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  • Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

    07/21/2018 8:43:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2018 • In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process.The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain details of the law (often Sabbath observances). But those who rebuked Him for this were guilty of far greater violations. For example, [Jesus] went into the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Radical Vatican About to Take Vengeance on Father Stefano Manelli

    07/21/2018 7:45:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 21, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Radical Vatican About to Take Vengeance on Father Stefano Manelli Sanctions against Father Stefano Manelli, 85, the founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, are imminent, writes Marco Tosatti (July 21). Manelli’s order languishes under a Vatican commissioner since July 2013. The reasons for this crack down, never explained by the Vatican, are evident: for the present Vatican nomenclature, the Friars are “too Catholic”. According to Tosatti, a document containing sanctions against Manelli, authored by the Congregation for the Religious, is currently on Francis' table. After the sanctions are imposed, the Vatican will push for a General Chapter. The...
  • Judge Says Philadelphia Can Cut Contracts with Catholic Groups for Refusing Same-Sex Adoption

    07/21/2018 5:54:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/17/18 | Calvin Freiburger
    HILADELPHIA, July 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The city of Philadelphia has the power to suspend contracts with religious adoption agencies who refuse to place children in same-sex homes, a federal judge ruled Friday. Last year, a story about Bethany Christian Services turning away a same-sex couple raised public awareness of both it and Catholic Social Services (CSS) having a policy of placing children only in homes with a mother and/or a father. Despite both being expressly-religious organizations and the stance aligning with traditional Christian teaching, the city claimed to have been surprised by the revelation, and suspended its contracts with...
  • Forcing Priests to Report Abuse not a Breach of Human Rights: Watchirs [Australia]

    07/21/2018 5:48:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Canberra Times ^ | 7/16/18 | Katie Burgess
    New laws that will force priests to break the seal of confession to report child abuse are not in breach of the ACT's human right laws, despite concerns about the impact on religious freedoms, the ACT's Human Rights Commissioner says. Under the territory's expanded reportable conduct scheme, priests in Canberra will be required to report allegations, offences or convictions related to children to the ACT Ombudsman within 30 days from March 31, 2019 - even if the information was gleaned in the confessional. But the Australian Catholics Bishops Conference wrote to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr to say mandatory reporting...
  • Chinese Newspaper Alludes to Possible Visit by Pope Francis

    07/21/2018 5:44:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/17/18 | John Burger
    Government-approved periodical quotes expert comparing possible papal visit to Nixon's historic opening to China.News images of President Richard M. Nixon and the first lady, Patricia Nixon, walking along the Great Wall of China in 1972 stunned millions of television viewers because China and the United States had not had diplomatic relations since Mao Zedong’s victory in 1949. America was still fighting the Vietnam War, and the “Red Chinese” were still aiding the communist North Vietnamese. An equally stunning image could be broadcast on screens around the world in the near future: the white-clad pope of the Catholic Church being welcomed...
  • [Irish] Archbishop Says Youth Alienated by Catholic Church

    07/21/2018 5:37:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 7/16/18 | Patsy McGarry
    ‘Catholics must learn new ways in which they can win young hearts,’ says Diarmuid MartinIrish Catholicism today is “foreign” to young people and needs to wake up to the situation, according to Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. “Change is painful; there is, however, no alternative,” he said. “Irish religious culture is changing. The main body of the membership of Irish Catholicism and its leadership belong to an age and cultural group that is in many ways foreign to the culture of young people. The Irish church needs to waken itself to the urgency of this situation,” he said. “This will...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-21-18, OM, St. Lawrence Brindisi, Priest and Doctor/Church

    07/20/2018 10:29:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-21-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 21, 2018 Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mi 2:1-5 Woe to those who plan iniquity,and work out evil on their couches;In the morning light they accomplish itwhen it lies within their power.They covet fields, and seize them;houses, and they take them;They cheat an owner of his house,a man of his inheritance.Therefore thus says the LORD:Behold, I am planning against this race an evilfrom which you shall not withdraw your necks;Nor shall you walk with head high,for it will be a time of evil. On that day a satire shall be sung over you,and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Praxedes, Virgin (Gueranger)

