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  • Dear Sycophants of Pope Francis: If You Truly Love Him, Don't Let the World See His Nakedness

    12/10/2016 5:46:44 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 10, 2016 | N/A
    When a relative we love, due to aging or an underlying medical issue, starts saying or doing inappropriate things, what do we do? Out of love, we take him out of the limelight of life. We spare him of any shame - not for our sake, but for his. When a dear grandmother starts babbling inappropriate words, there is no greater love than to protect her image. Holy Writ itself presents us such an example, when of the episode of Noah's nakedness and the curse of Ham and his son Canaan. Let us recall: And drinking of the wine...
  • What A Father Can Give His Daughter

    12/10/2016 5:39:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What A Father Can Give His Daughter Msgr. Charles Pope • December 9, 2016 • For most people who view the commercial below, the focus is the Apple iPhone. But for us, I think the true focus should not be the Apple phone the man holds, but the apple of his eye, his daughter. Here is a father who delights in his daughter, and a daughter who is both affirmed by and happy in his delight.A young girl naturally desires the love and appreciation of her father. She delights in being the apple of Daddy’s eye. If she does...
  • BBC Admits It Underestimated the Churchs Opposition to Hitler

    12/10/2016 2:26:34 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 27 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 9, 2016 | Dan Hitchens
    The BBC conceded it was false to describe the Church as being 'silent' in the face of NazismThe BBC’s internal watchdog has found that a programme wrongly accused the Catholic Church of “silence” about the Holocaust.After Pope Francis’s visit to Auschwitz in July, BBC One’s 6pm news bulletin carried a report which stated: “Silence was the response of the Catholic Church when Nazi Germany demonised Jewish people and then attempted to eradicate Jews from Europe.”In response, the cross-bench peer Lord Alton of Liverpool and Fr Leo Chamberlain, the former headmaster of Ampleforth, made an official complaint.Nearly six months later, the BBC’s...
  • Cardinal Meisner Being Singled Out for Criticism Among the Four Cardinals

    12/10/2016 2:00:44 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | December 8, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Cardinal Joachim Meisner is one of the Four Cardinals who have recently made public their own important dubia with regard to Amoris Laetitia. What is striking is that he seems now to have been singled out to receive several harsh critiques in Europe – especially in Italy and Germany.As we already reported, Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, Dean of the Roman Rota, specifically targeted Meisner in his earlier criticism of the Four Cardinals, saying that now a “shadow” was lying upon the German cardinal’s life history.However, Dr. Markus Büning, a German theologian and book author, has recently come to the defense...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - (12/10/2016) [Prayer]

    12/09/2016 10:12:27 PM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 12 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 12/10/2016 | Self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President-Elect and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-10-16

    12/09/2016 8:54:35 PM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 12-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 10, 2016 Saturday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lords word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day...
  • Advent: A Preparation for Christmas

    12/09/2016 7:59:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | December 2, 2016 | Alan Scott
    Advent: A Preparation for ChristmasAlan Scott As each year draws to a close, and Christmas fast approaches, we tend to focus on what is obvious putting up our decorations, trimming our tree, shopping for friends and family and eating every type of desert known to man.And before you know it, time has escaped us.Suddenly its Christmas Eve night and all the wonders that come with it reflecting on Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, the angels singing, the shepherds in the field, the wise men beginning their decent from the east, all culminating in Silent Night, Holy Night.But wait!...
  • Mother of an 11-year-old boy finds naked pictures of his pastor, 30, on his phone

    12/09/2016 7:40:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies ^ | December 9, 2016 | Giulia Crouch For Mailonline
    The mother of an 11-year-old boy found naked pictures of his pastor on his mobile phone. The Florida woman recognized the man in the indecent photos and typed his phone number into Facebook. It led her to Harbor United Methodist Church pastor Tyler Sinkus Smither. The 30-year-old youth pastor from Wilmington, North Carolina was arrested and is charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child. An affidavit, written by a New Hanover County Sheriffs Detective Christina Starman, says that Smither first contacted the boy using a chat website, Omegle.
  • Rome in Eye of A Storm

