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  • Photo directory of population controllers influencing the Vatican

    11/23/2017 11:06:58 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 22, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    A recent Vatican-run conference on the environment featured a list of influential abortion, contraception, and population-control advocates who made presentations on the theme of saving the planet from so-called man-made “climate change.”  A LifeSiteNews investigation has found that almost 30 percent of conference speakers hold views on contraception, abortion, and population control contrary to Catholic teaching. Not all conference speakers were investigated for this report.  During the conference, Taiwanese professor Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee argued that cutting the earth’s population in half by 2050 should have priority over “renewable energy” as the “smarter” way to conserve earth’s resources.  If “we allow a...
  • How to Thank God as He Has Instructed - A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

    11/23/2017 6:50:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Thank God as He Has Instructed - A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day Msgr. Charles Pope • November 22, 2017 • 1 Comment Your grace and mercy, brought me through. I’m living this moment, Because of you. I want to thank you, And praise you too. Your grace and mercy, Brought me through!On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one adequately thank God, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift? Is it really enough to simply kneel and...
  • The Communist Party blocks Chinese tours to Vatican

    11/22/2017 7:43:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    AsiaNews.it ^ | November 22, 2017 | Bernardo Cervellera
    Tourist agencies are prohibited from advertising and planning trips and visits to the Vatican to St. Peter's Basilica. Fines of up to 300,000 yuan. The reason: there are no diplomatic relations between Beijing and the Holy See. A boycott of Vatican to make it accept the conditions imposed by Beijing in dialogue? The useless psychosis of control. Chinese Protestants and Catholics evangelize tourists. Rome (AsiaNews) - The Chinese Communist Party has ordered travel agencies not to send tour groups to visit the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica because "there are no diplomatic relations" between China and the Holy See. In an...
  • Cath Cauc: Cardinal welcomes previously banned pro-LGBT group back to archdiocese

    11/22/2017 7:27:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 22, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    A U.K. Cardinal appointed by Pope Francis has given his blessing for a pro-homosexual organization to once again work in his archdiocese after his predecessor banned it because of its overt promotion of homosexual behavior contrary to Catholic teaching.  In a communication a little over a week ago to priests in the Archdiocese of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols recommended that they make use of the organization Quest to minister to “those who live with a same-sex attraction and are often very anxious about their journey to God and their relationship with the Church.” The letter was leaked to LifeSiteNews.  “Quest,...
  • Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell

    11/22/2017 9:12:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Damnation Is Eternal and Other Teachings on Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • November 21, 2017 • This is the thirteenth and final installment in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.The teachings of the Lord on Hell are difficult, especially in today’s climate. The most difficult questions that arise relate to its eternal nature and how to square its existence with a God who is loving and rich in mercy. As a closing reflection on Hell and on the Four Last Things, let us ponder a series of questions.1. Does God love the...
  • Images of Hell

    11/21/2017 7:29:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Images of Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • November 20, 2017 • This is the twelfth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Hell, Fra Angelico, Museo di San Marco, Florence Part of what makes Jesus’ teaching on Hell difficult is the severe imagery He uses. In pointing to Hell, he seems to point to its deepest pits. He warns of eternal fire, undying worms, and wailing and grinding of teeth. Rather than lingering on philosophical descriptions or on the more subtle aspects of suffering, Jesus goes to the deepest aspects of the...
  • “Whatever You Can Do to Stop Communion in the Hand Will be Blessed by God” ~ Fr. John Hardon S.J.

    11/20/2017 4:45:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 178 replies
    Church Militant blogspot ^ | unknown | John Andrew Dorsey
    @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderControls.css"); churchmilitantblog.wordpress.com “Whatever You Can Do to Stop Communion in the Hand Will be Blessed by God” ~ Fr. John Hardon S.J. 18-23 minutes @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); Not to oppose error is to approve it, and not to defend the truth is to suppress it” – Pope St. Felix IIIThe decline of belief and faith among Catholics has been spiraling downward ever since the introduction of Communion in the hand in 1969. What started out as disobedience among a few select bishops in Belgium in the 1960’s, has now been spread like wildfire among the average Catholic worldwide, in...
  • Hell Has to Be

    11/20/2017 7:50:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 51 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hell Has to Be Msgr. Charles Pope • November 19, 2017 • This is the eleventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Today we come to the final of the Four Last Things: Hell. I have written extensively on this topic over the years, largely in response to the widespread dismissal of the revealed doctrine of Hell. In contradiction to Scripture, many presume that Hell is an unlikely destination for most. Never mind that Jesus taught just the opposite (e.g., Matt 7:13-14). In my own small way, I have tried to...
  • Cath Cauc: As the Church Drowns in a Sea of Words, the Faith of Our Fathers Is Forgotten

    11/19/2017 7:19:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | November 18, 2017 | Christopher A Ferrara
    One of the symptoms indicating the unprecedented severity of the current ecclesial crisis is the astounding level of prolixity in Church documents as compared with the declarative simplicity of pre-Vatican II Church teaching.  Even the very longest pre-conciliar encyclicals (e.g. Pius XII’s Mystici corporis or Saint Pius X’s Pascendi) run to about 20,000 words, including extensive footnotes, and their texts are models of clarity and precision.  Today, however, we are routinely burdened with book-length manifestos such as Laudato si’, Evangelii Gaudium and, of course, Amoris Laetitia, which are more than twice as long but say little or nothing about the...
  • Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/19/2017 8:54:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 18, 2017 • The past few Sundays have featured the November theme of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In today’s Gospel we are reminded that we will one day have to account for our use of the gifts and resources that God has given us.But today’s readings do more than that; they also set forth a virtue that helps us to use God’s gifts well. That virtue is the fear of the Lord....
  • Meaning of 'gospel'

