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  • Pope Apologizes for "Catholics who Obstructed Pentecostal Growth"

    08/01/2014 3:21:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/01/14 | New Catholic
    We interrupt this Sandro Magister column for an important announcement: "The Temple of Solomon has reopened!" No, not the original Temple, of course: all over the news (cf. reports at the Times and in Forbes magazine), one can see the announcement of a bizarre gaudy 300-million-dollar supposed replica built by a Pentecostal sect in the largest Brazilian city, Sao Paulo. We wish to offer our readers a glimpse of how much the Catholic Church has "obstructed the growth" (in the Pope's words) of these Pentecostal communities in Latin America.
  • What could he be thinking? Pope Apologizes to evangelicals for the Church not collapsing enough

    08/01/2014 3:03:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 8/1/14 | tantumblogo
    Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, the return. I have avoided over the past week or more the incredibly damaging and scandalous actions and statements by Pope Francis with regard to his evangelical buddies in the hopes these scandals might go away. But eventually it became too much to avoid. Apparently, TFG has been meeting and cavorting with these hucksters all summer. Scandal has piled on scandal. This is not a matter of translations, or spin. The statements are too cohesive, too similar, and repetitious...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LEGATUS NATUS, 0-01-14

    08/01/2014 8:57:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-01-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:LEGATUS NATUS Holder of a certain office that conferred a legatine status ex officio, e.g., before the Reformation the Archbishop of Canterbury, who performed some of the functions now carried out by a papal nuncio. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • FactChecker: Misquoting Francis of Assisi

    08/01/2014 7:21:11 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | July 10, 2012 | Glenn T. Stanton
    Christians use lots of quotes. Pastors use them in their sermons constantly. Writers illustrate their points with them. Nothing wrong with that. They are quite helpful and encouraging in making a point.Save when the quote has no basis in fact.We as evangelicals who claim we are committed to truth are certainly good at spreading falsehood, even if unintentionally. We can do better. One very clever and popular quote we often knock around among ourselves is . . .Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.It is always attributed to St. Francis of Assisi—founder of the Franciscan Order—and is intended...
  • The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith

    07/31/2014 9:01:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 39 replies
    CARM ^ | Matt Slick
    The Book of Abraham Papyri and Joseph Smith by Matt Slick There are many proofs that Joseph Smith was a false prophet, but Mormons typically will not accept them. From the biblical evidence that contradicts Mormon theology to the contradictions within its own history and doctrine, proofs abound. But Mormons, completely dedicated to their religion and their testimony, cannot and will not see the evidence. They rely not on biblical evidence--not on historical evidence but rather trust a 'testimony' that Mormonism is the restored church and Joseph Smith its true prophet. One of the tests of whether or not a...
  • Is an Annulment a Catholic Divorce? (Catholic Caucus)

    07/31/2014 3:54:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    Holy Apostles ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Anderson
    Many of us know of couples that have divorced. Some may be Catholic couples that divorced, remarried, and are able to receive the Sacraments with no problems because they received an annulment. Other Catholic couples we may know divorced but were told they could not remarry as they were not given an annulment. This may seem confusing and harsh of the Church, especially if the reason for separation is the infidelity of only one spouse. One of my students put the situation this way: it is as if the Church condemns some people to a lifetime of loneliness because...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SUPERNATURAL CONTEMPLATION, 07-31-14

    07/31/2014 9:22:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-31-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:SUPERNATURAL CONTEMPLATION Evelation of mind to God and divine things, joined with a loving intuition of what is seen. It is the mind resting upon God and tasting the joys of his beatitude. although still in the realm of faith and not heavenly vision, it is an intuition of Divine Truth terminating in affection and love, excluding long reasonings and a multiplicity of words as found in affective prayer. St. Teresa speaks of it as God acting on the human mind in a special way. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern...
  • No, Christians Should Not Believe in 'Left Behind's' Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Apologist

    07/31/2014 8:11:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 151 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | Morgan Lee
    "This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation. If you read the book of Revelation, you won't find any mention of the rapture there," said William Craig, a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Instead, Craig says, the idea of the rapture comes from a "misinterpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians where Paul is describing the coming of the Lord and resurrection of the dead, which will occur at His coming." "If you compare what Paul says there to what Jesus says about the End Times,...
  • Let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.'

