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  • Pope Francis and the Devil: Misreading the Signs of the Times

    12/15/2018 5:13:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | December 15, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    Pope Francis and the Devil: Misreading the Signs of the Times Despite his penchant for theological innovation, Pope Francis seems to hold some fairly traditional beliefs about the devil. Here’s an example from Gaudete et Exsultate: It is precisely the conviction that this malign power is present in our midst that enables us to understand how evil can at times have so much destructive force… Hence, we should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end...
  • God's Name Will not be Mentioned

    12/15/2018 5:12:11 PM PST · by pcottraux · 9 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | December 15, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    God’s Name Will Not be Mentioned By Philip Cottraux I personally think there’s no such thing as an atheist. Deep down inside, everyone knows there’s a God. Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness (Romans 2:15). The reality is they don’t believe He doesn’t exist; they hate Him. The war against everything related to God, the intense hatred of all religion, and the burning desire to scrub any mention of His name from society betrays their true feelings. The murky reference to “separation of church and state” is a thinly-veiled false...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Mary Frances Schervier, 12-15-18

    12/15/2018 4:58:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-15-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Monument for Mary Frances Schervier | Aachen, Germany | photo by Berthold Werner Blessed Mary Frances Schervier Saint of the Day for December 15 (January 3, 1819 – December 14, 1876)  Blessed Mary Frances Schervier’s Story This woman who once wanted to become a Trappistine nun was instead led by God to establish a community of sisters who care for the sick and aged in the United States and throughout the world.Born into a distinguished family in Aachen—then ruled by Prussia, but formerly Aix-la-Chapelle, France—Frances ran the household after her mother’s death, and established a reputation...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Socci: Horror!

    12/15/2018 10:01:52 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 15, 2018 | Francesca Romana
    Socci: Horror! Socci: Horror! From Antonio Socci's Facebook December 14, 2018 Questioned by journalists, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin (Bergoglio’s right-hand man) declared that presently there is no diplomatic activity involving the Holy See to bring Asia Bibi and her family to safety.  He said verbatim: “It’s an internal question that regards Pakistan, I hope it will be resolved in the best ways possible”. An internal question that regards Pakistan? The cynicism of the Bergoglians towards persecuted Christians is horrifying!                                  ...
  • Urgency to Save Us, as Seen in a Christmas Commercial

    12/15/2018 7:50:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus’ Urgency to Save Us, as Seen in a Christmas Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • December 14, 2018 • The John Lewis Christmas commercial shown below has a surprise ending. We are led through a traditional story line about a child who can’t wait for Christmas, but there’s a twist at the end. You may wish to watch the ad before continuing, lest my comments ruin the surprise.As I watched the commercial, I was first reminded of these Scripture passages: It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:34), and God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. John of the Cross, 12-14-18

    12/14/2018 7:03:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-14-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint John of the Cross | Diego de Sanabria | photo by igH09d8z-bGi8g at Google Cultural Institute Saint John of the Cross Saint of the Day for December 14 (June 24, 1541 – December 14, 1591)  Saint John of the Cross’ Story John is a saint because his life was a heroic effort to live up to his name: “of the Cross.” The folly of the cross came to full realization in time. “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34b) is the story of John’s...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Underground and Patriotic Catholic Church: Merged in Two Dioceses?

    12/14/2018 1:37:00 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | December 14, 2018 | Massimo Introvigne
    Underground and Patriotic Catholic Church: Merged in Two Dioceses? AsiaNews reported on December 13 that Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli went to Beijing as special envoy of Pope Francis to “accept” the resignations of the bishops of the Underground Catholic Church for the dioceses of Mindong, Mgr. Vincent Guo Xijin, and Shantou, Mgr. Peter Zhuang Jianjian. The Vatican will now recognize Mgr. Vincent Zhan Silu as bishop of Mindong and Mgr. Joseph Huang Bingzhang as bishop of Shantou. These are bishops of the Patriotic Catholic Church, whom the Vatican has previously excommunicated, but later pardoned as part of the Vatican-China Deal...
  • A Humorous Call to Confession

    12/14/2018 9:33:59 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Humorous Call to Confession Msgr. Charles Pope • December 13, 2018 • Sometimes our pets teach us a lot about ourselves. The video below shows various dogs resisting the taking of a bath. Some hide; some go limp and become passive; others get feisty.I see here a similarity with Catholics when they hear that it is time for Confession. Advent is an important time to go to Confession because we are preparing for the birth of our Savior. He is called Jesus (a name that means “God saves”) because He will save us from our sins. It would...
  • [Catholic Caucus] If Pope Francis Doesn’t Engage the Issue, No One Else Will

    12/14/2018 8:45:01 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Edward Pentin ^ | December 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Father Weinandy: If Pope Francis Doesn’t Engage the Issue, No One Else Will Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy offered the following comments for an article I wrote this week in the National Catholic Register on Pope Francis’ recent comments on homosexuality.His complete yet brief remarks could not fit into the piece, so I publish them here in full:Father Weinandy, do you think the Pope would be right to invite a discussion on this issue at the February meeting on protection of minors and vulnerable adults from clerical sex abuse, and why do you think he made these remarks, given Aug. 9 and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Lucy, 12-13-18

