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  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH, 08-23-12

    08/23/2012 8:16:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-23-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH An international association for the assistance, by prayers and alms, of Catholic missionaries throughout the world. Founded in 1822 at Lyons, France, by Pauline Jaricot. It is now under the auspices of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propagation of the Faith). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Lessons from Catholic Evangelists

    08/23/2012 5:46:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 23, 2012 | Jim Graves
    Five prominent Catholic apologists share their methods of spreading the Good News and defending the Faith. Left to right: Austen Ivereigh, Dave Armstrong, Tom Peterson, Patrick Coffin In a meeting last year with Church leaders involved in the New Evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Today’s world needs people who proclaim and testify that it is Christ who teaches the art of living, the way of true happiness, because he himself is the path of life.” “Dear friends, being evangelizers is not a privilege but a commitment that comes from faith,” the Holy Father continued. “To the question the Lord addresses...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: IDOL, 08-22-12

    08/22/2012 11:15:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-22-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):IDOL Any creature that is given divine honors. It need not be a figure or representation, and may be a person. In fact, it may be oneself, or some creation of one's own mind or will. An object becomes an idol when it is treated as an end in itself, with no reference to God. (Etym. Latin idolum, image, picture, idol; from Greek eid_lon, phantom, idol.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Filipino bishops: We will strip Catholic status if schools defy Church teaching

    08/21/2012 10:52:33 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LSN ^ | 8.21.2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    – Catholic schools that fail to uphold Church teaching may be stripped of their affiliation with the Church, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) warned last week. “If we are a Catholic school, we should not teach anything contrary to the official teaching of the Church,” Archbishop Jose Palma, the CBCP’s president, told CBCPNews, the conference’s official news service. Stressing that parents who send their children to Catholic schools expect the schools to be faithful to the teachings of the Church, Archbishop Palma, who heads the Cebu archdiocese, said, “They are hoping that their children will learn the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, 08-21-12

    08/21/2012 8:34:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-21-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CAPITAL PUNISHMENT The death penalty imposed by the state for the punishment of grave crimes. It is certain from Scripture that civil authorities may lawfully put malefactors to death. Capital punishment was enacted for certain grievous crimes in the Old Law, e.g., blasphemy, sorcery, adultery, and murder. Christian dispensation made no essential change in this respect, as St. Paul expressly says: "The state is there to serve God for your benefit. If you break the law, however, you may well have fear: the bearing of the sword has its significance" (Romans 13:4). Among the errors of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEGNATURA APOSTOLICA, 08-20-12

    08/20/2012 9:00:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    eatured Term (selected at random):SEGNATURA APOSTOLICA The highest tribunal of the Holy See; its origins go back to Pope Eugenius IV (reigned 1431-47). As reconstituted by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the Segnatura has two areas of competency, namely: 1. over tribunals already established, pilgrimages to Rome, matrimonial cases of nullity, erection of regional and interregional tribunals, handling cases involving concordats between various nations and the Holy See; 2. settling disputes arising from acts of administrative ecclesiastical power as a court of appeal, deciding on administrative controversies sent to it by the congregations of the Roman Curia, and judging on...
  • Dispensational Principles (Nos. 31-33) - The Prayers of the Lord's Prisoner (Dispensational)

    08/18/2012 10:19:48 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 6 replies
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | Feb, Mar, Apr 1913 | Charles Welch
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  • Guns Don’t Kill People, Doctors Kill People!

    08/18/2012 9:52:35 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 15 replies
    Email Subscription from Dr. Boys | August 17, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    An organization devoted to helping health care professionals who have been falsely accused of medical misconduct declared that “doctors are approximately 9,000 times more likely to accidentally kill someone than gun owners.” Humm, so guns don’t kill people; doctors kill people. (Semmelweis Society International.) It seems some medical doctors have no shame as proved when they took advantage of the mass shooting of six Sikhs at their temple in Wisconsin by a nut case. I always expect shameless politicians to take advantage of any tragedy to grab guns but they will never use such experiences as a platform to demand...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SARAI, 08-18-12

    08/18/2012 10:48:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-18-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SARAI See: SARAH All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Dispensational Principles - The Prayers of the Lord's Prisoner (Dispensational)

    08/18/2012 7:23:27 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 6 replies
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | January, 1913 | Editors
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  • The Church is a Bride, not a Widow

