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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-05-16, SOL, Ascension of the Lord

    05/04/2016 8:35:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 5, 2016 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Reading 1 Acts 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus,I dealt with all that Jesus did and taughtuntil the day he was taken up,after giving instructions through the Holy Spiritto the apostles whom he had chosen.He presented himself alive to themby many proofs after he had suffered,appearing to them during forty daysand speaking about the kingdom of God.While meeting with them,he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,but to wait for “the promise of the Fatherabout which you have heard me speak;for John baptized with water,but in a few days...
  • Pope Francis to Muslims: "We Are Brothers"

    05/04/2016 4:33:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 72 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | May 4, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    The Catholic Church leader called for "building" the Christian-Islamic dialogue with patience: "The work that they do, is a work of building." The Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies, was the initiator of the letter of 138 Muslim representatives in 2007. It was written in response to the famous Regensburg speech of Benedict XVI. Pope Francis: "In a meeting like this dialogue is the operative word. And dialogue means to come out - with the word and with yourself. To say his word and hear the word of the other. Two words come together there, two thoughts. This is the first...
  • Cardinal Müller: Communion Remains Off-Limits for “Remarried” [Catholic Caucus]

    05/04/2016 2:18:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 4, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    News is now spreading about Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s varied remarks on marriage, as well as on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia itself, during his trip to Spain at the beginning of May. As the Spanish website Infocatolica.com now reports, Cardinal Müller spoke at a presentation of his new book on hope at the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid, Spain, where he affirmed and confirmed the traditional view of marriage and the “impossibility” of changing that clear doctrine. “It is not possible to live in God’s grace while living in a sinful situation,” he said, and continued by saying that...
  • Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi

    05/04/2016 7:51:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Things You May Not Know About Vivaldi Msgr. Charles Pope • May 3, 2016 • One of my favorite composers is Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). While I love his secular pieces (such as The Four Seasons), I am especially fond of his Church music. It is so light, bright, and tuneful! Vivaldi loved to go up and down the musical scale, varying the theme a half step at a time.Ah, Vivaldi, he’s right up there with Handel, Bach, and Mozart! I consider him to be an especially Catholic treasure given his large body of sacred Latin liturgical music.Here are...
  • New Vatican Magazine Criticises Church for 'Ignoring Role of Women'

    05/04/2016 5:46:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 5/3/16 | Christopher Lamb
    The magazine, which launched today, started as a monthly section in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore RomanoThe Church has ignored the female contribution to Catholic culture in recent years, according to an editorial in a new women’s magazine published by the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper. Lucetta Scaraffia, the co-ordinator of Women-Church-World, the new monthly magazine published by L’Osservatore Romano, said that a “hidden revolution” had taken place during the last century with women making an increasingly important contribution to the intellectual life of Catholicism. But this, she explained, had been “almost ignored” by the Church even though it had intensified in the...
  • Police Charge Bishop was Kidnapped, Beaten by His Own Priests

    05/04/2016 5:42:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 5/3/16 | Nirmala Carvalho
    MUMBAI – Police in India on Monday arrested 14 people for the kidnapping and beating of a Catholic bishop on April 25, including three of the bishop’s own priests, at least one of whom is believed to have been upset that he was recently denied a requested position in the diocese. The main culprit charged in the arrest is Father Raja Reddy from Jammalamadugu, located in the diocese of Cuddapah in southern India, which is led by Bishop Prasad Gallela, 54, who is currently recovering from injuries sustained in the kidnapping. Sources told Crux that Raja Reddy had requested the...
  • Europe's Bishops Call Unified Line on Refugee Crisis 'Impossible'

    05/04/2016 5:38:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 5/3/16 | Ines San Martin
    ROME— Despite Pope Francis’ repeated calls for a comprehensive Catholic response to the European refugee crisis, Europe’s bishops declared Tuesday they don’t have a common line, arguing that the differing realities of each country makes a uniform response impossible. “We have talked long about migration, but the problem can’t be explained in a three-line statement,” said Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő of Budapest, Hungary, President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences. When asked about walls being built around several countries, including Hungary, Erdő didn’t give a resounding “no,” saying that those who are doing so are building “wire fences” with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-04-16

