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  • He defended ‘real’ marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 29Aug14 | Pete Baklinsk
    A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage. The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced. John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint. While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real...
  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 2:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    cna ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Eucharistic Adoration. Credit: Elisa Pires via JMJ Rio 2013/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 28, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawyer who helped recover a stolen Host that organizers of an Oklahoma City black mass intended to desecrate said that the Church’s legal victory could have far-reaching effects. “I don’t think we’re going to see Satanists doing this again, or they’ll going to understand we’re going to come after them, anywhere, any time this happens,” attorney Michael W. Caspino of the Irvine, Calif.-based law firm Busch & Caspino told CNA Aug. 27. “We’ve now gutted the...
  • What Would the Conversion of Russia Look Like?

    08/29/2014 1:40:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 29, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    For much of the twentieth century, Catholics around the world prayed after every Low Mass for the conversion of Russia.Called the Leonine Prayers, originally they were conceived as a protection of the sovereignty of the Papal States, which were then under attack. This intention ended with the Lateran Treaty of 1929 but the prayers continued from that time for the conversion of Russia that had become an atheistic state bent on destroying religion.The prayers included 3 Ave Marias, a Salve Regina, a versicle and response, a prayer for the conversion of sinners and the “exaltation of Holy Mother Church,”...
  • Answering a Muslim Apologist

    08/29/2014 1:14:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | August 29, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Catholic apologists keep very busy clearing up common misconceptions about the Faith: explaining how the Church’s teaching, practice, and history are misunderstood—or willfully misrepresented—by its opponents.Islam, too, has its apologists. They also claim that many critiques of the Muslim religion are based on ignorance or animus, and insist that the record must be set straight.One such apologist is Princeton University Muslim chaplain Sohaib Sultan, whose recent piece in Time, “ISIS Is Ignoring Islam’s Teachings on Yazidis and Christians,” would seem to be something that every Catholic, and indeed every free person, should welcome. Sultan condemns the Islamic State (formerly...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONICAL LIFE, 08-29-14

    08/29/2014 8:48:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-29-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CANONICAL LIFE A rule of life drawn up in ancient times for the clergy, mainly the cathedral assistants. Intermediate between the monastic life and secular priesthood, they lived in community. Many later become canons regular of St. Augustine (354-430), who introduced this mode of life into his own episcopal household. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Middle Eastern Patriarch Calls for Eradication of the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 6:36:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/29/14 | Doreen Abi Raad
    Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East have denounced attacks on Christians and called upon the international community to work toward eradicating terrorist groups. The patriarchs met on Wednesday at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, for a special summit to address the crisis in the region. They were later joined by the United Nations’ special coordinator in Lebanon and the ambassadors of the five permanent member-countries of the UN Security Council. “The very existence of Christians is at stake in several Arab countries – notably in Iraq, Syria and Egypt – where they have been...
  • Pope Removes Key Benedict XVI Protege

    08/29/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 8/28/14
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain. In 2008, Benedict appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The office is in charge of regulating how Masses and other sacraments are celebrated, and under Benedict's papacy took on a more conservative and traditional bent.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-29-14, M, Passion of St. John the Baptist

    08/28/2014 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-29-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 29, 2014Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist    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...
  • Child sex abuser from Gaithersburg-area sentenced to 40 years in prison

    08/28/2014 6:07:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Washington post ^ | Dan Morse
    Nathaniel Morales, who was recently convicted of sexually abusing boys he met in a Gaithersburg church decades ago, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday. In two trials in May, jurors found Morales guilty of a series of counts of sex abuse and sex offense. Victims gave powerful testimonies of what Morales did to them and the lasting effect it had.
  • Church bailed out abusive priest Wilfred Baker by paying his rent

    08/28/2014 1:53:21 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 7 replies
    The Herald Sun ^ | 8/27/2014 | Shannon Deery
    THE Catholic Church paid more than $40,000 in rent for a convicted paedophile priest who molested at least eight young boys and was set to stand trial on a string of new charges before he died earlier this year. Wilfred Baker’s crimes against children were so horrific he was placed on administrative leave in 1997 and never again worked as a priest, and was officially laicised in September 2012. But the Herald Sun can reveal the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne paid Baker’s rent for at least four years until his death in February, despite his sickening record of abuse on...
  • Card. Cańizares Llovera, Prefect of CDW, transferred to Valencia

