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  • Nun: The Sign of Genocide (Please join Aug 1 Day of Solidarity and Prayer)

    07/22/2014 2:30:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 19, 2014
    Please, join the August 1st Day of Adoration, Prayer and Solidarity for Persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East In solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria Nun (ن), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet (the equivalent of letter N in our Roman alphabet), is the first letter of the word Nasara (نصارى : Nazarenes), the way Muslims have called Christians since the beginning of their invasion of the Christian world in the 7th century -- Christians under Muslim rule never called themselves thus, since the intent of Muslims was to portray Christians as a contemptible and...
  • The Muslim who gave up his life for Mosuls Christians

    07/22/2014 2:23:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 21, 2014 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Chaldean website ankawa.com says a university professor was killed after speaking out against anti-Christian persecution. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has set the jizyah at 450 dollars Christians leave Mosul He refused to keep silent about the violence agaist Mosuls Christians who are forced to choose between converting to the Muslim faith, paying the jizyah (the Islamic tax for non-Muslims) or fleeing. Professor Mahmoud Al Asali, a law professor who lectures on pedagogy at the University of Mosul, had the courage to make a stand against this brutal duress which he believes go against the Muslim commandments. But he paid for...
  • ISIS militants ransack Syrian Catholic monastery in Iraq / missile strikes Franciscan monastery

    07/22/2014 11:41:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    RT ^ | July 21, 2014
    Islamic militants have seized a monastery in northern Iraq, kicking out its Christian monks as well as Christian residents of Mosul. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) insurgents stormed the ancient Mar Benham monastery in the Christian town of Qaraqosh Sunday, near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which was overrun by ISIS on 10 June. Mar Benham is a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church. A member of the Syriac clergy said the monks pleaded to be allowed to save some of the monastery’s relics but the ISIS fighters refused and ordered them...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KOIMESIS, 07-22-14

    07/22/2014 8:22:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-22-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at randomKOIMESISThe feast of the "Falling Asleep" of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Mary's Dormition, as celebrated in the Byzantine Liturgy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ISIS Plundered Assyrians As They Fled Mosul; Families March 42 Miles

    07/22/2014 8:02:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    (AINA) -- More than 200 Assyrian families fled in panic from Mosul on July 17 and 18 as the ISIS deadline for converting to Islam approached (AINA 2014-07-20). ISIS had issued a statement asking all Christians in Mosul to convert to Islam, pay the jizya, the poll tax on Christians, or face the sword. ISIS gave July 19 as the deadline to comply with its demands. Most Assyrians of Mosul responded by fleeing the city. ISIS setup checkpoints at the Araby and Shallalat neighborhoods (AlSada and Biawaizah) and robbed and plundered Assyrians who were fleeing the city. ISIS took money...
  • Is the Missio ad Gentes Still a Priority for Pope Francis Church?

    07/22/2014 6:28:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | 7/21/14 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    That Pope Francis is very attentive to the dialogue with non-believers is clear from his most recent conversation with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of the Italian leftist newspaper La Repubblica. Scalfari, a self-proclaimed atheist, who even wrote a book entitled Me and God, on his being a non-believer. The conversation published by La Repubblica on July 16 which was partly downplayed and its content clarified by Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office also showed that what the secular press think about him is very close to Pope Francis heart. This is ultimately the original...
  • ISIS Torches 1,800-Year-Old Church in Mosul; Priest Says City Is 'Now Empty of Christians'

    07/22/2014 6:02:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    chistian Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | LEONARDO BLAIR
    (Photo: Shoebat.com)An 1,800-year-old church being burnt to the ground in Mosul, Iraq. Members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly torched a 1,800 year-old Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq and have effectively left that city "empty of Christians" as believers fled the area in fear of their lives, according to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako.Sources told Shoebat that the ISIS group in Mosul called "Daash" completely burned the Syriac Catholic Diocese and its contents in Mosul. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian Website released photos of the church in flames Saturday.Free Sign Up CP Newsletter! RelatedISIL Members...
  • @USCCB: Latest @BarackObama's Executive Order "unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed"

    07/22/2014 5:58:17 AM PDT · by Tefilo · 47 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 22 July 2014 | Tefilo de Jess (@vivificat)
    Brethren: Peace be with you. I wanted to share with you this press release issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): "'Freedom of conscience'? What's that?" WASHINGTONThe bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obamas July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination and to forbid gender identity discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection. Two USCCB...
  • Another decision that illustrates what social radicals really mean by tolerance.

