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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-23-15

    05/22/2015 10:07:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 23, 2015Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,with the soldier who was guarding him. Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers,although I had done nothing against our peopleor our ancestral customs,I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to...
  • Vaticans eco guru champions Occupy Wall Street thugs

    05/22/2015 6:12:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Yore
    He is known as the architect of the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the proponent of the upcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His new book, entitled, (what else) The Age of Sustainable Development provides the lesson plan for the SDGs implementation. In his various UN roles, Sachs advocates for population control services of abortion, sterilization and all assorted reproductive rights.
  • Triad mother recounts miraculous events surrounding high-risk pregnancy, healing

    05/22/2015 4:16:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic News Herald ^ | May 22, 2015
     GREENSBORO — Donielle Wilde, her husband Keith and their 10 children know what it's like to receive a miracle ‒ well, two miracles, actually. One is a healthy little bundle of joy named Sylvia Hope, delivered via C-section after a harrowing pregnancy which was overshadowed by a cancer diagnosis. The other, they say, is a complete healing from that cancer.The Wilde family's ordeal began when Donielle was nine weeks pregnant. When she met with her obstetrician for a routine ultrasound, he noticed a 5-centimeter mass on her ovary that looked suspicious. Donielle underwent surgery to remove the stage IV...
  • "Progressive" Bishops Planning Synod Coup: Secret Meeting in Rome on Monday [Catholic Caucus]

    05/22/2015 4:12:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 22, 2015 | Jean-Marie Gunois
    Jean-Marie Gunois, Religious Affairs correspondent for French daily Le Figaro, has the report (main excerpt below) of a Vatican-II-style Rhineland coup for the October 2015 Synod on the Family: Family Synod: a Very Discreet Meeting of the Reformers in Rome Le Figaro On Monday [May 25], European episcopates will debate the welcoming of remarried divorcees and homosexuals in the Church. The initiative has remained very discreet, indeed secret, but it is important. According to our information, three episcopates -- the German, the Swiss, and the French -- have gotten together in order to organize, behind closed doors, on Monday, May...
  • For the Vatican, Climate Change Leads to ... Abortion?

    05/22/2015 3:46:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Nick Gillespie
    Via Life Site News come some frankly bizarre statements from the Vatican official who put together last month's Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity conference. Two major speakers at the conference were Jeffrey Sachs, widely criticized for the abject failure of his Millennium Villages initiative, and Ban-Ki moon, current secretary general of the United Nationsboth of whom are extremely pro-abortion. Which the Catholic Church is not. Stefano Gennarini asks Archbishop Marcelo Snchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences, whether he knew about the pro-abortion and population control chops of his two big guests and whether that...
  • DC Court Tells Catholic Groups: Submit to HHS Mandate or Pay Massive Fines

    05/22/2015 2:52:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 22, 2015 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    WASHINGTON — A majority of judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals this week rejected a request from the Archdiocese of Washington and Priests for Life to have the full court review their challenge to the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate. According to the archdiocese and Priests for Life, the mandate as it currently applies forces them to be complicit in the provision of contraceptive services, including abortifacient drugs that seriously violate their Catholic beliefs. “We concluded that the regulation challenged in this case does not, as a matter of law or fact, give plaintiffs’ conduct the contraception-facilitating...
  • Syrian Priest Reportedly Kidnapped as ISIS Moves Beyond Palmyra

    05/22/2015 2:22:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 22, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A Syrian priest who has worked for the restoration of a monastery and for improved relations between Muslims and Christians in Syria has been kidnapped. ​The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed the news Friday, said Fides news agency. Just a day before he went missing, Father Jacques Mourad, prior of the Monastery of Mar Elian and pastor of the community in Qaryatayn, wrote an appeal as jihadist forces spread out from the nearby city of Palmyra: "We are currently experiencing a very difficult time because the extremists who call themselves Daech approach our city Qaryatayn after their domination of Palmyra,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TANTUM ERGO, 05-22-15

    05/22/2015 9:25:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-22-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:TANTUM ERGOThe last two verses of the hymn Pange Lingua, composed by St. Thomas Aquinas and long prescribed for singing at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A modern English version reads: Down in adoration falling, Lo, the sacred host we hail. Lo, o'er ancient forms departing Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying Where the feeble senses fail. To the everlasting Father, And the Son who reigns on high. With the Holy Spirit proceeding Forth from each eternally, Be salvation, honor, blessing, Might and endless majesty. Amen. All items in this dictionary...
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble Ive Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed

    05/22/2015 7:18:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a follow-up to the recent post on comforting the sorrowful, I was led to consider the grief of my parents and the difficulties they faced in raising a daughter with serious mental illness.My father died eight years ago, and except for essential papers related to his estate, I simply boxed up most of his papers and stored them in the attic of my rectory for future attention. At long last I am sorting through those boxes. Among his effects were also many...
  • Can a Catholic Criticize the Pope? (Catholic Caucus)

    05/22/2015 6:57:08 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 24 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 21, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    Pope Francis’ appointment of Fr. Timothy Radcliffe to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace this past weekend was most disconcerting. Any openly dissident priest who advocates for Catholic acceptance of gay relationships and identity, women’s ordination, and the “Eucharistic” nature of sodomy — a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance — should not be given a platform of any kind. In a sane world, they would be disciplined. Since the Radcliffe appointment, I’ve spent a good bit of time looking at the reaction of Catholics on various websites and social media. Many are perplexed. Some are outraged....
  • Communist China's Unlikely Catholic outpost: Tibetans

    05/22/2015 6:27:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    UCA News ^ | 5/21/15 | Sebastien Blanc
    Why many Catholic Tibetans have maintained the faith despite decades of persecutionOpening the church door in Baihanluo reveals a large portrait of Pope Francis something of a paradox in an ethnically Tibetan area of Communist China. The village is only reachable on foot or by horse, and surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks. But despite its remoteness, French missionaries built the church with a curved, Chinese-style roof at the end of the 19th century. Pope Gregory XVI assigned Tibet to the Foreign Missions Society of Paris, shortly after China was forced to open its doors following its defeat...
  • Synod. An Unconventional Voice from Argentina

    05/22/2015 6:21:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 5/19/15 | Sandro Magister
    A jurist and father of 14 children demolishes Cardinal Kaspers ideas of in favor of communion for the divorced and remarried, not approved by the synod fathers but already put into practice in many places ROME, May 19, 2015 He was just stating the obvious when during the synod last October South African cardinal Wilfrid Napier he said that the message has gone out and whatever we say hereafter is going to be as if we're doing some damage control. The message was the one issued by proponents of a change in pastoral practice in the matters of homosexuality...
  • Hinson-Merton Friendship Continues Impact on Baptist Spirituality

    05/22/2015 6:16:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Baptist Global News ^ | 5/20/15 | Carrie McGuffin and Jeff Brumley
    Glenn Hinson urges fellow Baptists to emulate the late Catholic monk Thomas Mertons belief that contemplative spirituality is not limited to monasteries.The late Catholic monk, author and interfaith pioneer Thomas Merton is far more than a distant historical figure because the body of his work can actually improve the spirituality of Baptists even today, Baptist scholar E. Glenn Hinson says. Hinson knows because thats what happened to him through the relationship he developed with Merton during the 1960s. Little by little, I gained more confidence that I understood what Thomas Merton was trying to do, Hinson told some 60 ministers...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-22-15, OM, St. Rita of Cascia, Religious

    05/21/2015 7:35:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 22, 2015Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 25:13b-21 King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesareaon a visit to Festus.Since they spent several days there,Festus referred Paul’s case to the king, saying,“There is a man here left in custody by Felix.When I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jewsbrought charges against him and demanded his condemnation.I answered them that it was not Roman practiceto hand over an accused person before he has faced his accusersand had the opportunity to defend himself against their charge.So when they came together here,...
  • Massive confusion in wake of Vatican miscommunications, Synod requires clarification

    05/21/2015 6:24:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 20,2015 | John Jalsevac
    Speaking at the Rome Life Forum earlier this month before a crowd of 300, including Cardinals Raymond Burke and George Pell, LifeSiteNews co-founder John-Henry Westen lamented the communications failures at the Vatican that he said have led to widespread and serious confusion about the Church's teachings. Pointing to the chaos in the wake of last year's Extraordinary Synod on the Family, and the ubiquitous misinterpretations of some of Pope Francis' remarks, Westen said, There is a lack of clarity and communications even from the offices here that require that clarification, so that we can understand what is happening." For decades...
  • Further Problems With American Eucharistic Practice (Catholic Caucus)

    05/21/2015 2:45:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 21, 2015 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    Christian Brownes excellent critique of how receiving Communion-in-the-hand while standing are practices that might be reconsidered to strengthen American Catholics understanding of the Eucharist properly notes that these ideologically driven changes were required in no way by Vatican II or even the Holy See. Let me add three additional Eucharist-related phenomena bedeviling the American Church that also lack much of a doctrinal or theological base but which have become, for ideological reasons, part of the landscape of American Catholicism: extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, blessings in the Eucharistic procession, and the disconnect between the Sacraments of Penance and the...
  • Monks bring Trappist art of beer-making to the United States

