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  • Second marriages

    01/19/2019 11:33:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 01-09-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Second marriages The Church does not gauge the validity of a union by the happiness of the people who have entered it Msgr. Charles Pope 1/9/2019 Question: Jesus says if you divorce your wife and marry another, you commit adultery. But we see many seemingly happy people in their second marriage. What is your perspective on this? — Paul VanHoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: The implied premise of your question is that happiness and joy are determining criteria for what is right and wrong. Such a premise is flawed. Doing what is right does not always bring immediate happiness. Sometimes what...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fear That Panama’s World Youth May Be Flop – Only 150.000 Registered

    01/19/2019 7:10:15 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 18, 2019 | Gloria TV
    Fear That Panama’s World Youth May Be Flop – Only 150.000 Registered Alessandro Gisotti, the Interim Director of the Holy See Press Office, admitted (January 18) that only about 150,000 people have signed up for World Youth Day in Panama (January 22 to 27). He hopes more to come who have not registered.The location for the main event has a capacity of 700.000 people. Gisotti excuses the small crowd explaining that students in North America and Europe are at school. At the last three World Youth Days in Spain (2011), Brazil (2013) and Poland (2016) there were between 2 and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] CDF assumes duties of Ecclesia Dei Commission

    01/19/2019 7:03:04 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Vatican News ^ | January 19, 2019 | Christopher Wells
    CDF assumes duties of Ecclesia Dei Commission With a new Apostolic Letter issued "motu proprio", Pope Francis has suppressed the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which was established thirty years ago by Pope St. John Paul II. By Christopher WellsThe Holy See has published the text of an Apostolic Letter, issued motu proprio on 17 January 2019, by which Pope Francis suppresses the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.Established by St John Paul II The Commission was established by Pope St John Paul II on 2 July 1988, with the “task of collaborating with the bishops, with the Departments of the Roman Curia...
  • PROFITING FROM PROVERBS - 1/19/2019

    01/19/2019 6:37:28 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 3 replies
    KING JAMES BIBLE | 1/19/2019 | PilgrimsProgress
    "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape" (Proverbs 19:5 KJV). "A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish" (Proverbs 19:9 KJV).
  • The Explicit & the Implicit

    01/19/2019 5:11:44 AM PST · by HarleyD
    Ligioner Ministries ^ | Unknown | RC Sproul
    Throughout church history there have been many obscure, or less clear, passages in Scripture that have attracted a variety of strange—and wrong—interpretations. How do we avoid the error of drawing something from Scripture that is simply not there? What principle do we call upon to guide us in our efforts to understand God’s Word? Dr. Sproul will help us with that as he explains the difference between “The Explicit and the Implicit.” This is a poor quality video of about 30 minutes on how man can draw poor conclusions from scripture text. Normally I wouldn't post but it is very...
  • January 19 - Why Jesus Rejected Sensationalism

    01/19/2019 4:46:06 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 2008 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘On the other hand, it is written, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”’” (Matthew 4:7). The Lord Jesus had two good reasons for not participating in a worldly spectacle such as jumping from the temple roof. First, such sensationalism is captive to the laws of diminishing returns. To generate and hold people’s allegiance to Him merely by stunning signs, Jesus would have needed to produce greater and greater signs. People would never have been satisfied and would always have demanded just one more miracle, one additional showy event. Real faith would not have been certain;...
  • Just got back from Santiago de Compestela's Portico of Glory

    01/19/2019 2:53:35 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies
    Myself ^ | Jan. 19, 2019 | Oshkalaboomboom
    We just returned from a visit to the city of Santiago de Compestela where we went to see the newly reopened Portico of Glory at the Cathedral. We stayed at the Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos, which is a treasure in its own right and steps away from the cathedral so we could easily take the first tour of the morning.There is good news and bad news about the Portico. The bad news is that you can no longer walk into it. It has been sealed off from the rest of the cathedral so other restoration work will not damage it...
  • Anglican Nightmare in Rome: "Ordained" Female Deacons, First Step Towards "Women Priests"

    01/18/2019 11:14:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 18, 2019 | Father Richard G. Cipolla, DPhil (Oxon)
    Op-Ed - Anglican Nightmare in Rome: "Ordained" Female Deacons, First Step Towards "Women Priests" Father Richard G. Cipolla, DPhil (Oxon) “Consecrated women already work so much with the poor and the marginalized: teaching the catechism, accompanying the sick and the moribund, distributing communion, [and] in many countries conducting the common prayers in absence of priests and in those circumstances pronouncing the homily. In the church there is the office of the permanent diaconate, but it is open only to married and non-married men. What impedes the church from including women among permanent deacons, just as it happened in the early...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-19-19

    01/18/2019 11:11:56 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-19-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 19 2019 Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 4:12-16 The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account. Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - 1/19/2019 [PRAYER]

    01/18/2019 9:18:17 PM PST · by Maudeen · 18 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 1/18/2019
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Law Enforcement, Defenders of Freedom, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems, the News, Media and Social Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14) Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. LET GOD BE THE JUDGE. YOUR JOB TODAY IS TO BE A WITNESS. – Warren Wiersbe
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Charles of Sezze, 01-18-19

    01/18/2019 8:43:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-18-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Saint Charles from Sezze, Immaculate's church, Latina | Antonio Sicurezza Image: Saint Charles from Sezze, Immaculate’s church, Latina | Antonio Sicurezza Saint Charles of Sezze Saint of the Day for January 18 (October 19, 1613 – January 6, 1670) Audio Player Saint Charles of Sezze’s Story Charles thought that God was calling him to be a missionary in India, but he never got there. God had something better for this 17th-century successor to Brother Juniper. Born in Sezze, southeast of Rome, Charles was inspired by the lives of Salvator Horta and Paschal Baylon to become a...
  • Christians and Muslims Together Commemorate 800th Anniv of Encounter Between St Francis and Sultan

