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  • The Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/16/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CpTryon.org ^ | 2007 | Victor Hoagland, C.P.
    The Easter Triduum:Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil Meditations on the Triduum by Victor Hoagland, C.P. The Easter triduum, marking the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, is the most important time of the church year. It begins with the evening Mass of Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday evening. Prepared by the days of Lent, Christians celebrate on these holiest of days the saving work God has accomplished in Christ. From the events remembered these days, so sorrowful and so joyful, the church learns the deepest lessons. In...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ROSMINIANISM, 04-16-14

    04/16/2014 5:37:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-16-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ROSMINIANISM†A system of philosophy formulated by Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855), founder of the Institute of Charity. Encouraged by Popes Pius VII, Gregory XVI, and Pius IX, he undertook a renewal of Italian philosophy, ostensibly following St. Thomas Aquinas. But the influence of Descartes, Kant, and Hegel shifted his thinking. He came to hold that the human mind is born with the idea of "being." In time it analyzes this basic idea to discover in it many other ideas, which are identical with those in the mind of God. Rosmini also taught that reason can explain the...
  • WAY OF THE CROSS AT THE COLOSSEUM LED BY POPE FRANCIS: GOOD FRIDAY [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/15/2014 8:27:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Vatican.va ^ | 04-16-14 | Msgr. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini, Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano
    WAY OF THE CROSSAT THE COLOSSEUMLED BY THE HOLY FATHERPOPE FRANCISGOOD FRIDAY Rome, 18 April 2014¬†‚ÄúThe Face of Christ,the Face of Man‚ÄĚMEDITATIONS by H.E. Msgr. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini,Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano ¬†INTRODUCTIONHe who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth. These things occurred so that the Scripture might be fulfilled: ‚ÄúNone of his bones shall be broken‚ÄĚ. And again another passage of Scripture says: ‚ÄúThey will look on the one whom they have pierced‚ÄĚ (Jn 19:35-37).Loving Jesus, you went up to Golgotha without hesitation, in...
  • Journalist ĎAstonishedí to Have Fooled Media with Vatican Hoax

    04/15/2014 6:07:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    A British Catholic journalist has said she was astonished when major world news outlets mistook an Vatican April Foolís report she wrote for a genuine news story. The Guardian, which this week won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting of Edward Snowdenís National Security Agency leaks, was one of the organisations that reported the hoax story that the Vatican employed a hawk called Sylvia to protect the doves periodically released by the Pope. Other outlets to reproduce the story include Agence France-Presse and the Washington Times.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-16-14, Spy Wednesday

    04/15/2014 6:47:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-16-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 16, 2014Wednesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 50:4-9a The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue,That I might know how to speak to the wearya word that will rouse them.Morning after morninghe opens my ear that I may hear;And I have not rebelled,have not turned back.I gave my back to those who beat me,my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;My face I did not shieldfrom buffets and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help,therefore I am not disgraced;I have set my face like flint,knowing that I shall not be put to shame.He is near...
  • Photograph of school children acting out the crucifixion sparks outrage as picture goes viral

    04/15/2014 4:19:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    mail online ^ | James Nye
    An image of children play-acting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at an unidentified school in Brazil for Holy Week complete with fake wounds and a crown of thorns has spread across the Internet. Wearing a loin cloth and a fake painted beard, the boy who acts as Jesus holds his two arms above his neck, to signify the last agonizing hours of Christ on the cross. Flecked across his body are red marks from his flogging at the hands of the Romans - played by two boys with mock-feathered galea helmets, who will presumably offer him fake vinegar and pretend...
  • The Final Week of Jesus' Life, a Chronology

    04/15/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 134 replies
    NewTheologicalMovement.blogspot.com ^ | Mach 2012 | Father Ryan Erlenbush
    The final week of Jesus' life, a chronology Father Ryan Erlenbush Mach 2012 ¬†As the Church prepares to enter into Holy Week, we do well to consider the final week of Jesus‚Äô life, from Friday to Friday. In a later post, we will look at the last twenty-four hours (from the Last Supper to the death of Jesus on the Cross) in greater detail.It will be helpful to review the Gospel accounts given by Sts. Mark and John, the two who offer the most explicit chronology of Holy Week. See Mark 11:1 ‚Äď 15:37 and also John 11:54 ‚Äď...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NIMBUS, 04-15-14

