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  • [Catholic Caucus] On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion, Part One

    04/23/2018 7:28:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion, Part One Msgr. Charles Pope • April 22, 2018 • credit: J. Lippelmann, Catholic StandardLast week in the Office of Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours we read from St. Justin Martyr who said:No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes what we teach is true; Unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ (Apologia Cap 66: 6, 427-431)St Justin may also have in mind a text...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis must end this 'reign of confusion'

    04/22/2018 5:22:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 22, 2018 | Barbara Simpson
    Roman Catholics were just entering the critical weekend of their Easter celebration Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, perhaps the most important commemorations in their religion when Pope Francis threw another of his religious bombshells into the lives of his followers. ... Its time for Pope Francis to step aside and spend time in deep reconciliation with his faith and God thus putting an end to his reign of Catholic confusion.
  • [Cath Cauc] Priest shot hearing confessions in Mexico; second cleric murdered in 3 days

    04/22/2018 4:40:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Crux ^ | April 21, 2018 | Crux Staff
    Then-Deacon Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia in vocations video. The priest was murdered on Friday outside Guadalajara. A priest on the outskirts of Guadalajara has been murdered, the second priest in a week killed in Mexico.Father Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, 33, was shot dead late Friday in Tlajomulco de Zuniga by unidentified attackers in his parish office, reportedly while hearing a confession.We make an urgent call to build a culture of peace and reconciliation. These lamentable events call all of us to a much deeper and sincere conversion. It is time to look honestly at our culture and society, and to...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Why Pope Francis's Gaudete et Exsultate won't make you Holy, but ...

    04/22/2018 4:18:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Monitor ^ | April 20, 2018 | Fred Martinez
    Pope Francis's document Gaudete et Exsultate, which is supposed to be a call to holiness, has a lot of flowery religious Catholic language and even mentions prayer. This is why Dan Hitchens in First Things says of the document "there is an orthodox interpretation," but then writes: "But there is a different interpretation: that when someone says 'The Church teaches that X is intrinsically wrong,' he is probably a bit of a Pharisee. The history of Amoris Laetitia suggests that more expansive interpretation often gains the upper hand." (First Things, "An Ambiguous Exhortation," 4-12-18) Hitchens suggests that this papal document...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Does the Holy Liturgy

    04/22/2018 4:08:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Eponymous Flower ^ | April 21, 2018 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Pope Francis Does the Holy Liturgy Pope Francis is to ordain 16 deacons to the priesthood on April 22 The Words of Consecration and the Pope (Rome) The Holy See yesterday published the texts and chants for the Pope's Mass on the 4th Sunday after Easter, which Pope Francis will celebrate on April 22 in St. Peter's Basilica. On this occasion, the head of the Church will consecrate several candidates to the priesthood. The priestly ordinations Pope Francis will ordain sixteen deacons preparing for the priesthood as priests, sincethe 55th World Day of Prayer is celebrated at the same...
  • Cardinal Mller Unjustly Slams Pro-Lifers Who Criticise Francis' Pro-Abortion Bias

    04/22/2018 3:56:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | April 22, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Cardinal Mller Unjustly Slams Pro-Lifers Who Criticise Francis' Pro-Abortion Bias Pro-life activists worldwide criticise Pope Francis for relativizing abortion by equating it with social-justice issues like migration and poverty. In his Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, 101, Francis claims that the lives of people suffering are equally sacred as the lives of innocent children ignoring the fact that suffering and being killed is in no way the same thing. Continuing his zig-zag strategy Cardinal Gerhard Mller has criticised these voices talking to (April 21). Mller claimed that it is clearly improper to categorize Francis as an ideologue of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Book Review . . . In Search Of The Lost Shepherd

