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  • Must Christianity Change Its Sexual Ethics? History May Hold The Key

    04/19/2015 1:56:33 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 33 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 4-19-15 | Trevin Wax
    Churches that accept society’s dogma on marriage and sexuality may think of themselves as “affirming,” but the global church sees them as “apostate.” Meanwhile, it is the height of imperialistic narrowness for a rapidly shrinking subset of white churches in the West to lecture the rest of the world — including those places where Christianity is exploding in growth or where Christians are being martyred — on why they are wrong and how everyone else in Christian history has misread Scripture regarding the meaning of marriage. (RNS) Whenever people today say that Christianity needs to update and adapt its moral...
  • How Benedict XVI vanquished the New Atheists

    04/19/2015 12:03:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 19, 2015 | Mary O'Regan
    Ten years ago today Benedict began his transformative papacy Ten years ago today Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope, taking the name Benedict XVI. One surprise of the papacy that followed was that his visit to Britain was a such resounding success – so successful, in fact, that the benefits are still felt to this day. In the months leading up to the papal visit in September 2010, we had militant atheists, campaigning secularists and many sections of the anti-Catholic lobby doing their worst to cast a shadow over the visit. The National Secular Society launched its (grammatically suspect)...
  • Becoming Witnesses of the Resurrection & the Truth of the Gospel - Homily, Third Sunday of Easter

    04/19/2015 7:01:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington Becoming Witnesses of the Resurrection and the Truth of the Gospel. A homily for the third Sunday of Easter. By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel for this Sunday speaks to the necessity of becoming witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus. It begins with the necessary foundation of the proclamation of the Church: “The Lord is risen indeed, he has appeared to Simon!” This solemn declaration of the Church forms the doctrinal certitude of the resurrection. But on this foundation of the truth the personal witness of every Catholic must be built. In this gospel we see how the...
  • Shroud of Turin Returns for Public Viewing

    04/19/2015 5:52:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 4/19/15 | AFP
    The Shroud of Turin will be displayed for the first time in five years on Sunday. More than a million people have signed up to view one of Christianity's most celebrated relics. Pilgrims believe the Shroud of Turin, measuring 4.3 meters (14 feet) in length, was the cloth used to bury Jesus Christ. The most-talked about piece of linen in history, the shroud imprinted with an image of a man who appears to have been crucified, will go on display from April 19 until June 24 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the north of Italy. Public...
  • Traveling the Path to Catholicism

    04/18/2015 6:56:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 56 replies
    Catholic Exchange.com ^ | March 12, 22015 | Fr. William Saunders
    Traveling the Path to Catholicism Fr. William Saunders Q: Recently I saw a picture showing the Rite of Election at the cathedral. Would you please explain more about the Rite of Election and RCIA? When I was growing up, we did not have such a program.The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a formal program of catechetical instruction, ascetical practice (prayer and spirituality), and liturgies whereby adults — called catechumens — are formally admitted into the Church and receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation, and holy Eucharist. (The sacrament of penance is received later since baptism...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JESUS CHRIST THE CONQUEROR, 04-18-15

    04/18/2015 9:41:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-18-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:JESUS CHRIST THE CONQUEROR Ancient title of Christ signifying his victory over sin, death, and the evil spirit. It appears in the familiar monogram IC XC NIKA, where I and C are the first and last letters of the Greek word Ihcuc (Jesus); X and C are the first and last letters of Xrictoc (Christ); and nika is the Greek word for "conquers." All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WHITE FRIARS, 04-17-15

    04/17/2015 8:17:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-17-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:WHITE FRIARS Carmelite friars so called because of their white habit and scapular. The term is also applied to Premonstratensians and White Canons. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy?

