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  • 100s of Priests in England & Wales urge Vatican Synod to end confus over Marriage and Sexuality

    03/25/2015 7:19:29 PM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 7 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | March 24, 2015 anno Domini | Press Release
    PRESS RELEASE FROM "SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE LETTER" COORDINATOR In a dramatic turn of events, nearly 500 priests from England and Wales have written a letter in defence of the ‘traditional teaching on marriage and human sexuality’ in anticipation of the forthcoming Vatican Synod on the family. This letter comes at a time when a growing number of Catholics are concerned that the gathering of Church leaders in Rome, scheduled for October 2015, will seek to re-think Gospel teaching on marriage, sexuality, repentance and grace. Some Cardinals, particularly from Germany, have suggested that Holy Communion could be received by those in...
  • Iraqi Vicar: No Communion In Nineveh This Week For The First Time In 2,000 Years

    10/02/2014 8:10:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies ^ | October 2, 2014 | Francis Martel
    The Islamic State's goal of eradicating Christianity from its ancient home in northern Iraq is nearly complete, report Christian officials remaining in the area. According to one Vicar, last week marked the first time in millennia that Christians did not receive Holy Communion in Nineveh, northern Iraq.
  • Reconsidering Communion in the hand

    07/06/2014 6:38:47 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 15 replies
    Why We Should Go Back To the Traditional Reception of Holy CommunionThe Traditional Reception of Holy CommunionThroughout the history of the Catholic Faith specifically in the Roman Rite of the Mass, the reception of Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue is the established tradition. This has been true for various centuries dating as far back as the Early Church. This is itself the tradition of the Church and is still the norm in the Extra-Ordinary form of the Mass. It was not until the ecclesiastical revolts and dissent during the 1960s and 1970s in which this tradition started falling...
  • Holy Communion as a Matter of Life and Death

    06/05/2014 2:19:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 3, 2014 | Leroy Huizenga
    Canon law and the ChurchÂ’s eucharistic discipline arenÂ’t exercises in authoritarian concoction but are rooted deeply in sustained reflection on divine revelation. Detail from "Communion With the Apostles" (1451-52) by Fra Angelico ( The reception of Holy Communion is currently a topic of great controversy in the Catholic Church. Bishops generally permit politicians who cross Catholic teaching on grave issues in their public words and actions to continue to receive the Eucharist, and Cardinal Walter Kasper has recently proposed permitting civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist as well, an idea that will be taken up at the...
  • ‘Prime act of pastoral charity’ to deny pro-abortion politicians Communion: Cardinal Burke

    03/21/2014 8:15:56 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3//20/14 | Peter Baklinski
    ROME, March 20, 2014 ( – “The priest’s refusal to give Holy Communion is a prime act of pastoral charity, helping the person in question to avoid sacrilege and safeguarding the other faithful from scandal,” said American Cardinal Raymond Burke in an interview published exclusively in English today by LifeSiteNews. Burke was responding to the question of how a priest should proceed when he encounters a Catholic politician presenting him or herself for Communion while at the same time publicly supporting abortion or homosexual “marriage.” “The exclusion of those who persist in manifest and grave sin, after having been duly...
  • On the Giving and Receiving of Holy Communion: Some norms to recall [Catholic Caucus]

    06/05/2012 3:51:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdioce of Washington ^ | June 3, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Giving and Receiving of Holy Communion: Some norms to recall.By: Msgr. Charles Pope Recently here in the Archdiocese of Washington there was an issue regarding the denial of Holy Communion to a certain individual, which caused no little debate among the faithful. I am NOT going to reopen that case here, and ask all readers to please recall that, no matter what you may think, you do not have all the facts, and I do not wish to rehearse the (partial) specifics of the whole affair.That said, a number of us priests asked for a review of...
  • An Admonition on the Worthy Reception of Holy Communion

