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  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 12-12-18

    12/12/2018 3:13:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 12-12-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Virgin of Guadalupe | public domain Our Lady of Guadalupe Saint of the Day for December 12  The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story.A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower, and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our...
  • Exaltation Follows Humility

    12/12/2018 3:11:43 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). God will exalt the humble. Having plumbed the depths of Christ’s humiliation (Phil. 2:5-8), Paul now soars to the heights of His exaltation (vv. 9-11). Like Paul, the apostle Peter affirmed that the great theme of Old Testament prophecy was...
  • Bishop Caggiano Appoints Leftist Feminist Woman to Lead Priestless Parish

    12/12/2018 3:08:41 PM PST · by detective · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | December 11, 2018 | Michael Hichborn
    Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Bridgeport, Connecticut diocese is appointing a self-described "modernist" "feminist" laywoman to head a parish. Nine months after the death of Fr. John Baran, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua parish in Fairfield, the bishop announced that, in lieu of appointing a new pastor, he is assigning the leadership role of the parish to Dr. Eleanor W. Sauers. In his letter to the parish announcing a "new leadership model," Caggiano wrote that he spent a "great deal of time in prayer and discernment … to discern who should follow Fr. Baran as your pastoral leader." This...
  • NOW [Charismatic Caucus]

    12/12/2018 2:22:50 PM PST · by Jedediah
    Sit by my side and you will see , A new level of my Tapestry , for I AM raising in the air , My banner of love everywhere , So in my design for each child , woman and man , is for my heart to expand , And reach new heights never seen , a new beginning bright and clean , For as you shed this heart called you , is when I step out and renew , So take my hand and then let go , Of all of you and then you'll know , That in...
  • Exarchate, recently abolished by Constantinople, to ask to be received by Russian Church

    12/12/2018 1:55:37 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 12-12-2018 | staff
    The Archdiocese of the Russian Churches in Western Europe, officially the Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of the Russian Tradition in Western Europe, intends to ask to be accepted into the Russian Orthodox Church. The Archdiocese had been a part of the Patriarchate of Constantinople for decades, though it was suddenly abolished without warning by the Holy Synod of the Constantinople on November 27. The Patriarchate then officially announced that it had revoked the 1999 tomos that gave the care of the Archdiocese to its own Archbishop-Exarch and that the Russian parishes were to be integrated into the dioceses of...
  • My Take on Wang Yi’s Letter Concerning Civil Disobedience in China

    12/12/2018 1:51:24 PM PST · by OddLane · 1 replies
    Patheos ^ | 12/12/18 | Jackson wu
    As some of you may have heard, around a 100 congregants in Chengdu China came up missing a few nights ago after police detained them. Among those taken away was Pastor Wang Yi, who in 2004 was named “50 Most Influential Public Intellectuals of China” by Southern People Weekly. He is not an obscure backwoods pastor. According to Wikipedia, Wang Yi met with President George W. Bush at the White House in 2006, with other Chinese human rights attorneys, to discuss religious freedom in China. He returned to Washington, D.C. in 2008, to attend the Conference for Global Christians in...
  • Late-Night Comedian Condemns Pope Francis for Homophobic Hate Speech

    12/12/2018 10:52:47 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Friendly Atheist (Patheos) ^ | December 11, 2018 | Hemant Mehta
    Jenny Hagel, a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers who is both gay and Catholic, issued a strong denunciation of Pope Francis‘ homophobia last night. In response to the pope reiterating Catholic doctrine that says gay priests must be celibate (or be kicked out of the priesthood), an idea that suggests there’s something intrinsically wrong with gay people, Hagel called out anyone who still sees the pope as a good guy. "The press dubbed him “Cool Pope.” But here’s the thing: This guy’s not cool. This guy’s homophobic… We should all care about this because the pope is a...
  • Ark of the Covenant inside a church in Ethiopia?Historian’s claim of having seen the Ark disputed

    12/12/2018 10:06:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/12/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The search for the Ark of the Covenant has led to renewed speculation that the biblical artifact may be hidden inside a church in Ethiopia, but historians have pushed back against the theory. Archaeologists have searched for centuries for clues and hints of where the Ark, containing the stone tablets bearing the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God, could be. The BASE Institute has sent research teams to Ethiopia, Egypt, Israel and Rome and it believes the evidence points to Ethiopia. Although it has not found the actual Ark, it stated, "As unusual as this may sound, the BASE...
  • [[Catholic Caucus] Alleged McCarrick Abuse Victim Shares Shocking Insights into Abuser’s Reign

    12/12/2018 9:30:27 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 11, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    Fear, Power & Money: Alleged McCarrick Abuse Victim Shares Shocking Insights into Abuser’s Reign Abuse. Conspiracy. Hush money. Bribes. Power players. Politics. Global agendas. The threat of violence. These are some of the themes that James Grein, the alleged longtime abuse victim of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, discussed with Dr. Taylor Marshall in a new podcast interview. Grein, who claims to have been abused by McCarrick for 18 years, beginning at age eleven, explained the close family connection he had with McCarrick – a connection that began even before he was born.“He had been part of the family,” says Grein,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long...?

