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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-01-16

    08/31/2016 9:27:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 1, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 3:18-23 Brothers and sisters:Let no one deceive himself.If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age,let him become a fool, so as to become wise.For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God,for it is written: God catches the wise in their own ruses, and again: The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. So let no one boast about human beings, for everything belongs to you,Paul or Apollos or Cephas,or the world or life...
  • Dicastery for Human Development, Pope Himself Will be in Charge of Migrants

    08/31/2016 4:54:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 8/31/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    A new social dicastery has been established and is to be headed by Cardinal Turkson. At the moment, Francis is taking charge himself of migration, thus underlining the importance of this emergencyThe new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development”, which merges a number of pontifical councils, was established today. For the moment, however, Francis has decided that he will be personally in charge of the department dedicated to migrants and refugees. His choice comes as a response to the current crisis in this field. It is a way to highlight the importance of this issue and to show the Pope’s...
  • Day 17 - Novena for Our Nation

    08/31/2016 6:50:12 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 31, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 17 – VIRGIN MOST RENOWNED, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF JOY GOD’S WORD “You have made known to me the ways of life; you will fill me with joy by your presence. At your right hand are delights, even to the end.” (Psalm 16:11) “His lord said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful over a few things, I will appoint you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” (Matthew 25:21) HEROES’ WORDS “Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls.” -Mother Teresa “Joy is...
  • The Lord Must Follow the Preacher – A Reminder of Where Preaching Really Gets Its Power

    08/31/2016 6:21:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lord Must Follow the Preacher – A Reminder of Where Preaching Really Gets Its Power Msgr. Charles Pope • August 30, 2016 • In the first reading from today’s Mass (Wednesday of the 22nd Week) St. Paul warns that the faithful should not esteem the preacher too highly. Esteem the Lord, who was able to speak through Balaam’s donkey. If God can use a donkey to preach, then one should not be too enamored of the particular human instrument the Lord uses to preach.Pope St. Gregory taught that the preacher goes ahead of the Lord, announcing Him, as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-31-16

    08/30/2016 8:19:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-31-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 31, 2016 Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 3:1-9 Brothers and sisters, I could not talk to you as spiritual people,but as fleshly people, as infants in Christ.I fed you milk, not solid food,because you were unable to take it.Indeed, you are still not able, even now,for you are still of the flesh.While there is jealousy and rivalry among you,are you not of the flesh, and walking according to the manner of man?Whenever someone says, “I belong to Paul,” and another,“I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely men? What is Apollos,...
  • Spanish diocese reprimands priest for blessing gay couple’s ‘marriage’, considers punitive measures

    08/30/2016 6:54:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 30. 2016
    August 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Spanish priest who carried out a marriage-like “blessing” of a homosexual couple after the registration of their civil “marriage” last week has been reprimanded by his diocese and apologized, according to chancery officials. The diocese of Segorbe-Castellón in the Spanish province of Valencia issued a statement noting that the actions of Fr. José García, who conducted the ceremony on July 30, “gravely contradict” the teachings of the Catholic Church on the immorality of homosexual behavior. “Regarding the equalization of homosexual unions with marriage or of actions that could be understood in that way,...
  • Benedict’s bombshell goes all but unnoticed [Catholic Caucus]

    08/30/2016 6:28:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | August 29, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    Benedict’s bombshell goes all but unnoticed Benedictus ContemplatusIf it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone. (1983 Code of Canon Law, Canon 332 §2) Note well that two things are “required” in order for a papal resignation to be valid; it must be both “made freely” and “properly manifested.” Let’s talk about the latter first. How might a papal resignation be properly manifested? First and foremost, it is manifested by way of declaration or published statement; i.e.,...
  • Hungary's Orbán Tells Pope Francis of Pledge to Tackle Persecution of Christians

    08/30/2016 6:21:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 8/30/16
    (Vatican Radio) Officials say Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has met Pope Francis after he pledged that his nation wants to tackle the persecution of Christians at a time when Europe faces a massive refugee crisis. The Hungarian government's international press office confirmed to Vatican Radio that Orbán met the Pope last weekend on the sidelines of the annual International Catholic Legislators Network meeting. That gathering, held in Frascati, near Rome, was described as the "largest forum for Christian heads of government". Sunday's private audience came as Europe faces a massive refugee crisis. Orbán said last week that Hungary plans...
  • Chaldean Patriarch Calls Upon Muslims to Repudiate ISIS

