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  • ACTION ITEM! Milwaukee Art Museum – Anti-Catholic offense! @MilwaukeeArt

    06/30/2015 9:36:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 30, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    You may have heard about the highly offensive move of the Milwaukee Art Museum.  They displayed a “portrait” of Benedict XVI made from colored condoms.  That’s just plain nasty.The Vicar General of the Diocese of Madison, Msgr. James Bartylla, wrote a letter to the Museum.  He shared it with me.  I have his permission to share it with you.  He also wrote: [F]eel free to tell you readers that I encourage them to write to the Milwaukee Art Museum (mam@mam.org) to communicate their displeasure, with civility and respect (and with appropriate vigor and articulation), at this “artistic” display of such...
  • In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times

    06/30/2015 7:48:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In Times Like These – A Scriptural Guide for Troubled and Confused Times Msgr. Charles Pope • June 29, 2015 • There’s an old hymn that says, “In times like these, you need a Savior, in times like these, you need an anchor. Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.” And indeed, there are very few faithful Catholics who are not astonished and dismayed at the rapidity of decline into confusion (sexual and otherwise) of a culture we once described as Judeo-Christian. Whatever our sectarian differences of the past (and honestly they were significant and...
  • Persecution More Likely With Court’s Marriage Decision

    06/30/2015 4:29:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 30, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The U.S. Supreme Court has just engaged in its latest unconstitutional exercise of raw judicial power and surely its most extravagant attempt to forcibly remake American culture since the 1973 Roe v. Wade/Doe v. Bolton abortion cases. The Obergefell v. Hodges decision on same-sex “marriage” was based on the notion of “substantive due process”—which essentially has meant rights that the Court, following the thinking of elite opinion-makers and organized interest groups, has read into the Constitution. While the first expression of substantive due process concerned a convoluted absolutist notion of property rights in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,...
  • “I Only Ask the West One Thing: Stop Arming Our Assassins”

    06/30/2015 4:16:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 6/29/15 | Gianni Valente
    Interview with the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, Aphrem II: martyrdom is not a human sacrifice offered to God in order to obtain his favour. This is why it is blasphemous to call suicide bombers “martyrs”When we look at martyrs we see that the Church is not just one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Throughout its journey through history the Church has also been a suffering Church.” According to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, martyrdom reveals an essential element of the nature of the Church. A connotation that could be added to those professed in the...
  • Benedictine Monks' Disputed Role at Catholic University in Illinois at Center of New Lawsuit

    06/30/2015 4:11:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/28/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Chicago, Ill., Jun 28, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven monks of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Ill. have filed suit against the leadership of Illinois’ Benedictine University, saying that the leadership has denied them their rights to help govern the university their abbey founded. Abbot Austin Murphy, who is also the university’s chancellor and a member of the board of trustees, said the dispute “goes to the very heart of maintaining the Catholic identity” of the university because of the monks’ oversight role in ensuring “that the university remains Catholic and Benedictine.” “They are surely not the only...
  • THOUSANDS PROTEST PLAN TO CONVERT CATHOLIC HOSPITAL CHAPEL INTO ISLAMIC PRAYER ROOM

    06/29/2015 11:39:22 PM PDT · by Lil Flower · 22 replies
    BREITBART ^ | June 29, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition protesting a proposal to turn a Catholic hospital chapel into a Muslim prayer room.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-30-15, OM, The First Holy Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

    06/29/2015 11:13:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 30, 2015 Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 19:15-29 As dawn was breaking, the angels urged Lot on, saying, “On your way! Take with you your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of Sodom.” When he hesitated, the men, by the LORD’s mercy, seized his hand and the hands of his wife and his two daughters and led them to safety outside the city. As soon as they had been brought outside, he was told: “Flee for your life! Don’t look back or...
  • The Almost Unbelievable Account of How the Family Synod Was Almost Hijacked by an Anti-Family Agenda

