’s look at the backstory and see how the Lord does not give up on Jonah, nor on the people whom He has sent Jonah to deliver. God keeps calling until we are ready, until our last...
  • Steve’s Devotional - What about the Past?

    01/25/2015 7:17:59 PM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 2 replies
    Key Life ^ | January 19, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Sound familiar? All clichés. They may sound nice, but clichés are often just like Band-Aids on cancer…useless. ... What do you do about your past? Let’s check out lessons from the Apostle Paul in Acts 9:21-31. To say that Paul had a bad past is a gross understatement. As Saul, Paul lived the worst kind of sinful life you could imagine—persecuting, killing and binding up the saints of God. In fact, at this point in Acts, Paul had just participated in the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr of the Christian church. What did Paul do about his past? What...
  • The Absurdity of Separated Brethren

    01/25/2015 5:22:50 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 307 replies
    Beggars All ^ | February 11, 2009 | "carrie"
    The Absurdity of Separated Brethren Before Protestants were "separated brethren"... Q. Does the Lord make use of apostate Catholics, such as Martin Luther, Calvin, John Knox, Henry VIII., King of England, to reform the manners of the people? A. The thought is absurd. The lives of those men were evil, and it is only the devil that makes use of them to pervert the people still more. The Lord makes use of His saints, such as a St. Francis of Assisium, a St. Dominick, a St. Ignatius, a St. Alphonsus, to convert the people and reform their evil manners...
  • United Methodist Church leader mocks March for Life, UMC issues response statement

    01/25/2015 3:13:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 53 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Bill Mefford, Director of Civil and Human Rights at the UMC’s Washington office, used the March for Life last week to mock the event with a sign, and picture he posted on Twitter, saying “I march for sandwiches.” Many are upset a church leader used a solemn event to liken an unborn baby to a sandwich. The next day, UMC Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe General Secretary General Board of Church & Society, issued a statement about Mefford’s “march”: “Affirming human dignity is central to the witness of Jesus Christ. Christians are called to watch over with care the lives of...
  • Is the Angel of the Lord the Pre-Incarnate Christ?

    01/25/2015 1:52:55 PM PST · by NYer · 87 replies
    Taylormarshall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Dr Taylor Marshall
    The Church Fathers held an unwavering belief that the Second Person of the Trinity appeared frequently in the Old Testament in a variety of forms: the Angel of the Lord, the Burning Bush, the Son of Man, and the one like a Son of God in Daniel.Today we’ll look at a debate regarding the Angel of the Lord. Is he are isn’t the Pre-Incarnate Son of God? There are various positions in early Christianity.The Greek Church Fathers (for example, Saint Athanasius) are convinced that “the Angel of the Lord” is the pre-incarnate Christ. They posit that the Angel of the Lord is categorically different from lower...
  • Who Are These?...Revelation 7 pt 4

    01/25/2015 11:41:11 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    01-24-15 | Bill Randles
    And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun...
  • I Keep So Busy Workin' for the Kingdom, I Ain't Got Time to Die-A Homily for the 3rd Sunday/Year

    01/25/2015 6:35:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington I Keep So Busy Workin’ for the Kingdom, I Ain’t Got Time to Die – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe readings of “Ordinary Time” (Tempus per annum, in Latin) focus a lot on the call to discipleship and the living of the Christian Faith. The readings for today’s Mass are no exception, as they present us with a number of disciplines for disciples. These disciplines free us to serve Christ and His Kingdom joyfully, energetically, and wholeheartedly. We can group these disciplines into three broad areas, such that discipleship is...
  • Pope Francis: Faith a Criterion in Investigating a Marriages Validity

