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  • De Mattei: Shedding Light on Today's Crisis

    03/29/2017 9:14:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 29, 2017 | Roberto de Mattei
    And it is not only this. At Fatima, Our Lady showed the three little shepherds the terrifying vision of hell where the souls of poor sinners go and it was revealed to Jacinta it was the sin against purity that leads most souls to hell. Who could possibly have imagined one hundred years later, that the public profession of impurity would have been added to the immense number of impure sins that are committed, under the form of sexual liberation and the introduction of extramarital unions, even homosexual, into the laws of the most important nations of the West? And...
  • Workers and Trades in Jesus’ Time

    03/29/2017 7:07:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-28-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Workers and Trades in Jesus’ Time Msgr. Charles Pope • March 28, 2017 • By Ian Macilwain (Peter Currie, Springbank Distillery) [GFDL, via Wikimedia CommonsFarmers – Early each morning (except the Sabbath) farmers walked to reach their vineyards, wheat and barley fields, and olive groves. They might work as many as twelve acres. Unfortunately, it was not uncommon for these parcels of land to be in different areas, making the tending much more time-consuming. During periods of more intense cultivation or fieldwork, they might live in rudimentary tents or shacks out in the fields, especially if the fields were...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-29-17

    03/28/2017 8:09:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-29-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 29, 2017 Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 49:8-15Thus says the LORD:In a time of favor I answer you,on the day of salvation I help you;and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people,To restore the landand allot the desolate heritages,Saying to the prisoners: Come out!To those in darkness: Show yourselves!Along the ways they shall find pasture,on every bare height shall their pastures be.They shall not hunger or thirst,nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;For he who pities them leads themand guides them beside springs of...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Annunciation of the Lord, 03-25-17

    03/28/2017 5:35:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-25-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: The Annunciation | Leonardo da Vinci Annunciation of the Lord Saint of the Day for March 25  The Story of the Annunciation of the Lord The feast of the Annunciation, now recognized as a solemnity, was first celebrated in the fourth or fifth century. Its central focus is the Incarnation: God has become one of us. From all eternity God had decided that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity should become human. Now, as Luke 1:26-38 tells us, the decision is being realized. The God-Man embraces all humanity, indeed all creation, to bring...
  • Knights of Malta. The Double Truth About That 30 Million [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 5:33:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Sandro Magister ^ | March 28, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The reply of Eugenio Ajroldi di Robbiate, director of the communications office of the Order of Malta, to what was published on March 23 by Settimo Cielo on “the mystery of those 30 million Swiss francs,” has not been passed over in silence by other knights of the Order, closer to the mental workings of former Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing, forced to hand in his resignation last January 24 to Pope Francis in person. This is what is attested to in the following letter, from a person very well-informed on the affairs of the Order, rich in information that...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero, 03-24-17

    03/28/2017 4:21:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-24-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Blessed Oscar Romero at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, 1977 | Archdiocese of San Salvador Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero Saint of the Day for March 24 (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980)  Blessed Oscar Romero’s Story The night before he was murdered while celebrating Mass, Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador said on the radio: “I would like to appeal in a special way to the men of the army, and in particular to the troops of the National Guard, the police, and the garrisons. Brothers, you belong to our own people. You...
  • The Church and Asmodeus - Part 2 [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 1:13:28 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 26, 2017 | Don Pietro Leone
    A spiritu fornicationis libera nos, Domine (invocation from the Litany of the Saints) II RECENT CHURCH MARITAL DOCTRINE UNTIL POPE FRANCIS From the beginning of Her history, the Church had taught and practiced the ascetic life. In fact this is one of the features which distinguished Her from the World, and which indeed corroborates the very authenticity of Her Faith[1]. For how could She live, and convert such multitudes to, a mortified and chaste life so at variance with Fallen Nature, if the Faith which She preached were untrue? Until the XXth century, this spirit of asceticism had prevailed in...
  • Pope To Canonize Jacinta and Francisco. But What about Sister Lucia? [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:27:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 24, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The Vatican has announced that the Fatima seers Jacinta and Francisco, already beatified by John Paul II, will be canonized by Pope Bergoglio, following the recent approval of a second miracle attributed to their intercession. The ceremony will probably take place in May, during the Pope’s pilgrimage to Fatima. Good news indeed. And long overdue. But there is something else that is long overdue respecting the Fatima event: the canonization of Sister Lucia. She is clearly the primary visionary who was accorded a long life on this earth for the purpose of recording and making known what the Blessed Virgin...
  • Cardinal Burke: Vatican hosting pro-abort population control activist was ‘simply a scandal’

