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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-14-16, First Sunday of Lent

    02/13/2016 8:08:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-14-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 14, 2016 First Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Dt 26:4-10 Moses spoke to the people, saying: "The priest shall receive the basket from you and shall set it in front of the altar of the LORD, your God.Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, 'My father was a wandering Aramean who went down to Egypt with a small household and lived there as an alien.But there he became a nation great, strong, and numerous.When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us, imposing hard labor upon us, we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and...
  • A Funny but Helpful Look at Original Sin in A Doritos Commercial

    02/13/2016 8:26:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-12-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Funny but Helpful Look at Original Sin in A Doritos Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope - February 12, 2016 - People oversimplify Original Sin in various ways. Some reduce it to the mere eating of a piece of fruit rather than the act of disobedience, mistrust, and ingratitude it really was.Others miss the subtle but important difference in the descriptions of Adam's sin compared to Eve's. Of Eve's sin, Eve herself is a witness. She said, The serpent tricked me and so I ate it (Gen 3:13). But of Adam's sin God said, Because you listened to your wife...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-13-16

    02/12/2016 9:38:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-13-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 13, 2016 Saturday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;"Repairer of...
  • As pope and Russian patriarch meet, Ukraine fears a 'shaky' Vatican

    02/12/2016 1:51:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Crux News ^ | February 11, 2016 | Rev. Andriy Chirovsky
    EDITOR'S NOTE: In much of the world, Friday's historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Havana, Cuba, will be hailed as a breakthrough. Attitudes are more mixed, however, in Ukraine, long the front line of tensions between Catholics and the Russian Orthodox. There, the 5-million-strong Greek Catholic Church has suffered terribly for its loyalty to Rome, constituting the world's largest underground religious body during the Soviet era, and it's also a leader in civil resistance to the current Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine. In this essay commissioned by Crux, the Rev. Andriy Chirovsky,...
  • The Key to True Fasting

    02/12/2016 7:59:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Key to True Fasting Msgr. Charles Pope - February 11, 2016 - Required fasting is almost non-existent in the Catholic Church today. And even that required "fasting" (for those between the ages of 18 and 59) is really just eating somewhat less than normal (one regular meal and two small "snack-like" meals with no snacking between meals). Not much of a fast, really. Real fasting (going without food for the entire day) is practiced by some today as a personal discipline and it is laudable if a person is able to do so.Yet even the mitigated fast is...
  • Pope unleashes 'super confessors' to tackle special sins

    02/12/2016 3:00:24 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Ella Ide
    Dubbed 'super confessors', for one year only they can absolve sins usually only pardoned by the pope himself. And on Wednesday over 1,000 of these "missionaries of mercy", handpicked by Pope Francis, were sent forth to win back the hearts of those who have left the Catholic Church and open the door to repentant sinners across the world. There are certain evils the Vatican ranks above other sins, from attempting to assassinate the pope to defiling the Eucharist -- the rite of consuming consecrated bread and wine in Church -- by spitting it out or using it in a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-12-16

    02/11/2016 9:51:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-12-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 12, 2016 Friday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God."Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?" Lo, on your fast day...
  • An Early Lenten Meditation on Spiritual Warfare

    02/11/2016 7:54:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    An Early Lenten Meditation on Spiritual Warfare Msgr. Charles Pope - February 10, 2016 - As we begin Lent, we do well to recall that we are engaged in a great and dramatic battle for our souls. The opening prayer for Ash Wednesday Mass makes use of the image of a military "campaign" and mentions weapons and battle: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint. The First Sunday of Lent lays out the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-11-16, OM, Our Lady of Lourdes

    02/10/2016 8:39:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-11-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 11, 2016 Thursday after Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Dt 30:15-20 Moses said to the people:"Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom.If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,which I enjoin on you today,loving him, and walking in his ways,and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,you will live and grow numerous,and the LORD, your God,will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,I tell you now that you will certainly perish;you will...
  • US Catholic Bishops launch National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue,

