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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: America’s Waiting On You, Church

    01/19/2017 10:39:54 PM PST · by Resettozero ^ | January 19, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    …or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 1 Peter 2:14 Do you know where the phrase “separation of church and state” comes from? If you guessed the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence, you’d be wrong. Thomas Jefferson referred to it in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, which had written to him seeking his help. Connecticut had an established state Congregational Church, which meant that the Baptists’ religious freedom in Connecticut was not an inherent right, but a favor granted by the state. Jefferson...
  • Contradictions Between Maltese Directive and CDF’s 1994 Letter on Divorced-Remarried

    01/19/2017 7:51:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/18/17 | Edward Pentin
    Striking differences between the two documents, as well as other papal teachings.Critics of the controversial so-called “Maltese directive” on Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia, published Jan. 13, say that it very obviously contradicts previous papal teaching and instruction from the Vatican — not to mention, some add, Sacred Scripture and two millennia of Church teaching. To see just how much this is true, it’s perhaps helpful to put the controversial passages of the directive by Malta's bishops beside these documents. The most striking contrast is with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 1994 Letter to bishops “Concerning the...
  • I Rather Have Jesus; Will you accept Him today?

    01/19/2017 1:27:29 PM PST · by Revski · 7 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 1/19/17 | Revski
    Have faith and live life eternal-Forever and if you do have faith, seek it daily, we need faith in the one and only true Savior Jesus Christ.
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Politics “R” Us

    01/19/2017 7:15:16 AM PST · by Resettozero · 1 replies ^ | January 18, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan. Proverbs 29:2 On Facebook, I saw this great quote: “If you are an honest, intelligent, living citizen and think politics have nothing to do with you…you are part of the problem!” This seems to be obvious, but I sometimes hear well-meaning Christians say, “Oh, I just don’t get involved in politics. The only real answer to people’s problems is Jesus.” This is, of course, true. But government matters, and as rotten as it is, politics matters, because “when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Under good...
  • RIP, Deacon Alex C. Jones—UPDATED (video)

    01/18/2017 2:53:48 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Aletelia ^ | January 15, 2017 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Word has been circulating on social media this afternoon that a giant in evangelization, Deacon Alex C. Jones, has died. I haven’t heard additional details.He is something of a legend: a popular public speaker and congregational minister from Detroit who underwent a remarkable conversion experience that culminated with his entering into full communion with the Catholic Church—in the process, bringing along many members of his congregation.From his bio, in his own words: I am in my early seventies, born in 1941, and married to Donna Camille. Donna and I have three grown sons: Joseph, Benjamin, and Marc, twelve lovely...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: “This, Then, Is How You Should Pray”

    01/18/2017 3:51:48 AM PST · by Resettozero · 4 replies ^ | January 17, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. 1 Chronicles 4:10 When the bestselling book The Prayer of Jabez came out, people began praying the age-old prayer that Jabez uttered long ago. Immediately, as sometimes we do over anything that is popular, some Christians didn’t like the fad or trend. They said it’s not best to simply repeat the words that someone else prayed, and some...
  • Traditionalist Society of Exorcists Moving to Denver

    01/17/2017 7:00:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/16/17 | Max Douglas
    Father Chad Ripperger and his order are being welcomed by Bp. Samuel AquilaDENVER ( - A traditional group of exorcist priests, the Doloran Fathers, also known as the Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother, are moving their ministry to Denver. News of the move has been circulating on blogs and has been confirmed by those close to the Doloran Fathers. Neither the archdiocese of Denver nor the Dolorans themselves have yet to release an official statement. Father Chad Ripperger, founder of the Dolorans, was asked to leave the Tulsa, Oklahoma diocese in September 2016, shortly after Bp. David Konderla was...
  • Another Bishop Says Chastity Key to Communion Debate

