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  • Lay Catholic Group: Tim Kaine’s Radical Views Stem From Embrace Of Liberation Theology

    10/01/2016 9:11:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Breibart.com ^ | October 1, 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    An organization of committed lay Catholics is challenging Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine, who’s invoking his Catholic faith and the words of Pope Francis as a basis for his radical positions on abortion and marriage, as well as his embrace of liberation theology. Brian Burch of CatholicVote says faithful Catholic voters and leaders deserve to know the truth about Hillary Clinton’s running mate, and how the time he spent in Honduras – which he has referenced as a “turning point in my life” – helped to shape both his political and religious views.
  • Beauty in Word and Image: A Short Review of Bishop Barron’s “Pivotal Players” Series

    10/01/2016 8:36:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beauty in Word and Image: A Short Review of Bishop Barron’s “Pivotal Players” Series Msgr. Charles Pope • September 30, 2016 • On Fridays, I typically feature a short video that illustrates the faith, usually in some unintentional ways. Today, I’d like to call to your attention to a new series of videos by Bishop Robert Barron, which intentionally set forth the faith: Catholicism: The Pivotal Players. The first volume of the series has been released and covers St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, Michelangelo, Blessed John Henry Newman, and G.K. Chesterton. One or...
  • Day 48 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    10/01/2016 7:18:45 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Oct. 1, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 48 – MARY, QUEEN OF THE FAMILY, PRAY FOR US SHOCK TROOPS KING: As Jean-Baptiste Chautard recounts in his book The Soul of the Apostolate, Pope St. Pius X was conversing with a group of his cardinals one day. The pope asked them: “What is the thing we most need, today, to save society?” “Build Catholic schools,” said one. “No.” “More churches,” said another. “Still no.” “Speed up the recruiting of priests,” said a third. “No, no,” said the pope, “the most necessary thing of all, at this time, is for every parish to possess a group of laymen...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-01-16, M, St. Thérčse of the Child Jesus, Doctor/Church

    09/30/2016 8:13:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 10-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    October 1, 2016 Memorial of Saint Thérčse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17 Job answered the LORD and said: I know that you can do all things,and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.I have dealt with great things that I do not understand;things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.I had heard of you by word of mouth,but now my eye has seen you.Therefore I disown what I have said,and repent in dust and ashes. Thus the LORD blessed the latter days of Jobmore than his...
  • A Picture of the Spiritual Life from Job

    09/30/2016 8:19:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Picture of the Spiritual Life from Job Msgr. Charles Pope • September 29, 2016 • Consider a verse from the Book of Job that was read in the Liturgy earlier this week (Wednesday of the 26th Week of the Year):God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed? (Job 9:3)At first glance, we might read this to mean that we don’t dare talk back to God or resist Him lest He punish us, but this would be a superficial interpretation. The text surely speaks more richly, of the spiritual life and...
  • Day 47 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/30/2016 7:35:55 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 30, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 47 – MARY, QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY, PRAY FOR US BORN FOR COMBAT Prophet: Bishop Robert Barron says, “A prophet is someone who speaks for God. Their task is to speak God’s word, in season and out (whether that word is popular or not). It means you should be a reader of theology and spirituality that you might, as St. Peter put it, ‘give a reason for the hope that is in you.’ We’re living in a time when religion is under attack. If someone challenged you, could you give a reason for the hope that is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-30-16, M, St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

    09/29/2016 9:17:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2016 Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5 The LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said: Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morningand shown the dawn its placeFor taking hold of the ends of the earth,till the wicked are shaken from its surface?The earth is changed as is clay by the seal,and dyed as though it were a garment;But from the wicked the light is withheld,and the arm of pride is shattered. Have you entered into the sources of the sea,or walked about in...
  • The Beginning of the End of Abortion -- 40 Days for Life --

    09/29/2016 8:21:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    40 Days for Life.com ^ | 09-28-16 | 40 Days for Life staff
    The Beginning of the End of Abortion 40 Days for Life is the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through: Prayer & Fasting Knowing that “with God, all things are possible,” people of faith and conscience unite in 40 days of prayer and fasting Community Outreach The pro-life message is taken proactively to every corner of your community during a local 40 Days for Life campaign Peaceful Vigil A focused, 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil is held outside an abortion facility or public place in your city
  • Day 46 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/29/2016 8:02:59 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 29, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 46 – MARY, QUEEN ASSUMED INTO HEAVEN, PRAY FOR US BORDER WALKERS Priest: Bishop. Robert Barron says, “A priest prays for others, intercedes, and performs sacrifices. Priests are border walkers. They walk the border between heaven and earth. They are mediators as friends of God and friends of the human race. They bring divinity and humanity together. It means you must be a person of prayer — intercessory prayer — prayer on behalf of others. It pleases God to channel his providential care precisely through us and through the instrumentality of our prayer.” Recall the last line of the...
  • Starstruck: The Marveling of Job as He Looked to the Night Sky

