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  • Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

    06/18/2018 8:49:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2018 • In daily Mass for Monday of the 11th Week of the Year, we read a passage from the Sermon on the Mount. It is a challenging text that raises many questions if read in a literal or absolute manner.You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-18-18

    06/17/2018 9:35:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies ^ | 06-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 18, 2018 Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 21:1-16 Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreelnext to the palace of Ahab, king of Samaria.Ahab said to Naboth, Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden,since it is close by, next to my house.I will give you a better vineyard in exchange, or,if you prefer, I will give you its value in money.Naboth answered him, The LORD forbidthat I should give you my ancestral heritage.Ahab went home disturbed and angry at the answerNaboth the Jezreelite had made to him:I will not...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Ephraem the Syrian, Deacon, Confessor and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    06/17/2018 9:02:44 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double SAINT EPHRAEM, MONK AND DEACON, the contemporary of St. Athanasius, St. Basil, St. Gregory of Nazianzen and St. Gregory of Nyssa, was with them one of the glories of the Christian East so rich in testimonies to faith and sanctity during the first centuries. He takes his place in the liturgical cycle among the doctors of the Universal Church. It is only fitting that the ancient piety of Edessa and Nisibis should be represented in the Roman calendar by him who was always held to be tht most illustrious of her sons. St. Ehpraem was honored by...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Mark and Marcellian, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    06/17/2018 9:02:41 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Simple WE HAVE ALREADY MET with these noble athletes of today’s feast, for on January 20th, when celebrating Saint Sebastian, the brave defender of holy Church, Mark and Marcellian appeared at his side as the noblest conquest won by the sainted head of the prætorian guards. There are other heroes likewise, gained over by his zealous intrepidity, whose names gild the pages of the Martyrology; but these two whose festival we are keeping were the immediate occasion of Sebastian’s leading to God so goodly a troop of valiant Christians. Their conversion prepared Sebastian’s martyrdom by reason of his...
  • Vatican to Host Conference on Migration, Xenophobia, and Politically Motivated Populism

    06/17/2018 4:46:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/16/18 | Thomas D. Williams
    The World Council of Churches (WCC) has announced a joint venture with the Vatican to co-host a meeting next September on migration, xenophobia, and politically motivated populism. The WCC said it is partnering with the Vatican department for Promoting Integral Human Development in preparing the conference to be held September 17-20 as part of ongoing work toward peace-building and migration. The General of the WCC, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, said the meeting would be a very useful and significant workshop to dig a bit deeper into the problems of xenophobia as an expression of populism, as well as its links...
  • Vatican Official Explains Why Cardinal Parolin Attended Bilderberg Meeting

    06/17/2018 4:42:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/15/18 | Ed Pentin
    After much deliberation, the Vatican Secretary of State decided to take part in order to convey Catholic social teaching to those who would not otherwise hear it.Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, accepted an invitation to address the controversial and secretive Bilderberg Meeting earlier this month in order to take the teaching of the Church to a group who would not otherwise hear it, a Vatican official has told the Register. The Vatican official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Italian organizers of the visit were persistent in extending an invitation to the most senior Vatican...
  • Medical Professional Revolt Anticipated as Ireland Prepares to Force Abortion Compliance

    06/17/2018 4:33:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/15/18 | SPUC
    June 15, 2018 (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that doctors will be forced to refer women for abortions when legislation is introduced following the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. The remarks came after the National Association of GPs (NAGP) passed a motion that the body should "advocate for conscientious objection, without obligation to refer". Motions were also passed to call on the Health minister to ensure an "opt-in" provision for doctors who wish to provide abortion, and for him to confirm that he does not intend to "make a termination of...
  • Dont Let Your To-Do List Make You Miss Being a Dad

    06/17/2018 1:00:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | 06-16-18 | Wesley Wolfe
    June 10, 2018Dont Let Your To-Do List Make You Miss Being a DadWesley Wolfe In a technological world of instant gratification, it has become very difficult to be patient for anything to come full circle, whether its personal goals or products arriving in the mail. The patient man or woman is usually a simple man or woman with the ability to understand the beauty of the process; not just the outcome.I am not patient.It doesnt matter what were talking about, but theres a good chance I dont have the patience for it. I like things to be completed so...
  • If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me - A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

    06/17/2018 7:38:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me - A Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 16, 2018 • The readings for this Sunday speak of God’s providence, which is often displayed in humble, hidden, and mysterious ways. While it is true that God sometimes works in overpowering ways, His more common method seems to be using the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals.For us who are disciples, there are three related teachings given to us that speak of how God will make...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fourth Sunday After Pentecost (Gueranger)

    06/16/2018 8:57:35 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Green Semidouble THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST was called, for a long period, in the West, the Sunday of Mercy, because, formerly, there was read upon the passage from St. Luke, beginning with the words: “Be merciful, as your Father is merciful.” But, this Gospel having been since assigned to the Mass of the first Sunday after Pentecost, the Gospel of the fifth Sunday was made that of the fourth; the Gospel of the sixth became that of the fifth; and so on, up to the twenty-third. The change we speak of was, however, not introduced into many Churches...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-17-18, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/16/2018 7:10:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 06-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 17, 2018 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ez 17:22-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:I, too, will take from the crest of the cedar,from its topmost branches tear off a tender shoot,and plant it on a high and lofty mountain;on the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it.It shall put forth branches and bear fruit,and become a majestic cedar.Birds of every kind shall dwell beneath it,every winged thing in the shade of its boughs.And all the trees of the field shall knowthat I, the LORD,bring low the high tree,lift high the lowly tree,wither up the green...
  • Australian Archbishop Defies Confessional Reporting Law

