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  • Are Catholic Flame Wars Evangelizing Online? Bishop Barron Says ‘No’

    07/09/2020 1:46:59 PM PDT · by Marchmain · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | July 9, 2020 | Catholic News Agency
    A California bishop challenged Catholics online to “cut it out” and better represent their Christian faith through their social media engagement. On Tuesday, Bishop Robert Barron, an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, issued a “pastoral cry of the heart” to encourage Catholics to stop tearing each other apart online and instead provide well structured and charitable arguments. “I understand that people are passionate, especially about religious matters, but when it comes to this commentary we always must keep truth and love in the forefront,” he said. Speaking of social media, Bishop Barron said that “I must admit the vitriol, negativity,...
  • Sobering Spiritual Truths According to St. John of the Cross

    07/09/2020 10:20:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-08-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on July 7, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Sobering Spiritual Truths According to St. John of the Cross In today’s post I would like to ponder some hard and sobering spiritual truths, but ones that will set us free.In calling them “hard truths”, I mean that they are not the usual cozy bromides that many seek. They speak bluntly about the more irksome and difficult realities we face. If we come to accept them, though, they have a strange way of bringing serenity by getting us to focus us on the right things rather than spending our time...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-09-20, OM, St. Augustine Zhao Rong, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

    07/08/2020 10:02:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | 07-09-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 9 2020 Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 11:1-4, 8e-9 Thus says the LORD: When Israel was a child I loved him, out of Egypt I called my son. The more I called them, the farther they went from me, Sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, who took them in my arms; I drew them with human cords, with bands of love; I fostered them like one who raises an infant to his cheeks; Yet, though I stooped to feed my...
  • Priest to Scottish Gov’t: Pubs Are Allowed to Open, So Why Can’t We Have Mass?

    07/08/2020 6:31:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/7/20 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    ‘It is extremely concerning that there may now be some further delay in allowing the return to public worship,’ wrote Father Michael J. Kane, pastor of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Coatbridge. ‘It is deeply distressing that Catholics cannot receive the Sacraments.’COATBRIDGE, Scotland, July 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― A Catholic priest has published an objection to the Scottish government’s continuing ban on public church services. Father Michael J. Kane is the pastor of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Coatbridge, a town about 10 miles east of Glasgow. In a June 26 open letter to Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) Fulton...
  • Shut Churches Sue State Using Magna Carta [UK]

    07/08/2020 6:27:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/6/20 | Jules Gomes
    'No absolute religious freedom since Henry VIII' LONDON ( - Protestant England never enjoyed absolute religious freedom since Henry VIII broke with Rome, a top evangelical leader is conceding, as 25 Christian leaders — including a Catholic theologian — challenge the churches' lockdown as a breach of the Magna Carta. Church leaders who have launched a judicial review of the lockdown are contending that the state criminalized Sunday worship for the first time in centuries — despite the government allowing churches to reopen July 4 under strict guidelines. Churches should never have been shut in the first place and "this...
  • Local bishop calls-out Catholic charity leader who said Church is ‘racist’

    07/08/2020 2:14:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 8, 2020 | Paul Smeaton
    Local bishop calls-out Catholic charity leader who said Church is ‘racist’ 'Dr. McCann’s blunt presentation was interpreted by many as levying false accusations against ‘whites’ and the Catholic Church' Bishop John Daly of the Diocese of Spokane SPOKANE, Washington, July 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic bishop has publicly called-out the President and CEO of Catholic Charities Eastern Washington after he recently declared that the Catholic Church is “racist” because Jesus was ‘white’ in a video now viewed over 40,000 times online. Bishop John Daly of the Diocese of Spokane, where the charity is based, said that the Catholic community...
  • Todays Gospel Reflection- Sheperds

    07/08/2020 1:56:54 PM PDT · by MurphsLaw · 6 replies
    7-8-2020 | Aux. Bishop of Los Angeles
    WEDNESDAY OF THE FOURTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME MATTHEW 10:1-7 Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus summoned apostles whom he shaped and sent on mission. Priests, through the centuries—from Augustine and Aquinas, to Francis Xavier and John Henry Newman, to John Paul II—are the descendants of those first friends and apprentices of the Lord. They have been needed in every age, and they are needed today, for the kingdom of heaven must be proclaimed, the poor must be served, God must be worshiped, and the sacraments must be administered. Spiritual fathers are required especially in our time, when a rising tide...
  • Antonio Socci: The Mystery of the Sunday Angelus

