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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • A Lone Man In Charge, To the Crowd’s Acclaim [Catholic Caucus]

    02/25/2017 5:53:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    L'Esprsso ^ | February 25, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    Popularity and solitude are the two faces of the current pontificate, contradictory only in appearance. An umpteenth proof of the popularity of Pope Francis came on February 17 with his visit to the university of Roma Tre, amid the rejoicing of teachers and students (see photo), a spectacular comeback over the ban that in 2008 prevented Benedict XVI from entering and speaking at the other university of Rome, the more noble and storied, that of La Sapienza, for the crime of having wanted to bring God and faith into the inviolable temple of the goddess reason. At Roma Tre Francis...
  • Familial bonds

    02/25/2017 6:53:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 02-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    Familial bonds Question: We are often told that “brother” or “sister” in the New Testament texts can also be understood as cousins. By why then, in Luke 1:36, does the New Jerusalem Bible refer to Elizabeth as Mary’s “cousin?” Why was the word for “sister” not used there as it is elsewhere?— Robert Tisovich, via email Answer: The Greek word used in Luke 1:36 is “suggenes” and means “relative” or “kinsman.” It is from the Greek roots “syn” (with) and “genos” (seed or offspring). So, the word here refers to Elizabeth as being related to Mary in some physical but unspecified...
  • What Does It Mean to Be Salted with Fire?

    02/24/2017 7:32:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Be Salted with Fire? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 23, 2017 • Spilled salt with salt shaker on wooden background The Gospel from yesterday’s daily Mass featured one of Jesus’ lesser-known teachings: Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50).Let’s begin with a few observations about salt in those times. Salt was valuable. Some people were even paid with salt (which is where we get the word...
  • Queries and doubts occasioned by Francis’ words…

    02/23/2017 6:44:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | unknown | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    Queries and doubts occasioned by Francis’ words… • 157 – Is unity and peace possible (without Christ) in a world steeped in sin? • 156 – Amoris Laetitia versus the Church’s enduring Magisterium • 155 – Union among the faithful is brought about by caring for the marginalized?
  • Coptic & Cristero: To Die For Love [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/23/2017 1:22:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 23, 2017 | Michael Matt
    This month marks the second anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Their crime? Loving Christ enough to die for Him. Would Roman Catholics do the same? What motivates martyrs, if not love? Michael Matt asks the question: Is it because the New Order no longer speaks of Holy MOTHER Church that so few of her sons seem willing to die for her anymore? What have we lost? What was life in the Church like just 40 years ago? Growing up Catholic...and remembering what we lost. Scapulars. Meat-less Friday. Ember Days. Midnight Masses....
  • Cardinal Coccopalmerio: my Communion guidance wouldn’t apply to gay couples

    02/23/2017 12:00:54 PM PST · by ebb tide · 48 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 23, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, one of the most prominent defenders of Communion for the remarried, has said that his proposed guidance would apply to the divorced and remarried, but not to gay couples. He explained: “It’s not a natural condition”. Cardinal Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, said last week that divorced and remarried couples could take Communion if they found it “impossible” to avoid sex. The Church has taught that the remarried cannot receive Communion, except possibly when they endeavour to live “in complete continence”. Cardinal Coccopalmerio’s critics said he had contradicted this doctrine, as well as...
  • Cardinal Nichols praises Pope’s ‘patience and reserve’ over dubia

    02/23/2017 10:27:33 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 23, 2017 | Martin O'Brien
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has expressed his support for Pope Francis in the wake of questions raised by four cardinals about parts of Amoris Laetitia. The president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales made his remarks in an interview with The Irish Catholic newspaper while on a visit to Belfast last week. Asked if he shared any of the concerns that had been expressed by Cardinal Raymond Burke and three other cardinals, Cardinal Nichols said: “For me it is very simple. Pope Francis is the Pope. He is who God has given us and, therefore, we follow his lead.”...
  • Tagle to replace Müller as CDF Prefect?

