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  • Retired FDNY Captain to Become Catholic Piest for New York Archdiocese: 'Now I Will Save Souls'

    05/27/2016 6:20:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/27/16 | Thomas Tracy
    He once fought fires in Hell’s Kitchen. Now he’ll be fighting the fires of hell. After two decades of beating down blazes and saving lives, retired FDNY Captain Tom Colucci has found a higher calling — he’s about to become a Catholic priest for the New York Archdiocese. Timothy Cardinal Dolan will welcome Colucci, 60, to the priesthood on Saturday during a special ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. “I spent 20 years saving people. Now I will save souls,” said Colucci, the first city firefighter to shed his bunker coat for a priest’s collar. “I thought about being a priest...
  • Russian Orthodox leader: American, European de-Christianization is 'Apocalyptic'

    05/27/2016 6:12:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church received a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople on May 24 and lamented the secularization of Europe and the United States. “We are deeply worried to see what is going on in the Christian world,” said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who referred to the “ongoing de-Christianization of the European and American civilization” as “an apocalyptic scene: sin is affirmed by law.” “As you know, we underwent a period of state atheism,” he said in reference to over seven decades of Soviet Communist rule. “However, the moral paradigm remained Christian in its major...
  • SSPX reconciliation. I think it might happen (Catholic Caucus)

    05/26/2016 2:43:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 26, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I have said for years that the SSPX could be reconciled without all sorts of doctrinal declarations about points in Vatican II documents.I see this at the NCRegister: Cardinal Müller Expects SSPX to Recognize Disputed Council TeachingsCardinal Gerhard Müller has said he expects the Society of St. Pius X, which has always opposed the Second Vatican Council’s declarations on religious freedom and ecumenism, to “unreservedly recognize” freedom of religion as a human right, and an obligation to ecumenism.In an interview in the June edition of the German publication Herder Korrespondenz, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said that...
  • Fr. Z’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination

    05/26/2016 2:38:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 26, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Well… this is it.  I made it this far.Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember Days were common times for ordinations and Ember Days fall during the Pentecost Octave.It is my anniversary of ordination today, 25 years ago, by St. John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica.  I suppose that might make me a 2nd class relic.Silver.It was not only the Feast of St. Philip Neri, 26 May, but it was also Trinity Sunday. A beautiful sunny day.I got up that morning, ate breakfast, said my...
  • Pope Francis Asks God To "Convert The Hearts" Of Islamic Terrorists"

    05/26/2016 6:28:23 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 26,2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    Following on the latest spate of devastating attacks by the Islamic State in Syria, Pope Francis prayed to God Wednesday to “convert the hearts of those who sow death and destruction.” In his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope addressed the tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists in a special appeal for prayer for the Middle East.
  • Met Saba (Esber) on the Orthodox "Diaspora" (Orthodox Caucus)

    05/25/2016 10:58:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Notes on Arab Orthodoxy ^ | 05-25-206 | Metropolitan Saba (Esber)
    On the Issue of the Orthodox "Diaspora" Introduction It seems, during the course of work on the Great Orthodox Council, that the issue of the "diaspora" will be the most important, in the sense that there is no issue more important than it. Due to serious disagreements that currently exist between the Orthodox Churches, mostly due to historical factors, the other working papers, most of which have been agreed upon, were formulated according to the lowest common denominator of agreement and not at the level hoped for by the people of God. The issue of the "diaspora," however, has remained urgent because...
  • First Communion for Iraqi Refugees Represents Hope for a Persecuted People

    05/25/2016 6:09:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/24/16 | Doreen Abi Raad
    What God is giving us in faith and strength is helping us to give more, and that by itself will bring us closer to God,” said Sister Waffa Yousif, who helped train the 30 first communicants.BEIRUT — Outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Beirut, Lebanon, the children could hardly contain their excitement. All the suffering of their lives in forced exile seemed to vanish as they anticipated the holy sacrament for which they had so diligently prepared. Two girls joined hands and gleefully spun each other around. Dressed in white robes adorned with wooden rosaries on...
  • German Journalist Calls Pope Francis a Relativizer

