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  • The Satanic Origin Of Medjugorje

    07/03/2014 4:20:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Christian Order ^ | March 2014 | MARK WATERINCKX
    1. During the first days in June 1981, after interrogation of all the ‘seers,’ Fr. Jozo Zovko concluded: “You have seen satan, not the Gospa; there is no sign, there is no message.” These words of the curate of Medjugorje have been tape-recorded, and are in the possession of the Bishop of Mostar (I wrote the text). Later on, Fr. Jozo manipulated the children. He refused to exorcise them. Ref.: Ces 10 jours qui ont fait Medjugorje, J.Bouflet, Ed. CLD,Tours 2007, ISBN 978-2-85443-512-2, pp. 147-8. 2. Ex-Father Tomislav Vlasic insinuates in a letter to the pope that his bishop is...
  • Catholics must learn to resist their popes — even Pope Francis

    05/06/2014 6:00:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    The Week ^ | 05/06/2014 | By Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Pope Francis has a funny way of naming and shaming certain tendencies in the church, using insults that are inventive, apposite, and confounding. His ear is finely tuned for the way the Catholic faith can be distorted by ideology. And I'd like to imitate his example when I say this: Most Catholics are completely unprepared for a wicked pope. And they may not be prepared for Pope Francis either. They are more loyal to an imagined Catholic party than to the Catholic faith or the church. Between Pentecost and the launch of Vatican.va, most Catholics did not have access to...
  • How does the Roman Catholic Church determine sainthood? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/27/2014 7:23:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    ABCActionNews ^ | April 24, 2014 | John Morris
    April 25, 2014 (WPVI) -- On Sunday, when Pope Francis presides over the dual canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII he will be following a long established process. Being named a saint is, usually, the end of a four-step process. First, after the candidate's death, someone needs to begin gathering the evidence to support sainthood, and then present that to the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints. ------------ , it turns the candidate's name over to the Pope who proclaims the candidate "venerable." ------------- The next step is the investigation of possible miracles attributed to the...
  • The non-revolutiton

    03/18/2014 10:12:54 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/18/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    Are you ready for a crazy statistic? Pope Francis, who just completed his first year as pope, had a favorability rating of 79 percent midway through his reign. Surprisingly, Pope Benedict XVl about halfway through his reign in April 2008 had a favorability rating of 83 percent. It’s shocking that the pope demonized and held to be unpopular by almost everyone in the media had a higher approval rating at one point than the pope celebrated daily in the news. Least, I seem dishonest. Benedict’s average for his entire reign was around 74 percent and Francis’s average over the entire...
  • Pope Urban II and the First Crusade

    05/04/2013 11:56:37 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 18 replies
    Italy Travels Guide ^ | 10 April 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Urban II, the 159th Pope of the Catholic Church, was one of the great Popes in history, and was beatified in 1881 by Pope Leo XIII. The most famous son of Châtillon-sur-Marne, in Champagne, France, he was Pope from 1088 until his death in 1099.We have to thank Pope Blessed Urban II for many things, including the internal reforms he made and his declarations against simony, the Medieval practice of selling church offices; but especially we have to be grateful to him for having saved Europe from subjugation to Islamic forces.Since the time of Islam's prophet Muhammad and after...
  • 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.
  • Saint Malachy, Prophecies about 112 popes until the end of the world, the last five Popes

    02/11/2013 8:06:08 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    The Work Of God.org ^ | Unknown | Anonymous
    Saint Malachy  Prophecies about 112 popes until the end of the world. Note: The Church does not lean on private revelation for doctrinal matters, but it does not oppose to the faithful obtaining benefit from them so long as they don't go against our faith.   This analysis focuses on the last five Popes in the context of the prophecies of Saint Malachy. + + +   Saint Malachy was born in Amagh Ireland in 1094, he lived a religious life as a monk, then he was ordained priest and finally Bishop. He was canonized in 1199 by Pope Clement III....
  • Malachy's Prophecies - The Last 10 Popes