    01/17/2017 6:40:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/17/18 | John Allen Jr
    Bishop Steven Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Peter, for ex-Anglicans, has issued a pastoral letter on 'Amoris Laetitia' holding that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may receive Communion only if they commit to "complete chastity."In a new pastoral letter on the implementation of Amoris Laetitia, another Catholic bishop has concluded that the pontiff’s document on the family does not change the Church’s existing rules for the divorced and civilly remarried, and that Catholics in that situation may receive Communion only if they commit themselves to “complete chastity.” “A civilly remarried couple, if committed to complete continence,...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Will Actively Participate in Restoring Syrian Shrines

    01/17/2017 6:22:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/17/18
    Moscow, January 17, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk assures the Russian Orthodox Church will help restore destroyed churches in Syria. "Certainly, we will take part in restoring churches, but first of all, we should restore peace in the country. It is difficult to get down to restoration, when the power in the territory is changing hands every now and then," he said at his meeting with Moscow State Linguistic University students on Tuesday in Moscow. According to the hierarch, the key task is "to restore civil peace in the region,...
  • Pope Raps Christians Who Do Not Want Change

    01/17/2017 6:15:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    In his homily at a morning Mass on January 17, Pope Francis criticized “lazy Christians, Christians who do not have the will to go forward, Christians who don’t fight to make things change.” Such Christians “have found in the Chuch a good place to park,” the Pontiff said. “And when I say Christians, I’m takling about laity, priests, bishops...” Such “stationary” Christians, he said, are a danger, like still water: “It is the first to go bad.” Pope: Christians are not 'parked' but rather courageous (Vatican Radio)
  • Pope Admits to 'Darkness' In Own Faith

    01/16/2017 5:23:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/15/17 | AFP
    Guidonia (Italy) (AFP) - Pope Francis admitted on Sunday to sometimes having "darkness" cloud his own faith, while warning against "Christian parrots" who pay lip service to the church without acting on its values. "At certain times, I have also encountered moments of darkness in my faith and that faith decreased a lot, but with a little bit of time we rediscover it," the Pointiff told parishioners after saying mass in a village near Rome. "Some days we can't see faith, everything is in darkness. "Yesterday, for example, I christened 13 children in areas devastated by earthquakes and there was...
  • German Priests: Open the Priesthood to Women, Make Priestly Celibacy Voluntary [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 5:04:25 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 28 replies
    National Catholic Reporter (Fishwrap) ^ | January 13, 2017 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    In an open letter on the state of the church and priestly ministry in Germany, a group of 11 German priests from the Cologne archdiocese have urged the church to open the priesthood to both men and women and to make priestly celibacy voluntary. They underline seven essential points for the future of the church, including the following: "We urgently need to forge ahead with courageous initiatives on the question of admission to the priesthood. It makes no sense continuously to ask the Holy Spirit for vocations while at the same time excluding women from the priestly ministry.""Celibacy often leads...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Forgive Me, For I Have Sinned

    01/16/2017 4:34:51 AM PST · by Resettozero · 2 replies ^ | January 15, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… Romans 3:23 Every single human being has sinned an will sin again. Darn it. I’m right there at the top having to acknowledge mine. Double darn. I was baptized Catholic as a baby, part of a big, loyal Irish Catholic family led by our patriarch, Grandpa Clem Sheeran. Later, when I became of age to make the conscious decision to publicly testify of my walk with Christ, I was baptized in the icy waters of Little Beaver Lake. When Pastor Riley dunked me under the name of the...
  • I Rather Have Jesus – Till We Meet Again

    01/16/2017 4:30:54 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 1/16/2017 | Revski
    This than 2 minute video has two songs, I'd Rather Have Jesus, sang A-Capella, Till We Meet Again, with the mandolin plus lyrics. May you get faith in Jesus and call on him daily, He loves us and you will be blessed and have eternal life.
  • Cardinal O’Malley Appointed to Vatican Office for Doctrine of the Faith

    01/15/2017 5:45:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/14/17 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Jan 14, 2017 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday it was announced that Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has yet another reason to come to Rome, with his appointment as the newest member of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Already a member of the Pope’s Council of Cardinals and President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, O’Malley’s appointment to the CDF, announced in a Jan. 14 communique from the Vatican, adds yet another major role to the list of duties he is accumulating. Headed by Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the CDF...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Winning the Lottery

