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    01/16/2018 1:38:23 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 29 replies ^ | 01/16/17 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on recent remarks made by Russian president Vladimir Putin: Russian president Vladimir Putin is making some waves with his recent statement equating communism to Christianity. He said that “communist ideology is very similar to Christianity,” crediting Soviet communism for preaching “freedom, brotherhood, equality.” Though he admitted that religious persecution took place under Soviet rule, he nonetheless lauded it for its ideological commitment to these ideals. Pope Francis himself said in 2016 that it has been noted many times that “it is the communists who think like Christians.” By that he meant the communists profess...
  • Jesus and Bending the Law

    01/16/2018 9:05:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus and Bending the Law Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2018 • In the Gospels we are reading this week at daily Mass we see Jesus coming into conflict with the religious authorities of His day, who accuse Him of violating the law. In Monday’s reading Jesus is accused of not following the fasting rules observed by the Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist. Jesus rebuffs them by saying, in effect, that rejoicing with the Lord (the very giver of the law) is a weightier matter than the observance of fasting traditions (Mk 2:18ff).In Tuesday’s reading...
  • Armenians Restore Female Diaconate

    01/15/2018 6:04:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Communio ^ | 1/14/18
    The female diaconate has been restored with the ordination of Ani-Kristi Manvelian, 24, in Tehran as a deacon for parish life who is not a nun. It is understood as a “restoring” rather than “reinstating” of the Order of Deacon for women. This act is see as a precedent. The ordination happened at St. Sarkis Church on 25 September 2017 by Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, the Primate of the Diocese of Tehran (Catholicosate of Cilicia). Archbishop Sarkissian said: “Today, our Church is confronting the imperative of self-examination and self-critique. It is imperative to rejuvenate the participation of the people in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-16-18

    01/15/2018 10:07:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies ^ | 01-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 16, 2018 Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Sm 16:1-13 The LORD said to Samuel:"How long will you grieve for Saul,whom I have rejected as king of Israel?Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,for I have chosen my king from among his sons."But Samuel replied:"How can I go?Saul will hear of it and kill me."To this the LORD answered:"Take a heifer along and say,'I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.'Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to...
  • Catholic Cauc: Los Angeles Archdiocese promotes LGBT agenda at ‘Religious Education Congress’

    01/15/2018 7:07:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 15, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Under the leadership of the ultraliberal Cardinal Robert Mahoney, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ annual Religious Education Congress  – billed as the biggest annual gathering of Catholics in the country – gained a reputation for functioning as a platform for dissidents who seek to undermine Catholic doctrine on life and family issues.  When Mahoney left office in 2011 in disgrace following revelations of his protection of priests accused of child sex abuse, he was replaced by Archbishop José Gomez, a former Opus Dei priest perceived as a conservative. Expectations were high that Gomez’s administration would lead to a reversal of...
  • Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity

    01/15/2018 7:38:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Where Are You from? A Reflection on Recent Tensions over Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity Msgr. Charles Pope • January 14, 2018 • A priest friend of mine who immigrated to this country from Jordan back in the 1970s is often asked, “Where are you from?” He humorously answers, “I am from my mother’s womb.”True enough! There is an even more fundamental answer, rooted in Scripture, which speaks to the origin of every human person: You are from the loving will and heart of God. Before you were ever formed in your mother’s womb, God knew you and thought about...
  • Bishop Robert Barron and William Lane Craig at Claremont McKenna College January 13 video

    01/15/2018 2:48:19 AM PST · by iowamark · 2 replies
    Join two of today's most effective Christian evangelists for a conversation about faith, science, secularism, and more! How can Christians best share their faith? What should we know about faith and science issues? How can Catholics, Protestants, and all Christians join together against the rise of secularism? Those questions and more will be discussed by Bishop Robert Barron and William Lane Craig in this special event hosted by the Claremont Center for Reason, Religion, and Public Affairs. DATE: Saturday, January 13, 2018 TIME: 7:00pm - 9:00pm LOCATION: Roberts Pavilion Arena @ Claremont McKenna College BISHOP ROBERT BARRON is the founder...
  • A Picture of a Prophet - A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

    01/14/2018 6:16:59 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Picture of a Prophet - A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • January 13, 2018 • The Calling of Samuel, by Joshua ReynoldsThe first reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of the call of Samuel. In examining it, we can see what it is that makes a great prophet. Put more theologically, we can see the ways in which God’s graces form a great prophet.Samuel was surely one of the most significant prophets of the Old Testament and lived at a critical time, as Israel shifted from the time of the...
  • Weekly Reflection, Feb. 5: On Immigration (old yet spot-on reflection from Fr. George Rutler)

    01/14/2018 2:42:00 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 4 replies
    Pewsitters ^ | February 5, 2017 | Father George Rutler
    In the margin of a public speaker’s manuscript was the notation: “Weak point. Shout.” Such is the rhetoric of those who place emotion over logic and make policy through gangs rather than parliaments. In Athens 2,400 years ago, Aristophanes described the demagogue as having “a screeching, horrible voice, a perverse, cross-grained nature and the language of the marketplace.” That marketplace today includes the biased media and the universities that have become daycare centers.The recent action of our government’s executive branch to protect our borders and enforce national security is based on Constitutional obligations (Art. 1 sec 10 and Art. 4...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-14-18, Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

