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  • Bizarre move:Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople writes article...endorsing Amoris Laetitia.

    12/03/2016 8:53:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 3, 2016 | Augustinus
    Full title: "Bizarre move: Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople writes article for L'Osservatore Romano endorsing Amoris Laetitia. Revisiting the contrasting positions of Moscow and Constantinople at the Synod of 2015" In what is surely one of the most bizarre twists in the debate on Amoris Laetitia, Pariarch Bartholomew, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, has penned an article unabashedly endorsing that exhortation. While it is no secret that the Kasperite and liberal wing have partly taken inspiration from Eastern Orthodox praxis, that L'Osservatore Romano would go to the extent of publishing an article from Bartholomew in support of AL will only exacerbate...
  • Cardinals Opposing Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops, Popes against Popes

    12/03/2016 7:13:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | December 2, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres… churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.” Thus warned Our Lady of Akita in 1973, no doubt echoing Her warning in the integral Third Secret of Fatima, Her own explanation of which has been suppressed in favor of...
  • The Advent Gift of John the Baptist

    12/03/2016 5:59:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016c | Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
    The Advent Gift of John the BaptistJacques-Bénigne Bossuet “Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her” (Luke 1:57-58).True gatherings of the friends and families of Chris­tians should have for their object to celebrate the mercy that God has shown to us. Without this object, the con­gratulations we receive have nothing solid or sincere about them and are vain things.God weaves the fabric of his designs in a wonderful order. He intended the...
  • Catholic leaders: climate change on same level as abortion and death penalty

    12/03/2016 4:51:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    San Diego Tribune ^ | December 3, 2016 | Joshua Emerson Smith
    Opposition to abortion and the death penalty have long been cardinal beliefs for the Roman Catholic church, whose faithful make up about a quarter of all Americans. What if fighting climate change becomes an equally passionate issue in parishes nationwide? The foremost group of Catholic leaders in the U.S. is ramping up a campaign to do just that, urging priests and congregations from San Diego to Atlanta to think about global warming as a sanctity-of-life issue. Some Catholic experts have even likened the growing campaign to deal with human-caused climate change to the revered pro-life movement — calling on the...
  • The Dangerous Road of Papal Silence

    12/03/2016 4:45:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 3, 2016 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    The letter of the four Cardinals to Pope Francis, and the decision to go public with this document certainly constitute a stunning affair in the history of the Church. When has anything like this ever taken place? There’s the sad history of Ignaz Von Dollinger, which eventually led to his excommunication, but Dollinger was simply a priest-historian, and no Cardinals ever joined his challenge to Vatican I’s solemn teaching on papal infallibility. This present event is a dramatic challenge to Pope Francis who, ironically, has several times called for a shaking up of the Church. The Cardinals are all well...
  • Race in the Bible

    12/03/2016 9:38:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Race in the Bible Question: A friend of mine, referencing some sort of black studies program she attended, says that the opening line of the Song of Songs is racist. It says, “I am black and beautiful, Daughters of Jerusalem” (Song 1:5). She tends to be radical, but I must admit I couldn’t really give her an answer. Can you help?— Name and place withheld Answer: The reference is more likely to economic class than to race. She is a Jewish woman, from the region of Shulem, speaking to other unspecified Jewish women about how she found love. She speaks...
  • Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and Prayer

    12/02/2016 5:05:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016 | Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and PrayerFr. Ed Broom, OMV Advent is a season of very special graces! It is time of waiting, hope and joy. Waiting—for the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Hope—because Jesus came to save us; finally Joy—because Jesus’ birth, life and Resurrection is a promise of eternal life for those who obey His commandments and love Him.Silent Night On Christmas Eve it is most appropriate to sing the hymn Silent Night. In the profound depths of that most special night Jesus was born in silence. How important silence is for those...
  • Four Advent Attitudes

    12/02/2016 4:56:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-28-16 | Fr. Edward Looney
    Four Advent AttitudesFr. Edward Looney It’s hard to believe Advent has already arrived. If I’m not mistaken, this is the longest observance of Advent we celebrate because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. It seems Advent is one of the seasons that happens, and usually goes quicker than we would like! We are always in a hustle and a bustle preparing for Christmas that we do not slow down enough to take in the purpose of these Advent days of waiting. As we wait for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day, here are four Advent attitudes we can...
  • Why do church leaders suck up to Marxist regimes?