    05/03/2016 9:00:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 4, 2016 Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 17:15, 22—18:1 After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens,they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothyto join him as soon as possible. Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:“You Athenians, I see that in every respectyou are very religious.For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.The God who made the world and all that is in it,the Lord of heaven and earth,does not...
  • BRING BACK THE LOWLY ALTAR BOY (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2016 5:22:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    reginamag.com ^ | May 2 2016 | Beverly Stevens, REGINA Editor
    With all the hullabaloo on this topic, I have tried valiantly to avoid having a knee-jerk opinion on altar girls. Now, however, I have actually spent some time thinking about it. And I do have an opinion, based on my personal experience both as a Catholic mother and REGINA’s Editor. I raised a son and a daughter in the Catholic Church in Connecticut in the 1990’s and 2000’s. My daughter had zero interest in being an altar ‘server’ and I was somewhat dubious about then-popular claims that serving the altar would somehow prepare her to have a successful career. In...
  • Pope Francis targeted with sickening abuse by Twitter trolls after posting about Jesus

    05/03/2016 3:10:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | 3 May 2016 | Anthony Bond
    WARNING - UPSETTING CONTENT: The Pope was subjected to violent sexual imagery after writing of Jesus' "love for us" on Twitter Reuters Pope Francis arrives at the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican Pope Francis has been subjected to abusive tweets after writing about Jesus' love on Twitter The Pope has been targeted by Twitter trolls with sickening abuse after he posted a message about Jesus on the social networking site. Pope Francis was subjected to the vile abuse just seconds after writing on his Twitter page. He wrote: "Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out...
  • PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON NAMED COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Catholic Caucus

    05/03/2016 12:09:07 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 40 replies
    President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address at Loyola Marymount University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, LMU President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., has announced. President Clinton’s nephew, an undergraduate student, is participating in the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016. “President Clinton is one of the great statesmen of our time, and he will address our students as they embark on the next stage of their lives,” Snyder said. “His commitment to improving the lives of other people, during and beyond his career in U.S. politics, embodies the ethos of becoming women and men with and for others. President Clinton...
  • Pulling up Roots from Reality - A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West

    05/03/2016 7:22:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pulling up Roots from Reality - A Review of a Cogent Analysis of the Post-Cartesian West Msgr. Charles Pope • May 2, 2016 • René DescartesOver the years I have attempted to trace the philosophical disaster of our modern world. Certainly the fundamental roots can be traced back to the breakdown of the medieval synthesis, the rise of nominalism, and the doubts of Descartes. These introduced a disconnect from reality. Descartes introduced a radical doubt in anything seen or experienced, and this disconnects us from reality. If we pull up roots from reality and the revelation of creation, we...
  • Catholic University Fires Employee for ‘Denying Transgenderism’

    05/03/2016 6:04:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | 5/2/16 | Rodney Pelletier
    Police and school investigating incident as a hate crimeLOS ANGELES (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Los Angeles Jesuit university has fired an employee for telling students there are only two genders — male and female. In April, Catholic Loyola Marymount University (LMU) allowed LGBT Student Services (LGBTSS) to hold LGBTQ+ Awareness Week, also known as Rainbow Week. Posters were put up throughout campus, but on April 14 three members of the club noted some were taken down and placed behind a garbage can. They retrieved the posters and put them back up, claiming an unnamed employee of the Alumni Relations office approached...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-03-16, FEAST, Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

    05/02/2016 9:46:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 3, 2016 Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-8 I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,of the Gospel I preached to you,which you indeed received and in which you also stand.Through it you are also being saved,if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,unless you believed in vain.For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sinsin accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on the third dayin accordance with the Scriptures;that he appeared to Cephas, then to...
  • Ancient Christian Artifacts at the Louvre

