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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-22-17, M, St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

    11/21/2017 9:14:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 11-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 22, 2017 Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31 It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrestedand tortured with whips and scourges by the king,to force them to eat pork in violation of God's law. Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,she exhorted each of themin the language of their ancestors with these words:"I do not...
  • Venerating the Oppressors?

    11/21/2017 5:09:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    About 40 students march at Stanford seeking the renaming of a street and three campus buildings named after St. Junipero Serra Native students and their allies marched in Wednesday’s Walk to Rename in support of renaming buildings and streets honoring Junipero Serra on campus. The students convened in the courtyard outside of Serra house in Stern Hall and walked down Galvez Mall to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s office in the Main Quad, where they presented letters of discontent to administrators. “To the window… to the wall… no more Serra Mall!” marchers chanted. In an open letter co-signed by a coalition of...
  • Italian Priest’s Attack on Francis Draws Attention to Clergy’s Use of Social Media

    11/21/2017 5:04:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/17/17 | Claire Giangravč
    ROME - A recent case of an Italian priest asked to leave his parish due to outspoken remarks against Pope Francis and his unconventional practices, highlights the current polarization among some factions of the Church as well as the power of social media to amplify and foment it. Division is nothing new in the Vatican, but Pope Francis’ reform and openness to change has generated consistent backlash. His document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, which cautiously opened up to the possibility of communion for the divorced and remarried, was met with criticism. In early November, a theological adviser to the...
  • Msgr. Lucas Li Jingfeng has Died. The Memory of a Young Catholic

    11/21/2017 4:58:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/17/17 | Piccolo agnello del Signore
    He was perhaps the only bishop who was not a member of the Patriotic Association, although he was recognized by the government. In 2005 he was invited to the Synod on the Eucharist, but the government did not allow him to attend. He spent over 20 years in forced labor camps. His praise of the Letter from Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics. Since the beginning of the year his health had deteriorated. Funeral will be held on 25 November.Fengxiang (AsiaNews) - Bishop Lucas Li Jingfeng, bishop of Fengxiang (Shaanxi) died this morning at 7.20 am at the age of 95....
  • Images of Hell

    11/21/2017 7:29:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Images of Hell Msgr. Charles Pope • November 20, 2017 • This is the twelfth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Hell, Fra Angelico, Museo di San Marco, Florence Part of what makes Jesus’ teaching on Hell difficult is the severe imagery He uses. In pointing to Hell, he seems to point to its deepest pits. He warns of eternal fire, undying worms, and wailing and grinding of teeth. Rather than lingering on philosophical descriptions or on the more subtle aspects of suffering, Jesus goes to the deepest aspects of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Gueranger)

    11/20/2017 8:59:43 PM PST · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    White Greater Double THE PRESENTATION is one of the minor solemnities of our Lady, and was inscribed at a comparatively late date on the sacred Cycle; it seems to court the homage of our silent contemplation. The world, unknown to itself, is ruled by the secret prayers of the just; and the Queen of saints, in her hidden mysteries, wrought far more powerfully than the so-called great men, whose noisy achievements fill the annals of the human race. The East had been celebrating for seven centuries at least the entrance of the Mother of God into the temple of...
  • Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-17, M, The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2017 7:38:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 11-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 21, 2017 Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading 1 2 Mc 6:18-31 Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,a man of advanced age and noble appearance,was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork. But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,he spat out the meat,and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture,as people ought to do who have the courage to reject the foodwhich it is unlawful to taste even for love of life. Those in charge of that unlawful ritual meal took the man aside privately,because...
  • The Story of an Underground Catholic Priest in China

    11/20/2017 6:23:04 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Madrid, Spain, Nov 17, 2017 / 12:15 am (ACI Prensa).- Fr. Joseph of Jesus is a Chinese priest, faithful to the Catholic Church. Life is not easy for Catholics in China. Those who adhere to Rome are persecuted by the Chinese government, which only grants freedom of worship to those belonging to the state-controlled Patriotic Church. Fr. Joseph recently shared his story on the “In the Footsteps of the Nazarene” program by the EUK Mamie Foundation, run by the Home of the Mother of Youth congregation of religious sisters. His back faces the camera in the interview, and the precise...
  • Pope Francis Confirms Construction of Syriac Church in Istanbul

    11/20/2017 6:17:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | 11/15/17
    Pope Francis confirmed construction of a Syriac church in place of the former Latin Catholic Cemetery in Turkey's Istanbul, Vatican Ambassador Paul Russell said while visiting Istanbul's Bakırköy Municipality Mayor Bülent Kerimoğlu. According to the report of Turkish daily Hürriyet, the Pope's confirmation settles a dispute between Syriac Christians and Latin Catholic priests over use of the cemetery as land for the new church. The project, in process since 2013, was stopped by the court after Latin Catholic priest Pawel Symalaza filed a lawsuit claiming the group's ownership rights to the land. The ambassador stated that Latin Catholic priests were...
  • “Whatever You Can Do to Stop Communion in the Hand Will be Blessed by God” ~ Fr. John Hardon S.J.

