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  • Vortex: Agents of the Devil

    08/24/2016 11:05:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | 08-23-16 | Michael Voris
    Video and Transcript: The Church has reached the tipping point in America where there are more Vatican II Catholics than those born before Vatican II. And it is having a dramatic effect in the Church. The latest research shows that 64 percent — almost two out of every three American Catholics — was born just before the Second Vatican Council or after. The dividing line is the year 1961 (and happens to be my birth year). Two out of every three Catholics therefore have no living memory or experience of the Church how it was before the Council. My generation...
  • Pope Francis to Catholics: ‘Who are you to judge others?’

    08/24/2016 10:43:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 68 replies
    Religion News ^ | June 20, 2016 | Rosie Scammell
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Stop being judgmental hypocrites and take a look at yourself in the mirror — without covering up your wrinkles — Pope Francis advised Catholics in a sermon that reprised one of his favorite themes. In his last homily at morning Mass before taking a break for the summer, Francis on Monday (June 20) said those who constantly judge people should instead reflect on their own behavior. “Look in the mirror, but not to put on makeup to hide the wrinkles. No, no, no, that’s not the advice! Look in the mirror to look at yourself as you...
  • A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors

    08/24/2016 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors Msgr. Charles Pope • August 23, 2016 • Christ Showing A Little Child As The Emblem Of Heaven by Benjamin WestLast Saturday (20th Week of the Year) featured a Gospel in which the Lord cautions us on the use and collection of titles. Speaking of the religious authorities of His day, Jesus lamented,They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers....
  • Day 10 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/24/2016 7:27:55 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 24, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 10 – MOTHER MOST AMIABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF UNDERSTANDING! GOD’S WORD “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130) “Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints …” (Ephesians 1:18) HEROES’ WORDS “Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.” -St. Augustine “Understanding is the sure and clear knowledge of some...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-24-16, FEAST, St. Bartholomew, Apostle

    08/24/2016 1:39:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 24, 2016 Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle Reading 1 Rev 21:9b-14 The angel spoke to me, saying,“Come here.I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”He took me in spirit to a great, high mountainand showed me the holy city Jerusalemcoming down out of heaven from God.It gleamed with the splendor of God.Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,like jasper, clear as crystal.It had a massive, high wall,with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationedand on which names were inscribed,the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.There were three gates facing...
  • New Aide Says Francis Wants to Hear Laity, Not Just Bishops and Priests

    08/23/2016 5:10:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/22/16
    Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas initially thought it was a prank when he was told in May that Pope Francis was on the line, but it was really him, telling Farrell to head up a new Vatican department. In part, his marching orders are to make sure lay people hold prominent Vatican positions, and to help the pope hear directly from the laity.Sometimes when new Vatican appointments are announced, it’s a bit opaque who actually called the shot. That’s definitely not the situation, however, with Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, named last week to be the first-ever head of a...
  • No. of Actions Against Christians in Middle East Increases 4x in Past 7 yrs - Russian Foreign..

    08/23/2016 4:53:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/23/16
    Moscow, August 23, Interfax - A number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians in the Middle East increased by 300% in the past seven years, Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said. "According to estimates of a variety of human rights organizations, a number of cases of terrorist reprisals and actions against Christians, including in the Middle East, increased by 300% in the past seven years," he said during a roundtable meeting on Tuesday. "Russia reserves for itself the key role in defending the interests of Christian people....
  • [Ayatoallah] Makarem-Shirazi Thanks Pope for His Stance on Islam

    08/23/2016 4:46:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    TEHRAN – A senior Iranian religious scholar on Saturday wrote to Pope Francis, the current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, thanking him for his recent remarks that Islam is free of violence.
  • The First Commandment: Love the Lord your God…or practice ecumenism… above all things?

    08/23/2016 11:11:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | August 23, 2016 | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    In his second epistle, Saint John teaches. “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him” (2Jn 10). But Francis dictates other norms of conduct for our times – if not with words, at least with his notorious gestures and, above all, in everyday life. Everyone must be received, regardless of the doctrines they profess, even if they are overtly rebellious, or even hostile, toward the Faith of the Church of Christ. Everyone must be greeted, and special attention must be paid to those who lead a...
  • The Service for the Burial of the Theotokos [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    08/23/2016 10:26:44 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Melkite Greek Catholic Church ^ | 08-21-2016 | Eparchy of Newton
    AN INCREASING NUMBER of Byzantine churches are observing the Feast of the Dormition by conducting the Burial Service of the Theotokos. This observance comes to us from the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the traditional site of her death and burial.On the morning of August 14 a procession sets out from the Patriarchate, bearing the icon of the Dormition. They leave the Old City and cross the Kedron Valley, arriving at Gethsemane and the tomb of the Theotokos. There the people, passing beneath the icon, enter the church where the burial shroud of the Theotokos has been displayed for veneration. On the...
  • Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times

