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  • BOMBAY CARDINAL PUSHES GAY RIGHTS IN INDIA

    02/05/2016 9:26:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 3, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    The top court of India is re-evaluating a law deeming homosexual acts punishable with prison time-- and the Catholic archbishop of Bombay is encouraging the move. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, and known to be gay-friendly, has come out "in favor of decriminalization of Section 377" of the Indian Penal Code, which declares homosexual acts as "against the order of nature." The supreme court in New Delhi is setting up a panel to re-examine a 2013 ruling that declared only the Indian parliament could repeal the colonial-era law prohibiting the country's citizens from openly engaging in a homosexual lifestyle....
  • The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness

    02/05/2016 8:06:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness Msgr. Charles Pope February 4, 2016 Man who found exitThere is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the "mystery of iniquity." St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious "man of iniquity" who will appear before the Second Coming of Jesus. Many modern translations (accurately) render it as the "mystery of lawlessness" but that has less of a ring to it.The Latin root of the English word...
  • Patriarch Kirill, Pope to Meet on Cuba on February 12

    02/05/2016 4:57:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Moscow, February 5, Interfax- - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will meet with Pope Francis on Cuba on February 12, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told a press conference in Moscow on Friday. "The issue of the persecution of Christians will be central in this meeting," the metropolitan said. He said the patriarch and the pope will discuss issues relating to bilateral relations and international policy. The meeting will comprise a meeting in person at the international airport in Havana and will lead to the signing of a joint...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-05-16, M, St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

    02/04/2016 9:00:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 5, 2016 Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Sir 47:2-11 Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings,so was David in Israel.He made sport of lions as though they were kids,and of bears, like lambs of the flock.As a youth he slew the giantand wiped out the people's disgrace,When his hand let fly the slingstonethat crushed the pride of Goliath.Since he called upon the Most High God, who gave strength to his right armTo defeat the skilled warriorand raise up the might of his people,Therefore the women sang his praises,and ascribed to him tens of...
  • Behind the Scenes at Vatican II

    02/04/2016 8:01:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/3/16 | Peter M J. Stravinskas
    The first volume of Henri de Lubac's "Vatican Council Notebooks" (Ignatius Press, 2015) is filled with detailed and often surprising accounts of conversations, disputes, and key figures at the CouncilOn January 29, 1959, Pope John XXIII shocked the Church and the world with his announcement at the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls in Rome that he was convoking the first ecumenical council in nearly a century. In fifth grade, Sister Regina Rose began to inform us of the impending council, noting that we would be living through a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With that in mind, she also assigned us...
  • Catholic high school: Archdiocese 'does not permit' same-sex wedding announcement

    02/04/2016 7:33:23 PM PST · by steve86 · 26 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | Thursday, February 4, 2016 | JOEL CONNELLY
    Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain: Catholic Church can in no way associate itself with same-sex marriage. Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle has refused to run an announcement in its alumni magazine for the same-sex marriage of an alumna who once served as student body vice president and homecoming queen. In response to the submission by the 1997 graduate, the school sent her a letter saying, in part, "... the Archdiocese does not permit this type of information to be published in our Catholic school magazine." The reaction has been a much-circulated Facebook post by James Nau, who was student...
  • Good Man. Good Monk. Good Beer.

    02/04/2016 2:47:08 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 4, 2016 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    I first met Brother Augustine Wilmeth when he was one of the students where I served as chaplain. As a convert, he was intensely interested not only in his new Catholic faith but in the more traditional expressions of life and worship.I followed his progress through the years and had the chance last summer to visit him a few months before he took his first vows as a monk at the Benedictine monastery that has been reestablished at Norcia in Italy.Brother Augustine spoke to me for Aleteia about his vocation, his life in the monastery and his work brewing...
  • First Anglican Ordinariate Bishop Ordained: ‘It Means We’re Here to Stay’

