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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-18-15

    04/17/2015 7:57:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 18, 2015Saturday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 6:1-7 As the number of disciples continued to grow,the Hellenists complained against the Hebrewsbecause their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution.So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,“It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,filled with the Spirit and wisdom,whom we shall appoint to this task,whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayerand to the ministry of the word.”The proposal was acceptable to the whole community,so...
  • On a Small Point of Doctrine

    04/17/2015 3:05:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | April 15, 2015 | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ
    He (Sir Thomas More) gave up life itself, deliberately; he accepted violent death as of a criminal, not even for the Faith as a whole, but on one particular, small point of doctrineto wit, the supremacy of the See of Peter. (Hilaire Belloc, The Witness to Abstract Truth) Saints die for all sorts of reasons and in all sorts of ways. Some are thrown to the lions or crucified; others die in bed. Some affirm the Real Presence, others the Trinity. We sometimes think that it might be nobler to die upholding the truth of the Incarnation than in upholding,...
  • Making sense of nun-sensical, controversial headlines (Catholic Caucus)

    04/17/2015 2:46:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 16, 2015 | Carl E. Olson
    Did you read the news? The Vatican caved in! No, wait, the sisters caved in! Or did they both win? Well, something happened! Pope Francis meets with representatives of the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious in his library in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican April 16. The same day the Vatican announced the conclusion of a seven-year process of investigation and dialogue with the group to ensure fidelity to church teachings. The outcome resulted in revised statues approved by the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) "In journalism," stated Abp. Fulton Sheen 60 years ago in Thinking Life Through, "the...
  • OUTSIDERS ATTACK CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

    04/17/2015 2:30:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic League ^ | April 16, 2015 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on several campaigns against Catholic schools:We never hear of attempts by outsiders to dictate to Jews how to run their yeshivas. The same is true of the increasing number of Islamic schools: no one tells Muslims what their employment policies should be. The same is not true of Catholic schools. In San Francisco, outsiders have spent an enormous amount of money seeking to pressure the Archdiocese to change its prospective handbook for faculty.Outsiders, driven by the media, put Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on the firing line: they forced him to comment on Dowling Catholic High School’s decision...
  • BREAKING: Cardinal Francis George of Chicago dies at 78

    04/17/2015 2:01:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2015
    Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. Chicago, Ill., Apr 17, 2015 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Francis George, the Emeritus Archbishop of Chicago, passed away Friday morning after a long batter with cancer. Archbishop Blase Cupich, who currently heads the archdiocese, remembered Cardinal George as “a man of peace, tenacity and courage.” At an April 17 press conference, Archbishop Cupich lauded the cardinal for his bravery in overcoming challenges, which included a battle with polio as a teenager that left his legs permanently weak. “Cardinal George was a respected leader among the bishops of the United States,” Archbishop Cupich noted,...
  • Cardinal Francis George dies after long struggle with cancer

    04/17/2015 12:32:05 PM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | Manya Brachear Pashman
    Cardinal Francis George, the first Chicago native to serve as the local archbishop and a man who during that 17-year tenure became the intellectual leader of the American church, died Friday morning at his home after a years long struggle with cancer. He was 78.
  • Cardinal George Passes Away

    04/17/2015 11:25:09 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 6 replies
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    Cardinal George Dies. Tweet from media & link to official announcement. RT @nbcchicago Official announcement on the passing of Cardinal George expected for 2 p.m. Watch it live here: http://nbcchi.com/tqU9DqM
  • Catholic bishops should learn from the Mormons (No, he's serious. Ref: "Gay Marriage" & Polygamy)

    04/17/2015 10:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 17, 2015 | Father Thomas Reese, S.J.
    The U.S. Catholic bishops could take a lesson from Mormon leaders on how to deal with religious liberty and gay rights. The Mormons have been strong allies of the Catholic bishops in the fight against gay marriage and the protection of religious freedom. But when the Mormons saw they were on the losing side in this fight, they were willing to compromise to protect what they considered essential. Like the Catholic church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respects tradition and does not change teaching easily. But Mormons do have a pragmatic side. With the entire nation aligned...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WHITE FRIARS, 04-17-15

    04/17/2015 8:17:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-17-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:WHITE FRIARSCarmelite friars so called because of their white habit and scapular. The term is also applied to Premonstratensians and White Canons. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy?