    08/28/2014 1:29:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 28, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera, has been transferred to Spain at the new Archbishop of Valencia.He will fill the vacancy left with the transfer of Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra to Madrid.Thus, rumors that have been going around have been confirmed.What we don’t know yet is who will replace Card. Cañizares Llovera at CDW. Cañizares Llovera was known to be in line with the vision of Benedict XVI. At one point his nickname was “Ratzingerino”. His term at CDW was a bit of a mixed bag. I suspect that his successor won’t be so...
  • Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot Against The Pope

    08/28/2014 11:11:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.28.14 | Barbie Latza
    Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot Against The Pope Vatican scoffs at threats that Pope Francis is “in the cross hairs” of ISIS as Italy issues a terrorist threat and tightens security. VATICAN CITY — As Pope Francis continues to straddle the fine line between calling for the end of persecution of Christians in Iraq and blessing American airstrikes against the Islamic State (also known as the “Caliphate,” ISIS, or ISIL), there is increasing concern for the pontiff’s—and the public’s—safety. Earlier this week, the Roman newspaper Il Tempo published a disturbing report that Francis is “in the crosshairs” of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE, 08-28-14

    08/28/2014 9:21:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-28-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE The temporary state of men who intend to go on for the priesthood. Before their ordination as deacons they must indicate whether they wish to enter the permanent or the transitional diaconate. They must also decide whether to marry or remain celibate. Once they are ordained deacons, they cannot marry and continue in the Church's ministry. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Italian Bishops' Leader Says Church Should Welcome 'Unconventional Couples' to Sacraments

    08/28/2014 8:18:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference has said that the Church must make efforts to welcome “unconventional couples.” "Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice," said Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio, who was appointed secretary-general of the Italian episcopal conference by Pope Francis. According to Italy’s ANSA news service, Bishop Galantino went on to say that when couples in irregular marital situations are excluded from the sacraments, it “is an unjustified price to pay, in addition to de facto discrimination.”
  • Franciscan Leader: ‘the Middle East is in Flames’

    08/28/2014 8:13:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The priest who serves as Franciscan superior in the Holy Land and several Middle Eastern nations told an Italian audience that the Arab Spring has brought radical change to the region. “The Middle East that we have known since the [1900s], one which was born from the ruins of the old Ottoman Empire, from the end of various colonialisms and the birth of nation states, is ended,” said Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa. “Now begins a new period, the direction of which, however, we are not yet able to comprehend.” “The main concern at this moment lies in the fear of the...
  • Pope Francis' interfaith soccer match shows desire for peace

    08/28/2014 7:23:30 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 16 replies
    CNA ^ | 8/25/14 | Elise Harris
    A priest and close friend of Pope Francis says the pontiff's idea for an upcoming inter-religious soccer match for peace shows his keen interest in promoting the topic on all levels of society. “The hope is that after this football match, this sports event, there will be an impact that raises awareness for peace,” Father Guillermo Karcher told CNA Aug. 25, explaining to other journalists that “the Pope's concern for peace is very great.” “He sees in this event, this punctual message of the match for peace, a very positive element that gives a contribution, because it's necessary to try...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-28-14, M, St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    08/27/2014 9:26:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-28-14 | Revised New Americann Bible
    August 28, 2014Memorial of Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 1 Cor 1:1-9 Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Sosthenes our brother,to the Church of God that is in Corinth,to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.Grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your accountfor the grace of God bestowed...
  • Joined by Church Leaders, Sensenbrenner Becomes Catholic

    08/27/2014 6:54:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8/27/14 | Annysa Johnson
    Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) converted to Catholicism in a quiet ceremony at Milwaukee's St. Francis de Sales Seminary on Monday — a private affair reportedly attended by at least two Wisconsin bishops and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Sensenbrenner's office confirmed the conversion in an e-mail. But it turned down an interview request, saying the congressman "sees this as a private matter." The ceremony was first noted by Mark Silk, professor and director of the Greenberg Center for the study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Connecticutt, on his blog, Spiritual Politics. In addition...
  • A New Direction in (Catholic) Church Design

