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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-18-17

    01/17/2017 7:38:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 18, 2017 Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 7:1-3, 15-17Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High,met Abraham as he returned from his defeat of the kingsand blessed him.And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything.His name first means righteous king,and he was also "king of Salem," that is, king of peace.Without father, mother, or ancestry,without beginning of days or end of life,thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. It is even more obvious if another priest is raised upafter the likeness of Melchizedek,...
  • Traditionalist Society of Exorcists Moving to Denver

    01/17/2017 7:00:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/16/17 | Max Douglas
    Father Chad Ripperger and his order are being welcomed by Bp. Samuel AquilaDENVER (ChurchMilitant.com) - A traditional group of exorcist priests, the Doloran Fathers, also known as the Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother, are moving their ministry to Denver. News of the move has been circulating on blogs and has been confirmed by those close to the Doloran Fathers. Neither the archdiocese of Denver nor the Dolorans themselves have yet to release an official statement. Father Chad Ripperger, founder of the Dolorans, was asked to leave the Tulsa, Oklahoma diocese in September 2016, shortly after Bp. David Konderla was...
  • Marquette: McAdams to Remain Suspended Until He Apologizes

    01/17/2017 6:50:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 1/17/18 | Kassy Dillon
    * Marquette University is refusing to reinstate a conservative professor until he issues a formal apology for questioning criticizing a colleague’s classroom speech policies on his personal blog.* Dr. John McAdams has been suspended since December 2014 for questioning a colleague's prohibition on questioning the propriety of gay marriage in class.* Marquette President Michael Lovell is demanding that McAdams issue a statement accepting his punishment, apologizing for the blog post, and admitting "guilt" in the matter.Marquette University is refusing to reinstate a conservative professor until he issues a formal apology for questioning criticizing a colleague’s classroom speech policies on his...
  • Another Bishop Says Chastity Key to Communion Debate

    01/17/2017 6:40:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/17/18 | John Allen Jr
    Bishop Steven Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Peter, for ex-Anglicans, has issued a pastoral letter on 'Amoris Laetitia' holding that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may receive Communion only if they commit to "complete chastity."In a new pastoral letter on the implementation of Amoris Laetitia, another Catholic bishop has concluded that the pontiff’s document on the family does not change the Church’s existing rules for the divorced and civilly remarried, and that Catholics in that situation may receive Communion only if they commit themselves to “complete chastity.” “A civilly remarried couple, if committed to complete continence,...
  • Pope Raps Christians Who Do Not Want Change

    01/17/2017 6:15:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    In his homily at a morning Mass on January 17, Pope Francis criticized “lazy Christians, Christians who do not have the will to go forward, Christians who don’t fight to make things change.” Such Christians “have found in the Chuch a good place to park,” the Pontiff said. “And when I say Christians, I’m takling about laity, priests, bishops...” Such “stationary” Christians, he said, are a danger, like still water: “It is the first to go bad.” Pope: Christians are not 'parked' but rather courageous (Vatican Radio)
  • Dispute Escalates Between Vatican, Knights of Malta

    01/17/2017 6:06:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Vatican has underlined its commitment to an investigation into controversy within the Knights of Malta, after the head of that order charged that an investigating committee was troubled by “serious accusations of a conflict of interest.” In a letter to members of the Knights of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, the grand master of the Order, reiterated that he was opposing the Vatican investigation because it was a threat to the sovereignty of the Order. He said that he was deeply troubled by the conflict with the Vatican, and “I have barely been able to concentrate on anything else.” Nevertheless...
  • BREAKING: Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

    01/17/2017 1:43:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 58 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Jan Bentz
    If you happen to receive a piece of mail from the Vatican this year, don’t be surprised to see the face of Martin Luther. The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals. The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and...
  • The Vatican postage stamp to celebrate Luther

    01/17/2017 12:50:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    RS ^ | January 16, 2017 | jeannedare
    It happens up the magazine where Bolaffi (the oldest and the largest company in philatelic) announce the stamps to be issued this year. I see the page dedicated to the Statement of the Vatican City, where he announces a << >> issue that astonishes, as he wrote the piece extender: nothing less than a postage stamp of the Holy See that celebrates the five hundred years since the Reformation. Of course, the color image which is above the Vatican paper square is that of Martin Luther. Google translation.
  • FAQ on the Pope's Authority for Baffled Catholics and Softly Snickering Protestants

