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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Who is the Whore of Babylon?

    10/08/2015 2:46:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 8, 2015 | Ray Sullivan
    How often have we all heard ill-informed people claim that the “Whore of Babylon” mentioned in the book of Revelation is the Vatican / Holy Catholic Church? Let’s look in the Bible and find out for ourselves, rather than conjecture with our personal opinions.A Great City In order to find out who the Whore of Babylon is, Catholics should read the entire bible in context.  The Whore of Babylon is described in Revelation 17:18 as a “great city”: “The woman whom you saw represents the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”  Now we all have to...
  • Catholic Women Deacons? Why Not?

    10/08/2015 12:16:27 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Over at CRUX I weigh in on the question raised by Archbishop Dubrocher that the Church ought to consider ordaining women to the diaconate. Therefore, the evidence from the New Testament and the early Church could provide arguments for women being ordained as deaconesses. As the order of permanent deacon was re-established in modern times, the order of deaconess could also be rejuvenated. Although canon law does not presently permit it, the law could be changed. Theoretically, the Catholic Church could re-establish a distinct order of deaconess, and advocates would not be shy in pointing out the undoubted practical benefits...
  • An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris?

    10/08/2015 10:47:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 8, 2015 | Xavier Rynne II
    DISQUISITIONS being thoughts on Synod 2015 from various observers An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris? With the Synod on the Family well underway in Rome, considerable attention has been given (and not only in the media) to the Kasper Proposal to admit the divorced and civilly remarried to Holy Communion. No doubt discussion on this will continue, although Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that he doesnt want the Kasper Proposal to be the dominant issue, the principal focus of attention, at Synod-2015. But Kaspers is not the only proposal with consequences. For buried within the Synods working...
  • We're Not Receiving Full Story from the Synod

    10/08/2015 9:56:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/08/15 | Compiled by CFN
    Some points we're not hearing from the official Vatican press briefings: Despite efforts to stifle any public revelation of what's actually going on, a Melkite Patriarch, Gregory Laham spoke up in the face of the heretical musings of the President of the Panamanian Bishops' Conference, according to Even the Old Liberal Archbishop Coleridge states that an overwhelming majority of the Bishops are opposed to Communion for the remarried and divorced as reported by John Allen at Crux from Boston Globe: Its very early, but based on your sense of where the synod stands right now, if the Kasper proposal for...
  • Synod, Day 4: Cardinal Erdo, who??? Let's talk about sex!

    10/08/2015 9:40:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/08/15 | New Cathoic
    An English translation of the very conservative opening address by Cardinal Peter Erdo, Relator General of the Synod of Bishops, delivered on September 5, Day 1 of the Synod, has been made available in the past few hours, by the National Catholic Register and the Catholic News Agency. We appreciate their effort, but it seems that our editorial decision not to waste our scarce resources on this was not wrong: already on the fourth day, the second of the meeting of the "circuli minores" (the small groups of bishops according to general language groups), and in the following press conference,...
  • Pope Receives a Very Curious Message in His Own Paper: the Mario Palmaro Riddle

    10/08/2015 9:32:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/07/15 | New Catholic
    Nothing could make more sense: Mario Palmaro, the great late Traditional Catholic writer, who died so young in 2014, was an example for all. But why this one-page homage to Mario Palmaro, an apparent ad, in page 4 of today's (October 8) edition of L'Osservatore Romano, in the middle of the Synod? Is it the anniversary of the birthday or date of death of the late writer? No, that is not the case at all: Palmaro was born on June 5, 1968, and died on March 9, 2014. Is any of his books being republished with fanfare at this moment?...
  • How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

    10/08/2015 8:02:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 127 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How the Rosary Led Me to Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • October 7, 2015 • 8 Comments As a young child I was very close to God. I spoke to Him in a very natural way and He spoke plainly to me. Although I have very few memories of my early childhood, I vividly remember how close I was to God. When early puberty approached, though, I began to slip away, drifting into the rebellious and angry years of my teens. As the flesh came more alive, my spirit submerged.The culture of the time didn’t help, either. It was the...

