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  • Hidden Jewels: Appreciating the Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayer [Catholic Caucus]

    07/29/2015 6:27:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hidden Jewels: Appreciating the Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 28, 2015 • In tomorrow’s blog I will be looking at a few of the “prefaces” we use at Mass (these occur just before the Holy, Holy, Holy (Sanctus)). As a preface to speaking about those prefaces tomorrow, today I would like to consider the purpose of the preface and the dialogue that precedes it.For, indeed, a short dialogue happens in the Mass just after the prayer over the gifts and before the singing of the Sanctus. It is called the “preface dialogue” and it is...
  • Spanish Bishop: Transgendered Person May Not Serve as Godparent

    07/29/2015 6:22:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    A Spanish bishop has determined that a 21-year-old woman who identifies herself as a man may not serve as a godparent at the baptism of her nephew. Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cdiz and Ceuta said that the parish priest was "kind and understanding" in conveying to Alex Salinas, a woman who plans to undergo a sex-change operation, that while she cannot serve as a baptismal sponsor because of canonical requirements that a sponsor live in accordance with the faith, she could spiritually encourage and help the child in living the faith. "No one should be surprised if someone cannot...
  • Patriarch Urges Pope to Visit Iraq

    07/29/2015 6:09:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    ANSA ^ | 7/28/15
    Papal visit to Baghdad would be welcomed by all, he says- A visit by Pope Francis to the people of Iraq would give them desperately needed encouragement and strength, Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako said. In an interview published on the Vatican Radio website, he urged Pope Francis to make a pastoral visit to Iraq to give the Arab world's embattled Christians hope and the strength "to persevere and not to leave". Iraqi Christians feel close to the pontiff, "but they are awaiting his pastoral visit," the patriarch said. "We need his presence among us, so that...
  • Gathering for Mass around altar on Jeep's hood (Catholic Caucus)

    07/29/2015 4:21:41 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 13 replies
    Catholic Standard ^ | May 23, 2013 | Mark Zimmermann
    One month after Father Emil Kapaun, a heroic Korean War chaplain, received the Medal of Honor posthumously during a White House ceremony, he was remembered at a special outdoor Mass celebrated at St. Jude Regional Catholic School in Rockville. Father Paul Lee - the pastor of the Shrine of St. Jude Parish whose own family had escaped Communist North Korea as refugees - celebrated the Mass on May 9 with a makeshift altar set up on the hood of an olive-colored Jeep, just as Father Kapaun had done when ministering to soldiers on the front line more than six decades...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-29-15, M, St. Martha

    07/28/2015 9:01:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 29, 2015 Memorial of Saint Martha Reading 1 Ex 34:29-35 As Moses came down from Mount Sinaiwith the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiantwhile he conversed with the LORD.When Aaron, then, and the other children of Israel saw Mosesand noticed how radiant the skin of his face had become,they were afraid to come near him.Only after Moses called to them did Aaronand all the rulers of the community come back to him.Moses then spoke to them.Later on, all the children of Israel came...
  • Kandhamal tells the whole story of anti-Christian persecution

    07/28/2015 6:23:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/28/15 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Because of the dramatic events that unfolded there, certain places have come to symbolize entire movements or chapters of history. Gettysburg, for instance, immediately evokes the American Civil War, just as Tiananmen Square is now universal shorthand for non-violent protest. In similar fashion, in terms of contemporary anti-Christian persecution, Kandhamal may be the single word that best captures the whole story.Kandhamal is a district of the eastern Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, where an orgy of violence descended upon the impoverished Christian minority in August, 2008. A series of riots led by radical Hindus left roughly 100...
  • Gay Catholics Push for Church Weddings

    07/28/2015 3:06:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 101 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    When the Supreme Court ruling came down in late June, extending the right to marriage to members of the same sex in all 50 states, some observers felt that the Catholic Church was fairly immune to any requirements that it would have to allow same-sex weddings before her altars. Now, though, calls for the Church to allow such nuptials are bubbling up. How far they will get is another question. The issue was raised Tuesday by a report in the New York Times that featured gay and transgender Catholics who are making noises with the approaching visit to these shores...
  • Poland then. Britain now. (defending Church teachings poses new risks in Western countries today)

