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  • Pope Francis and the politics of a (maybe) short papacy

    03/15/2015 2:30:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies ^ | 14MAR2015 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election on Friday with yet another blockbuster media interview, this one with the Mexican network Televisa. One headline from the conversation with veteran Vatican reporter Valentina Alazraki focused on his expectations for a short papacy. As he has on other occasions, Francis hinted that he doesn’t expect to be around very long. “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief … four or five years. I don’t know, even two or three,” he said. The pontiff called this nothing more than a “vague sensation.” “Maybe it’s like the psychology of...
  • A Refresher on “Apostolic Succession”

    02/28/2015 11:26:52 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 51 replies
    triablogue ^ | January 28, 2015 | John Bugay
    Thomas Hobbes said “The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof”. History has borne out this statement. The question of “authority” is at the heart of every discussion between Protestants and Roman Catholics since the time of the Reformation, and yet the Church of Rome (“Roman Catholicism”) bases all of its claims to authority upon “apostolic succession” … the notion that there was an unbroken succession of “successors” from the time of the Apostles till now. Bryan Cross has said “The Church always had the concept of apostolic succession.”,...
  • Apostolic Succession

    02/17/2015 8:43:39 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 56 replies
    Grace Sermons ^ | 2/17/2015 | Timothy G. Enloe
    Are There Still Apostles Today? by Nathan Busenitz Are there apostles in the church today?Just ask your average fan of TBN, many of whom consider popular televangelists like Benny Hinn, Rod Parsley, and Joel Osteen to be apostles. (Here’s one such example [see page 22].)Or, you could ask folks like Ron, Dennis, Gerald, Arsenio, Oscar, or Joanne. They not only believe in modern-day apostleship, they assert themselves to be apostles.A quick Google search reveals that self-proclaimed apostles abound online. Armed with a charismatic pneumatology and often an air of spiritual ambition, they put themselves on par with the earliest leaders of the church.So what are Bible-believing Christians to think about...
  • The Late Development of the Bishop of Rome

    02/16/2015 8:49:55 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 61 replies
    Beggars All ^ | October 08, 2010 | Matthew Schultz
    Friday, October 08, 2010 The Late Development of the Bishop of Rome John Bugay has posted on Hermas and the structure of the early Roman church before. I don't have anything original to add to that discussion. However, I'd like to provide some corroboration by Roman Catholic scholars Raymond Brown and John Meier, whose book received both the Nihil Obstat and the Imprimatur (bold mine): There is no doubt that it [The Shepherd of Hermas] was written at Rome (Vis. 1.1.1.; 2.1.1; 4.1.2); and the suggestion that Clement would send it abroad (Vis. 2.4.3) may mean that Hermas' revelations had...
  • Hermas – a primary eyewitness source regarding the leadership structure of early church at Rome

    02/15/2015 10:17:53 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 60 replies
    Beggars All ^ | October 05, 2010 | John Bugay
    Hermas – a primary eyewitness source regarding the leadership structure of early church at Rome Paul writes to the church at Rome without addressing a leader. He writes in the years 57-58, a date that is very firm in history, in a letter that is not contested. Excuses are made as to why there is no mention of Peter in Rome, even though the church has been attested in Rome perhaps from Acts 2, when visitors for Rome were present at/saved at Pentecost. In Acts 18, Aquila and Priscilla are expelled from Rome by the edict of Claudius, attested in...
  • Upon This Rock

    01/16/2015 3:29:49 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 226 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | June 10, 2014 | Nathan Busenitz, Instructor of Theology
    June 10, 2014Upon This Rock by Nathan Busenitz In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said to Simon, “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.”Roman Catholics interpret Matt. 16:18 to mean that Peter is the rock upon which the church is built. That interpretation then becomes the basis for the doctrine of papal succession. If Peter is the rock on which the church is built, and if the bishops of Rome are Peter’s successors, then it follows, they say, that the papacy remains the foundation of the church.But...
  • Pope Francis confirms he'll visit Philadelphia for world families meeting in September

    11/17/2014 3:37:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | November 17, 2014 | Associated Press
    ROME – Pope Francis is coming to the United States.
  • If No One Is Pope, Everyone is Pope – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

