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  • The Real Argument over ‘Amoris’ Is an Old One over Conscience [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 11:22:44 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Austen Ivereigh
    The furious reaction from critics of 'Amoris Laetitia' to the Maltese bishops' guidelines implementing it suggests that behind the debates and arguments over Francis's apostolic exhortation 'The Joy of Love' is a very old-fashioned, and still unresolved, dispute within the Church over the role of conscience. The heart of the  Amoris Laetitia disputes, which flared up again at the weekend following the Maltese bishops’ guidelines on the admission of the divorced-and-remarried to the sacraments, is not doctrine or law but the role of conscience.Both critics and partisans of the exhortation have correctly detected a clear shift in magisterial teaching in...
  • Ethicist Says Ghostwriter’s Role in ‘Amoris’ Is Troubling

    01/15/2017 11:15:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Michael Pakaluk
    It turns out that the most important footnote in 'Amoris Laetitia' may be one that's not there, because a key passage of the document is lifted almost verbatim from a 1995 essay in theology by Archbishop Victor Fernandez -- raising troubling questions about Fernandez's role as ghostwriter, and the magisterial force of his ideas. [EditorÂ’s note: In this essay, Professor Michael Pakaluk of the Catholic University of America examines the role of Argentine Archbishop Victor Fernandez, a theological adviser to Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia, the pontiffÂ’s document on the family. Crux invited Fernandez to respond, and his comments appear...
  • Pope Francis: Beyond the Submerged Schism

    01/15/2017 7:36:20 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | January 16, 2017 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    The “lineamenta” (guidelines) of the forthcoming synod on young people, published January13, paved the way to a new path for the synod. Much has changed since the times when it was thought that the Synod of Bishops was going to gain more importance in the Curia – the chair of the first meetings of the heads of Vatican dicasteries under Pope Francis was Cardinal Baldisseri, the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops. In the meantime, a major role for the Synod of Bishops in papal elections, on the basis of a plan of Pope Paul VI, was rumored. At...
  • ASK FATHER: Can Absolution Be Granted When No Purpose of Amendment Exists? [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 7:26:09 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 15, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Under another entry here a commentator asked: Can absolution be granted where no purpose of amendment exists? If granted, with no purpose of amendment, does it even ‘take’? No. And No.In normal circumstances, when there isn’t danger or some other odd condition, in order to absolve a penitent who is sui compos (conscious, able to make a confession, etc.) the priest must be reasonably certain that the penitent 1) has actually confessed a sin (even a previously confessed and absolved sin is enough), 2) has, in that moment, at least imperfect sorrow for sin (attrition – fear of punishment), and...
  • The Gospel According to Cardinal Kasper: Did the Miracles and Prophesies of Jesus Really Happen?

    01/15/2017 6:51:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Catholic Household ^ | February 14, 2015 | Joe Sparks
    “A number of miracle stories turn out in the light of form criticism to be projections of the experiences of Easter back into the earthly life of Jesus, or anticipatory representations of the exalted Christ. Among these epiphany stories we should probably include the stilling of the storm, the transfiguration, Jesus’ walking on the lake, the feeding of the four (or five) thousand and the miraculous draught of fishes. The clear purpose of the stories of the raising from the dead of Jairus’s daughter, the widow’s son at Naim and Lazarus is to present Jesus as Lord over life and...
  • Resting in God's Sovereignty

    01/15/2017 2:19:14 PM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[God] made known the mystery of His will according to His kind intention which He purposed in [Christ] with a view to an administration suitable to the fulness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth" (Eph. 1:9-10). God is intimately involved in the flow of human history and is directing its course toward a specific, predetermined climax. For centuries men of various philosophical schools have debated the cause, course, and climax of human history. Some deny God and therefore deny any divine involvement in history....
  • The Opposite of Covetousness