    02/10/2016 6:17:15 PM PST · by Lera · 20 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 2/10/16 | Robert Spencer
    Full title :US Catholic Bishops launch National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, partnering with groups linked to Hamas and MB The current regional Catholic-Muslim dialogues are the Mid-Atlantic (partnering with the Islamic Circle of North America), Midwest (partnering with the Islamic Society of North America) and West Coast (partnering with the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County). Each is co-chaired by a bishop and a Muslim leader from the corresponding regional organization. These dialogues will continue to meet and will work collaboratively with the members of the new national dialogue." The Islamic Circle of North...
  • Pope Francis to stand with migrants at U.S. border

    02/10/2016 5:33:02 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 107 replies
    WND ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Cheryl Chumley
    Pontiff's show of solidarity during visit to Mexico Pope Francis, who has spent the past several months pressing nations, including America, to embrace those fleeing the unrest in the Middle East, Africa and Asia with open arms - and open borders - is now taking that stance to a new political level and planning a solidarity stand with migrants along the U.S.-Mexico boundary. Market Watch reported Francis is due to arrive in Mexico on Friday for a six-day visit. And as part of that visit, he is planning to stand on the U.S. border, in Ciudad Juarez, and deliver a...
  • How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today

    02/10/2016 7:39:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today Msgr. Charles Pope • February 9, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lippelmann for the Catholic Standard.As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea of having dirty ashes smeared on my forehead. I didn't like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I'll admit I still don't like it too much, I behave myself and don't...
  • Lutheran Leaders Emphasize 'Quest for Unity' with Catholic Church

    02/09/2016 7:36:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 74 replies
    The leaders of the Lutheran World Federation have issued a statement welcoming Pope Francis's upcoming trip to Sweden to commemorate the anniversary of the Reformation. "It is historic that Catholics and Lutherans are commemorating the anniversary of the Reformation together in October 2016," Martin Junge, the federation's general secretary, said in a statement published on February 4. "In Lund we come together to give thanks for the gifts of the Reformation and our 50 years of dialogue together, repent for the human suffering and disunity of the church that followed the Reformation, and commit to joint witness in the world."...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-16, Ash Wednesday

    02/09/2016 7:30:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the...
  • Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent -- A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice

    02/09/2016 7:24:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Making a Quiet Place for Our Lord This Lent -- A Meditation on a Teaching from Diadochus of Photice Msgr. Charles Pope - February 8, 2016 - There is a remarkable passage in the breviary from Diadochus of Photice (pronounced Di-áh-do-cuss of Fóe-tah-chee). Little is known of his life. He lived from around 400 to 485 A.D. He was a mystic and theologian who particularly refuted Christological heresies and upheld the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon. He became bishop of Photice, a region in northwestern Greece. His writings emphasized the stillness, rest, or quiet that is necessary for...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-09-16

    02/08/2016 9:05:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-09-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 9, 2016 Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30 Solomon stood before the altar of the LORDin the presence of the whole community of Israel,and stretching forth his hands toward heaven,he said, "LORD, God of Israel,there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below;you keep your covenant of mercy with your servantswho are faithful to you with their whole heart. "Can it indeed be that God dwells on earth?If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you,how much less this temple which I have built! Look...
  • Something has clicked for Jeb Bush in the last few days

    02/08/2016 3:08:43 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/8/16 | Ed O'Keefe
    Speaking to a Rotary Club on Monday that his father once addressed as vice president, Jeb Bush admitted that he long resisted visiting New Hampshire before he became a presidential candidate to avoid fueling speculation. But after more than eight months of campaigning here, he said, "I'm a better person, and I'm certainly a better candidate." Something has clicked for Bush in New Hampshire in the past few days. What has transpired by no means guarantees him a top-tier finish in Tuesday's Republican primary here, but the crowds turning out to see him are bigger, his delivery on the stump...
  • McGrath: Ted Cruz Stands Alone On a Female Draft

    02/08/2016 2:12:12 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 102 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 8, 2016 | Art McGrath
    After last week's surprise statements by two top generals that women should sign up for the draft just like men, Sen. Ted Cruz has set himself apart from his Republican rivals in the race for president by saying unequivocally that the idea is "nuts." When questioned at a Senate committee hearing last week, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Gen. Robert Neller and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley both said they thought women should have to register for Selective Service when they turn eighteen, just like men. During Saturday's presidential candidate debate in Manchester, N.H., everyone on stage...
  • Are These the Last Days? Pondering a Text of St. Paul's