    05/21/2015 2:19:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 21, 2015 | Chaz Muth
    Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo prepares to pour Spencer ale (CNS) Two members spent six months learning the art in BelgiumA Trappist brewery has opened for the first time in the United States.The new brew, Spencer Trappist Ale, is made at St Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, by Cistercian, or Trappist, monks who wear the distinctive black and white habit.Brother Jonah Pociadlo told Catholic News Service: “It’s got a wonderful smell to it. I hesitate to describe it, because it’s something I think is pretty subjective. But I can almost taste it without it even touching my lips.”The association requires...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NEOLOGY, 05-21-15

    05/21/2015 9:25:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NEOLOGYIn theology the introduction of new doctrine, contrary to the Church's teaching but expressed in traditional terms or phrases. (Etym. Greek neos, new + logos, discourse.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? Its Not in Your Wallet and Its Much Closer Than You Might Think

    05/21/2015 7:42:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 77 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? It’s Not in Your Wallet and It’s Much Closer Than You Might Think By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn polling friends as to what they think is the deepest root of all sin, I got three main answers. One was a shrug indicating no answer at all (i.e., “I dunno”). Another was to refer to Scripture: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils (1 Tim 6:10). I’ll discuss below why this is an inadequate answer. The third main response was that original sin (and the concupiscence that followed) is the source of all of our other...
  • Priests Are Bucking Catholic Church Leadership to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland

    05/21/2015 6:24:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/20/15 | Sarah Kaplan
    For the Rev. Pdraig Standn, a Catholic priest in western Ireland, voting yes is a matter of whats right. To another Irish priest, the Rev. Iggy ODonovan, its about creating an inclusive state. To the Rev. Martin Dolan, Irelands upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage is deeply personal. Im gay myself, he announced to his Dublin congregation in January. It was a surprise ending to Dolans homily, in which he urged his congregation to vote yes in the referendum. But his parishioners took it in stride they gave him a standing ovation, according to the Belfast Telegraph. As the Friday...
  • The Catholic Churchs German Crisis

    05/21/2015 6:19:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/20/15 | George Weigel
    One rarely finds, among German churchmen today, a sobered openness, born of the recognition that something has gone terribly wrong and that another approach to evangelization and catechesis must be found The 21st-century Church owes a lot to 20th-century German Catholicism: for its generosity to Catholics in the Third World; for the witness of martyrs like Alfred Delp, Bernhard Lichtenberg, and Edith Stein; for its contributions to Biblical studies, systematic and moral theology, liturgical renewal, and Catholic social doctrine, through which German Catholicism played a leading role in Vatican IIs efforts to renew Catholic witness for the third millennium. At...
  • Pope urges prayers for China, persecuted Christians over Pentecost (Catholic Caucus)

    05/21/2015 3:43:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | May 20, 2015 | Laura Ieraci
    Members of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart pray in their motherhouse chapel in Fushun, China, in this 2007 photo. The community of nuns was founded in the 1930s by Maryknoll. (CNS file/Nancy Wiechec) By Laura Ieraci Catholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis asked Catholics worldwide to show solidarity through their prayers for Catholics in China and for persecuted Christians over the Pentecost weekend.The World Day of Prayer for the Church in China is observed each year on the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, May 24, which this year falls on Pentecost.Catholics in China invoke Mary,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-21-15, OM, St. Christopher Magallanes, Priest & Companions

    05/20/2015 8:26:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 21, 2015Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 Wishing to determine the truthabout why Paul was being accused by the Jews,the commander freed himand ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them. Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,so he called out before the Sanhedrin,“My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.”When he said this,a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,and the...
  • Catholic Relief Service president: It may not be wrong for us to have a VP in a gay marriage

    05/20/2015 7:07:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    BALTIMORE, MD, May 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Breaking a month of silence on the scandal created by one of its high-level executives living in a homosexual marriage, the head of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) said the organization has yet to decide whether it should employ someone who violates Church teaching in this manner. The US Bishops international relief agency is working on it, CRS President and CEO Carolyn Woo told Aleteias John Burger in an interview published May 18. CRS has a senior person who is in a civil gay marriage, Woo said, and the question is, Is that a...
  • Pope Seen as Too Strict