    07/28/2015 2:21:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 27, 2015 | Joanna Bogle
    Thirty years ago, bringing Catholic literature into Communist Poland could get you into trouble. Strangely—scarily—defending Church teachings can pose new risks in Western countries today. People place candles in Pilsudski Square to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II April 2, 2009 in Warsaw, Poland. (CNS photo/Peter Andrews, Reuters) “You will be frightened,” Alex warned, “and you will sweat. So wrap the paper in a bit of plastic, cut from a plastic bag, before rolling it up and pinning it inside your clothes.” This was useful advice, because when we stood at Warsaw Airport with...
  • The Pity of Christ

    07/28/2015 11:26:48 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/28/15 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Christ cannot be psychoanalyzed because he is perfect. It would be like seeking flaws in pure crystal or long shadows at high noon. That is why he may seem from our fallen state in a singularly ill-contrived world as both severe and merciful, ethereal and common, rebellious and routine, rustic and royal, solitary and brotherly, young and ageless. His perfection is a stubborn enigma to the imperfect, but if there is to be one hint of the art that moves his mind, it will be in his pity. It will be in his pity for the whole world when he...
  • Of Hunger and Hallucinations How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

    07/28/2015 7:43:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West Msgr. Charles Pope • July 27, 2015 • Yesterday’s post dealt with the capacity of this world, by God’s promise, to provide sufficient food for us. While hunger does exist, it is due more to human sinfulness than insufficient resources.But even more prevalent these days than physical hunger is spiritual hunger, if not outright starvation. As is the case with physical hunger, the source of spiritual hunger is not God, who has given us abundant grace and truth; it is we who are the source. It...
  • New York Churches Receive Tearful Farewells

    07/28/2015 4:49:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/26/15 | Melanie Grayce West
    Thousands of Catholics attend final services at parishes set to closeParishioners of the Roman Catholic Church of All Saints in Harlem openly wept at Mass on Sunday as the sounds of the choir lifted up to the soaring ceilings. Rosalind Maybank, president of the usher board, broke into tears as she thanked congregants for spending one last Sunday with your family. Its very hard, but the love that we share among each other will always be with us no matter where we go, whatever church we go to, said Ms. Maybank, 68 years old, as sunlight poured in through the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-28-15

    07/27/2015 8:14:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 28, 2015 Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28 The tent, which was called the meeting tent,Moses used to pitch at some distance away, outside the camp.Anyone who wished to consult the LORDwould go to this meeting tent outside the camp.Whenever Moses went out to the tent, the people would all riseand stand at the entrance of their own tents,watching Moses until he entered the tent.As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come downand stand at its entrance while the LORD spoke with Moses.On seeing the column...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Everyones a Bit Knotty

    07/27/2015 7:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 07-27-15 | Sarah Maw
    July 27, 2015Everyones a Bit KnottySarah Maw When glancing over the myriad of Marian devotions in the Catholic Church, its easy to find yourself pondering: How do I pick one? Can I pick only one? In the end, arent they all just prayers to Mary? Yes, our Marian prayers do all end up in the same place, in Gods hands through Mary. But, the long list of devotions isnt simply a way for Mary to accumulate as many awesome titles as possible. Each Marian devotion has a unique message behind it, directed to a specific audience, and is accompanied by...
  • Exclusive ReportThe Devil in Detroit

    07/27/2015 6:22:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/27/15 | Michael Voris
    It took only a moment and it was over. But in that moment, much changed. In a warehouse near the river in downtown Detroit, on the eve of the feast of St. Anne, patroness of Detroit, a statue to the demon Baphomet was unveiled. The event was sponsored by the Satanic Temple and was described as the "largest public satanic ceremony in history." Whether that claim is true or not, hundreds of people turned out for the event by first being directed by e-mail to a decoy location a deserted bank in a seedy Detroit neighborhood where they...
  • Proselytizing climate change from the church pulpit

