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  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, 03-23-17

    03/27/2017 6:24:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-23-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Santo Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Arzobispo de Lima | photo by MNBAArgentina Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo Saint of the Day for March 23 (November 16, 1538 – March 23, 1606)  Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo’s Story Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America, for 26 years.Born in Spain and educated for the law, he became so brilliant a scholar that he was made professor of law at the University of Salamanca and eventually became chief judge of the Inquisition at...
  • Pro-Life Speaker Westen Receives Standing Ovation For Vatican Critique

    03/27/2017 4:25:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | March 27, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    From 10-11 March 2017, the Bringing America Back to Life Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio. The convention was a gathering of nearly 1,500 defenders of life from different religious backgrounds and from all parts of the United States. This gathering, which included the courageous former Planned Parenthood nurse Abby Johnson, also featured many Catholic speakers such as Michael Hichborn (Lepanto Institute), John Smeaton (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children), Gabriele Kuby (Catholic German author), as well as John-Henry Westen (LifeSiteNews). It was John-Henry Westen who proposed a larger topic that would have an impact on all pro-life work....
  • Marriage and Family at the Time of Jesus

    03/27/2017 8:13:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage and Family at the Time of Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • March 26, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The word family had a wider meaning both in Aramaic and in Hebrew than it does in English. The Hebrew, ah, and the Aramaic, aha, could be used to refer to brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, cousins, and even other near relations. Extended family networks...
  • Passing the Torch: Ministry Transfer from the Church to the Two Witnesses

    03/27/2017 7:16:20 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 2 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 3/26/17 | Jeff E.
    To my brother or sister in Christ who is gearing up to go into the Tribulation, guns blazing, ready to light up the night with your biblical insight and off-the-grid survival skills...let's reason together, please. While I appreciate your enthusiasm and commitment to spreading the gospel as the wrath of the Lamb rains down on the earth through the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments, you need to get all your work in for Christ now, before the start of Daniel's 70th week. Is that all right with you? Am I now just one of those escapist Pre-tribbers who doesn't have...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Nicholas Owen, 03-22-17

    03/26/2017 8:36:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-22-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Edward Oldcorne; Nicholas Owen | Gaspar Bouttats Saint Nicholas Owen Saint of the Day for March 22 (? – 1606)  Saint Nicholas Owen’s Story Nicholas, familiarly known as “Little John,” was small in stature but big in the esteem of his fellow Jesuits.Born at Oxford, this humble artisan saved the lives of many priests and laypersons in England during the penal times (1559-1829), when a series of statutes punished Catholics for the practice of their faith. Over a period of about 20 years, Nicholas used his skills to build secret hiding places for priests...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed John of Parma, 03-21-17

    03/26/2017 2:52:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-21-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: St Bonaventure Enters the Franciscan Order | Francisco de Herrera the Elder Blessed John of Parma Saint of the Day for March 21 (1209–1289)  Blessed John of Parma’s Story The seventh general minister of the Franciscan Order, John was known for his attempts to bring back the earlier spirit of the Order after the death of Saint Francis of Assisi.He was born in Parma, Italy, in 1209. It was when he was a young philosophy professor known for his piety and learning that God called him to bid good-bye to the world he was...
  • POTUS Prayer During #BindTrump Witchery

    03/26/2017 1:53:28 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 22 replies
    Free Republic ^ | March 26, 2017 | Sontagged
    Lord Jesus, Satan's plans for America have somehow been derailed by the election of President Trump and witches, pagans, Luciferians and other NWO Unipartiers are reacting with Satanic prayers. Lord, You sit in the heavens and laugh in derision at these created beings who attempt to conjure up supernatural evil as they claim Satan's power is equal to Yours. Expose this lie, thwart this evil movement against our President and may Your glory be revealed for all who dare to practice occultism against our President and Christians in this nation. Lord please reveal the delusions for all Americans to see....
  • I Went, I Washed, and Now I Can See - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

    03/26/2017 8:23:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-25-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Went, I Washed, and Now I Can See - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 25, 2017 • In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the Light of the World, brings light to a man born blind. If you are prepared to accept it, you are the man born blind, for all of us were born blind and in darkness. It was our baptism and the faith it gave that rendered us able to see and to come gradually more fully into the light. The man in today’s Gospel shows forth the stages of...
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

    03/25/2017 5:57:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation Msgr. Charles Pope • March 24, 2017 • In preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives), by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner.I must say that I have always been moved—and intrigued—by the faith of the Blessed Mother. She is “a woman wrapped in silence,” a phrase that...
  • How Did People Tell Time in Jesus Day?