    12/02/2016 9:20:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | Damian Thompson
    When Fidel Castro died, Pope Francis ‘grieved’. That’s right: he grieved for the man who – in addition to murdering and torturing his opponents – spent half a century persecuting the Catholic Church in Cuba. But perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised: when Francis visited the island last year, he was gushingly appreciative of the regime’s hospitality and pointedly ignored dissidents. Even the liberal Washington Post accused him of ‘appeasing the Castros in repressive Cuba’. It all reminds me of the way, in my youth, churchmen soft-pedalled their criticism of Communist regimes because, whatever their ‘flaws’, they were supposedly on the...
  • The History of Advent

    12/01/2016 8:32:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-28-16 | Fr. William Saunders
    The History of AdventFr. William Saunders The liturgical season of Advent marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful before Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30). It spans four Sundays and four weeks of preparation, although the last week of Advent is usually truncated because of when Christmas falls.The celebration of Advent has evolved in the spiritual life of the Church. The historical origins of Advent are hard to determine with great precision. In its earliest form, beginning in France, Advent was a period of preparation for the...
  • Preparing Our Hearts and Minds for Advent

    12/01/2016 8:21:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 25, 2016` | Constance T. Hull
    Preparing Our Hearts and Minds for AdventConstance T. Hull This Sunday the Church begins her new liturgical year with the season of Advent. In the hustle and bustle of the secular Christmas season, it is an often-overlooked season. It is a time when the Church calls us as our Mother to enter into the silence and hope of waiting. Many of us live in cultures of instant gratification, so Advent is rich in spiritual truths. Christmas trees, elves, lights, and holiday decorations seem to show up in stores earlier and earlier. The day after Halloween gave way to Christmas. Here...
  • Advent: The Real Meaning of Christmas Lights

    12/01/2016 8:02:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 25, 2016` | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    Advent: The Real Meaning of Christmas LightsMarcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. As fall moves onward towards winter we have places to go, things to do, people to meet. Yet as we go about our business, we notice the days are getting shorter. Sweaters come out of storage, we close the windows, and turn on the heat.Advent is a season where we stop and remember that the light of this world is waning in more ways than one. That the world as we know it is passing away.The world “secular” comes from the Latin word for this present world with its priorities–getting a...
  • Bishops say Guadalupe feast to be day of prayer for refugees, migrants

    12/01/2016 7:06:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic News Heral ^ | December 1, 2016
    A day of prayer with a focus on the plight of refugees and migrants will take place across the United States Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. "As Christmas approaches and especially on this feast of Our Lady, we are reminded of how our savior Jesus Christ was not born in the comfort of his own home, but rather in an unfamiliar manger," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. "To all those families separated and far from home in uncertain times, we join with...
  • Between This Rock and a Hard Place: Cardinal Müller’s Dilemma

    12/01/2016 5:19:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 1, 2016 | Maike HIckson
    “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mt. 16:18) “But when Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.” (Galatians 2:11) As OnePeterFive has been reporting over the past week, several bishops and theologians have come to the defense of the Four Cardinals who have written to Pope Francis, asking him to clarify several important ambiguities and potentially heretical statements in his post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. We have now learned,...
  • Admitting his hands are tied over dubia Card. Müller says CDF could settle the dispute

    12/01/2016 4:13:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    EWTN ^ | December 1, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal Müller has made his first comments about the four cardinals' dubia and the controversy following Pope Francis's decision not to respond. The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has told Kathpress that the dicastery charged with upholding the Faith of the Church would not be involved in the discussions because it acts and speaks "with the authority of the pope" and "cannot participate in the controversy of opinions." Cardinal Müller further explained that though the dubia were personally addressed to the Holy Father, Pope Francis could commission the CDF to "settle the dispute ad hoc"....
  • Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen ... to this Advent Message: “You Need a Savior!”

