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  • Pope Francis 'Phones Divorced Woman' to Say She Can Receive Communion. This is Potentially....

    04/23/2014 9:41:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/23/14 | Damian Thompson
    Pope Francis has phoned a divorced and remarried Catholic woman in Argentina to tell her that she could "safely receive Communion", according to an extraordinary report in La Stampa.The woman's husband, writing on Facebook, claims that the Pope – introducing himself as "Father Bergoglio" – spoke to his wife, who'd been divorced before marrying him and told her that men or women who were divorced and received Communion weren't doing anything wrong. He apparently added that this matter is under discussion at the Vatican. (Quick health warning: given the complexity of this subject, we need much more clarity on what...
  • Catholicism: Scandalous in Every Age

    04/23/2014 6:11:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anthony Esolen
    A few weeks ago, a Catholic priest caused quite a stir in one of our local diocesan high schools. He spoke the truth about sex. Pause here to sigh, and to wish that our heresies were more interesting.Some of the parents and students objected. They did not say, “The priest presented the truth in a way that made it less likely that the audience would accept it. We are worried that the Church’s teachings did not appear in the best light. We need to do some considerable work right now, lest the students go on to reject what they...
  • Jesus of Nazareth, Enemy of the State, Executed for Treason

    04/22/2014 3:39:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 22, 2014 | Jerry Bowyer
    An Official Declaration Concerning the Criminal Jesus of NazarethJesus of Nazareth was executed on the orders of the Roman State. Method of execution: Crucifixion. The charge under Roman law was treason, and under Herodian law blasphemy against the Temple.The evidence against this anarchist was so strong that authorities of both the Roman State and the Kingdom of Herod concurred with the arrest and execution, and Jesus was subjected to trial by both governments. And in a rare uprising of spontaneous collective justice, the mass of people who were gathered for Passover called for his execution as well. The mob affirmed...
  • The “Green Pope” and a Human Ecology

    04/22/2014 1:27:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 22, 2013 | William L. Patenaude
    It’s a joy to happen upon an old friend, to again hear his style of speaking and his way of engaging the world. When the old friend is Benedict XVI, however, things quickly move beyond the sentimental. So it goes with The Garden of God: Toward a Human Ecology (The Catholic University of America Press, 2014), a helpful compilation of Benedict XVI’s many, many statements about preserving life on earth. Given that discussions of ecology polarize a great many along worldly ideological fault lines, one of the benefits of The Garden of God lies in remembering how Benedict XVI,...
  • Judge says use of Caner video fair

    04/22/2014 12:14:21 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bob Allen
    A federal judge has dismissed a Georgia Baptist college president’s lawsuit against a blogger who posted video to support allegations that a famous “Jihad to Jesus” testimony is bogus. A U.S. district judge in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled April 17 that Jason Smathers, a Southern Baptist pastor in Arizona who blogs at Witnesses Unto Me, was entitled to post government videos he obtained through the Freedom of Information Act under the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law. Ergun Caner, president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., filed a lawsuit last summer claiming ownership of two videos that Smathers posted...
  • Francis Encountering Curial Opposition, Cardinal Says ("We Made a Mistake")

    04/22/2014 6:06:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/21/14 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis is seeking to build a "new way of being church" for Roman Catholics in a similar way to how St. Francis of Assisi reported being told by God to repair the church during the 13th century, a cardinal who is one of the pontiff's closest advisers said. "There is a new concept of church here" in how the pope is governing the Vatican, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, speaking April 8 in St. Petersburg, Fla. "There is a new way of thinking, including the way of governing in the church, here." However, Rodríguez said, while Francis is...
  • Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith Withdraws Negative Evaluation of 1958 Book

    04/22/2014 6:02:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Cardinal Giuseppe Betori of Florence said in an interview that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has withdrawn its negative evaluation of the late Father Lorenzo Milani’s Pastoral Experiences. In 1958, the Holy Office, without condemning the author or the work, asked that it be withdrawn from circulation, Cardinal Betori told Toscana Oggi. “The intervention had a clearly prudential character and was motivated by contingent situations,” said Cardinal Bertori, who added he had sent a dossier to Pope Francis in November about the book and that the Pope had referred the matter to the Congregation for the Doctrine...
  • Ads bring Church's message to mainstream NY radio

