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  • Kindness Is Not the Same as Love

    01/17/2018 9:31:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Kindness Is Not the Same as Love Msgr. Charles Pope • January 16, 2018 • Many decades ago, C.S. Lewis wrote about the problem of substituting kindness for love:We [speak] nowadays almost exclusively [of God’s] lovingness …. And by love, in this context, most of us mean kindness—the desire to see others happy …. What would really satisfy us would be a god who said of anything we happened to be doing, “What does it matter as long as they are contented?” We want, in fact, not so much a Father in heaven as a grandfather in Heaven—a senile...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Antony, Abbot (Gueranger)

    01/16/2018 9:29:08 PM PST · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    White Double THE EAST AND WEST unite today in honoring St. Antony, the Father of Cenobites. The Monastic Life existed before his time, as we know from indisputable testimony; but he was the first Abbot, because he was the first to bring Monks under the permanent government of one Superior or Father. Antony began with seeking solely his own sanctification; he was known only as the wonderful Solitary, against whom the wicked spirits waged an almost continued battle: but in course of time, men were attracted to him by his miracles and by the desire of their own perfection;...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-18, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2018 9:26:05 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 01-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 17, 2018 Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot Reading 1 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51 David spoke to Saul:"Let your majesty not lose courage.I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine."But Saul answered David,"You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth." David continued:"The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine."Saul answered David, "Go! the LORD will be with you." Then, staff in hand,...
  • Cath Cauc: Vatican attempts to explain giving high honor to adamant abortion supporter

    01/16/2018 8:08:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 16, 2018 | Doug Mainwaring
    Concern and controversy were stirred up when leading abortion activist Liliane Ploumen displayed on Dutch television a pontifical honor bestowed on her during a visit to the Vatican in 2017. Ploumen boasted that she had received a high distinction from the Vatican, from the Pope, in a video broadcast. Reception into the Order of St. Gregory is known to be given for meritorious service to the Church, so Ploumen has legitimate boasting rights. Reason for concern In 2017, Ploumen launched SheDecides, which, according to the movements website, is a global movement meant to support the fundamental rights of girls...
  • Cath Cauc-Professor at Jesuit University claims Amoris Laetitia proves gay sex is not a sin

    01/16/2018 7:48:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Joseph ^ | January 16, 2018 | Joseph Sciambra
    In a January 16, 2018 Commentary for The National Catholic Reporter, Creighton University Professor Todd A. Salzman, chair of the Department of Theology at Creighton, and Michael G. Lawler, professor emeritus, disagreed with the decision by certain US Bishops to possibly deny a Catholic funeral for someone who died while in a same-sex married relationship. They single out Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield for specific criticism. From of a Decree issued by Paprocki, Salzman and Lawler are especially troubled with the following directive: Unless they have given some signs of repentance before their death, deceased persons who...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Canon lawyer calls for Amoris Laetitias 8th chapter to be withdrawn'

    01/16/2018 6:31:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 16, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Fr. Gerald Murray, a regular commentator on EWTNs news program The World Over, told show host Raymond Arroyo in a recent interview that the infamous chapter 8 of Pope Francis apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia is in error, and that he hopes it will be withdrawn by the pope. Murray, a canon lawyer, also condemned the interpretation of Amoris laetitia published by the Argentinean bishops of the Pastoral Region of Buenos Aires last year, and recently republished by the Pope himself in the official Acts of the Apostolic See, calling it an overthrow of the moral order and calling for its...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The victims respond to the Pope: ...

    01/16/2018 6:13:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Religion Digital via google translate ^ | January 16, 2018 | Jesus Pretty
    "I can not help but express the pain and the shame I feel at the irreparable damage caused to children by ministers of the Church." It is fair to ask for forgiveness and support the victims with all their strength. The first words of Pope Francis in Chile were a request for forgiveness for clerical pedophilia , and a commitment to those who have suffered at the hands of predators clad in authority. Is it enough for the victims? It seems not. And much more after the organizers of the papal visit to Chile did not leave space for a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Texas Archbishop Forces Traditional Nuns Out of San Antonio

    01/16/2018 4:06:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | January 8, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    Texas Catholics have suffered a loss at the hands of San Antonio's Abp. Gustavo Garcia-Siller. At the end of Mass Sunday, parishioners atOur Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church(OLA) were stunned to learn Garcia-Siller had commandedthree Poor Clare nuns attached to theparish back to theirmotherhousein Alabama after nineyears in San Anotonio. They had been in the process of raising funds to build a monastery. The sisters left Sunday morning before the announcement was made; parishioners weren't even given the chance to say goodbye. The whole affair, inside sources at Our Lady of the Atonement allege, is a retaliatory tactic by...
  • Jesus and Bending the Law

    01/16/2018 9:05:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus and Bending the Law Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2018 • In the Gospels we are reading this week at daily Mass we see Jesus coming into conflict with the religious authorities of His day, who accuse Him of violating the law. In Monday’s reading Jesus is accused of not following the fasting rules observed by the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist. Jesus rebuffs them by saying, in effect, that rejoicing with the Lord (the very giver of the law) is a weightier matter than the observance of fasting traditions (Mk 2:18ff).In Tuesday’s reading...
  • Cath Cauc: In Chile Francis Is Duplicating Himself. And Nobody Knowns Which Is the Real One

    01/16/2018 7:44:42 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | January 16, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    A few days before the arrival of Pope Francis in Chile, the publication in the Associated Press of a letter of his to the Chilean bishops from January of 2015 has complicated his visit quite a bit. That letter, in fact, generates an authentic brainteaser as to the real thinking of Jorge Mario Bergoglio concerning the biggest scandal that has shaken Chile in recent years, the one centered on a priest named Fernando Karadima.Karadima, now eighty-seven, was for years a pastor in Santiago, but above all was an extremely popular educator and leader of vast ranks of young people and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-18

    01/15/2018 10:07:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 01-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16, 2018 Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Sm 16:1-13 The LORD said to Samuel:"How long will you grieve for Saul,whom I have rejected as king of Israel?Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,for I have chosen my king from among his sons."But Samuel replied:"How can I go?Saul will hear of it and kill me."To this the LORD answered:"Take a heifer along and say,'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Marcellus, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/15/2018 9:05:00 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble THE NAME OF MARCELLUS is brought before us by the Calendar today—he was a successor of the glorious Hyginus in the papacy, and in martyrdom, and their Feasts fall in the same season of the year. Each Christmastide shows us these two Pontiffs offering their Keys in homage of our Jesus, the invisible Head of the Church they governed. In a few days hence, we shall find our Christmas list of Saints giving us the name of a third Pope and Martyr—Fabian. These three valiant Vicars of Christ are like the three generous Magi—they offered their riches...
  • Vatican: Papal Honor for Pro-Abortion Politician Not a Sign of Support

    01/15/2018 8:34:28 PM PST · by annalex · 12 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | JAN. 15, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    (YouTube) Blogs | Jan. 15, 2018 Vatican: Papal Honor for Pro-Abortion Politician Not a Sign of Support In a statement, the Holy See Press Office says Dutch militant pro-abortion politician Lilianne Ploumen was given the ancient papal honor as diplomatic practice for a visiting official head of state delegation to the Vatican.
  • Catholic Cauc: Los Angeles Archdiocese promotes LGBT agenda at Religious Education Congress

    01/15/2018 7:07:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 15, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Under the leadership of the ultraliberal Cardinal Robert Mahoney, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ annual Religious Education Congress  – billed as the biggest annual gathering of Catholics in the country – gained a reputation for functioning as a platform for dissidents who seek to undermine Catholic doctrine on life and family issues.  When Mahoney left office in 2011 in disgrace following revelations of his protection of priests accused of child sex abuse, he was replaced by Archbishop José Gomez, a former Opus Dei priest perceived as a conservative. Expectations were high that Gomez’s administration would lead to a reversal of...
  • On The Flight to Chile, the Pope Distributes to Journalists the Picture of the Child from Nagasaki

