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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • “And ... Morning Watch, the Lord … Cast a Glance” - A Meditation ... Look of the Lord [Cath. C.]

    05/29/2017 8:07:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-28-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “And in the Morning Watch, the Lord … Cast a Glance” - A Meditation on the Look of the Lord Msgr. Charles Pope • May 28, 2017 • Lest the Easter Season slip away and I miss the chance, I would like to look back on a reading from the Easter Vigil.There is indeed an astonishing verse in the Exodus account, which was read at the Easter Vigil. The Lord has parted the waters of the Red Sea by a strong eastern wind and the Israelites have just made the crossing with the Egyptians in hot pursuit.And in the...
  • Does Baptism Save? No...Here's Why

    05/28/2017 2:44:16 PM PDT · by metmom · 98 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Feb 19, 2011 | Shane Idleman
    Some believe that salvation occurs, not when we confess Jesus as Lord, but when immersed in water. They believe that the dead condition of the church is because of failure to embrace baptismal regeneration. In reality, its because so few actually turn to Jesus; baptism isn’t the answer–genuine repentance is: “Repent, therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” (Acts 3:19). Granted, many of the early church fathers did embrace baptismal regeneration. Even though we cherish some of their teachings, they were fallible…some taught that the Holy Spirit was a created being, the salvation of all (including...
  • Luther’s Errors on Justification

    05/28/2017 1:36:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 183 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 27, 2017 | Robert J. Siscoe
    Pope Francis and Lutheran "Bishops" (Male and Female) Commemorate Luther's Revolt in Sweden As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Protestant revolt and the planned “commemoration” of the event by the Modernists in Rome, it serves as an opportune time to review Luther’s errors and heresies on justification, as well as the immediate fruits that they produced (Mt. 7:20).  We will see that Luther’s teaching on justification by faith alone (sola fide) is not simply “faith without works,” as some imagine, but is instead rooted in an entirely different notion of faith, which is believed to justify and save man...
  • Arinze rebuts cardinal’s claim that Catholic faith is unrealistic: ...[Cath Cauc]

    05/28/2017 11:42:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 21, 2015 | John-Henry Westen and Pete Baklinski
    Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria strongly defended the Catholic faith against the proposal put forward by one influential Synod Father who said last week that it is “unrealistic” for the divorced-and-remarried to refrain from sexual activity – what the Church following Christ calls “adultery.” Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich & Freising and a leading advisor to Pope Francis, had said such activity should be judged according to “lived context,” and that such persons should be able to receive Holy Communion. However, Cardinal Arinze told LifeSiteNews in a video interview on Saturday, “The Ten Commandments are given to us by...
  • A Very Popular Pope, But Not Among the Bishops [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    05/28/2017 9:46:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    L'Esprsso ^ | May 28, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    A Very Popular Pope, But Not Among the Bishops > Italiano > English> Español> Français> All the articles of Settimo Cielo in English*With the appointment as president of Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, after that of the secretary general three years ago, Pope Francis now has full control of the Italian episcopal conference, one third of whose bishops have been installed by him, even in dioceses of the first rank like Bologna, Palermo, the vicariate of Rome, and soon also Milan.Appointments are a key element in the strategy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It should suffice to look at how he is reshaping...
  • Love Lifted Me - A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

    05/28/2017 6:45:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-27-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love Lifted Me - A Homily for the Ascension of the Lord Msgr. Charles Pope • May 27, 2017 • In more dioceses than not, the Feast of the Ascension is celebrated this Sunday. The liturgist in me regrets the move from Thursday, but here we are any way. Let’s ascend with the Lord, three days late!This marvelous feast is not merely about something that took place two thousand years ago, for though Christ our head has ascended, we the members of His body are ascending with Him. Because He was ascended, we, too, have ascended. In my own...
  • Cardinal Müller on Amoris Laetitia, Paul Ehrlich, Spadaro and the Three Dismissed Priests