    04/17/2015 6:38:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy? By: Msgr. Charles PopeDuring daily masses at this time we are beginning to read through John Chapter 6. There of course is a glorious focus and teaching of the Lords true presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.However, there is also another important teaching given at a critical moment in chapter 6 that is important for us to lay hold of today. It is a call to recover a greater awareness of the importance of the spiritual works of mercy. We will list what they are in the moment, but for now, consider that, despite living in rather...
  • A Letter to Pope Francis

    04/17/2015 6:31:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/16/15 | Robert George
    Your Holiness: I recall with pleasure and gratitude my visit to the Vatican in November and your moving address to our Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. There, gathered with leaders of the worlds great religious traditions, East and West, you reaffirmed the Churchs doctrine of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife and spoke movingly of the right of every child to grow up in a family with a father and mother. Here in the United States we are blessed with many bishops who join you in bearing witness to these profound and...
  • Vatican: Pope Francis Considering Cuba Visit

    04/17/2015 6:25:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/17/15 | Lydia Symonds
    Francis considering visit to island during America tripPope Francis is considering a trip to Cuba in September to tie in with his visit to the United States, a move that could further improve diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said that Francis is considering the idea of a Cuba leg but that discussions about the visit are at a preliminary stage. According to Associated Press, he added that it was too early to say that a decision has been taken or that operational planning was underway. In what will be the Popes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-17-15

    04/16/2015 7:56:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 17, 2015Friday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 5:34-42 A Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel,a teacher of the law, respected by all the people,stood up, ordered the Apostles to be put outside for a short time,and said to the Sanhedrin, “Fellow children of Israel,be careful what you are about to do to these men.Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,and all those who were loyal to himwere disbanded and came to nothing.After him came Judas the Galilean at the time...
  • The Coptic Patriarch will participate in the commemorations of ... the Armenian Genocide...

    04/16/2015 6:42:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 4/16/15
    Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, will travel to Yerevan on April 20 to take part in the most significant events planned to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. Pope Tawadros visit to Armenia will last about a week. Sources of the Coptic Patriarchate consulted by Agenzia Fides report that it will be the first participation of a Coptic Orthodox Patriarch in official commemorations of the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Apostolic Church and the Coptic Church belong to the group of Oriental Orthodox Churches, also referred to as "pre-chaldedonian", because they had refused some Christological formulations...
  • San Francisco: ACTION ITEMS! SPIRITUAL BOUQUET! MASS MOB!

    04/16/2015 5:02:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/16/15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I call on all the readers here to pray and offer fasting and alms for the spiritual defense of Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco.Will San Francisco be the Alamo of the Church in these USA?Today, in the ultra-liberal San Francisco Chronicle there is a full page ad from 100 Prominent Catholics calling on Pope Francis to remove Archbp. Cordileone. Prominent? Why? Because they support sodomy and they have money? Catholic? How?What will happen across these USA if the liberals and homosexualists succeed in bringing down Archbp. Cordileone?Think about it. The libs and the haters of the Church and homosexualists with...
  • From SFs Gay Mecca to Healing in Christ

    04/16/2015 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jim Graves
    Feeling trapped and miserable in the gay lifestyle, Joseph Sciambra found freedom in the love of Christ. Now he helps others to find it, too. Visit a street fair in San Francisco’s Castro district and you’re likely to meet Joseph Sciambra, 45, wearing a “Jesus loves you” t-shirt and handing out copies of his book, Swallowed by Satan. It tells the story of how, as a boy growing up in a lax Catholic family in Napa, California, he became addicted to pornography. Sexually confused at age 18, Sciambra made his way to the Castro, a “gay mecca,” and immersed himself...
  • Christians are forced to pray underground in war-torn Yemen, says bishop

    04/16/2015 1:45:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 15, 2015
    Smoke billows after a Saudi-led airstrike on the Yemeni capital Sanaa (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File) 'You are not alone,' Bishop Paul Hinder tells faithful who must remain 'invisible' in order to stay safe. The few Christians remaining in war-torn Yemen gather for liturgies and prayer meetings in the basement of a villa in the city of Sanaa where they remain “invisible” in order to stay safe, Bishop Paul Hinder has told Vatican Radio.Bishop Hinder, the apostolic vicar of southern Arabia, said that it is not specifically Christians who are at risk in the conflict, but foreigners who have been...
  • Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown of US nun group

    04/16/2015 12:21:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2015 3:01 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    The Vatican on Thursday unexpectedly ended its controversial reform of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis. The Vatican said it had accepted a final report on its overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and declared that the implementation of the mandate has been accomplished nearly two years ahead of schedule. It was an abrupt about-face given that just last year, the head of the Vaticans doctrine office, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, sharply rebuked the LCWR for its regrettable attitude and behavior...
  • An Important Clarification on the Proposed French Ambassador to the Vatican