    04/22/2014 4:44:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | April 21, 2013 | Michelle Bauman
    Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. Credit: Jeffrey Bruno/CNA. New York City, N.Y., Apr 21, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Lay Catholics on the East Coast have teamed up with a prominent cardinal to create ads for secular radio proclaiming the Church’s message to an audience who may not otherwise hear it. “This is an incredible opportunity to have listeners on a secular news radio media hear a message that gives very tangible examples of the good in the Catholic Church – what it has been doing, what it is doing, and what it will continue to do,”...
  • Lutheran nuns end Jerusalem mission to Shoah survivors

    04/21/2014 8:14:51 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 4/17/2014 | RENEE GHERT-ZAND
    For half a century, they’ve run a gratis guesthouse for Holocaust victims. Now an era is ending, and the nuns themselves are at something of a loss ...The Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary is a Lutheran-based order, but operates independently. It began as a Christian organization founded in 1947 by German theologian and intellectual Dr. Klara Schlink, along with Erika Madauss. As president of the Women’s Division of the German Student Christian Movement from 1933 to 1935, Schlink refused to comply with Nazi policy barring Jewish-born students from meetings. During WWII, Schlink was summoned twice by the Gestapo because of her...
  • ASK FATHER: Godparents must be confirmed, married properly

    04/21/2014 3:56:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 21, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: I have been asked to be my nieces godmother but I have to make my confirmation. The lady at the church [?] told me I can not do so until I have my marriage convalidated by the church. I have talked to several people and they find that odd. My husband (who is Methodist) is going to be the godfather is weary about it finds it extremely odd as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. I’m not sure who the “lady at the church” is – and sometimes these nameless and titleless people can...
  • Pope Francis' Homily at Easter Vigil "tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me"

    04/19/2014 8:43:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    NC Register ^ | APRIL 19, 2014 | EDWARD PENTIN
    "The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to them: "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: "He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee" (v. 7). The women quickly depart and on the way Jesus himself meets them and says: "Do not...
  • Pope breaks rules as he washes feet of disabled people in pre-Easter ritual

    04/18/2014 6:15:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 18, 2014 | CBSNews.com
    ROME - Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."
  • Russian People, Like Noah, Urged Not to Let World Finally Sink in Sin, Archpriest Chaplin Believes

    04/17/2014 8:54:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/16/14
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax – Humanity deserves the new “Flood,” but Russia is called to be the Noah’s Ark, head of the Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes. “If suddenly something like the Flood happens, it will be justified. If the Lord with human hands punishes big cities it will even more justified. But we still believe and hope that time for repentance will be prolonged and an example of spiritual resurrection and renovation of the whole nation will be shown in the history before the end of times, and thus sin will be condemned and...
  • The Sign We Give

    04/16/2014 9:19:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 4/15/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I was pleased last year to have a bad back and so on Holy Thursday I had already thought about not washing the feet during the Sacred Triduum. I hesitated because the choir had already prepared the music for it and the chant for it had been printed in the Mass booklets. When Pope Francis decided to disregard the Church's law and follow his own instincts, I decided to follow mine and not wash anyone's feet but instead leave the bowl and towel that we would have used on the sanctuary step and invite people to come forward and put...
  • Freedom From Religion Foundation complains about Clemson football program

    04/16/2014 6:29:02 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 12 replies
    SB Nation ^ | 04/15/14 | Kevin Trahan
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint to Clemson University, citing concerns about how much religious influence coaches have on football players, according to The Greenville News. According to the foundation, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has promoted a culture in the program that violates constitutional stipulations of the separation of church and state.
  • Israeli Institute Prepares Priests for Jerusalem's Third Temple

