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  • Mexican Gvmt in Greatest Clash with Church Since Persecution that Ignited Cristero War..

    08/26/2016 6:22:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/25/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    August 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City in a recent interview. Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that the president’s attempt to pass a homosexual “marriage” amendment has caused “a cooling of his relationship with the bishops, who are very troubled by his initiative.” “There hasn’t been a confrontation so strong between the government and the Church since...
  • Irish Bishops Recognize Problems at Maynooth Seminary, Seek to End Anonymous Complaints

    08/26/2016 6:10:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The bishops who oversee Ireland's national seminary have acknowledged serious concerns about St. Patrick's seminary in Maynooth, and announced a review of policies and an independent audit of seminary administration. The trustees met at Maynooth on August 24, in a special session called to address rampant criticism of the seminary, arising from charges of an aggressive homosexual subculture. In a public statement released after their meeting, the bishops did not directly address the question of homosexuality, concentrating instead on the damage done by anonymous accusations. However, they did ask seminary officials to review their policies regarding internet use: an apparent...
  • Restoring Old Churches Inspires a New Philanthropy in Russia

    08/26/2016 6:07:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/9/16 | Alison Smale
    TRUBETSKOYE, Russia — Far from sinister headlines about matters like accusations that Russians hacked the Democratic Party in the United States, a few hundred people milled around the ruins of this village’s once-imposing Orthodox church. Here was what one might call the other Russia, a local effort to raise funds in pursuit of the somewhat quixotic task of renovating the Church of the Nativity, once the place of worship attached to an aristocratic estate. Scores of stall holders offered home-baked cakes and discarded books, paintings and handcrafted face scrubs. Eager buyers, mostly vacationers from summer dachas in and around the...
  • Is the Vatican, under Pope Francis, moving away from teachings of JPII on life and marriage?

    08/26/2016 5:42:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 26, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Yesterday’s top CWN headline story, about problems with the sex-education guide issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family, sheds more light—or perhaps I should say, casts a darker shadow—on a story that appeared earlier this month, about new appointments to the Roman Curia. The problematical sex-ed program was prepared by the Pontifical Council for the Family, headed by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. On August 14, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had named Archbishop Paglia to become president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. In...
  • Turkey and The Old Testament...Turkey's significance pt 1

    08/26/2016 5:03:15 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 9 replies
    Billrandles.wordpress ^ | 08-23-16 | Bill Randles
    I have come to the conclusion that the earnest Bible believer would do well to incorporate a new discipline to his study of the Word of God; Biblical Geography. My study of end times prophecy has drawn me into this aspect of Bible prophecy, particularly in my work on the book “A Sword On The Land;The Muslim World in Bible Prophecy”. Reading the Sacred text with a map and realizing the updated names of commonly cited places and peoples such as Moab,Ammon, Persia, Edom, Kedar and Dedan *has revolutionized my understanding of the stunning relevance of familiar prophecies throughout the...
  • Man in Creation: The Cosmology of St. Maximus the Confessor

    08/26/2016 11:29:47 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 08-26-2016 | Jesse Dominick
         The theology of creation and salvation in Orthodox Christianity upholds the centrality and kingship of mankind while simultaneously embracing a cosmological vision that is largely absent in western Christendom. A common characteristic of all creation is corruption and death, and yet we are told that God is not the author of death (Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-14), and that all of creation awaits its redemption through the revealing of the saints (Romans 8:19-22), when all of heaven and earth will be united to God (Ephesians 1:9-10). Within this framework, St. Maximus the Confessor (c. 580-662) is recognized as a...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/26/16)[Prayer]

    08/26/2016 8:57:42 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/26/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John (Revelation 13) The Beast out of the Sea 13 The dragon[a] stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads...
  • Hoping in God

    08/26/2016 8:00:56 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] hopes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love refuses to take human failure as final. Even when faith falters, hope comes to the rescue. It is that long rope that keeps us linked to the sovereignty and power of God. The apostle Peter wrote to believers who were experiencing severe trials. To encourage them he began, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Pet. 1:3). Our hope is a...
  • A Lesson from Nature