    12/01/2016 8:14:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen Carefully to this Advent Message: “You Need a Savior!” Msgr. Charles Pope • November 30, 2016 • One of the goals of Advent (in many ways a penitential season) is to meditate on our need for a savior. In daily Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read lengthy passages from Isaiah and the other prophets, who speak boldly and bluntly about the people’s sin. Some of the passages are even a bit humorous. Here are a few: Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD...
  • The “Concern”

    11/30/2016 6:23:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Crisis ^ | November 30, 2016 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    A relative recently wrote an e-mail to me in which he made the following off-handed comment: “What do you think of the pope’s recent course change on abortion?” Now, unless I missed something, on this subject the pope has not changed anything. He has, no doubt, indicated that he wanted to downplay its relative importance compared to other issues. He avoids right-to-life marches in Italy. Many of his ecological friends want to control world population. But the questioner was perceptive, nonetheless. Most people do think that the pope has or soon will change Catholic doctrine on abortion and many other...
  • "Silence" = the antithesis of "A Man for All Seasons"

    11/30/2016 5:14:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/30/26 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    In 1966 the movie "A Man for All Seasons" was released in the U.S., the same year Japanese author Shūsaku Endō wrote the historical fiction novel "Silence". Last night, the Vatican hosted the world premiere of the movie version of "Silence," which will be released next month. Shown at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, administered by the Jesuits, approximately 400 priests and others attended. Rorate's invitation to the screening may have been lost in the mail, so we have not seen the movie. But based on the novel, the endings for the two 1966 works could not be more opposite. One...
  • Belgium bishop co-authors book in support of pre-marital sex, same-sex relations

    11/30/2016 2:25:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 25, 2016 | Eduardo Echeverria
    May I? Sorry, Thank you, Open Dialogue about relationships, marriage and family (2016) is simplistic, misleading, and in direct opposition to Church teaching in numerous ways. Christ is the Light of the world The opening sentences of Vatican II’s Lumen gentium state that Christ is the light of all nations, not the Church, but that this light shines on the Church’s face, especially in its proclamation of the Gospel. The human reception of that light—and hence of the Gospel—is, however, open to resistance and hence to distortion, misinterpretation, and rejection (see John Paul II, Dominum et Vivificantum, §§55-56, 47). Thus,...
  • The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces

    11/30/2016 11:53:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces Msgr. Charles Pope • November 29, 2016 • The coming of Christ at Christmas was as an infant and thus we don’t usually think of wedding imagery. Yet since the first coming of Christ has certainly already been fulfilled, we now focus more on His second coming, of which the first coming is a sacramental reminder.Thus, in Advent, our longing and excitement are also directed to His glorious second coming. Mother Church, the New Jerusalem, our Mother, looks for her groom Jesus to come again all...
  • Fidel Castro’s War on Religion

    11/29/2016 2:25:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 28, 2016 | Paul Kengor
    COMMENTARY: Among the worst of Castro’s crimes and legacies, consider what he did to religious faith in this once-great Catholic nation.
  • Conditionalism Vs Eternal Torment Vs Universal Reconciliation

    11/29/2016 11:45:22 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 53 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 11/29/16 | Gary
    I hold to a doctrine that many would probably consider to be unorthodox, some would even dare call it heresy (though notable ministries such as GotQuestions say it is a valid scriptural interpretation, though they reject it).  It's called Conditionalism, sometimes Annihilationism, and in a nutshell it is the belief that the unsaved (those who die apart from Christ) do not possess immortality and after a period of punishment proportional to their sins will be utterly destroyed - body and soul.  A chief proof-text is Matthew 10:28: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot...
  • San Diego bishop to priests: Embrace ‘LGBT families’, give Communion to ‘remarried’

    11/29/2016 9:50:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 53 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 28, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy is calling on his city's priests to embrace "LGBT families," and to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion in certain cases. Following a much-hyped diocesan synod on the family last month, Bishop McElroy encouraged priests to publish a diocesan notice in their bulletins saying the Church will "assist those who are divorced and remarried and cannot receive an annulment to utilize the internal forum of conscience in order to discern if God is calling them to return to the Eucharist." "The Synod proposed a spirituality of family life which is deeply inclusive," and...
  • A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful!