    05/20/2015 5:23:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Corriere Della Serra ^ | May 20, 2015
    The new Vatican Has support of only 20% of bishops. Enthusiasts, enemies and silent dissenters colour Franciss fraught relationship with Curia. Bond with ordinary people and harshness with Church hierarchy criticised Theres depression. Heads are cowed. When he speaks about bishops, this Pope who shows great compassion to everyone else is inclined to use a stick. On rereading it the following day, the Popes address to the opening of the Italian bishops conference (CEI) left a deep impression, provoking some bitter reflections. The address was received as confirmation of severity that has been perceived with pained surprise over the past...
  • Temporary Inattention or Willful Blindness: Why Did Michael Coren Leave the Church?

    05/20/2015 5:06:00 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    NC Register ^ | 05/19/2015 | JIMMY AKIN
    Canadian broadcaster and commentator Michael Coren has left the Catholic Church again...Currently, he is affiliating with the Anglican church, where he says he feels very comfortable. Why did Coren leave the Catholic Church? In an interview with Canadas National Post, he says that it was because of the Churchs teaching on homosexuality... [long snip] He says that although the Churchs teaching on homosexuality was the main reason he left, theres more than that some teachings on contraception and on life. There seemed to be an obsession with issues that Jesus never mentioned. Dude, really? The Gospels are limited documents...
  • ASK FATHER: The proper way for women to wear a chapel veil?

    05/20/2015 4:00:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 5/20/15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a readerQUAERITUR: I have noticed at the Traditional Latin Mass I attend that the women cover their heads with their veils once their sit down in their pews. [?!?] I was told by a friend that the norm years ago was that women veiled their heads before their entered the church and took off their veils once they stepped out of church, not once they sat down in their pews. [!] Which is the proper way for women who veil their heads? Are the women who veil once they enter their pews doing anything wrong? Should the priest(s) address...
  • How Can the (Catholic) Church Teach Angels?

    05/20/2015 2:41:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 256 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | March 15, 2015 | Tim Staples
    In John 5:43, Jesus declared:I have come in my Fathers name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.With the advent of Protestantism and theconfusion that followed, and that continues to this day, Christians, outside of the Catholic Church,have, at best, an incompleteunderstanding of the power of these words. When Jesus says, I come in my fathers name, he reveals the nature of the authority he possesses from God, the Father.We use this phraseat least, the in the name of partsimilarly in modern parlance in law enforcement when a police...
  • From Israel to Italy Today; Troublesome Muslims there too; Urinating on Mary; Wake up America!

    05/20/2015 2:25:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Convert ^ | May 20, 2015 | Steve Ray
    On Sunday, May 10, after church mass, a group of young Muslim immigrantsinterrupteda Catholic procession in honor of the Virgin Mary. They hurled verbal insults, shouts, and threats as the group passed in front of the Islamic Cultural Center inConselice, a small town in lower Romagna.Approximately 100 Catholic Christians, including severalsmall children, were preparing to receive their first Holy Communion, when Muslims from the Islamic Center began howling verbal abuses and threats at the passing procession.According to an eyewitness, During the slow procession of the sacred image, some kids on the ground floor of the building of the headquarters of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FISHERMAN'S RING, 05-20-15

    05/20/2015 9:27:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:FISHERMAN'S RING The Pope's signet ring, used for the sealing of important documents, such as papal briefs. It represents St. Peter fishing and bears the name of the Pope. When he dies, an official document is drawn up testifying that his ring was destroyed. This is done to prevent falsification of briefs. See Also: RING OF THE FISHERMANAll items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?

    05/20/2015 8:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | not given | Jimmy Aking
    What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?  by Jimmy Akin Ever since Luther's Ninety-Five Theses was posted in 1517 to the door of the castle church in Wittenburg, the topic of indulgences has been a controversial one. In this article Jimmy Akin explains exactly what indulgences are and how they may be applied by Catholics to mitigate the temporal punishment due to sin. He discusses the nature of punishment, the role of grace, and the role of the Church, ending with an explanation of how an indulgence may be obtained. October 31, 1517, is sometimes celebrated as the birth date...
  • Comfort the Sorrowful A Consideration of the Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy

    05/20/2015 7:13:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Comfort the Sorrowful – A Consideration of the Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy is to “comfort the sorrowful.” Sometimes it is listed as to “comfort the afflicted.” This description broadens the work just a bit and also fits more with the original notion of the word “comfort,” as we shall consider in a moment.But of all the spiritual works of mercy, comforting the sorrowful requires the greatest patience, sensitivity, and also silence. This is because sorrow (or grief) often has a life and logic of its own; often it must be allowed...
  • Archbishop Declines to Tell Catholics How to Vote in Referendum

