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  • BREAKING: Vatican re-affirms that homosexual men should not be admitted to priesthood

    12/08/2016 5:37:10 AM PST · by Petrosius · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 7, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    December 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A new document from the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy released today reiterates that "those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called 'gay culture'" are not to be admitted to seminaries or be ordained Catholic priests. In a new 90-page document titled The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, the Congregation for Clergy wrote that those who live the homosexual lifestyle, support the "gay culture," or have "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" "find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women." "One must in no way overlook the...
  • The History of Communion in the Hand

    12/08/2016 3:48:32 AM PST · by JosephJames · 13 replies
    SpiritualFood Blogspot ^ | September 7, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When I paste this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words and embedded links. To read the document with the formatting and embedded links go to the link of the document. It is interesting that when I past in the comments, the embedded links remain.) - - - The first two (printed) pages of the following was a letter to my parishioners of Antria, and a copy to Don Idilio: - - - Antria (Magione – PG), Date: December 2016 Dear brothers and sisters, After spending more...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-16, SOL, Immaculate Conception - Blessed Virgin Mary

    12/07/2016 8:32:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-08-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 8, 2016 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”He answered, “I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself.”Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”The...
  • Cdl. Farrell’s Super-Dicastery Sidelines CDF on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    12/07/2016 5:58:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/6/16 | Bradley Eli
    New prefect speaks as if doctrine is a matter of opinion while Cdl. Müller is mutedVATICAN (ChurchMilitant.com) - The prefect of the newly established super-dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life is critical of those who oppose his liberal interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia" (AL), while sidelining the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) by brushing off doctrinal objections to AL as mere differences of opinion. Cardinal Kevin Farrell in comments he made recently in the liberal U.K paper The Tablet "criticized opponents of the papal exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' for closing their minds to 'certain nuances that exist in...
  • Cardinal Stella on New Vatican Seminary Document: Avoid 'Rigidity'

    12/07/2016 5:20:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 12/7/16 | Edward Pentin
    Coinciding with publication of new and updated guidelines on priestly formation, Cardinal Beniamino Stella says that seminaries should focus on pastoral discernment and form priests to be "without rigidity, hypocrisy."The Congregation for Clergy is about to issue a new document on basic norms for priestly formation which aim to move away from “rigidity” in the interests of fostering greater pastoral discernment and accompaniment, according to the Congregation’s cardinal prefect. In an interview in tomorrow’s L’Osservatore Romano timed to coincide with its release, Cardinal Beniamino Stella explains that the document is a revision of the “Basic Plan for Priestly Formation” issued...
  • There's already a bizarre schism among some clergy, says Bishop Schneider

    12/07/2016 5:00:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    EWTN ^ | December 7, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the internationally renowned apologist of the fullness of the Catholic faith, admits that we are already witnessing a bizarre schism among some clergy who profess union with the pope but who have broken their ties with Christ, the Truth, and with Christ, the true Head of the Church. Bishop Schneider made these comments in his recent interview with the French internet TV station TV Libertes. Having responded to the question what might happen if the dubia presented by the four cardinals remains unanswered, Bishop Schneider was asked if the problem of the pope's silence continues isn't there...
  • Pope Francis calls spreading fake news a sin

    12/07/2016 12:58:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2016
    Pope Francis, who in the past has not shied away from offering his opinion on U.S. politics, said in an interview published Wednesday that “spreading disinformation” is probably “the greatest damage that the media can do” and called it sinful. Pope Francis compared the spreading of fake news to the desire to eat excrement.
  • Pope Francis: Everything in Amoris Laetitia Was Supported by the Synod

    12/07/2016 9:41:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/7/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope said that in a synodal Church there was 'a movement from high to low'Pope Francis has said that everything in his post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia was agreed by a majority of the Synod fathers. In an interview (English translation) with the Belgian magazine Tertio, the Pope described his method as: “Do not descend from high to low, but listen to the churches, harmonise them, discern. And so there is a post-Synodal exhortation, which is Amoris Laetitia, which is the result of two Synods, in which all the Church worked, and which the Pope made his own. It is...
  • Mainz: Officially distanced from Amoris-Laetitia materials