    01/17/2017 11:21:52 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    The Stream ^ | January 16, 2017 | John Zmirak
    Pope Francis warned us that he wanted to “make a mess” in the church, and at the moment, he seems to be making good on that promise. In still-fresh 2017, we have seen: The pope’s close advisor, Rev. Antonio Spadaro, who edits the quasi-official Vatican journal La Civilta Cattolica, defend Pope Francis’s apparent defiance of the infallible Council of Trent on divorce and remarriage, by explaining that in theology, “2+2=5.” No one knows quite what that means, but perhaps that’s the point. The bishops of Malta have published a set of guidelines for Holy Communion based on Pope Francis’s ambiguous...
  • Catholic Malta Falls to "the Francis effect" [Catholic Caucus]

    01/17/2017 9:26:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 16, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Each week I resolve to devote this column to something other than the Bergoglian pontificate, but each week a new development makes that impossible. For Pope Francis is in the process of making history – and not in a good way. Witness the recent publication of “guidelines” for “the application of Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia” — note well: Chapter 8 — by the bishops of once Catholic Malta. Based entirely on Amoris Laetitia (AL), the Maltese bishops now declare that the floodgates are open to Holy Communion for literally any divorced and “remarried” person who persuades himself that he...
  • God’s Mercy and Justice - Balance or Bust!

    01/17/2017 8:23:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Mercy and Justice – Balance or Bust! Msgr. Charles Pope • January 16, 2017 • One of the signs of orthodoxy is the ability to hold competing truths in tension, realizing that they are there to balance each other. For example, on the one hand God is sovereign and omnipotent, but on the other we are free to say no to Him. Both of these are taught in Scripture. Our freedom mysteriously interacts with God’s sovereignty and omnipotence, but how?Heresy will not abide any tension and so it selects one truth while discarding others meant to balance or...
  • The Maltese Falcons [Catholic Caucus]

    01/17/2017 6:59:55 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 16, 2017 | Brian W. Harrison, O.S., M.A., S.T.D.
    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat recently published a widely circulated commentary on the recent fall-out from Amoris Laetitia entitled, “The End of Catholic Marriage”. In it, he argued persuasively that if Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on marital love comes to be generally interpreted and applied as liberally as it has been in the Diocese of San Diego, California, it will in effect mean the death of this sacrament as the Gospel of Christ and the Catholic Church have always presented it: a sacred covenant whose indissoluble character means that remarriage after divorce constitutes adultery – a violation of the...
  • In Light of Malta: Further Questions on the Müller Position [Catholic Caucus]

    01/17/2017 3:40:32 AM PST · by Petrosius · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 16, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Over the weekend – and especially after the troubling new public (and promiscuous) guidelines from the Bishops of Malta concerning Communion for the “remarried” divorcees – more questions have now been raised with regard to Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s own recent and explicit endorsement of the papal document Amoris Laetitia. For, the cardinal called that Apostolic Exhortation both “doctrinally sound” and “not a danger to the Faith.” But at least two demurring voices have thus come to us now, one from Germany, and one from the United States. First, let us consider – and here I translate the entire post –...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-17-17, M, St. Anthony, Abbot

    01/16/2017 9:53:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 17, 2017 Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot Reading 1 Heb 6:10-20Brothers and sisters:God is not unjust so as to overlook your workand the love you have demonstrated for his nameby having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.We earnestly desire each of you to demonstrate the same eagernessfor the fulfillment of hope until the end,so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who,through faith and patience, are inheriting the promises. When God made the promise to Abraham,since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,and said, I will indeed...
  • Pope Admits to 'Darkness' In Own Faith

    01/16/2017 5:23:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/15/17 | AFP
    Guidonia (Italy) (AFP) - Pope Francis admitted on Sunday to sometimes having "darkness" cloud his own faith, while warning against "Christian parrots" who pay lip service to the church without acting on its values. "At certain times, I have also encountered moments of darkness in my faith and that faith decreased a lot, but with a little bit of time we rediscover it," the Pointiff told parishioners after saying mass in a village near Rome. "Some days we can't see faith, everything is in darkness. "Yesterday, for example, I christened 13 children in areas devastated by earthquakes and there was...
  • ‘Exorcist’ Author’s Canon Law Case Against Georgetown Continues

