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  • Bombshell from Vatican: Benedict and Francis "in complete disagreement", "never talk to one another"

    03/24/2017 3:51:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | March 23, 2017 | Andrew Parrish
    (ROME) – Speaking at a March 16th conference in Limburg, Germany, the long-time Vatican correspondent Andreas Englisch has delivered an explosive allegation: In contradiction of public appearances, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI “are in complete disagreement” and “never speak to one another.” The Pope Emeritus has apparently stated that he only appears in public “at the explicit request of Pope Francis.” What is shown on these occasions, Englisch continues, is “only the pretense of friendship.”No official transcript of the press conference is yet available, but Giuseppe Nardi, another well-known Vaticanist who was in attendance, says that Englisch continued...
  • Pope Francis to Proclaim Fatima Visionaries Saints during Portugal Trip [Catholic Caucus]

    03/23/2017 4:58:59 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | March 23, 2017 | Crux Staff
    Pope Francis on Thursday approved a miracle attributed to two of the visionaries who say they saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima in 1917. The pope was already scheduled to visit the Marian shrine to mark the 100th anniversary of the event. ROME – Two of the visionaries of the Marian apparitions of Fatima – young shepherds Jacinta and Francisco Marto – will be canonized by Pope Francis when he visits the Portuguese shrine in May.The Vatican announced the pontiff approved the miracle attributed to their intercession on Thursday, the final step necessary before they could be made...
  • [Catholic Caucus] THE GOLDEN BOY

    03/23/2017 9:11:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 23, 2017 | Church Militant
    Monsignor Michael Hull, an extremely close associate of the archdiocese's vicar general, Msgr. Greg Mustaciuolo, had a series of very plum assignments in the archdiocese. Sources tell Church Militant that this was owing to the nature of the close relationship between Hull and Mustaciouolo, a relationship where they wore matching Mickey Mouse sweaters while also overnighting at the archdiocese's seminary, St. Joseph's in the Dunwoodie neighborhood of Yonkers. Observers thought it was strange that Mustaciuolo would overnight at the seminary because his residence was just a short ride away in Manhattan. Mustociuolo made sure that Michael Hull was well provided...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-17, OM, St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop

    03/22/2017 8:22:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 03-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2017 Thursday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 7:23-28Thus says the LORD: This is what I commanded my people:Listen to my voice;then I will be your God and you shall be my people.Walk in all the ways that I command you,so that you may prosper. But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed.They walked in the hardness of their evil heartsand turned their backs, not their faces, to me.From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day,I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets.Yet they...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican reform on sexual abuse has stalled

    03/22/2017 7:27:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 22, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    Three weeks have passed since Marie Collins resigned from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), complaining that the groups work has been thwarted by resistance from within the Roman Curia. A few days after her public announcement, Cardinal Gerhard Mller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF)which was the main target of Collins criticism defended his office and denied any foot-dragging on the abuse issue. Collins quickly shot back, rebutting the cardinals arguments. Since, then, silence. Where do we stand? Is this special papal commission really acting under restraint? Or do its...
  • Pope: 'Current Migration Crisis Greatest Tragedy After WW2'

    03/22/2017 1:57:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 3/22/17
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called for an ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate forced migrants and refugees and described the current migration phenomenon as the worlds greatest tragedy after the Second World War. Speaking on Wednesday to crowds gathered in St. Peters Square for the weekly General Audience, the Pope also continued his catechesis on Christian hope and appealed to the faithful to re-discover the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Archbishop Reassures Church Schools 'Will Always Remain Catholic' [if Lessons on Islam Offered]

    03/22/2017 1:18:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Malta Today ^ | 3/22/17 | Paul Cocks
    Archbishop Charles J Scicluna: 'I want to offer a guarantee and reassure all Catholic parents that church schools would not be impoverished if they respect others, but would actually be more authentic'Church schools in Malta will always remain Catholic, with the crucifix on classroom walls, even if they autonomously choose to start offering lessons in Islam and other religions, Maltas archbishop insisted yesterday. Mons. Charles J. Scicluna was answering questions put to him by MaltaToday, at the end of an event commemorating former Archbishop Joseph Mercieca on the first anniversary since his death. Scicluna said that Church schools should respect...
  • After Long Battle, Texas Parish Joins Anglican Ordinariate

    03/22/2017 1:07:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 3/21/17 | Christine Niles
    SAN ANTONIO ( - In a victory for a Texas parish, the Holy See has approved the admission of Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church into the Anglican Ordinariate, effective March 21. Our Lady of the Atonement was the nation's first pastoral provision parish, established in 1983, after Pope John Paul II made special provisions for former Anglicans to found Catholic parishes where traditional Anglican liturgy is offered. The Vatican established the North American Ordinariate in 2012, and ordained its first bishop, Steven Lopes, in 2016. The Holy See is now directing that all pastoral provision parishes in the United...
  • What Is the Geography of the Holy Land Like?"