    12/09/2016 7:14:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Regina Magazine ^ | 12/8/16 | Harry Stevens
    Is there a Reign Of Terror Inside the Vatican?He is a veteran Vatican-watcher, the Rome reporter for the USAs National Catholic Register. Hes also that rarity among journalists a practicing Catholic. Hes a real pro, too. In 2014 Edward Pentins journalistic integrity came under fire from a Pope Francis favorite, German Cardinal Emeritus Walter Kasper. The liberal Cardinals disparaging comments about African prelates attending the Synod had been captured on Pentins Iphone recorder. Kasper publicly denied ever making such remarks and then had to retract his denial when Pentin quietly published the audio. The resulting furore quickly derailed...
  • Pope Francis names new bishop, John O. Barres, for Long Island

    12/09/2016 7:04:42 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 9, 2016 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From the Long Island Catholic, some happy news for my neighbors to the east: Pope Francis today appointed Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania, to serve as the fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre. He succeeds Bishop William Murphy, 76, who has led the Diocese of Rockville Centre since 2001.The appointment was made public in Washington, December 9, 2016 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.Bishop-designate Barres will assume leadership of the Diocese during a Mass of Installation at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes on January 31, 2017 at 2 p.m. Until that time,...
  • Mixing Sand With Rice

    12/09/2016 5:53:17 PM PST · by marshmallow
    La Croix ^ | 12/9/16 | Father Peter Peng, Hebei
    In recent years, whenever a government-backed bishop not approved by the Vatican appeared at an episcopal ordination along with Vatican-approved bishops, Chinese Catholics would mock it saying "mixing sand with rice." The first time I heard "mixing sand with the rice" was via my mentor, the late Father Yan Wenda. It was in 1984 when he gave me my first New Testament. Owing to the socio-political situation at that time, the dominating official ideology denied the supremacy of the pope. Thus, the New Testament was published with explanatory notes tampered by some so-called Chinese "theologians." Since the Bible was scarce...
  • Pope's Homily: Priests are Called to Console, not Heap Obligations on People

    12/09/2016 5:40:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | 12/9/16 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY Priests are called to be mediators between God and God's people, offering their time and their very lives in service; they are not God's "intermediaries" or functionaries, who go to work to get paid or, worse, enter the priesthood in search of status, Pope Francis said. Priests who only want to dress the part end up looking ridiculous, he said Dec. 9 during his homily at Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Looking at the day's Gospel reading, Mt 11:16-19, where Jesus talks about people who are never satisfied and always judge others, Pope...
  • Chinese Cardinal Says Vatican Must Stand up to Beijing

    12/09/2016 5:14:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/8/16 | Pak Yiu and Lisa Jucca
    Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Chinese Catholic cleric, says the participation of an excommunicated prelate at two bishop ordinations in China was a "slap in the face" for Pope Francis just as Rome seeks a historic deal with Beijing. Bishop Lei Shiyin, who was excommunicated by the Vatican in 2011 for accepting his appointment without papal approval, took part in the ordinations of new bishops in the cities of Chengdu and Xichang, in southwestern China, last week. While the Catholic priests selected to be bishops enjoyed the backing of both Rome and Beijing, the active participation of the excommunicated...
  • U.S. Catholics Love Pope Francis, Poll Says

    12/09/2016 5:09:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/9/16 | CNS
    A new poll shows that Pope Francis's favorability has risen among adult Catholics to just above what it was a year ago, after the U.S. visit. The rating has dipped slightly among U.S. adults in general but experts say it's because the pope has not been as 'publicly active' this year.ST. LEO - A new poll shows that Pope Franciss favorability dipped slightly among U.S. adults in general, but has risen among adult Catholics to just above what it was a year ago. The poll, by St. Leo University Polling Institute in Florida, asked 1,001 respondents if their opinion of...
  • The Conception by Righteous Anna of the Most Holy Mother of God

    12/09/2016 2:27:35 PM PST · by NRx · 12 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 12-09-2016 | OCA
    Saint Anna, the mother of the Virgin Mary, was the youngest daughter of the priest Nathan from Bethlehem, descended from the tribe of Levi. She married Saint Joachim (September 9), who was a native of Galilee. For a long time Saint Anna was childless, but after twenty years, through the fervent prayer of both spouses, an angel of the Lord announced to them that they would be the parents of a daughter, Who would bring blessings to the whole human race. The Orthodox Church does not accept the teaching that the Mother of God was exempted from the consequences of...
  • (Catholic) Christmas Gift Guide 2016

    12/09/2016 1:48:42 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    NC Register ^ | December 9, 2016
    ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ In anticipation of welcoming Christ at Christmas, we offer our readers a selection of Christmas gifts to give to family and friends in honor of Jesus, the best Christmas gift.     See all of the gifts here.   Prices subject to change. To order: or (unless otherwise noted).
  • The Misuse of Amoris Laetitia to Support Errors Against the Catholic Faith