    05/27/2017 8:59:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 26, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Yesterday, 25 May, the Catholic channel EWTN aired an interview of Raymond Arroyo’s The World Over which was conducted a week ago with Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). In this interview – which was conducted in English – the German cardinal touches upon several important matters which are of interest to the larger Catholic world. When Raymond Arroyo asks Cardinal Müller about the post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia and the confusion stemming from it, the cardinal first states: “It is absolutely impossible that the pope, as the successor of St. Peter,...
  • [Cath Cauc] U.S. diocese: Pope Francis ‘guided our work’ to allow LGBTQ students into schools

    05/27/2017 8:21:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 26, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    U.S. diocese: Pope Francis ‘guided our work’ to allow Trans, LGBTQ students into schools Lisa Bourne Follow Lisa amoris laetitia , diocese of jefferson city , john gaydos JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, May 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A U.S. Catholic diocese has drafted a new policy to allow students who identify as “transgender,” “LGBTQ,” and those who come from a “same sex couple – Catholic” to attend its schools. The Diocese of Jefferson City, led by Bishop John Gaydos, has cited Pope Francis’ controversial document Amoris Laetitia as guidance for the process. A draft version of the policy states that administrators in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] "I vow to change nothing of the received Tradition..."

    05/27/2017 7:59:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 27, 2017 | Pope St. Agatho / Paul Anthony Melanson
    "I vow to change nothing of the received Tradition..." Pope St. Agatho (678-681) Papal Coronation Oath, to be taken by all Roman pontiffs, showing that no Roman pontiff has the authority to contradict the Deposit of Faith, or to change or innovate upon what has been handed by to him by Sacred Tradition and his predecessors:         "I vow to change nothing of the received Tradition, and nothing thereof I have found before me guarded by my God-pleasing predecessors, to encroach upon, to alter, or to permit any innovation therein;         "To the contrary:...
  • Francis-appointed Cardinal personally welcomes ‘LGBT Pilgrimage’ to cathedral [Cath Cauc]

    05/27/2017 7:41:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 26, 2017 | Doug Mainwaring
    Francis-appointed Cardinal personally welcomes ‘LGBT Pilgrimage’ to cathedral Doug Mainwaring Follow Doug catholic , homosexuality , james martin , joseph tobin May 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — On Sunday, May 21, Cardinal Joseph Tobin personally welcomed homosexuals to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark as part of a so-called “LGBT Pilgrimage.” It’s unclear how many were expected to attend, but photographs of the event suggest a modest turnout for a New York City area event. On his Facebook page, Fr. James Martin, SJ—lauded by Catholic dissident, Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, for showing “how the...
  • Gay Man Announces His Same-Sex Wedding in Radical LGBT-Affirmative Parish Bulletin [Cath Cauc]

    05/27/2017 3:00:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Joseph Sciambra ^ | May 27, 2017 | Joseph Sciambra
    Gay Man Announces His Same-Sex Wedding in Radical LGBT-Affirmative Parish Bulletin A man who is a nominee for the Pastoral Council at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore announced in the Church bulletin that he is going to marry his same-sex partner. Within the May 28, 2017, bulletin is a “Pastoral Council Election Ballot.” This includes a short biography of each nominee. According to this one particular biography: “My fiancée and I are attending marriage counseling in preparation for our upcoming wedding.”St. Matthew in Baltimore is home to the dissident gay-affirmative ministry LEAD – Lesbian, gay,...
  • Pope Francis Appoints LGBT-Positive Priest as Auxiliary Bishop in San Diego

    05/27/2017 2:28:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | May 27, 2017 | Robert Shine
    Pope Francis Appoints LGBT-Positive Priest as Auxiliary Bishop in San Diego May 27, 2017May 18, 2017Robert Shine, Associate Editor Fr. John Dolan, a priest with an LGBT-positive record, has been appointed by the Vatican to be an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of San Diego.Fr. John Dolan Announcements about Dolan’s appointment repeatedly noted his pastoral work with marginalized people. In the past few years, this work has included ministry with LGBT Catholics and their families.Dolan has been the diocesan vicar for clergy and pastored two churches, including the welcoming St. John the Evangelist parish in the Hillcrest neighborhood where many of San Diego’s...
  • On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love, Law, and Joy[Catholic Caucus]

