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  • Former Vatican doctrine head: ‘Paradigm shift’ means ‘corruption’ of doctrine

    02/21/2018 4:04:07 AM PST · by Petrosius · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 20, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    The Vatican's former doctrine chief has penned an essay responding to senior Cardinals who have recently described Amoris Laetitia as a "paradigm shift" for the Church. A “paradigm shift...by which the Church takes on the criteria of modern society to be assimilated by it” isn’t a “development” of doctrine, but “a corruption” of it, Cardinal Gerhard Müller wrote in a lengthy First Things essay. Müller is the former Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. His essay answered the question, “Can there be ‘paradigm shifts’ in the interpretation of the deposit of faith?” Vatican Secretary of State...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-18, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    02/20/2018 9:17:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2018 Wednesday of the First Week in Lent Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:"Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you."So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD's bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day's walk announcing,"Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,"when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of them,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Wednesday in Lenten Ember Week (Gueranger)

    02/20/2018 9:05:26 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Violet Simple THE FAST OF TODAY is prescribed by a double law: it is Lent, and it is Ember Wednesday. It is the same with the Friday and Saturday of this week. There are two principal objects for the Ember days of this period of the year: the first is to offer up to God the Season of Spring, and by fasting and prayer, to draw down his blessing upon it; the second is to ask him to enrich with his choicest graces the Priests and Sacred Ministers who are to receive their Ordination on Saturday. Let us, therefore,...
  • Chaldean Archbishop: Time to be ‘Honest’ in Dialogue with Muslims

    02/20/2018 6:40:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | 2/16/18 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — If Christians in the Middle East are going to be “honest” with their Muslim dialogue partners, said Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq, Muslims will have to acknowledge that the persecution of Christians in the region did not start with the Islamic State’s rise to power in 2014. “We experienced this not for the last four years, but 1,400 years,” Archbishop Warda said during a Feb. 15 speech at Georgetown University in Washington, sponsored by the Religious Freedom Research Project of the university’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. Christians are partly to blame,...
  • Court Likely to Withdraw Charge of Key Accuser in Cardinal Pell Abuse Case

    02/20/2018 6:31:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/15/18 | Elise Harris
    Melbourne, Australia, Feb 15, 2018 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Wednesday that a charge related to a key witness in the case against Cardinal George Pell, accused of historical sexual abuse, is likely to be withdrawn. In the Feb. 14 hearing, the director of prosecutions for the Melbourne Magistrates Court said that while they had not decided on the matter, the charge of a key complainant who died in January would likely be withdrawn. Defense attorney Ruth Shann argued against the man's credibility, saying Pell's legal team would be examining the credibility of the “unreliable”...
  • Papal advisor retweets call for Church to shut down EWTN unless they fire Raymond Arroyo

    02/20/2018 3:13:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 20, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    Papal confidante Father Antonio Spadaro retweeted a call for EWTN to be severely censured “until they get rid of Raymond Arroyo.” The call for an “interdict” to be imposed on the Catholic media empire started by Mother Angelica came from Anthony Annett, Assistant to the Director at the International Monetary Fund’s Communications Department. An interdict is essentially one step short of excommunication. It bans a person or people from accessing most Church Sacraments. “A person who uses physical force against the Roman Pontiff incurs a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See; if he is a cleric, another penalty,...
  • [Cath Cauc] Leaked docs raise question of Pope’s personal role in new Vatican financial scandal

    02/20/2018 1:44:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 20, 2018 | John-Henry Westen
    Leaked documents obtained by LifeSiteNews connect the Pope himself to a new Vatican financial scandal and raise serious questions about his global reputation as the “pope for the poor.” LifeSiteNews has obtained internal documents of the U.S.-based Papal Foundation, a charity with a stellar history of assisting the world’s poor, showing that last summer the Pope personally requested, and obtained in part, a $25 million grant to a corruption-plagued, Church-owned dermatological hospital in Rome accused of money laundering. Records from the financial police indicate the hospital has liabilities over one billion USD – an amount larger than the national debt...
  • Where Protestants and Catholics Go When They Leave Their Churches

    02/20/2018 11:58:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 02/20/2018 | RYAN P. BURGE
    Much of the switching in religious identity in the United States over the past several years occurred among the “nones,” specifically Americans who identify as agnostic or as “nothing in particular.” But the Christian landscape hasn’t remained static in the meantime. Though academics have long wondered whether the US will follow the secularizing trend found in most of Europe, the greatest shifts among believers have occurred within Christianity, not away from it. The three-wave Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES)—which surveyed the same individuals in 2010, 2012, and 2014, and started with 9,500 respondents—reveals how few Catholics and Protestants have changed...
  • Insurer seeking $10 million back from diocese that knew about predator priest

    02/20/2018 10:10:15 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 10 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | 2/18/2018 | Mary Ormsby & Sandro Contenta
    One of Canada’s largest liability insurance companies wants the Roman Catholic diocese of London, Ont., to return $10 million paid to the diocese for settlements to victims sexually abused by priests. AXA Insurance, now owned by Intact Financial Corp., accuses the diocese of hiding pedophile priests by moving them to different parishes or duties for decades, thereby misleading the insurance company and exposing it to greater financial risk.
  • Before There Was an Everywhere, I AM