    04/15/2014 11:44:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    usnews ^ | April 10, 2014 | Yuval Avivi
    An aerial view of the Old City of Jerusalem. An organization of Israeli temples is preparing priests for the the reconstruction of the city's historic third temple. On April 10, at 5 p.m., hundreds of Jews will gather at the Maimonides rabbinical institution plaza in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem and start learning the Jewish laws of Passover. Rabbis and experts, including Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the head of the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem, the leading body preparing for the establishment of the third temple, will teach the audience the laws of the Passover sacrifice. Alongside Ariel, the ritual...
  • Pope: During Holy Week, ask which Gospel character you resemble

    04/14/2014 7:28:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cns ^ | April 14, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Preceded by young people and clergy waving tall palm branches, Pope Francis began his Holy Week liturgies by encouraging people to ask themselves which personality in the Gospel accounts of Jesus' passion, death and resurrection they resemble most. "Where is my heart? Which of these people do I resemble most?" Pope Francis asked April 13 as he celebrated the Palm Sunday Mass of the Lord's Passion. Pope Francis holds palms at the start of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 13. (CNS/Paul Haring) Joined by thousands of young people for the...
  • Reforming the LCWR: Where Does It Stand?

    04/14/2014 6:50:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/11/14 | Ann Carey
    Two years ago this month, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a sweeping mandate for reform and renewal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), on April 18, 2012. The LCWR is a superiors’ conference made up of about 1,100 sisters who are on leadership teams in about 80% of the U.S. women’s apostolic orders in the United States. Yet, to date, there are no signs of any reforms taking place; rather, a just-released book by the LCWR repeats its criticism of the mandate and presents a defense of the organization. Spiritual Leadership for Challenging...
  • African-American Pastor Horrified at How Many Black Babies Abortion Kills

    04/14/2014 6:00:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Rebecca Downs
    The Rev. Elaine Flake of Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York has recently learned of and reacted to the statistics of black women having abortions in New York City. Flake reacted in disbelief, initially wondering if the statistics were even true. The Christian Post, reporting on the Rev., dedicates one paragraph to such statistics of black women, as well as links to a previous article of theirs: As CP has reported, citing the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: “Black women in New York City aborted more than half of their pregnancies in 2012, topping the...
  • British woman appointed by Pope to head Pontifical Academy

    04/14/2014 4:02:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 12, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Vatican City, Apr 12, 2014 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has appointed Lady Margaret Scotford Archer as president of a group of scholars dedicated to studying issues in the social sciences in order to offer reflection and advice to the leadership of the Church. According to an April 12 press release from the Holy See, “the Holy Father has named the most illustrious Professor Lady Margaret Scotford Archer President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.” The new president was born in Grenoside, U.K., and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London. She is currently a professor...
  • Greatest fruit of WYD has been vocations, organizer says

    04/14/2014 3:53:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | April 14, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Paul Jarzembowski speaks with CNA on April 10, 2014 Credit: Marco Gandolfo/CNA Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 05:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a recent gathering discussing preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, a coordinator for the event emphasized how each year many youths receive the courage to answer their vocational call. “Year after year, the first thing we’ve seen is vocations. There are a lot of people who feel the call to serve the Church at this gathering,” Paul Jarzembowski expressed during an April 10 interview with CNA. “Perhaps it’s the call of the Holy Father, perhaps it’s...
  • Blossoming religious order in France sees global impact

    04/14/2014 3:39:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | April 14, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Mother Maria Goretti Lee's community of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres Credit: Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres Vatican City, Apr 14, 2014 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A missionary order founded in the middle Ages in France is sending their burgeoning number of vocations from Asia and especially South Korea to evangelize countries throughout the world. “Our congregation has about 4,200 sisters, and we are serving 37 countries and we will expand 3 countries more this year” Mother Maria Goretti Lee, Superior of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, told CNA on March 18. “We send...
  • Sainthood rites for John Paul II, John XXIII to be beamed around the world (3D in cinemas, for free)

    04/14/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    RNS ^ | April 14, 2014 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome.View down Via della Conciliazione to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Harris via Flickr City officials are expecting more than 5 million people to attend the ceremony when Pope Francis declares his predecessors Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints in St Peter’s Square on April 27.For the first time viewers will...
  • Where Atheists Meet to Evangelize

