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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-13-15

    10/12/2015 9:31:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies ^ | 10-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 13, 2015 Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 1:16-25 Brothers and sisters:I am not ashamed of the Gospel.It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:for Jew first, and then Greek.For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith;as it is written, “The one who is righteous by faith will live.” The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heavenagainst every impiety and wickednessof those who suppress the truth by their wickedness.For what can be known about God is evident to them,because God made...
  • Leading cardinals confront Pope Francis over manipulation of Synod

    10/12/2015 11:59:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 12, 2015
    UPDATE 10/12/15 at 2:11 EST: A spokesperson for Cardinal Pell has issued a statement saying that "a private letter should remain private," and added that "there are errors in both the content and the list of signatories." However, he has confirmed that "concerns remain among many of the Synod Fathers about the composition of the drafting committee of the final relatio and about the process by which it will be presented to the Synod fathers and voted upon." He also said that "obviously there is some disagreement because minority elements want to change the Church's teachings on the proper dispositions necessary...
  • Obama Celebrates Columbus Day: Ushered in ‘Disease, Devastation, and Violence’

    10/12/2015 2:05:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/12/15 | Dr. Susan Berry
    In his proclamation for Columbus Day, President Obama said Friday that European explorers to the New World ushered “previously unseen disease, devastation, and violence” into the lives of Native Americans.Obama acknowledged that Columbus “inspired many and allowed for generations of Italians to follow,” and referred to the explorer as an “ambitious navigator” with an “insatiable thirst for exploration that continues to drive us as a people.”
  • Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever – A Reflection on a Serious Problem

    10/12/2015 8:32:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 151 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever – A Reflection on a Serious Problem Msgr. Charles Pope • October 11, 2015 • A 2012 report on men and marriage by the Pew Research Center shows statistically what many of us have noticed anecdotally: men are finding marriage less desirable than in the past and are now marrying later, if at all.In today’s post I want to present some excerpts from a hard-hitting article that appeared at Lifesite News in 2013, commenting on the Pew study. The full article can be read here: Men Giving Up on Marriage.As usual, I...

    Mass is over. Jesus Christ and I are alone together. Just "All by Ourselves". If I can, I will always remain after Mass and make a good Thanksgiving. This maybe my last Communion; I will make it my best. This maybe my last Thanksgiving; I will make it my best. Thanks to others always, but always thanks to God; and with all my heart- these few are precious moments. "Jesus Christ, I believe that you are my God. I believe that I have received your Body, your Blood, Your Soul, and Your Divinity. You are my Creator, My Redeemer, My...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-12-15

    10/11/2015 9:12:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 10-12-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 12, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 1:1-7 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh, but established as Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith,for the sake of his name, among...
  • What Does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year

    10/11/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 10, 2015 • Today’s gospel reading invites us to wrestle with fundamental, essential, and focal questions, “What does heaven cost?” and “Am I willing to pay it?”I. Problematic Pondering – A man asks Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”Though his question is a good one, it is problematic because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. He wonders what he himself must do to attain eternal life.The problem is,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-11-15, Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/10/2015 9:11:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies'RNAB ^ | 10-11-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 11, 2015 Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 7:7-11 I prayed, and prudence was given me;I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.I preferred her to scepter and throne,and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,and I chose to have her rather than the light,because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.Yet all good things together came to me in her...
  • Egypt Will Begin Construction of Church Dedicated to ISIS Martyrs

    10/10/2015 12:25:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 10/10/15 | Thomas D. Williams Ph.D.
    In the coming days, construction will commence on a new church in Egypt dedicated to the martyred Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State in Libya in February.The new church, bearing the name “Church of the Libyan Martyrs,” will be built in the Minya Governorate, south of the capital, Cairo. The church will cost $1.3 million, half of which has already been raised.Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi granted permission for the construction of the church last February after Islamic State militants murdered 21 Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach.According to Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt,...
  • Precepts of the Church