    04/22/2018 3:50:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Wanderer | April 22, 2018 | Christopher Manion
    Lawler, Philip F. Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis Is Misleading His Flock. Washington, D.C. Regnery, 2018. xii + 203 pp. Available at At times it appears difficult to keep up with Pope Francis. His words and his actions, both symbolic and sacramental, resemble the unpredictable trajectories of those steel balls on an old pinball machine only there are no sides to make the ball stay in the playing field. Pope Francis has made it clear he doesnt want to be pinned down. The Holy Fathers forays offer springboards of imagination to secular savants who welcome the collapse of...
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/22/2018 8:11:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 21, 2018 • The Good Shepherd, St. John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, by Alfred Handel. Photo credit: Toby HudsonOn this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the King of Love, He shepherds...
  • [Cath Cauc/Barf Alert] Pope Francis Is a Mystic Trying to Solve Left-Right Dichotomy in the Church

    04/21/2018 4:17:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 21, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    The young Bergoglio is an assiduous reader of Fessards work La dialectique des Exercices spirituels de saint Ignace de Loyola. In it, the French Jesuit showed how Ignatian spirituality was determined by a polar tension between God and man, grace and freedom, the infinitely great and the infinitely small. From here rises the tensioned thinking of the future Pope. It is this thought that explains Bergoglios interest in the polar dialectic of Romano Guardini, when, in 1986, he went to Germany to do his doctoral thesis. Since then, Guardini has become his point of reference. This idea of polarity, which...
  • We Can Still Call Fire Down from Heaven

    04/21/2018 2:14:18 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 15 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | April 21, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux Israel was steeped in idolatry under King Ahab, and God had cursed them with a drought. Rainfall was crucial to a civilizations survival in the ancient world; drought was usually followed by famine. But God was getting ready to shake things up. And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth (I Kings 18:1). Rain was coming; but first the Lord had a plan to rid Israel of its wickedness. Elijah...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Of Truth and Idols

    04/21/2018 12:34:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 20, 2018 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Pope Francis celebrated and preached at the Chrism Mass in St. Peters Basilica on Holy Thursday morning. He addressed the concelebrating priests on the themes of the closeness of God and the closeness that priests should have to their people. This priestly closeness is an attitude that engages the whole person. He praised street priests who are close, available, priests who are there for people, who talk to everyone. Closeness, he believes, is the key to mercy and also the key to truth. Further, truth is not only the definition of situations and things from a certain distance, by abstract...
  • [Cath Cauc] New York Catholic LGBT ministry holding event at raunchy gay baragain

    04/21/2018 11:26:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 20, 2018 | Joseph Sciambra
    [WARNING: Links contain explicit material.] April 20, 2018 (Joseph Sciambra) On May 15, 2018, the official LGBT ministry Out at St. Paul, located at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in New York City, will host a "Rooftop Social" at gay sports barBoxersin Hell's Kitchen. According to Out at St. Paul: Please join us for an OSP social on Tuesday, May 15, at Boxers Hell's Kitchen. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your old friends in the OSP community and to meet new friends as well. Please join us, especially if you are a newcomer to...
  • Salvation and Church

    04/21/2018 9:30:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 361 replies ^ | 03-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Salvation and Church The teaching of ‘no salvation outside the Church’ is important and one that must rightly be understood Msgr. Charles Pope 3/14/2018 Question: I hear the Catholic Church teaches there is no salvation outside the Church. This would seem to condemn most to hell. Or am I missing something? — Name, location withheld Answer: It is in fact a doctrine of the Church often repeated by the Fathers of the Church and taught formally. However, it must be understood properly. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say by way of explanation: “‘Outside the Church...
  • [Catholic/Jewish Caucus] Listen to young people: Female ordination coming

    04/20/2018 2:47:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | April 19, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    In May of last year, I posted a review of the Preparatory Document for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, which is set to take place in October 2018.At that time, based on the bitter experiences of 2014-2015, we considered the likelihood that the God of Surprises and his merry band of modernists already have an outcome in mind and, come Hell or high water, they aim to achieve it.As for precisely what we can expect, it bore mention that even though the Preparatory Document didnt give us much in the way of...
  • [Cath Cauc] Anticipating Attempts To Excommunicate Faithful Catholics - And Combating Them

