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  • Catholic Word of the Day: HEORTOLOGY, 10-25-14

    10/25/2014 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionaary ^ | 10-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HEORTOLOGY The study of religious calendars. More specifically, the science of the history and meaning of the seasons and festivals of the Christian Church year. (Etym. Greek heorte, feast + logia, science, knowledge.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Defending the Trinity

    10/24/2014 10:29:32 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Tim Staples Blog ^ | Tim Staples
    Defending the Trinity The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in paragraph 261, declares:The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life.Belief in the Trinity is essential for salvation and should be at the top of the list when it comes to priorities in defending the faith. Yet, many Christians—many Catholics—find themselves in over their heads when the topic of the Trinity is broached by members of various quasi-Christian sects who deny it, e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, The Way International, etc.Beginning with Sacred Scripture as a common...
  • A Hegelian Papacy?

    10/24/2014 7:35:14 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.onepeterfive.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Brian Miles
    “Thus I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century…the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of morals… As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church…...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 24, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/24/2014 2:52:22 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/24/14 | Joel Osteen
    With Your Whole Heart Today's Scripture “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...” (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria When you do something to the best of your ability because you want to honor God, it opens the door to His blessing. That means it will be easier, it will go better, and you will accomplish more. That’s why no matter what we do, we should give it our best. This is especially true even in the little things. For example, when you’re doing the dishes or mowing the lawn, don’t...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 24, 2014]

    10/24/2014 2:50:02 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Proper Perspective " Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ . . . —2 Corinthians 2:14 " The proper perspective of a servant of God must not simply be as near to the highest as he can get, but it must be the highest. Be careful that you vigorously maintain God’s perspective, and remember that it must be done every day, little by little. Don’t think on a finite level. No outside power can touch the proper perspective.The proper perspective to maintain is that we are here for only one purpose— to be...
  • From Bishop Tobin: Random Thoughts About the Synod on the Family

    10/24/2014 2:26:22 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 3 replies
    Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence ^ | October 21, 2014 | Bishop Thomas Tobin
    – It’s an enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrinal purity while at the same time respond to the experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married couples and families. Behind every arcane discussion of gradualism and natural law there are parents and children awaiting God’s grace. — In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis suggests, the Church risks the danger of losing its courageous, counter-cultural, prophetic voice, a voice that the world needs to hear. — The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on doctrinal applications and pastoral solutions strikes me as...
  • Professor Roberto de Mattei and Papal Authority

    10/24/2014 12:44:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Father Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 10/24/14 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    Writing in the aftermath of "the Synod", Professor Roberto de Mattei, perhaps the greatest Church historian of our time, wrote "Judgement, with its resulting definition of truths and condemnation of errors, is the jurisdiction par excellence of the Vicar of Christ, supreme guardian and judge of faith and morality". These wise observations instantly put me in mind of some words of a man who had soaked himself in the history of the first Christian centuries, our own Blessed John Henry Newman: "[I]t is one of the reproaches urged against the Church of Rome, that it has originated nothing, and has...
  • Francis’ Patient Revolution

    10/24/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 10/24/14 | Sandro Magister
    There was no agreement at the synod on homosexuality and divorce, but in the end it will be the pope who decides. And he already has in mind the changes he wants to introduce, or rather is already putting them into practice. A commentary by Paul Anthony McGavin ROME, October 24, 2014 – It is not true that Francis was silent during the two weeks of the synod. In the morning homilies at Saint Martha’s, he hammered away every day at the zealots of tradition, those who load unbearable burdens onto men, those who have only certainties and no doubts,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUEEN OF VIRTUES, 10-24-14

    10/24/2014 9:43:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-24-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUEEN OF VIRTUES The virtue of prudence. It gently controls all other virtues and guides all human actions, since it considers not merely generalities--for these do not really move us to achieve--but also the singular and particular things that are the objects of action. Prudence is practical, that is to say, it is the principle of acting. Because they are more experienced, some people who lack a scientific theory can be more successful with practical issues than those who possess a large fund of speculative knowledge; thus a doctor who knows what is in fact the...
  • Marriage Amendment Needed Now

    10/23/2014 9:14:56 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | October 23, 2014 | William Donohue
    Bill Donohue calls for a constitutional marriage amendment: In 2004, Barack Obama said, “I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about…I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation.” Four years later he commented, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” God got thrown from the mix in 2012. That’s when President Obama, running for reelection, endorsed gay marriage. But even as late as last...
  • For Every Zach Wahls...