    07/30/2014 6:55:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/30/14 | New Catholic
    Do you all remember Cardinal Hummes? Yes, the Pope's greatest friend in the College of Cardinals, the Franciscan who inspired the papal name "Francis", the man who was right by the Pope's side in the loggia in the memorable evening of his election. As an emeritus, his influence is obviously a more understated one. Anyway, he granted an extensive interview days ago (July 27) to a paper in his native Brazil, and the answers are just remarkable, particularly this one, on same-sex "marriages": If Jesus were alive today, would he be in favor of gay marriage? I don't know, I...
  • Are You Falling Away?: Three Warning Signs

    07/30/2014 2:49:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Education ^ | PAUL THIGPEN
    What a frightening prospect is the destiny of the backslider! Yet even for the worst of us sinners, God offers hope. A foolish old farmer, so the story goes, concluded one day that the oats he had fed his mule for years were simply costing him too much.  So he hatched a plan: He mixed a little sawdust in with the feed, and then a little more the next day, and even more the next, each time reducing the amount of oats in the mix. The mule didn't seem to notice the gradual change, so the farmer thought things were...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: POVERTY EVANGELICAL, 07-30-14

    07/30/2014 9:09:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-30-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:POVERTY EVANGELICAL A Christian counsel by which a person voluntarily renounces all or part of his right to the ownership of material things. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Police now Used to Intimidate and Censor Critics of Persecution of Franciscans of the Immaculate

    07/29/2014 4:57:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/29/2014 | New Catholic
    By the senior religious correspondent of Italian daily La Stampa, the startling news: those responsible for the intervention of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, after silencing their innocent victims inside the Church, now use the Police to intimidate journalists and bloggers -- and their family members ! -- in Italy. It is probably the most serious attempt by an ecclesial authority to make use of the police forces (and police that are members of the military forces) to limit the freedom of the press or public free speech by laymen in Italy in living memory -- the attempt is based...
  • Dear Gabby

    07/29/2014 4:47:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 78 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of the Vatican II ^ | July 28, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    A priest looking for advice on how to advance the Church in a fast-paced world so often embroiled in conflict recently approached a well-placed cleric who had been a religious order priest and bishop for many years. In response, the bishop answered, in part, by sharing the following true story: A priest went as a missionary to an area where for years they had no priest, and evangelicals had arrived. He told me that he went to a woman who had been the teacher of the people and then the principle of the village school. This lady sat him down...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JEHOVAH-YAHWEH, 07-28-14

    07/28/2014 8:26:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JEHOVAH-YAHWEH Jehovah is God, the English name for the Hebrew Yahweh. When the latter promised Moses that he would feed Moses' people, he concluded by saying, "Then you will learn that I, Yahweh, am your God" (Exodus 16:12). Jehovah developed into the form used most commonly when he was communicating with the Israelites, whereas God was used where Gentiles were concerned. The admonition "You shall not utter the name of Yahweh your God to misuse it" (Exodus 20:7) ultimately induced the Israelites not to pronounce his name at all but to substitute for it the title...
  • Radical Synod Planned for October

    07/26/2014 3:26:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | Went to press for August 25, 2014 | John Vennari
    The three most radical proposals are: 1) A new “pastoral solution” to allow divorce and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion; 2) A new “pastoral approach” that permits the baptism of children from same-sex couples, thus indirectly legitimizing these unions; 3) A recasting of natural law in “new language”, which threatens to undermine our entire ethical foundation of true morality. Indeed the Synod’s Working Document further displays the triumph of the New Theology over today’s Vatican; the same new theology that wrought havoc at Vatican II and continues its destructive path to this day.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLY WELL, 07-26-14

    07/26/2014 9:36:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HOLY WELL St. Winifride's Well in North Wales. A place of pilgrimage throughout the year but especially on November 3, the saint's feast day. The legend of St. Winifride, virgin and martyr, is authenticated by two twelfth-century documents. A daughter of a Welsh chieftain, she lived in the seventh century. When St. Beuno came to her father's house, he was hospitably received and instructed Winifride in the Christian faith. So impressed was she that she determined to become a religious. Then followed a series of extraordinary events: Winifride was beheaded, miraculously restored to life, and a...
  • The Saint of the First Red Cross: St. Camillus of Lellis [Catholic Caucus]