    11/20/2017 4:45:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 146 replies
    Church Militant blogspot ^ | unknown | John Andrew Dorsey
    @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderControls.css"); “Whatever You Can Do to Stop Communion in the Hand Will be Blessed by God” ~ Fr. John Hardon S.J. 18-23 minutes @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); Not to oppose error is to approve it, and not to defend the truth is to suppress it” – Pope St. Felix IIIThe decline of belief and faith among Catholics has been spiraling downward ever since the introduction of Communion in the hand in 1969. What started out as disobedience among a few select bishops in Belgium in the 1960’s, has now been spread like wildfire among the average Catholic worldwide, in...
  • Hell Has to Be

    11/20/2017 7:50:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hell Has to Be Msgr. Charles Pope • November 19, 2017 • This is the eleventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell.Today we come to the final of the Four Last Things: Hell. I have written extensively on this topic over the years, largely in response to the widespread dismissal of the revealed doctrine of Hell. In contradiction to Scripture, many presume that Hell is an unlikely destination for most. Never mind that Jesus taught just the opposite (e.g., Matt 7:13-14). In my own small way, I have tried to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Felix of Valois, Confessor (Gueranger)

    11/19/2017 9:03:02 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double FELIX WAS CALLED in his youth to dwell in the desert; and he thought to die there, forgotten by the world he had despised. But our Lord had decreed that his old age should yield fruit before men. It was one of those epochs which may be called turning points in history. The first of the great active Orders was about to be raised up in the Church by St. John of Matha; others were soon to follow, called forth by the new requirements of the times. Eternal Wisdom, who remaining herself the same reneweth all things,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-20-17

    11/19/2017 7:39:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 11-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 20, 2017 Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 [From the descendants of Alexander's officers]there sprang a sinful offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes,son of King Antiochus, once a hostage at Rome.He became king in the year one hundred and thirty sevenof the kingdom of the Greeks. In those days there appeared in Israelmen who were breakers of the law,and they seduced many people, saying:"Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us;since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us."The proposal was agreeable;some from among...
  • Cath Cauc: As the Church Drowns in a Sea of Words, the Faith of Our Fathers Is Forgotten

    11/19/2017 7:19:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | November 18, 2017 | Christopher A Ferrara
    One of the symptoms indicating the unprecedented severity of the current ecclesial crisis is the astounding level of prolixity in Church documents as compared with the declarative simplicity of pre-Vatican II Church teaching.  Even the very longest pre-conciliar encyclicals (e.g. Pius XII’s Mystici corporis or Saint Pius X’s Pascendi) run to about 20,000 words, including extensive footnotes, and their texts are models of clarity and precision.  Today, however, we are routinely burdened with book-length manifestos such as Laudato si’, Evangelii Gaudium and, of course, Amoris Laetitia, which are more than twice as long but say little or nothing about the...
  • Openly ‘Gay’ Catholic Deacon Under Review as San Francisco Archdiocese Considers Obscene Evidence

    11/19/2017 4:51:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/16/17 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    November 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – An openly “gay” ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is currently under “review” as Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone considers evidence demonstrating his flagrant departure from Catholic teaching. In June LifeSite provided evidence of Deacon Brian Bromberger’s explicit endorsement of homosexual behavior and public authorship of smutty material for a local “gay” newspaper to the Archdiocese. Archdiocesan spokesman Mike Brown said in a recent interview “the Archbishop appreciates your bringing this matter to his attention,” but acknowledged, "We have been aware for some time of the deacon’s past public activities." He stated that the Archbishop...
  • Swiss Planned Parenthood President Invited to Speak at Vatican

    11/19/2017 4:47:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/18/17 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    November 18, 2017 ( – The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life co-hosted a conference on the topic of end of life issues that included several speakers who oppose the Catholic Church’s teachings on the right to life, including the president of the board of Switzerland’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, and the president of the pro-euthanasia Royal Dutch Medical Association. The conference, entitled the “WMA European Region Meeting on End-of-Life Questions,” was jointly organized by the World Medical Association, which officially opposes euthanasia, the German Medical Association, and the Pontifical Academy for Life. It was held in the Aula vecchia del Sinodo...
  • Detroit Friar Beatified Before 65,000 Witnesses

    11/19/2017 4:42:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | 11/19/17 | Nicki Gorny
    Ceremony a final step toward sainthood for Blessed Solanus CaseyDETROIT — A papal representative praised Blessed Solanus Casey for his exemplary love of God and neighbor on Saturday, when the late friar was beatified at a large-scale ceremony at Ford Field. “His profound faith allowed him to receive others as a brother, independently of their race or religion,” Cardinal Angelo Amato said in an echoing sermon that reached more than 65,000 in the covered stadium in downtown Detroit and many more who watched the ceremony live online. Blessed Casey is the second U.S.-born man to be beatified by the...
  • Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/19/2017 8:54:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • November 18, 2017 • The past few Sundays have featured the November theme of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In today’s Gospel we are reminded that we will one day have to account for our use of the gifts and resources that God has given us.But today’s readings do more than that; they also set forth a virtue that helps us to use God’s gifts well. That virtue is the fear of the Lord....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Twenty-Fourth And Last Sunday After Pentecost (Gueranger)

    11/19/2017 3:46:29 AM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Green Semidouble THE NUMBER of the Sundays after Pentecost may exceed twenty-four, and go up as far as twenty-eight, according as Easter is each Year, more or less near to the vernal equinox. But the Mass here given is always reserved for the last; and the intervening ones, be their number what it may, are taken from the Sundays after the Epiphany, which in that case were not used at the beginning of the year. This, however, does not apply to the Introit, Gradual, Offertory, and Communion, which, as we have already said, are repeated from the twenty-third Sunday....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Duchess of Thuringia (Gueranger)

    11/19/2017 3:45:14 AM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double ALTHOUGH the blessed in heaven shine each with his own peculiar glory, God is pleased to group them in families, as he groups the stars in the material firmament. It is grace that presides over the arrangement of these constellations in the heaven of the Saints; but sometimes it seems as if God wished to remind us that he is the sole Author of both grace and nature; and inviting them, in spite of the fall, to honor him unitedly in his elect, he causes sanctity to become a glorious heirloom, handed down from generation to generation...