    04/15/2014 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-15-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:NIMBUS†A circle or ornamented disk depicted around the head of a saint. In pre-Christian times it represented power and majesty. The Church adopted the custom and made the nimbus symbolic of virtue. The square nimbus was once used with portraits of the living as emblems of human greatness, round circles reserved for saints as a symbol of grace bestowed on them by God. Related to nimbus are the halo and aureole. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-15-14

    04/14/2014 9:14:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-15-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 15, 2014Tuesday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O islands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,Yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense is with my God.For now the LORD has spokenwho formed...
  • The persecution of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

    04/14/2014 7:11:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Judie Brown
    Teaching the truths about homosexuality, chastity, adultery, and how God wants us to live our lives is not always an easy thing to do. Nor is living that life. But God asks that we do our best nevertheless, for our ultimate goal is eternity with Him. We cannot plead ignorance. We cannot justify that we chose otherwise. God's word is the truth, and though some may try to silence those who tell the truth, it doesn't change the facts. April 11, 2014 (ALL.org) - Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun who has recently come under fire for a presentation...
  • British woman appointed by Pope to head Pontifical Academy

    04/14/2014 4:02:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 12, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has appointed Lady Margaret Scotford Archer as president of a group of scholars dedicated to studying issues in the social sciences in order to offer reflection and advice to the leadership of the Church. According to an April 12 press release from the Holy See, ‚Äúthe Holy Father has named the most illustrious Professor Lady Margaret Scotford Archer President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.‚ÄĚ The new president was born in Grenoside, U.K., and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London. She is currently a professor...
  • Pontius Pilate should have listened to his wife

    04/14/2014 2:40:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 14, 2014 | FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH
    Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri The reading of the Passion according to Saint Matthew yesterday featured one of the most mysterious verses in the whole New Testament.It was this: While Pilate was sitting on the judge‚Äôs seat, his wife sent him this message: ‚ÄėDon‚Äôt have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.‚Äô (Matthew 27:19). Pilate¬ís wife appears, and disappears, in this one verse. Moreover, this verse is found only in the gospel of St Matthew, and in none of the other synoptic gospels. What on earth...
  • Sainthood rites for John Paul II, John XXIII to be beamed around the world (3D in cinemas, for free)

    04/14/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    RNS ^ | April 14, 2014 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome.View down Via della Conciliazione to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Harris via Flickr City officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis declares his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints in St Peter’s Square on April 27.For the first time viewers will...
  • The Real Presence: Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/14/2014 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1973 | De. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    Imitating Jesus Christ, Incarnate Godby John A. Hardon, S.J.We believe, that the Son of God assumed human flesh, body and soul, and dwelt among us, like one of us, in order to redeem us. We believe that His divine nature was substantially united to our human nature. We believe that Jesus Christ is God who became man and will remain man for the endlessTo be a Christian not only in name but in reality, one must believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, that He is true God and true man. To be a Christian means to believe that...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CATHOLICITY, 04-14-14

    04/14/2014 7:31:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-14-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CATHOLICITY†Universality of the Church founded by Christ. In the Nicene Creed the Church is said to be "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." The Church's catholicity is first of all spatial, on account of her actual extension over the whole earth. This kind of catholicity may be actual, when the Church is actually extended everywhere; it is virtual in that Christ's intention was to have the Church present among all peoples. Actual catholicity is said to be physical if it embodies all persons of the earth, even if not literally every individual. It is moral if...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-14-14

    04/13/2014 9:14:55 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-14-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 14, 2014Monday of Holy Week    Reading 1 Is 42:1-7 Here is my servant whom I uphold,my chosen one with whom I am pleased,Upon whom I have put my Spirit;he shall bring forth justice to the nations,Not crying out, not shouting,not making his voice heard in the street.A bruised reed he shall not break,and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,Until he establishes justice on the earth;the coastlands will wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the LORD,who created the heavens and stretched them out,who spreads out the earth with its crops,Who gives breath to its peopleand spirit...
  • Is the tea party running out of steam?

    04/13/2014 5:01:35 PM PDT · by Excellence · 24 replies
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo News ^ | April 12, 2014 | Linda Feldmann
    Defying the GOP establishment, tea party muscle has sent some of this era's most charismatic Republican politicians to Washington, starting with Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. They have changed the debate in Washington, polarized their own party, and sharpened gridlock. House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio and the tea party are openly at war. Regardless of what happens in the primaries and in November, the tea party will live on. "The tea party's hold on the GOP persists beyond each burial ceremony," writes Harvard sociologist and political scientist Theda Skocpol in The Atlantic.
  • The Fourth Cup

    04/13/2014 9:39:14 AM PDT · by verga · 6 replies
    Dr. Scott Hahn shows us how the Catholic Understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ, embodied in the Church and revealed anew in the Holy Eucharist, comes directly from the Bible. He places the Last Supper in the context of the Jewish Passover Seder liturgy. By explaining the significance of the drinking of the fourth and final cup in the Old Testament Passover meal ceremony, Dr. Hahn draws a symbolic parallel to Christís death on the Cross. It is an exciting concept, that will help viewers discover a whole new dimension to Holy Mass, and the relationship of the Last...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-13-14, Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

    04/12/2014 6:43:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 66 replies
    USCCb.org/RNAB ^ | 04-13-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 13, 2014Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion ¬†¬† At the Procession with Palms - Gospel Mt 21:1-11 When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalemand came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‚ÄúGo into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ass tethered,and a colt with her.Untie them and bring them here to me.And if anyone should say anything to you, reply, ‚ÄėThe master has need of them.‚ÄôThen he will send them at once.‚ÄĚThis happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:Say...
  • [Today's] Moral Issues

    04/12/2014 4:12:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CatholicsComeHome.org ^ | not given | CatholicsComeHome.org
    Moral Issues Making moral choices in our modern world can be confusing and difficult. With so many temptations and influences pulling us in all directions, and the pressures of life driving us toward the seemingly ‚Äúeasy‚ÄĚ path, it is comforting to know that Jesus Christ, through His Church, has blessed us with clear moral framework to guide us toward a happy, fulfilling life.It makes perfect sense that our Creator, who made us and designed us to work in a certain way, would know what‚Äôs best for us. Fortunately, He gifted the Church with His advice on how to live...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISTEMOLOGY, 04-12-14

    04/12/2014 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 0-12-14 | Fr. . John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:EPISTEMOLOGY†A theory of knowledge. A branch of scholastic philosophy that studies the principles underlying the acquisition of knowledge, the methods of logical reasoning, and the critical evaluation of truth, certitude, and right thinking. (Etym. Greek epist_m_, knowledge + logia, science, knowledge.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-12-14

    04/11/2014 9:20:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-12-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 12, 2014Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Ez 37:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:I will take the children of Israel from among the nationsto which they have come,and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land.I will make them one nation upon the land,in the mountains of Israel,and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations,and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols,their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them...
  • Jesuit Priest Championed Conservative Catholic Values in Era of Change

    04/11/2014 11:54:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4/10/14 | Jan Uebelherr
    The Rev. Cletus Healy warned about the evils of communism, presided over annual vigils at the gravesite of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and wrote "Stations of the Cross for the Victims of Abortion."These were the passions of Healy, a Jesuit who ó in an era of change that was troubling for some Catholics ó emerged as a bastion of long-held conservative values. He was a voice of reason, of continuity ó a connection with the Vatican that was often blurred, especially through the '60s and '70s, when things were in such turmoil," his friend Mary Lou Wirtz said of Healy, who...
  • Married Manís Ordination Reveals Unusual Prohibition on Eastern Catholics

    04/10/2014 1:32:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | April 7, 2014 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    Father Wissam Akiki with his wife and daughter, Perla, at her first Communion. ST. LOUIS ó Surrounded by his wife, daughter and the bishops of his Church, Father Wissam Akiki made history in February as the first married man in 90 years to enter the priesthood for the Maronite Catholic Church in the U.S. Kp> But for Catholics of most Eastern-rite Churches in the U.S., including the Maronites, the fact the priest is a married man isnít that extraordinary: Whatís extraordinary is that they have to ask the Vatican for permission to ordain married men in the first place. snip...
  • St. Gemma Galgani's Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/11/2014 1:04:14 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies
    Dignare Me Laudare Te, Virgo Sacrata blog ^ | Early 20th century | Venerable Fr. Germanus, C.P.
    Painting of St. Gemma Galgani, taken from St. Gemma Galgani blog "...I have...to believe that God...raised up this child of Heaven at a time of so much falling away in piety as an example and stimulus to Christians to venerate and love the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar..." ..."'Oh, what immense happiness and joy...my heart feels before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! And if Jesus would allow me to enter sacred Tabernacle where He, Soul, Body, Blood, and Divinity is present, should I not be in Paradise?'..." "...We read in the lives of different Saints that, as sometimes they...
  • Homofascist Tyranny