    02/04/2016 2:11:38 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 4, 2016 | KATHLEEN NAAB
    HOUSTON — In a majestic Mass at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening, history was made for the Anglican ordinariates established by Pope Benedict XVI: Their first bishop was ordained. “In a nutshell, it means we’re here to stay,” summarized Msgr. Harry Entwistle, the ordinary of Australia’s ordinariate, which is under the patroness of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. The new bishop, Stephen Joseph Lopes, 40, a native of California, was in fact instrumental in the creation of the ordinariate that he now leads — the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The...
  • "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say"

    02/04/2016 8:07:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say Msgr. Charles Pope February 3, 2016 Many groups have a tendency to use words that make sense to their members but are unintelligible to outsiders. I have sometimes had to decode "Church-speak" for recent converts.For example, one time I proudly announced, "RCIA classes will begin next week, so if you know anyone who is interested in attending please fill out an information card on the table just outside the sacristy door." I thought I'd been perfectly clear, but then a new member approached me after Mass to inquire about the availability of...
  • Married Priests? At the Gregorian They’re Voting Against

    02/04/2016 5:57:39 AM PST · by NRx · 34 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 02-04-2016 | Sandro Magister
    Cardinals Parolin and Ouellet are lining up in defense of the celibacy of the Latin clergy, in a conference at the prestigious pontifical university. But once again the pope has let the German bishops know that he wants to break with this tradition by Sandro Magister ROME, February 4, 2016 - This afternoon at the Pontifical Gregorian University a conference will get underway that in many respects is surprising, The surprise comes first of all from the theme: "Priestly celibacy, a journey of freedom." A theme in stark contrast with the ever more frequent signals of an imminent relaxation of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-04-16

    02/03/2016 9:54:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 4, 2016 Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12 When the time of David's death drew near,he gave these instructions to his son Solomon:"I am going the way of all flesh.Take courage and be a man.Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, following his waysand observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decreesas they are written in the law of Moses,that you may succeed in whatever you do,wherever you turn, and the LORD may fulfillthe promise he made on my behalf when he said,'If your sons so conduct themselvesthat they remain...
  • Pope's Opening to China Skips Over Religious Freedom

    02/03/2016 5:24:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/2/16 | John Allen Jr
    On Tuesday, an exclusive interview with Pope Francis about China was published by the Asia Times, in which the pope urges the world not to fear growing Chinese power. It's likely to be hailed as a great opening, as well as another sign of keen Vatican interest in moving ever closer to normalized diplomatic relations with Beijing. "The Catholic Church, one of whose duties is to respect all civilizations, before this civilization, I would say, has the duty to respect it with a capital 'R'," the pope said. Yet there's a striking omission in the conversation between Francis and Italian...
  • The Real Story Behind the Church’s Tradition of Blessing Throats (Catholic Caucus)

    02/03/2016 3:52:18 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 3, 2016 | ZOE ROMANOWSKY
    Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.--Prayer from the the Blessing of the Throats Years ago a priest told me that when he was a young boy, his brother began choking on a bone. Panicked, his mother called aloud for the help of St. Blaise, and immediately the bone cleared and everything was fine. Whether the boy was truly in grave danger or not, I don't know,...
  • (Red) China, Vatican negotiate further on bishop appointments

    02/03/2016 2:45:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    UCA News ^ | February 3, 2016 | ucanews.com reporter
    The meeting in Rome was the third round of negotiations on bishop appointments in China. The first was held in June, 2014 and the second in October, 2015.
  • Is It Ever OK to Lie?

    02/03/2016 6:37:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 89 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is It Ever OK to Lie? Msgr. Charles Pope February 2, 2016 Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor on both their newspaper side and in their magazine, The Catholic Answer. Every now and then a question comes in that seems like a good topic for the blog.The following question comes up frequently whenever I teach moral theology classes and we cover the issue of lying. In a way it is remarkable that the format of the question almost never changes, and that the usual (and I would argue questionable)...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-03-16, OM, St. Blaise, Bishop & Martyr, St. Ansgar, Bishop

