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  • And Out You Go! Why Fainting Is So Common in Church

    05/25/2016 8:40:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And Out You Go! Why Fainting Is So Common in Church Msgr. Charles Pope • May 24, 2016 • In my over 26 years as a priest (even longer serving in some capacity at the Holy Liturgy) I have witnessed more than a few people faint. Some just slump over; others go out with a real bang. Weddings are a big source of fainting spells, but just about any long Mass produces its share of “lights out” experiences. Some years ago, when I was serving as First Assistant Deacon for a Pontifical Solemn High Mass in the Basilica, we...
  • German Journalist Calls Pope Francis a Relativizer

    05/24/2016 4:45:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 24, 2016 | Maike HIckson
    Alexander Kissler is a German author and journalist who is responsible for the Culture Section of the German intellectual journal Cicero. He is also one of the few open critics of Chancellor Angela Merkels Open Door Politics with regard to the immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. He had, for example, an outcry of indignation after the Cologne incident on New Years Eve in 2015, where hundreds of women were aggressively pursued by North Africans, most of them asylum seekers. Now he has directed his indignation toward the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis. The cause of...
  • Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal?

    05/24/2016 6:49:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 105 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does Jesus Call the Father Greater If We Teach That the Members of the Trinity Are Equal? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 23, 2016 • Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer column for Our Sunday Visitor. Given the celebration of Trinity Sunday this past Sunday, I thought I might reproduce here on the blog a question/answer regarding the Trinity. It is a fairly common question; perhaps you have it, too. Remember that my answers in the column are required to be brief.We read in a recent Sunday Gospel (May 1, 2016) that Jesus...
  • Is Love the Cause of Hatred? The Answer May Surprise You

    05/23/2016 7:02:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Love the Cause of Hatred? The Answer May Surprise You Msgr. Charles Pope • May 22, 2016 • There is an old saying that the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. Indeed, it’s pretty hard to hate or even to have a strong aversion to something or someone we don’t really care about. But when we do love, we care. And the stronger our love, the more intense our concern, anger, or even hatred for what is wrong.But does this mean that love is the cause of hatred? Our instinct is to recoil and say,...
  • One and One and One Are One - A Homily for Trinity Sunday

    05/22/2016 6:46:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One and One and One Are One - A Homily for Trinity Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • May 21, 2016 • There is an old spiritual that says, “My God is so high you can’t get over Him. He’s so low you can’t get under Him. He’s so wide you can’t get around Him. You must come in, by and through the Lamb.”It’s not a bad way of saying that God is “other.” He is beyond what human words can describe, beyond what human thoughts can conjure. And on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we do well...
  • Pope Francis and His Revolutionary Language [Catholic Caucus

    05/21/2016 10:30:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | May 18, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    The historian and well-known Catholic intellectual Roberto de Mattei published a column yesterday in the Rome newspaper Il Tempo (18th May), about the "revolutionary language" of Pope Francis. The revolutionary language of Pope Francis by Roberto de Mattei In the Church's history there have been many "reformist" popes, but Pope Bergoglio seems to belong to a different category, which has been alien under the Roman popes to date, that of the "revolutionary". The reformers of the past aimed to restore the doctrine and the discipline to its purity and original integrity, which is why they can be referred to from...
  • The Rapture?

    05/21/2016 8:38:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 472 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 04-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Rapture? Q. Many of our Protestant brethren say that, before Jesus comes, there will be a rapture wherein all the faithful will be taken up, I guess, to meet Him in the sky. When I tell them that the Bible says we will “see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven” (Mt 24:30) and “he will send his angels ... and they will gather his elect from the four winds” (Mt 24:31), and then ask them who will be left to “gather” if everyone has previously been “raptured,” they say it will be the Jews. What...
  • Can the Church change its doctrines?