    02/23/2017 9:13:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 23, 2017 | New Catholic
    To the recent reports from other sources that Cardinal MĂĽller has already offered his resignation from CDF, Rorate can now add, from its own very well-placed sources, that there is a plan at the highest levels to replace MĂĽller as Prefect of CDF with no less than the Asian "Pope Francis", the man seen by many as Francis' dauphin, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. MĂĽller, appointed Prefect in July 2012, has been effectively marginalized in the past years over the Family Synods and most importantly over Amoris Laetitia. Questions about his future in the Roman Curia have been persistent through the...
  • It Is Sometimes Necessary to Risk Giving Offense

    02/23/2017 8:25:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It Is Sometimes Necessary to Risk Giving Offense Msgr. Charles Pope • February 22, 2017 • We live in times when many people take offense very easily. While this may have been a human problem seen in all ages, it is particularly evident today, when relativism and subjectivism are so widespread. Relativism is essentially a form of subjectivism. In subjectivism, the measure of truth shifts from the object (i.e., that which is being perceived) to the subject (i.e., the one who is perceiving). In this system, truth becomes relative, because there are as many versions of truth as there...
  • Jesus didn’t “turn the other cheek”—neither should you

    02/22/2017 2:16:40 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 22, 2017 | Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ
    What’s the second most misunderstood passage of Scripture? (The first: “Judge not, lest ye be judged” in Matthew 7:1, quoted by the otherwise biblically illiterate or indifferent, as a kind of pseudo-benediction on moral relativism.) I’d say second place goes to Matthew 5:39, “…if a man strike you on the right cheek, turn to him the other as well.”Misunderstanding this passage has led to public prayers for “our so-called ‘enemies’”—as if Christ and his Church don’t have enemies both human and spiritual. Misunderstanding this passage has led to exhortations to a literally helpless pacifism—which would have puzzled Pope Pius...
  • Proverbs to Ponder

    02/22/2017 9:57:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-17 | Thomas Moses
    Proverbs to Ponder Msgr. Charles Pope • February 21, 2017 • In the Divine Office last week, we read from the Book of Proverbs; in this week’s Masses we are reading from Sirach. Both of these books are part of the Wisdom Tradition.Today, I’ll be reviewing a few of the sayings from Proverbs, but before doing so, I’d like to explain the use of the word fool (as contrasted with wise one) in the Wisdom Tradition. Without a richer understanding of the term fool, it is possible to interpret its use as a mere ad hominem attack.To the modern...
  • Gloria.TV News for the 21st of February

    02/21/2017 8:53:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Gloria.TV ^ | February 21, | Gloria TV
    Secrecy: Referring to its source in Santa Marta, the blog Anonimi della Croce reports of secret meetings of Pope Francis with the Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby and other Anglican and Lutheran dignitaries. Protestant representatives participate also in the secret group that works on changing the New Rite into a new ritual that can be used by Catholics and Protestants alike.
  • Conference on the Canonical Problem of the Deposition of Popes to be Held [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 8:20:02 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 21, 2017 | Sacredos Romanus
    For some reason, a certain provision of Gratian’s Decretals, an early collection of canon law, has been the subject of renewed interest in recent times. The relevant text runs: “No mortal shall presume to rebuke [the pope’s] faults, for he who is to judge all is to be judged by no one, unless he is found straying from the faith” (Dist. 40 c.6). The last condition “unless he is found straying from the faith” has sometimes been interpreted to mean that a pope who strayed into heresy could be deposed. At the end of March a scholarly conference on the...
  • Two Presidents at Prayer

    02/21/2017 7:05:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Presidents at Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • February 20, 2017 • We live in an age of often strident secularism. If a religious utterance is made by a government official (or it would seem, even a First Lady) a loud cry goes up from an increasingly hostile minority. The platitude about “Separation of Church and State” is usually bandied about, a phrase that does not even appear in the Constitution.Free Exercise clause – It is true that the First Amendment decrees that Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion, but it also specifies that it...
  • Card. Kasper on Anglican, Catholic parishes 'twinning' for papal visit [Catholic/Anglican Caucus]