    11/29/2016 7:50:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful! Msgr. Charles Pope • November 28, 2016 • The old Roman Ritual (published in 1946) is a magnificent collection of blessings and prayers. It has some of the most amazing little blessings of things it would never occur to you to find in such a collection. Along with the blessings of expected objects (e.g., statues, religious medals) are blessings, often elaborately laid out, for things such as seismographs, typewriters, printing presses, fishing boats, fire engines, stables, medicine, wells, bridges, archives, lime kilns, automobiles, mountain-climbing equipment,...
  • Amoris Laetitia: New Jesuit General Defends Pope on "Dubia" of the Four Cardinals

    11/29/2016 7:35:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | November 29, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    While Pope Francis continues his silence, the Jesuit General has commented on the Dubia (doubts), the controversial post-synodal Letter Amoris laetitia of four cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra and Meisner. On 14 October, Arturo Sosa Abascal was selected 31 Superior General of the Jesuits. The Venezuelan Jesuit has now entered into the public for the first time and does so with a defense of Pope Francis, who also belongs to the Jesuit Order. So far, the new "Black General", as the Father General of the Jesuits is also called, has only been known for statements from the distant past. This includes...
  • Dean of Rota warns Pope could strip Card. Burke & others of cardinalate

    11/29/2016 7:05:31 AM PST · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    EWTN ^ | November 29, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto, Dean of the Roman Rota, told a conference in Spain that Cardinal Burke and the three cardinals who submitted the dubia to Pope Francis "could lose their Cardinalate" for causing "grave scandal" by making the dubia public. The Dean of the Roman Rota went on to accuse Cardinals Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller and Joachim Meisner of questioning the Holy Spirit. Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto made his astounding accusations during a conference to religious in Spain. Archbishop Pio Vito's indictment against the four cardinals, and other people who question Pope Francis and Amoris Laetitia, was...
  • "Mind-boggling Stuff of Nightmare": Fr. Brian Harrison on Pope's Proselytism Comments

    11/28/2016 8:33:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 114 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 28,, 2016 | Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S
    "Proselytism among Christians, therefore, in itself, is a grave sin,” said Pope Francis. The journalist then asked, “Why?” “Because it contradicts the very dynamic of how to become and to remain Christian,” he said. “The Church is not a soccer team that goes around seeking fans.” It would be hard to conceive of a more superficial, more puerile, remark on relations with other Christian denominations. How much lower can the papacy sink - in terms of both cheap jibes that demean and dishonor the supreme office of Christ's Vicar on earth (lambasting an opposing position with a crude straw-man caricature...
  • Are seminaries soon to be targeted for "reform" by Francis?

    11/28/2016 5:35:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 28, 2016 | Augustinus
    Full title: "For the record - In latest interview, Pope attacks "rigidity" in seminaries and in priestly formation. Are seminaries soon to be targeted for "reform" by Francis?" It is extremely difficult to keep up with the unending barrage of words from Pope Francis. One interview after another, press conferences, speeches, letters, phone calls, off-the-cuff remarks, daily homilies... the endless flow of words results in people knowing not so much what the Pope has exactly said on this or that topic, but rather the general run of this Pope's thinking and the main themes of his stated policies. Rather than...
  • Cardinal Hummes: On the Dubia, “The Whole College of Cardinals is With” the Pope