    07/27/2015 11:20:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7/27/15 | Judi McLeod
    The triumvirate imposing man-made global warming on civil society as the 21st centurys top issue may have started at the United Nations, but it picked up steam with President Barack Obama somewhat, then surrealistically moved on to include the Vatican through Pope-Gone-Activist-Francis-Bergoglio. The climate change movement has long dictated what the masses could eat and wear, what they could drive and where they would live. They are now dictating to the masses what religion to practice, and their green religion is not Christianity. The hierarchy of the global warming/climate change movement pay loyal allegiance to the pagan religion of Gaia...
  • On Park Avenue, a Picture of the Catholic Church Divided [Opposing Interpretations of Vatican II]

    07/27/2015 11:06:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/27/2015 | by NICHOLAS FRANKOVICH
    Two opposing interpretations of the Second Vatican Council divide the Catholic Church. This divide is more complex than the casual observer tends to appreciate. Within the complex divide, however, is a clear, simple divide: the familiar quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns. Each of the two parties is marked by a definite taste in liturgy, music, architecture, and art. The Eucharist being the source and summit of the Christian life, it should come as no surprise that the central object of disagreement between the Catholic Ancients and the Catholic Moderns is the Mass. In the Roman rite, it can...
  • Behold the Newly-Discovered Painting in Rome's Catacomb of Callixtus

    07/27/2015 9:41:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the Orpheus cubicle after the figure from Greek mythology. The small room, located in front of the Crypt of the Popes, was poorly conserved until a recent excavation by the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology. The Orpheus cubicle is named for its painting of Orpheus with a lyre, surrounded by birds, sea monsters, and flowers, representing the whole of creation. Orpheus was...
  • Vatican Astronomer Discusses Discovery of Kepler-452b

    07/27/2015 9:31:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Father Jos Gabriel Funes, the director of the Vatican Observatory, said he was "very skeptical" that the discovery of Kepler-452b will lead to an encounter with extraterrestrial life in the near future. Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the priest reviewed the positions of St. Albert the Great, Nicholas of Cusa, and others on the possibility of extraterrestrial life and said that Jesuit Father Angelo Secchi, a pioneer in astrophysics, thought that there were other inhabited worlds. "It seems that the vast majority of stars in our galaxy ... at least potentially can have planets where life could develop," Father Funes...
  • NOW ARCHANGEL BATTLES DEVIL IN DETROIT

    07/27/2015 9:30:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    wnd ^ | July 27, 2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    After weeks of speculation and protests by Christian leaders in Detroit, the unthinkable took place.Just after 11p.m. on July 25, a satanic organization unveiled a 9-foot statue of the goat-headed Baphomet, a pagan symbol of Lucifer. The 1-ton statue features two young children looking up adoringly at the devil.Leaders of the Satanic Temple have been saying for weeks they planned to unveil the statue somewhere in Detroit and leave it there temporarily before moving it to Arkansas, where they plan to set it beside the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol. This is the same statue they attempted to erect...
  • Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves/Fishes

    07/27/2015 6:34:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes Msgr. Charles Pope • July 26, 2015 • The multiplication of the loaves and fishes that we read about at Sunday Mass this week was a miracle so astonishing that it is recounted in all four Gospels. And a second, similar instance is recorded in another Gospel. In other words, this sort of miracle by Jesus is recounted five times within the four Gospels.There are many theological reasons for this. Clearly, Jesus was fulfilling the promise of Moses: that after him a greater One...
  • Ireland's Top Archbishop Holds Historic Talks with Catholic Gay Group

    07/27/2015 6:14:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 7/24/15 | Jane Walsh
    Pro-gay faith groups have met Dr Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. The meeting with the Archbishop was requested by Faith in Marriage Equality (FiME) during the recent referendum campaign on same sex marriage. The meeting took place at the Archbishop's residence in Armagh, on Wednesday, July 22. Dr Richard O'Leary of Faith in Marriage Equality said We believe it is a positive step to open dialogue with the Catholic Church as a contribution to the 'reality check' signalled by the Church after the vote for civil marriage equality. He was referring to the...
  • What is the source of the Churchs authority?