    01/24/2015 9:42:05 PM PST · by AncientAirs · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 25 Jan 2015 | ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI/CNA/EWTN NEWS
    In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith ... Francis stressed “the crisis of values in society” is not a recent phenomenon, quoting Blessed Paul VI’s 1974 address opening the Rota’s judicial year, modern man “at times, wounded by a systematic relativism that bends to the easiest choices of circumstance, of demagogy, of fashion, of passion, of hedonism, of selfishness, so that externally he attempts to dispute the mastery of the law, and internally, almost without realizing, substitutes the empire of moral conscience...
  • On the Origin and Nature of Things-Chapter 5

    01/24/2015 5:28:34 PM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    THE CELEBRATED PRAYER of the great German astronomer, Kepler, has been a benediction to many: "O God, I thank Thee that Thou hast permitted me to think Thy thoughts after Thee." This prayer is theologically sound because it acknowledges the priority of God in the universe. "In the beginning God" is undoubtedly the most important sentence in the Bible. It is in God that all things begin, and all thoughts as well. In the words of Augustine, "But Thou, O Lord, who ever livest, and in whom nothing dies, since before the world was, and, indeed, before all that can...
  • Queens of Heaven. Mary and Kuantan Yin

    01/24/2015 4:16:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 204 replies
    1/24/15 | Self
    Here are artistic representations of two goddesses who are considered the Queen of Heaven and Goddesses.  The Buddhist/Taoist Kuan Yin (or Guan Yin) (è§€éŸł) And The Catholic depiction of Mary Note the similarities in representation.  This relates to a thread last week on the leftover, or accretional pagan beliefs or rituals that are still present in the Catholic church.  The Goddess of Mercy is a universal idol/icon in pagan belief systems. 
  • Mary Matters (Dr. Walter Martin on disbelief in the Mother of God)

    01/24/2015 3:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 1,658 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | JULY 26, 2014 | Tim Staples
    In my new book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, , I spend most of its pages in classic apologetic defense of Mary as Mother of God, defending her immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, assumption into heaven, her Queenship, and her role in God’s plan of salvation as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix. But perhaps my most important contributions in the book may well be how I demonstrate each of these doctrines to be crucial for our spiritual lives and even our salvation.And I should note that this applies to all of the Marian doctrines. Not...
  • Peeved Parishioners Leaving SF Catholic Church Over Ban On Girls As Altar Servers

    01/24/2015 12:45:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 1/23/15 | Dan Lin
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A Bay Area church is now under fire over a controversial new policy saying only boys can be altar servers. The new practice is making waves at the century old church Star of the Sea. Since the ’70s, they’ve used altar girls during masses. The well-known Richmond District church also has a school serving about 230 kids. When the new priest banned girls from being altar servers, it generated outrage among parents and parishioners alike. The priest admits some parishioners even left the church. “It’s disturbing,” said churchgoer Connie Porciuncula. Star of the Sea School...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMMAUS, 01-24-15

    01/24/2015 9:04:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EMMAUS A village about seven miles from Jerusalem. It was on the road to Emmaus that two disciples met the risen Jesus and accompanied him to the village (Luke 24:13-35). Not until he broke bread at supper did they recognize him. then he disappeared and they hastened back to Jerusalem to tell the Apostles of the encounter. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Gospel According to the Church Fathers

    01/24/2015 8:33:46 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 381 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | September 22, 2011 | Nathan Busenitz
    After the apostles died, was the gospel hopelessly lost until the Reformation?That certainly seems to be a common assumption in some Protestant circles today. Thankfully, it is a false assumption.I’m not entirely sure where that misconception started. But one thing I do know: it did not come from the Protestant Reformers.The Reformers themselves (including Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and others) were convinced that their position was not only biblical, but also historical. In other words, they contended that both the apostles and the church fathers would have agreed with them on the heart of the gospel.For example, the second-generation Lutheran reformer, Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586), wrote a...
  • EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples

    01/23/2015 9:23:10 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 16 replies
    youtube of EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa with guest Tim Staples ^ | 01/21/2015 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Tim Staples
    Fr. Mitch Pacwa holds this fascinating interview on his weekly "EWTN Live" show, with his special guest, former strident "Catholic-Basher" and Pentecostal ("Assembly of God") minister, "Tim Staples": EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples.
  • The Ultimate Feast of Tabernacles...Revelation 7 pt 3