    12/07/2016 9:29:26 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Kathnet ^ | December 7, 2007
    Official Peter Hilger: "I explicitly dissociate myself from the one-sided interpretation of AL, which is made in the material of the diocesan rectorate," actually "as" opposite "and" overcoming "of FC." Mainz (kath.net) The official of the Diocese of Mainz dissociates itself from the material, the slides and the accompanying material to "Amoris Laetita" (AL) of the Department of Adult Care of the Episcopal Ordinariat of Mainz. In a statement, published by the official Peter Hilger on his Facebook page, it says literally: "The Bishops' Office of Mainz was not involved in the preparation of the above-mentioned work material. As an...
  • President Trump May Not Get an Invite to Notre Dame Graduation

    12/07/2016 8:51:37 AM PST · by Bronzy · 31 replies
    Sojourners ^ | 12/06/2016 | David Gibson
    If President Obama’s appearance at the Notre Dame commencement in 2009 sparked an unprecedented uproar among American Catholics, imagine what inviting President Trump to graduation might provoke That concern is making Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, think twice about making a pitch for the incoming U.S. president to receive an honorary degree...spoke to the student newspaper December 2, 2016.
  • Freedom Without the Truth Leads to Chaos and Slavery

    12/07/2016 8:15:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Freedom Without the Truth Leads to Chaos and Slavery Msgr. Charles Pope • December 6, 2016 • To most modern minds, freedom is a very detached concept; it is an abstraction of sorts, a free-floating power unmoored from any limits or defining standards. Freedom today is often viewed as personal and self-referential, with little consideration as to how one’s “freedom” might affect that of someone else. A healthy sense of the common good suffers mightily in a world of deeply conflicting personal freedoms.I have written before on the paradoxes of freedom and will not repeat all of that here,...
  • San Diego bishop praises pro-gay parish as model for welcoming ‘LGBT worshippers’

    12/07/2016 7:37:11 AM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 6, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    The director of the young adult ministry at a parish San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy recently praised for its "welcoming" attitude toward "LGBT worshippers" is an openly gay man who works for an organization that supports same-sex "marriage" and women's ordination. The San Diego Union Tribune reported that McElroy cited St. John the Evangelist in Hillcrest as an example of a parish where "LGBT worshippers 'feel particularly welcome.'" "That’s a very good thing," he said. McElroy was commenting on the Diocese of San Diego's recent synod on the family, after which he encouraged priests to give Holy Communion to the...
  • 21 Regrets people confess on their deathbeds

    12/07/2016 5:38:47 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 7, 2016
    We’ve all heard the old saying that “People on their deathbeds don’t say, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at work…'” More often, people’s regrets are truly about “what I have done, and what I have failed to do.” A Spanish priest, Father Nelson, has listed the sort of regrets he has often heard while accompanying the dying, and we reprint it here from our Spanish edition, with permission.These regrets seem all too familiar to us, and the list seems well-worth keeping before our eyes, for the good of our souls, and our hearts and minds, too! We might...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-16, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2016 8:52:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2016 Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal?says the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on highand see who has created these things:He leads out their army and numbers them,calling them all by name.By his great might and the strength of his powernot one of them is missing!Why, O Jacob, do you say,and declare, O Israel,“My way is hidden from the LORD,and my right is disregarded by my God”? Do you not knowor have you not heard?The LORD is the eternal God,creator...
  • Church Leaders Respond to the ‘Dubia’

    12/06/2016 6:59:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    National Catholic Register | December 6, 2016 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Peter Turkson has proposed placing on stage all the main parties publicly debating the correct interpretation of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) so they can listen to and better understand one another. “For all of these people who’ve said things, written things, each in their own different contexts, a great thing that could happen is have them all on stage,” Cardinal Turkson told the Register Dec. 1. The prefect of the new dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development believes it could help resolve the differences if they were “together, to listen to what each...
  • Patriarch Kirill, Archbishop of Paris Discuss Erosion of Christian Values in Europe