    02/02/2016 9:45:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 3, 2016 Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17 King David said to Joab and the leaders of the army who were with him,"Tour all the tribes in Israel from Dan to Beer-shebaand register the people, that I may know their number."Joab then reported to the king the number of people registered:in Israel, eight hundred thousand men fit for military service; in Judah, five hundred thousand. Afterward, however, David regretted having numbered the people,and said to the LORD:"I have sinned grievously in what I have done.But now, LORD, forgive the guilt...
  • Twenty New priests and Thirty Deacons Will be Ordained in Seoul

    02/02/2016 7:56:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/27/16
    Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - The Church in Korea, which thrives in vocations to priesthood, will be enriched with 20 new priests: Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, will ordain 20 priests on February 5. Given the large numbers of faithful who are expected for the event, the celebration will be held in the big hall of the Olympic Park in Seoul. As reported to Fides in a note by the local Church, the Archdiocese of Seoul celebrates an ordination Mass every year, with an average of 30 new priests ordained. Over the past 20 years, ordinations in Seoul have...
  • Vietnam's Newest Theological Institute Kicks Off Courses in September

    02/02/2016 7:52:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/271/6
    Students can apply before 5 July for admission test to either biblical or dogmatic theology. Preparations for the new facility are well underway. This is unusual in a Communist nation where Church educational activities have always been hamperedHo Chi Minh City (AsiaNews/EDA) - In a statement on 21 January, the Bishops' Commission for Education announced that classes will begin next September at Vietnam's new theological institute in Ho Chi Minh City's Third District, at 72/12 Tran Quoc Toan Street. Hence, future students can begin to apply, this according to Eglises d'Asie (EDA). Following the initial evaluation of applicants' ability to...
  • Prayer for My Husband

    02/02/2016 3:59:12 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | FR. GUILLERMO SERRA
    Lord, you who know every heart and who search the depths of every soul,today I want to pray for my husband,the beloved of my heart,whom I chose, thanks to you, to be my companion and my best friend;the one I preferred; the one I selected from within the passing chapters of my life.I want to pray for his heart:gaze on it with tenderness and caress his deepest wounds;heal his memory of any painful recollections and place unending joy on his lips.Flood his heart with love,so that his words and deedstransmit to those who surround himthe companionship and securitythat we...
  • Byzantine Catholic Nuns Provide Place of Encounter With Christ (Catholic Caucus)

    02/02/2016 2:33:27 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    It wasn't unusual for young Celeste Strohmeyer to want to get married and have a dozen kids. After all, she was one of 11, which, she said, "provided a lot of hands-on experience with children."But there was a competing tug in her heart, beginning in early childhood -- a call to religious life. It kept calling to her: when she was 12, when she was 16, when she was 22 and later, after establishing a promising career.She had a good job, independence, a home of her own, the freedom to travel. She still could have married. But the thought...
  • EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Fr. Michael Rodriguez

    02/02/2016 12:16:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | February 1, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    I'm pleased, and honored, to share below brief excerpts taken from an extensive interview that I recently conducted with Fr. Michael Rodriguez; including an update on his current situation. The complete interview (over 6,000 words in length) will be published in the next print edition of Catholic Family News, wherein Father discusses his journey to tradition, explains why he is no longer able to celebrate the Novus Ordo in good conscience, and gives valuable advice to both laypersons and his brother priests, and a great deal more. I can assure you that you will find Fr. Rodriguez's insights and reflections...
  • (Catholic Caucus) Praying with the Four Seasonal Marian Antiphons

    02/02/2016 10:34:22 AM PST · by rwa265 · 3 replies
    Shameless Popery ^ | Undated | Joe Heschmeyer
    Today is February 2nd, which means (besides the annual showing of Groundhog Day) that it’s the Feast of the Presentation, better known as Candlemas. Candlemas is actually the holiday behind Groundhog Day, in that there was an old folk tradition that a sunny Candlemas meant a long winter, but that’s another story. More to the point, Candlemas is a turning point in the year. If you pray the four seasonal Marian antiphons, today marks the first day of a new season. If you don’t pray them, or don’t know what they are, read on.
  • The Parish Church in a Changeable Community: Some Basic Requirements for Survival