    07/20/2018 9:24:54 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Simple ON THIS DAY Pudentiana’s angelic sister at length obtained from her Spouse release from bondage, and from the burden of exile that weighed so heavily on this last scion of a holy and illustrious stock. New races, unknown to her fathers when they laid the world at the feet of Rome, now governed the Eternal City. Nero and Domitian had been actuated by a tyrannical spirit; but the philosophical Cæsars showed how absolutely they misconceived the estinies of the great city. The salvation of Rome lay in the hands of a different dynasty: a century back, Praxedes’...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Apollinaris, 07-20-18

    07/20/2018 8:03:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-20-18 | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Statue of Saint Apollinaris in Santa Maria del Suffragio, Ravenna | José Luiz Bernardes Ribeiro Saint Apollinaris Saint of the Day for July 20 (d. c. 79)  Saint Apollinaris’ Story According to tradition, Saint Peter sent Apollinaris to Ravenna, Italy, as its first bishop. His preaching of the Good News was so successful that the pagans there beat him and drove him from the city. He returned, however, and was exiled a second time. After preaching in the area surrounding Ravenna, he entered the city again. After being cruelly tortured, he was put on a ship...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A book about the McCarrick scandal? It’s already written

    07/20/2018 5:19:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 20, 2018 | Phil Lawler
    “Why don’t you write a book about the McCarrick scandal?” my friend asked me. I answered: “Because I already did!” True, The Faithful Departed doesn’t focus specifically on Cardinal McCarrick. But what this latest scandal has shown—the failure of the American bishops to hold each other accountable—was a major theme of that book, which was published ten years ago. Here’s a sample of what I wrote a decade ago. Again it wasn’t written with the McCarrick case in mind. But it applies nicely, don’t you think? The same corruption that produced the sex-abuse scandal, the greatest crisis in the history...
  • [Catholic Caucus] De Mattei: The Birth of Humanae Vitae in light of the Vatican Archives

    07/20/2018 5:02:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 18, 2018 | Roberto de Mattei
    De Mattei: The Birth of Humanae Vitae in light of the Vatican Archives Roberto de Mattei Corrispondenza Romana July 18, 2018 At the beginning of 2017, Pope Francis set up “a study committee” to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25th 2018). The existence of this “secret” committee was brought to light some months later by two Catholic publications Stilum Curiae* and Corrispondenza Romana** The committee coordinated by Monsignor Gilfedo Marengo, has the task of finding the documentation in the Vatican Archives, related to the preparatory work for Humanae Vitae, which occurred during and after...
  • [Cath Cauc] As McCarrick spotlight grows, is revoking honors sensitivity or whitewash?

    07/20/2018 4:51:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | July 20, 2018 | Christopher White
    Sister Kathleen Lunsmann, center, who is an Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister and president of Support Our Aging Religious, or SOAR!, poses at the group's Nov. 3 awards dinner in Washington with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and Jane Sullivan Roberts. Cardinal McCarrick received the St. Katharine Drexel Award, and Jane Sullivan Roberts was given the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. (Credit: CNS.) In light of the McCarrick case, Catholic institutions struggle with the appropriate response to past awards and honors given to prelates accused of sexual abuse. NEW YORK - Earlier this month, Fordham University announced that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] New sexual abuse allegations leveled against Cardinal McCarrick

    07/20/2018 12:35:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency via Crux ^ | July 20, 2018 | Catholic News Agency
    Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. (Credit: US Institute of Peace, cc by nc 2.0 via CNA.)A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11 he was sexually abused and assaulted serially by now-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York when the abuse was alleged to have begun. WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11 he was sexually abused and assaulted serially by now-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York when the abuse was alleged to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Birth of Humanae Vitae: Woe to Those Who Mishandle It*