    08/23/2016 7:33:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Essential Catholic Teachings on the End Times Msgr. Charles Pope • August 22, 2016 • We are currently reading from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians in daily Mass, and given the focus of on the “end times,” it might be good to review certain basic Catholic teachings on this matter, the theology of which is called eschatology.The Catholic approach to the end times is different from that in certain (but not all) Protestant circles, especially the Evangelicals, who have a strong and often vivid preoccupation with signs of the Second Coming of Christ. Many of the notions...
  • Day 9 - Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/23/2016 6:09:59 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 9 – MOTHER UNDEFILED, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF WISDOM GOD’S WORD “Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.” (Psalm 25:8-10). HEROES’ WORDS “Dost thou hold wisdom to be anything other than truth, wherein we behold and embrace the supreme good?” -St. Augustine “Let your old age be childlike, and your childhood like old age; that is, so that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-23-16, OM, St. Rose of Lima, Virgin

    08/22/2016 10:21:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 23, 2016 Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Thess 2:1-3a, 14-17 We ask you, brothers and sisters,with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christand our assembling with him,not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly,or to be alarmed either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement,or by a letter allegedly from usto the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.Let no one deceive you in any way. To this end he has also called you through our Gospelto possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore,...
  • Is the Priest Shortage in Germany Intentional?

    08/22/2016 6:06:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/22/16 | Maike Hickson
    Alexander Kissler – the well-respected, often subtly ironic, conservative German journalist and editor of the culture section of the German journal Cicero who recently wrote a piercing critique of Pope Francis – has now written another important article on Catholic matters. This time, he reports on the fact that, last year, “in 2015, only 58 men have been ordained as priests in the whole of Germany [with 23,8 million Catholics].” Kissler makes the strong claim that this standing shortage of priests is actually wanted by the guiding progressives of the German Church. “The priests,” says the German journalist, “are in...
  • Poverty, Politics, and the Church in Pope Francis’s Argentina

    08/22/2016 5:58:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/21/16 | Dr. Samuel Gregg
    Argentina is trying to break with 70 years of populism, corruption, and general economic decline. But in the age of the Argentine pope, what role will the Church play in this process? Before Jorge Bergoglio’s election as the first Latin American pope in 2013, Argentina was famous for many things: tango, its magnificent pampas, the beautiful late-nineteenth century architecture that marks much of Buenos Aires, to name just a few. Unfortunately, other things also come to mind: rampant and persistent corruption, extreme political instability, and, above all, the fact that Argentina is the twentieth century’s textbook-case of largely self-inflicted economic...
  • Don Nicola Bux on Amoris Laetitia: "The Eucharist is Not a Sacrament for the Sinner"

    08/22/2016 5:58:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 130 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | August 19, 2016
    "The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the sinner but the sacrament of reconciled sinners. Just as it is the source and principle of mercy. I hope I have been clear! Nicola Bux, August 13, 2016 at a youth meeting in Schio. The theologian spoke on the theme "The sacraments are not a joke." The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the divorced and remarried, but for reconciled sinners. The liturgist Nicola Bux is one of the most reputable practitioners of the liturgical science and is one of the leading supporters of Benedict XVI's intended liturgical renewal. He is a...
  • New Interview: Cardinal Burke Says ‘I will Never be Part of a Schism’

    08/22/2016 5:54:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/22/16 | Patrick B. Craine
    August 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – In a new interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke has revealed that he and other “serious-minded” Church leaders are calling on Pope Francis to release a document correcting the confusion emanating from his recent apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. He also decried characterizations that he is an "enemy" of Pope Francis. The cardinal says clarification of Amoris Laetitia is essential “for the sake of souls” because of the rampant confusion right now. “I trust that something will have to happen also because some very formal calls for clarification are in process and they simply will...
  • The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved

    08/22/2016 4:15:11 PM PDT · by jafojeffsurf · 27 replies
    Our Lady of the Rosary Library ^ | ~1745 | St. Leonard of Port Maurice
    Saint Leonard of Port Maurice was a most holy Franciscan friar who lived at the monastery of Saint Bonaventure in Rome. He was one of the greatest missioners in the history of the Church. He used to preach to thousands in the open square of every city and town where the churches could not hold his listeners. So brilliant and holy was his eloquence that once when he gave a two weeks' mission in Rome, the Pope and College of Cardinals came to hear him. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the...
  • Foxes in the Chicken House! [Catholic Caucus]

    08/22/2016 4:07:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Torch of the Faith ^ | August19, 2016 | admin
    A Crisis of Some Depth When one studies the Catholic news this week, it is easy to see that the foxes are abroad in the chicken house. Indeed, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that they have been deliberately placed in control of the chickens. At this stage in the game, only those who are willfully blind can deny this. One of the things that helped me to discover more of the real depth of the crisis facing the Church, was studying the life and times of the great Cardinal Josef Mindszenty of Hungary, about 10 years...
  • “I am Sending Timothy” - A Brief Summary of St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians

    08/22/2016 8:12:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “I am Sending Timothy” - A Brief Summary of St. Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians Msgr. Charles Pope • August 21, 2016 • In daily Mass this week (21st Week of the Year) we are reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians. I thought it might be helpful to present some notes I have assembled over the years from various sources. My goal is to bring the text a bit more alive and to provide some context.Overall context – St. Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica was cut short due to persecution, and after he left he had...
  • Notre Charge Apostolique [Catholic Caucus]

    08/22/2016 8:07:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 15, 1910 | Pope St. Pius X
    Excerpts from: Notre Charge Apostolique "Our Apostolic Mandate" Given by Pope Pius X to the French Bishops August 15, 1910 “We fear that worse is to come: the end result of this developing promiscuousness, the beneficiary of this cosmopolitan social action, can only be a Democracy which will be neither Catholic, nor Protestant, nor Jewish. It will be a religion (for Sillonism, so the leaders have said, is a religion) more universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men to become brothers and comrades at last in the ‘Kingdom of God’. We do not work for the Church, we work...
  • Day 8 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/22/2016 7:12:16 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 22, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 8 – MOTHER INVIOLATE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF TEMPERANCE GOD’S WORD “Do you not know that, of those who run in a race, all of them, certainly, are runners, but only one achieves the prize? Similarly, you must run, so that you may achieve. And one who competes in a contest abstains from all things. And they do this, of course, so that they may achieve a corruptible crown. But we do this, so that we may achieve what is incorruptible.” (1 Cor 9:24-25) HEROES’ WORDS “Temperance is a disposition that restrains our desires for things...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-16, M, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/21/2016 9:43:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 22, 2016 Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the Church of the Thessaloniansin God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters,as is fitting, because your faith flourishes ever more,and the love of every one of you for one another grows ever greater.Accordingly, we ourselves boast of you in the churches of Godregarding your endurance and faith in all your persecutionsand the...
  • ISIS Responds to Pope Francis: This IS a Religious War and WE HATE YOU

    08/21/2016 7:25:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 20, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    The Islamic State responded to statements by Pope Francis that their war is not religious in nature. ISIS disagrees. ISIS tells the Socialist Pope that the Islamic State is in a war against the infidels approved by Allah. Translated from FDESouche, Via Vlad Tepes: The Islamic State has publicly responded to statements by Pope Francis that the war waged by the Islamic terrorists is not religious in nature. The article answers the pontiff that their only motivation is religious and approved by Allah in the Qur’an. Highlights of the latest issue of Dabiq – the official propaganda magazine of the...
  • [Irish Senator] Jerry Buttimer: It’s Time for Gay Priests

    08/21/2016 5:10:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Evening Echo ^ | 8/9/16 | Alan Healy
    THE Catholic Church needs to have an open discussion on celibacy and welcome LGBTQ people as priests in the fallout from the Maynooth affair. That is according to Cork senator and former Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, who trained for the priesthood for five years in Maynooth before returning to lay life. Mr Buttimer became the first openly gay Fine Gael TD in advance of the fight for marriage equality in last year’s historic referendum. He is a committed Catholic, despite the opposition within the faith to homosexuality, which is regarded as sinful. He was speaking...
  • Day 7 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation

    08/21/2016 7:00:35 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 21, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 7, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION – COURAGE GOD’S WORD “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14) HEROES’ WORDS “Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power.” -St. Augustine “I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it.” -St. Faustina “Moreover, Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God willing, the triumph: ‘Have confidence;...
  • Sober and Serious about Salvation – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

