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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-03-15

    08/02/2015 11:13:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    USCCB.org RNAB ^ | 08-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 3, 2015   Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Nm 11:4b-15 The children of Israel lamented,“Would that we had meat for food!We remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt,and the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks,the onions, and the garlic.But now we are famished;we see nothing before us but this manna.” Manna was like coriander seed and had the color of resin.When they had gone about and gathered it up,the people would grind it between millstones or pound it in a mortar,then cook it in a pot and make it into...
  • Extremists execute the unborn, Christians seek truth and justice

    08/02/2015 6:55:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/31/15 | Carl E. Olsen
    Yesterday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, when asked about President Obama's reaction to the series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss selling fetal organs for profit, "said the videos were released in a 'fraudulent way' with 'not a lot of evidence' behind them." (The entire press conference can be viewed on the C-SPAN site.) Earnest stated: There is ample reason to think that this is merely the tried and true tactic that we’ve seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release this edited version...
  • CARDINAL DOLAN RUNS FOR PRESIDENT

    08/02/2015 6:10:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    The Stumbling Block ^ | 8/02/15 | The Stumbling Block
    Timothy Dolan, Cardinal of New York, has taken to the Washington Post to assassinate the character of the leading Republican presidential candidate just because he holds a position with which most of the country agrees.
  • ISIS Forces Assyrian Christian Woman to Trample Jesus Christ's Image at Gunpoint

    08/02/2015 4:04:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 31, 2015 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    A Syrian refugee woman crosses into Turkey with her children at the Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015. On Sunday, Turkish authorities reopened the border after a few days of closure, a security source said, adding that they expected as many as 10,000 people to come across. A Syrian refugee woman crosses into Turkey with her children at the Akcakale border gate in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 15, 2015. On Sunday, Turkish authorities reopened the border after a few days of closure, a security source said, adding that they expected as many as 10,000 people to...
  • ‘Married’ lesbian approved as head of Catholic day care in Cardinal Marx’s diocese

    08/02/2015 8:36:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 31, 2015 | Maike Hickson & John-Henry Westen
    The website of the German Bishops' Conference, katholisch.de, reported yesterday on the first case of a practicing homosexual permitted to remain in a position at a Catholic Church institution despite a flagrant and public violation of the Church's moral law. The woman who heads a Caritas Day Care Center in Bavaria, had been asked in April to leave her position due to her announcement that she was going to “marry” a woman. The decision has now been rescinded, according to Fr. Hans Lindenberger, head of the Caritas in Munich, Germany. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who is the Archbishop of the Diocese...
  • Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year

    08/02/2015 6:16:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-01-15 | Nsgr, Charles Pope
    Come Over Here Where the Feast of the Lord is Going On – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 1, 2015 • All of the readings in today’s Mass speak of human desire. The Israelites in the desert are hungry, so are the people by the lakeside with Jesus. And in the Epistle, St. Paul warns of corrupted desires. In all of the readings, God teaches us that our desires are ultimately directed to Him, who alone can truly satisfy us. Why is this? Because our desires are infinite, and no...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-02-15, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/01/2015 8:25:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 2, 2015   Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 16:2-4, 12-15 The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them,“Would that we had died at the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt,as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread! But you had to lead us into this desertto make the whole community die of famine!” Then the LORD said to Moses,“I will now rain down bread from heaven for you. Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion;thus will I test...
  • Priesthood

    08/01/2015 3:50:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 64 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | not given | J. POHLE
    Priesthood. —The word priest (Germ. Priester; Fr. pretre; Ital. prete) is derived from the Greek presbuteros (the elder, as distinguished from neoteros, the younger), and is, in the hieratical sense, equivalent to the Latin sacerdos, the Greek iereus, and the Hebrew KHN. By the term is meant a (male) person called to the immediate service of the Deity and authorized to hold public worship, especially to offer sacrifice. In many instances the priest is the religious mediator between God (gods) and man and the appointed teacher of religious truths, especially when these include esoteric doctrines. To apply the word...
  • Archbishop Auza addresses UN Security Council

