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  • [Catholic and Protestant] Conservatives to Synod: Don’t Go Soft on Marriage

    09/30/2014 4:02:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/29/14 | John L. Allen Jr.
    One sign that a summit is viewed as crucial is when a tug-of-war breaks out to shape its agenda and outcome. By that standard, the looming Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family appears a very big deal indeed. In the run-up to the synod, we’ve already seen cardinals publicly jousting over the contentious issue of whether the Church ought to relax its ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. Activists and rank-and-file believers alike have entered the fray on all manner of issues related to the family, with the latest to-do involving a cross-section of 48 mostly...
  • Vatican Diary / Behind the scenes of the Chicago appointment

    09/30/2014 3:17:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | 9/30/2014 | Sandro Magister
    While still reeling from the news of the imminent removal of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the more conservative and traditional Catholicism of the United States - and historically the more “papist” - has been dealt another blow with the appointment of the new archbishop of Chicago. Francis’ selection of Blase J. Cupich ( in the photo) as the new pastor of the third-ranking diocese in the U.S. has plunged this particularly dynamic component of American Catholicism into a profound depression, almost to the edge of a nervous breakdown. It is enough to scan the reactions of the websites and bloggers...
  • The Magnificent Mystery of Art and the Glory of the Human Soul

    09/30/2014 1:31:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/29/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more common modern themes is that the human person is really nothing more than a smart ape or an above-average animal. To this I must reply, “Nonsense!”It is true that we have many similarities to primates and, really, to all mammals. But the similarities stop there.At the level of the soul the differences could not be greater! Animals do not compose symphonies; they do not write great works of literature or create magnificent art. They do not build cities or form bicameral legislatures. They do not pass laws or even ponder right and wrong. They do not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-30-14, M, St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

    09/29/2014 9:08:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-30-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2014Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church  Reading 1 Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.Job spoke out and said: Perish the day on which I was born,the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” Why did I not perish at birth,come forth from the womb and expire?Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,like babes that have never seen the light?Wherefore did the knees receive me?or why did I suck at the breasts? For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;had...
  • The Mighty Archangels

    09/29/2014 8:55:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 09914 | Kathleen Beckman
    The Mighty Archangels Kathleen Beckman The Office of Readings for the feast of the Archangels, St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael, offers a reflection by Saint Gregory, pope, “
Those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. Personal names are assigned to some to denote their ministry when they come among us. Thus, Michael means, “Who is like God?”; Gabriel is “The Strength of God”; Raphael is “God’s Remedy.”We are beloved of God, and He provides us with angelic companions and protectors as the Catechism states, “The...
  • NO COMMUNION for first time in 2,000 years...

    09/29/2014 5:23:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/29/2014
    The ancient city of Nineveh in Iraq, one of the world's first Christian enclaves, has been emptied of its Christians. Islamic State terrorists have driven off or murdered the entire city's population of Christians. Across Iraq other Christians have fled en masse. Canon Andrew White, the only Anglican Vicar in Iraq told the Telegraph "Last week there was no communion in Nineveh for the first time in 2,000 years. All are closed, all their people have run away." Despite the extreme dangers, Christians are permitted to live in the Islamic State, but only if they pay a punishing tax. All...
  • Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn Under Vatican Investigation

    09/29/2014 4:39:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/29/14 | Joshua J. McElwee
    A Canadian archbishop visited the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese last week on behalf of the Vatican to investigate the leadership of Bishop Robert Finn, the first Catholic prelate to be found criminally guilty of shielding a priest in the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis. Ottawa, Ontario, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast visited the Midwestern diocese for several days last week, interviewing more than a dozen people about Finn's leadership, several of those interviewed told NCR. According to those who spoke with Prendergast, the main question he asked was: "Do you think [Finn] is fit to be a leader?" The communications officer...
  • Catholic Music Director Will Not Sue Nienstedt

    09/29/2014 3:22:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Star Tribune ^ | 9/29/14 | Karen Zamora
    The forced resignation of a Catholic church music director who married his longtime same-sex partner apparently won’t be challenged in court. Jamie Moore, who was music director at St. Victoria Parish Catholic Church for more than 17 years before he quit at the request of church leaders, decided Friday not to pursue legal action against Archbishop John Nienstedt, according to his former lawyer. “I think he was in a very good position to challenge the termination because of the reason that was given, and that was marital status,” Clayton Halunen said Sunday, explaining that Minnesota churches are allowed to discriminate...
  • Bishop Conry Absolves Himself