    12/09/2016 12:44:20 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | 12-09-2016 | John Finnis & Germain Grisez
    A letter to the Supreme Pontiff Francis, to all bishops in communion with him and to the rest of the Christian faithful... Read the full letter in PDF at the link.
  • False News Claim of Methodist/Islamist Convergence

    12/09/2016 10:59:02 AM PST · by xzins · 45 replies
    The websites of New York anti-Islam crusader Pamela Geller and radio conspiracist Alex Jones are claiming an obscure United Methodist congregation in Waco, Texas is part of a plan to Islamicize Methodist churches.According to On-the-ground sources in west Texas confirm that the United Methodist Church (UMC) is potentially engaged in a massive operation designed to reprogram churches as virtual mosques in preparation for a deluge of Muslim refugees. The article quotes at length an anonymous reported church member who, “fearing for his safety,” told that Bosqueville United Methodist Church (UMC) in Waco might offer “Catholic-style ‘sanctuary’ protections for...
  • Best Advent Hymn! I Wonder If Youve Ever Heard of It

    12/09/2016 8:07:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-08-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Best Advent Hymn! I Wonder If You’ve Ever Heard of It Msgr. Charles Pope • December 8, 2016 • For my money, the best Advent hymn ever is Veni Redemptor Gentium (Come Redeemer of the Nations), written by St. Ambrose in the 4th century. It is more widely known by the title “Come Thou Redeemer of the Earth.” Sadly, it is not often sung in Catholic parishes today. Most Catholics I’ve asked have never even heard of it.One of the beautiful things about the ancient Latin hymns is how richly theological they are. Not content to merely describe an...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/9/16)[Prayer]

    12/09/2016 8:06:43 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/9/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 44) Psalm 44[a] For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.[b] 1We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. 2With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish. 3It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light...
  • The Love Of The Truth...I John pt 16

    For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ( 3 John 3-4)Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That...
  • Satanic pentagram set up next to a NATIVITY scene in a Florida park causes outrage (BARF)

    12/09/2016 7:07:12 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies ^ | December 9, 2016 | Zoe Szathmary For
    A massive Satanic pentagram has been placed in a Florida park, causing outrage - with some people calling it 'ridiculous' and 'offensive'. The display was installed in Boca Raton's Sanborn Square and is located next to a nativity scene. Preston Smith got a permit from the the city for the display, WPTV reported. Scroll down for video
  • Do not fear the future[CharismaticCaucus]

    12/09/2016 6:35:48 AM PST · by Jedediah
    Do not fear the future my children for I am your Redeemer(past brought forward) to condemn darkness so that you may walk in the light therefore I am the alpha and omega of your life's existence for you abide in me alone. Romans 8:1-2 Escape from Bondage 8 Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from...
  • Witnessing His Glory (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    12/09/2016 5:20:25 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 12/9/2016
    The book of James has an unusual sentence construction that links the word glory with the name of Jesus: My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality (James 2:1). In this verse the words Lord of glory have alternate renditions. Some translations read, Our glorious Lord. Still another possible translation reads, Jesus Christ, who is the glory. B. B. Warfield, in his book The Lord of Glory, says, that Jesus was the glory of God, the shekinah. According to the Old Testament, the shekinah was the visible manifestation of the...
  • Storm Clouds Over the Vatican: Has the Battle Begun?

    12/09/2016 4:24:39 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    The Remnant ^ | December 2, 2016 | Patrick Archbold
    Within a single week, we experienced two great shocks, but I am unsure which one was greater. The first, of course, was the stunning defeat of the virulently anti-Christian presidential candidate (there is no other way to put it). Hillary’s stunning loss to Donald Trump gave many Christians an unexpected sigh of relief. It isn’t necessarily that they have great faith in Trump, although some do, but that they stepped back from the brink of the abyss that would have been Hillary’s term. But as my jaw was still smarting from hitting the floor and the air from my...
  • Can the Church Judge a Heretical Pope?