    08/17/2012 1:50:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 16, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The readings from the Feast of the Assumption still echo in my mind. I am particularly mindful of their announcement of victory: I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed One. Rev (12:10) Then comes the end, when [Christ] hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death, for...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HELP OF THE SICK SCAPULAR, 08-17-12

    08/17/2012 8:46:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Catholic Reference.net ^ | 08-17-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HELP OF THE SICK SCAPULAR The badge of a confraternity, founded in 1860, associated with the Society of St. Camillus, patron of hospitals. It is black, with a picture of the Blessed Virgin. Approved by Popes Pius IX and Leo XIII. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRUE CROSS, 08-16-12

    08/16/2012 9:11:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; }   TRUE CROSS The cross on which the Savior died. It was very probably discovered in A.D. 326 by St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine. A part of this cross is said to be preserved in the Church of Santa Croce in Rome. The feast of the Exaltation (or Triumph) of the Holy Cross is celebrated on September 14 in the Latin Rite. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Promoting Sin in the ELCA

    08/16/2012 5:38:07 AM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 8/16/12 | Dan Skogen
    “Grace is not your average Lutheran church,” so says the ELCA’s Grace Lutheran Church in a Houston, TX. I say that isn't necessarily so. I believe Grace Lutheran gives us a picture of what many ELCA churches ARE like and what most ELCA churches will be. And it’s time that all the Midwest ELCA churches, rural ELCA churches, head-in-the-sand churches and members everywhere understand what the ELCA has become. Let me tell you about Grace Lutheran. Their church website recommends giving kids a children’s book about homosexual marriage. The book is called Donovan’s Big Day. One of Grace Lutheran's church...
  • Breaking Bread With the Enemy: The Al Smith Dinner

    08/15/2012 6:54:33 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 6 replies
    Patheos ^ | Aug 09, 2012 | Kathy Schiffer
    Breaking Bread With the Enemy: The Al Smith Dinner August 9, 2012 By Kathy Schiffer 72 Comments “So he’s given us a year to figure out how to violate our consciences…”“You’ve got a dramatic, radical intrusion of a government bureaucracy into the internal life of the church…”–Most Rev. Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New YorkCardinal Egan welcomes President George W. Bush and Al Gore Cardinal Timothy Dolan has been an outspoken critic of the health care mandate imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services, requiring all businesses (even Catholic organizations) to offer free contraception and abortifacients as part of...
  • Yes Jesus had dinner with sinners, but private ones, not photo ops

    08/15/2012 6:39:25 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 4 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Aug 09, 2012 | Phil Lawler
    Yes Jesus had dinner with sinners, but private ones, not photo ops by Phil Lawler Thu Aug 09 1:58 PM EST August 9, 2012 (CatholicCulture.org) - Jesus ate with tax collectors. And Cardinal Dolan plans to eat with President Obama — who, Chief Justice Roberts tells us, has imposed a “tax” on employers who refuse to subsidize contraception. But there’s a difference. When Jesus sat with tax collectors, the dinners were private. They were not “photo ops” for political candidates. The Lord could speak directly to the hearts of his dining companions, and convert them. Remember, St. Matthew left the...
  • Understanding of the Wrath of God

    08/15/2012 1:46:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 14, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Not long ago I saw a bottle of hot sauce with the creative name “Wrath of God!” Now that’s gotta be some hot sauce!But what is God’s wrath? It is spoken of often in the scriptures and it is a concept with which we have to be careful. On the one hand we cannot simply dismiss the concept as contradictory to the fact that God is love. But neither can we fail to see God’s wrath apart from his love.As a follow up last week’s discussions on Hell, it seems worthwhile to consider some aspects of the very complicated and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: POSTULATION, 08-15-12

    08/15/2012 10:25:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-15-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):POSTULATION A request for the appointment of a highly qualified candidate to an office of which he would not ordinarily by elected because of a canonical impediment. Church law recognized this as a legitimate method of appointment. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ELCA Bishop Bashes Chick-fil-A and Its Supporters