    04/14/2014 8:51:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/14/2014 | DAVE SHIFLETT
    Look out unbelief—atheism is on a roll, or so proclaims American Atheists, whose annual convention kicks off Thursday in Salt Lake City. "This has been an excellent year for atheism," says Dave Muscato, public-relations director for the deity-dissing group. "Between 2005 and 2012 there was a fivefold increase in the number of people who use the word atheist when asked to identify their religion." That's still not a lot. While 20% of Americans profess no particular religious faith, according to the Pew Research Center, only 6% identify themselves as atheist or agnostic. Still, one hates to toss cold water on...
  • The Last Four Things

    04/14/2014 6:21:31 AM PDT · by franky8 · 17 replies
    FATHER MARTIN VON COCHEM, O.S.F.C.
    The Last Four Things Death - Judgment - Hell - Heaven by - FATHER MARTIN VON COCHEM, O.S.F.C. The predominating opinion among the great writers of the Church is that most souls are lost eternally because they do not cooperate with the graces that God makes available to men to save their souls. And they cite several significant passages of Scripture to this effect, especially the famous passage in Matthew (Chapter 7, verses 13 & 14): "Enter by the narrow gate. For wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who...
  • Growth of Christianity in China is 'excessive', says Chinese official

    04/13/2014 8:12:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 04/11/2014 | Carey Lodge
    A communist official in China has condemned the rapid growth of Christianity in the region as "excessive", but has denied allegations of increased persecution. Officially an atheist state, the right to freedom of religious belief is guaranteed under Article 36 of the Chinese Constitution but protections are limited to those who worship within state-sanctioned bodies. Chinese Christians often suffer at the hands of government authorities, and the Asian superpower is ranked the 37th worst country in the world for Christian persecution by the Open Doors World Watch List. Despite this, reports suggest that between 3,000 and 10,000 people are turning...
  • 10 Pastors I’m Concerned About

    04/13/2014 7:53:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Scott Postma ^ | 04/13/2014
    It’s not a secret the church has been in decline for a number of years and for a variety of reasons. You can read some statistics and views on why, here and here and here. Everyone has their opinions.Abuse, apostasy, and irrelevance are just a few of the words that keep coming up in the search for reasons for the decline. There are a variety of compelling opinions and I even have a few of my own.But I suggest there is another area of decline more significant and perhaps much less obvious—and one that certainly contributes to the church’s decline...
  • Prout Principal Will Not Resign After Controversial Assembly

    04/12/2014 10:37:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 77 replies
    Independent RI ^ | 4/10/14 | Stephanie Turaj
    SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Kathleen Schlenz of Peace Dale knew something was wrong when her daughter, Anna, arrived home from school Friday. The Rev. Francis “Rocky” Hoffman, a priest of Opus Dei, an orthodox division of the Roman Catholic Church, and executive director and radio host of Relevant Radio, a Catholic radio network that broadcasts on 33 stations in 13 states and online, had spoken to a school-wide assembly at The Prout School, where Anna is a junior. The speech was being taped to be broadcast on Relevant Radio at a later date. “She was most upset about the divisive and...
  • Pope Francis: Satan exists in the 21st century and how we can fight him

    04/11/2014 1:56:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    salesianity ^ | April 11, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said Satan exists in our present century and we must learn from the Gospel how to fight against his temptations. This was the core message of his homily at the Mass celebrated on Friday in the Santa Marta residence.Pope Francis said the life of every Christian is a constant battle against evil just as Jesus during his life had to struggle against the devil and his many temptations. And he warned that whoever wants to follow Jesus must be aware of this reality. “We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the...
  • Jesuit Priest Championed Conservative Catholic Values in Era of Change

    04/11/2014 11:54:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4/10/14 | Jan Uebelherr
    The Rev. Cletus Healy warned about the evils of communism, presided over annual vigils at the gravesite of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and wrote "Stations of the Cross for the Victims of Abortion."These were the passions of Healy, a Jesuit who — in an era of change that was troubling for some Catholics — emerged as a bastion of long-held conservative values. He was a voice of reason, of continuity — a connection with the Vatican that was often blurred, especially through the '60s and '70s, when things were in such turmoil," his friend Mary Lou Wirtz said of Healy, who...
  • USCCB releases resource guide on Girl Scouts for Catholic parishes