    09/29/2016 7:12:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Starstruck: The Marveling of Job as He Looked to the Night Sky Msgr. Charles Pope • September 28, 2016 • The first reading for today (Wednesday of the 27th Week) says,The LORD alone stretches out the heavens. He made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south; He does great things past finding out, marvelous things beyond reckoning (Job 9:8-10).Due to the light pollution common in our cities today, we urbanites really don’t have any idea what we’re missing when it comes to the night sky. Up until about a hundred years ago, the night...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-16, FEAST, Sts. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2016 8:42:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2016 Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels Reading 1 Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 As I watched: Thrones were set upand the Ancient One took his throne.His clothing was bright as snow,and the hair on his head as white as wool;His throne was flames of fire,with wheels of burning fire.A surging stream of fireflowed out from where he sat;Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming,on the clouds of...
  • A Biblical Picture of Complacency and Its Tragic Results

    09/28/2016 9:24:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Biblical Picture of Complacency and Its Tragic Results Msgr. Charles Pope • September 27, 2016 • The first reading from last Sunday’s Mass was a stunning and sobering analysis of the human tendency to be complacent. It also showed how this complacency is fueled by a series of denials that are listed in a tightly woven tapestry. Here is the passage, followed by some basic analysis.Thus says the LORD the God of hosts: Woe to the complacent in Zion! Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, They eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves...
  • Day 45 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/28/2016 6:57:09 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 28, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 45 – MARY, QUEEN CONCEIVED WITHOUT ORIGINAL SIN, PRAY FOR US YOU ARE A COMMISSIONED OFFICER Admission into Christ’s elite fighting force begins by knowing that by your baptism you have been “commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill a most dramatic mission; it is the mission of saving souls. This mission cannot be accomplished without entering into conflict with ‘the world, the flesh and the devil.’ It is not a mission for the fainthearted or for those who wish to take the wide road to heaven. It is the path of warfare, of spiritual battle.” “Holiness,” writes...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-28-16, OM, St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz/Compa, Martyrs

    09/27/2016 8:45:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 28, 2016 Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jb 9:1-12, 14-16 Job answered his friends and said: I know well that it is so;but how can a man be justified before God?Should one wish to contend with him,he could not answer him once in a thousand times.God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;who has withstood him and remained unscathed? He removes the mountains before they know it;he overturns them in his anger.He shakes the earth out of its place,and the pillars beneath it tremble.He commands the sun, and it rises not;he seals...
  • Job and Suffering

    09/27/2016 7:23:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Job and Suffering Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2016 • Job’s Tormentors’ by William BlakeWe are beginning to read from the Book of Job in daily Mass. One of its core issues is the problem of suffering and why God allows it. If God is omnipotent and omniscient then how can He tolerate evil, injustice, and suffering of the innocent? Where is God when a woman is raped, when genocide is committed, or when evil men hatch their plots? Why did God even conceive the evil ones and let them be born?The problem of evil cannot be answered...
  • Day 44 - Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/27/2016 7:14:05 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 27, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 44 – MARY, QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS, PRAY FOR US “CAN’T QUIT – WON’T FALL – PUT ME IN THE FIGHT!” The Soldier’s Creed of the United States Army states: “I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.” Former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens said: “One of the things that makes a warrior into a warrior is that they are dedicated to developing their strength in service to others.” Whether it’s a Navy SEAL or a saint, we admire those who put it all on the line — go “all in!” —...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-27-16, M, St. Vincent de Paul, Priest

    09/26/2016 8:28:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 27, 2016 Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest Reading 1 Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.Job spoke out and said: Perish the day on which I was born,the night when they said, “The child is a boy!” Why did I not perish at birth,come forth from the womb and expire?Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,like babes that have never seen the light?Wherefore did the knees receive me?or why did I suck at the breasts? For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;had I slept,...
  • Defeating the Culture of Death