    08/21/2016 6:56:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sober and Serious about Salvation – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 20, 2016 • In the readings today the Lord describes a danger: our tendency to make light of judgment and not be sober that one day we must account for our actions. In the first reading the Lord sets forth His desire to save us, but we must understand that our will, our yes, is essential to our salvation. In the second reading (from the Letter to the Hebrews) Our Lord sets forth a plan whereby, having accepting Jesus,...
  • Catholic Caucus: To Whom Shall we go? A Pastoral Letter from Archbishop John J. Myers

    08/20/2016 9:02:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies
    rcan ^ | 07.07.16 | Archbishop John Joseph Myers
    Today the Archdiocese of Newark released To Whom Shall We Go?, a new pastoral by Archbishop John J. Myers reflecting on the spiritual nature of the human person and the role of God’s grace in guiding us to live in today’s world according to His plan.From the Scriptural accounts of Jesus preaching to the disciples at Capernaum (John 6) and St. Paul preaching to the people of Athens (Acts 17), to reactions of everyday people following the sudden and massive experience of terror in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, to the exhortation of St. John...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-21-16, Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/20/2016 8:01:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 21, 2016 Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 66:18-21 Thus says the LORD:I know their works and their thoughts,and I come to gather nations of every language;they shall come and see my glory. I will set a sign among them;from them I will send fugitives to the nations:to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Mosoch, Tubal and Javan,to the distant coastlandsthat have never heard of my fame, or seen my glory;and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations. They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nationsas an offering to the LORD,on horses and...
  • Cardinal Zen’s Fears Come to Pass in China

    08/20/2016 5:31:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/16/16 | Steve Skojec
    Since the beginning of this year, I have been sharing with you the growing concerns of Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong as regards the Vatican’s increasingly conciliatory stance with the Chinese government, which controls the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, an ersatz replacement for the true Chinese Catholic Church, which has been forced underground, and is regularly persecuted. In January, Cardinal Zen warned about a new “formula” allegedly under discussion at the time for the appointment of new Chinese bishops: A recent article “A winter of darkness for religions in China” by Bernardo Cervellera on AsiaNews, says: “From information that has...
  • Papal Nuncio ‘Out of Sync’ With Irish Reality, Say Priests

    08/20/2016 5:20:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 8/19/16 | Patsy McGarry
    Catholic Priests rail against Archbishop Charles Brown over selection of bishops A group which claims to represent almost a third of Ireland’s Catholic priests has severely criticised papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown over his selection of bishops. It just stopped short of asking for him to be replaced. The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) said it was “reluctant to call for Archbishop Brown’s removal” but felt it “instructive that his appointment was a central part of Rome’s response to the problems of the Irish Church”. Archbishop Brown’s appointment by Pope Benedict in November 2011 followed the publication of four reports...
  • Lesbian Sues Paramus Catholic School Over Firing After Gay Marriage

    08/20/2016 5:12:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    PARAMUS, New Jersey --A woman is suing a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey, alleging the school violated the state's discrimination law when she was fired because she's married to a woman. Kate Drumgoole and her wife say, they never asked for this, but on Friday, they found themselves in court defending their right to move forward with the case. It is emotional, and one of dozens that has emerged after the legalization of same-sex marriage. "We did nothing but fall in love with each other and exercise our rights," she said. And yet, she lost her job at Paramus...
  • Who is Cardinal Wuerl Talking To?

    08/20/2016 3:19:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Les Femmes - the Truth ^ | August 19, 2016 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    I confess I laughed when I read the interview. Let's face it. To whom do you think Cardinal Wuerl speaks? Do you think he's spending a lot of time outside his chancery speaking to the ordinary people of the diocese or is his contact with them from the window of his lavish apartment on embassy row?
  • Catholics hold 'Liturgy of Apology' to LGBTQs

    08/20/2016 9:47:22 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Sydney Star Observer ^ | August 15, 2016
    NEWTOWN’S Catholic Church has become one of the world’s first churches to apologise to LGBTI people for the hurt caused by the action and inaction of Catholic and Christian people and churches. In June, Pope Francis called for an apology to gay and lesbian people and St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newtown become one of the first to respond holding a Liturgy of Apology organised by the Rainbow Catholic Interagency for Ministry on Friday. “It was difficult to choose which personal stories to share during the liturgy; each individual’s story is so powerful, unique and precious,” Francis Voon, a Catholic...
  • Judging non-Catholics