    09/29/2014 3:10:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Munabor's Blog ^ | September 29,2014 | Mundabor
    Bishop Conry Absolves Himself Bishop Conry has given an interview to a semi-porn rag for gossiping housewives called “Daily Mail”. Visit the site at your peril. The interview allows us to give a long, hard look at your typical “spirit of V II” priest. Caution: strong smell of brimstone. First, the photo; reproduced above, and obviously published with his and his mistress consent, or acceptance: a priest and his mistress walk about. He is in plain clothes, though he is obviously still a priest; she wears a cross and what the wife of an Anglican bishop would consider a not...
  • SOURCE CONFIRMS POPE WILL REMOVE CONSERVATIVE CARDINAL FROM VATICAN

    09/29/2014 2:36:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 29, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    SOURCE CONFIRMS POPE WILL REMOVE CONSERVATIVE CARDINAL FROM VATICAN
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY, 09-29-14

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/ ^ | 09-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ORIGINAL IMPASSIBILITY  The freedom from suffering experienced by Adam and Eve before the Fall. This gift may be defined as the possibility of remaining free from suffering. It was associated with bodily immortality. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Autism and the Church

    09/29/2014 6:55:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    The Inclusive Church ^ | April 2, 2014 | Amy Fenton Lee
    Have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he had red hair? What if a mother was greeted at the children’s ministry check-in with news her redheaded son had to go back home? No, you can’t imagine. If any church ever sent home a child because of their natural hair color it would make the evening news! Now, have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he was on the autism spectrum? What if a mother was greeted at church check-in with the news that her son with autism couldn’t be...
  • U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution

    09/29/2014 8:31:42 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 6 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution By Julio Severo The United Nations Human Rights Council Friday adopted a resolution, by a 25-14, against anti-LGBT “violence” and “discrimination” that was pushed forward by Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia — nations mostly Catholic, but relentlessly affected by Liberation Theology and other forms of socialism. Brazil is the largest Catholic nation in the world. “The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations’ key principles — that everyone is equal in dignity and rights,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human...
  • Do Not be Deceived! A Meditation on a Constant Theme of Scripture

    09/29/2014 1:24:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/28/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A very common word in the New Testament is “deceived.” In English we tend to think of this word as referring to someone who has been tricked or fooled. And thus the emphasis is on intellectual terms. The Greek and Latin roots, however, have an almost physical dimension to them.The Latin roots for “deceived” or “deception” are de- (from) + capere (to take or carry away). The Greek word in the New Testament that is translated as “deceived” is Ï€Î»Î±ÎœÎŹÎżÎŒÎ±Îč (planaomai) and means more literally “to be carried off” or “to be led astray.”Thus, those who are deceived are those...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-14, FEAST, Sts. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2014 8:25:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2014Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels    Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming,on the clouds of...
  • The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

    09/28/2014 2:49:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 78 replies
    SpiritualDirection ^ | September 22, 2014 | FR. BARTUNEK
    THE DEVIL, OUR ancient enemy, really exists. Jesus talked about him a lot. The Catechism emphasizes the reality of this fallen angel, who is interested in interfering with the adventure of love we are called to live: Evil is not an abstraction, but refers to a person, Satan, the Evil One, the angel who opposes God. The devil is the one who ‘throws himself across’ God’s plan and his work of salvation accomplished in Christ. (CCC, 2851) And the devil knows the truth
that God is faithful, that divine grace will never fail us. The devil knows that he cannot obstruct...
  • Vatican says bishop's dismissal not the result of sex abuse

    09/28/2014 12:24:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | September 27, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops.
  • Back to Normal: Bishop Liberal in Doctrine and Morals is Liberal in his own Mores

    09/28/2014 12:15:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    rorate Caeli ^ | 9/27/2014 | New Catholic
    Back to Normal: Bishop Liberal in Doctrine and Morals is Liberal in his own Mores Good for the bishop and for the Church: In the same week of the arrest of former Archbishop Wesolowski for his abusive acts as nuncio in the Dominican Republic, as the Pope's own living quarters and bank are still under the control of a monsignor formerly in the service of Vatican diplomacy whose most famous event during his entire life was being caught stuck in an elevator with his male paramour when in Uruguay a few years ago, another bishop resigns for moral reasons -...
  • Religious conservatives opposed to Hillary Clinton

