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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Pope Francis: ‘God promised the land to the people of Israel’

    10/26/2016 7:20:17 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 59 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/26/2016 | LAHAV HARKOV, TOVAH LAZAROFF
    In dramatic vote, UNESCO Jerusalem resolution passes with slim support Knesset Speaker asks Vatican to join battle against UNESCO’s denial of history Israeli Deputy Minister for Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara felt the pontiff was sending a direct message to UNESCO. Pope Francis with Ayoub Kara at the Vatican on October 26, 2016. (photo credit:AYOUB KARA) God promised the Holy Land to the people of Israel, Pope Francis said during a public address at the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday in a speech about migration. “The people of Israel, who from Egypt, where they were enslaved, walked through the desert...
  • Arrivederci, Italia: Italian Bishops Throw in with Belial [Catholic Caucus]

    10/26/2016 5:06:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 26, 2016 | HIllary White
    One of the most important tasks of journalists is to learn to read “signals” in politics, and this week, the Italian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CEI) has sent up an unusually clear one. CEI has demonstrated that they not only have little interest in the spiritual nature of their role, but has this week officially thrown its collective lot in with the country’s most toxic anti-Catholics of the extreme far left. The Italian Catholic writer Miguel Cuartero Samperi wrote in the online journal Roma Giornale Online that CEI is joining with the militant extreme left Italian Radical Party in the...
  • Albert Mohler Sees God’s Sovereignty in a Time of Darkening Skies

    10/25/2016 9:26:56 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 3 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 10/25/16 | Rick Plasterer
    Southern Baptist theologian and Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler spoke to a Christian Legal Society meeting in Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia on Thursday, Oct. 20, concerning the current crisis confronting Christian life in contemporary America, and what Christian lawyers, in particular, might consider in their now crucial roles. He began by noting that every Christian should be a “would be lawyer,” and vice versa. There will be “many moments of common urgency.” ..."Mohler held that there are two ways that a nation can secularize. It can 1) reject theism outright, or 2) adopt a secular worldview while remaining formally...
  • Key Ecumenical Bishop: “The Reformation Was a Great Misunderstanding, We All Got it Wrong”

    10/25/2016 9:04:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 24, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    In a new interview in Crux, Auxiliary Bishop William Kenney of Birmingham, England — co-chair of the international dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity — offers us a glimpse of what to expect in Lund, Sweden, on October 31, when Pope Francis joins the LWF to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It’s a long interview, and much of it is background on the event, but what really stood out what this:
  • Catholic Primate says church should welcome ‘new unions’ [Catholic Caucus]

    10/25/2016 8:47:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Irish Times ^ | October 22, 2016 | Ciaran D'Arcy
    The Catholic Primate of Ireland has said people in “new relationships and unions” should be welcomed into the church. Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin made the comments at a conference celebrating “family and family life”, in preparation for Ireland’s hosting of the World Meeting of Families in 2018. “The Synod [OF BISHOPS]was clear that we need to be mindful of those who have begun new relationships and unions, and find sincere and truthful ways of welcoming and including them in the life and worshipping community of the church,” he told some 700 delegates at DCU St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra on...
  • BREAKING: Cardinal Kasper: Can the ‘remarried’ now receive communion? ‘Yes. Period.’

    10/25/2016 7:47:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 48 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 24, 2016 | Jan Bentz
    In a recent publication of the German journal Stimmen der Zeit (Journal for Christian Culture), Cardinal Walter Kasper published an article calling Amoris Laetitia a “paradigm shift” in the Church’s teaching. “Amoris Laetitia: Break or Beginning” is the title of a recent scientific article by Kasper in which he analyzes the post-synodal exhortation and provides his opinion on the right hermeneutic in reading it. In the first part called “Discussion regarding the binding character,” Kasper critiques Cardinal Raymond Burke for his statement that post-synodal documents by the Pope are not necessarily binding. Instead, Kasper states, “This position is refuted by...
  • Behind the Bronze Doors: Soros Radicals collude with Vatican