    08/24/2014 3:18:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 589 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/23/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel today sets forth the biblical basis for the Office of Peter—the Office of the Papacy—for Peter’s successors are the popes. The word “pope” is simply an English version (via Anglo-Saxon and Germanic tongues) of the word “papa.” The Pope is affectionately called “Papa” in Italian and Spanish as an affectionate indication that he is the father of the family, the Church.That Peter receives an office and not simply a charismatic designation we will discuss later. As to certain objections regarding the Office of the Papacy, we will also deal with them later. But for now let’s look at...
  • The Papacy in Scripture – More Than Matthew 16

    05/01/2014 3:25:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 479 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | March 26, 2014 | Tim Staples
    The Papacy in Scripture – More Than Matthew 16 In an earlier blog post, I made the point that the role of St. Peter and his successors is made remarkably clear in Matthew 16:18-19 and its immediate context:And I tell you, you are Peter (Gr.—petros—‘rock’), and on this rock (Gr.—petra—‘rock’) I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.Jesus...
  • Peter is the Rock

    04/20/2014 2:44:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 59 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | February 27, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Peter is the Rock Few texts have been the occasion for the spilling of more ink than Matthew 16:17-19:And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be...
  • Did the Bishops at the 1st Vatican Council, who voted on Papal Infallibility, possess infallibility?

    03/31/2014 7:35:15 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 259 replies
    3/31/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) When the vote was taken on July 1870, at the First Vatican Council, with 433 votes in favour (placet) and only 2 against (non placet) against defining as dogma the infallibility of the pope when speaking ex cathedra, did those Bishops possess infallibility when (or at least only when) voting? Did any of them keep this infallibility (did it remain with all of them or any of them) after they left and returned home? Did any of these Bishops possess any infallibility at anytime before the vote was cast? B.) Was Mary's (the Mother of Jesus) mother immaculately conceived...
  • The Real Presence: How to Be a Loyal Catholic Today? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/30/2014 11:37:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 2002 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    How to Be a Loyal Catholic Today?By Being Loyal to the Bishop of Romeby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.  Not too many years ago this would have been a strange title for a lecture, “How to Be a Loyal Catholic Today.” The reason is obvious. Catholics were Catholics. ....But much has happened in the last thirty or so years. Nowadays there are so many people who call themselves Catholic but really are not. There are books published and periodicals; there are conferences given, and symposiums held; there are religious programs and celebrations sponsored, and all professedly Catholic. But so...
  • The Papacy in Scripture – No Rocks Required

    03/12/2014 3:48:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 10, 2014
    In an earlier blog post, I made the point that the role of St. Peter and his successors is made remarkably clear in Matthew 16:18-19 and its immediate context: And I tell you, you are Peter (Gr.—petros—‘rock’), and on this rock (Gr.—petra—‘rock’) I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Jesus here promises infallible authority to Peter that...
  • Archbishop Müller encourages unity serving evangelization, mission

    01/24/2014 1:10:31 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | 1/23/14 | CNA
    "...The speech by Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, focused on Church structures and served as a commentary on Pope Francis' Nov. 24 apostolic exhortation “Evangelii gaudium,” in which he discussed a “conversion of the papacy” and “sound 'decentralization.'” “A readjusting of independence and collaboration with the local Churches, of episcopal collegiality and of the Primacy of the Pope will enable us not to lose site of the transcendent need for the question of God,” Archbishop Müller explained Jan. 20 at the St. Vincent Martyr Catholic University of Valencia. “The life of the...
  • There is something strange going on in the Vatican

    10/09/2013 8:25:55 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 209 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Mon Oct 07, 2013 | Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
    There is something strange going on in the Vatican by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent Mon Oct 07, 2013 18:28 EST ROME, October 3, 2013 ( – I don’t know if I’m the only one to have noticed, but there seems to be something strange going on in the Vatican. No, I’m not talking about all that, at least not directly. I’m talking about the strange, long, almost awkward and, dare I say it, embarrassed silence, that has reigned from the Vatican’s press office on all of Pope Francis’s extraordinary statements and actions since his election. I’m not going to go...
  • Let the Bible be “entrusted” to the faithful

