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  • In memoirs, ex Pope Benedict says Vatican 'gay lobby' tried to wield power: report

    07/01/2016 4:25:32 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 1, 2016 | Philip Pullella
    Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The book, called "The Last Conversations", is the first time in history that a former pope judges his own pontificate after it is over. It is due to be published on Sept. 9... In the book, Benedict says that he came to know of the presence of a "gay lobby" made up of four or five people who were seeking to influence Vatican decisions. The article...
  • Injustice to the Poor and the Coming Judgment

    07/01/2016 7:52:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Injustice to the Poor and the Coming Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • June 30, 2016 • As we continue to read from the Book of the Prophet Amos it becomes clear that a grave sin among the people of that age was injustice to the poor. Consider an excerpt from today’s passage (Friday of the 13th Week of the Year):Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end … [you] buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-16, OM, St. Junipero Serra, Priest

    06/30/2016 8:41:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 07-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 1, 2016 Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 8:4-6, 9-12 Hear this, you who trample upon the needyand destroy the poor of the land!When will the new moon be over, you ask,that we may sell our grain,and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat?We will diminish the containers for measuring,add to the weights,and fix our scales for cheating!We will buy the lowly man for silver,and the poor man for a pair of sandals;even the refuse of the wheat we will sell! On that day, says the Lord GOD,I will make the sun...
  • Peter in Jail - Five Facts of Faith We Learn from His Story

    06/30/2016 6:35:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Peter in Jail - Five Facts of Faith We Learn from His Story Msgr. Charles Pope • June 29, 2016 • Today’s Feast of Saints Peter and Paul honors two pillars of the early Church. While all the Apostles form the foundation, Peter and Paul stand out profoundly in terms of their influence and their work. And while some suggest a division between them, the Church insists that they must been seen together; hence their feast is set forth in this way.Indeed, those who see division between them base it on only one text (Galatians 2:11), in which St....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-30-16, OM, First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

    06/29/2016 8:57:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies ^ | 06-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 30, 2016 Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 7:10-17 Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam,king of Israel:Amos has conspired against you here within Israel;the country cannot endure all his words.For this is what Amos says:Jeroboam shall die by the sword,and Israel shall surely be exiled from its land. To Amos, Amaziah said:Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!There earn your bread by prophesying,but never again prophesy in Bethel;for it is the kings sanctuary and a royal temple.Amos answered Amaziah, I was no prophet,nor have I belonged to...
  • EWTN Panel: Popes Comments on Marriage Unacceptable, Reckless

    06/29/2016 7:38:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 29, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    On the June 23rd episode of The World Over With Raymond Arroyo, we witnessed one of the best (if not the best) discussions of papal impropriety in mainstream Catholic news. Again and again, Arroyo shows us that he gets it. And his guests (even with Robert Royals tendency to softpedal things) are right there with him. If the video doesnt take you there directly, go to 27:46. Even if youre not a regular viewer of the show (or not a fan) this is definitely worth your time:
  • Who smiles like this near the moment of death?

    06/29/2016 7:08:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies ^ | June 25, 2016
    Death is a tragedy for mortal man, and yet with faith in eternity and anticipation of the embrace of our heavenly Father, death becomes radiant. We share today the news of the death of Sister Cecilia, a Carmelite of Santa Fe in Argentina, who suffered from lung cancer. She astonished those who surrounded her in her agony, [smiling as she approached her culmination.] The Carmel of Santa Fe announced the death of Sister Cecilia to their brothers and sisters and friends of the Carmel, with a brief but profound note. Dear brothers, sisters and friends: Jesus! Just a few lines...
  • Bishop Fellay: SSPX Does Not Seek Primarily a Canonical Recognition

    06/29/2016 2:05:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    The superior general of the Society of St. Pius X said in a June 29 statement that the Society does not seek primarily a canonical recognition. In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself, said Bishop Bernard Fellay. The prelates new statement comes one month after he expressed optimism about an accord between the Vatican and the Society, which was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre....
  • Breakaway Catholic group accuses pope of spreading errors [SSPX]

    06/29/2016 11:02:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2016 1:27 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield
    A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group accused Pope Francis on Wednesday of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining a chorus of conservative criticism over his perceived lax doctrine and emphasis on mercy at the expense of morals. A statement from the schismatic Society of St. Pius X suggested that a new attempt at reconciliation with Rome had stalled, or that the society itself was divided over next steps and decided at least to take a hard line against Francis. The statement, issued after a meeting of the societys superiors, said its members werent primarily looking for a legal resolution...
  • A Warning from Amos - What Do We Face?

