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  • Missouri Nuns Defend Finn: ‘Our Bishop is a Man Who Inspires Faith’

    11/25/2014 2:48:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/25/14 | Lisa Bourne
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans know and love what would otherwise be an unknown band of traditional Benedictine nuns living in rural Missouri. Thanks to their glorious singing, which has topped the music charts time and time again, the contemplative Benedictines of Mary are famous. Their ‘Lent at Ephesus’ album spent 20 weeks at the top of the Classical Album chart this year. These contemplative nuns are today speaking out in defense of their bishop, Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO, currently the number one target of the liberal media in America and unwilling to be defended by brother...
  • Light From the East: Churches in Former Communist Countries Discuss Family Synod

    11/24/2014 6:52:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 11/14/14 | Victor Gaetan
    Christian leaders from the region insist that a sound pastoral approach to family issues must be grounded in authentic doctrinal teaching. LVIV, Ukraine — Reverberations from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family continue to ricochet around the world. In Ukraine, for example, despite life-and-death issues preoccupying clergy, implications of the synod are avidly discussed among Catholics. However, few of the fault lines apparent in Rome divide Christian Churches in a country like Ukraine — making defense of the family a unifying theme for Catholics and the Orthodox who, otherwise, might be lured into politically driven conflict. At the...
  • Lots and Lots of Rabbis Who Change the World

    11/23/2014 4:12:53 PM PST · by Phinneous · 5 replies
    Chabad Online Live, Weblog ^ | 11/23/14 | COLLive
    Link to the (ongoing) "Kinut haShluchim" Conference of the Emissaries, the rabbis of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement throughout the US (all stated but SD!) and abroad.
  • Indian Catholics Find Spiritual Inspiration in Two New Saints

    11/23/2014 6:05:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/22/14 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 22, 2014 / 05:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two new Indian Catholic saints to be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday were known for their deep spiritual life and their intercession in helping families, say two Catholics who find deep inspiration in their sanctity. Fr. Isaac Arickappalil C.M.I. told CNA Nov. 14 that the canonization of the soon-to-be saint Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara is “an inspiration for all of us.” He said the Nov. 23 canonization is an inspiration for the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, the order which Bl. Kuriakose founded, as well as for the Church in...
  • Is There Still Issues With The CHD Second Collection? (Vanity)

    11/23/2014 4:12:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Vanity ^ | November 23, 2014 | Biggirl
    Good Morning. I have a brief question and it is in regards to the yearly second collection, called the "Campaign For Human Development" or CHD which takes place each weekend before Thanksgiving Day in Catholic parishes across the United States. This weekend my parish priest told parishoners there will be no second collection taken for CHD. I remember there were issues involving this collection over the last few years. Is there still issues with CHD going on? My diocese is the Hartford, CT archdiocese and I believe the other parishes have taken up this collection. Thank-you for your response and...
  • Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

    11/22/2014 3:08:35 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 21, 2014 | Matt Hadro
    Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency. Credit: Maria Lozano. Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2014 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at the point of a gun. Many of them are sleeping outdoors, in hallways, three, four families together in a Christian school. And winter...
  • Pope appoints Cardinal Napier as synod (on the family) organiser

    11/22/2014 2:01:29 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | November 21, 2014
    Cardinal Napier (Photo: CNS) The cardinal was a leading critic of the mid-term reportCardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, has been added to the organising committee for next year’s family synod.The appointment is seen as significant because Cardinal Napier was critical of the mid-term report in last month’s synod and is regarded as an influential voice in favour of tradition.Otherwise the committee remains the same, including the theologian Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti Vasto, who is seen as responsible for the most contentious aspects of the mid-term report.Other members of the committee are Cardinal Luis Tagle, Cardinal Peter...
  • German Church Historian Fears “Antipope” Benedict

    11/21/2014 6:11:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pray Tell ^ | 11/21/14 | Fr. Anthony Ruff
    As Kathweb reports, Hubert Wolf, professor of church history in Munster, calls for a clearer distinction between pope and “pope emeritus” in Thursday’s edition of Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung. According to Wolf, there have been fears that “around Francis and Benedict XVI two competing power centers could come into being in the curia, with pope and antipope at the top of each.” The church historian notes that when Pope Gregory XII resigned in 1415, he became a member of the college of cardinals again and traded his white papal clothing for the purple of a cardinal. After the church council of...
  • While You’re Distracted, Humanum is Happening (HUGE Traditional Marriage Conf in Rome)