    02/25/2005 9:17:07 PM PST · by Ryan Bailey · 84 replies · 68,361+ views
    Malachy's Prophecies - The Last 10 Popes 1. The Burning Fire. PIUS X. 1903-1914. This Pope showed a burning passion for spiritual renewal in the Church. 2. Religion Laid Waste. BENEDICT XV. 1914-1922. During this Pope's reign saw Communism move into Russia where religious life was laid waste, and World War I with the death of millions of Christians who were carnage in Flanders Field and elsewhere. 3. Unshaken Faith. PIUS XI. 1922-1939. This Pope faced tremendous pressure from fascist and sinister powers in Germany and Italy, but he was an outspoken critic of Communism and Fascism which enraged Hitler....
  • Pio Nono; Catholics and Cremation/ Life and Turbulent Times of [Blessed] Pius IX

    02/06/2013 12:02:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | February 07, 2008 | Elizabeth Lev
    Pio Nono; Catholics and Cremation Life and Turbulent Times of Pius IX February 07, 2008 |  By Elizabeth Lev ROME, FEB. 7, 2007 (Zenit.org).- It seems hard to believe that eight years have already passed since the 2000 Jubilee. For those in Rome the Holy Year remains memorable for many things, from the 25 million pilgrims to the ubiquitous presence of John Paul II exhorting people to sainthood in St. Peter's Square or manning the confessionals in the basilica. This week however, we remember another event of the year 2000: the beatification of Pius IX. The 256th successor of...
  • History’s Craziest Popes

    08/30/2012 10:00:19 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 29 replies
    All That Is Interesting ^ | August 21, 2012 | Unknown
    Pope Formosus (891-896) While Formosus’ pontifical reign is noted more for its brevity than its breadth, it’s the absolute insanity that defined his afterlife that makes him one of the world’s craziest popes. A year following his death, the rather batty Pope Stephen VI ordered Formosus’ desiccated body to be exhumed and put on trial. Known as the Cadaver Synod, Formosus’ corpse was dressed in papal vestments and convicted accordingly.In the ruling, it was declared that Formosus was unworthy of the pontificate, and all acts and measures made under his papacy were declared null and void. Such was the case...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: WESTERN SCHISM, 04-03-12

    04/03/2012 8:45:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):WESTERN SCHISM Widespread division in Catholic unity caused by rival claims to the Papacy. In the Western Schism (1378-1417) there were two and later three claimants to the Papacy at the same time. The election of Urban VI (1318-89) was challenged post factum by thirteen of his cardinal electors, who in 1378 chose Clement VII as Avignon Pope in his stead. After thirty years of fruitless efforts to settle the rift, a council of prelates at Pisa in 1409 sought to depose the Roman and Avignon pontiffs and elected Alexander V. Finally the schism was healed...
  • Essays for Lent: Papal Infallibility

    03/05/2012 7:52:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Papal Infallibilityby Sebastian R. FamaThe issue of Papal Infallibility evokes strong reactions from those who oppose it. This is usually due to a misunderstanding of what the Church means by "Papal Infallibility." The most common misconception is that the Church claims that the pope himself is infallible, that in all things he is incapable of error. This, of course, is not true!It is a necessity of Christian theology that every person be allowed the exercise of free will. Everyone, the pope included, must be free to accept or reject Christ for himself. If God were to make the pope infallible...
  • Essays for Lent: The Pope

    03/03/2012 8:07:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
    The Popeby Sebastian R. Fama"But who do you say that I am?"  Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  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 on 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...
  • Blessed Pope John XXIII [Catholic Caucus]

    10/11/2011 6:01:12 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    UCatholic.com ^ | 10-11-11 | UCatholic.com
      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...
  • Richard Nixon Tapes: Archie Bunker & homosexuality

    09/30/2011 8:34:26 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 13, 1971 | Richard M. Nixon
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TivVcfSBVSM
  • Traditional Feast Day of Sts. Cletus and Marcellinus, Popes & Martyrs (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/26/2011 10:08:42 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 2 replies
    Dignare Me Laudare Te, Virgo Sacrata blog ^ | 19th century | Dom Prosper Guéranger
    "Two bright stars appear this day on the ecclesiastical cycle, proclaiming the glory of our Jesus, the Conqueror of death. Again they are two pontiffs, and martyr pontiffs [a reference to the feast day of Sts. Soter and Caius on April 22]. Cletus leads us to the very commencement of the Church, for he was a disciple of Peter, and his second successor in the See of Rome. Marcellinus was a witness of the great persecution under Diocletian; he governed the Church on the eve of her triumph. Let us honour these two fathers of Christendom, who laid down their...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PAPAL CORONATION, 05-11-10

    05/11/2010 8:42:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 138+ views
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-11-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PAPAL CORONATION Liturgical action by which the newly elected Pope had the tiara solemnly placed on his head by the senior cardinal-deacon. His pontificate officially began on this date, although he possesses jurisdiction from the monument he accepts the election by the cardinals. Pope John Paul I changed the custom of papal coronation with the tiara. when assuming office on September 3, 1978, he was formally invested with the pallium instead of the traditional papal tiara at a Mass he concelebrated with members of the college of cardinals. The simplicity of the ceremony symbolized the Pope's...
  • Issues to watch on Pope's trip to Portugal

    05/08/2010 3:58:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 387+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 7, 2010 | Diogenes
    John Allen looks at the background of Pope Benedict's coming trip to Fatima, Portugal. He notes that the five foreign trips the Pope has scheduled for this year-- to Malta, Portugal, Cyprus, Great Britain, and Spain-- "are almost laid out in ascending order of difficulty." Benedict in Portugal: A different crisis, secularism, and 'Marian Cool' As fate would have it, Pope Benedict XVI's five foreign trips in 2010 are almost laid out in ascending order of difficulty. Last month's weekend stop in Malta, arguably the most Catholic society on earth, amounted to the warm-up act, while next week's four-day swing...
  • St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome

    04/18/2010 6:47:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 127 replies · 972+ views
    Ignatius Insigiht.com ^ | not given | Stephen K. Ray
    St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome | Stephen K. Ray | From Upon This Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church There is little in the history of the Church that has been more heatedly contested than the primacy of Peter and the See of Rome. History is replete with examples of authority spurned, and the history of the Church is no different. As we proceed with this overview of history, we will allow the Scriptures, the voice of the apostles, and the testimony of the early centuries of the Christian...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Charism of Infallibility: The Magisterium

    04/15/2010 9:48:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies · 198+ views
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985-1997 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

    04/13/2010 10:30:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies · 181+ views
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985-1997 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

    04/12/2010 9:19:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies · 141+ views
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985-1997 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries

    04/08/2010 9:32:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies · 131+ views
    Catholicapologetics.org ^ | 1985-1997 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries

    04/07/2010 10:42:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies · 153+ views
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985-1997 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Seventh and Eighth Centuries

    04/06/2010 12:03:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies · 209+ views
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985-1997 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Third and Fourth Centuries

    04/04/2010 7:57:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies · 222+ views
    http://www.catholicapologetics.org/ ^ | 1985-1997 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Third and Fourth Centuries

    03/31/2010 11:42:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 384+ views
    CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985-19997 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, First and Second Centuries

    03/30/2010 9:13:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 166+ views
    Catholicapologetics.org ^ | 1985-1997 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan
    Catholic Biblical Apologetics Apologetics without apology! What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why? This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries. This is a set of lecture notes...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: RING OF THE FISHERMAN, 03-06-10

    03/06/2010 9:17:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies · 118+ views
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 03-06-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):RING OF THE FISHERMAN A gold seal ring with which popes are invested at the time of their election. It is used when sealing papal documents and is destroyed at the time of a pope's death by the Cardinal Camerlengo. The seal represents St. Peter fishing from a boat. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Popes on "the Great Washington"

    02/18/2010 4:32:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies · 405+ views
    TheSacredPage.com ^ | Monday, February 15, 2010 | Michael Barber
    Monday, February 15, 2010 The Popes on "the Great Washington" Given that today is George Washington's birthday--Happy Presidents Day!--I thought I'd say something about the man. In fact, since turning in my doctoral thesis (please pray for me!) I've been resisting the urge to read much biblical theology out of fear that I might discover something that might make me regret something I said in the dissertation. . . or for that matter, failed to include (too late to change it now!). Thus, in my free time I've turned my attention to a different topic: the American revolution. In particular,...
  • A Hunger for the Truth: Americans Turn Ear to Benedict XVI

    05/18/2009 5:25:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies · 698+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | May 17, 2009 | Carl Anderson
    A Hunger for the Truth Americans Turn Ear to Benedict XVI By Carl Anderson NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, MAY 17, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Packing venue after venue during Benedict XVI’s visit last year, Americans showed an eagerness and enthusiasm to hear his Gospel message that many did not expect. They exhibited a hunger -- for the truth and for moral leadership. And -- despite a trend in the media to be very critical in their coverage of Benedict XVI -- more than a year later, by wide margins, Americans in general -- and American Catholics in particular -- have a positive view...
  • 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...
  • Saint Malachy, Prophecies about 112 popes until the end of the world, the last five Popes

    10/14/2007 8:25:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 412 replies · 528+ views
    WorkofGod.org ^ | n/a | WorkofGod
    Saint Malachy  Prophecies about 112 popes until the end of the world. Note: The Church does not lean on private revelation for doctrinal matters, but it does not oppose to the faithful obtaining benefit from them so long as they don't go against our faith.   This analysis focuses on the last five Popes in the context of the prophecies of Saint Malachy. + + +   Saint Malachy was born in Amagh Ireland in 1094, he lived a religious life as a monk, then he was ordained priest and finally Bishop. He was canonized in 1199 by Pope Clement III....
  • Mel Gibson

    09/28/2006 11:06:47 AM PDT · by Sabramerican · 28 replies · 850+ views
    Politicalmavens ^ | Sept 2006 | Mark Judge
    Mel Gibson By Mark Judge So now Mel Gibson is trashing the war effort. As reported on the Today show, New York Times and everywhere, he has called the death of American troops in Iraq “human sacrafice.” I have no idea how many folks politicalmavens.com reaches, so this could be a cry in the wilderness, but: folks, this is not a story. There is a certain segment of the conservative Catholic right that is strongly anti-war. Check out the magazine New Oxford Review (linked at the bottom). Like Mel, the NOR has been accused of anti-Semitism. They are more hysterical...
  • Communication in a Powder-Keg World [Pope Benedict XVI]

    09/22/2006 9:52:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 545+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 09-22-06 | Russell Shaw
    by Russell Shaw Other Articles by Russell ShawContact this Author Communication in a Powder-Keg World 09/22/06 Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., new director of the Vatican press office, recently remarked that he saw no need to interpret the thinking of Pope Benedict XVI. The pope does an excellent job of speaking for himself and doesn't need interpreters, the priest explained. In This Article...Here’s What I MeantUnintended ConsequencesImagine That Here’s What I Meant Poor Father Lombardi! Scarcely had he uttered those sentiments when all Hades broke loose over Pope Benedict's comments about Islam. All of sudden the director of the sala stamp found...
  • Pope's Apology Fails To Halt Islamic Uproar

    09/16/2006 7:14:01 PM PDT · by blam · 81 replies · 1,387+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-17-2006 | Michael Hirst - Nick Pisa
    Pope's apology fails to halt Islamic uproar By Michael Hirst and Nick Pisa in Rome (Filed: 17/09/2006) Muslims leaders around the world demanded a more personal apology from the Pope last night after the Vatican said he "sincerely regrets" the offence caused by remarks which they claimed had insulted Islam. Senior Vatican officials tried to damp down fury over the speech in which the Pope quoted from a medieval text saying that the Prophet Mohammed had brought the world "only evil and inhuman" things. Activists from the Daughters of Faith protest against the Pope Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's secretary...
  • Pope's Muslim remarks raise security fears

    09/15/2006 1:39:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies · 10,231+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 16, 2006 | Philip Pullella in Vatican City
    THE Muslim world's scathing reaction to Pope Benedict's comments on Islam is the biggest challenge to face the pontiff yet and raises concerns over his security, diplomatic and Church sources said today. "My personal reaction was: 'This is a striking statement. Was it a rare slip-up?'" one of the sources said about the Pope's speech in Germany last Tuesday.
  • Christians are Jews' best friends

