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  • Video surfaces of Beto O’Rourke berating Catholic priest for defending male/female marriage

    03/22/2019 7:57:27 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 40 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | March 22, 2019 | Stephen Kokx
    EL PASO, Texas, March 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A video of pro-abortion congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is running for president, has surfaced showing him berating a Catholic priest for defending male/female marriage at an El Paso City Council meeting in 2011. The incident took place in June 2011 when El Paso priest Fr. Michael Rodriguez spoke against extending marriage benefits to same-sex couples during the public comment part of the meeting. O’Rourke, who had been serving as city councilman since 2005, called Fr. Rodriguez back to the podium after his remarks, seemingly to do nothing more than lecture him so...
  • March 22 - Posture for Gladness

    03/22/2019 7:11:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you’” (Matthew 5:12). The Christian’s response to persecution and affliction should not be to retreat and hide. Jesus told us we are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world” (Matt. 5:13–14). For our salt to flavor the earth and our light to lighten the world, we must be active in the world. The gospel is not given to be hidden but to enlighten. “Let your light shine before men in such a way...
  • Leading Benedictine Nun in Germany Calls for Women Priests

    03/21/2019 5:58:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    La Croix ^ | 3/18/19 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    'Why shouldn't we pray for gender equality in the Church?' says Sister Ruth Schönenberger The leader of one of Germany's most important female religious communities has called into question the Catholic Church's exclusion of women from the ordained priesthood. "It is surely only natural for women to be priests and I cannot understand the reasons given as to why not," said Sister Ruth Schönenberger, head of the Benedictine Priory of Tutzing, the Bavarian motherhouse of a worldwide missionary order. "I am surprised that the presence of Christ has been reduced to the male sex," she said in a recent interview...
  • [CatholicCaucus] Austrian Bishop Allows ‘Jesus Clock’ Made from Upside Down Corpus with Broken Arms

    03/21/2019 11:52:36 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 20, 2019 | Martin M. Barillas
    Bishop Hermann Glettler of Austria gave permission for an artist to install a salvaged corpus from a crucifix that serves as a clock within the sanctuary of the historic Spitalskirche in downtown Innsbruck [Austria]. From the hands of artist Manfred Erjautz, 53, and dubbed “Your Jesus,” the upside-down wooden corpus projects from a mechanism on a shaft that is embedded in the torso. The severed arms of the sculpted icon of the Crucified mark the minutes and seconds on the timepiece… A professed fan of modern art and supporter of religious art, Bishop Glettler is allowing similar artwork to be...
  • March 21 - Promise for the Persecuted

    03/21/2019 5:12:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. . . . Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you’” (Matthew 5:10, 12). Jesus pronounces a double blessing on those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, which is for His own sake. The specific blessing promised is that “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or...
  • [Cathlic Ca Guest Op-Ed - Bishop Schneider: On the question of a heretical pope

    03/20/2019 6:57:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 20, 2019 | Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    [IMPORTANT] Guest Op-Ed - Bishop Schneider: On the question of a heretical pope Note: We urge everyone to share this important Op-Ed -- published first here at Rorate Caeli -- far and wide. And we urge you to keep reading beyond the "Read more" link as His Excellency lays out a plausible case for future binding canonical norms to address a "heretical or a manifestly heterodox pope": By Bishop Athanasius Schneider Special to Rorate Caeli March 20, 2019 On the question of a heretical pope The issue of how to handle a heretical pope, in concrete terms, has not yet been treated...
  • March 20 - Foreseeing False Accusations

    03/20/2019 4:50:32 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me’” (Matthew 5:11). Faithfulness to Christ will bring enemies of the gospel who will “falsely say all kinds of evil against” us. Whereas “insults” are abusive words said to our faces, these “evil” things are primarily abusive words said behind our backs. Jesus’ critics said of Him, “Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Matt. 11:19). If the world said that of the sinless Christ, what things can His followers expect to...
  • And in the Morning Watch the Lord … Cast a Glance” - A Meditation on the Look of the Lord

    03/19/2019 8:35:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-18-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on March 18, 2019March 18, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope “And in the Morning Watch the Lord … Cast a Glance” - A Meditation on the Look of the Lord There is an astonishing verse in the Exodus account, which is read this week in the Office of Readings. The Lord had parted the waters of the Red Sea with a strong eastern wind and the Israelites had just made the crossing with the Egyptians in hot pursuit.And in the morning watch, the Lord in the pillar of fire and of cloud, cast a glace on the Egyptian...
  • March 19 - Expecting Verbal Insults

    03/19/2019 6:25:42 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me’” (Matthew 5:11). Beyond physical persecution, Jesus encouraged believers with blessing for having insults cast against them. The Greek word for “insult” carries the idea of reviling, upbraiding, or serious insulting. To insult someone is to throw abusive words in the face of an opponent, to mock viciously. To be an obedient citizen of the kingdom is to court verbal abuse and reviling. As He stood before the Sanhedrin after His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was...
  • March 18 - Anticipating Physical Persecution

    03/18/2019 4:40:00 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’” (Matthew 5:10). The Greek word that is translated “persecuted” and “persecute” in Matthew 5:10–12 has the basic meaning of chasing, driving away, or pursuing. From that meaning developed the connotations of physical persecution, harassment, abuse, and other unjust treatment. The believer who possesses the qualities described in the first seven beatitudes will be willing to face persecution “for the sake of righteousness.” He will have an attitude of self-sacrifice for the sake of Christ. He is exemplified by a lack of...
  • The Mature Christian

