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  • Pope CalvinLuther institutes the dogma of Total Depravity

    10/25/2016 7:35:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    non veni pacem ^ | October 25, 2016
    Can we at least agree that a Lutheran cannot be pope? HERE Francis yesterday continued his twisting of the One True Faith by demonstrating, once again, that Calvinist/Lutheran theology is at the core of his own false religion. All the “mercy” that Francis talks about is NOT the mercy of God, but rather a false mercy, because it is grounded in this false idea of Total Depravity. You absolutely MUST understand Total Depravity, and why it is false, if you want to make sense of how Francis operates. First, here are the comments from yesterday: HERE “Behind an attitude of...
  • Archdiocese of Zagreb forbids Cardinal Burke the Old Latin Mass [Catholic Caucus]

    10/25/2016 7:14:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | October 23, 2016
    Cardinal Raymond Burke will be in Croatia until Wednesday to present his book on the Eucharist, that has just appeared in Croatian. Tomorrow evening he will give a keynote speech at the conference "Tradfest" in Zagreb. His topic is „The Gospel of Life and a New Evangelization“. "Tradfest" describes itself as “an unapologetic festival of traditional and conservative ideas in contrast to so called ‘progressive’ and militant secularist ideas and policies“. Tomorrow at 5 pm Cardinal Burke was supposed to celebrate the Old Latin Mass in the small church St. Martin near the Cathedral of Zagreb. The Low Mass has...
  • Pope Francis's Edict on Climate Change Has Fallen on Closed Ears, Study Finds

    10/25/2016 4:45:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10/24/16 | Nicola Davis
    Hailed as a significant call for action, the pope’s encyclical has not had the anticipated rallying effect on public opinion, researchers have foundThe pope’s call for action on climate change has fallen on closed ears, research suggests. A study by researchers in the US has found that right-leaning Catholics who had heard of the pope’s message were less concerned about climate change and its effects on the poor than those who had not, and had a dimmer view of the pope’s credibility. “The pope and his papal letter failed to rally any broad support on climate change among the US...
  • Celibacy For Priests. The Defense Takes the Floor

    10/25/2016 4:39:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 10/24/16 | Sandro Magister
    It will not be discussed at a synod, but pressure is growing in favor of the ordination of married men. The most highly esteemed of the Italian theologians has puts a spotlight on the question in an authoritative magazine. And he is opting to hold on to celibacy: not only “opportune,” but “necessary” ROME, October 24, 2016 – Interviewed a few days ago by Gianni Cardinale for the newspaper of the Italian episcopal conference, “Avvenire,” the secretary general of the synod of bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, confirmed that the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the new session in 2018...
  • Irish Archbishop: We Shouldn’t Try to Define the Family

    10/25/2016 4:35:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite news ^ | 10/25/16 | Claire Chretien
    DUBLIN, Ireland, October 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — We must not “allow ourselves to be become entangled in trying to produce definitions of the family” because different cultural values mean family “cannot be defined simply,” the Archbishop of Dublin said in a speech preparing for the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who has previously said the controversial exhortation Amoris Laetitia will be the “core resource” for the family life conference’s catechesis, lamented that one of the problems with the world is that we “judge things in black and white.” He suggested that this is at odds with...
  • Vatican bans cremation ashes scattering in new guidelines

    10/25/2016 9:08:06 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 64 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/25/16
    It said the Church could not "condone attitudes or permit rites that involve erroneous ideas about death, such as considering death as the definitive annihilation of the person, or the moment of fusion with Mother Nature or the universe, or as a stage in the cycle of regeneration, or as the definitive liberation from the 'prison' of the body". The guidelines reiterated that Catholics who chose to be cremated "for reasons contrary to the Christian faith" must be denied a Christian funeral. The Vatican also stressed that "the Church continues to prefer the practice of burying the bodies of the...
  • Key Ecumenical Bishop: “The Reformation Was a Great Misunderstanding, We All Got it Wrong”

    10/25/2016 9:04:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 24, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    In a new interview in Crux, Auxiliary Bishop William Kenney of Birmingham, England — co-chair of the international dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity — offers us a glimpse of what to expect in Lund, Sweden, on October 31, when Pope Francis joins the LWF to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It’s a long interview, and much of it is background on the event, but what really stood out what this:
  • Catholic Primate says church should welcome ‘new unions’ [Catholic Caucus]