    08/30/2016 6:09:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, has called upon “Muslims and non-Muslim people of good will” to repudiate the Islamic State, which currently controls approximately 15% of Iraq and 30% of Syria. “We know that the majority of Muslims are neutral, unbiased, open-minded and willing to work hard for the benefit of their countries and their fellow citizens,” Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako said in a message posted on the patriarchate’s website. “Their initiative should be a united and strong stance, with which they can together stop the...
  • Card. Burke: ‘Highly Questionable’ to Say Islam Worships Christian God and is Therefore Peaceful

    08/30/2016 6:05:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, Italy, August 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — It is “highly questionable” to say Catholics and Muslims worship the same God and Islam is a religion of peace, Cardinal Raymond Burke said on a call with reporters Monday. Burke, an American, is the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court. He is now the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Burke was speaking to the media about Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ, a newly-published book-length interview with French journalist Guillaume d’Alançon in which the prelate weighs in on a host of...
  • Soros Paid Leftist Groups to Silence Pope on Abortion and Marriage

    08/30/2016 10:45:33 AM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 29, 2016 | Austin Ruse
    Newly released documents from Wikileaks have exposed the efforts of hard-left billionaire George Soros to make Pope Francis quiet down on social issues like abortion and man-woman marriage and make income equality and global warming the centerpiece of his visit last year to the U.S. The documents show how these wealthy groups worked closely with the Pope’s closest advisers including two U.S. Bishops and one Latin American Cardinal. The plan was first advanced at a board meeting of Soros’s Open Society U.S. Programs Board in May, 2015, where the radical group boasts of direct influence with Pope Francis. At that...
  • The Critical Danger of Unbelief

    08/30/2016 8:04:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 71 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Critical Danger of Unbelief Msgr. Charles Pope • August 29, 2016 • Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law (1659) by RembrandtI had an interesting discussion with Matt Hadro on EWTN’s “Morning Glory” radio show about the rising number of “nones” in our country. When asked for their religious affiliation, “nones” do not identify themselves as atheists or agnostics, but rather check the “none” box. They tend to be dismissive of “organized” religion and generally believe that it is acceptable to construct a purely personal religious view and understanding of God.Indeed, we live in times when many people...
  • Day 16 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/30/2016 7:24:09 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 29, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 16 – VIRGIN MOST VENERABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE FRUIT OF CHARITY! GOD’S WORD “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 John 4:16) HEROES’ WORDS “Our hearts were made for you, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.” -St. Augustine “The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy; charity demands beneficence and fraternal correction; it is benevolence; it fosters reciprocity and remains disinterested and generous; it is friendship and communion: Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is...
  • Cardinal Burke stands firmly behind Cardinal Sarah’s call for ‘ad orientem’ worship

    08/30/2016 7:17:46 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 29, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    ROME, Italy, August 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke has given a strong endorsement of Cardinal Robert Sarah’s recent encouragement for priests to begin celebrating Mass in accord with the ancient posture that recognizes God as the center of the liturgy. Cardinal Burke said he is in total agreement with Cardinal Sarah’s recent request for priests to celebrate Mass ad orientem, or facing the Lord, because when a priest celebrates Mass, he is acting in the person of Christ and the focus should be on God. Ad orientem, Latin for “to the East,” refers in liturgy to when the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-30-16

    08/29/2016 9:30:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 30, 2016 Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 2:10b-16 Brothers and sisters:The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.Among men, who knows what pertains to the manexcept his spirit that is within?Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.We have not received the spirit of the worldbut the Spirit who is from God,so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,but with words taught by the Spirit,describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms....
  • Prayer Request for my Neighbor

    08/29/2016 6:42:46 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Freepmail ^ | 08-28-16 | dsc
    From dsc | 08/28/2016 6:09:43 PM PDT replied My friend and next-door neighbor “J” was found dead this morning. He was a fallen-away Catholic, but I would like to request prayers for the repose of his soul. It seems to be natural causes, but I don’t think there’s a coroner’s report yet.
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Ongoing Support of the Francis Papacy