    11/20/2014 3:07:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    November 19th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    There are more important things in life than politics. One of those things is happening as I write. Most of the world is oblivious to it. The press corps has completely ignored it. But it may be one of the most consequential events in the early twenty-first century. It is called Humanum. In Rome, at the Vatican, an interfaith gathering is occurring to discus marriage. Leading voices in the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, and Christian communities have gathered to support and strengthen each other in the struggle against growing anti-faith norms toward marriage and family. Pope Francis opened the...
  • Conservatives defend Pope Francis (Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Card. Chaput)

    11/20/2014 2:42:16 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 53 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | November 20, 2014 | Inés San Martín
    Princeton University law professor Robert P. George ROME — So far, Pope Francis’ most significant internal opposition has come from conservative Catholics alarmed over what they see as playing fast-and-loose with Catholic doctrine. This week, however, an all-star lineup of conservatives gathered in Rome has come to the pope’s defense. “I am a conservative politically,” said Princeton University law professor Robert P. George, considered one of America’s most prominent Catholic commentators. “But I’m a Pope Francis Catholic, which is simply to say that I’m a Catholic.” Harvard law professor and former US Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann...
  • Maryland County Pushes Churches to Preach Environmentalism In Exchange for Tax Credits

    11/20/2014 2:17:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 11/19/14 | Joseph Perticone
    Churches in a Maryland county are being offered tax breaks for incorporating environmentalism into their sermons. In Prince George’s County, 30 pastors have started preaching ‘green’ ministries to avoid extra taxes, the Washington Post reports. The taxes depend on the acreage for all property owners, including churches, as part of Maryland’s “storm water remediation fee.” Reverend Nathaniel B. Thomas of Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church said he attempted to challenge the fee and said: "Once Uncle Sam finds a way to take your money, he doesn’t stop.”Thomas acknowledged the people of his congregation have higher priorities than the environment, such...
  • How (Pope) Francis Is Befriending the Pentecostals

    11/19/2014 2:24:41 PM PST · by NYer · 87 replies
    Chiesa ^ | November 19, 2014 | Sandro Magister
    In Latin America, they're pulling millions of faithful away from the Catholic Church. But the pope has only words of friendship for them. This is his way of doing ecumenism, unveiled here in two of his video messages by Sandro Magister ROME, November 19, 2014 - With the mastery for which it is known all over the world, the Washington-based Pew Research Center has conducted a survey on a massive scale that gives substance to a fact that was already known in general terms, the startling decline of Catholic membership in the Latin American subcontinent:> Religion in Latin America. Widespread...
  • High Fivin' the Pope (James Robison: We have much in common )

    11/19/2014 12:20:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 68 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 9, 2014 | David Mills
    He is probably known among Catholics almost entirely as the man who last July gave the Holy Father a high five. I happened to meet the Evangelical evangelist James Robison recently at a gathering to discuss a common project, and was surprised when he said, to a group mixing conservative Evangelicals and Catholics (two of us converts), “I’ve met the pope. I love that man.” The high five, which left some Catholics I know muttering, he explained in the Huffington Post a few days afterward. At a three-hour meeting at the Vatican, Francis listened to several Evangelical leaders talk...
  • Chicago’s Exiting Cardinal: 'The Church is About True/False, Not Left/Right'

    11/19/2014 9:49:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/17/14 | John Allen Jr.
    CHICAGO — Back in 1997, journalist Jonathan Kwitny published a biography of Pope John Paul II called “Man of the Century.” The idea was that the biography of John Paul cut across all the great dramas of the 20th century, from Nazism and Communism to the upheaval in the Catholic Church caused by the Second Vatican Council. By the same logic, one could argue that Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was the American churchman of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, because there’s almost no story in which he wasn’t a lead actor. George played a key role in...
  • Vatican Insider Introduces New Section in Chinese

    11/19/2014 9:40:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 11/18/14 | Andrea Tornielli
    In addition to the three main languages, Italian, English and Spanish, plus a recently launched section in Arabic, the website will now also offer some of its content in Chinese, widening its international readership even further. Half of Vatican Insider’s readers reside outside ItalySpeaking to journalists on the return flight from South Korea to Rome last August, Pope Francis answered a question about the Vatican’s dialogue with China. He said he prayed when his plane entered Chinese airspace (this was the first time a Pope had flown over China) on the way to South Korea. “I went back to my...
  • Cardinal Urges Pope Francis to Take Hot-Button Issues Off Table for Next Family Synod