    03/24/2017 10:13:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Did People Tell Time in Jesus’ Day? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 23, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The modern person, especially in the West, thinks of time in a very mechanistic way. We watch the clock, which is in itself a mechanical device without intrinsic meaning. For shorter periods of time we look at the clock rather than the sun. For...
  • What Was the Climate Like at the Time of Jesus?

    03/24/2017 7:09:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Was the Climate Like at the Time of Jesus? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 22, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The climate in Palestine, both today and at the time of Jesus, has two distinct seasons. The wet or rainy season runs from the mid-October to the mid-April while the dry season lasts from the mid-June to mid-September. During the dry season...

    03/24/2017 6:51:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    First Things ^ | March 23, 2017 | Bronwen Catherine McShea
    During a friendly meeting on January 19 with an ecumenical delegation from Finland, Pope Francis affirmed his commitment to reunion with Lutheran Christians by offering an historical claim about the great German reformer: The intention of Martin Luther five hundred years ago was to renew the Church, not divide her. A day or so before, news had begun circulating that Vatican City would honor the five hundredth anniversary of Luthers Ninety-Five Theses with a special postage stamp. And earlier this fall, the pope praised Luther for having re-focused the Churchs attentions on the centrality of Scripture, blaming subsequent divisions between...
  • Who Will Be Raptured?

    03/24/2017 6:17:19 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 75 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 3/24/17 | Gary
    It's a hotly debated topic that scares Christians more than non-Christians and causes great fear and confusion all around: who will be counted worthy to escape before the Tribulation (Rev. 3:10, Luke 21:36)? Who will be raptured? I've been scared myself by this question because I know that I'm not perfect. I strive to be perfect, but I, like Paul, still battle against this body of sin and death (Romans 7:21-25). If the level of worthiness that God requires for us to be raptured is our own perfection and sinlessness then neither you nor I have any hope of...
  • The Fruits of Radical Catholic Modernism?

    03/24/2017 5:14:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newspaper via Abyssus Abyssum Invocat ^ | January 4, 2017 | John J. Arechiga
    How do we know that Pope Paul VI consulted with Saul Alinsky? In The Rite of Sodomy Randy Engel wrote that Saul Alinsky met Pope Paul VI while Pope Paul VI was still Archbishop of Milan: It was said of the new Archbishop of Milan that he didnt hear church bells, he heard factory whistles. It is not surprising therefore that on one of his visits to the Archbishops residence, Jacques Maritain, the once great Thomastic philosopher, brought with him, Saul David Alinsky, the Apostle of the Permanent Revolution. Montini [then Archbishop of Milan, later Pope Paul VI] was so...
  • We are not Living in the Last Days

    03/24/2017 7:07:06 AM PDT · by searchinsany · 43 replies
    HubPages ^ | 24. 3.17 | searchinsany
    Introduction Mat 24:3 YLT And when he is sitting on the mount of the Olives, the disciples came near to him by himself, saying, `Tell us, when shall these be? and what is the sign of thy presence, and of the full end of the age?' Christ's return was to take place at the culmination of the last days of the age. It is therefore important not only to identify the timeline of 'the last days', but also 'the age' in question. The last days neither referred to the end of time, nor to the end of the world. The...
  • Putting The Pieces Together

    03/23/2017 9:37:01 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 4 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 2/20/17 | Gary
    As we get nearer and nearer to the day of our redemption it seems that the big picture is coming into focus (Romans 13:11, 1 Cor. 13:12, Daniel 12:3-4, 10). What was once blurry and far off on the horizon, is now right in front of our faces. This post puts many of the puzzle pieces together using research from Craig Chester, Rick Larson, Scott Clarke, Michael Svigel, Scott Darby, Daniel Matson, Steven Sewell, and our own team, among others. This is of course speculative, but I believe these are the most persuasive theories at present: The Biblical Timeline Creation:...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican reform on sexual abuse has stalled

    03/22/2017 7:27:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 22, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    Three weeks have passed since Marie Collins resigned from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), complaining that the groups work has been thwarted by resistance from within the Roman Curia. A few days after her public announcement, Cardinal Gerhard Mller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF)which was the main target of Collins criticism defended his office and denied any foot-dragging on the abuse issue. Collins quickly shot back, rebutting the cardinals arguments. Since, then, silence. Where do we stand? Is this special papal commission really acting under restraint? Or do its...
  • What Is the Geography of the Holy Land Like?"

    03/22/2017 9:15:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Geography of the Holy Land Like? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 21, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.Karya ini diberi lisensi dan tunduk di bawah ketentuan Creative Commons Atribusi versi 3.0. Nomenclature – The land today called Israel or the Holy Land, was known to the Greeks and Romans in Jesus’ day as Palestine. This name came from the Philistines,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Why an African moment is unfolding in Catholicism

    03/21/2017 5:51:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | March 21, 2017 | John Allen, Jr.
    I covered the second Synod of Bishops for Africa at the Vatican in 2009, which built on the work of the first such synod in 1994. I recall many observers saying they detected a shift in the attitudes of the African bishops at that second gathering, away from thinking of themselves as junior partners coming to the home office and towards a more confident sense that theyre leaders of the most dynamic Catholic community on earth. I drew on that experience in my 2009 book The Future Church, which opens with an imagined scene of a newly elected African pope,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Marx Seminary Received Only One New Seminarian in 2016

    03/21/2017 5:32:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | March 21, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    On 18 March, Cardinal Reinhard Marx Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising and President of the German Bishops Conference spoke at a diocesan meeting and revealed a stunning fact. In the year of 2016, only one new seminarian entered the diocesan seminary of Munich. According to the Austrian Catholic website Kath.net, moreover, Cardinal Marx rejected the idea of forming larger parish communities in order to meet the varied needs of the dispersed faithful. The Austrian report continues, by summing up Marxs own words: It is about a visibility in place. However, this has to be organized according to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Theologian says Amoris Communion debate is settled in Africa

    03/21/2017 9:07:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | March 21, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr., Ines San Martin
    As a major conference on Africa gets set to open in Rome, the principal organizer, Nigerian Father Paulinus Odozor, says the debate over Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics unleashed by 'Amoris Laetitia' is already settled in Africa -- and that the answer is 'no.'
  • Prove It! An article about point of view

    Do you remember being a kid and attempting to debate grown up topics with friends? I remember from my youth having a friend whose father was an atheist. After hearing frequently his father mock and criticize theists and religious people, my young friend became rather indoctrinated. By the age of 10, he could take up the arguments hed heard a million times around the home and challenge classmates and children in the neighborhood. To be that young and such a cynic seems awfully sad now as I look back. In retrospect I suppose my childhood pal figured if he could...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Exposing the Sham of Discernment

    03/21/2017 8:04:07 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 20, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In his address to the participants in a course on the internal forum at the Vatican, Pope Bergoglio promoted the novelty in moral theology which he has attempted to introduce into the life of the Church via the already infamous Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia (AL): discernment. What exactly is this discernment? Quite simply, it is a code word for the application of situation ethics in the confessional in the case of public adulterers living in second marriages so that they can receive Holy Communion without having to cease their adulterous relations. In other words, discernment is a sham. If...
  • What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus?

    03/21/2017 8:02:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 21, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The smallest homes of the very poor might be little better than a square, stone structure, covered with a whitewashed sort of stucco. There would typically be one larger multi-purpose room and a smaller back room for the animals. Some houses in hilly...
  • Archdiocese website suggests do not commit adultery doesnt ban sexual sin [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 4:48:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Is the Catholic Churchs traditional sexual morality too rigid? Cardinal Christoph Schnborns flock is certainly being led to think so. In December, the website of the Archdiocese of Vienna led by Schnborn published a new presentation of the Ten Commandments. It included a commentary on the Sixth Commandment, Thou shalt not commit adultery, that could be interpreted to justify everything from masturbation to pornography and prostitution. The article concludes openly invoking Pope Francis solicitude for sinners that refusing communion to the divorced and remarried seems very questionable from a theological point of view. Says the article on the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Salvator of Horta, 03-20-17