    02/02/2016 8:30:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Parish Church in a Changeable Community: Some Basic Requirements for Survival Msgr. Charles Pope February 1, 2016 For my first assignment as a priest I was sent to a large parish located in a suburb just inside the Washington Beltway. At the time it was flourishing, with four well-attended masses each Sunday. The people there loved their parish and spoke with devotion of the former pastor who, though he had died a dozen years before, loomed large in the memories of both Church and neighborhood. He was from that generation of pastors who had an almost kingly status....
  • Stunning: Watch the Incredible Procession at the Eucharistic Congress (Catholic Caucus)

    02/02/2016 4:42:32 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The image above, now circulating on Facebook, is remarkable. So is the video below. An estimated 2 million people took part.The story (h/t Fr. Patrick Longalong): Cebuanos and delegates to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) currently being held in this city trooped to the Cebu Provincial Capitol and filled its surrounding streets to hear the Mass led by Dublin, Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.According to Fr. Roberto Ebisa, SVD, of DYRF, Police Chief Inspector Ryan Debaras estimated the crowd that gathered for the Mass and procession to be nearly 2 million. Streets leading to the Capitol were closed to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-02-16, FEAST, Presentation of the Lord [Candlemas]

    02/01/2016 11:04:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 2, 2016 Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4 Thus says the Lord GOD:Lo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before me;And suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner's fire,or like the fuller's lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of Levi,Refining them like gold or like silverthat...
  • “The Devil Has Retired”

    02/01/2016 7:28:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Chisea Express online ^ | February 1, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    Q: Let's start the fun right now: who is responsible? A: I realize that what I say will seem paradoxical to the reader who is poorly informed or sensitive to these problems, but I'll try. What is responsible is the gnostic, neo-Malthusian and environmentalist culture that now presumes to ask the pope to get involved. By environmentalist culture I mean that which, with a naturalist and pantheist vision, considers man the cancer of nature who damages it with his unrestrained consumption and his indifference to the pollution that he himself produces, above all if gets married (to a woman) and...
  • Georgetown Students Drive Pro-Life Efforts Without University Support

    Georgetown University students who attended last week's March for Life in Washington, D.C., recently told The Cardinal Newman Society that student groups at the University are finding success in driving pro-life outreach and discussion on campus despite the University's lack of support for their events and activities, or for Church teaching on life issues."I think that given a campus culture that's often hostile to pro-life views, it's extremely helpful that there exists organizations like Georgetown Right to Life," Michael Khan, president of the student-run Right to Life group, told the Newman Society. "With contraceptives allowed in dorms and faculty...
  • No Matter Where I Am, a Catholic Church Is Always Home

    02/01/2016 4:05:40 PM PST · by NYer · 110 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 1, 2016 | DIANA VON GLAHN
    6) Plan a mini pilgrimage to a local shrine; make an effort along the way to live the corporal work of mercy of "welcoming the stranger" as Christ.--56 Ways to Be Merciful in the Jubilee Year of Mercy Growing up Catholic in San Diego, in the shadow of the first of 21 missions founded by St. Junipero Serra, clearly influenced my life as a nomadic Catholic, seeking out sacred sites that raise my mind and heart to God. As I moved around the country and the world, I learned that no matter where I am, a Catholic church is...
  • Why didn't Pope Francis endorse Family Day 2016? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/01/2016 3:53:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 1, 2016 | David Martin
    On January 30 hundreds of thousands of demonstrators participated in the Family Day 2016 in Rome to protest the controversial "Cirinna" bill to legalize same-sex unions, which the Italian Parliament is expected to vote on shortly. Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco who heads the Italian Bishops' Conference has been leading a handful of good bishops in openly supporting these faithful Catholics who defend traditional family values. This beautifully fulfills the Church's mission to go into the world and uphold the light of Christ so that everyone might be compelled in the right direction for the common good. This fight for family values...
  • Catholics crowdsource in hopes of rescuing alleged St. Kateri relic (Catholic Caucus)