    12/12/2018 8:15:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 11, 2018 • Continuing our series of questions related to the Incarnation, we next ponder whether Jesus would have come at all had we not sinned in the garden. We also consider why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue.Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned?St. Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa Theologica) first states that there are different opinions on the matter. He also notes that God’s power is not limited and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/12/18)[Prayer]

    12/12/2018 7:09:59 AM PST · by left that other site · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/12/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Acts of the Apostles 
 (New Testament) Acts 18 In Corinth 18 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. 5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted...
  • Receiving Assurance of Salvation (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)

    12/12/2018 5:10:49 AM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier ^ | 12/12/2018
    How, then, do we receive assurance? The Scripture declares that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. This inner testimony of the Holy Spirit is as vital as it is complex. It can be subjected to severe distortions, being confused with subjectivism and self-delusion. The Spirit gives His testimony with the Word and through the Word, never against the Word or without the Word. Since it is possible to have false assurance of salvation, it is all the more urgent that we seek the Spirit’s testimony in and through the Word. False...
  • America Prayer Vigil 12/12/18 [Prayer]

    12/12/2018 12:24:22 AM PST · by weston · 27 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 12/12/18 | Weston
    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.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-18, FEAST, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2018 9:46:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 12-12-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2018 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab...
  • Gospel of John Chapt. 4

    12/11/2018 7:22:12 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    King James Bible Online
    1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) 3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. 4 And he must needs go through Samaria. 5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Damasus I, 12-11-18

    12/11/2018 6:23:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 12-11-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Lithography of Pope Saint Damasus I | Pedro Augusto Guglielmi Saint Damasus I Saint of the Day for December 11 (304 – December 11, 384)  Saint Damasus I’s Story To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrinal heresies, uneasy relations with his fellow bishops and those of the Eastern Church marred the peace of his pontificate.The son of a Roman priest, possibly of Spanish...
  • Archeologists: Sodom and Gomorrah literally destroyed by fire and brimstone falling from the sky

    12/11/2018 5:14:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 78 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | December 11, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Archeologists: Sodom and Gomorrah literally destroyed by fire and brimstone falling from the sky December 11, 2018 ( – A group of archeologists and other scientists say they have discovered strong evidence that the region of the “Middle Ghor,” where the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are believed to have existed, were in fact destroyed by a meteor that exploded in the sky above, raining down superheated matter and raising temperatures to thousands of degrees, a theory that matches the account of the cities’ destruction contained in the Old Testament Book of Genesis. According to the theory, the meteor...
  • FBI Engaged in Wide-Ranging Probe of Clergy Sex Abuse in Buffalo Diocese

    12/11/2018 4:26:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Buffalo News ^ | 12/7/18 | Jay Tokasz and Dan Herbeck
    Mark Lynch says he was molested by a priest when he was 13. The abuse happened 50 years ago, well beyond when a sex crime could be prosecuted. But the FBI wanted to know more, anyway. Lynch said two federal agents visited him at his Youngstown home about a month ago, armed with questions about the abuse and the Buffalo Diocese's response to his allegations against the Rev. Joseph Schuster. “We sat at my kitchen table for about an hour, and I told them what happened. They were very thorough and already had a file on me. They had done...
  • Argentine Archbishop: in Some Dioceses There is a Gay Priests’ Lobby

    12/11/2018 4:21:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/10/18 | Staff Reporter
    Archbishop Aguer welcomed Pope Francis's recent remarks on homosexuality in the priesthood The Archbishop Emeritus of La Plata has said that some dioceses have a “high” proportion of gay clergy who constitute a “kind of lobby”. Archbishop Héctor Aguer made the comment on the Channel 9 television programme Keys for a Better World. He was responding to Pope Francis’s remarks on homosexuality in the priesthood. The archbishop’s comment was reported by ACI Prensa, an EWTN-owned Catholic news agency based in Lima. He cited Pope Francis saying that homosexuality had become “fashionable” and that this mentality had also entered the Church....
  • Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital to Get Name Change as ..'Lourdes’ May Offend Non Catholics [Ireland]

    12/11/2018 4:16:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    The Liberal (Ireland) ^ | 12/7/18 | James Brennan
    The political correct police really would sicken you these days. One of the country’s best known hospitals, Our Lady of LOURDES hospital in Drogheda, Co. Louth is reportedly getting a new name after it emerged that the name ‘Lourdes’ may be offensive to non-Catholics. According to an article in Drogheda Life, the General Manager of the hospital, wrote to all staff members this week with their intention, “as part of the Senior Management Strategic Plan for Quarter 1, 2019”, to change the name of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda to one of the following: 1. University Hospital Drogheda 2....