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  • Are You Anxious, Upset, Confused about the Church Today? Wherein Fr. Z rants. [Catholic Caucus]

    04/24/2017 12:01:32 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | April 24, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In this time of confusion over doctrine and praxis, many people ask me in email what they can do either to maintain equilibrium, or else to “be the maquis”, as it were, and join the resistance against the liberal undermining of our Catholic cult, code, creed and identity. Yes, I think that there should be a “resistance”, though not every one can “resist” in the same way.The first step is, of course, to examine your conscience and GO TO CONFESSION.  Only after that can you determine your best course of action.Some of you must be engaged in this struggle, either because of your...
  • Lay Scholars Highlight Problems With Amoris Laetitia, Crisis in the Church [Catholic Caucus]

    04/24/2017 11:40:28 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April. 24, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    At a well-attended Rome conference Saturday, six lay scholars from different parts of the world drew attention to controversial passages of Amoris Laetitia, showing the extent of concern and unease among the laity over the papal document. To hold such a lay gathering — just yards from the Vatican and critical of a papal text — was unprecedented in the modern history of the Church, and took place after much hand-wringing in the Church following the publication last April of Amoris Laetitia, the Pope’s apostolic exhortation following the 2014 and 2015 Synods on the Family. The document has prompted divergent...
  • Leftists Shout Down Pastor Leading Prayer at Town Hall

    04/24/2017 11:26:27 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    church millitant ^ | April 22, 2017 | trey elmore
    GAYLORD, Mich. ( - A group of feminists shouted down a Protestant pastor opening a Michigan town hall meeting with prayer. Held in the city of Gaylord in Michigan's First Congressional District Thursday, Dr. Derek Hagland of Grace Baptist Church kicked off the event for state Republican congressman Jack Bergman, a former lieutenant general in the U.S. Marine Corps. Chanting "separation of Church and State," leftist activists men and women alike wearing the now-familiar pink hats associated with the D.C. Women's March tried to drown out Hagland's opening prayer. "He's incredibly transparent about faith being an important part...
  • Architectural News from Norcia

    04/24/2017 9:42:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    De Omnibus Dubitandum Est ^ | April 24, 2017 | Mark Lambert
    Some rather depressing news from Dr. Robert Moynihan, who, in his latest letter reports news from the Monks of Norcia / Monaci di Norcia: "They told me that the archbishop of Spoleto, Renato Boccardo, age 64 -- who has jurisdiction over Norcia -- has decided that he will rebuild the Basilica of St. Benedict in a modern style of architecture. He will also take possession of the quarters where the monks had been living from the year 2000 until October 2016. He will use the quarters as a part-time episcopal residence. "So the Benedictine monks of Father Cassian will not...
  • Ocala Catholic School Teacher Reprimanded Over Anti-Muslim Reading

    04/23/2017 6:26:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Ocala Star-Banner ^ | 4/19/17 | Joe Callahan
    The Diocese of Orlando reprimanded the sixth-grade Blessed Trinity teacher for an unfortunate exhibit of disrespect.A Blessed Trinity Catholic School religion teacher has been reprimanded by the Diocese of Orlando after he assigned sixth-grade students to read anti-Muslim excerpts from a 164-year-old text authored by Priest Giovanni Bosco, who later became a saint. Mark Smythe, who teaches religion and social studies at Blessed Trinity, gave students several printouts of Boscos 1853 text that states Prophet Muhammad degrades and dishonors human nature and by placing happiness in sensual pleasures, reduces man to the level of filthy animals. The text also refers...
  • India bishops slam 'brutal' disruption of Good Friday service

    04/23/2017 2:50:13 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | April 21, 2017 | Hannah Brockhaus
    India's Catholic bishops have strongly condemned a violent police disruption of a Good Friday service at a small parish in the south of the country. The Dhalit Catholic community in the village of Sogandi was holding a liturgy for the Passion of the Lord April 14 when they were disrupted by the Tehsildar local tax and revenue officers as well as police during the Veneration of the Cross and distribution of Holy Communion.
  • Catholic deacon given job of hermit at 350-year-old cliffside retreat