    08/01/2015 11:08:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/31/15 | Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Unite
    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addressed the UN Security Council on Thursday. His address was directed to the Council's open debate on "Peace and Security Challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS)", drawing heavily on Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato si'. Please find below Archbishop Auza's full address: Intervention of H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “Peace and Security Challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS)” New York, 30 July 2015 Mr....
  • Holy See Leaves Global Freedom Network

    08/01/2015 9:30:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 7/29/15 | Iacopo Scaramuzzi
    Sánchez Sorondo will cease to be a member of the Network’s board. The initiative was founded by Andrew Forrest with the goal of combatting human trafficking. “We do not want to be used”The Holy See no longer forms part of the Global Freedom Network, the interreligious alliance that works to combat human trafficking, launched by a foundation that is financed by Australian magnate Andrew Forrest. “The Holy See actually withdrew some time ago,” says the Chancellor of the Pontifical Social Science and Science Academies, Mgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo. “We do not want to be used: a businessman has the right...
  • Access to heaven

    08/01/2015 8:31:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Access to heaven It is only through the blood of Christ that the gates of heaven have been opened allowing us to enter Msgr. Charles Pope 7/29/2015 Question: When Christ died on the cross, the heavy curtain that separated the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom. What does this mean? Someone told me that this means we no longer need priests to intercede for us to the Father.— Name withheld, via email Answer: We most certainly do need to have a priest intercede for us. He is the Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. Scripture says of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-01-15, M, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop, Doctor/Church

    07/31/2015 10:18:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    August 1, 2015   Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Lv 25:1, 8-17 The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai,“Seven weeks of years shall you count–seven times seven years–so that the seven cycles amount to forty-nine years.Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, let the trumpet resound;on this, the Day of Atonement, the trumpet blast shall re-echothroughout your land.This fiftieth year you shall make sacredby proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants.It shall be a jubilee for you,when every one of you shall return to his own...
  • Words and Warnings: [Mark Mallet/Christian/Catholic]

    07/31/2015 5:46:31 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 20 replies
    Mark Mallet Blog ^ | 7/31/2015 | Mark Mallet
    IT has been on my heart for several months now to summarize for my readers the personal “words” and “warnings” I feel the Lord has communicated to me in the past decade, and that have shaped and inspired these writings. Everyday, there are several new subscribers coming on board who have no history with the over one thousand writings here. Before I summarize these “inspirations”, it is helpful to repeat what the Church says about “private” revelation: Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do...
  • POPE WARNS OF "GENOCIDE" AS PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS RISES WORLDWIDE

    07/31/2015 9:20:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Christians may be the most persecuted group in the world, and their persecution is on the rise. As Islamic extremism takes hold and repressive governments step up their campaigns against Christianity, the Pope has been moved to warn of “a form of genocide”, and for campaigners to speak out over “religio-ethnic cleansing.”
  • On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design

    07/31/2015 7:13:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Biblical Roots and Requirements of Church Design Msgr. Charles Pope • July 30, 2015 • In yesterday’s readings at Mass we read about how Moses laid out the “tent of meeting” exactly according to the pattern God gave him up on the mountain. A millennium later John described a similar scene of the sanctuary in Heaven.Few Catholics today realize that God actually did indicate a good deal about how He expects our churches to be designed. And while some degree of variation is allowed and has existed, most modern churches have significantly departed from the instructions God gave....
  • German Protestants Apologise for Reformation Iconoclasm

    07/31/2015 6:22:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 7/27/15 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The German Protestant Church (EKD) has apologised for the widespread destruction of religious images during the Reformation. “The Protestant Church rejects the destruction of images. Images have long since become an expression of Protestant piety,” Protestant Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber underlined at a meeting of delegations from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the EKD. The clerics met in Hamburg to discuss the word “image” from the Orthodox and Protestant points of view. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and EKD chairman Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm sent greetings and blessings to the Hamburg meeting. Destroying image was most common in the immediate aftermath of the...
  • Fight Against Human Trafficking, Fight for Gender-Ideology -- From One the Vatican Distances...