    10/23/2014 8:42:20 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 2 replies
    I am reprinting this article I ran in 2011, after reading this article; (This Lesbian’s Daughter Has Had Enough) written by the daughter of a “lesbian Marriage” which attempts to get behind the propaganda picture of pertfctly normal and Happy “gay” families.We live in the day of the Bibg Lie so we must speak the truth!Gay marriage has been rejected by every vote or referendum in every state of the union in which it has been proposed, including Iowa But it was foisted upon the state by Judicial fiat, over the objections of voters. Three of the Justices who imposed...
  • John-Roger Dies At 80; Founder of Controversial New-Age Church

    10/23/2014 8:36:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 22, 2014 | DAVID COLKER
    John-Roger Dies At 80; Founder of Controversial New-Age Church By DAVID COLKER John-Roger's church had thousands of followers, multimillion-dollar enterprises and celebrity endorsements John-Roger, a coal miner's son who founded the controversial new-age Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness church in the 1970s that had thousands of followers, multimillion-dollar enterprises and celebrity endorsements, died Wednesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. He was 80. He had been in frail health for several years and died of pneumonia, said MSIA board member Mark Lurie. To awaken, keep going back inside of you The greatest challenge is not outer space; it's...
  • Some Temptations to Avoid in the Wake of the Synod

    10/23/2014 7:52:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Temptations to Avoid in the Wake of the Synod By: Msgr. Charles PopeDeep concerns remain in the hearts of many Catholics regarding the just-closed Extraordinary Synod on the Family. I have written much in the past two weeks and you know my own concerns, especially the need for clarity on Catholic doctrine in those teachings most disputed by the western world: marriage, family, sexuality, and the dignity of human life. We need to keep praying, a lot!I must say, there are words in the Pope’s concluding address that I take to heart and hope will guide us going forward....
  • The Color of Vestments [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/23/2014 7:08:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | not given | Fr. William Saunders
    The Color of Vestments Fr. William Saunders Q: Would you please explain the different colors used at Mass and the vestments? In my travels, I have even seen blue and black vestments which I have never seen before.The Church’s liturgical norms do prescribe specific vestment colors for various celebrations. The purpose of utilizing different colors for vestments is twofold: first, the colors highlight the particular liturgical season and the faithful’s journey through these seasons. Second, the colors punctuate the liturgical season by highlighting a particular event or particular mystery of faith. The following explanation is based on the norms of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 23, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/23/2014 5:53:14 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/23/14 | Joel Osteen
    Greater Than the Past Today's Scripture "The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the LORD Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace…" (Haggai 2:9, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God wants to amaze you with His goodness! We are living in a day where God is increasing His favor. Maybe you have seen God’s goodness to a certain degree in the past; but in reality, you haven’t seen anything yet! God has favor in your future that will supersede anything that you’ve seen! The scripture...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 23, 2014]

    10/23/2014 5:50:48 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Nothing of the Old Life! " If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new —2 Corinthians 5:17 " Our Lord never tolerates our prejudices— He is directly opposed to them and puts them to death. We tend to think that God has some special interest in our particular prejudices, and are very sure that He will never deal with us as He has to deal with others. We even say to ourselves, “God has to deal with other people in a very strict way, but of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JOY, 10-23-14

    10/23/2014 8:55:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-23-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JOY In spiritual literature, the feeling aroused by the expectation or possession of some good. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Joyful emotions affect the body, but they are essentially in the higher faculties of the soul. Differs from pleasure, which may affect the human spirit but originates in some bodily sensation. Thus joy is possessed by angels and human beings, and its source is the rational will. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The German Position