    07/22/2014 2:54:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/21/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In another show of selective tolerance from those who support the gay agenda, President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government after being convinced by advocates of what he called the irrefutable rightness of your cause.However the tolerance of the administration doesnot give religiousorganizations any exceptions in terms ofconsidering sexual orientation or gender identity. While Churches also are able to hire ministers as they see fit (based in a 9-0 Supreme court decision against this administrationwhichsought even to require churches to hire practicing gays in ordained ministerial positions) there is little...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-22-14, M, St. Mary Magdalene

    07/21/2014 10:02:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 22, 2014Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene  Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 Shepherd your people with your staff,the flock of your inheritance,That dwells apart in a woodland,in the midst of Carmel.Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,as in the days of old;As in the days when you came from the land of Egypt,show us wonderful signs. Who is there like you, the God who removes guiltand pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance;Who does not persist in anger forever,but delights rather in clemency,And will again have compassion on us,treading underfoot our guilt?You will cast into the depths of...
  • Muslims Declare War Against Catholicism, And Attack Priests And Monks...

    07/21/2014 6:35:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/21/2014 | Theodore Shoebat and Walid Shoebat
    Muslims in Iraq have declared war against Catholicism, attacking monks and priests and forcing them to leave immediately. They forced monks and priests to leave the beautiful monastery of Deir Behnam. The history of the monastery of Deir Behnam goes back to the fourth century AD and is associated with the story of the Assyrian Prince Sennacherib II who built it after converting to Christianity with his sister Sarah and forty of his followers at the hands of St. Matthew.It was built by the Assyrian king Sennacherib II as penance for killing his son, Behnan. Today, the fate of St....
  • Woman in same-sex marriage sues Missouri diocese following dismissal from parish position

    07/21/2014 5:40:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    A Missouri woman who is civilly married to a female Lutheran minister has sued Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City St. Joseph after she was dismissed from her position as her parishs coordinator of social ministry. Colleen Simon said that she told both the current and former pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, a Jesuit parish in Kansas City, that she was part of a same-sex marriage, and neither objected. After her relationship was discussed in a local newsmagazine, she was dismissed, the Kansas City Star reported. Simon, whose same-sex marriage ceremony took place in Iowa,...
  • ISIS targeting Christians: The West must step in now or we will be wiped out.

    07/21/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/21/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    How grim is you life? We watch in horror as Christians in Iraq are being persecuted, driven, hunted by Islamic terrorists. The Religion of Peace right? Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil [in Kurdistan]. For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of ChristiansChaldean patriarch Louis Sako From the Daily Mail: Thousands of Iraqi Christians pour out of Mosul after ISIS jihadis give them deadline to convert, pay or face deathThousands of Iraqi Christians today poured out of Mosul after ISIS jihadis gave them an ultimatum convert, pay or face...
  • Neb. priest contributes to article linking contraception, breast cancer

    07/21/2014 3:08:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | S.L. Hansen, Southern Nebraska Register
    Credit: Jess Hamilton (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Lincoln, Neb., Jul 21, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- In an upcoming issue of The Linacre Quarterly, the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association, an article entitled, “The Breast Cancer Epidemic: 10 Facts,” will explore the scientific evidence that connects artificial contraception to breast cancer. Father Christopher Kubat, executive director of Catholic Social Services of southern Nebraska and a medical physician, is one of the co-authors. He was asked to contribute a small portion of the article by two of the main authors, A. Patrick Schneider II, M.D., M.P.H., and Christine Zainer, M.D....
  • Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

    07/21/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 21, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. “They are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted, they are driven out, they have to leave their houses without having the possibility of taking anything with them,” Pope Francis voiced in his July 20...
  • Even Genghis Khan didnt do this: Mosul emptied of Christians (leave money, gold, jewelry)

    07/21/2014 1:51:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Following an ultimatum from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to leave Mosul, convert to Islam, or be killed, the citys remaining Christians left for other parts of Iraq. ISIL, the jihadist group that controls large sections of Syria and Iraq, confiscated the Christians possessions as they departed from Iraqs 2nd-largest city. The heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity, said Patriarch Louis Raphal I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, as quoted by the Reuters news agency. In an urgent appeal, the Iraqi Patriarch reported...
  • After four decades, Rochester eliminates lay preaching at Mass