    10/10/2015 9:23:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | October 18, 2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Precepts of the Church While not formal doctrine, the precepts are seen as the bare minimum Catholics must observe Msgr. Charles Pope October 18, 2015 10/7/2015 Question: When I was young, we learned six precepts of the Church. Someone told me that the list has been reduced to five. Can you clarify the current number and why the change was made?— G. Russell Reiss, via email Answer: The word “precept” comes from the Latin praeceptum, meaning to “warn, admonish or instruct.” As such, the precepts of the Church specified historically a kind of bare minimum that Catholics must observe...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-10-15

    10/09/2015 9:41:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 10-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 10, 2015 Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jl 4:12-21 Thus says the LORD:Let the nations bestir themselves and come upto the Valley of Jehoshaphat;For there will I sit in judgmentupon all the neighboring nations. Apply the sickle,for the harvest is ripe;Come and tread,for the wine press is full;The vats overflow,for great is their malice.Crowd upon crowdin the valley of decision;For near is the day of the LORDin the valley of decision.Sun and moon are darkened,and the stars withhold their brightness.The LORD roars from Zion,and from Jerusalem raises his voice;The heavens and the earth...
  • Genesis and Genre – A Brief Consideration of the Need to Understand Literary Form

    10/09/2015 8:14:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 58 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Genesis and Genre – A Brief Consideration of the Need to Understand Literary Form Msgr. Charles Pope • October 8, 2015 • The Bible has within its pages many literary forms: history, poetry, prayer, prose, theology, liturgical instruction, cosmology, genealogy, philosophy, parable, moral tale, and so forth. How exactly to read its pages and understand them is often a matter of understanding the genre.The word genre comes directly from the French word meaning “kind” or “sort.” Further back, it stems from the Latin word genus and the Greek word genos (γένος). Genre is the term for a category of literature,...
  • Bringing the curtain down on the Synod

    10/09/2015 3:56:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/09/15 | Judi McLeod
    Marxists are masters of Machiavellian manipulation. The curtain should be brought down because this is a show that stinks to High Heaven Intriguing that Pope Francis would warn bishops and cardinals attending the synod to beware of getting caught up in conspiracy theories, as conservatives and liberals reportedly engage in Machiavellian attempts to manipulate the synod. “Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi on Thursday confirmed reports that the pontiff had warned Catholic bishops and cardinals behind closed doors on Tuesday not to get caught up in “the hermeneutic of conspiracy”. (Yahoo, Oct. 8, 2015)
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-09-15, OM, St. Denis/Companions, Martyrs, St. John Leonardi

    10/08/2015 10:32:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 10-0915 | Revised New American Bible
    October 9, 2015   Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2 Gird yourselves and weep, O priests!wail, O ministers of the altar!Come, spend the night in sackcloth,O ministers of my God!The house of your God is deprivedof offering and libation.Proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the elders,all who dwell in the land,Into the house of the LORD, your God,and cry to the LORD! Alas, the day!for near is the day of the LORD,and it comes as ruin from the Almighty. Blow the trumpet in Zion,sound the alarm on my holy mountain!Let all who dwell...

    10/08/2015 4:56:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 6, 2015 | CARA GIAIMO
    A detail on Pope Gregory XIII's tomb, carved by Camillo Rusconi, shows the Pope being presented with a plan for what would become the Gregorian Calendar. (Image: Terfili/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)The Pope tends to be a powerful guy. He can start global conversations, rock all kinds of colors, and sometimes perform miracles.But only once in history has a pope made time literally disappear.In 1582, thanks to then-Pope Gregory XIII, October 6th—along with the 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th—simply didn't exist. Ten days, gone.Why? Because of that perpetual thorn in Christianity's side: the Sun. In the 16th century, much...
  • Who is the Whore of Babylon?

