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  • A Brief History of Catholic Claims to Shakespeare

    11/27/2014 7:27:57 PM PST · by annalex · 18 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | NOV 26 2014, 4:35 PM ET | ADAM CHANDLER
    On Tuesday, word spread about the discovery of a "first folio" of the works of William Shakespeare [...]. It was uncovered by some industrious librarians in St.-Omer, France, near the city of Calais, at a public library that already boasts possession of an even rarer Gutenberg Bible. The folio, as the BBC noted, "collects 36 of Shakespeare's 38 known plays for the first time, and was originally printed in 1623, seven years after the playwright's death." As Jennifer Schuessler reported, the folio's unearthing brings the total number of known Shakespeare compendiums to 233. [...] ...over the past century-and-a-half, based on...
  • Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn’t support Kasper in synod debates

    11/27/2014 6:41:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Insight Scoop.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | CNA
    Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn’t support Kasper in synod debates Retired Pope Benedict XVI is pictured among cardinals, including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, right, a few minutes before the start a consistory at which Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn’t support Kasper in synod debates | CNA | Catholic World Report A new volume of Ratzinger’s collected works includes a revised essay on the reception of Communion by the divorced and remarried.A new volume of Benedict XVI’s collected works includes...
  • Thanksgiving Day Is For Thanking and Praising God – Just Ask Lincoln

    11/27/2014 9:32:48 AM PST · by millegan · 6 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    In the midst of the American Civil War, Lincoln noted that the country’s industry and population was still growing. In the document officially instituting Thanksgiving as a national holiday, he explicitly credited this to nothing else but God’s grace: "No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy." He then asked everyone in the country “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of...
  • How to Thank God as He Has Instructed – A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

    11/27/2014 5:20:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-26-14 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    How to Thank God as He Has Instructed – A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day By: Msgr. Charles PopeYour grace and mercy,brought me through.I’m living this moment,Because of you.I want to thank you,And praise you too.Your grace and mercy,Brought me through!On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one adequately thank God, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift? Is it really enough to simply kneel and say a prayer of thanks? Perhaps we should run to Church and light a...
  • Turning to the East in the Diocese of Lincoln – UPDATED

    11/26/2014 9:21:34 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 26, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATED: see belowORIGINALLY POSTED on: Nov 21, 2014The late-great liturgist Klaus Gamber, who also influenced Joseph Ratzinger (also known by another name), said that turning around the altars was the single most damaging change that happened in the name of the Council, and it wasn’t even mandated by the Council.  There is no document that required tables be set up.But I digress.Great news from the Diocese of Lincoln!His Excellency Most Reverend James Conley has determined that Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Lincoln will be ad orientem. Bishop’s Column Looking to the east Friday, 21 November 2014 Jesus Christ will return in...
  • Thanksgiving Day Should Be Year Round

    11/26/2014 8:25:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    ProjectYM.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Father Mathew P. Schneider, LC
    Sometimes, meeting other people gives us perspective. The other day I was serving some homeless people in one of the men said that he was thankful to God that he was alive, and he asked us to bring more Bibles next time. The next morning I had to get up early and I was complaining interiorly about the alarm clock and my sore muscles.
  • Our Nation’s Thanksgiving A Time to Thank Almighty God

    11/26/2014 7:08:02 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.thomasmore.org ^ | November 26, 2014 | TMLC
    Our Nation’s Thanksgiving A Time to Thank Almighty God Our Nation’s first Thanksgiving Day took place on November 26, 1789. It was a religious event. To the chagrin of the anti-religionists among us today, on September 25, 1789, the first act of Congress after framing the Bill of Rights, which prohibited an establishment of religion, was to pass a resolution requesting that the President of the United States recommend to the people a “Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer.” This Resolution is clear evidence that our Founding Fathers never imagined that the language of the Establishment Clause they had just...
  • How the Pilgrims and Reformation Formed America

    11/25/2014 8:57:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 21 replies
    charismanews ^ | 11/24/2014 | Paul Strand
    We know the Pilgrims became some of America's first English settlers. And because of Thanksgiving Day, we certainly know they were thankful. But what else was it about these devout Christians that helped them shape what became the most free, most powerful nation on Earth? It had much to do with the religious beliefs that were so precious to them; they were willing to face death and uncertainty in a strange New World to live those beliefs out. World-Changing Reformation The Pilgrims' Protestant faith was forged in the Europe of 500 years ago, ripe for a revolution—or what would become...
  • There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth

    11/25/2014 7:41:28 AM PST · by fishtank · 102 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 11-25-2014 | Keaton Halley
    ‘From the beginning of creation’—what did Jesus mean? There’s no getting around Jesus’ teaching on the age of the earth by Keaton Halley Published: 25 November 2014 (GMT+10) Not everyone welcomes this news, but some of Jesus’ statements imply, of necessity, that the world is young. This is something I regularly point out when I speak in churches about creation, and it is a theme on which we have written previously, in articles such as Jesus on the age of the earth and in chapter 9 of Refuting Compromise. To reiterate the argument briefly, Jesus claimed that human history began...
  • Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian

    11/25/2014 7:24:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-24-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Love of the World Fuels the Fear of Death – A Meditation on a Teaching of St. Cyprian By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs November winds down and Advent still looms, the traditional meditation we make on the four last things (death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell) is still operative. A classic writing by St. Cyprian comes to mind. It is a meditation on the fundamental human struggle to be free of undue attachment to this world and to have God (and the things waiting for us in Heaven) as our highest priority.In this meditation, St. Cyprian has in mind the Book of James and...
  • Bizarre Pagan Influences on the U.S. National Mall

    11/24/2014 8:15:25 AM PST · by millegan · 22 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Previously, we brought you “Where God is Carved in Stone on the National Mall.” Today, we’re looking at weird pagan influences on the National Mall in Washington D.C.. While the U.S. certainly has been greatly influenced by the Christian faith, it has also been influenced by certain strains of Enlightenment thought that are decidedly un-Christian. Remember that while the U.S. was in its infancy in the late 18th century, over in Europe during the French Revolution crowds took the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the replaced the altar with an altar to Liberty. This type of thinking was in the...
  • Satan at His Most Subtle: A Reflection on the Temptations and Traps of the Pious

    11/24/2014 7:50:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 159 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-23-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Satan at His Most Subtle: A Reflection on the Temptations and Traps of the Pious By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhat is temptation? Temptation is the work of Satan to drag you to Hell. And Satan can read you like a book and play you like piano. Do not exaggerate his power, but do not underestimate it either.Some of his subtlest work is done in the area of religious observance. There, he can cloak himself quite easily in the lamb’s clothing of piety, but, wolf that he really is, distort it, either through excess or defect, thereby destroying you with what...
  • The Strangest of Kings! A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King

    11/23/2014 7:10:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov. 22, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Strangest of Kings! A Homily for the Feast of Christ the King By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe reading today on this Feast of Christ the King evokes three images of Christ as King. All of them are to some extent paradoxical, for they emphasize things about a king that we don’t usually think of in relation to a king. They also tell us that we have already met King Jesus, even if we didn’t know it. Let’s look at these three images of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of all Creation.I. Caring King - The first reading, from Ezekiel...
  • America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere

    11/22/2014 4:39:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 158 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov, 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video below boasts, “America loves Italy” and features a Fiat car driving through American towns with Italian names.If that is the case then America loves Catholicism even more, since thousands of towns and places are named for Catholic saints, themes, and objects. Consider the following:In California: San Diego, San Miguel, San Francisco, San Bernadino, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, San Rafael, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles (aka Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de la Porciuncula), Santa Cruz, Santa Clarita, Sacramento, San...
  • The Most Important Passage in the Whole of Scripture

    11/21/2014 1:51:03 PM PST · by Gamecock · 110 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 21, 2014 | Michael J. Kruger
    What is it that solves the problem of our sins? “A righteousness of (from) God has been manifested apart from the law…through faith in Jesus Christ” (3:21-22). Luther referred to these verses as “the center of the whole Bible.” Martin Lloyd Jones called it “the most important and crucial passage in the whole of Scripture.” Leon Morris said it is “possibly the most important single paragraph ever written.” As I mentioned in a prior post here, I have been teaching a weekly Bible study on the book of Romans to women in the Charlotte community. For the last several months,...
  • May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings

    11/21/2014 6:58:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-20-14 | Msgr. Chalres Pope
    May You Sleep the Sleep of the Just: A Short Meditation on the Burden that Sin Brings By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s an old expression, seldom used today although I remember the old folks used it sometimes when I was young, “May you sleep the sleep of the just.” When my Great Aunt Polly used it, she meant simply, “May you sleep well.” But more richly and historically, the phrase speaks to a serenity that comes from having a quiet conscience, a conscience that is untroubled by the burden of unconfessed and unrepentant sin. A serene and clean conscience is an...
  • Putin, Patriarch Unveil Monument to Alexander I Outside Kremlin