    07/21/2014 11:50:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | July 20, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I’m frankly surprised that this has been going on for so long.Details: For the better part of 40 years in churches across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, clergy ceded the floor to laypeople for the delivery of the homily — the sermon that follows the reading of the Gospel at Mass.The practice, which dated to the mid-1970s and was simultaneously derided by the faithful for running afoul of church law and praised for its inclusiveness, has come to an end.In an extensive interview, Bishop Salvatore Matano said he has been confronting the issue on a case-by-case basis since his...
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? Revisited

    07/21/2014 10:16:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ^ | 7/20/14 | Fr. Z's Blog
    I read at Il Giornale today that the prayer read by the Imam in the Vatican Gardens was indeed from the Sura 2, wherein Allah is asked to crush infidels (thats us) and let Islam triumph over the whole world (thats us, too). Vatican Radio, at the time, tried to give this an allegorical spin. It didnt work very well. At a certain point it seems they also tried to edit out the troubling passage. Suffice to say that an Imam sang: grant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidel (Sura 2: 286) in the Vatican Gardens, in front of the Pope,...
  • Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul Burns As Conversion Deadline Passes

    07/21/2014 10:07:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/20/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    The news is chockful of bad news about the fate of Christians in Mosul. If youre not careful, your eyes glaze over and you shake your head and move on to the next storybecause after all, its not happening here. The burning of an 1800-year-old church is the latest in a series of burnings and desecrations by ISIS. A Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian website released this photo of a church being destroyed.
  • Bishop Tony Palmer, Pope Francis Friend, Dies in Motorcycle Crash

    07/21/2014 10:03:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 7/21/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    Tony Palmer, the charismatic young preacher who enjoyed a friendship with Pope Francis, has apparently died in a motorcycle accident. Not a Catholic, Palmer was bishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a group that is inspired by the middle way of classical Anglicanism and considers itself part of the Convergence Movement. News is spotty at this point; but according to Archbishop Charles Hill, presiding prelate at Ambassadors for Christ Ministries of America (AFCMOA) in Atlanta, Palmer was in an accident while riding a motorcycle in the U.K. After hours of surgery, Bishop Palmer died on Sunday, July 20,...
  • Putin, again...

    07/21/2014 10:01:24 AM PDT · by Tefilo
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 21 July 2014 | Tefilo de Jess (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you. For professional and personal reasons I've always cultivated an interest and a studied curiosity about foreign events, their drivers, and their meanings. The recent shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines commercial carrier over eastern Ukraine inmediately caught my attention, but I haven't said anything about it until now for two reasons: first, I wanted to wait for more facts to surface and, second, I didn't want to write out of shock and anger. However, writing this post is also due to a few precipitating factors: Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for "a moment of silence"...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THE UPPER ROOM, 07-21-14

    07/21/2014 8:10:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:THE UPPER ROOMThis was the room in which Jesus and his Apostles shared the Last Supper the night before he was crucified. According to Mark it was a large chamber furnished with couches and suitable for a dining room (Mark 14:14-15). It may have been a room erected on the roof, because most homes were one-story structures. Possibly it became a meeting place, because after the Ascension of Jesus, Luke reports that the Apostles and Mary returned to Jerusalem and "went to the upper room where they were staying" (Acts 1:12-14). According to tradition, the...
  • About Those Dirty Little Sisters of the Poor

    07/21/2014 8:08:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/21/2014 | Tom Purcell
    Boy, our political debate is getting crasser by the moment. And so it is that the National Organization for Women has put the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives to caring for the elderly poor, on its "Dirty 100" list. NOW is upset that the Little Sisters sued the federal government, arguing that new ObamaCare mandates are inhibiting their constitutional right to freely practice their faith - that their vow to advance the dignity of life for every person, no matter how weak or unwanted, means they can never...
  • A Hidden Weapon against the Entitlement State

    07/21/2014 7:29:32 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 21, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    NY Post Columnist: Sense Of Shame Is Gone For Entitlement Recipients New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss the increase in food stamp recipients and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos refusal to allow New York City to fingerprint residents who receive nutritional assistance to root out fraud. Goodwin said recipients of food stamps have ballooned while barriers to entry into the program have decreased; as a result, the the sense of shame among entitlement recipients is gone. Shame used to be part of this, said Goodwin referring to the culture that used to accompany...
  • Georgia Catholic dioceses ban guns, knives from church facilities

    07/21/2014 6:47:28 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 38 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/21/14 | Andrew Nelson
    Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah in Georgia. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer issued a decree prohibiting guns and knives with blades longer than 5 inches from parishes, churches, schools, administrative offices and other buildings owned or used by the Catholic community effective July 1. In a statement, the bishops said Catholic places of worship are sanctuaries where ways of peace and reconciliation should be the rule. This decree is rooted in...
  • Reaching the Sleeping Soul Through Music