    08/12/2006 1:09:21 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 58 replies · 1,274+ views
    Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | Sat, August 12, 2006 | MICHAEL COREN
    Christians are Jews' best friends Toronto Sun Sat, August 12, 2006 By MICHAEL COREN One of the most difficult things about spending time in Israel is returning home, as I did two weeks ago. As dangerous as life might be in the Jewish state at the moment, daily existence is layered in significance. Then it's back to North America, where the trivial is made to seem profound. I refer to Mel Gibson's drunken stupidity when he made various repugnant comments about Jewish people. As a Roman Catholic with three Jewish grandparents, and someone who worries every day about the...
  • Vatican Launches Digital Papal Photo Archive

    09/02/2006 1:57:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 319+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 1, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 1, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The digital photo archive of L'Osservatore Romano is now on-line, replete with papal photos from as far back as 1930. The large-scale initiative now gives both professionals and private individuals access to thousands of photographs of the Pope and the Holy See via the Internet. "It has been an important endeavor of historical reconstruction which called for huge research commitment," Giuseppe Colombara, director of the photographic service of the Vatican paper, said in today's Italian edition of L'Osservatore Romano. The project required L'Osservatore staff to digitalize thousands of photographs which up to now were...
  • Uncle Dick and Papa

    04/22/2005 10:09:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 4,943+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2005 | MAUREEN DOWD
    It was a move so smooth and bold, accomplished with such backstage bureaucratic finesse, that it was worthy of Dick Cheney himself. The éminence grise who had long whispered in the ear of power and who had helped oversee the selection process ended up selecting himself. In Cheneyesque fashion, he searched far and wide for a pope by looking around the room and swiftly deciding he was the best man for the job. Just like Mr. Cheney, once the quintessentially deferential staff man with the Secret Service code name "Back Seat," the self-effacing Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has clambered over the...
  • The Smart Money

    04/11/2005 9:28:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 575+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 12, 2005 | JOHN TIERNEY
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Do not be fooled by the talking heads in Rome. The journalists handicapping the papal election may sound as confident as ever, authoritatively quoting anonymous cardinals and exclusive sources deep in Opus Dei. But our profession is in trouble. A specter is haunting the punditocracy - the specter of Intrade. That's an online futures market, based in Dublin and used by more than 50,000 speculators worldwide who put their money where our mouths are. They're expected to spend at least $1 million on futures contracts tied to the election of the pope. And if recent history is any...
  • Catholics in U.S. Keep Faith, but Live With Contradictions

    04/10/2005 8:45:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 69 replies · 1,641+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 11, 2005 | DEAN E. MURPHY and NEELA BANERJEE
    LOS ANGELES, April 8 - Lily Velazquez, who turned 18 on Thursday, is the sixth of 12 children of Mexican immigrants in a poor suburb of Los Angeles. She considers herself both a devoted Catholic and a hopeless sinner. She attends Mass every Sunday but has had two children out of wedlock. She thinks abortion is murder but chafes at the Vatican's ban on birth control. She mourns the death of Pope John Paul II but hopes his successor will be "new and different." "My mom gets mad if I don't go to church," Ms. Velazquez said, as her 2-year-old...
  • Let Fathers Be Fathers

    04/09/2005 7:09:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 10, 2005 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Here's my prophecy about the next pope: He will allow married men to become priests. This is simply a matter of survival: all over the world, the Catholic Church is running out of priests. In the United States, there was one priest for every 800 Catholics in 1965, while now there is one for every 1,400 Catholics - and the average age is nearly 60. In all the United States, with 65 million Catholics, only 479 priests were ordained in 2002. The upshot is that the Catholic Church is losing ground around the world to evangelical and especially...
  • Name That Pope