    08/15/2012 4:53:30 AM PDT · by rhema · 26 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 8/11/12 | Dan Skogen
    This week ELCA Bishop of the North Texas-Northern Louisiana Mission Area, Kevin S. Kanouse wrote a blog (see here) calling those who support Chick-fil-A bullies and he blamed “preachers (?)” for people going to show their support for Chick-fil-A. This after the widespread temper tantrum and bullying from liberals and homosexuals against Chick-fil-A’s president for stating he believes in the Biblical view of one man, one woman marriage. Notice, too, that the ELCA bishop disparages the preachers by placing a question mark after referencing them, apparently implying that he questions whether they are true Christian preachers. ELCA Bishop Kanouse mockingly...
  • Lutherans meet in MN, divided over marriage amendment

    08/15/2012 4:40:46 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    KARE 11 ^ | Aug 15, 2012 | Jana Shortal
    GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The ELCA vote of 2009 divided Lutherans forever. The decision to allow gay and lesbian pastors in committed relationships to be ordained into ministry caused a ripple effect of defections. On Tuesday many of those ripples gathered for a Lutheran conference at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley. Some of them reflecting on who they have become as a faith community since then. "The positive part about it is its helped people to I think discern who they are and what they believe and what is important in life and ministry," Pastor Steve Dornbusch of Calvary...
  • “What Is Your Will for Me, O God?” (St. Jane Frances de Chantal) [Ecumenical]

    08/14/2012 4:19:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    WAU.org ^ | August 2012 | Jill Boughton
    “What Is Your Will for Me, O God?” St. Jane de Chantal By: Jill Boughton “I await your plan. I want to live only for you.” Easy for a saint to say? Consider the fact that this saint, a passionate woman with strong desires, had to keep revising her understanding of God’s plan for her. Determined to glorify God with her life, she willingly set aside one objective after another until she discovered that only in God’s time and way could her deepest desires be fulfilled. Would she be a wife and mother? A cloistered nun? A pioneering foundress?...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MIRIAM, 08-14-12

    08/14/2012 9:18:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-14-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MIRIAM Older sister of Moses and Aaron. When Moses was born, his mother laid him in a basket and set it free on a river because of Pharaoh's edict dooming all Hebrew baby boys (Exodus 1:22). The resourceful Miriam managed to have Moses' own mother, Jochebed, assigned to care for him (Exodus 2:2-10). Later in life she was not as fortunate or as well advised. When Moses married Zipporah, both Miriam and Aaron thought he had demeaned himself by marrying a Midianite. When they criticized him, Yahweh came to his rescue and punished Miriam by inflicting...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DESTINY, 08-13-12

    08/13/2012 9:13:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-13-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DESTINY In general, the preordained order of events. Human destiny, therefore, is the divine ordering of all secondary causes by God leading to the goal of human existence, which is the heavenly possession of God. But always this destiny is conditional, depending on one's voluntary co-operation with divine grace. In pagan terms destiny is the fate to which a person is necessarily predestined. (Etym. Latin de, down + stanare, to cause to stand: destinare, to destine, resolve firmly.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with...
  • Why Did the Jews Reject Christianity?

    08/12/2012 9:20:00 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 304 replies
    The Yeshiva.net ^ | 8/1/2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    A Jewish class on why Jews do not accept Christianity. I post for Jews to self-educate and for Christians to understand the Jewish point of view--not that it matters (that they do.)
  • Is It True Jesus Never Addressed Same Sex Marriage?

    08/12/2012 1:27:48 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 51 replies
    Between the Times ^ | August 8, 2012 | Daniel Akin
    Today it is popular among those promoting same sex marriage to say that Jesus never addressed the issue, that He was silent on the subject. Those who affirm the historical and traditional understanding of marriage between a man and woman often are admonished to go and read more carefully the Bible. If we do so we are told we will see that Jesus never addressed the issue. So, the question that I want to raise is, “Is this assertion correct?” Is it indeed the fact that Jesus never addresses the issue of same sex marriage? When one goes to the...
  • Angels: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly! Part III

    08/11/2012 10:55:08 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 38 replies
    Email Subscription From Dr. Boys | August 11, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    No subject on angels would be complete (and this treatise is far from complete), without dealing with the passage in Gen. 6, one of the most controversial, confusing, and convoluted Bible passages. The incident happened just before the global Flood, and whatever position one may take as to the identity of the culprits, their sin was a partial reason (along with the violence) for the world disaster (Gen. 6:5; 11). Moses tells about the “sons of God” cohabitating with the “daughters of men” resulting in the production of nephilim translated “giants” and/or “fallen ones.” Some scholars contend that the “sons...
  • A New Synopsis - Genesis (Dispensational)

