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  • An Atheist Rightly Rebukes a Craven Cardinal

    07/25/2017 10:34:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | July 24, 2017 | Christoper A. Ferarra
    Corrispondenza Romana (CR) has published an exposé on Cardinal Enrico Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago Chile, who, contrary to the constant teaching of the Church and the Fifth Commandment itself, views the legalization of abortion as a purely political matter in which he will not interfere. A petition by young Catholic activists and deputies in the Chilean parliament, which is debating whether to end Chile’s absolute ban on abortion, invokes a prior condemnation of abortion by Pope Bergoglio in anticipation of his visit to Chile in 2018. As CR reports, however, in response to the petition Ezzati, as reported in the...
  • Bishop Schneider: Resurrecting a dead hermeneutic

    07/25/2017 8:44:41 AM PDT · by piusv · 1 replies
    Bishop Athanasius Schneider has authored yet another essay (published at Rorate Caeli) on Vatican II, the issues stemming therefrom, and what he considers to be the way forward. Once again, His Excellency is being hailed for his efforts; one of the “money quotes” being: Some of the new statements of Vatican II (e.g. collegiality, religious liberty, ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, the attitude towards the world) have not a definitive character, and being apparently or truly non-concordant with the traditional and constant statements of the Magisterium, they must be complemented by more exact explications and by more precise supplements of a...
  • Does God Harden Human Hearts?

    07/25/2017 8:06:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-24-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does God Harden Human Hearts? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 24, 2017 • One of the more difficult biblical themes to understand is that of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain people. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh. Before sending Moses to him, God said that He would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). There are other instances in which biblical texts speak of God hardening the hearts of sinners, even from among His own people.Jesus hinted at such a theme in Matthew 13, when He said that He spoke in parables (here understood more as...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Pope Keeps Quiet and Schönborn Speaks for Him.

    07/25/2017 7:41:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    L' Espresso ^ | June 25, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    I have received this from an authoritative churchman and have agreed to publish it without revealing his name.*EVERYONE IS RESPONDING TO THE “DUBIA” EXCEPT FOR THE POPE. THIS TIME IT WAS SCHÖNBORN’S TURN by ***On July 13, 2017 Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna, spoke for four hours in two conferences and a question-and-answer session at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland.The Austrian cardinal spoke in the context of the event "Let's Talk Family: Let's Be Family,” which is part of a series of assemblies organized in preparation for the world meeting of families (1), under the direction of the...
  • Petition to stop "P*** Christ" display in Texas Art Museum

    07/24/2017 9:55:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    America Needs Fatima ^ | July 24, 2017 | America Needs Fatima
    The notorious “P*** Christ!” is a photo of a beautiful crucifix immersed in a famous artist’s own urine - - - and popularized without merit by a fawning art world and press. (Above, I’ve suppressed the vulgar ‘P’ expression which the artist used as its official title). And it’s being hosted by the art gallery The Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston, Texas. This is a high-profile, sacrilegious desecration of Our Lord’s holocaust on His cross, plunged in the artist’s own urine. You and I cannot sit by idly and do nothing about this awful blasphemy! We must do...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-25-17, FEAST, St. James, Apostle

    07/24/2017 9:32:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies ^ | 07-25-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 25, 2017 Feast of Saint James, Apostle Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.For we who live are constantly being given up to deathfor the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh....
  • $12M Roman Catholic church going up in South Summerlin [Catholic Caucus]

    07/24/2017 9:21:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | July 22,, 2017 | Bailey Schulz
    South Summerlin is expanding, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas is trying to keep pace by building a new church.“This area of town is growing very fast for south Summerlin, and there’s no Catholic church servicing this area,” said Rev. Bill Kenny, the founding pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, which will seat 1,600 people.The 27,846-square-foot structure will be the newest church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas. It will sit on a plot of land just under five acres at 5830 Mesa Park Drive, and is expected to be completed in April or May.The contemporary,...
  • In the Communion debate, the cogent arguments are all on one side

    07/24/2017 7:50:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 24, 2017 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    The arguments against the Church's perennial teaching are not impressive Charles Moore, a leading British public intellectual and a master of understatement, has recently given an interview to an Italian magazine in which he describes Pope Francis’s papacy as lacking the intellectual weight of that of his predecessors. “I think this intellectual deficiency in his papacy may also be causing some organisational deficiencies and a slight sense of confusion,” he says. No one can accuse Moore of having an axe to grind or a grudge to settle. He is above that sort of thing. And we should be grateful for...
  • What Do the Hand Gestures in Icons Mean?

    07/24/2017 3:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 20, 2017 | Daniel Esparza |
    A classical Greco-Roman rhetorical tradition survives in Christian iconography  Have you ever wondered, while looking at religious icons, why the figures of Christ and the saints make certain hand gestures? Each gesture has a specific meaning, but it’s no wonder we can’t always understand them: they’re “written” in Greek! Classical Greeks and Romans developed a well-established, quite complex hand-gesture code, which was used by both orators and rhetoricians alike, when they were giving speeches in the agora or the Senate, during their private addresses, or even in the classroom. The gestures accompanying the oratory, of course, were a matter of public...
  • Jesus Shrugged

    07/24/2017 8:05:00 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 16 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | July 20, 2017 | Addison Del Mastro
    We’ve all heard of the idea of a general worker’s strike. In her tome Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand posed a provocative question. What if, in response to an increasingly overbearing regulatory state, the entrepreneurs of America decided to go on strike? The resulting 1000 pages, if you can get through them, constitute one of the most creative, if overwrought, dystopias ever envisioned. Society’s producers quietly disappear, enclosed in their own hidden capitalist utopia, while innovation grinds to a halt, intellectual property languishes, and overconfident, arrogant bureaucrats run world-class factories into the ground. When all’s said and done, all that was...
  • On Trust and Foolishness as Seen in the Exodus

    07/24/2017 7:54:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Trust and Foolishness as Seen in the Exodus Msgr. Charles Pope • July 23, 2017 • In daily Masses this week we are reading largely from the Book of Exodus, specifically the familiar story of the parting of the Red Sea by God, working through Moses. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s Feast of the St. James, good though it is, interrupts the story and we miss the critical passage in which the water is parted and the people of Israel escape through the sea, dry-shod.Let’s review the passage:Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the...