    10/23/2014 8:28:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/22/14 | Matthew Schmitz
    In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt published today, Cardinal Walter Kasper reiterates in a less controversial form his comments on Africa. He says: It’s different in Africa than it often is in Europe. Everyone knows that. What I wanted to say was: I would never involve myself in Africa, and conversely African bishops are not able to judge the situation in Europe as we ourselves are.Kasper’s viewpoint was also taken up by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, who said in the Synod: What the Catholic Church is trying to do is a sociological adventure. . . Finding...
  • A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory the Great

    10/23/2014 7:35:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archidocese of Washington ^ | 1023-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Gregory the Great By: Msgr. Charles PopeA former Archbishop of Washington was known to often remark, “There’s nothing deader than a dead priest.” Some wondered as to the meaning of this expression, and those who knew him the best explained that it was a sort of version of the old Latin expression Corruptio optime pessima (The corruption of the best is the worst thing of all).Of all the men on the planet who need to be alive, vocal, clear, and active, the priest is...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 22, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/22/2014 5:13:51 PM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    Email ^ | 10/22/14 | Joel Osteen
    Know Who You Are Today's Scripture "If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be." (1 Corinthians 12: 17-18, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria In the New Testament, John was baptizing a crowd of people and drawing a lot of attention. Somebody came up and said, “John, are you the Christ or should we keep looking?”...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 22, 2014]

    10/22/2014 5:10:08 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Witness of the Spirit " The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit . . . —Romans 8:16 " We are in danger of getting into a bargaining spirit with God when we come to Him—we want the witness of the Spirit before we have done what God tells us to do.Why doesn’t God reveal Himself to you? He cannot. It is not that He will not, but He cannot, because you are in the way as long as you won’t abandon yourself to Him in total surrender. Yet once you do, immediately God witnesses to Himself—He cannot...
  • RI Bishop: Synod Process is 'Rather Protestant'

    10/22/2014 9:35:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/21/14 | Michael O'Loughlin
    Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island has called on Catholics to “relax” following the tumultuous synod on the family, but nonetheless expressed concern over how bishops, cardinals, and even the pope conducted themselves earlier this month. “Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas?” Tobin wrote on the Diocese of Providence website. In a piece entitled “Random Thoughts About the Synod on the Family,” Tobin said that “it’s an enormous...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MORTIFICATION, 10-22-14

    10/22/2014 9:12:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MORTIFICATION The practice of Christian asceticism in order to overcome sin and master one's sinful tendencies, and through penance and austerity to strengthen the will in the practice of virtue and grow in the likeness of Christ. Natural mortification is a normal part of self-discipline; supernatural mortification, based on faith, seeks to grow in holiness through merit gained by cooperating with the grace of God. (Etym. Latin mortificatio, a killing, a putting to death.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate on Family, Says ‘Confusion is of the Devil’

    10/22/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 10.21.14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message and “confusion is of the devil.” In a lecture delivered Monday evening (Oct. 20) in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic priests might consider opting out of certifying civil marriages as a sign of “principled resistance.” Chaput is expected to...
  • The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naďveté or Shrewd Calculation?

    10/21/2014 7:31:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/20/14 | Russell Shaw
    The disastrous mid-term relatio seeded confusion, conflict, and lingering bitterness at every level of the Church. But the synod itself was only Act One Upon becoming director of media relations for the American bishops in late 1969, I quickly made a crucial discovery about my new employers. With just a handful of exceptions, the bishops were painfully naďve about the news business, yet convinced they could manipulate the process to get the story told as they wished. They were wrong of course, and eventually they learned that. But in the interim their attempts at manipulation were a continuing source of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 21, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/21/2014 4:58:32 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Email ^ | 10/21/14 | Joel Osteen
    Sharpen Your Skills Today's Scripture "Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings…" (Proverbs 22:29, NIV) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our absolute best, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when we stop learning, we stop growing. When we stop growing, we stop living. What are you doing to...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 21, 2014]

    10/21/2014 4:55:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies
    Impulsiveness or Discipleship? " But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith . . . —Jude 20 " There was nothing of the nature of impulsive or thoughtless action about our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into a panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along the lines of our own nature, not along the lines of God’s nature. Impulsiveness is a trait of the natural life, and our Lord always ignores it, because it hinders the development of the life of a disciple. Watch how the Spirit of God gives a...
  • Summary of how conservative Catholics made sure the leftists were stopped

