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  • Loving those with Disabilities

    04/25/2018 5:07:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Pilot Media Group ^ | 08.10.12 | Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.
    Many of us have hidden fears and hesitations when it comes to dealing with persons with severe disabilities. Their unfamiliar gestures, behaviors, and limitations can challenge us and infringe on our comfort zones. We may be tempted to apply a different standard when we deal with them. Even very young children with disabilities may suffer discrimination through denial of care as newborns, or through abortion in utero. During his presidential campaign, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and his wife Karen were often asked by people on the campaign trail about their daughter Bella, who was born with Trisomy 18, a...
  • Steubenville Alumni Attack Conservative Profs

    04/25/2018 4:41:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/19/18 | Christine Niles
    Sources claim fired feminist prof Rebecca Bratten Weiss is spearheading the attackSTEUBENVILLE, Ohio ( - Alumni of the Franciscan University of Steubenville have launched an attack against conservative professors at the Catholic school, but inside sources claim a fired professor is behind the move. An open letter published by "alumni and friends" of the university accuses Professors Anne Hendershott and Stephen Krason, among others, of being "strongly ideologically aligned with the far right of American politics." As proof, the letter cites articles authored by Hendershott and Krason calling out liberal Catholic schools, leftist protests, Obama policies and feminism. "We question...
  • Restoration of St. John the Baptist Monastery by Jordan River completed

    04/25/2018 4:32:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    An official ceremony was held on Tuesday to commemorate the completion of the restoration of the St. John the Baptist Monastery by the west bank of the Jordan River, the Jerusalem Patriarchate reports. This latest round of reconstruction, which was undertaken by the Jerusalem Patriarchate over the past several years, has been to fix the damage that the monastery suffered during the Six Day War of 1967. The monastery also fell victim to acts of vandalism during the restoration process, when assailants broke into the church, broke a computer, and left graffiti. The restoration of the church and its...
  • Al-Rahi in Qatar to Lay Cornerstone for Maronite Church

    04/25/2018 4:26:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Naharnet ^ | 4/19/18 | Naharnet Newsdesk
    Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi arrived Thursday in the Qatari capital Doha on a pastoral visit during which he will lay the cornerstone for the Saint Charbel Church, Lebanon's National News Agency said. Speaking to reporters, al-Rahi thanked Qatar for “offering a land lot for the construction of the Saint Charbel Church.” Qatar's cooperation “strengthens ties between the two countries,” the patriarch added, noting that “saints have the ability to unite people.” Extending gratitude to Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, al-Rahi said: “He knows that Saint Charbel reinforces the great friendship between Qatar and Lebanon, and we as Lebanese must...
  • (Catholic Caucus) Humanae Vitae: The Problem, Not the Solution

    04/25/2018 3:16:23 PM PDT · by piusv · 6 replies
    Pope Paul VI is on the minds of many Catholics these days, and for good reason. For one, his (conciliar) “canonization” is set to take place in October; for another, there are reports out of Rome indicating that the Bergolgian regime is plotting to “re-interpret” Humanae Vitae – a text that is widely considered the “crowning achievement” of the Montini pontificate. Even certain so-called “traditionalist” media outlets are sounding alarms about the disastrous consequences of tinkering with Humanae Vitae; speaking of the text as if it is tantamount to holy writ. As we will demonstrate here, however, the text should...
  • Full Text of Seven German Bishops’ Letter on Holy Communion for Protestant Spouses

    04/25/2018 2:20:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 25, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    In the March 22 letter, published in full below, the seven bishops say they “do not consider” the German bishops’ decision on Feb. 20 to allow Protestant spouses to receive Holy Communion in some cases to be “right” because they do not believe the issue to be a pastoral one but rather a “question of the faith and unity of the Church which is not subject to a vote.”  The letter is signed by Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Cologne, Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg, Bishop Gregor Hanke of Eichstätt, Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Augsburg, Bishop Wolfgang Ipolt of Görlitz, Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer...
  • The Church and Islam: Dangerous Illusions

    04/25/2018 11:04:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Crisis ^ | April 25, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    The Church and Islam: Dangerous IllusionsWilliam Kilpatrick When I first began writing about the Church and Islam, I devoted a lot of space to describing ways that Church leaders could resist the spread of Islam. It seemed only a matter of time until they would wake up to the need to resist. As it turned out, however, that assessment was overly optimistic.The immediate task, as I soon learned, was not to find ways to counter Islam, but to convince the Church’s hierarchy that Islam ought to be resisted. There’s no use talking battle strategies to people who won’t admit that...
  • Pierantoni: ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ Appears to Support Error of Situational Ethics

    04/25/2018 9:26:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 25, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Soon after the publication on April 9 of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on holiness, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), various scholars were invited to give their responses to the document for this Register article that was published last week. One of them was Professor Josef Seifert, the Austrian Catholic philosopher, whose positive take on the document has been published in full on this blog here. Another was Professor Claudio Pierantoni, a patristic scholar of medieval philosophy at the University of Chile, who takes a more critical view and whose entire contribution is now published below. Pierantoni says the...
  • Judge at center of Alfie Evans case is a pro-gay activist

    04/25/2018 8:29:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 25, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    Justice Anthony Hayden, the judge at the center of the Alfie Evans case, is a member of The Bar Lesbian and Gay Group (BLAGG) and co-authored a book on homosexual relationships and their pertinence to children’s rights. A post on the website of BLAGG – a British association that supports “lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons at all levels” of the legal profession – names Hayden as a member.  The post is titled BLAGG Member appointed to High Court Wednesday, 31 July 2013 and remains on BLAGG’s website as of April 24, 2018 at 10:05 p.m. EST. The article...
  • A Call to Humility in the Mystery of the Seven Thunders