    05/24/2016 4:45:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 24, 2016 | Maike HIckson
    Alexander Kissler is a German author and journalist who is responsible for the Culture Section of the German intellectual journal Cicero. He is also one of the few open critics of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Open Door Politics with regard to the immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. He had, for example, an outcry of indignation after the Cologne incident on New Year’s Eve in 2015, where hundreds of women were aggressively pursued by “North Africans, most of them asylum seekers.” Now he has directed his indignation toward the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis. The cause of...
  • Christians Have a Mission to Convert all Muslims, Says Vatican Official

    05/23/2016 6:38:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 108 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/23/16 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting in CambridgeChristians have a mission to convert all Muslims, according to one of Pope Francis’s senior aides. Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting held by Cambridge University’s Woolf Institute. Cardinal Koch also said that Christians should not try and convert Jews and should view Judaism as a “mother”. “We have a mission to convert all non-Christian religions’ people [except] Judaism,” he said, before reportedly adding that this extended to jihadis responsible for...
  • Pope Francis Calls Greedy Employers 'True Leeches'

    05/21/2016 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 53 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | May 20, 2016 | SEAN DUFFY
        (CN) — Pope Francis condemned the sin of "living off the blood of the people" while criticizing immoral employers for not providing health care for their employees, calling them "true leeches."     During his homily on Thursday, the pontiff brought up a hypothetical situation in which a business employs a worker from September to June but does not provide health care coverage.     "Exploitation of people today is a true slavery," he said. "We thought that slaves do not exist anymore. They exist. It's true, people don't go to Africa to take them and then sell them in America, no. But it's in our...
  • Redemptorist Priest among Marylanders featured on Vietnam TV Series

    05/20/2016 6:43:31 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicreview.org ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paul McMullen
    Forty-five years after he served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Vietnam, Redemptorist Father John Bauer continues to expand his admiration for the resourcefulness and resolve of the men and women who were under his pastoral care during wartime. Father Bauer, now on the staff of his childhood parish in Highlandtown, is among a half-dozen Catholics featured in "Maryland Vietnam War Stories," a 3-hour documentary airing over as many nights, May 24-26, on Maryland Public Television. Father Bauer was among the participants who attended a recent advance screening, where a fellow veteran noticed his clerical collar and approached him during...
  • 'Rotten fruit' endemic in this entire industry [Christian Publishing]

    05/20/2016 2:53:17 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/20/2016 | Jim Fletcher
    Although few talk about it publicly, I continue to be astonished by the rotten fruit in the Christian book publishing industry. I feel almost forced to say this at the outset: There are still good publishers. There are still good authors. There is still some good material being produced. It’s just not mostly in the popular categories/circles (makers). Checking out Christian retailing online the other day was a real downer. Among the top-selling books/authors making their rounds through evangelical circles: "Jesus Calling," "The Power of I Am" (Joel Osteen), Thom Rainer, Rick Warren, Jen Hatmaker, Steven Furtick and "Half Truths"...
  • Vatican Official: We Must Learn from Judaism on Shabbat and Family

    05/20/2016 6:59:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Jewish News Online ^ | 5/18/16 | Justin Cohen
    Cardinal Kurt Koch said the ‘Sunday culture in Christianity is very weak’, urging for a more home-orientated approachThe Vatican’s most senior official on relations with Jewish communities has insisted the Catholic Church must learn from the centrality of the home and Shabbat in Jewish life, saying the Sunday “culture in Christianity is very weak”. The frank comments from Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the pontifical commission for religious relations with the Jews, came during an exclusive interview as he joined leading theologians from both faiths for a two-day symposium on enhancing relations. “The most important thing we can learn from...
  • Russian Church Destined to Change Western Attitude to Christianity - Patriarch Kirill

    05/20/2016 6:47:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/19/16
    Moscow, May 19, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that the answer to the banishment of Christianity on a global scale is one of the challenges facing the Russian Church. "We accept the new challenges that our Church is facing with dignity, and these challenges are very formidable and have a global nature. And, probably, the most difficult and important challenge is the changing attitude to faith and Christianity in many countries of Europe and America," the patriarch said following a prayer service in the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow on Thursday. The prayer service was...
  • Cardinal Burke Says Pope’s Exhortation Must be Read ‘Critically’