    08/26/2016 8:00:16 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?’” (Matthew 6:26). If God provides for the birds, how much more will He provide for you. I can imagine our Lord standing on a hillside in Galilee, looking down over the beautiful north end of the sea, the breeze rippling across the water, the sun bright in the sky. The people were all gathered at His feet. As He was speaking to them, some birds...
  • Day 12- 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/26/2016 7:34:54 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 2 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 26, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 12 – MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE! GOD’S WORD “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4) “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we...
  • The Lion Who Is A Lamb...Revelation 4-7 pt 10

    And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon...
  • We are Jesus Rose Garden[Charismatic Caucus]

    08/26/2016 7:13:07 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    You are my Rose garden that I nurture in my love and water with my spirit and it is now time for you to become my messenger of love to all my children for I have hand picked you to go with my message of love and obedience to my Word and Spirit and I have signed you as a gift to them from The Father of Lights for you shimmer with My Testimony "Bought by The Blood of The Lamb of God". Now share the testimonies of me in your life for it is time to take the garden...
  • Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life

    08/26/2016 7:07:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-25-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Decide! Parables on Judgment and the Drama of Human Life Msgr. Charles Pope • August 25, 2016 • Today’s Gospel at daily Mass (Friday of the 21st Week of the Year) features one of the many parables in which Jesus paints a picture of the great drama of human life. We are caught up in a great and cosmic battle and must choose sides; there are only two armies and no third way is given. Sadly, most have lost any sense of this, despite the battle lines being more clearly drawn than ever.Most casual readers of the Bible tend...
  • DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL 8/26/16 [Prayer]

    08/26/2016 5:50:01 AM PDT · by SisterK · 25 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 26 August 2016 | self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP and Vice Presidential candidate MIKE PENCE. 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.
  • Linking Faith and Loyalty (Protestant and Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    08/26/2016 5:30:25 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 8/26/2016
    Loyalty is a virtue that is linked to the biblical concept of faith. We tend to restrict or limit our understanding of faith to an act of believing, a kind of intellectual assent to the truth of a proposition. We know, however, that saving faith includes more than assent; it includes personal trust. When we probe the depths of this trust, we discover that it is multifaceted. It is within the nature of trust that we see the link between faith and loyalty. Together, faith and loyalty yield fidelity. In our language, loyalty and fidelity serve as virtual synonyms. Once,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-26-16

    08/25/2016 9:32:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 26, 2016 Friday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 1:17-25 Brothers and sisters:Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the Gospel,and not with the wisdom of human eloquence,so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,and the learning of the learned I will set aside. Where is the wise one?Where is...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (8/26/2016) [Prayer]

    08/25/2016 8:46:43 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 19 replies
    26 August 2016 | NEWwoman
    Krista Branch - Calm In The Chaos Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7 (NIV) ----
  • Vatican Sex Education Program Significantly Flawed: Cardinal Newman Society

    08/25/2016 7:04:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a study released today, the Cardinal Newman Society reported significant flaws in the high school sex education program made available during World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Society concluded that this program is “not ready” for use in its target market of Catholic high schools, parishes and homes. The program, entitled The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People, is currently available online. Responding to early doubts about the program, the Cardinal Newman Society decided to closely examine The Meeting Point as part of its mission “to promote and protect faithful...
  • Nigerian Mob Kills Muslim Who Saved Christian from Lynch Mob

    08/25/2016 6:48:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Eight people died when a group of militant Muslims burned down the home of a man who had intervened to stop the lynching of a Christian convert. The violence began when a young man-- a Muslim student who had converted to Christianity-- was accused of insulting Islam and severely beaten by his classmates. A passerby saved the student, bringing him to a nearby hospital. The militants then attacked that man, burning down his home and killing the eight people inside it. Eight people die during an assault in the home of a man who had saved a student accused of...
  • Vatican Newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is Authoritative Church Teaching