    06/16/2018 6:13:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6/16/18 | Joshua Gill
    The acting Archbishop of Adelaide declared that the Catholic Church refuses to uphold a new law that would force priests to break the seal of confession. Greg OKelly, acting archbishop of Adelaide in Australia, said that the law cannot change the sanctity of the confessional and church law absolutely forbids any priest from violating the confidential nature of confession, according to The Guardian. The law, which goes into effect in October, compels religious ministers to report any confessed child abuser or face fines and prosecution. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) passed the law in 2017, but OKelly said the church...
  • Cardinal Burke: Irish Catholics Did Not Receive Support from Rome in Abortion Battle

    06/16/2018 6:04:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/13/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    WARSAW, June 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Irelands recent caving into the globalist agenda of abortion and same-sex marriage is partly due to silence coming from Rome, American Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview last week with Polish weekly Sieci magazine. In Ireland, during the campaign before the referendum on protection of the life of the unborn, just like before the previous referendum on so-called same-sex marriage, people fighting in these battles did not receive support from Rome, said the cardinal, and [its own] bishops themselves defended moral principles too weakly. Burke called what happened in Ireland evidence of an...
  • 500 British Priests Issue Statement Upholding Humanae Vitae

    06/16/2018 5:32:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/14/18 | Diane Montagna
    ROME, June 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Nearly 500 British priests have issued a statement upholding Humanae Vitae and proposing it as the key to healing society, amid reports of moves within the Vatican to water down its teaching and accommodate the Church to modern trends. In a letter released to the Catholic press on June 14 (see full letter below), the group of priests from Great Britain state that the Churchs perennial teaching on human sexuality should be at the forefront in re-building a culture of life, and stress its importance for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. The initiative, called Humanae...
  • Revolutionaries, Homosexualists Headline World Meeting of Families

    06/16/2018 5:23:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 6/14/18 | Christine Niles
    Cardinals pushing radical new vision for the ChurchDUBLIN ( - The lineup at this fall's World Meeting of Families (WMOF) features some of the world's most revolutionary bishops pushing a leftist path for the Church. Scheduled for August in Dublin, Ireland, the meeting which will include a visit by Pope Francis will feature the following prelates, among others: Cdl. Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, Illinois Cdl. Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey Cdl. Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, England Cdl. Christoph Schnborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Austria Cdl. Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. Cdl. Oswald Gracias, Archbishop...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Body of Christ

    06/16/2018 10:21:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 06-06-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Body of ChristQuestion: When Holy Communion is distributed why is “The Body of Christ” said? Why not say, “The Body and Blood of Christ”? Or better yet, “This is Jesus”?— Name withheld, Alabama Answer: We use the word “body” for several reasons. First of all, Jesus himself used the word “body” (soma in Greek) when giving the Eucharist for the first time: “Take and eat, this is my body (soma).” Hence we, in conformity to Christ, use this way of speaking of the Eucharist. Secondly, both the English word “body” and the Greek word “soma” can refer strictly to the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Cyr and Julitta, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    06/15/2018 9:23:59 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    ALL CHURCHES OF THE EAST, in the different tongues of their several liturgies, celebrate the glory of Julitta and of Cyr: they all extol the holy duality of the son and the mother containing in itself the perfect worship of the Trinity (Sticheron Byzantii, ad diem xv. Julii.). For the oblation of this mother and her son is of itself united to the sacrifice of the Son of God: such are in very deed the rights of the Holy Trinity, rights resulting in the case of every Christian from the first of our sacraments; absolute rights over both body...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-16-18

    06/15/2018 8:25:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 06-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 16, 2018 Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:19-21 Elijah set out, and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat,as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen;he was following the twelfth.Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over him.Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said,"Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,and I will follow you."Elijah answered, "Go back! Have I done anything to you?"Elisha left him and, taking the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them;he used the plowing equipment for fuel to boil their flesh,and gave it...
  • Bishops Debate Catholic Voting Guidelines in the Age of Francis

    06/15/2018 7:10:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/14/18 | Christopher White
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - After a robust 90-minute discussion during the second day of their bi-annual meeting, the U.S. bishops voted to advance a proposal to produce new materials to complement their official voting guidelines to better apply the teachings of Pope Francis to current issues in the United States. The discussion and vote, however, revealed tensions within the body over both the current content and the medium in which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is seeking to influence public life, while ultimately resulting in a compromise outcome that will surely be subject to close scrutiny in...
  • Catholic Crisis Pregnancy Agency Cura Shuts in New and Changed Ireland

    06/15/2018 7:07:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies ^ | 6/14/18 | Sandra Murphy
    A crisis pregnancy agency funded by the Catholic Church has announced plans to shutdown. The announcement comes a month after the Union of Students in Ireland disassociated itself from Cura due to their failure to provide full support for pregnant people when it comes to abortion and abortion support. In a statement, the agency announced that it will wind down its services by Friday, June 15 due to this new and changed environment. In this new and changed environment we have been experiencing decreasing service demands in line with national trends and we feel this decision, which has been considered...