    05/19/2016 4:15:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/18/16 | Jeanne Smits
    ROME, May 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Two days after the Rome Life Forum in which he called faithful Catholics to be prepared to endure the “Martyrdom of Witness” for the sake of “the defense of human life and its cradle in the conjugal union of husband and wife,” I was privileged to obtain a personal interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke for LifeSiteNews in which he made clear that in his view, Amoris laetitia can be read “critically.” He spoke gravely, even sadly, deploring the fact that many Catholics today are “ignorant of their Catholic faith,” underscoring also that “the part...
  • Top nun pushes for greater role for Catholic women [Catholic Caucus]

    05/18/2016 1:47:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | May 18, 2016 | Rosie Scammell
    Catholic sisters globally would be better-equipped to carry out their work if they could become deacons, the head of a global network of nuns has said, an important marker in the sharp debate over women deacons that Pope Francis opened last week. “We are already doing so many things that resemble what a deacon would do, although it would help us to do a bit more service if we were ordained deacons,” Sister Carmen Sammut, president of the International Union of Superiors General, or UISG, told RNS. Francis put a spring in the step of women religious on Thursday (May...
  • United Methodist Church to respond to rumors that it is about to split over gay equality

    05/17/2016 9:40:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 17, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    The United Methodist Church is considering splitting over the full acceptance of gay members, according to reports by top clergy and advocacy groups. Church officials say the president of the Council of Bishops will address the rumor Tuesday in Portland, Ore., where the denomination is holding a major convention. The rumors about the United States’ third-largest faith group began spreading on social media Monday night, when some prominent pastors reportedly told crowds in Portland that a plan is in the works. Details about what the plan entails and who was on board with it were unconfirmed. United Methodist Church spokeswoman...
  • Western Europe Experiences Moral Catastrophe - Patriarch Kirill

    05/16/2016 6:12:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/16/16
    Nalchik, May 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has described a "catastrophe" the West's departure from Christian moral values. "We know what enormous efforts today are being made to prevent primarily the Christians from authentic understanding of the Divine moral law. And we know what catastrophe is taking place in Western Europe and in general across the rich American-European world," the patriarch said after performing a great consecration and liturgy at a church of Mary Magdalene in Nalchik on Sunday. Many Christians in the West are forgetting their roots, re-considering the foundations of morality, "justify the...
  • Vatican Officials Downplay Speculation on Women Deacons

    05/16/2016 6:09:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Two Vatican officials downplayed speculation occasioned by Pope Francis’s call for the establishment of a commission to study women deacons-- “above all with regard to the early days of the Church,” as the Pope said during a question-and-answer session with women religious superiors on May 12. In examining the Pope’s remarks, “we need to be honest” said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office. “The Pope did not say he intends to introduce the ordination of female deacons, and even less did he talk about the ordination of women as priests.”
  • Card. Burke: We Must 'Resist' Those in the Church Presenting False Teaching on Marriage, Sacraments

    05/14/2016 5:14:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/11/16 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, May 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Cardinal Raymond Burke stated on the weekend that faithful Catholics must “resist” a perspective within the Church that seeks to undermine the truths of the Catholic faith regarding the indissolubility of marriage and the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The general theme of the talk was “Martyrdom for the Faith in Our Times".“Of particular concern to me is a growing mundane perspective, a man-centered and world-centered perspective, especially in the Church,” he said, adding that the perspective expresses itself in a “secular understanding of the divine realities.” He was speaking to pro-life...
  • Pope Francis and the Matter of Female Deacons [Updated]

    05/13/2016 3:44:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 12, 2016 | Carl E. Olson
    Why must we continually revisit matters that have been addressed in detail and are, in many ways, already set to rest in terms of magisterial teaching? Pope Francis greets a nun during an audience with the heads of women's religious orders in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 12. During a question-and-answer session with members of the UISG, the pope said he was willing to establish a commission to study whether women could serve as deacons. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) Does Pope Francis have any idea of the needless can of worms he opened up with his statement earlier today,...
  • Francis and the Deaconesses… aka Deaconettes

    05/12/2016 2:05:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 12, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    First, today I saw a piece at Breitbart that Pope Francis popularity has dropped.  HEREThat said, I have received links to various articles saying that the Pope has considered establishing a commission to study the issue of the ordination of woman as deaconesses…. (aka deaconettes -it’s easier to pronounce).Studying is one thing and doing is another.That said, I saw something telling in the Fishwrap account (aka National Schismatic Reporter). The pope responded that he had spoken about the matter once some years ago with a “good, wise professor” who had studied the use of female deacons in the early centuries of...
  • Building a Catholic Resistance Movement