    06/29/2015 7:27:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/24/15 | Matthew McCusker
    Editor’s note: This was originally given in Rome May 8, 2015 during the Rome Life Forum.ROME, June 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- In this presentation I intend to give a brief overview of events before and during the Extraordinary Synod held in October 2014. On March 17 2013, four days after his election as Pope and during his first Angelus address in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father drew attention to a recently published book by Walter Cardinal Kasper and strongly praised it. He said: In these days I have been able to read a book by a Cardinal – Cardinal...
  • RORATE EDITORIAL: It's time for Catholic prelates to speak as true Catholics

    06/29/2015 5:02:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 6/29/15 | Augustinus
    Since the promulgation of Obergefell v. Hodges, the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States on the definition of State-defined marriage, a growing number of U.S. Catholic prelates have been issuing their own statements about this abominable decision by five justices of the Court (two of whom are baptized Catholics, including the majority opinion's author himself). Some forthrightly condemned the decision's injustice and immorality. Others restated Catholic doctrine clearly, but without the forcefulness clearly warranted by the situation. Others offered decidedly lukewarm, limp-wristed statements that repeated a minimum of orthodox doctrine in as inoffensive and unconvincing a manner...
  • So now is it 'hate speech' to deplore the Obergefell decision?

    06/29/2015 5:01:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/29/15 | Phil Lawler
    The ink was barely dry on last week’s Supreme Court ruling when Father James Martin, SJ, began scolding Catholics who were, from his decorous perspective, too strident in denouncing the decision. ”No issue brings out so much hatred from so many Catholics as homosexuality,” Father Martin told his Facebook followers. He repeated the same message several times throughout the day, warning commenters that they must not indulge in “homophobia” and suggesting that someone who questioned whether we were all expected to sing “Kumbaya” was illustrating his point. So is sarcasm now prima facie evidence of hatred? In my own surfing...
  • “I only ask the West one thing: Stop arming our assassins” [Syrian Orthodox Patriarch]

    06/29/2015 4:57:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 6/29/15 | Gianni Valente
    “When we look at martyrs we see that the Church is not just one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Throughout its journey through history the Church has also been a suffering Church.” According to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, martyrdom reveals an essential element of the nature of the Church. A connotation that could be added to those professed in the Creed and which always accompanies those who follow in Christ’s footsteps, whatever life throws at them, acting as his disciples. This is a distinctive trait which can be clearly seen now in many...
  • Pope Francis wants to chew coca leaves during Bolivia visit, claims government official [NOT satire]

    06/29/2015 4:52:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July A Bolivian government official has claimed that Pope Francis has said he would like to chew coca leaves when he visits the country next month.According to Reuters, Culture Minister Marko Machicao, speaking on state television and radio on Sunday, said that the Pontiff asked to be provided with coca leaves upon his arrival in Bolivia in July in order to help combat altitude sickness.“We offered (the Pope) coca tea or something for the altitude,” said Machicao. “He has specifically requested that he wants to chew coca, so we...
  • Bishop Strickland’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision

    06/29/2015 2:10:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Diocese of Tyler ^ | 6/26/2015 | Joseph Edward Strickland
    Joseph Edward StricklandBy the Grace of God and the Apostolic SeeBishop of TylerTO THE PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS AND CATHOLIC FAITHFUL OF THE DIOCESE OF TYLER, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF OTHER FAITH TRADITIONS, AND ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL IN THE THIRTY-THREE COUNTIES OF NORTHEAST TEXAS THAT MAKE UP THE DIOCESE OF TYLER:On the morning of June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a 5-4 decision establishing the legal right of two individuals of the same sex to legally marry in all 50 states. By doing so, the Court has acted in contradiction to...
  • Historic Meeting of Pope and Russian Orthodox Head Seen Nearer

    06/29/2015 7:25:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/28/15 | Philip Pullella
    An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on Sunday. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054. "Now such a meeting is getting closer every day but it must be well prepared," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper. He said the meeting...
  • German Bishop Calls for Withdrawal of Good Friday Petition of Benedict XVI