    11/21/2014 6:29:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/21/14
    Moscow, November 21, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia attended a ceremony inaugurating a monument to Emperor Alexander I at the Alexander Garden near the Moscow Kremlin walls on Thursday. The ceremony was also attended by Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, representatives from the Russian Orthodox Church and public figures, according to a statement posted on the Kremlin website. Unveiling the monument, Putin praised the emperor's role in forming the system of European and international security at the time. This event is timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary...
  • 5 reasons why people want to believe Jesus was married

    11/20/2014 2:41:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 11/20/2014 | David Gibson
    Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that … Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene! The latest version of this meme comes from Simcha Jacobovici, an author and filmmaker who is famous for promoting stunning theories about Jesus that on further review often turn out to be dubious. Jacobovici’s new claim that he has decoded an old text that reveals Jesus and the Magdalene were married and had two kids (and she was a “co-deity” with her husband) came out this month and has also been widely dismissed. But as happened earlier this year with the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s...
  • All Is A Mystery To The Unbelieving

    11/19/2014 2:06:17 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/19/14
    Only Almighty God has and offers the answers that we so desperately need today. WITHOUT Almighty God’s Word and revelation ALL is a mystery! ALL is unanswerable! ALL is despair! ALL is hopeless! A man, woman, boy or girl MUST be born again to FULLY comprehend Almighty God's revelation and see the ETERNAL picture of our day (John 3:3-7, Rom. 8:5-9, 1 Cor. 2:9-16). My friend, do not deceive yourselves with false hopes, false vain ambitions, false saviors, and false Utopian visions that can NEVER come to pass in this sin ravished world (Gal. 1:4). My friend, do the very...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ELDERS, 11-19-14

    11/19/2014 8:27:04 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-19-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:ELDERS The older men in a community acting as a governing body (I Samuel 16:4). The Sanhedrin, for instance, was made up of elders (Exodus 3:16). they were mentioned in Matthew as joining the chief priests in challenging Jesus during his ministry (Matthew 27:12). The traditional system carried over into Christian communities. The Apostles appointed elders to take charge of each church (Acts 14:23). According to the Council of Trent, the elders mentioned by St. James as administrators of the sacrament of anointing (James 5:14) "does not refer to the older men nor to the more...
  • A Reflection on Perhaps the “Meanest” and Most Shocking Thing Jesus Ever Said

    11/19/2014 6:44:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 18, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Reflection on Perhaps the “Meanest” and Most Shocking Thing Jesus Ever Said By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Gospel from today’s Mass (Wed. of the 33rd Week – Luke 19:11-27) is known as the “Parable of the Ten Gold Coins.” It is similar to Matthew’s “Parable of the Talents” from Sunday, but with certain significant differences and an ending so shocking that, when I read it at daily Mass some years ago, a young child said audibly to her mother, “Wow, that’s mean!”I’d like to take a look at it and ponder its shocking ending.As I said, the parable is similar...
  • Reza Aslan Tells Christians That Gospels Are "Replete With Historical Errors"

    11/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Reza Aslan—no relation to CS Lewis’ lion of the same name—has made a career out of reinterpreting and often trying to debunk Christian beliefs. Now Salon reports that Aslan has taken to attacking the New Testament, notably the historicity of the four gospels.
  • 11 Quotes that Explode the “Spirit of Vatican II”

    11/18/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by millegan · 16 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    “[O]ften men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasonings and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, serving the creature rather than the Creator. [...] By the proclamation of the Gospel… [the Church] gives [non-Christians] the dispositions necessary for baptism, snatches them from the slavery of error and of idols and incorporates them in Christ…” Sound like something from the superstitious medieval Church? Actually, it’s a quote from the Second Vatican Council (Lumen gentium, 16-17; promulgated in 1964).
  • Catalog of Sin – All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier

    11/18/2014 7:50:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 99 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-17-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Catalog of Sin – All Items are in Stock, Free Shipping and Handling from the Supplier By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video at the bottom of the page is something of a spoof on drug commercials, treating sin like a drug. Wait till you hear the side-effects disclaimer at the end. I also thought today of doing a little post on the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance since I was talking to a parishioner today, who is suffering because his employer has not paid him for three weeks. The employer, a shipping agency says this is  due to “administrative...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: QUARANTINE, 11-18-14