    05/20/2015 6:49:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 5/20/15 | Patsy McGarry
    Diarmuid Martin stresses people should be informed about about same-sex marriage Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has declined to comment on the position of those Catholics who may vote Yes in Fridays same-sex marriage referendum. It was not his policy to tell others how to vote, a spokeswoman said, while he stressed that people should be informed. Responding to a query from The Irish Times as to the position of Catholics who may in conscience vote Yes on Friday, she said: Archbishop Martin has publicly stated how he intends to vote and why. It is not his policy, however,...
  • Three Ways to Teach Children About the Eucharist

    05/20/2015 4:29:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 22, 2015 | JEANNIE EWING
    I was sixteen years old when the concept of the Transubstantiationbecame clearer to me. Until that time, I attended Mass with my parents half-heartedly and out of obligation. It wasnt until I left my Catholic elementary school only to enter the cesspool of public high school, riddled with all varieties of unbelievers and even some colorful Satanists, that I began to question what I believed and why in terms of religion.My parents reluctantly permitted me to attend a megachurch youth group with my closest friends from school, as long as I agreed to continue attending Mass on the weekends...
  • The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States (Catholic Caucus)

    05/20/2015 4:14:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 20, 2015 | CHRISTIAN BROWNE
    This year marks the 50thanniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the Year of Mercy. Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in the Church. The anxiety over the coming Synod on the Family is substantial and growing, with the German bishops recent moves to formally ignore the Churchs teachings on sexual morality and the family. Their corruption, and the decayed state of the Church in Europe, is a source of much distress.The social and political situation in the United States is...
  • 5 Facts You Need to Know About Your Guardian Angel (Catholic Caucus)

    05/20/2015 3:57:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    PhilipKosloski ^ | May 19, 2015 | Philip Kosloski
    We all have guardian angels. Jesus told His disciples, “See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt 18:10, emphasis added). However, very few of us realize this or would even dare to converse with them on a daily basis. For most of us guardian angels are “cute” stories we tell children so that they are not afraid of the dark.What we don’t realize is that our guardians angels are there right beside us, ready to help...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-20-15, OM, St. Bernadine of Siena, Priest

    05/19/2015 9:07:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 20, 2015Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 20:28-38 At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:“Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flockof which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,in which you tend the Church of Godthat he acquired with his own Blood.I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,and they will not spare the flock.And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truthto draw the disciples away after them.So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and...
  • When Will This Madness End?

    05/19/2015 5:37:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 18, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    She personally performed abortions on women, using a bicycle pump, and later boasted that she and her group had personally murdered exactly 10,141 children in the womb. She supports the legalization of euthanasia, the liberalization of drug use, and the legal prohibition of conscience exemptions for doctors who refuse to perform abortion. She even opposes the burial of aborted children in cemeteries. She is Emma Bonino, the radical leftist Italian politician, a member of the Italian Radical Party currently serving, incredibly enough, as Foreign Minister for the corrupt Italian government. And she was greeted warmly days ago by Pope Francis,...
  • VATICAN BIG GOES HARD AGAINST U.S. TEA PARTY CLIMATE SKEPTICS

    05/19/2015 5:18:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 229 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 19, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Many Catholics and others were puzzled by the appearance of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and former Senator Tim Wirth as speakers or honored guests at a Vatican sponsored conference on global warming. All three have spent years actively undermining Church teaching on questions of abortion and UN-style family planning, which includes active population control.
  • 8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday

    05/19/2015 4:28:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    JimmyAkin.com ^ | 2015 | Jimmy Akin
    8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday by Jimmy AkinThe great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas.What happened on this day?Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event?How does the Church celebrate this day?Is Easter a pagan holiday?Here are 8 things you need to know. 1. What happened on Easter? Among other things: The women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body.They saw angels, who told them he wasn’t there.They went to tell the apostles, who initially didn’t believe them.Peter and the beloved disciple rushed to...
  • Obama Cold to the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East (Where's the outrage?)