    03/18/2019 8:16:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-17-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on March 17, 2019March 17, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope The Mature Christian As a kind of follow-up to yesterday’s Gospel of the Transfiguration, we do well to reflect a little further on the Lord’s intention in leading Peter, James, and John up a high mountain. The Church teaches us His purpose in the Preface for the Second Sunday of Lent:For after he had told the disciples of his coming Death, on the holy mountain he manifested to them his glory, to show, even by the testimony of the law and the prophets, that the Passion leads to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Oblivious Pope

    03/17/2019 5:49:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 14, 2019 | Chris Ferrara
    [Catholic Caucus] The Oblivious Pope As my learned colleague Ed Faust has observed: “As tiresome as it has become to react to the vagaries of Pope Francis, it remains a necessity, for without a corrective some might believe what the Pope says is an accurate reflection of the Gospel and Church teaching. He is, after all, the Pope and the laity cannot be blamed for believing he is a faithful Catholic and credible teacher.”That Francis has consistently, not just occasionally, shown himself to be neither presents a situation quite unlike any other in the annals of the papacy.  Perhaps Francis,...
  • The Cross Is a Fruit-Bearing Tree - A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    03/17/2019 7:36:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-16-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on March 16, 2019March 16, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope The Cross Is a Fruit-Bearing Tree - A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent The Second Sunday of Lent always features the Transfiguration. The first reason for this is that the trek up Mt. Tabor was one of the stops Jesus made with Peter, James, and John on His final journey to Jerusalem. It is commonly held that He did this to prepare His apostles for the difficult days ahead. There’s a line from an old spiritual that says, “Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down, sometimes I’m...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Communion Rail and Complementarity

    03/16/2019 8:25:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 16, 2019 | Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
    [Catholic Caucus] The Communion Rail and Complementarity The traditional Communion rail has functional and sacramental purposes.  It distinguishes the sanctuary from the nave and the priest from the people.  The architectural logic of the Communion rail symbolizes the sacred (“set apart”) and ministerial priesthood with the priest offering Mass as a mediator in Christ the Head. The priest, as male, images Jesus as the Divine Bridegroom in union with His beloved Church.  And he feeds the Bride of Christ at the Communion rail, from the “table of the Lord.” Bride and Bridegroom are distinct but never divorced.
  • Jesus Teaches on the Need to Persist in Prayer and Wear God Out

    03/15/2019 9:54:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-14-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on March 14, 2019March 14, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope Jesus Teaches on the Need to Persist in Prayer and Wear God Out In the Gospel reading from Thursday, the Lord teaches the need to persist in prayer.Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened (Matt 7:7-8).Seeking and knocking indicate persistence. While we might look for something briefly and then give up...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Society of Jesus Adrift. The Indictment of a Great Jesuit

    03/15/2019 9:44:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | March 15, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    15 mar The Society of Jesus Adrift. The Indictment of a Great Jesuit “It seems that I am in good Company….” This is how an exultant Antonio Spadaro hailed via Twitter the release of “Confesiones de jesuitas,” the expanded new edition of a book published back in 2003 with the title “31 jesuitas se confiesan,” in which he too now appears together with 37 other confreres, including several of the highest rank, living and dead, from Avery Dulles to Carlo Maria Martini, from Roberto Tucci to Tomás Spidlik, from Jon Sobrino to Robert F. Taft, from Adolfo Nicolás to...
  • Purim and the MEMORY of Amalek

    03/14/2019 12:14:37 PM PDT · by Ezekiel · 22 replies
    Bible, misc. | March 14th, 2009 (Pi Day) | Ezekiel
    Purim and the MEMORY of Amalek Parshat ZachorThis being the Shabbat before Purim, on which we celebrate the foiling of Haman the Amalekite's plot to destroy the Jewish people, the weekly Parshah is supplemented with the Zachor reading (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) in which we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth.https://www.chabad.org/calendar/view/day.asp?tdate=3/16/2019 Deu 25 17. Remember [zachor! זכור] what Amalek did to you by the way, when you came forth out of Egypt: 18. How he met you by the way, and struck at your rear, all who were feeble behind...
  • Why Does Jesus Call Us Wicked?

    03/14/2019 10:04:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-13-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on March 13, 2019March 13, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope Why Does Jesus Call Us Wicked? In the Gospel for today’s Mass (Thursday of the First Week of Lent) Jesus says,If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? (Lk 11:13)I received an e-mail once, regarding this verse:“This line bugs me. I think I know the larger point that Jesus makes here, and/or perhaps it’s poorly translated, but it seems a bit harsh for Jesus...
  • March 14 - Characteristics of Peacemakers, Part 2

    03/14/2019 5:54:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    GracetoYou.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God’” (Matthew 5:9). Continuing from yesterday, let’s look at two more characteristics of peacemakers. First, a peacemaker helps others make peace with others. Once you see your duty as a peacemaker in the world, you’ll be looking for ways to build bridges between people and God and then to build them between persons. By definition, a bridge can’t be one-sided. It must extend between two sides or it can never function. And once built, it continues to need support on both sides or it will collapse. In any relationship...
  • What is the Sign of Jonah?

    03/13/2019 3:19:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-12-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on March 12, 2019March 12, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope What is the Sign of Jonah? In the Gospel for Wednesday (Wednesday of the First Week of Lent) the Lord says, This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah (Lk 11:30). What is the sign of Jonah? Does it apply today?The Gospels of Matthew and Luke present two signs of Jonah, one of which particularly concerns us here.First Sign: In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus invokes Jonah in a twofold way: For as Jonah...