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  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Wuerl to hold meeting of priests, withdraws from speaking engagement

    08/20/2018 9:12:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fox 5 (Washingtion, D.C.) ^ | August 19, 2018 updated August 20, 2018 | Anjali Hemphill, Tom Fitzgerald
    WASHINGTON - A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Washington confirms to FOX 5that Washington Archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl will hold a meeting of priests on Monday.The meeting will reportedly be to discuss both the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and Cardinal McCarrick's abuse case.This comes as Cardinal Wuerlwithdrew himself from a scheduled appearance in Ireland, as he continues to faceintense scrutiny regarding hundreds of alleged child sex abuse cases involving priests in Pennsylvania.Cardinal Wuerl was supposed to deliver a keynote address at the Vatican-organized gathering at the World Meeting of Families, which is a Vatican-organized gathering in Dublin.The Archdiocese of...
  • On the Punishment of Complete Loss

    08/20/2018 9:07:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Punishment of Complete Loss Msgr. Charles Pope • August 19, 2018 • In Mass for Monday of the 20th Week of the Year we read from the prophet Ezekiel. The reading warns of the possibility that moral conditions in the Church and the world can get so awful that God must take the strongest and most severe of measures.Ezekiel experienced the coming disaster upon Israel very personally as a last warning to the people.Thus the word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, by a sudden blow I am taking away from you the delight...
  • [Cath Cauc]Cardinal Tobin: No onehas ever spoken to me about a gay sub-culture in ... Newark.

    08/20/2018 8:50:33 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Joseph Sciambra ^ | August 20, 2018 | Joseph Sciambra
    On August 17, 2018, the Catholic News Agency (CNA), published an article about several priests from the Archdiocese of Newark who observed an active gay subculture in the Archdiocese. Also on the 17th of August, the National Catholic Register reported onthe CNA story.Here is an excerpt from the CNA article.One recalled that he attended a cocktail party, thinking he had been invited to a simple priests dinner. I was led into the room to a chorus of wolf-whistles, he said. It was clear right away I was on display.Another priest told CNA that he was also invited to a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis and Farrells 'Sinod' on the Youth, #StopThe Synod2018

    08/20/2018 8:34:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | August 19, 2018 | Elizabeth Yore
    The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.Shakespeare,As You Like ItPope Francis and Cardinal Farrell sit with students at the 2018 pre-synodal meeting for young people.* Fool me once, the Synod on the Family 2014* Fool me twice, the Synod on the Family 2015 (Amoris Laetitia)* Fool me thrice, the Synod on the Young People 2018?During the last 5 years of this papacy, Francis and his Synodal Schemers masterfully manipulated, rigged, and exploited the synodal process. The backdoor tactics and machinations were brilliantly documented by Edward Pentin, Henry Sire, George Neumayr...
  • [Catholic Caucus] O Ireland

    08/20/2018 8:28:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 20, 2018 | Robert Royal
    Ireland seems to have two kinds of weather. Either its raining, or its about to rain. At least thats how its been the past week as the residual wind and water from Hurricane Ernesto made landfall in the West.Ive been hiking there my annual summer strategem to come down to earth is to spend some strenuous days outdoors, as far away as possible from the news cycles and turmoil in the Church and the world. The skies held off enough that we got in a great long loop through the high rocky hills known as the Burren and a...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint John Eudes, 08-19-18

    08/19/2018 9:30:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 08-19-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass window in Saint-Pierre de Dourdain | photo by GO69 Saint John Eudes Saint of the Day for August 19 (November 14, 1601 – August 19, 1680)  Saint John Eudes’ Story How little we know where God’s grace will lead. Born on a farm in northern France, John died at 79 in the next “county” or department. In that time, he was a religious, a parish missionary, founder of two religious communities, and a great promoter of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.John joined the religious community...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Reminder for Suffering Catholics: Satan Plays the Long Game

    08/19/2018 6:09:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 16, 2018 | Raymond Kowalski
    Satan plays a long game. We know from the Gospel of Luke that Satan intended to sift like wheat Peter and the apostles.Writing recently in National Review, Fr. Benedict Kiely has called the Churchs present trial the summer of shame. Before our eyes, the successors of the apostles are being sifted as well. Many Catholic commentators are saying the weakness of these wicked prelates is finally being exposed. I fear they may be wrong. Perhaps it is the diabolical strength of these prelates on display.This moment has been building for centuries. Steve Skojec recently observed that only a structure already...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Wuerl's resignation

    08/19/2018 5:51:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 16, 2018 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    Cardinal Wuerl's resignation Donald Cardinal Wuerl submitted his letter of resignation as archbishop of Washington. Of course, this was done on 12 November 2015, when Wuerl turned 75 years old, as required by the new code of canon law. Wuerl has been archbishop since 2006, when he replaced his friend and ally,Theodore McCarrick, in the position. At the time of his hand-delivered letter of resignation, nearly three years ago, Wuerl told Religion News Service: "Now if the Holy Father were to accept it tomorrow, I would be well-prepared to take time to write, to read, to pray a lot more."...
  • [Catholic Caucus] McCarrick And Power

    08/19/2018 3:56:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | August 18, 2018 | Christopher Manion
    On Sunday, April 3, 2005, the day after the death of St. John Paul II, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick and at least a dozen other priests concelebrated the ten a.m. Mass at St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In attendance were, among other dignitaries, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. Cardinal McCarrick came out to the pews before Mass, fully vested except for his chasuble, and greeted Sen. Kennedy warmly. After the Mass, as the celebrants processed out, Sen. Kennedy stood up and took Cardinal McCarricks arm. Beaming, they strolled arm in arm down the aisle toward...
  • Costly Truth A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

    08/19/2018 7:22:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Costly Truth – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 18, 2018 • In the Gospel this Sunday, we continue with Jesus’ great treatise on the Eucharist (John 6).Although many of the Jewish listeners who hear Him speaking in the synagogue at Capernaum are grumbling and murmuring in protest at His insistence that they eat His flesh and drink His blood, Jesus does not back down. In fact, He “doubles down” and quite graphically teaches a very real (as opposed to symbolic) call to eat His flesh and drink His blood. Let’s...
  • [Cath Cauc] Bishop Morlino: Homosexual Subculture in Church Wreaking Great Devastation

    08/18/2018 7:59:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Church Miltant ^ | August 18, 2018 | Church Militant / Bishop Morlino
    Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin sent aletter to his dioceseSaturday in response to the current sex abuse scandals in the Church exposed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report as well as the revelations concerning Abp. Theodore McCarrick. The full letter the strongest statement yet from any Church leader is republished here. ******* Dear brothers and sisters in Christ of the Diocese of Madison, The past weeks have brought a great deal of scandal, justified anger, and a call for answers and action by many faithful Catholics here in the U.S. and overseas, directed at the Church hierarchy...
  • [Cath Caucus] Can Pope Francis Death Penalty Teaching be Harmonized with Scripture and Tradition?

    08/18/2018 5:33:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | August 18, 2018 | Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
    August 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- In the less than three weeks since the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) promulgated and explained on August 2 a new papally mandated revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Churchs teaching on the death penalty, the Internet has been awash with conflicting interpretations of this revised version of CCC #2267. It seems like Amoris Laetitia All Over Again: some Catholic scholars affirm, while others deny, that another novel papal teaching can be given a valid hermeneutic-of-continuity reading in harmony with the previous magisterium. And as we saw in the wake of...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Louis of Toulouse, 08-18-18

    08/18/2018 5:10:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ |
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Louis of Toulouse | Carlo Crivelli | Church of Santa Lucia, Montefiore dell’Aso, Italy Saint Louis of Toulouse Saint of the Day for August 18 (February 9, 1274 – August 19, 1297)  Saint Louis of Toulouse’s Story When he died at the age of 23, Louis was already a Franciscan, a bishop, and a saint!Louis’s parents were Charles II of Naples and Sicily, and Mary, daughter of the King of Hungary. Louis was related to Saint Louis IX on his father’s side and to Elizabeth of Hungary on his mother’s side.Louis showed early signs of...
  • Is lying always wrong?

    08/18/2018 10:09:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 226 replies ^ | 08-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is lying always wrong? The Bible and the Church never praise lying, even when there are good intentions behind the act Msgr. Charles Pope 8/8/2018 Is lying always wrong? Question: We are told not to lie, but the Bible says Rahab the prostitute lied to protect the Jewish spies. The Bible later praises her as being justified for doing this. Does Scripture praise lying, which is a sin? — Tamarah E. Jones, La Plata, Maryland Answer: No. We should be careful to recall that the Bible records many things that are not praiseworthy. There are murders, rapes, theft, polygamy, adultery...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joan of the Cross, 08-17-18

    08/17/2018 6:56:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ |
    Franciscan Media Image: Wooden statue of Saint Joan of the Cross | A l’école des soeurs de Jeanne Delanoue | unknown Saint Joan of the Cross Saint of the Day for August 17 (June 18, 1666 – August 17, 1736)  Saint Joan of the Cross’ Story An encounter with a shabby old woman many dismissed as insane prompted Saint Joan to dedicate her life to the poor. For Joan, who had a reputation as a businesswoman intent on monetary success, this was a significant conversion.Born in 1666 in Anjou, France, Joan worked in the family business—a small shop near...
  • A Grief Observed

    08/17/2018 10:43:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Grief Observed Msgr. Charles Pope • August 16, 2018 • I like many of you am grieving these days. I will not speak directly to it here, but I think you know why I am grieving.I don’t do grief well. But I have learned to study it in others and thus find my way.My father died more than 10 years ago, and except for essential papers related to his estate, I simply boxed up most of his papers and stored them in the attic of my rectory for future attention. At long last I am sorting through those...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Our Hearts Are Broken, but the Church Must Rebuild

    08/17/2018 10:08:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 88 replies ^ | 08-16-18 | Michael J. Lichens
    Our Hearts Are Broken, but the Church Must RebuildMichael J. Lichens Like just about every Catholic in the Anglophone world, I felt every emotion possible while reading the Grand Jury Report on the priest-abuse in Pennsylvania. Three hundred priests had sexually assaulted numerous souls in their care. I wanted to vomit, I wanted to toss my computer against the wall, and I know I wept bitterly at different points. As I was flying, I didn’t have much room to react.The word that occurred to me over and over, however, was satanic. No, I’m not implying that anybody was worshipping the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Stephen of Hungary, 08-16-18

    08/16/2018 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 08-16-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Imre Varga’s statue of Saint Stephen I, Apostolic king of Hungary, 1993, along the cathedral, Aachen, Germany Saint Stephen of Hungary Saint of the Day for August 16 (975 – August 15, 1038)  Saint Stephen of Hungary’s Story The Church is universal, but its expression is always affected—for good or ill—by local culture. There are no “generic” Christians; there are Mexican Christians, Polish Christians, Filipino Christians. This fact is evident in the life of Stephen, national hero and spiritual patron of Hungary.Born a pagan, he was baptized around the age of 10, together with his father,...
  • On the Benefits of Heresy

    08/16/2018 8:02:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the “Benefits” of Heresy Msgr. Charles Pope • August 15, 2018 • In times like these, filled with errors and a resurgence of heresies (old or recast as new), there is a cry that goes up among the faithful: “How long, O Lord?” We may wonder why the Lord permits such errors to flourish. St. Augustine pondered the question as well:But that is precisely why divine providence permits so many heretics to come along with various errors; it’s so that when they taunt us and shower us with questions we do not know the answers to, we may...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, 08-15-18 [Catholic Caucus]

    08/15/2018 6:51:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 08-15-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Detail | Ceiling of the Assumption of Mary in Santa Maria Immacolata a via Veneto, Rome | photo by LivioandronicoSolemnity of the Assumption of Mary Saint of the Day for August 15 The Story of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to...