    03/28/2017 9:12:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 27, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    Cardinal Raymond Burke said it's "simply a scandal" that pro-abortion and pro-contraception population control activist Paul Ehrlich was given a platform at a recent Vatican conference. Burke was speaking on Friday to a standing room only crowd at St. Raymond of Peńafort Catholic Church as part of its distinguished speaker series. He fielded questions at the end of his talk. He was asked about how "Paul Ehrlich, a great defender of abortion and a sworn enemy of the Church, was recently given a platform at a Vatican conference." Ehrlich's speech has caused confusion and has Catholics wondering what's going on...
  • What Were Villages Like in Jesus’ Day?

    03/28/2017 8:09:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-27-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Were Villages Like in Jesus’ Day? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 27, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The Jews of Galilee, where Jesus grew up, were essentially a rural people. The great majority lived in the many small towns and villages scattered throughout the countryside. They worked the land, tended their flocks, and plied their trades, seldom venturing more than a day’s...
  • Mother Angelica: A Female Powerhouse in a ‘Supposedly Sexist’ Church [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 1:09:19 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    Crux ^ | March 27, 2017 | Mary Rezac
    On the one year anniversary of her death Mother Angelica, EWTN foundress and a pioneer of the New Evangelization, offers a lasting example of strong female leadership not only when it comes to breaking barriers in secular media but also in the widely patriarchal Catholic Church. BIRMINGHAM, AL –– Mother Angelica, EWTN foundress and a pioneer of the New Evangelization, offers an example of female leadership in the Catholic Church that has left a lasting legacy on the one year anniversary of her death.It was September 1987, and Pope John Paul II had just arrived in Los Angeles after traveling around the United...
  • Pope Francis Is Playing with Fire. Hell Fire. [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:59:31 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | March 27, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    March 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – For months the Vatican has been sending Catholics a steady stream of indications that Pope Francis agrees with the modernists’ view allowing Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. We had his signature on a letter supporting the Buenos Aires bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. We had testimony to the Pope’s view by Germany’s Cardinal Marx, one of the Pope’s Council of 9 Cardinals. We had the Maltese bishops say so. We had the chief interpreter of legislative texts at the Vatican say so. And we’ve seen numerous articles published in the Vatican newspaper advocating this...
  • What You Need to Know About 9 of the Most Important Religious Orders {Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:48:50 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 12 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | March 25, 2017 | ChurchPOP Editor
    Religious orders and traditions are an important part of the Church. Here is what you need to know about 9 of the most important ones!
  • Pope Francis’s Achilles Heel [Catholic Caucus]

    03/28/2017 12:36:42 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | March 27, 2017 | William Doino Jr.
    In a recent interview with the German paper Die Zeit, Pope Francis declared, “I am a sinner and am fallible.” This followed a conversation with Spain’s El País, in which Francis had underscored the point: “I am not a saint. I am not making any revolution. I am just trying to push the Gospel forward. In an imperfect way, because I make my blunders from time to time.”Francis was drawing an important distinction between the doctrine of papal infallibility and his personal life and prudential decisions. He even insisted—much to his credit—that concerned Catholics “have the right to think that...
  • Russian Church Will Include Some More Western Saints in Its Calendar