    01/15/2018 5:59:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 1/15/18 | Andrea Tornielli
    Released in December, the image is a warning against every conflict and a condemnation of todays piecemeal Third World WarThe fruit of war.... To the journalists who accompany him on his flight from Fiumicino to Santiago de Chile, the first stop of his apostolic journey to Chile and Peru, the Pope wanted to distribute the photo of the child who, after the atomic bombardment of Nagasaki, in 1945, is carrying his dead brother on his shoulders to a crematorium. A brutal image taken by American photographer Joseph Roger O Donnell, that the Pope already wanted to be printed and distributed...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis, I Dont Go To The Doctor But To The Witch

    01/15/2018 5:35:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 15, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Francis, I Dont Go To The Doctor But To The WitchDuring Pope Francis' flight to Chile on January 15, Cristiana Caricato of the Italian Bishops' TV 2000 asked Francis, what medicines he takes to keep fit during his travels. He replied, I don't go to the doctor, I go to the witch. Franca Giansoldati of Il Messaggero asked him if he is afraid of journalists and their questions.Francis answered, "Yes, I am afraid of interviews... you can see what I need to do." Picture: mazur,, CC BY-SA, #newsZfdutcvulh
  • [Catholic Caucus] Anarchy in VC

    01/15/2018 5:29:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill ^ | January 15, 2018 | The Bones
    There are rumours circulating that an embattled, deceitful and thoroughly discredited pontificate - at least discredited among faithful Catholics following events carefully - seeks to draw the clergy of the Holy Catholic Church, by coercive means, into a new vow of obedience in particular to Pope Francis and his own 'unique' Magisterium. I shudder at such rumours. Are these rumours true? We do not yet know. How do such rumours evolve? Who wishes these things to circulate? Are they credible? Should it be taken seriously? Only the last question can I answer and only with an opinion.I fear so. I...
  • Cath Cauc - Bp. Athanasius Schneider interview about Amoris laetitia Controversy

    01/15/2018 12:23:38 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 14, 2018 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    His Excellency, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, gave an interview on French TV about Pope Francis and the Amoris laetitia controversy that is tearing apart of the unity of the Church in many spheres. The video is available. There are English subtitles. He hits hard those ecclesiastics who want a Gospel without the sixth commandment.They use tactics and evil means, such as ruses, deceptions, masterful rhetoric and dialectics, and even the tactic of intimidation and moral violence in order to attain their goal of admitting so-called remarried divorces to Holy Communion without the latter fulfilling the condition of living in perfect continence.It...
  • The Vatican infiltrated by Freemasonry?

    01/15/2018 11:42:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 94 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | January 14, 2018 | Toronto Catholic
    The Vatican infiltrated by Freemasonry? Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki stated on his blog, just over two years ago, regarding the meetings at the Synod of the Family, that the spirit of freemasonry was afoot amongst many of the bishops with regards to dialogue, and their secular view of the world:   "the dialogue on human rights is from the point of view of the illuminati of the 19th century."  Dear friends, I ask you to reconsider these words by the Archbishop taking into consideration the release of the materially heretical "Amoris Latitia", the various scandalous statements coming from Rome, the ongoing homosexual crisis...
  • [Cath Cauc} Bishop Schneider: Fidelity to Christ Prompts Profession of Truth About Marriage

    01/15/2018 10:55:25 AM PST · by ebb tide
    Catholic ^ | January 14, 2018 | Mary Anne Hackette
    Kazakhstan bishops reiterate the long-standing teachings of the Church.By Carl Bunderson/CAN, January 12, 2018 ASTANA, Kazakhstan Fidelity to the words of Christ makes it necessary to profess the truth about sacramental marriage, Bishop Athanasius Schneider told CNA in a recent interview.Bishop Schneider, an auxiliary bishop of Maria Santissima in Astana, was a drafter of the Profession of the Immutable Truths About Sacramental Marriage issued by three Kazakhstani bishops Dec. 31, 2017.The bishops stated it is not licit to admit to sacramental Communion Catholics who are divorced and remarried if they are not living according to the long-standing teachings of...