    After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and...
  • The Universal Presence

    01/23/2015 3:15:25 PM PST · by metmom · 16 replies
    Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?-Psa. 139:7 In all Christian teaching certain basic truths are found, hidden at times, and rather assumed than asserted, but necessary to all truth as the primary colors are found in and necessary to the finished painting. Such a truth is the divine immanence. God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. This is boldly taught by prophet and apostle and is accepted by Christian theology generally. That is, it appears in the books, but for some reason it has...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HISTORY OF DOGMA, 01-23-15

    01/23/2015 9:21:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HISTORY OF DOGMA The systematic presentation of the history of divine revelation since it was completed at the end of the apostolic age to the present time. This history comprehends the Church's identification of what was revealed in Sacred Scripture and tradition; formulation of God's word in creeds, definitions, and doctrinal terms; interpretation of what was revealed; growth in understanding its meaning; and defense of revealed truth against the intrusion of heresy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • This is my Kng! Do you know Him?

    01/23/2015 8:39:05 AM PST · by javie · 3 replies
    "That's My King" The late Dr. S. M. Lockeridge, a pastor from San Diego, California said these words in a sermon in Detroit in 1976: http://youtu.be/yzqTFNfeDnE
  • Pope Francis compares pushing gay agenda to ‘Hitler Youth’ indoctrination

    01/23/2015 8:02:48 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 36 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    In comments at his Monday in-air interview that were totally ignored by the mainstream media, Pope Francis lamented the Western practice of imposing a homosexual agenda on other nations through foreign aid, which he called a form of “ideological colonization” and compared to the Nazi propaganda machine. Asked by a reporter to explain the phrase “ideological colonization,” the pope gave an example from 1995 when, he says, a minister of education in a poor area was told she could have a loan for building schools so long as the schools used a book that taught “gender theory.” "She said yes,...
  • Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some!

    01/23/2015 7:25:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s a common “moral” standard that many like to employ today, especially regarding sexual matters, that goes something like this: “Two consenting adults can do what they please, as long as no one gets hurt.” But of course the sinners who talk like this seem to think that they get to determine if anyone gets hurt. Generally their notions of “no one” are very egocentric. But even there they are often quite wrong.Today, I marched with many who tried to give a voice to the at...
  • Benedict XVI Aide Denies Rift with Francis

    01/22/2015 7:52:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/22/15 | Inés San Martín
    Archbishop Georg Gänswein says retired pope is not working behind-the-scenes with conservativesROME — A close aide to emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has denied the former pontiff is playing any behind-the-scenes role over the issue of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, calling such reports a “pure invention.” The aide also dismissed suggestions that Benedict is a sort of “anti-pope” for conservatives upset with Francis, calling it “stupid and irresponsible,” and labeling such rumors a form of “theological arson.” Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary of emeritus pope Benedict XVI, made the comments in an...
  • What It Means to Be Evangelical

    01/22/2015 12:51:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RealClearReligion ^ | 01/22/2015 | Rob Schwarzwalder
    A number of thoughtful Evangelical commentators (captured here by my brave and faithful friend Owen Strachan) have responded pointedly to Elizabeth Dias's Time story, "Inside the Evangelical Fight Over Gay Marriage." They have demonstrated logically, theologically and philosophically why the movement to abandon Scripture's teaching on human sexuality in order to accommodate supposedly Evangelical advocates of normalizing same-sex "marriage" and attraction is an offense to God and the Gospel.At the Family Research Council, we have joined them in addressing the concerns of younger Evangelicals regarding homosexuality, in recognizing the uniqueness of male-female complementarity and in celebrating God's plan for sexual intimacy...
  • ‘Glamorization of promiscuity’ must end before abortion can, Cardinal O’Malley tells 11,000...