    08/20/2016 7:45:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 739 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Judging non-Catholics Seeing into the hearts of those outside the Church, the Lord will judge them by their knowledge, deeds Msgr. Charles Pope Catholic, August 28, 2016 8/17/2016 Question: How will God judge non-Catholics at the time of their death? — William Bandle, Manchester, Missouri Answer: Scripture says, “God does not see as a mortal ... The Lord looks into the heart” (1 Sam 16:7). Thus, God, who knows our hearts, will judge us based on what is there. Not all have had the same opportunity to come to know the Lord, his Church and the help of the sacraments....
  • Day 6 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/20/2016 6:52:11 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 5 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug. 20, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 6 – MOTHER MOST PURE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF JUSTICE! GOD’S WORD “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came...
  • Vancouver Christians collide over televangelist Franklin Graham

    08/19/2016 9:19:02 AM PDT · by amorphous · 76 replies
    VancouverSun.Com ^ | 18 August 2016 | Douglas Todd
    Metro Vancouver Christians are colliding over the coming crusade of televangelist Franklin Graham, who is known for criticizing homosexuals, Muslims and U.S. President Barack Obama. Saying that Graham is often “incendiary and intolerant,” some evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics are opposing his participation in the three-day Festival of Hope event at Rogers Arena in early March, 2017, that many of the city’s mega-churches are supporting . “Rev. Graham is a polarizing figure … His ungracious and bigoted remarks have the potential to generate serious negative impact on the Christian witness in Vancouver,” says a statement from five prominent evangelical and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-20-16, M, St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

    08/19/2016 9:54:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 20, 2016 Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Ez 43:1-7ab The angel led me to the gate which faces the east,and there I saw the glory of the God of Israelcoming from the east.I heard a sound like the roaring of many waters,and the earth shone with his glory.The vision was like that which I had seenwhen he came to destroy the city,and like that which I had seen by the river Chebar.I fell prone as the glory of the LORD entered the templeby way of the gate which faces the east,but...
  • 'Bishop of Arabia' Laments the 'Weakness of Christianity in Europe'

    08/19/2016 6:25:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Global Pulse ^ | 8/19/16 | Claire Lesegretain
    Bishop Paul Hinder has been vicar of the United Arab Emirates, and the Sultanate of Oman and Yemen since 2004In a book published in German, Bishop Paul Hinder, the apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia, based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, recounts his long experience with Islam. "Paul Hinder, als Bischof in Arabien" or "Paul Hinder as Bishop of Arabia" is the title of a memoir written by Bishop Hinder, apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia (AVOSA) for the past twelve years. The book published by the German firm Herder Verlag in Freiburg im Breisgau is dedicated to the...
  • Benedict XVI's Students to Discuss Spiritual Crisis in Europe at Annual Meeting

    08/19/2016 6:11:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/19/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Aug 19, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual meeting of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's former students will discuss Europe's spiritual crisis during their gathering later this month, according to the group's organizer. The Ratzinger Schuelerkreis has gathered to discuss topics in theology and the life of the Church since 1978, shortly after their mentor was pulled from academia to become a bishop. The theme of spiritual crisis in Europe was approved by Benedict himself, Fr. Stephan Horn told CNA. Fr. Horn, a Salvatorian, was Joseph Ratzinger's academic assistant at the University of Regensburg from 1971 to...
  • Mark Shea Fired From National Catholic Register [Catholic Caucus]

    08/19/2016 5:20:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | August 19, 2016
    Edit: in an official statement today at the National Catholic Register, professional Catholic, Mark Shea has been let go from his position because while his contributions to their paper met editorial expectations, his online presence elsewhere was not charitable. How about heretical? It's still a good move and we applaud the Register for finally seeing the light after many long years. Apparently, attacking John Zmirak, and slandering him was a bridge too far. https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/mark-shea-would-lie-to-attack-pro-lifers-but-not-to-save-anne-frank-or-babi Good job, Remnant, for giving him a platform to spew.
  • Reconstruction of the cultural landscape - 2800 churches are disappearing in France (Cath. Caucus)

    08/19/2016 4:36:10 PM PDT · by annalex · 18 replies
    Katholisches Info ^ | September 1st 2013
    Reconstruction of the cultural landscape - 2800 churches are disappearing in France (Paris) France mayor tear down Catholic churches to build parking lots or shopping centers. The renovation costs were too high. 2800 churches will disappear in this way, according to a report by the French Senate. In France, the controversy over the demolition of Catholic churches is not new. They are dilapidated and abandoned. Yet every time rises violent protest from the population if a church to be razed. "People feel that more than a few walls are torn. You feel a fundamental change in their environment, their culture...
  • Francis Places Entire Vatican Apparatus on Marriage and Family Under 2 Prelates Subversive of Both

