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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • [Catholic Caucus] Dissident Fr James Martin To Address DC Priest Symposium This September

    07/20/2017 8:48:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | July 20, 2017 | restore dc catholicism
    Dissident Fr James Martin To Address DC Priest Symposium This September From Canon212, we have learned that the Washington Theological College, located at 401 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20017 will be conducting an "Alumni Days 2017" gathering.  As you can see from this flyer, (and by the way, dear chancery moles, I downloaded it so if it "disappears", I can make it "reappear)" dissident Father James Martin, will be the keynote symposium speaker.   His topic is strangely called "Encountering Jesus: Meeting The Jesus Of History And The Christ Of Faith".  Why are "Jesus" and "Christ" separated in that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Is Etiquette More Important Than the Good of Souls?

    07/20/2017 12:14:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 20, 2017 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Are the three remaining “dubia” cardinals – Cardinals Burke, Caffara, and Brandmüller – at fault for publicizing the five questions they posed to Pope Francis, and for publicizing the fact that the pope did not respond either to those questions or to a later request for an audience? Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna thinks they have done a disservice to the Church and to the Holy Father. Speaking in Limerick, Ireland on July 13th he said: “The question of these dubia is for me mainly a question of procedure. That cardinals, who should be the closest collaborators of the pope,...
  • Silence of the Shepherds

    07/20/2017 11:03:14 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | July-August 2017 | New Oxford Review
    Why is it that Catholic bishops seem to be plumping for Muslims? Why do they issue statements about Islam that are dishonest and misleading? Why do they appear to be so intent on protecting the image of Islam? If you’ve asked yourself these questions, you’re not alone. Given current events and the historical record of Islam’s aggressive campaigns against the Christian West, the rational thinker could be forgiven for believing that the leaders of the Christian world might just want to pay a bit more attention to contemporary anti-Christian violence — thousands of terror attacks, beheadings, stabbings, kidnappings, rapes, torching...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Concelebration in the Roman Colleges (3)

    07/20/2017 10:13:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | July 20, 2017 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    Concelebration in the Roman Colleges (3) Today: a couple of dogs that failed to bark in the night. (1) Dog A is the CDW, still nominally under the direction of the disgraced not-sufficiently-bergoglian Cardinal Sarah. There is no evidence in the Working Paper which we are considering that the CDW was consulted. Yet the Working Paper is exclusively about a liturgical matter! Here we have another example of bergoglian method: the dodge of not entrusting something to an actually relevant dicastery. There would, you see, be the terrible risk that they might not come up with the right answer. After...
  • Time to Decide - A Reflection on a Question from Elijah

    07/20/2017 8:13:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Time to Decide - A Reflection on a Question from Elijah Msgr. Charles Pope • July 19, 2017 • In this week’s Office of Readings comes a crucial question from Elijah. It came at a time of widespread apostasy among the Jewish people. Elijah summoned a multitude to Mt. Carmel in the far north of Israel:Elijah appealed to all the people and said, “How long will you straddle the issue? If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.” The people, however, did not answer him (1 Kings 18:21).The Baals were the gods of the Canaanites. It...
  • Notorious abortionist lauded by Pope Francis to speak at Catholic church in Italy

    07/19/2017 6:11:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 19, 2017 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Emma Bonino, a former abortionist once praised by Pope Francis as “a great Italian,” will appear in a Catholic church to present the pro-migrant campaign “ERO STRANIERO: La humanità che fa bene” (“I was a stranger: Humanity that does good”) As an abortion rights activist and an abortionist herself, Bonino is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of approximately six million Italian babies between 1968 and today. Bonino’s appearance in the Church of San Defendente, Ronco di Cassato, on July 26 will be one of several events celebrating World Refugee Day 2017. The moderator of Bonino’s talk will be...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop Paglia explains new direction for Pontifical Academy for Life

    07/19/2017 3:53:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 19, 2017 | Catholic Culture
    Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia explained the new strategic vision of the Pontifical Academy for Life in an interview with Austen Ivereigh for Crux. The Italian prelate brushed aside criticism that the Pontifical Academy has downgraded its commitment to the pro-life struggle, explaining that the institution will now pursue a more diverse agenda. He spoke about a commitment to the environment, observing that in the Book of Genesis, God gives Adam and Eve a mandate to care for his Creation. Archbishop Paglia criticized groups that oppose abortion without also devoting attention to issues such as the environment and the death penalty, and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The myth of the Hermeneutic of Continuity