    10/07/2015 1:27:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 7, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    The Ordinary Synod on the Family moved much closer yesterday to a repudiation of the teachings of the Catholic Church on human sexuality. The hopes of faithful Catholics were raised on Monday by the reassertions of Catholic orthodoxy made in the relazione introduttiva of the General Relator of the Synod, Péter Cardinal Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest. Yesterday Erdő’s report and position were seriously undermined after an intervention of Pope Francis indicated to the synod fathers that the question of Holy Communion for the “divorced and remarried” was still open. Cardinal Erdő was also undermined by remarks made by synod fathers...
  • LGBT Pre-Synod conference gets strong Episcopal backing

    10/07/2015 1:18:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 7. 2015 | Emmanuele Barbieri
    Around a hundred people gathered at the Pilgrim Centre Santa Teresa Couderc in Rome, for the international conference entitled Ways of Love: Snapshots of Catholic Encounters With LGBT People and Their Families, sponsored by the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, a worldwide network of organisations that, in the name of social justice, demand inclusion and dignity for LGBT people and their families within the Catholic Church and society in general. The meeting was attended by Catholic pastoral leaders from around the world, who came together to share, through their stories, their pastoral approach and work in favour of LGBT people...
  • Questions Raised Again About Official Synod Briefings

    10/07/2015 12:04:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register | October 7, 2015 | Edward Pentin
    At a Vatican press conference on the synod yesterday, language attachs for the meeting highlighted a number of subjects that appeared to take precedent in the opening debates. To take the English language attach, Father Thomas Rosica, as an example, he placed a special emphasis on the need to end exclusionary language saying a synod father, (or was it synod fathers?) said the Church should embrace reality as it is and not be afraid of new and complex situations. Father Rosica was particularly focused on homosexuals or gay persons, saying we dont pity gay persons, but we recognize them for...
  • God Wants Me to Be Happy A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance

    10/07/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance Msgr. Charles Pope • October 6, 2015 • One of the questionable, and unfortunately common, forms of moral reasoning today is the rather narcissistic notion that God wants each of us to be happy. Sometimes it is put in the form of a rhetorical question: God wants me to be happy, doesn’t He?And this sort of reasoning (if you want to call it that) is used to justify just about anything. Thus, in pondering divorce, a spouse might point to his or her misery and...
  • Synod Day 2: At Tuesdays Synod briefing, Catholic doctrine was apparently an open question

    10/06/2015 6:02:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Life Site News | October 6, 2015 | Patrick B. Craine
    If the biggest news out of day one at the Synod on Monday was the clear call to uphold Catholic teaching in the opening report by a leading Synod organizer, Cardinal Peter Erdo, the biggest news of day two may be the evident push-back against him. While Erdo strongly opposed Kaspers Communion proposal, among other favored causes of the liberal faction, both of the Synod fathers at Tuesdays Vatican press briefing Cardinal Claudio Maria Celli and Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher indicated in one way or another that allowing Communion for Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried is...
  • Cardinals Emphatic Defense of Church Teaching Marks Day 1 of Synod

    10/06/2015 2:29:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    NC Register ^ | October 6, 2015 | EDWARD PENTIN
    VATICAN CITY — The first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdö, who reasserted much of the Church’s traditional teaching and cast doubt on the prospect of a controversial proposal to readmit civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion. The proposal, first raised by German Cardinal Walter Kasper at a consistory in February 2014 and which is based on the practice of Eastern Orthodox Churches, was one of the most controversial issues at last year’s extraordinary synod on the family. The current...
  • Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus Promises Real? What Hinders...Promises of Christ in Us?

    10/06/2015 8:02:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders the Promises of Christ in Us? Msgr. Charles Pope • October 5, 2015 • A text that was read at daily Mass last week features Jesus describing remarkable blessings received by the disciples. He states these blessings as a simple and obvious fact for them, blessings never before received by anyone!Do you see your life this way? Are your blessings obvious to you? Do they distinguish you from those who never knew Christ? Does your relationship with Jesus Christ grant you obvious transformation or is that just misinformation and exaggeration?Consider the...
  • On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

    10/06/2015 7:55:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Family News ^ | October 5, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    When the first Synod of Bishops on the family got underway last October, conservatives concerned with upholding traditional doctrine appeared caught off guard by a progressive push on several fronts, including relaxing the ban on Communion for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church. The leading symbol of that disorientation was the way Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő, ostensibly the man supposed to guide the summit’s work in his role as “General Relator,” appeared to be sidelined by more progressive prelates, especially Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, in producing a controversial interim report calling for greater openness on divorce, homosexuality, and...
  • Squaring the circle: the Synod's most likely outcome, barring a miracle.