    04/17/2015 6:38:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Ever Happened to the Spiritual Works of Mercy? By: Msgr. Charles PopeDuring daily masses at this time we are beginning to read through John Chapter 6. There of course is a glorious focus and teaching of the Lords true presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament.However, there is also another important teaching given at a critical moment in chapter 6 that is important for us to lay hold of today. It is a call to recover a greater awareness of the importance of the spiritual works of mercy. We will list what they are in the moment, but for now, consider that, despite living in rather...
  • St. Petersburg Smolny Cathedral Restored to Church, a Symbol of the City of the Tsars

    04/16/2015 10:32:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/16/15
    Confiscated by the Bolsheviks, first used as a warehouse and more recently a concert hall, the cathedral will be restored to the Orthodox diocese. In 2010 it was reopened for worship.Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, one of the symbols of the city of the Tsars and now owned by the state, will be returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. This was announced April 14 by Nikolai Burov, director of the museum of the four cathedrals which also includes that of Smolny. "The decision has been made: the Smolny Cathedral will be restored to the diocese,"...
  • The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine

    04/16/2015 6:46:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-15-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Greatness of Little Things: A Reflection on a Quote From St. Augustine By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have found that one of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine  is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin, followed by my own translation: Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse,magnum est.What is a little thing,  is (just) a little thing.But to be faithful in a little thingis a great thing. (from St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana, IV,35)I first saw this quote on the frontispiece of a book by Adrian Fortescue. Fortescue applied it to the intricate details of celebrating...
  • St. John Paul II and the 'tyranny of the possible'

    04/16/2015 2:59:12 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 6 replies
    The Catholic Difference via CRRC ^ | March 31, 2015. | GEORGE WEIGEL
    The reputations of the great often diminish over time. Ten years after his holy death on April 2, 2005, Karol Wojtyla, Pope St. John Paul II, looms even larger than he did when the world figuratively gathered at his bedside a decade ago: tens of millions of men and women around the world who felt impelled, and privileged, to pray with him through what he called his "Passover" — his liberation through death into a new life of freedom in the blazing glory of the Thrice-Holy God. On this anniversary, as at his canonization last year, what seems most memorable...
  • Prominent Catholics call on pope to oust S.F. archbishop

    04/15/2015 7:13:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies
    http://www.sfgate.com ^ | April 15, 2015 | Matier & Ross
    In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.” The plea follows months of dissent within the archdiocese over Cordileone’s emphasis on traditional, conservative church doctrine — including asking high school teachers and staffers at Catholic schools to sign a morality clause that characterizes sex outside of marriage and homosexual relations as “gravely evil.” In their open letter to the pope, Cordileone’s critics say his morality-clause...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLY HILL, 04-15-15

    04/15/2015 9:07:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HOLY HILL A shrine of Mary, Help of Christians in Hubertus, Wisconsin, northwest of Milwaukee. A statue of the Madonna, arms outstretched, with the Child beside her, is the central feature of the shrine. The present edifice is the third church built since 1863, when the first log building became to small to hold the pilgrims who came to Holy Hill, where it is reputed that Jacques Marquette first planted the Cross. Now in charge of the shrine, the Carmelites have built a six-story monastery on the grounds. Discarded crutches and braces there attest to the...
  • Strange but Rich Verses: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying That Jesus Was “Eating Salt with Them”?

    04/15/2015 7:02:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 87 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Strange but Rich Verses File: What Does Acts 1:4 Mean by Saying That Jesus Was “Eating Salt with Them”? By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is an unusual verse that occurs in the first chapter of the Acts the Apostles, describing a gathering of Jesus and the Apostles after the resurrection but before the ascension. For the most part, modern translations do not reveal the full oddity of the verse. The verse in question, as rendered by the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, is,And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4).However,...
  • Misericordiae Vultus: BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY

    04/15/2015 7:00:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    '"It is as if nothing has been learned from the confrontations with secular and atheist ideologies in the last 50 years. The passages he chose to quote from John XXIII and Paul VI are revealing: the former's dichotomy between the Council's "medicine of mercy" as contrasted with "severity", and the latter's glowing profession of trust and admiration for the modern world. Francis, for all of his talk of going forward, seems intent on going back to the naiveté of the immediate post-Conciliar years. With the Jubilee of Mercy as the instrument of this time-travel."
  • Tax Time and the Bible's Story About Government