    08/27/2014 3:30:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 101 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | MICHAEL TAMARA
    One day fifteen years ago, I happened to be channel surfing past the Eternal Word Television Network when I was greeted by a momentary flash of heavenly beauty across the screen. Quickly flipping back, I realized that it was a Mass being celebrated in an unusually majestic church with an extensively gilded and marbled interior.Having never seen this church before, I distinctly remember asking myself why today’s churches can’t still be built to glorify God the way this beautiful “old” work of art had been. Within minutes, however, I felt as though a joke too good to be true...
  • USCCB Loses Its Head

    08/27/2014 2:08:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 27, 2014 | PATRICK ARCHBOLD
    It is a curious conceit of an obtuse generation that it believes itself to be committed to modernity, embodied by devotion to science and reason, and yet is so irrevocably immutable to evidence.The spiritual (but not religious) Mecca of modernity in the Catholic Church is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the headquarters of which would likely be a smoking ruin if we had a God quick to anger rather than slow.The absurdity of this very modern institution is embodied perfectly in their recent USCCB statement on their “Commitment To Dialogue With Muslims.”What is the bottom line? They are...
  • Is James Foley a Martyr? A Brutal Death Sparks a Faith-Based Debate

    08/27/2014 11:27:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 65 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 8/26/14 | David Gibson
    From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, with some even saying he should be considered a saint. Yet that characterization has left others uneasy, and the discussion is raising larger questions about what constitutes martyrdom. Foley’s parents seemed to validate the martyrdom label when his father, John, spoke at an emotional news conference outside the family’s New Hampshire home and said he and his wife “believe he was a martyr.” Foley’s mother, Diane, added that...
  • King of Bahrain Offers to Help 200 Christian Families from Mosul

    08/27/2014 11:21:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The King of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, has said he is willing to help 200 Christian families forced from the homes in Mosul, according to a senior Church official in the region. Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia) said in a recent interview with Vatican Radio that the monarch was not only willing to assist the families but also receive them in Bahrain. “This shows his generosity towards Christians,” the Bahrain-based bishop said. The monarch visited Pope Francis earlier this year, during which he presented plans for a new Marian...
  • Florida Catholic parish stops acting as polling place after pro-abort, pro-gay complaints

    08/27/2014 11:03:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    A Florida Catholic parish's 45-year tradition of serving as a polling place for elections came to an end after Tuesday's primary after ongoing complaints by a handful of pro-abortion and pro-homosexual activists led church leaders to end their partnership with the Brevard County Board of Elections. Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic, FL, has hosted about 5,000 voters from three precincts in a multi-use area of the building that is separate from the main church. Florida Today reported that the trouble began in 2008, when the church displayed a message on its marquee urging parishioners to vote for...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DEGRADATION, 08-27-14

    08/27/2014 9:10:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:DEGRADATION A penalty by which a cleric is reduced to the lay state; a deprivation, an abasement. Its effects may be deposition and privation of a religious habit. It is permanent unless remitted by a superior after completion of conditions required as penance. It can only be imposed for things labeled criminal by law or if one continues giving scandal after deposition. It is real if accompanied by formalities prescribed by the Roman Pontifical, and verbal when inflicted by a person authorized to sentence. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • The Reform of the Whole World Takes Place One Soul at a Time, Starting with My Own

    08/27/2014 2:35:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/26/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Yesterday’s blog on the increasing darkness in our culture received a lot of good feedback. Special thanks to Patrick Madrid for spreading the word. Reading such data can cause us to feel discouraged at times. Here are a few thoughts on this discouragement and what we can do about it.1. The beatitude “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” comes to mind. Who are those who mourn? It is they who see the awful state of God’s people: that so many do not know Him or honor Him. Those who mourn are those who see how many...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-27-14, M, St. Monica