    04/12/2013 5:10:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 246 replies
    La Stampa ^ | April 12, 2013 | Alessandro Speciale
    In his speech to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Pope Francis said “the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures cannot be only an individual scientific effort, but must always confront itself with, be inserted within and authenticated by the living tradition of the Church” The speech given by Francis to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission this morning followed faithfully in the footsteps of his predecessor Benedict XVI teaching. Members of the Commission – scholars and theologians from all over the world gathered under the leadership of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Mgr. Gerhard...
  • Pope Francis says atheists can be 'allies' for the church

    03/21/2013 7:01:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis extended a hand to those who don't belong to any religion, urging them on Wednesday to work with believers to build peace and protect the environment. In his first ecumenical meeting, the new pope greeted representatives from Christian churches and other religions, including Jewish and Muslim leaders, who had come to Rome to attend his inaugural Mass on Tuesday. Francis said that he intends to follow "on the path of ecumenical dialogue" set for the Roman Catholic Church by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). But he also reached out to those who don't belong "to...
  • Breaking: Papal conclave to start on March 12th

    03/08/2013 9:45:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/08/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    (VATICAN CITY) The cardinals have just announced that the date for the start of the papal conclave will be March 12th, next Tuesday: “The eighth General Congregation of the College of Cardinals has decided that the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, 12 March 2013.“A “pro eligendo Romano Pontifice” Mass will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning. In the afternoon the cardinals will enter into the Conclave.” At least in the press office, I was literally the first person to be handed the announcement. I happened to wander over to the information table when a messenger handed me...
  • New York Times: Now Gathering in Rome, a Conclave of Fallible Cardinals

    02/28/2013 9:12:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/28/2013 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    The sudden resignation of the most senior Roman Catholic cardinal in Britain, who stepped aside on Monday in the face of accusations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward priests years ago, showed that the taint of scandal could force a cardinal from participating in the selection of a new pope. His exit came as at least a dozen other cardinals tarnished with accusations that they had failed to remove priests accused of sexually abusing minors were among those gathering in Rome to prepare for the conclave to select a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. There was no sign that...
  • Pope Benedict retired after inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper

    02/21/2013 2:41:14 PM PST · by RummyChick · 18 replies
    guardian ^ | 2/21 | john hooper
    A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders. The pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair. Last May Pope Benedict's butler, Paolo...
  • The real reason the Pope is punching out _ a disposable penis?

    02/22/2013 9:06:06 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 20 replies
    The Pope cited his “incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me” in “today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes.” This was the same week the producers of Maker’s Mark announced they were lowering the alcohol content of their bourbon: Here was the leader of the Catholic church bemoaning his inability to adapt to a changing world. Has everyone forgotten their brand? Since when did the Catholic church agonize over its inability to respond to change? Not responding to change is what the church does best. But then, on the heels of the Pope’s announcement another story broke,...
  • Who Will Be the Next Pope? Bookmakers Place Their Bets

    02/11/2013 12:28:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    TIME ^ | 02/12/2013 | Glen Levy
    Just hours after Pope Benedict XVI‘s surprising Feb. 28 resignation, bookmakers have already started placing odds on his successor. Quickest off the mark was the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, which has already gone through three favorites for the position, starting off with Nigerian Francis Arinze, before shifting to Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson and then to Canadian Marc Ouellet — who at the time of this writing is the most favored option, with odds of 11 to 4. A rival bookie, Ladbrokes, currently has Turkson as the slight favorite at 3 to 1, followed by Arinze (7 to 2) and then...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign

    02/11/2013 10:28:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | RACHEL DONADIO and ALAN COWELL
    Citing advanced years and infirmity, but showing characteristic tough-mindedness and unpredictability, Pope Benedict XVI shocked Roman Catholics on Monday by saying that he would resign on Feb. 28, becoming the first pope to do so in six centuries. Speaking in Latin to a small gathering of cardinals at the Vatican on Monday morning, Benedict said that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise” of leading the world’s one billion Roman Catholics. The statement, soon translated into seven languages, ricocheted...
  • Pope Benedict XVI 'is to resign'

    02/11/2013 3:11:37 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 486 replies
    Pope Benedict XVI 'is to resign' Breaking news The Pope is to resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development, reports from the Vatican say.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ORDINARY JURISDICTION, 02-06-13

    02/06/2013 1:19:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 02-06-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ORDINARY JURISDICTION The right to exercise authority when this right is attached to an ecclesiastical office. This is the jurisdiction enjoyed by the Pope over the entire Church, by a bishop over his diocese, and in the internal forum by the pastor over the members of his parish. Jurisdiction can be either personal or vicarious, depending on whether it is exercised by the officeholder or by someone he delegated. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Can a Pope be Removed from Office?