    02/20/2017 7:38:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 20, 2017 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Anglican church of All Saints in central Rome on Sunday will be marked by the ‘twinning’ of the Church of England community with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti on the south side of the city. The Pope’s visit comes as part of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the first Church of England Eucharist, which took place in the so-called ‘English ghetto’ near the Spanish steps on October 27th 1816. He will be the first pope to visit an Anglican Church in his own Diocese of Rome. Members of All Saints and Ognissanti have...
  • 9 Truths About Sex and Marriage From the First Two Chapters of Genesis

    02/20/2017 2:17:13 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 19, 2017 | SEAN MCDOWELL
    Critics have sometimes claimed that marriage is not that important to God. But interestingly, the Bible both begins and ends with a marriage. In fact, marriage is the defining metaphor God uses to illustrate His love for the Church, His “bride.”The natural place to begin an investigation into what God thinks about marriage (and sex) is in Genesis 1 and 2, where scripture describes God’s creation of the world and everything in it. Here are nine truths about sex and marriage from the first two chapters in Genesis:1. Sex and marriage are a creation of God. Sex is not...
  • Ungodly Speech

    02/20/2017 11:15:20 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 20, 2017
    Ungodly Speech: Last Friday Pope Francis visited the Third Roman University. Francis spoke 45 minutes and never mentioned God or Jesus Christ, although they were contained in the written text, but Francis chose to drop these passages. Bergoglio focused instead on promoting Islamic mass-immigration.
  • These Catholic parishes openly celebrate LGBT. Why aren’t bishops stopping it? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 11:10:01 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Part one of a series on “gay-friendly” parishes and ministries in the Catholic Church January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – As controversy continues to rage over Pope Francis’ doctrines on communion for the divorced and remarried, an even more controversial practice proliferating in the shadows for decades is becoming increasingly open and explicit: same-sex couples exerting their influence in Catholic parishes throughout the United States and Canada. At a rapidly growing number of proudly "gay-friendly" parishes, same-sex couples who flout the Church’s teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts are exercising leadership roles and receiving Communion with encouragement from their pastors....
  • Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri: the Synod WAS NOT to repeat the established teaching of the Church...

    02/20/2017 10:57:12 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | February 19, 2017 | Toronto Catholic
    Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri spoke some very vague words when interviewed by Thomas Rosica, CSB. The Cardinal stated that the the Church must have an "update"; and further, that the Church must be made "incarnate into time". What does he mean? The full interview, published on July 31, 2014, may be watched here. The obfuscation and vagueness in the interview is clarified in light of the Cardinal's extraordinary admission given this past January, 2015, as quoted on page 21 of Grzegorz Kucharczyk's, "We are not just a subsidiary of Rome" (e-book published by Polonia Christiana). "if the goal of the Synod...
  • A Quantum Leap Into the Paranormal

    02/20/2017 10:36:48 AM PST · by truthxchange · 13 replies ^ | 2/21/2017 | Dr. Peter Jones
    A Quantum Leap into the Paranormal I just received an invitation to sign up for a teaching webinar offered by Jean Houston, a highly popular occult channeler and close friend of Hillary Clinton. Houston’s series is entitled: Unlock your Quantum Powers. Her terminology is arcane and mystifying. What are our “quantum powers”? Her explanation doesn’t help: “You are an organism in the universe of totality.” This is only a fancy, seductive way of describing what folks in the new spiritual circles call “being one with nature.” Houston gets even more spiritual when she invites participants into a “Partnership with the...
  • Why Does God Make Us Wait?

    02/20/2017 8:08:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does God Make Us Wait? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 19, 2017 • One of the most common frustrations in the spiritual life is the fact that God often makes us wait. Many of our requests are made with an elevated sense of urgency. Frankly, we are in a big hurry about many things—but God is not. Although He could fix every problem in an instant, He does not, and He has His reasons for this.While the reasons for God’s delay may be somewhat mysterious, we can certainly understand some of them. For example, any parent knows that...
  • Francis’ Main Innovations…