    03/20/2017 4:43:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-20-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The blessed Salvator à Horta of the Franciscan order | Etching | Wellcome Images Saint Salvator of Horta Saint of the Day for March 20 (1520 – March 18, 1567)  Saint Salvator of Horta’s Story A reputation for holiness does have some drawbacks. Public recognition can be a nuisance at times—as the confreres of Salvator found out.Salvator was born during Spain’s Golden Age. Art, politics, and wealth were flourishing. So was religion. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus in 1540.Salvator’s parents were poor. At the age of 21, he entered the Franciscans...
  • Archbishop Paglia: Please resign as head of the Vatican's Academy for Life! [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 4:36:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 16, 2017 | several
    This petition has been created and sponsored by a coalition of Italian pro-life and pro-family groups. BACKGROUND Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life recently gave remarks expressing unqualified admiration for longtime friend Marco Pannella, one of Italys most radical proponents of the culture of death. Speaking about the Italian Radical Party founder, Paglia stated that he was "a man of great spirituality" and that his death was a great loss, not only for the people of the Radical Party, but also for our country, among many other glowing statements. Pannella spent his life fighting...
  • German Newspaper Investigates Mysterious Trust Connected to Order of Malta [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 11:17:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Germanys mass-selling Bild newspaper has reported that the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, Baron Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, accepted a 30 million Swiss franc donation ($31 million) on behalf of the Order from what Bild calls a dubious trust in Geneva. Boeselager denies any wrongdoing. The Grand Chancellor told the newspaper that over a seven-year period, the Order would be drawing 30 million Swiss francs from the fund, which Bild calls by its acronym CPVG. So far, the Order has received 3 million francs from the trust, whose existence the Register first brought to public attention in January....
  • St. Joseph and Manhood

    03/20/2017 8:23:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 94 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Joseph and Manhood Msgr. Charles Pope • March 19, 2017 • I remember once being amused to hear that a 19th century Franciscan theologian (whose name I cannot recall) wrote a six-volume set called “The Life of St. Joseph.” How could one possibly get enough material to fill six volumes? We know so little about Joseph from Scripture. He seems to have been the strong, silent type. Not a word of his is recorded, but his actions have much to say, especially to men.On this feast of St. Joseph, we do well to ponder him as a model...
  • Archbishop Forte, Professor Melloni and the Undigested "Four Cherries" [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 8:12:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | March 20, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    For understanding how Francis acts with his opponents, the archbishop and theologian Bruno Forte is a reliable oracle, especially since he reported in public what the pope said to him during the last synod, at which he acted as special secretary: If we talk explicitly about communion for the divorced and remarried, you have no idea what a mess these guys will make for us. So lets not talk about it directly, you get the premises in place and then I will draw the conclusions. Francis has drawn the conclusions, as is known, in the postsynodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, but...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary, 03-19-17

    03/19/2017 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-19-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Dream of St. Joseph | Anton Raphael Mengs Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Saint of the Day for March 19  Saint Joseph’s Story The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts.When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” one, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really “right” for God to love him or her. In other words, God is...
  • To Pope Francis: Show Me Your Friends and I'll Tell You Who You Are! [Catholic Caucus]

    03/19/2017 11:38:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Les Femmes - The Truth ^ | March 17, 2017 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    My mother used to say often when warning us about carefully choosing our friends that, "Birds of a feather flock together." Did you ever see a cardinal flying with vultures? Well, maybe that isn't the best example since so many cardinals these days are, in fact, vultures. And, sadly, Pope Francis has placed many of these evil men in important positions at the Vatican. Let's check out a few. Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo Sorondo countenances the worst moral evils as was evident recently at the Biological Extinction meeting. He happily legitimizes enemies of the Church and life itself by offering...
  • Just a Little Talk with Jesus Makes It Right A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

    03/19/2017 5:05:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Just a Little Talk with Jesus Makes It Right – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 18, 2017 • As we examine the Gospel for this weekend’s Mass we do well to understand that is about human desires and how the Lord reaches us through them. Prior to examining the text in detail, let’s consider a few things: What it is that really makes you happy? We desire so many things: food, water, shelter, clothing, and creature comforts. We long for affection, peace, and a sense of belonging. Sometimes we...
  • Annulment Writing Workshop [Catholic Caucus]

    03/18/2017 7:54:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Good Shepherd Parish ^ | February 5, 2017 | Good Shepherd Parish
    The Archdiocese of New Orleans will offer a writing workshop for persons seeking an annulment in the Catholic Church or for persons responding to an annulment. The workshop will be held in St. Rita Parishs Msgr. Champagne Complex, 7100 Jefferson Hwy in Harahan. The series will be for five (5) Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 2017. Hours are 7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m. The materials for the series cost $25.00. To register or for more information, call Cathy, 504-861-6243.
  • The priest helping women get birth control at US border: 'Lesser of two evils' [Catholic Caucus]