    01/22/2015 11:46:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    LIFESITENEWS.COM ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Pete Baklinski and Lisa Bourne
    FULL TITLE: ‘Glamorization of promiscuity’ must end before abortion can, Cardinal O’Malley tells 11,000 at March for Life vigil Abortion will not end until the “glamorization of promiscuity” is reversed, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley told an overflow crowd of over 11,000 pro-life pilgrims attending the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Capitol’s Catholic Basilica Wednesday evening. “People who favor legal abortion claim they want to reduce the number of abortions. One of the logical ways to reduce the number of abortions would be to discourage the promiscuous behavior that is rampant in our culture,” he said in his homily...
  • Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness...A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

    01/22/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, there was a critique of a flawed moral perspective that sets up a false dichotomy between mercy  and moral teaching, and between love and the law. As noted yesterday, well-ordered love and mercy must be rooted in truth. The greatest mercy is to keep people out of Hell and to save them from all the suffering that comes from sin.Jesus exhibits this in His person, for He who is love insists on moral...
  • Pagan Saints

    01/21/2015 4:47:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 470 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | July 19,2012 | Nathan Busenitz
    As a church history professor, I am sometimes asked how certain practices developed in church history. For example: When did the Roman Catholic (and Eastern Orthodox) emphasis on praying to saints and venerating relics and icons begin? A somewhat obscure, but extremely helpful, book by John Calvin answers that question directly.In his work, A Treatise on Relics, Calvin utilizes his extensive knowledge of church history to demonstrate that prayers to the saints, prayers for the dead, the veneration of relics, the lighting of candles (in homage to the saints), and the veneration of icons are all rooted in Roman paganism. Such practices infiltrated...
  • Prophecy and Prediction: Best Left to the Professionals

    01/21/2015 3:13:38 PM PST · by NYer · 41 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 21, 2015 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Some words spring up as the fashion “du jour” and linger longer than others. There are annoyances like the overwrought “awesome” and now the incessant “iconic” which betray a weak understanding of the meaning of those words and a limited vocabulary. A little more irritating a few years ago was “gravitas” which appeared in an election campaign and still is used by pundits unable to identify its declension.On a somewhat loftier plane is misuse of “prophecy” to mean predicting. Columnists, statesmen, stock analysts are “prophetic.” True, Aquinas includes prediction as an aspect of what prophets do, but not exclusively...
  • HEROD AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

    01/21/2015 2:33:39 PM PST · by metmom · 26 replies
    Men of the Bible ^ | D. L. Moody
    If some one had told me a few years ago that he thought Herod at one time came near the kingdom of God, I should have been inclined to doubt it. I would have said, "I do not believe that the bloodthirsty wretch who took the life of John the Baptist ever had a serious thought in his life about his soul's welfare." I held that opinion because there is one scene recorded in Herod's life that I had overlooked. But some years ago, when I was going through the gospel of Mark, making a careful study of the book,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, 01-21-15

    01/21/2015 10:09:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL A historic monument of Catholic England, in County Kent, it is the burial place of some of the Church's greatest leaders. At first it was forbidden to bury within the cathedral precincts. The rule was changed when St. Cuthbert (d. 687), arranging his own burial, ordained that all archbishops could be buried within their own cathedral churches. St. Dunstan, St. Alphege, St. Anselm, St. Odo have their tombs within its walls. But the saint who is most responsible for Canterbury's prestige is St. Thomas à Becket, who was murdered by the agents of King...
  • A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate”

    01/21/2015 6:40:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate” By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is sadly evident that the Church is currently divided into two camps over the question of divorce and remarriage, this in the aftermath (confusion) of the recent synod in Rome and in the rampup to the synod this coming October. Please pray a lot!If you read the blog here often, you know that I am strongly opposed to any notions that would seek to set aside what I regard as the ipsissima verba Jesu (the very words of Jesus) in this matter, words that are,...