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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • (Humor/Satire) "Jesus has no credibility" says Cardinal Farrell

    07/15/2018 6:49:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Eccles is saved ^ | July 15, 2018 | Eccles
    "Jesus has no credibility" says Cardinal Farrell "Jesus is not the best person to advise people on marriage," explained Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. "He has no credibility, He never lived the experience; He may be the Son of God, but to go from there to putting His Power into practice every day - He doesn't have that experience." Some will find Cardinal Farrell's words controversial, although it is unlikely that Pope Francis will take any notice of them, let alone correct them. Cardinal Farrell (70) was appointed by Francis, along with Cardinal...
  • Cath Cauc: The Catholic Resistance must keep Fighting and Praying for the Restoration of the Church

    07/15/2018 4:08:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Catholic Monitor ^ | July 14, 2018 | Fred Martinez
    The Catholic Resistance must keep Fighting and Praying for the Restoration of the Church There is no doubt that Pope Francis and his inner circle are behind the greatest crisis in the history of the Church. We at the Catholic Monitor and the Band of Bloggers have documented this catastrophe. The Catholic Resistance is fighting for the restoration of the Church by exposing the falsehoods and evil that have entered the Church. We must keep doing this, but we will fail if we don't pray at Mass and outside Mass for the restoration. Jesus Christ will restore the Church unless...
  • [Catholic Caucus] If Francis Rubber-Stamps Contraception, He Will Again Fall Into Heresy

    07/15/2018 2:45:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 15, 2018 | Gloria TV
    If Francis Rubber-Stamps Contraception, He Will Again Fall Into Heresy For the Austrian philosopher Josef Seifert it is “totally inadmissible and a radical break with Church teaching” to claim that using contraception is an alleged "act of responsibility." Seifert referred to a claim made by radical Father Maurizio Chiodi, a member of the former Pontifical Academy for Life. Talking to Edward Pentin (July 13), Seifert said that if Pope Francis would rubber-stamp such changes “he would accept a total ethical error and a huge heresy”. Seifert added that Chiodi's heresy is "nothing else than an old ethical error" which implies...
  • Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

    07/15/2018 8:27:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 14, 2018 • One of the biggest reasons why most Christians have difficulty evangelizing effectively is that most lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In Sunday’s Gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required for effective evangelization.As we read a Gospel like this, it is tempting to think that it speaks only of specialists such as missionaries, religious, priests, or deacons, but doing so ignores the fact that everyone is called to evangelize: clergy to...
  • Does Suffering in the World Disprove God's Existence?

    07/14/2018 3:34:56 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 52 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | July 14, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Does Suffering in the World Disprove God’s Existence? By Philip Cottraux War. Plagues. Starvation. Natural disasters. Children dying in the streets. Rapes. Massacres. The Bible says For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16), yet why does He allow these things? If He is all-powerful, couldn’t He intervene and stop all of it in an instant? This is perhaps the most common argument against His existence, at least from my experience. If an atheist sniffs out a tweet I’ve made about God’s love, they’ll respond with an image of a child’s body blown to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Montana Diocese Blasted for Double Standard

    07/13/2018 8:28:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | Updated July 13, 2018 | Christine Niles
    HELENA, Mont. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The diocese of Helena, Montana is being slammed by faithful Catholics for what they see as hypocrisy. Msgr. Kevin O'Neill, Helena diocese On Tuesday, Msgr. Kevin O'Neill, administrator for the diocese, issued a public letter apologizing for the "pain" caused by four priests who attended a July 5 rally for Matt Rosendale, a pro-life Catholic running against pro-abortion Democrat Jon Tester for a seat in the U.S. Senate. President Trump appeared at the rally in support of Rosendale. "Let me clearly state that I sincerely regret any and all confusion or hurt this incident has caused,"...
  • [Cathlic Caucus] US Association of Consecrated Virgins condemns ‘shocking’ new rules