    10/25/2016 8:47:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Irish Times ^ | October 22, 2016 | Ciaran D'Arcy
    The Catholic Primate of Ireland has said people in “new relationships and unions” should be welcomed into the church. Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin made the comments at a conference celebrating “family and family life”, in preparation for Ireland’s hosting of the World Meeting of Families in 2018. “The Synod [OF BISHOPS]was clear that we need to be mindful of those who have begun new relationships and unions, and find sincere and truthful ways of welcoming and including them in the life and worshipping community of the church,” he told some 700 delegates at DCU St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra on...
  • BREAKING: Cardinal Kasper: Can the ‘remarried’ now receive communion? ‘Yes. Period.’

    10/25/2016 7:47:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 24, 2016 | Jan Bentz
    In a recent publication of the German journal Stimmen der Zeit (Journal for Christian Culture), Cardinal Walter Kasper published an article calling Amoris Laetitia a “paradigm shift” in the Church’s teaching. “Amoris Laetitia: Break or Beginning” is the title of a recent scientific article by Kasper in which he analyzes the post-synodal exhortation and provides his opinion on the right hermeneutic in reading it. In the first part called “Discussion regarding the binding character,” Kasper critiques Cardinal Raymond Burke for his statement that post-synodal documents by the Pope are not necessarily binding. Instead, Kasper states, “This position is refuted by...
  • American Jesuits Are in a Free Fall, and the Crisis is Getting Worse

    10/25/2016 7:22:46 AM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | July 29, 2016 | Patrick Reilly
    Excitement is building for Jesuits worldwide as their general congregation to elect a new superior general is quickly approaching this fall. The election presents an important opportunity for them to reflect on the future of the Society of Jesus — and to address serious concerns. Even under a Jesuit Pope, the order suffers from a steady decline in membership, dissent and moral confusion within its ranks, and a widening gulf between many Jesuit universities and the Church. Perhaps that’s why there has been so much attention lately to the announcement that 20 new Jesuit priests were ordained this year in...
  • New Jesuit Superior: a Marxist Revolutionary

    10/25/2016 6:15:04 AM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    Choosing-Him ^ | October 21, 2016
    Hours after Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Pope, Rorate was the first to bring you inside information from Argentina on what to expect (The Horror: A Buenos Aires Journalist describes Bergoglio). Now, Rorate, surrounded by friends around the globe, has been contacted by a Venezuelan source, eager to tell the world what exactly to expect of the new Superior-General of the Society of Jesus (the Pope's own religious society), Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, based on his experience in his native land, now wrecked by the Socialism brought on, in great measure, by Marxist "Catholics". In reality, the current situation in Venezuela,...
  • Behind the Bronze Doors: Soros Radicals collude with Vatican

    10/24/2016 6:07:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 24, 2016 | Elizabeth Yore
    WikiLeaks Release! More Podesta Emails Drip, drip, drip. The Tiber is overflowing with leaks from WikiLeaks documents which reveal the relationship between notorious George Soros operatives and high level Vatican prelates. They expose that the enemy scaled the Vatican wall and is now ensconced behind the Bronze Doors of St. Peter’s. In August 2016, the first batch of shocking emails were disclosed in the DCLeaks dump which uncovered George Soros’ Open Society documents confirming the close collaboration between Soros operatives and the Vatican, highlighted in a Soros Open Society U.S. Board Meeting Report in May 2015. The notes discussed the...
  • Belgian Catholics Urge Rome to Discipline Antwerp Bishop Over Gay Advocacy

    10/24/2016 5:41:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/24/16 | Jeanne Smits
    October 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro Familia, a Belgian association of Catholic lay people, has decided to act against the public stance made by Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny, who suggests in a new book published Friday that homosexual pairs, divorced, remarried and cohabiting couples should receive a Church blessing as part of a “diversity of rituals” that would recognize the “exclusiveness and stability” of their unions. “The question of Communion for the divorced and remarried should be carefully weighed," he writes. "It is not a question of a general ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but of an evaluation. You have to judge...
  • “Beneath rigidity there is something else, there is often wickedness” [Catholic Caucus]