    08/10/2012 4:12:25 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 1 replies
    Things to Come, A Journal of Biblical Literature | March, 1913 | James Christopher Smith
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  • Catholic Word of the Day: DOCTRINAL DISSENT, 08-10-12

    08/10/2012 9:42:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DOCTRINAL DISSENT The theory that a professed Catholic may legitimately disagree with an official teaching of the Catholic Church and, in fact, should disagree in order to advance the Church's interests. It is based on one of several erroneous premises, e.g., Modernism, which denies that divine faith is an assent of the mind to God's revealed truth, or process theology, which postulates an evolving deity and therefore also an everchanging truth. Most often the dissent applies to some doctrine of Christian morals which, though infallibly true, because taught by the Church's universal ordinary magisterium, has not...
  • Are Calvinists Arrogant?

    08/10/2012 9:01:57 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 38 replies
    Patheos ^ | July 23, 2012 | David French
    I’m much more involved in political/cultural battles than I am in theological squabbles, but ever since I first dipped my toe in those tumultuous waters, I’ve heard the same criticism again and again: Reformed believers are just so darn arrogant.  When I first heard the critique, I scoffed.  Surely not.  After all, who has less reason to boast than a Calvinist?  Not only can we take zero credit for our faith (can a zombie take credit for someone graciously giving him the antidote?), but the theology is, frankly, not that complex.  Let’s face it: “God is sovereign” is not a...
  • Faith and Good Works, Christ and the Spirit

    08/09/2012 8:34:03 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 43 replies
    Patheos ^ | August 8, 2012 By fredsanders | August 8, 2012 By fredsanders
    Justification is by grace alone through faith alone. It’s a wonderful truth, established by Paul,  classically recovered and emphasized by the Reformers. But as the Reformers learned in the sixteenth century, and as Protestants ought always to keep in mind when teaching this great doctrine, it is open to unhelpful mis-interpretation by those who would affirm it, and to uncharitable mis-representation by those who reject it. We ought, therefore, to teach justification through faith vigorously, but also carefully, and with certain safeguards creatively deployed. A justifying faith that has no connection to good works is the danger so perennial that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PENITENT, 08-09-12

    08/09/2012 9:03:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-09-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PENITENT In the sacrament of penance, the person who confesses sins and seeks absolution. And in general, anyone who sincerely repents of wrongdoing, resolves to amend his or her life, and by appropriate means tires to expiate the guilt and punishment incurred for offending God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pastor (female) Became Atheist. Why?

    08/08/2012 4:14:07 PM PDT · by fishtank · 55 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Aug. 8, 2012 | Brian Thomas
    Pastor Became Atheist. Why? by Brian Thomas, M.S. | Aug. 8, 2012 Teresa McBain ministered in the Methodist church for twenty years. She formerly pastored at Lake Jackson United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Florida, but today she ministers as the public relations director of the American Atheists.1 She says that she used to believe in the God of the Bible, but she recently changed her mind: "I know it's a lie. I know it's false."2 Why has she rejected God? She explained her reasons to the Christian Post, saying, "One [reason] was the contradictory nature of the Bible; the lack...
  • When does a dinner invitation become a scandal? — UPDATED (Obama has accepted)

    08/08/2012 2:26:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 7, 2012 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    When it involves the fabled Al Smith Dinner in New York, all you have to do is invite President Obama: By tradition, the storied Al Smith Dinner has provided a few hours of comic relief from the angry volleys of the campaign trail — a white-tie charity banquet held in the weeks before Election Day, hosted by the archbishop of New York and featuring speeches by the two presidential candidates on the condition that they lob nothing more than good-natured jibes.But the Catholic hierarchy’s fierce feud with President Obama, abetted by the increasingly sharp tone of the 2012 elections, is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANOINTING, 08-08-12