    06/04/2013 3:12:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | June 2, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the afterglow of the Feast of Corpus Christi we do well to reflect a bit further on the gift of Holy Communion with our Lord and the need to receive Him worthily by his grace. I celebrated with a local Latin Mass Community last Thursday, the actual day of the Feast of Corpus Christi, and in the context of that liturgy the sequence Hymn Lauda Sion was sung. In the magnificent Hymn by Aquinas, are these words of reminder and warning that we receive Christ is a worthy manner, free from mortal sin:Sumunt boni, sumunt mali: sorte tamen...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BREAKING OF THE HOST, 07-16-12

    07/16/2012 8:38:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 07-16-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):BREAKING OF THE HOST The liturgical breaking of the consecrated host at Mass. Its purpose is first practical, to facilitate consuming by the priest. It is also a symbol that through the body of Christ the faithful become one with him and with one another. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Father Marcel Guarnizo: 'I Did The Only Thing a Faithful Catholic Priest Could Do' (Ecumenical)

    03/14/2012 2:13:02 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 43 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/14/2012 | Father Marcel Guarnizo
    I would like to begin by once again sending my condolences to the Johnson family on the death of Mrs. Loetta Johnson. I also feel obliged to answer questions from my parishioners, as well as from the public, about the incident on February 25th. Here are the facts: On Saturday, February 25th I showed up to officiate at a funeral Mass for Mrs. Loetta Johnson. The arrangements for the Mass were also not my own. I wish to clarify that Ms. Barbara Johnson (the woman who has since complained to the press), has never been a parishioner of mine. In...
  • Priest: removal from ministry was tied to communion incident (Catholic Caucus)

    03/14/2012 3:37:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 14, 2012
    Fr. Marcel Guarnizo Washington D.C., Mar 14, 2012 / 01:25 pm (CNA).- In an extensive statement provided to CNA, Father Marcel Guarnizo insists that the reasons the Archdiocese of Washington placed him on leave “have everything to do” with his recent decision to withhold communion from Barbara Johnson.Fr. Guarnizo explains that he decided to issue the detailed March 14 statement because of the questions his parishioners and the public are asking about the recent incident.His response, which is published below, offers corrections to previous news reports, responds to canonical arguments and gives information about where the allegations of intimidation...
  • Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura

    01/20/2012 4:06:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies ^ | 1/20/2012 | Fr Andrew Wise & Fr John Speekman
    Restore Communion On The Tongue Only Most Holy Father, We are convinced of the great spiritual harm inflicted on the Catholic faithful, and the profanation of the Blessed Sacrament that often occurs, by the practice of Communion received on the hand. We implore Your Holiness to personally intervene to restore once again the normative practice of reception of Holy Communion on the tongue alone.
  • Do You Believe in Eucharistic Miracles?

    08/02/2011 1:38:12 AM PDT · by GADEL · 101 replies
    HubBlogs with GADEL. ^ | Wednesday, July 6, 2011 | Godwin Delali Adadzie
    The story of a Eucharistic Miracle that happened in Kumasi a city in Ghana in the 1990s. A Protestant man took the picture of the Monstrance during the Corpus Christi procession and after the image was processed, an image of Jesus Christ was the result. Find the article over here Eucharistic Miracle: Face of Jesus captured by a Skeptic
  • What Does GIRM 160 for the USA Really Say? (Communion posture) [Catholic Caucus]

    07/02/2011 8:42:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | 24 June 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    What Does GIRM 160 for the USA Really Say? Posted on 24 June 2011 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf  When the new English translation of the Roman Missal is released, it will sport a new translation of the GIRM, the General Institution/Instruction of the Roman Missal.There are, of course, adaptations for the USA and other Anglophone regions.As it happens, the Congregation for Divine Worship has … tweaked some items.  I am sure this was to harmonize the language of the GIRM with the language of the rest of the Roman Missal.  However, tweaks may have been tweaked for other reasons.For example,...
  • Archbishop Admonishes Unmarried Couples (Archdiocese of Santa Fe)

