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  • The Truth Shall Set You Free

    07/05/2015 3:31:27 PM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 1 replies
    Centre Street Church Sermon ^ | June 27, 2015 | Nabeel Qureshi
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  • A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for 14th Sunday of the Year

    07/05/2015 7:53:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-04-15aRCHDI | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Bad Day in the Pulpit for Jesus? A Homily for 14th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 4, 2015 • . The gospel today portrays the Lord Jesus as preacher and prophet. But as we shall see, even the greatest preacher in the world, Jesus, can find His powerful and precious words falling lifeless on the rock hard surface of many a soul. Yes, even His words can meet with resistance and hostility, indifference and ridicule. Indeed, the gospel today shows forth the ruinous result of rejection. My homily notes begin with the red text below. However,...
  • The Nations Go Mad...Zrch 12 pt 2

    “In that day says the Lord ,I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open my eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. …In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place-Jerusalem.”( Zechariah 12:4-6)What will be the outcome of Jerusalem being made a “cup of...
  • Church ‘obsessions’ As culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church...with truth

    07/04/2015 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 7/1/2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Church ‘obsessions’ As the culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church is called to respond with truth Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly 7/1/2015 Question: My sister-law is hostile to the Church and says that we are obsessed by sex and abortion and don’t care about the same things Jesus did, like the poor. Is there an effective answer to this charge? Name withheld, Newark, New Jersey Answer: The charge that the Church is “obsessed” with sex and abortion — and many today add homosexuality — is not sustainable. Any look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church...
  • God's "Invisible Hand" at The Battle of Long Island (an excerpt from my upcoming book)

    07/04/2015 9:36:28 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 19 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 7/3/15 | Trevor Thomas
    In his inaugural address to Congress President Washington said, “It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplication to that Almighty Being, who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States…No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the...
  • Fortnight For Freedom: The Catholic Roots of the Declaration of Independence

    My bride and I each year travel to Indianapolis for the Gen Con gaming convention which this year will be held on the last week in July. Indianapolis is a lovely city and we have enjoyed our visits there. Back in 1926 an Indianapolis parish priest, John C. Rager, demonstrated that the core of the Declaration of Independence has its roots in Catholic thought. It will suffice for our purpose to consult, in detail, but two Catholic churchmen who stand out as leading lights for all time. The one is representative of medieval learning and thought, the other stood on...
  • Jerusalem as A Heavy Stone In The Road...pt 2

    In a previous article , “A Cup of Trembling” , I pointed out the amazing prediction of Zechariah 12:1-2 . In the last days, Jerusalem would become a point of international contention, ultimately drawing the whole world into the strife. In continuance of this theme, I would like to give a brief exposition of the rest of this chapter of scripture. “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples;all who would heave it away will surely be cut to pieces, though all nations of the earth be gathered against...
  • Walking as an Image of Faith

    07/03/2015 6:30:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Walking as an Image of Faith Msgr. Charles Pope • July 2, 2015 • Most people, if asked, would say that they like everything in their life to be in perfect equilibrium, perfect balance. Losing balance physically is the prelude to a fall. Balance tends to be valued, not only in the physical sense, but also in the emotional, spiritual, and mental sense. To become mentally or emotionally “unbalanced” is a euphemism for mental illness or distress. Believing is leaning – Perfect equilibrium or balance is seldom to be found in the human person, but perhaps that is good, especially in the spiritual life. The...
  • Pontifical Family Council President: "World Family Meeting in Philly open to homosexual couples."

    07/02/2015 3:54:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 27 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 07-02-2015 | Rorate Caeli
    “Everyone is welcome, nobody is excluded”. With these words Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, replied to the questions from journalists at a press conference for the presentation of the eighth World Meeting of Families, planned for the 22nd to the 27th of September in Philadelphia. Asked about the presence or non-presence of homosexual couples in Philadelphia, Monsignor responded: “We are following Instrumentum Laboris on the Synod to the letter. Everyone can come, nobody is excluded. And if anyone feels excluded, I’ll leave the 99 little sheep and go and get him”, he added with...
  • Israel's Final Conflict and Deliverance Draws Nigh...Zech 12 pt 1