    10/24/2016 1:26:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Vatican Insider La Stampa ^ | October 24, 2016 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, the Pope said rigid people lead a “double life”, they seem good but they often aren’t; they are strangers to God’s freedom, “slaves of the law”. “How they suffer”! Beneath the rigid exterior of a person who is not free because he or she is a slave to the law, is a double life, something hidden, some sort of disease. Often wickedness. By contrast, the Lord gives freedom, in addition to meekness and kindness, Pope Francis said in this morning’s homily in St. Martha’s House. In today’s Gospel story, Christ heals a...
  • Catholic university prohibits ‘Unborn Lives Matter’ posters on campus

    10/24/2016 1:10:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    The nation’s largest Catholic university told a group of pro-life students that it could not display posters reading “Unborn Lives Matter,” lest they provoke the Black Lives Matter movement. In a letter to the College Republicans, DePaul University president Father Dennis Holtschneider said the posters contained “bigotry” veiled “under the cover of free speech,” the Daily Wire reported. “By our nature, we are committed to developing arguments and exploring important issues that can be steeped in controversy and, oftentimes, emotion,” Mr. Holtschneider said in the letter. “Yet there will be times when some forms of speech challenge our grounding in...
  • Border mass with pope’s U.S. envoy backs immigration reform

    10/24/2016 9:54:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Crux ^ | October 23, 2016
    Pope Francis’s ambassador in the United States led a cross-border Mass on Sunday in an effort to bring awareness to the plight of immigrants and refugees.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-24-16, OM, St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

    10/23/2016 8:49:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 10-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 24, 2016 Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:32–5:8 Brothers and sisters:Be kind to one another, compassionate,forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love,as Christ loved us and handed himself over for usas a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you,as is fitting among holy ones,no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place,but instead, thanksgiving.Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure...
  • Italy's (Catholic) Bishops Give Full Support to Radical Party March for Prisoners

    10/23/2016 7:34:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10-22-16 | Edward Pentin
    After choosing not to back two recent pro-life demonstrations, the Italian bishops' conference has now agreed to participate in an upcoming "March for Amnesty, Justice, Freedom" organized by the anti-clerical Radical Party. The Nov. 6 Rome march, dedicated to Pope Francis and Marco Pannella, the party’s long-serving and recently deceased leader, will end in a call for a prisoner amnesty and coincide with the Pope’s Jubilee of mercy for prisoners that day, according to Italian media reports. A spokesman for the Italian bishops' conference, Father Ivan Maffeis, said its general secretary, Bishop Nunzio Galantino, gives his "steadfast commitment" to the...
  • Launch of World Meeting of Families Process

    10/23/2016 5:08:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Archdiocese of Dublin ^ | October 22, 2016 | Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin
    Firstly he said that he was disappointed that so much media focus on the Amoris Laetitia was only about questions of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried and homosexuality. “I am sad”, he said, “because we are missing the most beautiful aspects of this exhortation if we just focus on that.” I would add – and this is a point that we could easily miss – focussing on those issues (communion for divorced and remarried in an isolated way, much comment – not just by the media but also by many bishops – has ended up in people not...
  • Bringing back the dead… Catholic style

    10/23/2016 3:54:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 23, 2016 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    Forget about ghosts and goblins on Halloween; how about a walk through a dark cemetery where dead people who once walked the earth appear out of nowhere and talk to you about life and death, heaven and hell?The “Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk” in Emmitsburg, Maryland has provided such an experience every October for the past 12 years. Held in the historic cemetery on the grounds of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine, it’s the brainchild of Fr. Brian Nolan, chaplain for Mount Saint Mary’s University.The idea for the walk was inspired by a haunted house at Mount Saint...
  • The 38 Albanian Martyrs That Died Crying “Long Live Christ the King!”