    10/08/2015 2:46:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 8, 2015 | Ray Sullivan
    How often have we all heard ill-informed people claim that the “Whore of Babylon” mentioned in the book of Revelation is the Vatican / Holy Catholic Church? Let’s look in the Bible and find out for ourselves, rather than conjecture with our personal opinions.A Great City In order to find out who the Whore of Babylon is, Catholics should read the entire bible in context.  The Whore of Babylon is described in Revelation 17:18 as a “great city”: “The woman whom you saw represents the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”  Now we all have to...
  • How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

    10/08/2015 8:02:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 406 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How the Rosary Led Me to Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • October 7, 2015 • 8 Comments As a young child I was very close to God. I spoke to Him in a very natural way and He spoke plainly to me. Although I have very few memories of my early childhood, I vividly remember how close I was to God. When early puberty approached, though, I began to slip away, drifting into the rebellious and angry years of my teens. As the flesh came more alive, my spirit submerged.The culture of the time didn’t help, either. It was the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-08-15, OM, Our Lady of Good Remedy

    10/07/2015 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 10-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 8, 2015   Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mal 3:13-20b You have defied me in word, says the LORD,yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”You have said, “It is vain to serve God,and what do we profit by keeping his command,And going about in penitential dressin awe of the LORD of hosts?Rather must we call the proud blessed;for indeed evildoers prosper,and even tempt God with impunity.”Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another,and the LORD listened attentively;And a record book was written before himof those who fear the LORD...
  • “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance

    10/07/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance Msgr. Charles Pope • October 6, 2015 • One of the questionable, and unfortunately common, forms of moral reasoning today is the rather narcissistic notion that God wants each of us to be happy. Sometimes it is put in the form of a rhetorical question: God wants me to be happy, doesn’t He?And this sort of reasoning (if you want to call it that) is used to justify just about anything. Thus, in pondering divorce, a spouse might point to his or her misery and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-07-15, M, Our Lady of the Rosary

    10/06/2015 8:24:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 7, 2015   Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Reading 1 Jon 4:1-11 Jonah was greatly displeasedand became angry that God did not carry out the evilhe threatened against Nineveh.He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD,is not this what I said while I was still in my own country?This is why I fled at first to Tarshish.I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God,slow to anger, rich in clemency, loathe to punish.And now, LORD, please take my life from me;for it is better for me to die than to live.”But the LORD asked, “Have you reason...
  • Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders...Promises of Christ in Us?

    10/06/2015 8:02:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders the Promises of Christ in Us? Msgr. Charles Pope • October 5, 2015 • A text that was read at daily Mass last week features Jesus describing remarkable blessings received by the disciples. He states these blessings as a simple and obvious fact for them, blessings never before received by anyone!Do you see your life this way? Are your blessings obvious to you? Do they distinguish you from those who never knew Christ? Does your relationship with Jesus Christ grant you obvious transformation or is that just misinformation and exaggeration?Consider the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-06-15, OM, St. Bruno, Priest

    10/06/2015 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 10-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 6, 2015   Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.”So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD’s bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing,“Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,”when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fast...
  • Ethicist: The ACLU is Right to Sue Catholic Hospitals

    10/05/2015 10:24:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/05/2015 | Arthur Caplan
    The visit to the United States by Pope Francis left a lot of goodwill behind. But there are areas where that goodwill slams into a church-state wall. The views of the church are completely out of step with American law and values when it comes to health care for women. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has just announced a lawsuit against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country. The suit highlights a key area where the Catholic Church and the law of land are colliding.The lawsuit says Trinity is failing in its duties...
  • ‘I am a gay priest who is happy': Vatican official fired after coming out on eve of Church conf.

    10/05/2015 9:18:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/04/2015 | By Sarah Kaplan
    On Saturday evening, as hundreds of bishops convened in Rome for a major church assembly on family issues, former Vatican priest Krzysztof Charamsa headed a mile across town to a different gathering: the founding meeting of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, a group of 13 organizations advocating for inclusion of gays in the church. Charamsa had lost his job just before, when he was fired from his position in the Vatican’s doctrine office after announcing that he was gay and introducing reporters to his boyfriend. “I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay...
  • Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs

    10/05/2015 7:49:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs Msgr. Charles Pope • October 4, 2015 • Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington D.C., we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (one day early, on Saturday, Oct 3rd) with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake!Over the years, I have shared with the dog owners a list of “Things we can learn from dogs” (see below). When I was growing up, we always...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-05-15, OM, St. Faustina, Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos

    10/05/2015 2:17:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 10-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 5, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 1:1–2:1-2, 11 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;their wickedness has come up before me.”But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish,paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish,away from the LORD. The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea,and in the furious tempest that...
  • ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital for Refusing Abortion Services to Pregnant Women

    10/04/2015 2:17:00 PM PDT · by amorphous · 21 replies
    Rick Wiles' TruNews.Com ^ | 4 Oct 2015 | Kelly Sloan
    The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a Catholic health care provider for refusing to provide abortions. They claim Trinity Health Corporation has violated federal law by “refusing to provide pregnant women suffering emergency medical conditions with abortions necessary to stabilize them”. The 86 hospitals that fall under the corporation are required to abide by “Directive 45” which states abortion is never permitted. In June, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell dismissed a similar ACLU lawsuit against Trinity Health. He ruled federal courts have no jurisdiction over hospital policy and that patients who believed they received inadequate care should file...
  • This Catholic healthcare group is being sued for refusing to provide abortions

    10/04/2015 10:07:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 4, 2015 | Maggie Maslak
    Detroit, Mich., Oct 4, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Trinity Health Corporations, one of the largest Catholic health care operations in America, is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over its refusal to provide women with abortion services at their medical facilities.   "This case has no merit.  A federal court already dismissed a similar ACLU claim, and we will seek dismissal of this suit for the same reason," stated Eve Pidgeon, the manager of public relations at Trinity Health Corporations. Trinity Health Corporations is a multi-facility operation headquartered in Livonia, a...
  • Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

    10/04/2015 7:13:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 3, 2015 • Both today’s first reading and the gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new deal. Our culture says, if it doesn’t work out, bail out. Thus, successful marriages today are a miracle. But marriages are also a miracle...
  • Vatican fires senior priest deviant advocate..

    10/03/2015 10:34:37 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 03 Oct 2015 | Religion
    The Vatican has fired a who came out gay on the eve of a major meeting of church leaders to discuss homosexu senior priests. In a statement on Saturday, a spokesman for Pope Francis said Polish priest Krzysztof Charamsa's action had been "very serious and irresponsible". Krzysztof will be replaced "by a theologian" in the Vatican.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 10-04-15, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    10/03/2015 9:09:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies ^ | 10-04-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 4, 2015   Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 2:18-24 The LORD God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone.I will make a suitable partner for him."So the LORD God formed out of the groundvarious wild animals and various birds of the air,and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle,all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;but none proved to be the suitable partner for the...
  • Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV

    10/03/2015 8:15:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV Msgr. Charles Pope • October 2, 2015 • Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does He not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering?While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater blessing may occur. To some degree I have found this to be so in my own life; some of my greatest blessings required that a door slam shut or that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-03-15

    10/02/2015 10:11:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 10-03-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 3, 2015   Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Bar 4:5-12, 27-29 Fear not, my people!Remember, Israel,You were sold to the nationsnot for your destruction;It was because you angered Godthat you were handed over to your foes.For you provoked your Makerwith sacrifices to demons, to no-gods;You forsook the Eternal God who nourished you,and you grieved Jerusalem who fostered you.She indeed saw coming upon youthe anger of God; and she said: “Hear, you neighbors of Zion!God has brought great mourning upon me,For I have seen the captivitythat the Eternal God has broughtupon my sons and...
  • With the Pope Against Homoheresy

    10/02/2015 10:12:13 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | originally published in Polish in Fronda 63 (2012), pp. 128-160 | F. Dariusz Oko, Ph.D
    Poland has witnessed a heated discussion on the “huge homosexual underground in the Church”, provoked by the most recent book by F. Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski…Along the road, members of the homo-clique can achieve such positions and influence that they come to believe they have extraordinary powers and will go unpunished forever. Their life often becomes a diabolic caricature of priesthood, just like homosexual relationships are a caricature of marriage. As can be learned from the media, for instance, they act like homosexual addicts, becoming more and more unbridled, resorting to violence. They start to molest and abuse even minors. A grievous...
  • On the Wonder of the Word of God