    01/16/2017 3:01:52 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 16, 2017 | Patrick Reilly
    William Peter Blatty, best-selling author and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Exorcist, died Thursday at the age of 89 after battling a form of blood cancer. But his final work is still underway: a petition to the Vatican, seeking the enforcement of canon law to reform Georgetown University’s Catholic identity, is still in front of the Church’s highest court. Although Bill Blatty is appreciated widely for his writing talent, great humor and one of the scariest movies ever made, we should also remember him as a faithful Catholic and a passionate advocate for Catholic education. In many of his works, Blatty...
  • “Only a blind man can deny that there is great confusion in the Church.” (Cath Caucus)

    01/16/2017 2:06:56 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    CW Report ^ | January 16, 2017
    Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna, Italy, carries a book before the start of the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 8. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Editor's note: The following interview was originally published in Il Foglio by Matteo Matzuzzi. It was translated into English by Andrew Guernsey and is reprinted here with permission. “The division among shepherds is the cause of the letter that we wrote to Francis. [The division is] not its effect. Insults and threats of canonical sanctions are unworthy things.” “A Church with little attention to doctrine is not...
  • Ethicist says ghostwriter’s role in ‘Amoris’ is troubling [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 2:03:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Michael Pakuluk
    [Editor’s note: In this essay, Professor Michael Pakaluk of the Catholic University of America examines the role of Argentine Archbishop Victor Fernandez, a theological adviser to Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia, the pontiff’s document on the family. Crux invited Fernandez to respond, and his comments appear at the bottom of the article.] The most important footnote in Amoris Laetitia may not be, as many suppose, one dealing with access to the sacraments for Catholics in “irregular” situations. Instead, it may be a footnote that’s not actually in the document but which should be, since one of the sentences in Amoris...
  • The Maltese directive makes answering the ‘dubia’ urgent [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 12:07:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | January 15, 2017 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    When highly placed Italian prelates declare that “only a blind man cannot see” that confusion is the ecclesiastical order of the day, and that such confusion has as its fundamental source Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia, matters have reached crisis level. Catholics who have not followed the intense three-year debate over (among other things) admitting to holy Communion divorced-and-remarried Catholics who are living as married persons should stop reading this post and go get caught up on current events. But for those sufficiently aware of the doctrinal and disciplinary issues at stake I offer some observations in the wake of this...
  • Malta sinks [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 8:36:13 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 16, 2017 | Joseph Shaw
    If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with “humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for God’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it” (AL 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351). I wonder what would happen...
  • The Hardening of Hearts Caused by the Deceit of Sin

    01/16/2017 8:27:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Hardening of Hearts Caused by the Deceit of Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2017 • Last week at daily Mass (Thursday of the First Week of the Year) we read from the Letter to the Hebrews. In it was an important admonition, especially appropriate for our times:Encourage yourselves daily while it is still today, so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin (Heb 3:12).Collectively speaking, we been hardened by the deceit of sin. Many of us who are older remember times when sins that are openly practiced (and even celebrated) today...
  • German Priests: Open the Priesthood to Women, Make Priestly Celibacy Voluntary [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 5:04:25 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 28 replies
    National Catholic Reporter (Fishwrap) ^ | January 13, 2017 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    In an open letter on the state of the church and priestly ministry in Germany, a group of 11 German priests from the Cologne archdiocese have urged the church to open the priesthood to both men and women and to make priestly celibacy voluntary. They underline seven essential points for the future of the church, including the following: "We urgently need to forge ahead with courageous initiatives on the question of admission to the priesthood. It makes no sense continuously to ask the Holy Spirit for vocations while at the same time excluding women from the priestly ministry.""Celibacy often leads...
  • Paul VI on the Altars of Bergoglio