    03/22/2017 9:15:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Geography of the Holy Land Like? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 21, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.Karya ini diberi lisensi dan tunduk di bawah ketentuan Creative Commons Atribusi versi 3.0. Nomenclature – The land today called Israel or the Holy Land, was known to the Greeks and Romans in Jesus’ day as Palestine. This name came from the Philistines,...
  • LGBT activists threatened deadly violence if they werent allowed in Boston St. Patricks parade

    03/22/2017 7:57:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 21, 2017 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    LGBTQ activists threatened "large-scale violence," rioting and "possible deaths" if they were not allowed to participate in Sunday's St. Patricks Day Parade, parade organizers said. According to parade officials, Boston Police said homosexuals bused in from other states to "disrupt" the festivities were a serious threat unless Catholic organizers permitted a gay veterans group in the parade. Police not only determined the gay threats were "credible" but warned that they would not guarantee the safety of the public, including children. It was also implied that organizers would be responsible if gay violence erupted. Faced with the threat of "large-scale" gay...
  • Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope's Fatima Visit [Catholic Caucus]

    03/22/2017 4:58:12 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 20, 2017 | Devin Sean Watkins
    (Vatican Radio)  The Vatican has released the schedule of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Fatima in Portugal, due to take place on 12-13 May. The Holy Father will arrive on Saturday by plane at the Monte Real air base in the afternoon, where he will be welcomed by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. He will then travel by helicopter to the Stadium of Fatima before travelling by car to the Fatima Shrine. Whilst there, the Pope will pray at the Chapel of the Apparitions, greet pilgrims present, and recite the Holy Rosary with them. On Sunday, Pope Francis will meet with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-22-17

    03/21/2017 9:01:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 22, 2017 Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Dt 4:1, 5-9Moses spoke to the people and said:"Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decreeswhich I am teaching you to observe,that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you. Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decreesas the LORD, my God, has commanded me,that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy.Observe them carefully,for thus will you give evidenceof your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,who will...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Why an African moment is unfolding in Catholicism

    03/21/2017 5:51:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | March 21, 2017 | John Allen, Jr.
    I covered the second Synod of Bishops for Africa at the Vatican in 2009, which built on the work of the first such synod in 1994. I recall many observers saying they detected a shift in the attitudes of the African bishops at that second gathering, away from thinking of themselves as junior partners coming to the home office and towards a more confident sense that theyre leaders of the most dynamic Catholic community on earth. I drew on that experience in my 2009 book The Future Church, which opens with an imagined scene of a newly elected African pope,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Marx Seminary Received Only One New Seminarian in 2016

    03/21/2017 5:32:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | March 21, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    On 18 March, Cardinal Reinhard Marx Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising and President of the German Bishops Conference spoke at a diocesan meeting and revealed a stunning fact. In the year of 2016, only one new seminarian entered the diocesan seminary of Munich. According to the Austrian Catholic website, moreover, Cardinal Marx rejected the idea of forming larger parish communities in order to meet the varied needs of the dispersed faithful. The Austrian report continues, by summing up Marxs own words: It is about a visibility in place. However, this has to be organized according to...
  • Gorsuch Defends Protecting Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters From Obama Making Them Fund Abortions

    03/21/2017 5:00:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | march 21, 2017 | Steven Ertelt
    Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch defended his role today in protecting Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor from the Obama Administration making them fund abortions. At the time, the Supreme Court nominee said that the Obama Administration was getting in the way of their right to exercise their religious views and opposition to abortion. Gorsuch outlined a broad definition of religious freedom that could point to how he would rule in similar cases regarding abortion if confirmed by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ultimately sided with Hobby Lobby and the Court ruled that companies like it can...
  • Jesus's tomb unveiled after $4m restoration

    03/21/2017 3:02:14 PM PDT · by mgstarr · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/21/17 | Harriet Sherwood
    The restored tomb in which Jesuss body is believed to have been interred after his crucifixion will be officially unveiled at a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalems Old City on Wednesday. If the intervention hadnt happened now, there is a very great risk that there could have been a collapse, Bonnie Burnham of the World Monuments Fund, which had oversight of the project, told Associated Press. This is a complete transformation of the monument. The delicate restoration was carried out by a team of about 50 experts from the National Technical University, which previously worked...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Theologian says Amoris Communion debate is settled in Africa