    07/26/2015 7:30:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 180 replies
    The source & nature of Church authority is one of the major issues that beginning Catholics have to examine and come to terms with. The Catholic Church makes an amazing claim: it teaches, governs, and sanctifies with the authority of Christ himself. Catholics believe that this gift of Church authority is one of the jewels that Christ has given to us as an aid to our salvation. Keep three things in mind: There is a large amount of evidence in Scripture to support the Catholic Churchs claim to authority, as well as from early Church history. The nature and scope...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-27-15

    07/26/2015 7:31:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 27, 2015 Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 32:15-24, 30-34 Moses turned and came down the mountainwith the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,tablets that were written on both sides, front and back;tablets that were made by God,having inscriptions on them that were engraved by God himself.Now, when Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting,he said to Moses, That sounds like a battle in the camp.But Moses answered, It does not sound like cries of victory,nor does it sound like cries of defeat;the sounds that I hear are cries...
  • Ukraine Church Leaders Reject Constitutional Move on Same-Sex Rights

    07/26/2015 9:37:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/26/15 | Jonathon Luxmoroe
    A letter to the Ukrainian president said the constitutional ammendment would 'seriously threaten' family life Ukrainian Church leaders condemned plans to permit same-sex partnerships under a series of constitutional reforms. The Ukrainian parliament has been debating the issue of same-sex partnerships while plans call for adopting the amendments in autumn. The amendments were drafted as pro-Russia rebels continued to hold the eastern region of the country and also have been criticised by Russia for allegedly failing to include enough autonomy for the separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as outlined in a February cease-fire agreement. The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and...
  • Christ Our Passover Lamb: Jesus' Real Presence In The Eucharist

    07/26/2015 9:13:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 7,14, 2015 | Alex Brittain
    "Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death. By the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste -or foretaste- of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires....
  • Francis Fund donating to Planned Parenthood-affiliated charity?

    07/26/2015 8:48:51 AM PDT · by Diago · 7 replies
    SaveJerset.com ^ | July 23,2015 | Matt Rooney
    By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey BlogThis one is hard to wrap your mind around, Save Jerseyans.The obvious takeaway will be “is there anyone, or anything, left that’s worthy of our trust?”Background: “Six Camden-based charities will receive funds through the Francis Fund, a short-term fund in honor of the papal visit” ahead of Pope Francis’s much-celebrated World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this fall. It’s apparently a project of the event’s affiliated Hunger and Homelessness Committee; Sister Mary Scullion, a Sister of Mercy, chairs the committee, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput provides a welcome message on the site.New Jersey...
  • A Vatican conference with a pronounced leftward political tilt

    07/26/2015 7:27:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 24, 2015 | Phil Lawler
    If we had the name of a Republican politician who was invited to attend last weeks Vatican conference on climate change and human traffickingany Republican, just one Republicanwe might feel just a bit better about the result. But the strongly partisan cast of the final statement that issued from that conference, together with the strongly partisan cast of characters in attendance, creates the impression that this event was not so much a conference as a political rally. Californias Governor Jerry Brown was there. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was there. Bostons Mayor Marty Walsh was there. But among the...
  • What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

    07/26/2015 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 25, 2015 • We have in today’s gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and the fishes. One is tempted to say, “Oh, that one …” and then tune out. But the gospel today contains a personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ears: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”Immediately, objections begin to pop up in our minds. But let’s be still and allow the Lord to instruct us by...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-26-15, Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    07/25/2015 7:30:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 26, 2015 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 4:42-44 A man came from Baal-shalishah bringing to Elisha, the man of God,twenty barley loaves made from the firstfruits,and fresh grain in the ear. Elisha said, Give it to the people to eat. But his servant objected,How can I set this before a hundred people? Elisha insisted, Give it to the people to eat. For thus says the LORD,They shall eat and there shall be some left over. And when they had eaten, there was some left over,as the LORD had said. Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:10-11,...
  • Apocalyptic and Utopian: On Pope Francis' Bolivian Manifesto