    01/16/2017 4:10:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Vida Neuva ^ | January 13, 2017 | N/A
    Google Ttranslation: Francis wants to accelerate the process of canonization of Pope Montini, DARÍO MENOR (ROME) | The Church is on the way to having a new Holy Pontiff: Paul VI. Three years after beatifying him, Francisco shuffles the possibility of canonizing him during 2017, accelerating the times by exempting the need for a new miracle. Jorge Mario Bergoglio would thus promote the ascent to the altars of Giovanni Battista Montini following the same path as John XXIII, who was first beatified by John Paul II in 2000 after a process of use, and then inscribed in the book of...
  • New Embassy Signals Pope’s Love for Palestine, says President Abbas

    01/16/2017 3:40:09 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 16, 2017 | N/A
    The Palestinian embassy to the Holy See was inaugurated on Saturday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Pope Francis for his support of the country’s new embassy to the Holy See.“This is a sign that the Pope loves the Palestinian people and loves peace,” Abbas told the Pope on Saturday before heading to the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See in Rome.The Pope welcomed Abbas with open arms, embracing the president and saying, “It is a pleasure to welcome you here.”“I am also happy to be here,” Abbas replied.The Vatican said the two leaders spoke privately of the...
  • Pope Has Done Almost Nothing to Halt Sex Abuse, Author Claims [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 3:20:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 16, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    The last time Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi wrote an exposé about corruption at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, it landed him in a Vatican court facing a possible jail sentence on charges that he had illegally obtained confidential church papers in the course of his reporting.Now, six months after the 42-year-old reporter was cleared of all charges, Fittipaldi is taking on the church again. This time in a new book that accuses Pope Francis of doing “close to nothing” to stop clerical sexual abuse...around the world, despite the...pope’s frequent assertions that he has zero tolerance for...abuse...or those who...
  • The Real Argument over ‘Amoris’ Is an Old One over Conscience [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 11:22:44 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Austen Ivereigh
    The furious reaction from critics of 'Amoris Laetitia' to the Maltese bishops' guidelines implementing it suggests that behind the debates and arguments over Francis's apostolic exhortation 'The Joy of Love' is a very old-fashioned, and still unresolved, dispute within the Church over the role of conscience. The heart of the  Amoris Laetitia disputes, which flared up again at the weekend following the Maltese bishops’ guidelines on the admission of the divorced-and-remarried to the sacraments, is not doctrine or law but the role of conscience.Both critics and partisans of the exhortation have correctly detected a clear shift in magisterial teaching in...
  • Ethicist Says Ghostwriter’s Role in ‘Amoris’ Is Troubling

    01/15/2017 11:15:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Michael Pakaluk
    It turns out that the most important footnote in 'Amoris Laetitia' may be one that's not there, because a key passage of the document is lifted almost verbatim from a 1995 essay in theology by Archbishop Victor Fernandez -- raising troubling questions about Fernandez's role as ghostwriter, and the magisterial force of his ideas. [EditorÂ’s note: In this essay, Professor Michael Pakaluk of the Catholic University of America examines the role of Argentine Archbishop Victor Fernandez, a theological adviser to Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia, the pontiffÂ’s document on the family. Crux invited Fernandez to respond, and his comments appear...
  • The Modern Church: A Synthesis of Martin Luther and Henry VIII

    01/15/2017 10:40:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 116 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 13, 2017 | C.T. Rossi
    I want to say to you, about myself, that I am a child of this age, a child of unfaith and scepticism, and probably (indeed I know it) shall remain so to the end of my life. – Fyodor Dostoyevsky I find it on any showing quite ludicrous to suppose that, for nineteen of Christendom’s twenty centuries, Christians were credulous idiots ready to believe any tomfoolery the Bible fostered. . . For one thing, it would seem to me that our twentieth century, far from being notable for scientific scepticism, is one of the most credulous eras in all history....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-17

    01/15/2017 9:24:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16, 2017 Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb5:1-10Brothers and sisters:Every high priest is taken from among menand made their representative before God,to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,for he himself is beset by weaknessand so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himselfas well as for the people.No one takes this honor upon himselfbut only when called by God,just as Aaron was.In the same way,it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,but rather the one who said to him:You...
  • Pope Francis: Beyond the Submerged Schism