    08/08/2012 9:35:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANOINTING Literally the pouring of oil on someone or some thing in a religious ceremony. Its biblical purpose was to make sacred the object anointed. Thus kings were anointed (I Samuel 10:1), priests (Exodus 28:41), and prophets (I Kings 19:16). The reference to anointing in the New Testament as a sacred rite pertains to the sacrament of anointing the sick, but the verb here used (James 5:14), aleipho, is unique. It therefore has a different meaning from "to make sacred," as elsewhere in the Bible. In the Catholic Church, holy oils are used in the administration...
  • Archbishop Hart blasts Melbourne paper for highlighting sacrilegious liturgy

    08/08/2012 6:04:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | August 8, 2012
    Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne. Melbourne, Australia, Aug 8, 2012 / 04:02 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Melbourne denounced a local newspaper for its story about a breakaway group of “Inclusive Catholics,” led by a renegade priest who allegedly gave Holy Communion to a dog. “That anyone would feed the Eucharist to a dog is an abomination,” Archbishop Denis J. Hart of Melbourne said in an Aug. 6 statement, issued by the archdiocese in response to a report the same day in The Age newspaper. The paper, he said, had mocked Catholic beliefs by featuring the incident, which occurred...
  • National Boy Scout policy against openly gay members flouted by local councils

    08/08/2012 5:24:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    LSN ^ | 8.8.2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    August 7, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Although the Boy Scouts of America recently reaffirmed a policy against having open homosexuals as members, at least some local councils say they don’t consider the policy actually binding on their own operations. A Catholic parish in Minnesota was recently blindsided when they learned the Boy Scouts’ reputation for Christian conservative values didn’t bear out in the case of their local Council, which declared last month that it would continue admitting individuals who were openly homosexual. “Every council is reflective of their community,” said Kent York, spokesman for the Twin Cities-based Northern Star Council, Minnesota’s...
  • The saint who opposed Luther

    08/07/2012 2:39:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 189 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 7, 2012
    St Cajetan (1480-1547) was, like his contemporary Martin Luther, deeply concerned by the worldliness and decadence he saw among the clergy. He, however, sought to reform the Church from within, founding the Order of the Theatines.This was the first congregation of regular clergy. Its aims were to preach sound doctrine, to tend the poor and the sick, to restore frequent use of the sacraments and to inspire better priestly conduct.Born into the nobility of Vicenza as Gaetano dei Conti di Tiene, Cajetan lost his father at two. His mother brought him up to be both studious and devout.After becoming...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH, 08-07-12

    08/07/2012 9:37:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH See: PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A New Synopsis - Exodus

    08/06/2012 9:16:24 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 5 replies
    My files | September, 1913 | James Christopher Smith
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  • This is where liberal dissent leads: liberals give the Eucharist to a dog

    08/06/2012 1:20:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 6, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Note in the second paragraph of the story that, at this blasphemous and sacrilegious “Mass”, the dissidents gave the Eucharist to a dog.Let’s not be speciesist, after all. This is where dissent leads.Note that this priest has already had his faculties removed. It could be that additional censures are now in order. All creatures great and small: Father Greg Reynolds leads Mass at the Inclusive Catholics service in South Yarra, where one first-time visitor brought his dog along. Dissidents preach a new breed of Catholicism August 6, 2012 Barney ZwartzFATHER Greg Reynolds wants his church of dissident Catholics to welcome...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FIDES ECCLESIASTICA, 08-06-12

    08/06/2012 9:08:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FIDES ECCLESIASTICA See: THEOLOGICAL NOTES All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Reflections on Homosexuality

    08/05/2012 1:34:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 75 replies
    Pastor Matthew ^ | 8/5/2012 | Matthew R. St. John
    While a student at Dallas Seminary a good friend of mine and I went to an IHOP to study for a Hebrew exam. My friend seemed unusually anxious, tender and, admittedly, a bit awkward. At some point during the evening I finally asked him if he was okay. He looked around cautiously, then in a whisper said to me, “I need to tell you something I have never told anyone else before.” “Okay,” I said. “You can tell me anything.” “I’m gay.” With that, I stood up from the table, invited him to stand up, and gave him and a...
  • Angels: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly! Part II

    08/05/2012 11:20:31 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 8 replies
    Dr. Boys' Email Subscription to Me | August 4, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    When bad angels allegedly speak to humans (who almost invariably write books about their experiences and do the talk show circuit), the bad angel (demon) almost always conveys the false message of reincarnation and that any religion is good and acceptable. With both teachings, you are wading into the deep, dark, dank, and dirty backwaters of heresy. Such teachings are not found between the covers of the Bible, and that’s our only reliable guide, not the self-serving ranting of disturbed or lying individuals. New Agers even teach gullible people how to contact their angels and tell them to meditate on...
  • "Tradition" Is Not a Dirty Word