    07/13/2018 5:53:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 13, 2018 | Staff Reporter
    Three women pause in prayer as they are consecrated to the Order of Virgins (CNS photo/Joel Breidenbach) The document says it is 'not essential' that a woman should have 'kept her body in perfect continence'The US Association of Consecrated Virgins has said it is “deeply disappointed” at new rules issued by the Vatican that appear to say consecrated virgins need not be virgins.The group has taken issue with section 88 of the new document, which states: “Thus to have kept her body in perfect continence or to have practiced the virtue of chastity in an exemplary way, while of...
  • Study Affirms Earth Is Uncommon and Perhaps Even Unique

    07/13/2018 9:42:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 70 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Study Affirms Earth Is Uncommon and Perhaps Even Unique Msgr. Charles Pope • July 12, 2018 • A new study has been issued from Oxford University that casts doubt on the notion that there is “intelligent” life in abundance elsewhere in the universe. More on that study in a moment.Meanwhile, I have written from time to time on the question of whether there is other intelligent life in the universe. As a Catholic, I have no need for the answer to be yes or no; the Church does not teach on this one way or another. Neither do the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis Encourages Lisbon Cardinal to Keep Promoting Mortal Sin

    07/13/2018 9:16:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 13, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Pope Francis personally thanked Lisbon Cardinal Manuel Clemente for propagating the immoral teachings contained in Amoris Laetita in a Lenten letter to the Lisbon priests. Clemente follows the heterodox Buenos Aires guidelines approved by Francis. Francis’ June 26 letter to the "beloved Brother Cardinal" was published by Clemente on July 12 on Patriarcado-Lisboa.pt. Francis calls Clemente's controversial text a "profound reflexion" which "fills me with joy". Although Clemente promotes sin, Francis calls him a "shepherd who accompanies the faithful" [into the abyss] and encourages Clemente "to integrate the fragility [adultery] which shows itself in many forms in couples”. At the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The “Francis Effect” Five Years Out

    07/13/2018 9:10:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 13, 2018 | John M. Vella
    In his recent book on Pope Francis, Lost Shepherd, Philip Lawler reminds us that the papacy should be a source of Church unity. However, as Lawler points out, under the current pontiff this is not so. He lays out two reasons why: the first is Francis’s autocratic style and the second is the divisive program he is advancing. Lawler offers overwhelming evidence to prove his indictment. An early example of this divisiveness is the papal intervention in the Order of the Knights of Malta. The action was unprecedented given the independence of the Order and that it was taken on...
  • Where is the Church?

    07/12/2018 7:36:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 12, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    Yesterday, I asked a question on my Facebook page that has been on my mind: Does the proposition, “The Catholic Church as we know it no longer exists” seem like an overreach? I think we’ve reached a point where we have to re-define our terms. Dozens of comments later, I can’t say that I have an answer I’m satisfied with.As I explained in a followup to my post, the reason I’m asking is because of the dawning realization I’ve been coming to that reporting on this or that scandal in the Church is not simply a case of exposing corruption or...
  • Vatican publishes document declaring a “female diaconate” is a possibility in the Catholic Church

    07/12/2018 2:00:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 12, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    July 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A group of Catholic clergy and theologians, including two bishops, have signed an ecumenical declaration with Anglican clergy published on the Vatican website that affirms the possibility that the Catholic Church might create a “female diaconate” in the future, which would imply a contradiction of Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Church’s 2000-year tradition. The declaration also refers to the possibility of ordaining married men to the priesthood. The document, entitled “Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church—Local, Regional, Universal,” purports to explore ways that Anglican practices might influence the Catholic...
  • German Dioceses Respond to ‘Give Protestants Communion’ Guidelines. It’s Not Good.

    07/12/2018 10:02:28 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 12, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    At an astonishing pace, one third of the 27 German dioceses have already now come out with statements concerning the recently published controversial intercommunion guide of the German Bishops’ Conference. Only one diocese has, so far, declared that it will hold back on implementing the new guide allowing, in individual cases, Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion on a regular basis, and without converting to the Catholic Faith, and even without a prior sacramental confession. The most troubling message came out just last week from the bishop of Würzburg, Franz Jung, who invited, for the weekend of 5...
  • On Islam Is on Target