    01/15/2017 7:36:20 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | January 16, 2017 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    The “lineamenta” (guidelines) of the forthcoming synod on young people, published January13, paved the way to a new path for the synod. Much has changed since the times when it was thought that the Synod of Bishops was going to gain more importance in the Curia – the chair of the first meetings of the heads of Vatican dicasteries under Pope Francis was Cardinal Baldisseri, the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops. In the meantime, a major role for the Synod of Bishops in papal elections, on the basis of a plan of Pope Paul VI, was rumored. At...
  • ASK FATHER: Can Absolution Be Granted When No Purpose of Amendment Exists? [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 7:26:09 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 15, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Under another entry here a commentator asked: Can absolution be granted where no purpose of amendment exists? If granted, with no purpose of amendment, does it even ‘take’? No. And No.In normal circumstances, when there isn’t danger or some other odd condition, in order to absolve a penitent who is sui compos (conscious, able to make a confession, etc.) the priest must be reasonably certain that the penitent 1) has actually confessed a sin (even a previously confessed and absolved sin is enough), 2) has, in that moment, at least imperfect sorrow for sin (attrition – fear of punishment), and...
  • The Gospel According to Cardinal Kasper: Did the Miracles and Prophesies of Jesus Really Happen?

    01/15/2017 6:51:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 44 replies
    Catholic Household ^ | February 14, 2015 | Joe Sparks
    “A number of miracle stories turn out in the light of form criticism to be projections of the experiences of Easter back into the earthly life of Jesus, or anticipatory representations of the exalted Christ. Among these epiphany stories we should probably include the stilling of the storm, the transfiguration, Jesus’ walking on the lake, the feeding of the four (or five) thousand and the miraculous draught of fishes. The clear purpose of the stories of the raising from the dead of Jairus’s daughter, the widow’s son at Naim and Lazarus is to present Jesus as Lord over life and...
  • Cardinal O’Malley Appointed to Vatican Office for Doctrine of the Faith

    01/15/2017 5:45:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/14/17 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Jan 14, 2017 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday it was announced that Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has yet another reason to come to Rome, with his appointment as the newest member of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Already a member of the Pope’s Council of Cardinals and President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, O’Malley’s appointment to the CDF, announced in a Jan. 14 communique from the Vatican, adds yet another major role to the list of duties he is accumulating. Headed by Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the CDF...
  • Defending an Unpopular Pope (Humor) [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 5:02:30 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Eccles Is Saved ^ | January 15, 2017 | Eccles
    Most of my readers have never been pope, and probably only one or two ever will be, so you don't realise how difficult the job of a pope is. You probably think that it just involves sitting around in Rome eating pasta, going to Mass, and occasionally saying something about Catholic doctrine. And the latter ought to be easy enough, as just about every issue under the sun has been discussed by previous popes, so you don't have to say anything original, although you can of course rephrase things in your own words. On no account try to change any...
  • Pro-Abortion Advocate Paul Ehrlich to Speak at Vatican Conference

    01/15/2017 3:21:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | January 14, 2017 | David Martin
    The Vatican will once again be used as a forum to advance population control. Pro-abortion advocate Paul Ehrlich, father of the modern population control movement and author of the 1968 best-seller "The Population Bomb," has been invited to speak at the Vatican during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss "how to save the natural world." This is deplorable when we consider the possible millions of deaths globally that he and his ideas may have indirectly been responsible for over the past five decades. Is the Vatican deliberately seeking to put the unborn to death? The Stanford biologist, who...
  • [Catholic Caucus] "Amoris Laetitia". Malta’s Sailboat Joins the Papal Fleet

    01/15/2017 1:22:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    L'Esspro ^ | January 14, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with "humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for God’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it" (AL 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351).» In brief: yes to communion...
  • Pope extends overhaul of Vatican's liturgy department

    01/15/2017 1:15:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Fox News - Europe ^ | January 14, 2017 | AP
    Pope Francis is extending his controversial overhaul of the Vatican's liturgy department, adding a host of new advisers after an initial shake-up removed some leading conservative cardinals.
  • A Malta Laetitia