    03/18/2017 4:00:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 17, 2017 | Alice Whitwham
    <p>Unfortunately, the woman who is going to migrate, she knows that she will be violated, Father Prisciliano Pereza told me. We were standing in a sun-beaten central plaza outside Our Lady of Guadalupe church, in Altar, a languid town in Sonora, Mexico.</p>
  • The False and Dangerous Coccopalmerio Gambit [Catholic Caucus]

    03/18/2017 2:20:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 18, 2017 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Ready for some casuistry? Should the Catholic Church allow a man and a woman to receive the sacraments in the following case? A woman living with a married but divorced man tells him that she no longer wants to live in sin; the man threatens to kill himself, and she, following her confessors advice, stays with him? In an interview with Edward Pentin, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio offers this example and says: yes. He refers to his recent book on Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia in which he speaks of this case: Think of a woman who lives with a married...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, 03-18-17

    03/18/2017 11:40:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-18-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Detail | Stained glass of Saints Cyril of Jerusalem & Bernard of Clairvaux | Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Dayton, Ohio | photo by Nheyob Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Saint of the Day for March 18 (c. 315 – March 18, 386)  Saint Cyril of Jerusalem’s Story The crises that the Church faces today may seem minor when compared with the threat posed by the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ and almost overcame Christianity in the fourth century. Cyril was to be caught up in the controversy, accused of Arianism...
  • Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

    03/18/2017 9:35:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • March 17, 2017 • In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process.The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain details of the law (often Sabbath observances). But those who rebuked Him for this were guilty of far greater violations. For example, [Jesus] went into the...
  • Cardinal Marx Revealing Words about Pope Francis and Married Priests [Catholic Caucus]

    03/18/2017 9:32:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | March 16 2017 | Maike HIckson
    Last week, there took place in Germany the Spring General Assembly of the German Bishops Conference with more than 60 German bishops present. As we reported, it was exactly during the time of this episcopal meeting that a significant interview with Pope Francis was also published, and prominently, in a German national weekly newspaper Die Zeit. Though this interview only appeared on the magazine stands on Thursday, 9 March the last day of the episcopal meeting the essence of Pope Francis message was already published the day before, and this by the German Bishops Conferences own website, Katholisch.de....
  • Islam Is Irelands Fastest Growing Religion

    03/17/2017 9:52:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | March 17, 2017 | unknown
    Happy St. Pattys Day via Islam Is Irelands Fastest Growing Religion. h/t TROP The Republic of Ireland may be intimately associated with the Roman Catholic Church, but the fastest-growing faith on the emerald isle is Islam at such a rapid rate that Muslims are projected to replace Protestantism as the second-most popular religion by the year 2043. Irelands Central Statistics Office reported that between 1991 and 2011, the percentage of Irish residents who were Muslim jumped from 0.1 percent to 1 percent (equating to about 49,000 people). By 2020, Irelands Islamic population will more than double to at least...

    03/17/2017 7:12:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 17, 2017 | Christine Niles
    A well-known Vaticanista is calling on Catholics to turn to the unchanging Magisterium for guidance, and is especially highlighting the pastoral leadership of the dubia cardinals. Italian journalist Antonio Socci published a blog post Thursday titled "Fraternal Advice" encouraging readers to "decisively take as the only points of pastoral reference the cardinals who've shown with facts to have in their hearts the good of Christian people, the good of their souls." The situation of the Catholic Church has become explosive.Tweet He was referring specifically to Cdls. Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Joachim Meisner and Walter Brandmller, who submitted a set of...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. Patrick, 03-17-17

    03/17/2017 3:59:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-17-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Sculpture of Saint Patrick of Ireland | Saint Augustine church, Baden-Württemberg, Germany | photo by Reinhardhauke Saint Patrick Saint of the Day for March 17 (c. 386 – 461)  Saint Patrick’s Story Legends about Patrick abound; but truth is best served by our seeing two solid qualities in him: He was humble and he was courageous. The determination to accept suffering and success with equal indifference guided the life of God’s instrument for winning most of Ireland for Christ.Details of his life are uncertain. Current research places his dates of birth and death a...
  • To hell with accompaniment: Catholic prof points to damage Pope Francis is causing the Church

