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  • El Salvador’s gangs promise to stop killing during Romero beatification (gee, thanks)

    04/26/2015 11:02:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Crux News ^ | Inés San Martín
    ROME — As El Salvador prepares to celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the criminal gangs that terrorize the country have agreed to a sort of truce: As a gift to the martyr, they’ve promised to suspend killing police and military officers, judges, politicians, and the poor. Romero, who was shot to death while saying Mass in 1980, is considered a national hero in El Salvador for his defense of the poor and of human rights at the outset of a bloody civil war. His May 23 beatification is expected to be one of the largest public events in...
  • Dead Cat Bounce

    04/26/2015 10:04:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 47 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 26, 2015 | Patrick Archbold
    There is an amusing investing term called a ‘dead cat bounce.’ It follows from the idea that "even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height." A dead cat bounce refers to a temporary recovery from a prolonged decline followed by a continuation of the downtrend. The dead cat bounce is a sucker’s bet. Suckers, thinking that the worst is over and that things have reached bottom, start buying up stock. In reality, the temporary rally is caused by investors shorting the stock purchasing the worthless stock to cover long-term bets against the company creating short-term...
  • The German Catholic Collapse: Priests confess once a year, if at all -- what about the Lay Faithful?

    04/26/2015 9:02:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 24, 2015 | Lorenzo Bertocchi
    The German laity confirm their desire for evolution in the Church: according to a document made available on the Episcopal Conference site, the answers to the questionnaire between the Synods show that the Catholics of Germany are expecting major openings from the Synod on the Family. Mainly on the thorniest issues: “they are asking for the admittance of the divorced and remarried to the Eucharist, a “development” of moral doctrine for the pastoral acceptance of homosexual people and a form of “church blessing for second civil-marriages.” Are these requests an expression of serious discernment or, do they show a watered-down,...
  • PopeWatch: Green Pope

    04/26/2015 8:52:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | April 24, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    How bad will the upcoming Papal encyclical on the environment be? Maybe this bad: As the world celebrates Earth Day on Wednesday, Pope Francis is planning to use one of the highest forms of papal expression — an encyclical — to promote climate action to save the planet as a moral and religious imperative. In recent weeks, Vatican officials have outlined what the document will say and are choreographing its release — perhaps as early as June — for maximum global impact beyond the Roman Catholic Church’s 1.2 billion members. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, who chairs a panel dealing...
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/26/2015 6:57:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter By: Msgr. Charles PopeOn this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the King of Love, He shepherds us. Here, then, are four portraits of His love:I. Passionate love – Jesus says, I am the Good Shepherd, a...
  • Archbishop Kurtz on March for Marriage: Sacrament is much more than "adult friendship"

    04/26/2015 4:14:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | April 25, 2015 | Adelaide Mena
    Crowds hold signs in defense of traditional marriage at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Credit: Adelaide Mena/CNA Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2015 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A diverse crowd of thousands of people from across the U.S. gathered in front of the US Capitol to speak and stand in defense of marriage on Saturday. “We have too long taken for granted the gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNA. The Archbishop cautioned that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-26-15, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday

    04/25/2015 7:14:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-26-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 26, 2015Fourth Sunday of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 4:8-12 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:“Leaders of the people and elders:If we are being examined todayabout a good deed done to a cripple,namely, by what means he was saved,then all of you and all the people of Israel should knowthat it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazoreanwhom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;in his name this man stands before you healed.He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,which has become the cornerstone.There is no salvation through anyone else,nor is there any...
  • The Mystery and the Mask of Alfred Hitchcock

    04/25/2015 3:14:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 24, 2015 | K. V. Turley
    Left: Alfred Hitchcock directing Family Plot inside Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California, in the summer of 1975 (Photo: Stan Osborne | Wikipedia). Right: The cover of the new biography of Hitchcock, written by Peter Ackroyd. Following hard on the heels of last year’s fascinating Charlie Chaplin, Peter Ackroyd turns his attention to yet another ‘Cockney visionary’ with the publication of Alfred Hitchcock (Chatto & Windus). Hitchcock is one of the most written about directors in the history of cinema, certainly in the English-speaking world. What could be left to say of a man about whom it has all been...
  • Cdl Burke criticizes Cdl Marx' ‘ridiculous’ claim that German Church is not a ‘subsidiary of Rome’