    07/21/2014 3:51:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/20/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I have learned in my life, that music is powerful beyond words, and often does what words alone can never do.Historically, when my soul was asleep morally, it was music that called me back. I joined the church choir to meet girls, but through the music, the Lord showed me a deeper desire in my heart, for goodness, beauty and truth, indeed, my desire for God Himself. The music awoke my sleeping soul to God.More recently and in a particular way, music often awakens my soul to the deeper meaning of Sacred Scripture. I have often heard or read a...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 07-21-14, OM, St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest, Doctor/Church

    07/20/2014 8:45:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 21, 2014Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Mi 6:1-4, 6-8 Hear what the LORD says:Arise, present your plea before the mountains,and let the hills hear your voice!Hear, O mountains, the plea of the LORD,pay attention, O foundations of the earth!For the LORD has a plea against his people,and he enters into trial with Israel. O my people, what have I done to you,or how have I wearied you? Answer me!For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,from the place of slavery I released you;and I sent before you Moses,Aaron, and Miriam....
  • Iraq Catholic Leader Says Islamic State Worse than Genghis Khan

    07/20/2014 7:00:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7/20/14 | Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded Christians either convert, submit to their radical rule and pay a religious levy or face death by the sword. At the Vatican, Pope Francis decried what he said was the persecution of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the...
  • Science Proves Natural Law

    07/20/2014 3:12:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 19, 2014 | AGNES M. PENNY
    I don’t usually read Smithsonian magazine. In fact, to be honest, I never read Smithsonian. However, recently, a kind neighbor dropped off a stack of Smithsonian magazines, and as I leafed through them briefly, something on the cover of the January issue caught my eye: a huge photo of a baby with the provoking words “The New Morality.” As a Catholic living in what has been called the post-Christian era, I naturally felt my interest piqued at what a secular magazine would say about morality. Moreover, as a mother, I felt the irresistible attraction to all things pertaining to babies....
  • May It Be Evident to Everyone (judging others by their appearance)

    07/20/2014 2:28:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | July 19, 2014 | Diane McKelva
    St. Paul reminds us in his Pastoral Epistle to live out our faith so that it “may be evident to everyone.” [1 Timothy 4:14-16]How is that working for you?For example, while waiting for Mass to begin, do you analyze the people around you? Critique their choice of clothing? Hairstyle? Makeup? How they worship? Or are you focused on your purpose?Perhaps when you look at anyone at church, you pause and remember that they always have a more interesting story to tell than the one you conjure in your mind. We all need prayers, not persecution, especially in church, as one...
  • Catholicism and the Perils of Technology

    07/20/2014 10:19:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 20, 2014 | Fr. C. John McCloskey
    A confession: I am writing this column on my MacBook Air computer with my iPhone at my side. And I regularly enlist the help of a cellphone App to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. And after all, I live in the heart of Silicon Valley and have lectured to 300 actual and would-be Techies and Masters of the Universe.In addition, the Church has actually pronounced itself in favor of modern technology, inasmuch as it enables people to communicate directly throughout the world, in directly personal ways (e-mail, texting, Twitter, Skype, etc.) as well as in more formal or purely...
  • An Interesting Development in the Diocese of Rochester, NY

    07/20/2014 9:22:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 7/19/14 | Gregory DiPippo
    A local newspaper in the city of Rochester, New York, The Democrat and Chronicle, reported yesterday on an important disciplinary provision by the Bishop of Rochester, His Excellency Salvatore Matano, who was appointed to the diocese last fall, and installed in January of this year. The long-standing abuse of having members of the laity routinely deliver the sermon at Mass has been put to an end; the law of the Church that the sermon is to be given by the ordained clergy, whether the celebrant of the Mass, or another priest, or a deacon, will be enforced. Bishop Matano is...
  • Traditional Latin mass Propers, 6th Sunday after Pentecost, 7/20/14

    07/20/2014 4:14:38 AM PDT · by piusv · 1 replies
    EPISTLE Rom. 6:3-11 Brethren: Know you not that all we who are baptized in Christ Jesus are baptized in his death? For we are buried together with him by baptism into death: that, as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin may be destroyed, to the end that...
  • Saint or Aint? A Sermon for the 16th Sunday of the Year

    07/20/2014 3:40:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/19/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We live in difficult times for the Church, and from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal, there are also deep concerns regarding the uncertain trumpet of Catholic preaching, lukewarm and nominal Catholics, an overall lack of discipline among Catholics, and a lack of disciplining by the bishops and clergy of Catholics, clergy and lay, who cause scandal. In a way, the list is quite long and has been well discussed on this blog, which is, overall sympathetic to the need for reform, and greater zeal in the Church.But todays Gospel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-20-14, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/19/2014 8:24:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 20, 2014Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 12:13, 16-19 There is no god besides you who have the care of all,that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.For your might is the source of justice;your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all.For you show your might when the perfection of your power is disbelieved;and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity.But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,and with much lenience you govern us;for power, whenever you will, attends you.And you taught your people, by these deeds,that those who...
  • Happy 102nd Birthday Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety!! Happy 75th Anniversary to the Priesthood!!

    07/19/2014 7:53:13 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies
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  • How Can You Heal Your Family Tree?

    07/19/2014 3:25:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | July 19, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Healing the Family Tree is a groundbreaking book by the British psychiatrist Kenneth McCall. I met Dr McCall when I lived in England, and used his book in my own developing healing ministry as an Anglican priest. Dr McCall was brought up in China as the son of Christian missionaries. While there he experienced exorcisms and the influence of generational curses on families. As he matured he studied to practice medicine and specialized in psychiatry. He discovered that some incurable psychiatric patients had, as part of their problem, unresolved deaths within their family circle. He experimented with a new therapy...
  • Muslims Enter Catholic Church, See A Statue Of The Virgin Mary, Call It An Idol And Destroy It

    07/19/2014 3:22:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 122 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/19/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslims in Iraq entered a Catholic church in Iraq, and when they saw a statue of the Virgin Mary they destroyed it because they deemed it an idol. As we read from one report: The militants also removed the cross from St. Ephrems Cathedral, the seat of the Syriac Orthodox archdiocese in Mosul, and put up the black ISIS flag in its place. They also destroyed a statue of the Virgin Mary, according to Ghazwan Ilyas, the head of the Chaldean Culture Society in Mosul, who spoke by telephone on Thursday from Mosul but seemed to have left on Friday....
  • It's over ... Genocide has been accomplished

    07/19/2014 3:07:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 19, 2014
    [Cross removed this week from dome of Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, Mosul, Iraq] For two thousand years, our dearest brethren saw it all from Mosul: Romanized Greeks, Hellenized Persians, Hellenized Romans from all origins later called "Byzantines", Armenians, Arabs from the desert with a religion of the sword, Egyptians, Crusaders, Mongols, Turks, French and British, "Independence"... Then the clumsiest Empire in history, an Empire unwanted by most voters, unwarranted by the Republic's own Constitution, led by bellicose hawks motivated by God knows what, justifying their actions on untruths, arrived, upsetting a balance that was not the best, but was best...
  • Fishwrap: less than enthusiastic about new ITC document on sensus fidei.

    07/19/2014 1:21:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/19/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Over at Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter), knickers are in twists over the recently issued document from the International Theological Commission, Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church.As you will recall, at Fishwrap, sensus fidei, closely related to sentire cum Ecclesia, means majority sentiment, deduced through an intricate algorithm involving feelings, polls, and the interpreters own liberal notions, which then can trump any divinely revealed teaching, all dogma (aka church policy), and, especially, rules, which are bad unless liberals are making them, of course.The Fishwrap writer, Robert McClory, (whose brief Fishwrap biosays:professor emeritus of journalism at Northwestern University,...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury Hopes Approval of Female Bishops will not Block Ecumenical Progress

    07/19/2014 10:23:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to the other Christian leaders, saying that he hopes ecumenical progress can continue after the decision of the Church of England ordain women as bishops. Dr. Justin Welby acknowledges that some ecumenical partners may find this a further difficulty on the journey towards full communion. But he observes that a shared Christian faith provides much that unites us, and argues that there is so much troubling our world today that our common witness to the Gospel is of more importance than ever. In his letter the Anglican primate explains the drive to approve the...
  • Francis Speaks, Scalfari Transcribes, Brandmller Shreds

    07/19/2014 10:17:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 7/19/14 | Sandro Magister
    As a Church historian, the German cardinal refutes the notion according to which clerical celibacy was an invention of the 10th century. No, he objects: its origin is with Jesus and the apostles. And he explains why ROME, July 19, 2014 Perhaps you do not know that celibacy was established in the 10th century, 900 years after the death of our Lord. The Eastern Catholic Church even now has the option for its priests to marry. The problem certainly exists, but it is not large in scope. It will take time, but the solutions are there and I will...
  • Bishops: Practicing Religion in Public is not Discrimination