    04/11/2014 4:14:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    cns ^ | April 9, 2014 | Carol Zimmermann
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops' committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national organization's responses. The aim of the resource, issued April 2 by the bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, was not to support or oppose Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts of the USA, known as GSUSA, but to provide local bishops, pastors, youth leaders and parents with necessary information to determine their level of involvement. Catholics have been affiliated with Girl Scouts for...
  • NYC Rev. Msgr Edward Scharfenberger ordained 10th bishop of Catholic Diocese of Albany

    04/10/2014 3:16:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    The Republic ^ | April 10, 2014
    ALBANY, New York — The cathedral filled with applause as New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan placed the bishop's miter on the head of the Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger, ordained Thursday as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany.Hundreds of white-robed priests and 34 bishops from across New York and New England participated in the Ordination Mass at the red-stone neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near Albany's capitol complex.Scharfenberger, 65, of New York City, was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when...
  • Married Man’s Ordination Reveals Unusual Prohibition on Eastern Catholics

    04/10/2014 1:32:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    NC Register ^ | April 7, 2014 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    Father Wissam Akiki with his wife and daughter, Perla, at her first Communion. ST. LOUIS — Surrounded by his wife, daughter and the bishops of his Church, Father Wissam Akiki made history in February as the first married man in 90 years to enter the priesthood for the Maronite Catholic Church in the U.S. Kp> But for Catholics of most Eastern-rite Churches in the U.S., including the Maronites, the fact the priest is a married man isn’t that extraordinary: What’s extraordinary is that they have to ask the Vatican for permission to ordain married men in the first place. snip...
  • Watch a priest leave this bride and groom speechless—and in tears

    04/09/2014 4:45:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 9, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I’ve never seen anything quite like this. And I’ll wager you haven’t either.From the Christian Post: SonLight Music Ministry had just finished what sounded like a beautiful rendition of “Be Thou My Vision” when Father Ray Kelly again took the mic at the wedding of Chris and Leah O’Kane. But instead of closing the ceremony as planned, the priest unleashed a big surprise for the couple that’s destined for the pantheon of wedding viral videos.It’s not a joke or a slip-up, but a performance of epic proportions. A backing track mysteriously begins and Father Kelly launches into a rewritten version...
  • California Bishop Removes ‘Openly Homosexual’ Priest from Berkeley Campus Parish

    04/09/2014 6:13:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/7/14 | Colin Kerr
    BERKELEY, CA, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, Pope Francis’ first U.S. episcopal appointment, has drawn ire from Catholic progressives after replacing the priests serving the University of California at Berkeley campus, one of whom is “openly homosexual.” Newman Hall Holy Spirit Church, which functions as the parish church for Catholic students at the university, has been led by its pastor, Fr. Bernard Campbell, for the past seven years. Fr. Bill Edens, a self-identified homosexual, has served as student chaplain for the last five. Both are members of the Paulist order, which normally appoints priests at the...
  • Papa’s got a brand new bag

    04/08/2014 8:52:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cns ^ | April 8, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY — Parishioners in Rome gave Pope Francis a brand new black bag in the hopes that it would hold up for many years of traveling and serving as the successor of St. Peter.An unidentified parishioner at the church of St. Gregory the Great presents Pope Francis April 6 with a new leather bag, similar to the one he already uses for trips outside the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) “We hope that you have a long and fruitful pontificate, therefore, we thought that the bag you have may not be enough,” Father Renzo Chiesa told the pope.The pope got...
  • Francis: “Christianity is not just about being polite”

    04/08/2014 2:19:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | April 8, 2014 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House Francis said “the forgiveness that God gives us not the same as erasing a debt that we have with Him” it is “the wounds of his Son on the Cross” which is “not an ornament” “Christianity is not a philosophical doctrine; it’s not a programme for life survival or education, or for peace-making. These are consequences. Christianity is a person, a person raised on the Cross, a person who annihilated himself to save us, who became sin,” Francis said at this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House.  In his homily, the Pope...
  • Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday at Rome facility for disabled and the elderly

    04/08/2014 1:57:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 8, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Francis washes the foot of a young offender during last year's Holy Thursday Mass at Rome's Casal del Marmo prison (CNS) Below: A video of last year's ceremony (RomeReports) Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a Rome rehabilitation facility for the elderly and people with disabilities.He will preside over the Holy Thursday evening Mass and foot-washing ritual at the Father Carlo Gnocchi Foundation’s Our Lady of Providence Center on the outskirts of Rome, the Vatican announced on April 8.Last year, the pope celebrate the Holy Thursday liturgy at Rome’s Casal del Marmo...
  • What the Charlotte Controversy Reveals About the Acceptance of Catholic Teaching

    04/08/2014 8:02:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/3/14 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    News coverage is now available for the resolution of complaints about Sister Jane Dominic Laurel’s controversial presentation at a Catholic high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. [SNIP] As far as I have been able to determine from the limited correspondence I received from some of those who objected to Sr. Jane Dominic’s presentation, the tactic chosen for the formal complaint was to insist that nobody was questioning Church teaching. Rather, the formal complaint was against the presentation of the alleged familial consequences of ignoring Church teaching. Such practical data was referred to in a variety of ways, such as “scare...
  • Famed Jesuit priest abducted, beaten and executed in Syria

    04/08/2014 4:15:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | April 7, 2014 | MITCHELL PROTHERO
    BEIRUT — An activist Jesuit priest who spent three years living alongside besieged civilians and rebels in the Syrian city of Homs was assassinated Monday, according to the Vatican, which said he was abducted by unidentified gunmen who beat him before executing him in front of his monastery.Father Francis Van Der Lugt, 75, a Dutch Jesuit priest, came to Syria in 1966 and eventually founded a home for children and adults with mental disabilities outside Homs, where he lived before the three-year-old civil war started. After fighting began, he relocated to the rebel-held neighborhood of Bustan al Diwan in...
  • Disgusting .. Coast to Coast (last night)

    04/07/2014 3:22:42 PM PDT · by stirrinthepuddin · 66 replies
    I don't normally care what a person believes when it comes to one's faith, well I do but I don't argue with them. Last night though .. I was outraged! Am I the only one to have heard the program?
  • Pope Francis visits Roman parish, laments abortion

    04/07/2014 6:02:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 7, 2014 | Diogenes
    Pope Francis spent three hours visiting a parish in Rome's Magliana neighborhood on April 6. Before hearing confessions and celebrating Mass, Pope Francis met with different groups from the parish, including youth, the sick and elderly, engaged couples, and parents of the recently baptized. In a meeting with former prisoners and drug addicts, the Pope “lamented the culture of waste, pointing out as an example the killing of unborn children in their mother’s womb,” according to Vatican Radio. During his Sunday evening homily, Pope Francis preached on the raising of Lazarus. “Only the power of Jesus can help us...
  • Charlotte fallout: nun cancels all speaking engagements, takes leave from teaching

    04/05/2014 1:56:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 94 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 5, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Catholic Herald: The Dominican sister who gave a presentation on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School that sparked controversy among students and parents last month is taking a sabbatical from teaching and canceling her other speaking engagements.The presentation March 21 by Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel of Nashville, Tenn., entitled “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,” drew the ire of hundreds of students and parents over the past two weeks, and their emotions boiled over during a parents meeting with school and diocesan leaders Wednesday night.Sister Jane has a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical...
  • Archbishop Gregory will sell $2.2 million residence: (Catholic Caucus)