    05/20/2016 5:01:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | n/a | CA staff
    Can the Church change its doctrines? Full QuestionI was amazed to read recently where a Catholic priest theologian said that the Church is not infallible and that it has changed its doctrines. Apparently he felt Jesus' words in Matthew 18:18-19 ("Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted them by my heavenly Father") mean that the Church can change its doctrines as times...
  • 'Rotten fruit' endemic in this entire industry [Christian Publishing]

    05/20/2016 2:53:17 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/20/2016 | Jim Fletcher
    Although few talk about it publicly, I continue to be astonished by the rotten fruit in the Christian book publishing industry. I feel almost forced to say this at the outset: There are still good publishers. There are still good authors. There is still some good material being produced. Its just not mostly in the popular categories/circles (makers). Checking out Christian retailing online the other day was a real downer. Among the top-selling books/authors making their rounds through evangelical circles: "Jesus Calling," "The Power of I Am" (Joel Osteen), Thom Rainer, Rick Warren, Jen Hatmaker, Steven Furtick and "Half Truths"...
  • Nine Brief Examples of the Power of Metaphor

    05/20/2016 8:31:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Nine Brief Examples of the Power of Metaphor Msgr. Charles Pope • May 19, 2016 • Words, while an important part of our toolset, can also get in the way of reality. But how can we live without them? On some level we must allow a deep level of language to help us in sorting out reality; words are something that help us to form a mental picture. In particular, we sometimes turn to metaphors and extended metaphors (parables, allegories, stories, etc.).A metaphor is a figure of speech in which two different things are equated for rhetorical effect. It...
  • How Much Longer Will This Go On?

    05/19/2016 7:24:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 16, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    At this point in the pontificate of the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires, it is fair to ask whether Francis is able to deliver even one sermon or address on Sacred Scripture that does not twist it to suit his idiosyncratic, liberal Jesuit theology. The latest example is the Address of the Audience of May 11 wherein Francis, yet again, bends the parable of the prodigal son to his peculiar notion of Divine Mercy. The mercy of the father is overflowing, unconditional, and is shown even before the son speaks, says Francis of the father who sees his lost son...
  • The Gospel Part 5: Reconciling Faith And Works

    05/19/2016 5:25:46 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 48 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/19/16 | Gary
    Faith vs. works.  Christians have debated this topic for two thousand years and still do.  At the heart of the debate you have two (seemingly) opposing sides: Team Faith says works are not required for salvation.  Salvation is received by grace through faith alone (John 6:28-29, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 4:5, Romans 11:6, Galatians 2:21).  They believe that making works a requirement for salvation ignores the very message of the Gospel that Jesus died for our sins and rose again (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), which the Apostle Paul calls "of first importance."  This is Christianity 101.  If Jesus died for your...
  • Blessed are the Pure of Heart A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue

    05/19/2016 7:11:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed are the Pure of Heart – A Reflection on an Often Misunderstood Beatitude and Virtue Msgr. Charles Pope • May 18, 2016 • This post is a kind of follow-up to yesterday’s reflection from the Letter of James, in which we were summoned away from our double-minded ways.One of the beatitudes taught by Jesus is often misunderstood, largely due to the popular translations of it from the Greek text: “Blessed are the pure of heart,” or “Blessed are the clean of heart.” Let’s look at three facets of the beatitude: its fundamental meaning, its focus, and the freedom...
  • A Diagnosis of Sin and a Healing Remedy

    05/18/2016 8:43:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Diagnosis of Sin and a Healing Remedy Msgr. Charles Pope • May 17, 2016 • There is a reading in daily Mass this week (Tuesday of the 7th Week of the year) in which James masterfully sets forth a fundamental aspect of our struggle against sin. He speaks of our disordered passions and double-minded ways. He assesses our problems and then offers solutions. The text from the Letter of James (James 4:1-10) is presented below in bold italics, while my commentary is shown in normal font. I. Source – Where do the wars and where do the conflicts...
  • 10 Lies Christians Believe

    05/17/2016 11:34:00 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 150 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/17/16 | Gary
    These are some of the most common lies that many Christians have fallen victim to.  I hear many of these quite frequently and in years past have even fallen for some of them myself.  The enemy has used each of these lies to sow great discord, apathy, and fear in the Body of Christ.   It's time to dispel them all. 1. "I must do _____ to be saved or keep doing _____ to stay saved." This is what virtually every religion teaches, but not true Christianity.   Unsurprisingly, every "Christian" cult teaches this as well.  The very definition of...
  • Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture

    05/17/2016 8:15:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Images of the Holy Spirit from Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope • May 16, 2016 • One of the quirks of the post-conciliar liturgy is that the octave of Pentecost was dropped. Generally, the post-conciliar age has tried to emphasize the gifts and works of the Holy Spirit, so eliminating the octave of Pentecost is quite paradoxical. The Feast of Pentecost ranks right up there with Easter and the Nativity, both of which have an octave, yet the octave of Pentecost fell away. And thus on the Monday after Pentecost we are back to ordinary time and green vestments.However,...
  • Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the tough difficulties

    05/16/2016 5:14:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | May 16, 2016 | Michael Swan
    After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic. ARCIC III hasnt proved itself yet, Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday. This third stage of the dialogue has been meeting since 2011, but has yet to publish a major document. It is currently studying how the Church arrives at moral teaching. The official dialogue sponsored by the Vatican and...
  • A Short Consideration of the Sequence Hymn for Pentecost

    05/16/2016 7:28:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Short Consideration of the Sequence Hymn for Pentecost Msgr. Charles Pope • May 15, 2016 • There are several feasts of the Church during which a “sequence” hymn may be sung. The sequence hymn is sung just before the Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation). The feasts with sequence hymns are these: Easter – Victimae Paschali Laudes (To the Paschal Victim give praise)Pentecost – Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit)Corpus Christi – Lauda Sion (Praise O Sion)Our Lady of Sorrows – Stabat Mater (Stood the Mother, sad and weeping)All Souls – Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) Too many parishes simply omit...
  • The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth A Homily for Pentecost

    05/15/2016 7:54:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-14-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Spirit of the Lord Filled the Earth – A Homily for Pentecost Msgr. Charles Pope • May 14, 2016 • What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to Apostles, and still says to us, I have come to cast a fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire, a transformative, refining, purifying fire that the Lord wants to kindle in us and in this world. It is...
  • Cardinal Lehmann on Popes, Cardinal Mller, and Amoris Laetitia [Catholic Caucus]

    05/14/2016 11:43:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 13, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the former head of the German Bishops Conference and a famous neo-Modernist Dissenter turns 80 years old this month, and has thus submitted his final resignation from his office as the bishop of Mainz. In the course of this transition into retirement, Cardinal Lehmann has given several candid, and sometimes casual, interviews that are acutely relevant to the Catholic world for several reasons. Before we go into these reasons, however, let us briefly review some of the things for which Lehmann stands: He stands for the Sankt Gallen Group he was one of the members of...
  • Equality of the Trinity

    05/14/2016 8:48:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 103 replies
    OSV.com ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Equality of the Trinity While Jesus states God is ‘greater,’ it is only in the sense that the Father is the principal source of being Msgr. Charles Pope 5/11/2016 Question: We read in a recent Sunday Gospel (May 1), that Jesus says the Father is greater than him (Jn 14:28). Since we are all taught that each divine person of the Blessed Trinity fully possesses the nature of God, equally to be adored and glorified, what did Jesus mean by such statement?— Dick Smith, Carrollton, Texas Answer: Theologically, Jesus means that the Father is the eternal source in the Trinity.All...
  • A Meditation on Being Overwhelmed

    05/13/2016 6:52:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on Being Overwhelmed Msgr. Charles Pope • May 12, 2016 • The first video at the bottom of this post presents a portrait of a man who is simply overwhelmed. He can’t seem to live up to expectations, neither those that are self-imposed nor those that are imposed by others.One of the paradoxes of our time (at least in the West) is that we have so many creature comforts yet in many ways have never been so uncomfortable. Our high standard of living is accompanied by stress, worry, and a gnawing dissatisfaction. It seems that the more...
  • Yes, No, I Dont Know, You Figure It Out. The Fluid Magisterium of Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    05/13/2016 6:21:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 45 replies
    Chisea ^ | May 13, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    He never says all that he has in mind, he just leaves it to guesswork. He allows everything to be brought up again for discussion. Thus everything becomes a matter of opinion, in a Church where everyone does what he wants by Sandro Magister ROME, May 13, 2016 How the magisterium of Pope Francis works was explained a few days ago by one of his pupils, Archbishop Bruno Forte. He recounted that during the synod on the family, for which he was special secretary, the pope said to him: If we talk explicitly about communion for the divorced and...
  • Francis effect growing among seminarians, says Theological College rector [Cathoic Caucus]