    09/28/2014 12:12:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2014 | Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is the one figure uniting religious conservatives frustrated by a leaderless Republican Party that's divided over foreign policy, immigration and social issues. The prospect of another Clinton White House stirred anguish at the Values Voter Summit this weekend where hundreds of conservative activists debated the GOP's future and warned that the acknowledged but unannounced 2016 Democratic front-runner would cement what they see as President Barack Obama's attack on religious freedom....
  • Immodest Dressing Could Lead to Killing (Unborn Babies)

    09/28/2014 10:10:18 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 49 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 9-28-14 | Fr. Carota
    In this blog I want to show that sexually provocative clothing can lead to sexual activity. The lust that provocative clothing causes, is for sex, for pleasure outside of marriage, and not to bring a child into the world. The type of sex that this could provoke, based on lust, could lead to an un-wanted pregnancy. And this pregnancy could end with the unborn baby being murdered at an abortion mill.As many of you know, the 40 Days For Life has begun again. I went to pray the Holy Rosary where they kill unborn babies this morning after Latin Mass....
  • Got a Screaming Kid at Church? 6 Encouraging Things to Remember

    09/28/2014 9:57:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Catholic Pop ^ | September 27, 2014 | Rachel Lu
    Bowsk, Flickr / Ben Francis, Flickr / ChurchPOP With three young boys, Mass can be the scariest part of my whole week. I wonder: will the baby scream right in the middle of the Consecration? Will I end up chasing the toddler down the center aisle? Grim possibilities flit through my mind as I dress the boys for church.But God loves children, and even harrowing churchgoing memories will probably seem precious a decade or two hence.Here then are some thoughts to help you keep perspective if you have this problem as well.1) God notices your kids’ efforts… and yours. This...
  • Spiritual Triage: Help Wounded, Drop Theoretical Baggage, Pope Says

    09/28/2014 9:45:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 9/26/14 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has "no right" to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in "byzantine" philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement. "We have to go out! So that -- I've said this before -- the church seems like a field hospital," where the first order of the day "is heal the wounds, not measure people's cholesterol. That comes later. Got it?" he said to applause. The pope met at the Vatican with 500 people from 136 countries; they were attending...
  • Pitfalls of the Pious – A Sermon for the 26th Sunday of the Year

    09/28/2014 2:30:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/27/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In understanding this Gospel, we cannot overlook the audience Jesus was addressing. The text begins, Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people. In effect, Jesus was addressing the religious leaders and the religiously observant of His day. He calls to their attention at least three things, three common sins or pitfalls of the pious, if you will: lost connections, leaping to conclusions, and lip service.Let’s look at each of these in turn, remembering that though they are not exclusive to the religiously observant, they are considered in that context. Let’s also learn how they are particularly...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-28-14, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/27/2014 9:11:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-28-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 28, 2014Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time  Reading 1 Ez 18:25-28 Thus says the LORD:You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!"Hear now, house of Israel:Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed,he does what is right and just,he shall preserve his life;since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed,he shall surely live, he shall not die....
  • Real Men Love Their Wives as Christ Loves His Church

    09/27/2014 6:12:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    CHASTITY.COM ^ | Leon J. Suprenant
    "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church" (Eph. 5:25). The problem is most of us can’t just flip a switch and love our wives "as Christ loved the Church," even if—especially if—we understand the true meaning and depth of Paul’s words. Nonetheless, we realize that the apostle to the Gentiles is trying to give us a blueprint for success as husbands and fathers. The key for us as Christian men is to realize that implementing Paul’s instruction requires training and hard work. We need to build virtues, which not only are godly habits, but spiritual muscles that...
  • Bishop Livieres: "Pope Francis Will Have to Answer Before God For The Dismissal"

    09/27/2014 3:42:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Friday, September 26, 2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Asuncion / Rome) Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, dismissed yesterday from his office by Pope Francis, sees himself as a victim of an intrigue, which he describes as "ideological persecution." In an open letter to the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the bishop wrote that Pope Francis will have to answer for his decision before God. At the same time Bishop Livieres announced that he has as yet no knowledge of the contents of the investigation report of the Papal Visitor, Cardinal Santos Abril. As a "son of the Church,"...
  • Paraguayan Bishop Obedient, but Has Grievance Over Removal

    09/27/2014 3:08:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano has accepted in obedience Pope Francis’ decision to remove him from governance of the Ciudad del Este diocese, though he says the action resulted from a flawed apostolic visitation and that his country is in vital need of Christian renewal. “As an obedient son of the Church, I nevertheless accept this decision, despite considering it to be unfounded and arbitrary,” Bishop Livieres said in a Sept. 25 letter to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. “Despite so much discourse about dialogue, mercy, openness, decentralization, and respect for local Churches, I haven’t...
  • Elderly husband and wife plan first “couple” euthanasia, despite not being terminally ill