    11/18/2014 7:16:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:QUARANTINE According to the ancient Church, a rigorous fast of forty days. It was an ecclesiastical penalty imposed by a confessor. Later on it came to be applied to partial indulgences and meant that the amount of temporal punishment removed was equivalent to that remitted by the ancient canonical penalty. However, the term is no longer applied to indulgences. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What is “The Art of Accompaniment”? Some Concerns About Another Phrase Emerging From the Synod

    11/17/2014 7:25:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 16, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is “The Art of Accompaniment”? Some Concerns About Another Phrase Emerging From the Synod By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the events at last week’s meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was a first-hand summary of the Roman (extraordinary) Synod on the family by several bishops who attended. It would appear, as related by Archbishop Kurtz,  that a certain expression emerged at the Synod that is meant to convey a kind of pastoral strategy. That phrase is the “art of accompaniment.” Of itself, the phrase both makes sense and has value. In life, we must all learn, individually and collectively,...
  • Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year

    11/16/2014 6:38:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-16-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Growing in the Fear of the Lord – A Homily for the 33rd Sunday of the Year By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe past two Sundays have featured feasts (All Souls, and the Feast of St John Lateran) that stepped out of the usual Sunday cycle, and thus, especially last week, we missed the  November theme of the the Last things: Death, judgment, Heaven and Hell. Nevertheless, here on the 33rd Sunday we are back to the last things and reminded that we will one day account for our use of the gifts and resources God has given us.But today’s readings...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GERIZIM, 11-15-14

    11/15/2014 7:00:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-15-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:GERIZIM A mountain in Samaria. When Moses was passing on to the Israelites the instructions Yahweh had given him, he told them that, as soon as they had taken over the Promised Land, they must speak the words of blessing from Mount Gerizim (Deuteronomy 11:29). In the New Testament it was on this mountain that Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water (John 4). In the ensuing conversation she referred to the worship her people offered on Mount Gerizim to rival the Jerusalem temple. To this day certain Samaritans observe the Passover on...
  • Church Militant Field Manual (Special Forces Training for the Life in Christ)

    11/14/2014 4:34:48 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.amazon.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Richard Heilman
    God wants you, but He wants you "strong" in His supernatural power. From the very first days of our membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, we are, in essence, commissioned officers in the Church Militant. This Church Militant Field Manual will test you in your resolve to become strong in the Lord and His mighty power. You will also learn the special operations (special ops) techniques and procedures for search and rescue missions of fallen comrades (family and friends whose faith has grown weak). Discover what it means to be "God strong."
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WINGED MAN, 11-14-14

    11/14/2014 8:51:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-14-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WINGED MAN A symbol assigned to St. Matthew the Evangelist, who opens his Gospel with the genealogy of Christ, "son of David, son of Abraham," stressing Christ's Israelite descent and fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Defending the Faith: The story behind James Strang and his sect [and the "Voree" and "Laban" Plates]

    11/14/2014 8:11:23 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | June 9 2011 | Daniel Peterson
    The two sets of inscribed plates that Strang claimed to have found in Wisconsin and Michigan beginning in 1845 almost certainly existed. Milo Quaife's early, standard biography of Strang reflects that, while Strang's angelic visitations "may have had only a subjective existence in the brain of the man who reported them, the metallic plates possessed a very material objective reality." And they were almost certainly forgeries. The first set, the three "Voree" or "Rajah Manchou" plates, were dug up by four "witnesses" whom Strang had taken to the plates' burial place. Illustrated and inscribed on both sides, the Rajah Manchou...
  • “I have seven thousand in Israel, who have never bent the knee to nor bowed to Baal” – A Word of ...

    11/14/2014 7:32:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 13, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “I have seven thousand in Israel, who have never bent the knee to nor bowed to Baal” – A Word of Encouragement from God By: Msgr. Charles PopeEvery now and again in times like these, I think of the prophet Elijah, anxious and fretting in a cave, so depressed he could barely eat. He was fleeing from Queen Jezebel, who sought his life. As Elijah looked to his beloved Israel, he saw a rather discouraging portrait of fellow Jews who were either too confused or too fearful to resist the religion of the Baals required by Jezebel. He seems...
  • Was Jesus Married with Children? Here We Go Again

    11/14/2014 7:00:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | November 14, 2014 | Michael J. Kruger
    Was Jesus Married with Children? Here We Go Again Responding to claims made in the new book, The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Sacred Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary Magdalene There is absolutely zero evidence from early Christianity that Jesus was married. Not a single historical source anywhere tells us such a thing. The closest any source comes to doing so is a fragmented portion of the third-century Gospel of Philip where we are told that Jesus kissed Mary “on the…”, but the text is missing at precisely this point. But, aside from being a late gospel, the context...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PANTHEON, 11-13-14