    07/25/2015 4:11:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 24, 2015 | James J. Schall
    I have seen firsthand a variety of experiences where workers united in cooperatives and other forms of community organization were able to create work where there were only crumbs of an idolatrous economy. I have seen some of you here, recuperated businesses, local fairs and cooperatives of paper collectors are examples of that popular economy is born of exclusion and which, slowly, patiently and resolutely adopts solidary forms which dignifies it. How different this is than the situation which results when those left behind by the formal market are exploited like slaves. Pope Francis, Santa Cruz de la Sierra,...
  • New York parishioners protest removal of beloved artwork from historic church

    07/25/2015 3:23:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 24, 2015 | Diogenes
    Concerned parishioners gathered outside the residence of New Yorks Cardinal Timothy Dolan on July 23, demonstrating against plans to remove a beloved icon from the Church of Our Saviour. Although Cardinal Dolan was out of town, archdiocesan officials met briefly with a few of the demonstrators, including Ken Woo, the artist who responsible for the stunning Christ Pantocrator. The meeting was described as productive, leaving some hope that the archdiocese would intervene to save the artwork. The Christ Pantocrator is the most important of a series of icons done by Woo at the request of Father George Rutler, who...
  • Catholic Family Wins Against HHS Mandate

    07/25/2015 2:47:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 22, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    A Catholic politician sued the Obama administration, arguing that as a Catholic he has a right to be able to purchase health insurance that doesn't cover contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacients. Paul Wieland serves in the Missouri House. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has three daughters, who, because of the actions of the Obama administration, will have access to free contraceptives. “As a parent, it is disturbing,” said Wieland in an older news report. “We value our faith and make a sacrifice to teach our children the faith, to send them to Catholic schools. We...
  • Alinsky Acolytes at the Vatican

    07/25/2015 2:43:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    America's Survival ^ | July 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Yore
    Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. ~Saul Alinsky Chicago was home of Saul Alinsky, the infamous founder of community organizing, who penned his infamous manifesto, Rules for Radicals. Borrowing a page from his creed for leftists, Alinsky encourage political operatives to agitate, foster resentments, fan hostilities and create a mass army of malcontents. ACORN, SEIU and other union thug organization serve as the model Alinsky community organizations. Hailing from the rough and tumble political landscape of Al Capone and the Daley machine, where politics is a blood sport, the hard ball politics played by the Vatican...
  • Saint Nero, Patron of Gay Marriage

    07/25/2015 12:43:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/23/15 | R.V. Young
    Regard this essay as a qualified mea culpa. I have long maintained that there is no point in arguing against gay marriage, because there are no arguments for it. To argue that a homosexual has no right to marry another man is not unlike arguing that a unicorn has no right to be a computer programmer. The proposition is absurd on its face, and so to argue against it is to offer it unwarranted credibility. As evidence, I have remarked that at no time before the late twentieth centuryat least within the boundaries of Western civilizationhad anyone contemplated marriage between...
  • Who is righteous?

    07/25/2015 9:57:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    August 2, 2015 Question: Jesus says, “I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” (Lk 5:32). But I thought the Scriptures said that no one is righteous and that to say we are without sin makes God a liar (1 Jn 1:8, 10). Why does Jesus imply that there are some who are righteous?— Steven Manning, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Answer: Jesus may be using the expression ironically, as if to say, “Well, since God is in the business of saving sinners, maybe you’d better get into that category if you seek his graces.” Thus, Jesus is not...
  • Pope likely to alter economic message in the U.S., Vatican adviser says

    07/25/2015 9:29:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2015 | Daniel Burke
    Q: In Latin America, the Pope delivered a sharp speech against capitalism, calling the relentless pursuit of prophets the "dung of the devil." A lot of people are wondering, will he bring a similar message to the United States this September? A: I don't know if the Pope wants to repeat that kind of speech.
  • Rome Has Lost the Faith

