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  • Neo-Catholics Ready to Defend Communion for Adulterers

    11/25/2014 6:39:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 25, 2014 | Chris Jackson
    Evidence of this was already apparent in October of 2013, when Neo-Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin repeatedly referred to the Church’s perennial moral teaching prohibiting the reception of Communion in a state of mortal sin merely a changeable “discipline” or “practice.” Then in April 2014, Akin again referred to this teaching as a “practice” in his frantic defense of Francis informing a woman living in adultery that she could receive Holy Communion. Fast forward to October 2014. In the chaos immediately following the synod, Neo-Catholic apologist Jeff Mirus left no doubt about his willingness to go theological cliff diving in an...
  • Pope says he would 'never close the door' on talks with Islamic State

    11/25/2014 4:22:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | November 25, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM STRASBOURG, France (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he would "never close the door" on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to bring peace to a region of the world suffering from violence and persecution. He also said that "terrorism" could describe not only the actions of such extremist groups but also those of some national governments using military force unilaterally. Pope Francis answers a reporter's question on his flight back to Rome after speaking at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25. (CNS/Paul Haring) Meeting reporters Nov....
  • How Narnia and Middle Earth helped an atheist professor find her faith

    11/25/2014 3:50:20 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 25, 2014
    JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA) Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway's Not God's Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journeyI have been reading Dr Holly OrdwayÂ’s Not GodÂ’s Type: an Atheist Academic Lays Down her Arms (Ignatius Press, or Gracewing in the UK). It is always uplifting to read books like this, not in a triumphalist way but because it is a reminder that underneath all the glaring human weaknesses in the Church as an institution, which we all know so well, there are still people out there who are searching for answers to fundamental questions and then finding...
  • The Dangers of Secondhand Christmas

    11/25/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 25, 2014 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A PTA of a public school in the Boston area apparently worked behind closed doors to prevent elementary school students from being exposed to the eeeeevil dangers of a...Christmas tree!!! (Cue the impending doom music.) It's gotten so bad that one news report says that one board member may step down over the controversy over the fear of exposing children to secondhand Christmas.Sheesh. The Butler Elementary School PTA made a decision to cancel the annual field trip to see "The Nutcracker" ballet because supposedly some parents complained about the Christmas tree on stage in some scenes. Maybe they should've taken the...
  • Missouri Nuns Defend Finn: ‘Our Bishop is a Man Who Inspires Faith’

    11/25/2014 2:48:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/25/14 | Lisa Bourne
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans know and love what would otherwise be an unknown band of traditional Benedictine nuns living in rural Missouri. Thanks to their glorious singing, which has topped the music charts time and time again, the contemplative Benedictines of Mary are famous. Their ‘Lent at Ephesus’ album spent 20 weeks at the top of the Classical Album chart this year. These contemplative nuns are today speaking out in defense of their bishop, Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO, currently the number one target of the liberal media in America and unwilling to be defended by brother...
  • Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

    11/25/2014 7:24:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs November winds down and Advent still looms, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and the things waiting for us in Heaven) as our highest priority.In this meditation, St. Cyprian has in mind the Book of James and...
  • How the Sensitivity Movement Desensitized Catholics to Evil

    11/25/2014 7:04:53 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/25/14 | William Kilpatrick
    Remember bell-bottoms, beads, and tie-dyed shirts? Remember encounter groups, Esalen, and trust falls? Remember “self-esteem,” “risk-taking,” “self-awareness” and the other clichés that were born with the human potential movement? Both bell-bottoms and human potential psychology became popular in the mid-sixties. Bell-bottoms, however, eventually went out of style. Human potential psychology never did. If you don’t notice it anymore, that’s because it’s become a fixture of modern life. It’s no longer necessary to seek out a sensitivity group, because the culture itself is now one large sensitivity group. The assumptions, vocabulary, and techniques of the sensitivity circle have found their way...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-25-14, OM, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr

    11/24/2014 9:45:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-25-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 25, 2014Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 14:14-19 I, John, looked and there was a white cloud,and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man,with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.Another angel came out of the temple,crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud,“Use your sickle and reap the harvest,for the time to reap has come,because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe.”So the one who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth,and...
  • Light From the East: Churches in Former Communist Countries Discuss Family Synod

    11/24/2014 6:52:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 11/14/14 | Victor Gaetan
    Christian leaders from the region insist that a sound pastoral approach to family issues must be grounded in authentic doctrinal teaching. LVIV, Ukraine — Reverberations from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family continue to ricochet around the world. In Ukraine, for example, despite life-and-death issues preoccupying clergy, implications of the synod are avidly discussed among Catholics. However, few of the fault lines apparent in Rome divide Christian Churches in a country like Ukraine — making defense of the family a unifying theme for Catholics and the Orthodox who, otherwise, might be lured into politically driven conflict. At the...
  • In tapping new liturgy chief, Pope Francis reaches across the aisle (conservative African)

    11/24/2014 4:51:08 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | November 24, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    ROME — Just when you think you have Pope Francis figured out, he surprises you. In that spirit, Monday’s appointment of Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea as the new head of the Vatican’s department for liturgical policy will certainly surprise some. Sarah becomes the second African to have the Vatican’s top liturgical post, after Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze from 2002 to 2008. When he recently removed US Cardinal Raymond Burke from a senior Vatican job, many observers concluded that Francis simply didn’t want such a strong conservative on his team. Yet he’s now handed over the Congregation for Divine...
  • Christian Unity Cannot Be Built on Lies (Russian Orthodox Church on Catholicism)

    11/24/2014 2:12:23 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 17, 2014 | Adam A. J. DeVille
    The Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev not only misrepresents Catholic practice and history, he also misrepresents Orthodox practice and history Pope Francis meets with Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of ecumenical relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, during a private meeting at the Vatican Nov. 12, 2013. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano vi a Reuters) Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the “foreign affairs minister” of the Russian Orthodox Church, is, as George Weigel observed recently in First Things, a talented man, “charming and witty.” However, the gifted Hilarion, Weigel rightly noted, “does not always speak the truth.” Hilarion is rather like the Energizer Bunny:...
  • Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?

    11/24/2014 1:07:14 PM PST · by NYer · 315 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 24, 2014 | DENNIS BONNETTE
    Pure myth! That is today’s typical view of a literal Adam and Eve. Yet, contrary to current skepticism, a real Adam and Eve remain credible—both in terms of Catholic doctrine and sound natural science.By calling the Genesis story a “myth,” people avoid saying it is mere “fantasy,” that is, with no foundation in reality at all. While rejecting a literal first pair of human parents for all mankind, they hope to retain some “deeper” truth about an original “sinful human condition,” a “mythic” meaning. They think that the latest findings in paleoanthropology and genetics render a literal pair of...
  • Priest picked by Pope Francis as sex crimes prosecutor failed to report abuse complaints: report

    11/24/2014 11:26:43 AM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | November 24, 2014 | AP
    An American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vatican’s sex crimes prosecutor in September was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed and defrocked man committed other acts of sexual abuse, according to legal documents reviewed by The Boston Globe. The Rev. Robert Geisinger, the second-highest-ranking leader of the Chicago Jesuits in the 1990s, knew as early as 1995 about abuse complaints against the Rev. Donald McGuire, and he advised church officials as late as August 2002 on how to discipline McGuire, the Globe reported in Sunday editions. The newspaper...
  • Archbishop Chaput: The Church Needs to Say Any Kind of Extra-Marital Sex is “Disordered”

    11/24/2014 10:23:21 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 88 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 21, 2014 | Matt Rourke/AP/SIPA
    Leader of Philadelphia Church discusses plans for World Meeting of Families, to be attended by Pope Francis. The Holy See confirmed this week that Pope Francis will visit the United States for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 22-27, 2015. The historic visit will fall just one week before the opening of the General Synod of Bishops on the Family to be held in Vatican City, October 4-25, 2015. When the announcement came, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia was on hand at at the Vatican attending the Humanum Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. The...
  • Satan at His Most Subtle: A Reflection on the Temptations and Traps of the Pious