    07/31/2015 5:30:08 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 7/30/15 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Fight Against Human Trafficking, Fight for Gender-Ideology -- From One the Vatican Distances Itself, the Other Not (Rome) The Vatican has ended its cooperation in the Global Freedom Network. One of the new influential men in the Vatican, the Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo no longer sits on the board of the network against human trafficking and forced labor. The backgrounds for the withdrawal are unclear. The clear step has astonished because the distancing publicly and urgently demanded by Catholics had not occurred till now. "We will not be exploited," said Vatican Insider citing Msgr.Sorondo, Secretary of the Pontifical Academies...
  • The Prophetic Words of Pope Leo XIII

    07/31/2015 2:42:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 7/31/15 | Brian Williams
    In recent weeks we have seen the ugly truth of what a post-Christian America looks like. From the unveiling of a statue of Baphomet by Satanists in Detroit last weekend, to the release of multiple undercover videos of Planned Parenthood sorting through aborted babies and negotiating the sale of their parts, Americans have witnessed nothing less than the manifestation of pure evil in our time. Satan is indeed prowling about our country seeking the ruin of souls.In the midst of this moral depravity and horrific evil I recently came across Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical “Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus”. While it was...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-31-15, M, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

    07/30/2015 9:07:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-31-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 31, 2015   Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest Reading 1 Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37 The LORD said to Moses,“These are the festivals of the LORD which you shall celebrateat their proper time with a sacred assembly.The Passover of the LORD falls on the fourteenth day of the first month,at the evening twilight.The fifteenth day of this month is the LORD’s feast of Unleavened Bread.For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.On the first of these days you shall hold a sacred assemblyand do no sort of work.On each of the seven days you shall...
  • Fishwrap – once again – publicly attacks the Church’s moral teaching

    07/30/2015 7:22:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/30/15 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Over at the Fishwrap (aka National Sodomitic Reporter) Jamie Manson (openly lesbian activist, promoter of women’s ordination, mentored by Sr. Margaret Farley, and darling of the LCWR), laments the Church’s teaching about homosexuality.This piece is part of Fishwrap‘s incessant effort to undermine Catholic teaching concerning morals. Thus, the nicknames.Let’s have a look… Catholic schools must refuse to fire LGBT employees [getting it wrong by one letter!]It’s beginning to feel like every week brings a new story about the firing of an LGBT employee from a Catholic institution.The most recent well-publicized termination happened earlier this month at Waldron Mercy Academy in...
  • Mystery reliquary found under America’s first Protestant church

    07/30/2015 2:08:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 30, 2015 | Madeleine Teahan
    Historians speculate that early settler leader could have been a Catholic spy Historians have discovered four bodies and a mystery Catholic reliquary under the first English Protestant church in America.In an extraordinary turn of events, graves have been discovered under what used to be the floor of America’s first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia – the church where Pocahontas married the English colonist John Rolfe.The graves include the bodies of Captain William West, who was killed by Indians, Rev Robert Hunt, Jamestown’s first Anglican minister and Sir Ferdinando Wainman, the first English knight buried in America. The grave of...
  • Church in Spain declares transgendered person not “suitable” to be a godparent