    10/24/2016 6:07:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 24, 2016 | Elizabeth Yore
    WikiLeaks Release! More Podesta Emails Drip, drip, drip. The Tiber is overflowing with leaks from WikiLeaks documents which reveal the relationship between notorious George Soros operatives and high level Vatican prelates. They expose that the enemy scaled the Vatican wall and is now ensconced behind the Bronze Doors of St. Peter’s. In August 2016, the first batch of shocking emails were disclosed in the DCLeaks dump which uncovered George Soros’ Open Society documents confirming the close collaboration between Soros operatives and the Vatican, highlighted in a Soros Open Society U.S. Board Meeting Report in May 2015. The notes discussed the...
  • “Beneath rigidity there is something else, there is often wickedness” [Catholic Caucus]

    10/24/2016 1:26:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Vatican Insider La Stampa ^ | October 24, 2016 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, the Pope said rigid people lead a “double life”, they seem good but they often aren’t; they are strangers to God’s freedom, “slaves of the law”. “How they suffer”! Beneath the rigid exterior of a person who is not free because he or she is a slave to the law, is a double life, something hidden, some sort of disease. Often wickedness. By contrast, the Lord gives freedom, in addition to meekness and kindness, Pope Francis said in this morning’s homily in St. Martha’s House. In today’s Gospel story, Christ heals a...
  • Italy's (Catholic) Bishops Give Full Support to Radical Party March for Prisoners

    10/23/2016 7:34:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10-22-16 | Edward Pentin
    After choosing not to back two recent pro-life demonstrations, the Italian bishops' conference has now agreed to participate in an upcoming "March for Amnesty, Justice, Freedom" organized by the anti-clerical Radical Party. The Nov. 6 Rome march, dedicated to Pope Francis and Marco Pannella, the party’s long-serving and recently deceased leader, will end in a call for a prisoner amnesty and coincide with the Pope’s Jubilee of mercy for prisoners that day, according to Italian media reports. A spokesman for the Italian bishops' conference, Father Ivan Maffeis, said its general secretary, Bishop Nunzio Galantino, gives his "steadfast commitment" to the...
  • Launch of World Meeting of Families Process

    10/23/2016 5:08:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Archdiocese of Dublin ^ | October 22, 2016 | Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin
    Firstly he said that he was disappointed that so much media focus on the Amoris Laetitia was only about questions of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried and homosexuality. “I am sad”, he said, “because we are missing the most beautiful aspects of this exhortation if we just focus on that.” I would add – and this is a point that we could easily miss – focussing on those issues (communion for divorced and remarried in an isolated way, much comment – not just by the media but also by many bishops – has ended up in people not...
  • Standing in Need of Prayer – Homily for the 30th Sunday of the Year

    10/23/2016 6:51:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Standing in Need of Prayer – Homily for the 30th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 22, 2016 • There’s an old saying that goes, “Faults in others I can see, but praise the Lord, there’s none in me.” But one is snared in sin by the very act of claiming to have no sin! In fact, it’s the biggest sin of all: pride.In today’s Gospel, the Lord illustrates this very point in speaking to us of two men who go to the temple to pray. One man commits the greatest sin of all, pride, and...
  • Pope Francis and the Conclave: Cardinals, Continuity and Innovation

    10/22/2016 10:22:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 21, 2016 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    Even after Cardinal Danneels turned 80, Pope Francis declined to make Archbishop Léonard a cardinal. Instead, in 2015, Francis elevated Archbishop Rauber to the College of Cardinals as one of the distinguished prelates over the age of 80. In ecclesiastical Rome, the public humiliation of Archbishop Léonard, the vindication of Cardinal Danneels and the approbation for Archbishop Rauber’s attack on Pope Benedict was widely noted.
  • Be Catholic. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision. Advance the Kingdom of God.