    04/16/2015 11:33:09 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 4/15/15 | Steve Skojec
    Stories were blowing up the Internet last week saying that France was sending Laurent Stefanini an openly gay ambassador to the Vatican. More turmoil and surprise when the Vatican refused his appointment. We didnt cover the story, though we did link to it in this piece. Only something is not right: The first interesting point is that Stefanini, before the press took hold of this affair, was not publicly known as a homosexual: reliable sources say he never touched the subject. He is 54, unmarried, without children; he also has no known companion. He is not known ever...
  • Media Advisory-Archdiocese of San Francisco

    04/16/2015 10:40:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2015) Regarding the paid advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle slated for publication April 16 the Archdiocese of San Francisco responds: The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the Archbishop. The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for “the Catholic Community of San Francisco.” They do not. The Archdiocese has met with a broad range of stakeholders. Together, we have engaged in a constructive dialogue on all of the issues raised...
  • Pope Francis: If men and women aren't different, we have problems

    04/16/2015 10:07:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | April 15, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Pope Francis makes a visit to the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Rome on Feb. 8, 2015. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 15, 2015 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has warned against gender theories which seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the very problems they are trying to solve. “Experience teaches us: to know each other well and grow in harmony, the human being requires the reciprocity of man and woman,” the pontiff said Wednesday to participants in his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. In his Apr. 15...
  • Vatican Ends Takeover of U.S. Catholic Nuns Group

    04/16/2015 9:50:17 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-16-2015 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    The Vatican has abruptly ended its standoff with American nuns, announcing that the investigation and oversight of the nuns main leadership group has been finished two years earlier than expected, without instituting any major changes that would affect the groups practices or direction. Four of the leaders of the American nuns group, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, were called in to an unexpected meeting on Thursday with Pope Francis in the Vatican that lasted 50 minutes. He did not speak publicly, but the sisters said afterward in a statement that they were deeply heartened by Francis expression of appreciation...
  • The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine

    04/16/2015 6:46:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have found that one of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine  is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin, followed by my own translation: Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse,magnum est.What is a little thing,  is (just) a little thing.But to be faithful in a little thingis a great thing. (from St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana, IV,35)I first saw this quote on the frontispiece of a book by Adrian Fortescue. Fortescue applied it to the intricate details of celebrating...
  • On Marriage as in everything else, no sugarcoating - Robert Spaemann: "When Jesus spoke...

    04/16/2015 6:26:43 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/15/15 | New Catholic
    "On Marriage as in everything else, no sugarcoating - Robert Spaemann: "When Jesus spoke, people were shocked and ran away."" The renowned and arguably the most famous living Catholic philosopher in Germany, Professor Robert Spaemann, gave an interview to Julia Wchter for the Diocese of Regensburg, Germany, on matters related to the upcoming Synod of Bishops. The main excerpts are translated below: Question: Marriage cannot any more be taken for granted in certain circles today. The Church's idea of marriage is questioned more and more. How should one now act? Would you say that the Church abandons her ideal of...
  • Grace Notes': The quiet unshakable faith of Hillary Clinton [prepare to facepalm]

    04/16/2015 5:38:51 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    US Catholic ^ | April 9, 2015 | Burns Strider
    WASHINGTON (RNS) Late on a Saturday night in 2012, I received word from my sister in Mississippi that my mamma had passed away. My home was silent as my wife and two boys slept upstairs. I was reading when the sad call came. I woke my wife to tell her; we sat on the edge of the bed and hugged. In my sadness, around midnight, I started cleaning the kitchen, likely because my mamma was always cleaning something. I also reached out to two friends. It was within minutes that I heard back from Hillary. Secretary Clinton joined me in...
  • Francis dedicates mass to Ratzinger on his 88th birthday

    04/16/2015 4:55:57 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 4/16/15 | Domenico Agasso Jr
    Pope Francis is in no doubt that those who are not able to speak and listen, do not obey the Lord and want to silence anyone who preaches the newness of God, Vatican Radio reports. Todays liturgy of the day was about obedience: Obedience often brings us along a path that is not the one I think should be, but along another path, Francis said. But what does it mean to obey? It means to have the courage to change paths when the Lord asks this of us. The one who obeys has life eternal, while for the one who...
  • France Stands Firm Over Nomination of Gay Vatican Envoy