    05/12/2016 1:49:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    NCR Online ^ | May 12, 2016 | Peter Feuerhard
    The Pope Francis effect? Some express hope, others dread, still more argue that day-to-day church life is business-as- usual, with little change. But Sulpician Fr. Phillip J. Brown, rector of the Theological College, the national diocesan seminary of the Catholic University of America in Washington, said the Francis effect is alive and well, and growing, at least among seminarians. It's been a sudden development. Last fall, asked by reporters about the impact of Francis on the seminary, which educates and forms 84 men sponsored by dioceses across the U.S., the rector said it was too early to gauge. That's not...
  • Mind your Mind! A Reflection on the Battleground of the Mind

    05/12/2016 7:19:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mind your Mind! A Reflection on the Battleground of the Mind Msgr. Charles Pope • May 11, 2016 • In the Gospel for Mass yesterday (Wednesday after Ascension), the Lord said that the world would hate and persecute the disciples and He thus prayed that we would be consecrated in the truth. In the first reading, St. Paul warned the presbyters that after his departure “savage wolves” would seek to mislead the faithful. We hardly ever talk like this today, but there is a great battle for our hearts and minds. How seriously do we consider this battle?There is...
  • Pope Francis: Lets study idea of ordaining women as deacons [Catholic Caucus]

    05/12/2016 5:42:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 76 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 5/12/2016 | Rosie Scammell
    VATICAN CITY - In an opening with historic import, Pope Francis has said he wants to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons, a step that could for the first time open the ranks of the Catholic Churchs all-male clergy to women. The order of deacons was reinsitituted in the Catholic Church following the reforms of the 1960s, and while deacons cannot celebrate Mass like a priest, a deacon can preach at Mass, celebrate funerals, and perform baptisms. But in restoring the diaconate, the church also restricted ordination as a deacon to mature married men over 35. Many protested...
  • Occams Razor and the Resurrection

    05/11/2016 9:50:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Out of Egypt ^ | 05-11-2016 | Fr. James Guirguis
    The Reading from the First Epistle of St. John 1:1-7We speak of Jesus of Nazareth, of His life and miracles and the miraculous claims that followed His life very often. We think and meditate and ponder them to such a degree that at times it becomes difficult to regain the wonder and awe and amazement of some of the key events in the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We have just celebrated Pascha or Easter as it is otherwise known and the celebration that we partake of for 40 days is the celebration of Life over death, of Good...
  • Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God

    05/11/2016 8:35:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God Msgr. Charles Pope • May 10, 2016 • I recently prepared a talk to present to a group of lawyers on the relationship between justice and mercy. The following is a summary of the basic points: I. Distinctions – From our perspective as humans, we tend to distinguish sharply between justice and mercy.For us, justice is the rendering to each person what is due to him or her. There is a kind of “You did it, you get it” mentality (whether praise or rebuke, reward or punishment). For us, justice is about...
  • Sin Can Be Attractive Bait, but Theres Always a Hook

    05/10/2016 7:38:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sin Can Be Attractive Bait, but There’s Always a Hook Msgr. Charles Pope • May 9, 2016 • Satan, it would seem, does not act in an arbitrary manner when trying to tempt us. Rather, he is more a master hunter carefully setting traps, or a skilled fisherman studying behavior in order to choose the most effective bait. Satan is calculating and clever.Sadly, most of us are far less calculating and clever in seeking to avoid temptation and sin. We often engage in the wishful thinking that no trouble will befall us. Our strategy seems to depend more on...
  • Fr. Charles Curran Addresses Pope Francis, Church Reform, and Moral Theology

    05/09/2016 3:20:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Bondings 2.0 ^ | May 9, | Francis DeBernardo
    In subtle but profound ways, Pope Francis is making great changes in church government, moral theology, and Catholic life. Thats the opinion of Rev. Charles E. Curran, who shared his views on these topics in an April lecture entitled Pope Francis, Reform, and Moral Theology, hosted by New Ways Ministry. The occasion for Currans talk was the first Fr. Robert Nugent Memorial Lecture, honoring New Ways Ministrys co-founder who passed away in 2014. Curran described his friend, Fr. Nugent, as a marvelous combination of pastoral, spiritual, and intellectual qualities. More than 150 attendees gathered at the Bon Secours Retreat and...
  • Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher, Than Ive Ever Been Lifted Before!