    10/02/2015 7:29:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Wonder of the Word of God Msgr. Charles Pope • October 1, 2015 • The first reading at Mass today (Thursday of the 26th week of the year) from Nehemiah 8 is a wonderful meditation on the glory and wonder of the Word of God; it deserves our attention.The background of the text is that Israel had been conquered by the Babylonians (in 587 B.C.) and the survivors of that war were led into exile in Babylon. After 80 years the Persians conquered the Babylonians and Cyrus, the king of Persia, permitted the Jews to return to the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-02-15, M, The Holy Guardian Angels

    10/01/2015 8:01:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 10-02-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 2, 2015   Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels Reading 1 Bar 1:15-22 During the Babylonian captivity, the exiles prayed:“Justice is with the Lord, our God;and we today are flushed with shame,we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem,that we, with our kings and rulersand priests and prophets, and with our ancestors,have sinned in the Lord’s sight and disobeyed him.We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord, our God,nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us.From the time the Lord led our ancestors out of the land of Egyptuntil the present day,we have been disobedient...
  • What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think

    10/01/2015 7:39:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think. Msgr. Charles Pope • September 30, 2015 • We are often told to trust in God. And most of us have counseled others who are anxious or downcast to trust in God. But what does it mean?In too many cases what people mean when they counsel trust is this: “Don’t worry, God will eventually give you what you’re looking for. Just keep praying and trust that He’ll come through for you.” What is meant by “coming through for you” is some answer on your terms; it’s as if...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings,10-01-15, M,St. Thérčse -- Child Jesus,Virgin & Doctor/Church

    09/30/2015 9:32:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 10-01-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 1, 2015 Memorial of Saint Thérčse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12 The whole people gathered as one in the open space before the Water Gate,and they called upon Ezra the scribeto bring forth the book of the law of Moseswhich the LORD prescribed for Israel.On the first day of the seventh month, therefore,Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,which consisted of men, women,and those children old enough to understand.Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,he read out of...
  • Lefty Blogger Plans to Pray For Pope, Whose Meeting With Kim Davis Was a ‘Hamhanded Blunder…A Sin...

    09/30/2015 7:11:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 9/30/15 | Tom Johnson
    Esquire’s Charles Pierce is a graduate of a Jesuit university (Marquette). It’s among the many reasons he’s been a big fan of Pope Francis, the first-ever Jesuit pontiff, and it’s probably one factor in his vehement disappointment that Francis met with, and apparently encouraged, gay-marriage objector Kim Davis last week in Washington. Pierce referred to the pope’s behavior regarding the “nutball” Davis as “a fcking [sic] blunder,” “a sin against charity,” and “the dumbest thing [he] ever has done.” He concluded, as if addressing Francis, “I will pray for you, because, damn, son, you need it.” From Pierce’s post (bolding...
  • Bobby Jindal tells Iowa governor how to defund Planned Parenthood

    09/30/2015 11:45:42 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 3 replies ^ | 9-30-15 | Kevin Litten
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad advice on tactics for defunding Planned Parenthood.According to reports from a conservative website in Iowa, Jindal sent Branstad a letter dated Sept. 23 and written on letterhead from Jindal's office. The letter was released after Branstad announced Tuesday (Sept. 29) that he wouldn't pursue canceling Medicaid funding for the family planning organization.Presidential candidates usually focus on national issues rather than wade into debates over state and local issues where they are campaigning. But in this case, defunding Planned Parenthood has risen to the fore of the national political discussion...
  • Pope Grabs Third Rail Of American Culture Wars:Gays,Marriage,Religious Freedom

    09/30/2015 8:04:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    While politically progressive Catholics and their cheerleaders in the secular press shouted praise for Pope Francis and the things he said about climate change, the death penalty and immigration, his actions more than his words show a Pope unafraid to engage highly controversial issues in the ongoing culture wars.
  • Crack the Whip – How a child’s playground activity Speaks to our Times