    05/02/2016 3:59:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | April 19, 2016 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    Our Ambrosian correspondent Nicola de’ Grandi was recently in Paris, and took these photographs of some of the ancient Christian artworks kept at the Louvre Museum. A gilded piece of glass of the type frequent used as grave markers in ancient Christian burial sites; this was a fairly precious object both for its gold, but also because glass was difficult to make in antiquity, and considered a kind of jewel. The image is of the Prophet Jonah being thrown out of the boat, and swallowed by the “whale”, here a large sea monster. (The Hebrew word “bechamah” can also mean either. Jonah...
  • A Reason for Lukewarm Catholics

    05/02/2016 11:50:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | May 1, 2016 | David Roney
    It is all too common to hear stories about fallen away Catholics, and how fewer are attending Mass and following their faith. Many blame theirs or others’ lukewarm faith or lack of catechesis on priests, their schools, bishops, Vatican II, popes, liturgical abuses, scandals, or any number of things. The problem of being lukewarm is mentioned in Revelation 3:16, where it states, rather indelicately but deliberately, “But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.”We hear regular criticism that the Church is failing Catholics and thus the world,...
  • The Real “Sword in the Stone” Is in a Church in Italy

    05/02/2016 11:28:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 1, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Thirty kilometers southwest of Siena, among the hills of Tuscany, are the ruins of an ancient Cistercian Gothic abbey. In one of the nearby chapels you will find one of the most remarkable relics of the Middle Ages: the sword of St. Galgano Guidotti.When tourists visiting Siena wonder what can be seen in the city, apart from the beautiful hills and villas, one answer is “visit the village of Chiusdino” for the magnificent medieval architecture, its outdoor opera festivals and to see the real sword in the stone.Yes: the sword of St. Galgano is buried to the hilt in...
  • Why Iraq Wasn't What I Thought

    05/02/2016 9:53:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/1/16 | Elise Harris
    Erbil, Iraq, May 1, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Loai Behnam Toubia pulls up his shirt, uncovering a thick, dark scar – probably 10 inches long – that tears vertically down his large, round belly. With a cockeyed arm he points to three smaller scars that decorate the left side of his misshaped abdomen, marking the times he was shot when ISIS opened fire on his car last year. I stand in the dust surrounded by rows of boxy prefab trailers listening to his story. I focus on the scar marking where the bullet that landed just centimeters below his...
  • On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment

    05/02/2016 6:33:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need to Be More Urgent in Preparing for Final Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • May 1, 2016 • At every funeral I celebrate, I spend a good portion of the sermon urging everyone, including myself, to be more intent on preparing for death and judgement. I remind the assembled of Jesus’ numerous parables on this theme. I remind them that no one loves them more than does Jesus, and yet no one issued more warnings of judgment and Hell than He did. I do this at funerals because the overwhelming majority of people I see there do...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-02-16, M, St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    05/01/2016 8:14:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 2, 2016 Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Acts 16:11-15 We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.We spent some time in that city.On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the riverwhere we thought there would be a place of prayer.We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,from the city...
  • Incorrupt bodies of the Saints -St Charbel Makhlouf -incorruptable (Catholic Caucus)

    05/01/2016 4:21:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Incorrupt bodies of the Saints -St Charbel Makhlouf -incorruptable "The Incorruptables" -The incorrupt bodies of certain Saints What is perhaps one of the most unusual phenomenon regarding the bodies of Saints is that of the miraculous preservation of a great number of them after being interred for years in conditions that normally should have provoked their destruction according to the laws of nature, and even more so because in almost every case of incorruption in the lives of the Saints the bodies were not embalmed or preserved in any way. Yet in spite of not being embalmed or treated in...
  • Bicycling in the Sanctuary --- The "Model" of the "Merciful" Bishops

    05/01/2016 11:57:50 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 4/29/16 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) The new Archbishop of Palermo, recently appointed by Pope Francis, Msgr. Corrado Lorefice, swung himself in a bicycle and drove through the presbyterium of his Cathedral. "Sometimes I ask myself whether certain prelates do not invent these surprises from a mere desire to see if they come into the media and land especially on certain blogs, for example, ours ..." according to the traditional website Messa in Latino. News and pictures were published by the official website of the Archdiocese of Palermo with the following text: "Palermo. Primatiale Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption, Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Feast of...
  • Catholic church bans inappropriate dresses (Ghana)

    05/01/2016 8:53:51 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    pulse.ng ^ | April 25, 2016 | Adeyinka Ogunlami
    St. John The Baptist Church in Cape Coast, Central Region has placed a ban on provocative and inappropriate dresses in the house of the Lord. Banned clothings include armless, short sleeved dresses, short dresses, cleavage showing dresses. Andrew Kofi Wofersor, president of the church stated that the dresses worn by most women to church now is against Christianity. Explaining the reason for the ban, Wofersor said that Muslims wear what they wear to look decent and not to distract men. “It is not that the dresses are not good, but they are not good for the church. When we stop...
  • Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter

    05/01/2016 5:45:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Gifts of Grace – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 30, 2016 • The Gospel for today has a number of “sayings” of the Lord Jesus, which all amount to a kind of litany of love. It is a setting forth of the gifts that He, by His grace, is accomplishing and will accomplish in us. Let’s get right to work and consider the wonderful gifts of grace.I. Power – Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever loves me will keep my word”Here is a fundamental theology of grace: keeping the commandments...
  • The Paschal homily of St John Chrysostomos (Archbishop of Constantinople)

    05/01/2016 4:01:41 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 17 replies
    http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/sermon.htm ^ | 4th Century AD | +John Chrysostomos
    If any be a devout lover of God, let him partake with gladness from this fair and radiant feast. If any be a faithful servant, let him enter rejoicing into the joy of his Lord. If any have wearied himself with fasting, let him now enjoy his reward. If any have laboured from the first hour, let him receive today his rightful due. If any have come after the third, let him celebrate the feast with thankfulness. If any have come after the sixth, let him not be in doubt, for he will suffer no loss. If any have delayed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-01-16, Sixth Sunday of Easter

    04/30/2016 7:24:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 1, 2016 Sixth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.”Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and eldersabout this question. The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders...
  • Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon

    04/30/2016 7:41:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon Msgr. Charles Pope • April 29, 2016 • The animated short video below is a humorous reminder that when technology changes so rapidly, some of us can easily get left behind.In it, there is also something of an admonition to the Church, that we not act too much like the man in the video. 1. It would seem that the old man has been sheltered away in his apartment for too long while the world has passed him by. We in the Church also have been hunkered down...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-30-16, OM, St. Pius V, Pope

    04/29/2016 10:17:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 30, 2016 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 16:1-10 Paul reached also Derbe and Lystrawhere there was a disciple named Timothy,the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,but his father was a Greek.The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,and Paul wanted him to come along with him.On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,for they all knew that his father was a Greek.As they traveled from city to city,they handed on to the people for observance the decisionsreached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.Day...
  • “Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him” (Cath Cauc)

    04/29/2016 3:45:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 103 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 29, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    FULL TITLE: “Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him” – St. Catherine of Siena Today is the – in the post-Conciliar, modern, non-traditional – Ordinary Form – Novus Ordo Calendar – Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Patroness of Europe and named by Paul VI as Doctor of the Church. Thus, her life and works reflect something of the Church’s own role as Teacher.  Her head may be venerated in Siena and the rest of her in Rome in the Church Santa Maria sopra Minerva (near the ecclesiastical tailor Gammarelli...
  • Suspects arrested in alleged ISIS plot to attack Vatican

    04/29/2016 3:19:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 29, 2016 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Italian police officers patrol St Peter's Square (AP) Authorities monitored conversations between the suspects via WhatsAppItalian authorities have arrested six suspects who allegedly received orders from ISIS to attack the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome.The arrests made in Lombardy and Piedmont were the result of a joint operation coordinated by the district attorney of Milan and the Italian anti-terrorism agency.According to the Italian news agency ANSA, authorities arrested Abderrahim Moutaharrik and his wife, Salma Bencharki; Abderrahmane Khachia, and three people who have maintained contact with a couple that left Italy to join ISIS in Syria. All of the suspects...
  • Archbishop Bans Cardinal Müller From University Because New Book is, "Against the Pope"

    04/29/2016 10:41:52 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | 4/28/16 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Madrid) Pope's confidant as a censor? Madrid Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra forbade Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the faith of the Catholic Church, to present his latest book "Informe sobre la esperanza" (State of Hope) at the Catholic University of San Dámaso present in Madrid. The reasoning? Because it was "a book against the pope." The renowned Spanish Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos (BAC), whose director is the priest Carlos Granados, led the interview with Cardinal Müller, on which the book was based, has invited the German cardinal for next week to Spain in order to present the interview book in...
  • Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You - A Meditation on God as Sculptor

    04/29/2016 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Chipping Away Everything That Is Not of God or of You - A Meditation on God as Sculptor Msgr. Charles Pope • April 28, 2016 • Michelangelo was asked how he could make a beautiful sculpture like his “Moses” out of a block of marble. His famous response was that he simply chipped away everything that wasn’t “Moses.”This is a paradigm for us in two senses.First, the Lord must chip away everything within us that is not Jesus. Yes, everything that is not of the Lord must go. St. Paul said, “I live; no not I, Christ lives in...
  • On the Spiritual Battlefront with Ukraine’s Military Chaplains

    04/29/2016 5:57:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/27/16 | Jaroslawa Kisyk
    Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, head of the Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, on the physical trials and spiritual challenges of ministering to Ukrainian soldiersIn mid-February 2016, Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, Deputy Head of Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, visited numerous parishes and venues in Toronto and parts of southern Ontario at the invitation of Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Eparch of Toronto, and of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). Bishop Chmilar and the UCC had jointly organized a fundraising campaign called “Save Lives” in order to assist Ukrainian soldiers with their extensive humanitarian...
  • Amoris Laetitia Footnote Contradicts Church’s Tradition, Says Leading German Philosopher

    04/29/2016 5:49:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/28/16 | Staff Reporter
    Robert Spaemann said Communion was a 'yes or no' question and that the Pope's document could lead to a schismRobert Spaemann, one of the foremost living Catholic philosophers, has said Amoris Laetitia contradicts the traditional teaching of the Church. In an interview with the German Catholic News Agency, Spaemann says that most of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation is in line with the Church’s teaching – although some sections are capable of being read otherwise. However, Spaemann says that paragraph 305, when read with its accompanying footnote 351, “directly contradicts [widerspricht direkt] paragraph 84 of John Paul II’s letter Familiaris Consortio.”...
  • Catholics Join Forces with Russian Orthodox to Rebuild Churches in Syria

    04/29/2016 5:33:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/29/16 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    Project is the 'first concrete outcome' of the Pope's meeting with Patriarch KirillRussia’s Catholic Church has launched a joint project with Russian Orthodox leaders to rebuild churches and monasteries destroyed during the war in Syria. Mgr Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of the Russian bishops’ conference, said the project should be viewed as the “first concrete outcome” of Pope Francis’s February meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. The official also said the move did not indicate support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. “While we’ve been in contact with the Assad government, this isn’t a political matter,” he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-29-16, M, St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor/Church

    04/28/2016 9:42:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 29, 2016 Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Acts 15:22-31 The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders among the brothers.This is the letter delivered by them:“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Ciliciaof Gentile origin: greetings.Since we have heard that some of our numberwho went out without any mandate from ushave upset you with their teachingsand disturbed your...
  • The Danger of Schism (Catholic Caucus)