    07/19/2014 10:11:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2014 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Americans must be free to practice their faith in the public square including business decisions without being viewed as discriminatory, urged four U.S. bishops. Churches, businesses, and individuals should not be punished in any way for living by their religious and moral convictions concerning sexual activity, the bishops wrote in a July 17 blog post for the U.S. bishops conference. Eliminating truly unjust discrimination based on personal characteristics, not sexual behavior and protecting religious freedom are goals that we all should share, the bishops emphasized. The...
  • Cardinal OMalley: housing illegals more important than protecting unborn

    07/19/2014 7:36:47 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 44 replies
    Boston Catholic Insider ^ | 7/19/14 | Boston Catholic Insider
    Cardinal Sean OMalley appeared with liberal Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday to voice support for Patricks proposal to house illegal immigrants and offer Catholic social service assistance for illegals, while the Cardinal said nothing all week about a heinous law advancing in the Mass legislature to penalize those who try to prevent women from aborting their children. In our opinion, the Cardinal is yet more clearly showing his stripes as being a tool of the liberal Democratic pro-abortion establishment, and a hypocrite when it comes to protection of life. On June 27, Cardinal OMalley came out in support of...
  • Iraqi Patriarch: For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians

    07/19/2014 7:21:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/19/2014
    The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Iraqi Kurdistan. The exodus was caused by the proclamation on Thursday by the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate that Christians must pay a special tax or be killed. Islamists have for the past two days been marking the doors of homes belonging to Christians and Shia Muslims living in the city. For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians, said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako in an interview with the AFP news agency. The Patriarch said as late as last...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CALUMNY, 07-19-14

    07/19/2014 7:14:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 07-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random: CALUMNY Injuring another person's good name by lying. It is doubly sinful, in unjustly depriving another of his good name and in telling an untruth. Since calumny violates justice, it involves the duty of making reparation for the foreseen injury inflicted. Hence the calumniator must try, not only to repair the harm done to another's good name, but also to make up for any foreseen temporal loss that resulted from the calumny, for example, loss of employment or customers. (Etym. Latin calumnia, a false accusation, malicious charge; from calvi, to deceive.) All items in...
  • Is your spiritual life like a motorboat or a sailboat?

    07/19/2014 5:26:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/18/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When I was very young, perhaps 10 years old, I took some sailing lessons, and then once again when I was in my early 30s. Sailing involves a kind of romancing the wind wherein one observes the wind as it is and then adapts to it, wooing it, learning its moves, its vicissitudes, and its often subtle and changing signs.Oh, for the great times when the wind was with us! And catching the wind the boat would speed along making a slick sound in the water. Oh, too, for those daring and thrilling times when the spinnaker was put out!...
  • Should Catholics take a chill pill about Pope Francis?

    07/18/2014 9:03:34 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 39 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | 7/18/14 | The Tenth Crusade
    Our friend Mike Voris is suggesting the proper response to Pope Francis style of saying every thought that comes into his head no matter how unwise or unsound is to wait a few days until the Vatican can crack the code and tell us what he meant. Here is a transcript. Even if Catholics ignore a year and a half of the consistent messages that moral theology and commandments can be violated and will not result in a judgment and adjudication from Christ, evangelism should be about what should be done with money, the economy, lonely people, teenage unemployment and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-19-14

    07/18/2014 8:34:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-19-14 | Revised New American Bible
    July 19, 2014Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Mi 2:1-5 Woe to those who plan iniquity,and work out evil on their couches;In the morning light they accomplish itwhen it lies within their power.They covet fields, and seize them;houses, and they take them;They cheat an owner of his house,a man of his inheritance.Therefore thus says the LORD:Behold, I am planning against this race an evilfrom which you shall not withdraw your necks;Nor shall you walk with head high,for it will be a time of evil. On that day a satire shall be sung over you,and...
  • The Prodigal Father: Benedict XVI on Fathering

    07/18/2014 8:10:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CE.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Dave McClow
    The Prodigal Father: Benedict XVI on Fathering July 18, 2014 Dave McClow The “prodigal father” is the story of our time.  It is the story of fatherlessness in our families.  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is and has always been highly aware of the crisis of fatherhood and its implications for society (see my previous blog).  He knows that when fatherhood is gutted, “something in the basic structure of human existence has been damaged” (The God of Jesus Christ, p. 29).  But he is also supremely insightful about what happens in the family, both positively and negatively, because of fathers! Let’s start...