    12/06/2016 6:23:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/6/16
    Paris, December 5, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, have discussed the problem of erosion of traditional Christian values in modern day Europe. "We saw the face of Catholic France during protests against the law on child adoption by same-sex couples," Patriarch Kirill said at their meeting in the Catholic Archdiocese in Paris on Monday. He expressed solidarity with the Roman Catholic Church on this issue and thanked the archbishop of Paris for the firm stance on the issue of same-sex "marriages". At the cardinal's exhortation, French...
  • San Diego Bishop Marginalizes Faithful Priest

    12/06/2016 5:59:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/4/16 | Christine Niles
    Fr. Richard Perozich speaks with Church Militant about his ordealSAN DIEGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - The bishop of San Diego, California is banning a parish priest from publishing anymore columns in the parish bulletin. Father Richard Perozich, pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, suffered backlash in November from parish bulletins advising Catholics how to vote. An October 16 insert — which had not been endorsed by Fr. Perozich — said it was "a mortal sin to vote Democrat." Father Perozich then authored an October 30 column in the parish bulletin denouncing abortion, the LGBT agenda, euthanasia and other intrinsic evils condemned by...
  • Bp Schneider Likens Treatment of 4 Cardinals to Soviet Regime: ‘We Live in a Climate of Threats’

    12/06/2016 5:46:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/6/16 | Jan Bentz
    ROME, Italy, December 6, 2016, (LifeSiteNews) — Before a packed room in Rome’s Centro Lepanto on Monday, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan urged the faithful to ardently hold on to the Church’s Magisterium on the indissolubility of marriage within the current state of ongoing ambiguities. “When Christ preached 2,000 years ago, the culture and reigning spirit were radically opposed to Him. Concretely religious syncretism ruled, also Gnosticism among the intelligent leaders, as well as permissibilism among the masses — especially regarding the institution of matrimony. […] The sole purpose of the Son of God was to reveal the truth to...
  • Satan Club for Children Triggers 103,000 Protests

    12/06/2016 5:34:24 PM PST · by RTO1917 · 7 replies
    America Needs Fatima | December 6, 2016 | RTO
    For more information, call America Needs Fatima at 888-317-5571. Parents are deeply concerned about an After School Satan Club that targets children as young as five scheduled to open at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, on Wednesday, December 14. “No one wants this club; we don’t want a group that identifies itself with Satan to have access to our children,” said Jennifer Droubay, a mother whose child goes to the school. Parents and concerned citizens will be gathering for a prayerful and peaceful protest against the Satan Club in front of Point Defiance Elementary School on December 14,...
  • History and Symbolism of the Advent Wreath

    12/06/2016 4:33:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 30, 2016 | Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
    History and Symbolism of the Advent WreathPatrice Fagnant-MacArthur The lights of the candles on the Advent Wreath break through the darkness, reminding us of the Light of Christ that we anticipate during this holy season. Where did this tradition come from, of lighting four candles in an evergreen wreath to mark the weeks preceding Christmas? Like many of our Church traditions, the use of candles in the midst of late fall and winter was originally a pagan tradition. Rev. William Saunders, who wrote an article in the “Arlington Catholic Herald” on this topic, states that “pre-Germanic peoples used wreaths with...
  • “Those who do not know the Lord’s caress do not know Christian doctrine”

    12/06/2016 3:52:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    La Stampa (Vatican Insider) ^ | December 6, 2016 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    “Those who refuse to be caressed by the Lord are lost! Those who do not know the Lord’s caress do not know Christian doctrine!” The Pope said this at this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House. “This is the good news, this is the sincere joy that we want today. This is joy, this is the consolation that we seek: the coming of the Lord by his power, which is his caress, to visit us, to save us, as with the lost sheep and to bring us into the fold of his Church.” The Pope’s homily today focused on the...
  • Robert Spaemann: “It is Deplorable that Only Four Cardinals Have Taken the Initiative”