    11/13/2014 8:44:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-13-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PANTHEON All the gods of a polytheistic people. Also a temple dedicated to all gods, or at least the principal deities of a nation. The Roman Pantheon was built by Agrippa in 27 B.C., rebuilt by Hadrian in the second century A.D., and converted in 609 into a Christian church. The Panthéon in Paris, originally the church of St. Geneviéve, was taken over during the French Revolution as a memorial temple of unbelief; after exchanging hands several times, it finally became what it is now, a national monument and mausoleum for illustrious Frenchmen. (Etym. Greek pantheion,...
  • And Death is Gain…A Reflection on the Christian View of Death

    11/13/2014 6:52:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 12, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    And Death is Gain…A Reflection on the Christian View of Death By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the month of November, we remember the souls of the faithful departed and our obligation to pray for them. November and into the early part of Advent is also a part of the Church year during which we begin to ponder the last things: death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In the northern hemisphere, the days grow shorter. In regions farther north, the once green trees and fields shed their lively green, and after the brief, golden gown of autumn, a kind of death overtakes...
  • The Dark Side of Martin Luther

    11/12/2014 2:58:29 PM PST · by NYer · 99 replies
    catholicdefense ^ | November 11, 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    Yesterday was Martin Luther's 531st birthday, and today is the Feast Day of St. Martin. It seems like a fitting time to give an honest assessment of some of the darker parts of Luther's legacy, and consider their implications. There's a popular Luther narrative that plays out a little like Star Wars. A humble son of the Church rises up to overthrow the Dark Side, the Evil Empire, the Roman Catholic Church, all while cominfg to see his true identity. We love an underdog story, so it's easy to root for Luther. And this narrative is an important one,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BRUGES, 11-12-14

    11/12/2014 8:59:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-12-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BRUGES A place of pilgrimage in West Flanders Province. Not far from the great market square in Bruges in the Place du Buorg is a famous Chapel of the Precious Blood. In 1150, Thierry, Count of Flanders and hero returning from the Second Crusade, brought with him a phial containing a drop of Christ's blood, which he had received from the Patriarch of Jerusalem. This precious relic is now contained in a lavish gold reliquary that is carried in solemn procession through the city with great pomp on the first Monday after May 2 each year....
  • Are These the “Outer Bands” of a Coming Judgment?

    11/12/2014 7:40:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-11-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Are These the “Outer Bands” of a Coming Judgment? By: Msgr. Charles PopeAre we in the “Last Days”? Generally it would seem not, though there are sobering indicators that the outer bands of a coming storm are overhead.The sum total teaching of eschatology would seem to indicate that a number of things must first happen before the end: a comprehensive completion of the going out of the Gospel to all the nations, widespread acceptance by Israel that Christ is in fact the Messiah, the emergence of an antichrist figure who will deceive the nations, a final, intensive and unprecedented unleashing...
  • All Catholics called heirs to 'precious legacy' of first U.S. diocese (200 bishops at mass)

    11/12/2014 6:45:25 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cns ^ | November 11, 2014 | Mark Pattison
    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The United States' oldest Catholic diocese celebrated its 225th birthday Nov. 10 with a special Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore as part of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall general assembly. "We give thanks for the growth of the Catholic Church in America," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, USCCB president, at the beginning of the Mass. More than 200 bishops concelebrated the Mass -- nearly one for each year of the existence of the Baltimore Archdiocese, established as a...
  • LDS.ORG Essay on Nauvoo Polygamy: What did Readers Expect? [LDS apologist on church admissions]

    11/11/2014 6:50:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 75 replies
    FairMormon.org blog ^ | Nov. 10, 2014 | Brian Hales
    On October 22...LDS.ORG posted three essays dealing with the practice of plural marriage by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between the 1830s and 1904... Several major controversies have been generated in conjunction with the introduction of plural marriage in Nauvoo in the early 1840s. All of these are briefly discussed in the introductory essay, Polyandry (paragraphs 20–23, endnotes 29–30). The essay acknowledges that “Joseph Smith was sealed to a number of women who were already married,” estimating the number of these sealings at 12–14 (endnote 29)... Fanny Alger... Sexuality... Children with plural wives... Number of...
  • Refuting anti-catholic objections