    01/15/2017 11:41:43 AM PST · by Resettozero · 3 replies ^ | January 15, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    Day 3: Winning the Lottery My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place. John 18:36 For those of us who so love this country, it’s easy to forget that America is not “the promised land.” Certainly, this exceptional nation was founded on religious freedom and God has abundantly blessed it. As Americans, we have enormous responsibility and a privilege that – compared to the rest of the world – is hard to calculate. A friend said, “Being born...
  • Cardinal Dolan Contemplates Selling NY Chancery in Biting Letter to Priests

    01/15/2017 2:25:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 17 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | January 11, 2017 | Joshua J. McElwee
    New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan has informed his clergy he is considering moving his archdiocese's headquarters out of the building it now occupies in midtown Manhattan in a bid to save money and to correct what he says is an "unfair and inaccurate perception of the archdiocese as some bloated, money-grabbing corporation." The cardinal revealed the possible move in a highly charged letter to his priests and deacons in late November in which he also takes the clergy to task for complaining about how the archdiocese collects money from its parishes and exhorts them to challenge parishioners to donate more...
  • We Need to Hear Your Voices, Pope Tells Young Catholics Ahead of Synod

    01/13/2017 6:10:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/13/17 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    In a letter to young people Pope Francis said their responses will form the basis for next year's summitPope Francis has asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms. As the Catholic Church prepares for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the Pope wrote a letter to young people saying the Church wants “to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your...
  • Malta Church Goes Beyond Pope in Remarriage Guidelines

    01/13/2017 5:49:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 1/13/17 | Nicole Winfield
    The Vatican is making clear Pope Francis supports letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion in certain cases by publishing a set of new guidelines in the pope's own newspaper that go beyond even what he has saidVATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is making clear Pope Francis supports letting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion under certain conditions by publishing a set of new guidelines in the pope's own newspaper that go beyond even what he has said. The Catholic Church in Malta issued the guidelines Friday on applying the divisive Chapter VIII of Francis' document on...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Move Past The Comma

    01/13/2017 4:31:03 AM PST · by Resettozero · 7 replies ^ | January 12, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Move Past The Comma January 12, 2017 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 I sure don’t like to fail, but here I am. When John McCain and I lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2008, it was one of the most public failures you can imagine. As much as we fought to win that election, it was impossible to know how the nation would change and morph under the leadership of the guy who beat us. Looking back, it sometimes felt...
  • Catholics and the Present Confusion

    01/11/2017 6:22:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/6/17 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    The faithful are told that they are too “rigid”. The divorced and the homosexuals are, rightly or wrongly, convinced that the Church has changed its doctrine at least implicitly, if not explicitly. All through the modern era, the primary accusation against Catholicism was its clarity, its being too sure of what reason and revelation meant. It was arrogant. Imagine her claiming that she had a handle on essential truths! What angered people was not the fact that the Church did not know what she was talking about, but the fact that she did and claimed that she did. People were...
  • Pope Francis Could Face Key Choices on Bishops in 2017

    01/10/2017 12:31:04 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | January 4, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Perhaps no single thing any pope ever does is more consequential than the kinds of bishops and Vatican officials he chooses to appoint, and here's a rundown of some of the personnel choices Francis may face in 2017. ROME – By now, we already know much of what’s on Pope Francis’s plate in 2017, including two confirmed trips — Fatima in May, and India and Bangladesh probably later in the year — and the likelihood of a couple more, one to Africa (perhaps Congo and South Sudan) and one to Latin America (beginning with Colombia.)The pontiff will also make quick...
  • Breaking Bad! Missalette Music Is A Significant Cause of Shrinking Congregations