    04/16/2015 4:13:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/15/15
    France has said it will not back down over its nomination of an openly gay ambassador to the Vatican. The French government proposed senior diplomat Laurent Stefanini for the post in January but the Vatican is yet to respond to approve the choice. The Vatican usually responds within six weeks to approve such a new ambassador. The nomination of Mr Stefanini was seen as a litmus test for Pope Francis, who has taken a more liberal stance on homosexuality. A French government spokesman said there had been negotiations with the Vatican over the appointment. "France has chosen its ambassador to...
  • St. John Paul II and the 'tyranny of the possible'

    04/16/2015 2:59:12 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 6 replies
    The Catholic Difference via CRRC ^ | March 31, 2015. | GEORGE WEIGEL
    The reputations of the great often diminish over time. Ten years after his holy death on April 2, 2005, Karol Wojtyla, Pope St. John Paul II, looms even larger than he did when the world figuratively gathered at his bedside a decade ago: tens of millions of men and women around the world who felt impelled, and privileged, to pray with him through what he called his "Passover" his liberation through death into a new life of freedom in the blazing glory of the Thrice-Holy God. On this anniversary, as at his canonization last year, what seems most memorable...
  • Who Supports Hillary?

    04/15/2015 11:46:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Patheos' Catholic Channel's Jane the Actuary Blog ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jane the Actuary
    Hillary Clinton has now made it official, declaring her candidacy in a youtube video and heading off on a “road trip” to Iowa (no, she’s not driving herself). And the media is all over the story. The tagline on her website: “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion.” But, poking around that website, there’s no real content to it. No policy positions. No campaign promises. Just a bio, and a request for donations and volunteer help in the early-primary/caucus states. Now, it’s not hard to find all manner of stories on why HRC is exceptionally unqualified...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-15

    04/15/2015 9:50:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2015Thursday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 5:27-33 When the court officers had brought the Apostles inand made them stand before the Sanhedrin,the high priest questioned them,“We gave you strict orders did we not,to stop teaching in that name.Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teachingand want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,“We must obey God rather than men. The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.God exalted him at his right hand as leader and...
  • Turkish PM Accuses Pope of Being Part of Evil Front Against His Country

    04/15/2015 7:30:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/15/15 | Staff Reporter
    Prime Minister Davutoglu's comments follow criticism by Turkish president yesterday over Armenian genocide statementTurkeys prime minister has accused the Pope of being part of an evil front plotting against his country. Ahmet Davutoglu made the comments today in the capital Ankara ahead of the countrys parliamentary elections in June at which his ruling Justice and Development party was presenting its list of candidates. Mr Davutoglu comments came after Pope Francis described Ottoman Turkeys massacre of 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 as genocide, a term and death toll denied by Turkey Mr Davutoglu said: An evil front is being formed before...
  • Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga: ongoing synodal process until result is obtained?

    04/15/2015 7:05:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 4/15/15 | Fr. Z
    At the Italian site Nuova Bussola, we find the observations of Oscar Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga about the possibility of Communion for the divorced and remarried. Impossible? No!, says the Cardinal. And if the upcoming Synod rejects the proposal, the Kasperite Solution, hey! maybe there could be a third synod on the question! And His Eminence seems to be putting a great deal of stock in polls. Im in my car in a parking lot, so I cant do the translation at the time of this posting. In tutto il mondo, aggiunge Maradiaga, i sondaggi dicono che la gente non vuole...
  • Catholic Apologetics: Non-Catholics in the Communion Line

    04/15/2015 1:38:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 150 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | April 15, 2015 | Michelle Arnold
    There are usually a few Masses per year at which there can be expected to be a large number of non-Catholics present. Christmas and Easter Masses are popular with non-Catholics, mainly because they are visiting Catholic family and friends. Nuptial Masses, especially when one of the parties to be married is a non-Catholic Christian, will have large turnouts of non-Catholics (sometimes up to half the congregation). Non-Catholics can also be expected at Masses offered for other sacramental firsts and life-cycle events, such as confirmations and funerals.This reality raises a common question for the apologists here at Catholic Answers: What...
  • The Complementarity Between Man and Woman

    04/15/2015 12:49:42 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Vatican Information Service ^ | April 15, 2015 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis congratulates Manuel and Lila Igual on their 25th wedding anniversary> Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family by dedicating this morning's general audience to the difference and complementarity between man and woman, recalling first of all that the Book of Genesis insists that both are the image and semblance of God. Not only man as such, not only woman as such, but rather man and woman, as a couple, are the image of God. The difference between them is not a question of contrast or subordination, but instead of communion and generation, always in the image and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLY HILL, 04-15-15