    12/09/2016 4:20:02 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    The Remnant ^ | December 5, 2016 | Robert J. Siscoe
    More on the PotentialRamification ofthe Four CardinalsFormal Correction of Pope Francis The Catholic world is abuzz following the public release of a September 19th letter from four Cardinals (Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmuller, Joachim Meisner and Raymond Burke) to Pope Francis. The letter requested that the Pope clarify apparently heterodox statements in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, which have resulted in tremendous confusion in the Church. Pope Francis refused to respond, and on November 14th the Cardinals made the letter public. The following day, The National Catholic Register published an interview with Cardinal Burke (one of the signatories) concerning the...
  • A Grave and Pressing Duty: Statement of Support for the Four Cardinals Dubia

    12/09/2016 3:48:46 AM PST · by detective · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 8, 2016
    We received the following statement of support for the four cardinals dubia this morning. It has been signed by various pastors, theologians, and scholars from around the world. As Catholic scholars and pastors of souls, we wish to express our profound gratitude and full support for the courageous initiative of four members of the College of Cardinals, Their Eminences Walter Brandmller, Raymond Leo Burke, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner. As has been widely publicized, these cardinals have formally submitted five dubia to Pope Francis, asking him to clarify five fundamental points of Catholic doctrine and sacramental discipline, the treatment of...
  • Rome in Eye of A Storm

    12/09/2016 3:33:15 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    Regina Magazine ^ | December 8, 2016 | Harry Stevens
    Is there a “Reign Of Terror” Inside the Vatican?He is a veteran Vatican-watcher, the Rome reporter for the USA’s National Catholic Register. He’s also that rarity among journalists – a practicing Catholic. He’s a real pro, too.  In 2014 Edward Pentin’s journalistic integrity came under fire from a Pope Francis favorite, German Cardinal Emeritus Walter Kasper. The liberal Cardinal’s disparaging comments about African prelates attending the Synod had been captured on Pentin’s Iphone recorder. Kasper publicly denied ever making such remarks – and then had to retract his denial when Pentin quietly published the audio. The resulting furore quickly...
  • The Popes Bizarre Rant about Eating Faeces Makes Me Wonder if He Should Retire

    12/09/2016 3:29:28 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 37 replies
    Spectator UK ^ | December 8, 2016 | Damian Thompson
    Have you read what the Pope has just saidabout being sexually turned on by eating faeces? He wasnt talking about himself, let me quickly add: just human beings in general. They make himsound more like a desperately tastelessstand-up comedianthan the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church. I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into no offence intended the sickness of coprophilia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true. And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of...
  • Bergoglio Insists Suggestion on Remarried Has Church Backing - Yes, He Is Right, so Did Our Lord's C

    12/09/2016 3:22:55 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | Decmeber 8, 2016 | N/A
    Full title: Bergoglio insists suggestion on remarried has church backing - Yes, he is right, so did Our Lord's Crucifixion! Openly declares a "new" Church and admits to heretical statements and notions on Catholicism! Even the Associated Press gets it - that Bergoglio is forcing upon the Church, the reception of Holy Communion to those divorced from valid Catholic marriages and remarried civilly without a Decree of Nullity, that is, that the original marriage, for consenting or legal reasons, simply did not take place and was not valid. What he is doing, and the Associated Press gets it, is to...
  • Crackpots & Coprophiliacs

    12/09/2016 2:32:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Maureen Mullarkey: Studio Matters ^ | December 8, 2016 | Maureen Mullarkey
    There is a crackpot quality to this pontificate. Nothing is gained by tripping over our own tongues trying to disguise, excuse, or justify it. The Church was healthier under Alexander VI. A sinner, for sure. Yet the Borgia pope was still an impressive man in many ways. The Church would be better served by a pope who had all his wits plus a mistress on the side than an erratic, mercy-mongering pretender to virtue. Public sins are easily recognized. It is the cloaked and buried ones that are dangerous. Only a clinician could say with any certainty what has sent...
  • In Secular France, Catholic Conservatism Makes A Comeback

    12/08/2016 10:07:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | James McAuley
    In Secular France, Catholic Conservatism Makes A Comeback By James McAuley December 8. CHARTRES, France For many French voters, Franois Fillon is more than a leading contender for president in next years elections: He is viewed as a crusader in the throes of a holy war. When Fillon handily won both rounds of Frances conservative primaries last month, he campaigned mostly on a genteel conservatism of economic restructuring and strengthened national security. But in a country that firmly defines itself as secular in its constitution, Fillons unexpected victory represented an astonishing prospect: the political reawakening of Catholic France after...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - (12/9/2016) [Prayer]