    06/29/2015 7:21:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Pray Tell ^ | 6/28/15 | Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB
    German media are reporting on a fiftieth anniversary panel discussion of Nostra aetate, the “Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions” of the Second Vatican Council, organized by the German Catholic bishops’ conference. It was meant to be a respectful look back and a celebration of good relationship between Christians and Jews in Germany. But it turned out differently than planned. Josef Schuster, the president of the Central Council of Jews, unexpectedly called for the revocation of the newly formulated Good Friday petition for the Jews which Pope Benedict wrote in 2008. Even more unexpected, Bishop Heinrich...
  • Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

    06/29/2015 6:32:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-28-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing Msgr. Charles Pope • June 28, 2015 • When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but everyone I ever asked admitted that prayer was difficult. And while many had reasons they offered as to why prayer was difficult, I still wondered...
  • Catholic priest reports getting spit on at gay marriage parade [Fr Jonathan Morris]

    06/29/2015 6:23:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | 6-29-15 | Michael Dorstewitz
    If Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states has demonstrated anything, it’s that the left is a mob of sore, ungracious winners. Jonathan Morris, author and parish priest at at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church in the Bronx, N.Y., tweeted this gentle reminder of how we should conduct ourselves: --------- The greatest evidence of authentic good will…is the way we treat people with whom we passionately disagree. — Fr. Jonathan Morris (@fatherjonathan) June 27, 2015 ---------- Apparently at least two people didn’t get the message. The following day he tweeted: ------------- Walking down Broadway...
  • MD Priest calls out unfaithful Catholics homosexuals in priesthood that set stage for USSC decision

    06/29/2015 5:43:52 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 79 replies
    Listen to Sermon-Its worth it ^ | 6/28/2015 | Christ the King Catholic Church
    Feeling down about the Catholic Church and the homosexual marriage ruling? Give a listen to this Maryland priest's sermon. He goes after homosexuals in the priesthood, Martin Omally, and unfaithful Catholics. He speaks about the truth of marriage being one man andone woman. Pray for him as he said what needed to be said and may pay the price for it.
  • SSPX Superior-General after Vatican visits of their Seminaries: "Francis has kept his promises...

    06/29/2015 4:51:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 6/29/15
    On Saturday, June 27, French conservative daily Présent published an interview Superior-General of the Society of Saint Pius X (FSSPX / SSPX), Bp. Bernard Fellay, on the surprisingly positive developments for the Society under Francis, and what they mean for the future. On the occasion of the blessing of the bells for the chapel of the Saint-Michel de La Martinerie school in Chateauroux, Bishop Fellay gave Presentan update on the situation of the Society of St. Pius X, of which he is the Superior General. In an interview with Fideliter in 2001, you mentioned the "movement of profound sympathy from...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-29-15, SOL, Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

    06/28/2015 9:44:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 0629-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 29, 2015   Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Mass during the Day Reading 1 Acts 12:1-11 In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them. He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword, and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jews he proceeded to arrest Peter also. –It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.– He had him taken into custody and put in prison under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. He intended to bring him before the people after Passover....
  • Pope Congratulates Nigerian Muslims At Ramadan

    AS the Ramadan fast enters the second week, Pope Francis has sent his goodwill message to Nigerian Muslims, urging them to use the fasting period to enrich themselves spiritually, physically and morally. In his prayer, the Catholic pontiff said: “I am pleased to send you, in the name of all Catholics around the world, best wishes for a peaceful and joyful celebration of ‘Id el-Fitr. May your fasting, prayer, almsgiving, help to the poor, visits to family members and to friends enrich your lives.” In a statement signed by the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican, Jean-Louis...
  • Father Carl Dennis McIntosh! (It's official! Catholic freeper ordained RC priest) [Cath Caucus]