    07/20/2018 11:11:42 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Settimo Cielo/Espresso ^ | July 19, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    *Original Title: "Humamae vitae: cosi le nata e guai a chi le tocca" Google translation, lightly copy-edited for clarity The demolition project aimed at "Humanae Vitae" --- Paul VI's 1968 encyclical that said no to artificial contraceptives --- now faces an unexpected stumbling block in a book that reconstructs the genesis of that text, thanks to the access, for the first time, to the secret documents concerning it, authorized by Pope Francis in person: Gilfredo Marengo, "The birth of an encyclical, 'Humanae vitae' in the light of the Vatican archives", Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City, 2018. The stumbling block is...
  • Recovering Reverence for the Lord [Catholic Caucus]

    07/20/2018 7:30:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Recovering Reverence for the Lord Msgr. Charles Pope • July 19, 2018 • We live in times when many trivialize God or at least reduce Him to someone who can be managed and understood. God the Father has become more of a grandfather or a philosopher king than the Ancient of Days, dwelling in unapproachable light, surrounded in angelic praise and with fire going out before Him. Similarly, the Holy Spirit is just a quiet dove or a gentle force rather than the rushing wind and tongues of fire that stirred the early Church. Finally, Jesus is reduced to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-20-18, OM, St. Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr

    07/19/2018 10:26:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB ^ | 07-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    July 20, 2018 Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 When Hezekiah was mortally ill,the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came and said to him:"Thus says the LORD: Put your house in order,for you are about to die; you shall not recover."Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD: "O LORD, remember how faithfully and wholeheartedlyI conducted myself in your presence,doing what was pleasing to you!"And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: "Go, tell Hezekiah:Thus says the LORD, the God of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Jerome Ćmilian, Confessor (Gueranger)

    07/19/2018 9:04:02 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double SPRUNG FROM THE POWERFUL ARISTOCRACY which won for Venice twelve centuries of splendor, Jerome came into the world when that city had reached the height of its glory. At fifteen years of age he became a soldier; and was one of the heroes in that formidable struggle wherein his country withstood the united powers of almost all Europe in the League of Cambrai. The golden city, crushed for a moment, but soon restored to her former condition, offered her honors to the defender of Castelnovo, who like herself had fallen bravely and risen again. But our Lady...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Margaret, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    07/19/2018 9:04:00 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Commemoration THIS SAME DAY brings before us a rival of the warrior martyr, St. George: Margaret, like him victorious over the dragon, and like him called in the Menæa of the Greeks, the Great Martyr. The cross was her weapon; and like the soldier, the virgin, too, consummated her trial in her blood. They were equally renowned also in those chivalrous times when valor and faith fought hand in hand for Christ beneath the standard of the Saints. So early as the seventh century England rivalled the East in honoring the pearl drawn from the abyss of infidelity....
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Mary MacKillop, 07-19-18

    07/19/2018 8:59:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia.org
    Franciscan Media Image: Stained glass window at Saint Mary MacKillop shrine, Penola South Australia | photo by Pru.mitchell Saint Mary MacKillop Saint of the Day for July 19 (January 15, 1842 – August 8, 1909)  Saint Mary MacKillop’s Story If Saint Mary MacKillop were alive today, she would be a household name. It’s not that she sought the limelight. On the contrary, she simply wanted to serve the poor wherever she found them in her native Australia. But along the way, she managed to arouse the ire of some rather powerful churchmen. One even excommunicated her for a time.Born...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Siege of Humanae Vitae: Has the enemy almost breached the ramparts?

    07/19/2018 6:51:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | July 19, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Sandro Magister has written a piece in which he proposes that a new book by Gilfredo Marengo on the genesis of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (HV) represents “an unexpected obstacle” to “[t]he campaign that is underway to demolish ‘Humanae Vitae’ — the 1968 encyclical of Paul VI that said no to artificial contraceptives.” I respectfully disagree. Based on the extensive summary of the book’s account provided by Andrea Tornielli, which Magister views as sufficient to see where Marengo is going, it is quite clear that Marengo, a member of Pope Francis’ semi-secret commission to “reappraise” HV on its fast-approaching 50th...