    11/19/2014 6:10:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/18/14 | Sarah MacDonald
    Cardinal Raymond Burke has urged Pope Francis to take the issues of Communion for the divorced and remarried, cohabitation and same-sex marriage “off the table” for next year’s Synod of Bishops. Addressing more than 300 delegates at a family and marriage conference, organised by Catholic Voice, in Limerick on November 15, the American cardinal said these issues had distracted the work of the synod in its first session in October. Warning that Satan was sowing confusion and error about matrimony, the cardinal patron of the Knights of Malta said, “Even within the church there are those who would obscure the...
  • Welby Hails New Beginning for Church as Women Bishops Becomes Law

    11/17/2014 6:26:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/17/14 | John Bingham
    Archbishop of Canterbury hails a “completely new phase” of its existence after enabing women to become bishops The Church of England has entered what the Archbishop of Canterbury hailed as a “completely new phase” of its existence as legislation enabling women to become bishops came into force. Forty years of debate and campaigning over the role of women in leadership in the Established Church was brought to an end in just 10 minutes as the Church’s General Synod symbolically showed its approval for the change through a simple show of hands and a few signatures on a piece of paper....
  • Under Bergoglio, Christianity Matters Less - A Contradictory Pope- Sandro Magister

    11/17/2014 6:33:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/13/14
    The Pope is confusing many bishopsSandro Magister, interviewed by Goffredo Pistelli Italia Oggi November 13, 2014 This year Sandro Magister celebrates 40 years as a Vatican journalist. His first articles in L’Espresso in fact, date back to 1974. And today, from those columns and also from the site of the weekly magazine, he still continues to report Vatican and Church news, everything very well-documented without bowing down to anyone. Born in 1943, a native of Busto Arsizio, with degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the “Cattolica”, Magister has followed many Roman pontiffs. His articles regarding the present Pontiff, Pope Francis,...
  • Cardinal O’Malley: ‘If I Were Founding a Church, I’d Love to Have Women Priests’

    11/17/2014 6:17:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/17/14 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said that were he to start a church he would “love to have women priests”. The outspoken remarks came during an interview with 60 Minutes on American television network CBS. Asked by reporter Norah O’Donnell whether excluding women from the Church hierarchy was immoral, Cardinal O’Malley said, “Christ would never ask us to do something immoral. It’s a matter of vocation and what God has given to us.” He said: “Not everyone needs to be ordained to have an important role in the life of the Church. Women run Catholic charities, Catholic schools …...
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - November 17, 2014 - MIKE COUSINEAU - a former Assembly of God

    11/16/2014 6:16:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 31 replies
    EWTN ^ | 11.16.14
    Mike Cousineau, a former Assembly of God, sits down with Marcus to talk about what convinced him that the Catholic Church is the True Church. Monday, 11/17 08:00 PMTuesday, 11/18 01:00 AM Friday,    11/21 01:00 PM
  • Cardinal Would Refuse Communion to Pro-Gay Marriage Catholic Legislators

    11/16/2014 2:11:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 51 replies
    One of Pope Francis' most vocal critics, who was demoted last week from his leadership of the Vatican's Supreme Court, has said he would refuse Holy Communion to any Catholic legislator who voted for same-sex marriage. Speaking before a Limerick conference on the Catholic family, Cardinal Raymond Burke declined to comment on the Government's planned referendum over gay and lesbian marriage.However, he said he would refuse Communion to pro-gay marriage Catholic legislators in the same way he did in the case of pro-choice legislators in his native United States. He also reiterated his call to the Pontiff, made during last...
  • Church Militant Field Manual (Special Forces Training for the Life in Christ)

    11/14/2014 4:34:48 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.amazon.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Richard Heilman
    God wants you, but He wants you "strong" in His supernatural power. From the very first days of our membership in the Mystical Body of Christ, we are, in essence, commissioned officers in the Church Militant. This Church Militant Field Manual will test you in your resolve to become strong in the Lord and His mighty power. You will also learn the special operations (special ops) techniques and procedures for search and rescue missions of fallen comrades (family and friends whose faith has grown weak). Discover what it means to be "God strong."
  • Body of Ugandan Priest Found in Mexican Mass Grave