    06/28/2015 3:29:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Bridgeport Diocese ^ | June 27, 2015 | Father Colin McKenna
    An overcast day could not keep Deacon Carl McIntosh from smiling. As the 11:00 am ordination Mass drew ever closer, his smile and his spirit provided the light that the clouds tried to conceal. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano lay his hands on the head of a kneeling Deacon Carl McIntosh at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport, and priestly ontological change was impressed upon his soul. In that instant, Deacon Carl McIntosh became Father Carl McIntosh. Pictured: Deacon Carl McIntosh is all smiles as he waits for his ordination Mass to begin. In the background is an image of Our Lady of...
  • What the Catholic Church does (and does not) teach about same-sex marriage

    06/28/2015 2:23:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | June 26, 2015 | Jennifer Manning
    If you are a Catholic, chances are you may be bombarded with questions at your local cookout this weekend, thanks to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage today.  In case you are a little rusty, here are a few talking points on what the Catholic Church does and does not teach regarding same-sex marriage. I base much of this on the amicus brief submitted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for Obergefell vs. Hodges. If you find yourself at all struggling to understand or to explain the Church’s stance on same-sex marriage and want a more detailed...
  • Question For Lutheran FReepers

    06/28/2015 11:47:57 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 36 replies
    vanity | June 28, 2015 | Jim Noble
    Our semi-Liberal Catholic parish recently changed hymnals. Today was the first Sunday since the change that A Mighty Fortress is Our God was on the hymn list. Now, I come from 500 years of German Lutherans. I know the words to Ein Feste Burg, and I know the English version by heart (a bulwark never failing, Lord Sabaoth His name, etc, etc). So, anyway, the words in the new hymnal are different. My first thought, of course, was "Damn Liberal Catholics, can't leave any of our good old hymns alone", BUT, when I looked down, I saw the copyright was...
  • Pope Francis Recruits Naomi Klein in Climate Change Battle

    06/28/2015 11:32:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 68 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/27/15 | Rosie Scammell
    Social activist ‘surprised but delighted’ to join top cardinal in high-level environment conference at the Vatican She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week the secular radical will join forces with the Catholic cardinal in the latest move by Pope Francis to shift the debate on global warming. Naomi Klein and Cardinal Peter Turkson are to lead a high-level conference on the environment, bringing together churchmen, scientists and activists to debate climate...
  • Cardinal Siri's 1963 interview on the ongoing Council -- and the shortcomings of its "pastoral" tone

    06/28/2015 9:05:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1963 | Fr. Walter Abbot, S.J.
    Fr. Walter Abbot, S.J. interviewed Cardinal Siri after the first (1962) session of the Second Vatican Council as part of a larger work of 12 interviews with Council Fathers, that was published in 1963, before the second session. As far as we are aware, this is the first online transcript of the exchange. *** Giuseppe Cardinal Siri, Archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, was grave and thoughtful the day I visited him. The day before, he told me, he had been surprised to discover in an Italian newspaper an account of a speech he had delivered...
  • Andrew Cuomo to officiate same-sex marriage before Gay Pride Parade

    06/28/2015 7:45:57 AM PDT · by delchiante · 23 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/28/2015 | kenneth lovett, Larry mcshane
    ALBANY - Days after getting the right to marry people, Gov. Cuomo will officiate a same-sex marriage Sunday morning an hour before marching in the city gay pride parade. Cuomo will marry David Contreras Turley, 36, and Peter Thiede, 35. "It’s hard to believe everything that’s happened in the last 24 hours,” Turley told the Daily News on Saturday night. “The opportunity arose for us to get married by the governor, and we couldn’t be happier.” Longtime gay rights activist Edie Windsor, who was part of a landmark Supreme Court decision, will deliver the opening remarks at the ceremony, which...
  • From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

    06/28/2015 7:37:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    From Despair to Deliverance: The Journey of Jairus – A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 27, 2015 • The gospel today focuses on a man named Jairus and a journey he makes from despair to deliverance, with the help of Jesus. Of course Jairus is not merely a synagogue official who lived two thousand years ago. You are Jairus and his journey is your journey. We also meet in this gospel a woman of great faith, to whom the Lord points as an exemplar. If you are ready to accept it, she also...
  • Questioning Same-Sex "Marriage?" - Blame the leaders of the Catholic Church!