    02/08/2016 7:48:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 68 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-07-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Are These the Last Days? Pondering a Text of St. Paul's Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 7, 2016 -- Are these the last days? In some sense the planets are aligning. But hold your horses; let's speak carefully of these matters.Last week in the Breviary we read First and Second Thessalonians, which are important source texts for such considerations. I'd like to look at a critical passage from Second Thessalonians, which lays out some important principles for us in the last days, balancing caution with teaching us about the signs that will point to His coming (though not the...
  • ASK FATHER: Why is a baptismal certificate so important for annulment process? (Catholic Caucus)

    02/07/2016 4:03:49 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 22, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader… QUAERITUR: Trying to get an annulment. Can’t find his baptismal record. Why is it so important? Well! That was pithy.There is a Latin adage from ancient Rome: Verba volant, scripta manent… Words merely spoken fly away, but words written down remain.Baptismal records are wonderful things. When they are properly tended, they record all of the sacraments we receive in life. These written records are to be kept at the parish of our baptism. When a baptismal record is issued, it will have notations on the back listing the dates and places of all the sacraments we received....
  • St. of the Day - Giuseppina Margherita Fortunata - Saint Josephine Bakhita - St. Lucky

    02/07/2016 11:11:46 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    Catholics for Life, Sacramento ^ | 2/8/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    Saint Josephine Bakhita Giuseppina Margherita Fortunata Josephine was a twin, child of an African family of property. When she was kidnapped into slavery, Sudan wasn't a country. She saw one of her group of fellow slaves severely beaten and abandoned to die. She suffered great cruelty from Turkish owners and was viciously, ritually scarred all over her back. She became the nanny of the daughter of Italian owners. While her mistress returned to Africa, she was left with the baby girl at a convent in Italy where she became Catholic. When her mistress returned to take her and the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-08-16, OM, St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

    02/07/2016 8:38:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-08-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 8, 2016 Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13 The elders of Israel and all the leaders of the tribes,the princes in the ancestral houses of the children of Israel,came to King Solomon in Jerusalem,to bring up the ark of the LORD's covenantfrom the City of David, which is Zion.All the people of Israel assembled before King Solomonduring the festival in the month of Ethanim (the seventh month).When all the elders of Israel had arrived,the priests took up the ark;they carried the ark of the LORDand the meeting tent with all...
  • INSIDE LOOK AT THE 'HOMETOWN' GOP CANDIDATE TED CRUZ

    02/07/2016 1:20:52 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 06, 2016 | Jessica Willey
    HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) -- Long before he was the Senator from Texas or Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, he was a hometown boy carving a path in life. Those who were there for the journey spoke to Eyewitness News. Much has been made about Cruz having been born in Canada. Four years later, he and his family moved to Houston and like many young boys, Ted Cruz could be mischievous and playful. At Clay Road Baptist Church, his first church home in Houston, he was sometimes a prankster. "He would get down and rummage around underneath the seats. In fact...
  • But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

    02/07/2016 7:24:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    But at Your Command I Will Lower the Nets -- A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 6, 2016 -- Today's gospel describes the call of Simon Peter. It is a call that takes place in several stages. And while it is presented in a compact time frame, for most of us it takes place over a longer period, as the Lord works to deepen our faith and heighten our call. The upshot of today's gospel is that Peter's faith is strengthened by his obedience to the Lord's command.Let's see how the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-07-16, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/06/2016 8:23:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-07-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 7, 2016 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 6:1-2a, 3-8 In the year King Uzziah died,I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne,with the train of his garment filling the temple.Seraphim were stationed above. They cried one to the other,"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!All the earth is filled with his glory!"At the sound of that cry, the frame of the door shookand the house was filled with smoke. Then I said, "Woe is me, I am doomed!For I am a man of unclean lips,living among a people of unclean lips;yet...
  • 'Germany must take fewer refugees' - Catholic church