    11/14/2014 3:41:48 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2014
    IGUALA Mexico (Reuters) - The body of a Roman Catholic priest from Uganda who went missing in southwestern Mexico has been found in a mass grave as authorities search for the remains of 43 missing trainee teachers feared massacred, the local diocese said on Friday.The remains of the priest, identified as John Ssenyondo, were dug up about a week ago and identified by the recovered skull as well as dental records. He had been missing since May, the state attorney general's office said."It was found in a mass grave with six other bodies," said a spokesperson for the diocese of...
  • Cardinal O'Malley Says Pope Must Take Action on Bishop Finn

    11/14/2014 3:02:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has told the CBS television program “60 Minutes” that the status of Kansas City’s Bishop Robert Finn-- who has been convicted of endangering children because of his failure to report abuse charges—is “a question that the Holy See needs to address urgently.” Cardinal O’Malley, who heads a new Vatican commission on abuse, nodded silently when “60 Minutes” correspondent Norah O’Donnell remarked that Bishop Finn would not be allowed to teach religious-education classes under the rules of the Boston archdiocese. The cardinal said that Pope Francis is keenly aware of the problem. Speaking about the work of...
  • Defending the Faith: The story behind James Strang and his sect [and the "Voree" and "Laban" Plates]

    11/14/2014 8:11:23 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | June 9 2011 | Daniel Peterson
    The two sets of inscribed plates that Strang claimed to have found in Wisconsin and Michigan beginning in 1845 almost certainly existed. Milo Quaife's early, standard biography of Strang reflects that, while Strang's angelic visitations "may have had only a subjective existence in the brain of the man who reported them, the metallic plates possessed a very material objective reality." And they were almost certainly forgeries. The first set, the three "Voree" or "Rajah Manchou" plates, were dug up by four "witnesses" whom Strang had taken to the plates' burial place. Illustrated and inscribed on both sides, the Rajah Manchou...
  • Four Days After Synod Closes, CDF responds officially: No Communion for "Remarried Divorcees..

    11/14/2014 6:34:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/13/14
    Father Claude Barthe [French Catholic periodical] L'Homme Nouveau November 12, 2014 The question of the situation of Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried was especially discussed at the extraordinary assembly of the Synod on the theme, "The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of the evangelization," that ended in Rome on October 18. A text of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in response to a question sent by a priest, has just added, on a specific point concerning the pastoral work related to these persons, an important element, that is particularly clarifying in the...
  • To Forgive As God Forgives, It Means Forgive Ourselves

    11/13/2014 8:54:57 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Knights of the Immaculata ^ | 11/12/2014 | Fr. Jeremy Leatherby
     Father Jeremy Leatherby  Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Sacramento CA Podcast kofc15693.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ChaplainsReport11-11-2014.mp3 A relatively brief thought: For some reason, this has been coming up quite a in the last couple of months, on forgiveness. A priest friend in Slovakia shared a story with my brother-in-law, Father Farrell, that he had given a homily on the need to forgive. A lady come up to him after Mass and said, "Father, based on what you said, I realized that there is something I've never let go of. "Twenty-five years ago, a man broke into my home and raped me. I've never been able to forgive...
  • ‘A Bishop’s Bishop’: Cardinal George of Chicago Retires

    11/13/2014 7:33:30 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    CHICAGO — Back in November 2008, when many Catholics called for the U.S. bishops to find “common ground” with a new administration that embraced abortion rights, Cardinal Francis George, the then-president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed the historic election of the nation’s first black president. But in an official address that was reflective of the cardinal’s approach of seeking constructive dialogue without compromising on foundational truths, he expressed strong support for racial equality and social programs aiding the poor while also affirming that the bishops would continue to uphold Catholic teaching rejecting abortion. “Common ground cannot be...
  • Burke and Another “Translation Error”

    11/13/2014 4:17:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 11/10/14 | Robert Royal
    And so, it’s official. Saturday morning, the Vatican announced that Cardinal Raymond Burke has been removed as head of the Apostolic Signatura – the Church’s highest ecclesial court – and appointed cardinal patron of the Knights and Dames of Malta. The move was long rumored to be coming and when it came it was no great surprise. But as often happens, now that the dreaded day has actually arrived, I find myself both saddened and (a little more than mildly) seething. There’s a double sadness here. Pope Francis clearly approved these moves – whether they were instigated by him personally...
  • Bishops Approve First English Translation of Exorcism Ritual