    07/25/2014 7:04:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    WAU.org ^ | 07-2014 | Louise Perrotta
    The Saint of the First Red Cross St. Camillus of Lellis By: Louise PerrottaIf you’ve ever been tempted to think that you’re not cut out for sanctity, consider the case of Camillus of Lellis. Here is a saint—the patron of hospitals, health care workers, and the sick— whose burning love for God effected a widespread reform of patient care.“I’ll never forget the sight,” wrote one person who saw six-foot-six Camillus in action. “When he was attending a sick person, he looked like a hen with her chicks or like a mother at her child’s bedside.”And yet for the first...
  • A Word About Orthodox Apologetics

    07/25/2014 10:45:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    Orthodox Christian Network ^ | Fr. Brendan Pelphrey
    Today in America, many Protestant theologians and missionaries continue to believe that Christian apologetics should rely upon the use of sound reason or logic. A Protestant Christian radio program about apologetics even took the name, “Sound Reason.” But Orthodox apologetics is not based upon reason, because Christian faith is actually unreasonable. Christianity is faith in Jesus Christ—or, to be more accurate, being faithful to Christ. Jesus of Nazareth, called the “Christ” or Messiah, manifested Himself as the eternal God in the flesh, the salvation of all humanity through His incarnation, death and resurrection. None of this is “reasonable.” None of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUIRINAL PALACE, 07-25-14

    07/25/2014 8:36:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUIRINAL PALACE Before 1870, a papal residence where conclaves were held. Also used as a summer home. built by Pope Gregory in 1574, it was taken over by the Italian Government at the time of the confiscation of the Papal States. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • "One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic." (Friendly Friday Post, by David Ozab)

    07/24/2014 7:25:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | May 13, 2011 | Kurt Willems about David Ozab
    "One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic." (Friendly Friday Post, by David Ozab) May 13, 2011 By Kurt Willems I am excited to have a post here by David Ozab. He is a writer and recently converted to Roman Catholicism. While I do not share his convictions, certainly it is beneficial to hear from others outside of our own sphere of experience. I am pleased to have his guest contribution on the blog
—————————————photo © 2005 Jo N | more info (via: Wylio) There was once a guy who was stranded on a deserted island. After many years, a passing ship found him....
  • The Infant of Prague [Catholic Caucus]

    07/24/2014 7:04:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CE.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Fr. William Saunders
    The Infant of Prague Fr. William Saunders Q: My grandmother has always had a statue of Jesus as a child dressed up like a little king with a crown. She even has different outfits for him which are very elaborate. Can you tell me anything about this?From the description given in the question, the statue is one of the Infant of Prague. Devotion to the Holy Child Jesus is a long-standing tradition in our Catholic spirituality. The early Church Fathers, like St. Athanasius and St. Jerome, had a special devotion to the Holy Child Jesus. Some of the later great...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: World Without End, 07-24-14

    07/24/2014 7:54:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WORLD WITHOUT END The terminal phrase of many prayers, equivalent to "eternal" or "everlasting." In the doxology of the Gloria Patria it means that God, who has always existed, is now being praised by a human being who hopes to continue praising God forever in heaven. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANTIOCHENE RITE, 07-23-14

    07/23/2014 10:08:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-23-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ANTIOCHENE RITE A ritual used throughout the Patriarchate of Antioch. The pure Antiochene, in its oldest form, eliminated the Pater Noster and the names of the saints in the Mass. This form was early displaced by the Liturgy of St. James from Jerusalem, which became the ritual of all Western Syria. Originally Greek, the Liturgy of St. James was later translated into Syriac. The Greek version is now used twice a year by the Orthodox; the Syriac version by the Jacobites in Syria and Palestine and by the Syrian Catholics. A Romanized form of this liturgy...
  • Responding to “Spiritual but Not Religious” Christians

    07/23/2014 7:07:07 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 176 replies
    http://www.jonsorensen.net ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jon Sorensen
    Over the last several years I have encountered a fair number of Christians who claim they are “spiritual but not religious.” In other words, they do not identify with a particular Christian denomination, using the Bible alone to guide their faith. It’s an ideology that says religious institutions are outdated and unnecessary. People may reach this conclusion for a multitude of reasons. Some are disillusioned by what they perceive to be corruption and hypocrisy in religious institutions. Others may feel like they are not being “fed.” Others yet may feel that these intuitions teach something contrary to their beliefs regarding...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KOIMESIS, 07-22-14