    11/28/2016 3:32:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 28, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    It is once more thanks to the untiring Guiseppe Nardi, author of the German traditional website Katholisches.info, that we learn of the confidant statement recently made by the Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes – who is a close friend of Pope Francis – concerning the Dubia of the Four Cardinals. Cardinal Hummes is also the prominent promoter of the slackening of the priestly celibacy. However, he also has been under critique for questioning whether Jesus Christ really was opposed to homosexuality. On 25 November, 2016, Hummes gave an interview to the Spanish news website Religion Digital. In this interview, the former...
  • The Refiner’s Fire: The Biblical Vision of Purgatory

    11/28/2016 3:03:26 PM PST · by NYer · 45 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 28, 2016 | STEPHEN BEALE
    Contrary to what skeptics may say, Scripture directly describes purgatory for us.Perhaps the most famous text is 1 Corinthians 3:10-15,According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, the work of each will come to light, for the Day will disclose...
  • Bishops facing Amoris Laetitia: Thinking along with Ross Douthat and John L. Allen, Jr.

    11/28/2016 2:46:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Get Religion ^ | November 27, 2016 | Terry Mattingly
    What Ross Douthat said. While most American journalists, and many scribes overseas, continue their meltdown about the election of Citizen Donald Trump, there is another amazing puzzle out there in world affairs that simply must be contemplated. It centers on Pope Francis, of course. However, this is not your normal Pope Francis conundrum, one in which the pope picks a controversial issue and says something off the cuff that is complex and possibly confusing, the The New York Times and its disciples pick one sound bite out of the mix ("Who am I to judge?") and proclaim it as evidence...
  • Pondering the Approaching Feast of the Word Made Flesh

    11/28/2016 8:48:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering the Approaching Feast of the Word Made Flesh Msgr. Charles Pope • November 27, 2016 • As Catholics, we open Advent with the New Testament. We read its earliest pages, and the light shows brighter than ever as one covenant passes on and the New Covenant begins. The Groom has found his Bride.Catholics reverence the whole of the Scriptures and refuse Marcionism, a heresy that (among other things) rejected the Old Testament. However, not all of Scripture has equal authority in its application. We read the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament. Many of the...
  • Mirus: Pay no attention to that Pope behind the curtain

    11/27/2016 5:02:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Remant Newspaper ^ | November 25, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As four cardinals publicly challenge Pope Francis to answer five dubia that reduce to the single question “Do you mean to preach heresy and subvert the entire moral order?”, Dr. Jeff Mirus has enunciated the latest “mainstream” position respecting a wayward Pope who can no longer be defended seriously by any believing Catholic: ignore him. Mirus begins well enough by summarizing the grounds for legitimate, indeed morally obligatory, opposition to a Pope who seems intent on fulfilling his “dream” of “transforming everything” in the Church to suit an idiosyncratic “vision” that Antonio Socci has rightly dubbed “Bergoglianism.” Writes Mirus: We...
  • Pope Francis' "sorrow" at Fidel Castro's passing, and a look back at his 2015 visit to Cuba

    11/27/2016 1:51:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 27, 2016 | Augustinus
    On receiving the sad news of the death of your dear brother, His Excellency Mister Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former president of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my sentiments of sorrow to Your Excellency and other family members of the deceased dignitary, as well as to the people of this beloved nation. At the same time, I offer prayers to the Lord for his rest and I entrust the whole Cuban people to the maternal intercession of our Lady of the Charity of El Cobre, patroness of that country. Francisco, PP....
  • A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

    11/27/2016 4:41:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • November 26, 2016 • The first weeks of Advent focus more on the Lord’s second coming in glory than on His first coming at Bethlehem. The Gospel clearly states that we must always be prepared, for at an hour we do not expect, the Son of Man will come. “Ready” is the key word. But how should we be ready?The second reading from today’s Mass (Romans 13:11-14) gives us a basic recipe for readiness. We can distinguish five fundamental instructions in Paul’s...
  • Is Discretion Just Another Form of Deception?