    11/12/2014 6:27:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/12/14 | John Burger
    USCCB votes on new "manual," but without Latin on the side.The bishops of the United States have approved publication of the first ever official English translation of the ritual book, “Exorcisms and Related Supplications.”The proposal passed by 179 votes to 5 Tuesday. The translation now needs a "recognitio" of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. Revised after the Second Vatican Council, the exorcism ritual was promulgated in Latin in 1999 with an amended version in 2004. According to the Committee for Divine Worship, the main part of this book is the rite of major exorcism...
  • Priest Swaps Clerical Hats with a 'Sharp, Healthy' Benedict XVI

    11/12/2014 6:11:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/12/14 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest who met and exchanged zucchettos with retired pontiff Benedict XVI last week marveled at the former pope's joy, mental clarity and good health. “We were so, so enthused by the joy in Benedict, (by his) his serenity. He's a man at peace, at peace in the will of God for him today, which is to pray for the Church,” Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo told CNA Nov. 7. Benedict XVI is like a wise grandfather, he said, pointing out how as “a tender man who is full of humility,” the...
  • Upon This Rock — That Doesn’t Roll – Conversion Story of Dale Ahlquist

    11/12/2014 5:04:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    Coming Home Network ^ | October 31, 2012
    He was called the “Father of Jesus Rock.” Everyone who was an Evangelical or Pentecostal Christian in the 1970s knew who he was. He wrote such songs as “I Wish We’d All Been Ready,” “U.F.O.,” “One Way,” “I Am a Servant,” and “Righteous Rocker, Holy Roller.” He was the one who lamented playfully, “Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?” He had brilliant lyrical and musical gifts. He could hold audiences in the palm of his hand, easily making them roll with laughter, rock with praise, or be quiet and thoughtful.His name was Larry Norman — and he...
  • The Knives that Were Out for Card. Burke, are Now Being Sharpened for… [Pell]

    11/12/2014 2:07:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 11/12/14 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Marco Tosatti, more and more a guy to follow in the Italian press for analysis of churchy things, has a piece at La Stampa about Card. Pell and how things are going in the Curia. I don’t have time to translate the whole thing for you right now, but here is a sample: How annoying Pell is …There are those in the Curia who are seeking to de-legitimize the straightforward Australian Cardinal, head of the Secretariat of Finance, underscoring his brusque and direct character. Also, because of his speeches and the Synod on the family. But perhaps there are other...
  • US bishops elect new secretary, discuss health care ethics guide

    11/12/2014 9:34:50 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | November 11, 2014
    Bishops from across the United States take part in the USCCB's 2013 Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Credit Addie Mena/CNA. Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2014 / 08:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Tuesday on several committee leadership positions, also considering several liturgical proposals and moving forward with a New York canonization cause. At their fall general assembly in Baltimore, Md., on Nov. 11, the bishops elected Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans to be the new conference secretary. They also picked new chairmen-elect for several other committees. After serving for one year as chairman-elect,...
  • 11 Things You Should Know about the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

    11/11/2014 11:18:36 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | November 10, 2014 | SPL Staff
    Listers, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta has a long and rich history. The Sovereign Military Order of Malta or “SMOM” for short, traces its origins to a crusade-era hospital in the Holy Lands charged with caring for not only Catholics but for Jews and Muslims as well. The Order was further charged with the military defense of those hospitals – especially for the poor and suffering inside – and for Catholic pilgrims. While other military orders faded as their military purpose was no longer needed, the Order of Malta...
  • A Vatican Mulligan?

    11/11/2014 7:52:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 11/7/14 | John Paul Shimek
    The upcoming “Humanum” conference in Rome, sponsored by the CDF, will seek to offer clarification on issues debated at the recent SynodIn golf, a “do-over” is a called a “mulligan”. At the Vatican, might it be called a “post-synodal conference”? October’s Synod on the Family proved disappointing to many. Fraught with controversy and confusion, some believe church leadership missed an opportunity to propose clear and effective doctrine. Reportedly, bishops raised their voices. One pounded his fist on his desk in disgust. But a year out from next fall’s summit, some Vatican leaders are already trying to retake important ground, seeking...
  • US Catholic Bishops Try to Calm Anxiety Over Pope