    03/28/2017 12:11:42 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod
    Interfax ^ | March 27, 2017 | Unknown
    Moscow, March 27, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate will continue including names of the saints worshipped in the West in its calendar. "This process is not completed, it has only started," head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said on the Church and the World program on the Rossiya-24 TV channel. As was reported, in early March the Moscow Patriarchate included in its calendar St. Patrick and 15 ancient saints glorified in the countries of Europe before the church schism of 1054. St. Patrick the Enlightener of Ireland was among them. It was decided...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-28-17

    03/27/2017 8:35:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-28-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 28, 2017 Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Ez 47:1-9, 12The angel brought me, Ezekiel,back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,and I saw water flowing outfrom beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,for the façade of the temple was toward the east;the water flowed down from the right side of the temple,south of the altar.He led me outside by the north gate,and around to the outer gate facing the east,where I saw water trickling from the right side.Then when he had walked off to the eastwith a measuring cord in...
  • German Cardinal Marx Suggests Lay-Run Parishes

    03/27/2017 6:35:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Instead of closing parishes because of a shortage of priests, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has proposed to appoint lay people to administer parishes. Cardinal Marx said that lay-run parishes would provide the German archdiocese with a way of “remaining visible locally” despite the clergy shortage. “The local Church is most significant,” he said. “We would waste a great many opportunities if we were to withdraw from our territorial roots.” Cardinal Marx—who is president of the German bishops’ conference, and a member of the Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis—said that the Church should explore new ways to involve lay...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, 03-23-17

    03/27/2017 6:24:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-23-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Santo Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo, Arzobispo de Lima | photo by MNBAArgentina Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo Saint of the Day for March 23 (November 16, 1538 – March 23, 1606)  Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo’s Story Together with Rose of Lima, Turibius is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America, for 26 years.Born in Spain and educated for the law, he became so brilliant a scholar that he was made professor of law at the University of Salamanca and eventually became chief judge of the Inquisition at...
  • The Vatican and China Reach a Promising Accord

    03/27/2017 6:15:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | 3/27/17 | Victor Gaetan
    Compared in terms of state territory, economic power, or nuclear might, no two places differ more than China and Vatican City, the world’s largest and smallest countries. But measured as two empires with indelible historical presence, communal identity, and cultural wealth, China and the Holy See share a lot—including a sense of time in which decades are a standard planning unit rather than weeks or months. That is why Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis’ apparent resolution of a 70-year-old power struggle over who has the right to select Catholic bishops is so noteworthy. As part of its effort...
  • Pro-Life Speaker Westen Receives Standing Ovation For Vatican Critique

    03/27/2017 4:25:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | March 27, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    From 10-11 March 2017, the Bringing America Back to Life Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio. The convention was a gathering of nearly 1,500 defenders of life from different religious backgrounds and from all parts of the United States. This gathering, which included the courageous former Planned Parenthood nurse Abby Johnson, also featured many Catholic speakers such as Michael Hichborn (Lepanto Institute), John Smeaton (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children), Gabriele Kuby (Catholic German author), as well as John-Henry Westen (LifeSiteNews). It was John-Henry Westen who proposed a larger topic that would have an impact on all pro-life work....
  • Fundamental Christian Attitudes: Love [vs. abortion, etc.]

    03/27/2017 1:13:05 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 9 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 3-20-2017 | John MacArthur
    ..let me talk about abortion for a moment. The abortion battle is not over babies. The abortion battle is not a battle about whether we ought to kill babies just for the sake of killing babies...Nobody would legalize the murder of those babies if storks brought babies.... Willing to do that – follow this one – willing to do that in the face of the strongest instinct to protect, which is motherhood.... We were worried all the time about Russia, we were worried all the time about the Iron Curtain world, And we were having a revolution here that has...
  • Marriage and Family at the Time of Jesus

    03/27/2017 8:13:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage and Family at the Time of Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • March 26, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The word family had a wider meaning both in Aramaic and in Hebrew than it does in English. The Hebrew, ah, and the Aramaic, aha, could be used to refer to brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, cousins, and even other near relations. Extended family networks...
  • Thanks to Pope Francis I'm No Longer a 'Neo-Catholic'