    06/29/2016 6:32:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Warning from Amos - What Do We Face? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 28, 2016 • Though he lived in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, the prophet Amos was sent north by God to preach to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Perhaps no other prophet was as searing in his condemnation and as demanding in his call as was Amos. His prophecies of doom largely came true in the form of a huge earthquake that struck the region in 760 B.C. (two years after his death) and forty years later in the utter conquest and destruction of Israel...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-29-16, SOL, Sts. Peter and Paul

    06/28/2016 10:20:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies ^ | 06-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 29, 2016 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul - Mass during the Day Reading 1 Acts 12:1-11 In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword,and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jewshe proceeded to arrest Peter also.It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.He had him taken into custody and put in prisonunder the guard of four squads of four soldiers each.He intended to bring him before the people after Passover.Peter thus was being kept in prison,but prayer...
  • What Does It Mean When Scripture Says That God Hardens Certain Human Hearts?

    06/28/2016 6:44:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean When Scripture Says That God Hardens Certain Human Hearts? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 27, 2016 • One of the more difficult biblical concepts to understand is that of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain people. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh: before sending Moses to him, God said that He would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). And there are other instances in which biblical texts speak of God hardening the hearts of sinners, even from among his own people.What are we to make of texts like these, which explicitly or...
  • Pope Says Gays and Others Marginalized by Church Deserve Apology

    06/27/2016 9:47:02 PM PDT · by detective · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 26, 2016 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis says gays and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited deserve an apology. Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gays for having marginalized them. Francis responded with a variation of his famous "Who am I to judge?" comment and a repetition of church teaching that gays must not be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-28-16, M, St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

    06/27/2016 9:01:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 06-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 28, 2016 Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Am 3:1-8; 4:11-12 Hear this word, O children of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you,over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt: You alone have I favored, more than all the families of the earth;Therefore I will punish youfor all your crimes. Do two walk togetherunless they have agreed?Does a lion roar in the forestwhen it has no prey?Does a young lion cry out from its denunless it has seized something?Is a bird brought to earth by a snarewhen there is no...
  • Vatican Selling out Egyptian Christians to Buy Good Relations with Islam, Claim Copts

    06/27/2016 3:40:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 6/25/16 | Ashraf Ramelah
    Pope Francis, who is building bridges to build peace around the world, has naturally reached out to embrace Sunni Muslims. Last month, for the first time after years of Vatican silence, Pope Francis summoned to his private library in Rome grand imam Ahmed El-Tayeb of Cairos Al-Ahzar Mosque Institute. Absent a press release before this event, the Pope was quoted as saying, this meeting is the message leading all to dwell on the meaning and purpose of their 25 minutes together. Christians, especially Egyptian Coptic Christians, have observed the Catholic pope give the sign of peace to the grand...
  • Gay Catholic Groups Want the Vatican to Do More Than Apologize

    06/27/2016 5:51:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/27/16 | Jim Yardley
    ROME Leaders of gay Catholic groups on Monday praised Pope Francis for saying that all Christians and the Roman Catholic Church owed an apology to gays for previous mistreatment, even as the groups called on the church to take more concrete steps to repudiate past teachings and condemn anti-gay violence. Streaking across the sky on Sunday night in his papal airliner, returning from a visit to Armenia, Francis also visibly winced, momentarily overcome with emotion, when a journalist, Cindy Wooden, mentioned the recent attack at an Orlando gay nightclub and noted that Christians are sometimes blamed for stigmatizing homosexuals....
  • Pope Francis Says Youre NOT Christian if You Support Gun Manufactures

    06/27/2016 7:26:56 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 184 replies
    Ammoland Shooting Sports News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Ammoland
    Italy ( Pope Francis spoke with a group of young people at a rally of thousands at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin. Francis started by attacking the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as well as accusing the allies during World War Two of being complicit in the killing of Jews, Christians and homosexuals. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry, saying. If you trust only men you have lost, he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after...
  • In the Presence of a True Prophet, No One Escapes