    For my non-Catholic readers you may find that title surprising, for some of my Catholic readers you may find it scandalous. However I suspect most of you will know exactly what it means. As you know by now, the Supreme Court of the United States of America in a 5-4 vote decided that two men or two women have the constitutional right to enter into a legal marriage. What a lie. What utter poppycock. As for the comments by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' President, you're a little late. You did this. You and your colleagues and your...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-27-15, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/27/2015 8:41:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 28, 2015  Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, and there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the netherworld on earth, for justice is undying. For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who belong to his...
  • Why I am not Protestant (Non-Denominational, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc)

    06/27/2015 6:34:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 328 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/17/2015 | By Shaila D Touchton
    According to recent statistics, in the United States alone, there are 327,717 Protestant churches and 19,863 Catholic churches. However, despite the numerous individual congregations here and throughout the world, there’s really only one true Church. Even though many churches have differences in doctrinal opinions or other characteristics, every church which is based on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is a part of the true Church. Amazingly, there are thousands of different denominational and independent Christian churches who, for the most part, agree on the basic fundamentals of Christ, but who maintain their separate groups for relatively minor issues. They...
  • Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

    06/27/2015 5:18:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Rod Dreher, editor, The American Conservative
    Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically. It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now. Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives...
  • The Apparition of Mary at La Laus, France (1664)

    06/27/2015 8:53:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 111 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | February 4, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    Statues depicting the apparition of Mary to Benoite Rencurel at La Laus, France. One of the most fervent forms of devotion in Roman Catholicism is to the visions of Mary, commonly called “apparitions.” For many centuries, in many locations around the world, Mary is alleged to have appeared to visionaries of the Roman Catholic Church. These visionaries typically report conversations with Mary, and the apparition of Mary has many times delivered messages that have been documented through the official channels of the Roman Catholic Church. There have been many hundreds of alleged apparitions throughout history, but only a few...
  • Catholic Leaders Resolve to Hold Firm to Biblical Marriage Teaching

    06/27/2015 3:20:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    NC Register ^ | June 26, 2015 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, in a long-awaited decision that will have sweeping and unpredictable consequences for U.S. jurisprudence, cultural norms and religious freedom. Catholic leaders, legal scholars and marriage experts reacted with dismay to the landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and three related cases. But they also expressed resolve that the decision would not discourage their efforts to preach and teach the truth about marriage and to advance respect for the institution as a union of one man and one woman committed to the care and education of...
  • (Catholic Canon Lawyer) Ed Peters on SCOTUS Obergefell v. Hodges

    06/27/2015 2:43:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 26, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Canonist Ed Peters has comments on SCOTUS decision today.  Read the whole thing over there, but… here: Two thoughts re the Supreme Court decision on ‘same-sex marriage’[..]Of course, the Court has not yet reached the end of its marriage line, for yet to come are “marriages” between siblings, parents and children, groups of people, and so on, but come they will, [….]Anyway, I make here two points especially for Catholics.First, we need to recall that the State has long recognized as married some persons who are not married, namely, when the State allows divorced persons simply to remarry. We have lived...
  • How Should Christians Respond to the Court's Decision on Marriage?

    06/27/2015 11:33:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 53 replies
    America Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Daniel P. Horan
    “The joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the women and men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ” ("Gaudium et Spes," no. 1). With this now-famous line, the Second Vatican Council opened its “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World” (1965). This passage immediately came to mind this morning as I heard of the U. S. Supreme Court decision (Obergefell v. Hodges) that upheld the constitutional right to same-sex marriage. My personal response was...
  • Vatican Commission Formally Recognizes Martyrdom of Oklahoma City Priest

    06/27/2015 11:09:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Fr. Stanley Rother Could Become First Beatified Martyr from the United StatesA Theological Commission of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints has recognized the martyrdom of Fr. Stanley Rother, a priest from Oklahoma. According to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the vote is a crucial step in advancing his cause of Beatification. If beatified, Fr. Stanley Rother would be the first Catholic martyr and priest from the United States to receive such recognition. Fr. Rother, a native of Okarche and a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, was murdered by an unknown assailant on July 28th, 1981. At...
  • Where’s the Pope’s Encyclical on Christian Persecution?

