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  • Nobody Expects the Modern Inquisition!

    03/23/2013 1:18:12 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | February 20, 2013 | Karol Keating
    The Inquisition! The Holy Office! The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith! Whichever name it has used, this is the arm of the Vatican that oversees the doctrinal integrity of the Faith. It watches, with eagle eyes, the goings on of theologians and other suspects around the world. Its staff is omnipresent, with sub-offices in every country and in most major dioceses. Its minions send daily reports to headquarters, where countless clerical workers do nothing but input information into massive databases. Very little escapes the CDF’s attention—and nothing of consequence. Its efficiency is the envy of national intelligence services....
  • Who is in charge when there is no pope? Part 4

    03/23/2013 7:34:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Reverend Know It All ^ | March 22, 2013 | Fr. Richard Simon
    When last I wrote, I mentioned that much of Europe had managed to throw off the shackles of the papacy with the help of Fr. Martin Luther. They had tried to take over the papacy by means of councils, but that having failed, they just decided to dump the whole notion of the papacy resulting in 128 years of war. It started with the German peasants rising up to slaughter the aristocracy, to which Luther responded by telling the aristocracy to “smite the peasants hip and thigh,” which they happily did,  slaughtering perhaps 100,000 of them. Eventually about a third...
  • Traits of the Anti-Christ; sound familiar?

    03/23/2013 7:07:45 AM PDT · by jsanders2001 · 62 replies
    I came across this while doing some research on the Anti-Chist. Sound familiar? 46 Prophecies the Antichrist will fulfill 1. The antichrist will be a man - Daniel 7:24-25 2. He will confirm a covenant for 7 years - Daniel 9:27 Now also, this does not mean that he creates this covenant. The word here for "confirm" is 1396 gabar (gaw-bar'); a primitive root; to be strong; by implication, to prevail, act insolently: KJV-- exceed, confirm, be great, be mighty, prevail, put to more [strength], strengthen, be stronger, be valiant. The antichrist will strengthen a covenant for a 7 year...
  • Pope Francis said: "300 People Could Live Here!"

    03/23/2013 6:59:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | March 22, 2013 | Taylor Marshall
    Bird's Eye View of Saint Peter's & the Apostolic Palace Our Holy Father Pope Francis has yet to take residence in the papal apartments known as the "Apostolic Palace" in the Vatican. If you've been to Rome, and you're facing the facade of Saint Peter's basilica, it would be to your right (to the north). Please see the photo above. When escorted through the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis is rumored to have exclaimed, "Three hundred people could live in here!" In the mean time, Pope Francis has remained in the Vatican's guest house Domus Sanctae Marthae - House of Saint Martha,...
  • Cuba to Mark Good Friday as Holiday Thanks to Benedict XVI's Visit

    03/22/2013 6:39:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    And Cubans Able to Follow Some of Pope Francis' 1st DaysThe Cuban government announced that Good Friday will be a public holiday in Cuba. The news was published Monday in the Granma newspaper, indicating that the measure was established in Resolution 24 on March 29, 2009. The following day, the same newspaper, which is the official publication of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, published a note stating that "by an error the newspaper's editorial board omitted yesterday to state that the labor recess of the 29th is for Friday of Holy Week, the omission sparking numerous criticisms...
  • Obama lights candles, prays at Bethlehem's Church of Nativity compound

    03/22/2013 2:17:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    cns ^ | March 22, 2013 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, visiting the West Bank city of Bethlehem, stopped twice to light candles for his family and himself: first at the Church of Nativity grotto, where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was born, then at the adjacent Catholic Church of St. Catherine. On the last leg of his four-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Obama also took time for a few moments of private prayer and contemplation, said Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III, who was the first to greet the American leader inside the church, welcoming him as "a messenger of peace...
  • Letter #56: Holding to Benedict (Francis stands with on Christian conception of truth)