    11/24/2014 7:50:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 138 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-23-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Satan at His Most Subtle: A Reflection on the Temptations and Traps of the Pious By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhat is temptation? Temptation is the work of Satan to drag you to Hell. And Satan can read you like a book and play you like piano. Do not exaggerate his power, but do not underestimate it either.Some of his subtlest work is done in the area of religious observance. There, he can cloak himself quite easily in the lamb’s clothing of piety, but, wolf that he really is, distort it, either through excess or defect, thereby destroying you with what...
  • Cardinal Sarah Appointed Head of Vatican Congregation for Liturgy

    11/24/2014 6:06:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Cardinal Sarah, from Guinea, is described as 'traditional' in terms of liturgyPope Francis has named Cardinal Robert Sarah as the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Cardinal Sarah, 69, from Guinea, is currently president of the pontifical council “Cor Unum”. He will replace Cardinal Antonio Cańizares Llovera, nicknamed “Little Ratzinger”, who has been appointed Archbishop of Valencia in Spain. Vatican-watcher Andrea Tornielli said: “The profile of Robert Sarah, a Curia member with a long experience serving as a pastor in Africa, is rather traditional… His arrival as head of the dicastery for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-24-14 M, St. Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest,Companions, Martyrs

    11/23/2014 8:25:00 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-24-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 24, 2014Memorial of Saint Andrew Dŭng-Lạc, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs   Reading 1 Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5 I, John, looked and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion,and with him a hundred and forty-four thousandwho had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.I heard a sound from heavenlike the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder.The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne,before the four living creatures and the elders.No one could learn this hymn except the...
  • Atheist Confession: “I like Pope Francis.”

    11/23/2014 5:16:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Filipino Freethinkers ^ | November 23, 2014 | Dustin Celestino.
    I’m going to say something many of my fellow secularism advocates would probably not appreciate: I like Pope Francis. Why? I like Pope Francis because, in my opinion, he is more liberal than many liberals. American conservatives already hate him for his seemingly liberal position on many issues. He’s so liberal that Sarah Palin is actually taken aback by what she calls his “liberal agenda.” The Pope is so liberal that writer Damian Thompson, in an article he wrote for “The Spectator,” had to ask if we were in the early stages of a Catholic civil war. Apparently, even Catholics...
  • The USCCB's Awful Immigration Statement

    11/23/2014 4:42:43 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 27 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 11/22/14 | Pat Archbold
    How much longer we will have to endure this sort of disingenuous dreck of what amounts to little more than Catholic cover of democrat party initiatives? In his statement on President Obama's constitution-busting executive orders on immigration, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration twice references the extra-legality of the move by saying that any such actions must be "within its legitimate authority" that these "pastors" (yes, the scare quotes are appropriate) welcome ANY action "within these limits." --snip-- The USCCB shows again that it is...
  • Parody: Bergoglio and Synod

    11/23/2014 2:48:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 11/22/14 | John Vennari
    Me and Bergoglia down by the Synod
  • Report: Top Vatican prosecutor failed to report abuser

    11/23/2014 1:39:01 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 18 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/23/14 | Michael O'Loughlin
    The Jesuit tapped by Pope Francis to serve as the Vatican’s top clergy sex abuse prosecutor failed to remove an abusive priest from ministry even after learning about that priest’s long record, The Boston Globe reported today. As the second-highest official with the Chicago Jesuits in the 1990s, the Rev. Robert J. Geisinger, SJ, was privy to documents chronicling the abuse of Rev. Donald J. McGuire, SJ, whom the Globe describes as “a globe-trotting priest with many influential supporters, including Mother Teresa of Calcutta.” A review of Church records by the Globe’s Michael Rezendes shows that Geisinger had knowledge of...
  • 8 Things You Didn’t Know About the Feast of Christ the King