    03/21/2017 9:07:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | March 21, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr., Ines San Martin
    As a major conference on Africa gets set to open in Rome, the principal organizer, Nigerian Father Paulinus Odozor, says the debate over Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics unleashed by 'Amoris Laetitia' is already settled in Africa -- and that the answer is 'no.'
  • [Catholic Caucus] Exposing the Sham of Discernment

    03/21/2017 8:04:07 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 20, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In his address to the participants in a course on the internal forum at the Vatican, Pope Bergoglio promoted the novelty in moral theology which he has attempted to introduce into the life of the Church via the already infamous Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia (AL): discernment. What exactly is this discernment? Quite simply, it is a code word for the application of situation ethics in the confessional in the case of public adulterers living in second marriages so that they can receive Holy Communion without having to cease their adulterous relations. In other words, discernment is a sham. If...
  • What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus?

    03/21/2017 8:02:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 21, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The smallest homes of the very poor might be little better than a square, stone structure, covered with a whitewashed sort of stucco. There would typically be one larger multi-purpose room and a smaller back room for the animals. Some houses in hilly...
  • Fra. Cristoforo: Cardinal Muller told Dubia Cardinals Formal Correction would risk Schism

    03/21/2017 4:31:33 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | March 20, 2017 | Unknown
    Once again breaking news in Novus Ordo Land: The Roman Novus Ordo cleric who goes by the pen name of Fra. Cristoforo (“Bro. Christopher”) has just published some additional information about the four “dubia cardinals” (Caffara, Brandmuller, Meisner, and Burke) and why the previously announced “formal correction of the Pope” has been scrapped.Last week, after Fra. Cristoforo had revealed that the formal correction was not going to happen, Vatican journalist Edward Pentin sent out some tweets (see here and here) contradicting the claim, saying that the information was not correct and the formal correction was “still on.” Fra. Cristoforo, however,...
  • Anonymity, Disinformation, and Trust: The Fra Cristoforo Effect

    03/21/2017 4:28:57 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | March 20, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    I have a growing sense that we’ve entered a new phase in the war for the soul of Catholicism. I have the distinct impression that the enemies of truth and goodness within the Church have been displeased with the effectiveness of a handful of feisty publications in exposing their anti-Catholic agenda at nearly every turn. I think of something Bishop Athanasius Schneider said concerning the first Synod on Marriage and Family in 2014: That in the very bosom of the Church, there are people who undermine the teaching of Our Lord became an obvious fact and one for the whole world to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-21-17

    03/20/2017 7:52:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 03-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 21, 2017 Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Dn 3:25, 34-43Azariah stood up in the fire and prayed aloud: "For your name's sake, O Lord, do not deliver us up forever,or make void your covenant.Do not take away your mercy from us,for the sake of Abraham, your beloved,Isaac your servant, and Israel your holy one,To whom you promised to multiply their offspringlike the stars of heaven,or the sand on the shore of the sea.For we are reduced, O Lord, beyond any other nation,brought low everywhere in the world this daybecause of our sins.We have in...
  • Archdiocese website suggests do not commit adultery doesnt ban sexual sin [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 4:48:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Is the Catholic Churchs traditional sexual morality too rigid? Cardinal Christoph Schnborns flock is certainly being led to think so. In December, the website of the Archdiocese of Vienna led by Schnborn published a new presentation of the Ten Commandments. It included a commentary on the Sixth Commandment, Thou shalt not commit adultery, that could be interpreted to justify everything from masturbation to pornography and prostitution. The article concludes openly invoking Pope Francis solicitude for sinners that refusing communion to the divorced and remarried seems very questionable from a theological point of view. Says the article on the...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Salvator of Horta, 03-20-17