    08/29/2016 5:35:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/29/16 | Maike Hickson
    Last week saw yet another instance of Pope Emeritus Benedict giving an interview and insisting upon his unconditional support of Pope Francis and his work. EWTN reported on 28 August 2016 about this new statement of the former pope as follows: Speaking about Pope Francis, Benedict said that obedience to his successor “was never in discussion,” but that since Francis’ election, a feeling of “deep communion and friendship” has arisen between the two. “At the moment of his election I experienced, as many, a spontaneous feeling of gratitude toward Providence,” he said, explaining that after having two Pope’s [sic] from...
  • Completely Renovated Saint Peter's Prison in Rome Opens to the Public

    08/29/2016 5:25:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 8/23/16
    Saint Peter's Prison, also known as the "Carcere Mamertino," will open its doors to the public as one of the most historic places in the world for Christians. Millions of pilgrims visiting Rome can admire frescoes and ancient structures with a digitized guide. Through tablets, one can listen to the history of the prison and learn about the process of its excavation and restoration. Architecture and archeology experts have devoted one year to the restorations. It has been a great responsibility for all those who have worked on it. The prison, one of the most ancient in the world, lies...
  • Failed Suicide Attack at Indonesian Church; Priest Injured

    08/29/2016 3:15:33 PM PDT · by detective · 1 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | August 29, 2016
    A failed suicide-bombing at a church in Indonesia by a teenage jihadi resulted in an injury to the priest in the western island of Sumantra Sunday. During Sunday mass at the St. Joseph Cathholic church in Medan, a young man who was carrying an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) flag, pretended to be attending the service when he detonated a home-made explosive device in his backpack. With the pack only smoldering, the man charged the priest with an axe, wounding Father Albert Pandiangan slightly in the hand before he was detained. Upon questioning, the man reported that he was not working alone....
  • Is There Such a Thing as Pure Evil? Here's What St. Thomas Says

    08/29/2016 7:54:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There Such a Thing as Pure Evil? Here’s What St. Thomas Says. Msgr. Charles Pope • August 28, 2016 • We human beings are inclined to thinking categorically and absolutely. But not all (or even most) categories are absolute. Is there such a thing as absolute goodness, with no error admixed? Yes, most assuredly. God is so, as are the saints He has perfected in Heaven. But is there such a thing as absolute evil, in which there is no admixture of goodness? St. Thomas Aquinas and others say that there is not.On one level, this is because...
  • Day 15 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation

    08/29/2016 7:51:33 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 29, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 15, NOVENA FOR OUR NATION – FEAR OF THE LORD Richard Heilman 0 Comment DAY 15 – VIRGIN MOST PRUDENT, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FEAR OF THE LORD! GOD’S WORD “Serve the Lord in fear, and exult in him with trembling.” (Psalm 2:11) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of holiness is prudence.” (Proverbs 9:10) “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” (Luke 1:50) HEROES’ WORDS “For I have learnt for a fact that nothing so effectively obtains, retains, and regains grace, as that we...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-16, M, The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

    08/28/2016 9:48:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2016 Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist Reading 1 1 Cor 2:1-5 When I came to you, brothers and sisters,proclaiming the mystery of God,I did not come with sublimity of words or of wisdom.For I resolved to know nothing while I was with youexcept Jesus Christ, and him crucified.I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling,and my message and my proclamationwere not with persuasive words of wisdom,but with a demonstration of spirit and power,so that your faith might rest not on human wisdombut on the power of God. Responsorial Psalm Ps...
  • Pope Francis to Canonize Hillary Clinton Nemesis Mother Teresa

    08/28/2016 6:29:15 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 98 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Aug 2016 | Thomas D. Williams
    Next Sunday Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa a saint, the very woman who fought Hillary Clinton tooth and nail for her abortion advocacy. Before some 3,000 people at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington DC Hilton Hotel in 1994—including pro-abortion Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Al and Tipper Gore—Mother Teresa spoke passionately about abortion, calling it the “greatest destroyer of peace today,” “war against the child,” and “murder by the mother herself.” “And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” the nun...
  • Mongolia’s First Catholic Priest to be Ordained in Ulaanbaatar