    03/22/2013 1:23:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 22, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    Holding to Benedict“But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, the dear and venerated Benedict XVI, called the ‘tyranny of relativism’…”(Original Italian: “Ma c’è anche un’altra povertà! È la povertà spirituale dei nostri giorni, che riguarda gravemente anche i Paesi considerati più ricchi. È quanto il mio Predecessore, il caro e venerato Benedetto XVI, chiama la ‘dittatura del relativismo’…”)–Pope Francis, March 22, 2013 (today), in the Vatican, speaking to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, citing words...
  • Black Christians Silent on Philly Abortion Atrocities

    03/22/2013 12:35:05 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 22, 2013 | JP
    Adrienne Moton wept this week as she recounted her role in the mass murder of at least 10 pre-born babies. The West Philadelphia medical assistant testified during the capital murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, owner of an abortion clinic in the supposed “City of Brotherly Love.” Moton told a jury that she snipped the spines of at least 10 babies, a heinous procedure even by abortion standards. She said she was ordered to do so by Gosnell, the abortion-rights equivalent of Josef Mengele. She also recalled taking a cell phone snapshot of one of the baby murder victims left...
  • Pope Francis to diplomatic corps: a glimpse at his program?

    03/22/2013 11:58:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 21, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    His Holiness Pope Francis gave an address to the diplomatic corps which deserves attention: [...]As you know, there are various reasons why I chose the name of Francis of Assisi, a familiar figure far beyond the borders of Italy and Europe, even among those who do not profess the Catholic faith. One of the first reasons was Francis’ love for the poor. How many poor people there still are in the world! And what great suffering they have to endure! After the example of Francis of Assisi, the Church in every corner of the globe has always tried to care...
  • Michael Voris on attacks on Francis and Benedict

    03/22/2013 11:55:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 21, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Michael Voris has some good things to say about the negative reactions to Pope Francis. Attacking the Pope - You Tube Video
  • Why Joe Biden didn't kiss the Pope's ring (Hypocrite Alert)

    03/22/2013 8:50:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 50 replies
    htto:// ^ | March 21, 2013 | AP
    "Biden says his mother told him that no one is "better" than him. And while Biden should treat everyone with respect, his mother said her son should also "demand respect."
  • Under the New Pope’s Teaching, Should Pelosi and Biden Be Ex-Communicated?

    03/21/2013 2:30:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | March 21, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Before he became Pope Francis, the Argentine cardinal’s doctrine would have excluded Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from Communion. Father Shenan J. Boquet president of Human Life International explains: While we cannot know what is truly in someone’s heart, all too often political or other high-profile figures who profess to be members of the Catholic faith give rise to scandal when they publicly promote intrinsic evils such as abortion, euthanasia, the redefinition of marriage, and contraception–several of which have been championed by Vice President Biden and Rep. Pelosi throughout their political careers. As Cardinal Bergoglio,...
  • Social Justice And Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

    03/21/2013 11:37:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/20/2013 | Alejandro Chafuen
    Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, “he is a man of few words.” I lived half of my life in Buenos Aires. Few things are more difficult there than finding leaders with his humble demeanor and his preference for teaching by example. Most in his native Argentina have been captured by a political and economic environment ruled by a government dominated “social justice” mentality. Hopefully, Pope Francis will also rise above his culture and help recover a different...
  • Biden and Pelosi’s “In Your Face” to Pope Francis

    03/21/2013 9:09:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 21, 2013 | FR. MICHAEL P. ORSI
    There had been a little off-track betting going on among pro-life Catholics ( a tautology for sure) as to whether or not Vice Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would receive Holy Communion at the Mass of Installation for Pope Francis in Rome on Tuesday. The yeas far out-polled the nays and the yeas proved to be right.It was really a no-brainer. Biden and Pelosi and other pro–choice politicians have been thumbing their noses at church teaching for many years now. Even though it has been repeated ad infinitum that their behavior is contrary to the Catholic teaching...
  • Pope Francis's unexpected encounter with an Ulsterman