    01/07/2017 12:39:32 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 41 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | December 13, 2016 | David Clayton
    Why has church attendance dropped off so dramatically in the last 50 years? There are a whole range of reasons, I am sure, and nearly every article in this blog addresses the issue in one form or another, but if you ask me one of the main contributory factors is the music that is generally heard at Mass. And in my opinion, it is the style of music offered by the most common pew missalettes that is contributing most powerfully to that decline. I am talking about a style of music that seems to have started to develop around...
  • Pope Decries ‘Prophets of Doom’ Wanting Only ‘the Usual Fare’

    01/06/2017 4:58:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/6/17 | John Allen Jr
    Celebrating the feast of the Epiphany on Thursday, Pope Francis decried the attitude of "prophets of doom," a phrase with a long history in papal rhetoric, praising the Biblical Magi as examples of being "tired of the usual fare" and open to something new.ROME - Bringing the Vatican’s holiday season to a close on Thursday with a Mass for the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis delivered a strong homily on a “holy longing for God” as the answer to “prophets of doom” who think “nothing can change” and stubbornly cling to “the usual fare.” Epiphany celebrates the New Testament...
  • Cardinal Burke: Francis 'Cannot Change' What JPII Wrote--No Communion For Divorced/Remarried

    01/05/2017 8:15:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies ^ | 1/4/17
    Commenting on the controversy over Pope Francis's letter on the family, Amoris Laetitia, which suggests that divorced/remarried Catholics may receive the sacrament of Holy Communion at Mass, Cardinal Raymond Burke said, regardless of interpretations, Pope Francis's letter "cannot change" what the Church has always taught on this topic and which was clearly explained in Pope St. John Paul II's letter in 1981, Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World). “In my judgment, what needs to happen is that the faithful know that whatever is written in Amoris Laetitia [The Joy of Love] cannot change...
  • Liberal Churches Are Dying. But Conservative Churches Are Thriving.

    01/04/2017 5:45:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/4/17 | David Haskell
    A Canadian study found that conservative churches are still growing, while less orthodox congregations dwindle away.Mainline Protestant churches are in trouble: A 2015 report by the Pew Research Center found that these congregations, once a mainstay of American religion, are now shrinking by about 1 million members annually. Fewer members not only means fewer souls saved, a frightening thought for some clergy members, but also less income for churches, further ensuring their decline. Faced with this troubling development, clergy members have made various efforts to revive church attendance. It was almost 20 years ago that John Shelby Spong, a U.S....
  • A Humble Redneck, proud of God, looks to Nashville

    01/03/2017 8:03:03 AM PST · by HiTech RedNeck · 46 replies
    the hound of heaven :-) | January 3, 2017 | HiTech RedNeck
    Well, speaking of work, sometimes this place tempts me to spend less time on it than I should. I love to chew the fat, don’t get me wrong. But maybe I can dine on the whole pig, so to speak. Maybe this is an odd place to mention it, but it’s possible that I may be the author of a theme song, from a Christian point of view, for “Let’s Make America Great Again.” This was requested of my musical (and spiritual) collaborator by an ASCAP affiliated Christian music publisher. ASCAP seems to be more into that; BMI (which I...
  • Vatican Radio Ends 85 Years of Independent Operations

    01/02/2017 4:11:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 12/31/16 | Kathy Schiffer
    After more than 80 years of operation, Vatican Radio is being absorbed into the new Secretariat for Communications."I have the highest honor of announcing that in only a matter of seconds the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Pius XI, will inaugurate the Radio Station of the Vatican City State. The electric radio waves will transport to all the world his words of peace and blessing.With the help of Almighty God, who allows the many mysterious forces of nature to be used by man, I have been able to prepare this instrument which will accord to the Faithful of all the world the...
  • [Vermont] Diocese to Observe 2017 as "Year of Creation."