    06/27/2015 9:37:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | June 26, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Pope Francis recently released a new encyclical. Portions of it deal with environmentalism, global warming, and climate change. Naturally, this has prompted controversy. It’s noteworthy that Francis didn’t merely make a passing comment on global warming during this or that sermon, but that he issued a papal encyclical on the matter. Encyclicals are much more formal and significant than remarks made during mass. They are letters written by a pope and sent to bishops all around the world. In turn, the bishops are meant to disseminate the encyclical’s ideas to all the priests and churches in their jurisdiction, so that...
  • Biblical slavery

    06/27/2015 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 102 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 6-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Biblical slavery Question: A person I know, hostile to Church teaching, dismisses the Bible as a moral source because it approved of slavery. How can this be answered? M Taylor, via email Answer: Slavery in biblical times tended to be an alternative to the more modern tendency of incarcerating people for long periods in prisons. People were generally enslaved for three reasons: They had debts they could not pay, they were guilty of certain crimes, or they had been soldiers who had waged war against the Roman Empire. Slavery was sometimes for the duration of one’s life, but might not...
  • Pope’s Encyclical Brandished at UN, Its Condemnation of Abortion Ignored

    06/27/2015 8:53:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Lane | June 26, 2015 | Stefano Gerrarini, J.D.
    Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment made an impact on UN negotiations this week. But in the rush to emphasize its input on climate change, his forceful condemnation of abortion and population control remain overlooked. At this week’s negotiations on sustainable development in the General Assembly, María Emma Mejía Vélez, ambassador of Colombia said the Pope’s encyclical on “climate change” was relevant to the UN development agenda. The new papal encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si,” has been described as a “massive coup” for those who emphasize the human causes of climate change. It has lent the moral backing...
  • LGBT group backed by Cardinal to march in London’s huge ‘gay pride’ parade

    06/27/2015 7:22:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News | June 26, 2015 | Life Site News Staff
    LONDON, June 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- An LGBT group for Catholics supported by Britain’s most influential cardinal will participate as a registered group at a major ‘gay pride’ event this weekend. Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols says LGBT Catholics Westminster is hoping it will serve as an “opportunity for evangelization,” but also notes that they “arranged independently” to march in the event. The group’s leader, ex-priest Martin Prendergast, has been in a homosexual civil partnership with Julian Filochowski, the former head of Cafod, since 2006. Cafod is the official bishops’ conference charity for overseas development. Prendergast has claimed on film that...
  • Our Lady of Good Success (a prophecy that is materializing) [Catholic Caucus]

    06/27/2015 6:19:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    fisheaters ^ | June 26, 2015
    Our Lady of Good Success Date: very early 17th c., first approved 1611 Place: Quito, Ecuador Visionary: Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus TorresThe story of Our Lady of Good Success is a most fascinating one -- and incredibly important and timely, as many of the prophecies of our Lady and our Lord given to Mariana pertain explicitly to the 20th c. and thereafter. Mother Mariana was a Spanish Conceptionist nun, blessed with the charismata of discernment and prophecy, who ran a convent in Quito, Ecuador. First, Our Lady told her to make a life-sized statue of her holding the...
  • BREAKING REPORT—June 26: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