    04/23/2017 2:46:20 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald (U.K.) ^ | 21 Apr 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Stan Vanuytrecht beat 50 applicants to win the role and occupy one of the last hermitages in central Europe A Catholic deacon has won a competition to live in one of central Europes last hermitages, beating 50 other applicants to occupy a 350-year-old cliffside cell above a small Austrian town. Stan Vanuytrecht, 58, responded to an advertisement placed by Fr Alois Moser, which asked for someone with a connection to Christian belief and at peace with themselves. The role, which is unpaid, became vacant after the previous incumbent left to pursue a writing career in Vienna. The hermitage, in Saalfeden,...
  • 'Fasting, confession prayer:' Orthodox churches fight drop

    04/23/2017 2:32:43 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 15 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW and The Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2017 | Stephen Huba & Michael Walton
    The bright blue cupolas atop SS. Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Church are an unmistakable landmark in Jeannette symbols of a parish once home to more than 50 Russian families. In Monessen, families used to fill folding chairs beside packed church pews during Sunday services at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church. Not so today. Not at St. Michael, not at SS. Cyril & Methodius and not at many other Orthodox churches in southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Visiting Hank Hanegraaffs New Greek Orthodox Church

    04/23/2017 2:27:13 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 48 replies
    Pulpit and Pen Blog ^ | APRIL 18, 2017 | Jeff Maples
    One of the biggest complaints against Pulpit & Pen we get consistently is that we somehow dont have all our facts, or are misrepresenting someone or something. I received countless emails claiming that I misrepresented Greek Orthodoxy in my recent posts regarding Hank Hanegraaff and that I should do more research. Well, what better way to research than to go straight to the source in person? Saturday, April 15, known as Holy Saturday in the Orthodox tradition, I along with a couple of friends went to visit St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, NCthe church that Hanegraaff was recently...
  • Chicago Cardinal Praises Governors Pledge to Veto Abortion Funding

    04/23/2017 1:39:35 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod
    Crux ^ | April 23, 2017 | Catholic News Agency
    A promise from the governor of Illinois to veto an abortion funding bill drew the gratitude of Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, who called it a principled stand. Abortion is a controversial issue in this country, but using public money to provide abortions should not be, the cardinal said April 19. The federal government prohibits the practice, and polls show a substantial segment of the American public reject it.Governor Bruce Rauner had pledged to veto Illinois House Bill 40. The legislation would fund elective abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason through the Medicaid and employee health insurance programs. It would...
  • Cardinals Dubia and Papal Silence: The Silver Lining [Catholic Caucus]

    04/23/2017 1:30:54 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Dominus mihi adjutor ^ | April 22, 2017 | Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB
    The five questions, or dubia, submitted by Cardinals Caffarra, Burke, Meisner and Brandmüller to Pope Francis regarding his Apostolic Exhortation on family life, Amoris Laetitia, have been mentioned here before. Many commentators have expressed frustration that the pope has yet to answer them. Plain rude, some say. Probably quite a few liberals also would like Pope Francis to answer the dubia, and make the de facto practice in many places de iure: that divorcees who have entered into a subsequent civil remarriage might be allowed to receive Holy Communion.So far the pope has been silent, and his defenders—not a few of them self-appointed...
  • Enviro Activists Co-opt Divine Mercy Sunday to Push Climate Change Agenda [Catholic Caucus]

    04/23/2017 5:36:40 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | April 21, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A concurrence of dates this weekend putting Earth Day just before Divine Mercy Sunday has environmental activists capitalizing on Pope Francis' message from last year embracing the controversial notion of manmade climate change. #Mercy2Earth Weekend combines the annual environmental activist Earth Day event with the Catholic devotion based on the Divine Mercy of Jesus. Divine Mercy Sunday is associated with apparitions attributed to the Polish nun St. Faustina Kowalska and is observed the Sunday after Easter. Both happen to fall on the same weekend this year. “#Mercy2Earth Weekend is the combination of...
  • Exclusive interview: Cardinal Mller on Medjugorje, Amoris Laetitia and Radical Islam

    04/23/2017 5:29:05 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 21, 2017 | Konrad Sawicki
    The Vatican doctrinal chief sits down with Aleteia Poland in this wide-ranging, exclusive interview. POLAND — The head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, traveled to Poland on April 19 for a conference honoring the 90th birthday of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.The theme of the conference was “The Concept of the State in the Teaching of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI.”Aleteia spoke with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the offices of the Polish Bishops’ Conference. Cardinal Müller answered several questions exclusively for Aleteia readers, on topics ranging from Medjugorje...
  • Businessman Sends Free Fatima Statues to Parishes throughout the World [Catholic Caucus]

    04/23/2017 5:20:01 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 20, 2017 | Catholic News Service
    José Camara, who has paid for statues to be sent everywhere from England to Madagascar, says he has nearly depleted his life savings. Every time José Camara thinks his ministry is completed, somebody else needs a statue of Our Lady of Fatima to spread the devotion.Camara, a retired Portuguese businessman, has donated more than 1,000 of the statues, handmade in Fatima, to parishes around the world since January 2013. He even covers the cost of transport, including to South Africa, Madagascar, Australia and the United States.“I started out just over four years ago with the idea of offering 12 hand-made...
  • After Four Cardinals, Six Laymen Speak. Who Knows If the Pope May At Least Listen To Them

    04/23/2017 5:10:08 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | April 22, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The four cardinals have never been alone with their dubia. Proof of this comes from what happened in Rome on April 22 in an auditorium of the Hotel Columbus, a short walk from Saint Peters Square, where six renowned lay scholars came together from as many countries of the world to give voice to an appeal that is being raised from a large part of the people of God so that clarity may be brought to the confusion raised by Amoris Laetitia.Anna M. Silvas came from Australia, Claudio Pierantoni from Chile, Jrgen Liminski from Germany, Douglas Farrow from Canada, Jean...
  • Pope Francis Appears in Climate Change Movie Featuring Obama, Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio

    04/22/2017 4:44:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/21/17 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, April 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Pope Francis made a climactic appearance in a National Geographic film about global warming that was narrated by Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and released on DVD this week. The film, titled Before The Flood, contained a line-up of left-leaning activists renowned for pushing the theory of man-made global warming. The list included Ban Ki-moon, Bill Clinton, Oprah, Elon Musk, John Kerry, and Barack Obama. The film's climactic ending shows DiCaprio, the United Nations Messenger of Peace, being received at the Vatican by Pope Francis. According to the film, they spoke about the necessity of...
  • Prophecy Update with Amir, April 21, 2017 (video)

    04/22/2017 2:35:12 PM PDT · by Lera · 42 replies
    Behold Israel ^ | 4/21//17 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir gives a Prophecy Update, addressing Iran, Syria, Russia, USA, Sudan, Lebanon, Israel, fake news and much more!
  • Real Pastoring Cant Do Without the Truth (Amoris Laetitia) [Catholic Caucus]

    04/21/2017 7:49:39 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 21, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    Six lay academics from around the world will address a conference in Rome Saturday on how to bring clarity to a controversial chapter of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). The one-day event, entitled “Bringing Clarity One Year After Amoris Laetitia,” is being held in response to the confusion deriving from differing interpretations of the document’s Chapter 8, especially over whether or not to allow some divorced and remarried couples living in irregular unions to receive holy Communion. The conference, hosted by Italian publications La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana and Il Timone, follows the submission last year by four cardinals of...
  • Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable

    04/21/2017 5:01:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 63 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/20/17 | Jayson Casper
    Twelve seconds of silence is an awkward eternity on television. Amr Adeeb, perhaps the most prominent talk show host in Egypt, leaned forward as he searched for a response. The Copts of Egypt are made of steel! he finally uttered. Moments earlier, Adeeb was watching a colleague in a simple home in Alexandria speak with the widow of Naseem Faheem, the guard at St. Marks Cathedral in the seaside Mediterranean city. On Palm Sunday, the guard had redirected a suicide bomber through the perimeter metal detector, where the terrorist detonated. Likely the first to die in the blast,...
  • Supreme Court appears ready to break down a church-state barrier in certain circumstances

    04/21/2017 5:49:39 AM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 19 April 2017 | David G. Savage
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared ready to break down at least part of the longstanding church-state barrier that has prevented religious schools from receiving public funds. The justices gave a skeptical hearing to a Missouri lawyer who was defending the states decision to reject a grant request from a Lutheran preschool seeking to participate in a state program that provides money to schools to rubberize the surface of their playgrounds. Missouris constitution, like those in at least 36 other states, bars sending tax money to churches and church schools. But most of the justices signaled they will rule for...