    12/30/2016 12:53:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Similar to the global Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis last year which entertained a heightened focus on the role of mercy in the Catholic faith, the diocesan wide Year of Creation will entertain an intentional, heightened focus on ecological justice. Various events, initiatives and resources will be made available to parishes and Catholic schools to better educate on and encourage the embracing of Pope Francis’ message in his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.”This is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. It is addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive...
  • Silent Night Happy New Year 2017

    12/30/2016 7:16:58 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 12/30/2016 | Revski
    This video instrumental, Christmas at 2016, has a 2017 New Year greeting at end.
  • Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates rite restoring to the Orthodox Church those fallen away

    12/29/2016 11:43:57 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-28-2016 |
    December 26, 2016      On December 25, 2016, the Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Pentecost, the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers and day of commemoration of St. Spyridon of Tremithus, the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokalamsk celebrated in the Moscow church of the Joy of All Who Sorrow Icon of the Mother of God the rite of union with the Orthodox Church for those who have temporarily fallen away from it, defecting into schism or sects. On this day 115 people renounced paganism, sectarian errors and schismatic false beliefs. Metropolitan Hilarion...
  • Cleveland Bishop Cites Vascular Dementia as Reason for Early Resignation

    12/29/2016 10:45:50 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | December 28, 2016 | Dennis Sadowski
    Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland has turned in his resignation early due to a progressive illness. The pope named Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Toledo, Ohio, as the apostolic administrator of the diocese until the installation of a new bishop. CLEVELAND — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland. He has headed the diocese since 2006.Bishop Lennon, who turns 70 in March, said during a news conference at diocesan offices Dec. 28 that he had developed vascular dementia, leading to his decision to submit his resignation for health reasons to the pope in...
  • The Catholic Church Loses Nine Million Faithful in Brazil Since 2014

    12/27/2016 7:09:04 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 19 replies
    InfoCatolica ^ | December 27, 2016 | N/A
    The Catholic Church, which has the largest number of baptized in the world in Brazil, has lost 9 million faithful in the country since 2014, according to a survey released today by the Datafolha Institute. ( Eph / InfoCatólica ) According to the study, the percentage of Brazilian adults who call themselves Catholics fell from 60% two years ago to 50% now, which would mean a loss of about 9 million faithful, but, unlike of what was happening so far, it has not meant an advance of the other churches and ecclesial communities. Datafolha said that in the same period...
  • Christianity’s Role in Europe is Service, Not Colonialism, Pope Says

    12/27/2016 5:35:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    Christianity should have an influence in Europe, but it “must not become a colonial enterprise,” Pope Francis said in an interview with the French daily La Croix. In his latest published interview the Pontiff spoke about migration, Islamic terrorism, and clericalism, as well as the relationship between Christianity and European—epsecially French—society. Asked about the Christian roots of European civilization, the Pope replied: We need to speak of roots in the plural because there are so many. In this sense, when I hear talk of the Christian roots of Europe, I sometimes dread the tone, which can seem triumphalist or even...
  • Chinese Official Emphasizes Importance of ‘Independent and Self-Governing Church’

    12/27/2016 5:17:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The 365-member National Assembly of Catholic Representatives began three days of meetings in Beijing on December 27. The Assembly will select leaders of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China. The CCPA is the body through which the Communist government seeks to control Catholic religious activity. The bishops’ conference is not recognized by the Holy See; its members, all of whom are recognized by the government, include bishops also recognized by the Holy See and bishops not recognized by the Holy See. The members of the Assembly include 59 bishops, 164...
  • Silent Night

    12/24/2016 9:06:04 PM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 12/25/2016 | Revski
    Instrumental video of Christmas, the real reason for the season, is Jesus Christ who died for our sins and rose from the dead on the third day and the all mighty, the Father of creation gave all power to His son Jesus, our Lord and Savior. The mandolin is played be me, o7jimmy.
  • Pope Francis’ Reported Words: “I Might Go Down in History for Having Split the Church”

    12/23/2016 3:14:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 12/23/16 | Maike Hickson
    Today, DER SPIEGEL, a very influential German publication, published an article about the manifest current crisis in the Church, to include a growing resistance to Pope Francis’ proposed and actual reforms. At the end of this article its author, the Spiegel’s Correspondent in Italy, Walter Mayr, reveals an important new leak: In a very small circle, Pope Francis is said to have self-critically further explained himself as follows: “It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.” [my emphasis] In light of this self-revealing comment, it is worth quoting some...
  • Vatican Policy Does Not Bar Homosexual Priests: L’Osservatore Romano Analysis