    11/23/2014 9:31:46 AM PST · by millegan · 3 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    On the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar, today is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, more commonly known as the Feast of Christ the King. The last Sunday of the liturgical year (next week is Advent!), this feast reminds us that whatever earth powers may do or ask of us, Christ is the true king that should reign in our hearts. Here are 8 things about this awesome feast you may not have known:
  • The Strangest of Kings! A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

    11/23/2014 7:10:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov. 22, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Strangest of Kings! A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe reading today on this Feast of Christ the King evokes three images of Christ as King. All of them are to some extent paradoxical, for they emphasize things about a king that we don’t usually think of in relation to a king. They also tell us that we have already met King Jesus, even if we didn’t know it. Let’s look at these three images of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of all Creation.I. Caring King - The first reading, from Ezekiel...
  • Indian Catholics Find Spiritual Inspiration in Two New Saints

    11/23/2014 6:05:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/22/14 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 22, 2014 / 05:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two new Indian Catholic saints to be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday were known for their deep spiritual life and their intercession in helping families, say two Catholics who find deep inspiration in their sanctity. Fr. Isaac Arickappalil C.M.I. told CNA Nov. 14 that the canonization of the soon-to-be saint Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara is “an inspiration for all of us.” He said the Nov. 23 canonization is an inspiration for the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, the order which Bl. Kuriakose founded, as well as for the Church in...
  • Is There Still Issues With The CHD Second Collection? (Vanity)

    11/23/2014 4:12:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Vanity ^ | November 23, 2014 | Biggirl
    Good Morning. I have a brief question and it is in regards to the yearly second collection, called the "Campaign For Human Development" or CHD which takes place each weekend before Thanksgiving Day in Catholic parishes across the United States. This weekend my parish priest told parishoners there will be no second collection taken for CHD. I remember there were issues involving this collection over the last few years. Is there still issues with CHD going on? My diocese is the Hartford, CT archdiocese and I believe the other parishes have taken up this collection. Thank-you for your response and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 11-23-14, SOL, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

    11/22/2014 7:48:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 69 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-23-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 23, 2014The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe    Reading 1 Ez 34:11-12, 15-17 Thus says the Lord GOD:I myself will look after and tend my sheep. As a shepherd tends his flockwhen he finds himself among his scattered sheep,so will I tend my sheep.I will rescue them from every place where they were scatteredwhen it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep;I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD. The lost I will seek out,the strayed I will bring back,the injured I will bind up,the sick I will...
  • America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere

    11/22/2014 4:39:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 158 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov, 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video below boasts, “America loves Italy” and features a Fiat car driving through American towns with Italian names.If that is the case then America loves Catholicism even more, since thousands of towns and places are named for Catholic saints, themes, and objects. Consider the following:In California: San Diego, San Miguel, San Francisco, San Bernadino, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, San Rafael, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles (aka Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de la Porciuncula), Santa Cruz, Santa Clarita, Sacramento, San...
  • What Price Truth?

    11/22/2014 3:44:40 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 11/20/14 | Fr . Jerry Pokorsky
    The Church spends a good deal of money on the education of priests and religious. From seminary or convent formation to continuing education workshops and retreats, the faithful, of course, bear the cost. In justice, what do the faithful receive in return? The cost of seminary education is considerable. Room, board and tuition, I’m told, is now something like $40,000 a year per seminarian. That amount is charged to the diocese; it does not include the various gifts and grants seminaries receive, and it is comparable to the overall cost of private college. Over a typical five-year formation period, the...
  • Op-Ed: "Obedience"? "Respect"? We tolerate no lessons from those who morally assassinated...