    01/15/2017 2:18:45 PM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let your way of life be free from the love of money, being content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5). If you are content with what God has given you, you will not be a person who is covetous or a lover of money. I once had a man come into my church office and confess the sin of gluttony. When I told him he did not look overweight, he answered, “I know. It is not that I eat too much but that I want to. I continually crave food. It’s an obsession.” Covetousness is very similar to that man’s...
  • [Catholic Caucus] "Amoris Laetitia". Malta’s Sailboat Joins the Papal Fleet

    01/15/2017 1:22:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    L'Esspro ^ | January 14, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with "humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for God’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it" (AL 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351).» In brief: yes to communion...
  • Pope extends overhaul of Vatican's liturgy department

    01/15/2017 1:15:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Fox News - Europe ^ | January 14, 2017 | AP
    Pope Francis is extending his controversial overhaul of the Vatican's liturgy department, adding a host of new advisers after an initial shake-up removed some leading conservative cardinals.
  • A Malta Laetitia

    01/15/2017 1:05:54 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 14, 2017 | Carl E. Olson
    Just yesterday I was lamenting to some colleagues about how weary I've become of the ongoing and escalating debate over Amoris Laetitia and its interpretation. "I would be happy," I said, "to not write of it again." Knowing full well the topic was not going away. Quite the contrary. So, I am not happy. But this really isn't about feelings, is it? Or is it? The bishops of Malta, in a pastoral letter signed January 8th by the Archbishop of Malta, Charles J. Scicluna, and the Bishop of Gozo, Mario Grech, have offered their "Criteria for the Application of Chapter...
  • Canonist Ed Peters on The Maltese Fiasco (Pt. 2)

    01/15/2017 1:05:19 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 15, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf / Dr. Edward Peters
    Distinguished canonist Ed Peters, at his indispensable blog In The Light Of The Law, has posted in the wake of what we must now call…The Maltese FiascoThe Bishops of Malta issued a dreadful set of guidelines for the implementation of the objectively ambiguous bits of Amoris laetitia, Ch. 8. These are the bits that the Four Cardinals (Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra, Meisner) – and the rest of the rational, honest world – want clarified. The Four Cardinals submitted five formal questions or Dubia to the Holy Father and to the CDF. Since its release, Amoris laetitia has caused confusion, anxiety,...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Winning the Lottery

    01/15/2017 11:41:43 AM PST · by Resettozero · 3 replies ^ | January 15, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    Day 3: Winning the Lottery My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place. John 18:36 For those of us who so love this country, it’s easy to forget that America is not “the promised land.” Certainly, this exceptional nation was founded on religious freedom and God has abundantly blessed it. As Americans, we have enormous responsibility and a privilege that – compared to the rest of the world – is hard to calculate. A friend said, “Being born...
  • Dubia de Concilio

    01/15/2017 10:08:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | January 12, 2017 | Louie Verrecchio
    As the vast majority of readers of this space are perfectly well-aware, the current crisis in the Church concerning Francis in general, and Amoris Laetitia in particular, is part and parcel of the conciliar revolution. As I wrote in the previous post, the documents of the Council – by turning on its head the constant teaching of the Church on such matters as religious liberty, ecumenism, the Church’s relationship with the Jews, etc. – actually set the stage for Amoris Laetitia to do the same with regard to adultery, marriage and family, Holy Communion, and even the very concept of...
  • Who Is Jesus Christ? A Homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year

    01/15/2017 8:05:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Is Jesus Christ? A Homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2017 • As Ordinary Time (tempus per annum) opens up, the lectionary continues to “introduce” Christ to us. The Christmas cycle now done, we must ask, “Who is Jesus Christ? Who is this savior who has been born for us?”In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist elaborates on this. John’s words are brief, but they are packed with Christological teaching. In this Gospel we learn at least five things about Jesus. We learn that He is prefigured, preexistent, preeminent, powerful, and...
  • Bishop Schneider Warns Against ‘a Mentality of Radical Relativism Being Created Inside the Church’

