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  • He was a starting quarterback in the SEC. Now he's a Catholic missionary.

    05/24/2018 10:50:16 PM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies ^ | May 10, 2018 | Jared Peck
    Patrick Towles, the former University of Kentucky quarterback who transferred to Boston College to finish his career, announced Tuesday he had quit his job at a local bank to become a missionary....“I don’t think anyone who decides to quit their job, leave their home, or shelf the expectations that they had for their life to be all the way sane either,” Towles wrote. “That being said, there were specific moments in my life that led me here. Some were substantial, some were very minor, but all were vital.” Towles recounted his path to becoming a more devoted Catholic and his...
  • Archbishop Blasts ‘New Paganism’ and ‘Denial of Truth’ at Washington Prayer Breakfast

    05/24/2018 7:51:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/24/18 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – “Non-religious ‘spiritualism’ is the new paganism,” Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann told the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this morning. Naumann, the incoming chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, said our culture is “experiencing a crisis of faith that leads to denial of truth.” He listed as major problems today school shootings, international tensions and conflicts, and the fact that “one third of American children are being raised in homes without their biological fathers.” He noted Catholic Charities in Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington, D.C. are no longer allowed to facilitate adoptions (this is thanks...
  • Amir Tsarfati from Tennessee last night

    05/24/2018 6:47:24 AM PDT · by firebrand · 2 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | May 24, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Already up on YouTube, a powerful, up-to-date message and a very appreciative congregation in Leipers Fork, Tennessee. The Cincinnati appearance of a few days ago is not yet up on YouTube but can be viewed here as I posted on the previous thread. The sound is very low, though, so you might want to wait for YouTube. Again, a good audience who loves his humor.
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, May 24, 2018 [prayer]

    05/23/2018 9:50:25 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 25 replies ^ | May 24, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • LGBT Community Cheers Pope's 'God Made You Like This' Remark

    05/23/2018 7:35:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Cleveland Daily Banner ^ | 5/21/18 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their recent meetings at the Vatican. The pope invited Cruz and other victims of a Chilean predator priest to discuss their cases last month. Cruz said he told Francis how Chile's bishops used...
  • Dolan: Pope’s Reported Remarks to Gay Man, While ‘Beautiful,’ Could Require Clarification

    05/23/2018 7:02:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    New York City, N.Y., May 22, 2018 / 08:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of New York said Tuesday that while some recent comments about homosexuality attributed to Pope Francis are “orthodox teaching,” the pope's reported remarks could require clarification. Cardinal Timothy Dolan affirmed the pope’s recent affirmation of God’s love for a gay man with whom the pontiff visited in Rome, saying: “Jesus would have said that, and so would I. That’s conservative, traditional, Catholic, orthodox teaching. The ‘Catechism’ insists on that.” “While any sexual expression outside of a man and woman in marriage is contrary to God's purpose,...
  • Pope Francis: It is Not a Sin to Criticise the Pope

    05/22/2018 7:57:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/22/18 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope told Italy's bishops to speak openly about their concernsPope Francis has told the Italian bishops that it is “not a sin to criticise the Pope here” as he opened their General Assembly. The Pope revealed three “worries” during his speech: the decline in vocations, financial scandals, and the reduction and merging of dioceses. He encouraged the bishops to “speak openly”, urging them to tell him “all the words, your concerns, criticisms – it is not a sin to criticise the Pope here, yes, not a sin – and inspirations that you carry in your hearts.” Pope Francis said...
  • Cardinal Burke Warns Upcoming Youth Synod May Release ‘New Storm in the Church’

    05/21/2018 6:58:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/18/18 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – There is a risk that the upcoming synod on youth will bring “more difficulties” for the Church, Cardinal Raymond Burke said at the Rome Life Forum today, noting there have already been allegations of manipulation. “What can we expect about and after the new synod in October?” he was asked. “A new storm in the Church? A new ambiguous exhortation? More dubia?” “I think simply from a point of human reason, and also from the point of view of Christian morality, if those who organized the synod in 2014 and 2015 have not had...
  • Pope: No to a Church of Old Bachelors

    05/21/2018 6:50:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 81 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/21/18
    Marks the new memorial he established earlier this year: Mary, Mother of the ChurchThe Church is a Mother, is “feminine,” Pope Francis said today as he celebrated Mass for the now obligatory Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church. And if this trait is forgotten, the Church resembles merely “a charitable organization, or a football team”; when it is “a masculine Church,” it sadly becomes “a church of old bachelors,” “incapable of love, incapable of fruitfulness.” Pope Francis himself decided the feast should be celebrated on the Monday immediately following Pentecost, in order “to encourage the growth of the maternal...
  • Cardinal Burke: Catholics Must let Christ Reign as King in Face of ‘Apostasy’ Within Church

    05/20/2018 6:54:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/18/18 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics must consciously place themselves under the “Kingship of Christ” in the face of enemies of the Church today attempting to “infiltrate the life of the Church herself and to corrupt the Bride of Christ by an apostasy from the Apostolic Faith,” Cardinal Raymond Burke indicated at a talk today in Rome. The Cardinal, one of the dubia signers and a foremost defender of orthodoxy within the Church today, told participants at the annual Rome Life Forum that Christ as King reigns over his Bride the Church, over the world, and must also reign...
  • Catholic Youth Preparing Correction of Controversial Pre-Synodal Document