    08/25/2016 6:45:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 8/23/16 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said an article in the Vatican newspaper. Father Salvador Pie-Ninot, a well-known professor of ecclesiology, said that while Pope Francis did not invoke his teaching authority in a "definitive way" in the document, it meets all the criteria for being an example of the "ordinary magisterium" to which all members of the church should respond with "the basic attitude of sincere acceptance and practical implementation."...
  • Syrian Christian Leader Asks Russia to Help with Release of Captured Metropolitans

    08/25/2016 6:41:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/24/16
    Damascus, August 24, Interfax - Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, a leader of Syrian Christians and patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, has asked Russia to assist in the release of the metropolitans captured in Syria three years ago. The issue was addressed in a meeting between the patriarch and Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak, the press service for the Syro-Jacobite Church said. "In light of the recent successes on the battleground near Aleppo, and also the improvement of relations between Russia and Turkey, His Holiness called on the Russian government to resume efforts on that track [the hierarchs' release],"...
  • Single Christians Can Have Sex as Long as It's 'Mutually Pleasurable and Affirming,' Pastor Says

    08/25/2016 5:24:13 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 102 replies
    Christian Post ^ | August 22, 2016 | Leonardo Blair
    Bucking against conservative Christian tradition advising against extra-marital sex, the Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan, a married mother of three and associate pastor for ministry with families at Union Church of Hinsdale in Illinois, says single Christians can have sex as long as it's "mutually pleasurable and affirming." Citing 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, many Mainline Protestant and evangelical churches like the Assemblies of God Church, advise against sexual relations among single Christians. "Today within our society singles exist for one of two reasons — by choice, or by circumstance. In either case the Bible's mandate is clear for all unmarried individuals: they are...
  • Two Catholic nuns found murdered in Mississippi home

    08/25/2016 4:32:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2016
    Two nuns who worked as nurses and helped the poor in rural Mississippi were found murdered in their home Thursday, and there were signs of a break-in and their vehicle was missing, according to officials. The nuns were identified as Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard said. It was too early to say how the nuns died, but it doesn't appear that they were shot, according to Durant Assistant Police Chief James Lee. Their bodies were taken to a state crime lab for autopsies. The two women, both nurse practitioners, were found Thursday morning...
  • Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment [Catholic Caucus]

    08/25/2016 4:24:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | 8/25/2016
    When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said. "Some priestly formation programs run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined a priori, and that set aside concrete situations," the pope said during a meeting with 28 Polish Jesuits in Krakow during World Youth Day.
  • MIDWEEK PROPHECY UPDATE AUG 24, 2016 - GERMANY TELLS PEOPLE TO STOCKPILE FOOD (video)

    08/25/2016 11:39:40 AM PDT · by Lera · 31 replies
    Calvary Melbourne Australia ^ | 8/24/16 | Pastor Andrew Russell
    Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks .... Gaza militant rocket hits Israel, Israel responds with air strikes, shells .... Egyptian president says Russian President Vladimir Putin ready to host direct talks between PM Netanyahu and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas .... Israel shells Syria after stray mortar crosses into its territory .... Turkey wedding suicide bomber 'was child aged 12-14' .... Turkey's Erdogan to visit Tehran Iran .... Iran expanding terror network in Latin America .... Chilling 'satanic human sacrifice' video spooks scientists working at world's biggest particle accelerator CERN .... Visa-powered payment ring...
  • Pray for our American heroes and Nation

    08/25/2016 9:08:42 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 7 replies
    8/25/16 | Hiskid
  • The Lion Of Judah...Rev4-7 pt 9

    And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon...
  • Expecting the Best

    08/25/2016 7:50:57 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] believes all things" (1 Cor. 13:7). Love always expects the best of others. In Luke 15 Jesus tells a parable about a father who had two sons. The younger son asked for his share of the family inheritance, then left home and squandered it on sinful pursuits. When he realized his folly, he decided to return home and ask his father's forgiveness. So "he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him. And the...
  • The Giver of Life

    08/25/2016 7:50:28 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on’” (Matthew 6:25). God gives you life and sustains your life. If you were living in Palestine during the time of Jesus, you might have been concerned about having the basics of life. That’s because there were times when the snows didn’t come to the mountains, and as a result the streams didn’t run. When the streams dried up, there was no water. Crops didn’t always produce either. They were subject to...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/25/16)[Prayer]