    07/12/2018 8:25:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 12, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    One of the interesting aspects of Fr. James Schall’s refreshing collection of essays, On Islam, is that it provides a chronological record. The first essay appeared in 2003, the last in 2018. This allows the reader to see how our understanding of Islam has changed over those years. Unfortunately, it hasn’t changed much at all. In 2003 we understood next to nothing about Islam, and in 2018 it’s still next to nothing.One of Fr. Schall’s main themes is that we must try to understand Islam as Muslims understand it, not as we would like it to be. But instead of...
  • Regrettable Ruins: A Lament for a Lost Church Building [Catholic Caucus]

    07/12/2018 8:13:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Regrettable Ruins: A Lament for a Lost Church Building Msgr. Charles Pope • July 11, 2018 • Many years ago, I saw the movie True Confessions (1981), which was about an ambitious priest who discovered the truer meaning of the priesthood. Although the film was seedy in places, the outcome for the main character, Monsignor Spellacy, was salutary.Robert DeNiro (who was more discreet and refined in those days) starred as Msgr. Spellacy. It was well acted, but it was the liturgical scenes that were especially noteworthy: they were beautiful, meticulous, and accurate. The movie was set in the 1940s...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Towards a “Christ-Free” Church

    07/11/2018 7:45:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 11, 2018 | Riccardo Cascioli
    In presenting the Vatican Conference held July 5-6 to mark the third anniversary of Laudato Si, the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development announced that it has become “plastic-free” as a way of giving good example to everyone. But is this the witness that Christ has asked for?Last week, from July 5-6, a large international conference was held at the Vatican which wanted to make a big deal about the third anniversary of the publication of the encyclical letter Laudato Si. The title of the conference was “Saving Our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth.”...
  • There’s a ‘better faithful alternative’ to the Vatican World Meeting of Families in Ireland

    07/11/2018 3:36:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 6, 3018 | Lisa Bourne
    DUBLIN, Ireland, July 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A “better, faithful alternative” to the World Meeting of Families will offer Catholics an opportunity to celebrate and share Christ’s vision for marriage and family life based on actual magisterial Church teachings. “A Conference of Catholic Families,” presented by the Lumen Fidei Institute, will be held August 22-23 in Dublin, Ireland, where the Vatican’s World Meeting of Families is taking place. Conference organizers felt compelled to coordinate the conference, which will feature speakers who are uncompromising on Catholic doctrine, after witnessing the flagrant LGBT push associated with the Vatican’s meeting which will include a...
  • The Story of Hosea and What It Teaches About God and Holy Matrimony

    07/11/2018 9:34:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Story of Hosea and What It Teaches About God and Holy Matrimony Msgr. Charles Pope • July 10, 2018 • We are currently reading from the Book of the Prophet Hosea at daily Mass. The story of the Prophet Hosea’s troubled marriage is a powerful testimony to two things: our own tendency to be unfaithful to God, but also of God’s passionate love for us. We do well to recall the story, especially given the “great debate” among some in the Church today over the question of divorce and remarriage. And while there are many painful stories of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] “Humanae vitae”, Paul VI’s secret survey

    07/10/2018 7:50:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 10, 2018 | andrea tornielli
    Paul VI, in October 1967, during the first Synod of Bishops held in the Vatican, had the Cardinal Secretary of State ask for an opinion on contraception in view of the publication of the encyclical. Only 26 of the 200 bishops present produced a written response. Of these, most said they were in favor of some opening to the pill, while 7 were against. But Pope Montini, who had already removed the subject from the Council discussion and had listened to the opinions of a commission of experts (the majority of whom were in favor), did not believe that there...
  • Cath Cauc:‘Spirit of (Pope) Francis’ award given to Cdl McCarrick by Cdl Cupich scrubbed from site

    07/10/2018 6:46:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 10, 2018 | James Risdon
    Disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s name has been wiped from the website of an organization that gave him the Spirit of Francis award two years ago. But Catholic Extension, the Roman Catholic organization that sang McCarrick’s praises when it handed him that prestigious award at the exclusive Manhattan Club in New York in 2016, can’t wipe away video of the event from social media. In a video on YouTube, the unfolding of that bizarre event is laid bare for anyone to see. In it, Chicago’s Cardinal Blasé Cupich, a top-ranking member of the American Catholic church who has since lobbied...