    05/19/2018 4:38:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/15/18 | Claire Chretien
    May 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – On Pentecost – this coming Sunday – a group of Catholic youth expect to publish a summary of what was left out of the “pre-synod” document presented to Pope Francis in March. They hope to distribute it to bishops going to the synod on youth in October to give them a clear picture of what Catholic youth actually want. The official “pre-synod” document was supposedly written taking into account what young Catholics around the world expressed via official Facebook groups set up by the Vatican. Many Catholic adolescents and young adults in these groups –...
  • Chile's bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

    05/18/2018 6:53:19 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 21 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — In the biggest shake-up yet in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse scandal, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Pope Francis said was their "grave negligence" in investigating abuse and protecting children. The bishops announced at the end of an emergency Vatican summit that all 31 active bishops in Rome had signed a document offering to resign.
  • New video from Amir with some events you may not have heard and about the coming war

    05/17/2018 12:15:17 PM PDT · by firebrand · 14 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | May 17, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    The Gaza events and how Egypt intervened, the effects of Trump's withdrawal from the Iran deal on the economies of Iran, Russia, and France, and much much more. Too much to even summarize. Iran continues to move cargo planes full of arms into Syria. Why the Ezekiel war is definitely coming. Why the Israelis will accept the false messiah. A video just chock full of revelations and news.
  • Contemplative Nuns Must Join Federations, Vatican Instruction Says

    05/16/2018 5:55:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/15/18 | Hannah Brockhaus
    Vatican City, May 15, 2018 / 01:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican published an instruction Tuesday aimed at applying norms established in Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic constitution on women’s contemplative orders, which emphasizes the need for networks of monasteries in contemplative life. The instruction states that all monasteries of nuns must be affiliated with a federation, or organization, of religious houses. Published May 15, the document concerns the nearly 38,000 nuns around the world in contemplative religious orders, and underscores that these religious institutes, “wholly devoted to contemplation, always occupy an eminent place in the mystical body of Christ.” Therefore,...
  • Bulgarian Church Advises LGBT Community to Go to Church Instead of Pride Parade

    05/16/2018 5:53:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 5/15/18
    The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has expressed its attitude towards the upcoming LGBT parade in Sofia, calling on the members of the LGBT community to renounce their sins. The parade is scheduled for June 9. In its statement, posted on the Bulgarian Church’s official site, the Synod declares that its position towards sin remains unchanged. Rather than engaging in pride parades, the hierarchs have called for piety and a renunciation of sin and its demonstrations. “Taking into account free will, the Holy Orthodox Church again appeals to its children, brothers, and sisters, and lovingly reminds them that...
  • Pope Francis Says Jesus was Daring to Pick Apostles Who Were So Stupid...

    05/15/2018 3:28:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | May 14, 2018 | The Tenth Crusade
    That statement you make when you think all blue collar workers are stupid:   “It really seems too daring that Jesus entrusts the task to a small group of simple men without great intellectual abilities!” The man seems to subscribe to an awful lot of urban legends. Blue collar workers are stupid. People who own guns are not Christian. Women who trust God and are open to life know about as much about procreation as wild bunny rabbits. Folks who come to Mass to immerse themselves in Christ in mystical prayer are people who don't like to dance. People who...
  • Priest Explains How Amoris Laetitia Was Really Written to ‘Normalize’ Homosexuality

    05/14/2018 6:38:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/14/18
    Editor's note: This analysis has been written by a priest who asked that it be published anonymously over concern of being disciplined for raising concerns about a papal document.May 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – I said it right from the beginning, when Amoris Laetitia was first published, with its infamous Chapter 8 that allows individual conscience to trump objective moral law and thus effectively eliminate the notion of intrinsic moral evil: The real issue is not Holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried. After all, Pope Francis had already streamlined the annulment process, to allow declarations of nullity which were...
  • Amir Tsarfati update on Gaza situation May 14

    05/14/2018 12:53:42 PM PDT · by firebrand · 12 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | May 14, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    With F-16s flying overhead, Amir explains with sadness about Gaza and Iran's role in that situation. He tells with joy about the American embassy. Also a little about the coming war.He is now on his way here. Welcome, Amir.
  • Statement from Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland is a Disaster

    05/13/2018 6:59:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 5/9/18 | Matt Archbold
    This is nothing short of a horror. And totally emblematic of the state of much of the Church today. The Association of Catholic Priests, which is a doctrinaire liberal organization but, according to the National Catholic Reporter has 1,000 members, has worked to confuse Catholics on this issue with this horrific statement about the abortion debate going on in Ireland right now: In the midst of the debate and discussion in our country about the forthcoming referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Constitution, we, the leadership of the Association of Catholic Priests, issue the following statement.As an association...
  • Taiwan’s Bishops Gather at the Vatican for First Time in 10 Years

    05/13/2018 6:48:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Crux ^ | 5/11/18 | Hannah Brockhaus
    ROME - The bishops of the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, arrived in Rome earlier this week ahead of meetings with the pope and other Vatican officials - the first such visit in 10 years, and their first meeting with Francis since his election. The delegation of seven bishops will meet with the pope next week for an ad limina visit - a customary meeting for diocesan bishops to give an update on the state of their dioceses - which typically takes place every five years. The bishops of Taiwan last made an ad limina visit in December...