    07/19/2017 12:51:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/18/2017 | Javier Navascués
    The myth of the Hermeneutic of Continuity The following Rorate translation was first published by our Spanish-language partners "Adelante la Fe."  Interview of José María Permuy, conducted by Javier Navascués Papolatry is a widespread phenomenon in the Catholic Church. Many Catholics take as infallible everything the Pope says, failing to realize that the successor of Peter is only infallible under very specific and limited conditions and when he speaks ex cathedra, which in practice occurs only rarely. Conservative groups, together with many members of the Church, cherish an especial veneration for the Second Vatican Council and its documents. In effect,...
  • Protect the Pope? Francis is “destroying the Catholic nature of the Church”

    07/19/2017 9:22:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Archbishop Cranmer ^ | June 19, 2017 | Archbishop Cranmer
    Roman Catholic Church Protect the Pope? Francis is “destroying the Catholic nature of the Church” July 19, 2017Archbishop Cranmer231 Comments ‘Protect the Pope’ was a blog established in 2010 by the Rev’d Nick Donnelly, a kindly, humble and intelligent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church (and the second-nicest Catholic in the Twittersphere). His blog soon became one of the most important go-to Romish blogs in the UK (if not the world), with a million hits a year from people eager to read his incisive commentary and robust defence of Roman Catholic orthodoxy against the “lies, half-truths and misrepresentations of...
  • Psalm 83: The Six-Day War

    07/19/2017 9:05:17 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 8 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 7/19/17 | Gary
    In recent years some famous Bible scholars have popularized the belief that the Psalm 83 War is yet to occur and will shortly precede the War of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38).  While this theory explains some of the pieces of the puzzle, such as why the nations listed in Psalm 83 are not mentioned in Ezekiel 38, it has at least one glaring problem: the geopolitical scene is not, at least right now, aligned in such a way for the Psalm 83 War to occur.  Egypt and Jordan are both at peace with Israel and are in fact...
  • On the Necessity of Friendship and the Loss of It In Our Times

    07/19/2017 8:19:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Necessity of Friendship and the Loss of It In Our Times Msgr. Charles Pope • July 18, 2017 • One of the many troublesome aspects of the modern age is the demise of friendship. While the terms “friend” and “friendship” might be bandied about rather easily today, they do not usually mean friendship in its deeper and original sense. Rather, we use the terms to refer to acquaintances rather than friends. True friendship has a depth, history, and stability. It involves some sort of commonality of life and a deeper knowledge of the other.Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, drawing...
  • Priest rebukes Vatican archbishop: No, Christian values don’t ‘defend themselves’

    07/18/2017 6:49:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | July 18, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    An American canon lawyer and Catholic priest has criticized a Vatican archbishop for saying that Christian values do not need to be defended because “they defend themselves.” "I am puzzled that Archbishop Paglia would say 'I am so certain of the power of Christian values that I don’t feel a need to defend them, they defend themselves.' This is a remarkable statement, especially coming from a shepherd of the Church whose duties include proclaiming the Church's teaching ‘in season and out of season,’” Fr. Gerald Murray, pastor of the Church of the Holy Family in New York City, told LifeSiteNews....
  • Did the Pope Intervene to Give CDF Apartment to “Gay Orgy” Monsignor?

    07/18/2017 5:09:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 18, 2017 | Maike HIckson
    Image: the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio as it appears on Google Street View. This is the building where the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are housed. Last week, we received a text sent to us from reliable Italian sources. It offers new details on a recent scandal which has made international headlines. In June, the story broke of a Vatican police raid which interrupted a drug-fueled homosexual orgy in an apartment within Vatican City. The setting for this sordid tale was not just any Vatican apartment, but one located in the same building in which...
  • Review: Praise for The Political Pope: A Book Worth Supporting

    07/18/2017 2:41:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 17, 2017 | Matt P. Gaspers
    A Guest Book Review By Matt P. Gaspers* The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives George Neumayr In early May of this year, I was browsing the headlines at OnePeterFive and came across one that peaked my interest: “An Interview with George Neumayr, Author of The Political Pope” by Dr. Maike Hickson. After I began reading the interview, it didn’t take long for me to conclude that I needed to read Mr. Neumayr’s book. One statement of his, in particular, which appears about a third of the way down, caught my attention: “Pope Francis...
  • Are Americans from Mars?