    08/19/2016 3:45:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 18, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Today (August 17) the Vatican announced that by motu proprio (his own initiative), Francis has formally erected the new “super-dicastery” of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Family and Life (PCLFL), effective September 1. The new dicastery will absorb (and thus abolish) the Pontifical Councils for the Family and the Laity and will also overlap the function of the still-existing Pontifical Academy for Life, one of whose members, the German philosopher Josef Siefert, published a devastating critique of the disastrous Amoris Laetitia, calling upon Francis to correct its errors against the Faith. Francis has appointed as head of the...
  • Professor: Enough papal apologies for alleged historical ‘sins’

    08/19/2016 2:02:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 19, 2016 | Patrick B. Craine
    In an op-ed at Crisis, Steubenville professor Timothy J. Williams argues that the Church should spend less time apologizing for Christians’ alleged past sins, and instead own up to its indifference to the moral evils of our own day. In particular, Williams is concerned by Pope Francis’ recent remarks that Christians seek forgiveness “from the poor, from exploited women, [and] from children exploited as laborers.” The remarks came after the pope had said he agreed with Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s call for the Church to apologize to homosexuals. While these apologies have been a mainstay of the last three popes, starting...
  • No, God Isn’t Transgender

    08/19/2016 8:06:44 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 28 replies
    firstthings.com ^ | 8 . 15 . 16 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    In what has to be a new low for the New York Times, the Gray Lady (or should we now say the Bearded Lady?) has published an op-ed piece titled “Is God Transgender?” by a New York rabbi named Mark Sameth. Cousin to a man who “transitioned to a woman” in the 1970s, Sameth contends that “the Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers a highly elastic view of gender.” He marshals many purported examples of gender fluidity in the Hebrew scriptures, in order to argue that religion should not be put in service of “social prejudices” against...
  • I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told

    08/19/2016 8:02:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 101 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told Msgr. Charles Pope • August 18, 2016 • The Gospel from Thursday’s Mass (Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year) contains one of the most shocking parables Jesus ever told. It is the Parable of the Wedding Feast from the Gospel of Matthew, and it tells the story of a king who gives a wedding banquet for his son. Most know it well, but in case you want to review it, the full text is available here: Parable of the Wedding Feast.It...
  • Day 5 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/19/2016 7:22:04 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 5 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 19, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    GOD’S WORD “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.” (Proverbs 14:15) HEROES’ WORDS “The prudent man considers things afar off, in so far as they tend to be a help or a hindrance to that which has to be done at the present time.” -St. Thomas Aquinas MEDITATION Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life. The virtuous man is he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-19-16, OM, St. John Eudes, Priest

    08/19/2016 12:20:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 19, 2016 Friday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ez 37:1-14 The hand of the LORD came upon me,and led me out in the Spirit of the LORDand set me in the center of the plain,which was now filled with bones.He made me walk among the bones in every directionso that I saw how many they were on the surface of the plain.How dry they were!He asked me:Son of man, can these bones come to life?I answered, “Lord GOD, you alone know that.”Then he said to me:Prophesy over these bones, and say to them:Dry bones,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholics Setting Records in the Olympics

    08/18/2016 7:33:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies
    Curch Militant ^ | August 17, 2016 | Aaron Maxwell
    RIO DE JANEIRO (ChurchMilitant.com) - The world's fastest man is Catholic. Before he begins a competition, he says a prayer to The Holy Trinity. He is also devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and is usually seen wearing the miraculous medal, a Catholic devotional medal to Mary.Usain St. Leo Bolt was born in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica. Born Catholic, he was given the middle name St. Leo in honor of St. Leo the Great, the 45th pope.Bolt, who competed in this year Olympics, makes the Sign of the Cross before he competes in any race, demonstrating his devotion. He...
  • Pittsburgh: Mass Attendance Down 40% Since 2000

    08/18/2016 5:44:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Commenting on sobering demographic and financial trends, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that “the number one priority has to be, ‘We need to make our worship better.” “Second of all, we need to do the best job that we can to get not only more ordained leaders, but we really have to open up lots of doors for the lay leaders of the Church,” he said. Since 2000, diocesan Mass attendance has declined by 40%, and K-8 Catholic school enrollment has fallen by 50%. The newspaper also reported that nearly half of Pittsburgh parishes are the...