    01/14/2018 6:03:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies ^ | 01-14-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 14, 2018 Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19 Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORDwhere the ark of God was.The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, "Here I am."Samuel ran to Eli and said, "Here I am. You called me.""I did not call you, " Eli said. "Go back to sleep."So he went back to sleep.Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli."Here I am, " he said. "You called me."But Eli answered, "I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep." At that time Samuel...
  • Identity of the Magi

    01/13/2018 7:46:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | 01-03-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Identity of the Magi Question: Who were the Magi? What does the term mean? — Carol Clarke, Towson, Maryland Answer: Exactly what “Magi” are is debated. The Greeks of antiquity (c. 450 B.C.) used the term to refer to a priestly class of men among the Medes and later the Persians, but in later centuries it was used in a wider sense; it came to be applied to men skilled in hidden knowledge and magic. By 200 B.C., its meaning would include men skilled in astronomy and those given to visions and the interpretation of dreams. This expanded definition continued into...
  • Catholic Caucus" Daily Mass Readings, 01-13-18, OM, St. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    01/12/2018 9:55:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 01-13-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 13, 2018 Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1 There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish,who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror,son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man.There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul;he stood head and shoulders above the people. Now the asses of Saul's father, Kish, had wandered off.Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one of the servants with youand go out and hunt for the asses."Accordingly...
  • 5 Myths About Christianity

    01/12/2018 9:52:18 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 15 replies ^ | Jan 13, 2018 | Michael Foley
    As you may have gathered, many of the accusations against Christianity are based on the misconstruing of its teachings or its historical legacy. Fulton J. Sheen once observed that there are not “one hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.’ What Sheen said over fifty years ago about the perception of Catholicism in America can now be said about Christianity in much of Western society today. 1. Biblical patriarchy is little more than a mask for men’s will to power.Christian teaching...
  • What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”?

    01/12/2018 8:01:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 70 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”? Msgr. Charles Pope • January 11, 2018 • Every now and then someone will come to me and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s to ask for money! Then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, you may not know me but my mother and grandparents go here; this is our family church.” “I see, but where do you go to Mass?”...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-12-18

    01/11/2018 8:35:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 01-12-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 12, 2018 Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a All the elders of Israel came in a body to Samuel at Ramahand said to him, "Now that you are old,and your sons do not follow your example,appoint a king over us, as other nations have, to judge us." Samuel was displeased when they asked for a king to judge them.He prayed to the LORD, however, who said in answer:"Grant the people's every request.It is not you they reject, they are rejecting me as their king." Samuel delivered the message of the...
  • Pope Francis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord’s Prayer

    01/11/2018 7:10:54 PM PST · by Pontiac · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | Jan. 5, 2018 | John R. Holmes
    On Dec. 6, 2017, Pope Francis, in the midst of a video segment explicating the Lord’s Prayer on Italian television, voiced a criticism of the English translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation” that created a brief media stir. Snip When I heard the Pope’s words, I knew that the linguistic discussion sounded familiar, but I couldn’t remember it from any Bible study or Scripture class. Then I realized: I had heard it from J.R.R. Tolkien, the devout Catholic, author and creator of the Middle-earth “legendarium.”SnipIn a passage Tolkien wrote more than 80 years ago, he observed that...
  • Strategies for Returning to the [Catholic] Church

    01/11/2018 6:54:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 508 replies ^ | 01-11-18 | James Day
    Strategies for Returning to the ChurchJames Day Our world is a fallen world. The effects of sin seem to be suffocating us. The diabolical is running rampant, unleashed, playing with immortal souls as if puppets on a string. Pride continues to dominate; repentance for anything is deemed archaic, of little use to today’s enlightened thinking.Certainly this is not the positive language one wants to hear at the outset of a new year, when expectations and resolutions are running high. But all is not really so dire: the diabolical and pervasive sin has not crushed the divine light. “My Immaculate Heart...
  • Cath. Caucus: There's a movement to undermine Catholic morality -Communion is jus the start

    01/11/2018 10:33:26 AM PST · by Slyfox · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Jan. 5, 2018 | Ed Condon
    I am going to risk a prediction: 2018 will be the year we see an end to the fighting over Amoris Laetitia. This might seem rather presumptuous, given that just this week five bishops have underscored the Church’s traditional teaching on the reception of Communion by the divorced and remarried. The bishops’ statement is a positive delight to read for its clarity of thought and expression – especially after some of the tortured sophistries we have had to endure of late. The document unflinchingly reminds us that some things are just wrong, and no amount of personal reflection or mitigating...
  • A Portrait of Jesus the Preacher and Teacher

    01/11/2018 7:54:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Portrait of Jesus the Preacher and Teacher Msgr. Charles Pope • January 10, 2018 • As a priest, I am called to preach and teach. In this, I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. Scripture speaks of His renown as a preacher and the eagerness with which many heard Him.And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes (Mat 7:28).Sent to arrest him the temple guard returned empty handed saying: No one ever spoke like that man (Jn...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-11-18

    01/10/2018 9:37:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 01-11-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 11, 2018 Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Sm 4:1-11 The Philistines gathered for an attack on Israel.Israel went out to engage them in battle and camped at Ebenezer,while the Philistines camped at Aphek.The Philistines then drew up in battle formation against Israel.After a fierce struggle Israel was defeated by the Philistines,who slew about four thousand men on the battlefield.When the troops retired to the camp, the elders of Israel said,"Why has the LORD permitted us to be defeated todayby the Philistines?Let us fetch the ark of the LORD from Shilohthat it may...