    03/20/2017 4:43:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 03-20-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The blessed Salvator à Horta of the Franciscan order | Etching | Wellcome Images Saint Salvator of Horta Saint of the Day for March 20 (1520 – March 18, 1567)  Saint Salvator of Horta’s Story A reputation for holiness does have some drawbacks. Public recognition can be a nuisance at times—as the confreres of Salvator found out.Salvator was born during Spain’s Golden Age. Art, politics, and wealth were flourishing. So was religion. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus in 1540.Salvator’s parents were poor. At the age of 21, he entered the Franciscans...
  • Archbishop Paglia: Please resign as head of the Vatican's Academy for Life! [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 4:36:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 16, 2017 | several
    This petition has been created and sponsored by a coalition of Italian pro-life and pro-family groups. BACKGROUND Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life recently gave remarks expressing unqualified admiration for longtime friend Marco Pannella, one of Italys most radical proponents of the culture of death. Speaking about the Italian Radical Party founder, Paglia stated that he was "a man of great spirituality" and that his death was a great loss, not only for the people of the Radical Party, but also for our country, among many other glowing statements. Pannella spent his life fighting...
  • Will The Correction Come? Keeping The Faith In The Age Of The Kitten Cardinal [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 12:35:17 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | March 17, 2017 | Mundabor
    Will, then, the famous correction come? Fra Cristoforo says it won’t.Edward Pentin says it will. I quote the Bible:  Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. I will be very glad if the correction comes. I will be moderately sad if it doesn’t. But one way or the other my faith will not be shaken, my days will go on exactly in the same way and my salvation will not be directly influenced by it.I believe in God, the Father Almighty. I do not believe in four Cardinals. As...
  • German Newspaper Investigates Mysterious Trust Connected to Order of Malta [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 11:17:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Germanys mass-selling Bild newspaper has reported that the Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta, Baron Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, accepted a 30 million Swiss franc donation ($31 million) on behalf of the Order from what Bild calls a dubious trust in Geneva. Boeselager denies any wrongdoing. The Grand Chancellor told the newspaper that over a seven-year period, the Order would be drawing 30 million Swiss francs from the fund, which Bild calls by its acronym CPVG. So far, the Order has received 3 million francs from the trust, whose existence the Register first brought to public attention in January....
  • Pope Francis to priests: Do not be afraid to call on exorcists

    03/20/2017 11:16:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    AOL News ^ | March 20, 2017 | Grant Suneson, Newsy
    Pope Francis gets a lot of attention for his modern views on Catholicism, but he's now backing an ancient and controversial practice in the church. The pope told priests that they should be willing to call on an exorcist if they feel it's warranted, but they should make sure the person is actually possessed first. There are no official statistics, but exorcisms are reportedly on the rise at least in the U.S. Father Vincent Lampert of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis said, "The problem isn't that the devil has upped his game, but more people are willing to play it."...
  • St. Joseph and Manhood

    03/20/2017 8:23:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 94 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St. Joseph and Manhood Msgr. Charles Pope • March 19, 2017 • I remember once being amused to hear that a 19th century Franciscan theologian (whose name I cannot recall) wrote a six-volume set called “The Life of St. Joseph.” How could one possibly get enough material to fill six volumes? We know so little about Joseph from Scripture. He seems to have been the strong, silent type. Not a word of his is recorded, but his actions have much to say, especially to men.On this feast of St. Joseph, we do well to ponder him as a model...
  • Archbishop Forte, Professor Melloni and the Undigested "Four Cherries" [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 8:12:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | March 20, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    For understanding how Francis acts with his opponents, the archbishop and theologian Bruno Forte is a reliable oracle, especially since he reported in public what the pope said to him during the last synod, at which he acted as special secretary: If we talk explicitly about communion for the divorced and remarried, you have no idea what a mess these guys will make for us. So lets not talk about it directly, you get the premises in place and then I will draw the conclusions. Francis has drawn the conclusions, as is known, in the postsynodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, but...
  • Samuel and Daniel, Though Young, Judged the Elders: Traditionalism as a Youth Movement

    03/20/2017 6:39:55 AM PDT · by Petrosius
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | March 20, 2017 | Peter Kwasniewski
    The progress of centuries has often returned to the Rule of St. Benedict as a repository of timeless wisdom, capable of guiding any community of God-seekers to peace and holiness. One cannot help but be struck by the way Benedict emphasizes that the young monks voices ought to be given a fair hearing. Benedict was not exactly egalitarian (he frequently counsels the beating of the refractory, for example), but he recognized, with St. John Cassian, that age does not automatically equal wisdom and that young people can have the perspective needed by the community at a given moment. And on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-20-17, SOL, St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    03/19/2017 9:07:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 03-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 20, 2017 Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David,'When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,and I will make his kingdom firm.It is he who shall build a house for my name.And I will make his royal throne firm forever.I will be a father to him,and he shall be a son to me.Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;your throne shall stand...
  • Homily for Mass of Inauguration of Pope Francis