    02/01/2016 2:18:05 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | January 30, 2016 | Adelaide Mena
    St. Kateri reliquary. Photo courtesy of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center. Albany, N.Y., Jan 30, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic faithful are banding together to help rescue a possible relic of St. Kateri Tekawitha in a strange - and thoroughly modern - way: by using a crowdsourcing internet forum."It's my first GoFundMe," said Bill Jacobs, co-founder and president of the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center.Speaking to CNA about the center's "Rescue Saint Kateri Reliquary!" campaign, he explained, "Our hope is to raise enough money and get it back into the hands of the Church."St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born...
  • BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER INTERVIEW WITH RORATE CAELI

    02/01/2016 9:46:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/01/2016 | His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    The very crisis of the Church in our days consists in the ever growing phenomenon that those who don't fully believe and profess the integrity of the Catholic faith frequently occupy strategic positions in the life of the Church, such as professors of theology, educators in seminaries, religious superiors, parish priests and even bishops and cardinals. And these people with their defective faith profess themselves as being submitted to the Pope. The height of confusion and absurdity manifests itself when such semi-heretical clerics accuse those who defend the purity and integrity of the Catholic faith as being against the Pope...
  • Why the Acclamations at the “Mystery of Faith” Need Further Consideration

    02/01/2016 8:01:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the Acclamations at the "Mystery of Faith" Need Further Consideration Msgr. Charles Pope January 31, 2016 There is a moment in the Eucharistic Prayer in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite at which the priest awkwardly summons the people to respond by using a sentence fragment: "The mystery of faith" (mysterium fidei). The 1970 translation from the Latin tried to complete the fragment by supplying some additional words: "Let us proclaim the mystery of faith."But regardless of the specifics of the wording, it seems an awkward moment, something interjected into the action of the Eucharistic Prayer.But even...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-01-16

    01/31/2016 9:49:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 1, 2016 Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13 An informant came to David with the report,"The children of Israel have transferred their loyalty to Absalom."At this, David said to all his servantswho were with him in Jerusalem:"Up! Let us take flight, or none of us will escape from Absalom.Leave quickly, lest he hurry and overtake us,then visit disaster upon us and put the city to the sword." As David went up the Mount of Olives, he wept without ceasing.His head was covered, and he was walking barefoot.All those who...
  • Interview with the only Bishop to take part at Rome's "Family Day"

    01/31/2016 9:34:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 31, 2016 | Serena Sartini
    He is one of the few bishops present at Family Day, perhaps the only one. Without fear of exposing himself or of being criticized by the other bishops, alongside the families, saying no to the Cirinna Bill on civil unions and with an appeal to the President of the Republic, [he says]: "I hope that the Bill will be examined by the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella and that he doesn't sign the decree: it is in conflict with article 29 of the Constitution which states that the family is based on matrimony."
  • Can the Church Depose an Heretical Pope?

    01/31/2016 4:18:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 309 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 18, 2014 | Robert J. Siscoe
    A recent article by Fr. James V. Schall S.J., which was re-posted as "the article of the week" on the popular Traditional Catholic website Rorate Caeli, has caused quite stir in some quarters. In the short article, which is titled On Heretical Popes, Fr. Schall briefly discusses the claims of heresy leveled against the post-Conciliar Popes, especially Pope Francis, and raises the question of whether a pope can fall into heresy, and, if so, how the Church would go about deposing him. The article was written in a very moderate tone, but the issues addressed were evidently too much for...
  • Michigan Bishop Inaugurates Program to Have Chant at All Parishes

    01/31/2016 1:45:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Bishop John Doerfler of Marquette, Michigan, has issued directions for all parishes in the diocese to institute programs that will lead to the congregation chanting the Ordinary parts of the Mass. Following up on the work of his predecessor in Marquette, then-Bishop Alexander Sample (who is now Archbishop of Portland, Oregon), Bishop Doerfler has called for the action to carry out the vision of Vatican II, which encouraged the use of Gregorian chant and congregational involvement in the singing. In a pastoral letter released in 2013, Bishop Sample had also called attention to the Council's directives on liturgical music, as...
  • Defiant Catholic Laity against "same-sex unions", despite little support from the Vatican