    05/09/2016 7:22:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher, Than I’ve Ever Been Lifted Before! Msgr. Charles Pope • May 8, 2016 • I would like to develop something more concerning the Feast of the Ascension, which was celebrated on Thursday (or Sunday in some dioceses).I wonder if many of us have pondered the great glory of this feast for humanity. For indeed, as Jesus enters into the highest heavens and into the Holy of Holies, unto the very throne of God, He goes there just as God (which He had always done) but also as man. Mystically, we, as members of...
  • Francis, Pope. More Infallible Than He There Is None

    05/08/2016 7:31:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Chiesa Espresso ^ | May 9, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    He displays a willingness to reconsider the dogma of infallibility. But in reality he is vesting full power in himself much more than his immediate predecessors did. And he is acting as an absolute monarch by Sandro Magister ROME, May 9, 2016 There was an uproar in recent days over the announcement by the theologian Hans Kng that Pope Francis has given an effective green light to an unrestricted discussion of the dogma of infallibility: > Fr. Hans Kng says Francis responded to request for free discussion on infallibility dogma But curiously, to the contrary of what one might...
  • What Does the Ascension Accomplish for Us? A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension

    05/08/2016 6:00:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-07-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does the Ascension Accomplish for Us? A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension Msgr. Charles Pope • May 7, 2016 • This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago. For although Christ our head has ascended, we the members of His body are ascending with Him. Because He ascended, we too have ascended. In my own life as a Christian, I am brought higher every year by the Lord, who is drawing me up with Him. This is not some mere slogan; it is something I am actually experiencing. An...
  • Forte: Pope Did Not Want to Speak Plainly Of Communion for Remarried [Catholic Caucus]

    05/07/2016 9:00:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 7, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    At a meeting to discuss the apostolic exhoration Amoris Laetitia, Archbishop Bruno Forte revealed new insights into the mind of Pope Francis on one of the most controversial issues facing the Church: communion for the divorced and remarried. Forte was the man personally chosen by Pope Francis as the Special Secretary for the synods on marriage and family, and he is widely believed responsible for the insertion of the explosive language pertaining to homosexuals in the 2014 Synods mid-term relatio. During his presentation, the details of which were published on 3 May on the Italian news website, Zonalocale.it, Forte recalled...
  • Remembering moms, dreams of motherhood lost

    05/07/2016 8:20:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Remembering moms, dreams of motherhood lost Katie Scott | Catholic Herald Katie Scott | Catholic Herald Mary McCarthy Hines created a small shrine for her stillborn daughter, Virginia. Along with an ultrasound photo, angels and a porcelain shoe, a relic of St. Gerard once belonging to the Jesuit priest who baptized Hines remember the life of Gigi. Mother's Day can be painful for those who have lost their unborn babies or their own moms. My son was born late last May, and this will be my first Mothers Day with him outside the womb. Since my husband and I...
  • Doubting Thomas

    05/07/2016 8:49:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Doubting Thomas Story of the apostle is not a validation for unbelief but a call to have faith in the risen Lord, his Church Msgr. Charles Pope 5/4/2016 Question: My father constantly holds up the example of St. Thomas the Apostle, who doubted that Jesus had risen even when the others said so. He says this is why it is OK that he should question everything — that doubt isn’t wrong even regarding the teachings of the Church.— Tom O’Neil, via email Answer: Yet the fact is, the Lord rebukes Thomas; he does not praise him for his stubbornness or...
  • THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH

    05/06/2016 10:11:06 PM PDT · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 2 replies
    Introduction : It is great to know that Catholicism is increasing by leaps and bounds in Arunachal Pradesh, a Frontier State in North - East India. Catholics in Arunachal Pradesh now number 200,000 out of a population of 1 Million. They are all Tribals of various Tribes that live in Arunachal Pradesh. This I believe is primarily because of the pioneering missionary efforts of a Benedictine Brother from the State of Maharashtra popularly known as "PREMBHAI" or Loving Brother. He passed away in 2008. His real name was Brother Henry Gaikwad. A Little about him now : Br. Henry Gaikwad...
  • De Mattei - The current crisis in the context of Church history

    05/06/2016 8:48:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 6, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    In the Gospel, Jesus uses many metaphors to indicate the Church He founded. One of the most fitting is the image of the boat threatened by a tempest (Matt. 8, 23-27; Mark, 4, 35-41; Luke 8, 22-25). This image has often been used by the Fathers of the Church and the Saints when depicting the Church as a barque at sea, shaken and tossed by the waves and, which lives, we could say, amid tempests, without ever being submerged by the waves. Well-known in the Gospel, is the scene of the tempest on Lake Tiberias, calmed by Our Lord: Tunc...
  • Some Thoughts on Privacy - God Is Watching (And so Are Many Others)

    05/06/2016 7:29:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Thoughts on Privacy - God Is Watching (And so Are Many Others) Msgr. Charles Pope • May 5, 2016 • 0 Comments At the bottom of this post is a 2010 CBS news story reporting hat anything you’ve copied on a digital copier going back years is stored on a hard drive inside the copier. These drives are evidently so large that they can store more than 20,000 documents and hundreds of thousands of pages.Hence if you have ever photocopied personal materials (e.g., social security numbers, checking info, personal data) it is likely on that hard drive. The...
  • Fr. Frank Pavone Releases New Book on Preaching on Abortion

    05/05/2016 1:10:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    tennesseewatchman.com ^ | May 2, 2016 | Leslie Palma
    NEW YORK To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Priests for Life and to highlight its core mission of empowering clergy to be passionate advocates for the unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, has released today his newest book, Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary (Servant Books, 2016) The book guides clergy and laity through the pro-life themes found in the readings of every Sunday of all three liturgical years. Proclaiming the Message of Life provides an overview of the Scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical bases for preaching the pro-life message, presents homily...
  • Unforgivable? Phil Johnson on Salvation and the Mark of the Beast [Deception in the Church]

    05/05/2016 2:31:51 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 97 replies
    Grace to You ^ | 10/30/2013 | Phil Johnson
    Several years ago in a live Q&A session, someone asked John MacArthur if taking the mark of the Beast during the Great Tribulation would be an unpardonable sin. His answer, in short, was no. Though there is a stern warning against taking the mark of the Beast in Revelation 14, the sin is not categorically said to be unpardonable. (That would contradict Matthew 12:31.) The point of the severe language in Revelation 14 is to make clear what an utterly reprehensible sin it will be to swear an oath of willful loyalty to Antichrist. Someone posted John MacArthurs reply to...
  • Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia cannot be interpreted in a traditional sense [Catholic Caucus]

    05/05/2016 12:08:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | May 4, 2016 | Father Claude Barthe
    "I honestly do not see how one could interpret Chapter 8 of the Exhortation in the sense of traditional doctrine. It would do violence to the text and wouldnt respect the intention of the compilers." Father Barthe Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia cannot be interpreted in a traditional sense Interview of Roberto de Mattei with Fr. Claude Barthe Father Claude Barthe, theologian, author of works such as La messe, une fort de symboles, Les romanciers et le catholicisme, and Penser lcumnisme autrement was one of the first in France, on April 8, to express on the blog LHomme nouveau. We...
  • Deceptus laetitia Part III; The Abuse of Saint Thomas [Catholic Caucus]

    05/05/2016 9:15:07 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 3, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The reason Amoris laetita (AL)is rightly called a catastrophe is summarized in the already infamous paragraph 301, in which Francis announces nothing less than an excuse from culpability for those living in relationships divorce and remarriage and cohabitation which the Church has constantly reprobated as living in sin. According to Francis, however: The Church possesses a solid body of reflection concerning mitigating factors and situations. Hence it can no longer simply be said that all those in any irregular situation are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace. More is involved here...
  • Deceptus laetitia Part II [Catholic Caucus]