    I recall those days, during my “conservative” adolescence, when it was shocking to hear Bishop Fellay, or a priest of the Society of St. Pius X, say, “Rome has lost the faith.” Unaware of the entirely valid and utterly crucial distinction that is to be made between “Eternal Rome” and “Modernist Rome,” I wondered, how could this be true? No longer. In any case, if ever one was compelled to question whether or not the predominant crop of men running the show in Rome today, objectively speaking, hold the Catholic faith, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has provided...
  • We Will Not Bow

    07/25/2015 7:40:29 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 31 replies
    Grace To You ^ | July 19, 2015 | John MacArthur
    This country talks a lot about terrorist attacksand rightly so. Almost anybody in America can give you some kind of a listing of the most destructive acts of terror that have happened in our country. But let me suggest to you this: The two greatest attacks of terror on America were perpetrated by the Supreme Court. Not by any Muslim, but by the Supreme Court of the United States. The first one was the legalizing of abortion. Subsequent to that, there have been millions of babies slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers. Its incalculable to even comprehend that. The...
  • Pope Francis Strikes Hands With Anti-Life Mayors Promoting Death In Guise of Climate Change Concerns

    07/25/2015 6:23:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 19 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | 7/23/15 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    This past Tuesday the Vatican hosted about 150 mayors of cities throughout the world with the ostensible goal of "combating climate change". Ten of those were US mayors, most being pro-abortion. They included Bill De Blasio of New York. Joining them was CA Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown. They met in a workshop entitled "Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities". Hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the meeting was hosted by rabid population-control advocate Jeffrey Sachs. I've written about both these before in recent months. As Breitbart points out, Tuesday's seminar was immediately followed by...
  • SF Holds Hearing Over Abp. Cordileone Morality Clauses

    07/25/2015 4:28:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/25/15 | Paul Bois
    The secular war against San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone continued Thursday with the city holding a California State Assembly judiciary hearing that argued over the legality of Cordileone's making teachers working at four diocesan high schools sign "morality clauses" classifying them as ministers who must uphold Catholic teaching regarding same-sex "marriage," homosexuality, contraception and artificial insemination in the classroom as well as in their private lives. Kathleen Purcell, a constitutional lawyer representing sides opposed to the morality clauses, argued that since the San Francisco archdiocese follows a curriculum approved by the state, actively recruits non-Catholic students, has promised not to proselytize...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-25-15, FEAST, St. James, Apostle

    07/24/2015 8:52:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 25, 2015 Feast of Saint James, Apostle Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15 Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.For we who live are constantly being given up to deathfor the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our...
  • Introducing the Church Fathers

    07/24/2015 5:01:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    CC.org ^ | Jul 27, 2014 | Thomas Van
    Introducing the Church Fathers By Thomas Van ( | Jul 27, 2014 Several years ago, CatholicCulture.org processed and made available online a set of the writings of the Fathers of the Church. In order to make our readers aware of this under-used resource, and because the Fathers are still too little known despite their importance as a font of authentic Christian renewal, I will be posting a series of articles introducing the Fathers in chronological order. Who are the Fathers? Despite how the Qu’ran describes us, Christians are not “people of the book,” but people of the Word. While the New...
  • Pope Francis' Favorable Rating Drops in U.S.