    08/25/2016 7:24:45 AM PDT · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/25/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John (Revelation 12) The Woman and the Dragon 12 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. 4 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to...
  • If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

    08/25/2016 7:14:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 107 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First Msgr. Charles Pope • August 24, 2016 • The Lord says that we have to pray and indicates that without prayer we will give way to temptation. Thus prayer is essential for us to escape sin and keep our lives on the right path. While God offers many graces to overcome sin and live holy lives, those graces are often delivered through the doorway of prayer. Prayer is God’s way of knocking at the door of our heart; prayer is our way of answering. Prayer is God’s...
  • Day 11 - 54 Day Novena for Our Nation (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2016 6:34:47 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    Novena for Our Nation ^ | Aug, 25, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    DAY 11 – MOTHER MOST ADMIRABLE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF COUNSEL GOD’S WORD “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” (Romans 8:7) “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14) “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the...
  • DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL 8/25/16 [Prayer]

    08/25/2016 5:41:15 AM PDT · by SisterK · 28 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 25 August 2016 | self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP and Vice Presidential candidate MIKE PENCE. 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.
  • Comfort Catholicism Has to Go; It is Time to Prepare for Persecution

    08/25/2016 5:00:50 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 25 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 21, 2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We are at war for our own souls and the souls of people we love. We are at war for the soul of this culture and nation. And like any soldier, we must train to fight well. There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness that we are at war and that Catholics need to be summoned to sobriety, increasing separation from the wider culture, courageous witness and increasing martyrdom. It is long past dark in our culture, but in most...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-25-16, OM, St. Louis, St. Joseph Calasanz, Priest

    08/24/2016 8:49:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 08-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    August 25, 2016 Thursday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 1:1-9 Paul, called to be an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,and Sosthenes our brother,to the Church of God that is in Corinth,to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.Grace to you and peace from God our Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your accountfor the grace of God bestowed on you...
  • Trespassing charges dismissed for Lakewood Church hecklers; Osteen testified at trial

    08/24/2016 6:49:08 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Click 2 Houston ^ | June 22, 2016 | Phil Archer
    HOUSTON - The attorney representing several members of the controversial Church of Wells told Channel 2 Investigates charges are being dismissed against the two remaining members. Six men were charged with trespassing and disrupting services at Lakewood Church. On Wednesday, trespassing charges were dismissed against four members of the church and jury found them not guilty of disrupting a public meeting. At the time of that trial, Jacob Gardner and Richard Trudeau were in New York state attending another court hearing. Jon Stephenson, attorney for the two men, said he was informed Friday by the Harris County District Attorney's Office...
  • Southern Baptists See 9th Year of Membership Decline

    08/24/2016 5:52:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 6/8/16 | AP
    The denomination lost 200,000 members in 2015.The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2015— the ninth straight year of decline for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Membership stands at 15.3 million, down from 15.5 million in 2014, according to denomination statistics released on Tuesday. Baptisms also fell by more than 10,000 to just a little more than 295,000. Baptisms are an important measure for the Nashville-based denomination because of its strong commitment to evangelism. After the numbers were announced, some denominational leaders emphasized the positive news that the number of Southern Baptist churches increased last year by...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Reaction to My Ad Orientem Speech Was ‘Not Always Very Accurate’

    08/24/2016 5:44:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/24/16 | Staff Reporter
    The cardinal said that his comments about the liturgy at a conference in London last month were misinterpretedCardinal Robert Sarah has said that comments he made during a conference in London earlier this year were not always interpreted accurately. During his address to the clergy of the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on ‘Liturgical Life and the Priesthood’, the Vatican’s liturgy chief said: “Last month, in London, I gave a presentation ‘Towards an authentic implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium’..... This talk received a lot of attention — some of it not always very accurate!” During his address in July at the...
  • Leaked E-Mails Show George Soros Paid $650K to Influence Bishops During Pope’s US Visit