    10/23/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 10/23/16
    When Pope Francis traveled to Albania two years ago, the testimony of priests and religious leaders who lived under the oppression of the communist regime left him speechless. Now, the 38 people who did not survive torture and died as victims of hatred for the faith have been declared martyrs and will soon be beatified. MSGR. ANGELO MASSAFRA Archbishop of Shkodra (Albania)"In the group of 38 martyrs, the last person was killed in '74 because he secretly baptised someone. The priest was also betrayed and was shot. Before being killed, they used to shout "Long live Christ the King!" like...
  • Priest tells Fox news he was “upset” Clinton cited Pope Francis to justify some of her positions

    10/23/2016 1:35:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 22, 2016
    October 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Once again a leading opponent of Catholic moral teachings, this time Hillary Clinton, has cited Pope Francis to give credibility to her actions. In a Fox news interview, Fr. Gerald Murray gives clear reasons why some of Clinton's remarks at the Al Smith dinner were highly inappropriate and that she should have used the event to publicly disown the anti-Catholic bigotry in her staff emails revealed by Wikileaks. Fr. Murray said, "there should have been a statement" by Mrs. Clinton "right at the start" of her remarks at the Al Smith dinner, "saying, 'I disown everything that was read in...
  • Catholic Cardinal: No Obligation to Follow a Pope Who Betrays the Church [China]

    10/23/2016 1:31:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    What Is Up With The Synod ^ | 10/22/16 | Hilary White
    I know we were all expecting the crack to come from a completely different corner of the Church, and that hardly anyone has been paying attention to the eagerness of the Francis Vatican to throw the Catholic Church in China to the communist wolves. As with every jurisdictional Vatican compromise with Communist governments the one in the offing smells of betrayal. There have been four secret meetings between Vatican representatives and Chinese government officials in the past two years, the most recent being at the end of April. Cardinal Zen, retired Bishop of Hong Kong, is not at all optimistic....
  • Standing in Need of Prayer – Homily for the 30th Sunday of the Year

    10/23/2016 6:51:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Standing in Need of Prayer – Homily for the 30th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 22, 2016 • There’s an old saying that goes, “Faults in others I can see, but praise the Lord, there’s none in me.” But one is snared in sin by the very act of claiming to have no sin! In fact, it’s the biggest sin of all: pride.In today’s Gospel, the Lord illustrates this very point in speaking to us of two men who go to the temple to pray. One man commits the greatest sin of all, pride, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-23-16, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/22/2016 8:51:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 10-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 23, 2016 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 35:12-14, 16-18 The LORD is a God of justice,who knows no favorites.Though not unduly partial toward the weak,yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.The one who serves God willingly is heard;his petition reaches the heavens.The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;it does not rest till it reaches its goal,nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,judges justly and affirms the right,and the Lord will not delay....
  • Pope in Sweden Could Break Ground on Inter-Communion, Bishop Says

    10/22/2016 5:15:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/21/16 | Austin Ivereigh
    The English bishop William Kenney is a key figure in the official Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, and will be with Pope Francis in Sweden at the end of the month. He believes unity is a matter of decades away, and it's possible that Francis may use the trip to make a gesture on inter-communion.To describe English bishop William Kenney as an “auxiliary of Birmingham” doesn’t capture the depth and range of his longstanding roles in pan-European church bodies - for two terms, for example, he was president of Caritas Europe, and he played a key role in organizing relief efforts for former...
  • Pope Francis and the Conclave: Cardinals, Continuity and Innovation

    10/22/2016 10:22:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 21, 2016 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    Even after Cardinal Danneels turned 80, Pope Francis declined to make Archbishop Léonard a cardinal. Instead, in 2015, Francis elevated Archbishop Rauber to the College of Cardinals as one of the distinguished prelates over the age of 80. In ecclesiastical Rome, the public humiliation of Archbishop Léonard, the vindication of Cardinal Danneels and the approbation for Archbishop Rauber’s attack on Pope Benedict was widely noted.
  • Be Catholic. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision. Advance the Kingdom of God.