    01/31/2016 9:23:32 AM PST · by ebb tide · 68 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 1/30/16 | New Catholic
    The "Cirinna Bill" being debated in the Italian Parliament to allow "same-sex unions" in that central nation of Catholicism managed to bring Catholics from all over Italy to Rome this Saturday. The image from the Circo Massimo is unmistakable: on this "Family Day", a huge multitude of Italian families (including many friends of this blog) gathered to protest the government's support of the counternatural bill. Cardinal Bagnasco, the President of the Italian Bishops' Conference, despite the clear lack of support from Pope Francis, kept his support for the event. Some Cardinals, including Cardinal Sarah, showed their support. But the Pope...
  • A "Rule of Life" for Prophets - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

    01/31/2016 7:15:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A "Rule of Life" for Prophets - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope January 30, 2016 Prophets are those who speak for God. They Love God and His people; they speak the (often painful) truth of God to His people. They do so not to win an argument, but because of their love and conviction that only the undiluted truth of God can save us in the end.People-pleasing and other forms of human respect cannot supplant reverence for God and His truth. Prophets are willing to endure pain and suffering in order to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-31-16, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/30/2016 9:02:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-31-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 31, 2016 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 1:4-5, 17-19 The word of the LORD came to me, saying:Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a prophet to the nations I appointed you. But do you gird your loins;stand up and tell themall that I command you.Be not crushed on their account,as though I would leave you crushed before them;for it is I this daywho have made you a fortified city,a pillar of iron, a wall of brass,against the whole land:against Judah's kings and princes,against its priests and people.They...
  • Eucharistic Congress Speaker Claims Catholics Too Focused on What Homosexuals are 'Doing in Bed'

    01/30/2016 10:51:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/28/16 | Pete Baklinski
    PHILIPPINES January 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A Dominican priest and recent Vatican appointee who believes homosexual activity can "be expressive of Christ’s self gift" has criticized Catholics who, he says, spend too much time focusing on what homosexuals are "doing in bed." I think people always want to know what they're doing in bed. What's in it for me to go around asking everybody what they're doing in bed? I don't do that," said Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe in an interview yesterday with Philippines social news network Rappler. Fr. Radcliffe, who was in the Philippines as a guest speaker at...
  • 'Moscow Gives us Hope', Says Syrian Catholic Patriarch

    01/30/2016 10:39:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    ANSA Med ^ | 1/28/16
    'We will thank anyone who helps us stay in our country'ROME - Syrian Catholic Church patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan has said that he approves of Russia's actions as an attempt to resolve the Syrian conflict and defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). "The Russian intervention gives us a bit of hope in this tragic situation," he said. "Russia has helped Syria a great deal to retake and liberate cities and villages under the control of terrorist groups." "Syrian Christians are grateful to Russia," he said. "Since it intervened, many things have changed on the ground." "We will thank anyone...
  • One Family's Unimaginable Suffering Paves the Way for a Teen's Sainthood

    01/30/2016 10:33:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 29, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The miraculous cure of a baby with brain damage through the intercession of Mexican martyr Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio has been approved by the Vatican, completing the final step for the teen's path to sainthood. Pope Francis signed the decree Jan. 21, verifying the inexplicable recovery of a baby who doctors said had "no hope of survival" due to a myriad of health problems including brain damage caused by a stroke as a miracle attributed to Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio, a teenager who was martyred for...
  • Christ's hidden years

    01/30/2016 8:51:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 58 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Christ's hidden years Question: One of my great frustrations with Scripture as an historical source is that it leaves so much out. Almost 30 years of Jesus’ life receive no mention at all. How can this be that the life of the most pivotal figure in history receives such vague biographical treatment?— Name, location withheld, Answer: Part of the answer to this is to understand that the Gospels do not propose to be chronological histories of the Lord’s life. The Gospels do record the things that Jesus actually said and did, but they do so in a selective way. St....
  • News From the Eastern Front. Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete, While in Athens...

