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  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Felix of Valois, Confessor (Gueranger)

    11/19/2017 9:03:02 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double FELIX WAS CALLED in his youth to dwell in the desert; and he thought to die there, forgotten by the world he had despised. But our Lord had decreed that his old age should yield fruit before men. It was one of those epochs which may be called turning points in history. The first of the great active Orders was about to be raised up in the Church by St. John of Matha; others were soon to follow, called forth by the new requirements of the times. Eternal Wisdom, who remaining herself the same reneweth all things,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-20-17

    11/19/2017 7:39:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 11-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 20, 2017 Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 [From the descendants of Alexander's officers]there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.He became king in the year one hundred and thirty sevenof the kingdom of the Greeks. In those days there appeared in Israelmen who were breakers of the law,and they seduced many people, saying:"Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us."The proposal was agreeable;some from among...
  • Cath Cauc: As the Church Drowns in a Sea of Words, the Faith of Our Fathers Is Forgotten

    11/19/2017 7:19:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | November 18, 2017 | Christopher A Ferrara
    One of the symptoms indicating the unprecedented severity of the current ecclesial crisis is the astounding level of prolixity in Church documents as compared with the declarative simplicity of pre-Vatican II Church teaching.  Even the very longest pre-conciliar encyclicals (e.g. Pius XII’s Mystici corporis or Saint Pius X’s Pascendi) run to about 20,000 words, including extensive footnotes, and their texts are models of clarity and precision.  Today, however, we are routinely burdened with book-length manifestos such as Laudato si’, Evangelii Gaudium and, of course, Amoris Laetitia, which are more than twice as long but say little or nothing about the...
  • Openly ‘Gay’ Catholic Deacon Under Review as San Francisco Archdiocese Considers Obscene Evidence

    11/19/2017 4:51:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/16/17 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    November 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – An openly “gay” ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is currently under “review” as Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone considers evidence demonstrating his flagrant departure from Catholic teaching. In June LifeSite provided evidence of Deacon Brian Bromberger’s explicit endorsement of homosexual behavior and public authorship of smutty material for a local “gay” newspaper to the Archdiocese. Archdiocesan spokesman Mike Brown said in a recent interview “the Archbishop appreciates your bringing this matter to his attention,” but acknowledged, "We have been aware for some time of the deacon’s past public activities." He stated that the Archbishop...
  • Swiss Planned Parenthood President Invited to Speak at Vatican

    11/19/2017 4:47:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/18/17 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    November 18, 2017 ( – The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life co-hosted a conference on the topic of end of life issues that included several speakers who oppose the Catholic Church’s teachings on the right to life, including the president of the board of Switzerland’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, and the president of the pro-euthanasia Royal Dutch Medical Association. The conference, entitled the “WMA European Region Meeting on End-of-Life Questions,” was jointly organized by the World Medical Association, which officially opposes euthanasia, the German Medical Association, and the Pontifical Academy for Life. It was held in the Aula vecchia del Sinodo...
  • Detroit Friar Beatified Before 65,000 Witnesses

    11/19/2017 4:42:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | 11/19/17 | Nicki Gorny
    Ceremony a final step toward sainthood for Blessed Solanus CaseyDETROIT — A papal representative praised Blessed Solanus Casey for his exemplary love of God and neighbor on Saturday, when the late friar was beatified at a large-scale ceremony at Ford Field. “His profound faith allowed him to receive others as a brother, independently of their race or religion,” Cardinal Angelo Amato said in an echoing sermon that reached more than 65,000 in the covered stadium in downtown Detroit and many more who watched the ceremony live online. Blessed Casey is the second U.S.-born man to be beatified by the...
  • Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/19/2017 8:54:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 18, 2017 • The past few Sundays have featured the November theme of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In today’s Gospel we are reminded that we will one day have to account for our use of the gifts and resources that God has given us.But today’s readings do more than that; they also set forth a virtue that helps us to use God’s gifts well. That virtue is the fear of the Lord....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Twenty-Fourth And Last Sunday After Pentecost (Gueranger)