    10/22/2016 9:30:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies ^ | 09/29/2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Be Catholic. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision. Advance the Kingdom of God. by Msgr. Charles Pope -snip- To again be clear, abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and same-sex “marriage” are moral issues, and the Church must teach against them no matter where the political lines fall. The Catholic position on these matters currently coincides with one political party’s platform over another. But this not the intention or fault of the Catholic Church. -snip-
  • Pope Francis Names Archbishop Cupich As His Successor [Humor/Sarcasm]

    10/22/2016 7:52:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | October 11, 2016 | Admin
    The Vatican announced this week that Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been selected to be Pope Francis’ successor after the 79-year-old pontiff hits the age of retirement next year. Cupich told worshipers yesterday that he was “so very grateful and humbled by the news that he would be given the opportunity to wreak havoc upon the Church while wearing white.” Cupich, 67, will receive his “white hat” in Rome on December 18, 2017, the day after Pope Francis turns 80. Cupich’s succession to the papacy also means he will have his choice of who will succeed him in the future....
  • Sending forth wolves among the lambs

    10/22/2016 7:03:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | October 21, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    According to Vatican News Service, a common declaration has been issued bearing the signatures of both “HIS GRACE JUSTIN WELBY” and “HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS” proposing to send “out on mission together 19 pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from countries around the world.” The document is precisely what one might expect in this post-conciliar age of radical ecumenism; namely, a grave offense against Christ and an embarrassment to the faithful. It’s more than that, though; it’s yet another indication of the faith, or lack thereof, of its signatories. Welby blesses francisThe text refers, not only to the heretic layman Justin...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-22-16, OM, St. John Paul II, Pope

    10/21/2016 8:50:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 22, 2016 Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:7-16 Brothers and sisters:Grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of Christ’s gift.Therefore, it says: He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;he gave gifts to men. What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descendedinto the lower regions of the earth?The one who descended is also the one who ascendedfar above all the heavens,that he might fill all things. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,to equip the holy ones for...
  • Vatican, Al-Azhar to Officially Resume Dialogue

    10/21/2016 5:30:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/21/16 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 21, 2016 / 06:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the Vatican announced it will be sending a representative to Egypt to set plans for the official re-launching of dialogue between the Holy See and the Al-Azhar Mosque and adjunct University, marking a seismic step in Catholic-Muslim relations. In an Oct. 21 communique, the Vatican said the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, will be heading back to Cairo for an Oct. 23 meeting with a delegation from Al-Azhar. He will be accompanied by Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, head of the council’s...
  • Priests Must Leave Their “Fortresses”, Says Francis

    10/21/2016 4:45:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/20/18 | Christopher Lamb
    Pope Francis has said vocations are best generated by pastorally minded priests living in the real world while begging bishops to carefully vet who they ordain. Speaking at a Vatican conference today, Francis told an audience of cardinals, bishops and vocation experts to re-think their vocations ministry so it did not simply become a bureaucratic pastoral programme. The Pope told the gathering that their work involves “going out” and listening to people: he pointed out that his own vocation was not the result of a “nice theory” but having experienced the “merciful gaze of Jesus over me.” In order for...
  • De Mattei: To which Church does Pope Bergoglio belong to?

    10/21/2016 3:42:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 19, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    Two anniversaries overlap each other in 2017: the 100 years of the Fatima apparitions, occurring between May 13th and October 13th 1917, and the 500 years of Luther’s revolt, beginning in Wittenberg, Germany, October 31st 1517. However, there are two other much less discussed anniversaries which also fall next year: the 300 years of the official foundation of Freemasonry (London, June 24th 1717) and the 100 years of the Russian Revolution of October 26th 1917 (the Julian calendar in use in the Russian Empire: November 8th according to the Gregorian calendar). Yet, between the Protestant Revolution and the Communist Revolution...
  • Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput welcomes ‘smaller church’ of holier Catholics

    10/21/2016 11:48:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    RNS ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, during the Festival of Families announcement at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on June 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chris Warde-Jones, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (RNS) In a stark prognosis for contemporary Catholicism, a leader of the conservative wing of the U.S. hierarchy has said that “a smaller, lighter church” of fewer but holier believers is preferable to one that promotes inclusion at the expense of traditional orthodoxy.In a speech delivered Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the University of Notre Dame, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput also suggested that many prominent Catholics are so weak in their...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican website erases John Paul II exhortations on marriage

