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  • [Catholic Caucus] The Rise and Fall of the Humble Pope

    01/16/2019 4:17:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 15, 2019 | Chris Ferrara
    The Rise and Fall of the Humble Pope The current pontificate began with a fanfare of praise from the mass media, which were happy to promote the Vatican Press office’s narrative of the “humble Pope”: Look! He paid his own hotel bill!  Look! He took the bus with all the other cardinals! Look! He refuses to live in a “palace” or wear red shoes like those other Popes! Look! He rides around in a Ford Focus, not a fancy car!After all, this was the same Pope who said “Who am I to judge?” respecting the flagrant homosexual he had made...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Open letter: Rethinking the future of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong

    01/16/2019 2:07:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Asia News.IT ^ | January 16, 2019 | Asia News
    Open letter: Rethinking the future of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong A group of Catholics, mostly young people, have addressed a letter to the diocesan Curia. Whilst appreciating the educational and charitable work the Church has offered so far, the petitioners demand the diocese not be China’s "vassal" and end the "colonial" phase of its work as a substitute services provider. It also notes the commitment of Christian in politics, defending the right of the faithful to religious freedom in China as well as Hong Kong’s freedom. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – A group of Hong Kong Catholics, most of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Please, bishops: act now; you’re running out of time!

    01/16/2019 10:52:18 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 15, 2019 | Phil Lawler
    Please, bishops: act now; you’re running out of time! The statement from Archishop Vigano, pleading with McCarrick to make a public act of repentance, was a dramatic—and sadly rare—display of bold pastoral leadership. God bless Bishop Strickland for joining in that plea. I hope and pray that other American bishops will follow suit. But please, bishops, act now. You’re running out of time. This morning, by chance (or was it by chance?) I found myself reading from the sermons of St. Claude la Colombiere. Speaking about true repentance for sin, St. Claude tells this striking story: We read, in the...
  • Christ’s Victory Is Total, but Often in Surprising Ways

    01/16/2019 10:10:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Christ’s Victory Is Total, but Often in Surprising Ways Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2019 • The first reading from Mass for Tuesday of the First Week of the Year is from the Letter to the Hebrews. It sets forth the total victory of Christ and that the Father has subjected all things to Christ. Yet the text also shows how the outworking of this subjugation is paradoxical. Note first the declaration of all things being subject to Jesus Christ: In “subjecting” all things to him, he left nothing not “subject to him” (Hebrews 2:8b). “All things” is a...
  • [Cath Cauc]Wuerl apologizes to priests ..., says he forgot he knew about harassment allegations

    01/16/2019 8:50:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2019 | Michelle Boorstein
    D.C.'s embattled Catholic leader, Donald Wuerl, under fire in recent days for untruthful statements regarding what he knew about the alleged sexual misconduct of his predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, apologized late Tuesday, saying he forgot he knew about the allegations and that it was “never the intention to provide false information.” Wuerl apologized to former priest Robert Ciolek in the evening and then sent a letter to the priests of the archdiocese, where Wuerl is the acting administrator. Pope Francis received Wuerl’s retirement as archbishop earlier than expected last fall as the cardinal was being pummeled by criticism over his handling...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-19

    01/15/2019 10:04:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-16-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16 2019 Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 2:14-18 Since the children share in blood and Flesh, Jesus likewise shared in them, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the Devil, and free those who through fear of death had been subject to slavery all their life. Surely he did not help angels but rather the descendants of Abraham; therefore, he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to...
  • (Catholic Caucus) Directives Regarding Liturgical Practices During the 2019 Flu Season

    01/15/2019 6:26:51 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Santa Fe ^ | January 14, 2019 | Celine B. Radigan, Director
    ALBUQUERQUE – Monday, January 14, 2019–IMMEDIATE RELEASE—New Mexico is one of the states listed by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having widespread flu outbreaks and high Influenza-like Illness (ILI) Activity. Due to the severity of the flu season, the archdiocese will be taking the following steps in regards to the celebration of Mass: • During the Sign of Peace, instead of shaking hands or hugging, as is practiced in some parishes, it would be best to simply nod your head and avoid bodily contact.
  • Bishop Strickland Seconds Viganò in Asking Cardinal McCarrick to Repent