    04/05/2005 2:58:49 PM PDT · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 187 replies · 3,186+ views
    2005-04-05 | Me
    What papal name do you think the next pope will take? As I search the list there have never been 3 popes taking the same name in a row. Bookies are giving 7-4 that the next pope will take John Paul III. There was never a double name before John Paul I. Not interested in this thread who will become Pope, just what name do you think he will take? Is there some Pope that the next Pope will want to pattern after besides John Paul II that any new Pope would see the Church in need of? If it...
  • Catholics in America: A Restive People

    04/02/2005 5:21:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 81 replies · 2,040+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 3, 2005 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    Jeff Robbins/Associated Press John Paul II's teachings on social issues resonated with the conservative shift in American opinion in the 1980's and 1990's. He celebrated a World Youth Day Mass in Aurora, Colo., in 1993. IT is hard to remember now that when Pope John Paul II was elected 27 years ago, the church he inherited was destabilized and dispirited. His immediate predecessor, John Paul I, had been found dead in bed one morning after only 34 days in office. The pope before that, Paul VI, spent his last years melancholy and withdrawn, his accomplishments overshadowed by the uproar...
  • St. Peter's Chair at Rome

    02/22/2005 7:54:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 1,044+ views
    EWTN.com ^ | NA | EWTN.com/ Rev. Alban Butler
    ST PETER'S CHAIR AT ROME Feast: January 22 [See Phaebeus, de Cathedra in qua St. Petrus Rome sedit, & de antiquitate et praestantia solemnitatis Cathedrae Romanae. Romae 1666, 8vo., also Chatelain, Notes on the Martyrology, p. 326] St Peter having triumphed over the devil in the East, pursued him to Rome in the person of Simon Magus. He who had formerly trembled at the voice of a poor maid now feared not the very throne of idolatry and superstition. The capital of the empire of the world, and the centre of impiety, called for the zeal of the prince...
  • How a Catholic Should Act in face of Bad Popes

    01/09/2005 7:37:52 PM PST · by Land of the Irish · 18 replies · 718+ views
    Tradition in Action | Prof. Plinio Corręa de Oliveira
    I received this question: How should a person who seeks the truth act in a period when bad Popes are reigning, as, for example, during such a time in the Renaissance? Infallibility in the Extraordinary Papal Teaching This question is not very difficult to answer in terms of Catholic doctrine. The source of truth is Revelation, that is Scriptures and Tradition. The Catholic Magisterium gives us the correct interpretation of Revelation. The Popes are infallible only when they teach a doctrine ex cathedra, when they officially invoke their prerogative of infallibility over that doctrine. In such a case, one cannot...
  • Prophecy of St Malachy (with list of Popes)

    11/19/2003 10:42:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 61 replies · 16,776+ views
    Catholic-Pages.com ^ | Catholic-pages
    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 to the editor in the Times of London at the time of the conclaves about what the mottos attributed to the dead pope or the next pope by St Malachy in his prophecies. Enthralled, I went to the library and looked through...
  • 'Hitler's Pope' tried to help Jews, say documents

    02/15/2003 5:47:40 PM PST · by MadIvan · 139 replies · 910+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | February 16, 2003 | Michael Burleigh
    Vatican papers offering the first direct evidence that Pope Pius XII tried to help Jews during the Second World War have been discovered by an Italian expert. The documents undermine critics' claims that Pius - condemned by critics as "Hitler's Pope" - put the interests of Rome first and did not protest about the fate of Jews during the Holocaust. A letter, signed by the Pope in October 1940 and sent to Giuseppe Palatucci, Bishop of Campagna in southern Italy, instructed him to give money "in aid to interned Jews", to whom Pius also referred in an earlier letter as...
  • Pope Hopefuls

    06/27/2002 3:07:48 PM PDT · by ZGuy · 23 replies · 199+ views
    Washington Monthly ^ | June, 2002 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Everyone assumes that John Paul II's successor will be a conservative. Don't bet on it. The Vatican, the 109-acre inter-national headquarters of Roman Catholicism, works at the leisurely pace of an institution that has seen it all over 2,000 years of history. This is a place that closes shop every day at 1 p.m., where decisions that might take weeks in other organizations can be "studied" for years, awaiting an "opportune" moment to be announced. It is not accustomed to working under pressure of tight deadlines, as it showed in late April, when all 13 American cardinals were summoned for...