    12/22/2016 5:40:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has published an essay by an American priest, arguing that the Church’s stand against the ordination of homosexuals to the priesthood, recently confirmed by a new Vatican document, is not a ban. Father Louis Cameli, a priest of the Chicago archdiocese, wrote in response to the Vatican document released earlier this month, saying that the Church “cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called ‘gay culture.’“ His analysis of that document in L’Osservatore Romano argues that the Vatican policy did not imply...
  • Pope: Give women, lay people top Vatican jobs

    12/22/2016 10:52:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies ^ | 22 December 2016 16:46 CET+01:00
    Pope Francis on Thursday told Vatican officials to start appointing women and lay people to top jobs in the Curia, the Holy See bureaucracy that he is seeking to shake up. In his latest broadside against resistance to change in the Catholic Church’s corridors of power, the 80-year-old pontiff warned that the reform process he launched in 2013 had to lead to more than a cosmetic “facelift” or plastic surgery to remove wrinkles. “Dear brothers, it’s not the wrinkles in the church that you should fear, but the stains!” Francis said in his Christmas speech to senior Curia officials. The...
  • Canon Law Tradition Says a Pope Who Commits Formal Heresy Ceases to Be Pope: Expert

    12/21/2016 8:32:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/21/16 | Pete Baklinski
    December 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The saga of the four cardinals’ dubia and their possible “formal correction” of Pope Francis over Amoris Laetitia has raised the question of what would happen if a pope obstinately refused to uphold the perennial truths of the faith. While the leading critics of Amoris Laetitia, including the four cardinals, have been clear that they are not accusing Pope Francis of heresy, many wonder in light of the Church’s teaching on papal infallibility if it is possible for a pope to commit heresy and how it would affect his papal office if he did. Renowned...
  • Cardinal Burke: "No, I Am Not Saying that Pope Francis is in Heresy."

    12/20/2016 4:36:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/19/16 | CWR Staff
    In an interview with CWR, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke discusses the current controversy over "Amoris Laetitia' and the questions he submitted with three other bishops to Pope Francis.Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke was made a bishop by Pope John Paul II in 1994. In 2010 he was named a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI and soon thereafter become Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. In 2014 Pope Francis removed Cardinal Burke from his position as Prefect and named him chaplain to the Order of Malta. During the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, held in Rome in October 2014, Cardinal...
  • Sin in a Time of Accompaniment

    12/20/2016 8:57:08 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies ^ | December 19, 2016 | Aaron Taylor
    While becoming a Christian, I was given a lot of space to figure out what needed to change in my life. No one handed me a stern list of my sins. No one suggested that I discern ways of minimizing the gap between my life and the demands of the gospel, either. Traditional Christian morality, for me, was treasure hidden in a field (with map and digging implements provided), not moral nourishment force-fed to me while I was strapped helplessly to a gurney. In a similar vein, I know priests who vocally support maintaining the prohibition on divorced and remarried...
  • Timely Video - Christmas society/what is important A great song !

    12/20/2016 7:33:54 AM PST · by solver · 1 replies
    VC Sacred Music Studio ^ | December 2015 | Mike Capone
    This Song is great for this time of year! A great reminder of the truth of Christmas. Listen to the Lyrics. A very well written song!
  • Conservative group ousts rabbi for performing intermarriages

    12/20/2016 12:33:28 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 5 replies
    JTA ^ | December 19, 2016 | Ben Sales
    EW YORK (JTA) – Conservative Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom has been expelled from the Rabbinical Assembly, the movement’s rabbis’ association, for performing interfaith weddings. An ordained Conservative rabbi for 44 years, Rosenbloom was expelled by unanimous vote last month after a hearing of the R.A.’s Executive Council. Since 1972, the Conservative movement has prohibited its rabbis from officiating at or even attending intermarriages. Rosenbloom told JTA the council offered to retain his membership in exchange for a promise not to perform any more intermarriages. Rosenbloom declined the offer.
  • Catholic Mass Unrest [Australia]