    05/27/2017 6:11:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Paradoxical Connection Between Love, Law, and Joy Msgr. Charles Pope • May 18, 2017 • In the Gospel today (Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter), Jesus cuts right through the modern Western tendency to set law in opposition to both love and joy. He joins all three concepts and summons us to a new attitude.Jesus says, As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have...
  • U.S. House of Representatives Jesuit Chaplain: Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality a “Dead End

    05/26/2017 12:42:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Joseph Sciambra ^ | May 26, 2017 | Joseph Sciambra
  • ‘Comfortable’ Catholics are ‘unwilling’ to see dangers facing Church: Scholar

    05/26/2017 9:18:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 24, 2017 | LifeSite News staff
    Too many Catholics are caught up in a “comfortable” Catholicism that makes them unwilling, and even unable, to see the “grave problems” currently besetting the Church, said a renowned theologian and one of the world’s top Catholic experts on the Church Fathers. “Most Catholics seem to live their life on a sort of comfortable zone, just the way that a lot of bishops live in a sort of safety-first sort of zone,” Australian patristics and classics scholar Anna Silvas said. “It is too disturbing” for those living in such a zone to “pry any more deeply,” because what they might...
  • On a Sad Sidewalk, ...., “You Will Weep … but Your Grief Will Become Joy” [Catholic Caucus]

    05/26/2017 7:32:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-25-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On a Sad Sidewalk, a Small Foretaste of Jesus’ Words, “You Will Weep … but Your Grief Will Become Joy” Msgr. Charles Pope • May 25, 2017 • Something about today’s Gospel (Friday of the 6th Week of Easter) reminds me of an incident on the front lines of the battle to end abortion.Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to...
  • Again: Pope Francis Supports Controversial Milagro Sala

    05/26/2017 6:13:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 73 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | May 26, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Again: Pope Francis Supports Controversial Milagro SalaOn Wednesday, Pope Francis sent a handwritten letter of support to the Argentinean left-wing activist Milagro Sala, the imprisoned leader of the association Tupac Amaru which receives monthly 1,9 Million Dollars from the Argentinean government for different social projects. Among others, Tupac Amaru provides for contraception and free abortions and promotes homosexualism and gender ideology. In January 2016 Sala was arrested on charges of fraud and criminal conspiracy. She allegedly embezzlement over 1,8 Million U.S. Dollar intended to help the poor. Shortly after her arrest Francis sent her a rosary. Sala considers the Communist...
  • Crisis in the Church: Christless theology, evolution, and subjectivism

    05/25/2017 9:07:05 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 21, 2017 | Linda Kimball
    Over and across the entire denominational spectrum of the church, theistic evolutionists, progressive creationists, gap theorists, and Teilhardians argue that Genesis 1 is not an essential Christian doctrine. This stance however, misrepresents what's at stake – the inerrancy, authority, and clarity of Scripture. Even many Reformed theologians who have enshrined sola Scriptura in their doctrine statements have allowed their seminaries and churches to be infiltrated by compromised views of Genesis 1
  • Cardinal Parolin: ‘The Holy See Stands Ever Ready’

    05/25/2017 8:32:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Zenit ^ | May 25, 2017 | Zenit staff
    Vatican Secretary of State Sends Letter for Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction May 25, 2017ZENIT StaffPope and Holy See ZENIT - HSM The Holy See stands ever ready to make its own specific contribution as the Forum works to meet the urgent challenges before us.This assurance was given by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the participants at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction taking place in Cancun, Mexico, May 22-26, 2017.More than 5,000 experts, including policymakers and disaster risk managers, are participating in the forum, which marks the world’s foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing...
  • Jesus, Who Loves You, Warned Frequently About Hell

    05/25/2017 8:27:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 164 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus, Who Loves You, Warned Frequently About Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • May 24, 2017 • Many people today put Hell in opposition to the love of God, but Jesus combines them. Here is an important truth: No one loves you more than Jesus Christ, yet no one spoke of or taught on Hell and Judgment more than He did. He gave warning after warning and told parable after parable, practically shouting about judgment and the reality of Hell.No “heresy” of our day is more widespread or pernicious than the denial of hell, its existence, and its sad frequency....