    05/11/2016 6:08:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    John Smeaton, SPUC’s chief executive, and co-founder of Voice of the Family called for a Catholic resistance movement to respond to “the crisis of truth and the crisis of leadership within Catholic Church structures” that seriously threatens the well-being of children and the family. He ended his talk by reading out a letter that he intends to send to Pope Francis, calling on him “to recognise the grave errors in the recently published Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, in particular those sections which will lead to the desecration of the Holy Eucharist and to the harming of our children, and to...
  • Archbishop of Brussels Speaks Out for Married Priests

    05/10/2016 6:09:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Pray Tell ^ | 5/9/16 | Rita Ferrone
    Jozef De Kesel, Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and primate of Belgium, has spoken in favor of allowing the ordination of married men. In a wide-ranging interview with De Zondag, a Flemish publication, the 68-year old Archbishop was asked whether the Latin Rite should maintain priestly celibacy. He said in reply: “I am not in favor of the abolition of celibacy. A single life is not meaningless. I have consciously chosen it: it was also the way of life of Jesus. However, I do not think we can require that of all priests, especially at a time when sexuality plays a big...
  • What John Paul II Intended to Say the Day He Was Shot

    05/09/2016 6:03:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/7/16 | Diane Montagna
    35 years after his assassination attempt, the catechesis and two important announcements JPII never made that fateful dayVATICAN CITY — Thirty-five years ago, on May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot as he made his way through St. Peter’s Square in the pope-mobile, responding to the warm greetings of the faithful and pilgrims before the general audience. At 5:19pm, the pope was the victim of an assassination attempt perpetrated by a young Turkish man named Mehmet Ali Agca. During the general audience, the Holy Father had intended to speak to the faithful about a theme very dear to...
  • THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH

    05/06/2016 10:11:06 PM PDT · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 2 replies
    Introduction : It is great to know that Catholicism is increasing by leaps and bounds in Arunachal Pradesh, a Frontier State in North - East India. Catholics in Arunachal Pradesh now number 200,000 out of a population of 1 Million. They are all Tribals of various Tribes that live in Arunachal Pradesh. This I believe is primarily because of the pioneering missionary efforts of a Benedictine Brother from the State of Maharashtra popularly known as "PREMBHAI" or Loving Brother. He passed away in 2008. His real name was Brother Henry Gaikwad. A Little about him now : Br. Henry Gaikwad...
  • German Cardinal Says ‘Unauthorised People’ are Vetoing Bishop Nominations

    05/06/2016 6:28:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz said the rejection of lists of names showed 'intolerable disrespect' for a country's ChurchA German cardinal has said names of candidates submitted to the Vatican as potential bishops are being vetoed by “unauthorised people” in Rome. Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz, who was president of the German bishops’ conference from 1987 to 2008, said: “In the name of the law, these unlawful outside influences must be set aside and a proper voice given to those who’ll be living with the chosen candidate.” “If there really is something against a candidate, then the nuncio or Rome...
  • Most Christians DON'T care about the suffering of preborn babies

    05/05/2016 5:44:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    AbolitionistSociety ofTampa ^ | Published on Jul 18, 2015 | AbolitionistSociety ofTampa
    It's a sad, sad reality that most Christians simply don't care about the suffering of preborn babies. See it for yourself in this footage that was captured at the Church of the Brethren 2015 Conference. When will you start being a voice for your preborn neighbors? www.AbolishHumanAbortion.com www.TampaAHA.com VIDEO ONLY ON LINK
  • Pastor Attacked Abolitionist

    05/05/2016 4:34:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    AbolitionistSociety ofTampa ^ | Published on Dec 9, 2015 | AbolitionistSociety ofTampa
    A pastor attacked an abolitionist for exposing the suffering of the preborn at Santafest in Tampa. Why don't pastors use this much aggression to expose and put an end to the suffering of the preborn? www.ChurchRepent.com www.TampaAHA.com VIDEO ONLY ON LINK
  • WinterJam—Worship "pastor" threatens Abolitionist with physical harm