    01/15/2017 1:05:54 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 14, 2017 | Carl E. Olson
    Just yesterday I was lamenting to some colleagues about how weary I've become of the ongoing and escalating debate over Amoris Laetitia and its interpretation. "I would be happy," I said, "to not write of it again." Knowing full well the topic was not going away. Quite the contrary. So, I am not happy. But this really isn't about feelings, is it? Or is it? The bishops of Malta, in a pastoral letter signed January 8th by the Archbishop of Malta, Charles J. Scicluna, and the Bishop of Gozo, Mario Grech, have offered their "Criteria for the Application of Chapter...
  • Canonist Ed Peters on The Maltese Fiasco (Pt. 2)

    01/15/2017 1:05:19 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 15, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf / Dr. Edward Peters
    Distinguished canonist Ed Peters, at his indispensable blog In The Light Of The Law, has posted in the wake of what we must now call…The Maltese FiascoThe Bishops of Malta issued a dreadful set of guidelines for the implementation of the objectively ambiguous bits of Amoris laetitia, Ch. 8. These are the bits that the Four Cardinals (Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra, Meisner) – and the rest of the rational, honest world – want clarified. The Four Cardinals submitted five formal questions or Dubia to the Holy Father and to the CDF. Since its release, Amoris laetitia has caused confusion, anxiety,...
  • François Fillon could become the face of France’s Catholic revival

    01/15/2017 11:29:39 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    The Spectator ^ | January 13, 2017 | Gavin Mortimer
    It strikes me that it’s not much fun being a Catholic in France these days. Strolling back to my apartment in Paris on Christmas Eve, for example, I passed my local church. Inside a midnight Mass was in progress; outside a policeman stood guard.It was the same across France, an army of gun-toting men and women protecting the nation’s cathedrals and churches. They’ll be back at Easter, and on the Ascension and the Assumption. For how long? Who knows how long the country that is known as ‘the eldest daughter of the church’ because of its Christian heritage will need...
  • Catholic priest sues Diocese of Palm Beach for covering up homosexual abuse [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 10:57:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | January 14, 2017 | Toronto Catholic Witness
    In January, 2015, Fr. Gallagher caught a visiting priest from India showing homosexual pornography to a 14 year old boy. Fr. Gallagher rightly went straight to the police. However, in doing so, this good priest felt the wrath of the local Bishop, Gerald Barbarito. It seems the bishop was not at all happy that Fr. Gallagher had had this vile sodomite arrested. Apparently, the Diocese had preferred to spirit the sodomite out of the country, back to India. Barbarito responded to Fr Gallagher's righteous actions to go straight to the police by releasing his underlings - clerical and lay -in...
  • St.Augustine: "All Catholics know: Divorce is of the devil!" [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 9:36:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    At this time of immense doctrinal confusion on the indissolubility of the sacred bond of Holy Matrimony, confusion started and furthered by the uppermost echelon of the hierarchy, let us recall the words of the great Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine, in the readings for Matins of this Second Sunday after the Epiphany (unfortunately partly removed after the 1960/61 rubrical reform), whose Gospel is dedicated to the Wedding Feast of Cana: Even setting aside any mystical interpretation, the fact that the Lord was pleased to be asked, and to go to a marriage, showeth plainly enough that He is...
  • Who Is Jesus Christ? A Homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year

    01/15/2017 8:05:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Is Jesus Christ? A Homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2017 • As Ordinary Time (tempus per annum) opens up, the lectionary continues to “introduce” Christ to us. The Christmas cycle now done, we must ask, “Who is Jesus Christ? Who is this savior who has been born for us?”In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist elaborates on this. John’s words are brief, but they are packed with Christological teaching. In this Gospel we learn at least five things about Jesus. We learn that He is prefigured, preexistent, preeminent, powerful, and...
  • Bishop Schneider Warns Against ‘a Mentality of Radical Relativism Being Created Inside the Church’

    01/15/2017 4:08:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | January 13, 2017 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Editor's note: See full translation of Bishop Schneider's interview below. January 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider is warning the faithful against a “mentality of radical relativism” that has infiltrated the Catholic Church and is threatening the Christian affirmation of absolute and eternal truths. In a recent interview with the Spanish Catholic blog Adelante la Fe and translated into English by LifeSiteNews, Bishop Schneider remarked on the practice of giving Holy Communion to those who are divorced and “remarried” outside the Church, calling it “truly a very dangerous phenomenon.” Bishop Schneider covered a variety of topics in the interview,...
  • All Questions Have Been Answered Concerning Amoris Laetitia (interview with Baldiserri)