    07/08/2020 7:07:37 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Facebook ^ | July 7, 2020 | Antonio Socci
    Antonio Socci: The Mystery of the Sunday Angelus What are the true contents of the still secret agreement between the Vatican and the Chinese Communist regime? And why, after two years, is it still hidden? What is there to hide? The question is ever more pressing, because last Sunday a true detective story unfolded. Immediately following the Sunday Angelus, Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti, on his widely followed blog Stilum Curiae, revealed that in the bulletin distributed to journalists before the Pope’s prayer, there were some important remarks prepared on the crisis of Hong Kong, where the Beijing regime is definitively...
  • African cardinal criticizes Black Lives Matter movement for ‘dismantling’ civilization

    07/08/2020 5:55:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 7, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    African cardinal criticizes Black Lives Matter movement for ‘dismantling’ civilization July 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – South African Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier strongly criticized the Black Lives Matter movement for its “dismantling” of civilizations and cultures.  Napier, himself a black man and archbishop of Durban on the South African coast, tweeted that a “ brief study of the founding statement of ‘Black Lives Matter’ indicates the movement is being hijacked by the interests & parties committed to dismantling the very values, structure & institutions which have over the centuries undergird the best civilisations & cultures!” After his original tweet on July...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-08-20

    07/07/2020 10:03:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies ^ | 07-08-20 | Revised New American Bible
    July 8 2020 Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 Israel is a luxuriant vine whose fruit matches its growth. The more abundant his fruit, the more altars he built; The more productive his land, the more sacred pillars he set up. Their heart is false, now they pay for their guilt; God shall break down their altars and destroy their sacred pillars. If they would say, “We have no king”— Since they do not fear the LORD, what can the king do for them?The king of Samaria shall disappear, like foam...
  • The Coming Storm: St. Louis

    07/07/2020 9:03:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | July 7, 2020 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Coming Storm: St. Louis St. Louis.This is what the streets are going to be like, more and more often.There is clearly a demonic component to this.Language alert. BLM, ladies and gentlemen, whose mission statement specifically aims at the destruction of the nuclear family.Remember what Sr. Lucia wrote to Card. Caffarra?
  • Pope Francis and China: A Vatican Mystery and a Proposal

    07/07/2020 6:42:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 7/6/20 | Massimo Introvigne
    Allegedly, on July 5 a paragraph of a pre-written speech by the Pope where he supported freedom in Hong Kong was not read by Francis. To avoid further wild speculations, the Vatican may publish the text of the 2018 China deal.On July 5, a mysterious incident that would have pleased a Dan Brown happened in the Vatican. Speeches by the Pope are distributed to journalists “embargoed,” meaning that media can quote them only after the Pope had pronounced them. In the past, journalists who violated the embargoes lost their credentials with the Vatican. Allegedly, the embargoed text in Italian of...
  • Discarded Seminarian Fighting Back

    07/07/2020 6:30:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 6/30/20 | William Mahoney
    Open letter exposes seminary cover-upAfter being forced out of the Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome, former seminarian Anthony Gorgia has launched a GoFundMe account to finance legal action against "culpable Church leaders who will listen ... when faced with a lawsuit." Gorgia, once an exemplary seminarian, was forced to leave the NAC during the 2018–2019 school year after witnessing the seminary's vice-rector inappropriately touching a seminarian in his care. Gorgia's impeccable record of service, coupled with love and admiration of professionals and people who know him, were no deterrent to his bishop, Cdl. Timothy Dolan of New York....
  • May I Attend SSPX Masses?