    09/27/2014 1:46:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 96 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | September 27, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    >Details: An elderly husband and wife have announced their plans to die in the world’s first ‘couple’ euthanasia – despite neither of them being terminally ill.Instead the pair fear loneliness if the other one dies first from natural causes.Identified only by their first names, Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, they have the support of their three adult children who say they would be unable to care for either parent if they became widowed.The children have even gone so far as to find a practitioner willing to carry out the double killings on the grounds that the couple’s mental anguish constituted...
  • Parishioners meet with bishop over gay couple

    09/27/2014 12:04:33 PM PDT · by steve86 · 42 replies
    Miami Herald/ AP ^ | 9/21/14 | David Murray
    GREAT FALLS, Mont. A Roman Catholic bishop says a central Montana parish is about evenly divided over a new priest's decision to prohibit a gay couple from receiving Communion unless they divorce, live separately and write a statement affirming that a marriage is between a man and a woman. Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings met Saturday with about 300 parishioners of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, where he also led a Mass. About half the parishioners supported the Rev. Samuel Spiering's decision, while the other half were very angry, the Great Falls Tribune...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TWELVE PROMISES [of the Sacred Heart of Jesus], 09-27-14

    09/27/2014 11:12:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TWELVE PROMISES The promises made by Christ to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, in the convent chapel at Paray-le-Monial, France, between 1673 and 1675. They occurred during revelations she received on devotion to the Heart of Jesus, and have been encouraged by the Church as worthy of pious belief. They have been translated into more than two hundred languages. Although the total number is larger, the following are the most important promises made by Christ to those who are devoted to the Sacred Heart: 1. I will give them all the graces necessary in...
  • Miracle Through Bishop Alvaro's Intercession: Recovery of Jose Ignacio

    09/27/2014 10:42:18 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    OpusDei ^ | September 27, 2014
    Miracle Through Bishop Alvaro's Intercession: Recovery of Jose Ignacio (See video_ The Holy See has attributed to the intercession of Bishop Alvaro the recovery of the newborn Jose Ignacio Ureta Wilson after a cardiac arrest lasting longer than half an hour. 8 min video.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-27-14, M, St. Vincent de Paul, Priest

    09/26/2014 8:56:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 27, 2014Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest    Reading 1 Eccl 11:9-12:8 Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.Follow the ways of your heart,the vision of your eyes;Yet understand that as regards all thisGod will bring you to judgment.Ward off grief from your heartand put away trouble from your presence,though the dawn of youth is fleeting. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,before the evil days comeAnd the years approach of which you will say,I have no pleasure in them;Before the sun...
  • The Rise of Bergoglianism

    09/26/2014 8:22:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | September 26, 2014 | Christopher Ferrara
    The Rise of Bergoglianism A caution to the reader: What follows is a very harsh assessment of the current pontificate. I felt compelled to write it, but no one is compelled to read it. I am nothing and nobody in the great scheme of things, although I am privileged to contribute to the record of a venerable traditional Catholic journal that will surely have its place in the history of these times. I have no illusions that my little lamentations will have any effect on the Pope, for whom I pray each day, or on events in the Church. But...
  • Six Ways to Protect Your Kid from Porn

    09/26/2014 8:00:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 65 replies
    CHASTITY.COM ^ | Matt Fradd
    I’d like to begin this post with a warning from the U.S Justice Department: Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent and obscene material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions. If that sounds about right, it will be sobering to consider that it was written in 1996—before wireless broadband, before iPads, before selfies and sexting. Before pornography took over twelve percent of the Internet, with more than 25 million sites today raking in over $5 billion a year. Before it...
  • [Homosexual] Jesuit Leaves Church After Firings

    09/26/2014 6:24:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 9/22/14 | Nicholas Sciarappa
    In light of recent firings of gays and lesbians from Catholic institutions, Benjamin Brenkert has left the Catholic church after 10 years of pursuing priesthood in the Jesuit order. "I can't be a Jesuit priest because I can't be a member of the Catholic church right now," Brenkert told NCR. "I can't be an openly gay Jesuit discerning priesthood in the Catholic church if LGBT employees are being fired from Catholic institutions." Brenkert said the last straw for him was when a food pantry worker was fired from St. Francis Xavier Parish in Kansas City, Mo., after her marriage to...
  • ACHTUNG! As in Vatican II, the Germans seem to be Preparing a Coup for the Synod