    04/15/2015 9:07:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HOLY HILLA shrine of Mary, Help of Christians in Hubertus, Wisconsin, northwest of Milwaukee. A statue of the Madonna, arms outstretched, with the Child beside her, is the central feature of the shrine. The present edifice is the third church built since 1863, when the first log building became to small to hold the pilgrims who came to Holy Hill, where it is reputed that Jacques Marquette first planted the Cross. Now in charge of the shrine, the Carmelites have built a six-story monastery on the grounds. Discarded crutches and braces there attest to the...
  • Strange but Rich Verses: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying That Jesus Was Eating Salt with Them?

    04/15/2015 7:02:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Strange but Rich Verses File: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying That Jesus Was “Eating Salt with Them”? By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is an unusual verse that occurs in the first chapter of the Acts the Apostles, describing a gathering of Jesus and the Apostles after the resurrection but before the ascension. For the most part, modern translations do not reveal the full oddity of the verse. The verse in question, as rendered by the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, is,And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4).However,...
  • Pakistan: Boy Burnt Alive for Being Christian Is in Serious Condition

    04/15/2015 6:37:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Young Muslims on Way to Mosque Stopped to Set Young Christian Stranger on FireFor being a Christian, a boy in Pakistan has been burnt alive and now is in serious condition. According to Fides, some young Muslims burnt alive 14-year-old Christian teenager, Nauman Masih, who now is in the hospital in Lahore, fighting for his life. The young boy did not know the people who attacked him in the same city where there was the deadly attack on two Church's in recent months. The police were alerted and registered a complaint against unknown persons. "The young people who attacked me...
  • Cardinal Brandmller: Advocates for changing Catholic teaching on marriage are heretics...

    04/15/2015 5:32:41 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/14/15 | Maike Hickson
    "Cardinal Brandmller: Advocates for changing Catholic teaching on marriage are heretics even if they are bishops" "...Can the Church deal with the topic of marriage in a pastoral manner that is different from the continual teaching of the Church? Can the Church at all change the teaching itself without falling herself into heresy? It is evident that the pastoral practice of the Church cannot stand in opposition to the binding doctrine nor simply ignore it. In the same manner, an architect could perhaps build a most beautiful bridge. However, if he does not pay attention to the laws of...
  • High-profile Rome exorcist: 'ISIS is Satan'

    04/15/2015 3:10:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    CNA ^ | 4/15/15
    In a recent Facebook post, well-known Roman exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth said the Islamic State (ISIS) is Satan, also questioning the lack of response from Western nations. ISIS is Satan. Things first happen in the spiritual realms, then they are made concrete on this earth, he said in an April 8 post on the social media website. Father Amorth continued, there are only two spiritual realms: The Holy Spirit and the demonic spirit. He said the demonic enters in because evil is disguised in various ways: political, religious, cultural, and it has one source of inspiration: the devil. As a...
  • Catholic Caucus; Daily Mass Readings, 04-15-15

    04/14/2015 7:53:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 15, 2015Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 5:17-26 The high priest rose up and all his companions,that is, the party of the Sadducees,and, filled with jealousy,laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,led them out, and said,“Go and take your place in the temple area,and tell the people everything about this life.”When they heard this,they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.When the high priest and his companions arrived,they convened the Sanhedrin,the...
  • Cardinal Kasper Could Learn from This African Bishop [Catholic Caucus]

    04/14/2015 5:54:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 13, 2015 | Samuel Gregg
    As world Catholicisms gravity shifts away from Western Europe and towards the developing world, listening to Africans like Cardinal Robert Sarah may be something that even the most hidebound of liberal German theologians wont be able to avoid in the future.
  • Helder Cmara: a lifetime of working against the Church - And they want to beatify him?...

    04/14/2015 4:40:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 7, 2015 | Corrispondenza Romana
    Perhaps the biggest falsehood about Helder Camara is the one that presents him as a friend of the poor and defender of freedom. The title, defender of freedom fits very badly on one who sang the praises of some of the bloodiest dictatorships that constellated the 20th century; first Nazism, and then Communism in all of its variants: Soviet, Cuban, Chinese Most of all, however, the title friend of the poor does not fit at all one who sustained regimes that have caused such terrifying poverty, described by the then Cardinal Ratzinger as the shame of our times.
  • Can the Pope Decide a Sin is No Longer a Sin (Like Eating Meat on Fridays)? (Catholic Caucus)

    04/14/2015 1:44:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 61 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 13, 2015 | JOHN MARTIGNONI
    Q: Can the pope or the Catholic Church change, eliminate, or discontinue mortal sins such as missing Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation as they did with the mortal sin of not eating meat on Fridays and eliminating some of the holy days of obligation? A: The short answer is, No. Something either is a mortal sin or it isnt a mortal sin and neither the Pope nor the Church can change that. In order to commit a mortal sin, three conditions have to be met: 1) Full awareness of the intellect; 2) Full consent of the...
  • The Didache - The Complete Text

    04/14/2015 8:58:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 79 replies
    Paraclete Press ^ | not given | Apostles
    The Didache - The Complete Text 1 There Are Two Ways 1:1 There are two ways, one of life and one of death! and there is a great difference between the two ways. 1:2 The way of life is this: First, you shall love God who made you. And second, love your neighbor as yourself, and do not do to another what you would not want done to you. 1:3 The meaning of these sayings is this: Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you. For what reward is there...
  • A Short Meditation on the Look of Jesus

    04/14/2015 7:43:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-13-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    A Short Meditation on the “Look” of Jesus By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have a large Icon of Christ in my room. What icons from the Eastern tradition do best is to capture “the Look.” No matter where I move in the room Christ is looking right at me. His look is intense, though not severe. In the Eastern spirituality Icons are windows into heaven. Hence this icon is no mere portrait that reminds one of Christ, it is an image which mediates his presence. When I look upon him, I experience that he knows me. It is a knowing...
  • Card. Sarah Laments "True scandal" of "Confusion Between Good and Evil..Made by Catholic Pastors"

    04/14/2015 6:48:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/13/15 | Carl E. Olson
    Sandro Magister has published excerpts from a new bookan interview of Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guineatitled, "Dieu ou rien" [God or nothing], by French journalist Nicolas Diat. The Cardinal is quite candid and direct: There is now no mistake when one realizes that there exists a form of rejection of the dogmas of the Church, or a growing distance among men, the faithful and dogmas. On the question of marriage, there is a chasm between a certain world and the Church. The question is ultimately very simple: is it the world that must change its attitude, or the Church its...
  • [Irish] Bishops Threat Over Non-Signing of Civil Wedding Forms

    04/14/2015 6:12:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 4/13/15 | Declan Brennan
    If same-sex vote carried, the churchs view on marriage and that of State radically different Irelands Catholic bishops spokesman has said the church may no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples. The move would mean the tens of thousands of couples who get married in Catholic churches each year would have to go elsewhere to have their marriage legally recognised by the State. At present, the signing of the Marriage Registration Form a civil document required by the State in order to recognise a marriage takes place after the wedding...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-14-15

    04/13/2015 9:21:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-14-15 | Revised New American Bible
    April 14, 2015Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 4:32-37 The community of believers was of one heart and mind,and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,but they had everything in common.With great power the Apostles bore witnessto the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,and great favor was accorded them all.There was no needy person among them,for those who owned property or houses would sell them,bring the proceeds of the sale,and put them at the feet of the Apostles,and they were distributed to each according to need. Thus Joseph, also named by the...
  • 5 THINGS FULTON SHEEN TEACHES US ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

    04/13/2015 2:59:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Dominican Journal ^ | April 13, 2015 | BR. PATRICK MARY BRISCOE, O.P.
    “Jesus loves you.” #JN3:16 #Easter #risn“Pray. Hope. Don’t worry.” #faith #believe“Preach the Gospel at all times” #Francis #peace #prayalwaysTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and countless other platforms are filled with almost empty Christian one-liners and other messages.  Oftentimes trite sayings are re-tweeted or shared along with some kind of exhortation to “spread the word.”  Since you’re a Christian, you can feel guilted into supporting this sort of thing, to do your share of evangelization.  Believe me, I’m committed to building up a Christian culture, but sometimes I can be downright ashamed of that content.  In the most extreme cases it...
  • Total Absorption and Breakthrough

    04/13/2015 1:36:46 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 4-16-15 | Holy Spirit inspired
    Total Absorption and Breakthrough I am drawing you deeper into My Spirit then ever before for I AM your Wellspring of Life and so now as I call and you answer I will feed you from The Tree of Life great and mighty things. First you will delve into and devour My very Virtue for without this nothing exists so you must come into and completely walk in My Worthiness for "HOLY" is My Name "Yeah" even the angels cry out unrelentingly My Truth . Second I will cause you to drink in My love and this door opens to...