    07/07/2020 4:17:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 93 replies
    The Fatima Center ^ | July 6, 2020 | Kennedy Hall
    May I Attend SSPX Masses? Editor’s Note: The simplest answer is that, YES, Catholics may attend Mass and receive Holy Communion at the chapels of the Society of St. Pius X without incurring any penalty, stigma or sin. As this is an involved topic, one article would be too long to cover this subject matter. Hence we will be posting these articles as a series over numerous days. We will cover such issues as schism, “full communion,” valid and licit sacraments, true obedience, Vatican II, excommunication and more. If you are interested in these topics, please read on! Part I...
  • The next pope: are we facing the nightmare of a Parolin pontificate?

    07/07/2020 3:27:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    The Spectator ^ | July 7, 2020 | Damian Thompson
    The next pope: are we facing the nightmare of a Parolin pontificate? Vatican officials are anxious to get their hands on an advance copy of The Next Pope, a survey of 19 leading contenders to succeed Pope Francis scheduled for publication next month. The author, Edward Pentin, discusses these papable cardinals in today's episode of Holy Smoke.The full list is still under wraps, but inevitably we talk about Cardinal Robert Sarah, the African-born apocalyptic visionary whom liberals most fear. (If you doubt that, read this despicable and semi-literate hatchet job on Sarah by Christopher Lamb in The Tablet.) Equally inevitably,...
  • Dueling Protests Follow Suspension of Indiana Priest

    07/07/2020 11:59:14 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 7, 2020 | Martina Moyski
    Dueling Protests Follow Suspension of Indiana Priest Fr. Theodore Rothrock: leftists 'serpents in the garden' CARMEL, Ind. ( - Protests and counterprotests are erupting over the suspension of a faithful Indiana cleric, days after his denunciation of radical leftist groups. On Sunday, supporters and critics of Fr. Theodore Rothrock faced off outside St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel. One contingent shouted "Black Lives Matter!" while the other cheered, "Go, Fr. Ted!" Father Rothrock was suspended last week after condemning anarchist groups. "Black Lives Matter, Antifa and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe," he warned in his...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Big Troubles: Now, Francis’ Much Praised “Poverty” Becomes a Reality

    07/07/2020 11:21:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 7, 2020 | Gloria TV
    [Catholic Caucus] Big Troubles: Now, Francis’ Much Praised “Poverty” Becomes a Reality Father Juan Guerrero, the Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, sent a May 8 letter asking all dicasteries of the Roman Curia to move their money to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA).In other words: The money of the Roman Curia must exclusively be kept in the APSA, the Vatican investment bank, not in foreign financial institutions, not even in the Vatican Bank.The letter was published on (July 7). It implies according to Tosatti that the Holy See “is in desperate...
  • What Does It Mean to Trust in God?

    07/07/2020 10:06:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-06-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posts Posted on July 6, 2020July 6, 2020 What Does It Mean to Trust in God? We are often told to trust in God, and many of us have counseled others who are anxious or downcast to do so. But what does that mean?In some cases, when people give this counsel they mean this: Don’t worry, God will eventually give you what want. God will come around to your way of thinking at some point. Hang in there and wait for God to answer (your way). He’ll take care of things (in a way that pleases you).This is not...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Zen calls out Pope Francis for not answering dubia about ‘murder’ of Chinese Church

    07/07/2020 8:52:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 6, 2020 | Lianne Laurence
    [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Zen calls out Pope Francis for not answering dubia about ‘murder’ of Chinese Church PETITION: Support Cardinal Zen's plea to stop the "murder of the Church in China"! Sign the petition here. VATICAN CITY, July 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — It has been a year since Cardinal Joseph Zen made an emergency trip to Rome in an attempt to warn Pope Francis about the Vatican’s just-released pastoral document that gives priests in China reasons why they should register with the Communist government. The 88-year-old retired bishop of Hong Kong marked the anniversary this July by noting on his blog...
  • People leaving German church at record rate

    07/07/2020 8:36:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Tablet ^ | July 1, 2020 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Germans leaving Church at record rate Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, the newly elected chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, at a press conference on his election this year. Michael Debets/Zuma Press/PA Images The German bishops’ conference announced on Friday that a record 272,771 people left the country's Catholic Church in 2019. The number represented an increase of more than 56,000 on the 216,000 who left in 2018, and exceeds by a large margin the previous record of 218,000 leaving in 2014. The figures are part of a growing countrywide exodus from the Christian Churches. The German Protestant Church saw a similar...