    02/06/2016 1:57:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 06 Feb 2016 16:18 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in "all the world's needy," according to an interview published on Saturday. Germany has been struggling to cope with 1.1 million asylum seekers that arrived in 2015 and Berlin has not yet given an official estimate for how many it expects this year. "As a church, we say that we need a reduction in the number of refugees," Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Bishops' Conference, told the Passauer Neue Presse daily. ...
  • World Over Ted Cruz Exclusive with Raymond Arroyo (discusses Carson and Trump)

    02/06/2016 11:34:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies
    EWTN ^ | February 4, 2016
    World Over Ted Cruz Exclusive with Raymond Arroyo (discusses Carson and Trump)
  • It's Friday, but Sunday Is Coming! As Seen in Life and in a Powerful Video

    02/06/2016 8:10:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It's Friday, but Sunday Is Coming! As Seen in Life and in a Powerful Video Msgr. Charles Pope -- February 5, 2016 -- Some years ago in a previous parish assignment (St. Thomas More, in Washington D.C.) I was accustomed to taking a Friday afternoon walk in order to focus on my Sunday homily. At the beginning of the walk I'd often stop by the house of an elderly parishioner, Ms. Lillian, and give her Communion. Her mind was beginning to fail and it was difficult for her to get to Church.In mild weather she would often be out...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings: 02-06-16, M, St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

    02/05/2016 7:54:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-06-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 6, 2016 Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Kgs 3:4-13 Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice there,because that was the most renowned high place.Upon its altar Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings.In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.God said, "Ask something of me and I will give it to you."Solomon answered:"You have shown great favor to your servant, my father David,because he behaved faithfully toward you,with justice and an upright heart;and you have continued this great favor toward him, even today,seating a son of his on his throne.O...
  • The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving [Catholic and Orthodox Caucus]

    02/05/2016 7:12:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    CE.com ^ | 02-05-16 | Thomas Moses
    The Call of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and AlmsgivingThomas Moses For many Eastern Christians, Lent is embraced as a time for the renewal of repentance, fervent seeking after God, and increased love and concern for our neighbor. After a few weeks of preparation for Lent (also known as the Great Fast) we begin this period of bright sorrow, a forty day period leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and finally Pascha, Easter, or the Feast of all Feasts.I say bright sorrow because joy and sorrow are kept in tension. We experience sorrow because of the suffering endured by our Lord...
  • The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness

    02/05/2016 8:06:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mystery of Iniquity -- A Meditation on the Mystery of Rebelliousness Msgr. Charles Pope February 4, 2016 Man who found exitThere is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the "mystery of iniquity." St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious "man of iniquity" who will appear before the Second Coming of Jesus. Many modern translations (accurately) render it as the "mystery of lawlessness" but that has less of a ring to it.The Latin root of the English word...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-05-16, M, St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

    02/04/2016 9:00:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-05-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 5, 2016 Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Sir 47:2-11 Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings,so was David in Israel.He made sport of lions as though they were kids,and of bears, like lambs of the flock.As a youth he slew the giantand wiped out the people's disgrace,When his hand let fly the slingstonethat crushed the pride of Goliath.Since he called upon the Most High God, who gave strength to his right armTo defeat the skilled warriorand raise up the might of his people,Therefore the women sang his praises,and ascribed to him tens of...
  • "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say"

    02/04/2016 8:07:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "Church-speak" – Strange Things Church People Say Msgr. Charles Pope February 3, 2016 Many groups have a tendency to use words that make sense to their members but are unintelligible to outsiders. I have sometimes had to decode "Church-speak" for recent converts.For example, one time I proudly announced, "RCIA classes will begin next week, so if you know anyone who is interested in attending please fill out an information card on the table just outside the sacristy door." I thought I'd been perfectly clear, but then a new member approached me after Mass to inquire about the availability of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-04-16

