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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • The Many Gifts of St. Hildegard of Bingen

    09/20/2017 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | September 18, 2017 | Cari Donaldson
    The Many Gifts of St. Hildegard of BingenCari Donaldson Abbess. Botanist. Physician. Theologian. Playwright. Composer. Doctor of the Church. In another example of God exulting the lowly, all these titles and more have been given to St. Hildegard of Bingen, who was born the sickly youngest child of minor nobility, and eventually presented as a political offering to the Benedictines.St. Hildegard was born around 1098, in what is today Germany. She entered the monastery at Disibodenberg 1112, and by the age of 38 became Prioress. Due to the rapidly growing increase of vocations under Hildegard, one of her first moves...
  • [Catholic Caucus] German Bishops’ Website Comments on the New John Paul II Institute

    09/20/2017 7:52:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    One Peter Five ^ | September 20, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Yesterday, when the news broke about the arguably revolutionary remodeling of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, Edward Pentin – the National Catholic Register‘s Rome Correspondent – revealed a possible German involvement in this new push for a rapid innovation. Pentin wrote: Meanwhile, the Register has learned via reliable sources that members of the German episcopate have recently grown frustrated with the pace of Francis’ reform and have been exerting pressure on the Pope to step up the pace — hence today’s motu proprio, and Magnum Principium, issued last week on liturgical translations. More...
  • The (Christian) Truth About Yoga (It means "yoked"...)

    09/20/2017 7:06:52 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 24 replies
    Today's Christian Woman ^ | March 1, 2005 | Holly Vicente Robaina
    Yoga led Laurette Willis into a New Age lifestyle. Now she's warning others of the spiritual pitfalls—and offering an alternative. The attractive couple on the television screen gracefully moved their bodies into the next yoga pose: arms extended, head tilted slightly back, a deep breath in. In front of the TV set, a seven-year-old girl and her mother did their best to mimic the posture. The little girl, Laurette, loved this special time with her mom. It was 1965, and Laurette's mom, Jacquie, didn't think twice about exercising along with this yoga program that came on the TV after Jack...

    09/20/2017 7:00:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 20, 2017 | Christine Niles
    Father James Martin seems to be implying that the Blessed Mother was a lesbian. In a Facebook tirade posted Tuesday, the pro-gay priest urged Catholics to call their local bishops to complain about so-called hate groups like Church Militant in order to silence them, closing his exhortation by referring to the Holy Spirit as "She." "Hope in the Holy Spirit," Martin wrote. "Things can always improve. And the Holy Spirit knows what She's doing." Screen capture of end of Fr. Martin's Facebook post, Sept. 20, 2017 The Holy Spirit is traditionally known as the Spouse of Mary. The angel Gabriel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Rome conference to gather leading experts in defense of Humanae Vitae

    09/20/2017 6:03:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 20, 2017 | Diane Montagna
    On what grounds did Pope Paul VI condemn contraception in his controversial encyclical letter, Humanae Vitae, and are those reasons still valid today? Next month, an international group of experts will meet in Rome to examine and offer a vigorous defense of the Church’s teaching in Humanae Vitae, as concerns mount about an effort in the Vatican to “reinterpret” it so as to allow for contraception in certain cases. The event, organized by the pro-life and pro-family coalition Voice of the Family, will commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical letter which reaffirmed the...

    09/20/2017 5:27:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 20, 2017 | Bradley Eli
    The bishops of Australia are divided over whether their country should legalize so-called same-sex marriage. Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has teamed up with Dan White, executive director of Sydney Catholic Schools, in urging parents of Catholic students to vote "no" on the national postal survey on same-sex marriage that's going on now in Australia. In a two-page letter sent to parents Friday, Abp. Fisher related, "We will be voting 'no' and encourage you to do the same." The archbishop affirmed Catholics weren't bigots for rejecting gay marriage. "Sadly, there has been a campaign to label those who support traditional...
  • Father Martin and his allies: intolerance masked as a plea for tolerance