    04/05/2014 1:39:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 5, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    FULL TITLE: Archbishop Gregory will sell $2.2 million residence: “I want to thank those who brought this issue to light” Details from the Associated Press: Trying to appease angry parishioners, the archbishop of Atlanta said Saturday that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in.Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced the decision following a closed-door meeting with members of several church councils at his headquarters north of Atlanta. He publicly apologized Monday for building the Tudor-style residence and offered to move elsewhere.“I have decided to sell the Habersham property and invest the proceeds from that sale...
  • Care for poor rooted in Gospel, not communism, Pope affirms

    04/04/2014 5:16:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | April 4, 2014 | Marta Jimenez and Elise Harris
    Pope Francis. Credit: Stephen Driscoll / CNA. Rome, Italy, Apr 4, 2014 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a March 31 interview with communications students, Pope Francis responded to previous accusations of being a communist, explaining that his preference for the poor is in fact based in the Gospel. “I heard two months ago that a person referred to my preference for speaking about the poor, saying: 'This Pope is a communist, no?' And no, this is the banner of the Gospel, not of communism, of the Gospel,” the Pope explained during the encounter. Given to three Belgian youth who...
  • Illinois Bishop Upholds Priest’s Decision to Deny Communion to Pro-Abort Sen. Dick Durbin

    04/03/2014 7:55:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/3/14 | Patrick B. Craine
    SPRINGFIELD, IL, April 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, known for his outspoken defense of the right to life and the natural family, has signaled his support for denying Communion to Catholic politicians who publicly endorse activities gravely contrary to the moral law. The bishop wrote recently to a pro-life activist to affirm that he is upholding a diocesan priest’s decision to deny Communion to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, who has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood. Paprocki’s e-mail was reported Thursday by Catholic commentator Matt Abbott. “Senator Durbin was...
  • More to Know About John Paul II

    04/03/2014 6:24:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 4/2/14 | Salvatore Cernuzio
    Postulator of His Cause, Slawomir Oder, on His Friendship With Padre Pio, His Nights Spent in Prayer, His Desire to Go to MedjugorjeOn April 27, the desire of the faithful who at the death of John Paul II cried out “saint immediately!” will be heard. The Polish Pontiff will be canonized together with his predecessor, John XXIII. Where did John Paul II get his strength, his faith, his holiness? From an intimidate relationship with God, which was brought about in incessant prayer, such that he sometimes did not go to bed because he preferred to spend the night on the...
  • Cardinal Kasper’s New Approach to the Remarried has Shaky Historical Foundations

    04/02/2014 6:04:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/2/14 | Dr John Rist
    The cardinal’s case is based on a doubtful interpretation of a tiny number of textsOn February 20 last, Cardinal Walter Kasper gave an address, “The Gospel of the Family”, to the extraordinary consistory on the family called by the Holy Father, much of it concerned with outlining current difficulties – massive mobility, immigration, costs of childrearing, aging populations, individualism, alienation of urban life, civil divorce, etc – faced by Catholics entering the married state. A married Catholic such as myself might suppose that these prevailing circumstances suggest, rather than a relaxation of the rules debarring from Communion the divorced and...
  • SF Archbishop: Those dissenting from Church teachings shouldn’t receive Communion (VIDEO)

    04/01/2014 3:25:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 31, 2014 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 31, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Speaking with LifeSiteNews about the matter of worthiness to receive Holy Communion last week, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said that Church teaching on the matter “has been very clear and consistent from literally the very beginning." The Church's teaching goes "all the way back to St. Paul who writes in 1 Corinthians that anyone who does not receive the Eucharist worthily, that is if they are in a state of sin, blasphemes the body and blood of the Lord," the archbishop explained. The leader of San Francisco’s 444,000 Catholics noted that those...
  • San Francisco Archbishop: Those Dissenting from Church Teachings Shouldn’t Receive Communion

    04/01/2014 6:13:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/31/14 | John-Henry Westen
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 31, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Speaking with LifeSiteNews about the matter of worthiness to receive Holy Communion last week, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said that Church teaching on the matter “has been very clear and consistent from literally the very beginning." The Church's teaching goes "all the way back to St. Paul who writes in 1 Corinthians that anyone who does not receive the Eucharist worthily, that is if they are in a state of sin, blasphemes the body and blood of the Lord," the archbishop explained.