    09/26/2016 2:44:57 PM PDT · by pgyanke · 9 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 9/26/16 | pgyanke
    The next president will likely appoint a 7-2 Supreme Court. Think this election is just politics as usual? Think again. If that president is Hillary Clinton… “I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests, because the next president could get as many as three appointments,” the former first lady responded. “It’s one of the many reasons why we can’t turn the White House over to the Republicans again.” . . . “We have to preserve marriage equality,” Clinton said. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community, we’ve got to make...
  • A Biblical Meditation on the Difficulties of Old Age

    09/26/2016 8:02:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Biblical Meditation on the Difficulties of Old Age Msgr. Charles Pope • September 26, 2016 • Today I would like to discuss the Gospel from last Saturday morning’s daily Mass (25th Week of the Year). For indeed one of the more beautiful passages in the Old Testament is the 12th Chapter of Ecclesiastes. It is a melancholy but soulful meditation on old age. Its poetic imagery is masterful as it draws from the increasingly difficult effects of old age such as hearing loss, fading eyesight, difficulty walking, digestive issues, and even gray hair.Remember your Creator in the days...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-26-16, OM, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

    09/25/2016 8:40:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 26, 2016 Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jb 1:6-22 One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD,Satan also came among them.And the LORD said to Satan, “Whence do you come?”Then Satan answered the LORD and said,“From roaming the earth and patrolling it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job,and that there is no one on earth like him,blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?”But Satan answered the LORD and said,“Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?Have you not surrounded him...
  • White working-class evangelicals: Christian values are under attack

    09/25/2016 3:14:38 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | September 24, 2016 | Eugene Scott
    While black evangelicals [who make up about 6% of evangelicals] are solidly against the GOP nominee, among white working-class evangelicals, about three in four -- 76% -- say they'd consider voting for Trump.... The majority -- 6 in 10 -- of voters in this group believe the US' better days are in the past and most are concerned that the country is becoming less Christian. Nearly 90% of working class whites who are evangelical Christians believe Christian values are under attack in America today. While most Christian groups -- 73% of mainline Protestants and 61% of Catholics -- share this...
  • Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday

    09/25/2016 7:26:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 64 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • September 24, 2016 • The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus by Hendrick ter BrugghenIn the Gospel for today about the rich man and Lazarus the Lord gives us some important teachings on judgment and Hell. We live in times in which many consider the teachings on Hell to be untenable. They struggle to understand how a God described as loving, merciful, and forgiving can assign certain souls to Hell forever. Despite the fact that the Doctrine of Hell is taught...
  • Day 42 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/25/2016 7:22:10 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 25, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 42 – MARY, QUEEN OF CONFESSORS, PRAY FOR US YOU MADE US FOR YOURSELF The unfortunate reality is that the modern campaign of militant secular indoctrination has been so severe that fewer remain who believe or trust in God’s supernatural power. In spiritual terms, this makes us puny and scrawny rather than strong and powerful mighty warriors ready to confront the powers of darkness in the heavenly realm. With so many modernized Christians ignoring the reality of grace, it is no wonder that evil is thriving in our day. In speaking of the need for a New Evangelization, Pope...
  • Defeating the Culture of Death

    09/24/2016 7:43:57 PM PDT · by pgyanke · 14 replies
    Vanity | 9/24/16 | pgyanke
    The next president will likely appoint a 7-2 Supreme Court. Think this election is just politics as usual? Think again. If that president is Hillary Clinton… “I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests, because the next president could get as many as three appointments,” the former first lady responded. “It’s one of the many reasons why we can’t turn the White House over to the Republicans again.” . . . “We have to preserve marriage equality,” Clinton said. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community, we’ve got to make...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-25-16, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/24/2016 7:30:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 25, 2016 Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 6:1a, 4-7 Thus says the LORD the God of hosts:Woe to the complacent in Zion!Lying upon beds of ivory,stretched comfortably on their couches,they eat lambs taken from the flock,and calves from the stall!Improvising to the music of the harp,like David, they devise their own accompaniment.They drink wine from bowlsand anoint themselves with the best oils;yet they are not made ill by the collapse of Joseph!Therefore, now they shall be the first to go into exile,and their wanton revelry shall be done away with. Responsorial Psalm Ps 146:7, 8-9,...
  • Transgender Bathrooms?