    06/27/2015 6:10:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 6/26/15 | Michael Voris
    Persecution is coming — and it's been abetted by traitorous Catholics The High Court voted in a sweeping broad-based decision that sodomite marriage is a constitutional right. The vote went as largely expected in a 5–4 ruling where Catholic Justice Anthony Kennedy, a long time ally for homosexual rights, equated the struggle for sodomite marriage to the civil rights battle for blacks in the 1960s. In a giant step going even further, Kennedy also addressed the issue of the children of homosexual couples, saying they had a right not to be humiliated by their parents not being legally recognized as...
  • Rejoice! The Church's beacon just got brighter

    06/27/2015 6:00:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | June 26, 2015 | Leila
    Maybe I should be upset and disheartened at today's Supreme Court decision. But I'm smiling. And I don't feel sad. I feel strangely excited. I remember the night that Obama was elected for his second term. I went to bed early, sick to my stomach, depressed and afraid. It was truly awful. I felt a dark shroud had descended on our nation, the America that I love so much. But I have grown and changed. The ins and outs of politics and courts and men do not bother me so much anymore. And in this case, I find myself untroubled....
  • America's Golden Calf Moment

    06/27/2015 5:40:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/27/15 | Carl E Olsen
    “There is no true liberty except the liberty of the happy who cleave to the eternal law.” — St. Augustine, On Freewill “Conservative commentator, and Blaze contributor, S.E. Cupp broke down on-air Friday after the Supreme Court decided in favor of same-sex marriage. Cupp was overjoyed, and said Republicans have to accept gay marriage or risk becoming 'relics.'” — The Blaze, June 26, 2015 I. The great division in modern politics, argued Russell Kirk in The Politics of Prudence, “is not between totalitarians on the one hand and liberals (or libertarians) on the other; instead, it lies between all...
  • Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni dies at 75

    06/26/2015 11:54:29 PM PDT · by annalex · 3 replies
    PanARMENIAN.Net ^ | June 25, 2015 - 18:44 AMT
    Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia Nerses Bedros XIX passed away Thursday, June 25 after suffering a heart attack, media reported, according to The Daily Star. The renowned Egyptian patriarch, who resided in Lebanon, was widely known for serving the Armenian community and promoting its interests. The patriarch had visited Armenian communities in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. to boost Armenian catholic schools. At his request, the archbishop of Mardine Ignace Maloyan, martyr of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, was proclaimed blessed by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Square in Rome. The Catholicos Patriarch also sent the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-27-15. OM, St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    06/26/2015 8:36:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-27-15 | Revised New American Bible
    June 27, 2015  Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 18:1-15 The LORD appeared to Abraham by the Terebinth of Mamre, as Abraham sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot. Looking up, he saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them; and bowing to the ground, he said: “Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant. Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest...
  • Things Are Going to Get Very Tough, Very Quickly, for the Church and Her Allies

    06/26/2015 7:10:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    NC Register ^ | June 26, 2015 | MSGR. CHARLES POPE
    Most were not surprised by the Supreme Court decision today. Court watchers who had attended the hearings earlier this year were rather certain that the mood of the court was to find a constitutional right to marriage and extend it to those with same-sex attraction.  I am not a lawyer and will not therefore speak to the legal demerits of this decision. Others, including the minority on the Court, can speak to that.  But as a citizen I wonder how we have come to a place in our legal and legislative system where unelected judges for life, who in...
  • Supreme Court Demands Apology From God For Sodom And Gomorrah [do I need to say it?]

    06/26/2015 6:47:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Just hours after ruling that all Americans, no matter their sexual orientation, can now legally marry the people they love, the U.S. Supreme Court went forward with plans to demand that God apologize and make amends for His actions at Sodom and Gomorrah.Many are calling the decision to hold God liable for the destruction of the impenitent cities as a victory for gay rights activists who have fought for centuries to see God brought to justice.The justices found that, under the 14th Amendment, states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that have been performed in...
  • LCMS response to SCOTUS ruling today

    06/26/2015 4:40:14 PM PDT · by Mom MD · 64 replies
    LCMS ^ | 6/25/15 | LCMS
    Please see link I'm not good at posting text And no humble gunner it's not my blog