    08/26/2014 9:13:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-27-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 27, 2014Memorial of Saint Monica    Reading 1 2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18 We instruct you, brothers and sisters,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,to shun any brotherwho walks in a disorderly wayand not according to the tradition they received from us.For you know how one must imitate us.For we did not act in a disorderly way among you,nor did we eat food received free from anyone.On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked,so as not to burden any of you.Not that we do not have the right.Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as...
  • Vatican Official, Syrian Prelate Call for International Force to Block Islamic State

    08/26/2014 8:44:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Vatican’s chief representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has repeated the call of Pope Francis for international leaders to stop the persecution of Christians and Yezidis in Iraq, “though the mechanisms of the United Nations.” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told Vatican Radio that the Holy See has two objectives for its diplomatic efforts regarding the situation in Iraq: to seek international help to stop the violence against Christiand and Yezidis, and to provide international security for refugees returning to their native villages. Questioned about Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria, the archbishop said that the international community should “support the Nigerian...
  • A Refreshed Benedict XVI Captivates Students with Homily

    08/26/2014 8:40:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/26/14 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Aug 26, 2014 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that they were deeply moved by his homily on the triumph of God's love. “The homily was very moving. It was the Gospel of the day about Cesarea of Philippi where Jesus asks the apostles, 'Who do you say I am?'” Father Vincent Twomey recalled to CNA Aug. 25. “Peter answered 'you are Christ, son of the living God,'” to which Jesus responds: “you are Peter and on this rock I...
  • Jewish leader blasts indifference to persecuted Christians

    08/26/2014 2:35:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | August 26, 2014
    A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq. Credit: www.ankawa.com. New York City, N.Y., Aug 26, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of the World Jewish Congress slammed global apathy to persecution of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world, saying more countries should be moved to action. “The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn't just wrong; it's obscene,” wrote Ronald S. Lauder in an Aug. 19 New York Times editorial....
  • Pope names Philly bishop to head Toledo diocese

    08/26/2014 2:31:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | August 26, 2014
    Bishop Daniel E. Thomas. (File Photo/CNA). Toledo, Ohio, Aug 26, 2014 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Philadelphia to be the next bishop of Ohio’s Diocese of Toledo. “I express my profound gratitude to Pope Francis for his confidence and trust in appointing me the shepherd of the Lord’s flock here in northwest Ohio,” Bishop Thomas said at an Aug. 26 press conference in Toledo. “Aware that I am not worthy of the office, I trust in God’s Holy Will as expressed through the Successor of Peter and in the...
  • WHY CATHOLICS ARE SO OBSESSED WITH SEX

    08/26/2014 8:38:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    Regina ^ | Beverly De Soto
    “Why is it,” said Jessica, my long-time friend, a non-observant Church of Scotland member, “that the Catholic Church won’t just, er, enter the modern era? Why are they so obsessed with sex?” Um, I thought, here we go. We were sitting in a coffee place in Edinburgh, trying to catch up from our busy lives. Even though our lives have taken different paths, Jessica and I go back a long time. I took a deep breath. “For the same reason that traditionally Jews forbade pre-marital sex, and sex outside marriage,” I said evenly. “After all, Christianity is an offshoot of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OPERATING GRACE, 08-26-14

    08/26/2014 8:24:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-26-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:OPERATING GRACE Similar to preventing or prevenient grace, it precedes the free consent of the will or accompanies it in the performance of an act. The thought of doing a good act suggests itself with no effort on the part of the human being, as an indeliberate impulse. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Recent Gallup Poll Is a Snapshot of the Moral and Cultural Revolution

    08/26/2014 2:21:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/25/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Gallup poll on a range of moral choices and behaviors does a pretty clear job of showing how dramatically America has changed in a rather short period of time. Many behaviors now considered “largely acceptable” were once considered very wrong. In fact, most of us over fifty remember an America that was very different.Until the mid-1960s, birth control was unapproved—even illegal to sell in many jurisdictions. It was associated with prostitution.Divorce was something that people whispered about. And until 1969 it was so difficult to get a divorce that the few who did want them were willing to go...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-14

    08/25/2014 8:28:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2014Tuesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17 We ask you, brothers and sisters,with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christand our assembling with him,not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly,or to be alarmed either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement,or by a letter allegedly from usto the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.Let no one deceive you in any way. To this end he has also called you through our Gospelto possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore,...
  • Pope asked to declare Planned Parenthood an enemy of the Church