    07/22/2014 8:22:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at randomKOIMESIS The feast of the "Falling Asleep" of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Mary's Dormition, as celebrated in the Byzantine Liturgy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THE UPPER ROOM, 07-21-14

    07/21/2014 8:10:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:THE UPPER ROOM This was the room in which Jesus and his Apostles shared the Last Supper the night before he was crucified. According to Mark it was a large chamber furnished with couches and suitable for a dining room (Mark 14:14-15). It may have been a room erected on the roof, because most homes were one-story structures. Possibly it became a meeting place, because after the Ascension of Jesus, Luke reports that the Apostles and Mary returned to Jerusalem and "went to the upper room where they were staying" (Acts 1:12-14). According to tradition, the...
  • Harboring the Harborless: A Tradition Both Ennobling and Bedeviling (Catholics and Illegals)

    07/21/2014 7:47:05 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Mark Shea
    One of the most exasperating bits of exegetical trendiness to afflict first-world Catholics for the past 30 years or so has been the endless recirculation, like a bad penny, of the “True Meaning of the Miracles of the Loaves and Fishes” homily. It goes like this: Jesus found himself in the wilderness with a crowd of 5,000 people who were two millennia less smart than we suburban Americans. When people started getting hungry, Jesus took five loaves and two fishes and gave them to a couple of people around him. Suddenly, inspired by a wave of warm fuzziness emanating from...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CALUMNY, 07-19-14

    07/19/2014 7:14:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random: CALUMNY  Injuring another person's good name by lying. It is doubly sinful, in unjustly depriving another of his good name and in telling an untruth. Since calumny violates justice, it involves the duty of making reparation for the foreseen injury inflicted. Hence the calumniator must try, not only to repair the harm done to another's good name, but also to make up for any foreseen temporal loss that resulted from the calumny, for example, loss of employment or customers. (Etym. Latin calumnia, a false accusation, malicious charge; from calvi, to deceive.) All items in...
  • The Prodigal Father: Benedict XVI on Fathering

    07/18/2014 8:10:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CE.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Dave McClow
    The Prodigal Father: Benedict XVI on Fathering July 18, 2014 Dave McClow The “prodigal father” is the story of our time.  It is the story of fatherlessness in our families.  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is and has always been highly aware of the crisis of fatherhood and its implications for society (see my previous blog).  He knows that when fatherhood is gutted, “something in the basic structure of human existence has been damaged” (The God of Jesus Christ, p. 29).  But he is also supremely insightful about what happens in the family, both positively and negatively, because of fathers! Let’s start...
  • Blogger recounts motherhood as spark that led to conversion

    07/18/2014 8:07:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Katy Senour
    Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The conversion from atheism to Catholicism was a rewarding journey full of triumph and trial for Jennifer Fulwiler, as outlined in her recent book, “Something Other Than God.” Fulwiler told CNA that “before we were Catholic, we were caught up in a very selfish worldview.” Although they were not trying to be selfish, she explained, atheism contained “a worldview where the self was the center of everything.” Today, Fulwiler lives in Texas with her husband and five children. She runs a personal blog, ConversionDiary.com, and also blogs for the National...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HUR, 07-18-14

    07/18/2014 7:47:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:HUR An Israelite aide to Moses. During a battle with the Amalekites, the Israelites fought bravely so long as Moses stood on the hilltop holding aloft the staff of God. But when his arms tired and the staff wavered, the efforts of his men waned. So Aaron, his brother, and Hur seated Moses on a stone to rest him, and supported his arms to that the staff remained high and steady (Exodus 17:10-12). The battle ended triumphantly for the Israelites. Further evidence of confidence in Hur: when Yahweh summoned Moses to climb the mountain to receive...
  • What Does It Mean To Have Your Marriage Blessed? (Part 3)

    07/18/2014 3:13:41 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 3 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | July 17, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Please help me with a matter weighing on my conscience. My husband and I married in our parish church 16 years ago, but I agreed to get married there only because that’s what my parents wanted. Unlike my husband, I wasn’t really practicing my faith, I just went through the motions… gradually I had a reawakening of faith, and now am fully committed to the Catholic Church. But I’m afraid our marriage isn’t valid because I didn’t embrace concepts like indissolubility at the time of our wedding, nor did I want children, although I later changed my mind…. What...
  • Priestly Ordination To Men Alone