    05/05/2016 3:59:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    AbolitionistSociety ofTampa ^ | AbolitionistSociety ofTampa
    While exposing the truth of baby murder at the Winter Jam concert in Tampa, a worship "pastor" threatens an Abolitionist with physical harm multiple times. VIDEO ONLY ON LINK
  • Fr. Frank Pavone Releases New Book on Preaching on Abortion

    05/05/2016 1:10:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    tennesseewatchman.com ^ | May 2, 2016 | Leslie Palma
    NEW YORK — To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Priests for Life and to highlight its core mission of empowering clergy to be passionate advocates for the unborn, Father Frank Pavone, National Director, has released today his newest book, Proclaiming the Message of Life: Weekly Reflections from the Lectionary (Servant Books, 2016) The book guides clergy –and laity – through the pro-life themes found in the readings of every Sunday of all three liturgical years. Proclaiming the Message of Life provides an overview of the Scriptural, doctrinal and liturgical bases for preaching the pro-life message, presents homily...
  • Cardinal Müller: Amoris Laetitia is in Line with Previous Teaching on Communion

    05/05/2016 6:31:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/4/16 | Staff Reporter
    The cardinal said that if the Pope had wanted to change the discipline, he would have given a full explanationCardinal Gerhard Müller, the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal authority, has said that Pope Francis’s recent document is consistent with previous Church teaching. In a talk to seminarians in Oviedo, Spain, reported by the German newspaper Die Tagespost, Cardinal Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), said that Amoris Laetitia does not say the divorced and remarried can take communion. John Paul II, Benedict XVI and the CDF have all said in the last 35...
  • 4 Reasons Why Every Christian Should be Pro-Life on Abortion

    05/04/2016 12:20:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | May 3 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Lately, a number of abortion activists have been claiming that their faith is the reason they support abortion. Abortionist Willie Parker calls his deadly practice a “ministry,” saying Christianity inspires him to help pregnant women who are struggling. Abortionist-in-training Carolyn Payne says Christianity led her to believe that doing abortions “is one of the most meaningful ways I feel I can contribute to making the world a more fair and equal place for women.” Equality and compassion toward the suffering are key aspects of Christianity, but abortion supporters who call themselves Christians limit these values, refusing to extend them to...
  • New Vatican Magazine Criticises Church for 'Ignoring Role of Women'

    05/04/2016 5:46:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 5/3/16 | Christopher Lamb
    The magazine, which launched today, started as a monthly section in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore RomanoThe Church has ignored the female contribution to Catholic culture in recent years, according to an editorial in a new women’s magazine published by the Vatican’s semi-official newspaper. Lucetta Scaraffia, the co-ordinator of Women-Church-World, the new monthly magazine published by L’Osservatore Romano, said that a “hidden revolution” had taken place during the last century with women making an increasingly important contribution to the intellectual life of Catholicism. But this, she explained, had been “almost ignored” by the Church even though it had intensified in the...
  • Europe's Bishops Call Unified Line on Refugee Crisis 'Impossible'

    05/04/2016 5:38:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 5/3/16 | Ines San Martin
    ROME— Despite Pope Francis’ repeated calls for a comprehensive Catholic response to the European refugee crisis, Europe’s bishops declared Tuesday they don’t have a common line, arguing that the differing realities of each country makes a uniform response impossible. “We have talked long about migration, but the problem can’t be explained in a three-line statement,” said Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő of Budapest, Hungary, President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences. When asked about walls being built around several countries, including Hungary, Erdő didn’t give a resounding “no,” saying that those who are doing so are building “wire fences” with...
  • Pope Francis targeted with sickening abuse by Twitter trolls after posting about Jesus

    05/03/2016 3:10:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | 3 May 2016 | Anthony Bond
    WARNING - UPSETTING CONTENT: The Pope was subjected to violent sexual imagery after writing of Jesus' "love for us" on Twitter Reuters Pope Francis arrives at the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican Pope Francis has been subjected to abusive tweets after writing about Jesus' love on Twitter The Pope has been targeted by Twitter trolls with sickening abuse after he posted a message about Jesus on the social networking site. Pope Francis was subjected to the vile abuse just seconds after writing on his Twitter page. He wrote: "Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out...
  • Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon

    04/30/2016 7:41:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon Msgr. Charles Pope • April 29, 2016 • The animated short video below is a humorous reminder that when technology changes so rapidly, some of us can easily get left behind.In it, there is also something of an admonition to the Church, that we not act too much like the man in the video. 1. It would seem that the old man has been sheltered away in his apartment for too long while the world has passed him by. We in the Church also have been hunkered down...
  • On the Spiritual Battlefront with Ukraine’s Military Chaplains

    04/29/2016 5:57:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/27/16 | Jaroslawa Kisyk
    Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, head of the Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, on the physical trials and spiritual challenges of ministering to Ukrainian soldiersIn mid-February 2016, Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, Deputy Head of Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, visited numerous parishes and venues in Toronto and parts of southern Ontario at the invitation of Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Eparch of Toronto, and of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). Bishop Chmilar and the UCC had jointly organized a fundraising campaign called “Save Lives” in order to assist Ukrainian soldiers with their extensive humanitarian...
  • Amoris Laetitia Footnote Contradicts Church’s Tradition, Says Leading German Philosopher

    04/29/2016 5:49:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/28/16 | Staff Reporter
    Robert Spaemann said Communion was a 'yes or no' question and that the Pope's document could lead to a schismRobert Spaemann, one of the foremost living Catholic philosophers, has said Amoris Laetitia contradicts the traditional teaching of the Church. In an interview with the German Catholic News Agency, Spaemann says that most of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation is in line with the Church’s teaching – although some sections are capable of being read otherwise. However, Spaemann says that paragraph 305, when read with its accompanying footnote 351, “directly contradicts [widerspricht direkt] paragraph 84 of John Paul II’s letter Familiaris Consortio.”...
  • Catholics Join Forces with Russian Orthodox to Rebuild Churches in Syria

    04/29/2016 5:33:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/29/16 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    Project is the 'first concrete outcome' of the Pope's meeting with Patriarch KirillRussia’s Catholic Church has launched a joint project with Russian Orthodox leaders to rebuild churches and monasteries destroyed during the war in Syria. Mgr Igor Kovalevsky, secretary-general of the Russian bishops’ conference, said the project should be viewed as the “first concrete outcome” of Pope Francis’s February meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. The official also said the move did not indicate support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. “While we’ve been in contact with the Assad government, this isn’t a political matter,” he...
  • Top Vatican Cardinals Aren’t Commenting on Pope’s Exhortation

    04/28/2016 5:33:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/25/16 | John-Henry Westen
    April 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Two of the Vatican’s most senior prelates, both known for taking a strong stand for the Church’s tradition at the Synod on the Family, are declining interviews on Pope Francis’ controversial apostolic exhortation. Vatican reporter Edward Pentin reports that neither Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, nor Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has commented on Amoris Laetitia or given any media interviews about the document. Müller and Sarah have repeatedly spoken in the past about the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage...
  • Catholic Seminary Breaks Ground

    04/28/2016 5:28:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Seward Independent ^ | 4/27/16 | Emily Hemphill
    St. Gregory the Great Catholic Seminary in Seward is expanding to prepare more students for priesthood. The seminary held a ground-breaking ceremony April 24 to mark the beginning of a construction project that will add 11 student rooms, two priest suites, two classrooms and a science lab onto the existing building, located at 800 Fletcher Road in Seward. “We’ve seen the steady growth the Lord has granted us. We’ve seen our faculty and staff grow,” St. Gregory Rector the Very Rev. Jeffrey R. Eickhoff said during the ceremony. In its 18 years of existence, the seminary has housed and taught...
  • Archbishop of Cologne Slams Germany's Anti-Islam Party: 'Mosques are Equal to Churches'

    04/28/2016 5:16:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/27/16 | Harry Farley
    The Catholic Archbishop of Cologne has slammed Germany's anti-Islam party, Alternative for Deutchsland (AfD). Rainer Woelki posted a video where he ridiculed the right-wing party's claim that Islam is incompatible with the German constitution. The archbishop's intervention comes after the anti-immigration party said it would press for bans on minarets and burqas. "Anyone who denigrates Muslims as the AfD leadership does should realise prayer rooms and mosques are equally protected by our constitution as our churches and chapels," he said. "Whoever says 'yes' to church towers must also say 'yes' to minarets." The AfD has grown in prominence putting pressure...
  • Anglicans and Catholics Discuss Recognition of Ministry