    11/19/2017 3:46:29 AM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Green Semidouble THE NUMBER of the Sundays after Pentecost may exceed twenty-four, and go up as far as twenty-eight, according as Easter is each Year, more or less near to the vernal equinox. But the Mass here given is always reserved for the last; and the intervening ones, be their number what it may, are taken from the Sundays after the Epiphany, which in that case were not used at the beginning of the year. This, however, does not apply to the Introit, Gradual, Offertory, and Communion, which, as we have already said, are repeated from the twenty-third Sunday....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Duchess of Thuringia (Gueranger)

    11/19/2017 3:45:14 AM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double ALTHOUGH the blessed in heaven shine each with his own peculiar glory, God is pleased to group them in families, as he groups the stars in the material firmament. It is grace that presides over the arrangement of these constellations in the heaven of the Saints; but sometimes it seems as if God wished to remind us that he is the sole Author of both grace and nature; and inviting them, in spite of the fall, to honor him unitedly in his elect, he causes sanctity to become a glorious heirloom, handed down from generation to generation...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-19-17, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    11/18/2017 7:41:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies ^ | 11-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 19, 2017 Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 When one finds a worthy wife,her value is far beyond pearls.Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,has an unfailing prize.She brings him good, and not evil,all the days of her life.She obtains wool and flaxand works with loving hands.She puts her hands to the distaff,and her fingers ply the spindle.She reaches out her hands to the poor,and extends her arms to the needy.Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.Give her a reward for her labors,and let her...
  • Pope Says Euthanasia is Always Wrong, But So Is Overzealous Treatment

    11/18/2017 5:59:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/16/17
    Francis sends a message to a meeting on end-of-life in which he says the sick must be accompanied with love in the last phase of their life, given information and allowed to decide. This requires “careful discernment of the moral object, the attending circumstances, and the intentions of those involved”. From this perspective, palliative care plays a major role.Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Pope Francis sent a message to the Pontifical Academy of Life on the occasion of the European regional meeting of the World Medical Association on the end-of-life issue. In his letter, the pontiff said that from an ethical...
  • French Catholics Forcibly Removed, Arrested for Praying Rosary in Church

    11/18/2017 5:53:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/14/17 | Anita Carey
    Men offered prayer of reparation for ecumenical service led by female Protestant "priest"PARIS ( - Faithful Catholics were forcibly removed and arrested for praying the Rosary in a Catholic church in Paris. In response to an ecumenical service held in the Parish of Our Lady of White Mantles commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, about a dozen young Catholic men made reparation for what they deemed a sacrilege by praying French and Latin prayers and hymns during the service. After jeers from Catholics and Protestants in attendance, the men were arrested, some carried out of the church. Caroline Bretones,...
  • Ukrainian Parliament Makes Catholic Christmas a Public Holiday

    11/18/2017 5:47:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/16/17
    Kiev, November 16, Interfax - The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved changes to the Labor Code by adding Catholic Christmas, December 25, and removing May 2 from its list of national public holidays and non-business days. The changes to Article 73 of the Code of Labor Laws were backed by 238 people's deputies in attendance. "With the passage of this bill, Christmas will be marked in Ukraine twice: on December 25, according to the Gregorian calendar, and on January 7, according to the Julian one," Lyudmila Denisova (People's Front), head of the parliamentary committee on social policy, said during debate...
  • Cardinal Says Pope Francis Inspired Him to Get ‘Creative’ in Liturgy, Lets Lay People Read Gospel

    11/18/2017 5:44:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 85 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/13/17 | Lisa Bourne
    November 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The cardinal archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand, ordered a change in the Mass recently that is “completely contrary” to the governing document for all celebrations of the Catholic Mass in the Ordinary Form, a “creative initiative” the cardinal said was inspired by Pope Francis. Cardinal John Dew called for churches to divert from liturgical protocol of the Gospel reading conducted by ordained clergy with a Lectio Divina reading of the day’s Gospel performed by a layperson. Lectio Divina — Latin for divine reading — is an ancient Benedictine practice of prayer involving reading and reflection...
  • Meaning of 'gospel'