    07/24/2015 11:18:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Gallup ^ | 07/23/2015 | Art Swift
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Pope Francis' favorability rating in the U.S. has returned to where it was when he was elected pope. It is now at 59%, down from 76% in early 2014. The pontiff's rating is similar to the 58% he received from Americans in April 2013, soon after he was elected pope.After Pope Francis was elected the leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, he attempted to focus the church on a renewed sense of protecting the poor, on interfaith relations and on respecting gay and lesbian members of the church. He was lauded in...
  • All dogs, and cats, and pigs, and goats, and cockroaches go to heaven: So says Pope Francis

    07/24/2015 11:09:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 218 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 07/24/2015 | BY BRUCE FRIEDRICH
    The question of whether animals will join us in the afterlife finally has a definitive response from Rome. Its a topic thats been long debated, with Popes weighing in unofficially on both sides. Last December, a story broke nationwide claiming that Pope Francis had declared that animals are going to heaven, but it turns out that the media had conflated two stories, and that it was actually Pope Paul VI who had, many years earlier, told a young boy that one day we will see our animals in the eternity of Christ. Paul was later contradicted by Pope Benedict XVI,...
  • Veil in Reverse A Reflection on the Veiling of Moses Face

    07/24/2015 6:49:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Veil in Reverse – A Reflection on the Veiling of Moses’ Face Msgr. Charles Pope • July 23, 2015 • In most traditional Catholic settings, we think of the veil as something a woman wears, a sign of traditional modesty and prayer. In this sense we consider it something good and positive, though perhaps some among us are less enthusiastic.But in the readings from Exodus that we are hearing in daily Mass, the veil is presented in far more ambivalent terms:As Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the commandments in his hands, he did not...
  • The Faithful of Australia Work to Open a Catholic University in Erbil [Iraq]

    07/24/2015 6:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 7/23/15 | LOsservatore Romano
    Catholics in Iraq are 'challenging' the Islamic State not with weapons or violence but through education and teaching, thanks to the contribution and support of Australian Catholic University. This October courses will begin at the Catholic University of Erbil, which was desired by the Chaldean Church in Iraq as a concrete way to aid the Christian youth in the Middle East. In recent days, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil for Chaldeans met with representatives of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop Denis James Hart of Melbourne in order to better...
  • "ISIS Is Growing," Says Chaldean Catholic Patriarch in Iraq

    07/24/2015 6:23:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/24/15 | Vatican Radio
    Baghdad prelate calls for serious action against Islamic terrorists, seeks to ease suffering of familiesVATICAN CITY The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Raphael Sako, says he is personally very worried about his nations future and warns that the so-called Islamic State, ISIS, is growing in strength and influence each day and nowadays the militant group is like a real state. In a recent gesture of solidarity, the Iraqi Patriarch donated food and medical supplies to displaced Muslims living in a refugee camp near the city of Ramadi. Accompanied by other members of the Church and representatives of Caritas Iraq,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-24-15. OM, St. Sharbel Makhluf, Priest

    07/23/2015 8:27:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 24, 2015 Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 20:1-17 In those days:God delivered all these commandments: I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.You shall not have other gods besides me.You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them.For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their...
  • Abortionists use a language rooted in a need to disguise brutal realities #PlannedParenthood

    07/23/2015 6:06:37 PM PDT · by Diago · 7 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 7-23-2015 | Kevin O'Brien
    Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has had her hands full since the Center for Medical Progress began releasing its undercover videos.Cliff Owen / Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio It may not be time to write about this, because there may be more damning video to come from the Center for Medical Progress' masterful ambushes of Planned Parenthood officials.But it's also the perfect time to write about this. I'm sitting in a hospital waiting room, waiting for my daughter to deliver my second grandchild, and babies are just kind of where my calvarium is at right now.Calvarium? That's abortion clinic...
  • Gallup Poll shows Pope Francis is not so Laudato these days

    07/23/2015 5:50:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/23/15 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Have you seen the Gallup Poll on Pope Francis popularity? HEREHis favorability has, essentially, crashed.Laudato NO!Back in February 2015, Pew Research showed that 70% of all Americans and 90% of Catholics viewed Francis favorably.Today, according Gallup, his favorability is at 71%.So, in about 6 months half a year Francis popularity in these U.S.A., has, among Catholics, fallen nearly 20% (19% to be exact). Thats in only 6 months.Let us ask:What happened between February and now?Laudato si.Theres more.Francis lost 14% among liberal Americans.Let us also ask:How do these numbers compare with polls from the beginning of Francis pontificate in...