    04/11/2014 9:33:26 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-9-14 | Michael Voris
    Homofascist Tyranny The tyranny of homofascism must be opposed By Michael Voris The Vortex April 9, 2014 Grab a pen and write the word down as quickly as you can and start using it everywhere Ė the word is .. homofascists .. as in homofascism. A working definition you ask? Howís this for starters? Homofascism Ė ďa way of organizing a society in which homosexualists impose their agenda with which no one is allowed to disagree or have any appeal to the contrary without being subjected to severe consequences of ridicule, slander, libel, fines, public demonstrations, distortions, denial of free...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TEN COMMANDMENTS, 04-11-14

    04/11/2014 9:00:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:TEN COMMANDMENTS †Also called the Decalogue, they are the divinely revealed precepts received by Moses on Mount Sinai. Engrave on two tablets of stone, they occur in two versions in the Bible. The earlier form (Exodus 20:1-17) differs from the alter (Deuteronomy 5:6-18) in tow ways. It gives a religious motive, instead of a humanitarian one, for observing the sabbath; and in prohibitin avarice, it classes a man's wife along with the rest of his possessions, instead of separately. With the exception of forbidding graven images and statues and the precept about the Sabbath, the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-11-14, OM, St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr

    04/10/2014 10:40:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-11-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 11, 2014Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent ¬†¬†Reading 1 Jer 20:10-13 I hear the whisperings of many:‚ÄúTerror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!‚ÄĚAll those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.‚ÄúPerhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.‚ÄĚBut the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on...
  • NYC Rev. Msgr Edward Scharfenberger ordained 10th bishop of Catholic Diocese of Albany

    04/10/2014 3:16:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Republic ^ | April 10, 2014
    ALBANY, New York ‚ÄĒ The cathedral filled with applause as New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan placed the bishop's miter on the head of the Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger, ordained Thursday as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany.Hundreds of white-robed priests and 34 bishops from across New York and New England participated in the Ordination Mass at the red-stone neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near Albany's capitol complex.Scharfenberger, 65, of New York City, was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when...
  • The reform that no one wanted: Communion in the hand

    04/10/2014 11:34:40 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 59 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/10/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    Over the winter break, I spent several days shifting through the survey results in the dioceseís archive, located in St. Maryís Seminary. The survey results could provide evidence for many articles, even books, but I was initially only interested in questions dealing with the liturgy. The simple answer to the laityís reception of the liturgical changes can be found in question 19: ďChanges in the Mass have harmed rather than helped me to worshipĒ and 27% agreed and 68% disagreed. These results confirm the standard narrative that the majority of Catholics preferred the new Mass with its use of English...
  • The Real Presence: How to Live in the Presence of God [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/10/2014 8:27:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    How to Live in the Presence of Godby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The Closing Conference of a RetreatWe are first told to pray continually. The first time we meet this injunction of Christ is in the Gospel of St. Luke. Luke, by the way, is the evangelist of the Holy Spirit. The Savior is described by St. Luke as telling His followers to pray continually and never lose heart. Let us think seriously about what we are told. We need, that is we should, which means we are expected to, pray continually. It is a universal duty applying to...
  • We Lost True North: The Epidemic of Violence in the U.S. Not Caused by Guns or Knives

    04/10/2014 6:21:41 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://www.catholic.org ^ | April 9, 2014 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    A High School and an Army Base; places which should be known as places of safety, were turned into killing fields. A Nation pauses, grieves and seeks to make sense of what seems to be a growing epidemic of violence. Efforts to point to guns as the cause of the problems at Fort Hood had become the rallying cry among some lawmakers. However, now the weapon was knives. So far, no-one has called for banning or restricting knives. That is because this is not about guns or knives.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MARTYR, 04-10-14

    04/10/2014 7:30:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-10-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:MARTYR†A person who chooses to suffer, even to die, rather than renounce his or her faith or Christian principles. After the example of Christ one does not resist one's persecutors when they use violence out of hatred or malice against Christ, or his Church, or some revealed truth of the Catholic religion. (Etym. Greek martyros, witness, martyr.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-10-14

    04/09/2014 9:18:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-10-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 10, 2014Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent    Reading 1 Gn 17:3-9 When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him:“My covenant with you is this:you are to become the father of a host of nations.No longer shall you be called Abram;your name shall be Abraham,for I am making you the father of a host of nations.I will render you exceedingly fertile;I will make nations of you;kings shall stem from you.I will maintain my covenant with youand your descendants after youthroughout the ages as an everlasting pact,to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.I...
  • Charlotte bishop: ďShocked at the lack of charity and respectĒ (Chastises trouble-making parents)