    01/31/2013 5:35:16 AM PST · by Weiss White · 43 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | January 31, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: In a recent piece you explained that the Pope can resign if he chooses. To me that raises another question: What would happen if a Pope became so mentally debilitated that he didn’t know what he was doing? It seems to me that he wouldn’t be able to resign under those circumstances. Is there some legal mechanism that would allow the Church to remove him, and call for a conclave to elect a new Pope? Or is there at least a way for the cardinals to take charge of running the Church until that Pope passes away? –Paul
  • Constantinople: 25 Quotes from the Eastern Fathers on the Petrine Ministry

    01/28/2013 3:08:45 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | January 25, 2013 | HHAMBROSE
    St. Peter is the Prince of the Apostles and our First Pope. SPL has reproduced a portion of a popular article that has been shared on many Catholic sites – though we think it originated with Fisheaters - cataloguing the Eastern Fathers of the Church and their statements on St. Peter and his keys. Below are the historical comments of those who served Holy Mother Church in Constantinople. Many of the quotes focus on St. Peter as the Prince of the Apostles and the Keys of the Kingdom given to him by Christ Our Lord. Those unfamiliar with the...
  • The Primacy of Peter

    08/04/2012 1:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 121 replies
    V for Victory ^ | August 3, 2012
    Just a few days ago, I acquired my own copy of a book I remember from childhood (not, alas, from Catholic school): the silver jubilee edition of My Catholic Faith, by Bishop Louis Laravoire Morrow, S.T.D. (My Mission House, Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1961).  Bishop Morrow served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Krishnagar, India, from 1939 to 1969; his book originally came out in 1936.  My Catholic Faith is a concise summary of the Faith and is divided into three parts: What to Believe; What to Do; and Means of Grace.  This worthy book unfortunately appears no longer to be...
  • Apostolic Succession; A Biblical Doctrine?

    01/02/2012 9:00:25 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 291 replies
    UK apologetics ^ | February, 2009 | Robin A. Brace
    T he doctrine of apostolic succession is the belief that the 12 apostles passed on their authority to successors, who then passed that apostolic authority on to their successors, continuing on throughout the centuries, even to today. Whilst this might be a fascinating and intriguing concept, is it truly biblical? The great thing about the New Testament is that it clearly establishes the major doctrines of the Church. One may find vital doctrines such as the atonement, resurrection and justification by faith alone, clearly outlined with many scriptural references (one may wish to check out this page). One is left...
  • Blessed Pope John XXIII [Catholic Caucus]

    10/11/2011 6:01:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 10-11-11 |
      Blessed Pope John XXIII On October 11, 2011, in Catholic Saint of the Day,   Although few people had as great an impact on the 20th century as Pope John XXIII, he avoided the limelight as much as possible. Indeed, one writer has noted that his “ordinariness” seems one of his most remarkable qualities.The firstborn son of a farming family in Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo in northern Italy, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was always proud of his down-to-earth roots. In Bergamo’s diocesan seminary, he joined the Secular Franciscan Order.After his ordination in 1904, Angelo returned to Rome for canon...
  • Orthodox Archbishop: We're Internally Divided on Question of 'Primacy'

    09/30/2011 7:59:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 9/30/11 | Benjamin Mann
    Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 30, 2011 / 12:51 am (CNA).- A leading Russian Orthodox official says the Eastern Orthodox churches have yet to resolve the question of authority among themselves, a condition for future progress on the issue of the papacy. “I would say that there are certain divergences, and there are different positions, of the Orthodox churches on the question of the primacy,” said Metropolitan Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, in a Vatican Radio interview following his Sept. 29 meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo. “As we...
  • The Roots of the Papacy and the Primacy of Peter