    04/28/2016 2:03:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    The Moynihan Letters (via email) | 04-28-2016 | Robert Moynihan
    April 28, 2016, Thursday -- A Prominent German Theologian Warns of the Danger of Schism "That it is a rupture is something that is seems obvious to any person capable of thinking who reads the texts in question." —Prof. Robert Spaemann, 89, a leading German Catholic philosopher, in an interview yesterday on the Pope's document Amoris laetitia ("On the Joy of Love")  ===============  It is "hard-wired" into the "genetic code" of the Christian faith -- and into the historical memory of the Christian faithful -- that there will always be temptations to leave the "straight and narrow" path, temptations to...
  • Amoris Laetitia: A seminal moment is at hand

    04/28/2016 12:33:17 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | 4/28/16 | Louie Verrecchio
    National Catholic Distorter is reporting that the dissident theologian Hans Küng has publicly confirmed receipt of a letter from Pope Francis responding to his request “to give room to a free, unprejudiced and open-ended discussion on the problem of infallibility.” According to Küng, the pope gave him (and thus every other like-minded malcontent subversive in Catholic clothing) the green light to have at it. Given that Francis’ letter “set no restrictions,” according to Küng, “he has thus responded to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility.” Notice the language that is used: Küng...
  • Heresiarch Kasper: Pope will not preserve that which has been! Do you get it yet friends?

    04/28/2016 9:06:33 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 47 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 4/28/16 | Vox Cantoris
    "Heresiarch Kasper: Pope will not preserve that which has been! Do you get it yet friends? The Pope IS the problem!" It really is time Catholics; wake up! Get out of your doldrums and your daydreams and your fantasy that all is well. The crisis in the Church which came to the surface during and after the Second Vatican Council, the crisis and heresy of Modernism is upon us now greater than ever. Prelate after prelate and even the Pope, the Bishop of Rome himself, Jorge Bergoglio, are now proving on a daily basis that they do not hold to...
  • The Secret of Modesty

    04/28/2016 7:06:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Secret of Modesty Msgr. Charles Pope • April 27, 2016 • The following post contains some adult content. There is nothing inappropriate, but it does speak frankly to an aspect of sexual desire. Exercise caution if reading it to younger children.There is a secret, once known and widely shared among women, that the best way to get and hold a man’s attention is through modesty. Near nakedness can get a man’s attention, but it is modesty that will hold it.Why is this so? It is because mystery is powerfully attractive. It entices; it draws and holds one in...
  • Believing in Two Genders is a ‘Hate Crime’ Under Police Investigation at Catholic College

    04/28/2016 5:40:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 4/27/16 | Matt Lamb
    You can have your opinion’ as long as it doesn’t ‘deny my existence’It’s uncommon at Jesuit universities these days for someone to openly share a traditional Catholic viewpoint. When it happened at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the school was so spooked it called the Los Angeles Police Department. Both the police and the university’s Bias Incident Response Team are investigating the stated belief that only two genders exist, male and female, as a hate crime. A Loyola alumni office employee discussed her views on sexual orientation, which align with the Roman Catholic Church, with three students who were...
  • Top Vatican Cardinals Aren’t Commenting on Pope’s Exhortation

    04/28/2016 5:33:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/25/16 | John-Henry Westen
    April 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Two of the Vatican’s most senior prelates, both known for taking a strong stand for the Church’s tradition at the Synod on the Family, are declining interviews on Pope Francis’ controversial apostolic exhortation. Vatican reporter Edward Pentin reports that neither Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, nor Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has commented on Amoris Laetitia or given any media interviews about the document. Müller and Sarah have repeatedly spoken in the past about the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage...
  • Catholic Seminary Breaks Ground

    04/28/2016 5:28:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Seward Independent ^ | 4/27/16 | Emily Hemphill
    St. Gregory the Great Catholic Seminary in Seward is expanding to prepare more students for priesthood. The seminary held a ground-breaking ceremony April 24 to mark the beginning of a construction project that will add 11 student rooms, two priest suites, two classrooms and a science lab onto the existing building, located at 800 Fletcher Road in Seward. “We’ve seen the steady growth the Lord has granted us. We’ve seen our faculty and staff grow,” St. Gregory Rector the Very Rev. Jeffrey R. Eickhoff said during the ceremony. In its 18 years of existence, the seminary has housed and taught...
  • Archbishop of Cologne Slams Germany's Anti-Islam Party: 'Mosques are Equal to Churches'

    04/28/2016 5:16:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/27/16 | Harry Farley
    The Catholic Archbishop of Cologne has slammed Germany's anti-Islam party, Alternative for Deutchsland (AfD). Rainer Woelki posted a video where he ridiculed the right-wing party's claim that Islam is incompatible with the German constitution. The archbishop's intervention comes after the anti-immigration party said it would press for bans on minarets and burqas. "Anyone who denigrates Muslims as the AfD leadership does should realise prayer rooms and mosques are equally protected by our constitution as our churches and chapels," he said. "Whoever says 'yes' to church towers must also say 'yes' to minarets." The AfD has grown in prominence putting pressure...
  • Catholic Caucus: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Lectionary: 288 [Daily Mass Readings,04-28-16]

    04/27/2016 9:51:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 28, 2016 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place,Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters,“My brothers, you are well aware that from early daysGod made his choice among you that through my mouththe Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe.And God, who knows the heart,bore witness by granting them the Holy Spiritjust as he did us.He made no distinction between us and them,for by faith he purified their hearts.Why, then, are you now putting God to the testby placing on the...
  • Spirits Who Minister (Protestant Devotional and Caucus)

    04/26/2016 5:48:09 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/26/2016
    “To which of the angels has [God] ever said, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’? Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” - Hebrews 1:13-14 Worshiper, message-bearer, soldier—these are roles that are filled by angels. But there is one more angelic office given to us in Scripture that helps us understand the function of these beings. As Hebrews 1:13–14 indicates, angels are spirits that minister to the needs of God’s people. If we were to do a little...
  • The Next Synod: The Return of "The Peace of God"?

    04/27/2016 2:30:07 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    The Moynihan Letters (via email) | 04-27-2016 | Robert Moynihan
    April 27, 2016, Wednesday -- The Next Synod: The Return of "The Peace of God"? "The Pope would like to dedicate the next Synod of Bishops to the theme of peace." —The Italian news agency ANSA, in a short news article released this morning in Italy. The question of what topic the next Bishops' Synod would focus on was discussed in a meeting of the Synod's leadership in Rome on April 18 and 19; this is the first story that claims to give reliable information about what the topic will be    "Other proposals of the participants were the themes...
  • A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles

    04/27/2016 8:41:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 452 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the Early Catholic Church from the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • April 26, 2016 • The second reading from last Sunday’s Mass (5th Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and too informative to merely pass up. It presents the Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some of the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal form, but they are there.We will also notice qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of...
  • Fr. Hans Kung Says Francis Responded to Request for Free Discussion on Infallibility Dogma

    04/27/2016 6:30:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/26/16 | Hans Kung
    Editor's note: Fr. Hans Küng, the Swiss theologian, says that he has received a letter from Pope Francis that responds "to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility."Küng declined to show the letter to NCR, citing "the confidentiality that I owe to the Pope," but he says the letter was dated March 20 and sent to him via the nunciature in Berlin shortly after Easter.Küng says the letter shows that "Francis has set no restrictions" on the discussions.Küng also said that he is very encouraged by Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia ('The...
  • Anglicans and Catholics Discuss Recognition of Ministry

    04/27/2016 6:24:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 4/26/16
    (Vatican Radio) Catholic and Anglican theologians have been meeting together near Rome to discuss ordination rites within the two communions, as well as the significant ecumenical implications of Pope Francis’ recent document ‘Amoris Laetitia’. A meeting of the Malines Conversation group took place from April 17th to 22nd at Rocca di Papa, south of Rome, culminating in an ecumenical evensong celebrated by Archbishop Arthur Roche of the Congregation for Divine Worship. A communique issued after the encounter said the theologians from seven different countries discussed “contemporary and historic ordination rites” and the developments that have taken place in both communions...