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  • Amir Tsarfati update on the Middle East, Feb 21

    02/22/2018 1:46:50 AM PST · by firebrand · 1 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Feb. 21, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Starts with Syria's ongoing massacre of its own people outside Damascus. Followed by an excellent clarification of events between the various forces in the Middle East right now. Some comments on the Palestinians and Egypt's role in all of this. Turkey's conflict with everyone, including Greece. As an old friend of mine once said, "At the dawn of recorded history, the Middle East was at war."
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-18, FEAST, The Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

    02/21/2018 9:40:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 02-22-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2018 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Reading I 1 Pt 5:1-4Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6R. (1) The...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Peter's Chair at Antioch (Gueranger)

    02/21/2018 9:02:19 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Greater Double WE ARE CALLED UPON, a second time, to honor St. Peter’s Chair: first, it was his Pontificate in Rome; today it is his Episcopate at Antioch. The seven years spent by the Prince of the Apostles in the second of these cities were the grandest glory she ever had; and they are too important a portion of the life of St. Peter to be passed by without being noticed in the Christian Cycle. Three years had elapsed since our Lord’s Ascension. The Church had already been made fruitful by martyrdom, and from Jerusalem she had spread...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Thursday of the First Week of Lent (Gueranger)

    02/21/2018 9:01:26 PM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Violet Simple TODAY’S STATION is in the Church of St. Laurence, in Paneperna, one of those which the piety of the Faithful of Rome has built in honor of this the most celebrated of the Martyrs of the Holy City. COLLECT Devotionem populi tui, quæsumus, Domine, benignus intende, ut uqui per abstinentiam macerantur in corpore, per fructum boni operis reficiantur in mente. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. We beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully to regard the devotion of thy people; that mortifying their bodies by fasting, their minds may be refreshed by good works. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen....
  • [Cath Caucus] Cardinal Marx on Commission to Prepare Discussion of Blessing Homosexual Couples

    02/21/2018 8:20:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | February 19, 2018 | Maike HIckson
    Cardinal Reinhard Marx who received much criticism for his recent remarks on the possibility of blessing homosexual couples in individual cases has deflected that topic for now, but he says an episcopal commission has been set up in Germany to consider it.Today, the German bishops are starting their four-day-long Spring Assembly, which takes place this year in Ingolstadt. As the German newspaper Sddeutsche Zeitung reports, Cardinal Marx the president of the German Bishops Conference and a member of the popes Council of Nine Cardinals has today made some comments on the topic of the blessing of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] How Bergoglio Is Rewriting His Life. The Years of the "Great Desolation"

    02/21/2018 7:54:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 21, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    n the closed-door meeting that he held at the beginning of Lent, on February 15, with the priests of the Rome diocese of which he is bishop, Francis sketched out in an unexpected way the trajectory of his life, describing it as a series of passages, some of them bright, others dark. Lets review word by word this autobiography of his, very instructive on the personality of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in the official transcription that has been released and that respects the disorder of his speech in Italian.The first phase is one of rapid and dazzling ascent toward what further...
  • Why papal adviser is angry with EWTNs Papal Posse

    02/21/2018 7:26:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 21, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    During a lively segment of EWTN's "The World Over" last week, Papal Posse members Robert Royal and Father Gerald Murray weighed in on three segments from papal adviser Father Antonio Spadaros lecture at Georgetown University. They also commented on the Bishop Barros scandal and Cardinal Cupichs planned New Momentum series of conferences. Spadaros lecture was entitled Pope Francis Global Vision and his work for a more just and peaceful world. Following the program, Spadaro had retweeted a message demanding an interdict on Arroyo, the host of The World Over. Spadaro clearly agreed with the tweets severe criticism of the show...
  • Maintaining Spiritual Integrity

    02/21/2018 6:32:10 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ" (Phil. 1:10). Seek to have a life that bears scrutiny. In our society, those whose lives are marked by moral soundness, uprightness, honesty, and sincerity are usually thought of as people of integrity. However, society's standards often fall far short of God's. Spiritual integrity calls for the highest possible standard of behavior and requires supernatural resources available only to those who trust in Him. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-10 outlines the path to spiritual integrity. It begins with love that abounds with knowledge and discernment (v. 9) and...
  • God's Great Mercy

    02/21/2018 6:31:44 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3). Because of His mercy, God desires to lift sinners out of their pitiful condition. Several years ago I spent about a week in India. Each day I saw countless starving, diseased people with no home but a few square feet of filthy street. I could not help but feel compassion and pity on those people who lived in such misery....
  • Democrat Politicians Harass Church for Offering Counseling to Gays

    02/21/2018 6:19:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/21/18 | Rodney Pelletier
    Representatives Adam Zemke and Darrin Camilleri pushing radical LGBT agenda, persecuting ChristiansLANSING, Mich. ( - Michigan Democrats are harassing a church for offering to counsel teenage girls struggling with their sexual identity. On February 8, Adam Zemke and Darrin Camilleri, both Democratic members of the Michigan House of Representatives, condemned the "Unashamed Identity Workshop" sponsored by the Metro City Church in Riverview. The announcement for the workshop now taken down from the group's website is a counseling session for girls aged 1216 years old, asking, "Does your child or grandchild struggle with sexual identity? Do you see the...
  • ISIS Claims Responsibility for Dagestan Church Shooting