    12/13/2018 7:07:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-13-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: St. Lucy | photo by Lawrence OP | flickr Saint Lucy Saint of the Day for December 13 (283 – 304)  Saint Lucy’s Story Every little girl named Lucy must bite her tongue in disappointment when she first tries to find out what there is to know about her patron saint. The older books will have a lengthy paragraph detailing a small number of traditions. Newer books will have a lengthy paragraph showing that there is little basis in history for these traditions. The single fact survives that a disappointed suitor accused Lucy of being a...
  • Video: Why II Peter Was Written

    12/13/2018 4:14:24 PM PST · by pcottraux · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 13, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Hello everyone! I'm a few days late posting this due to technical difficulties. But the good news is I got it resolved. This week's episode of "Why the New Testament Was Written" focuses on Peter's second epistle. It also takes a further look at how the Nero persecutions ended and the long-term ramifications they had on early Christianity.Video: Why II Peter Was WrittenVideo clocks in at 10:17. Two more to go!
  • Cath Cauc] Cdl. Pell to appeal jury’s ‘outrageous’ verdict finding him guilty of sexual abuse

    12/13/2018 1:27:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | December 12, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Cdl. Pell to appeal jury’s ‘outrageous’ verdict finding him guilty of sexual abuse MELBOURNE, Australia, December 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Australian Cardinal George Pell is in the process of appealing a jury’s verdict that found him guilty of sexually abusing choir boys, LifeSiteNews has learned from a source with knowledge of the case.  A jury had found Pell guilty of charges related to the sexual abuse of two choir boys in his native Australia in the late 1990s, according to the Daily Beast in a story that broke yesterday.  Two unrevealed sources told the Daily Beast that the verdict...
  • [Cath Cauc] Itl bishop seems to approve Communion for some Catholics in adulterous unions

    12/13/2018 7:56:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | December 12, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    Italian bishop seems to approve Communion for some Catholics in adulterous unions ROME, December 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The doctrinal dispute over Amoris Laetitia is in the air again this Advent, as one Italian bishop is inviting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to begin an “ecclesial journey” that he says will lead, in some cases, to access to the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.  In an Advent letter to the faithful of his diocese, Bishop Gianmarco Busca of the northern Italian diocese of Mantua has said “the faithful who are divorced and remarried, or who live stably in a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Council of Cardinals drops three members

    12/12/2018 8:35:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Cath.News ^ | December 13, 2018 | Cath.News
    Council of Cardinals drops three members Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinal advisors (Vatican Media) Pope Francis has released the three eldest cardinals from the duties of the Council of Cardinals advisory group, including Cardinal George Pell, with no immediate plans to add new members. Source: CNA. Papal spokesman Greg Burke told journalists in a briefing yesterday that the Pope sent letters to Cardinal Pell, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo at the end of October to thank them for their service to the Council of Cardinals, known as the C9, over the last five years.Francis...
  • The Everlasting Gospel: The Mystery of the Bread of Life

    12/12/2018 7:47:38 PM PST · by amessenger4god · 3 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 12/12/2018 | Hillary
    “Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) The gospel was always and ever meant to be good news. It tells us who God is and how we can be saved. For many, the modern gospel has become a fear-based method of behavior control and doubt and jumping through hoops, just in case the “how” didn’t work, or in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 12-12-18

    12/12/2018 3:13:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-12-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Virgin of Guadalupe | public domain Our Lady of Guadalupe Saint of the Day for December 12  The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story.A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower, and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our...
  • [[Catholic Caucus] Alleged McCarrick Abuse Victim Shares Shocking Insights into Abuser’s Reign

    12/12/2018 9:30:27 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 11, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    Fear, Power & Money: Alleged McCarrick Abuse Victim Shares Shocking Insights into Abuser’s Reign Abuse. Conspiracy. Hush money. Bribes. Power players. Politics. Global agendas. The threat of violence. These are some of the themes that James Grein, the alleged longtime abuse victim of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, discussed with Dr. Taylor Marshall in a new podcast interview. Grein, who claims to have been abused by McCarrick for 18 years, beginning at age eleven, explained the close family connection he had with McCarrick – a connection that began even before he was born.“He had been part of the family,” says Grein,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long...?

    12/12/2018 8:15:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 11, 2018 • Continuing our series of questions related to the Incarnation, we next ponder whether Jesus would have come at all had we not sinned in the garden. We also consider why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue.Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned?St. Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa Theologica) first states that there are different opinions on the matter. He also notes that God’s power is not limited and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Damasus I, 12-11-18

    12/11/2018 6:23:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 12-11-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Lithography of Pope Saint Damasus I | Pedro Augusto Guglielmi Saint Damasus I Saint of the Day for December 11 (304 – December 11, 384)  Saint Damasus I’s Story To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrinal heresies, uneasy relations with his fellow bishops and those of the Eastern Church marred the peace of his pontificate.The son of a Roman priest, possibly of Spanish...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, ……. Become Incarnate?

    12/11/2018 8:18:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 10, 2018 • Trinity Dome. Credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardAs we await the approaching Feast of Holy Christmas, we have been pondering some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the Incarnation. Today we will consider why it was the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became incarnate.Most people have never even thought of this question let alone sought to answer it. God could have chosen many different ways to save us; He chose...