    10/21/2014 4:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    This is a nice summary of how conservative Catholics made sure that the leftists were stopped dead in their tracks in the past synod. http://www.churchmilitant.tv/platform/index.php?ssnID=305&vidID=vort-2014-10-21
  • Pat Buchanan: The Price of Papal Popularity

    10/21/2014 3:03:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Normally a synod of Catholic bishops does not provide fireworks rivaling the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Mayor Richard Daley's boys in blue ran up the score on the radicals in Grant Park. But, on Oct. 13, there emanated from the Synod on the Family in Rome a 12-page report from a committee picked by Pope Francis himself -- and the secondary explosions have not ceased. The report recognized the "positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation" and said "homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community." As for Catholics who divorce and remarry without...
  • Sing with All the Saints in Glory (All Saints Day Caucus)

    10/21/2014 9:21:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Hymnsite ^ | 1873 | William Irons
    Sing with All the Saints in Glory Lyrics: William Irons Music: Ludwig von Beethoven; arr. by Edward Hodges Tune: HYMN TO JOY, Meter: 87.87 D 1. Sing with all the saints in glory, sing the resurrection song! Death and sorrow, earth's dark story, to the former days belong. All around the clouds are breaking, soon the storms of time shall cease; in God's likeness we, awaking, know the everlasting peace. 2. O what glory, far exceeding all that eye has yet perceived! Holiest hearts, for ages pleading, never that full joy conceived. God has promised, Christ prepares it, there on...
  • What makes Ratzinger uneasy about going to church

    10/21/2014 8:29:57 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.thesacredpage.com ^ | 1987 | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
    "Today, many Christians, myself included, experience a quiet uneasiness about attending divine services in a strange church; they are appalled at the thought of the half-understood theories, the amazing and tasteless personal opinions of this or that priest that they will have to endure during the homily--to say nothing of the personal liturgical inventions to which they will be subjected. No one goes to church to hear someone else's personal opinions. I am simply not interested in what fantasies this or that individual priest may have spun for himself regarding questions of Christian faith. They may be appropriate for an...
  • Catholic Word of the Day:HERODIANS, 10-21-14

    10/21/2014 7:43:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-21-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HERODIANS A group of Jews who supported the dynasty of Herod and shared its loyalty to Rome. They took part in the attempt to trap Jesus over possible disloyalty to Caesar (Matthew 22:16-22). Mark accuses them of even plotting with the Pharisees to destroy him (Mark 3:6). They were a political rather than a religious group. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Religious Liberty Threats: 2 Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern/Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky

    10/21/2014 7:16:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-20-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Religious Liberty Threats: Two Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern and Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky By: Msgr. Charles PopeTwo stories recently in the news illustrate that the path for religious liberty is going to get increasingly rocky in the days ahead. Up until now, the main dispute of the Church with the federal government has been over the “HHS Mandate” requiring us to provide contraception and abortion coverage. We have seen some legal victories on this front, but the battle is far from over and the cost in terms of money, time, and other resources has been enormous.The...
  • SATIRE: Bouncers Hardest Hit

    10/21/2014 5:46:55 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    50. Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony? Language from the Relatio rejected by the Synod. Over at the blog That the Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill, that is a mouthful, brings news of this latest development: London’s Catholic Churches are already undergoing a...
  • Lecture by Dr. Adam Miller, Professor of Philosophy: 'Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon'

    10/21/2014 5:16:46 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    When: September 18, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmWhere: Albrecht Auditorium Claremont Graduate University The Claremont Colleges,925 North Dartmouth Avenue,Claremont,CA 91711 USA Title: “Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon” Abstract: Zombies and vampires bend the rules of time. Death arrives for them but, even after its arrival, their lives continue. They die but, rather than passing on to the next world, they continue in this one. In this sense, zombies and vampires model an important aspect of Christian life: the Christian’s preemptive abandonment of their own life (their willingness to be crucified with Christ), in order to begin...
  • Letting Christ — Not Confusion — Reign

    10/21/2014 4:22:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. Roger Landry
    COMMENTARY: Evaluating the Synod by Pope Francis’ Own Evangelical PrinciplesOn the middle Sunday of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, every Catholic parish in the world providentially focused on Jesus’ parable about the kingdom of heaven. Jesus compared his kingdom to a banquet, for which he sent his servants to invite everyone, the good and the bad. But then the king entered the banquet hall, found someone not dressed in a wedding garment and had him bound and cast into the darkness outside (Matthew 22:1-14). The parable summarizes the...
  • Pres of Polish Episc. Conf: Let's End This Delusion That 'Mercy' Began Only Now, After 2,000 Years!