    03/19/2017 7:23:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Salt & Light Media ^ | March 19, 2013 | Pope Francis
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the Inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude. I offer a warm greeting to my brother cardinals and bishops, the priests, deacons, men and women religious, and all the lay faithful. I thank the representatives of the other Churches...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary, 03-19-17

    03/19/2017 5:20:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 03-19-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Dream of St. Joseph | Anton Raphael Mengs Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary Saint of the Day for March 19  Saint Joseph’s Story The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a “just” man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts.When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” one, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really “right” for God to love him or her. In other words, God is...
  • Free speech row breaks out at Aberdeen University over abortion posters

    03/19/2017 2:20:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    press and journal ^ | march 15, 2017 | by Jon Hebditch and Catarina Demony
    A row over free speech has broken out at a north-east university, following a display of posters advertising an anti-abortion protest. The 40 days of Life event, featuring people holding signs and prayer vigils, has been taking place daily outside the citys maternity hospital since March 1 and aims to cover the whole of Lent until April 13. But some student groups at Aberdeen University have expressed outrage at the Catholic chaplaincy on the campus displaying posters for the meeting and have signed a mass letter calling for their removal. The building is owned by the Catholic Church, who insist...
  • To Pope Francis: Show Me Your Friends and I'll Tell You Who You Are! [Catholic Caucus]

    03/19/2017 11:38:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Les Femmes - The Truth ^ | March 17, 2017 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    My mother used to say often when warning us about carefully choosing our friends that, "Birds of a feather flock together." Did you ever see a cardinal flying with vultures? Well, maybe that isn't the best example since so many cardinals these days are, in fact, vultures. And, sadly, Pope Francis has placed many of these evil men in important positions at the Vatican. Let's check out a few. Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo Sorondo countenances the worst moral evils as was evident recently at the Biological Extinction meeting. He happily legitimizes enemies of the Church and life itself by offering...
  • Just a Little Talk with Jesus Makes It Right A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent

    03/19/2017 5:05:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Just a Little Talk with Jesus Makes It Right – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 18, 2017 • As we examine the Gospel for this weekend’s Mass we do well to understand that is about human desires and how the Lord reaches us through them. Prior to examining the text in detail, let’s consider a few things: What it is that really makes you happy? We desire so many things: food, water, shelter, clothing, and creature comforts. We long for affection, peace, and a sense of belonging. Sometimes we...
  • Annulment Writing Workshop [Catholic Caucus]

    03/18/2017 7:54:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Good Shepherd Parish ^ | February 5, 2017 | Good Shepherd Parish
    The Archdiocese of New Orleans will offer a writing workshop for persons seeking an annulment in the Catholic Church or for persons responding to an annulment. The workshop will be held in St. Rita Parishs Msgr. Champagne Complex, 7100 Jefferson Hwy in Harahan. The series will be for five (5) Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 2017. Hours are 7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m. The materials for the series cost $25.00. To register or for more information, call Cathy, 504-861-6243.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-19-17, Third Sunday of Lent

    03/18/2017 6:37:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies ^ | 03-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 19, 2017 Third Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Ex 17:3-7In those days, in their thirst for water,the people grumbled against Moses,saying, "Why did you ever make us leave Egypt?Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?"So Moses cried out to the LORD, "What shall I do with this people?a little more and they will stone me!"The LORD answered Moses,"Go over there in front of the people, along with some of the elders of Israel, holding in your hand, as you go, the staff with which you struck the river.I will...
  • The priest helping women get birth control at US border: 'Lesser of two evils' [Catholic Caucus]

    03/18/2017 4:00:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 17, 2017 | Alice Whitwham
    <p>Unfortunately, the woman who is going to migrate, she knows that she will be violated, Father Prisciliano Pereza told me. We were standing in a sun-beaten central plaza outside Our Lady of Guadalupe church, in Altar, a languid town in Sonora, Mexico.</p>
  • The False and Dangerous Coccopalmerio Gambit [Catholic Caucus]

    03/18/2017 2:20:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 18, 2017 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Ready for some casuistry? Should the Catholic Church allow a man and a woman to receive the sacraments in the following case? A woman living with a married but divorced man tells him that she no longer wants to live in sin; the man threatens to kill himself, and she, following her confessors advice, stays with him? In an interview with Edward Pentin, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio offers this example and says: yes. He refers to his recent book on Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia in which he speaks of this case: Think of a woman who lives with a married...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, 03-18-17