    03/21/2013 6:30:55 AM PDT · by bronxville · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 17th March, 2013 | John Bingham
    Pope Francis's unexpected encounter with an Ulsterman The Telegraph's John Bingham, an Ulster Protestant, was in the Vatican City on Sunday when, suddenly, he found himself face to face with the new Pope. He describes what happened next. By John Bingham, Vatican City 6:14PM GMT 17 Mar 2013 Mr Paisley, I hope you are sitting down if you read this. In an unwitting ecumenical gesture, Pope Francis shook hands with the first Ulster protestant of his reign today: me. Pope Francis greets crowds, including the Daily Telegraph's reporter John Bingham (circled), before his Angelus prayer in the Vatican (Reuters) I...
  • Pope Francis did not denounce me to Argentinian junta, says priest

    03/21/2013 4:47:34 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Pope Francis did not denounce me to Argentinian junta, says priest Francisco Jalics, who was imprisoned for five months in the 1970s, says he and the new pope reconciled in 2000" Jonathan Watts The Guardian, Wednesday 20 March 2013 ..."I myself was once inclined to believe that we were the victims of a denunciation," Jalics said. "[But] at the end of the 90s, after numerous conversations, it became clear to me that this suspicion was unfounded. It is therefore wrong to assert that our capture took place at the initiative of Father Bergoglio."... ...The latest comments follow a less categorical...
  • China: Illicit Ordination On Same Day As Pope’s Inauguration

    03/20/2013 2:40:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    UCA News ^ | March 19, 2013
    Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin ordained Paul Yue and Joseph Bu as deacons last December (file photo) Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin of Kunming, who is not recognized by the Holy See, ordained two priests in Yunnan province today, raising new questions about the troubled relationship between the China Church and the Vatican.A priest of Kunming who concelebrated the Mass told they had planned the ordination for the solemnity of St. Joseph – inadvertently coinciding with Pope Francis’ installation – several months ago.“It was impossible to change the date because many relatives and friends have expected and prepared for this...
  • On Gay Unions, a Pragmatist Before He Was a Pope

    03/20/2013 7:13:04 AM PDT · by bronxville · 15 replies
    NY Tlimes ^ | May 19th, 2013 | SIMON ROMERO and EMILY SCHMALL
    On Gay Unions, a Pragmatist Before He Was a Pope By SIMON ROMERO and EMILY SCHMALL Published: March 19, 2013 BUENOS AIRES — The very idea was anathema to many of the bishops in the room. Argentina was on the verge of approving gay marriage, and the Roman Catholic Church was desperate to stop that from happening. It would lead tens of thousands of its followers in protest on the streets of Buenos Aires and publicly condemn the proposed law, a direct threat to church teaching, as the work of the devil. But behind the scenes, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio,...
  • Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass

    03/20/2013 6:53:10 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 11 replies
    St. Peter's List ^ | Mar 19, 2013 | SPL Staff
    Life & Leisure Credit: Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass by SPL Staff on Mar 19, 2013 • 3:10 pm 1 Comment Listers, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph 2013 His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated his inauguration to the Petrine Ministry. In his expected style, Pope Francis charmed the crowd by stopping the popemobile to kiss a baby and bless a handicapped man. His Holiness’ homily spoke of the poor and weakest amongst us to the delegations from over 130 countries and hundreds of thousands of people. Everyone described their experience of the papal inauguration...
  • China’s Hardline Continues as Pope Francis is Installed

    03/20/2013 6:35:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/20/13 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Little has changed in China’s official attitude toward the Vatican since Chairman Mao famously described Christians and other religious groups as, “enemies without guns.” During the most intense years of the Maoist era, the Chairman praised the “life-and-death class struggle” between religion and the People, and continued: “The enemies without guns are more hidden, cunning, sinister and vicious than the enemies with guns.” While China’s rhetoric has softened somewhat since Mao, it still adheres to its position that the Catholic Church interferes in China’s affairs “under the cloak of religion.” China’s spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying,...