    08/28/2016 6:13:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 8/27/16
    Joseph Enkh will be ordained to priesthood by His Exc. Mgr. Wenceslao Padilla, CICM, Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar on August 28. The new priest has chosen for his ordination the motto: "Deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9, 23). According to Fides, "More than 1,500 people have confirmed that they will participate in the celebration, which will be a very special moment for the Catholic Church in Mongolia and for the whole society", says Fr. Prosper Mbumba, CICM a Congolese missionary in the Asian country. Don Joseph Enkh was ordained a deacon on 11 December...
  • Firing of Gay Dean Perpetuates Hate, Catholic High School Alumni Write

    08/28/2016 6:09:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 8/25/16 | Anthony G. Attrino
    PARAMUS – Thousands of alumni of Paramus Catholic High School and their friends and family have signed an impassioned open letter to school officials chastising the school for firing a female dean who married a woman. The letter, written to President James P. Vail and school administrators, was issued days after a judge refused to throw out the suit brought against the school by former Dean Kate Drumgoole, who was terminated because she is in a same-sex marriage. It demands the school apologize and enact policies against sex and gender discrimination following the firing of a gay woman who has...
  • Don Mario’s Moral Mafia [Catholic Caucus]

    08/28/2016 5:55:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | August 28, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    More than three years into the Bergoglian pontificate there is no mistaking its principal line of development, which is Francis’s grand obsession: the admission of unrepentant public adulterers in “second marriages” to Holy Communion, the “Kasper proposal” he has been promoting almost from the moment of his election. To that end, Francis has relentlessly put in place a kind of moral mafia to carry out his design. Let us meet some of its soldiers. chris phot 1.tifIt was Paglia who oversaw the pontifical council’s production of the first Vatican-approved “sex-ed” program in Church history—a document so disgustingly immoral that it...
  • The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To Church

    08/28/2016 2:41:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 396 replies
    The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To ChurchThe standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for natural life. As science became a more widely accepted method for investigating and understanding the physical world, religion became a less viable way of thinking—not just about medicine and mechanics, but also culture and politics and economics and every other sphere of public life. As the United States became more secular, people slowly began drifting away from faith.Of course,...
  • U.S. Diocese Upholds Marriage Against Abandonment

    08/28/2016 2:09:36 PM PDT · by Bai Macfarlane · 3 replies
    Mary's Advocates' Blog ^ | August 27, 2016 | Bai Macfarlane
    Sentence Issued in Canon Law Legal Case - Catholics appear hypocritical when the Church teaches about the indissolubility of marriage, but remains silent when professed Catholic spouses abandon marriage… Mary’s Advocates has been given access by an abandoned husband to a formal decree issued by his Catholic diocese which defended the husband’s marriage against marital abandonment.
  • Day 14 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/28/2016 7:05:16 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 28, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 14 – MOTHER OF OUR SAVIOR, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF PIETY! GOD’S WORD “The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out ‘Abba, Father!’” (Romans 8:14-15) HEROES’ WORDS “In so far as divine love beautifies our souls and makes us pleasing to his divine Majesty, it is called grace; in so far as it gives us strength to do good, it is called charity; but when it reaches such a degree of perfection, that it makes us...
  • You Have to Serve Before You Sit – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year

    08/28/2016 7:03:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    You Have to Serve Before You Sit – A Homily for the 22nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 27, 2016 • In the Gospel for Sunday’s Mass, the Lord Jesus summons us to a deeper appreciation for what brings true honor, for what makes a person truly great. As you may imagine, what the world considers great and honorable is rather different from what God thinks and sees. Let’s look at this Gospel in three parts and discover its paradoxical vision. I. THE PERSON who HONORS – The Lord is at a banquet and notices...
  • Polish Parishes Renew Consecration on Today Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa

    08/27/2016 9:37:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | August 26, 2016 | Zenit.org
    Polish Parishes Renew Consecration on Today Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa Continue festivities for 1,050th anniversary of nation’s baptism August 26, 2016ZENIT StaffMary and Mariology L'Osservatore Romano Poland’s Primate, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, presided over today’s celebrations of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Czestochowa at Jasna Gora. In his homily, the Primate noted that, with this celebration, we are, in a certain way, prolonging the joy of May’s Solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of Poland, when, on the occasion of the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Baptism, we renewed our consecration to the Mother of the Redeemer.“Today’s Solemnity of Our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-28-16, Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/27/2016 8:51:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 28, 2016 Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 My child, conduct your affairs with humility,and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,and you will find favor with God.What is too sublime for you, seek not,into things beyond your strength search not.The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs,and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.Water quenches a flaming fire,and alms atone for sins. Responsorial Psalm Ps 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 R. (cf. 11b) God, in your goodness, you have made a home for...
  • Interview With an Exorcist

    08/27/2016 7:02:33 PM PDT · by Coleus · 33 replies
    beliefnet ^ | Wesley Baines
    We take a lot for granted, we humans. Gravity keeps us comfortably in our seats. Light comes in the morning, only to wane in the night, fading into pale starlight. The Earth spins on its axis in the darkness of space, making its way around the sun in a solar system that sits on a safe and quiet arm of the Milky Way galaxy. We know how all these things work. We do not fret, because we can comfortably explain, quantify, and catalog every phenomenon to ourselves, and those natural systems we have yet to understand will no doubt...
  • Catholic Caucus: In rare interview, Benedict XVI names his favorite saints

    08/27/2016 6:52:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    cna ^ | 08.26.16 | Elise Harris
    Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2005. Credit: © L'Osservatore Romano. Since he resigned from the papacy over three years ago, Benedict XVI rarely gives interviews. In a recent exception, however, the former pontiff took the time to chat not only about his successor, but the saints who've accompanied him throughout his life.  In the interview, published Aug. 24 in Italian newspaper La Reppublica, Benedict said he has been serene and happy since his resignation, and that while there were “smaller and larger difficulties” in his pontificate, there were also “many graces” that...
  • Francis Says the People Have Spoken: ‘Two Popes Are Just Fine’

    08/27/2016 6:50:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/27/16 | John Allen Jr
    Sometimes leaders learn more from crowds than from polls about how passionately people are feeling something, and in his preface to a new biography of Benedict XVI, Francis suggests crowds have taught him that ordinary Catholics are just fine with the two-pope arrangement.Arthur Schlesinger once said that President John F. Kennedy could look at all the polling numbers he wanted, but he didn’t really grasp how deep public support was for a nuclear test ban treaty until he hit the road and heard from the crowds. Surveys are useful for assessing opinion, but to gauge intensity and depth of feeling,...
  • Obligation to vote?

    08/27/2016 9:36:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Obligation to vote? The Catechism states we must exercise the right to vote, but there are valid reasons to excuse this duty Msgr. Charles Pope 8/24/2016 Question: The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that it is morally obligatory to exercise the right to vote. But this seems false since for most of history there have been no systems of voting and, even today, there are many who cannot vote. How can the Catechism claim that voting is a moral obligation?— Jenna O’Neil, via email Answer: The Catechism reads as follows: “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good...
  • Day 13 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/27/2016 7:37:34 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 27, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 13 – MOTHER OF OUR CREATOR, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE! GOD’S WORD “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15) “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) HEROES’ WORDS “We judge all things according to the divine truth.” -St. Augustine “A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities.” -St. Thomas Aquinas “There are some who desire knowledge merely for its own sake; and that is shameful curiosity. And there are others...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-16, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2016 8:41:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2016 Memorial of Saint Monica Reading 1 1 Cor 1:26-31 Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.Not many of you were wise by human standards,not many were powerful,not many were of noble birth.Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,those who count for nothing,to reduce to nothing those who are something,so that no human being might boast before God.It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,who became for us wisdom...
  • Mexican Gvmt in Greatest Clash with Church Since Persecution that Ignited Cristero War..