    09/30/2015 6:47:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Crack the Whip – How a child’s playground activity Speaks to our Times. Msgr. Charles Pope • September 29, 2015 • The following is a longer version of an article I wrote for the Blog of the USCCB earlier this month. Due to space requirements I had to shorten the article. Here is the full version. Many years ago I heard an analogy for what has happened in this country and how the sins unhealthy patterns of the elite, the powerful and the wealthy trickled down to the poor, but with far more disastrous effects.The analogy was the game of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-30-15, M, St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

    09/29/2015 7:53:09 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 09-30-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 30, 2015   Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Neh 2:1-8 In the month Nisan of the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes,when the wine was in my charge,I took some and offered it to the king.As I had never before been sad in his presence,the king asked me, “Why do you look sad?If you are not sick, you must be sad at heart.”Though I was seized with great fear, I answered the king:“May the king live forever!How could I not look sadwhen the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins,and...
  • Pope's climate push is 'raving nonsense' without population control, says top US scientist

    09/25/2015 5:03:03 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 44 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9-24-2015 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as “raving nonsense” the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics rejects the need for population control. In a commentary in the journal Nature Climate Change, Paul Ehrlich, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, argues that Pope Francis is simply wrong in trying to fight climate change without also addressing the additional strain on global resources from population rise. “That’s raving nonsense,” Ehrlich told the Guardian. “He is right on some things but he is just...
  • Rorate Editorial: The Pope in the United States - Ambiguous on what should be clear, clear only...

    09/28/2015 7:23:44 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/28/15 | Augustinus
    "Rorate Editorial: The Pope in the United States - Ambiguous on what should be clear, clear only on his political priorities" Pope Francis' visit has shown us once more that he can be clear and unambiguous on his priorities, and vocal and forthright in saying what he wants to say. He did not hesitate to make direct statements on immigration, on the environment, on the abolition of the death penalty and in praise of religious liberty (that is, religious liberty as understood by the Western secular consensus rather than the defense of the Church's right to proclaim the truth in...
  • Hundreds of thousands crowd the heart of Philadelphia to bid farewell to the Pope: [tr]

    09/29/2015 7:15:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 27, 2015 | Chris Pleasance and Kelly McLaughlin
    Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to "miracles of love," closing out his joyful six-day trip with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to America's bishops. The wide Benjamin Franklin Parkway overflowed with the jubilant, who stood in line for hours and endured airport-style security checks to see history's first pope from the Americas celebrate an open-air Mass in the birthplace of the United States. The Mass - the last major event on Francis'...
  • Unbelief in Our Culture Is More Serious Than Most Imagine – A Reflection on the First Commandment

    09/29/2015 6:59:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Unbelief in Our Culture Is More Serious Than Most Imagine – A Reflection on the First Commandment Msgr. Charles Pope • September 28, 2015 • But, frankly, all of us should be concerned at the rise of unbelief in our culture, whether it is atheism, agnosticism, indifference, or the rampant secularism that relegates God to a marginal place. We should be concerned because unbelief on a wide scale (as we are seeing today) is not only unhealthy for a culture, it is dangerous to it.This danger is fairly obvious when one considers that, in the end, unbelievers think they answer...
  • Un-Ecumenism

    09/28/2015 11:06:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-28-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom 12:1-2)The ideas of the modern project have been in place for over three centuries. Across that time they have come to permeate every aspect of our lives. They shape our institutions and the way we think about them. They shape our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-29-15, FEAST, Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels

    09/28/2015 8:49:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 09-29-15 | Revised New American Bible
    September 29, 2015 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...
  • The Pope, the Little Sisters, and ObamaCare

    09/28/2015 10:08:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Pope Francis’ unexpected and unscheduled visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a convent of elderly nuns fighting ObamaCare’s contraception mandate in the courts, is a clear message shot across the Obama administration’s bow that such religious persecution is not acceptable, backing up the American Catholic Church’s mantra: we will not comply While the lamestream media focuses on the Pope’s seeming alignment on issues such as climate change and immigration reform, the chattering class ignores this ongoing battle over religious liberty.