    01/30/2016 6:51:32 AM PST · by NRx · 13 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 01-30-2016 | Sandro Magister
    News From the Eastern Front. Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete, While in Athens... Agreement and disagreement among the Churches of Orthodoxy, on the verge of their first council after more than a thousand years. And from Rome a slap in the face for the Greek Church, with the appointment of a new Catholic and Latin bishop by Sandro Magister ROME, January 30, 2016 - There are two new developments on the front of the Eastern Churches, one huge and one tiny. The tiny one is the appointment of the new apostolic exarch of Byzantine-rite Catholics living in Greece, in essence...
  • What a Gay Man’s Court Victory Over a Catholic Girls School Means

    01/30/2016 6:40:03 AM PST · by NRx · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 01-26-2016 | Diana Stancy
    A court ruling against a Catholic girls school that declined to hire a gay man in a non-classroom job highlights the need for such religious institutions to do a better job of spelling out their teachings and expectations for potential employees, a Catholic educator said. “Parents and extended family members who entrust their children to a faith-based institution expect consistent messages and integrity of teaching from the church and the school,” Denise Donohue, deputy director of K-12 programs for the Cardinal Newman Society, told The Daily Signal. Donohue’s comments came after a Massachusetts state judge ruled that the Catholic school...
  • Pope Invites Evil Dominican Head of "Gay Lobby" to Secret Meeting

    01/29/2016 9:25:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Friday, January 29, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) Bishop Jose Raul Vera Lopez, Dominican and Diocesan Bishop of Saltillo in Mexico, is held to be the "bishop of the gay lobby" in the Catholic Church. The Liberation Theology "inspired" chief shepherd has been known in recent years primarily for his vociferous defense of homosexuality. On the day before the opening of the Synod of Bishops in 2015 on the family, Raul Vera was a "special guest" at a meeting of a "Catholic Gay Network" in Rome. Next February, he will be one of a small circle of selected persons with whom Pope Francis meets during his Mexico...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-30-16

    01/29/2016 7:38:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 30, 2016 Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17 The LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he came to him,Nathan said: "Judge this case for me!In a certain town there were two men, one rich, the other poor.The rich man had flocks and herds in great numbers.But the poor man had nothing at all except one little ewe lamb that he had bought.He nourished her, and she grew up with him and his children.She shared the little food he had and drank from his cup and slept in his bosom.She...
  • Blessed (and also very smart) Are the Merciful

    01/29/2016 8:13:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed (and also very smart) Are the Merciful Msgr. Charles Pope • January 28, 2016 • In today's gospel the Lord gives us a very practical reminder: "The measure that you measure to others will be measured back to you." What does this mean?Well, if you were on your way to court and you received advice as to how you could influence the judge to be less severe in your case would you not seriously consider following that advice? Surely you would--unless of course the "advice" involved bribery or some other corrupt activity.And in fact Jesus, our judge, has...
  • If I were running the Eastern Orthodox Council

    01/29/2016 7:16:13 AM PST · by NRx · 31 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 01-26-2016 | Dr. Adam DeVille
    The Orthodox Church has, for the better part of a century, been talking about holding a global council, often labelled the 'great and holy synod.' As we are repeatedly told, this will be the first such synodal gathering in the Christian East since the last ecumenical council of Nicaea met in 787 to deal with iconoclasm. Catholics watching the lead-up to this council will be only too aware--as I have discussed here and here--of the promises and the perils of synodal gatherings in the life of the Church, whether East or West. Synods or councils, ancient or modern, are always...
  • Patriarch grateful to Russia for military intervention in Syria

    01/29/2016 6:07:16 AM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | 01-29-2016 | Staff
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, welcomed the Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War. In the four months since Russia, at the request of the Syrian government, began its air strikes against rebel forces and the Islamic State, "many things have changed on the ground," said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, according to the Italian news agency ANSA. "The Russian intervention gives us a bit of hope in this tragic situation," he continued. "Russia has helped Syria a great deal to retake and liberate cities and...