    04/25/2015 11:38:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    ROME, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an interview today with the prominent German newspaper, Die Welt, Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who suggested German Catholic dioceses are not a “subsidiary of Rome” on the question of Communion for ‘remarried’ couples. “I have not read Marx' declaration verbatim, but of course formulations like 'subsidiary of Rome' are ridiculous,” said Burke. “We are all oriented toward Peter, that is the unity of the Catholic Church. 'Subsidiaries’ – that is the language of business, that does not belong to the Church. That is where obedience counts.” When asked about his...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GENUFLECTION, 04-25-15

    04/25/2015 10:04:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:GENUFLECTION Bending of the knee as an act of reverence. Customary when passing before the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle, entering the pew for divine worship, and during certain ceremonies to the Cross. A double genuflection of both knees simultaneously was commonly made before the Blessed Sacrament exposed in a monstrance. The new directive since the Second Vatican Council specifies: "One knee is bent before the Blessed Sacrament, whether reserved in the tabernacle or exposed for public adoration" (Eucharistiae Sacramentum, 1973, number 84). Genuflections are also made to the Pope, to a cardinal, and to a...
  • Priest: I’ll never ‘profane’ the sacraments by following Kasper’s proposal...

    04/25/2015 6:37:47 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/24/15 | Maike Hickson
    "Priest: I’ll never ‘profane’ the sacraments by following Kasper’s proposal, no matter who tells me to do it" Unto the encouragement of those loyal parts of the Catholic Church that are keenly concerned about the rise and growing influence of Walter Cardinal Kasper and his lenient proposals to slacken the Church's discipline concerning adultery, there is a growing resistance against this ambiguous and subversive relaxation, and it is coming from several countries. We shall thus consider now four different voices that show to us a highly differentiated resolve and loyal love for the Faith in resistance against those who would...
  • Mary Carberry gathers papers exposing her as ‘Maria Divine Mercy’

    04/25/2015 6:25:45 AM PDT · by FourtySeven · 36 replies
    One week after exposing Ireland resident Mary McGovern-Carberry as the ‘secret’ Catholic visionary “Maria Divine Mercy,” the Irish Mail on Sunday featured her again…gathering up all available copies of the 1 February 2015 publication near her Malahide home. The former owner of McGovern PR should have known better. The public relations consultant, who fell on hard financial times in recent years, transformed herself into an all-internet, all-secret ‘visionary’ in 2011 gathering millions of Irish-Mail-Inside-2-Feb-8-1followers who purchased her books and medals. Store security cameras caught Carberry – who, as Maria Divine Mercy, called herself the last prophet, angel and victim soul...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-15, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2015 7:54:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2015Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist    Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • Chicago Archbishop Commits Sacrilege?

    04/24/2015 7:19:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/24/15 | Michael Voris
    Archbishop Blase Cupich allows non-Catholic Governor to receive Holy CommunionCHICAGO, April 24, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com)—Eyewitness reports as well as television footage clearly prove that Illinois governor Bruce Rauner received Holy Communion at Cardinal George's funeral Mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Thursday, April 23. Governor Rauner is not Catholic. Therefore, what appears to be a grave violation of Canon 844 has been committed. Present at the Mass was Chicago's new archbishop Blase Cupich. In addition to the violation of canon law, the question is being asked: Was a sacrilege committed on the new archbishop's watch? According to canon law, since the...
  • What Do You Mean You Are a "Maronite" Catholic?

    04/24/2015 4:22:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic 365 ^ | April 23, 2015 | DAVID R. MYERS
    Our Lady’s Maronite Catholic Church I was raised as a Latin Rite Catholic. I did not hear that there was such a thing as the “Eastern Rite” until I was about 20 years of age. I was attending Christian Brothers College (now Christian Brothers University) in Memphis, Tennessee, and I took a concentration of courses in Religion and Culture (one short of a minor). My father, who was not Catholic, and I were talking about religion one day when he mentioned the Eastern Rite.Like many Catholics I have met since then, I asked what is often the question when someone...
  • Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

    04/24/2015 3:18:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Credit: Daniel Ibåñez/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican. News of the private audience, which was kept strictly confidential, was reported April 22 by the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé, although the magazine said that the meeting took place April 18. A source from the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA that the meeting actually took place in the late evening of April 17, and confirmed that it...
  • Muslim Delegation Visits Shroud of Turin

    04/24/2015 2:17:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 24, 2015 | L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO
    Imam says linen cloth believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus invites us to be "brothers" TURIN — “We decided to come as a sign, to say that we are citizens of this country and city. The Shroud draws Christians and Muslims, and in a world marked by division, it invites us to be brothers.”  This message of peace and dialogue came Wednesday from a group of Muslims who visited the Holy Shroud of Turin now on display at northern Italian city’s Cathedral. The delegation included the President of the League of Imams and Preachers of Mosques in Italy,...
  • New: "From the Kippah to the Cross: A Jew's Conversion to Catholicism"