    03/27/2017 1:58:09 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 84 replies
    The Remnant ^ | March 22, 2017 | Petra Perkov
    Three months is not such a long period of time, but it was more than enough for me to turn my life around. All I knew and all I was came tumbling down like a house of cards one late evening in the fall of 2016. And it started with Pope Francis. I was born in the 80s, raised a Catholic in a 'modern, ecumenical' Catholic faith. However, it would be unfair for me to blame the post-Vatican II period for my sinful ways. I hold myself accountable, more than anyone or anything else, for not taking the Faith seriously....
  • Pope Francis: Will June Be the Turning Point?

    03/27/2017 1:41:29 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | March 27, 2017 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    A series of clues points to June as a possible turning point in Pope Francis’s pontificate. After four years the Pope might finally give definitive shape to his Church, and this coming June might be the right month. That the Pope wanted June to be a free month can be noticed by the fact that the trip to Egypt was – according to sources – initially scheduled June 11-12. Then suddenly, the Pope moved it up to April 28-29. He will leave right after the 18th meeting of the Council of Cardinals, scheduled for April 24-26, and before the trip...
  • Mexicans Who Help Build Donald Trump’s Wall Are ‘Traitors,’ Top Archdiocese Says

    03/26/2017 9:49:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 26, 2017 | Reuters
    Mexicans who help build President Donald Trump’s planned border wall would be acting immorally and should be deemed traitors, the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said on Sunday, turning up the heat on a simmering dispute over the project. In a provocative editorial, the country’s biggest Archdiocese sought to increase pressure on the government to take a tougher line on companies aiming to profit from the wall, which has strained relations between Trump and the Mexican government. “Any company intending to invest in the wall of the fanatic Trump would be immoral, but above all, its shareholders and owners should be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-27-17

    03/26/2017 8:51:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-27-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 27, 2017 Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Is 65:17-21Thus says the LORD:Lo, I am about to create new heavensand a new earth;The things of the past shall not be rememberedor come to mind.Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happinessin what I create;For I create Jerusalem to be a joyand its people to be a delight;I will rejoice in Jerusalemand exult in my people.No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there,or the sound of crying;No longer shall there be in itan infant who lives but a few days,or an old man who...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Nicholas Owen, 03-22-17

    03/26/2017 8:36:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-22-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Edward Oldcorne; Nicholas Owen | Gaspar Bouttats Saint Nicholas Owen Saint of the Day for March 22 (? – 1606)  Saint Nicholas Owen’s Story Nicholas, familiarly known as “Little John,” was small in stature but big in the esteem of his fellow Jesuits.Born at Oxford, this humble artisan saved the lives of many priests and laypersons in England during the penal times (1559-1829), when a series of statutes punished Catholics for the practice of their faith. Over a period of about 20 years, Nicholas used his skills to build secret hiding places for priests...
  • Trusting in God

    03/26/2017 3:52:39 PM PDT · by WillOTerry · 14 replies
    FishEaters ^ | FishEaters
    A must-read article about really trusting in God. I can't post a good excerpt from it because it relies on a few pictures to make its point, but it's well worth reading. Click on the URL to check it out. I think you'll be glad you did!
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed John of Parma, 03-21-17

    03/26/2017 2:52:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 03-21-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: St Bonaventure Enters the Franciscan Order | Francisco de Herrera the Elder Blessed John of Parma Saint of the Day for March 21 (1209–1289)  Blessed John of Parma’s Story The seventh general minister of the Franciscan Order, John was known for his attempts to bring back the earlier spirit of the Order after the death of Saint Francis of Assisi.He was born in Parma, Italy, in 1209. It was when he was a young philosophy professor known for his piety and learning that God called him to bid good-bye to the world he was...
  • The Church and Asmodeus - Part 1 [Catholic Caucus]