    07/17/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 49 replies
    In a historic vote, the Church of England today approved female bishops. The vote was far from even being close. Women will be bishops in the Church of England after a historic vote in the General Synod, ending 40 years of not being able to do so. An overwhelming 81 per cent of Synod members backed the change, during the sitting in York, and 75 per cent of the laity supported the move.There will no doubt be a great push of the Feminist movement to use this event to further their causes for whatever reasons they may be. There will...
  • Religious nun has divine inspiration

    07/17/2014 8:17:49 AM PDT · by Mercat · 16 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Unknown | Catholic New Service
    I spent last weekend learning about Sacred Art. Got this in an email from one of the wonderful people I met there.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REVOLUTION, 07-17-14

    07/17/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-17-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:REVOLUTION A radical and generally violent effort to overthrow a civil government or constitution. Essential to a revolution is that the change of regime is not brought about by peaceful evolution or mutual agreement between the power that withdraws and the power that takes over the new government. Revolutions are caused either by the masses or by an act of high officials in the government. In the latter case it is called a coup d'état. In the twelfth century John of Salisbury (1115-80), followed by others, held that the murder of a tyrant was permissible even...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUS JURANDUM, 07-16-14

    07/16/2014 8:05:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07*16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:JUS JURANDUM A sworn oath. Any one of the oaths that the Church at times requires of the faithful, and especially of her priests. Such was the Oath Against Modernism, required of those teaching in seminaries, prescribed by Pope St. Pius X. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magister’s blog—not his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for L’Espresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Church’s teaching on the matter: “For the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...
  • Amazing Love (Christian testimony of a former Muslim)

    07/15/2014 3:01:42 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 8 replies
    Answering Islam ^ | Mutee'a Al-Fadi
    I am a former Wahabbi Muslim who was born into a Muslim family and was raised as a Muslim in Saudi Arabia. All of my life in Saudi I grew up as a very devout Muslim follower who adhered and applied the teachings of Islam into every aspect of my life. These teaching included the belief that Islam is the final religion on earth; that it is the only acceptable religion to God; that it is the way to Heaven; that those who do not accept Islam as their faith are doomed to go to hell and their work and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DECRETALS, 07-15-14

    07/15/2014 7:53:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DECRETALS A letter carrying authoritative decisions on matters of discipline, or the Pope's reply when he has been appealed to on a matter of discipline. The term is also applied to a collection of certain decretals such as Liber Sextus Decretalium, compiled by Pope Boniface VIII (1235-1303). (Etym. Latin decretale, a decree.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • How A ‘Mohawk Saint’ Can Inspire Us All

    07/14/2014 7:19:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    CE.com ^ | 07-14-14 | Stephen Beale
    How A ‘Mohawk Saint’ Can Inspire Us All Stephen Beale Recently canonized Saint Kateri Tekakwitha obviously has a special meaning for Native Americans, but she’s already being held up as a powerful inspiration for other faithful Christians in many other ways.One is reminded of St. Paul, who wrote in 1 Corinthians 9 that he had “become all things to all, to save at least some.” Much the same could be said about St. Kateri regarding the many ways she can inspire Christians at different points in their faith journeys—based on reactions to her canonization in the Catholic News Service and First...
  • Protestants: It's time to come back

    07/14/2014 9:20:18 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 646 replies
    http://littlecatholicbubble.blogspot.com ^ | September 9, 2011 | Leila Miller
    To my Protestant brothers and sisters: It's time to come back to Mother Church. We want you, we need you, we love you. I've spent a lot of time in dialogue with activist atheists recently, and the direction we are going is not pretty. We are witnessing a rapid cultural decline into amorality. Satan seeks the ruin of souls through the destruction of marriage and family, and the quickest route to his goal is the profanation of sex. The truth and meaning of human sexuality is our era's cultural fault line, and unfortunately, Protestant denominations have been tumbling into its...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TEN PLAGUES, 07-14-14