    04/24/2015 1:57:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | April 23, 2015
    A Jewish convert’s remarkable journey to Catholicism recounted in a fascinating new book from Ignatius Press San Francisco, April 23, 2015 – Ignatius Press has published another poignant and astonishing story of a Jew who discovers the truth of the Catholic faith. This latest book, From the Kippah to the Cross tells the moving conversion story of Jean-Marie Élie Setbon. Raised in a non-observant Jewish family, Jean-Marie first encountered Jesus Christ on a crucifix at the age of eight. He felt an inexplicable attraction to Christ on the cross and would spend hours contemplating Him and began to develop a deeply...
  • Gay Activists Target Marin Catholic HS in San Francisco

    04/24/2015 1:48:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 24, 2015 | DANIEL GUERNSEY
    The attacks continue against San Francisco’s archbishop and faithful Catholic teachers in his archdiocese who just want to be free to teach the truth with love in the City of St. Francis. Crisis readers are already aware of petitions to Rome to remove the faithful archbishop for requiring Catholic school teachers to follow Catholic teaching and for allowing a conservative priest to only have altar boys. These critics’ latest target is the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, one of the fastest growing orders of nuns in the United States, who teach in his diocese.The San Francisco...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ETIOLOGY, 04-24-15

    04/24/2015 8:43:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-24-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ETIOLOGY The science of inquiring into the causes or reasons for things. It may also concentrate on a particular phenomenon, as the etiology of a mental or moral disorder, e.g., the breakdown of family life or the prevalence of contraception. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • It’s Time for The Vatican to be Realistic About Islam

    04/24/2015 7:47:28 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 30 replies
    One Peter 5 ^ | April 24, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    In what is an ongoing frustration for many Catholics, the Vatican continues to insist on friendly relations with Islam. It started with Nostra Aetate #3 and Lumen Gentium #16, neither of which are particularly compatible with what the saints previously said about Islam. Since the Second Vatican Council, this innovative understanding of a religion Catholic thinkers like Belloc have characterized as a “great heresy” continues to spiral. In Evangelii Gaudium #253, Pope Francis asserts that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” More recently, there has been common prayer in the...
  • German bishops' report: laity want change in Church teaching; many priests do not pray regularly

    04/24/2015 7:17:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    The German Catholic bishops’ conference has made public a report on a survey of the faithful in preparation for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, finding a “gap between the lived reality of families and our communities” and the teachings of the Church. The report complains of an “idealization of marriage and family” in Church teaching, and calls for the approval of new pastoral initiatives to help families that fall short. The bishops “expectations among the faithful are very high” that the Church will approve new policies. And the bishops recall the decision of their own episcopal conference...
  • On Praying for a Deep Hatred and Fear of Sin and Its Darkness

    04/24/2015 7:12:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Praying for a Deep Hatred and Fear of Sin and Its Darkness By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe ought to ask the Lord to inspire us with a holy hatred of sin. There is a kind of inverse relationship that we ought to seek: if we love the truth staunchly we will detest sin and lies more fully. It is impossible to love the truth vigorously without also detesting error. Similarly, as we grow in the love of God, we grow in the love of holiness, for God is holy.As our love for Him deepens, we become increasingly averse to all that...
  • Italian Police Round up Terror Suspects in Failed Vatican Plot, Deadly Pakistan Attack

    04/24/2015 6:45:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/24/15
    Italian security forces were rounding up 18 Islamic extremists Friday who prosecutors said were behind a failed 2010 plot to attack the Vatican as well as a bombing at a Pakistan market that killed more than 100 a year earlier. Prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters in Cagliari, Sardinia, on Friday that wiretaps indicated the suspected terrorists, including two former bodyguards for Usama bin Laden, planned a bomb attack at the Vatican and went as far as to send a suicide bomber to Rome. Mura said the attack plans never went further and that the suicide bomber left Italy, though it...
  • What He Received, He Gave Away (Funeral Mass for Cardinal Francis George)