    Transgender Bathrooms? Q. What is the Church’s official teaching about transgender bathrooms? There does not seem to be a clear answer about all of this. Robert, via e-mail A. There is no such thing as being “transgendered” from any biblical or Catholic perspective. Thus there is no official teaching about something that doesn’t even exist, let alone about bathrooms. What we can do is apply Catholic principles to address the deep confusion that has arisen about something so clear and basic as one’s sex. The human person has a sex (not a gender), and God assigns that sex. Scripture says,...
  • The Neo-Catholic NeverTrumpers (vanity)

    09/24/2016 8:59:07 AM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 16 replies
    Vanity ^ | 09/24/16 | Vanity
    One thing that has totally caught me off guard in this election is the group of people I had allied with in the past and assumed they and I were simpatico. Romney, Beck, Levine, et al. I never thought that in a Presidential election with a candidate who is pro-life, anti-Islamic terrorism, anti-illegal immigration, pro-American, etc., I would find myself at odds with Glenn Beck, Mark Levine, Mitt Romney and on the side of Ice Cube, Roseanne Barr, and Louis Farrakhan. We are indeed in very bizarre times. But one thing that has really thrown me for a loop, as...
  • Day 41 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/24/2016 8:34:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 24, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 41 – MARY, QUEEN OF MARTYRS, PRAY FOR US GOD STRONG The U.S. Army ran a very effective “Army Strong” advertising campaign to recruit soldiers. The key message was: “There is strong, and then there is Army Strong.” The commercial goes on to say, “It is a strength like none other. It is a physical strength. It is an emotional strength. It is strength of character. It is strength of purpose. The strength to do good today, and the strength to do well tomorrow. The strength to obey, and the strength to command. The strength to build, and the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-24-16

    09/23/2016 8:14:22 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 24, 2016 Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eccl 11:9—12:8 Rejoice, O young man, while you are young and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.Follow the ways of your heart,the vision of your eyes;Yet understand that as regards all thisGod will bring you to judgment.Ward off grief from your heartand put away trouble from your presence,though the dawn of youth is fleeting. Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,before the evil days comeAnd the years approach of which you will say,I have no pleasure in them;Before the...
  • The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World

    09/23/2016 8:19:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World Msgr. Charles Pope • September 22, 2016 • One of the great illusions under which we labor is that if we only get just one more thing from this world, then we will be happy. Perhaps we think that if we just had a little more money, or a better job, or the latest iPhone, or if we were married to so-and-so, or if we lived in a better neighborhood, then we would be satisfied and content at last. But “at last” never seems to come even...
  • Day 40 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/23/2016 7:44:48 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 23, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 40 – MARY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES, PRAY FOR US DIVINE CONNECTION The Gospel story Pope John Paul II sets as the foundation for his new millennium appeal is the “Call of the First Disciples” (Lk 5:1-11). This is the classic scene in which Jesus tells Peter to “Put out into deep water (duc in altum), and let down the nets for a catch.” Peter’s response is: “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” They proceed to catch the maximum amount of fish their nets can...
  • With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: - II of III

    09/22/2016 4:09:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper & Catholic Family News ^ | September 22, 2016 | Michael J. Matt, Christopher Ferrara & John Vennari
    With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis Part II of III "As you revealed in your manifesto (Evangelii gaudium, 94), you are filled with contempt for tradition-minded Catholics, whom you rashly accuse of “self-absorbed Promethean neopelagianism” and of “feel[ing] superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past.” You even ridicule a “supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline” because, according to you, it “leads instead to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others…” A Joint Statement from The Remnant and Catholic Family...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-23-16, M, St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

    09/22/2016 7:59:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 23, 2016 Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest Reading 1 Eccl 3:1-11 There is an appointed time for everything,and a time for every thing under the heavens.A time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.A time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to tear down, and a time to build.A time to weep, and a time to laugh;a time to mourn, and a time to dance.A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;a time to embrace, and a time to be...
  • The Francis Effect: "Catholic" schools and sexual education [Catholic Caucus]

    09/22/2016 4:49:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/22/2016 | Adfero
    The Francis Effect: "Catholic" schools and sexual education A U.S. Catholic bishop has explicitly refused to allow parents to opt their kids out of a diocesan-run school’s sex-ed program deemed by parents to be “erotic” and “salacious,” calling the program a “legitimate requirement” for graduation. Instead of listening to the parents’ concerns, the bishop has cited the Vatican’s newly minted and problematic sex-ed curriculum as a way to evaluate the school’s program. In a letter dated September 2, Bishop David Choby of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, told parents opposing the sex-ed program that while he “wholeheartedly support[s]” their...
  • On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner

    09/22/2016 7:26:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On Jesus’ Merciful Call of St. Matthew, a Great Sinner Msgr. Charles Pope • September 21, 2016 • On the Feast Day of St. Matthew (celebrated Wednesday of this week), we must acknowledge a great mercy in Jesus’ call. As a tax collector, Matthew was considered a great sinner. In fact, the term “tax collector” was a biblical euphemism for great sinner. Yet despite this, Jesus called him to be an Apostle.In our times many set mercy and the fact that we are sinners in in opposition to each other. But the Lord Jesus unites these realities together. For...
  • Day 39 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/22/2016 7:23:44 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 22, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 39 – MARY, QUEEN OF PROPHETS, PRAY FOR US ONE THING NECESSARY Pope Benedict XVI said, “The heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind … the Evil One has power in this world, as we experience continually; he has power because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God.” This brings us to the key to Pope John Paul II’s master plan for the new millennium, as he asks us to set aside our disconnected busy-ness, and to start fresh by contemplating the face of Christ....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-22-16

    09/21/2016 9:28:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 22, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Eccl 1:2-11 Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!What profit has man from all the laborwhich he toils at under the sun?One generation passes and another comes,but the world forever stays.The sun rises and the sun goes down;then it presses on to the place where it rises.Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north,the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.All rivers go to the sea,yet never does the sea become full.To the place where they go,the rivers keep on...
  • Day 38 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/21/2016 7:50:31 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 3 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 21, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 38 – MARY, QUEEN OF ANGELS, PRAY FOR US LOVE DEMANDS EFFORT Throughout all of salvation history we see such cries as “Let his face shine upon you” (Nm 6:25) and “Do not hide your face from me” (Ps 27:9, 69:17, 102:3). This face-to-face, “look-me-in-the-eye” bonding is essential in understanding the necessity for making a semper fi connection with Christ. This kind of face-to-face encounter with God changes everything as it calls forth, quite literally, a transformation that cannot be undone. It marks a major shift away from a “face-in-the-crowd,” “Christian in name only,” “do-only-what’s-minimally-required” empty religiosity, into a...
  • Why Is Our Tolerance for Pain Greater Than It Is for Pleasure?

    09/21/2016 7:12:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Is Our Tolerance for Pain Greater Than It Is for Pleasure? Msgr. Charles Pope • September 20, 2016 • “The Garden of Eden” by Thomas ColeOne of the great mysteries of our life in this world is that we can endure more pain than pleasure. Indeed, we can endure only a little pleasure at a time. In fact, too much pleasure actually brings pain: sickness, hangovers, obesity, addiction, laziness, and even boredom. Yet we seem to be able to endure a lot of pain. Some of our pain, whether physical or emotional, can be very intense and go...
  • Cardinal and Potential Pope on 9/11: Muslims Want "Islamic Conquest of Europe"

    09/21/2016 6:34:37 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 16 September 2016 | Selwyn Duke
    “Many Muslims” want “a third Islamic attempt to conquer Europe … and they say this is the end of Europe." This statement was not made by anti-jihadism crusader Robert Spencer or Pamela Geller, but by a Catholic cardinal who could be the next pope.Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (shown wearing cross), archbishop of Vienna, made the comments to mark the 333rd anniversary of the Battle of Vienna, in which European forces successfully repelled a 100,000-soldier-strong Muslim invasion in 1683. Sounding his alarm in a sermon at the Holy Name of Mary church festival at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna on Sunday,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-21-16, FEAST, St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

    09/20/2016 7:58:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 21, 2016 Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist Reading 1 Eph 4:1-7, 11-13 Brothers and sisters:I, a prisoner for the Lord,urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,with all humility and gentleness, with patience,bearing with one another through love,striving to preserve the unity of the Spiritthrough the bond of peace:one Body and one Spirit,as you were also called to the one hope of your call;one Lord, one faith, one baptism;one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of...
  • Argentine Bishop Threatened with Prosecution for Condemning ‘Culture of Fornication’