    08/25/2014 8:24:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    An official declaration of Planned Parenthood as an enemy of the Church will be a real game changer. Such a declaration will prevent Planned Parenthood employees and volunteers from serving in positions of responsibility in our parishes. Simply put, Catholics could no longer hide behind an uninformed conscience in order to assist or promote Planned Parenthood or its agenda and be able to continue calling themselves Catholics in good standing. ~ American Life League’s Michael Hichborn in an August 25 press release announcing his group’s new campaign asking the Pope to declare Planned parenthood an enemy of the Catholic Church....
  • Pro-Lifers Slam Massive Fines Obama Wants on Catholic Nuns Who Oppose HHS Mandate

    08/25/2014 7:09:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    On Friday, the Obama administration revised the HHS mandate rules — the first revision since losing to Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court. The revisions provide no relief from the mandate and essentially restate how pro-life groups, like the Little Sisters, will have to pay huge fines if the violate the mandate. The upshot of the new rules? As Arina Grossu, Director for the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, tells LifeNews, it’s “the threat of crippling fines on non-profits who stand up for their freedom of conscience.” littlesisters2Congressman Chris Smith, the top pro-life advocate in the...
  • USCCB Committee Reaffirms Commitment to Dialogue with Muslims

    08/25/2014 10:07:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has strongly reaffirmed its commitment to engage in dialogue with Muslims. After citing texts from the Second Vatican Council and St. John Paul II on dialogue with Muslims, the committee stated that “sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families.” The committee continued: We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO, 08-25-14

    08/25/2014 9:42:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 08-25-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO Decree on Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council. It deals with the Catholic principles on ecumenism, the practice of ecumenism, and the churches and ecclesiastical communities separated from the Roman Apostolic See. A careful distinction is made between spiritual ecumenism, mainly through prayer and the practice of virtue, and practical ecumenism, which actively fosters the reunification of Christianity. Also the faithful are told to recognize various levels of nearness to the Catholic Church, in descending order, the Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, and Protestants (November 21, 1964). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • Catholics and the "Men's Rights Movement"

    08/25/2014 6:15:44 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 19 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 25 August 2014 | Matthew Olson
    In this show, I discuss the central concerns of the "Men's Rights Movement", how the social doctrine of the Church matches up with it, and what simply must be done in this area in order to prevent societal collapse. LISTEN ON YOUTUBE (Alternative link, via Vimeo.) Summary: I start off with a note to women and I complain about the modern media's terrible influence in these matters. I make note of what I call "practical polygamy" (80-90% of women chasing after 10-20% of men). Perhaps most controversially, I tackle the issue of the advanced education of women and their "right"...
  • Demons Believe and Tremble: A Reflection on the Theft of the Eucharist by Satanists

    08/25/2014 2:16:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 108 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/24/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A couple of years ago I wrote of an unusual experience I had at Mass wherein a person who was troubled by a demon had those demons manifest themselves at the consecration, causing the person to run out of the Church. More on that in a moment.I thought of that long-ago incident in relation to the current events transpiring in Oklahoma City, where a satanic cult stole the Eucharist from a Catholic parish and announced plans to desecrate it at a satanic “mass” in September. Archbishop Paul Coakley filed a lawsuit, asking a judge to stop the desecration by requiring...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-14, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2014 9:12:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 25, 2014Monday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the Church of the Thessaloniansin God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters,as is fitting, because your faith flourishes ever more,and the love of every one of you for one another grows ever greater.Accordingly, we ourselves boast of you in the churches of Godregarding your endurance and faith in all your persecutionsand the afflictions...
  • How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

    08/24/2014 12:21:56 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 42 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 24Aug14 | Alexander Griswold
    By now, we’ve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue. These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isn’t so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people...
  • Priest on Road to Canonization Given Highest US Military Honor