    09/26/2014 4:15:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 17, 2014 | Matteo Matzuzzi via New Catholic
    ACHTUNG! As in Vatican II, the Germans seem to be Preparing a Coup for the Synod Other than Cardinal Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it seems that the Bishops of Germany are preparing a United German Front behind the ideas of Cardinal Kasper. So reported Matteo Matzuzzi for Il Foglio - Matzuzzi's title is indeed very "Lutheran"... The German Bishops have their “theses” ready to nail to the door of the Synod Matteo Matzuzzi Il Foglio September 17, 2014 The German Bishops are with Cardinal Walter Kasper on marriage and the family. The...
  • Embattled Vatican Cardinal Burke greeted with a standing ovation in Florida

    09/26/2014 3:37:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 26, 2014 | John-Henry Westen
    Cardinal Raymond Burke poses for a photo with members of the Catholic Medical Association. Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is expected to be removed from his position as head of the highest court in the Catholic Church and put in a largely honorific position, is back in his homeland of America this week and if anything the appreciation for him has increased rather than waned. Opening the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) conference in Orlando yesterday, the former Archbishop of St. Louis received a hero’s welcome with a standing ovation before he could say a word, and another standing ovation after...
  • The Gay Bullyboys Want You Jailed

    09/26/2014 2:50:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 26, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    A goofy guy named Adam Weinstein writing for a goofy website called Gawker has called for the jailing of those who deny global warming. Weinstein says, “there is the body of purulent pundits, paid sponsors, and corporate grifters who exploit the smallest uncertainty at the edges of a settled science.” Those who disagree with Weinstein on a scientific and political point are criminally negligent and should face not just fines but even prison.As goofy as he is, he’s not the only one.Just this past weekend serial adulterer Robert Kennedy Jr., who may have driven his second wife to suicide—and...
  • Why “oikonomia” isn’t a solution for divorced and civilly remarried

    09/26/2014 2:40:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 26, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Click to PRE-ORDER Italian writers have finally gotten to the section by Archbp. Cyril Vasil, SJ, in The Book, that is, the “Five Cardinals” book in defense of the Catholic teaching on marriage.Available now in the UK: HEREArchbishop Vasil is Secretary of the Congregation for Oriental Churches. Sandro Magister has an entry today in which he focuses on Archbp. Vasil’s essay “Separation, Divorce, Dissolution of the Bond, and Remarriage: Theological and Practical Approaches of the Orthodox Churches. There is an extensive excerpt too.Magister’s introductory comments: The example of the Orthodox Churches that allow second marriages is an argument enlisted by...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NEW TESTAMENT NAMES AND TITLES OF CHRIST, 09-26-14

    09/26/2014 8:31:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 09-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random: NEW TESTAMENT NAMES AND TITLES OF CHRIST The following is a list of names and titles of Christ, together with their biblical citations, that appear in the New Testament: I John 2:1 Advocate Revelation 1:8; 22:13 Alpha and Omega Revelation 3:14 Amen Hebrews 3:1 Apostle and High Priest of our religion Luke 2:12 Baby Matthew 12:18 Beloved John 6:33 Bread of God John 6:35 Bread of Life John 6:50 Bread that comes down from heaven John 3:29 Bridegroom Mark 6:3 Carpenter Matthew 13:55 Carpenter's son I Peter 5:4 Chief Shepherd Matthew 2:20 Child Luke 23:35...
  • Multiple sins of the NETWORK nuns exposed

    09/26/2014 4:31:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 25, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Even though the culture wars are over and a new morning has dawned, I want you all to click HERE and read carefully a piece at the National Catholic Register by Anne Carey about the “Nuns on the Bus”.The Nuns on the Bus, or NOBs, are going ’round and ’round again, this time palling around with pro-abortion VP Joe Biden.Anne Carey is probably the most informed expert there is about the status of the question concerning women religious in these USA. She has a book which should be on the shelf of every person who ever has to deal with...
  • God Has Put the Timeless into our Hearts – A Meditation on a Saying from Ecclesiastes

    09/26/2014 2:28:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/25/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Book of Ecclesiastes from today’s [Sep 26] Mass, something is said that is quite powerful if we meditate upon it. I have considered the task that God has appointed for the sons of men to be busied about. He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without man’s ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done (Eccles 3:10-11). Somewhere in our hearts is something that the world cannot, and did not give us. It is something that is nowhere evident in the world, and yet, though...
  • Pope Removes Bishop from Paraguay After Complaints About Protecting Priest, Opening Seminary