    09/20/2016 4:37:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/20/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    September 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic archbishop of the Argentinean city of La Plata is under investigation by the country’s “discrimination” police for condemning the modern acceptance of sexual promiscuity and “unnatural” unions, according to local media sources. Archbishop Héctor Aguer has incurred the wrath of Argentina’s Secretary for Human Rights and perhaps the government’s National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Racism for writing that modern society’s culture of promiscuity is “banal,” “animalistic,” and “infantile.” In a recent article written for the La Plata newspaper El Dia, Aguer laments that the act of “carnal copulation outside of marriage” has...
  • St. Maurice The first black saint

    09/20/2016 9:33:53 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 12 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYQDSQM0Mb4 Saint Maurice's feast day is on the 22nd of September. (Two days from right now.) So for my Catholic and Coptic viewers, I present to you, this diddy on the life and martyrdom of St Maurice. Saint Maurice (also Moritz, Morris, or Mauritius) was the leader of the legendary Roman Theban Legion n the 3rd century, and one of the favorite and most widely venerated saints of that group. He was the patron saint of several professions, locales, and kingdoms. He is revered in the Catholic Coptic and Orthodox churches. He is the patron saint of soldiers, veterans, armorers,...
  • Day 37 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/20/2016 8:26:33 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 20, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 37 – MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS, PRAY FOR US SET THE WORLD ABLAZE The word “courage” actually derives its meaning from a Latin root word “cor” which means “heart.” It means we are never more courageous than when we “have the courage of our convictions,” that is, when we live from the heart, remaining true to who we really are. Lombardi was courageous because he simply yielded to his raison d‘ętre, his reason for existence. St. Catherine of Siena put it this way: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” Who are...
  • What Really Happened at Charlotte Catholic HS (Caucus)

    04/25/2014 1:11:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 25, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    The angry Tweets started before the nun’s talk ended.“My dad doesn’t love me because I’m gay?” followed by a supportive amen chorus, “We got you, man.”Such was the level of debate that began even before the end of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel’s talk to an all-school assembly at Charlotte Catholic High School last month.The nun’s talked roiled the school, her religious congregation and the college where she teaches for weeks, became an internet sensation and a national scandal, and it appears to have started with students only half listening followed by a cacophony on social media, all the while...
  • One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature

    09/20/2016 7:05:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Organized! A Biblical Picture of the Early Church in Miniature Msgr. Charles Pope • September 19, 2016 • I’d like to return to a brief Gospel that was read last week at daily Mass (Friday of the 24th Week of the Year). Though terse to the point of leaving a preacher wondering what to say, it actually paints a beautiful picture of the Church. Here is that short passage, followed by some commentary.And it came to pass that Jesus journeyed throughout the towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-20-16, M, Sts. Andres Kim Tae-gon & Paul Chong, Companions

    09/19/2016 8:33:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 20, 2016 Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 Prv 21:1-6, 10-13 Like a stream is the king’s heart in the hand of the LORD;wherever it pleases him, he directs it. All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes,but it is the LORD who proves hearts. To do what is right and justis more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. Haughty eyes and a proud heart–the tillage of the wicked is sin. The plans of the diligent are sure of profit,but all rash haste...
  • The Church Must Be Light, That the World May See

    09/19/2016 7:41:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Church Must Be Light, That the World May See Msgr. Charles Pope • September 18, 2016 • In the Gospel today (Monday of the 25th Week of the Year) the Lord says,No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light (Lk 8:16).In other words, the Lord lit the light of the Church in order to give light to the world and to be seen. The world is in darkness; the moral darkness of these...
  • Day 36 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    09/19/2016 5:32:33 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Sep. 19, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 36 – MARY, COMFORTER OF THE AFFLICTED, PRAY FOR US SUPERIOR IDEAL Among the ways we have just let Coach Vince Lombardi inspire us, let’s focus on the most important one: He went to Mass and received Communion every day of his life. Pope John Paul II said the Holy Eucharist “contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ Himself.” Precisely during a time when our culture was becoming disconnected from their True Source, Vince Lombardi remained firmly and wholly connected to his. No matter what Lombardi dedicated himself to, he never abandoned his true self as a child of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-19-16, OM, St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr

    09/18/2016 9:19:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 09-19-16 | Revised New American Bible
    September 19, 2016 Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Prv 3:27-34 Refuse no one the good on which he has a claimwhen it is in your power to do it for him.Say not to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,tomorrow I will give,” when you can give at once. Plot no evil against your neighbor,against one who lives at peace with you.Quarrel not with a man without cause,with one who has done you no harm. Envy not the lawless manand choose none of his ways:To the LORD the perverse one is an abomination,but with the...