    07/30/2015 1:48:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | July 29, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From Huffington Post in Spain: Alex Salinas is 21 years old. He was assigned female at birth, but is now living as his authentic self as a man. He is a “firm believer” and wants to be a godparent at his nephew’s baptism but the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta is standing in his way. According to them, he is not a “suitable” person because of the life he leads, a life not “congruent with faith.”However, they do not find their argument to be discriminatory.The diocese says that. in responding to the petition they received from Salinas to be a...
  • LAUDATO SI' -- Enironmental Encyclical - COMMENTARY FOR PARISH USE - Mrs. Don-o - [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    07/30/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    My own fevered brain | July 30, 2015 | Mrs Don-o
    LAUDATO SI’ A letter from Pope Francis on the Care of our Common Home “Praise be to You” (“Laudato Si”) – Pope Francis’ environmental letter --- is a different kind of encyclical, and invites a different kind of response from most of its predecessors. In this essay I hope to put the spotlight on the ways this encyclical is unprecedented, and also selectively highlight its positive contributions to Catholic Social Thought. Historically, encyclicals were any official teaching letters concerning Catholic doctrine on faith and morals. They were sometimes addressed to bishops in a particular area, or sometimes to the bishops...
  • Pondering and Praying the Prefaces of the Sundays of the Year; [Catholic Caucus]

    07/30/2015 7:24:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering and Praying the Prefaces of the Sundays of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 29, 2015 • CS PHOTO BY JACLYN LIPPELMANNI wrote yesterday in a general way about the part of the Mass that is called the “preface.” It is called this because it introduces the Eucharistic Prayer by stating a theme or reason for our gratitude. The text of the preface has a standard opening and closing which surround a varying text that speaks to the time of year, the feast, or the theme of the votive Mass.As I remarked in yesterday’s post, I consider the...
  • NJ Church Group to Sleep at Philly Zoo in Order to See Pope

    07/30/2015 3:22:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    NBCPhiladelphia.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jen Maxfield, David Chang
    While some people are spending as much as $600 a night at hotels for Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit to Philadelphia, a North Jersey church group is spending less money on a far less luxurious place to stay: the Philadelphia Zoo.
  • Last Catholic Church Closes in Antarctica [by order of the US Government]

    07/30/2015 3:00:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica, July 29, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - After nearly 60 years, the Catholic Church is gone from Antarctica. The numbers of Mass attendees at the Chapel of the Snows at McMurdo Station have so dwindled that the presence of a Catholic priest is no longer needed. The parish church belongs to the New Zealand diocese, and is located on the grounds of the U.S. Antarctic Program, run by the National Science Foundation. The NSF has asked the diocese to sever ties with the program. A military chaplaincy will offer interdenominational services and pastoral care, but it's unclear whether these...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-30-15. OM, St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    07/29/2015 8:52:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 30, 2015   Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 40:16-21, 34-38 Moses did exactly as the LORD had commanded him.On the first day of the first month of the second yearthe Dwelling was erected.It was Moses who erected the Dwelling.He placed its pedestals, set up its boards, put in its bars,and set up its columns.He spread the tent over the Dwellingand put the covering on top of the tent,as the LORD had commanded him.He took the commandments and put them in the ark;he placed poles alongside the ark and set the propitiatory upon...
  • 'Shadow Council' Pushes Acceptance of Contraception, Homosexual Unions [Catholic Caucus]

    07/29/2015 5:13:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 7/29/2015 | ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI
    A Catholic priest who participated in May’s closed-door meeting with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming synod on the family in October suggested that acts the Church considers intrinsically evil — contraception and homosexual activity — cannot be considered so, given the individual’s experience.
  • Bishop Roger Foys: Stop Holding Hands! (during Our Father)

    07/29/2015 5:08:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    http://www.praytellblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2011-Pastoral-Letter-with-Decree-Bulletin-Ins ^ | 11/18/11 | Most Reverend Roger J. Foys, D. D. Bishop of Covington
    Special note should also be made concerning the gesture for the Our Father. Only the priest is given the instruction to “extend” his hands. Neither the deacon nor the lay faithful are instructed to do this. No gesture is prescribed for the lay faithful in the Roman Missal; nor the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, therefore the extending or holding of hands by the faithful should not be performed.
  • Knights of Columbus Unveil New Campaign to Aid Middle-East Christians

    07/29/2015 2:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 29, 2015
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution — especially in the Middle East — the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight. “Pope Francis has urged the international community to take action to help Christians in the Middle East, and as an organization that has long supported victims of religious persecution, the Knights of Columbus is responding by asking our own members, and the public at large, to help us save the lives of people who are being persecuted simply because of their Christian faith,”...
  • Truth and Tolerance: Why the Church Can’t Change Her Teaching