    12/19/2016 6:31:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Mercury ^ | 12/19/16 | Loretta Lohberger
    TASMANIAN Catholics frustrated with Archbishop Julian Porteous’s conservative approach to Catholicism are writing letters of complaint to the Vatican and avoiding Masses celebrated by the Archbishop, say church insiders. Concerns being raised with the Vatican include comments against same-sex marriage Archbishop Porteous has made at assemblies at Catholic schools. Parents, including practising Catholics, say they are worried about the effect such comments may have on young adults, especially those struggling with their sexuality. An email obtained by the Mercury, sent by concerned Catholics to the Vatican, said the Archbishop’s comments were harmful and had left some students upset and parents...
  • Is Pope Francis Really "Not Against" the Enneagram?

    12/19/2016 5:54:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | 12/19/16 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Austen Ivereigh, a journalist for the Catholic news website Crux, has written a post celebrating Pope Francis's 80th birthday in which he claims that the Holy Father is "not against" the Enneagram, though he does have reservations about its misuse: "Pope Francis, incidentally, knows the Enneagram well and is not against it. But he is wary of the way it can be misused and lead to excessive introspection if not deployed within a solid spiritual framework."In his post Ivereigh also wrote approvingly of the Enneagram, tracing its origin back to the Desert Fathers, the founders of early Christian monasticism: "On...
  • Pope to Atheist Mayor of Paris: ‘Pray for Me or ... Send Me Positive Waves’

    12/18/2016 4:33:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/15/16 | Jan Bentz
    December 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has asked the atheist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, to send him “positive waves” as support for his pontificate in just the same way he asks for prayers from Catholics. “I ask you in good faith to pray for me or to think of me and send me positive waves (onde positive),” Pope Francis said in the closing of his letter to Hidalgo, as Le Point reports. Pope Francis signed the letter sent by his private secretary to thank Hidalgo and 70 other mayors from all over Europe for participating in a conference...
  • Cardinal Martino Speaks Out in Support of the Dubia

    12/17/2016 4:44:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 12/17/16 | Steve Skojec
    What began as Four Cardinals became Four Cardinals and three bishops. Over the past two weeks, three more Cardinals have added their voices in support of the dubia, the most recent being Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, who has joined Cardinals George Pell and Paul Josef Cordes in publicly backing the effort. At The Wanderer, 1P5’s Maike Hickson reports: Yesterday, the Italian website La Fede Quotidiana published a short interview with the Italian Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, the former President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. When asked specifically about the dubia recently published by the Four Cardinals, Cardinal...
  • Spanish Cardinal Rips ‘Amoris’ Critics: ‘Hear More Confessions,’ Then You’ll Get It

    12/17/2016 4:30:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/15/16 | Jan Bentz
    December 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The dubia of the four Cardinals are “conceited,” declared an op-ed by Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar in the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican, the L’Osservatore Romano on December 11. “Some honorable men suffer because they do not understand what Francis wanted to say in Amoris Laetitia,” said Aguilar, former Archbishop of Pamplona, who elevated to a Cardinal in the consistory of February 2014 by Pope Francis. Aguilar categorized the dubia as prideful because Pope Francis stands behind what has been written. “It is sufficient to want to understand it,” he continued, “in order to understand...
  • Some Words of Encouragment

    12/17/2016 3:31:52 AM PST · by jimbug · 11 replies
    self | 12-17-2016 | Jimbug
    Dear FReepers, I hope this year to bring you Someone more than what the world is so hesitant to give you this time of year on a ‘holiday card’ –I wish to give you some words of Encouragement—Encouragement that lives and breathes today Who’s birthday we are celebrating. The little display we have had over the years in our front yard is where we put all of our effort in decorating. As health fails, energy dissipates and budgets get thin, the most important thing remains—speak Encouragement in whatever way you can to your family, friends, neighbors and passersby. Jesus is...