    08/24/2014 9:48:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | April 12, 2013 | Kathleen Naab
    Priest on Road to Canonization Given Highest US Military Honor Editor of Biography Reflects on What Fr. Kapaun Has to Teach Us Washington, D.C., April 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) Kathleen Naab | Thursday in the White House, President Barack Obama bestowed on Fr. Emil Kapaun the nation's highest military recognition, the Medal of Honor.The priest, who died in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean war, is also being considered for canonization.The life that won Fr. Kapaun not only such high military praise, but also possible recognition as a canonized saint, is the subject of a biography called "The...
  • 37 Photos that Prove that Nuns Live Boring Lives

    08/24/2014 6:55:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    Catholiclink.com ^ | Garrett Johnson
    When I entered I saw what I had written. I wanted to say a word to you and the word is “joy”. Wherever there are consecrated people, seminarians, men and women religious, young people, there is joy, there is always joy! It is the joy of freshness, the joy of following Jesus; the joy that the Holy Spirit gives us, not the joy of the world. There is joy! but — where is joy born? Joy is born from the gratuitousness of an encounter! It is hearing someone say, but not necessarily with words: “You are important to me”. This...
  • Traditional Latin Mass Propers, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, 8/24/14

    08/24/2014 5:34:59 AM PDT · by piusv · 1 replies
    EPISTLE I Cor. 15:1-10 Brethren: Now I make known unto you brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand, by which also ye are saved, if ye hold fast the word which I preached unto you, except ye believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried; and that he hath been raised on the third day according to the scriptures; and that he appeared to Cephas; then to the...
  • If No One Is Pope, Everyone is Pope – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

    08/24/2014 3:18:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 561 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/23/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel today sets forth the biblical basis for the Office of Peter—the Office of the Papacy—for Peter’s successors are the popes. The word “pope” is simply an English version (via Anglo-Saxon and Germanic tongues) of the word “papa.” The Pope is affectionately called “Papa” in Italian and Spanish as an affectionate indication that he is the father of the family, the Church.That Peter receives an office and not simply a charismatic designation we will discuss later. As to certain objections regarding the Office of the Papacy, we will also deal with them later. But for now let’s look at...
  • Stabat Mater (Catholic Caucus

    08/24/2014 1:05:22 AM PDT · by dsc · 2 replies
    E-Mail | 13th Century | Unknown
    Stabat Mater (At the Cross Her Station Keeping) This 13th-century hymn is variously attributed to Gregory I, Bernard of Clairvaux, Pope Innocent III, St. Bonaventura, Jacopone da Todi, Pope John XXII, and Pope Gregory XI, and others. It was the liturgical sequence for the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin (Sept. 15 and the Friday before Palm Sunday). It is no longer used on the Friday before Palm Sunday and is optional on September 15, but it continues to be sung at the Stations of the Cross during Lenten services. It was not admitted as a liturgical sequence until 1727, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 08-24-14, Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

    08/23/2014 8:48:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 24, 2014Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 is 22:19-23 Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:“I will thrust you from your officeand pull you down from your station.On that day I will summon my servantEliakim, son of Hilkiah;I will clothe him with your robe,and gird him with your sash,and give over to him your authority.He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,and to the house of Judah.I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s shoulder;when he opens, no one shall shutwhen he shuts, no one shall open.I...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-23-14, OM, St. Rose of Lima

    08/23/2014 5:50:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    August 23, 2014Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Ez 43:1-7ab The angel led me to the gate which faces the east,and there I saw the glory of the God of Israelcoming from the east.I heard a sound like the roaring of many waters,and the earth shone with his glory.The vision was like that which I had seenwhen he came to destroy the city,and like that which I had seen by the river Chebar.I fell prone as the glory of the LORD entered the templeby way of the gate which faces the east,but spirit lifted...
  • Islam’s ‘Relaxation of the Intelligence’

    08/23/2014 4:28:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 8/23/14 | Benedict Kielly
    In times of evil, prophets who see it in what Ronald Knox called a “clear light” are not necessarily heeded, though they are desperately needed. Such a man was Hilaire Belloc, as Monsignor Knox described him at Belloc’s funeral Mass in 1953. “By derivation,” Knox explained, a prophet “is one who speaks out.” Belloc, the first truly revisionist historian, made it his life’s work to speak out. He warned of the rise of Islam throughout the early years of the 20th century and then between the two world wars, when such prophecy seemed absurd. In 2006 another great prophet, Pope...