    08/26/2016 6:22:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/25/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    August 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City in a recent interview. Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that the president’s attempt to pass a homosexual “marriage” amendment has caused “a cooling of his relationship with the bishops, who are very troubled by his initiative.” “There hasn’t been a confrontation so strong between the government and the Church since...
  • Irish Bishops Recognize Problems at Maynooth Seminary, Seek to End Anonymous Complaints

    08/26/2016 6:10:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The bishops who oversee Ireland's national seminary have acknowledged serious concerns about St. Patrick's seminary in Maynooth, and announced a review of policies and an independent audit of seminary administration. The trustees met at Maynooth on August 24, in a special session called to address rampant criticism of the seminary, arising from charges of an aggressive homosexual subculture. In a public statement released after their meeting, the bishops did not directly address the question of homosexuality, concentrating instead on the damage done by anonymous accusations. However, they did ask seminary officials to review their policies regarding internet use: an apparent...
  • Is the Vatican, under Pope Francis, moving away from teachings of JPII on life and marriage?

    08/26/2016 5:42:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 26, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Yesterday’s top CWN headline story, about problems with the sex-education guide issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family, sheds more light—or perhaps I should say, casts a darker shadow—on a story that appeared earlier this month, about new appointments to the Roman Curia. The problematical sex-ed program was prepared by the Pontifical Council for the Family, headed by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. On August 14, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had named Archbishop Paglia to become president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. In...
  • Day 12- 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/26/2016 7:34:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 26, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 12 – MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE! GOD’S WORD “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4) “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we...
  • Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life

    08/26/2016 7:07:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2016 • Today’s Gospel at daily Mass (Friday of the 21st Week of the Year) features one of the many parables in which Jesus paints a picture of the great drama of human life. We are caught up in a great and cosmic battle and must choose sides; there are only two armies and no third way is given. Sadly, most have lost any sense of this, despite the battle lines being more clearly drawn than ever.Most casual readers of the Bible tend...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-16

    08/25/2016 9:32:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 1:17-25 Brothers and sisters:Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel,and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the learning of the learned I will set aside. Where is the wise one?Where is...
  • Vatican Sex Education Program Significantly Flawed: Cardinal Newman Society

    08/25/2016 7:04:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a study released today, the Cardinal Newman Society reported significant flaws in the high school sex education program made available during World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Society concluded that this program is “not ready” for use in its target market of Catholic high schools, parishes and homes. The program, entitled The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People, is currently available online. Responding to early doubts about the program, the Cardinal Newman Society decided to closely examine The Meeting Point as part of its mission “to promote and protect faithful...
  • Vatican Newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is Authoritative Church Teaching

    08/25/2016 6:45:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 8/23/16 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said an article in the Vatican newspaper. Father Salvador Pie-Ninot, a well-known professor of ecclesiology, said that while Pope Francis did not invoke his teaching authority in a "definitive way" in the document, it meets all the criteria for being an example of the "ordinary magisterium" to which all members of the church should respond with "the basic attitude of sincere acceptance and practical implementation."...
  • Two Catholic nuns found murdered in Mississippi home

    08/25/2016 4:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2016
    Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found murdered in their home Thursday, and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, according to officials. The nuns were identified as Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said. It was too early to say how the nuns died, but it doesn't appear that they were shot, according to Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee. Their bodies were taken to a state crime lab for autopsies. The two women, both nurse practitioners, were found Thursday morning...
  • Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment [Catholic Caucus]

    08/25/2016 4:24:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | 8/25/2016
    When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said. "Some priestly formation programs run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined a priori, and that set aside concrete situations," the pope said during a meeting with 28 Polish Jesuits in Krakow during World Youth Day.
  • If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

    08/25/2016 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 109 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First Msgr. Charles Pope • August 24, 2016 • The Lord says that we have to pray and indicates that without prayer we will give way to temptation. Thus prayer is essential for us to escape sin and keep our lives on the right path. While God offers many graces to overcome sin and live holy lives, those graces are often delivered through the doorway of prayer. Prayer is God’s way of knocking at the door of our heart; prayer is our way of answering. Prayer is God’s...
  • Day 11 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2016 6:34:47 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 25, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 11 – MOTHER MOST ADMIRABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF COUNSEL GOD’S WORD “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” (Romans 8:7) “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14) “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the...