    07/14/2014 7:29:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-14-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TEN PLAGUES  The ten calamities sent by God on the Egyptians to make Pharaoh release the children of Israel (Exodus 7, 12). Seven of the plagues were done through Moses or Moses and Aaron' the fourth, fifth, and tenth were directly worked by God. They were, in sequence: water turned to blood, multitude of frogs, swarms of gnats, pest of flies, disease that killed all the cattle, epidemic of boils, torrential hailstorm, plague of locusts, darkness for three days, death of all the firstborn among the Egyptians. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • What Pope Francis Meant to Say about the Origin of Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 4:52:15 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 107 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 07/13/2017 | David L. Gray (יוסף דוד)‎
    The third installment in Pope Francis’ series of interviews with atheist reporter Eugenio Scalfari took place on Thursday, July 10, 2014, and was published the following Sunday (07/13/14) in La Repubblica daily. Being that Scalfari doesn’t record these interviews on tape, but, rather, re-prints the dialogue based upon his memory of the interview, we can only say what the Pope Francis ‘allegedly’ said in them. One of the things that the Pope allegedly told Scalfari is that he wants to continue these interviews is because he “believes that an interview with a non-believer is mutually stimulating.” Typical of Scalfari’s interviews,...
  • The Feeding of the Four Thousand

    07/13/2014 11:37:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jimmy Akin
    In the Gospels, the most famous miracle associated with Jesus—other than the Resurrection—is the Feeding of the Five Thousand. It’s recorded in all four Gospels.But Matthew and Mark record an additional, similar miracle, known as the Feeding of the Four Thousand. The numbers connected with this miracle are a little different (four thousand people are fed, they use seven loaves and “a few small fish,” and they pick up seven baskets of leftovers), but it’s the same basic type of miracle.That may be why Luke and John chose not to record it: Given the space limitations on ancient books,...
  • Finding My Way Home: The Eucharist drew me back [Johnnie Bernhard]

    07/12/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 100 replies
    WAU.org ^ | July 2014 | Johnnie Bernhard
    Finding My Way Home The Eucharist drew me back. By: Johnnie BernhardI was baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant. My family later left the Church, and it took me fifty years to find my way home. Through all those years, I never forgot the peace I found in the Eucharist.Even as a practicing Protestant most of my adult life, I continued to search out Catholic churches wherever I lived, hiding in a pew in the back of the church, always a spectator, always longing to recapture the peace I found in the Eucharist. I could never really...
  • The Hermeneutic Of Cont...Oh I Give Up

    07/12/2014 11:59:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 7/11/2014 | Patrick Archbold
    The Hermeneutic Of Cont...Oh I Give Up Some Papal Quotes that somehow and in some way beyond my meager intellect are in continuity with each other, or something. First Quote Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441. ex cathedra (infallibly defined): “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they...
  • Catholic Word Of The Day: Chapter House, 07-12-14

    07/12/2014 9:47:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CHAPTER HOUSE A building attached to a cathedral or monastery where certain meetings were held, business carried out, the martyrology read, and daily tasks assigned. the name arose from the practice of conducting the chapter of faults in this building. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The New Pentecost

    07/11/2014 4:03:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | July 9, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    While I’m reasonably certain that most readers of this space remember the big dust-up that ensued when Pope Francis said in his interview with the atheist Eugenio Scalfari, “Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense,” please allow me to offer a painful recap. Traditionalists (otherwise known as Catholics) immediately bristled at these words of the pope, seeing in them a rejection of the mission that Christ gave to his Church. So-called “conservative” Catholic media types, by contrast, leapt into damage control mode. Their first response was to call into question the accuracy of the text, but Fr. Federico Lombardi...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ILLUMINISM, 07-11-14

    07/11/2014 8:27:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ILLUMINISM A form of Gnosticism, it appears in the history of Christian heresy as a belief in one's own divine enlightenment, with a sense of mission to enlighten others, contrary to the express teachings of the Church's magisterium. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Why Sola Scriptura Honestly Scares Me

    07/10/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 274 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | July 22, 2013 | Ryan Adams
    Being raised in a Protestant home, the Scriptures were (and in many ways still are) the end-all-be-all of the faith for me. However, there is a reason I am no longer a Protestant. This reason has many branches but all points back to one thing, context. Given the necessity of context, I find the whole idea of “Scripture Alone” horrifying. What it is: Sola Scriptura is the idea that Christianity ought to be based off of “Scripture Alone” (which is the English translation of “Sola Scriptura”), that is to say, it should be without ritual, or the teaching authority of...