    07/29/2015 2:31:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 28, 2015 | SAM GUZMAN
    “The Catholic Church is intolerant.” That simple thought, like a yellow-fever sign, is supposed to be the one solid reason which should frighten away any one who might be contemplating knocking at the portals of the Church for entrance, or for a crumb of the Bread of Life. When proof for this statement is asked, it is retorted that the Church is intolerant because of its self-complacency and smug satisfaction as the unique interpreter of the thoughts of Christ. Its narrow-mindedness is supposed to be revealed in its unwillingness to cooperate effectively with other Christian bodies that are working...
  • Peaceful pro-life prisoner Mary Wagner freed after seven months in jail

    07/29/2015 2:23:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jul 28, 2015 | Lianne Laurence
    MILTON, ON, July 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Canadian pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner was released from Vanier Centre for Women Saturday, July 25 after seven months in jail. “Of course, I’m pleased to be out,” the 41-year-old told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview, taking time from sorting through all the gifts and cards from supporters that were forbidden to her while in jail. “I’m thankful for the prayers and support.” Wagner says she plans to visit her parents in BC, and to write an open letter to supporters to express her thanks and her thoughts, similar to one she...
  • A Skeleton, a Catholic Relic, and a Mystery About American Origins

    07/29/2015 12:31:45 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/28/15 | Adrienne LaFrance
    After 400 years in the Virginia dirt, the box came out of the ground looking like it had been plucked from the ocean. A tiny silver brick, now encrusted with a green patina and rough as sandpaper. Buried beneath it was a human skeleton. The remains would later be identified as those of Captain Gabriel Archer, one of the most prominent leaders at Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in America. But it was the box, which appeared to be an ancient Catholic reliquary, that had archaeologists bewildered and astonished... ...It’s the kind of discovery that makes historians, anthropologists, archaeologists,...
  • Hidden Jewels: Appreciating the Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayer [Catholic Caucus]

    07/29/2015 6:27:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hidden Jewels: Appreciating the Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 28, 2015 • In tomorrow’s blog I will be looking at a few of the “prefaces” we use at Mass (these occur just before the Holy, Holy, Holy (Sanctus)). As a preface to speaking about those prefaces tomorrow, today I would like to consider the purpose of the preface and the dialogue that precedes it.For, indeed, a short dialogue happens in the Mass just after the prayer over the gifts and before the singing of the Sanctus. It is called the “preface dialogue” and it is...
  • Spanish Bishop: Transgendered Person May Not Serve as Godparent

    07/29/2015 6:22:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    A Spanish bishop has determined that a 21-year-old woman who identifies herself as a man may not serve as a godparent at the baptism of her nephew. Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta said that the parish priest was "kind and understanding" in conveying to Alex Salinas, a woman who plans to undergo a sex-change operation, that while she cannot serve as a baptismal sponsor because of canonical requirements that a sponsor live in accordance with the faith, she could spiritually encourage and help the child in living the faith. "No one should be surprised if someone cannot...
  • Patriarch Urges Pope to Visit Iraq

    07/29/2015 6:09:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    ANSA ^ | 7/28/15
    Papal visit to Baghdad would be welcomed by all, he says- A visit by Pope Francis to the people of Iraq would give them desperately needed encouragement and strength, Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako said. In an interview published on the Vatican Radio website, he urged Pope Francis to make a pastoral visit to Iraq to give the Arab world's embattled Christians hope and the strength "to persevere and not to leave". Iraqi Christians feel close to the pontiff, "but they are awaiting his pastoral visit," the patriarch said. "We need his presence among us, so that...
  • Gathering for Mass around altar on Jeep's hood (Catholic Caucus)