    05/05/2016 9:10:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | April 27, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In my first column in this series on how Amoris laetitia (AL) engages in deceptive arguments and use of sources, I noted ALs systematic and indeed fraudulent suggestion that in Familiaris consortio John Paul II endorsed a form of pastoral discernment that would allow public adulterers living in so-called second marriages to receive absolution and Holy Communion in certain cases, along with other habitual public sinners of the sexual variety, without any firm purpose of amendment. I also showed how AL literally hides from the reader, throughout 256 pages, John Paul IIs insistence in paragraph 84 of Familiaris, in line...
  • Deceptus laetitia Part I [Catholic Caucus]

    05/05/2016 9:03:14 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | April 26, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    A vast amount of critical commentary has already been written about Amoris laetitia (AL), a document the Rorate Caeli blog site rightly summarizes in a single word: catastrophe. The focus of this series is suggested by the comment of Carl E. Olson at Catholic World Report (Father Fessios publication): Francis apparently plays a bit fast and loose with some of his arguments and sources. Thats putting it mildly, although it is remarkable that even a mainstream commentator on a mainstream Catholic website feels compelled to note the lack of honesty in the document. But it must be said in all...
  • Is It Ever Right to Bend the Law?"

    05/05/2016 7:06:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is It Ever Right to Bend the Law? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 4, 2016 • Our relationship with God’s law is complex and we don’t often get it right. When it comes to God’s law we cannot forget that it is personal. That is, it is given to us by a loving God who wants to save us. Therefore, it is important to know both the law and the lawgiver, who is God.In the Deuteronomic code, each law is often followed by the phrase “I am the Lord.” It is as if the Lord is saying, “This is...
  • Cardinal Mller: Communion Remains Off-Limits for Remarried [Catholic Caucus]

    05/04/2016 2:18:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 4, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    News is now spreading about Cardinal Gerhard Mllers varied remarks on marriage, as well as on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia itself, during his trip to Spain at the beginning of May. As the Spanish website Infocatolica.com now reports, Cardinal Mller spoke at a presentation of his new book on hope at the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid, Spain, where he affirmed and confirmed the traditional view of marriage and the impossibility of changing that clear doctrine. It is not possible to live in Gods grace while living in a sinful situation, he said, and continued by saying that...
  • 4 Reasons Why Every Christian Should be Pro-Life on Abortion

    05/04/2016 12:20:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | May 3 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Lately, a number of abortion activists have been claiming that their faith is the reason they support abortion. Abortionist Willie Parker calls his deadly practice a ministry, saying Christianity inspires him to help pregnant women who are struggling. Abortionist-in-training Carolyn Payne says Christianity led her to believe that doing abortions is one of the most meaningful ways I feel I can contribute to making the world a more fair and equal place for women. Equality and compassion toward the suffering are key aspects of Christianity, but abortion supporters who call themselves Christians limit these values, refusing to extend them to...
  • Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi

    05/04/2016 7:51:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi Msgr. Charles Pope • May 3, 2016 • One of my favorite composers is Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). While I love his secular pieces (such as The Four Seasons), I am especially fond of his Church music. It is so light, bright, and tuneful! Vivaldi loved to go up and down the musical scale, varying the theme a half step at a time.Ah, Vivaldi, he’s right up there with Handel, Bach, and Mozart! I consider him to be an especially Catholic treasure given his large body of sacred Latin liturgical music.Here are...
  • Pope Francis targeted with sickening abuse by Twitter trolls after posting about Jesus

    05/03/2016 3:10:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | 3 May 2016 | Anthony Bond
    WARNING - UPSETTING CONTENT: The Pope was subjected to violent sexual imagery after writing of Jesus' "love for us" on Twitter Reuters Pope Francis arrives at the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican Pope Francis has been subjected to abusive tweets after writing about Jesus' love on Twitter The Pope has been targeted by Twitter trolls with sickening abuse after he posted a message about Jesus on the social networking site. Pope Francis was subjected to the vile abuse just seconds after writing on his Twitter page. He wrote: "Jesus Christ, the incarnation of Gods mercy, out...