    08/21/2011 2:42:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | August 21, 2011 | Carl Olson
    Readings:• Isa 22:19-23• Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8• Rom 11:33-36• Mt 16:13-20“The doctrine of the primacy of Peter is just one more of the many errors that the Church of Rome has added to the Christian religion.”So wrote the Presbyterian theologian Loraine Boettner in his 1962 book, Roman Catholicism, a popular work of anti-Catholic polemics. Although the religious landscape has changed significantly since the early 1960s, there are still many non-Catholic Christians today who agree wholeheartedly with Boettner’s assertions. The Papacy is unbiblical! It has no basis in Scripture! Peter was never singled out as a leader of the apostles!...
  • Is Michelle Bachman an anti-Catholic? Or merely a Protestant? {ECUMENICAL thread}

    07/15/2011 3:14:18 AM PDT · by Cronos · 65 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 14 Jul 2011 | CC
    An unusually ignorant story in The Atlantic--with a completely misleading headline—questions the religious affiliation of Rep. Michelle Bachman Republican presidential candidate. Bachman was—but no longer is—a member of a Minnesota Lutheran congregation that belongs to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The latter, a theologically conservative group, teaches that the Roman Catholic Church embodies the spirit of Antichrist—although a representative of the group reports that this view is rarely expressed today. Columnist Joshua Green asks whether Catholic voters will find Bachman’s beliefs offensive. But Bachman herself never professed that belief. When questioned about it, she repudiated it, and said that she...
  • Michele Bachmann Should Not 'Get a Pass' on Past Membership in Anti-Catholic Church

    07/15/2011 5:01:33 AM PDT · by tcg · 213 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/15/11 | Keith A Fournier
    ....some of my colleagues in the world of Catholic media, journalism and the Press have attributed the positions of this Church and Bachmanns past membership to just "being a Protestant." As someone who has worked ecumenically for decades I reject that dismissal. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod does not represent many Protestants. It is an Anti-Catholic body. ....I have worked with, prayed with and collaborated with MANY Protestant Christians, for over three decades, who would NEVER call the successor of Peter the Antichrist. The colleagues to which I refer go further, they seemingly accept the notion that if Protestant Christians...
  • St Malachy's Prophecy of the Popes

    04/02/2005 7:21:53 AM PST · by DannyTN · 54 replies · 9,055+ views ^ | Unknown | Catholic Pages
    start page truth discussion bookrack smile   The Papacy .  Pope John Paul II . Papal Elections . Cardinals . List of Cardinals .  Email this page . Home . My Catholic Start Page . Catholic Web Directory . Discussion Forum . Catholic Bookrack . Smiles .   Buy 'John Paul II (A Life of Grace)'  Catholic Books . Catholic Music . General Books . Custom Holy Cards! . Bibles . Missals . Videos . Statues . Rosary Beads . Crucifixes . Holy Cards . Scapulars .  Prophecy of St Malachy When I read The Year of Three Popes by Peter Hebblethwaite (about the events of 1978 which saw the death of Paul VI, the election and death of John Paul I, and then the election of John Paul II) he mentions the spate of editorials in the Osservatore Romano and the spate of letters...
  • England: Prayer Marathon For the Pope

    08/20/2010 12:19:46 AM PDT · by 0beron · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/19/2010 | Tancred
    Many people in England have decided to undertake a great project, to prepare for the Pope's visit with prayer. London [] Bad premonitions and threats against the upcoming papal visit have proven enough on the English side: some want to make provocative gifts to him like imprisonment or law suits.

    06/15/2010 6:38:10 AM PDT · by bkaycee · 364 replies · 2,330+ views ^ | William Webster
    DID I REALLY LEAVE THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH? The Journey into Evangelical Faith and Church Experience William Webster This article was first published by Moody Press in the book titled, Roman Catholicism: Evangelical Protestants Analyze What Divides and Unites Us in 1994. In light of the recent reversion of Francis Beckwith to Roman Catholicism I felt that perhaps the testimony of one who was Roman Catholic and is now a convinced evangelical Protestant might prove helpful to some. The arguments presented here as to why I could never become a Roman Catholic, based on the truth of Scripture and the...
  • (sic) the effort to implicate the Pope [updated]