    04/06/2011 7:59:06 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 6, 2011 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    Many of New Mexico's Catholics were reminded during Mass last weekend that unmarried couples who cohabitate are living in "a state of mortal sin and may not receive Holy Communion." Archbishop Michael Sheehan told priests to read the letter he wrote stating that only two lifestyles are acceptable: "a single life of chastity, or the union of a man and woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony." The message stops short of directing priests to deny communion to unmarried people who are living together. Instead, Sheehan urges those "living in cohabitation" to abstain from taking the consecrated bread and wine during...
  • [Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Communion for the Sick

    03/31/2011 5:32:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 1987 | Saint Faustina
    Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts   Jesus's words are in italics.  St. Faustina's words are in regular print.   "Your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me." (1693)     "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." (300)     
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Holy Communion

    01/23/2011 2:12:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Holy Communion 784. What did our Lord mean when He said, "He that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me." Jn 6:58. Is not our eternal life due to the death of Christ on the Cross? It is true that our Lord merited eternal life for us by His death on the Cross. But the fruit and grace of that sacrifice are applied to our souls by the Sacraments. Now the central Sacrament of all is the Holy Eucharist. We receive the principle of supernatural life by Baptism, but the Eucharist is ordained for the preservation of that...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Obedience as a Conduit of Grace

    08/16/2010 6:34:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 8/16/2010 | Mary Anne Moresco
    Have you ever attended a Mass where people who seemed unaware of what the Mass was about walked up to receive Communion?  A while ago my husband Tom and I attended a Mass for a wedding like that.  One couldn’t help but notice, by the lack of responses and the chatting away, that most of the folks at the Mass were either not Catholic or had fallen away from regularly going to Mass.  They seemed to have no way of knowing when to pray, to sit, to stand or to kneel.I was thus flabbergasted at this wedding Mass when many of...
  • Falling Down, We Adore Him {Kneeling, We Receive Communion on the Tongue] (Catholic Caucus)

    07/27/2010 12:16:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 27, 2010 | Trent Beattie
    Falling Down, We Adore Him July 27th, 2010 by Trent Beattie  Print This Article · Despite widespread appearance to the contrary, receiving Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling is still the universal norm for the Catholic Church.  True, most of us who grew up in the 70s or 80s were told otherwise, but since when has catechesis from those years been considered accurate?For centuries Catholics had received Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling.There was no popular uprising to change the practice, but in the 60s some dissident leaders in Europe and the United States took it upon...
  • "Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/24/2010 8:25:04 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies · 140+ views ^ | March 24, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently”Tonight we conclude our five-part series on the Sacrament of the Altar. So far we have followed the outline Luther uses for the Sacrament of the Altar in the Small Catechism: the Nature of the Sacrament, what it is; the Benefit of the Sacrament, what it gives; the Power of the Sacrament, how it can do such great things; and the Reception of the Sacrament, how to receive it worthily. But remember what I said right at the outset of this series, about the purpose of this teaching: Our purpose here in...
  • "How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/17/2010 11:45:45 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies · 170+ views ^ | March 17, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament of the Altar”During this series on the Sacrament of the Altar, we’ve been following the outline Luther uses in his treatment of this part of the Small Catechism. And so we began by asking, “What is the Sacrament of the Altar?” And we said that the nature of the Sacrament is that it is “the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.” Then in week two we asked, “What is...
  • "How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/10/2010 12:01:37 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 210+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament of the Altar”Two weeks ago we began this series by establishing “The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar,” asking the question “What Is It?” and hearing Christ’s answer, “This is my body, this is my blood.” Last week we followed that up by asking “What Does It Give?” and Jesus told us, “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.” We said that this is “The Benefit of the Sacrament” and that “where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.” But...
  • "What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the Altar" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    03/03/2010 1:11:51 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies · 257+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the Altar”In this midweek Lenten series, we’re looking at the Sacrament of the Altar--Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, are other names by which we know this sacrament instituted by Christ. Last week we began by focusing on “The Nature of the Sacrament.” We asked the foundational question, “What Is It?” And the answer came, “It is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, instituted by Christ himself for us Christians to eat and to drink.” Our answer was based on what Jesus...
  • "What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar" (Midweek Lenten Sermon Series)