    In view of the recent article,A Seat for the Pope at King David’s Tomb Op-Ed: ", I thought it fitting to re-run this 2010 esxposition of Zechariah 12. Prophecy is being fulfilled this very day! Maranatha! This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of...
  • A Study of Sloth in the Life of Lot

    07/02/2015 6:37:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Study of Sloth in the Life of Lot Msgr. Charles Pope • July 1, 2015 •   In daily Mass this week (the 13th week of the year) we have been reading through Genesis. Tuesday’s reading highlights a significant spiritual problem: sloth, one of the seven deadly sins. Sloth is a sorrow, sadness, or aversion to the good things God offers. Rather than being joyful and zealous to obtain these gifts, the slothful person sees them as too much trouble to obtain and is averse to the changes such gifts might introduce into his life. This is clearly the...
  • Episcopalians OK Allowing Gay Marriage in Churches

    07/02/2015 6:13:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 7/2/15 | Brady McCombs and Rachell Zoll
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The new policy won overwhelming approval from the top Episcopal legislative body Wednesday, following decades of debate and conflict. It came 12 years after the denomination blazed a trail by electing the first openly gay bishop. "To finally get to this day is an incredible moment," said the Rev. Cynthia Black, of Morristown, New Jersey, a lesbian who has been campaigning for gay...
  • The Vortex—Excommunicate Them, All of Them! (Catholic Caucus)

    07/01/2015 6:43:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Church Militant
    The U.S. Catholic bishops have let this charade go on long enough. It's time for them to step up and perform their duty to protect the sheep and get rid of the wolves among us. Justice Anthony Kennedy needs to be excommunicated. In truth, he already should have been after upholding Roe v. Wade in the 1992 Casey v. Planned Parenthood decision. But this same-sex unmarriage ruling is beyond excommunicable. And please, smarmy Church of Nice theologians out there — none of that stupid, insufficient, "Well, by his actions he has already excommunicated himself." That's not enough. The bishops, collectively...
  • 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...
  • Awesome or Awful? A Reflection on the Mosaic of Christ in Majesty at the Basilica in Washington

    07/01/2015 8:52:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Awesome or Awful? A Reflection on the Mosaic of Christ in Majesty at the Basilica in Washington Msgr. Charles Pope • June 30, 2015 • I’ve been spending quite a bit of time at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception here in Washington recently, due to ordinations and other special occasions. As I walk up the main aisle I never fail to be moved by the scene above the apse of Christ in majesty. (See one of my photos to the right.) I have discovered that very few people are neutral on this image of Christ seated in Judgment. People either love...
  • The Gospel for Roman Catholics

    07/01/2015 7:13:05 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 677 replies
    For The Church ^ | June 14, 2015 | A.D. Robles
    Recently there has been a surge in prominent Evangelicals calling for unity with Roman Catholicism. In one sense there seems to be strong foundational similarities that would justify these calls to unity. Catholics are baptized in the name of the Trinity. God’s revealed word in the Bible -- setting aside their addition of the Apocryphal books, for argument’s sake -- is foundational to their worldview. Catholics love Christ and believe that he died on the cross and rose again to provide grace for sinners. Obviously there are theological differences associated with the specific teachings of each one of these perceived...
  • 12 Quotes Against Sodomy That Every Catholic Should Know

    07/01/2015 3:34:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    For millennia the Catholic Church has consistently opposed unnatural vice. Here is a brief sampling of useful quotes from Saints, Doctors of the Church, Church Fathers and Ecclesiastical Writers who condemn homosexual vice in their writings. Please share this post with all your Catholic friends. 1. Athenagoras of Athens (2nd Century) Athenagoras of Athens was a philosopher who converted to Christianity in the second century. He shows that the pagans, who were totally immoral, did not even refrain from sins against nature: "But though such is our character (Oh! why should I speak of things unfit to be uttered?), the...
  • In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times

    06/30/2015 7:48:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 105 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times Msgr. Charles Pope • June 29, 2015 • There’s an old hymn that says, “In times like these, you need a Savior, in times like these, you need an anchor. Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.” And indeed, there are very few faithful Catholics who are not astonished and dismayed at the rapidity of decline into confusion (sexual and otherwise) of a culture we once described as Judeo-Christian. Whatever our sectarian differences of the past (and honestly they were significant and...
  • The Almost Unbelievable Account of How the Family Synod Was Almost Hijacked by an Anti-Family Agenda