    11/11/2014 7:05:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/10/14 | Rachel Zoll
    America's Catholic bishops came together Monday to project an image of unity, after a Vatican meeting on the family unleashed an uproar over the direction of the church. Last month's gathering in Rome on more compassionately ministering to families featured open debate — alarming many traditional Catholics, who argued it would undermine public understanding of church teaching. Pope Francis encouraged a free exchange of ideas at the assembly, or synod, in contrast to previous years, when such events were tightly scripted. At a meeting Monday in Baltimore, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, signaled there...
  • Tattoo artist turned monk: not your typical art story

    11/10/2014 10:39:40 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies
    Oregon Dotnewz ^ | November 9, 2014 | Tom Mayhall Rastrelli
    Brother Andre Love, a Benedictine monk, sits in the church after praying at the Mount Angel Abbey on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Love, a former tattoo artist, still has tattoos on his hands, arms and neck. Six years ago, Mount Angel Abbey's serene hilltop campus shook, as leather-clad Bobby Love rolled in on his motorcycle. Love removed his helmet revealing pierced ears and a mop of dreadlocks. With tattoos on his hands, arms and neck, he looked like an extra on "Sons of Anarchy" not a someone attending a retreat for those who might become Catholic monks. "One of...
  • St. Francis Manuscripts Headed to U.S., in First Trip Out of Italy in 700 Years

    11/10/2014 6:04:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11/9/14 | Gaia Pianigiani
    TEOLO, Italy — Scattered around the steel table of a monastery in the Veneto region of Northern Italy are manuscripts, one with green, red and intensely blue medieval miniatures of dragons, another adorned with ornate leaves culminating in golden flowers. A monk gently lays an off-white leather book on the table, and opens it at a long letter A drawn in red ink, the start of a paragraph in gothic letters. “I never thought I would have had these in my hands,” said the Rev. Pierangelo Massetti, responsible for the restoration laboratory at the Praia Abbey, near Padua. “St. Francis...
  • 37 Signs You Were a Youth Group Kid

    11/09/2014 11:31:35 AM PST · by millegan · 4 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    1) You learned how to spell with this song: [video] 2) You survived a Fear Factor inspired eating game. 3) You’ve been to Mexico for a mission/service trip. 4) You’ve given your “testimony” to a large group before. 5) Your public prayers are filled with “Father God” and “just…” 6) You learned just enough on the guitar to lead worship songs with 4 chords.
  • Thank Cardinal Burke for his Vatican Service [Petition]

    11/09/2014 10:36:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/8/14
    Background: On Nov. 8, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had removed Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the strongest pro-life and pro-family voices in the Catholic Church, from his position as the prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura. Cardinal Burke has instead been named patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a largely ceremonial role. For the past 6 years, Cardinal Burke has served at the Vatican, after he was called there by Pope Benedict, heading up the highest court of the Catholic Church. Among Cardinal Burke’s many actions in defense of the truths of life and family has...
  • Cardinal Burke moved to Order of Malta, Mamberti to lead Signatura

    11/08/2014 9:01:38 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | November 8, 2014 | Ann Schneible
    Cardinal Raymond Burke. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Vatican City, Nov 8, 2014 / 08:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After six years serving as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Cardinal Raymond Burke has been appointed as Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Cardinal Burke, 66, confirmed publicly in October that Pope Francis informed him of the move. The American prelate was appointed as chief justice of the Catholic Church’s highest court in 2008 by Benedict XVI. Previously, he headed the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Mo. and the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis. The Order of Malta is...
  • Pope Names New ‘Foreign Minister,’ Prefect of Apostolic Signatura; Cardinal Burke Given New Position

    11/08/2014 5:36:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Holy See Press Office announced on November 8 that Pope Francis has named Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, as the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. Archbishop Mamberti replaces Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has served as prefect since 2008. Born in Morocco in 1952, Archbishop Mamberti was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Ajaccio (France) in 1981. He earned degrees in civil and canon law and represented the Holy See as apostolic nuncio to Sudan (2002-06), apostolic delegate to Somalia (2002-04), and apostolic nuncio to Eritrea (2004-06). In 2006, Pope Benedict appointed him the...
  • Vatican Consultant ‘Absolutely’ in Favour of Women Priests

    11/07/2014 6:14:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 11/6/14 | Paddy Agnew
    Excluding women ‘unacceptable’ says priest due to report to pontifical council Spanish priest Fr Pablo d’Ors, a consultant to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, yesterday said he was “absolutely” in favour of opening up the priesthood to women. Speaking in a candid tone that appears to take its cue from the frank debate at the recent Synod of Bishops, Fr d’Ors told Italian daily La Repubblica: “Am I in favour [of the ordination of women]? Absolutely, and I am not the only one. The reasoning which claims that women cannot become priests because Jesus was a man and because...
  • Burke: “We Act, as if We Are Creating the Church Out of Nothing.”