    02/24/2010 8:55:35 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 278+ views ^ | February 24, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar”When the Lord God brought the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and led them up to the Promised Land, he provided for them along the way. He gave them food and drink for their journey, to sustain them as they traveled. He gave them bread from heaven. It came in the form of a fine, flake-like thing that fell on the ground in the morning, for them to gather up. The first time the Israelites saw it--they had never seen such a thing before--they were amazed, and...
  • Biden Risks Refusal of Holy Communion

    09/09/2008 9:38:55 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 7 replies · 275+ views ^ | 2008-09-09 | Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
    Scranton native Sen. Joe Biden would likely feel at home any day of the week in Northeast Pennsylvania. Well, any day except possibly Sunday. The Most Rev. Joseph F. Martino, bishop of Scranton, has strongly supported refusal of Holy Communion for politicians who campaign for or vote in favor of abortion rights. When asked whether the Democratic vice presidential candidate would be refused Communion should he tour the region, the diocese held firm to its past statements. "I will not tolerate any politician who claims to be a faithful Catholic who is not genuinely pro-life," Bishop Martino said in a...
  • "Until they have reformed their lives" ( No Holy Communion for pro-abortion Catholics!)

    08/21/2008 4:43:58 PM PDT · by kellynla · 76 replies · 371+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | August 21, 2008 | staff
    Rome, Aug 19, 2008 / (CNA) -- Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest judicial authority of the Holy See, said this week that Catholics who publicly support abortion -- especially politicians -- should not receive Communion, and that ministers of Communion should be responsibly charitable in denying it to them if they ask for it “until they have reformed their lives.” [[Burke082108.jpg]]In an interview with the magazine Radici Christiane, Archbishop Burke pointed out that there is often a lack of reverence at Mass when receiving Communion. “Receiving the Body and Blood of...
  • “It depends on the bishop” ( Pelosi says she's never been denied Holy Communion )

    08/10/2008 2:56:35 PM PDT · by kellynla · 24 replies · 181+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | August 7, 2008 | staff
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, whose longtime support for homosexual rights and abortion has made her the darling of groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Human Rights Campaign, has once again made it a point to describe herself as “Catholic.” In a Sunday, Aug. 3, interview about her recently published book Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters for the C-SPAN network’s “Q&A” program, host Brian Lamb asked Pelosi, “The one word I read several times in your book is the word ‘faith.’ And you wrote, ‘Growing up Catholic had an enormous impact on me -- greater,...
  • Australian Politicians' Attendance at Final World Youth Day Mass Raises Communion Questions

    07/13/2008 5:09:34 AM PDT · by kellynla · 1 replies · 127+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Jul 12, 2008 | staff
    Several leading Australian political figures who are Catholic will attend the papal Mass closing World Youth Day, highlighting some leaders’ inconsistencies in applying their faith to political life. Morris Iemma, the Premier of New South Wales who voted for embryonic stem cell research, has said he wants to receive Holy Communion from Pope Benedict XVI at the closing Mass for World Youth Day but also said he did not expect to do so, the Sydney Morning Herald says. Iemma, a practicing Catholic, said having the Pope in Sydney would be a “deeply rewarding experience for all Catholics, my family included.”...
  • Teacher Threatens 'Cracker Abuse' With Communion Wafer

    07/12/2008 7:29:56 AM PDT · by kellynla · 145 replies · 275+ views ^ | July 12, 2008 | staff
    The Catholic League has launched a campaign to bring public scorn on a University of Minnesota-Morris teacher who threatened to treat a consecrated communion wafer, which Catholics believe becomes the body of Christ, "with profound disrespect and heinous cracker abuse." To which the professor in question, Paul Zachary Myers, responded: "Scumbags." The issue arose over an argument that didn't even involve Myers. As WND reported, a student at the University of Central Florida reported getting death threats after he stole and later returned a wafer from a Catholic Mass in Orlando.

    07/12/2008 7:24:24 AM PDT · by kellynla · 3 replies · 171+ views
    Catholic League ^ | July 11, 2008 | staff
    Yesterday, Catholic League president Bill Donohue issued a news release calling attention to the plea that Paul Zachary Myers made on his blog: he solicited the Communion Host for the express purpose of desecrating it. Donohue now responds to the reaction he has received from the University of Minnesota Morris professor, as well as others: “Myers went on Houston radio station KPFT last night saying that Bill Donohue has ‘declared a fatwa’ against him. He should know better—I don’t need others to do the fighting for me. I’m quite good at it myself. But he’d better be careful what he...
  • Disobeying the Pope(Bob Novak)

    04/29/2008 5:31:54 AM PDT · by kellynla · 18 replies · 91+ views ^ | 04/28/2008 | Robert Novak
    In the aftermath of the visit by Pope Benedict XVI, a troublesome question is asked by traditional Catholics: Did American pro-choice politicians receiving Communion at the papal masses indicate a softening on the abortion question by the pope? The answer is that it did not. On the contrary, it reflected disobedience to Benedict by the archbishops of New York and Washington. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sens. John Kerry, Christopher Dodd and Edward M. Kennedy received Communion at Nationals Park in Washington, as did Rudolph Giuliani at Yankee Stadium in New York. They were present because they were invited to...
  • See Who's Receiving Communion in San Francisco

    10/12/2007 6:31:38 AM PDT · by kellynla · 119 replies · 1,633+ views ^ | October 11, 2007 | staff
    A Catholic parish in San Francisco has been classified alongside graphic San Francisco sex-fest sponsor Miller Brewing after officials served Communion to members of the ultra anti-Catholic "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence," whose mockery of Christianity is legend in the city. The service was captured on video by a member of the Catholic group St. Joseph's Men Society, and it has been made available Catholic blogsite Quamdiu Domine. Two "sisters" at Holy Redeemer church in San Franscico "I doubt that even Judas would have done such a perverse thing as this," said Anthony Gonzales, president of the men's organization. "Not only...
  • Catholic Group says "Archbishop Burke Right to Deny Communion to Giuliani"

    10/07/2007 6:52:08 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 29 replies · 570+ views ^ | October 4, 2007
    Catholic Group says "Archbishop Burke Right to Deny Communion to Giuliani" CHICAGO, October 4, 2007 ( - Fidelis, a national Catholic advocacy group, applauded the courageous decision by St. Louis' Archbishop Raymond Burke to deny Holy Communion to Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, and all pro-abortion politicians running for president, regardless of their political party. The Associated Press is reporting that Archbishop Raymond Burke would deny Holy Communion to Rudy Giuliani and any pro-abortion Catholic running for president. Four Catholic Democrats running for president also support abortion, include: Senator Christopher Dodd, Senator Joe Biden, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and...
  • Archbishop Burke: Bishops Must Discipline Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians

    09/15/2007 4:46:58 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 5 replies · 406+ views ^ | September 11, 2007 | Hilary White
    Archbishop Burke: Bishops Must Discipline Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians Calls his brother bishops to task - “To remain silent is to permit serious confusion regarding a fundamental truth of the moral law" By Hilary White ST. LOUIS, September 11, 2007 ( – Writing in the latest edition of the Canon Law journal, Periodica De Re Canonica, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, bishop of St. Louis, Missouri, has called his brother bishops to task for their silence on the problem of Catholic politicians who support abortion, euthanasia, cloning, embryo research, the homosexual political agenda or other legislation “contrary to the natural moral law.” Burke’s lengthy...
  • Pro-Abortion John Kerry to Speak at Catholic University of America

    09/15/2007 4:42:35 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 19 replies · 385+ views ^ | September 11, 2007 | Hilary White
    Pro-Abortion John Kerry to Speak at Catholic University of America Invitation violates principle unanimously agreed upon by US Bishops in 2004 By Hilary White WASHINGTON, September 10, 2007 ( - Catholic University of America (CUA) has invited former presidential candidate, Senator John Kerry to speak on environmentalism and the Iraq war this semester, despite initial opposition by the office of University Center, Student Programs and Events (UCSPE). The Tower, the campus paper of Catholic University, said the UCSPE had initially objected to Kerry's appearance, saying there is an "unwritten" campus rule banning political candidates during an election year. Kerry, who...
  • Full Text - New US Bishops Conference Document on Homosexuality, Communion & Contraception

    11/23/2006 5:48:59 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 296+ views
    Full Text - New US Bishops Conference Document on Homosexuality Full Text - New US Bishops Conference Document on Worthiness to Receive Communion Full Text - New US Bishops Conference Document on Married Love including Contraception
  • Teach Us! [About the True Presence -- Summit of the Mass, Holy Communion]

    05/03/2006 8:20:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies · 431+ views
    Catholic ^ | 07-16-05 | Joe Pacuska
    by Joe Pacuska Other Articles by Joe Pacuska Teach Us! 07/16/05 This past Sunday my wife arrived at Mass to find a fairly full house and we were lucky to get a seat in the third or fourth pew from the back. Although I’d prefer to be closer to the altar, I don’t find sitting in the back objectionable. I figure I’m as close to Jesus there as anywhere else. Except, of course, when the Consecration takes place and when it comes to Communion. With Jesus real and present in our midst, I’d like to be as close as I can...
  • Answering "Amen"

    02/17/2006 9:13:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 87 replies · 1,015+ views ^ | 02-17-06 | Fr. William Saunders
    by Fr. William Saunders Other Articles by Fr. William Saunders Answering "Amen" 02/17/06 I am an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. In distributing Communion, I am surprised by the different answers to “The Body of Christ” I receive. Most people say, “Amen,” but some say, “I believe.” Does it matter? The simple answer is, “Yes, it does matter.” According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (2000), the following rubric was again prescribed concerning the reception of holy Communion: “The priest raises the Eucharistic bread slightly and shows it to each one, saying, ‘The Body of Christ.’ The communicants reply,...
  • When Lay Ministers Take Holy Communion to the Sick

    12/02/2005 9:15:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies · 1,888+ views
    Catholic ^ | 12-02-05 | P)ete Vere
    by Pete Vere, JCL Other Articles by Pete Vere, JCL When Lay Ministers Take Holy Communion to the Sick 12/02/2005 The Second Vatican Council, in its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, speaks of the Holy Eucharist as the source and the summit of our spiritual life. This means the Holy Eucharist is the source from which all other blessings flow, as well as the summit to which all of our spiritual works are directed. In This Article...Canon Law and the Lay Minister of Holy CommunionPastoral Principles for Lay MinistersOrdinary Visits to the Sick, the Elderly, and the Infirm Canon Law and...
  • Communion in hand versus on tongue gets attention at synod (strange commentary from bishops)

    10/07/2005 1:29:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 858+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | October 6, 2005 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- It was not listed as a topic for discussion, but the question of Communion in the hand versus Communion on the tongue received attention at the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. Cardinal Janis Pujats of Riga, Latvia, was the first to raise the issue, telling the synod Oct. 3 that he thought Catholics should receive Communion on the tongue -- while kneeling. When communicants stand, Cardinal Pujats said, he feels like a dentist looking into their mouths. Cardinal Francis Arinze, who heads the Vatican's worship congregation, responded by saying that arguments could be made for...
  • Question Raised on Communion and Abortion

    10/06/2005 5:06:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 22 replies · 550+ views
    Zenit ^ | 10.04.05
    Code: ZE05100401 Date: 2005-10-04 Question Raised on Communion and Abortion Prefect of Doctrinal Congregation Presses the Issue VATICAN CITY, OCT. 4, 2005 ( The new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is urging the Synod of Bishops to discuss whether voters who support pro-abortion candidates should be receiving Communion. Archbishop William Levada, who succeeded Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as prefect of the dicastery, quoted No. 73 of the working document of the Synod on the Eucharist, in which reference is made to the relationship between the Eucharist, morality and public life. The archbishop today suggested that the...
  • Catholics Protest Against Chiluba

    04/27/2005 11:07:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 167+ views
    All Africa/The Post (Lusaka) ^ | April 24, 2005 | George Chellah
    . . . for receiving Holy CommunionROMAN Catholic Church members have protested over the decision by former president Frederick Chiluba to receive Holy Communion at the Requiem Mass for the late Zambia Democratic Conference (ZADECO) president Dean Mung'omba on Friday. And Chiluba yesterday apologised for receiving the Holy Communion, saying that his participation in the Holy Communion was not to slight the Catholic Church. Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) spokesperson Father Paul Samasumo confirmed yesterday that various members of the Church protested over Chiluba's resolution to partake the Holy Communion even when he knew that he was not Catholic. "This issue...
  • Cardinal Ratzinger said, "The minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it."

    07/07/2004 3:33:11 PM PDT · by Polycarp IV · 114 replies · 1,341+ views ^ | July 6, 2004 | Barbara Kralis
    Cardinal Ratzinger said, "The minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it." He did not say 'could,' or 'may,' but that he "must." Barbara Kralis Barbara Kralis July 6, 2004 Is it possible that after so much scandal and hurt in the Catholic Church, Bishop Wilton Gregory and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick would withhold and distort an important memo written by the head of the Vatican's second most important dicastery of the Roman Curia? [1] The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, wrote the memo in English expressly for the USCCB's use...
  • [Barf!] MSM-Wannabees Attack Priest for Doing His Job

    03/10/2005 8:05:31 PM PST · by GratianGasparri · 1 replies · 290+ views
    Angus’ priest out of line The Daily Press Editorial - Thursday, March 10, 2005 @ 07:00 Charlie Angus has found himself in the centre of a storm pitting himself against his small-town parish priest and his conscience as a politician and a Catholic. The MP (NDP Timmins-James Bay) was recently told in a private, confidential letter from Rev. John Lemire of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cobalt he would be refused communion unless he withdrew his support for same-sex marriage. Lemire said: “I told him his decision was incompatible with the Catholic faith. It’s not possible to be a practising...
  • Vatican Cardinal Ends Debate: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians or Rainbow Sashers

    02/16/2005 5:40:24 PM PST · by Coleus · 108 replies · 2,717+ views
    Vatican Cardinal Ends Debate: No Communion for Pro-Abortion Politicians or Rainbow Sashers Says "Are we going to change Divine Law, how God made us?" VATICAN CITY, February 16, 2005 ( – Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, the top Vatican Cardinal in charge of the sacraments of the Catholic Church has made it plain in an on-camera interview with EWTN that pro-abortion politicians may not be admitted to Holy Communion. A February 11 EWTN broadcast of the news program, World Over Live, with host Raymond Arroyo, featured an interview with Arinze, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline...
  • Vanity: Question about methods of Communion

    01/28/2005 6:54:01 AM PST · by Aggie Mama · 146 replies · 1,228+ views
    Is one obligated to take Communion from the cup in addition to the host? My husband and I have a disagreement about this. He thinks you must take it if it is offered, but I've been taught that you do not have to take it. I'm a post-Vatican II Catholic, so I'm not quite sure how things used to be in the Church, although my mother has told me that they never used to receive Communion from the cup--that the priest would consecrate and drink it and that it was not shared with the community. Quite frankly (and I'm sure...
  • Cardinal Arinze denies he approved U.S. Archbishop giving sash wearing "gays" Holy Communion

    01/24/2005 10:23:17 AM PST · by Land of the Irish · 30 replies · 550+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | January 23, 2005 | Barbara Kralis
    During the past five years, at the time of the Catholic Church's most holy day of Pentecost Sunday, [1] openly 'gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender' persons wearing rainbow colored body sashes have gathered in large groups inside several U.S. Cathedrals to protest the Church's teachings and divine laws against sodomy. Scandalized and sorrow filled faithful sit watchfully in the pews as sash-wearing 'intrinsically disordered' [2] persons walk arm and arm down the aisles in an attempt to receive the Eucharist. Most all U.S. Bishops have denied them Holy Communion. Four known bishops continue to give them the Eucharist. The scandal...
  • The Awesome Pro-Life Leadership of Many US (Catholic) Bishops

    12/23/2004 10:10:10 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 784+ views
    LifeSite ^ | December 22, 2004 Wednesday December 22, 2004 The Awesome Pro-Life Leadership of Many US Bishops's 2004 coverage How the New Bishop of Phoenix Spent His Christmas Eve - Praying Outside an Abortuary U.S. Archbishop Burke Orders Priests to Refuse Communion for Anti-Life Politicians Archbishop Burke Issues Pastoral Letter Saying Right to Life is Most Important Political Issue New Orleans Archbishop Warns Catholic Pro-Abortion Politicians to Not Receive Communion Four Cardinals, 40 Bishops, 300 Priests at Mass for March for Life Boston Archbishop Says Pro-Abortion Politicians "Shouldn't Dare Come to Communion" Chicago Cardinal George Mulling Action on Catholic Pro-Abortion Politicians Archbishop Burke...
  • Priest tells lawmakers not to emulate JFK

    04/14/2004 5:48:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 420+ views
    CNN ^ | April 13, 2004
    <p>DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest caused a stir on the House floor Tuesday when he urged lawmakers to let religious faith guide their votes and "be the antithesis of John Kennedy."</p> <p>While delivering the chamber's morning prayer, the Rev. Bill Carmody said too many politicians have followed the example of the nation's first Catholic president by pledging to separate their faith from politics.</p>
  • Colorado Priest busted for Communion wine, Wants variance to Celebrate Mass outside abortion clinic

    11/25/2004 10:29:28 AM PST · by Coleus · 58 replies · 4,290+ views
    TESTING THE FAITHPriest busted for Communion wineWants variance of city law so he can say Mass outside abortion clinic A Catholic priest has run afoul of the law in Colorado Springs, Colo., after being caught with an open container of sacramental wine while performing Mass outside an abortion clinic. The Rev. Bill Carmody was warned by a police officer after the cop asked him what he was holding. "The police officer asked me what's in the flask," he told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "I really didn't know what to do." Carmody has asked the Colorado Springs City Council for a...
  • Cathedral Damaged In Apparent Anti-Gay Exorcism

    11/24/2004 9:25:38 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 244 replies · 6,548+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | November 24, 2004 | Herón Márquez Estrada
    An informal exorcism performed at the Cathedral of St. Paul this month was more profane than sacred and was directed toward gay Catholics, police and church authorities said Tuesday. They said the ritualistic sprinkling of blessed oil and salt around the church and in donation boxes amounted to costly vandalism and possibly even a hate crime. The damage was discovered Nov. 7 after the noon mass, and after words were exchanged between members of the Rainbow Sash Alliance, a gay rights group, and the opposing group, Catholics Against Sacrilege.