    01/18/2019 6:03:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/15/19
    Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - To commemorate the historic event of the encounter between St. Francis with the Sultan of Egypt, AL-Kamil in the year 1219, modernize it in today's Pakistan, launching a universal message of tolerance, friendship, dialogue, common commitment for peace: in this spirit the National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism, within the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Pakistan, organized a meeting to inaugurate the activities that, in 2019, will commemorate the event in Pakistan 800 years ago, in the name of Islamic-Christian dialogue. As Agenzia Fides learns, Franciscan Sebastian Shaw, Archbishop of Lahore and President of the...
  • North Sumatra Protests Against Protestant Church [Indonesia]

    01/18/2019 5:58:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/16/19 | Mathias Hariyadi
    Places of worship, especially non-Islamic ones, are one of the most controversial issues in Indonesia. The dispute began last August. Complaints stem from the lack of permits for the use of residential housing for religious purposes.Jakarta (AsiaNews) – The local Synod of Churches of Indonesia (MPH-PGIW) has condemned the latest "episode of intolerance" against a Protestant community in Medan Labuan, North Sumatra (Sumatera) province. Three days ago, local Muslims (picture 1) staged a protest that prevented the members of the Bethel Church of Indonesia of Philadelphia (GBI), in Martubung district, from entering a house of prayer. The authorities claim that...
  • Bishop Soto [Sacramento] Suspends Hand Holding, Shaking Hands During Mass

    01/18/2019 5:51:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    To avoid spread of fluThe following comes from a Jan. 10 notice on the Sacramento diocese website.The California Department of Public Health has reported that the incidence of flu and flu-like illnesses is widespread and has reached a level requiring that we enact preventive measures to mitigate the possibility of infection at Mass. In order to protect the health and well-being of everyone, Bishop Soto has issued the following directives: – The use of the Communion cup is suspended temporarily. – Receive the Body of Christ in the hand (although receiving on the tongue is permitted) – Do not shake...
  • Papal Advisers Say Francis Will Know Right Moment to Act on Women Deacons

    01/18/2019 5:46:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/16/19 | Christopher White
    NEW YORK - Members of Pope Francis’s study commission on women deacons spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday, saying the pope has their report and expressing confidence that when the moment comes, he’ll make the right call. “He will know the time to say something,” said Phyllis Zagano, a senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University, who served on the commission. In the meantime, Zagano suggested that rank and file Catholics also have a role to play in the discussions around the subject. “It’s up to the Church to make noise,” she said, while also...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The question remains: Can we believe our Bishops?

    01/18/2019 3:41:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Joseph Shaw
    The question remains: Can we believe our Bishops? January 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Two recent stories have shocked Catholics in the United States and around the world. First, on December 4, Msgr. Edward Weber, “director of priest personnel” (whatever that might be) in the Archdiocese of New York, wrote a formal letter of recommendation for a priest, Fr. Donald Timone, who wished to spend some time at a Catholic college in California. The letter affirmed (according to CNA) that Fr. Timone had “never been accused of any act of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct involving a minor,” and “manifested...
  • [Cath Cauc] Who’s In Charge Now at “L’Osservatore Romano.” And What Has Changed

    01/18/2019 12:00:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | January 18, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    t was written that “L’Osservatore Romano” would be getting a facelift soon, after the abrupt change of director a few days before Christmas:> Earthquake in the Vatican Media. The Winter Campaign of Bergoglio’s StalwartsAnd in fact quite a bit is new in the first issues of this year.For starters, the official newspaper of the Holy See launched what is supposed to be in 2019 the Church’s “word of the year,” the word “fraternity,” taken from the latest Christmas message “urbi et orbi” from Pope Francis, in which it does in effect appear no fewer than twelve times, three more times...
  • Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

    01/18/2019 9:49:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-18-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Proverbs for Pro-Lifers Msgr. Charles Pope • January 17, 2019 • We who participate in the March for Life are always in need of the Lord’s strength and guidance, His grace and mercy, in order to see our goal of ending legalized abortion. To that end, I offer some lessons drawn from the 24th chapter of the Book of Proverbs: OUR SUMMONS TO TESTIMONY – If you remain indifferent in times of adversity, your strength will depart from you. Rescue those who are being dragged to death, and from those tottering to execution withdraw not. If you say, “I know...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Report: Cardinal Farrell Under Police Investigation for Abuse

    01/18/2019 8:31:24 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Banks of the Trinity ^ | January 16, 2019 | Banks of the Trinity
    DALLAS - Sources tell Banks of the Trinity that Kevin Cardinal Farrell is under investigation by the Keller Police Department regarding an allegation of abuse while he was bishop of Dallas.We will keep you updated as this story develops.
  • Priest gives pulpit to homosexual partners to share ‘witness’ story prior to Sunday Mass

    01/18/2019 7:50:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 17, 2019 | LifeSite News Staff
    Update Jan. 18, 2019: St. Joan of Arc pulled the video this morning of the two homosexual men giving their pre-Mass presentation. We are now using a source for the video provided by Complicit Clergy.  MINNEAPOLIS, MN, January 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A parish priest in Minnesota gave the pulpit to a same-sex “married” couple in a pre-Mass presentation last Sunday, allowing the two men to showcase their homosexual partnership, which included a child whom they said was conceived by IVF and carried to term via surrogacy.  Alan Nachtigal and Blake Wilson were legally “married” to each other in Minneapolis...