    09/20/2017 4:22:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 20, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    See if you recognize this rhetorical strategy: Say that the people who disagree with you are motivated by hatred.Say that they’re dangerous extremists, a threat to civil society.Say that you are interested in genuine debate, but your opponents won’t allow it.Compare your opponents to Nazis.Insist that responsible people must disavow any connection with your opponents. And then…>Say that your opponents are intolerant. It’s a clever technique: a campaign of intolerance, camouflaged as a plea for tolerance. And it’s picking up steam in the Catholic media.The focus of the campaign is Father James Martin, the popular Jesuit, who has written a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Sets Up New John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family

    09/20/2017 3:20:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 19, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    Today’s announcement comes after significant changes at the Institute, including the appointments last year of Archbishop Paglia as grand chancellor, and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, as dean. Both are known to support a much criticized interpretation of Amoris Laetitia which would allow some remarried divorcees to receive Holy Communion, as well as being supportive of a softening of the teaching of Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the Church’s ban on artificial contraception. Scholars also within the John Paul II Institute itself have criticized both stances as diametrically opposed to the teachings of St. John Paul II.

    09/20/2017 3:14:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 67 replies
    Church MIlitant ^ | September 20, 2017 | Trey Elmore
    Father James Martin is saying that chastity is not required of homosexuals. In a video posted on YouTube on September 20, the Jesuit claims the Church's teaching on chastity is not binding on the consciences of the faithful because it has not been "received" by the people. It's a denial of the infallible teaching authority of the Catholic Church in matters of both faith and morals. He also said in a post on Facebook, "Things can always improve. And the Holy Spirit knows what She's doing" (emphasis added). "For a teaching to be really authoritative," he said, "it is expected...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Is Cardinal Sarah Francis' Next Victim?

    09/20/2017 1:09:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 20, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Pope Francis will fire Cardinal Robert Sarah, 72, the prefect of the Congregation for the Liturgy, in December. According to the blog Anonimi della Croce, one item on the agenda of the recent meeting of the Council of Cardinals was Sarah's replacement, "Practically all cardinals agreed", the blog writes, "Also because the order came from above, from Santa Marta, and all those obedient decided to decapitate him." Anonimi della Croce comments, "This is the style of Francis, the style of a Latin American dictator. As a good friend of Fidel Castro, he has as well learned these methods."

    09/20/2017 1:02:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Tablet ^ | September 20, 2017 | Christopher Lamb
    The cardinal criticised the Latin American approach to theology, in a thinly veiled critique of the Argentinian Pope The Vatican’s former doctrine chief has criticised Francis’ papacy for lacking theological rigour, while suggesting he is ready to make a comeback and work in the Roman Curia. During a book presentation in Germany last Friday, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, dismissed from his job by the Pope in July, recalled how the Jesuit Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) told Pope Clement VIII that he did not understand anything about theology. According to reports of the event in Mannheim the German cardinal then pointed out that Bellarmine was...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Jorge the Collegial doubles down

    09/20/2017 9:38:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | September 19, 2017 | Louie Verrecchio
    Jorge the Collegial is at it again; issuing yet another motu proprio from on high, this time, with a directive that amounts to a reconstitution of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences. The motu proprio, presently available on the Holy See website in Latin and Italian, begins:Animated by the greatest care for the family, Saint John Paul II, following the 1980 Synod of Bishops of the Family and the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris consortio, 1981, conferred a stable juridical structure on the Pontifical Institute John Paul II for Studies on Marriage and Family.Some coglioni  this...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Teilhard, the Council and Bergoglio

    09/20/2017 9:29:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | September 19, 2017 | Louie Verrecchio
    With the publication of the Envirocylcical, Laudao Si’, many were shocked to discover that this represented the first time the once-condemned French Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, was cited in a papal (if you will allow) encyclical. (Laudato Si’, footnote no. 53) In 1962, Teilhard was the subject of a monitum (warning) issued by the Holy Office which read in part:The most eminent and most revered Fathers of the Holy Office exhort all Ordinaries, as well as the superiors of Religious institutes, rectors of seminaries and presidents of universities, effectively to protect the minds, particularly of the youth, against the dangers...
  • Worried About the State of the World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!