    10/05/2015 9:33:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/05/2015 | Augustinus
    The Motu Proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus whereby you reformed the procedures for the canonical process on the sacramental validity of marriages gives a valuable indication of the spirit in which we approach this phase of work. Without questioning the sacramental tradition of our Church or her doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, you invite us to share our pastoral experiences and to better implement the paths of mercy by which the Lord invites those who so wish and who are able to enter a process of conversion with a view to (receiving) pardon. It appears the Holy Father would...
  • Does Pope Francis fear God?

    10/05/2015 7:59:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Week ^ | October 5, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    "And therefore, if anyone eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily, he will be held to account for the Lord's body and blood. A man must examine himself first, and then eat of that bread and drink of that cup; he is eating and drinking damnation to himself if he eats and drinks unworthily, not recognizing the Lord's body for what it is." St. Paul 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 "The bond of Christian marriage is so strong that if it has attainted its full permanence with the use of conjugal rights, no power on Earth, not...
  • Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs

    10/05/2015 7:49:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs Msgr. Charles Pope • October 4, 2015 • Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington D.C., we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (one day early, on Saturday, Oct 3rd) with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake!Over the years, I have shared with the dog owners a list of “Things we can learn from dogs” (see below). When I was growing up, we always...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-05-15, OM, St. Faustina, Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos

    10/05/2015 2:17:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 10-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 5, 2015 Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 1:12:1-2, 11 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai: Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;their wickedness has come up before me.But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish,paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish,away from the LORD. The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea,and in the furious tempest that...
  • Ann Barnhardt Heckles Bishop [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2015 3:49:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    A little while back I had the opportunity to attend a small conference about Marriage and Evolution, as in Darwinian evolution, specifically addressing the damage that the Evolutionary theory has done to society in general, and to the cultural foundation of marriage and family, namely by the Evolutionary base premise that everything is constantly changing and that everything new is better and everything old is inferior or, sin-of-sins, unevolved. The morning session was a series of presentations on marriage and family, and then the afternoon sessions were incredibly interesting hard science fossil records, genetics, molecular biology, etc. The final...
  • In Cauda Venenum: St. Corbinians Bear on the Popes Homily [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2015 3:31:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    St. Corbian's Bear ^ | 10/04/2015 | St. Corbian's Bear
    The old Latin phrase "in cauda venenum" came to mind when the Bear read the Pope's homily at the synod. In his storied career as a trial lawyer, the Bear learned that he was the best lawyer in the world as a prosecutor. He had to adjust his expectations as a defense lawyer. He knew that nearly all defense pre-trial motions would be denied by the court. The Bear noticed something else. The judge would always praise his argument at first, and only at the end pivot and give his reasons for denying the motion. This happened every time. The...
  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived

    10/04/2015 2:49:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/04/15 | New Catholic
    A follow-up on the procedural rigging created by Cardinal Baldisseri and Archbishop Forte (and the other Bergoglian strongmen) for the 2015 Synod. The Synod has officially opened today (right now, in fact, with its opening mass), and Xavier Rynne II explains in the Catholic Herald why the manipulation of this year's Synod is even worse than last year's - in fact, it is not a "synod" at all, barely a chat at tea time. More than one Synod father has described both the procedures and the final-report commission as unacceptable. ... Speeches (interventions, in Synod-speak) to the full assembly of...
  • Vatican official in gay relationship fired for media conference, NOT for sins against God & nature

    10/04/2015 2:35:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/03/2015 | Adhere
    So we bring to those of you who don't follow us on Twitter this news, for the record. And, also for the record, the fact that the Vatican is now, for the first time ever, using words such as "in a gay relationship" on an official website to describe a sexually active homosexual priest. And, one other nugget: According to the pope's spokesman, this priest being an active homosexual, that was not what got him fired from his numerous posts.
  • God's dream for creation? The union of a man and woman, Pope says

    10/04/2015 9:53:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | October 4, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 4, 2015 / 03:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is the foundation of God’s plan for the family, and a solution to the many forms of loneliness in today’s world. “This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self,” the Pope said in his opening Mass for the Synod of Bishops. He explained that...
  • Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