    04/24/2015 6:21:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Archbishop Peter J. Sartain
    Following is Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle’s homily for the funeral Mass of Cardinal Francis George, on April 23, 2015. As a pastor in Memphis 20-something years ago, one day I picked up a national Catholic publication and read a talk by the bishop of Yakima, Francis George. I cannot recall the topic, but I do recall my reaction. Here was a clear voice, a voice I wanted to listen to, a pastor who helped me understand the faith and taught me how to teach it. From that point on, whenever I noticed Bishop George’s name associated with a...
  • On the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide, set in place by Turkish authorities

    04/24/2015 4:07:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/24/15
    Armenians executed by Ottoman authorities in Aleppo, 1916 (Aleppo, where Christians are being exterminated once again 100 years later)This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you. I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-15, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr

    04/23/2015 7:52:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2015Friday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 9:1-20 Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord,went to the high priest and asked himfor letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that,if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way,he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus,a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”He said, “Who are you, sir?” The...
  • How the Saints Overcame Evil

    04/23/2015 7:25:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    CE.com ^ | April 23, 2015 | Kathleen Beckman
    How the Saints Overcame Evil Kathleen BeckmanFr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., Postulator for the cause of Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote, “Her beatification challenges us to take a closer look at the question of holiness and its relevance in contemporary society.”The saints not only teach us volumes about the spiritual life; their stories enkindle the heart with a desire to do what they did. That is, to make a radical gift of self to God. Do I really, truly desire holiness of life? If so, how am I putting my desire into action and cooperating with God’s grace?I am presently...
  • France’s gay ambassador-nominee poses special challenges for ‘Who am I to judge’ pope

    04/23/2015 3:35:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/23/15 | Michelle Boorstein
    Pope Francis made history when he said, of being gay: “Who am I to judge?” Now close Vatican-watchers say the pope is in a complex diplomatic spot in the case of a gay man France has nominated to be ambassador to the Holy See. France nominated Laurent Stefanini in January, but so far the Vatican hasn’t accepted the appointment. European media has speculated that this is because Stefanini, a Catholic who worked for years in the French Embassy at the Vatican, is gay, though the French government officially is denying any problems. This week a French government spokesperson confirmed that...
  • Pope Francis Calls Christians to Stand United with Jews in Condemning Anti-Semitism

    04/23/2015 3:10:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    Christian Times ^ | 23 April, 2015 | Monica Cantilero
    Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt, left, shakes hands with Pope Francis during their meeting in the Vatican on April 20, 2015. Pope Francis called on Christians to stand united with Jews to defend themselves against discrimination and persecution. The Pope made the call during a meeting with a 30-member delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis on Monday at the Vatican. The highest leader of the Catholic Church cited the "troubling" anti-Semitic movements in Europe, in his address to rabbis who met with him in anticipation of the 50th anniversary in October of the "Nostra Aetate," the Second Vatican Council's declaration on...
  • Bishop Bars Sr. Jeannine Gramick [LGBT Advocate] from North Carolina Family Gathering

    04/23/2015 11:40:02 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | April 21, 2015 | Bob Shine
    Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of [LGBT] New Ways Ministry, has been barred from speaking at a Catholic parish in North Carolina, a move which seems to contradict Pope Francis’ initiatives for a more listening and merciful church. Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte personally expelled a PFLAG-Charlotte event from St. Peter Catholic Church where it was set to be held, according to QNotes. (PFLAG stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.) Diocesan spokesperson David Hains explained that Jugis acted against Sr. Gramick’s presence because of her connection to New Ways Ministry and outspoken support for LGBT rights. Gramick...
  • What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? [Open Thread]

    04/23/2015 10:13:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? By: Msgr. Charles PopeSt Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy:He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself (Phil 3:19).I once spoke with an older woman who wasn’t all that pleased to hear that her body was going to rise and be joined again to her soul. “Oh, Father, you don’t mean this old decrepit body, do you? If this body has to...
  • “Wolf Hall” and Upmarket Anti-Catholicism

    04/23/2015 9:38:18 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 31 replies
    Wolf Hall, the BBC adaptation of Hillary Mantel’s novel about early Tudor England, began airing on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theater” Easter Sunday night. It’s brilliant television. It’s also a serious distortion of history. And it proves, yet again, that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable bigotry in elite circles in the Anglosphere. The distortions and bias are not surprising, considering the source. Hillary Mantel is a very talented, very bitter ex-Catholic who’s said that the Church today is “not an institution for respectable people” (so much for the English hierarchy’s decades-long wheedling for social acceptance). As she freely concedes, Mantel’s aim in...
  • Rai: Turkey Must Apologize Over Armenian Genocide