    06/29/2015 7:27:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/24/15 | Matthew McCusker
    Editor’s note: This was originally given in Rome May 8, 2015 during the Rome Life Forum.ROME, June 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- In this presentation I intend to give a brief overview of events before and during the Extraordinary Synod held in October 2014. On March 17 2013, four days after his election as Pope and during his first Angelus address in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father drew attention to a recently published book by Walter Cardinal Kasper and strongly praised it. He said: In these days I have been able to read a book by a Cardinal – Cardinal...
  • Did the Early Church Fathers Believe in Sola Scriptura?

    06/29/2015 11:23:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 305 replies
    Reclaiming the Mind ^ | April 25,2015 | C Michael Patton
    Definition of Sola Scriptura Sola Scriptura: the reformed Protestant belief that the Scriptures alone are the final and only infallible authority for the Christian. This does not mean that Scriptures are the only authority (nuda or solo Scriptura), as Protestants believe in the authority of tradition, reason, experience, and emotions to varying degrees (after all, “sola scriptura” itself is an authoritative tradition in Protestantism). It does mean that Scripture trumps all other authorities (it is the norma normans sed non normata Lat. “norm that norms which is not normed”). Scripture is the norma normans sed non normata “norm that norms which is...
  • The Wisdom of God – Chapter 11

    06/29/2015 7:37:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Thou, O Christ, who wert tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin, make us strong to overcome the desire to be wise and to be reputed wise by others as ignorant as ourselves. We turn from our wisdom as well as from our folly and flee to Thee, the wisdom of God and the power of God. Amen. In this brief study of the divine wisdom we begin with faith in God. Following our usual pattern, we shall not seek to understand in order that we may believe, but to believe in order that we may...
  • On Breeding Spotted Mice - Chapter 23

    06/29/2015 7:25:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 16 replies
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LATELY CARRIED an interesting if somewhat depressing story out of London about a certain British peer who had died just a few days short of his eighty-ninth birthday. Having been a man of means and position, it had presumably not been necessary for him to work for a living like the rest of us, so at the time of his death he had had about seventy adult years in which he was free to do whatever he wanted to do, to pursue any calling he wished or to work at anything he felt worthy of his considerable...
  • Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

    06/29/2015 6:32:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-28-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing Msgr. Charles Pope • June 28, 2015 • When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but everyone I ever asked admitted that prayer was difficult. And while many had reasons they offered as to why prayer was difficult, I still wondered...
  • From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

    06/28/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 27, 2015 • The gospel today focuses on a man named Jairus and a journey he makes from despair to deliverance, with the help of Jesus. Of course Jairus is not merely a synagogue official who lived two thousand years ago. You are Jairus and his journey is your journey. We also meet in this gospel a woman of great faith, to whom the Lord points as an exemplar. If you are ready to accept it, she also...
  • Why I am not Protestant (Non-Denominational, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc)

    06/27/2015 6:34:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 329 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/17/2015 | By Shaila D Touchton
    According to recent statistics, in the United States alone, there are 327,717 Protestant churches and 19,863 Catholic churches. However, despite the numerous individual congregations here and throughout the world, there’s really only one true Church. Even though many churches have differences in doctrinal opinions or other characteristics, every church which is based on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is a part of the true Church. Amazingly, there are thousands of different denominational and independent Christian churches who, for the most part, agree on the basic fundamentals of Christ, but who maintain their separate groups for relatively minor issues. They...
  • Why Do We Waver in Our Faith?

    06/27/2015 5:06:19 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 4 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 26 Jun 2015 | Charles Stanley
    Biblical faith is the confident conviction that God will do what He has promised. But what happens when we waver between our own thoughts and those of our Lord? How do we recover when our own feelings and our circumstances crowd out our faith in Him? Dr. Stanley answers these questions as he lists common doubts and how we can overcome them to avoid the future pain of regret.
  • How to Know if You are Blessed