    02/19/2017 7:50:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | July 2015 | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    Who is Francis? A prophet for our times? God’s instrument for the renovation of the Church? The precursor of a new springtime of the Faith? A collection of his principal teachings confronted with the Magisterium of the Church can be an excellent aid to accurately judge these questions…
  • The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me - A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

    02/19/2017 7:30:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me - A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • February 18, 2017 • In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger and retribution to a higher level. Most likely, the one who originally harmed me will then take...
  • Join Bishop David Zubik at a prayer service with immigrants and refugees

    02/18/2017 7:38:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    “Becoming One-Standing Together,” is an interfaith gathering of prayer and celebration with immigrants, refugees, and allies. This worship event will take place on Monday, February 20 at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict the Moor Roman Catholic Church, 1500 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219. It will bring together leaders from faith communities who will lead prayers and read sacred scriptures, as well as immigrants and refugees who will tell their personal stories.
  • C9 Declares that it supports pope's "Magisterium” But what about the Magisterium? Not so much.

    02/18/2017 2:06:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 17, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    One of Francis’ first acts as Pope was to create a Council of Cardinal Advisors, commonly known as “C9”, to advise him on ecclesial affairs. The “advice,” however, appears to constitute little more than an echo chamber for whatever Francis wishes to say. To recall, the members of the Council are: Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa; Italian Bishop Marcello Semeraro, secretary to the Council; Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias; German Cardinal Reinhard Marx; Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga; Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello; U.S. Cardinal Sean O'Malley; Australian Cardinal George Pell; and Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya. All of the nine,...
  • Grace of the Spirit

    02/18/2017 9:16:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 02-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Grace of the Spirit The key difference in people of the Old and New Testaments is that the Holy Spirit now dwells in us Msgr. Charles Pope Question: I was asked the other day how people who lived in Old Testament times were really any different from New Testament Christians. We seem just as sinful and foolish, but also as virtuous as they were. I did not know how to answer this. What is the basic difference?— Stewart Johnson, via email Answer: The essential difference is grace. The Prophet Ezekiel records God’s promise to ancient Israel: “I will sprinkle clean...
  • Why shouldn’t Cardinal Burke have asked a condom-pushing official to resign? [Cath Caucus]

    02/17/2017 10:03:15 PM PST · by ebb tide
    LifeSite News ^ | February 17, 2017 | Pete Baklinski & Patrick B. Crane
    The acting head of the Knights of Malta is alleging that Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Order, personally asked for the resignation of a top Order official who had overseen a condom distribution program in the developing world. That the Cardinal would have made this request himself is being treated as some sort of scandal by his opponents. But as a prince of the Church with moral responsibility for the Order’s fidelity to Catholic teaching, why shouldn’t he have done so? No faithful Catholic leader who loves the life-giving truth of the faith would stand idly by when indisputable...
  • Jesus Fulfilled the Promise of His Second Coming

    02/17/2017 2:51:19 PM PST · by searchinsany · 30 replies
    HubPages ^ | 17.2.17 | searchinsany
    Critics of Christianity try to undermine the integrety of the Lord Jesus Christ, declaring Him a false prophet because they cannot reconcile the 'imminent' factor of His 'end times' predictions. Most Christians are also unable to account for the simple statements Jesus made concerning His impending return. In my opinion, Dispensationalism's emphasis on empirical evidence and imaginative narrative has blinded the eyes of many believers.
  • Pope appears to back anti-Trump protests in letter condemning populism

    02/17/2017 2:20:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 17, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgassener
    Pope Francis has offered his unequivocal support to grassroots organisers and activists who are fighting for social justice, migrants, and environmentalism, saying he “reaffirms” their choice to fight against tyranny amid a “gutting of democracies”. “As Christians and all people of good will, it is for us to live and act at this moment. It is a grave responsibility, since certain present realities, unless effectively dealt with, are capable of setting off processes of dehumanisation which would then be hard to reverse,” the pontiff wrote in a letter that was read to organisers this week. The remarks can be viewed...
  • The Gospel In The Stars

    02/17/2017 11:29:06 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 31 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 2/17/17 | Gary
    While researching the astronomical alignment next September that may be the sign John saw in Revelation 12, it occurred to me to revisit the possible dates surrounding Christ's first advent and see if there were any other "signs in the sky" around that time.  I've already written extensively on possible dates for Jesus' birth (primarily based on Craig Chester and Rick Larson's research and The Bethlehem Star documentary), so I won't touch on that here, suffice to say that the argument goes Jesus was conceived on the Feast of Trumpets in 3 BC, was born in June of 2 BC,...
  • Did Noah Really Live to Be 950?