    04/09/2014 6:10:38 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    In a statement issued today, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called the controversy over a recent presentation on human sexuality at Charlotte Catholic High School ďa difficult timeĒ that has caused everyone ďa great deal of pain.Ē The all-school assembly March 21 featured a presentation by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican from Nashville, Tenn., and a frequent speaker in the Diocese of Charlotte. Sister Jane spoke on ďMasculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,Ē which explained Catholic teaching about gender using Blessed Pope John Paul IIís Theology of the Body. Sister Janeís March 21 address to students, which was arranged by...
  • A Comment on Argentinaís Uncharitable Baptism

    04/09/2014 5:53:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    DavidLGrayInfo.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | David L. Gray
    There was a well-reported Baptism of an Argentinian child, Umma Azul, that took place last Saturday, April 5, 2014. Ummaís mother, Soledad Ortiz happens to be Ďmarriedí to a woman named Carina Villarroel. Having never received the Sacrament of Confirmation, these women are not in full communion with the Catholic Church. The chosen Godmother of Umma is Argentinaís President Cristina Fernandez, who signed Argentinaís homosexual-marriage legislation into law in 2010. Fernandez is also a strong proponent of birth control and surgical abortion. She considers herself to be a Roman Catholic. Despite serious concerns raised in the weeks that preceded the...
  • Watch a priest leave this bride and groom speechlessóand in tears

    04/09/2014 4:45:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 9, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I‚Äôve never seen anything quite like this. And I‚Äôll wager you haven‚Äôt either.From the Christian Post: SonLight Music Ministry had just finished what sounded like a beautiful rendition of ‚ÄúBe Thou My Vision‚ÄĚ when Father Ray Kelly again took the mic at the wedding of Chris and Leah O‚ÄôKane. But instead of closing the ceremony as planned, the priest unleashed a big surprise for the couple that‚Äôs destined for the pantheon of wedding viral videos.It‚Äôs not a joke or a slip-up, but a performance of epic proportions. A backing track mysteriously begins and Father Kelly launches into a rewritten version...
  • History of Pontius Pilate: his background before Good Friday

    04/09/2014 2:23:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Bill Pietro ^ | April 9, 2014 | Bill Petro
    PONTIUS PILATEHis name provides two valuable clues to his background and ancestry. The family name, Pontius was that of a prominent clan among the Samnites, hill cousins of the Latin Romans. They had almost conquered Rome in several fierce wars. The Pontii were of noble blood, but when Rome finally absorbed the Samnites, their aristocracy was demoted to the Roman equestrian or middle-class order, rather than the senatorial order. It is Pilate‚Äôs personal name Pilatus that proves almost conclusively that he was of Samnite origin. Pilatus means ‚Äúarmed-with-a-javelin‚ÄĚ. The pilum or javelin was six feet long, half wooden and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PAPIST, 04-09-14

    04/09/2014 8:44:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-09-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PAPIST†Opprobrious term used in English-speaking countries to designate a Catholic. Its origin goes back to the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509-64) wrote polemics against the papacy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-09-14

    04/08/2014 7:45:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-09-14 | Revised New Americn Bible
    April 9, 2014Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent ¬†¬† Reading 1 Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 King Nebuchadnezzar said:‚ÄúIs it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,that you will not serve my god,or worship the golden statue that I set up?Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made,whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet,flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe,and all the other musical instruments;otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace;and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?‚ÄĚShadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar,‚ÄúThere is no need for us...
  • Confession: Why Do We Go to Confession? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/08/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    StIsidore-yubacity.orgg ^ | not given | NA
    Confession Why Do We Go To Confession?"Catholics who started going to confession as children may recall that the major concern during preparation was not how you sinned - disobedience was a given - but how often you had sinned since your last confession. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or Penance as it was once called, was never intended to be a numbers game. It is now and always has been a means to seek receive God's forgiveness and to renew our resolve, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to follow Jesus' commands to love God and to love one...
  • Swift action needed from Pope Francis on child sex abuse

    04/08/2014 8:42:43 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 4/4/2014 | Mary Dispenza
    A week ago, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, head of the Italian Episcopal Conference, defended the Vaticanís policy of not requiring clergy to report child sex abuse to the authorities. ďThe Vatican requires national laws to be respected, and we know that there is no such duty (to report abuse) under Italian law,Ē he told reporters. It was a disappointment because Pope Francis had just appointed a commission to advise him on sex-abuse policy. Bagnascoís comments sounded like business as usual.
  • UPDATE: Bp. Jugis (Charlotte) endorses Sr. Jane Laurel and talk at High School