    11/26/2016 9:57:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is Discretion Just Another Form of Deception? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 25, 2016 • The movie trailer below is for the upcoming move Jackie, about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy. The trailer sets before us the question of what should be exposed and what should remain private in the lives of public figures.We came to learn, well after John F. Kennedy’s death, that he was quite the womanizer. Although most of the White House press corps was aware of this, it was not reported. Franklin Roosevelt’s palsy was also not publicized; in fact, photographs were taken at angles...
  • The Ten Commandments According to Francis

    11/25/2016 5:10:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Mahhound's Paradise ^ | November 25, 2016 | Manhound
    I have obtained a draft version. Sources tell me that the New Decalogue will be promulgated soon after the four cardinals are beheaded. 1. I am the LORD your Pope: you shall not heed strange Popes before me. 2. You shall not take Yes or No questions to me. 3. Remember the late 1960's and keep them holy. 4. Please report dissident relatives to the proper authorities. 5. You shall not discard that which can be re-used. 6. Life is complicated. 7. Let it go. 8 You shall bear false witness against your neighbor if it favors the progressive cause....
  • Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on vocations, elections, apostolic exhortations

    11/25/2016 4:39:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 24, 2016 | Jim Graves
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., 72, was born in Concordia, Kansas, in 1944. He attended Catholic schools in the area before joining the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1970. He served as a teacher and pastor an in a variety of roles in his community. He was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1988, and appointed Archbishop of Denver in 1997. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia on July 19, 2011, and he was installed as the 13th bishop and ninth archbishop of...
  • Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection

    11/25/2016 8:18:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Run to Jesus! An Advent Reflection Msgr. Charles Pope • November 24, 2016 • The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think that we are only passively waiting for Him to come. It is not just that the Lord is coming to us; we are also journeying to Him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run, not walk, and hasten to greet Him as He draws near.This notion of running to meet God...
  • A Third Bishop Comes to the Defense of the Four Cardinals

    11/24/2016 8:33:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 24, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    After the wonderful news yesterday that Bishop Athanasius Schneider has come publicly to the aid of the courageous Four Cardinals who are challenging Pope Francis over the much-contested post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, a second Polish Bishop – after Auxiliary Bishop Józef Wróbel of Lublin, Poland – has now raised his voice in a similar way. Bishop Jan Watroba, President of the Council for the Family of the Polish Bishops’ Conferences, has now made a statement where he declares that he believes that the publication of the Four Cardinals Letter is “not reprehensible.” According to the Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, Watroba...
  • De Mattei: Contradictions at the closing of the Jubilee

    11/24/2016 7:18:13 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 22, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    Among the keys that interpret Pope Francis’ pontificate is certainly his love of contradiction. This inclination of mind is made evident by the Apostolic Letter ‘Misercordia et misera’, signed at the end of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. In this letter Pope Bergoglio, establishes that those who attend the churches officiated by the priests of the Fraternity of St. Pius X, can receive validly and lawfully, sacramental absolution. The Pope thus rectifies that which constituted the main factor of “irregularity” in the Fraternity founded by Monsignor Lefebvre: the validity of their confessions. It would be contradictory to imagine that once...
  • True Thanksgiving Isn’t Just Something We Do; It’s Something That Happens to Us

    11/24/2016 7:10:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    True Thanksgiving Isn’t Just Something We Do; It’s Something That Happens to Us Msgr. Charles Pope • November 23, 2016 • One of the dangers in presenting New Testament moral teaching is reducing the Gospel to a moralism, a rule to follow using the power of one’s own flesh. This is an incorrect notion because for a Christian, the moral life is not merely achieved; it is received. The moral life is not an imposition; it is a gift from God.The Gospel chosen for Thanksgiving Day features the familiar story of the ten lepers who are healed by Jesus,...
  • The Real Jesus of Scripture Might Surprise You