    02/03/2016 9:54:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-04-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 4, 2016 Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12 When the time of David's death drew near,he gave these instructions to his son Solomon:"I am going the way of all flesh.Take courage and be a man.Keep the mandate of the LORD, your God, following his waysand observing his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decreesas they are written in the law of Moses,that you may succeed in whatever you do,wherever you turn, and the LORD may fulfillthe promise he made on my behalf when he said,'If your sons so conduct themselvesthat they remain...
  • Ted Cruz on what the Iowa victory means to him (and how absolutely EVIL Washington has become)

    02/03/2016 10:11:31 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 2, 2016
    "They would rather Hillary Clinton, they would rather bankrupt our kids and grandkids, they'd rather lose the Supreme Court for a generation, they'd rather see our religious liberties stripped away, our Second Amendment taken away, they would rather see Islamic terrorism continue to rise and Israel continue to be under assault than actually have a true Reagan conservative in the White House who believes what he says. That shows just how messed up Washington is, but it also shows why frustration is volcanic."...
  • Is It Ever OK to Lie?

    02/03/2016 6:37:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 89 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is It Ever OK to Lie? Msgr. Charles Pope February 2, 2016 Many of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor on both their newspaper side and in their magazine, The Catholic Answer. Every now and then a question comes in that seems like a good topic for the blog.The following question comes up frequently whenever I teach moral theology classes and we cover the issue of lying. In a way it is remarkable that the format of the question almost never changes, and that the usual (and I would argue questionable)...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-03-16, OM, St. Blaise, Bishop & Martyr, St. Ansgar, Bishop

    02/02/2016 9:45:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 3, 2016 Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17 King David said to Joab and the leaders of the army who were with him,"Tour all the tribes in Israel from Dan to Beer-shebaand register the people, that I may know their number."Joab then reported to the king the number of people registered:in Israel, eight hundred thousand men fit for military service; in Judah, five hundred thousand. Afterward, however, David regretted having numbered the people,and said to the LORD:"I have sinned grievously in what I have done.But now, LORD, forgive the guilt...
  • The Parish Church in a Changeable Community: Some Basic Requirements for Survival

    02/02/2016 8:30:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Parish Church in a Changeable Community: Some Basic Requirements for Survival Msgr. Charles Pope February 1, 2016 For my first assignment as a priest I was sent to a large parish located in a suburb just inside the Washington Beltway. At the time it was flourishing, with four well-attended masses each Sunday. The people there loved their parish and spoke with devotion of the former pastor who, though he had died a dozen years before, loomed large in the memories of both Church and neighborhood. He was from that generation of pastors who had an almost kingly status....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-02-16, FEAST, Presentation of the Lord [Candlemas]

    02/01/2016 11:04:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 2, 2016 Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4 Thus says the Lord GOD:Lo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before me;And suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner's fire,or like the fuller's lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of Levi,Refining them like gold or like silverthat...
  • Georgetown Students Drive Pro-Life Efforts Without University Support

    Georgetown University students who attended last week's March for Life in Washington, D.C., recently told The Cardinal Newman Society that student groups at the University are finding success in driving pro-life outreach and discussion on campus despite the University's lack of support for their events and activities, or for Church teaching on life issues."I think that given a campus culture that's often hostile to pro-life views, it's extremely helpful that there exists organizations like Georgetown Right to Life," Michael Khan, president of the student-run Right to Life group, told the Newman Society. "With contraceptives allowed in dorms and faculty...
  • Why the Acclamations at the “Mystery of Faith” Need Further Consideration

    02/01/2016 8:01:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the Acclamations at the "Mystery of Faith" Need Further Consideration Msgr. Charles Pope January 31, 2016 There is a moment in the Eucharistic Prayer in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite at which the priest awkwardly summons the people to respond by using a sentence fragment: "The mystery of faith" (mysterium fidei). The 1970 translation from the Latin tried to complete the fragment by supplying some additional words: "Let us proclaim the mystery of faith."But regardless of the specifics of the wording, it seems an awkward moment, something interjected into the action of the Eucharistic Prayer.But even...
  • I’m gay and I’m a priest, period.’