    06/27/2016 6:37:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Presence of a True Prophet, No One Escapes Msgr. Charles Pope • June 26, 2016 • In daily Mass, we have begun reading from the prophet Amos. Amos was perhaps among the sternest of the prophets of old. But if you’ve ever met a real prophet, you know that being in the presence of one can be very disturbing. Prophets love God’s people, but they love them too much to withhold the truth.Prophets were famous for goring everyone’s ox. No one left the presence of a prophet untouched. Prophets didn’t choose sides; they didn’t excoriate only popular...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-27-16, OM, St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop & Doctor/Church

    06/26/2016 11:07:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 06-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 27, 2016 Monday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 2:6-10, 13-16 Thus says the LORD:For three crimes of Israel, and for four,I will not revoke my word;Because they sell the just man for silver,and the poor man for a pair of sandals.They trample the heads of the weakinto the dust of the earth,and force the lowly out of the way.Son and father go to the same prostitute,profaning my holy name.Upon garments taken in pledgethey recline beside any altar;And the wine of those who have been finedthey drink in the house of their god. Yet...
  • Francis: Christians must apologize to gay people for marginalizing them

    06/26/2016 5:54:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 63 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Jun. 26, 2016 | Joshua J. McElwee
    The Catholic church and other Christian communities must apologize to gay people and to many groups they have let down or offended throughout history, Pope Francis has said. In a press conference Sunday on the flight back to Rome after his weekend trip to Armenia, the pontiff said bluntly: "The church must say it's sorry for not having comported itself well many times, many times." "I believe that the church not only must say it's sorry ... to this person that is gay that it has offended," said the pope. "But it must say it's sorry to the poor, also,...
  • Pope says Church should ask forgiveness from gays for past treatment

    06/26/2016 5:25:56 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 98 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 26 Jun 16 | By Philip Pullella
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them. Speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia, he also said the Church should ask forgiveness for the way it has treated women, for turning a blind eye to child labor and for "blessing so many weapons" in the past. In the hour-long freewheeling conversation that has become a trademark of his international travels, Francis was asked if he agreed with recent comments by...
  • Five Disciplines of Discipleship - A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year

    06/26/2016 7:56:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Disciplines of Discipleship - A Homily for the 13th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 25, 2016 • The Gospel today portrays for us some disciplines that are important for disciples. They are portrayed in the life of Jesus, but are to be applied in our lives. Let’s look at each of them in turn. I. Purposefulness – The text says, When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him.Note that Jesus was resolute. He was heading to Jerusalem to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-26-16, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/25/2016 7:49:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 06-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 26, 2016 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21 The LORD said to Elijah:You shall anoint Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah,as prophet to succeed you. Elijah set out and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat,as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen;he was following the twelfth.Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over him.Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said,Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,and I will follow you.Elijah answered, Go back!Have I done anything to you?Elisha left him, and taking the yoke of oxen,...
  • Comedy Hour at The Remnant: Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says Hes Not

    06/25/2016 7:21:21 PM PDT · by SGNA · 4 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | June 24, 2016 | Novus Ordo Watch
    Response to Hilary WhiteComedy Hour at The Remnant: Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says Hes Not Peek-a-boo! Is he or isnt he? Apparently there is a new policy in place at the semi-traditionalist flagship publication The Remnant: Bloggers can write whatever they please about the Papacy, even if it contradicts the Faith, as long as they dont endorse Sedevacantism.Most recent case in point: A blog post by Hilary White (pictured left) entitled, Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says Hes Not. The title offers a good preview of the confused theology that follows in the body...
  • Jesuit appointed head of US religious freedom commission

    06/25/2016 6:45:48 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | June 24, 2016 | Catholic News Agency
    Jesuit Father Thomas Reese was appointed chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, becoming the first priest to hold this position. He replaces Princeton law professor Dr. Robert George. Jesuit priest Father Thomas Reese was first appointed to a two-year term as a member of the commission by President Barack Obama in 2014, and re-appointed in 2016. Now he will take over as the chair of the organization, an independent, bipartisan commission that monitors and reviews religious freedom violations around the world, and makes policy recommendations to the Secretary of State, Congress and the president. I am...
  • Cardinal Canizares: "I Shall Continue Even If They Crucify Me"

    06/25/2016 7:41:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 6/24/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 16 June, it was reported that the courageous prelate from Spain, Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia, Antonio Caizares Llovera, was being investigated by the government of the Spanish Province of Valencia for his purportedly abusive remarks about the increasingly disintegrating pressure on the traditional family exercised by applied gender theory and the so called gay empire. The report said: The government of the Spanish province of Valencia has opened an investigation against the Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia, Antonio Caizares Llovera, following numerous complaints over a sermon in which he denounced the influence of the gay empire on society. If prosecuted...
  • Hardened Hearts