    10/04/2015 7:13:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 3, 2015 • Both today’s first reading and the gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new deal. Our culture says, if it doesn’t work out, bail out. Thus, successful marriages today are a miracle. But marriages are also a miracle...
  • The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ Pt. 2

    10/04/2015 1:18:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | June 8, 2015 | Tim Staples
    The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 2 As promised in my last post, we are now going to take a look at some of the main texts involved in presenting a biblical case for “the Rapture.” Over my next two posts, I will present seven of the most common and favorite go-to verses I used to use when I was a “Rapture” theorist before my conversion to Christ in his Church. The first is perhaps the most commonly used of all:1. I Thess. 4:15-17:For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who...
  • Why we fear the Ordinary Synod on the Family is being manipulated

    10/03/2015 5:57:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 2, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    It is widely considered that the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, held in Rome last October, was manipulated by those controlling it in order to promote changes in the teachings of the Catholic Church on questions relating to human sexuality, marriage and the family. The evidence for such a view has been very ably set out by experienced Vatican correspondent Edward Pentin in his recent book The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? (a review of the book can be found here). An overview of events can also be found in Voice of the Familys document The Extraordinary Synod on the...
  • The Phony Synod: Now Even Phonier

    10/03/2015 4:48:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Fatima Perspectives | October 2, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    From the moment it was announced, traditionalist Catholics knew the "Synod on the Family" would have little to do with the family and a great deal to do with advancing the continued subversion of the Church by a resurgent neo-Modernism operating according to what Msgr. Guido Pozzo, head of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, calls the "para-conciliar ideology." The very title of Synod 2014's final report, "The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization," was a dead giveaway: "pastoral challenges" is Modernist code for "sins we would like to accommodate." That is why this writer, for one,...
  • On the eve of the Synod - critiques of the Instrumentum Laboris are piling up

    10/03/2015 4:34:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/03/2015 | Augustinus
    We have already posted a comprehensive article on the growing number of critiques against the Instrumentum Laboris that will guide this month's Synod of Bishops on the family. Impossible to excuse or explain away: How the heterodoxy of the Instrumentum Laboris for the Synod of 2015 has been exposed. In addition to our own extended critique published on June 25 and critiques from Raymond Cardinal Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Roberto de Mattei, LifeSite News and Voice of the Family, our report also includes First Things' open letter to the Pope against the threat posed to Humanae Vitae by the Instrumentum...
  • Our Guardian Angel As Seen on TV

    10/03/2015 8:15:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV Msgr. Charles Pope • October 2, 2015 • Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does He not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering?While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater blessing may occur. To some degree I have found this to be so in my own life; some of my greatest blessings required that a door slam shut or that...
  • The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ Pt. 1

    10/03/2015 4:50:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 30, 2015 | Tim Staples
    The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 1 In my next post, we will get into a biblical critique of the popular “Rapture” theology we find mostly among Evangelical, Fundamentalist, and Pentecostal Christians, but before we do that I would like to respond to a question I often get when talking about this question in general.“What’s the big deal?”In other words, so what if these confused Protestants have their beliefs about this aspect of eschatology awry. That’s not going to hurt anybody, is it?In fact, I argue, Dispensationalist theology is dangerous for many reasons, but one of them can...
  • A Short Catechism on the Synod of Surrender

    10/02/2015 2:22:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/2/2015 | John Vennari
    Q: Why do you call the upcoming October event the Synod of Surrender? A: The thrust of the 2014 Synod, as well as the 2015 Synod Working Document, appears to re-orient Catholics towards some sort of change in moral teaching. We see an effective surrender, by highly placed Churchmen, to various aspects of contemporary moral permissiveness. Q: How can you say that change is in the works? A: Because of the principles on which the Synods are based. The Final Document from the 2014 Synod (the Relatio synodi) opens with what has been called the interpretive key[1] that gives the...
  • Stump the Priest: Millennialism? (Why it is a condemned heresy)

    10/02/2015 11:44:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies
    One of many charts from the premillennialist book "Dispensational Truth" Question: "Why do the Orthodox adhere to Amillennialism, when it is so obvious that Satan is alive and active now and not confined. The following fathers were premillenarians: Justin Martyr, Melito, Hegesippus, Tatian, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Hippolytus and Apollinaris. So why is Chiliasm a heresy?" Of the names that are listed, I do not believe there is any clear evidence that St. Hegesippus held premillennialist views. St. Hippolytus actually changed his mind on this question, in favor of rejecting premillennialism.Tatian, Tertullian, and Apollinaris all ended their lives in heresy and schism,...
  • The Synod on the Family: Can the Good Bishops Save Us? (Don't Hold Your Breath)