    12/08/2016 9:20:33 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 34 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 9 December 2016 | NEWwoman
    The Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil and Heroes and Nation Prayer Thread have combined to form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL prayer thread! Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President-Elect and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. FDR Speech (Movie Version) FDR's speech expresses America's will to triumph grounded in faith of God's help as...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-09-16, OM, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

    12/08/2016 8:35:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 12-09-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 9, 2016 Friday of the Second Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 48:17-19 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,the Holy One of Israel:I, the LORD, your God,teach you what is for your good,and lead you on the way you should go.If you would hearken to my commandments,your prosperity would be like a river,and your vindication like the waves of the sea;Your descendants would be like the sand,and those born of your stock like its grains,Their name never cut offor blotted out from my presence. Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 R. (see John 8:12) Those who...
  • Vatican Expert: Is Amoris Laetitia Really a Work of the Holy Spirit?

    12/08/2016 7:56:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/7/16 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, December 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, the dean of the Roman Rota, has again reaffirmed his support for Amoris Laetitia and not the four cardinals' dubia on it, this time in an interview with Ed Pentin of the National Catholic Register. The two synods from which Pope Francis produced Amoris Laetitia were works of the "Holy Spirit," Pinto told Pentin, echoing a statement Cardinal Blase Cupich made last month. The two synods were "the place where the spirit [works]," said Pinto. "This is the ecclesiology of the Church. However, Pentin pointed out that the claim the...
  • Outcry Greets Vatican Decision to Reaffirm Ban on Gay Priests

    12/08/2016 7:42:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/8/16 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican decision to reaffirm its opposition to gay priests has angered activists who thought Pope Francis was changing Romes attitudes toward homosexuality. In a new document on the priesthood, the Vaticans Congregation for the Clergy reiterated a 2005 statement declaring that men with deep-seated homosexual tendencies or those who support the so-called gay culture cannot be priests. Pope Francis has a lot of explaining to do by approving the newest Vatican instruction, said Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which campaigns for LGBT rights in the church. "Francis famous Who am I to judge?...
  • Swiss Bishop: No Last Rites for Those Seeking Assisted Suicide

    12/08/2016 7:34:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/8/16 | CNS
    The number of euthanasia deaths in Switzerland rose by a third last year A Swiss bishop has instructed Catholic priests not to give last rites to people suspected of seeking assisted suicide, following a sharp rise in the practice in his country. It is increasingly difficult to take the right decisions in the face of death theres even a sense of helplessness, said Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur. The readiness of a suffering patient to commit suicide with help from a bystander places any priest in an impossible situation if called to administer sacraments. Under such conditions, their reception...
  • Catholic Bishop: 'We Are Witnessing Today a Bizarre Form of Schism' in the Church, an 'Anti-Gospel'

    12/08/2016 7:23:14 PM PST · by Petrosius · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 8, 2016 | Michael W. Chapman
    Catholic Bishop Athanasius Schneider, echoing concerns that some bishops apparently are misrepresenting Church teaching on marriage, divorce, and Communion, said a "certain type of schism already exists in the Church" over these issues, and it is a "bizarre form of schism" because the clergy who reportedly are promoting error are using their authority to smear other bishops who are teaching the truth. The truth-tellers are being labeled schismatics, said the bishop. He added that this "schism" and the scandal and confusion it generates is giving rise to an "anti-gospel," a worldly gospel that looks divine on the outside but is...
  • Priests Should Learn About Climate Change as Part of Their Formation

    12/08/2016 7:22:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/8/16 | Cindy Wooden
    Updated Vatican guidelines say clergy must promote care for creationThe Catholic Church needs holy, healthy and humble priests and that requires prayers for vocations and the careful selection and training of candidates, the Congregation for Clergy has said. Updating 1985 guidelines for preparing men for the Latin-rite priesthood and ensuring their continuing education, training and support, the Congregation for Clergy released The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, a detailed set of guidelines and norms for priestly formation. The updated document draws heavily on St John Paul IIs 1992 apostolic exhortation on priestly formation, as well as on the teaching of...
  • Advent: Our Hope is Not in This World

    12/08/2016 5:50:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | November 30, 2016 | Constance T. Hull
    Advent: Our Hope is Not in This WorldConstance T. Hull In many of our cultures the Christmas season is in full swing. It is the version of Christmas when we are told to buy more things and to accumulate as many material possessions as we can for ourselves and others. This is an understandable mentality in wealthier nations, only because we have been inundated with this message since childhood. Pay close attention to advertisements and commercials this time of year and throughout the year. Buying item X will bring you happiness, joy, comfort, or pleasure. You need this car, dress,...
  • How I Changed My Mind About Pope Francis (another one bites the dust)

    12/08/2016 5:39:35 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    First Things ^ | December 8, 2016 | Matthew Schmitz
    Anyone who has stumbled across a long-forgotten diary will understand the embarrassment a journalist feels when he reads his old work. The foolish attachments and false urgencies of the past are there in dry ink, defying the easy airbrushing of memory.Well, last night I decided to go through what Id written on Francis since his election in March 2013. I will never forget the moment Francis walked out on the loggia at St. Peters. In instantaneous reaction, my friend Michael Brendan Dougherty tweeted the single word No. My response was differenta guarded but genuine yes, an instinctive attraction to...
  • Serbian Orthodox Christians March Against Gay Lobby

    12/08/2016 4:50:17 PM PST · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-08-2016 | Orthodox Church
    The Serbian Orthodox Church holds a religious procession in Belgrade to protest the promotion of homosexuality and other attacks on Christian morality.
  • Belief In Truth is a Sign of Eternal Life...I John pt 15

    I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by me.(John 14:6)We have been studying the threefold sign of eternal life, as taught by the Apostle John in His First Epistle. We have stressed that Eternal Life is a gift of God, it cannot be merited, it can only received freely by faith. But how does one know whether or not he has received the gift of eternal Life? After all, in our day as well as in Johns there were many teachers, and prophets who were redefining the knowledge of God, and...
  • Popes Benedicts 2011 Address for Feast of Immaculate Conception (Catholic Caucus)

    Popes Benedicts 2011 Address for Feast of Immaculate Conception Mary, in Fact, Is Wholly Associated With the Victory of Jesus Christ ROME, DEC. 8, 2011 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today in honor of the feast of the Immaculate Conception. * * * Dear brothers and sisters! The great feast of Mary Immaculate invites us every year to gather here, in one of Romes most beautiful piazzas, to offer homage to her, to the Mother of Christ and our Mother. With affection I greet all of you who are present here and those who...
  • Letter in support of the Four Cardinals from Catholic academics and pastors

    12/08/2016 8:59:45 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12-08-2016 | Various
    Statement of Support for the Four Cardinals’ Dubia As Catholic scholars and pastors of souls, we wish to express our profound gratitude and full support for the courageous initiative of four members of the College of Cardinals, Their Eminences Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Leo Burke, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner. As has been widely publicized, these cardinals have formally submitted five dubia to Pope Francis, asking him to clarify five fundamental points of Catholic doctrine and sacramental discipline, the treatment of which in Chapter 8 of the recent Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL) appears to conflict with Scripture and/or Tradition and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/8/16)[Prayer]

    12/08/2016 8:28:00 AM PST · by left that other site · 19 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/8/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Book of Psalms (Psalm 43) Psalm 43[a] 1Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. 2You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? 3Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. 4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will...
  • A Teaching from the Lord on the Nature of Suffering and the Cross

    12/08/2016 7:41:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-07-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Teaching from the Lord on the Nature of Suffering and the Cross Msgr. Charles Pope • December 7, 2016 • A familiar Gospel passage read recently in daily Mass gives us a short theological teaching on suffering and the cross:Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Matt 11:28-30).On reading a passage...
  • America Prayer Vigil

    12/08/2016 7:16:49 AM PST · by Hiskid · 33 replies
    12/8/16 | Hiskid
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media.This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14
  • How God Created the World

    12/08/2016 7:14:50 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-08-2016 | Andrei Solodkov
    The time difference Hello, dear readers of We are continuing our lecture series on the book of Genesis. At our previous meeting we discussed whether science has rejected God. We noted that many great scientists, such as Isaac Newton, Mikhail Lomonosov, Albert Einstein and others believed in God as the Creator and sustainer of this world. I would like to add a few more words to what was said last time. The main axiom supporting the idea that science has proved there is no God, is that our planet is billions and billions years old, and as...
  • Reflecting His Image (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    12/08/2016 6:03:30 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 12/8/2016
    What can be said of Christs being the express image of His person? Are not we all created in the image of God and does not this reference merely speak of Jesus as the perfect man, the one in whom the image of God has not been besmirched or corrupted? I think the text means more than that. Philip Hughes says this: The Greek word translated the very stamp bearer means an engraved character or the impress made by a die or a seal, as for example, on a coin; and the Greek word translated nature denotes the very essence...