    10/20/2014 6:39:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/20/14 | Marek Lehnert
    Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, archbishop of Poznan, Poland, and president of his nation's episcopate, is glad with himself and with the others who thought as he did for the determined criticism of the relatio post disceptationem of the Synod on the Family. The Polish prelate denounced a clear separation with the teaching of John Paul II on the issue, as well as the unclear vision about the purpose of the Synod itself. Speaking yesterday to Polish radio, Gądecki reiterated that many of the Synod Fathers shared his feelings, considering that text "strongly ideologized, because it considered more the sociological than the...
  • Was That Why He Was Elected?

    10/20/2014 6:19:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I must admit I still don't understand Francis. Is he the greatest thing since unsliced bread, a cunning old Jesuit, a conservative, a trad, a prophet, a fool or even the anti-Christ; a breath of fresh-air or the stench from the tomb of those rather detestable men who surrounded the Blessed Paul VI and added to his suffering? I have never done the Benedict through Francis thing at least, but neither am I convinced of the Francis against Benedict thing entirely. I am still perplexed and confused by him. Perhaps it is in Francis who rather than being an Emperor...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 20, 2014 [Devotional]

    10/20/2014 5:06:46 PM PDT · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 10/20/14 | Joel Osteen
    He Satisfies You Today's Scripture "They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." (Psalm 37:19, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Are you expecting to see God supernaturally show up in your life? Are you expecting increase and abundance? Notice this verse tells us that the righteous, those who follow God’s commands, will be satisfied even in times of famine. Even when it looks like resources are slim, God has a plan to provide for His people. God always shows Himself strong on behalf...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [October 20, 2014]

    10/20/2014 5:03:27 PM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Is God’s Will My Will? " This is the will of God, your sanctification . . . —1 Thessalonians 4:3 " Sanctification is not a question of whether God is willing to sanctify me— is it my will? Am I willing to let God do in me everything that has been made possible through the atonement of the Cross of Christ? Am I willing to let Jesus become sanctification to me, and to let His life be exhibited in my human flesh? (see 1 Corinthians 1:30). Beware of saying, “Oh, I am longing to be sanctified.” No, you are...
  • Cardinal Burke confirms transfer, praises pushback, addresses controversy over remarks by Kasper

    10/20/2014 4:36:15 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Carl E. Olsen
    Late yesterday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, responded to questions sent as a follow-up to his October 14th interview with Catholic World Report. He confirmed that he is leaving his positiion as Prefect, remarked on the reactions against the Relatio released this past Monday, reflected on the importance of the texts issued by the ten small groups, and commented on the recent controversy over an interview given by Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany. CWR: Not to discount or question other reports, but can you confirm that you will indeed be leaving...
  • Interview of Edward Pentin By Michael Voris

    10/20/2014 9:41:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10/19/14 | Pat Archbold
    This is excellent. Ed Pentin describes the circumstances of his Kasper interview and gives his impression of the Synod. Kudos to Michael Voris for the good work he has done reporting from Rome these past weeks.
  • Francis: Church has One Year to Mature. In the Meantime, its Doors are Wide Open

    10/20/2014 9:31:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 81 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/19/14 | Iacoppo Scaramuzzi
    The Church’s doors are wide open, to receive “not only the just”, “but the needy” too. Francis disproved assumptions about a “disputatious Church where one part is against the other”, guaranteeing its unity. He reiterated that no one ever called into question the indissolubility of marriage and marriage’s openness to lifeSpeaking after the vote on the content of the Synod’s final document, the relatio synodi (three key paragraphs in the draft document did not win the two thirds majority vote), Francis addressed the assembled Fathers saying: “Dear brothers and sisters, now we still have one year to mature, with true...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: APOSTOLIC DELEGATE, 10-20-14