    02/20/2018 8:58:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-19-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Before There Was an Everywhere, I AM Msgr. Charles Pope • February 19, 2018 • The Baltimore Catechism asked the question Where is God? The answer given was God is everywhere. While this is certainly true, it is even more true that God is beyond the concept of “where.” Everywhere is too limiting to contain God, for He transcends His creation and cannot be contained even by the “everywhere” of it.C.S. Lewis had an interesting analogy:Looking for God by exploring space is a bit like reading or seeing all Shakespeare’s plays in the hope that you will find Shakespeare...
  • Litany of the Word

    02/20/2018 5:41:36 AM PST · by af_vet_1981 · 1 replies
    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises ^ | May 2, 2015 | Bernadette Farrell, Journeysongs Third Edition, volume 8
    Litany of the Word
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-18

    02/19/2018 9:37:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 20, 2018 Tuesday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with me,let...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Tuesday of the First Week of Lent (Gueranger)

    02/19/2018 9:01:09 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Violet Simple AT ROME, the Station is in the Church of St. Anastasia, where, formerly, the Mass of the Aurora, on Christmas Day, used to be celebrated. It is under the protection of this holy Martyr, who suffered death for Christ on the day of his Birth, that we offer our prayers today to the Father of Mercy. COLLECT Respice, Domine, familiam tuam, et præsta, ut apud te mens nostra tuo desiderio fulgeat, quæ se carnis maceratione castigat. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum. Amen. Look down, O Lord, on thy children, and grant that, while we chastise ourselves by...
  • Disgraced cardinal cancels appearance representing Pope after locals vow to protest

    02/19/2018 6:35:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 19, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    Pope Francis appointed disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass. But after uproar, the diocese removed the announcement of Mahony’s visit from their website and told LifeSiteNews the cardinal informed them “late last week” that he’ll be unable to attend. On January 13, the Diocese of Scranton issued a press release saying, “Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, as his special envoy at the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the erection of the Diocese of Scranton, to be observed with a...
  • Nigeria: In the Face of Ongoing Islamist Attacks, the Faith is Growing

    02/19/2018 5:29:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    THE NIGERIAN government has begun to regain control over areas that had been occupied by Islamist terror organization Boko Haram; yet, attacks on Christians and their communities continue to take place regularly, particularly in the northeastern part of the country. Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna, last fall visited his former Diocese of Maiduguri, which was not long ago still the heart of Boko Haram territory. Just days after his visit, an attack left numerous dead and wounded. “Attacks such as these make our day-to-day lives very uncertain,” the archbishop told us. Boko Haram may be diminished, but its reign...
  • Pope Accepts Resignation of Nigerian Bishop Rejected by Priests

    02/19/2018 5:20:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/19/18 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis had threatened priests in Ahiara with suspension if they did not accept Bishop Peter OkpalekePope Francis backed down Monday and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his diocese, setting a precedent that could have repercussions in Chile and elsewhere when papal authority is challenged. The announcement came after Francis in June issued a harsh ultimatum to the priests of Nigeria’s southern Ahiara diocese, warning they would lose their jobs if they didn’t obey him and accept Monsignor Peter Okpaleke as their bishop. Francis gave each priest 30 days...
  • On Presidents' Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer

    02/19/2018 7:50:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Presidents’ Day We Should Remember That Washington and Lincoln Often Called us to Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • February 18, 2018 • We live in a secular age. Religious utterances by government officials are greeted with surprise or even indignation by some. While the primary role of civil leaders is not a religious one, insisting that never express religious sentiment is a form of extremism rooted in exaggerated conception of the idea of the separation of Church and State. In fact, “separation of Church and State” appears nowhere in the United States Constitution.On Presidents’ Day we do well...
  • Soon Oath of Blind Obedience to Bergoglio

    02/19/2018 3:56:29 AM PST · by JosephJames · 57 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | February 14, 2018 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    In preparation to take away the Most Holy Eucharist in all the public Catholic churches in the world by way of a mandatory invalid ecumenical mass, there are many indications that for the first time ever, all deacons, priests, bishops and cardinals will have to take an OATH OF TOTAL FIDELITY TO BERGOGLIO, NOT TO CHRIST, as has always been done in the past during the Chrism Mass, on Wednesday (March 28, 2018) of Holy Week (or Thursday in some diocese). In all probability, this will be the beginning of the greatest schism in the history of the Catholic Church....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Monday of the First Week of Lent (Gueranger)

    02/18/2018 9:08:51 PM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    EACH FERIA OF LENT has a proper Mass; whereas, in Advent, the Mass of the preceding Sunday is repeated during the week. This richness of the Lenten Liturgy is a powerful means for our entering into the Church’s spirit, since she hereby brings before us, under so many forms, the sentiments suited to this holy time. From these Ferial Masses we intend giving for the respective days the Collect (which is always the principal prayer), the Epistle, the Gospel, and the Prayer which is said “over the people” at the end of the Mass. All this will provide us...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-19-18

    02/18/2018 8:14:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2018 Monday of the First Week of Lent Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. "You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in front...