    10/02/2015 9:20:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | Friday Oct 2, 2015 | Hilary White
    "The absurdity of the Synod organisers, including the pope, simply writing final documents for a Synod weeks in advance of the bishops even arriving in Rome, seems to be the final message. They no longer feel any need to hide their intentions..." The good bishops are not going to help us at the Synod. This is something we have to get used to right now, the weekend before the show starts. Every day I see in commboxes around the internet hopeful exclamations like, Oh, but Archbishop Whosits is going to stand up to them. Or, Cardinal Youknowwho, or that guy...
  • On the Wonder of the Word of God

    10/02/2015 7:29:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Wonder of the Word of God Msgr. Charles Pope • October 1, 2015 • The first reading at Mass today (Thursday of the 26th week of the year) from Nehemiah 8 is a wonderful meditation on the glory and wonder of the Word of God; it deserves our attention.The background of the text is that Israel had been conquered by the Babylonians (in 587 B.C.) and the survivors of that war were led into exile in Babylon. After 80 years the Persians conquered the Babylonians and Cyrus, the king of Persia, permitted the Jews to return to the...
  • What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think

    10/01/2015 7:39:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think. Msgr. Charles Pope • September 30, 2015 • We are often told to trust in God. And most of us have counseled others who are anxious or downcast to trust in God. But what does it mean?In too many cases what people mean when they counsel trust is this: “Don’t worry, God will eventually give you what you’re looking for. Just keep praying and trust that He’ll come through for you.” What is meant by “coming through for you” is some answer on your terms; it’s as if...
  • Queen of Heaven's Rosary

    Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - Hope for the World Introduction : Our Lady at various times has appeared and requested that her "Rosary" be said for specific causes. In our own century, she has made it known that her Rosary is a "Power" for overcoming "Paganism and Materialism". Many Stories can be told of conversions brought about by the recitation of the Rosary. A Miracle wrought by the Rosary: Saint Vincent Ferrer was once called to the sick bed of a dying man to administer the sacraments. The Sick Man would have nothing to do with the Priest...
  • Homosexuality on the threshold of the Synod: Two Conferences in Rome.

    09/30/2015 6:19:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/30/2015 | Sandro Magister
    Homosexuality is per se outside of the topics of discussion at the Synod convened to discuss matters of the family. But in fact it was present in a powerful way in the debates themselves. According to the media hype, the dominant leanings in the Catholic world are for a radical change in the doctrine and practice of the Church, with the full acceptance of the practice of homosexuality and with the blessing of unions between persons of the same sex. But there are also others who want to take a new path with respect to the pastoral ministry to homosexuals...
  • What Pope Francis Taught Me About Being a Catholic Lesbian

    09/30/2015 5:34:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 9/30/2015 | Victoria A. Brownworth
    I have been a lesbian activist since I was a teenager when I was expelled from my all-girls school for being a lesbian. Unlike some, I see no conflict between my sexual identity and my identity of faith. I attend Mass every Sunday. As I have watched Pope Francis since his arrival in America and especially in my own city, Philadelphia, the confluence of my lesbianism and my Catholicism has only been strengthened.
  • Crack the Whip How a childs playground activity Speaks to our Times

    09/30/2015 6:47:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Crack the Whip – How a child’s playground activity Speaks to our Times. Msgr. Charles Pope • September 29, 2015 • The following is a longer version of an article I wrote for the Blog of the USCCB earlier this month. Due to space requirements I had to shorten the article. Here is the full version. Many years ago I heard an analogy for what has happened in this country and how the sins unhealthy patterns of the elite, the powerful and the wealthy trickled down to the poor, but with far more disastrous effects.The analogy was the game of...
  • Unbelief in Our Culture Is More Serious Than Most Imagine A Reflection on the First Commandment