    06/27/2015 11:55:23 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | April 15,2015 | Eric Davis
    “I’m blessed!” “That was such a blessing!” “Wow, you are blessed!”Whether some financial profit, a good meal, an ideal day, or finding our lost keys, we’ve all said it. And those things are blessings. But, too often we risk throwing around benedictory phrases with a shallow, man-centered carelessness.What does it mean to be “blessed”? What does God consider “blessing”? God’s definitions of blessing might not always fit the pop-definitions. One in particular, perhaps, counter-intuitive blessing is described from what is considered the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount. Christ opened it with the declarative blessing, “Blessed are the poor in...
  • Biblical slavery

    06/27/2015 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 102 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 6-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Biblical slavery Question: A person I know, hostile to Church teaching, dismisses the Bible as a moral source because it approved of slavery. How can this be answered? M Taylor, via email Answer: Slavery in biblical times tended to be an alternative to the more modern tendency of incarcerating people for long periods in prisons. People were generally enslaved for three reasons: They had debts they could not pay, they were guilty of certain crimes, or they had been soldiers who had waged war against the Roman Empire. Slavery was sometimes for the duration of one’s life, but might not...
  • VIDEO: What Does the Legalization of Gay Marriage Mean for the Catholic Church?

    06/26/2015 5:27:59 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 22 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 06/26/15 | David L. Gray (יוסף דוד)‎
    On June 27, 2015 five out nine Supreme Court Justices redefined the definition of marriage for the entire country. This video discusses the areas in which this decision affects the Catholic Church. REFERENCES FOR MATERIAL USED IN VIDEO: - http://www.davidlgray.info/blog/2015/06/gay-marriage
  • Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

    06/26/2015 10:31:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 32 replies
    http://www.usccb.org ^ | June 26, 2015 | Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The full statement follows: Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years...
  • Why I'm Still Catholic (And Why Other People Aren't)

    06/26/2015 10:18:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 315 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | y Anabelle Hazard
    My grandmother celebrates 100 years of being a Catholic. She will most likely be a Catholic till her last breath as all my other grandparents were. Me? I’m a mere forty-year cradle Catholic. I own that it hasn’t been easy to remain a faithful daughter of the Church, particularly during my turbulent twenties. There was a period I disagreed with, questioned, and criticized Holy Mother Church. There were times I watched people I love abandon their baptismal promises. Still, I remained true to my heritage. Why? Why am I still Catholic? It’s for the same reasons why people disagree, question,...
  • An American Dirge...

    06/26/2015 8:48:12 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 7 replies
    Take up this Lamentation for the Land of the Free,America, once the liberator of others, who will liberate you? Are you really free? Free of what? You have set your self free alright, By your social revolution, you are now free from Marriage, commitment, family, and fruitfulness Yours is the freedom of the madman,who observes no conventions, who wears no clothes, and who breaks all chains, (He will NOT be restrained) and who now lives among the tombs crying and cutting himself… Yours is the Freedom of Adam and Eve, Who broke away from God, and from Eden, and from...
  • It’s time to kneel down and pray for our nation

    06/26/2015 7:54:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 148 replies
    WDTPRS.com ^ | 06-26-15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    It’s time to kneel down and pray for our nation Posted on 26 June 2015 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf The Supreme Court came down in favor of same-sex marriage today.  The Slip opinions are HERE. Held: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. Pp. 3–28. […] KENNEDY, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. ROBERTS, C. J., filed a dissenting...
  • What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? The Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount

    06/26/2015 7:02:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Preach With Authority? A Consideration of the Concluding Line of the Sermon on the Mount Msgr. Charles Pope • June 25, 2015 • On Thursday in daily Mass we finished reading the Sermon on the Mount (Mat 7-9). In it, there is a line describing the reaction of the crowd that day on the slopes of the Mount of Beatitudes: And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes (Mat 7:28-29). What does it mean that Jesus spoke “with authority”?...
  • 5 Reasons the Catholic Church is the True Church

    06/25/2015 7:00:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | Amelia Monroe Carlson
    There are many reasons the Roman Catholic Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, however, some of those reasons are necessary for discussions with those outside the Catholic Church. Jesus prayed for unity of believers and unity begins with understanding. The understanding of the Church’s beliefs is essential in working toward that unity. Here are some key reasons to keep in mind when speaking to non-Catholics: 1.) Authority- Jesus gave specific instructions regarding dealing with members of the Church who were in sin. Matthew 18:15-18 says “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between...
  • In The Last Days, They will be unnatural in affection

    This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.( 2 Timothy 3:1-5)For those who have the stomach- here is a short , viral video making the rounds. I wouldn’t blame you for not seeing it, for it is shocking....
  • Why Did God Destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?

    06/25/2015 3:15:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 91 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | June 25, 2015 | Fr Dwight Longenecker
    One of those interesting details has surfaced which reminds you that everything is connected.It is now predicted that the Supreme Court will give its ruling on same sex marriage on June 30.The Mass readings for that day are Genesis 19.15-29 – the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.We should be clear. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was not simply because the city was full of homosexuality.The violent homosexual rapists were a symptom of a deeper ugliness in Sodom and Gomorrah.We know from earlier in Genesis that the cities of the plain were lush, rich and luxuriant. The kings of Sodom...
  • Removing Jesus

    06/25/2015 1:13:01 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 284 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | June 1, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    Long before Jesus turned water into wine, He turned Mary’s amniotic fluid into meconium, and her breast milk into transitional stools. Anyone who has ever changed a child’s diaper knows that the resulting odor offends the nostrils greatly. As Jesus would later instruct us, “whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly” and ends up in the toilet (Matthew 15:17), or in His case as an infant, in the diaper. Thus did Jesus’ lower gastrointestinal tract operate as it must for all men, and thus did our Lord endure the gastrocolic reflex, as all we mortals do. We...
  • Negative judgment on Medjugorje could split Church, says noted Italian writer

    06/25/2015 11:38:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    CWN ^ | 06-24-2015 | Catholic World News
    As rumors swirl in Rome that the Vatican will soon issue a statement on the reported Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, a noted Italian journalist has warned that a negative judgment could prompt “something like a schism.” Vittorio Messori said that the Medjugorje phenomenon has brought about “the largest mass movement for a battered Catholicism since the Council.” He cited the many people whose faith has been rekindled by visits to the little town in Bosnia-Herzegovina where the first apparitions were reported. Messori suggested that Pope Francis would be prudent to take no official position regarding the authenticity of the apparitions,...
  • Former Archdiocesan Cathedral Musical Director: Why I’m Leaving the Greek Orthodox Church

    06/25/2015 9:07:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | 06-24-2015 | Gus Chrysson
    Church has always been an important part of my life, and it will continue to be the central expression of my faith in God, and the core of my spiritual life. Attending Liturgy was always the pinnacle of my week, and I have virtually every word of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom committed to memory as a result of years as a church musician. My experience of church is beginning to take a different shape, however, after several years of difficult and painful discernment. I am now leaving the Greek Orthodox Church, and continuing to live out my Christianity...
  • Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation

    06/25/2015 6:53:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 118 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Is the Road to Destruction Wide and the Road to Salvation Narrow? A Meditation on a Teaching by Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • June 24, 2015 • In the gospel earlier this week, we read a warning from Jesus that too many people just brush aside: Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few (Matt 6:12-13). I have commented on this blog...
  • Vatican Sets Stage for Tradition and Controversy at October Synod

    06/25/2015 6:12:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/24/15 | Edward Pentin
    NEWS ANALYSIS: According to one priest, the working document, issued Tuesday, reflects fidelity to the Church’s traditional teaching and the diversity of opinions within the Church today regarding hot-button issues.VATICAN CITY — A highly anticipated working document for the upcoming synod on the family, published by the Vatican on Tuesday, pushes back on same-sex relationships, reaffirms much of the traditional Church’s teaching on the family, but controversially offers an opening for divorced-and-civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Although praised for being attentive to a diversity of opinions within the Church on a wide variety of issues to do with marriage...
  • The Purchasing, Manufacturing, And Selling Of Firearms And Weapon Is Completely Biblical

    06/24/2015 8:10:13 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 06/23/2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    ...One thing that I wish from Pope Francis is that he be more emphatic in his statements, and be more specific as to whether or not all weapons manufacturers are evil, or that only the ones who profit from evil are placing their souls in jeopardy. I doubt Francis himself takes the former position, since he is constantly surrounded by very tough Swiss Guardsmen who are all armed....All of the guns that the Swiss Guard uses are manufactured, and I doubt that Francis is condemning these manufacturers. Lets not forget that not too long ago the Vatican was pushing for...
  • The Mystery of Being a Priest

    06/24/2015 6:42:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-23-15 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    The Mystery of Being a Priest Msgr. Charles Pope • June 23, 2015 • Each year I concelebrate with hundreds of other priests in the ordination Mass of new priests. I find such Masses deeply spiritual. I have no role other than to quietly concelebrate, so the readings and the rites move me deeply. As I sit quietly, I ponder the mystery of my own priesthood. When I was growing up, there was little to indicate that I would ever become a priest. I was not a particularly spiritual child (at least not after age 7). I did not “play Mass.” In...
  • Few Priests Preached About the Pope’s Encyclical Sunday

    06/24/2015 6:09:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    The New York Times via Crux ^ | 6/21/15 | Laurie Goodstein
    On the first Sunday after Pope Francis issued a landmark document on the environment, Roman Catholics attending Mass in Kenya, France, Mexico, Peru, and the United States said they were thankful that he is using his pulpit to address climate change, pollution and global inequality. But few priests or bishops — other than in parts of Latin America — used their own pulpits on Sunday to pass on the pope’s message, according to parish visits, interviews with Catholic leaders, and reports from Catholics after Mass. Despite the urgent call to action in Francis’ document and the international attention it received,...
  • Charleston: How our "Leaders" Play Us...

    06/23/2015 9:28:18 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 10 replies
    06-24-15 | Bill Randles
    <p>The fight for Civil Rights requires constant vigilance, as evidenced by the current war on the battle flag of the army of North Virginia.</p> <p>When the Vultures, (oops) I mean Civil Rights leaders and politicians descended on Charlotte, in the wake of the massacre of 9 Christians as they sat in Bible study, they soon realized that they couldn’t incite riots and commit mayhem as they had in Ferguson Missouri and other assorted scenes of violent tragedy.</p>
  • Four Common Tactics of the Devil

    06/23/2015 8:43:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Common Tactics of the Devil Msgr. Charles Pope • June 22, 2015 • In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in demonic possession. Movies and books, along with human fears and fascinations, are largely the cause. Although actual demonic possession is somewhat rare, it does occur. Each diocese ought to have an appointed exorcist to assess possession. This exorcist, with the permission of the bishop, should use the Rite of Major Exorcism when true and morally certain possession has been determined. But because actual possession is quite rare, most of us should be looking out for...
  • Outreach to Gay Couples Not on Agenda for Vatican Meeting

    06/23/2015 8:23:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 6/23/15 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A working paper for a major Vatican meeting on the family this autumn indicated on Tuesday that organizers do not want the issue of how the Church should reach out to homosexual couples to be a key topic. Gay rights activists had hoped the working document, the final one before the October meeting, might resurrect at least some of the conciliatory language on the pastoral care of gay couples that surfaced during a preparatory meeting last year. The keenly awaited gathering of world bishops, or synod, will be held at the Vatican October 4-25. Its preparations...
  • Vatican Releases Working Document Ahead of Family Synod

    06/23/2015 6:23:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) | 6/23/15 | Staff Reporter
    The Vatican has just released the instrumentum laboris for October's synod The Synod of Bishops has released its working document ahead of the October synod on the family. The working document, or instrumentum laboris, which will guide the three-week long synod on “the vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world”, is dedicated to three central themes; challenges facing the family, the vocation of the family, and the mission of the family. At a Vatican press conference Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, said that each theme will...
  • Catholic Chch “Desperate” After Handing Out Anti-Gay Marriage Booklets to Children: Brisbane Priest

    06/22/2015 11:18:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Star-Observer ^ | 6/22/15 | David Alexander
    A Brisbane priest has condemned those in the Catholic church hierarchy responsible for the anti same-sex marriage booklets distributed to school children in recent weeks as "desperate" and "worried that they are on the losing side".RECENT efforts by some Catholic dioceses to distribute anti-marriage equality booklets to school children has been slammed as “desperate” by a Brisbane priest and a sign that they’re “increasingly despairing”. The circulation of booklets from the Catholic Bishops of Australia called Don’t Mess with Marriage that lays out a case against same-sex marriage made headlines last week after it was revealed children at numerous Catholic...