    10/21/2016 9:16:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Spero News ^ | 10-20-16 | BAI MACFARLANE
    Five translations of Saint Pope John Paul II’s often-quoted instruction to tribunal judges was removed from the Vatican’s website some time last year. It is now only available in Italian. Each year, the Pope gives an address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota and these are instructions to the world’s canon lawyers from THE legislator, the Pope. In 1987, Saint Pope John Paul II gave an address that cautioned against misusing the grounds for nullity of marriage - particularly “on the pretext of some immaturity or psychic weakness” (Canon 1095). I posted a YouTube video on the Mary’s Advocates...
  • For the Culture to Be Healthy the Church Must Be the Church

    10/21/2016 8:49:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    For the Culture to Be Healthy the Church Must Be the Church Msgr. Charles Pope • October 20, 2016 • This week I have been writing about the problems of our culture. Today I continue in that vein with a short reflection on the Church’s role, based on the animated short below. For indeed, the darkness and dysfunction of our times cannot be simply blamed on the world, the Church, too, bears a large share of the responsibility.The video features a woman in a clock tower; it is she who keeps the clock running. As the video progresses, we...
  • The happiest day of Mother Teresa's life

    10/21/2016 8:48:07 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 3 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | October 21, 2016
    It’s been said that saints often come in pairs. Sts. Peter and Paul, Mary and Joseph, Francis and Clare, and Louis and Zelie Martin are just a handful of such saints, coupled together through marriage or friendship. Perhaps the best-known modern saintly pair of friends would be Mother Teresa and John Paul II, whose lives intersected many times during her time as Mother Superior of the Missionaries of Charity, and his pontificate. When John Paul II came to visit Mother Teresa’s home in the heart of the slums in Kolkata in 1986, Mother Teresa called it “the happiest day of...
  • Time for Christians to Unplug from Our Secular Culture

    10/21/2016 7:58:09 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 43 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 20, 2016 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    Editor’s note: The following talk, originally titled “Remembering Who We Are and the Story We Belong To,” was delivered October 19, 2016 at the 2016 Bishops’ Symposium co-sponsored by the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame and is published here with permission of the author.Much of what I say today you probably already know. But that doesn’t prevent a good discussion, so I hope you’ll bear with me. As I sat down to write my talk last week, a friend emailed me a copy of a manuscript illustration from...
  • Trump booed at Catholic fundraising dinner

    10/21/2016 6:20:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 133 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 21, 2016
    Donald Trump was booed by diners during a Catholic fundraising event last night.The Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual white-tie gala in New York, is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day and is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside. The event raises money for impoverished children throughout New YorkThe speakers usually poke fun at themselves and each other. But the audience seemed to think Trump had crossed a line with his caustic language about Clinton.Trump referred to his opponent as “corrupt” during a lengthy riff on the FBI’s investigation into her use of...
  • Al Smith Dinner: Cardinal Dolan fails to speak against abortion

    10/21/2016 4:52:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2016 | J. Marsolo
    While the tradition of the Alfred E. Smith dinner to invite the Republican and Democrat nominee to raise money for charity is admirable, it was disturbing to see Timothy Cardinal Dolan laughing and joking with Hillary Clinton less than twenty-four hours after Hillary announced she supports abortion up to the moment of birth.  Worse, when he spoke at the end, he made a vague oblique reference to the life of the unborn when he said some of the money raised would help poor women give birth. I understand that the dinner is to raise money and everyone tries to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-21-16

    10/20/2016 7:40:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 21, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eph 4:1-6 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the spiritthrough the bond of peace; one Body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab,...
  • Pope Says the Catechism is “Not Enough”

    10/20/2016 7:33:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/20/16 | Christopher Lamb
    Catholics should not simply know what the Church teaches but instead must have a faith based on prayer and recognising their own sins, Pope Francis said this morning. “Studying the catechism teaches us who Christ is. But this is not enough,” the Pope said in a homily during Mass at his residence, the Casa Santa Marta. In comments reported by Vatican Radio, Francis said that three elements were needed in order to have a fruitful Christian life: prayer, adoration and getting into the habit of “accusing oneself” of sins. The Pope particularly stressed the importance of praying in silence, something...
  • Catholic College Bars ‘Unborn Lives Matter’ Poster