    11/23/2016 7:05:18 AM PST · by Salvation · 179 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Real Jesus of Scripture Might Surprise You Msgr. Charles Pope • November 22, 2016 • If we could travel back in time to 30 A.D. and meet the Lord Jesus as He carried forth His public ministry, we might be quite surprised by what we saw. I say this because many of us are heirs to a rather filtered description of Him that is both Western and modern.Most picture Jesus as fair-skinned and slender, with long, straight hair and a gentle beard. This physical reimagining of Him began rather early, gathered steam during the Renaissance, and has come...
  • The Forgotten Man

    11/22/2016 7:22:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | 11-16 | Michael Voris
    Video Link: http://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/vortex-the-forgotten-man I will post the transcript below.
  • Head of Greek Bishops Accuses Four Cardinals of Heresy, Apostasy, & Schism [Catholic Caucus]

    11/22/2016 10:07:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November22, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    The number of attacks on the four cardinals for their presentation of dubia on Amoris Laetitia are mounting rapidly. Two out of three of the new American Cardinals — Joseph Tobin of Newark and Cardinal Cupich of Chicago — spoke out just yesterday against the four cardinals. Tobin, described the dubia as “troublesome” and went on to say, The Holy Father is capturing the work of two synods, so if four cardinals say that two synods were wrong, or that somehow the Holy Father didn’t reflect what was said in those synods, I think that should be questioned. … just...
  • Dubia: On judging, competency and more

    “His unwillingness to formally address the dubia directly and plainly changes nothing of the objective reality that is staring us squarely in the face … Francis has judged himself a formal heretic. He is, therefore, an antipope.” As expected, the above statement taken from my previous post has met with a number of objections; not just from the usual suspects, but from traditional Catholics as well. In this post, I will attempt to engage them.
  • Il Boom: Cardinal Dubia and Vatican Schism [Catholic Caucus]

    11/22/2016 7:29:55 AM PST · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 21, 2016 | Hilary White
    Well! What an exciting week it’s been! All the Catholic bloggy world is in a froth over the Dubia of the Four Cardinals and the pope’s non-response. It has taken me the best part of a week to complete this because events kept changing so fast I couldn’t keep up. But it seems we are in another little lull. Francis is thought to have refused to meet with his own cardinals at the consistory this weekend in order to avoid being confronted personally in a venue where it would be impossible to avoid answering the question whether he is or...
  • Rome is buzzing with questions on the four Cardinals’ objections to Amoris Laetitia

    11/21/2016 9:54:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 21, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    With many of the world’s cardinals gathered for the Consistory that added 17 to their number and the closed the Year of Mercy, Rome was abuzz with the story of the four Cardinals who presented a set of yes-or-no questions to the Pope seeking clarity on the Pope’s recent Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. At the reception for the three new American cardinals at the Pontifical North American College, each was asked about the so-called "dubia" and the Pope’s refusal to answer. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who recently had the media follow his war of words with Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput over...
  • Francis Unhinged

    11/21/2016 5:35:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 19, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Now that four prominent cardinals have publicly queried Francis on whether, in promulgating Amoris Laetitia, he intends to contradict “sacred Scripture… the Tradition of the Church, [and] the existence of absolute moral norms,” Catholics who are committed to orthodoxy would appear to have two alternatives in their approach to this wayward Pope. The first alternative is a retreat into sheer papal positivism, declaring (as Jeff Mirus does) that “we have no certain way of knowing what is part of Tradition (big “T”) and what is only human tradition (small “t”) apart from the Magisterium of the Church—that is, the teaching...
  • Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves?

    11/21/2016 7:34:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Was Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 20, 2016 • It is good and necessary to ponder more of the Gospel of yesterday’s Solemnity of Christ the King. It remains a profound teaching that Christ was crucified between two thieves. Why?St. Thomas Aquinas proposes three answers to the question. Let’s consider them, with particular emphasis on the third. I. To Identify with Fallen Sinners – St Thomas said, As Christ became accursed of the cross for us, so for our salvation He was crucified as a guilty one among the guilty (Comm. xxxiii in...