    05/19/2015 3:52:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 19, 2015 | DANIEL PHILPOTT
    Several pieces have been posted recently on the unabated persecution of Christians and other religious minorities like Yazidis and Mandeans in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East and of the relative indifference of the State Department and the Obama administration to it. Last month, journalist Kirsten Powerswrotein USA Today that President Obama just cant seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians. Reporting on a joint press conference that Obama held with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, she writes: As Renzi was questioned about the incident, Obama was muteon the killings. He...
  • Hope for the Church: Making Disciples Out of Cultural Catholics

    05/19/2015 2:03:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 19, 2015 | REV THOMAS BERG
    Catholics, as a segment of U.S. population, shrank by 3.1% from 2007 to 2014, and are now outnumbered as a portion of American population by the nones, the religiously unaffiliated. That was the headline-grabbingrevelationlast week from the Pew Research Center. That trend fits within the overall decline in affiliation with Christian denominations, notwithstanding population growth in the U.S. in the same time period. So there it was in black in white: approximately 51 million adult Catholics in the United States as of 2014 versus approximately 56 million religiously unaffiliated adults. That should come as no surprise to any Catholic...
  • Recollections and Insights of an Iraqi Christian

    05/19/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2015 | LUMA SIMMS
    I was born in Baghdad, but all my ancestors before me, including my parents, where born in Mosul and neighboring cities in Northern Iraq. Even now when I speak Arabic it is still with a Moslouy dialect. For many years, no matter where I was living or what I was doing, the answer to “Where are you from?” was one of identity: “Ana Maslouy.” I am a Mosulian. And I am, all the way down, in spite of my thoroughly Americanized personality—such is the deep and dual identity of immigrants.Born to a Chaldean Catholic mother and a Syriac Orthodox...
  • Submit to the Lord [charismatic caucus]

    05/19/2015 9:46:07 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-1915 | Jedediah,Bible
    Submit to the Lord and you will find, Breakthrough of a new kind, For in submission Heaven becomes clear, And you will see into things others fear, For The Father's Heart is Pure Above All, And only The Holy may access and call, For The Eyes of The Cherubim guard what is pure, So only the Holy are able to endure . . . Isaiah 6:5-8 5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALLEGORY, 05-19-15

    05/19/2015 8:54:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-19-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ALLEGORYA long or complicated story with an underlying meaning that differs from the literal or surface meaning. The greatest biblical allegory is the Canticle of Canticles. (Etym. Latin allegoria; from Greek all_goria, a description of one thing under the image of another.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains

    05/19/2015 7:15:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have written off and on about some of the problems that are setting up around cremation. Of course there has been very little explicit teaching or information available to Catholics to help them to frame their thinking. To assist modestly in that refelction I wrote the following flyer for my own parish. What follows is the text of that flyer. In case you are interested, I provide it in PDF format here: Considering Cremation?Some years ago, the Church gave wider permission for cremation and also lifted traditional...
  • Pope to Bishops: Stop Ordering Faithful Around, Fight Graft

    05/19/2015 5:05:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/18/15 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Francis has told bishops to strongly denounce corruption and to act more like pastors than "pilots" telling the faithful what to do. Francis' strong words were aimed at members of the Italian bishops' conference, who opened their annual meeting at the Vatican on Monday. Francis, who is also the bishop of Rome, urged his bishops to be more Christ-like in showing humility, compassion, mercy and wisdom. He told them to not shy away from denouncing the "diffuse mentality" of public and private corruption that he said impoverished families, honest workers and retirees, while marginalizing the...
  • Why religion will dominate the 21st century

    05/18/2015 10:49:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | May 18, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    One of the most common assumptions is that religiosity is linked to economic and technological underdevelopment. As a society gets more technologically and economically advanced, the thinking goes, religiosity naturally fades away and is replaced by a more secular worldview. Exhibit A is usually Western Europe, which grew more secular as it grew richer (and much, much more violent) across the 19th and 20th centuries. Exhibit B is the world's most religious continent Africa which happens to be its poorest. Under this view, the 21st century will be the century in which secularization spreads even further as the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-19-15

    05/18/2015 9:00:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 19, 2015Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 20:17-27 From Miletus Paul had the presbytersof the Church at Ephesus summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them,“You know how I lived among youthe whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia.I served the Lord with all humilityand with the tears and trials that came to mebecause of the plots of the Jews,and I did not at all shrink from telling youwhat was for your benefit,or from teaching you in public or in your homes.I earnestly bore witness for both...
  • Jude Law Will Topline Paolo Sorrentinos TV Skein The Young Pope, HBO on Board

    05/18/2015 8:28:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Variety ^ | 05-17-2015 | Nick Vivarelli
    ...Law will play Lenny Belardo, a conservative American pontiff recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals. No one, even at the Vatican, is prepared for how hard-line this American pope really is, Tony Grisoni, who is one of the writers, recently told Variety.