    04/23/2015 9:18:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    BEIRUT: Turkey must apologize for the Armenian genocide, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai told reporters Tuesday from the Beirut airport before traveling to Yervan for a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killings. "The ceremony which will be held [on April 24] in Armenia serves to sanctify the martyrs [of the genocide],” Rai said. “We pray for all the martyrs who were killed, whether they were Armenians, Assyrians or Syriac who were present in this large disaster.” When asked whether those responsible for the massacre should apologize to the Armenian people, the patriarch replied by saying that an...
  • Paper Claims Pope Rejected Gay French Diplomat as Ambassador to Holy See

    04/23/2015 9:13:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4/22/15 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Kim Willsher
    Report says during ‘discreet’ 15-minute meeting with Laurent Stéfanini, pontiff told him Vatican could not accept his appointmentPope Francis met France’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See, who is gay, and told him that the Vatican would not accept his appointment, a French newspaper has claimed. In a meeting over the weekend, the pontiff allegedly cited his displeasure with a controversial 2013 gay marriage law in France as part of his reason for the decision, according to the report in satirical title Le Canard Enchâiné. Pope Francis also allegedly said he did not appreciate the manner in which France had...
  • French Prime Minister: 178 Catholic Churches Under Police Protection

    04/23/2015 9:02:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    After a planned terrorist attack on two French churches was averted, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced that “specific protection” is being provided to 178 Catholic places of worship. CNN reported that the attack was foiled when a 24-year-old Algerian computer science student allegedly murdered a woman and called for an ambulance, attempting to portray himself as a crime victim. A police investigation then uncovered the planned attack, which was linked to persons in Syria.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MALEVOLENCE, 04-23-15

    04/23/2015 8:32:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:MALEVOLENCE Positive ill will. The disposition to do evil to someone, characteristic of the devil. As a human vice, it is opposed to the virtue of benevolence or good will. (Etym. Latin malevolentia, ill will, ill disposition.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? (Catholic Caucus)

    04/23/2015 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    Archdiocese Of Washington ^ | April 23, 2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    St Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy: He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself (Phil 3:19).
  • Why Is A Catholic University Promoting Laverne Cox? [Catholic / SSPX / Sedevacanist Caucus]

    04/23/2015 5:27:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 4/23/15 | Dominic Lynch
    On April 23, Loyola University Chicago, a Catholic, Jesuit university (and my soon-to-be-alma mater), will host transgender advocate and “Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox.The event at Loyola is part of a nationwide speaking tour Cox has been engaged in since at least January, when she visited Missouri State. She has also visited George Washington University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Toronto (Canada), Arizona State University (ASU), Illinois State University, and will speak at Wichita State later in April. Notably, Loyola is the only Catholic school at which Cox plans to appear.Cox’s speeches at other universities...
  • Feast Day of Saint Louis Marie Grignon De Montfort

    Introduction: April 28 is the Feast Day of Saint Louis Marie De Montfort - A Great Marian Apostle. He wrote 4 Books which have become quite popular among catholics in the past 4 decades. They are as follows: 1) A Letter to the Friends of the Cross 2) The Secret of Mary 3) The Secret of the Rosary 4) True Devotion to Mary. Here is something about his life in France where he was born and ordained a Catholic Priest. Saint Louis Marie De Montfort was the second son of his Parents, who had 18 children in all. Several of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-15, OM,St. George, Martyr, St. Adalbert, Bishop& Martyr

    04/22/2015 8:48:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2015Thursday of the Third Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 8:26-40 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip,“Get up and head south on the roadthat goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.” So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch,a court official of the Candace,that is, the queen of the Ethiopians,in charge of her entire treasury,who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home.Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.The Spirit said to Philip,“Go and join up with that chariot.” Philip ran up...
  • Marin Nuns Walk Out of School to Protest Gay-Rights Group

    04/22/2015 7:40:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/22/15 | Matier & Ross
    The nuns at Marin Catholic High in Kentfield walked out their classes in protest over gay non-profit sponsoring anti-bullying Day of Silence. The divisions within the Bay Area’s Catholic community over gay rights hit Marin Catholic High School full force the other day, when a group of nuns walked out of their classes to protest the sponsors of a program intended to protect gay and lesbian teens from bullying. The five members of the Dominican Sisters of Mary order exited their classrooms Friday as students began handing out flyers at the Kentfield school promoting a nationwide Day of Silence. Their...
  • Prayers For, To,and Through the Dead