    10/22/2016 9:30:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies ^ | 09/29/2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Be Catholic. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision. Advance the Kingdom of God. by Msgr. Charles Pope -snip- To again be clear, abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and same-sex “marriage” are moral issues, and the Church must teach against them no matter where the political lines fall. The Catholic position on these matters currently coincides with one political party’s platform over another. But this not the intention or fault of the Catholic Church. -snip-
  • Pope Francis Names Archbishop Cupich As His Successor [Humor/Sarcasm]

    10/22/2016 7:52:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | October 11, 2016 | Admin
    The Vatican announced this week that Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been selected to be Pope Francis’ successor after the 79-year-old pontiff hits the age of retirement next year. Cupich told worshipers yesterday that he was “so very grateful and humbled by the news that he would be given the opportunity to wreak havoc upon the Church while wearing white.” Cupich, 67, will receive his “white hat” in Rome on December 18, 2017, the day after Pope Francis turns 80. Cupich’s succession to the papacy also means he will have his choice of who will succeed him in the future....
  • Sending forth wolves among the lambs

    10/22/2016 7:03:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | October 21, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    According to Vatican News Service, a common declaration has been issued bearing the signatures of both “HIS GRACE JUSTIN WELBY” and “HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS” proposing to send “out on mission together 19 pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from countries around the world.” The document is precisely what one might expect in this post-conciliar age of radical ecumenism; namely, a grave offense against Christ and an embarrassment to the faithful. It’s more than that, though; it’s yet another indication of the faith, or lack thereof, of its signatories. Welby blesses francisThe text refers, not only to the heretic layman Justin...
  • De Mattei: To which Church does Pope Bergoglio belong to?

    10/21/2016 3:42:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 19, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    Two anniversaries overlap each other in 2017: the 100 years of the Fatima apparitions, occurring between May 13th and October 13th 1917, and the 500 years of Luther’s revolt, beginning in Wittenberg, Germany, October 31st 1517. However, there are two other much less discussed anniversaries which also fall next year: the 300 years of the official foundation of Freemasonry (London, June 24th 1717) and the 100 years of the Russian Revolution of October 26th 1917 (the Julian calendar in use in the Russian Empire: November 8th according to the Gregorian calendar). Yet, between the Protestant Revolution and the Communist Revolution...
  • Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops

    10/21/2016 10:02:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2016 | Lisa Jucca and Benjamin Kang Lim
    In yet a further sign of progress, the Vatican has reached a decision to recognize at least four Chinese bishops who were appointed by Beijing without the consent of the pope and so are considered illegitimate by the Holy See, according to Catholic Church sources and others briefed on the talks. The decision follows a breakthrough meeting in mid-August in Beijing between the Vatican representatives to talks with China and several of these bishops.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican website erases John Paul II exhortations on marriage

    10/21/2016 9:16:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Spero News ^ | 10-20-16 | BAI MACFARLANE
    Five translations of Saint Pope John Paul II’s often-quoted instruction to tribunal judges was removed from the Vatican’s website some time last year. It is now only available in Italian. Each year, the Pope gives an address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota and these are instructions to the world’s canon lawyers from THE legislator, the Pope. In 1987, Saint Pope John Paul II gave an address that cautioned against misusing the grounds for nullity of marriage - particularly “on the pretext of some immaturity or psychic weakness” (Canon 1095). I posted a YouTube video on the Mary’s Advocates...
  • For the Culture to Be Healthy the Church Must Be the Church

    10/21/2016 8:49:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    For the Culture to Be Healthy the Church Must Be the Church Msgr. Charles Pope • October 20, 2016 • This week I have been writing about the problems of our culture. Today I continue in that vein with a short reflection on the Church’s role, based on the animated short below. For indeed, the darkness and dysfunction of our times cannot be simply blamed on the world, the Church, too, bears a large share of the responsibility.The video features a woman in a clock tower; it is she who keeps the clock running. As the video progresses, we...
  • So Many Errors, Your Holiness. And Some Marked With Red

    10/20/2016 11:30:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Chisea ^ | October 19, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    Francis likes his talk freewheeling, with all the risks that go with it. Here is a review of his latest blunders, a dozen in four months. The most sensational with China by Sandro Magister ROME, October 19, 2016 – Last June, www.chiesa registered and analyzed a certain number of misinterpretations, gaffes, memory slip, errors in the discourses of Pope Francis: > The Pope Is Not Infallible. Here Are Eight Proofs (13.6.2016) Since then, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has again fallen into two of the errors pointed out there. The first was that of flattering Cardinal Christoph Schönborn with a role that...
  • A Vatican enemies list?

    10/20/2016 9:11:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 19, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Last week the Vatican Insider—ordinarily a solid source of news and reasonable analysis from Rome—published a remarkable piece with an inflammatory headline, “Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin.” The article is troubling, for several reasons: +The article seeks to convey the impression that there is a conspiracy against Pope Francis. “The attack against Francis is global,” the authors write, a bit breathlessly. +The authors lump together disparate groups and individuals, with very different ideas and priorities, as if they formed a united front of opposition to the papacy. All those who have questioned public statements by Pope Francis are...
  • A Prophetic Description of Our Times from the Book of Wisdom

    10/20/2016 8:34:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prophetic Description of Our Times from the Book of Wisdom Msgr. Charles Pope • October 19, 2016 • As part of our recent examinations of the current culture, today’s post considers the culture of death that we have increasingly become. We use as our interpretive key a text from the Book of Wisdom that prophetically interprets the overall times in which we are living. Over the thirty years that I have been reading this text in the Breviary, I have found that the pieces of its prophecy are continually falling into place. In my earlier years, I though...
  • Bshp Robert McElroy organizing the only diocesan synod in the country in response to Amoris Laetitia

    10/20/2016 8:22:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | September 29, 2016 | admin
    Bishop Robert McElroy The following comes from a Southern Cross article by Aida Bustos: SAN DIEGO — “Think big.” That’s what Bishop Robert W. McElroy urged parish delegates to do leading up to the first general assembly in the diocese in 40 years. This assembly, called a diocesan synod, will be held on Oct. 29 and 30. Its focus will be on how the San Diego Diocese and its individual parishes can strengthen marriage and families, give pastoral support to divorced Catholics and invite unmarried couples into the fold, all challenges faced by the Church. The seed for the synod...
  • Why Are Pius XI Documents Missing from Vatican Website?

    10/19/2016 7:00:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 19, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    It appears that Pope Pius XI’s documents are missing from the Vatican website where they were once stored. We walk you through just one of the missing documents, the link for which is still available through Google. Since the (somewhat impromptu) video below was made earlier today, we did some more digging, and it appears that the documents of other popes are still there going back to Pope Clement XII. Pius XI is the one missing page in the list. Pope Pius XI was a staunch opponent of the kind of ecumenism the Vatican now favors. He also wrote about...
  • As Papal Criticism Mounts, Vatican Insiders Fire Back

    10/19/2016 6:41:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 19, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    A thrown knife plunges menacingly into the wall. A handgun slides in from off-screen to fire a warning shot. Words of caution appear on the screen: “The only thing I can tell you is to watch your step.” When I was a young boy playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, silly warnings like these told me I was hot on the trail of the villain. And now, thirty years later, these same images come immediately to mind after reading Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi’s flailing, indignant riposte to papal critics in the October 16 edition of Vatican Insider....
  • Four More Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer

    10/19/2016 7:50:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four More Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • October 18, 2016 • It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and thus make our task much more difficult.Yesterday we explored six problem areas. Today we’ll look at four more. It helps to describe modern mindsets, not to despair of them, but rather to look at them with some insight rather than being only vaguely aware of them. If we are...
  • Six Cultural Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer

    10/18/2016 8:17:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Six Cultural Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • October 17, 2016 • It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and thus make our task much more difficult.But difficult does not mean impossible. It helps to describe modern mindsets, not to despair of them, but rather to look at them with some insight rather than being only vaguely aware of them. If we are more clear on the presuppositions that...
  • What the Stages of Starvation Have to Teach Us About the Decline of Our Culture

    10/17/2016 3:28:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What the Stages of Starvation Have to Teach Us About the Decline of Our Culture Msgr. Charles Pope • October 16, 2016 • In a post from last week on The Eight Stages of the Rise and Fall of Civilizations we pondered some categories from the world of anthropology and sociology to try to gain perspective rapid on the current cultural collapse. Today’s post continues in that same vein and applies the stages of starvation to the current times. Ours is not a physical starvation; it is a spiritual one. But the stages of physical starvation comport eerily closely...
  • SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

    10/17/2016 1:33:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 16, 2016 | Pete Socks
    Imagine for a moment that an innocent inquiry throws you into what amounts to a political firestorm. Your only purpose was to defend your Catholic faith. You meant no malice towards anyone. There was no personal agenda. The intent behind your inquiry and concern was merely to ensure that the teachings of the Church were being respected and upheld, not only for your child but for future children, as well. Then imagine that the very entity that you approach in this matter identifies themselves as Catholic and persecuted you for daring to question their authority. Concerned About SexEd Content This...
  • Catholic Relief Services dispensed millions of condoms, abortifacients in the Congo: new

    10/17/2016 11:06:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 17, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    URGENT: Pledge to boycott Catholic Relief Services until they commit to Church teaching. Sign here! BALTIMORE, Maryland , October 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic Relief Services facilitated the distribution of more than two million units of various types of contraception, including abortifacients, in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the course of four years, the Lepanto Institute says in a new report. The program resulted in skyrocketing birth control use in the region where previously residents had minimal knowledge of contraception, says Lepanto. The US Bishops’ international relief agency was an implementing partner from 2006 to 2010 in the US-funded...
  • Socci: Scandal in the Vatican

    10/16/2016 9:53:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Lo Straniero via Rorate Caeli ^ | October 14, 2016 | Antonio Socci
    Last Thursday, the 13th of October, marked the beginning of the 100-year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, yet Bergoglio, instead of honouring Our Lady, honoured Martin Luther by taking part in an audience (in the Vatican) where a statue of the German heretic and schismatic was exposed as if he were one of the saints. For that matter, Bergoglio is the Pope who, for the first time in two thousand years, has wanted the profanation of the Sacraments! If this is not an abomination – what is? Hence 2017 starts off in this manner ... what else is it...
  • The Practices of Prayer

    10/16/2016 8:00:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Practices of Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • October 15, 2016 • Today’s readings speak to us of the power of persistent prayer. The first reading (Exodus 17:8-13) in particular depicts prayer quite powerfully. In it, we can discern six fundamental teachings on prayer. I. The Problem for Prayer – In those days, Amalek came and waged war against Israel. None of us like problems, but one good thing about them is that they help to keep us praying. Israel was at war and their enemies were strong; it was time to pray.In today’s Gospel concerns a widow who...
  • Levels of sin?

    10/15/2016 9:36:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies ^ | from 09-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Levels of sin? While all sin is offensive to God, Church teaches the difference between mortal and venial sin Msgr. Charles Pope 9/21/2016 Question: I think the Catholic notion of mortal and venial sin is flawed. All sin is serious, and since it offends God, it is an infinite offense. The Catholic distinction leads to ignoring many sins and only focusing on some. All sin is a grave offense against God.— John Malvine, Boulder, Colorado Answer: It should first be noted that the distinction between mortal and venial sin is found in Scripture. The First Letter of John says, “There...
  • New Cardinal Farrell: Amoris Laetitia is 'the Holy Spirit speaking'

    10/14/2016 7:51:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 52 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | October 14, 2016 | Joshua J. McElwee
    The Catholic prelate Pope Francis recently appointed both as a cardinal and the head of the Vatican's new centralized office for laypeople says he considers the pontiff's apostolic exhortation on family life inspired by the Holy Spirit and plans to make it his department's guiding document. Speaking in an NCR interview Thursday, Cardinal-designate Kevin Farrell said he has a hard time understanding why some bishops have reacted negatively to Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love.") "I honestly don't see what and why some bishops seem to think that they have to interpret this document," said Farrell, the head of the...
  • The Problem of Pretending in the Spiritual Life

    10/14/2016 7:38:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Problem of Pretending in the Spiritual Life Msgr. Charles Pope • October 13, 2016 • The Gospel for today’s Mass (Friday of the 28th Week) opens up some important insights on the problem of “pretending” in the Christian life. One of the difficulties in arriving at these insights is the understanding we have today of the word hypocrisy. To some extent, it seems to have lost its subtler distinctions and nuances. To most of us, hypocrisy refers to our deeds not matching our truest beliefs, to saying one thing and doing another. While this is part of hypocrisy,...
  • Neo-Cardinal Cupich: "My Interpretation of Amoris Laetitia is That of Pope Francis"

    10/13/2016 8:49:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | October 12, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Washington) The Cardinal in Spe, Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, stated in an interview that his interpretation of the controversial post-synodal letter Amoris laetitia "is the same from Pope Francis." From a progressive outsider to the influential church prince Monsignor Cupich was not only the Bishop of the tiny Diocese of Spokane in the state of Washington in 2014, but also the progressive outsider in the American Episcopal Conference. Nevertheless, or just as observers say, Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Chicago, one of the most important diocese in the world. Since then, the Argentine pope has been calling on...
  • The Eight Stages of the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

    10/13/2016 8:17:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Eight Stages of the Rise and Fall of Civilizations Msgr. Charles Pope • October 12, 2016 • Cultures and civilizations go through cycles. Over time, many civilizations and cultures have risen and then fallen. We who live in painful times like these do well to recall these truths. Cultures and civilizations come and go; only the Church (though often in need of reform) and true biblical culture remain. An old song says, “Only what you do for Christ will last.” Yes, all else passes; the Church is like an ark in the passing waters of this world and...
  • Second Vatican Council Q&A

    10/12/2016 4:10:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | October 11, 2016 | Louie Verracchio
    Today, October 11, 2016, marks the 54th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. While regular readers of this space are well-versed in matters concerning Vatican II, the Council it remains a source of confusion for many if not most in the Church, and that includes any number of those in Catholic media. With this in mind, I’d like to take the opportunity to provide some basic but critically important information, in an easy-to-read Q&A format, for the benefit of those who are struggling to come to grips with the reality of the Council’s place in the life...
  • What Does St. Paul Mean by “The Flesh”?

    10/12/2016 9:02:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does St. Paul Mean by “The Flesh”? Msgr. Charles Pope • October 11, 2016 • In the first reading at Mass today (Wednesday of the 28th Week), St. Paul enumerates the sins that proceed from the flesh. There are many references to “the flesh” in the New Testament, especially in the letters of St. Paul. The phrase is commonly misunderstood as being synonymous with the physical body or merely with sexual sin.Although there are many places in Scripture in which the word “flesh” alone refers to the physical body, when it is preceded by the definite article (“the”),...
  • Archbishop De Kesel’s Being Newly Chosen for the Cardinalate Is Due to Cardinal Danneels

    10/11/2016 5:34:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | October 11, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    The recent announcement that Pope Francis has chosen seventeen new cardinals has already raised much concern and debates among Catholics. The decision to select Archbishop Jozef de Kesel of Brussels, Belgium to be now a cardinal seems especially to have become a matter of controversy. An interview published in Cologne, Germany on 10 October on the website concerning Archbishop Jozef de Kesel himself has already received much attention. For example, the Austrian website, as well as the Dutch website, have already reported on this interview given by Domradio’s journalist and specialist in theology, Jan Hendrik Stens. Stens...
  • Anything But an Example For the World. The German [Catholic] Church Is a Black Hole

    10/11/2016 12:20:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Chisea ^ | October 11, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    Money, bureaucracy, worldliness, excommunications for those who do not pay. The biting accusation of Joseph Ratzinger against Catholicism in Germany. The same one that enjoys the favor of Pope Francis by Sandro Magister ROME, October 11, 2016 – “In Germany some persons are always trying to destroy me,” pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said in the book-length interview released in recent days. And he has cited the example of the “fabrication” mounted against him by some of his countrymen when he changed the old prayer of Good Friday against the “perfidi Iudaei.” But in the same book Joseph Ratzinger has...
  • Former Swiss Guard: My Most Powerful Weapon

    10/11/2016 10:34:47 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    business.cua ^ | October 7, 2016 | Dr. Mario Enzler
    On the liturgical calendar October 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast celebrates the naval victory of the Holy League fleet at Lepanto which in 1571 saved Christian Civilization from defeat at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Pope Pius V knew well the tremendous importance of resisting the aggressive expansion of the Ottomans and the certain consequences of defeat at their hands. The battle was a spiritual one and the existence of the Christian West was at stake, so the Holy Father called on the faithful of Catholic Europe to join him in praying...
  • A Battle Plan from St. Paul

    10/11/2016 8:10:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Battle Plan from St. Paul Msgr. Charles Pope • October 10, 2016 • The epistle in the Extraordinary Form this past Sunday (21st Sunday after Pentecost) was particularly appropriate for our times. The Holy Spirit, writing through St. Paul, gives us important reminders of how to live and fight as true soldiers of Christ in a world increasingly gripped by satanic darkness. Let’s examine the whole passage and then reflect on its teachings:Be strengthened in the Lord and in the might of His power. Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against...
  • What Is the Sign of Jonah and Has It Come Upon Us?

    10/10/2016 8:05:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Sign of Jonah and Has It Come Upon Us? Msgr. Charles Pope • October 10, 2016 • In today’s Gospel the Lord says, This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah (Lk 11:30). So what is the sign of Jonah and does it apply today?The Gospels (Matthew and Luke) present two signs of Jonah, one of which particularly concerns us here. First Sign: In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus invokes Jonah in a twofold way: For as Jonah was three days and...
  • How to Give God Perfect Thanks: A Homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year

    10/09/2016 7:38:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington How to Give God Perfect Thanks: A Homily for the 28th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 8, 2016 • One of the great human inadequacies is our inability to give proper and adequate thanks to God. Perhaps the biggest problem is that we don’t even realize the vast majority of what He does for us; it is hidden from our eyes. A further problem is that in our fallen condition we seem to be wired to magnify our problems and minimize or discount the enormous blessings of each moment. God sustains every fiber...
  • "Church Chatter"

    10/08/2016 10:06:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | for October 9, 2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Church chatter Respectful silence before Mass might be a thing of the past, but competing factions aren’t the answer Msgr. Charles Pope October 9, 2016 9/28/2016 Question: There has been an attempt in my parish to end the talking before Mass by having the Rosary prayed. However, it starts to drone and sound like a race to finish the decades. Others say it makes it difficult for them to pray quietly. Any thoughts on this practice?— Art Osten, Fox River Grove, Illinois Answer: Though there is a legitimate need for some private preparation for Mass, the church is not, first...
  • How Can a Demon, Driven Out, Return with Seven More? A Meditation on a Puzzling Parable

    10/07/2016 7:39:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Can a Demon, Driven Out, Return with Seven More? A Meditation on a Puzzling Parable Msgr. Charles Pope • October 6, 2016 • The Gospel for Friday of this week (27th Week of the Year) features the puzzling parable about the cast-out demon who returns with seven others. What is most puzzling, is that finding the house (soul) “swept and clean” brings further trouble. One would think that a house that is swept and clean would be a good thing!For reference, here is the parable:When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he roams through waterless...
  • The Culture is Wrong, and The Church is Right: Zmirak’s New Book Reviewed

    10/06/2016 9:41:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 5, 2016 | William M. Riggs
    Scurry out and buy two copies of John “Bad Catholic” Zmirak’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. Keep one for yourself, and give the other to your priest or clergyman (despite the title, this book is for all Christians). Be quick: get it to him before the election. If you have a clergywoman, buy three copies, because she might throw the first one out the window.
  • What Conscience Dreads and Prayer Dares Not Ask – A Consideration of a Powerful but Puzzling Prayer

    10/06/2016 8:01:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Conscience Dreads and Prayer Dares Not Ask – A Consideration of a Powerful but Puzzling Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • October 5, 2016 • The Collect (Opening Prayer) for this week’s Masses (27th Week of the Year), though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things with which we are comfortable. Prayer sometimes leads us to look into areas of our life where we struggle with sin or we struggle to desire to be free of sin. Here is the prayer:Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits...
  • Exploring the excessive anger at St. John Paul II

    10/05/2016 6:49:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 3, 2016 | Rick Fitzgibbons, M.D.
    As a psychiatrist with an expertise in the nature, origins and treatment of excessive anger, it has become clear to me that numerous statements and programs from the Vatican demonstrate the expression of excessive anger at St. John Paul II’s remarkable legacy and prophetic writings. The new light shed upon Our Lord’s plan for marriage and sexuality, so badly needed in our time, has been very beneficial to Catholic youth, marriages, families, educators as well as the priesthood and the episcopacy over the past 35 years. It has begun to have a noticeable and constructive effect upon marriage preparation and...