    04/20/2018 12:01:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    restore-dc-catholicism ^ | April 19, 2018 | restore-dc-catholicism
    Anticipating Attempts To Excommunicate Faithful Catholics - And Combating Them As said in the previous post, Cardinal Burke gave an address at a conference in Rome last week. The conference was called, "Catholic Church: Where Are You Going?" He broached the consequences of any needed disobedience to Pope Francis. He is speaking primarily of the direction that Amoralis Lamentia explicitly states in its infamous chapter 8 footnote regarding the administration of Holy Communion to adulterers. The question of excommunication was raised. The Cardinal said we must be ready to suffer such consequences with Christian patience. My question is, if such...
  • Breaking: UK Supreme Court denies Alfie Evans appeal, ventilator to be removed Monday

    04/20/2018 10:40:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 20, 2018 | LifeSite Nes Staff
    Save Alfie Evans! Tell the hospital to let his parents take him home. Sign here. LONDON, April 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) The UK Supreme Court will not allow the parents of Alfie Evans to take their sick child to a hospital in Italy. The ruling means that a previous court's decision that Alfie be removed from his ventilator on Monday, April 23 remains in effect. Removing the baby from ventilation will likely cause his death. Three Supreme Court justices denied an appeal to the babys parents today, saying the hospital must be "free to do what has been...
  • Apostolic Exhortation or Aggravation?

    04/20/2018 9:16:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | April 19, 2018 | David Martin
    In an apparent move to rebut conservative allegations that the pope has been denying tenets of the Faitha crisis that culminated during Holy Week with the popes alleged denial of hell and the immortality of the soulPope Francis on April 8 issued his newest Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), in which he bewails the defamation and slander being spread online by traditional Roman Catholic journalists and bloggers. In this newest document, the pope repeatedly mentions Satan, but seemingly with the implication that tradition-minded journalists and clergy who challenge his ideas are guided by the devil. He...
  • VIDEO: Vatican orchestrated child abuse

    04/20/2018 9:00:33 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | April 16, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    Yesterday afternoon, the Jorge Bergoglio Show was filmed before a live audience at San Paolo della Croce parish in Rome. The truly sickening spectacle that took place there (a portion of which can be viewed in the video clip below) called to my mind the following words taken from the 1971 hit song, American Pie:Oh and as I watched him on the stage My hands were clenched in fists of rage No angel born in Hell Could break that Satans spell And as the flames climbed high into the night To light the sacrificial rite I saw Satan laughing...
  • Francis Preferred Exorcist Is a "Lutheran"

    04/20/2018 8:45:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | April 20, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Francis Preferred Exorcist Is a "Lutheran" Professor Giuseppe Ferrari, an organizer of the annual Course on Exorcism at the Roman University Regina Apostolorum which belongs to the Legionaries of Christ, told the fake-news New York Times (April 19) that for next years conference he wants to invite "the Popes preferred exorcist, a Lutheran. Ferrari does not mention his name. However, in March 2013 the Argentinean Diario Popular named the flamboyant Lutheran preacher Manuel Acua as Pope Francis Favourite Exorcist. Acua who calls himself a "bishop" and dresses up like a Catholic bishop, is a personal friend of Francis. He belongs...
  • Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story

    04/20/2018 8:15:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Your Life is Not About You, As Illustrated in a Biblical Story Msgr. Charles Pope • April 19, 2018 • Stoning of Stephen With Saul Holding Cloaks, Fra AngelicoIn Wednesday’s reading, the Acts of the Apostles sets forth an event that amounts to a tale of one Church in two cities or regions. It illustrates well a couple of points: that the Church is always in need of reform and that our lives are not merely about us and what we want. Let’s look at the event in two scenes.Scene 1: The Church in Jerusalem –There broke out a...