    03/13/2010 2:15:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 68 replies · 767+ views
    Catholic ^ | March 12, 2010 | Phil Lawlwe
    the effort to implicate the Pope [updated]    By Phil Lawler | March 12, 2010 4:30 PM Count on the London Times to offer the most sensational coverage of a news story involving the Catholic Church. The headline on today's report by Richard Owen screams:  Pope knew priest was paedophile but allowed him to continue with ministry That's grossly misleading, downright irresponsible. The reporter runs ahead of his evidence-- standard procedure for a Times journalist-- but even Richard Owen does not allege anything to justify the headline.Here's what we know: While the Pope was Archbishop of Munich, a priest there was accused...
  • Peter’s Primacy… and His Mother-in-law

    03/02/2010 1:33:02 PM PST · by NYer · 71 replies · 901+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 2, 2010 | Michael Deem
    While a student at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, I had the privilege of having Dr. Scott Hahn as one of my Scripture professors. One thing he taught us is to look out “rumble strips” in the Bible. Imagine yourself cruising along, when suddenly you feel seismic vibrations in your car and hear that annoying muffled sound—you’re fast approaching a toll booth and the rumble strips are telling you to slow down and pay attention. So it is with passages in scripture which seem to disrupt the otherwise smooth narrative of salvation history. They seem to be randomly inserted in...
  • The Petrine Fact, Part 6: And Upon This Rock (ground zero in the Petrine controversy)

    09/25/2009 1:42:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 95 replies · 1,597+ views
    Jimmy Akin ^ | September 25, 2009 | Jimmy Akin
    Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 "You are Petros, and on this rock I will build my church." (Matt 16:18) NOTE: This series is a work in progress. See Part 1 updates including bibliography in progress. As I add sources and update past posts I will continue to expand the bibliography. Peter's confession of Christ We have arrived at ground zero in the Petrine controversy, one of the most bitterly disputed texts in all of sacred scripture. Here the Petrine fact looms most intractably and prominently, resisting all attempts...
  • Papacy is unique in global influence, Vatican analyst says ahead of Czech trip

    09/25/2009 12:56:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 298+ views
    cna ^ | September 25, 2009
    Pope Benedict XVI Prague, Czech Republic, Sep 25, 2009 / 05:39 am (CNA).- Just days ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Czech Republic, Vatican analyst John Allen is saying in an essay for the Prague Post that the papacy’s social and political influence is one of the most unique and far-reaching in the world today. From the fall of communism to Western-Muslim relations to the AIDS crisis, he says, the Pope is a key international player.Describing the Catholic Church in “purely empirical, sociological terms,” Allen likens the Catholic Church to a “lone superpower” whose involvement is necessary...
  • The papacy 1,000 years ago

    06/22/2009 7:28:34 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 227 replies · 2,337+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | June 22, 2009 | Richard McBrien
    History is the great debunker of pre-conceived ideas that are rooted in ideology and false piety rather than in reality. Without a grasp of history, and of the history of the papacy in particular, many Catholics are led to believe that the papacy must always have been as they have known it, and most popes have been just like the popes of the 20th and 21st centuries: Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. The pontificates of a thousand years ago, however, were very different from any that we have...
  • Vatican confirms that Pelosi will have audience with the Pope [The Rest of the Story]

    02/17/2009 9:09:38 AM PST · by Antoninus · 42 replies · 1,004+ views
    The press office made clear that the Pope will meet with Pelosi in his capacity as a head of state since the Speaker of the House is the third in line to lead the U.S., should the president and vice president be unable to do so. The idea of providing Pelosi with a photo-op has disturbed a significant number of U.S. Catholics and pro-life activists... Over this past weekend pro-life activists and bloggers launched verbal salvos against the Vatican because they believe that the Holy See plans to present Nancy Pelosi with an award. This is definitely not true, the...
  • Who Were the "Great" Popes – and Why? [Ecumenical]

    10/15/2008 2:11:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies · 601+ views ^ | not given | Fr. William Saunders
    Who Were the "Great" Popes – and Why?By Fr. William SaundersSince the death of our beloved Pope John Paul II on April 2, 2005, many have been hailing him as "John Paul the Great." Three Popes have had "the Great" appended to their names: Pope St. Leo I (reigned 440–61), Pope St. Gregory I (590–604), and Pope St. Nicholas I (858–67). But the Church has never officially pronounced these Popes as "great"; rather, they have been identified as great both by popular acclamation at the time of their deaths and by history itself. Shield of GodPope St. Leo the Great...
  • How the Renaissance Papacy contributed to the Reformation