    12/06/2016 12:42:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 5, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Robert Spaemann, the prominent German philosopher and outspoken critic of the papal document Amoris Laetitia, has just given an interview to the Italian website La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, in which he comes to the aid of the Four Cardinals. As the same website has now also revealed, in a separate article – although Professor Spaemann appears not yet to know of this speculation – the other two prelates who had earlier also signed the dubia which were sent to Pope Francis are “in all probability” the retired Curial Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes of Germany and His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major...
  • Phil Lawler on Things a Pope Can’t Say

    12/06/2016 10:41:51 AM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 5, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    If you have ever been a follower of CatholicCulture.org, you may well have given up on getting any but the most biased coverage of the papacy from them some time ago. But while Jeff Mirus has demonstrated remarkable resilience to the red pill (with cracks only just beginning to show), Phil Lawler has been on a steadily accelerating trajectory to Truthville. Today, he offers one of his simplest and best pieces to date, entitled, Three things the Pope can’t say. This is sort of a 101, everyman level attempt to tackle what those Divinely-guided papal powers really entail, and I...
  • Dubia debacle shows the Church is in a ‘religious civil war’, says famed Catholic historian

    12/06/2016 10:15:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | December 5, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    Italian Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei has stated that Pope Francis’ refusal to answer questions by the four Cardinals about whether Amoris Laetitia conforms to Catholic teaching is itself “already an answer,” the implications of which, he says, indicates that the Catholic Church has entered into a “religious civil war.” “This situation is so grave that a neutral position is no longer possible. Today we are in a war, a religious civil war,” de Mattei told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview in Rome last month. “It is important to comprehend that today there is a clear choice between fidelity to...
  • An Epigraph for Advent

    12/06/2016 10:12:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 30, 2016 | Br. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P.
    An Epigraph for AdventBr. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P. Do you ever skip the introductory pages of a book you are reading? If so, STOP IT! You could miss one of the best parts, the epigraph. You know, that short quotation which the author has carefully selected to summarize, introduce, or preface his own work with. It is a tip of the hat to an older author, a humble recognition in the face of past genius, and a claim that this work you, the reader, are now holding stands in a tradition that almost makes the current volume at best superfluous, at...
  • Seeing More As God Sees

    12/06/2016 8:57:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Seeing More As God Sees Msgr. Charles Pope • December 5, 2016 • Today I’d like to reflect further on the Gospel from yesterday’s Mass (Monday of the second week of Advent). The Gospel tells of the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through the roof in order to see Jesus. It is read during Advent because one of the prophecies about the Messiah was that He would make the lame walk. In a provocative way, this Gospel also helps us to focus on Jesus’ central mission for us.The Gospel passage contains a rather peculiar and somewhat awkward moment:...
  • St John Paul II Truly Understood the Importance of Absolute Values

    12/06/2016 4:48:30 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Decewmber 5, 2016 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Freedom without the underpinning of clear and absolute values is not freedom at allThe Guardian has a leader on the role of Christianity in contemporary British society, which makes curious reading. If it were an undergraduate essay, I would be tempted to give it a rather low mark, for it lacks clarity and is full of assertions that are not backed up by any hard evidence. Perhaps the piece itself is a symptom of the problem that most British people have when dealing with religion: they find it hard to express themselves as they have failed to master the...
  • Hopes for Transfer of Archbishop Sheen’s Body High Despite Emergency Ruling

    12/06/2016 4:44:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 6, 2016 | Catholic News Service
    Archbishop Fulton Sheen's family plan to transfer the sainthood candidate's remains from New York to PeoriaHopes buoyed in the Diocese of Peoria by a November 17 court ruling allowing Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s family to transfer the sainthood candidate’s remains from New York to Peoria were tempered by an emergency stay being granted to the Archdiocese of New York, which planned to appeal the ruling.In a 10-page decision, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth had granted the request of Archbishop Sheen’s niece, Joan Sheen Cunningham, to have the remains of the famed orator and media pioneer removed from St Patrick’s...
  • Never Mind the Twitter Spats – Fr Spadaro Just Said Something Truly Eye-opening