    11/18/2017 8:55:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Meaning of 'gospel' As first books of the New Testament hadn’t been written, how did apostles ‘believe in the gospel’? Msgr. Charles Pope 11/15/2017 Question: In Mark 1:15, Jesus is calling for all to “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Clearly, the Gospels were not yet written when Jesus was saying this. What exactly was he talking about?— Paul VanHoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: Your question is rooted in the tendency we have to equate the word “gospel” with a written text — more specifically, four written texts in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However, the “Gospel” should be...
  • Is Pope Francis a Liberal Protestant?

    11/17/2017 3:03:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 442 replies
    First Things ^ | November 15, 2017 | Gerald McDermott
    As an outsider, I can’t help but wonder whether the pope and the USCCB were particularly provoked by Weinandy’s suggestion that Jesus had allowed this controversy in order “to manifest just how weak is the faith of many within the Church, even among too many of her bishops.” Catholics will have to make up their own minds—but I’ll admit I have questions about the faith of Pope Francis, which seems, if not weak, at least different from that of the Catholic tradition. Even before the release of Amoris Laetitia in March 2016, Francis had caused many to question his fidelity...
  • What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

    11/17/2017 8:29:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 16, 2017 • This is the eighth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Continuing our series on the Four Last Things, in today’s post we consider an aspect of Heaven called the Communion of Saints. I have discovered that it is frequently misunderstood. Many of you know that I write the weekly “Question and Answer” column for the Our Sunday Visitor newspaper. Every once in a while, someone poses a unique question, one that I had never...
  • What Is Eternal Life?

    11/16/2017 8:01:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Eternal Life? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 15, 2017 • This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.I often think that we haven’t done a very good job of setting forth the doctrine of eternal life. For most people, the concept seems a rather shallow one: that we will live forever. Frankly, many may not consider it all that appealing if the place where we live forever is Heaven. Too often, Heaven is reduced to merely this: a place where I’ll be happy. I’ll have a...
  • Do You Desire Heaven? Really?

    11/15/2017 8:18:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Desire Heaven? Really? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 14, 2017 • This is the sixth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.After some sobering reflection on death and judgment over the past several days, it’s finally time to talk about Heaven. Now that is a topic everyone wants to hear about! Yet there is a strange disconnect today. As it becomes easier and easier to satisfy our desire for instant gratification, we find it harder and harder to take the time to ponder a future paradise.Almost no one talks...
  • [Catholic Caucus] British Bishops Abolish “Father” and “Mother”

    11/14/2017 6:17:02 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | November 14, 2017 | Gloria TV
    A British Government education watchdog ordered the Holy Ghost Catholic Primary School in London to remove “mother” and “father” in their admission form in order to please “separated, step and gay parents”. The Bishops’ Catholic Education Service, known for accommodating to gay ideology, is now drafting a new form for its 2,230 Catholic schools. The form will only refer to “the family”. Many schools already use “parent 1” and “parent 2”. The Sunday Times cites an expert who called this decision “profoundly undemocratic, illiberal and a capitulation to a form of politically correct fascism”.
  • U.S. bishop refuses to say if Amoris Laetitia allows adulterers to receive Communion

    11/14/2017 4:02:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 14, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    Update at 2:13 p.m. on November 14: The U.S. bishops voted 223 to 12 to develop a “formal statement” of a Renewed Pastoral Plan for Marriage and Family Life Ministry and Advocacy in light of Amoris Laetitia. Three bishops abstained from voting. BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Representing the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, refused to say this afternoon whether Amoris Laetitia allows Catholics living in adultery to receive Holy Communion. “That’s not an answer I’m going to provide for you,” Malone said. He’d been asked point-blank by...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cardinal Burke Addresses the ‘Dubia’ One Year After Their Publication

    11/14/2017 12:51:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 14, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Walter Brandmüller and Cardinal Raymond Burke pictured at a Pontifical High Mass in St. Peter's basilica to mark the 10th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Sept. 16, 2017. (Edward Pentin photo) Cardinal Burke Addresses the ‘Dubia’ One Year After Their Publication In wishing to honor two recently deceased cardinals, the American cardinal makes a final plea to the Holy Father for clarity, saying the “grave” situation is “continually worsening” and that it is “urgent” the Pope “confirm his brothers in the faith.” Edward Pentin One year to the day since the dubia were made public, Cardinal Raymond Burke has made...
  • How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us

    11/14/2017 8:09:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 13, 2017 • This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Works of Mercy, Pieter Bruegel In the past several posts, we have been considering the judgment that awaits us. Not only must we be ready in the ways we have described, but should allow our looming judgment to help our attitude today.Scripture says, Always speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the Law that gives freedom. For judgment...
  • Preparing for Judgment

    11/13/2017 7:44:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Preparing for Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • November 12, 2017 • This is the sixth in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.In the past two articles we have recalled the reality of the judgment that is upon us when we die and we have surveyed the parables in which Jesus urgently warns us of it. In this post we consider something of a plan to prepare for judgment.You are going to die and you don’t get to say when. This should inspire a sober, urgent, and daily preparation for death and judgment. Yet...