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  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Lucy, 12-13-18

    12/13/2018 7:07:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-13-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: St. Lucy | photo by Lawrence OP | flickr Saint Lucy Saint of the Day for December 13 (283 – 304)  Saint Lucy’s Story Every little girl named Lucy must bite her tongue in disappointment when she first tries to find out what there is to know about her patron saint. The older books will have a lengthy paragraph detailing a small number of traditions. Newer books will have a lengthy paragraph showing that there is little basis in history for these traditions. The single fact survives that a disappointed suitor accused Lucy of being a...
  • Video: Why II Peter Was Written

    12/13/2018 4:14:24 PM PST · by pcottraux · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 13, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Hello everyone! I'm a few days late posting this due to technical difficulties. But the good news is I got it resolved. This week's episode of "Why the New Testament Was Written" focuses on Peter's second epistle. It also takes a further look at how the Nero persecutions ended and the long-term ramifications they had on early Christianity.Video: Why II Peter Was WrittenVideo clocks in at 10:17. Two more to go!
  • Cath Cauc] Cdl. Pell to appeal jurys outrageous verdict finding him guilty of sexual abuse

    12/13/2018 1:27:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | December 12, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Cdl. Pell to appeal jurys outrageous verdict finding him guilty of sexual abuse MELBOURNE, Australia, December 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Australian Cardinal George Pell is in the process of appealing a jurys verdict that found him guilty of sexually abusing choir boys, LifeSiteNews has learned from a source with knowledge of the case. A jury had found Pell guilty of charges related to the sexual abuse of two choir boys in his native Australia in the late 1990s, according to the Daily Beast in a story that broke yesterday. Two unrevealed sources told the Daily Beast that the verdict...
  • [Cath Cauc] Itl bishop seems to approve Communion for some Catholics in adulterous unions

    12/13/2018 7:56:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | December 12, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    Italian bishop seems to approve Communion for some Catholics in adulterous unions ROME, December 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) The doctrinal dispute overAmoris Laetitiais in the air again this Advent, as one Italian bishop is inviting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to begin an ecclesial journey that he says will lead, in some cases, to access to the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist. In an Advent letter to the faithful of his diocese, Bishop Gianmarco Busca of the northern Italian diocese of Mantua has said the faithful who are divorced and remarried, or who live stably in a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Council of Cardinals drops three members

    12/12/2018 8:35:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Cath.News ^ | December 13, 2018 | Cath.News
    Council of Cardinals drops three members Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinal advisors (Vatican Media) Pope Francis has released the three eldest cardinals from the duties of the Council of Cardinals advisory group, including Cardinal George Pell, with no immediate plans to add new members. Source: CNA. Papal spokesman Greg Burke told journalists in a briefing yesterday that the Pope sent letters to Cardinal Pell, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo at the end of October to thank them for their service to the Council of Cardinals, known as the C9, over the last five years.Francis...
  • The Everlasting Gospel: The Mystery of the Bread of Life

    12/12/2018 7:47:38 PM PST · by amessenger4god · 3 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 12/12/2018 | Hillary
    Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11) The gospel was always and ever meant to be good news. It tells us who God is and how we can be saved. For many, the modern gospel has become a fear-based method of behavior control and doubt and jumping through hoops, just in case the how didnt work, or in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 12-12-18

    12/12/2018 3:13:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-12-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Virgin of Guadalupe | public domain Our Lady of Guadalupe Saint of the Day for December 12  The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story.A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower, and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our...
  • [[Catholic Caucus] Alleged McCarrick Abuse Victim Shares Shocking Insights into Abusers Reign

    12/12/2018 9:30:27 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 11, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    Fear, Power & Money: Alleged McCarrick Abuse Victim Shares Shocking Insights into Abusers Reign Abuse. Conspiracy. Hush money. Bribes. Power players. Politics. Global agendas. The threat of violence. These are some of the themes that James Grein, the alleged longtime abuse victim of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, discussed with Dr. Taylor Marshall in a new podcast interview. Grein, who claims to have been abused by McCarrick for 18 years, beginning at age eleven, explained the close family connection he had with McCarrick a connection that began even before he was born.He had been part of the family, says Grein,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long...?

    12/12/2018 8:15:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 11, 2018 • Continuing our series of questions related to the Incarnation, we next ponder whether Jesus would have come at all had we not sinned in the garden. We also consider why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue.Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned?St. Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa Theologica) first states that there are different opinions on the matter. He also notes that God’s power is not limited and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Damasus I, 12-11-18

    12/11/2018 6:23:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-11-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Lithography of Pope Saint Damasus I | Pedro Augusto Guglielmi Saint Damasus I Saint of the Day for December 11 (304 – December 11, 384)  Saint Damasus I’s Story To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrinal heresies, uneasy relations with his fellow bishops and those of the Eastern Church marred the peace of his pontificate.The son of a Roman priest, possibly of Spanish...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, . Become Incarnate?

    12/11/2018 8:18:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 10, 2018 • Trinity Dome. Credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardAs we await the approaching Feast of Holy Christmas, we have been pondering some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the Incarnation. Today we will consider why it was the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became incarnate.Most people have never even thought of this question let alone sought to answer it. God could have chosen many different ways to save us; He chose...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The History of the Advent Season

    12/10/2018 9:40:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | 12-06-18 | Fr. William Sanders
    The History of the Advent SeasonFr. William Saunders The liturgical season of Advent marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful before Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30). It spans four Sundays and four weeks of preparation, although the last week of Advent is usually truncated because of when Christmas falls.The celebration of Advent has evolved in the spiritual life of the Church. The historical origins of Advent are hard to determine with great precision. In its earliest form, beginning in France, Advent was a period of preparation...
  • I Like Your Christ but Not Your Christians? (When We Understand The Text)

    12/10/2018 7:53:33 PM PST · by OddLane · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/10/18 | WWUT
    Why we shouldn't take our moral cues or understanding of Christianity from Gandhi.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Adolph Kolping, 12-10-18

    12/10/2018 7:45:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-10-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Adolph Kolping | Den katolske kirke Blessed Adolph Kolping Saint of the Day for December 10 (December 8, 1813 – December 4, 1865)  Blessed Adolph Kolping’s Story The rise of the factory system in 19th-century Germany brought many single men into cities where they faced new challenges to their faith. Father Adolph Kolping began a ministry to them, hoping that they would not be lost to the Catholic faith, as was happening to workers elsewhere in industrialized Europe.Born in the village of Kerpen, Adolph became a shoemaker at an early age because of his family’s economic...
  • [Cath Cauc] Parishioners furious after bishop transfers priest who helped expose fraudulent pastor

    12/10/2018 5:17:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | December 10, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Parishioners furious after bishop transfers priest who helped expose fraudulent pastor STARKVILLE, Mississippi, December 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Parishioners fooled by an HIV+ priest who fraudulently claimed he was raising funds to pay for cancer treatment are furious that theyre losing the priest who helped turn him in. Father Rusty Vincent, acting pastor of St. Josephs Church in Starkville, Mississippi, is being moved to Vicksburg by Bishop Joseph Kopacz. According to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger, Vincent was one of at least two priests among the four confidential informants who gave information during a Homeland Security investigation into Father Lenin...
  • [Catholic Caucus] LGBT Rosary Endorsed by Fr. Martin Funds Pro-Abortion Groups

    12/10/2018 4:00:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | December 7, 2018 | David Nussman
    LGBT Rosary Endorsed by Fr. Martin Funds Pro-Abortion Groups Funds Women for Women International and Southern Poverty Law Center DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Father James Martin is trumpeting a pro-gay online store that happens donateto pro-abortion charities. On Twitter Monday, the Jesuit celebrity priest recommended two products by a small online store that sells handmade jewelry. One of the products the recommended isthe "Rosary of Modern Sorrows." Each decade has a suggested intention, and the beads are color-coded to symbolize the intentions. Leftist social justicetalking points are prominent among the intentions. For example, the second decade is made with blue and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Inconvenient Host

    12/10/2018 10:14:31 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | December 10, 2018 | Mundabore
    The Inconvenient Host Dec 10 Posted by Mundabor Francischurch truly is something. An accidentally dropped Host is recovered and handled in the proper way, after which it appears that it starts to bleed. Miracle? We will never know. A potentially bleeding host is an inconvenience for the Diocese of Buffalo, awakening the possibility, frightening to them, that there might be a God after all, and that He may have targeted Francisbishops like Bishop Malone and his auxiliary, Bishop Grosz. The linked article states that the priest witnessing the potential miracle, Father Loeb, promptly informed both Malone and Grosz, and thatbothtold...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

    12/10/2018 7:56:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-09-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas Msgr. Charles Pope • December 9, 2018 • Incarnation of Jesus, Piero di Cosimo (1505)As we approach the Christmas feasts, it is good for us to ponder aspects of the Incarnation. In this post, I would like to consider what St. Thomas Aquinas teaches about its fittingness. God was not radically “required” to do everything as He did. We do well to ponder why the manner of the Lord’s incarnation is “fitting,” why it makes sense.St. Thomas, referencing St. John Damascene, gives four reasons for the fittingness...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Juan Diego, 12-09-18

    12/09/2018 5:59:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-09-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Saint Juan Diego | photo by Lawrence OP | flickr Saint Juan Diego Saint of the Day for December 9 (1474 – May 30, 1548)  Saint Juan Diego’s Story Thousands of people gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe July 31, 2002, for the canonization of Juan Diego, to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in the 16th century. Pope John Paul II celebrated the ceremony at which the poor Indian peasant became the Church’s first saint indigenous to the Americas.The Holy Father called the new saint “a simple, humble Indian” who accepted...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Bishop Malone Orders Possible Bleeding Host Destroyed

    12/09/2018 5:23:55 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Church Militant ^ | December 7, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    Bishop Malone Orders Possible Bleeding Host Destroyed Claims 'Christ was no longer present' in Host Anger is rising in western New York, as the embattled Catholics of Buffalo learned that just days ago, their bishops may have denied them anavenue of grace by refusing to investigate a possible eucharistic miracle. OnFriday, Church Militant spoke with one disaffected Catholic ofthe diocese, Mary Ellen Sanfilippo, about extraordinary events that began unfolding in late Novemberat St.Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook, New York. Sanfilippo said thata consecrated host was accidentally dropped on the floor of the church during Mass. Retrieving the host,...