    02/17/2017 7:30:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 106 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Did Noah Really Live to Be 950? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 16, 2017 • I occasionally get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider the ages at which these figures purportedly died: Adam – 930Seth – 912Enosh – 905Jared – 962Methuselah – 969Noah – 950Shem – 600Eber – 464Abraham – 175Moses – 120David – 70 How should we understand these references? Many theories have been proposed to explain the claimed longevity. Some use a mathematical corrective, but this leads to other pitfalls such as certain patriarchs apparently begetting children...
  • Border bishops call for dignity regardless of "migration (aka illegal aliens) condition"

    02/16/2017 7:46:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | February 16, 2017 | Rhina Guidos
    In a joint statement, Catholic bishops whose dioceses are along the U.S.-Mexico border spoke of the "pain, the fear, and the anguish" they're seeing in immigrants and vowed to follow the example of the pope in building "bridges, rather than the walls of exclusion and exploitation." The Feb. 14 statement was read at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle in Texas after a visit by the bishops to an immigration detention center as well as to a humanitarian respite center at Sacred Heart Parish in McAllen, Texas, in the Brownsville Diocese. The...
  • German Bishops’ Spokesman Declines Requests for Clarified Guidelines [Catholic Caucus]

    02/16/2017 5:20:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | February 16, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    On 14 February, Steve Skojec reported on his own attempts to receive, in justice, some clarifications – specific and unambiguous ones – concerning steps now to be taken by the Archdiocese of Newark with regard to the outspoken and conservative Catholic priest, Father Peter West. (My family has known Father West personally and has cherished him for his gentleness and radiant kindness). As it now turns out, however, the speaker for the Archdiocese evaded and then declined to give any further details as to the standing “protocols” and the canonical grounds upon which Father West will now be dealt with....
  • Could C9 cardinals backing the pope have unintended fallout? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/16/2017 11:59:10 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | February 15, 2016 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Recently Pope Francis's "C9" council of cardinal advisers issued a statement supporting the pope in light of recent attacks, and the intent was clearly noble. It's worth pondering, however, if it could have unintended consequences, including pressuring other bishops to follow suit. Generally speaking, you know a manager is in trouble when somebody has to put out a statement expressing “full confidence” in his or her leadership. If a corporate board does that for the CEO, it’s usually a sure sign of either scandal or a drop in profits; if a sports franchise owner does it for the coach, it...
  • Two Pictures of Patience

    02/16/2017 8:41:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Pictures of Patience Msgr. Charles Pope • February 15, 2017 • The readings from Mass yesterday (Wednesday of the 6th Week of the Year) give two helpful images that call us to patience. Patience is a virtue through which we are willing to endure as we look for something better that will come to pass. The word comes from the Latin patior, which means “to suffer.” Thus the virtue of patience is the capacity or willingness to suffer some difficulty for a greater good rather than for immediate satisfaction. For example, we might be annoyed at someone’s behavior...
  • Communion For All, Catholics and Protestants. Words of Kasper, Or Rather of the Pope

    02/16/2017 8:15:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 16, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The obscurity with which Pope Francis loves to speak and write on the most controversial questions is one of the constants of his magisterium, an obscurity that reached its summit in the response that he gave on November 15, 2015 to a Lutheran woman married to a Catholic, who was asking him if she too could receive communion at Mass: > Sě, no, non so, fate voi. Le linee guida di Francesco per l'intercomunione con i luterani But the doubts over his real thought are promptly dispelled by the personalities and interpreters closest to him, cardinals, bishops, theologians, Jesuits, journalists....
  • Pope's Popularity in Rome Declines [Catholic Caucus]