    04/25/2018 7:55:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-24-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Call to Humility in the Mystery of the Seven Thunders Msgr. Charles Pope • April 24, 2018 • In the Office of Readings last week, we examined some of the more terrifying passages from the Book of Revelation, related to the seven trumpets, seals, and bowls of wrath. There is also a reference to the underreported “seven thunders,” reminding us that there are some things that are not for us to know.Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-18, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2018 9:16:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 04-25-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2018 Feast 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...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Mark, Evangelist (Gueranger)

    04/24/2018 9:14:10 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    Red Double of the Second Class THE CYCLE OF holy Mother Church brings before us today the Lion who, together with the Man, the Ox, and the Eagle, stands before the throne of God. It was on this day that Mark ascended from earth to heaven, radiant with his triple aureole of Evangelist, Apostle and Martyr. As the preaching made to Israel had its four great representatives—Isaias, Jeremias, Ezechiel, and Daniel—so, likewise, would God have the New Covenant to be embodies in the four Gospels, which were to make known to the world the life and teachings of his...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Wednesday of the Fourth Week After Easter (Gueranger)

    04/24/2018 9:14:07 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White   ℣. In resurrectione tua Christe, alleluia. ℣. In thy resurrection, O Christ, alleluia. ℟. Cœli et terra lætentur, alleluia. ℟. Let heaven and earth rejoice, alleluia. THE SON OF GOD is soon to ascend to his Father. He has said to his Apostles: Going, teach all nations: preach the Gospel to every creature. Thus, then, the Nations are not to receive the Word from the lips of Jesus, but through his Ministers. The glory and happiness of being instructed directly by the Man-God were for none but the Israelites, and even for them for only three short...
  • Could the Pope Save Alfie Evans?

    04/24/2018 7:35:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 24, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    f you’re one of the few people who don’t know who Alfie Evans is, here’s some quick backstory: Alfie is a 23-month-old boy in the UK who had developmental problems in his first year. His parents, Tom and Kate Evans, said that among other things, he was experiencing “seizure-like movements”. They took him to see doctors, but they claim they were told he was simply “lazy and a late developer.” Then in December of 2016, Alfie came down with a chest infection that caused more seizures, and ultimately put him into a coma, leading to him being placed on Life...
  • [Barf Alert] The Pope: not to remain prisoners of ideas, let’s open ourselves to new things

    04/24/2018 6:19:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    La Stampa/Vatican Insider ^ | April 24, 2018 | salvatore cernuzio
    God frees, ideas and ideologies do not: they make prisoners. From this axiom, clearly expressed in the Gospel of John and his reference to the doctors of the law, Pope Francis unfolds his homily during this morning mass in Casa Santa Marta before the C9 Cardinals, who until tomorrow will be attending their twenty-fourth meeting. Once again, the Pontiff warns against the risk of “rigidity”, which leads to placing oneself at the center and thus remain untouched before the works of the Holy Spirit and insensitive to new things.   The doctors of the law, in fact, were incapable of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (Part Two)

    04/24/2018 8:41:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion (Part Two) Msgr. Charles Pope • April 23, 2018 • In yesterday’s post we considered the term “closed communion,” the practice of offering Holy Communion only to those who hold to the full doctrine of the Church. This practice emphasizes that communion of mind and heart to all the Holy Catholic Church teaches to be revealed by God is included in the “Amen” that affirms the true presence.Today we will discuss the need to approach the Sacrament of Holy Communion free from serious and unrepentant sin. Let’s consider some texts showing that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr (Gueranger)

    04/23/2018 9:06:34 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Red Double OUR RISEN LORD would have around him a bright phalanx of martyrs. Its privileged members belong to the different centuries of the Church’s existence. Its ranks open today to give welcome to a brave combatant, who won his palm not in a contest with paganism, as those did whose feasts we have thus far kept, but in defending his mother, the Church, against her own rebellious children. They were heretics that slew this day’s martyr, and the century that was honored with his triumph was the seventeenth. Fidelis was worthy of his beautiful name. Neither difficulty nor...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Tuesday of the Fourth Week After Easter (Gueranger)

    04/23/2018 9:06:32 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White   ℣. In resurrectione tua Christe, alleluia. ℣. In thy resurrection, O Christ, alleluia. ℟. Cœli et terra lætentur, alleluia. ℟. Let heaven and earth rejoice, alleluia. WE ARE BOUND TO BELIEVE the Word of God: but this Word is accompanied with every proof of its really coming from God. When Jesus told men that he was the Son of God, he gave ample proof of his being such: in the same manner, he insists on our believing what he reveals, but he gives us a guarantee of its being the truth. What is this guarantee? Miracles. Miracles...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-18, OM, St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

    04/23/2018 8:18:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 04-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2018 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:19-26 Those who had been scattered by the persecutionthat arose because of Stephenwent as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch,preaching the word to no one but Jews.There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however,who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with themand a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis the Mystic? Spare us, O Lord!

    04/23/2018 7:59:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fatima Perspestives ^ | April 23, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The Italian Catholic academician Massimo Borghesi has produced a book-length defense of Pope Francis entitled Jorge Mario Bergoglio: An Intellectual Biography.  As reported by National Catholic Register here, Borghesi argues that Francis is “an ‘original and profound’ thinker who has drawn on numerous Church thinkers of the 20th century to seek a ‘third position’ between conservatism and progressivism.”  According to Borghesi, Francis “has been influenced by thinkers who view the Church as ‘the complexio oppositorum, the point of contrasting unions that, on the natural level, do not find a solution.’”  He “‘is a mystic’ who sees his mission as resolving these...