    11/22/2014 3:35:43 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/22/14 | Father Pio Pace
    For some time now, Modernist, Liberal, or self-defined "Moderate" and even "mildly conservative" papers and blogs have railed against the "merciless war" waged by Orthodox Catholics on Pope Francis and his orientations. We are right in the middle of the parable of the mote and the beam! Didn’t they criticize, without a moment of rest, John Paul II and his attempt at a minor "restoration", these good souls now giving lessons? Didn’t they destroy Benedict XVI up to the level of what can only be called his moral assassination? Benedict XVI, about whom liberals said among themselves, on the day...
  • China seeks agreement with Vatican on appointment of new bishops

    11/22/2014 3:31:12 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    The Chinese government has proposed a cooperative arrangement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of Catholic bishops. The Beijing regime has clashed repeatedly with Rome over the appointment of bishops. The Vatican insists that all bishops must be appointed with a mandate from the Holy See, and has announced the excommunication of Chinese bishops appointed without that mandate. China, on the other hand, claims that the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association should appoint bishops. In his 2007 letter on the Church in China, Pope Benedict XVI said that the universal Church cannot recognize the authority of a group like the Patriotic...
  • Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

    11/22/2014 3:08:35 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 21, 2014 | Matt Hadro
    Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency. Credit: Maria Lozano. Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2014 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at the point of a gun. Many of them are sleeping outdoors, in hallways, three, four families together in a Christian school. And winter...
  • Pope appoints Cardinal Napier as synod (on the family) organiser

    11/22/2014 2:01:29 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | November 21, 2014
    Cardinal Napier (Photo: CNS) The cardinal was a leading critic of the mid-term reportCardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, has been added to the organising committee for next year’s family synod.The appointment is seen as significant because Cardinal Napier was critical of the mid-term report in last month’s synod and is regarded as an influential voice in favour of tradition.Otherwise the committee remains the same, including the theologian Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti Vasto, who is seen as responsible for the most contentious aspects of the mid-term report.Other members of the committee are Cardinal Luis Tagle, Cardinal Peter...
  • German Bishops to Unveil 'Hidden Bombshell'

    11/22/2014 12:03:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/22/14 | Edward Pentin
    n the latest in a series of attempts by German bishops to align Church teaching with secular values, a sub-committee of the German episcopal conference is planning to amend Church labor law to allow Church employees who are homosexual or divorced and civilly remarried to work in ecclesiastical institutions. Until now, those employed in the German Church – the second largest employer in the country – are required to adhere to lifestyles consistent with Church teaching. But on Nov. 24th, a majority of bishops are expected to vote to introduce changes to Church rules to allow such employees to continue...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-22-14, M, St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

    11/22/2014 9:45:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-22-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 22, 2014Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr   Reading 1 Rv 11:4-12 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me:Here are my two witnesses:These are the two olive trees and the two lampstandsthat stand before the Lord of the earth.If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouthsand devours their enemies.In this way, anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain.They have the power to close up the skyso that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying.They also have power to turn water into bloodand to afflict...
  • Catholic Bishops: Shut Down Government to Stop Obamacare’s Abortion Funding

    11/22/2014 8:36:17 AM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Life News ^ | November 21, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The nation’s Catholic bishops are so upset about taxpayer funding of abortions in Obamacare they are urging a shutdown of the federal government so the issue can be addressed.The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a letter to members of Congress advocating adding language to the “must-pass funding legislation” such as the continuing resolution Congress is expected to approve soon to fund the federal government until the next session of Congress that would stop abortion funding under Obamacare. If such language is not approve, the bishops say members of Congress should balk at approving the continuing resolution and...
  • IS POPE FRANCIS DUPING LIBERALS ON MARRIAGE?