    Introduction and History : Iraqi Catholic Christians also known as "Chaldean Catholics" are an Ancient Catholic Community that exists in the Middle East. There are less than 400, 000 left today in Iraq. 75% of all Iraqi Christians are "Chaldean Catholics". The Chaldean Catholic Church was founded in Babylon in "Ancient Mesopotamia" sometime during the 2nd Century A.D. The Chaldean People who lived in and around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers were evangelized by Saint Jude Thaddeus, An Apostle of Jesus Christ sometime towards the middle of the First Century A.D. to Christianity. They are one of 3-4 Catholic Communities...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-24-17, OM, St. Sharbel Makhluf, Priest

    07/23/2017 9:09:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 07-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 24, 2017 Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Ex 14:5-18When it was reported to the king of Egyptthat the people had fled,Pharaoh and his servants changed their minds about them.They exclaimed, "What have we done!Why, we have released Israel from our service!"So Pharaoh made his chariots ready and mustered his soldiersBsix hundred first-class chariotsand all the other chariots of Egypt, with warriors on them all.So obstinate had the LORD made Pharaohthat he pursued the children of Israeleven while they were marching away in triumph.The Egyptians, then, pursued them;Pharaoh's whole army, his horses, chariots and...
  • Chinese Official Says Beijing Will Keep Tight Grip on Church

    07/23/2017 4:33:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Church leaders asked to ensure the 'Sinicisation of religion'The Chinese Communist Party’s top leader in charge of religion has made it clear that Beijing intends to retain a tight grip on the Catholic Church. Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the elite seven-man Politburo Standing Committee and chair of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told members of the open church community “to ensure that the leadership of the Chinese Catholic Church is held firmly in the hands of those who love the nation and the religion”, reported Yu spoke to about 100 bishops, priests, nuns and lay leaders at...
  • Priest creates stir with sex life revelations

    07/23/2017 3:50:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Mexico News Daily ^ | July 22, 2017 | Mexico News Daily
    Catholic priest creates stir with his sex life revelations 2 minutes @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); Father Herrera, left: always carries a condom, just in case. 'Having a fling is never disagreeable and gives one emotional stability' Mexico News Daily | Saturday, July 22, 2017 A Catholic priest who admitted in an interview that he engages in sex has caused a stir in the church and brought an apology from the archdiocese of Hermosillo.Tomás Herrera confessed on Thursday to be “free” in his sex life and always carries a condom with him should the need for one arise.“If there’s a need to play...
  • Vatican Article Says ‘Main Obstacle’ for Pope Francis Is Bishops, Priests

    07/23/2017 1:06:06 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 28 replies
    Crux ^ | July 23, 2017 | Crux Staff
    Shortly after one Vatican article stirred debate by asserting there's an "ecumenism of hate" in the U.S. between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics, another over the weekend asserted that the "main obstacle" to implementing Pope Francis's vision for the Church is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part of the clergy, at levels both high and low.” On the heels of one controversial Vatican article alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics in America, another potential eyebrow-raiser emerged Saturday claiming that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good...
  • Saint or Ain’t? A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

    07/23/2017 7:08:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Saint or Ain’t? A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • July 22, 2017 • We live in difficult times for the Church; from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal there are also deep concerns regarding the uncertain trumpet of Catholic preaching, lukewarm and nominal Catholics, an overall lack of self-discipline among Catholics, and a lack of disciplining by the bishops and clergy of those Catholics (lay and clergy) who cause scandal. The list of concerns is long, and in general I...
  • Regensburg Dompatzen: The Report and the "Coincidental" Names of Ratzinger and Müller

    07/22/2017 8:55:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | July 21, 2017 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Regensburg Dompatzen: The Report and the "Coincidental" Names of Ratzinger and Müller (Regensburg) "What a coincidence," wrote Vaticanist Marco Tossatti regarding the investigation of abuses in the Regensburg Domspatzen, after his acquaintance with the final report. He did not believe in "coincidences," said Tosatti, if they were to happen in "a country so precise and above every suspicion as Germany." This thought came to the attention of the Vatican, when he had to read yesterday that the "final" report on abuse was published at the Regensburg Cathedral. The ORF and numerous other media yesterday headlined, "547 Children at Regensburger Domspatzen...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-23-17, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/22/2017 7:55:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 07-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    July 23, 2017 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 12:13, 16-19There is no god besides you who have the care of all,that you need show you have not unjustly condemned.For your might is the source of justice;your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all.For you show your might when the perfection of your power is disbelieved;and in those who know you, you rebuke temerity.But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,and with much lenience you govern us;for power, whenever you will, attends you.And you taught your people, by these deeds,that those who...
  • [Catholic Caucus] When Can Mutual Enrichment Begin?

    07/22/2017 6:59:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | July 21,, 2017 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    Card. Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, recently had an article in the French magazine La Nef; in it, he discusses among other things the mutual enrichment of the two Forms of the Roman Rite which Pope Benedict proposed in the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. The text has not yet been made available on their website, but someone provided Fr Zuhlsdorf with an English translation, which he reads (with an introduction) in a podcast posted here. Yesterday, the Catholic Herald published a commentary on the La Nef article by Fr Raymond de Souza, “Cardinal Sarah’s challenge to...