    07/18/2017 12:26:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 17, 2017 | Robert Royal
    Two Jesuits of one mind There is something like an emerging theocracy in the United States, with a Manichean vision. But it’s the theocracy of sexual absolutism that cannot tolerate pluralism or dissent. The Little Sisters of the Poor, Hobby Lobby, evangelical bakers, anyone who stands up to the contraception-abortion-“gay-marriage” (and now) “transgender” juggernaut risks legal jeopardy and accusations of being a “hate group.” (Spadaro and Figueroa echo this claim, saying the Evangelical-Catholic alliance represents a xenophobic, Islamophobic, purist vision that is really an “ecumenism of hate.”)
  • [Catholic Caucus] Did the Pope himself wonder whether Amoris Laetitia was orthodox?

    07/18/2017 8:02:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 17, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    Pope Francis has referred to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn as the “authoritative interpreter” of Amoris Laetitia. So when the Austrian cardinal spoke to an Irish audience about the controversial papal document, people naturally paid careful attention. According to Austen Ivereigh’s account: Schönborn revealed that when he met the Pope shortly after the presentation of Amoris, Francis thanked him, and asked him if the document was orthodox. “I said, ‘Holy Father, it is fully orthodox’,” Schönborn told us he told the pope, adding that a few days later he received from Francis a little note that said: “Thank you for that word. That gave...
  • Why Would God Sow Seed He Knows Will Bear Little or No Fruit?

    07/18/2017 7:50:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Would God Sow Seed He Knows Will Bear Little or No Fruit? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 17, 2017 • At Sunday Mass we heard the parable of the sower. Afterward, someone asked me the following question: “Since the sower is the Son of Man, Jesus Himself, why would He, who knows everything ahead of time, sow seed He knew would not bear fruit?”First, let’s review the text:A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had...
  • Which Jesus Do You Follow?

    07/18/2017 7:28:48 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 43 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 7/18/17 | Gary
    The Bible repeatedly states that simple belief in Christ is sufficient for salvation because Christ satisfied all the necessary requirements through His atoning sacrifice.  Through faith in Him we have entered into a permanent Sabbath and have rested from our works (Hebrews 3-4). Though it is through faith alone in Christ alone that we are reconciled to God, we have to be very careful to recognize the Christ to whom we refer.  There are many people named Jesus and many who have been called Christ, but there is only one Jesus Christ with the power to save you.  Many who...

    07/17/2017 3:25:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 17, 2017 | Bradley Eli
    Vatican gay sex stings are symptoms of the homoheresy The scandal of homosexual clerics preying on young males and the latest gay sex stings in the Vatican are but symptoms of the homoheresy. The depraved lifestyle of gay priests expresses their rejection of Church teaching on the intrinsic evil of homosexual relations. In 2007, Newsweek ran a story by Vaticanista Ed Pentin on Msgr. Tommaso Stenico, videotaped soliciting a male youth in Rome for sex. The young man related telling the monsignor he was "about to commit something with me that is a sin in the eyes of God." The...
  • In God They Don't Trust: Anti-American Syllabus in Vatican journal, by Maureen Mullarkey

    07/17/2017 2:15:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 17, 2017 | Maureen Mullarkey
    My initial response—unbidden, unguarded—to the Civiltà Cattolica broadside against American conservatives was relief. Almost a kind of glee. The Emperor has thrown his New Clothes on the floor in a fit of pique; his courtiers bend low to pick up what is not there. The pantomime is fully in the open. Here, thankfully, is a barefaced specimen of intellectual sterility too obvious for a cosmetic gloss. Illustration by Munro Scott Orr (1874-1955) The Spadaro-Figueroa tirade is as nasty as it is ignorant. Writing as proxies for Francis, the pair make plain their boss’ uncomprehending distaste for America—its history, its politics,...