    04/27/2016 6:24:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 4/26/16
    (Vatican Radio) Catholic and Anglican theologians have been meeting together near Rome to discuss ordination rites within the two communions, as well as the significant ecumenical implications of Pope Francis’ recent document ‘Amoris Laetitia’. A meeting of the Malines Conversation group took place from April 17th to 22nd at Rocca di Papa, south of Rome, culminating in an ecumenical evensong celebrated by Archbishop Arthur Roche of the Congregation for Divine Worship. A communique issued after the encounter said the theologians from seven different countries discussed “contemporary and historic ordination rites” and the developments that have taken place in both communions...
  • Trump Chosen by God To Stop America's Destruction - Astounding 2011 Prophecy

    04/27/2016 4:39:17 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 62 replies
    INFO ^ | Apr 21, 2016 | youtube
    Rick Wiles interviews retired firefighter Mark Taylor who was given this prophetic revelation in 2011. The Lord has chosen Mr. Trump to bring America back from the brink of destruction. Mr. Taylor wrote this amazing prophecy in 2011 giving us a glimpse of what's to come and why all who attack Mr. Trump will fall by the wayside. What's amazing is that this revelation has gone forth to thousands. The wrath of God has come not for the people of America but for the leaders of the establishment. The hour of judgment is upon them. The light has begun to...
  • Why Does a Catholic Diocese Provide Syringes?

    04/26/2016 6:20:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | 4/25/16 | Deal Hudson
    While I was the publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine, I chronicled the plight of the Albany Diocese in Upstate, NY under the former leadership of now Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard. His stewardship of the diocese was a test case in the failures of the progressive policies of many churchmen during the seventies and eighties that left dioceses throughout the country beset by dwindling Mass attendance, little or no vocations to the priestly and religious life and sex scandals which metastasized into a full blown scandal in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Things were so awful under Hubbard...
  • The top 10 lies your Mormon friend is telling you

    04/25/2016 5:29:27 PM PDT · by reaganaut · 180 replies
    Exploring Mormonism ^ | April 24, 2016 | by Mithryn
    Social media has enabled communication between friends like never before. It’s also enabled lies to be spread (and debunked more quickly) than ever before. The lies Mormons tell are typically hold-overs from before Snopes was invented, and most Mormons may not realize they are lying, or simply justify the lie because the church is too good and you, their neighbor, would “make such a good member!” Next time a member sends you one of these lies, feel free to send them a link to this list. Also, to you members, before your blood begins to boil on my definition of...
  • Pope Makes Surprise Visit to Rome Park Marking Earth Day

    04/25/2016 5:34:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/24/16 | AP
    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has made a surprise visit to one of Rome's main parks to participate in an Earth Day event. Francis, who wrote an encyclical decrying the exploitation of the Earth's environment and resources often at the expense of the poor, went to Villa Borghese, a park filled with Sunday strollers.
  • “To label a priest “non-judgmental” is damning.” (can't think clearly, affirms people moral errors)

    04/24/2016 2:22:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 24, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At The Catholic Thing Fr. Jerry Pokorsky has a good piece about being non-judgmental, particularly about non-judgmental priests.  I think we have all met that sort, right?  These pathetic, flexi-spined cowards who would be, were Dante in charge, consigned to chase the pointless ever-whirling banner on the empty plain, pursued by stinging flies, treading upon hideous worms.Two snips: Non-Judgmental Shepherds[…]Someone recently told me about a Catholic religion teacher who was called by a concerned parent. The teacher was presenting the Catholic faith in a methodical fashion. An upcoming topic was to be love and marriage. The parent wanted assurances that his...
  • Kasper: Pope Intends "Not to Preserve Everything as it has Been"

    04/24/2016 10:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 4/23/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 22 April, Cardinal Walter Kasper gave yet another interview about Pope Francis and his reforms. This time, he spoke with the German regional newspaper Aachener Zeitung. In this interview, the German cardinal made some candid — indeed, bold — statements which are very important in the context of the current situation of the Catholic Church. Kasper speaks about the further Church-reform plans of Pope Francis and his intention “not to preserve everything as it has been of old.” With Pope Francis, “things are not any more so abstract and permeated with suspicion, as it was the case in earlier...