    11/06/2014 1:34:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | 11/6/14
    On November 4th Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke presented in Vienna the German edition of the book “Remaining in the Truth of Christ” that collects articles of five Cardinals. A video recording of the presentation will be published on Gloria.tv tomorrow. The gathering was organised by “Una Voce Austria”. In his presentation Cardinal Burke explained, that the book is a response to the idea of Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has “argued in favour of a change in what has been the constant teaching and practise of the Church” concerning marriage. Kasper has – so Burke - asked for dialogue and the...
  • 11 Reasons to Stop Offering Different “Worship Styles”

    11/05/2014 6:44:35 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 26 replies
    Ponder Anew ^ | October 28, 2014 | Jonathan Aigner
    Christians are already divided by so many things, yet we seem to insist on creating more divisions amongst ourselves. I think this is one division we should work to eliminate. Here are some reasons why. It divides otherwise healthy congregations. Many churches have been frightened by the mega-church message that says if you aren’t doing contemporary worship, your church will die. Of course, there are many examples that prove otherwise. And many churches with only contemporary services are closing, also. This doesn’t have to happen to a traditional church. But since nearly all mega-churches are decidedly contemporary, the message seems...
  • How Cardinal Burke welcomed home a gay activist

    11/05/2014 11:19:33 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Oct 30, 2014 | Steve Weatherbe
    Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke emerged from the recent, tempestuous Extraordinary Synod on the Family as a champion of orthodox Catholic sexual morality just as Pope Francis has removed him from the Church’s most senior canon law posting. However, if you sit across the Church leadership’s widening cultural gap from the former archbishop of St. Louis, as Alicia Ambrosio, producer and host of Vatican Connections on Canada’s Salt and Light Television, evidently does, you see him as stuck in “an ivory tower” cut off from “the messiness of life” that homosexual Catholics contend with. Now a testimony from one of...
  • How Cardinal Burke welcomed home a gay activist

    11/05/2014 11:00:42 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Oct 30, 2014 | Steve Weatherbe
    Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke emerged from the recent, tempestuous Extraordinary Synod on the Family as a champion of orthodox Catholic sexual morality just as Pope Francis has removed him from the Church’s most senior canon law posting. However, if you sit across the Church leadership’s widening cultural gap from the former archbishop of St. Louis, as Alicia Ambrosio, producer and host of Vatican Connections on Canada’s Salt and Light Television, evidently does, you see him as stuck in “an ivory tower” cut off from “the messiness of life” that homosexual Catholics contend with. Now a testimony from one of...
  • Austrian Woman 'Priest' Claims She is Accepted by Catholic Clergy in Austria

    11/05/2014 6:16:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    A woman who has been excommunicated after claiming to be ordained as a Catholic priest has said that she regularly participates in liturgical ceremonies with Benedictine monks in Austria. Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger showed a reporter from the Daily Telegraph photos in which she was shown leading congregations at Catholic churches in Austria, joining a Catholic priest in a funeral procession, and presiding over a ceremony at the altar of the Kremsmunster monastery. Asked whether Catholic priests have been disciplined for joining her in ceremonies, Mayr-Lumetzberger replied, “No, never once.” Meet the female priest defying Catholicism for her faith (Daily Telegraph)
  • Behind the New York Church Closings

    11/04/2014 7:00:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/3/14 | John Burger
    Father Rutler discusses spiritual realities behind the decision to close 55 churches.Catholics in dozens of parishes in New York City and several other counties that make up the Archdiocese of New York learned the sad news that the church where they have been worshiping will be closing. As part of a major reorganization, Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced the results of a study aimed at saving badly-needed funds and shifting churches and priests to areas outside the city where the Catholic population is growing. One well-known parish that was spared the axe is the midtown Manhattan Church of the Holy Innocents,...