    03/26/2017 10:57:41 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 26, 2017 | Don Pietro Leone
    Sister Lucia of Fatima wrote to Cardinal Caffara that the final clash between the Devil and the Church would be in the area of the family and marriage. A dispassionate survey of recent Church history serves to assure us that the clash has already begun, that is to say with the entry into the Church of the Demon Asmodeus: the spirit of fornication. The question that we wish to address in this essay is how Holy Mother Church, Who has for 2,000 years resisted, been able to overcome, and indeed been purged and exalted by, all the cruel and...
  • I Went, I Washed, and Now I Can See - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

    03/26/2017 8:23:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-25-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I Went, I Washed, and Now I Can See - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 25, 2017 • In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the Light of the World, brings light to a man born blind. If you are prepared to accept it, you are the man born blind, for all of us were born blind and in darkness. It was our baptism and the faith it gave that rendered us able to see and to come gradually more fully into the light. The man in today’s Gospel shows forth the stages of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-26-17, Fourth Sunday of Lent [Laetare Sunday]

    03/25/2017 8:28:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-26-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 26, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Lent Reading 1 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13aThe LORD said to Samuel:"Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem, for I have chosen my king from among his sons." As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice, Samuel looked at Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed is here before him."But the LORD said to Samuel: "Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him.Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance...
  • VIDEO: Card. Burke about the Future of the Five Dubia about ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    03/25/2017 1:57:35 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | March 25, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Virginia (which if I am not mistaken was built by my my friend Fr. James Gould), another Raymond, Card. Burke, answered a question about the Five Dubia submitted by the Four Cardinals about the infamous objectively murky bits of Amoris laetitia.The Dubia That Won’t Die.So far, Pope Francis has not given any clear answer to the Five Dubia, though surrogates (e.g., Card. Schoenborn, Card. Coccopalmerio, et al.) have thrown up smoke screens and misdirections which we were supposed to accept as adequate explanations of the objectively murky bits.  Others have flat out denied that there...
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

    03/25/2017 5:57:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation Msgr. Charles Pope • March 24, 2017 • In preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives), by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner.I must say that I have always been moved—and intrigued—by the faith of the Blessed Mother. She is “a woman wrapped in silence,” a phrase that...
  • Key African Cardinal on AIDS, ‘Amoris,’ Trump, Francis, and More (John Onaiyekan of Nigeria)

    03/25/2017 3:41:08 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | March 25, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Nigeria says that African experience proves that distributing condoms is less effective in the fight against HIV/AIDS than promoting abstinence and behavioral change. In a Crux interview, he also discussed 'Amoris Laetita,' Islam, Trump, Pope Francis, and his personal crusade against corruption. ROME – One of Africa’s most prominent Catholic prelates says he finds it hard to understand why public opinion so often focuses on condoms when it comes to the fight against HIV/AIDS, when his continent’s experience clearly shows that’s not the best approach.“Take South Africa. It’s a country that went all-out distributing condoms to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-25-17, SOL, The Annunciation of the Lord

    03/24/2017 10:25:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-25-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 25, 2017 Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord Reading 1 Is 7:10-14; 8:10The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,"I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!"Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David!Is it not enough for you to weary people,must you also weary my God?Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel,which means "God is with us!" Responsorial Psalm...
  • How Did People Tell Time in Jesus’ Day?

    03/24/2017 10:13:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Did People Tell Time in Jesus’ Day? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 23, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The modern person, especially in the West, thinks of time in a very mechanistic way. We watch the clock, which is in itself a mechanical device without intrinsic meaning. For shorter periods of time we look at the clock rather than the sun. For...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-17

    03/24/2017 8:06:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 24, 2017 Friday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Hos 14:2-10Thus says the LORD:Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God;you have collapsed through your guilt.Take with you words,and return to the LORD;Say to him, "Forgive all iniquity,and receive what is good, that we may renderas offerings the bullocks from our stalls.Assyria will not save us,nor shall we have horses to mount;We shall say no more, 'Our god,'to the work of our hands;for in you the orphan finds compassion." I will heal their defection, says the LORD,I will love them freely;for my wrath is turned away...
  • What Was the Climate Like at the Time of Jesus?