    02/15/2017 8:19:02 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 15, 2017 | David Martin
    Pope Francis seems to have taken offense over an anonymous poster campaign which called into question his mercy. On February 4, Romans woke up to more than 200 posters of a stern-faced pope plastered all over the city, with a caption that asks, "But where is your mercy?" The unidentified posters accused Francis of having "ignored cardinals" and "decapitated the Order of Malta" — references to a bitter dispute between the order and the Vatican that benched a conservative cardinal. The day after the incident, the pope called on pilgrims during the Angelus prayer to stay far away from "the...
  • The Most Persuasive Scientific Reason to Believe?

    What scientific argument for the truth of Christianity do you find the most persuasive? As I contemplated this question, my answer was big bang cosmology. Here’s why. All big bang models include three essential features: (1) constant laws of physics throughout the universe; (2) a dynamic universe, one either expanding or contracting; and (3) a beginning to the universe. Remarkably, the biblical description matches these essential features. Constant Laws of Physics The scientific enterprise depends on a universe governed by constant laws of physics. If measurements today have no bearing on what happened yesterday or will happen tomorrow, no scientific...
  • The Church is now in a full-blown civil war over doctrine {Catholic Caucus]

    02/15/2017 5:53:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 15, 2017 | Dan Hitchens
    Cardinal Coccopalmerio's book is only the latest example of Catholic teaching being questioned A few weeks ago, the Jesuit journal La Civiltŕ Cattolica published a startling article on women priests. Its arguments were familiar: the author, deputy editor Fr Giancarlo Pani, asked readers to consider whether an all-male priesthood might perhaps be outdated. “There is unease,” Fr Pani wrote, “among those who fail to understand how the exclusion of woman from the Church’s ministry can coexist with the affirmation and appreciation of her equal dignity.” What is startling is that this appeared in a journal edited by one of the...
  • Cardinal Reinhard Marx: Support for the pope is ‘substantial’ [Catholic Caucus]

    02/15/2017 5:43:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    RNS ^ | February 15,, 2017 | Josephine McKenna
    Vatican heavyweight Cardinal Reinhard Marx said there may be tensions within the Roman Catholic Church but stressed Pope Francis has the full support of his senior cardinals. The German cardinal and archbishop of Munich and Freising was asked at a news conference on Wednesday (Feb. 15) why nine cardinals who advise Francis on the Vatican’s economic and structural reforms felt the need to defend the pope in a statement issued on Monday. “We didn’t want to make a great drama but it was time to repeat that we support the pope and we are together with him,” said Marx, who...
  • Clarifications on the Biblical Flood Narrative

    02/15/2017 9:40:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Clarifications on the Biblical Flood Narrative Msgr. Charles Pope • February 14, 2017 • As we read the flood story in Tuesday’s daily Mass, I feel that a few clarifications are in order.While we are not required as Catholics to interpret every detail of the flood story literally, there does seem to be some evidence (preserved in many ancient cultures) of a flood or “mega event” that drastically reduced the size of the human race. In addition, genetic, geological, and anthropological information point to a period some 70,000 years ago during which humans almost vanished from the planet [*].How...
  • Put down the revolt of those Catholic peasants!

    02/15/2017 8:07:40 AM PST · by ebb tide · 70 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 14, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    With each passing day it becomes more apparent that Antonio Socci was not exaggerating when he wrote that with the unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton by Donald J. Trump — a rude shock that has driven the worldwide liberal establishment to the brink of collective insanity — none other than Pope Francis has become “the only point of reference for the international Left, deprived of a leader…” Whoever doubts it need only consult a revealing editorial in the Washington Post, one of the most prominent organs of international Leftist opinion. Under the telling editorial category “Global Opinions,” one Emma-Kate Symons...
  • Do Babies And Children Go To Hell?

    02/15/2017 6:10:52 AM PST · by bogusname · 69 replies
    The Bible makes it very clear that babies and children do not go to hell...even if their parents are wicked.
  • BREAKING: Cardinal Coccopalmerio is a No-Show at Press Conference [Catholic Caucus]

    02/14/2017 11:40:45 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | February 14, 2017 | Oakes Spalding
    This morning there was to have been an eagerly anticipated press conference featuring Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, answering questions about his recently published pamphlet endorsing the "liberal" interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. However, Cardinal Coccopalmerio failed to show up, pleading a "diary clash." This was later explained as a conflict with a meeting at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In his short work, published by the official Vatican publishing house on February 8, Coccopalmerio had argued that all the sacraments including communion should be open to those "living in situations not in...
  • Unrest at the Vatican; reassurances backfire

    02/14/2017 11:29:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic ^ | February 14, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    What in the world is going on in Rome this week? First the Vatican press office issues a statement from the Council of Cardinals, supporting the Pope. It would certainly be news if the Council of Cardinals did not support the Pope. But why was this statement newsworthy? Why did the Council thank the Pontiff in February for a speech he delivered to the Roman Curia in December? Is there any way to see this message as something other than damage control—as a bid to reassure the world that the increasingly evident tensions within the Catholic hierarchy are not tearing...
  • How Is Adam’s Sin Different from Eve’s?

    02/14/2017 7:36:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 60 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Is Adam’s Sin Different from Eve’s? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 13, 2017 • In yesterday’s post, we explored the details of original sin and learned that there are subtleties and stages to it that can teach us something. Original sin was more than eating a piece of fruit; there were things that led up to it, both externally and internally.I also mentioned that it was worth exploring how the sacred text speaks of the “Sin of Adam” and differentiates it to some extent from the sin that Eve commits. Biblically, original sin is properly denoted as the...
  • Take back Our Catholic Holidays and Story of Saint Valentine

    02/13/2017 5:46:07 PM PST · by jafojeffsurf · 5 replies
    America Needs Fatima ^ | Feb 2017 | america needs fatima
    "Saint Valentine, priest and martyr, lived nearly 1,700 years ago in pagan Rome. Father Valentine answered God’s call to the priesthood at a time when it wasn’t easy to be a Catholic, and it was downright dangerous to be a priest or bishop. The infant Catholic Church was being brutally persecuted by Emperor Claudius II. But that didn’t scare young Valentine! He knew that the Christian Faith was the only remedy for the sick and permissive society in which he lived. Especially when it came to Her teachings about the relationship that should exist between a man and a woman...
  • The Anatomy of Original Sin

    02/13/2017 8:16:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Anatomy of Original Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • February 12, 2017 • Last week we explored the creation accounts of Genesis, finishing with the account of original sin, that committed by Adam and Eve. Today and tomorrow I’d like to examine original sin more closely. Today, I’ll present the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam’s and Eve’s struggle.Many tend to describe original sin merely as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this accurate, it is incomplete and leads many to wonder why all this trouble came just from eating a piece of fruit. I believe...
  • Catholic Heroes. . . Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac

    02/12/2017 8:05:39 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 6, 2017
    The Trial of Blessed Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac: - Hailed by Pope Pius XII as the "most important priest in the Catholic Church." - Beatified by Pope John Paul II - So hated by the Nazis that they demanded Pope Pius XII remove him (Pius refused) - Imprisoned by the Communists - Laid down his life for those most persecuted during and after World War II - Died of complications from his imprisonment for defending the rights of Christ the King - Denounced Martin Luther as a "False Prophet" - Blamed Protestantism for the “hell in which human society suffers today”...
  • When Faithful Catholic Youth Challenge Vatican Disdain For Truth [Catholic Caucus]

    02/12/2017 11:04:21 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | February 11, 2017 | Restore DC Catholicism
    The Pope has confided to the world that he is worried. We faithful Catholics agree that there are indeed many pressing concerns: *the persecution of Christians increasing throughout the world *the numbers of Catholics practicing their faith decreasing and churches shuttering *Christian marriage and family life being discarded for the hook-up culture the whole-scale murders of millions of babies That list could go on and on - but none of these amounts to a hill of beans in comparison with this matter that weighs heavily on Pope Francis' mind. What might be this pressing concern? In his own words, "When...