    01/31/2016 10:01:53 PM PST · by detective · 100 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    God, what are you calling me to do here, prayed the priest. Come out, or stay in the closet ? After 23 years in Chicago parishes, the question had pushed its way to the surface. He weighed his options. He thought about his parishioners. Many, he knew, were accepting of gay people, even of same-sex marriage, but others - less so. He had grown up in a large Catholic family; he understood what people's faith meant to them. He didn't want to harm his flock, or the Catholic Church.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-01-16

    01/31/2016 9:49:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 1, 2016 Monday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13 An informant came to David with the report,"The children of Israel have transferred their loyalty to Absalom."At this, David said to all his servantswho were with him in Jerusalem:"Up! Let us take flight, or none of us will escape from Absalom.Leave quickly, lest he hurry and overtake us,then visit disaster upon us and put the city to the sword." As David went up the Mount of Olives, he wept without ceasing.His head was covered, and he was walking barefoot.All those who...
  • A "Rule of Life" for Prophets - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year

    01/31/2016 7:15:40 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A "Rule of Life" for Prophets - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope January 30, 2016 Prophets are those who speak for God. They Love God and His people; they speak the (often painful) truth of God to His people. They do so not to win an argument, but because of their love and conviction that only the undiluted truth of God can save us in the end.People-pleasing and other forms of human respect cannot supplant reverence for God and His truth. Prophets are willing to endure pain and suffering in order to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-31-16, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/30/2016 9:02:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-31-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 31, 2016 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 1:4-5, 17-19 The word of the LORD came to me, saying:Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a prophet to the nations I appointed you. But do you gird your loins;stand up and tell themall that I command you.Be not crushed on their account,as though I would leave you crushed before them;for it is I this daywho have made you a fortified city,a pillar of iron, a wall of brass,against the whole land:against Judah's kings and princes,against its priests and people.They...
  • Supreme Court Sets Date for Little Sisters of the Poor’s Challenge to Obama HHS Mandate

    01/30/2016 10:50:43 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court has set the date for oral arguments for Little Sisters of the Poor’s challenge to the Obama HHS mandate. The nation’s highest court will hear debate from attorneys representing the Catholic religious order and the Obama administration on Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m. The Little Sisters of the Poor are asking the nation’s highest court to ensure they do not have to comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions. Without relief, the Little Sisters would face millions of dollars in IRS fines...
  • Christ's hidden years

    01/30/2016 8:51:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 58 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Christ's hidden years Question: One of my great frustrations with Scripture as an historical source is that it leaves so much out. Almost 30 years of Jesus’ life receive no mention at all. How can this be that the life of the most pivotal figure in history receives such vague biographical treatment?— Name, location withheld, Answer: Part of the answer to this is to understand that the Gospels do not propose to be chronological histories of the Lord’s life. The Gospels do record the things that Jesus actually said and did, but they do so in a selective way. St....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-30-16

    01/29/2016 7:38:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 30, 2016 Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17 The LORD sent Nathan to David, and when he came to him,Nathan said: "Judge this case for me!In a certain town there were two men, one rich, the other poor.The rich man had flocks and herds in great numbers.But the poor man had nothing at all except one little ewe lamb that he had bought.He nourished her, and she grew up with him and his children.She shared the little food he had and drank from his cup and slept in his bosom.She...
  • Blessed (and also very smart) Are the Merciful

    01/29/2016 8:13:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Blessed (and also very smart) Are the Merciful Msgr. Charles Pope • January 28, 2016 • In today's gospel the Lord gives us a very practical reminder: "The measure that you measure to others will be measured back to you." What does this mean?Well, if you were on your way to court and you received advice as to how you could influence the judge to be less severe in your case would you not seriously consider following that advice? Surely you would--unless of course the "advice" involved bribery or some other corrupt activity.And in fact Jesus, our judge, has...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-29-16

    01/28/2016 8:30:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    January 29, 2016 Friday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17 At the turn of the year, when kings go out on campaign,David sent out Joab along with his officersand the army of Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.David, however, remained in Jerusalem.One evening David rose from his siesta and strolled about on the roof of the palace.From the roof he saw a woman bathing, who was very beautiful.David had inquiries made about the woman and was told, "She is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam, and wife of Joab's armor...