    08/01/2008 10:40:24 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies · 206+ views
    Brother André Marie’s Theology Weblog ^ | September 6th, 2007 | Brother André Marie
    The Catholic historian, A. Dufourcq, called the papacy of 1447 to 1527, la papauté princière, “the papacy of princes.”[1] This trenchant appellation conveys Fr. Maurice Sheehan’s meaning when he says “these popes were more men of culture or rulers than popes.”[2] Regardless of the scandalous particulars of their military extravagances, personal profligacy, or political intrigues, what is common to these popes is that “they had other interests, other things on their minds besides being pope.”[3] Therein lies the problem. In explaining how the Renaissance Papacy was a cause of the Reformation, we should not fall into a monism, as if...
  • Why do Catholics Have a Pope? (A Protestant explains the papacy) [Ecumenical]

    05/20/2008 10:10:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies · 120+ views
    Crosswalk ^ | Sarah Jennings
    Pope: From the Greek word papas, a term of endearment meaning "papa" or "daddy." With the recent, historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the U.S., many Christians may be wondering what exactly Catholics believe about the robed figure with the German accent and his line of predecessors. Why do Catholics have a Pope? Do Catholics worship him? Is his authority political, spiritual, or is he just a figurehead?While I had a basic understanding of the Catholic papacy before his visit, I didn't fully grasp it. So, in an effort to better understand this central figure in Christendom and...
  • Movie About "Pope Joan" Set for Release

    05/16/2008 10:00:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 133+ views
    CMR ^ | May 16, 2008 | matthew archbold
    The armies of female ordination have just taken over Hollywood and are now set to march onto the Vatican. Coming soon to a movie theater near you is a "historical drama" about "Pope Joan." Shooting is set to begin in August, for a planned 2009 release, says Yahoo. You've heard of Pope Joan, right? Pope Joan is the name of a female pope (also La Papessa) who supposedly reigned for less than three years in the 850s, based on a legend that circulated in the Middle Ages. Pope Joan is regarded by most modern historians and religious scholars as fictitious,...
  • The last charge (Knights Templar are back...)

    03/19/2008 8:30:19 AM PDT · by Renfield · 36 replies · 852+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 3-19-08 | Patrick Barkham
    Almost 700 years after the Pope burned their leader at the stake, the Knights Templar are back. Or are they? Patrick Barkham tries to find out why the long-vanished order of Crusaders might suddenly be advertising in the press.... ~~~snip~~~ Apart from the odd misplaced apostrophe and various arcane references to "annulling the bull", the advert gravely announced that the Knights Templar would petition the Pope to "restore the Order with the duties, rights and privileges appropriate to the 21st century and beyond". It called on all Templar groups and "brothers in arms" around the world to get in touch,...
  • Catholic Tide Is Turning: Interview With Author David Hartl

    10/25/2007 8:43:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 227+ views
    Zenit ^ | October 24, 2007
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, OCT. 24, 2007 ( Young people want something built on a solid foundation after seeing how the culture of death is destroying society, said author David Hartline. Hartline is the author of the recent book "The Tide Is Turning Toward Catholicism," published by Catholic Report. In this interview with ZENIT, Hartline considers some of the changing trends in the Church that have come about through courageous Catholic leaders, seen especially in Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Q: What motivated you to write "The Tide Is Turning Toward Catholicism"? Hartline: While working for the Church, I began...

    08/21/2007 5:01:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 175 replies · 1,487+ views
    EWTN ^ | November 1998 | Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger & Bishop Tarcisio Bertone
    1. At this moment in the Church's life, the question of the primacy of Peter and of his Successors has exceptional importance as well as ecumenical significance. John Paul II has frequently spoken of this, particularly in the Encyclical Ut unum sint, in which he extended an invitation especially to pastors and theologians to "find a way of exercising the primacy which, while in no way renouncing what is essential to its mission, is nonetheless open to a new situation".1In answer to the Holy Father's invitation, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith decided to study the matter...