    07/29/2015 4:21:41 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 13 replies
    Catholic Standard ^ | May 23, 2013 | Mark Zimmermann
    One month after Father Emil Kapaun, a heroic Korean War chaplain, received the Medal of Honor posthumously during a White House ceremony, he was remembered at a special outdoor Mass celebrated at St. Jude Regional Catholic School in Rockville. Father Paul Lee - the pastor of the Shrine of St. Jude Parish whose own family had escaped Communist North Korea as refugees - celebrated the Mass on May 9 with a makeshift altar set up on the hood of an olive-colored Jeep, just as Father Kapaun had done when ministering to soldiers on the front line more than six decades...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-29-15, M, St. Martha

    07/28/2015 9:01:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 29, 2015   Memorial of Saint Martha Reading 1 Ex 34:29-35 As Moses came down from Mount Sinaiwith the two tablets of the commandments in his hands,he did not know that the skin of his face had become radiantwhile he conversed with the LORD.When Aaron, then, and the other children of Israel saw Mosesand noticed how radiant the skin of his face had become,they were afraid to come near him.Only after Moses called to them did Aaronand all the rulers of the community come back to him.Moses then spoke to them.Later on, all the children of Israel came...
  • ‘Kandhamal’ tells the whole story of anti-Christian persecution

    07/28/2015 6:23:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/28/15 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Because of the dramatic events that unfolded there, certain places have come to symbolize entire movements or chapters of history. “Gettysburg,” for instance, immediately evokes the American Civil War, just as “Tiananmen Square” is now universal shorthand for non-violent protest. In similar fashion, in terms of contemporary anti-Christian persecution, “Kandhamal” may be the single word that best captures the whole story.Kandhamal is a district of the eastern Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, where an orgy of violence descended upon the impoverished Christian minority in August, 2008. A series of riots led by radical Hindus left roughly 100...
  • Gay Catholics Push for Church Weddings

    07/28/2015 3:06:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 117 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    When the Supreme Court ruling came down in late June, extending the right to marriage to members of the same sex in all 50 states, some observers felt that the Catholic Church was fairly immune to any requirements that it would have to allow same-sex weddings before her altars. Now, though, calls for the Church to allow such nuptials are bubbling up. How far they will get is another question. The issue was raised Tuesday by a report in the New York Times that featured “gay and transgender Catholics” who are making noises with the approaching visit to these shores...
  • Poland then. Britain now. (defending Church teachings poses new risks in Western countries today)

    07/28/2015 2:21:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 27, 2015 | Joanna Bogle
    Thirty years ago, bringing Catholic literature into Communist Poland could get you into trouble. Strangely—scarily—defending Church teachings can pose new risks in Western countries today. People place candles in Pilsudski Square to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II April 2, 2009 in Warsaw, Poland. (CNS photo/Peter Andrews, Reuters) “You will be frightened,” Alex warned, “and you will sweat. So wrap the paper in a bit of plastic, cut from a plastic bag, before rolling it up and pinning it inside your clothes.” This was useful advice, because when we stood at Warsaw Airport with...
  • The Pity of Christ

    07/28/2015 11:26:48 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/28/15 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Christ cannot be psychoanalyzed because he is perfect. It would be like seeking flaws in pure crystal or long shadows at high noon. That is why he may seem from our fallen state in a singularly ill-contrived world as both severe and merciful, ethereal and common, rebellious and routine, rustic and royal, solitary and brotherly, young and ageless. His perfection is a stubborn enigma to the imperfect, but if there is to be one hint of the art that moves his mind, it will be in his pity. It will be in his pity for the whole world when he...
  • Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

    07/28/2015 7:43:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West Msgr. Charles Pope • July 27, 2015 • Yesterday’s post dealt with the capacity of this world, by God’s promise, to provide sufficient food for us. While hunger does exist, it is due more to human sinfulness than insufficient resources.But even more prevalent these days than physical hunger is spiritual hunger, if not outright starvation. As is the case with physical hunger, the source of spiritual hunger is not God, who has given us abundant grace and truth; it is we who are the source. It...
  • New York Churches Receive Tearful Farewells