    01/15/2019 5:47:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/14/19 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    TYLER, Texas, January 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A Texas bishop famed for his orthodoxy has seconded a Vatican whistleblower’s plea to a disgraced prelate to repent. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of Tyler, Texas posted today’s news concerning Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò on Twitter, adding his own message. This morning Viganò begged ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, an American prelate notorious for sexual misconduct, to publicly repent of his crimes. Strickland added his own message. “Once again as a bishop of the Church I add my voice to the plea of Archbishop Vigano,” the Texas bishop tweeted. “He speaks of ETERNAL SALVATION, language...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Paul the Hermit, 01-15-19

    01/15/2019 5:09:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-15-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Saint Paul the Hermit | Jusepe de Ribera Saint Paul the Hermit Saint of the Day for January 15 (c. 233 – c. 345) Saint Paul the Hermit’s Story It is unclear what we really know of Paul’s life, how much is fable, how much is fact. Paul was reportedly born in Egypt, where he was orphaned by age 15. He was also a learned and devout young man. During the persecution of Decius in Egypt in the year 250, Paul was forced to hide in the home of a friend. Fearing a brother-in-law would...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cdl. Wuerl asks for ‘understanding’ after evidence shows he lied about McCarrick

    01/15/2019 1:05:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Januay 14, 2019 | Doug Mainwaring
    Cdl. Wuerl asks for ‘understanding’ after evidence shows he lied about McCarrick WASHINGTON, D.C., January 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In a January 12 letter addressed to the priests of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl offered no apology for months of deceitful statements denying his knowledge of sex abuse allegations against disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Instead, he asked for “understanding.” The letter (read full letter below) comes after news last week that Wuerl was deceitful about his knowledge of sex abuse allegations against McCarrick, further vindicating the testimony from former Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò on who knew about...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Is Pope Francis not just a Heretic, but a Apostate?

    01/15/2019 12:53:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Catholic Monitor ^ | Januay 14, 2019 | Fred Martinez
    Is Pope Francis not just a Heretic, but a Apostate? Editor Rod Pead of the United Kingdom Christian Order magazine posed the question: Is Pope Francis not just a heretic, but a apostate? Pead in the January edition article "Faithless" goes over a laundry list of Francis's errors starting with Jorge Bergoglio's quotes against Jesus Christ's Great Commission "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations": "1 October 2016: 'There is a very grave sin against ecumenism: proselytism.' Twelve days later... 'Proselytism is strongest venom against path of ecumenism'... on 18 November 2016... 'I repeat, proselytism among Christians is a...
  • The Message of the Letter to the Hebrews

    01/15/2019 9:01:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Message of the Letter to the Hebrews Msgr. Charles Pope • January 14, 2019 • This week in daily Mass, we are reading from The Letter to the Hebrews, one of the most underappreciated books of the New Testament. It has long been one of my favorites from which to teach; in it we are summoned to faith in Jesus, our Savior and Great High Priest. The opening lines in the Latin Vulgate are exquisite, particularly to those who can read and recite Latin well. Multifáriam, multísque modis, olim Deus lóquens pátribus in prophétis. Novíssime, diébus istis locútus est...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis and Sexual Abuse. The Pope Who Knew Too Much

    01/15/2019 6:39:17 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | Januay 14, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    Francis and Sexual Abuse. The Pope Who Knew Too Much Pope Francis has already made it clear for some time how he judges and how he intends to address the question of sexual abuse among sacred ministers. As a problem not primarily of sex but of power, not of individuals but of caste, the clerical caste.He gave this to be understood in the letter on this question that he addressed to the “people of God” on August 20, 2018, in which he never mentions “sexual abuse” on its own, but in the combination of “sexual abuse, the abuse of power...
  • Priests call on Cdl. Marx to resign as German bishops’ head for ‘abusing’ spiritual office