    08/05/2012 5:11:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 44 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | Tuesday, October 31, 2006 | Dave Armstrong
    "Tradition" Is Not a Dirty Word Evangelical Protestantism holds, by and large, the view that Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition are somehow unalterably opposed to each other and, for all practical purposes, mutually exclusive. This is yet another example of a false dichotomy which Protestantism often (unfortunately) tends to create (e.g., Faith vs. Works, Matter vs. Spirit). The Bible, however, presupposes Tradition as an entity prior to and larger than itself, from which it is derived, not as some sort of "dirty word." It is one thing to wrongly assert that Catholic Tradition (the beliefs and dogmas which the Church...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Catholic Action

    08/04/2012 10:29:13 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Catholic Action 1237. Would you kindly explain in detail the aims and objects of Catholic Action? The aim of Catholic Action is the same as that of the Church — the salvation of souls, and the establishing of the reign of Jesus Christ in all phases of individual, family, and social life, so that Christ is ever better known, loved, and served by men. The object is to secure the coordinated action of the Catholic laity in union with, and under the direction of the Bishops for the defense of religious and moral principles, and for the development of a...
  • Grey is the Devil’s Favorite Color

    08/04/2012 3:46:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 3, 2012 | Teresa Tomeo
    Even many Catholics dismiss Fifty Shades of Grey as harmless entertainment. They couldn’t be more wrong. “Grey is the devil’s favorite color.” How I wish I could take credit for that powerful quote. However, it actually belongs to none other than philosopher, Catholic convert, author, and esteemed professor Dr. Peter Kreeft. A wise listener of mine sent me the Kreeft quote to help summarize the current obsession, and not just among the general public, with the Fifty Shades of Grey book trilogy. The fictional series written by E.L. James focuses on the sado-masochistic relationship between a young woman, Anastasia Steele,...
  • The Bible vs The Book of Mormon [VID]

    08/04/2012 1:59:06 PM PDT · by RaisingCain · 14 replies
    A very good video (an hour and 6 minutes) comparing the historicity of the Bible to the The Book of Mormon by Living Hope Ministries. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1mFdO1wB08&feature=plcp
  • The Primacy of Peter

    08/04/2012 1:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 121 replies
    V for Victory ^ | August 3, 2012
    Just a few days ago, I acquired my own copy of a book I remember from childhood (not, alas, from Catholic school): the silver jubilee edition of My Catholic Faith, by Bishop Louis Laravoire Morrow, S.T.D. (My Mission House, Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1961).  Bishop Morrow served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Krishnagar, India, from 1939 to 1969; his book originally came out in 1936.  My Catholic Faith is a concise summary of the Faith and is divided into three parts: What to Believe; What to Do; and Means of Grace.  This worthy book unfortunately appears no longer to be...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SIN AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT, 08-04-12

    08/04/2012 11:55:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Catholic Reference.net ^ | 08-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SIN AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT Major offenses that carry a stubborn resistance to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and a contempt of his gifts. They are despair of one's salvation, envy of another's spiritual good, opposing known truths of faith, obstinacy in sin, presumption of God's mercy, and final impenitence. Because those who sin in this way, resisting grace, do not wish to repent, we say that their sins cannot be forgiven them. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Actions Taken by ELCA Leadership at Synod Assemblies

    08/04/2012 7:59:13 AM PDT · by rhema · 9 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 8/2/12 | Dan Skogen
    The ELCA online publication (likely the print magazine also) The Lutheran published another article highlighting some of the actions taken by ELCA synods this year at their synod assemblies. (see Exposing the ELCA’s blog containing The Lutheran’s first report here) Below are the most troubling, pertinent, non-Biblical, disappointing and liberal actions taken by the ELCA’s leadership from my point of view: The Grand Canyon Synod, - “Concluded that the Arizona SB 1070 Immigration Law is inconsistent with collective Christian beliefs and is harmful to the needs of Arizona, exhorting members to advocate for immigration reform that is ‘comprehensive, fair, humane,...