    03/24/2017 7:09:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Was the Climate Like at the Time of Jesus? Msgr. Charles Pope • March 22, 2017 • N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did.The climate in Palestine, both today and at the time of Jesus, has two distinct seasons. The wet or rainy season runs from the mid-October to the mid-April while the dry season lasts from the mid-June to mid-September. During the dry season...
  • POPE FRANCIS AS HISTORIAN

    03/24/2017 6:51:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    First Things ^ | March 23, 2017 | Bronwen Catherine McShea
    During a friendly meeting on January 19 with an ecumenical delegation from Finland, Pope Francis affirmed his commitment to reunion with Lutheran Christians by offering an historical claim about the great German reformer: “The intention of Martin Luther five hundred years ago was to renew the Church, not divide her.” A day or so before, news had begun circulating that Vatican City would honor the five hundredth anniversary of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses with a special postage stamp. And earlier this fall, the pope praised Luther for having re-focused the Church’s attentions on the centrality of Scripture, blaming subsequent divisions between...
  • Pope Tells European Leaders: Solidarity Will Overcome Populism, ‘Fruit of Egotism’

    03/24/2017 6:33:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Addressing 27 European heads of state on March 24, Pope Francis said that the founders of the European Union rightly understood that “the heart of the European political project could only be man himself. The Pope spoke to a distinguished group of European leaders in the Sala Regia, in an event marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which gave birth to today’s European Union. In a formal address, the Holy Father said that it is important to “relive that event in order to appreciate its significance for the present.” In 1957, the Pontiff recalled,...
  • Knights of Malta. The Mystery of Those 30 Million Swiss Francs

    03/24/2017 6:29:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | 3/23/17 | Sandro Magister
    The saga of the Knights of Malta has been expanded with a new chapter, staged by the Grand Chancellor of the order, the baron Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, in an interview in the widely read German newspaper “Bild” on March 16. In the interview, conducted by Nikolaus Harbusch, a well-known journalist who specializes in financial crimes, the Grand Chancellor conformed that at the beginning of this month the order received the first installments of a donation of 30 million Swiss francs, after verifying the correct provenance of the sum and the reliability of the person with whom on March 1...
  • The Fruits of Radical Catholic Modernism?

    03/24/2017 5:14:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newspaper via Abyssus Abyssum Invocat ^ | January 4, 2017 | John J. Arechiga
    How do we know that Pope Paul VI consulted with Saul Alinsky? In The Rite of Sodomy Randy Engel wrote that Saul Alinsky met Pope Paul VI while Pope Paul VI was still Archbishop of Milan: “It was said of the new Archbishop of Milan that he didn’t hear church bells, he heard factory whistles. “It is not surprising therefore that on one of his visits to the Archbishop’s residence, Jacques Maritain, the once great Thomastic philosopher, brought with him, Saul David Alinsky, the “Apostle of the Permanent Revolution.” Montini [then Archbishop of Milan, later Pope Paul VI] was so...
  • Our Lady of the Atonement and the future of the Ordinariates

    03/24/2017 4:01:12 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Fr. Hunwicke's Enrichment Blog ^ | March 21, 2017 | Fr. Hunwicke
    Brilliant News!!! The Holy See has directed that the Texan parish of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio is, with effect from today, part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of S Peter, the American Ordinariate. 'Atonement' was the first (in 1983) of the parishes set up to perpetuate within the Roman Unity groups adhering to their Anglican Liturgy, Spirituality, and theological tradition. It was spectacularly successful, under its dynamic and charismatic Pastor Fr Christopher Phillips. When the Ordinariates were set up, the position of parishes adhering to the 'Anglican Use', but operating as units within ordinary dioceses,...
  • Clarity from Vancouver about Communion for the Divorced and Civilly Remarried [Catholic Caucus]