    11/18/2017 8:55:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 11-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Meaning of 'gospel' As first books of the New Testament hadn’t been written, how did apostles ‘believe in the gospel’? Msgr. Charles Pope 11/15/2017 Question: In Mark 1:15, Jesus is calling for all to “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Clearly, the Gospels were not yet written when Jesus was saying this. What exactly was he talking about?— Paul VanHoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: Your question is rooted in the tendency we have to equate the word “gospel” with a written text — more specifically, four written texts in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. However, the “Gospel” should be...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles (Gueranger)

    11/17/2017 9:14:45 PM PST · by CMRosary · 5 replies
    White Greater Double QUOD DUCE TE MUNDUS SURREXIT IN ASTRA TRIUMPHAMS, HANC CONSTANTINUS VICTOR TIBI CONDIDIT AULAM. Because the world under thy conduct has risen triumphant to the very heavens, Constantine the conqueror has built this temple in thy honor. This inscription stood in letters of gold over the triumphal arch in the ancient Vatican Basilica. Never did the Roman genius frame a more magnificent utterance in so few words; never did the greatness of Simon Bar-Jona appear to such advantage on the seven hills. In 1506 the great arch that had looked down upon twelve centuries of prostrate...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,11-18-17, OM,Ded. Basilicas/Sts. Peter &Paul, St. Rose Duchesne

    11/17/2017 8:00:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 11-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 18, 2017 Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9 When peaceful stillness compassed everythingand the night in its swift course was half spent,Your all-powerful word, from heaven's royal thronebounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land,bearing the sharp sword of your inexorable decree.And as he alighted, he filled every place with death;he still reached to heaven, while he stood upon the earth. For all creation, in its several kinds, was being made over anew,serving its natural laws,that your children might be preserved unharmed.The cloud overshadowed their camp;and out of what had before...
  • NY Archdiocese Gay Priests Lose Parishioners and Rack Up Bills

    11/17/2017 5:31:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/14/17 | Bradley Eli
    NY Archdiocese lost $122 million in eight years — not counting millions in sex abuse payoutsAccording to financial records analyzed by Church Militant, the archdiocese of New York has lost more than $122 million in the last eight years in operating expenses for Archdiocesan Services. They're cutting Masses owing to a lack of parishioners and are shaking down remaining parishioners for $200 million, as they financially prepare to pay out millions of dollars for gay clerical sex abuse. One such homosexual priest, Fr. Peter Miqueli, was found mortgaged $100 million in archdiocesan property in a desperate attempt to build up...
  • Athenaeum of Ohio to Expand; New Building Needed to House Growing Numbers of Future Priests

    11/17/2017 5:24:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Telegraph ^ | 10/30/17 | Colleen Kammer
    Groundbreaking Nov. 2 at 88-year-old Mt. Washington campusGroundbreaking ceremonies for a major expansion of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West will take place Nov. 2 at the Mount Washington institution as increased enrollment and projections of continuing growth placed demand on the 88-year-old structure. The building has been frequently renovated to meet the needs of the dynamic vocations scene in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The 2017-2018 class at the seminary boasts 82 men but the facility currently can house only 76. As a result, the Athenaeum of Ohio’s leadership team embarked on the expansion project. The new facility will...
  • Mercy for Pope Means ‘Second Marriage’ Isn’t Adultery: Priest in Vatican Newspaper

    11/17/2017 5:18:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/16/17 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, Italy, November 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis’ emphasis on “mercy” over “law” allows him to view a “second marriage” after a first valid marriage in such a way that it is not “characterized continuously as adultery,” suggested a Catholic priest and seminary professor in an article recently published in the Vatican’s official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Father Gerald Bednar, Vice Rector and Professor of Systematic Theology at Saint Mary Seminary in the U.S. Diocese of Cleveland, wrote in an article published November 10 that Pope Francis in his exhortation Amoris Laetitia [Joy of Love] is not trying to “fashion...