    04/22/2015 2:34:02 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 508 replies
    Reformed Apologetics Thoughts of Francis Turretin Blog ^ | April 21, 2009 | Francis Turretin Fan
    Within Roman Catholicism (and within some other churches as well) there are prayers that are made for, through, and to the dead. We, as Reformed believers, reject all three of these categories but on different grounds. In discussing these issues with Roman Catholics it may be useful to be able to understand the different categories and to explain why it is that we reject each. We should pray for the living, to the living and true God, through the merits and intercession of Christ alone. 1. Prayers For the Dead In Roman Catholicism, there is a belief in Purgatory. Although...
  • Nigerian Bishop Says Christ Showed Him How to Beat Islamic Terror Group

    04/21/2015 3:46:42 PM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 106 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4-21-15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, head of the Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno State, was in a chapel praying before the Blessed Sacrament last December when, he says, something extraordinary happened: Jesus Christ appeared holding a sword, which He offered to the prelate. According to Bishop Dashe, the moment he took the sword from Jesus' hands, it transformed into Rosary beads. He then heard Christ repeat three times, "Boko Haram is gone." The bishop recalls, "I didn't need any prophet to give me the explanation. It was clear that with the Rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram."...
  • Does the Catholic Church Teach That Adam and Eve Are Myths?

    04/22/2015 11:50:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 201 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 22, 2015 | JOHN MARTIGNONI
    Question: I had a former theology teacher at my parish’s school tell me that Vatican II changed the Church’s teachings on Adam and Eve and that the first few chapters of Genesis are to be considered as myths. Is that true? Answer: No, it is not. Below are nine teachings of the Church regarding the first three chapters of Genesis. These teachings can be found in a document which was issued by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and confirmed by Pope St. Pius X in 1909. These teachings have been the constant teachings of the Church throughout the centuries, and the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ZEPHANIAH, 04-22-15

    04/22/2015 9:07:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-22-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ZEPHANIAH Author of the ninth book of the Minor Prophets. The son of Cushi and a descendant of King Hezekiah, he lived in the seventh century B.C. The emphasis in his writing was on the corruption of the people of Judah during the Assyrian rule and the promise of Yahweh's punishment. "Seek integrity, seek humility" was Zephaniah's theme. "You may perhaps find shelter on the day of the anger of Yahweh" (Zephaniah 2:3). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Some Advice from Mother Church, as Pictured in the Book of Ruth

    04/22/2015 7:31:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Advice from Mother Church, as Pictured in the Book of Ruth By: Msgr. Charles PopeRecently I preached a retreat for a good number of women here in our Archdiocese. I based the retreat on the Book of Ruth, a beautiful love story that is a kind of allegory for Christ and the Church. More specifically it is an allegory of the individual’s salvation by Christ and in relationship to Him.The detailed background to the text is too lengthy to go into here, but a few points will help. The story features three main characters: Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi....
  • Catholic Priest who Alleged Sexual Bullying 'Injured Reputation of Church', Says Tribunal

    04/22/2015 6:43:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 4/20/15 | Mark Woods
    A Roman Catholic priest in Scotland who alleged there was a culture of sexual bullying in seminaries stretching back decades has been found guilty by a Church tribunal of injuring the reputation of the Church and its clergy. Father Matthew Despard, who was suspended from his parish at St John Ogilvie in High Blantyre, Lanarkshire, made the claims in a self-published book entitled 'Priesthood in Crisis'.The e-book has been removed from sale on Amazon's Kindle service following legal threats by priests who said they had been defamed, but its description says that it is "a story of one priest's experience...
  • French Police Foil Imminent Armed Attack on Paris Churches

    04/22/2015 6:36:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/22/15 | Staff Reporter
    An alleged Islamic extremist planned to attack two churches, according to reportsFrench police have arrested a man allegedly planning to launch an armed attack on two churches in Paris, the country’s top security official has announced. A number of news agencies have described the man as an Islamic extremist. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the man, a 24-year-old Algerian computer science student, was arrested on Sunday in Paris. He is said to have lived in France for a number of years. The man, who had been flagged by security officials last year, was arrested after he apparently accidentally shot himself...
  • Reform of the Curia is Unnecessary, Says Archbishop Gänswein

    04/22/2015 6:33:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 4/22/15 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s personal secretary said he believes reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, which has become a key theme of Pope Francis’ papacy, is not necessary. Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who is also Prefect of the Papal Household, said: “I personally can see no significant reason which would necessitate a reform of the Curia at the moment. One or two changes have been made but that is part of the normal run of things. To speak of ‘Curial reform’ is, if I may so, somewhat of an exaggeration.” Gänswein, whose view of the status quo in the Vatican are probably...