    09/29/2015 6:59:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Unbelief in Our Culture Is More Serious Than Most Imagine – A Reflection on the First Commandment Msgr. Charles Pope • September 28, 2015 • But, frankly, all of us should be concerned at the rise of unbelief in our culture, whether it is atheism, agnosticism, indifference, or the rampant secularism that relegates God to a marginal place. We should be concerned because unbelief on a wide scale (as we are seeing today) is not only unhealthy for a culture, it is dangerous to it.This danger is fairly obvious when one considers that, in the end, unbelievers think they answer...
  • Un-Ecumenism

    09/28/2015 11:06:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-28-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom 12:1-2)The ideas of the modern project have been in place for over three centuries. Across that time they have come to permeate every aspect of our lives. They shape our institutions and the way we think about them. They shape our...
  • Zeal is More Necessary Today than Ever True Zeal, That Is, Not a Mere Human Imitation of It

    09/28/2015 7:55:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Zeal is More Necessary Today than Ever – True Zeal, That Is, Not a Mere Human Imitation of It Msgr. Charles Pope • September 27, 2015 • One of the great virtues related to charity is zeal. Zeal is the ardor of charity; it is love burning brightly. It is a fiery love for God, for His gracious truth, and for the salvation of souls.Because of human fear, sloth, and self-seeking, zeal is rare. It is especially difficult to find in our present age, when relativism and “tolerance” are so prevalent. Both relativism and excessive tolerance are really little more...
  • Mo Rocca's Starring Role In Pope's Mass Thrills LGBT Advocates

    09/27/2015 7:05:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 26, 2015 | Daniel Marans
    Mo Rocca, an openly gay TV reporter and comic, read from the Bible at Pope Francis' Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday.
  • Famous Homosexual Serves as Lector During Pope Francis NYC Mass

    09/27/2015 5:06:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 48 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 26, 2015 | Church Militant
    NEW YORK, September 26, 2015 ( - A scandal has erupted in the Big Apple after last night's Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden, where a famous open homosexual served as lector during Pope Francis' Mass. Mo Rocca, an American comedian, actor and journalist, well known for his role on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and now a commentator for CBS, admitted his homosexuality during a podcast interview in 2011. The then 42-year-old Rocca spoke of his joy at being in New York at the site of the Stonewall Riots, when gay "marriage" was passed in New York state,...
  • Three Principles for Prophets: A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year

    09/27/2015 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Principles for Prophets: A Homily for the 26th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2015 • In today’s gospel we see three principles for prophets. And in speaking of prophets, it is referring to you, too. For by our baptism, we are all summoned to be prophets for the Lord.I. PROPER PRIORITIES – The text begins, John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” (Mark 9:38)The Apostle John’s consternation bespeaks confused priorities. Task number one is to...
  • Pope's Address at Ground Zero

    09/26/2015 12:31:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 83 replies ^ | 09-25-15 | Pope Francis
    Pope's Address at Ground Zero "This flowing water reminds us of yesterdays tears, but also of all the tears still being shed today" New York City, September 25, 2015 ( Staff Reporter | 1905 hits Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave today at an interreligious ceremony at Ground Zero. He began the Spanish-language address apologizing for being unable to give it in English. * * * Dear Friends, I feel many different emotions standing here at Ground Zero, where thousands of lives were taken in a senseless act of destruction. Here grief is palpable. The...
  • At World Meeting of Families, homosexuality dominates talk

    09/25/2015 4:08:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 82 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Smith
    He cited an online post he had seen from a 17-year-old gay Catholic. "The church has a lot to say about what I'm not supposed to do," the youth wrote. "But ... I couldn't find any church document (about) what a gay person is supposed to do with his life. I feel abandoned by the church." He said the church teaches much about the beauty of marriage, but then tells its gay members they "can't have this wonderful thing."
  • Tosatti: The election of Jorge Bergoglio by the Martini-led "Mafia"

    09/25/2015 2:09:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 24, 2015 | Marco Tosatti
    The election of Jorge Bergoglio was the fruit of secret meetings that cardinals and bishops, organized by Carlo Maria Martini, held for years at St. Gall in Switzerland. This is what is claimed by Jrgen Mettepenningen and Karim Schelkens, the authors of a just published biography of the Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who refer to the group of cardinals and bishops as the Mafia-club. Danneels, according to the authors, had worked for years in preparation for the election of Pope Francis, which happened in 2013. He himself, however, in a video recorded during the presentation of the book admits that...
  • No mention of Jesus in Pope UN speech.

    The Pope never mentioned Jesus by name once at the UN. "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."