    11/11/2014 2:57:30 PM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 11 replies
    This is a refutation regarding some anti-Catholic statements that were made in a history class that I attend. The history class is based on ancient civilizations to the 16th century. The professor originally stated that the reason that the Catholic Mass used to be completely in Latin was because the Church did not want the people to understand what was going on, since the Church wanted to oppress the people. I refute this argument in my first response. In this response I describe the use of Latin in the Catholic Mass and why it continues to be used.The professor then...
  • Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless

    11/11/2014 11:35:48 AM PST · by NYer · 146 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | November 11, 2014 | Infallible Does Not Mean Sinless Leila Miller
    A quick reminder that infallible does not mean sinless. Here are some quick facts about the papacy:1) All of the 266 popes have sinned, including the first pope, St. Peter, who committed among the worst of sins: He denied Our Lord three times during the Passion.2) While all of the popes have been sinners, it’s also true that many of the popes have practiced heroic virtue, rising to the heights of great sanctity. The first popes (and several subsequent popes) died as martyrs for the faith, and many popes have been canonized or beatified. Saintly popes are common.3) Though most...
  • 11 Things You Should Know about the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

    11/11/2014 11:18:36 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | November 10, 2014 | SPL Staff
    Listers, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta has a long and rich history. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta or “SMOM” for short, traces its origins to a crusade-era hospital in the Holy Lands charged with caring for not only Catholics but for Jews and Muslims as well. The Order was further charged with the military defense of those hospitals – especially for the poor and suffering inside – and for Catholic pilgrims. While other military orders faded as their military purpose was no longer needed, the Order of Malta...
  • Ronald Reagan - Veterans Day Prayer

    11/11/2014 11:02:58 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 13 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 11 November 2012 | Josh Bo
    "I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." - Joshua 1:5 http://youtu.be/a6yA76fOIwo
  • Ronald Reagan - Veterans Day Prayer

    11/11/2014 8:57:49 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 5 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 11 November 2012 | Josh Bo
    "I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." - Joshua 1:5 http://youtu.be/a6yA76fOIwo
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KERYGMA, 11-11-14

    11/11/2014 8:36:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 11-11-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:KERYGMA Preaching or proclaiming, as distinct from teaching or instruction (didache) in the Gospel of Christ. Before the Gospel was written, it was first preached (Romans 16:25), but beyond preaching it was also to be taught (Matthew 28:19) in order that, as far as possible, it might be understood (Matthew 13:19). (Etym. Greek K_rygma, proclamation; from keryks, herald.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • Does “Gospel” Simply Mean “Good News”? Or Have We Unintentionally Defined Ourselves into a Corner?

    11/11/2014 7:09:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 66 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-10-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does “Gospel” Simply Mean “Good News”? Or Have We Unintentionally Defined Ourselves into a Corner?By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are times in the Church when we want to define something rather easily and simply so as to make it memorable and easy to grasp. But in so doing, we run the risk of doing harm to its deeper, richer, and more accurate meaning.I wonder if we have not done this with the word “gospel.” Most of us have been trained to define the word “gospel” as “good news.” Clearly there is good news in the Gospels and, by extension, the whole of...
  • It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives

    11/11/2014 4:27:47 AM PST · by Zakeet · 185 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 10, 2014 | Laurie Goodstein
    Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old. The church’s disclosures, in a series of essays online, are part of an effort to be transparent about its history at a time when church members are increasingly encountering disturbing claims about the faith on the Internet. Many Mormons, especially those with polygamous ancestors, say they were well aware that Smith’s successor, Brigham Young, practiced polygamy...
  • Why Are We Afraid Of Islam ?

    11/10/2014 2:20:30 PM PST · by knarf · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | November 10, 2014 / August 31, 2012 | Dr Bill Warner
    I should have fallen over by now from all the stuff I stumble upon looking for something else ...
  • THE CRUSADES: A Direct Response To Islam’s Bloodlust

    11/10/2014 12:56:44 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 33 replies
    http://clashdaily.com ^ | November 9, 2014 | Audrey Russo
    Most of us infidels in the West have been lied to. Trusting the education system, foolishly, we believed all the bunk bundled into our textbooks concerning the period in history (1096 AD -1272 AD) when the Crusades took place…they left out an itty bitty piece of info…This will be great for all your “enlightened” friends… The real reason WHY the Crusades took place…and here’s the shocker: It was a response to Islam’s aggression! That’s right…it all began with Muhammed’s implicit threat more than 450 years before the Crusaders entered Jerusalem. He said: “embrace Islam and you will be safe.” (Muhammed’s...