    03/17/2017 12:31:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 17, 2017 | Lianne Laurence
    American Catholic writer Flannery OConnor is famous for answering a pronouncement by leftist author Mary McCarthy that the Eucharist is a symbol by exclaiming, albeit in a shaky voice: Well, if its a symbol, to hell with it! Relating this encounter in a letter, OConnor added: That was all the defense I was capable of but I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say about it, outside of a story, except that it is the center of existence for me; all the rest of life is expendable. OConnors matchless apologia comes to mind when...
  • Apostasy?? [Catholic Caucus]

    03/17/2017 10:01:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fr. Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | March 17, 2017 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    Apostasy?? More than a month ago, a Bergoglian bishop reportedly said: "Whoever wants to discover what Jesus wants from him, he must ask the Pope, this Pope, not the one who came before him, or the one who came before that. This present Pope". I had hoped to hear some retraction from this cleric ... after all, each of us can and often does misspeak, and we hope to be forgiven for it. Or some correction of those (perhaps just childishly impetuous) words, administered by the Roman Pontiff himself. But there has, I think, been nothing (if any reader is...
  • The Universal Prayer

    03/17/2017 7:41:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Universal Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • March 16, 2017 • To my mind, one of the most remarkable prayers ever written was one attributed to Clement XI, who was pope from 1700-1721. Many have never heard it. The prayer is called “universal” because of its sweeping themes. Upon completing it one might well ask if anything at all was left out!If you are looking for a prayer to set on your night stand, this is surely a good one. I often pray this when my mind is dull. I admire its beauty and style; it is deeply personal...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer, 03-16-17

    03/16/2017 7:53:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-16-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer near Church of the Visitation of Our Lady in Hluboké Mašůvky, Znojmo District | photo by Jiří Sedláček Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer Saint of the Day for March 16 (December 26, 1751 – March 15, 1820)  Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer’s Story Clement might be called the second founder of the Redemptorists, as it was he who carried the congregation of Saint Alphonsus Liguori to the people north of the Alps.John, the name given him at Baptism, was born in Moravia into a poor family, the ninth of 12...
  • Irish archbishop: St. Patrick was an undocumented migrant [Barf Alert]

    03/16/2017 7:32:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Catholic Sun ^ | March 16, 2017 | CNS
    The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has urged Irish people and those of Irish descent celebrating St. Patricks Day to remember the plight of migrants. Archbishop Eamon Martin St. Patricks modern-day successor as archbishop of Armagh used his message for the March 17 feast to recall that St. Patrick was first brought to Ireland as a slave by traffickers. The archbishop said that as Irish people, we cannot think of Patrick without acknowledging the enormous humanitarian and pastoral challenges facing growing numbers of people who find themselves displaced and without status in our world. This is...

    03/16/2017 6:29:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 16, 2017 | Christine Niles
    An upcoming gathering of canon lawyers, theologians and scholars will explore the extraordinary question of the mechanisms for deposing a pope. Titled "Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenges," the conference is inspired by the recently published book by Laurent Fonbaustier, "The Deposition of the Heretical Pope." The pope is not judged by anyone unless he deviates from the Faith.Tweet Sponsored by several French universities, including the Sorbonne, the itinerary will include 15 speakers offering talks on topics like "Conciliarism and the Deposition of a Pope Through the Prism of Gallicanism," "The Downfall of the Pope: Between...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan Talks Lent, St. Patricks Day Parade, Trump & More

    03/16/2017 6:06:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    CBS New York ^ | March 16, 2017 | unknown
    Since it is Lent, who better to stop by and chat with Brigitte Quinn but his Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Dolan sat down with Quinn, a nice Irish girl (by marriage) he noted, and talked about Lenten sacrifices, St. Patricks Day and the parade which is tomorrow. By the way, if youre wondering if Cardinal Dolan is giving up anything for Lent, he is: Beer! Diet root beer is his substitute. BQ: It was only in 2015 that the first LGBT group marched and you caught a little flack for that. CD: Nooo. We caught quite...
  • There Is Nothing New under the Sun: James Martin SJ and Christology 101 [Catholic Caucus]

    03/16/2017 1:08:35 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Dominus mihi adjutor ^ | March 16, 2017| | Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB
    As part of our Lenten penance, we are listening to James Martin SJ’s Jesus: A Pilgrimage in the refectory at lunch. It has been not too bad, the bits I have heard; until today. So many blasts from the past: Jesus “discovering” his “call”, “embracing his vocation” as at the wedding feast at Cana. It was the same old tired Christology-from-below (to put it at its best) that triumphed in the 70s and 80s. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. But then it turned a great deal worse, in one brief phrase: Martin referred to Jesus as “a fully...