    12/06/2016 4:40:48 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 6, 2016 | Dan Hitchens
    The controversies about screenshots and anonymous accounts have obscured Fr Spadaro's startling remarks about CommunionUntil yesterday, I was beginning to suffer from Spadaro Controversy Fatigue, a condition afflicting those who spend too long reading Catholic news. Fr Antonio Spadaro, the editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, has recently been involved in several simultaneous quarrels. He is known to be close to the Pope and so, amid the heated discussion of the four cardinals’ dubia, Fr Spadaro’s statements are read with special attention. Sometimes the attention seems over-the-top. But yesterday he said something truly eye-opening.It came in an interview with Crux, in which...
  • Why France's 'Zombie Catholics' are so powerful

    12/06/2016 3:28:03 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    CWR ^ | December 6, 2016
    Paris, France, Dec 6, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA).- It happened in Britain. It happened in the U.S.   And now it’s happening in France.   A staunchly right-winged politician whose chances seemed slim when the primaries began is now in line to become the next President of France.   François Fillon, former prime minister of France and a faithful Catholic, has pulled ahead in the Republican party, shocking pundits and political commentators throughout the country and beating out the moderate former Prime Minister Alain Juppé by a wide margin.     His Catholicism is such a strong part of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-16, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2016 10:57:32 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2016 Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 40:1-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people,says your God.Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to herthat her service is at an end,her guilt is expiated;Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORDdouble for all her sins. A voice cries out:In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!Every valley shall be filled in,every mountain and hill shall be made low;The rugged land shall be made a plain,the rough country, a broad valley.Then the glory of...
  • Pope Francis and climate politics

    12/05/2016 8:47:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2016 | E. Calvin Beisner
    Reuters reports, “Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. “Addressing a group of scientists that included theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the pope gave his strongest speech on the environment since the election of Trump, who has threatened to pull out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.
  • President Trump May Not Get an Invite to Notre Dame Graduation

    12/05/2016 5:32:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 12/5/16 | David Gibson
    If President Obama’s appearance at the Notre Dame commencement in 2009 sparked an unprecedented uproar among American Catholics, imagine what inviting President Trump to graduation might provoke. That concern is making Notre Dame's president, Fr. John Jenkins, think twice about making a pitch for the incoming U.S. president to receive an honorary degree, an appearance that almost any school would normally covet — and one that the iconic Catholic university has been more successful than others in securing. “I do think the elected leader of the nation should be listened to. And it would be good to have that person...
  • Catholic Vietnam: Growing Despite Communist Oppression

    12/05/2016 5:25:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/5/16 | CWR Staff
    While the situation for Vietnamese Catholics has improved in recent decades, threats of violence, coercion, and harassment still exist.Late last month, the president of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang, met with Pope Francis for a private audience at the Vatican. Though the meeting was described by the Holy See Press Office as “cordial,” relations between Rome and Vietnam have been bumpy for the last several decades. One of five remaining Communist nations, Vietnam has been ranked as the world’s 20th most oppressive country for Christians by the non-profit Open Doors USA. And yet the nation’s Catholic population—which has been listed at...
  • Muslim Families Sending Children to Catholic Schools [UK]

    12/05/2016 5:01:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/1/16 | Sean Coughlan
    More than 26,000 Muslim pupils are enrolled in Catholic schools in England and Wales. For the first time an annual census of Catholic schools has collected information on the number of pupils from other religions. The biggest group of non-Catholic pupils are from other Christian denominations - but almost a tenth are from Muslim families. The government has plans to encourage more Catholic free schools to open. This analysis shows that, overall, nearly a third of the more than 850,000 pupils within the Catholic school system are not Catholic - a total of almost 290,000. Changing populationsThis can reflect local...
  • Young Girl’s Astonishing Recovery Being Investigated as Kapaun Miracle

    12/05/2016 4:58:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 12/4/16 | Roy Wenzl
    After nurses helped save Avery Gerleman’s life 10 years ago, she vowed to become a nurse like them. She’s almost there: Gerleman is scheduled to get pinned as a licensed practical nurse on Dec. 20. But the latest twist in her story? Erin Hageman and other nurses who helped save her at Wesley Medical Center have coached and encouraged her while she works as a nursing assistant at Wesley. She works at times in the same pediatric intensive care unit where her nurse friends cared for her as a patient. “It’s awesome to work with them,” Gerleman said. “Sometimes when...
  • New Appeal to the Pope. The Catholic Doubts of “The New York Times”

    12/05/2016 4:15:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Chisea ^ | December 5, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    In California the bishop of San Diego, a favorite of Bergoglio, admits de facto divorces and remarriages, as in any Protestant church. From the news arises the question: Can “Amoris Laetitia” be interpreted this way, too? by Sandro Magister ROME, December 5, 2016 – Four cardinals, as is already known, have asked the pope to give a clear answer to five “doubts” raised by the most controversial passages of “Amoris Laetitia": > “Seeking Clarity.” The Appeal of Four Cardinals To the Pope But they have received no response, and probably never will. Because for Pope Francis “it is in the...
  • The Opposition Mounts [Catholic Caucus]

    12/05/2016 3:52:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | December 5, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In the turbulent wake of Amoris Laetitia, Francis may think he can calm the waves of disturbance he has unleashed throughout the Church and force an acceptance of his utter novelties in the realm of moral theology even despite the historic Four Cardinals Letter. The chosen modus operandi seems to be the use of mitered henchman — strategically vested with cardinal's hats in a move akin to promoting pawns to queens in a chess endgame. Their role on the Bergoglian chess board is to denounce the four cardinals and other objectors as fomenters of "disunity" and "disloyalty" to the Pope,...
  • Is the Pope submitting to Islam?

    12/05/2016 3:10:37 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 69 replies
    http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/12/02/when-the-pope-is-now-entering-mosques-and-praying-towards-mecca
    What is the meaning of the Pope praying in a mosque?
  • Pulling Back the Veil: Orthodox Patriarch Defends Francis

    12/05/2016 1:34:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Remnant Newspaper | December 5, 2016 | Hilary White
    Did you know that Amoris Laetitia is really about rewriting Catholic Trinitarian dogma? Did you know that with it, Pope Francis has freed us, not only from the “canonical regulations of man,” but from our Biblical concept of God as Father? And that we no longer have to concern ourselves with moral restraints or even behavioural preferences imposed by this “heavenly father”? Did you know that the Church no longer teaches that there is any divinely authored moral law at all?
  • Spadaro on Dubia: “The Pope Doesn’t Give Binary Answers to Abstract Questions”

    12/05/2016 9:50:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 5, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    "Why hasn’t the pope responded to the cardinals?" >>The pope doesn’t give binary answers to abstract questions. But that does’t mean he hasn’t responded. His response is to approve and to encourage positive pastoral practices. A clear and obvious example was his response to the Buenos Aires area bishops, when he encouraged them and confirmed that their reading of Amoris Laetitia was correct.<< >>In other words, the pope responds by encouraging, and indeed loves to respond to the sincere questions put to him by pastors. The ones who really understand Catholic doctrine are the pastors, because doctrine does not exist...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Not Even a Pope Can Dispense With Divine Law

    12/05/2016 9:48:19 AM PST · by Petrosius · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 5, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    In an interview originally published in French weekly Homme Noveau, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments weighed in, if somewhat obliquely, on the question of the dubia. A quick (and slightly cleaned up) machine translation of the Spanish reprint in InfoCatólica gives us a somewhat rough, but understandable rendering: The Cardinal feels called to intervene as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, because the current disorientation involves three sacraments: marriage, penance and the Eucharist. According to the Cardinal, the confusion we draws its lifeblood from the...
  • Considerations on the dubia of the four cardinals [Catholic Caucus]

    12/05/2016 8:21:23 AM PST · by Petrosius · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 5, 2016 | John R. T. Lamont
    Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra and Meiser have performed a signal service to the Church by sending five dubia on the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia to the Holy See, requesting an authoritative clarification of the meaning of that document, and then making public the text of the dubia when no response to them was given. Cardinal Burke has performed a further service to the Church by explaining this initiative in an interview with Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register on Nov. 15th 2016, and stating that if no response was given to the dubia the cardinals would have to make...
  • A Mid-Advent Picture of What Our Savior Offers

    12/05/2016 8:03:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Mid-Advent Picture of What Our Savior Offers Msgr. Charles Pope • December 4, 2016 • The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the Second Week of Advent) is the well-known story of the paralytic. There are many wonderful details that I could discuss (e.g., the four friends who bring him to Jesus—talk about great friends!), but I’d like to focus today on Jesus’ command: “Rise, take up your stretcher, and go home.” It is a small picture of the grace unto salvation offered to us by the Lord. Here is a man who is powerless to help or...
  • Pope Francis: The Steps of Vatican Reform

    12/05/2016 3:38:09 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | December 5, 2016 | Sandro Mafister
    At midnight on November 30 the historical Vatican Radio station located within the Vatican walls shut down its broadcasts on medium wave (AM). This is part of a process of broadcast reform that began back in 2012 when the then Vatican Radio Director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, announced that the Radio was going to cease broadcasting on short and medium waves step by step. In the meantime, the inauguration of the major internet news-portal that will gather Vatican Radio and Vatican TV into one webpage should come shortly: it is part of the ongoing reform of communication. As the shut-down...
  • How to Celebrate Christmas with Benedictine Nuns

    12/05/2016 12:44:31 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 4, 2016 | Carl Bunderson
    Kansas City, Mo., Dec 4, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Christmas season approaches, the hit-making community of Benedictine nuns based in Missouri have released an album full of carols with which to greet the newborn Christ.“Our greatest hope is that these songs will truly 'lift up our hearts' to the Infant King, so that we will always be mindful of His humility and mercy,” Mother Cecilia, prioress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, told CNA.The community's new album, Caroling at Ephesus, was recorded in September, and recently released. It can be purchased from the...
  • Catholic Relief Services CEO to Speak for Radical Dissident Group FutureChurch

    12/05/2016 12:24:07 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 1, 2016 | Michael Hichborn
    Editor's note: LifeSiteNews has contacted Catholic Relief Services for a comment on Woo's involvement in the FutureChurch event. We will post an update if they respond. December 1, 2016 (Lepanto Institute) — The outgoing president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Carolyn Woo, is slated to participate in new project initiative of the heretical organization called FutureChurch. According to a press release by FutureChurch: On November 1, a brand new initiative – Catholic Women Preach (CWP) – launches in time for Advent. Using modern technology to bring the voices of Catholic women to the proclamation of the Gospel,...
  • Dutch Catholics Raise Alarm after Bishops ‘Update’ Words of the Our Father

    12/05/2016 12:13:41 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 30, 2016 | Steve Weatherbe
    November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Dutch Catholics are raising alarm bells after the bishops of the Netherlands and Belgium changed the words to the Our Father in a way that they believe amounts to an "ideological reinterpretation of the text." Dutch Catholics who still attend weekly Mass heard a newly-worded Our Father last Sunday that no longer asked God the Father, as Jesus taught, “to lead us not into temptation” but, instead, “not into trial.” Vox Populi, an orthodox Catholic lay group, is organizing a petition advocating the traditional translation. “Why would this ‘reform’ be necessary now? There is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-05-16

    12/04/2016 10:21:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 5, 2016 Monday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 The desert and the parched land will exult;the steppe will rejoice and bloom.They will bloom with abundant flowers,and rejoice with joyful song.The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;They will see the glory of the LORD,the splendor of our God.Strengthen the hands that are feeble,make firm the knees that are weak,Say to those whose hearts are frightened:Be strong, fear not!Here is your God,he comes with vindication;With divine recompensehe comes to save you.Then will the eyes of the blind be...
  • French Town Ordered to Remove Virgin Mary Statue From Public Park

    12/04/2016 8:07:17 PM PST · by detective · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Dec 2016
    A town in eastern France has been ordered to remove a statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public, the local mayor said Saturday. An administrative court ordered the commune of Publier, in the Haute-Savoie region, to remove the religious image, which has stood in a public park since 2011.