    07/28/2015 4:49:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/26/15 | Melanie Grayce West
    Thousands of Catholics attend final services at parishes set to closeParishioners of the Roman Catholic Church of All Saints in Harlem openly wept at Mass on Sunday as the sounds of the choir lifted up to the soaring ceilings. Rosalind Maybank, president of the usher board, broke into tears as she thanked congregants for spending one last Sunday “with your family.” “It’s very hard, but the love that we share among each other will always be with us no matter where we go, whatever church we go to,” said Ms. Maybank, 68 years old, as sunlight poured in through the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-28-15

    07/27/2015 8:14:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-28-15 | Revised New American Bible
    July 28, 2015   Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28 The tent, which was called the meeting tent,Moses used to pitch at some distance away, outside the camp.Anyone who wished to consult the LORDwould go to this meeting tent outside the camp.Whenever Moses went out to the tent, the people would all riseand stand at the entrance of their own tents,watching Moses until he entered the tent.As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come downand stand at its entrance while the LORD spoke with Moses.On seeing the column...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Everyone’s a Bit Knotty

    07/27/2015 7:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 07-27-15 | Sarah Maw
    July 27, 2015Everyone’s a Bit KnottySarah Maw When glancing over the myriad of Marian devotions in the Catholic Church, it’s easy to find yourself pondering: “How do I pick one? Can I pick only one? In the end, aren’t they all just prayers to Mary?” Yes, our Marian prayers do all end up in the same place, in God’s hands through Mary. But, the long list of devotions isn’t simply a way for Mary to accumulate as many awesome titles as possible. Each Marian devotion has a unique message behind it, directed to a specific audience, and is accompanied by...
  • Exclusive Report—The Devil in Detroit

    07/27/2015 6:22:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/27/15 | Michael Voris
    It took only a moment and it was over. But in that moment, much changed. In a warehouse near the river in downtown Detroit, on the eve of the feast of St. Anne, patroness of Detroit, a statue to the demon Baphomet was unveiled. The event was sponsored by the Satanic Temple and was described as the "largest public satanic ceremony in history." Whether that claim is true or not, hundreds of people turned out for the event by first being directed by e-mail to a decoy location — a deserted bank in a seedy Detroit neighborhood — where they...
  • Proselytizing climate change from the church pulpit

    07/27/2015 11:20:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7/27/15 | Judi McLeod
    The triumvirate imposing man-made global warming on civil society as the 21st century’s top issue may have started at the United Nations, but it picked up steam with President Barack Obama somewhat, then surrealistically moved on to include the Vatican through Pope-Gone-Activist-Francis-Bergoglio. The climate change movement has long dictated what the masses could eat and wear, what they could drive and where they would live. They are now dictating to the masses what religion to practice, and their green religion is not Christianity. The hierarchy of the global warming/climate change movement pay loyal allegiance to the pagan religion of Gaia...
  • On Park Avenue, a Picture of the Catholic Church Divided [Opposing Interpretations of Vatican II]

    07/27/2015 11:06:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/27/2015 | by NICHOLAS FRANKOVICH
    Two opposing interpretations of the Second Vatican Council divide the Catholic Church. This divide is more complex than the casual observer tends to appreciate. Within the complex divide, however, is a clear, simple divide: the familiar quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns. Each of the two parties is marked by a definite taste in liturgy, music, architecture, and art. The Eucharist being “the source and summit of the Christian life,” it should come as no surprise that the central object of disagreement between the Catholic Ancients and the Catholic Moderns is the Mass. In the Roman rite, it can...
  • Behold the Newly-Discovered Painting in Rome's Catacomb of Callixtus

    07/27/2015 9:41:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the “Orpheus cubicle” after the figure from Greek mythology. The small room, located in front of the Crypt of the Popes, was poorly conserved until a recent excavation by the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology. The “Orpheus cubicle” is named for its painting of Orpheus with a lyre, surrounded by birds, sea monsters, and flowers, representing the whole of creation. Orpheus was...