    11/21/2014 3:08:09 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    The Spectator ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    It’s no secret that liberals adore Pope Francis. The more secular the “progressive,” the greater the reverence for the new man in the Vatican. Liberals—which includes liberal Catholics and Protestants as well as secularists—see the pontiff as the long-awaited liberator of the reactionary Roman Catholic Church.And yet, if you think about it, there aren’t many things they actually want from Francis. What kind of wish-list do they have in mind as they celebrate his arrival? Francis is not calling for women priests, for abortion-on-demand, or for clowns dancing at the altar during consecration of the Eucharist. Sure, they relish his...
  • Pope urges doctors to witness to sanctity of life

    11/21/2014 12:01:51 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 15, 2014 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis meets medical doctors at Paul VI hall - ANSA (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on Saturday. He urged them to resist “false compassion” and “witness by word and by example that human life is always sacred, valuable, and inviolable.” Read the full statement below: I welcome you on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors. In particular, I address a cordial greeting to the chaplain, Msgr. Edward Menichelli, to Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, who for decades has followed the life of the...
  • May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings

    11/21/2014 6:58:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-14 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s an old expression, seldom used today although I remember the old folks used it sometimes when I was young, “May you sleep the sleep of the just.” When my Great Aunt Polly used it, she meant simply, “May you sleep well.” But more richly and historically, the phrase speaks to a serenity that comes from having a quiet conscience, a conscience that is untroubled by the burden of unconfessed and unrepentant sin. A serene and clean conscience is an...
  • German Church Historian Fears “Antipope” Benedict

    11/21/2014 6:11:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pray Tell ^ | 11/21/14 | Fr. Anthony Ruff
    As Kathweb reports, Hubert Wolf, professor of church history in Munster, calls for a clearer distinction between pope and “pope emeritus” in Thursday’s edition of Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung. According to Wolf, there have been fears that “around Francis and Benedict XVI two competing power centers could come into being in the curia, with pope and antipope at the top of each.” The church historian notes that when Pope Gregory XII resigned in 1415, he became a member of the college of cardinals again and traded his white papal clothing for the purple of a cardinal. After the church council of...
  • China Offers Vatican a Say in Bishop Appointments in Bid to Mend Ties

    11/21/2014 5:55:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Beijing: In a bid to repair strained relations with the Vatican, China has proposed a joint system for appointment of bishops, offering the papal authority a greater say in matters relating to administration of churches. The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), an official body that governs the Catholics in China, said it hopes to receive the Vatican's reply by the start of next year to its proposals in this regard, official media reported in Beijing on Friday. "The Vatican seems to hope for more agreements beyond bishop ordination, such as cancelling the CCPA. But that doesn't appear likely," state-run Global...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-21-14, M, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    11/20/2014 9:39:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-21-14 | Revised New American Bible
     November 21, 2014Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary    Reading 1 Rv 10:8-11 I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me.Then the voice spoke to me and said:“Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angelwho is standing on the sea and on the land.”So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll.He said to me, “Take and swallow it.It will turn your stomach sour,but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.”I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand...
  • Pope Francis prefers 'simple' papal visit to PH (Philippines)

    11/20/2014 7:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Rappler ^ | November 20, 2014 | Katerina Francisco
    MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis, the Argentine pope known for espousing a simpler Church, also wants the same treatment for his upcoming visit to the Philippines next year. At a press briefing on Thursday, November 20, papal visit media relations sub-committee chair Fr Anton Pascual said the Vatican would prefer a simple papal visit with minimal expenditures. The Vatican also urged for more resources to be spent on helping the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the earthquake in Bohol in 2013, according to an article on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news site. The Pope will...
  • Cardinal's demotion helps Pope Francis quell 'conservative backlash' -- for now

    11/20/2014 4:48:12 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/20/14 | Adam Shaw
    Pope Francis is drawing rock star raves for softening the Vatican's image on such issues as homosexuality, capitalism and divorce, but his celebrated tolerance doesn't seem to extend to dissenters within the church, whose conservative revolt came to a halt when the pontiff exiled their de facto leader to obscurity. A recent meeting of bishops unleashed what one Vatican watcher called “a tsunami of conservative backlash" against the pope when it followed an agenda that sought to revisit long-held doctrine on controversial social issues. The most vocal critic was American Cardinal Raymond Burke, who described the Church under Francis as...
  • Rick Warren, Russell Moore Tell Pope 'Church Must Not Cave In' on Gay Marriage at Conference

    11/20/2014 2:26:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Gospel Herald ^ | 11/19/14 | Leiah Marieann Klett
    Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and megachurch pastor Rick Warren denounced the sexual revolution at a Vatican conference Tuesday and encouraged Christians to not waver on the Biblical truth about sexuality and marriage. "Western culture now celebrates casual sexuality, cohabitation, no-fault divorce, family redefinition, and abortion rights as parts of a sexual revolution that can tear down old patriarchal systems," said Moore, who is the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during the "Complementarity of Man and Woman" colloquium led by Pope Francis. "The Sexual Revolution is not liberation at all, but simply the imposition...
  • Nebraska Diocese Will Move to Ad Orientem Liturgy During Advent

    11/20/2014 2:10:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, has announced that Mass will be celebrated ad orientem in the diocsean cathedral during Advent, to remind the faithful of the symbolism of facing East. Explaining the move, Bishop Conley writes: But the symbolism of facing together, and awaiting Christ, is rich, time-honored and important. Especially during Advent, as we await the coming of the Lord, facing the east together—even symbolically facing Christ together at the altar and on the crucifix—is a powerful witness to Christ’s imminent return.
  • Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

    11/20/2014 7:50:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-19-14 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer? By: Msgr. Charles PopeHow do you think of prayer? Is it another thing you “have to do” among many other things on your list? Or is prayer a time when you refrain from doing? Is prayer a requirement you regret or a rest you relish? What is prayer for you?The danger in answering questions like these is that we may answer them the way we think they “should” be answered rather than in an honest way. Many struggle with prayer and experience it with a lot of negativity: boredom,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-20-14

    11/20/2014 7:20:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 11-20-14 | Revised New American Bible
    November 20, 2014Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Rv 5:1-10 I, John, saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sat on the throne.It had writing on both sides and was sealed with seven seals.Then I saw a mighty angel who proclaimed in a loud voice,“Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earthwas able to open the scroll or to examine it.I shed many tears because no one was found worthyto open the scroll or to examine...
  • How (Pope) Francis Is Befriending the Pentecostals

    11/19/2014 2:24:41 PM PST · by NYer · 87 replies
    Chiesa ^ | November 19, 2014 | Sandro Magister
    In Latin America, they're pulling millions of faithful away from the Catholic Church. But the pope has only words of friendship for them. This is his way of doing ecumenism, unveiled here in two of his video messages by Sandro Magister ROME, November 19, 2014 - With the mastery for which it is known all over the world, the Washington-based Pew Research Center has conducted a survey on a massive scale that gives substance to a fact that was already known in general terms, the startling decline of Catholic membership in the Latin American subcontinent:> Religion in Latin America. Widespread...
  • Chicago’s Exiting Cardinal: 'The Church is About True/False, Not Left/Right'

    11/19/2014 9:49:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/17/14 | John Allen Jr.
    CHICAGO — Back in 1997, journalist Jonathan Kwitny published a biography of Pope John Paul II called “Man of the Century.” The idea was that the biography of John Paul cut across all the great dramas of the 20th century, from Nazism and Communism to the upheaval in the Catholic Church caused by the Second Vatican Council. By the same logic, one could argue that Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was the American churchman of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, because there’s almost no story in which he wasn’t a lead actor. George played a key role in...
  • Vatican Insider Introduces New Section in Chinese

    11/19/2014 9:40:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 11/18/14 | Andrea Tornielli
    In addition to the three main languages, Italian, English and Spanish, plus a recently launched section in Arabic, the website will now also offer some of its content in Chinese, widening its international readership even further. Half of Vatican Insider’s readers reside outside ItalySpeaking to journalists on the return flight from South Korea to Rome last August, Pope Francis answered a question about the Vatican’s dialogue with China. He said he prayed when his plane entered Chinese airspace (this was the first time a Pope had flown over China) on the way to South Korea. “I went back to my...