    04/14/2015 9:08:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/14/2015 | BY REV. MARK H. CREECH
    Back in the 1980s, I was an associate minister in charge of the children's ministry at a church in upstate New York – not far from Buffalo. The church had a children's worship that met on Sunday mornings separate from the adult's traditional morning worship. The children's church service featured special characters that would share the Gospel in ways that resonated well with kids. There was, "Tick-Tock the Grandfather Clock," "Jack, the Pirate," "Moe, the Hobo," and "The Old Circuit Rider," who actually rode a real horse to church on the Sundays he visited. The youngsters loved it and attendance...
  • The Didache - The Complete Text

    04/14/2015 8:58:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 79 replies
    Paraclete Press ^ | not given | Apostles
    The Didache - The Complete Text 1 There Are Two Ways 1:1 There are two ways, one of life and one of death! and there is a great difference between the two ways. 1:2 The way of life is this: First, you shall love God who made you. And second, love your neighbor as yourself, and do not do to another what you would not want done to you. 1:3 The meaning of these sayings is this: Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you. For what reward is there...
  • A Short Meditation on the “Look” of Jesus

    04/14/2015 7:43:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-13-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    A Short Meditation on the “Look” of Jesus By: Msgr. Charles PopeI have a large Icon of Christ in my room. What icons from the Eastern tradition do best is to capture “the Look.” No matter where I move in the room Christ is looking right at me. His look is intense, though not severe. In the Eastern spirituality Icons are windows into heaven. Hence this icon is no mere portrait that reminds one of Christ, it is an image which mediates his presence. When I look upon him, I experience that he knows me. It is a knowing...
  • Pascha; a Reminiscence from the Gulag.

    04/13/2015 8:33:34 PM PDT · by bad company · 7 replies
    https://georgianorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com ^ | 13 / 04 / 2015 | Simon Appleby
    Should at any time we feel ourselves to be alone, or for the secular world to be so overwhelming and powerful as to render spiritual life redundant, we can reflect on the difficulties of our predecessors and be inspired by their cheerfulness and joy in the face of tremendous privations. As mentioned before, the mid 1920’s was a period of ferocious attacks upon the Church by the Bolsheviks, both clergy and laity. Many of the faithful were executed or imprisoned in the Gulag for extended periods on nonsensical charges. The Solovetsky Island concentration camp (Solovki for short), formerly a remote...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SANCTIFYING GRACE, 04-13-15

    04/13/2015 9:36:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-13-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SANCTIFYING GRACE  The supernatural state of being infused by God, which permanently inheres in the soul. It is a vital principle of the supernatural life, as the rational soul is the vital principle of a human being's natural life. It is not a substance but a real quality that becomes part of the soul substance. Although commonly associated with the possession of the virtue of charity, sanctifuing grace is yet distinct from this virtue. Charity, rather, belongs to the will, whereas sanctifying grace belongs to the whole soul, mind, will, and affections. It is called...
  • Titanic Priest Father Thomas Byles 'Should be Sainted'

    04/13/2015 6:02:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/15
    A campaign is under way to have the Catholic priest who stayed on RMS Titanic instead of fleeing on a lifeboat made a saint. Father Thomas Byles, of St Helen's Church, Chipping Ongar, Essex, boarded the ship at Southampton to attend his younger brother's wedding in New York. But when it sank in 1912 he twice refused to join a lifeboat and instead remained with passengers to pray. The current priest at St Helen's Church said Father Byles should be canonised. Father Byles, educated in Fleetwood, Lancashire and Oxford, had been rector at St Helen's for eight years when he...
  • The Key to Jesus’ Ministry in One Word: ‘Ephphatha’