    01/15/2017 3:49:45 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | January 14, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal Baldiserri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, gave his thoughts on the implementation of Amoris Laetitia in an interview published in L'Osservatore Romano, Thursday 12th January. (Republished in Aleteia). During the interview Cardinal Baldiserri dismissed the need for further clarification of Amoris Laetitia, insisting that all questions have been answered by competent authorities and that Amoris Laetitia is self-explanatory: How can you respond to those who request further clarification on the pastoral guidelines of the apostolic exhortation? They have already been provided several answers.  Also, persons competent for their role and their authority have expressed themselves [on this matter]. It is firstly a matter of going...
  • Eucharistic Prayer in the 21st Century

    01/15/2017 3:05:02 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 16 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | January 12, 2017 | (Fr.) Thomas Reese
    One of the greatest liturgical challenges of the church in the 21st century is to figure out how to do liturgy in a way that is meaningful to people in a post-Darwin, post-Einstein, post-Hubble world.   Traditional liturgical prayer, based on biblical imagery, presumes a pre-scientific worldview where Earth is the center of the universe and the world was created quickly and perfectly. Everything was wonderful until Adam sinned. In fact, the universe is some 13.8 billion years old, with organic life appearing about 3 billion years ago, and humans evolving relatively recently. Rather than appearing in an idyllic paradise,...
  • Cardinal Dolan Contemplates Selling NY Chancery in Biting Letter to Priests

    01/15/2017 2:25:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 17 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | January 11, 2017 | Joshua J. McElwee
    New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan has informed his clergy he is considering moving his archdiocese's headquarters out of the building it now occupies in midtown Manhattan in a bid to save money and to correct what he says is an "unfair and inaccurate perception of the archdiocese as some bloated, money-grabbing corporation." The cardinal revealed the possible move in a highly charged letter to his priests and deacons in late November in which he also takes the clergy to task for complaining about how the archdiocese collects money from its parishes and exhorts them to challenge parishioners to donate more...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-15-17, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/14/2017 7:15:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    January 15, 2017 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 49:3, 5-6The LORD said to me: You are my servant,Israel, through whom I show my glory.Now the LORD has spokenwho formed me as his servant from the womb,that Jacob may be brought back to himand Israel gathered to him;and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,and my God is now my strength!It is too little, the LORD says, for you to be my servant,to raise up the tribes of Jacob,and restore the survivors of Israel;I will make you a light to the nations,that my salvation...
  • Just Call Me Fritz (A Word from a Divorced Catholic) [Catholic Caucus

    01/14/2017 6:54:14 PM PST · by ebb tide
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 14, 2017 | Kelly Michaels
    They’ve killed Fritz! They’ve killed Fritz! Those lousy stinking yellow fairies! Those horrible atrocity filled vermin! Those despicable animal warmongers! They’ve killed Fritz! In the Amoris wars, it is substance that really counts. What is on the line as a result of the insidious and brazen introduction of situation ethics into the fabric of Divine Revelation can scarcely be overstated, even by the adoption of terminology verging on the apocalyptic. In conjunction with the submission of the Dubia by Cardinal Burke et al., many experts are tackling this challenge from a variety of perspectives, and they are to be applauded...
  • Act of Adoration and Reparation to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament [Prayer]

    01/14/2017 6:16:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land ^ | Unknown | Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land
    I know blasphemy and sacrilige are nothing new, but in light of the recent in-your-face heresies of Chicago, San Diego, Germany, Vorarlberg Austria, and now Malta, I think these prayers are even more important.The last one (#V) specifically deals with committing sacrilege while receiving Holy Communion unworthily, and can be used by itself if saying all five is too much. When I can't get to adoration I use an online 24x7 adoration chapel (when they aren't having Mass). I. I adore Thee profoundly, O my Jesus, in Thy sacramental form; I acknowledge Thee to be true God and true Man,...