    01/15/2017 4:08:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | January 13, 2017 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Editor's note: See full translation of Bishop Schneider's interview below. January 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider is warning the faithful against a “mentality of radical relativism” that has infiltrated the Catholic Church and is threatening the Christian affirmation of absolute and eternal truths. In a recent interview with the Spanish Catholic blog Adelante la Fe and translated into English by LifeSiteNews, Bishop Schneider remarked on the practice of giving Holy Communion to those who are divorced and “remarried” outside the Church, calling it “truly a very dangerous phenomenon.” Bishop Schneider covered a variety of topics in the interview,...
  • All Questions Have Been Answered Concerning Amoris Laetitia (interview with Baldiserri)

    01/15/2017 3:49:45 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | January 14, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal Baldiserri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, gave his thoughts on the implementation of Amoris Laetitia in an interview published in L'Osservatore Romano, Thursday 12th January. (Republished in Aleteia). During the interview Cardinal Baldiserri dismissed the need for further clarification of Amoris Laetitia, insisting that all questions have been answered by competent authorities and that Amoris Laetitia is self-explanatory: How can you respond to those who request further clarification on the pastoral guidelines of the apostolic exhortation? They have already been provided several answers.  Also, persons competent for their role and their authority have expressed themselves [on this matter]. It is firstly a matter of going...
  • Bishop Schneider Offers Hope Amidst Crisis Permitted by “Divine Providence”

    01/14/2017 1:40:15 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | January 14, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    As the ecclesiastical crisis continues to deepen in 2017, I have found myself facing a certain exhaustion; a feeling that, while knowing the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, that Christ will have the final victory, there is no respite from the near-constant series of assaults from the enemies of God’s truth. I know that many of you feel the same way. While we here at OnePeterFive believe we have an obligation to continue to cover the news of what is happening within our beloved Church, however unpleasant, there is also need for reassurance, a rediscovery...
  • [2014] Enforcing Sacrilege (What will the Church look like after the Kasper proposal?) (Prophetic)

    01/14/2017 1:28:14 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    The Remnant ^ | Megaera Erinyes
    The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops opened this afternoon with a Mass by Pope Francis and the editorials, articles and interviews are flying so thick in the air it's hard to see the sun. The signs and signals are coming so fast and so clearly now that there can be little doubt that the pope intends to adopt some form of Cardinal Kasper’s proposal. Let’s just pass on from all the debate on what Francis intends and face up to this, and ask some questions about what the concrete effects this change will have on the Church. I am not a...
  • IMPORTANT: Interview with Card. Caffarra about the Dubia and ‘Amoris laetitia’ Confusion

    01/14/2017 12:47:14 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 14, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today in the Italian Il Foglio there is an interview with His Eminence Carlo Card. Caffara, one of the Four Cardinals who submitted the Five Dubia to His Holiness the Pope about Amoris laetitia. Il Foglio seems to have a paywall, but you can find the Italian text at Il Sismografo.Caffarra, who founded the John Paul II Institute for the Family is probably the author of the Five Dubia.This interview is undoubtedly a response to Card. Müller’s statements on Italian television the other day – which on the surface seemed to thrown the Dubia and the Four under the #64 Bus – that provoked...
  • Pursuing God's Will

    01/14/2017 10:38:01 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In all wisdom and insight [God] made known to us the mystery of His will" (Eph. 1:8-9). Even if you haven’t obtained academic degrees, you have wisdom that far surpasses the most educated unbeliever. When God redeemed you, He not only forgave your trespasses and removed the guilt and penalty of sin, but He also gave you spiritual wisdom and insight—two essential elements for godly living. Together they speak of the ability to understand God's will and apply it to your life in practical ways. As a believer you understand the most sublime truths of all. For example, you know...
  • Identifying with Those in Need

    01/14/2017 10:37:22 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body” (Hebrews 13:2). Because we too are human beings, God makes it possible for us to empathize with others who might be enduring hardship. The Apostolic Confession, an ancient church confession, says, “If any Christian is condemned for Christ’s sake to the mines by the ungodly, do not overlook him, but from the proceeds of your toil and sweat, send him something to support himself, and to reward the soldier of Christ.” You can see from this quote that...
  • Vain Sayings?

    01/14/2017 9:41:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | 12-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Vain Sayings? Q. Is saying “Oh, my God!” when reacting to a situation or story taking the name of the Lord in vain?Janet, Wakefield, Kan. A. While the phrase “Oh, my God” could be a prayer, it is not usually meant in this way. More commonly it uses the Divine name as a mere expression of surprise or exasperation. This is not a reverent or prayerful use of God’s name in most circumstances. The word “vain” means empty. And, therefore, the context you cite would usually seem to qualify as using God’s name in vain. However, in assigning culpability (blameworthiness),...
  • Maltese Bishops Go to The Amoris Laetitia Zoo:Disaster…Inexcusable Nonsense…Green-lighting(CathCauc)

    01/14/2017 1:45:56 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog / In the Light of the Law Blog ^ | January 13, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf / Dr. Edward Peters
    Full Title: Maltese Bishops Go To The Amoris Laetitia Zoo:Disaster…Inexcusable Nonsense…Green-lighting Sacrilege (Catholic Caucus) ----------------------------------------------------------------- Earlier today I had a great misfortune to read a statement from the Bishops of Malta which is a complete disaster.  I was going to post about it tomorrow, but canonist Ed Peters beat me to it and… he nails it with his usual amazing skill.He doesn’t have a combox, but I do… and the moderation queue is ON. The Maltese DisasterThe bishops of Malta, in a document that can only be called disastrous, repeatedly invoking Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia,have directly approved divorced and remarried Catholics taking...
  • Malta Church Goes Beyond Pope in Remarriage Guidelines

    01/13/2017 5:49:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 1/13/17 | Nicole Winfield
    The Vatican is making clear Pope Francis supports letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion in certain cases by publishing a set of new guidelines in the pope's own newspaper that go beyond even what he has saidVATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is making clear Pope Francis supports letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion under certain conditions by publishing a set of new guidelines in the pope's own newspaper that go beyond even what he has said. The Catholic Church in Malta issued the guidelines Friday on applying the divisive Chapter VIII of Francis' document on...
  • Sins Against Hope

    01/13/2017 9:11:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sins Against Hope Msgr. Charles Pope • January 13, 2017 • In yesterday’s post, we discussed the theological virtue of hope. This is the supernatural virtue whereby we confidently expect God’s help in attaining eternal life. The object of hope is not earthly things (e.g., better health, a higher-paying job), but rather God and the things awaiting us in Heaven. Hope pertains to things that are difficult but not impossible; we do not really need to hope for things that are at hand or easily obtained.Today, let’s ponder briefly some sins against hope. Expectation of God’s help must be...
  • Litany of Intercession for Pope Francis [Prayer]

    01/13/2017 8:59:18 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Silverstream Priory ^ | 2013 / 2016 | Dom Benedict Maria Andersen / Father Benedict
    Benedictines, from time immemorial, have been marked by a profound piety toward the Apostolic See of Rome and the successor of St Peter. The original form of this litany was composed by Dom Benedict Maria Andersen for the time leading up to the papal conclave of 2013. It includes invocations of the blessed Apostles Peter & Paul (founders of the Church of Rome), as well as invocations of all canonised or beatified Popes. Father Benedict has adapted it into a litany of intercession for His Holiness, Pope Francis, and encourages all Catholics to pray it for the Holy Father in...
  • Preliminary To Armeggedon...Paris conference January 15

    An event is occurring today which portends to be one of the last preliminaries to the shattering events outlined in the book of Revelation, and the end of the world as we now it. The event is the opening of a new Embassy, the Palestinian Embassy in Vatican City. This will be the opening of the first Palestinian Embassy in the European Union. The main characters in this scenario are Pope Francis and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian State and the Vatican. Mahmoud Abbas is the recognized President of the Palestinian State. The State has been designated by The U.N. and...
  • Divine Begottenness and Procession (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    01/13/2017 5:12:30 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 1/12/2017
    “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”- John 14:26 All people possess a human nature, which includes attributes such as a mind, a body, and a will. So, every human being is fully human regardless of gender, race, age, or other qualities. But even though every human being possesses a human nature, we have distinct attributes. For instance, the mind of one human being is not the same as the mind of another. The same applies...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Move Past The Comma

    01/13/2017 4:31:03 AM PST · by Resettozero · 7 replies ^ | January 12, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Move Past The Comma January 12, 2017 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 I sure don’t like to fail, but here I am. When John McCain and I lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2008, it was one of the most public failures you can imagine. As much as we fought to win that election, it was impossible to know how the nation would change and morph under the leadership of the guy who beat us. Looking back, it sometimes felt...
  • Holidays Caught Pope Francis in a ‘Damn the Torpedoes!’ Mood

    01/13/2017 1:27:32 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | January 11, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Faced with opposition, leaders can try to find common ground with their foes, “reaching across the aisle,” or they can forge ahead, determined not to be slowed down. The holidays this year seemed to confirm that Pope Francis has chosen door number two. ------------------------------------------------------ ROME – Faced with opposition, leaders generally have two broad choices. Either they can try to find common ground with their foes, “reaching across the aisle,” or they can forge ahead, determined not to be slowed down.You can try a little of both, but in general the one tends to undercut the other, so mixing them...
  • Enjoying God's Forgiveness

    01/13/2017 1:10:02 AM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    In Christ we have "the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of [God's] grace, which He lavished upon us" (Eph. 1:7-8). In Christ we have infinite forgiveness for every sin—past, present, and future. On Israel's Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) the high priest selected two goats. One was sacrificed; the other set free. Before releasing the second goat, the high priest symbolically placed the sins of the people on it by laying his hands on its head. This "scapegoat" was then taken a great distance from camp and released—never to return again (Lev. 16:7-10). The Greek word translated...
  • Showing Love Through Hospitality

    01/13/2017 1:09:30 AM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). Hospitality should be a trait of all Christians, because whenever we display it, we minister to the Lord. If you are a Christian, your responsibility to love others does not stop with fellow believers. The apostle Paul is very explicit and direct about this: “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men” (1 Thess. 5:15). “All men” includes even your enemies. The “strangers”...
  • Daniel’s Seventieth Week

    01/12/2017 6:35:07 PM PST · by Jeremiah Jr
    1/12/2017 | Mordechai ben Avram
    Daniel’s Seventieth Week Disclaimer: Jeremiah 16:19 O YHVH, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, unto thee shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nought but lies, even vanity and things wherein there is no profit. 20 Shall a man make unto himself gods, which yet are no gods? My analysis is on the current side of the above verses. Daniels 70 weeks The Messiah and the Ruler (Anti Christ) Gabriel conveys information to Daniel in chapter 9 relating to the coming of the...
  • Pope yet again derides defenders of Church teaching as not like Christ

    01/12/2017 5:57:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 12, 2017 | Lisa Borne
    Pope Francis took aim at Catholics concerned with Church doctrine again Tuesday, preaching at Mass that “doctors of the law” were incoherent, hypocritical, clericalist, and lacking in real authority. Christ’s authority was derived from His service and proximity to people and the fact “he was coherent,” the pope said in his morning Mass homily at Casa Santa Marta. But his frequent and repeated derision of doctors of the law and Pharisees closely resembled negative assessments he has leveled at Orthodox Catholics at all echelons with ever-increasing frequency. The doctors of the law considered themselves princes, the pope said, and they...
  • Blessing Adultery: Christ the Judgmental vs. Francis the Humble [Catholic Caucus]

    01/12/2017 12:59:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 12, 2017 | Michael Matt / Christopher Ferrara
    In this episode of The Remnant Forum, Michael Matt and Christopher Ferrara break out the Catholic microscope and take a careful look at the controversial few paragraphs and footnotes of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Is Cardinal Raymond Burke a troublemaker? Is Francis merely attempting to be pastoral? Merciful? At the heart of all of this are the words of Jesus Christ which forbid adultery WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. Trouble is, Francis wants exceptions. Does this mean that Christ the Judgmental must bow to Francis the Merciful? Is this the 21st century’s version of the Arian Crisis?
  • It’s Not Just The Four Cardinals Who Need An Answer [Catholic Caucus]

    01/12/2017 12:20:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | January 12, 2017 | Joseph Matt
    t seems another prelate has abandoned his post. In an interview on January 8, Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, rejected making any correction of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, effectively joining some of his fellow German cardinals in a slight to Cardinal Burke and his three colleagues. The very title of the congregation which this cardinal heads implies the importance of the office and its crucial role — especially as it relates to the current situation with the four cardinals and the dubia. Cardinal Mueller’s words in this interview are a critical blow...
  • Preaching the Kerygma (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    01/12/2017 11:15:46 AM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 1/12/2016
    “There arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. . . . Those who were scattered went about preaching the word” - Acts 8:1–8 Fulfilling Christ’s command to preach the gospel to all nations and make disciples of all peoples (Matt. 28:18–20; Mark 16:15) is an enormous task, and it requires the contributions of all believers to the effort. In fact, as we look at the earliest history of Christianity, we find that even lay Christians, those who have not been...
  • Rescuing the Word “Hope” and Recovering Its Biblical Meaning

    01/12/2017 8:51:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Rescuing the Word “Hope” and Recovering Its Biblical Meaning Msgr. Charles Pope • January 11, 2017 • Hope (like love) is a word that needs to be rescued from a world that has overused and misused it for so long that its original meaning has been nearly lost. Hope has come to imply more of a vague wish for something. Sometimes it’s used as a substitute for the word “maybe.” For example, if a person says, “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow,” he likely means “I wish it wouldn’t rain” or “It’ll probably rain but it sure would be...
  • The High Cost of Free Grace

    01/12/2017 4:06:49 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In [Christ] we have redemption through His blood" (Eph. 1:7, emphasis added). Redeeming grace is free to us, but its cost to God is inestimable. Sin is not a serious issue to most people. Our culture flaunts and peddles it in countless forms. Even Christians who would never think of committing certain sins will often allow themselves to be entertained by them through television, movies, music, and other media. We sometimes flirt with sin but God hates it. The price He paid to redeem us from it speaks of the seriousness with which He views it. After all, we "were...
  • The Importance of Brotherly Love

    01/12/2017 4:06:27 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let love of the brethren continue” (Hebrews 13:1). Genuine love among Christians is a testimony to the world, to ourselves, and to God. The importance of brotherly love extends well beyond the walls of your local church or fellowship hall. In John 13:35 Jesus says, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” In effect, God has made love for one another the measuring stick by which the world can determine if our Christian profession is genuine. That’s why it’s so important that we have a selfless attitude and sincerely...
  • Pope Francis's Authority Challenged by Knights of Malta over Condom Row (major dissing of Burke)

    01/12/2017 2:46:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 11, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    Pope Francis is facing an extraordinary challenge to his authority from an ancient Catholic order that is refusing to cooperate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a top official over the distribution of tens of thousands of condoms. The controversy has been simmering for weeks, but the Knights of Malta’s rejection of the investigation – an unprecedented act in recent times – has now escalated the matter... The fight is increasingly being seen not just as a battle over the investigation, but as a sign of the increasing anger and disobedience by some Catholic traditionalists who are opposed...
  • Cardinal Burke LaVeritŕ Interview (full interview)

    01/12/2017 2:16:36 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    LaVeritŕ ^ | January 11, 2017 | Lorenzo Bertocchi
    “There is no ultimatum to the Pope, but we must press forward: the faith is in danger!” "The confusion in the Church over the interpretation of some passages of Amoris laetitia is evident...that is why I do not see how anyone could be able to say that there is no danger to the faith. Moreover, we have communicated in a very respectful way five dubia to the Pope, and when they were not given a response, we decided, for the good of souls, to make public that there are dubia and that all the faithful are called to pay attention....
  • Catholics and the Present Confusion

    01/11/2017 6:22:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/6/17 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    The faithful are told that they are too “rigid”. The divorced and the homosexuals are, rightly or wrongly, convinced that the Church has changed its doctrine at least implicitly, if not explicitly. All through the modern era, the primary accusation against Catholicism was its clarity, its being too sure of what reason and revelation meant. It was arrogant. Imagine her claiming that she had a handle on essential truths! What angered people was not the fact that the Church did not know what she was talking about, but the fact that she did and claimed that she did. People were...
  • Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Family - The Family Under the Shadow of Amoris La (Catholic Caucus)

    01/11/2017 4:19:28 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 11, 2017 | Fr. Richard G. Cipolla
    Full Title: Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Family -- The Family Under the Shadow of Amoris Laetitia This is the first year that the feast of the Holy Family is being celebrated in the context and shadow of Pope Francis’  Apostolic Exhortation,  Amoris Laetitia, the Joy of Love.  The Feast of the Holy Family was added to the Church’s calendar in the first decade of the twentieth century.  To contemplate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is indeed a good thing to do within the celebration of the Christmas season.  The bond of love that existed...
  • Judea;Taken Up On The Lips of Talkers...Jan 15 Paris Conference

    Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord: Thus saith the Lord God; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:Therefore, ye mountains of Israel,...
  • Card. Burke’s Interview in ‘La Veritŕ”: More Cardinals Are Completely with the Four

    01/11/2017 3:46:03 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 11, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Lots of lefties are hopping up and down in little circles because the Four Cardinals (Burke, Caffara, Meisner, Brandmueller) offered Five Dubia (questions, narrowly framed, asking for yes or no clarificatory responses) arising from the objective lack of clarity in Chapter 8 of Amoris laetitia.  As these catholic libs, chimp-like, fling their stuff around, Card. Burke continues to give interviews in an attempt to bring sobriety to the debate.Today I saw an interview dated 11 January in the Italian publication La Verità.  Card. Burke is asked some tough questions and he gives straight on answers.  Asked whether they are “inventing” a way to...
  • A Firing, a Demolition: Behold the New Curia

    01/11/2017 3:37:36 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | January 11, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The reform of the Vatican curia that Pope Francis is carrying out is being done partly in sunshine and partly in shadow.Among the provisions recently adopted in shadow, there are two that are emblematic.*The veil was lifted on the first by the vaticanista Marco Tosatti, when on December 26 he broke the news of an order the pope had given to a dicastery head to summarily fire three of his officials, an order given without explanations and without accepting objections.It is now known that the dicastery in question is not second-tier, it is the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...
  • The Slavery That Frees

    01/11/2017 2:31:45 PM PST · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “In [Christ] we have redemption” (Eph. 1:7). Slavery to sin is bondage; slavery to God is freedom. Freedom is a precious thing. People throughout history have prayed, fought, and even died for it. Our Declaration of Independence upholds it as one of our inalienable rights. But the truth is, no matter what one’s political situation might be, everyone is a slave—either to sin or to God. Jesus said that “everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin” (John 8:34). Paul added that all of creation is in slavery to corruption (Rom. 8:21). However, believers have “been freed from sin...
  • Having Love for One Another

    01/11/2017 2:31:19 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Let love of the brethren continue” (Hebrews 13:1). Christianity’s primary moral standard is love, especially for fellow believers. Love of other believers is a natural outflow of the Christian life and should be a normal part of fellowship within the church. You can no doubt remember how after you were first saved it became very natural and exciting to love other Christians and to want to be around them. However, such an attitude is extremely difficult to maintain. This love, which is a gift from God’s Spirit, must be nurtured or it will not grow—it may actually shrivel. That’s why...
  • Revelation 12 Sign Compendium

    01/11/2017 2:28:56 PM PST · by amessenger4god · 25 replies ^ | 1/11/17 | Gary
    By now you've probably heard about what a number of Christians are calling the Revelation 12 Sign that will supposedly occur on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.  There is a lot of rampant speculation on the internet both for and against the legitimacy of this sign and much information to weed through.  What's true?  What's false?  Is this all hype?  The goal of this article is to provide readers with a comprehensive and straightforward analysis of the purported sign, addressing many questions and concerns.  The three sections below cover the sign itself, it's possible significance, and claims and critiques about...