    03/18/2017 11:40:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 03-18-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Detail | Stained glass of Saints Cyril of Jerusalem & Bernard of Clairvaux | Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Dayton, Ohio | photo by Nheyob Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Saint of the Day for March 18 (c. 315 – March 18, 386)  Saint Cyril of Jerusalem’s Story The crises that the Church faces today may seem minor when compared with the threat posed by the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ and almost overcame Christianity in the fourth century. Cyril was to be caught up in the controversy, accused of Arianism...
  • Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

    03/18/2017 9:35:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • March 17, 2017 • In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process.The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain details of the law (often Sabbath observances). But those who rebuked Him for this were guilty of far greater violations. For example, [Jesus] went into the...
  • Cardinal Marx Revealing Words about Pope Francis and Married Priests [Catholic Caucus]

    03/18/2017 9:32:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | March 16 2017 | Maike HIckson
    Last week, there took place in Germany the Spring General Assembly of the German Bishops Conference with more than 60 German bishops present. As we reported, it was exactly during the time of this episcopal meeting that a significant interview with Pope Francis was also published, and prominently, in a German national weekly newspaper Die Zeit. Though this interview only appeared on the magazine stands on Thursday, 9 March the last day of the episcopal meeting the essence of Pope Francis message was already published the day before, and this by the German Bishops Conferences own website,
  • Pope's Egypt visit offers chance to improve Catholic-Muslim ties

    03/18/2017 8:14:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Mar 18, 2017 | 10:45am EDT | Gavin Jones
    Pope Francis will make a trip to Egypt next month, the Vatican said on Saturday, giving the pontiff another opportunity to promote better relations between Catholics and Muslims. Francis has accepted an invitation to Cairo on April 28-29 from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Catholic bishops, the pope of the Coptic church of Alexandria and the countrys highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, the Vatican said in a statement. Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts, account for about 10 percent of Egypts population, which is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim. Sectarian violence sometimes erupts over disputes on issues related to church building, religious conversions and interfaith relationships....
  • Islam Is Irelands Fastest Growing Religion

    03/17/2017 9:52:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Creeping Sharia ^ | March 17, 2017 | unknown
    Happy St. Pattys Day via Islam Is Irelands Fastest Growing Religion. h/t TROP The Republic of Ireland may be intimately associated with the Roman Catholic Church, but the fastest-growing faith on the emerald isle is Islam at such a rapid rate that Muslims are projected to replace Protestantism as the second-most popular religion by the year 2043. Irelands Central Statistics Office reported that between 1991 and 2011, the percentage of Irish residents who were Muslim jumped from 0.1 percent to 1 percent (equating to about 49,000 people). By 2020, Irelands Islamic population will more than double to at least...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-18-17, OM, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    03/17/2017 8:13:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 03-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2017 Saturday of the Second Week of Lent Reading 1 Mi 7:14-15, 18-20Shepherd 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...

    03/17/2017 7:12:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 17, 2017 | Christine Niles
    A well-known Vaticanista is calling on Catholics to turn to the unchanging Magisterium for guidance, and is especially highlighting the pastoral leadership of the dubia cardinals. Italian journalist Antonio Socci published a blog post Thursday titled "Fraternal Advice" encouraging readers to "decisively take as the only points of pastoral reference the cardinals who've shown with facts to have in their hearts the good of Christian people, the good of their souls." The situation of the Catholic Church has become explosive.Tweet He was referring specifically to Cdls. Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Joachim Meisner and Walter Brandmller, who submitted a set of...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. Patrick, 03-17-17

    03/17/2017 3:59:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 03-17-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Sculpture of Saint Patrick of Ireland | Saint Augustine church, Baden-Württemberg, Germany | photo by Reinhardhauke Saint Patrick Saint of the Day for March 17 (c. 386 – 461)  Saint Patrick’s Story Legends about Patrick abound; but truth is best served by our seeing two solid qualities in him: He was humble and he was courageous. The determination to accept suffering and success with equal indifference guided the life of God’s instrument for winning most of Ireland for Christ.Details of his life are uncertain. Current research places his dates of birth and death a...
  • To hell with accompaniment: Catholic prof points to damage Pope Francis is causing the Church

    03/17/2017 12:31:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 17, 2017 | Lianne Laurence
    American Catholic writer Flannery OConnor is famous for answering a pronouncement by leftist author Mary McCarthy that the Eucharist is a symbol by exclaiming, albeit in a shaky voice: Well, if its a symbol, to hell with it! Relating this encounter in a letter, OConnor added: That was all the defense I was capable of but I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say about it, outside of a story, except that it is the center of existence for me; all the rest of life is expendable. OConnors matchless apologia comes to mind when...