    10/20/2016 7:19:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The president of a Catholic university has prohibited a Republican student organization from displaying an “unborn lives matter” poster on the campus. A DePaul University spokeswoman told National Review that Father Dennis Holtschneider denied the request because the poster “was, at best, deceptive, and the words, font, colors, and design clearly were intended to do a disservice to the Black Lives Matter and pro-life movements.” DePaul Invokes ‘Catholic Values’ to Ban Pro-Life Poster (National Review)
  • Iraqi Christians Rejoice Over Liberation of Qaraqosh

    10/20/2016 7:16:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 10/19/16 | Maria Lozano
    NEW YORK (Oct. 19, 2016)—Qaraqosh, a formerly major Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain has been liberated as part of the campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s largest city. Before ISIS overran the Plane in the summer of 2014, Qaraqosh, which is also knows Baghdida, had a population of 50,000, the great majority of them Christian. The city has 10 churches. All of the inhabitants fled to Kurdish Iraq—and are now beginning to dream of a return to their homes. Speaking from exile in France, Aded, who lost a son and nephew when ISIS attacked the city, said: “Today all the...
  • The miracle in Mexico that confirmed young Jose’s sainthood (Catholic Caucus)

    10/20/2016 3:29:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 20, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    Eight years ago, doctors in Mexico disconnected an infant named Ximena Galvez from life support, convinced that she was brain dead.On Sunday, Ximena was giving Pope Francis a big hug during Mass in St. Peter’s Square.The eight-year-old’s incredible story came into the spotlight as José Sánchez del Río, a martyr of Mexico’s Cristero War, was declared a saint of the Church.Paulina Galvez, Ximena’s mother, is convinced it was through the intercession of St. Jose—affectionately called St. Joselito by Mexicans—that her daughter was spared death. And the Church agrees with her, using the medically-unexplainable healing as a sign from God that...
  • So Many Errors, Your Holiness. And Some Marked With Red

    10/20/2016 11:30:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Chisea ^ | October 19, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    Francis likes his talk freewheeling, with all the risks that go with it. Here is a review of his latest blunders, a dozen in four months. The most sensational with China by Sandro Magister ROME, October 19, 2016 – Last June, www.chiesa registered and analyzed a certain number of misinterpretations, gaffes, memory slip, errors in the discourses of Pope Francis: > The Pope Is Not Infallible. Here Are Eight Proofs (13.6.2016) Since then, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has again fallen into two of the errors pointed out there. The first was that of flattering Cardinal Christoph Schönborn with a role that...
  • WAKE UP America ! Wake Up Body of CHRIST ![Charismatic Caucus]

    10/20/2016 10:20:09 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Holy Spirit , Bible
    You have allowed a breach in your walls my children! Seers awake ! Rise up to repair your borders and walls for you can not sustain what is about to come now as blind as you now are ! Awake ! Repair ! Come up higher and fast all distractions and guard your gates , replace your blind Seers with the ones that look to Me alone for guidance and KNOW I AM here. So there is no reason to tarry or allow in bitter waters that do not replenish and leave behind Asherah poles of disdain(contempt) . Am I...
  • A Vatican enemies list?

    10/20/2016 9:11:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 19, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Last week the Vatican Insider—ordinarily a solid source of news and reasonable analysis from Rome—published a remarkable piece with an inflammatory headline, “Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin.” The article is troubling, for several reasons: +The article seeks to convey the impression that there is a conspiracy against Pope Francis. “The attack against Francis is global,” the authors write, a bit breathlessly. +The authors lump together disparate groups and individuals, with very different ideas and priorities, as if they formed a united front of opposition to the papacy. All those who have questioned public statements by Pope Francis are...
  • A Prophetic Description of Our Times from the Book of Wisdom

    10/20/2016 8:34:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prophetic Description of Our Times from the Book of Wisdom Msgr. Charles Pope • October 19, 2016 • As part of our recent examinations of the current culture, today’s post considers the culture of death that we have increasingly become. We use as our interpretive key a text from the Book of Wisdom that prophetically interprets the overall times in which we are living. Over the thirty years that I have been reading this text in the Breviary, I have found that the pieces of its prophecy are continually falling into place. In my earlier years, I though...