    03/24/2017 12:56:59 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | March 21, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf / Fr. Pablo Santa Maria
    It’s great to have some clarity for a change. Of course each dose of clarity makes the general confusion which some are fomenting more exasperating. Nevertheless, it’s great to have some clarity for a change. At the page of the Cathedral of the Holy Rosary in Vancouver we find some clarity from Fr. Pablo Santa Maria.  Of course this would not have been published without the knowledge and consent of Archbishop Miller, who is very solid. Communion, Marriage and DivorceMar 16, 2017[QUAERITUR: …] Who can receive Holy Communion at Mass? None of us are truly worthy of such a great...
  • Don't call me sweetie! Why we should never use 'elderspeak' to talk down to dementia patients

    03/24/2017 12:44:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 24, 2017 | Mary Kekatos For Dailymail.com
    We might think names like 'sweetie' or 'dear' are terms of endearment. But what seems like a kind gesture may actually be taken as patronizing, a new study finds. Scientists say elderly sufferers of dementia are often exposed to 'elderspeak' - a loud and slow form of baby talk for seniors. This makes them feel like they are incompetent and can lead to a downward spiral of social isolation and cognitive decline. Researchers studied nuns at a Midwestern convent and fount a very different approach - one that brightened the spirits of their suffering sisters.
  • Bombshell from Vatican: Benedict and Francis "in complete disagreement", "never talk to one another"

    03/24/2017 3:51:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | March 23, 2017 | Andrew Parrish
    (ROME) – Speaking at a March 16th conference in Limburg, Germany, the long-time Vatican correspondent Andreas Englisch has delivered an explosive allegation: In contradiction of public appearances, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI “are in complete disagreement” and “never speak to one another.” The Pope Emeritus has apparently stated that he only appears in public “at the explicit request of Pope Francis.” What is shown on these occasions, Englisch continues, is “only the pretense of friendship.”No official transcript of the press conference is yet available, but Giuseppe Nardi, another well-known Vaticanist who was in attendance, says that Englisch continued...
  • Pope Francis to Proclaim Fatima Visionaries Saints during Portugal Trip [Catholic Caucus]

    03/23/2017 4:58:59 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | March 23, 2017 | Crux Staff
    Pope Francis on Thursday approved a miracle attributed to two of the visionaries who say they saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima in 1917. The pope was already scheduled to visit the Marian shrine to mark the 100th anniversary of the event. ROME – Two of the visionaries of the Marian apparitions of Fatima – young shepherds Jacinta and Francisco Marto – will be canonized by Pope Francis when he visits the Portuguese shrine in May.The Vatican announced the pontiff approved the miracle attributed to their intercession on Thursday, the final step necessary before they could be made...
  • [Catholic Caucus] THE GOLDEN BOY

    03/23/2017 9:11:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 23, 2017 | Church Militant
    Monsignor Michael Hull, an extremely close associate of the archdiocese's vicar general, Msgr. Greg Mustaciuolo, had a series of very plum assignments in the archdiocese. Sources tell Church Militant that this was owing to the nature of the close relationship between Hull and Mustaciouolo, a relationship where they wore matching Mickey Mouse sweaters while also overnighting at the archdiocese's seminary, St. Joseph's in the Dunwoodie neighborhood of Yonkers. Observers thought it was strange that Mustaciuolo would overnight at the seminary because his residence was just a short ride away in Manhattan. Mustociuolo made sure that Michael Hull was well provided...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-23-17, OM, St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop

    03/22/2017 8:22:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 03-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    March 23, 2017 Thursday of the Third Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 7:23-28Thus says the LORD: This is what I commanded my people:Listen to my voice;then I will be your God and you shall be my people.Walk in all the ways that I command you,so that you may prosper. But they obeyed not, nor did they pay heed.They walked in the hardness of their evil heartsand turned their backs, not their faces, to me.From the day that your fathers left the land of Egypt even to this day,I have sent you untiringly all my servants the prophets.Yet they...