    09/19/2017 8:05:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies ^ | September 19, 2017 | Gary Zimak
    Worried About the State of the World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!Gary Zimak Let’s be honest…there are some frightening things going on in the world. Every day we are bombarded with news about terrorism, natural disasters, war and many other threats. While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, advanced technology now makes it possible for weather forecasters to alert us to the possibility of tornadoes and hurricanes weeks in advance. In the same way, the popularity of the Internet makes it difficult to escape from “bad news”. It often seems like there is no place to hide....

    09/19/2017 7:39:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 19, 2017 | Stephen Wynne
    The Leo House, a Catholic guesthouse in Manhattan, has announced that Fr. James Martin will present its Pope Leo XIII Award to Cdl. Timothy Dolan at a December 11 fundraising gala in New York.   Named after the mighty Italian prelate and administered by the Leo House board of directors, the award "seeks to recognize Catholic clergy, religious and lay persons or organizations who best embody the ideals and values most cherished by the late pontiff" and "recognizes those who have served faithfully to advance and enhance the pontifical legacy and heritage of Leo XIII." "The Inaugural Pope Leo XIII...
  • Catholic Caucus:Did the Pope just answer the dubia by abolishing the John Paul II Institute?

    09/19/2017 5:46:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 19, 2017 | Pete Baklinksi
    One year ago to this day, four Cardinals submitted five yes-or-no questions to Pope Francis asking him if his 2016 exhortation on marriage and the family — Amoris Laetitia — conforms to perennial Catholic teaching on marriage, moral absolutes, conscience, and the sacraments.  The Pope has refused to answer their questions, despite the moral and pastoral chaos that ensued throughout the whole of Christendom as priests, bishops, and cardinals interpreted his teachings in completely contradictory ways. Some allowed civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics living in habitual adultery to receive Holy Communion. Some did not.  Today, on the first anniversary of the dubia, has...
  • Why Didn’t God Heal Evangelist to the Muslim World, Nabeel Qureshi?

    09/19/2017 5:20:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/19/2017 | Frank Turek
    How does a man facing his own premature death exude an uplifting combination of grace, love, and truth? My friend Nabeel Qureshi, who has done that for more than a year, died at age 34 on Saturday. In case you don’t know, Nabeel was a former devout Muslim who became a powerful defender of Christianity after a seven-year process of evaluating the evidence for Christianity with his friend David Wood. His first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is an international bestseller.  Since being diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer last year, Nabeel has shared his thoughts, concerns, and prayers through...
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholic bishop: There’s a good argument for legalizing gay ‘marriage’

    09/19/2017 4:23:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 19, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    NEWCASTLE WEST, Australia, September 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — An Australian bishop says he believes there's a valid "common good" argument for the government to legalize same-sex "marriage". As the country votes in a postal survey on the issue, Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Bishop Bill Wright all but suggested Catholics can vote "yes" in a September article for Aurora, the diocesan magazine. "The question about any proposed law is not whether it squares with church teaching or a moral ideal, but whether it is a good practical rule for people living in this society at this time," the bishop argues in his September...
  • Cath Cauc: U.S. bishop: Criticism of pro-gay Vatican adviser is a ‘cancer’ in the Church

    09/19/2017 4:15:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 19, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    The withdrawal of Jesuit Father James Martin’s appearance next month at Catholic University of America-affiliated Theological College stirred reaction that continued into Monday and included San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy defending the controversial priest. McElroy was among those who labeled reports and commentary on Father Martin’s LGBT stances as homophobia, censorship, “verbal violence,” and being a “cancer of vilification” in the Church. The bishop said Father Martin’s critics were overemphasizing chastity and they resent Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to move away from judging others. “There has arisen both in Catholic journals and on social media a campaign to vilify...
  • CALL TO AWAKE - September 19, 2017

    09/19/2017 1:03:41 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 33 replies
    HEAVENLY SIGN 2017 ^ | September 19, 2017 | Steve Sewell
    This is a summary of nine date intervals all pointing to events around the Tribulation Period, or Daniel's 70th Week.