    06/25/2016 8:14:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hardened Hearts Question: Recently in OSV Newsweekly, there was a wonderful column about the Mass by Father Robert Hater. If everybody only understood what Mass was really about, there would not be a dry eye in the house. Is there a plan in the Church to incorporate this kind of re-education in homilies, etc.?— Josie Rodriguez, St. Petersburg, Florida Answer: Father’s column was wonderful indeed. But, as I am sure Father Hater would agree, education is only part of the solution. In the modern world, we tend to think that education is the main answer to most things. To be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-25-16

    06/24/2016 8:59:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 06-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 25, 2016 Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19 The Lord has consumed without pityall the dwellings of Jacob;He has torn down in his angerthe fortresses of daughter Judah;He has brought to the ground in dishonorher king and her princes. On the ground in silence sitthe old men of daughter Zion;They strew dust on their headsand gird themselves with sackcloth;The maidens of Jerusalembow their heads to the ground. Worn out from weeping are my eyes,within me all is in ferment;My gall is poured out on the groundbecause of the downfall of...
  • Catholic Bishops Blast Obama Admin for Forcing Churches to Pay for Abortions

    06/24/2016 8:48:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies ^ | July 23, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishops Blast Obama Admin for Forcing Churches to Pay for Abortions The leading pro-life spokesmen for the Catholic bishops are blasting an Obama administration decision revoking federal protection for chruches in California forced to pay for abortions. As LifeNews reported, churches in California are officially subject to an onerous state regulation that requires them to pay for abortions, thanks to a ruling by the Obama administration.The troubling situation began in 2014 when the California Department of Managed Health Care reclassified abortion as a basic health service under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state...
  • The Jim Gaffigan Show brings Catholicism to the masses

    06/24/2016 4:02:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 24, 2016 | Matthew Becklo
    Season 1 of The Jim Gaffigan Show opened with some surprisingly insightful commentary on faith and the way its portrayed in the media.The comedian, known for family-friendly bits about fast food (peppered with a self-criticizing falsetto), is as different from a Louis CK in terms of content as possible. Yet the tone of his autobiographical show was more Louie than sitcom, tinged with a wry realism with flashes of full-on satire. Season 2has doubled down on this formula, with the first two episodes again tackling faith and social media respectively.The Calling opens on a nervous Gaffigan repeatedly bumping into...
  • [Catholic] Church must apologise to gay people, popes adviser declares

    06/24/2016 9:29:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | June 23, 2016 | Patsy McGarry
    A leading cardinal has said the Catholic Church should apologise to the gay community for its scandalous and terrible treatment of them, which had not changed until very recently. Speaking in Dublin, Cardinal Reinhard Marx said: The history of homosexuals in our societies is very bad because weve done a lot to marginalise [them]. As church and society weve also to say sorry, sorry . The German cardinal is a member of the council of nine cardinals chosen by Pope Francis to advise him. Until very recently, the church, but also society at large, had been very negative about gay...
  • Living Near the Edge - A Meditation on Some of Gods More Terrifying Gifts

    06/24/2016 6:49:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Living Near the Edge - A Meditation on Some of God’s More Terrifying Gifts Msgr. Charles Pope • June 23, 2016 • Some of God’s gifts come in strange and terrifying packages. I was reminded of this when I read the following lines from the book of Job in the Office of Readings:The earth, though out of it comes forth bread, is in fiery upheaval underneath (Job 28:2).We live just above a fiery cauldron, separated from it by a thin membrane of earthly crust rife with cracks through which fire routinely flares in volcanoes, a crust that is always...
  • Even Bishops Accountability Notes the Lack of Due Process for Accused Priests

    06/23/2016 8:47:06 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Freep | 06/23/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    A well beloved young priest in California was accused by an adult woman of improprieties. Three people know the truth, God, the woman, and the priest. But in a span of time too short for sufficient discovery or due process, the priest was dismissed. Some priests have fallen, some women of uncertain mental stability have been known to suffer a morbid attraction to priests by virtue of their celibacy, some attorneys have targeted the Catholic Church for "deep pockets", some Bishops have "passed the trash". Bishops Accountability is no friend of the Catholic Bishops, but even they note that accused...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-24-16, SOL, Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

    06/23/2016 8:19:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies ^ | 06-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 24, 2016 Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist - Mass during the Day Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O coastlands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mothers 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...
  • USCCB Confirms That Its Funding Request to Congress Includes Contraception and Condoms

    06/23/2016 6:19:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | June 20, 2016 | Michael Hichborn
    On 2 May, the Lepanto Institute published an article titled, CRS: A Tale of Two Letters. In this article, the Lepanto Institute raised grave concerns over a joint letter signed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), because the letter requested that Congress provide vast amounts of money to two agencies (USAID and PEPFAR) which are committed to the distribution of abortifacient contraception and condoms. What follows is an analysis of the responses received from two USCCB officials which directly admit that our concerns are real, but then deny that there is any problem.

    06/23/2016 3:19:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Church Militant ^ | June 22, 2016 | Rodney Pelletier
    Faithful Catholics in the Australian diocese of Wollongong are expressing frustration after the bishop canceled a presentation defending marriage, instead joining LGBT activists in their pro-homosexual propaganda on church property. On June 14 the Australian Family Association (AFA) was scheduled to deliver a presentation at the hall of St. Therese Catholic School in Wollongong, about 50 miles south of Sydney. The AFA describes as its mission "to cultivate within society an appreciation that the integrity and well-being of the family is essential to the stability, morale, security and prosperity of the Australian nation." A flyer for the event was emailed...
  • Ann Barnhardt dumps Francis, seeks Refuge in Benedict XVI

    06/23/2016 3:16:24 PM PDT · by SGNA · 66 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | June 20, 2016 | Novus Ordo Watch
    Barnhardt goes Resignationist...Ann Barnhardt dumps Francis,seeks Refuge in Benedict XVI Shes finally figured it out: Francis cannot be the Pope of the Catholic Church. The outspoken colorful controversialist Ann Barnhardt has announced on her web site that she can no longer hold that Francis is or ever was a true Pope, the Vicar of Christ. The reason for Miss Barnhardts change of mind is found in the very opening paragraphs of her blog post: It is now clear to me, and I feel it morally incumbent upon me given my position to publicly state that I believe Jorge Bergoglio,...
  • Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages

    06/23/2016 8:04:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages Msgr. Charles Pope • June 22, 2016 • How does it happen that so many people insist on living obstinately in sin until they are ultimately lost? As with all progressive diseases, sin is a sickness that moves through stages, further debilitating and hardening the sinner in his ways.St. Alphonsus Liguori laid out five stages through which sin (if not resisted and repented of in its initial attacks) takes an increasing toll on the human person, making repentance less likely and more difficult.While the names of the stages are mine, I am...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-23-16

    06/22/2016 9:23:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 06-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 23, 2016 Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 24:8-17 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign,and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. His mothers name was Nehushta,daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.He did evil in the sight of the LORD,just as his forebears had done. At that time the officials of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,attacked Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon,himself arrived at the citywhile his servants were besieging it.Then Jehoiachin, king of Judah, together with his mother,his ministers, officers, and functionaries,surrendered to the king of...
  • Catholic religion teacher removed, investigated after lesbian couple complains [Catholic Caucus]

    06/22/2016 7:27:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 20, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    Two teens raised by a lesbian couple and attending a Catholic school in Edmonton, Alberta have complained against a religion teacher for allegedly telling the students in class that homosexuals cant reproduce and that they are not married according to Catholic teaching. The Edmonton Catholic school board has now removed the teacher from the school - temporarily, at least for the time being - and launched an investigation into the allegations. When students Tayler and Tyrus Allen told their mom, Elyssa Allen, and her partner Leigh Sylvester, to whom she is legally married, about the class given by 32-year veteran...
  • Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Against Modern Sensibilities

    06/22/2016 5:55:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Against Modern Sensibilities Msgr. Charles Pope • June 21, 2016 • The Gospel for today’s Mass features three hard sayings of the Lord. They are difficult for us moderns to hear because they offend against modern sensibilities; we easily taken aback by their abrupt quality. Here are the first two “offensive” sayings: Do not give what is holy to dogs, (Mt 7:6) or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces (Mt 7:6).The modern notion offended against here is this: You’re not...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-22-16, OM, Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher, St.Paulinus/Nola

    06/21/2016 10:34:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 06-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 22, 2016 Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3 The high priest Hilkiah informed the scribe Shaphan,I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD.Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it.Then the scribe Shaphan went to the king and reported,Your servants have smelted down the metals available in the templeand have consigned them to the master workmenin the temple of the LORD.The scribe Shaphan also informed the kingthat the priest Hilkiah had given him a book,and then read it aloud to the king.When the...
  • Its About More Than Restrooms

    06/21/2016 6:10:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Diocese of Oklahoma City ^ | 5/29/16 | Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
    Earlier this year I came across an all gender restroom in the airport of a large American city. I had never seen such a thing. I snapped a picture. It struck me as strange, certainly not something I would expect to find in Oklahoma, for example. That may be about to change. The media have been highlighting recent legal attempts in some states to keep boys out of girls restrooms and vice versa. This latest restroom controversy is a manifestation of the new battleground over gender. This battle, however, is about more than who can use which restroom. According to...
  • Lords Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever - A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

    06/21/2016 6:40:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever – A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel Msgr. Charles Pope • June 20, 2016 • This post is a kind of follow-on from yesterday’s post as we read the stories of wickedness in ancient Israel and what God did about it.The first reading from Monday’s Mass (of the 12th week of the year) describes a crucial, crushing moment in the history of ancient Israel: the loss of the Northern Kingdom and the destruction and deportation of what came to be called the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.Shalmaneser, king...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-21-16, M, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

    06/20/2016 8:16:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 06-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 21, 2016 Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious Reading 1 2 Kgs 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36 Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent envoys to Hezekiahwith this message: Thus shall you say to Hezekiah, king of Judah:Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive youby saying that Jerusalem will not be handed overto the king of Assyria.You have heard what the kings of Assyria have doneto all other countries: they doomed them! Will you, then, be saved? Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it;then he went up to the temple of the...
  • Marching to Save Lives and a Nation

    06/20/2016 7:19:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marching to Save Lives and a Nation Msgr. Charles Pope • June 19, 2016 •  The following is from a Homily I preached just prior to our march and prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood “clinic” being built here in Washington, D.C.The first reading at Mass today (Saturday of the 11th week of the year) is from Second Chronicles; it details the reforms of King Joash and then his sad decline. Joash’s grandmother Athalia, a worshipper of Baal, was Queen of Judah and proved to be much like her mother Jezebel; she rose to power by having every possible...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-20-16

    06/19/2016 9:02:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 06-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 20, 2016 Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18 Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, occupied the whole landand attacked Samaria, which he besieged for three years.In the ninth year of Hoshea, king of Israelthe king of Assyria took Samaria,and deported the children of Israel to Assyria,setting them in Halah, at the Habor, a river of Gozan,and the cities of the Medes. This came about because the children of Israel sinned against the LORD,their God, who had brought them up from the land of Egypt,from under the domination of Pharaoh, king of...
  • California's state religion

    06/19/2016 3:35:33 PM PDT · by NRx · 22 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 06-19-2016 | JOEL KOTKIN
    In a state ruled by a former Jesuit, perhaps we should not be shocked to find ourselves in the grip of an incipient state religion. Of course, this religion is not actually Christianity, or even anything close to the dogma of Catholicism, but something that increasingly resembles the former Soviet Union, or present-day Iran and Saudi Arabia, than the supposed world center of free, untrammeled expression. Two pieces of legislation introduced in the Legislature last session, but not yet enacted, show the power of the new religion. One is Senate Bill 1146, which seeks to limit the historically broad exemptions...
  • Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

    06/19/2016 5:46:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2016 • Today’s Gospel sets forth some parameters for picturing Christ. Sadly, just as in the time of Jesus, many today worship a “designer Messiah.” It is not the real, revealed Christ whom they acknowledge and worship. Rather, it is a Christ of their own fashioning, whom they “carve” in the form of an idol and then worship.Let’s examine some of the parameters Jesus sets forth for our acknowledgement and worship of Him. As...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-19-16, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    06/18/2016 8:12:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies ^ | 06-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 19, 2016 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Zec 12:10-11; 13:1 Thus says the LORD:I will pour out on the house of Davidand on the inhabitants of Jerusalema spirit of grace and petition;and they shall look on him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son,and they shall grieve over him as one grieves over a firstborn. On that day the mourning in Jerusalem shall be as greatas the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo. On that day there shall be open to the house of...