    04/08/2014 8:38:10 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Fr. Z's WDTPRS ^ | 8 April 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I have written about the incident at the High School in Charlotte, where Dominican Sister Jane Laurel gave a talk on human sexuality that produced sparked a mob reaction. Spittle-flecked nutty, bullying, intimidation ensue. From LifeNews: Charlotte diocese backs nun who gave school talk promoting Church teaching on homosexuality CHARLOTTE, NC, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė The bishop of Charlotte is backing a Dominican nun who has been at the center of a fiery controversy since last month when she gave a speech promoting Catholic teaching on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School. After a public meeting with...
  • Abuse claims at four WA Christian Brothersí school to be investigated by Royal Commission

    04/08/2014 8:21:31 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies
    Perth Now ^ | 4/6/2014 | Emily Moulton
    Claims of widespread child sex abuse at four Christian Brothers-run WA boarding schools will be investigated as part of a nationwide inquiry. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first WA public hearing at the end of this month. It will hear from dozens of former boarders who spent time as young boys at Castledare Junior Orphanage in Wilson, St Vincentís Orphanage in Clontarf, St Maryís Agricultural School in Tardun, and Bindoon Farm School.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: COMMUNION OF SAINTS, 04-08-14

    04/08/2014 8:16:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-08-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:COMMUNION OF SAINTS†The unity and co-operation of the members of the Church on earth with those in heaven and in purgatory. They are united as being one Mystical Body of Christ. The faithful on earth are in communion with each other by professing the same faith, obeying the same authority, and assisting each other with their prayers and good works. They are in communion with the saints in heaven by honoring them as glorified members of the Church, invoking their prayers and aid, and striving to imitate their virtues. They are in communion with the...
  • Muslim Man Sees Jesuit Priest, And Shoots Him To Death

    04/08/2014 3:03:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 4/8/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    A Muslim gunman saw a jesuit priest named Fr. Frans van der Lugt in the Syrian city of Homs, opened fire on him and shot him to death. He was killed in the Bustan al-Diwan neighbourhood. Fr Frans van der Lugt He was trapped in the city, alongside numerous other Christians and Muslims, who were all suffering of mass starvation. He lived in Syria for fifty years, and refused to leave his flock. Just a few months before he was murdered, he stated: As long as there is one person from our community left here, I will stay with them....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-08-14

    04/07/2014 11:05:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    April 8, 2014Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent ¬†¬† Reading 1 Nm 21:4-9 From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road,to bypass the land of Edom.But with their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,‚ÄúWhy have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!‚ÄĚ In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,‚ÄúWe have sinned...
  • What happens at a (Catholic) bishop's ordination?

    04/05/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    The Evangelist ^ | April 4, 2014 | REV. ANTHONY BARRATT
    Next Thursday, April 10, a key event will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany: the ordination of Bishop-elect Edward B. Scharfenberger as the new Bishop of Albany. The event will be broadcast live on EWTN and Time Warner Cable News and on the internet via the Diocese's website, www.rcda.org (see sidebar). A brief guide to the long and complex liturgy can help us to understand what happens during an ordination Mass, and also help us to reflect on the role of a bishop. All the gestures, actions and words in any liturgy - whether...
  • The Silencing of Sister Jane

    04/06/2014 7:12:41 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 48 replies
    the-american-catholic.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Sister Jane Dominic Laurel was tossed under the bus so frequently last week that I hope she will be able to get the tread marks out of her habit. A vibrant teacher of Catholic orthodoxy on sexual morality based on Pope John Paul IIís Theology of the Body, she had given lectures around the country with no controversy until she gave a presentation at the hilariously misnamed Catholic High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and some parents and their spoiled brats decided to stage a massive hissy fit. The diocese of Charlotte wasted no time in cowardly apologizing for the...
  • Charlotte diocese backs nun who gave school talk promoting Church teaching on homosexuality

    04/07/2014 8:02:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 49 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    CHARLOTTE, NC, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė The bishop of Charlotte is backing a Dominican nun who has been at the center of a fiery controversy since last month when she gave a speech promoting Catholic teaching on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School. After a public meeting with diocesan and school officials turned ugly, with parents and students alike shouting at administrators over what they perceived as ďhatefulĒ remarks criticizing homosexual behavior, divorce and extra-marital sex, a spokesman for the diocese told LifeSiteNews that the nun in question, Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel, did nothing wrong and will...