    09/25/2014 8:23:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    AP via US News ^ | 9/25/14 | Nicole Winfield
    — Pope Francis on Thursday forcibly removed a conservative Paraguayan bishop who had clashed with his fellow bishops on ideological grounds and promoted a priest accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. The removal of Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, a member of the conservative Opus Dei movement, marks the second time Francis has kicked out a conservative bishop for the sake of keeping peace among the faithful and unity among bishops. In March, he ousted the "bling bishop" of Limburg, Germany, whose 31-million-euro ($43-million) new residence complex caused an uproar among the faithful. Livieres was named bishop of Paraguay's second city,...
  • The Downside of Dialogue

    09/25/2014 8:07:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/25/14 | William Kilpatrick
    Dialoguers say the darndest things. The conclusion to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives, contains the following: “Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed.” Would that include the seven hundred men of the Qurayza tribe who were beheaded on Muhammad’s order after they surrendered? Would it include the women and children of the same tribe who were sold into slavery? Muhammad may have cared for some of the poor and oppressed he met, but many people became poor and oppressed precisely because of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-14, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2014 7:55:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2014Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Eccl 3:1-11 There is an appointed time for everything,and a time for every thing under the heavens.A time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.A time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to tear down, and a time to build.A time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance.A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;a time to embrace, and a time to...
  • Bishop, Canonist: Gay Unions Among Sins Barring Communion

    09/25/2014 7:51:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 9/25/14 | Matt Hadro
    Lewistown, Montana, Sep 25, 2014 / 04:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The denial of Holy Communion to a same-sex couple who obtained a marriage license is in line with broader Church teaching on public grave sin and the Eucharist, explained a prominent canon lawyer. The provision that supports this pastor’s action is Canon 915, which “directs ministers of holy Communion to withhold the sacrament from those who ‘obstinately persist in manifest grave sin’,” Dr. Edward Peters told CNA. The case in question involves Fr. Samuel Spiering of St. Leo the Great parish in Lewistown, Montana, where a same-sex couple who volunteered...
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Asks To Be Reinstated As Pope [satire]

    09/25/2014 6:50:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | 9/25/2014
    VATICAN–According to reports today, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is seeking the chair of his pontificate months after his resignation. The news has sent shock waves around the world.Vatican spokesman Fr. Vitateli Devitiamani told EOTT that, “He came for a dinner as scheduled and then proceeded to return to his old living quarters. That wouldn’t be a problem, since His Holiness Pope Francis chose to live elsewhere, the room is open. However, once we asked him where he was going, he simply said, ‘I’m back,’ then proceeded to put his sunglasses on even though we were inside.”Sources say that the next...
  • "SSPX Already is in 'Full Communion', but in a State of 'Imperfect Reconciliation'."

    09/25/2014 6:50:17 PM PDT · by narses · 7 replies
    Eorate Caeli ^ | September 24, 2014 | Father Claude Barthe
    One of the wisest clerics in the traditional Catholic world, Father Claude Barthe, wrote a short note for the highly regarded French Catholic periodical L'Homme Nouveau on the Holy See communiqué on the meeting between Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay yesterday. He paid attention to the key words, as well as to words that are missing, and how they represent a high point in the evolution of relations between the Apostolic See and the Society of Saint Pius X. Father Barthe, by the way, is the main chaplain of the remarkable Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome, taking place a...
  • Cardinal Walter Kasper on “Artificial” Birth Control

    09/25/2014 5:53:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | 9/25/2014 | John F. Kippley
    In the online edition of the Telegraph (UK) on September 19th, Religious Affairs editor John Bingham reported that Cardinal Walter Kasper “hinted at the possibility of a reinterpretation of the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on artificial contraception.”He said it was “the responsibility of the parents” to decide how many children they should have. Almost no informed orthodox Catholic will disagree with that if it is rightly understood as decisions made in the light of the divine call to generosity in the service of life and family. A church of only one-child and two-child families is doomed to self-extinction. According to...
  • No Change! (Upcoming Synod on the Family)

    09/25/2014 4:01:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | September 25, 2014 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    "This (the teaching on the indissolubility of marriage) was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it." —Pope Francis, earlier this year, speaking to members of the Spanish hierarchy, according to the Bishop of Cordoba, Spain, in an interview published on September 21 in the Diario de Cordoba, and picked up yesterday and today by other journalists and news agencies. The Pope will not approve any change in the Church's established doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, according to a Spanish bishop who met with the Pope in early 2014. (The Spanish bishops visited Rome on their ad...