    10/20/2014 8:58:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 10-20-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:APOSTOLIC DELEGATE A papal representative who has the right and duty of supervising the status of the Church in the area assigned to him and keeping the Pope informed of the same. He has certain faculties delegated to him by the Holy See. Where established relations exist with a civil government, he is a papal representative with diplomatic status; otherwise his role is purely ecclesiastical. His duties do not interfere with the jurisdiction of local ordinaries but rather strengthen the general condition of the Church throughout the territory by unifying and facilitating the work of the...
  • Mormon Vampires in the Garden of Eden [The OTHER WORLD series]

    10/20/2014 8:16:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 28 replies
    TouchstoneMag.com ^ | November/December 2009 | John Granger
    ...Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books...featuring atypical vampires and werewolf champions are allegories...a re-telling of the Garden of Eden drama—with a Mormon twist. Here, the Fall is a good thing, even the key to salvation and divinization, just as Joseph Smith...the Latter-day Saint prophet, said it was... The key word in...Meyer’s dream is not “vampire”...but “meadow.”...“Mountain Meadows,”...means something much less pastoral and positive and much more visceral and painful to...LDS. ...2003 saw the publication of three books...focused on the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, in which...Mormon faithful in Southern Utah executed...120 men, women, and children on their way to California from Arkansas. All...
  • German Cardinal [Marx] Defends Synod Document, Says Church Teaching Can Change

    10/20/2014 6:24:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change in Church teaching regarding the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried. "Saying that the doctrine will never change is a restrictive view of things," the cardinal told reporters at a Vatican press office briefing. Cardinal Marx, who is president of the German bishops’ conference, said that most of the country’s bishops backed the proposal by his fellow German, Cardinal Walter Kasper. “We cannot change the...
  • The Synod; and Four Cardinals: Burke, Ratzinger, Newman, Kasper ... on the Petrine Ministry

    10/20/2014 4:52:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fr. Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    The Holy Father's speech at the end of the Synod contained an interesting paragraph about his understanding of his office. I propose, soon, to discuss it. But first, some context. Cardinal Burke is reported to have said "The pope, more than anyone else, is bound to serve the Truth. The pope is not free to change the Church's teaching with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts or the indissolubility of marriage or any other doctrine of the Faith."This is closely in line with the words of Pope Francis' immediate predecessor: "In fact, the First Vatican Council had in no...
  • "For Francis, a resounding defeat: Traditionalists have won a huge victory."

    10/19/2014 8:59:01 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    Professor Odon Vallet is an expert in the history of religions and civilizations and, since he is deemed a strong and radical "Progressive", he is a favorite in the French media to speak as a secular-friendly voice on Catholic issues. He was interviewed by popular daily "20 Minutes" on the results of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops: In what sense did the provisional text [the Forte relatio] signal an important step? The provisional text included two overtures. One regarding the remarried divorcees. The other regarding homosexuals. It was not a revolution, but an evolution. It was not...
  • Synod’s Final Report Lacks Bishops’ Consensus on Controversial Topics

    10/19/2014 8:13:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/18/14 | Edward Pentin
    The synod fathers agreed with a 2/3 majority to all 62 paragraph in synod report except those on communion for the divorced and “remarried” and on welcoming homosexuals.VATICAN — In an electronic vote this afternoon, the synod fathers approved the final report — relatio synodi — of the synod of bishops, with two paragraphs on administering holy Communion to divorced and “remarried” couples and one on welcoming homosexuals failing to reach a two-thirds majority. The final document of the Oct. 5-19 extraordinary synod on the family contains 62 points and the voting numbers for each of these was published. The...
  • Early Christian Teachings on Abortion

    10/19/2014 4:27:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Chastity.com ^ | No date provided | Catholic Answers
    The Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as a grave evil. Christian writers from the first-century author of the Didache to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae ("The Gospel of Life") have maintained that the Bible forbids abortion, just as it forbids murder. This tract will provide some examples of this consistent witness from the writings of the Fathers of the Church. As the early Christian writer Tertullian pointed out, the law of Moses ordered strict penalties for causing an abortion. We read, "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely...