Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $22,747
Woo hoo!! And the first 25% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Catholic (Religion)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Apollinaris, Bishop/Martyr; Commem./Saint Liborius, Bishop (Gueranger)

    07/22/2018 9:14:52 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Double RAVENNA, THE MOTHER OF CITIES, invites us today to honor the martyr bishop, whose labors did more for her lasting renown than did the favor of emperors and kings. From the midst of her ancient monuments, the rival of Rome, though now fallen, points proudly to her unbroken chain of Pontiffs, which she can trace back to the Vicar of the Man-God through Apollinaris. This great Saint has been praised by Fathers and Doctors of the Universal Church, his sons and successors. Would to God that the noble city had remembered what she owed to St. Peter....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-23-18, OM, St. Bridget, Religious

    07/22/2018 9:00:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies ^ | 07-23-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 23, 2018 Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mi 6:1-4, 6-8 Hear what the LORD says:Arise, present your plea before the mountains,and let the hills hear your voice!Hear, O mountains, the plea of the LORD,pay attention, O foundations of the earth!For the LORD has a plea against his people,and he enters into trial with Israel. O my people, what have I done to you,or how have I wearied you? Answer me!For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,from the place of slavery I released you;and I sent before you Moses,Aaron, and Miriam....
  • Only [Catholic] Seminary in Northern Ireland to Close

    07/22/2018 6:01:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/19/18 | Staff Reporter
    The 185-year-old St Malachy's seminary opened just four years after Catholic EmancipationSt Malachy’s Seminary, the only Catholic seminary in Northern Ireland, is to close in September, Church authorities have announced. The Diocese of Down and Connor said it took the decision after Queen’s University Belfast – where seminarians study for their degrees – closed its Department of Scholastic Philosophy and progressively withdrew modules in the subject. This placed a “great strain on the required philosophical training of clerical students”, the diocese said. From September this year, all seminarians will be relocated elsewhere to continue their training. Bishop William Crolly founded...
  • Man Says Cardinal McCarrick, His ‘Uncle Ted,’ Sexually Abused Him for Years

    07/22/2018 5:57:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 7/19/18 | Sharon Otterman
    James was 11 years old when Father Theodore E. McCarrick came into his bedroom in Northern New Jersey, looking for the bathroom. Father McCarrick, then 39 and a rising star in the Roman Catholic church, was a close family friend, whom James and his six siblings called Uncle Teddy. James was changing out of his bathing suit to get ready for dinner. “He said, turn around,” James, who is now 60, recalled in an interview last week. “And I really don’t want to, because I don’t want to show anybody anything.” But he did, he said, and was shocked when...
  • Australian [Catholic] Bishop Promotes Notion of Multiple Sexualities

    07/22/2018 5:52:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/18//18 | Christine Niles
    Bp. James Foley of Cairns diocese quotes pedophile-enabler Alfred Kinsey to support thesisCAIRNS, Queensland, Australia ( - The bishop of the Cairns diocese in Australia is offering the possibility of multiple sexualities, contrary to Church teaching. He has also shown support for a controversial Jesuit priest known for promoting same-sex marriage. Church Militant reached out to Foley in recent months to ask whether he'd be issuing a statement against pro-gay Jesuit Fr. Frank Brennan, a featured speaker at the Catholic Secondary Principals Australia Conference (CASPA), a gathering of Catholic school principals that took place in mid-July. Brennan has been widely...
  • [Cath Caucus] Cardinal Brandmüller Criticises Communion on the Hand, Mercy Ideology

    07/22/2018 3:47:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 22, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Cardinal Brandmüller Criticises Communion on the Hand, Mercy Ideology “It is evident that receiving Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling expresses the faith in Christ's real presence better than Communion in the hand while standing”, according to Cardinal Walter Brandmüller. Talking to (July 22), Brandmüller, one of the two living Dubia cardinals, further criticises Pope Francis' mercy ideology, “Mercy is only true if it does not contradict but is in harmony with the other Christian virtues: prudence, temperance, fortitude.”
  • [Catholic Caucus] New revelation surfaces about cardinal; editorials take church to task.

    07/22/2018 3:34:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | July 20, 2018 | Mark Pattison
    Editorials in national Catholic publications have taken the U.S. Catholic Church to task for its failure to root out all forms of clergy sexual abuse in the light of allegations made by former seminarians against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington. Not long after those editorials were published, a new series of allegations were published in The New York Times by a man who is believed to have been the first baby then-Father McCarrick ever baptized when he was a New York priest. "The Catholic Church cannot pretend to be shocked about the pattern of sexual abuse of...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Mary Magdalene, 07-22-18

    07/22/2018 3:14:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 07-22-18 |
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Mary Magdalene, Head hands and feet | photo by Simon Webster | flicker Saint Mary Magdalene Saint of the Day for July 22 (d. c. 63)  Saint Mary Magdalene’s Story Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since there has been a persistent legend in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50.Most Scripture scholars today point out that there is no scriptural basis for...
  • Petition started for new Irish referendum targeting Catholic schools

    07/22/2018 12:09:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | July 21, 2108 | Charles Collings
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom - In the wake of Ireland’s May 25 referendum legalizing abortion in the country, the Irish Labour Party has started a petition seeking a referendum to end religious schools in the country.Unlike in the United States, the government funds religious schools in Ireland, and about 96 percent of elementary schools in the country are under the patronage of a religious group, and approximately 90 percent of these schools are run by the Catholic Church.“It’s time for a national conversation about how we achieve a modern, secular and equality-based education system for the Ireland of today, and what...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Dublin archdiocese seeks 4,000 Eucharistic ministers for papal Mass

    07/22/2018 11:44:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    EWTN ^ | July 20, 2018 | Elsie Harris
    With less than a month to go until Pope Francis visits Dublin for the World Meeting of Families, organizers are moving forward with spiritual preparations as well as the practical, and have called for some 4,000 Eucharistic ministers to serve at the event's closing Mass. According to the Archdiocese of Dublin, around 500,000 people are expected for the closing Mass in Phoenix Park Aug. 26, which will be celebrated by Pope Francis, who will arrive in Dublin the previous day to close the week-long event. To ensure all attendees have access to communion at Mass, the archdiocese sent an appeal...
  • Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

    07/22/2018 6:42:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 21, 2018 • The Gospel this Sunday speaks to us of the priority of personal prayer. In last week’s Gospel, Jesus sent the apostles out two by two to proclaim the Kingdom. Now they return, eager to report their progress and the graces they encountered.As Jesus listens, He urges them (perhaps because they are so overjoyed) to come away and rest awhile, for they have labored long. In so doing, Jesus also teaches us about prayer. Let’s consider four...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost (Gueranger)

    07/22/2018 2:30:50 AM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Green Semidouble THE LAMENTATION over Jerusalem’s woes is, in the Western Church, the subject of today’s Gospel; and it gave its name to this ninth Sunday after Pentecost, at least among the Latins. We have already observed that it is easy to find, even in the Liturgy as it now stands, traces of how the early Church was all attention to the approaching fulfillment of the prophecies against Jerusalem, that ungrateful City, upon which our Jesus heaped his earliest favors. The last limit put by mercy upon justice has, at length, been passed. Our Lord, speaking of the ruin...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Mary Magdalene (Gueranger)

    07/22/2018 2:30:47 AM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double “THREE SAINTS,” said our Lord to St. Bridget of Sweden, "have been more pleasing to me than all others: Mary my mother, John the Baptist, and Mary Magdalene." The Fathers tell us that Magdelene is a type of the Gentile Church called from the depth of sin to perfect holiness; and indeed, better than any other, she personifies both the wanderings and the love of the human race, espoused by the Word of God. Like the most illustrious characters of the law of grace, she has her antitype in past ages. Let us follow the history of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pro-LGBT Catholic priest blasts brother priest for opposing Gay Pride

    07/21/2018 8:31:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 20, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    A priest who made headlines for supporting the introduction of gender theory to Catholic schools has now attacked a faithful priest who refuses to burn incense before Emperor LGBT. Father Paul Morton, long-time pastor of St. Bride’s Roman Catholic Church in Motherwell, published an “open letter” to Glasgow’s Father Mark Morris on the “St. Bride’s RC” Facebook page, rebuking him for his attitude towards Glasgow’s LGBT Pride celebrations. Morris had just been dismissed as Catholic chaplain at Glasgow Caledonian University after holding a rosary service in reparation for what his parish advertisement called “the gross offence to God that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-22-18, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/21/2018 8:02:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 07-22-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 22, 2018 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 23:1-6 Woe to the shepherdswho mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture,says the LORD. Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,against the shepherds who shepherd my people:You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them,but I will take care to punish your evil deeds. I myself will gather the remnant of my flockfrom all the lands to which I have driven themand bring them back to their meadow;there they shall increase and multiply. I will appoint shepherds for them...
  • Bishops have been on a losing streak in U.S. political arena

    07/21/2018 8:01:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 20, 2018 | Christopher Manion
    America’s politicized Catholic bishops – and unfortunately, that means most of them – have had a pretty bad year. Their campaign demanding amnesty for illegal aliens and a wide-open border policy has been a flop. Consider: They opposed two immigration bills in Congress for not going far enough, but both failed for going too far. Some bishops are so frustrated that they lash out at politicians, even strong-pro-lifers who oppose Obama’s unconstitutional “Dreamers” amnesty. Amnesty is still the bishops’ prime mandate. But they have also suffered setbacks at the Supreme Court. First, the justices ruled that President Trump’s temporary ban...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, 07-21-18

    07/21/2018 3:34:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ |
    Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi on the church at the Capuchin Friary and Seminary | photo by threecharlie Saint Lawrence of Brindisi Saint of the Day for July 21 (July 22, 1559 – July 22, 1619)  Saint Lawrence of Brindisi’s Story At first glance, perhaps the most remarkable quality of Lawrence of Brindisi is his outstanding gift of languages. In addition to a thorough knowledge of his native Italian, he had complete reading and speaking ability in Latin, Hebrew, Greek, German, Bohemian, Spanish, and French.Lawrence was born on July 22, 1559, and died exactly 60...
  • Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

    07/21/2018 8:43:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2018 • In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process.The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain details of the law (often Sabbath observances). But those who rebuked Him for this were guilty of far greater violations. For example, [Jesus] went into the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Radical Vatican About to Take Vengeance on Father Stefano Manelli

    07/21/2018 7:45:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 21, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Radical Vatican About to Take Vengeance on Father Stefano Manelli Sanctions against Father Stefano Manelli, 85, the founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, are imminent, writes Marco Tosatti (July 21). Manelli’s order languishes under a Vatican commissioner since July 2013. The reasons for this crack down, never explained by the Vatican, are evident: for the present Vatican nomenclature, the Friars are “too Catholic”. According to Tosatti, a document containing sanctions against Manelli, authored by the Congregation for the Religious, is currently on Francis' table. After the sanctions are imposed, the Vatican will push for a General Chapter. The...
  • Judge Says Philadelphia Can Cut Contracts with Catholic Groups for Refusing Same-Sex Adoption

    07/21/2018 5:54:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/17/18 | Calvin Freiburger
    HILADELPHIA, July 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The city of Philadelphia has the power to suspend contracts with religious adoption agencies who refuse to place children in same-sex homes, a federal judge ruled Friday. Last year, a story about Bethany Christian Services turning away a same-sex couple raised public awareness of both it and Catholic Social Services (CSS) having a policy of placing children only in homes with a mother and/or a father. Despite both being expressly-religious organizations and the stance aligning with traditional Christian teaching, the city claimed to have been surprised by the revelation, and suspended its contracts with...