    01/15/2019 6:10:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 14, 2019 | Maike HIckson
    January 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of German priests are calling upon Cardinal Reinhard Marx to resign as the head of the German bishops.  Communio veritatis, a group of priests from the Archdiocese of Paderborn, published a statement today accusing the prelate of “abusing your spiritual office by obviously considering the Church's Sacraments as your personal property which you sacrifice at your own whims on the altar of the Zeitgeist.” The first sentence of the statement, as published today on the Austrian Catholic website Kath.net, refers to a recent claim made by Marx, namely, that he does not like...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-15-19

    01/14/2019 9:22:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-15-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 15 2019 Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 2:5-12 It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. Instead, someone has testified somewhere: What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, subjecting all things under his feet. In "subjecting" all things to him, he left nothing not "subject to him." Yet at present we do not see...
  • McCarrick Accuser Cooperates with NYC Prosecutors on Abuse

    01/14/2019 6:22:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 1/12/19 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The key accuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with New York City prosecutors, evidence that the scandal that has convulsed the papacy is now part of the broader U.S. law enforcement investigation into sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church. James Grein gave testimony last month to Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Sara Sullivan, who is investigating a broad range of issues related to clergy abuse and the systematic cover-up by church superiors, Grein’s attorney, Patrick Noaker, told The Associated Press. The development is significant, given that the Vatican investigation...
  • Little Sisters Back in Court to Defend HHS Mandate Exemption

    01/14/2019 6:05:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/10/19 | Christine Rousselle
    Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2019 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Little Sisters of the Poor are back in court this week, as two states are challenging their religious exemption from the HHS contraception mandate. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra have each filed lawsuits saying that the sisters should not receive a religious exemption from the mandate. Other states have joined onto these lawsuits as well. “The Little Sisters are looking forward to a final victory in this case, so they can put this whole lawsuit behind them. It's been a long fight,” Becket...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, St. Gregory Nazianzen, 01-14-19

    01/14/2019 5:57:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 01-14-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass of St. Gregory Nazianzen | Saint Leonard Faith Community, Centerville, Ohio | photo by Nheyob Saint Gregory Nazianzen Saint of the Day for January 14 (c. 325 – c. 390) Saint Gregory Nazianzen’s Story After his baptism at 30, Gregory gladly accepted his friend Basil’s invitation to join him in a newly founded monastery. The solitude was broken when Gregory’s father, a bishop, needed help in his diocese and estate. It seems that Gregory was ordained a priest practically by force, and only reluctantly accepted the responsibility. He skillfully avoided a schism that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] US Cardinal, Jesus Was "Reborn in Grace” – What?

    01/14/2019 10:16:09 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | Gloria TV
    US Cardinal, Jesus Was "Reborn in Grace” – What? Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin claimed on Twitter (January 13) that during his baptism "Christ stood with all of us sinners seeking redemption” and that “the sinless Redeemer was reborn in grace”. Tobin should have read Saint Augustine (+430) who explains that Christ was baptized "not because he had need to be cleansed" but by the contact of his flesh the waters were purified and received the power of cleansing. Therefore, according to the Catechism of Trent, Christ instituted through his baptism the sacrament of baptism and gave to the water the...
  • God in Winter: Pondering the Gift of Snow

    01/14/2019 7:59:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-13-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God in Winter: Pondering the Gift of Snow Msgr. Charles Pope • January 13, 2019 • It snowed yesterday in Washington, D.C. It wasn’t anything epic, just a decent six-incher. There were drawbacks, of course: Mass attendance was poor, and I had to get up early to shovel a path to the doors. (Thank you, Lord, for the helpers you sent!) Despite the inconvenience, snow incites wonder and awe in me. I realize that not everyone likes snow, but it is an amazing work of God. He takes a barren winter landscape and creates it anew. I can almost hear...