    02/21/2018 6:13:46 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 2/20/18
    ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting that took place on Sunday at the Cathedral of St. George in Kizlyar, Dagestan, Russia. A young man opened fire on parishioners exiting the church on Sunday, leaving five women dead, two more parishioners wounded, and two security guards wounded. Four of the women died instantly, while the fifth later died in the hospital. The parish had just served the Rite of Forgiveness in which everyone asks for and offers forgiveness for all their sins against one another, thus entering the Great Fast, and for these victims, eternity, with pure hearts. The...
  • Underground Catholic: We Are Excluded from Dialogue Between China and the Holy See

    02/21/2018 6:09:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/19/18 | John
    Catholics of the unofficial Church complain that the "imminent" agreement between Rome and Beijing on the appointment of bishops forgets all the persecutions that the Christian communities are subject to. A criticism also to Msgr. Giuseppe Wei Jingyi, who - according to the author - is "underground in name but not in nature. The repentant bishops show "repentance" only in private, but continue government policy in public.Beijing (AsiaNews) - The news of an "imminent" agreement between China and the Holy See on how to appoint bishops is arousing tensions, debates and the taking of positions among the official and unofficial...
  • Church Spires to Boost Digital Connectivity in Rural Areas

    02/21/2018 6:05:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies ^ | 2/18/18
    Church spires across the UK will be used to boost digital connectivity in rural areas following an agreement between the Government and the Church of England. The accord (PDF, 74.9KB, 3 pages) , signed by the the National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) encourages the Church of England to use its buildings and other property to improve broadband, mobile and WiFi connectivity for local communities. 65% of Anglican churches and 66% of parishes in England are in...
  • Sedevacantism

    02/21/2018 5:56:13 PM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 02-21-2018 | Fr John Hunwicke
    Readers will be aware that I do not enable any comments which even delicately hint at anything even remotely like Sedevacantism. Even if a Bishop of Rome were personally a heretic, even if, like Pope Honorius I, he actually promoted and propagated heresy, he would still be pope. I have no doubt whatsoever about this. And it is the duty of every Catholic to be in Full Communion with him. Sedevacantism is illogical and unhistorical rubbish. But I must admit that I have no worked-out solution to the following very hypothetical hypothesis. Suppose a pope were, additionally, to require of...
  • Diocese of Lexington goes gay: Bishop serves as adviser to pro-same-sex marriage ministry

    02/21/2018 5:42:55 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Joseph Sciambra ^ | February 21, 2018 | Joseph Sciambra
    Diocese of Lexington goes gay: Bishop serves as adviser to pro-same-sex marriage ministry On February 18, 2018, the pro-same-sex marriage advocacy ministry Fortunate Families posted to their official Facebook page a series of photos and one short video taken at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, which featured the First Sunday of Lent homily from Deacon Steve Hester. They later added a YouTube video of the complete homily. The subject of his homily: the rainbow. In terms of the rainbow and its contemporary relationship to the LGBT community, Hester had this to say:
  • Scenes from the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts (Russian Orthodox- English/Church Slavonic)

    02/21/2018 4:55:31 PM PST · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 04-16-2013 | Holy Trinity Monastery Jordanville NY
    It is the ancient custom of the Church that no liturgy or mass is offered during the weekdays of the Great Fast except on the Feast of the Annunciation (which this year actually falls on a Sunday). In order to provide the faithful with the opportunity to commune the Holy Mysteries without having to wait a full week Pope St. Gregory the Great of Rome composed a special service whereby the faithful could partake of a special reserve of the Body and Blood consecrated on the previous Sunday.
  • Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete for the third day of Lent (Clean Wednesday)

    02/21/2018 4:38:29 PM PST · by NRx
    St. George's Orthodox Church ^ | 03-05-2012 | St. Andrew of Crete
    The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete for the third day of Lent (Clean Wednesday) in English. Appx 1 hr.
  • Francis Again Refuses to Kneel in Front of Eucharistic Adoration

    02/21/2018 2:30:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 21, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Vatican News (February 21) published pictures of an Eucharistic Adoration which took place during the ongoing retreat of the Roman Curia in Ariccia near Rome. The participants of the retreat all kneel in front of the monstrance except Francis who is standing. Rumours that Francis has knee-problems have proven to be false since he has knelt on several occasions in front of refugees on Holy Thursday or when visiting an Anglican shrine in Uganda in November 2015.
  • [Catholic Caucus] St. Peter Damian: Gay Clergy Are Deserving of Death

    02/21/2018 2:09:43 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Church Militant ^ | February 21, 2018 | Bradley Eli
    In his zealous letter penned in 1049, famously titled The Book of Gomorrah, St. Peter Damian admonishes bishops to stamp out the "epidemic of sodomy among the priests of Italy," which was part of a "plague of sexual perversion" and a "larger crisis of moral laxity in the priesthood" of his time. In his letter, St. Peter decried the silentbishops who failed to take action against clerics immersed in thegrievous moral perversion of sodomy: Listen, you do-nothing superiors of clerics and priests. Listen, and even though you feel sure of yourselves, tremble at the thought that you are partners in...
  • Gospel of Matthew, Ch. 7

    02/21/2018 1:34:16 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt...