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  • Trials to Transfiguration – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent

    02/25/2018 8:08:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-24-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    From Trials to Transfiguration – A Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • February 24, 2018 • What is it that gives hope, peace, and serene joy to the Christian life? Briefly, it is the vision of glory, a glimpse into the Promised Land of Heaven, which the Lord can and does give to His people. Today’s Gospel shows forth a kind of process through which the Lord lays the foundations of hope, peace, and joy. The Paradoxical Prelude – The text says, Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Papal Foundation Divided Over Massive Grant to Troubled Italian Hospital

    02/24/2018 7:46:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 23, 2018 | Judy Roberts
    Papal Foundation Divided Over Massive Grant to Troubled Italian Hospital According to foundation stewards who object, the $25-million grant is of unprecedented magnitude, and departs from the foundation’s usual objectives; other members say the grant is consistent with the mission. Judy Roberts An organization known for its tradition of providing grants to help the world’s poor, the U.S.-based Papal Foundation is drawing heavy criticism from within its ranks for approving a $25-million grant to an Italian hospital with a history of corruption and mismanagement. “I could not have ever foreseen this happening,” said a foundation steward who asked to remain...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Virginia Catholic Conference, Abortion, and the Tenth Amendment

    02/24/2018 5:18:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | February 24, 2018 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Virginia Catholic Conference, Abortion, and the Tenth Amendment My pastor recently asked me if I would be the point of contact in the parish for the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) which is basically the Catholic lobby group for the two Virginia dioceses, Arlington and Richmond. I rarely say yes to anything without giving it serious consideration and research, so I've been examining the VCC website and looking at their 2018 legislative agenda. Not surprisingly, their agenda is filled with issues that are questions of prudential judgment (on things like immigration, gun control, consumer protection, etc.) rather than issues involving non-negotiable...
  • German Bishops? Paul VI Allowed Protestant Communion in 1967, Affirmed by JPII in 1983

    02/24/2018 3:33:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 23, 2018 | Chris Jackson
    Both the Neo-Catholic World and certain Traditionalists are in shock this morning after reading that the German bishops will allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion. As National Catholic Register reporter, Edward Pentin, writes: At their spring conference in Ingolstadt, the German bishops’ conference agreed that a Protestant partner of a Catholic can receive the Eucharist after having made a “serious examination” of conscience with a priest or another person with pastoral responsibilities, “affirms the faith of the Catholic Church,” wishes to end “serious spiritual distress,” and has a “longing to satisfy a hunger for the Eucharist.”  However,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican Identifies “Youth” With Atheists and Political Extremists

    02/24/2018 12:41:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 24, 2018 | Gloria TV
    The Swiss Bishops will send three young people to the Roman Pre-Synod taking place in March as a preparation for Pope Francis’ “Youth Synod”, reported. The controversial Pontifical Council for Culture explicitly asked for delegates who were “critical of the Church” and “atheistic”. One of them is Jonas Feldmann, 25, a non-practicing Catholic who opposes Catholic doctrine and is active in the pro-abortion, pro-gay, anti-family and pro-euthanasia Green party, an extremist leftwing party. He will tell Francis that he does not want to be a member of an institution that “discriminates homosexual love”. Another delegate is the journalist Sandro...
  • Irish (Catholic) bishops feature lesbian, LGBT activist in World Meeting of Families video

    02/24/2018 12:03:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 24, 2018 | LifeSite News Staff
    DUBLIN, Ireland, February 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A video put out by the Irish bishops to prepare families for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Ireland contains an interview with an LGBT activist who said she’s “upset” with Catholic teaching on homosexuality.  The video also contains an interview with a woman who says that the fact that she’s “gay” has “never been a huge problem in my family.” The video comes a few months after the Catholic bishops released a booklet based on Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia to help prepare families for the World Meeting of Families next...
  • Unity with Orthodox? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/24/2018 6:40:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | 02-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Unity with Orthodox? Msgr. Charles Pope Question: What is it that separates the Catholic Church from our Orthodox counterparts? What led to these divisions? — Name withheld via email Answer: The separation between the Orthodox Churches of the East and Western Churches united to Rome is a complex issue rooted in culture, language and politics as much as theology or authority. The modern tendency to fix the Great Schism on one event or year is misleading. The first cause of the division was the gradual estrangement of East and West. The East and West increasingly grouped themselves around different centers...
  • [Cath Cauc] New Appeal From Fr. Weinandy To the Pope: With This False Mercy the Church Is Destroyed

    02/23/2018 10:09:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 24, 2018 | Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy
    Everyone remembers Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy for the open letter he sent to Pope Francis last summer, and which he himself made public on November 1 on Settimo Cielo:> A Theologian Writes To the Pope: There Is Chaos in the Church, and You Are a CauseToday, Saturday February 24, he returns to the fray with the conference that he gave this morning in Sydney, organized by Notre Dame University of Australia.In it, Fr. Weinandy describes and denounces the attack of unprecedented gravity that some of the “pastoral” theories and practices encouraged by Pope Francis are carrying out against the “one,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Texas Bishops Slam Faithful Pro-Life Group

    02/23/2018 5:14:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 22, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    Fake Republicans in Texas are losing, and the Catholic bishops seem ready to sacrifice a faithful pro-life leader to defend them. On Thursday, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops issued a rebuke to Texas Right to Life, warning parishes "not to participate in their activities or allow the organization to use parish sites." Texas Right to Life, headed by outspoken Catholic Jim Graham, has openly, consistently criticized the "soft push" of GOP Establishment leaders who have obstructed pro-life legislation. The bishops, meanwhile — members of the Church Establishment — are cozy with Texas RINOs (Republicans in Name Only). Free clip from CHURCH MILITANT Premium WATCH MORE LIKE...
  • [Catholic Caucus) "The Meaning of Amoris Laetitia According to Pope Francis."

    02/23/2018 3:40:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | John R. T. Lamont
    The teaching of the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia has been the subject of a great deal of debate since the promulgation of that document. Various interpretations of this teaching have been presented, and the differing interpretations have been used both to denounce the document as heretical and to defend it as in harmony with the teaching of the Church. Pope Francis has recently acted to clarify the meaning of the most contentious section of Amoris laetitia through a statement in the October 2017 issue of the Acta apostolic sedis, the journal that publishes the official acts of the Holy See...
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed

    02/23/2018 7:36:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed Msgr. Charles Pope • February 22, 2018 • One of the more underreported sins is greed. It is easy to conclude that greed is something manifested by “that other person,” who has more than I do. Yes, that rich guy over there, the one who earns a dollar more per hour than I do; he’s greedy, but I’m not.Honestly, does any one of us ever come to a point in our life when we say, “I earn more than enough money. I’ll just give the rest away”? Not on your life!Almost never would such...
  • All Hell Breaks Loose - German Bishops officially open up Holy Communion to Non-Catholics

    02/22/2018 8:33:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 125 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 22, 2018 | New Catholic
    The Francis Effect meeting the German Heresiarchy leads to an explosive decision of cataclysmic consequences. Naturally, this Rome will not reject this aberration. This Vatican will welcome it. This pontificate will rejoice in it. Report and translations from CNA/EWTN:
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Four Marks of the Church: The Contemporary Crisis in Ecclesiology

    02/22/2018 7:48:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 22, 2018 | Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM., Cap.
    The Nicene Constantinopolitan Creed (381 AD) professes that we believe in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  Each mark, in its fullness, must be properly conceived and articulated, and yet only together, in their perichoretic relationship, do they form the theological foundation of the Church’s authentic self-understanding.  Without them the Church’s own self-identity would become opaque, possessing no discernable defining character, and so would be exposed to any and every imposed guise – either by herself or from without.  Moreover, these four ecclesial marks are most fully expressed and most abundantly nurtured within the Eucharist liturgy.In this talk I will...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Hosts ‘Miraculously’ Preserved 16 Months After Devastating Earthquake

    02/22/2018 3:14:00 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 22, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Forty ‘miraculously’ preserved, consecrated hosts have been discovered in a church that was destroyed by a large earthquake in central Italy in 2016. The hosts, recovered from a tabernacle recently retrieved from the ruins of the parish church of Arquata del Tronto, have no bacteria or mold, as usually happens to hosts after a few weeks, according to the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire.
  • Jordan Peterson, Jung, and Hope for the Faint-Hearted

    02/22/2018 2:05:14 PM PST · by truthxchange · 3 replies ^ | 02/22/2018 | Dr. Peter Jones
    In our angry, divided, and polemical society, young Christians, eager for measured peace, encourage us to accept the good things our society brings. Do we always have to see culture wars? This is a laudable desire. Nevertheless, Christians enamored of modern culture run the risk of ignoring its underlying anti-Christian ideology and diluting the unique truth of the Gospel. Some have so adopted cultural norms that they are no longer even Christian. In my recent review of Brian McLaren’s The Great Spiritual Migration I quoted his statement that God must no longer be understood as the separate “omniscient, omnipresent and...
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride

    02/22/2018 8:15:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride Msgr. Charles Pope • February 21, 2018 • Pride is a sin that is so pervasive, runs so deep within us, that we often don’t even sense it is there. Not only is it a sinful drive in itself, it also plays a role in every other sin we commit. Pride is the sin we most share with Satan and the fallen angels. Satan refused to serve God or to submit to His plan; these are strong tendencies in every human person as well. Satan planned his strategy well as he tempted Eve. You...
  • [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 Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, Cardinal Marx – the president of the German Bishops’ Conference and a member of the pope’s 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 · 4 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. Let’s 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 EWTN’s ‘Papal Posse’

    02/21/2018 7:26:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 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 Spadaro’s lecture at Georgetown University. They also commented on the Bishop Barros scandal and Cardinal Cupich’s planned New Momentum series of conferences. Spadaro’s 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 tweet’s severe criticism of the show...
  • 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 · 14 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: