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  • Cardinal Sarah Sees Dangers to Church Unity

    04/22/2017 4:55:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Cardinal Robert Sarah spoke of the “grave risk of fragmentation of the Church” in an interview with the charitable group Aid to the Church in Need. Cardinal Sarah said that Church unity is “threatened by confusion,” and that without a clear understanding of a common faith, “can slide into dispersion and schism.” The cardinal, a native of Guinea, discouraged a reference to the “African Church.” He observed that “there is no such thing as an ‘African Church’ and, as distinct from it, a ‘universal Church.’“ He said that an emphasis on “national identities” leads some Catholics to assume that they...
  • And Just Like That, Fra Cristoforo Vanished [Catholic Caucus]

    04/21/2017 5:02:43 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | April 19, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    On March 20, I wrote a post about my growing suspicion that the Anonimi della Croce blog — purportedly run by a pseudonymous Italian priest called “Fra Cristoforo” who claimed sources within the pope’s inner circle — was in fact a form of disinformation, used by those who would seek to discredit any who shared the many “secrets” disclosed there. One of the blog’s contributors, who wrote under the name of Finan, wrote a polite response to my critique, and also sent me an email hoping to reassure me of the authenticity of the blog’s proprietor.I advised him at the time...
  • US priests' Group Calls Vatican Vocations Document 'Insulting'

    04/20/2017 7:25:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/20/17 | Dan Morris-Young
    Declarations in the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy's recent document "The Gift of the Priestly Vocation" have been called "disrespectful," "ambiguous" and "insulting" by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests. In a statement released April 19, the 1,200-member Ohio-based organization charged that "the terms 'homosexual tendencies' and 'deep-seated homosexual tendencies' are ambiguous and disrespectful of the personhood of those who identify with a homosexual orientation." The terms appear in the Dec. 8, 2016, document's section titled "Persons with Homosexual Tendencies.""We find it also unfounded and insulting," the group said, adding that the clergy congregation document "implies that ordained priests with...
  • Robert Mickens is exactly wrong about priestly vocations. Here’s why. [Catholic Caucus]

    04/19/2017 11:16:07 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | April 18, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    One of the worst of the hyper-liberal catholic publications, Commonweal, publishes a regular column by long-time Rome correspondent Robert Mickens. Many readers here will recall that Mickens loathes Benedict XVI.  He lost his job with The Tablet, the UK’s worst catholic weekly, when in 2014 he posted disgusting comments about Benedict.This week Mickens addresses the issue of vocations to the priesthood.  He goes after St. John Paul II  and Benedict XVI.  Since it’s the Easter Octave, I won’t trouble you with much of his text.  His bottom line is that 1) narrow, clericalist, backward-looking Popes of the past blocked the work of the...
  • Dublin Archbishop Denounces Church for ‘Harshness’ Towards Gays

    04/17/2017 6:24:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/17/17 | Rodney Pelletier
    Abp. Diarmuid Martin made his critical remarks during Holy Week homilyDUBLIN ( - In his Holy Week and Easter Sunday homilies, Ireland's head archbishop, Diarmuid Martin, called Catholicism a "religion of fear" and a "faith of prohibitions," denouncing the Church for its historic "harshness" towards the LGBT community. In his speech at the Good Friday Way of the Cross in Dublin, he remarked, "How is it that the Church and its institutions could at various times in history, and not only in a distant past , have been so judgmental and treated broken people who were entrusted to its care...
  • 50 Catholic Converts...Over the Last Century

    04/16/2017 9:18:10 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    NCR, the good one ^ | Apr 15th, 2017 | Matthew Bunson
    [Excerpt: cut from 50 to 13] A few of the most notable converts over the last century: The dazzling variety is a microcosm of the many different people who enter the Church every year —[for] no past, however dark and troubled, makes us unwelcome to God’s loving embrace of mercy and forgiveness. Francis Beckwith (b. 1960): Philosopher /theologian; elected president of the Evangelical Theological Society; converted to Catholicism 2007. Robert Bork (1927-2012): Conservative American judge known for the vicious political fight blocking his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. Converted to Catholicism in 2003. Dave Brubeck (1920-2012): Renowned...
  • Are You Washed, Till We Meet Again

    04/16/2017 7:12:08 AM PDT · by Revski · 4 replies
    Revski's Youtube Classics ^ | 4/16/2017 | Revski
    Jesus did it all though his shed blood, not anything we can or could do.
  • 3 Easter Parables: Why Those Who Abide in Christ Needn’t Fear Death

    04/16/2017 7:00:06 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 3 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 16, 2017 | JP
    Jesus often used parables to teach lessons. Well here are three modern-day parables concerning the lives and deaths of Wanda Dunn, Eddie Maintenance and Jack Shephard. Each parable reinforces the lesson of Easter: That the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Wanda was a lonely old woman who dared not set foot outside of her one-room basement apartment for fear that death awaited her one the other side of her front door. One day there was a scuffle outside Wanda’s apartment during which a policeman was shot. When she peered through her window, Wanda saw...
  • Christian Orthodox Leader Calls on Erdogan to Repent and Convert from Islam or Find Himself in Hell

    04/16/2017 3:46:37 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 12 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | April 15, 2017 | Jim Hoft
    Full Title:   Christian Orthodox Leader Calls on Erdogan to Repent and Convert from Islam or Find Himself in Hell with Mohammad Greek Orthodox Bishop, Metropolit Seraphim of Piraeus caused a controversy this week when he wrote Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and urged him to convert to Christianity.Seraphim told Erdogan to make Vladimir Putin his godfather in a 37 page letter. He warned Erdogan he may find himself in hell with Mohammad.Neoskosmos reported: Greek Orthodox Bishop, Metropolit Seraphim of Piraeus has caused controversy by urging Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convert to Orthodoxy with Russian President Vladimir Putin as...
  • Thousands of New Catholics to Be Welcomed by Catholic Church in the United States at Easter Vigil

    04/15/2017 1:15:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | April 10, 2017 | staff
    Thousands of New Catholics to Be Welcomed by Catholic Church in the United States at Easter Vigil April 10, 2017 WASHINGTON—A married couple in their golden years, a couple inspired by their late daughter's legacy, and a salesman who heard Jesus' call to conversion on a stranger's porch, are among the thousands who will be welcomed into the Catholic Church on Easter Vigil, April 15, in parishes across the United States. All have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full...
  • America Magazine Editor Appointed to Handle Pope’s Twitter, Vatican Radio, Website and TV

    04/15/2017 9:48:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Father James Martin, S.J. has personally expressed views that contradict Church teaching on his own Twitter accountFather James Martin, America Magazine‘s editor-at-large, has been appointed by Pope Francis as a consultant to the Vatican’s department for communications — a job that includes manning the Vatican radio, website, TV, and popular papal Twitter handle. [CCD editor’s note: as this is not a full-time position, Fr. Martin has said he will be staying in New York with America media] Father Martin is a controversial figure in the American Church, often expressing strong liberal views on his public social media accounts (even when...
  • Spanish Priest Cleared of Abuse; Pope Francis Had Backed Accuser

    04/12/2017 6:05:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    A Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Granada, Spain, has been cleared of sex-abuse charges, in a case that saw Pope Francis intervene on behalf of the priest’s accuser. David Ramirez Castillo—originally identified only as “Daniel”—had written to Pope Francis in 2014, complaining that he and other young men had been molested by Father Roman Martinez and other priests when they were teenagers. The Pontiff responded by calling Ramirez Castillo to express his sympathy and apologize for the abuse, and demanding a full inquiry by the Granada archdiocese into the allegations about a sex-abuse ring. Ten priests were suspended from...
  • Jesuit Chief Rejects Charges of ‘Heresy’ for Views on Gospels

    04/10/2017 6:36:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/4/17 | Staff
    Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the Superior General of the worldwide Jesuit order, spoke to an Italian news program on Sunday to reject charges that he was 'relativizing' the Gospels or committing doctrinal heresy when he suggested in February that the words of Jesus on marriage in the New Testament have to be 'contextualized.'Rejecting charges of “relativizing” the words of Jesus, and even doctrinal heresy, the superior general of the worldwide Jesuit order on Sunday stood by his insistence that no one was tape-recording Christ, and therefore statements attributed to him in the New Testament, including on marriage, have to be...
  • Faithful Storm Out of Mass in Italy After Priest Criticizes Pope Francis

    04/10/2017 6:12:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 4/10/17 | Josephine McKenna
    ROME (RNS) A priest is being asked to take a break from his parish in the small Italian town of Montesilvano after some in his congregation reportedly stormed out of Mass when he openly criticized Pope Francis on Palm Sunday (April 9). Media reports claimed the congregation shouted “Shame, shame!” at the Rev. Edward Pushparaj when he said Pope Francis had only been “bad” for the Catholic Church. Palm Sunday commemorates the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem and is a solemn occasion on the Christian calendar that marks the start of Holy Week and the runup to Easter Sunday. But...
  • Why married priests won't really fix the shortage

    04/10/2017 3:18:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | April 9, 2017 | Mary Rezac
    Denver, Colo., Apr 9, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In 1970, there was one priest for every 800 Catholics in the United States.Today, that number has more than doubled, with one priest for every 1,800 Catholics.Globally, the situation is worse. The number of Catholics per priest increased from 1,895 in 1980 to 3,126 in 2012, according to a report from CARA at Georgetown University. The Catholic Church in many parts of the world is experiencing what is being called a “priest shortage” or a “priest crisis.”Last month, Pope Francis answered a question about the priest shortage in a...
  • [Vancouver] Knights of Columbus Council Slams Vatican Sex-Ed Program

    04/09/2017 11:32:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/7/17 | Anita Carey
    "We condemn this gross perversion in the strongest possible terms"VANCOUVER, B.C. - (Church - The Knights of Columbus Fr. Kenneth Walker Council is releasing a statement blasting the Vatican's sex education program, claiming it violates Church teaching and harms children. Vancouver's Council 16076 performed a thorough evaluation of The Meeting Point: Project for Affective and Sexual Formation, launched during World Youth Day 2016 by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Life. Comparing Catholic standards on the need for sex education, the role of parents and the types materials used, the council concludes, "We reject this collection of documents in toto...
  • Notre Dame to Give Highest Honor to Jesuit Priest Who Supports Gay ‘Marriage,’ Women Priests

    04/09/2017 10:46:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/7/17 | Lisa Bourne
    NOTRE DAME, Indiana, April 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The University of Notre Dame will award its highest honor to a priest who has openly dissented from Church teaching on homosexual “marriage,” women “priests” and worthiness to receive Holy Communion. Jesuit Father Gregory Boyle will be this year’s Laetare Medal recipient, the university announced recently. Father Boyle is renowned for his decades-long work with incarcerated and gang-involved individuals. He will be given the award at the university’s May 21 commencement ceremony. Father Boyle criticized the U.S. Bishops’ opposition to homosexual “marriage” in a 2010 interview during the debate over California’s Proposition...
  • Dying art: Churches struggling to find organists

    04/09/2017 4:10:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 88 replies
    Aletelia ^ | April 8, 2017 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Baltimore Sun:  When the longtime organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Havre de Grace announced her retirement last fall, the leaders of the small 200-year-old congregation faced a bigger challenge than they knew.Music — particularly the music of the organ — is central to the life of the church. Members say the instrument’s rich sounds complement their liturgy, inspire congregational singing and even seem to invite the Holy Spirit into their presence.But a six-month search has turned up just one potential applicant. Church leaders are trying every new strategy they can think of to get things...
  • Las Vegas Dave desperately needs prayer (just informed)

    04/08/2017 6:07:16 AM PDT · by JockoManning · 108 replies
    Phone call from his wife | March 11 2017 | Jocko Manning
    Was just informed that Las Vegas Dave has had bleeding in the frontal lobe of his brain. Is on a trache and is not responsive. Prayer greatly needed and appreciated.
  • “The Rumors About Pressures Behind Benedict’s Renunciation Are False”

    04/06/2017 11:04:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/6/17 | Andrea Tornielli
    Georg Gänswein in a TV interview denies the latest allegations on the renunciation: “It was a free decision. What has been recently said is invented.” The two Popes theory? “The Pope is one, Ratzinger was pope and has renounced”Benedict XVI’s ninetieth birthday is approaching and monsignor Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household and his private secretary, denies all the rumors and recent interviews about alleged pressure that led Joseph Ratzinger to resign. Gänswein was interviewed during Matrix an Italian late night TV show, broadcasted Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The Secretary of the Pope Emeritus responded to questions from Vatican...