    04/13/2015 5:10:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 13, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
    He slipped His fingers in the man’s ears. Spitting, He touched the man’s tongue. Then He looked up to heaven and groaned.“Ephphatha!” Jesus said.So goes the account of the healing of the deaf man near the Sea of Galilee, as told in Mark.The word is one of a handful of words in Aramaic—believed to be the vernacular language of Jesus—that survived into the Greek New Testament. We don’t have to find an Aramaic dictionary to discover the meaning of this word. Mark readily supplies a definition: Be opened! Immediately, then, we are told that the man’s ears were “opened”...
  • ‘A.D.: THE BIBLE CONTINUES’: APOSTLES PETER AND JOHN SPEAK

    04/12/2015 3:41:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 12, 2015 | KATE O'HARE
    Tonight, NBC airs episode two of “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” in which Jesus’ Apostles and disciples must move beyond the Lord’s Crucifixion and deal with His Resurrection and all that implies for their futures and that of the world.Chief among these is Simon, now called Peter, an ordinary Galilean fisherman who now finds himself the leader of a movement that has suddenly become far more than he ever dreamed it would be — and in turn, becomes more himself then he thought possible.Speaking after a press even in Pasadena, California, in January, British actor Adam Levy (at right, above), who...
  • Apostle: One Who Is Sent

    04/12/2015 3:17:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 10, 2015 | MIKE AQUILINA
    The word apostle has a dynamic quality. The Greek apostolos means “one who is sent.” It describes an agent or vicar, an emissary or ambassador. More than a messenger, an apostolos is a representative. Scholars believe the word is a direct translation of the Hebrew shaliah; and the ancient rabbis pronounced that “a man’s shaliah is as himself.”The Apostles were first known as the Twelve — a number rich with meaning. For a Jew of the first century, it recalled the twelve tribes of Israel, the tribes now dis­persed among the Gentiles and assimilated into other peoples. The gathering...
  • Journey to Jordan: Waking up to the Muslim call to prayer—and walking ancient streets

    04/12/2015 2:16:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 11, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    After yesterday’s long plane ride, I slept fitfully but somewhere around 5 a.m. found myself hearing the not-too-distant call to Muslim prayer—a sound both mournful and humbling. I figured it was a good time to get up and pray, anyway, so climbed out of bed and did Morning Prayer.  “All you heavens, bless the Lord,” I prayed, along with countless other Christians around the world—but now, with Muslim cries echoing a few blocks away.As daylight broke, I got a first look at the view out my window. Behold, downtown Amman.At 6:30, I made my way downstairs for breakfast. The hotel, I discovered,...
  • God’s Perfect Mercy – A Meditation for Divine Mercy Sunday

    04/12/2015 6:54:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdicoese of Washington ^ | 04-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Perfect Mercy – A Meditation for Divine Mercy Sunday By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe live in times in which mercy, like so many other things, has become a detached concept in people’s minds, separated from the things that really help us to understand it. For indeed, mercy makes sense and is necessary because we are sinners in desperate shape. Yet many today think it unkind and unmerciful to speak of sin as sin. Many think that mercy is a declaration that God doesn’t really care about sin, or that sin is not a relevant concept.On the contrary, mercy means that sin...
  • Turkey Anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'Genocide' Claim

    04/12/2015 6:28:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/15
    Turkey has summoned the Vatican ambassador after Pope Francis used the word "genocide" to describe mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1 100 years ago.The foreign ministry requested a meeting with the Vatican's envoy in Ankara, Turkish media reported. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million people were systematically killed by Ottoman forces in 1915. Turkey has consistently denied that the killings were genocide. The Pope's comments came at a service in Rome to honour a 10th Century mystic, attended by Armenia's president. The dispute has continued to sour relations between Armenia and Turkey. 'Bleeding wound'The...
  • 3 Surprising Things About Divine Mercy Sunday (Catholic Caucus)

    04/11/2015 3:28:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 11, 2015 | FR. CHRIS DECKER
    1. Jesus asked for it. St. Faustina Kowalska, was a young member of The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Lodz, Poland. In the early 1930s, she received a series of messages from The Lord expounding His desire to extend mercy upon humanity. He asked her to write these messages down. Among the messages was the request for an image of Himself to be commissioned: "Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus I Trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and throughout the world."(The Diary of St. Maria Faustina...
  • Four times the Church has held her ground on [no] Communion for the divorced and remarried

    04/10/2015 6:19:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 136 replies
    CNA ^ | April 10, 2015 | Mary Rezac
    The argument that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics (lacking annulments) be allowed to receive the Eucharist is kind of like 40+ year-old, re-heated mashed potatoes: it’s been spit out by the authority of Church time and again, but for some reason keeps appearing on the spoon of stubborn theologians and bishops who keep trying to trick us into eating it by making cutesie airplane noises. In an essay for Communio entitled “The Merciful Gift Of Indissolubility and the Question Of Pastoral Care For Civilly Divorced And Remarried Catholics”, Nicholas J. Healy, JR. traces the history of this argument, as well...
  • The Awe-Inspiring Heroism of Dietrich Bonhoeffer-

    04/10/2015 1:15:16 PM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | April 10, 2015 12:11 PM | S.T. KARNICK
    As a Christian, he never ceased to stand by those who suffered, even when it cost him his life. The too-brief life of the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been the subject of much film and literary interest in recent years, and Eric Metaxas’s insightful biography of this heroic figure helps us understand why. Bonhoeffer’s life vividly demonstrated the natural and indeed inevitable tensions between the individual and the modern state, and it pointed toward a response based firmly in Christian thought. There are two powerful presences throughout the book: Bonhoeffer himself and Adolf Hitler, as the two...
  • A New History of the Crusades Obama Should Read

    04/10/2015 1:07:36 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 10, 2015 | Stephanie Pacheco
    Steve Weidenkopf, lecturer at Christendom College’s graduate program, has written a readable, story-like book that provides a blow-by-blow account of the Crusades that simultaneously counters many of the myths that have sprung up around them.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: VALIDITY, 04-10-15

    04/10/2015 9:11:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:VALIDITY Having not only legal force but actually producing the effect intended. Applied to the sacraments, it refers to the conditions of matter, form, and circumstances required for valid administration. In ecclesiastical law it means that certain prescriptions must be fulfilled for the law or contractual agreement to bind or take effect. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • When Did the Resurrection Go from Rumor to an Official Declaration of the Church?

    04/10/2015 7:44:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When Did the Resurrection Go from Rumor to an Official Declaration of the Church? By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the early hours of the first Easter Sunday, the news began to circulate that Jesus was alive and had been seen. These reports were at first disbelieved or at least doubted by the Apostles. They dismissed various reports from both women and men. But suddenly that evening there was a change, a declaration by the Apostles that the Lord “has truly risen!”  What effected this change? We will see in a moment. But first, note the early reports of the resurrection and how they...
  • Pope Prays that Divine Mercy Might Help Reconciliation Over Armenian Genocide

    04/09/2015 5:07:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Francis laments that nations have 'not yet reached a consensus on the reading of such sorrowful events'Pope Francis has prayed that the Divine Mercy might hasten reconciliation over the deaths of more than a million Armenians a century ago in what is commonly referred to as the Armenian genocide. The Pope made the comment during a meeting with Armenian bishops and faithful ahead of a Mass on Sunday that will mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre. In his prepared remarks he prayed that the Divine Mercy “might help us all, in love for truth and justice, to heal every...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CANONS REGULAR, 04-09-15

    04/09/2015 9:25:25 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-09-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:CANONS REGULAR Priests who are bound by religious vows and who live in community under a distinctive rule. Originating in the eleventh century, in connection with the reform movement of Pope Gregory VII, they have mainly adopted the Rule of St. Augustine. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect

    04/09/2015 8:22:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 131 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Meditation on the Sins of the Intellect By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhen I was in the seminary, my Moral Theology Professor, Fr. Robert Zylla (R.I.P.), encouraged us to meditate on the sins of the intellect during the third sorrowful mystery (The Crowning with Thorns). In his years of teaching he had surely witnessed the intellectual pride that could beset theologians and seminary students who figured they knew a few things. And added to this human tendency to intellectual pride was the rather prideful sense of the 20th century that we had somehow “come of age.” Dissent from church teaching was rampant and...
  • New York Times Runs Easter Story Suggesting Resurrection Didn't Happen

    04/08/2015 2:44:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 8, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A few weeks ago, an Israeli geologist met with a reporter from the New York Times in the lobby of Jerusalem's King David Hotel. The geologist brought along evidence. Just before Easter, the Times came out with his story. The geologist, Aryeh Shimron, claims to have proof of a connection between a famous ossuary, or burial box for bones, and a tomb of in the environs of Jerusalem that, he believes, was the final resting place for Jesus of Nazareth, his wife and his family. If he were right, his theory would call into question the truth of the Resurrection. The Times...
  • God: End the Arab occupation of West Bank, East Bank, and Gaza [Psalms 60 & 108]

    04/08/2015 9:46:31 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    Wrestlers of Faith ^ | 4/8/2015 | Jan Sobieski
    The United Nations is mulling a Palestinian sponsored security council resolution demanding that Israel end the occupation of lands that the Arab/Palestinians claim as their own. Concurrently, the oil rich Arab League (e.g. Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, etc.) has voted to support this resolution. The Palestinian resolution at the UN Security Council calls for setting a timeline for ending Israeli “occupation” and creating an Israel with indefensible borders. Ostensibly, the Arab League decision came following the recent Arab summit at Sharm e-Sheikh where the league found it an appropriate means to help the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PENITENTIAL ACT, 04-08-15

    04/08/2015 9:19:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-08-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:PENITENTIAL ACT The invitation by the priest at Mass, after the opening salutation, to have the congregation acknowledge their sinfulness. This is followed by the Appeal for Mercy, the Kyrie, unless the pleas for forgiveness was already included in the penitential act. Normally each invocation is sung (or said) twice, but there may be further repetitions and also brief text insertions (tropes) if the circumstances warrant such additions. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction

    04/08/2015 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction By: Msgr. Charles PopeA conference is being planned in August to ponder an authentic pastoral response in ministering to those with same-sex attraction. Dr. Janet Smith is the organizer; Courage International and the Archdiocese of Detroit are the sponsors. It looks to be a  fine gathering of solid speakers. Though I am clearly a “back-bencher” among the fine speakers being lined up, I was asked to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the book that will likely be published by Ignatius Press just prior to the conference.As a...
  • Supremes warned: 'God's judgment' now looming

    04/07/2015 7:50:10 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    In a stunningly blunt brief, a team of lawyers acting on behalf of a number of Christian and liberty-focused organizations has told the U.S. Supreme Court that to mandate same-sex marriage is to invite God’s judgment. And that’s probably not going to turn out well. The brief was filed by the William J. Olson law firm and the U.S. Justice Foundation on behalf of Public Advocate of the U.S., Joyce Meyer Ministries, the Lincoln Institute, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation, Institute on the Constitution, Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund and pastor Chuck Baldwin. The Supreme Court is to hear arguments...
  • Apologetics 101: Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers?

    04/07/2015 11:01:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 277 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 7, 2015 | JOHN MARTIGNONI
    Q:  What is this about the “brothers” of Jesus in the Bible?  Did Mary have other children besides Jesus?   A:  No.The Church teaches that Mary was a perpetual virgin. Yet, as you mention, the Bible does indeed mention the “brothers” of Jesus.  Mark 6:3, “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon...” The “brothers” of Jesus are clearly mentioned, and named, in the Bible. So, Mary must have had other children and the Catholic Church is wrong when it dogmatically teaches that she was a perpetual...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ONTOLOGISM, 04-07-15

    04/07/2015 9:21:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-07-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:ONTOLOGISM A theory that holds that each person has an immediate intuitive vision of God, and this vision is the source and ground of all other human knowledge. Originating with Platonic mysticism, the doctrine was first projected by Marsilio Ficino (1433-99), systematically organized by Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715), and developed by Vincenzo Gioberti (1801-52). It was condemned in 1861 as erroneous under Pius IX by the Congregation of the Inquisition. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Effect Will Pressure to Accept Same Sex Acts or “Marriage” Have on Church Teaching? None!

    04/07/2015 7:48:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Effect Will Pressure to Accept Same Sex Acts or “Marriage” Have on Church Teaching? None! By: Msgr. Charles PopeLast week was Holy Week, so sure enough there were many critical issues in the news that needed attention but we in the Church were off doing more important things like worshipping God and pondering our need for salvation. Permit a brief summary and some predictions from me based on the latest unpleasantness in Indiana last week.I am not a lawyer and neither know nor understand all the legal implications of the law signed by the Indiana governor and then later...
  • Top 10 Tips for Atheists This Easter

    04/07/2015 7:06:54 AM PDT · by jettester · 8 replies
    The Drum ^ | 17 April, 2014 | John Dickson
    Atheists should drop their easily dismissed scientific, philosophical or historical arguments against Christianity, and instead quiz believers about Old Testament violence and hell, writes John Dickson.
  • Pope Francis: More Christians Martyrs Today Than In First Centuries

    04/07/2015 3:52:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Continuing his string of appeals calling attention to the plight of persecuted Christians throughout the world, Pope Francis employed forceful language Monday in his midday address to the pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square, decrying violence against Christians and exhorting the international community not to stand by without taking meaningful action.
  • Pontius Pilate (VANITY)

    04/06/2015 12:35:58 PM PDT · by Teacher317 · 92 replies
    4/6/15 | me
    I'm not exactly a Biblical scholar, so be a little gentle with the flames. I was watching Passion of the Christ yesterday for Easter (my third time seeing it), and a thought occurred to me. Both the movie and the Gospels note that Pilate tried, repeatedly, to not sentence Jesus to death. His wife lobbied for Jesus, he declared "this man has done nothing", he sent him to Herod declaring him not guilty, and he even tried the once-a-year prisoner release gambit. At every turn, the high priests and the crowd pushed for his death. Even after finding him guilty...
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick and the Emerging Theology of Early Liberalism

    04/06/2015 2:26:22 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    Grace To You ^ | John MacArthur
    Romans 11:22, Job 28:28 A173 In the early part of the 20th century liberalism took mainline Protestant churches by storm. In fact, it might be argued that the first half of the century ushered in the most serious spiritual decline since the Protestant Reformation. Historic evangelicalism,1 which had dominated Protestant America since the days of the founding fathers, was virtually driven out of denominational schools and churches. In a few decades, liberalism virtually destroyed the largest Protestant denominations in America and Europe. Evangelicalism managed to survive and even seemed to thrive for awhile outside the denominations. But it never regained...
  • Lunatics, Liars, or Witnesses to the Risen Lord?

    04/06/2015 2:20:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 6, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
     We know who the disciples saw after the empty tomb was found. But what did they see?As Christians we believe that the same person who had died on the cross, Jesus Christ, really appeared in the flesh-and-blood, even with the same body as before, yet in a glorified condition.But last year, the Boston Globe published an interview with a secular theologian (yes, you read that right), Bart Ehrman who offered a ‘new theory’ about what the disciples had seen.His answer: a hallucination. The disciples were so distraught by the death of their savior, so his theory goes, that their...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR, 04-06-15

    04/06/2015 9:20:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 04-06-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR The Eucharist viewed as the body and blood of Christ, which are offered on the altar in the Sacrifice of the Mass. Also the Eucharist as reserved on the altar for adoration by the faithful. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.