    08/24/2016 5:36:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/23/16 | John-Henry Westen
    August 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros - one of Hilary Clinton's top donors - paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to "shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign." The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with...
  • Ratzinger’s “Deep Communion and Friendship with Pope Francis”

    08/24/2016 5:30:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 8/24/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Pope Emeritus talks to Elio Guerriero: “What [Francis] says about being close to other people are not just words. He puts them into practice with me”. Razinger says the fact he did not feel up to the visit to Rio for WYD was a decisive factor in his resignation“Obedience to my successor has always been unquestionable. Then there is a sense of deep communion and friendship,” the Pope Emeritus said ahead of the publication of Peter Seewald’s book-length interview with Benedict XVI in a few days time. The conversations in this book, titled “Latest conversations”, took place after Benedict...
  • A Look at the Crisis of the Church in Germany

    08/24/2016 4:57:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/23/16 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Berlin, Germany, Aug 23, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The plummeting number of priestly vocations in the Catholic Church in Germany is raising questions about the roots of the problem, and whether the situation has been manufactured to promote non-priestly ministry. According to figures published by the German bishops' conference, never before have so few priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men became priests in the country in 2015. Within the last decade, the number of ordinations has dropped by half: In 2005, a total of 122 diocesan priests were ordained. And five...
  • “Reconciliation among China’s Catholics is close to Pope’s heart” [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:32:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    La Stampa ^ | August 24, 2016 | GIANNI VALENTE
    Communication between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China “continues with a spirit of goodwill on both parts” and aims to seek “realistic solutions for the good of everyone”. Watertight confirmation of the important step in the dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See is given by His Holiness’s Secretary of the State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, himself. In a wide-spanning interview with Stefania Falasca of Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire, the cardinal from Vicenza who is head of Vatican diplomacy, outlines the criteria and objectives of the Holy See in its present relations with representatives of the Chinese government....
  • More on the Marriage and Family Purge at the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:10:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 22, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    When Sister Lucia warned Cardinal Caffarra in the 1990s that “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family,” she did not reveal the particular reality unfolding now: a relentless drive by Church leaders to loosen the Church’s constant teaching on the impossibility of Holy Communion for public adulterers (the divorced and “remarried”) and cohabiters who refuse to abandon their illicit sexual relations, spearheaded by a Pope with a divorced and “remarried” sister and cohabiting nephew. The just-announced reorganization of the Vatican’s marriage and family departments, the subject of my last...
  • "Offering it up”: Is that still a thing? (Catholic Caucus)

    08/24/2016 3:52:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aletelial ^ | August 24. 2016 | Elizabeth Scalia
    We Catholics who grew up straddling the cusp of the conciliar divide may have a vague memory of the phrase “offer it up.” It was advice frequently given by the sisters who taught us our catechisms: “When you are in pain, when you are disappointed, when your feelings have been hurt, offer these things up to the Lord and ask him to use your suffering — that He join it to His own pain on the cross, for the good of others. Offer it as penance for your own sins, or the sins of those who cannot or will not...
  • Witch Who Smeared Church With Feces Commits Suicid

    08/24/2016 2:52:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 57 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | August 24, 2016 | Richard Ducayne
    BOWLING GREEN, MO (ChurchMilitant.com) - In early August, a self-proclaimed Wiccan Catholic smeared a local Bowling Green Catholic church with her own feces. On Monday, August 22, she was found dead in her apartment from an apparent suicide. The local coroner, Jim Turner, has withheld the details of 54-year-old Linda Howard's death, only saying it looked like a suicide and that he would release details at a later date. Howard, who vandalized St. Clement Catholic Church, told police she committed the act because she was angry with God. The parish priest, Fr. Bill Peckmen, posted a message on his Facebook...
  • Vortex: Agents of the Devil

    08/24/2016 11:05:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | 08-23-16 | Michael Voris
    Video and Transcript: The Church has reached the tipping point in America where there are more Vatican II Catholics than those born before Vatican II. And it is having a dramatic effect in the Church. The latest research shows that 64 percent — almost two out of every three American Catholics — was born just before the Second Vatican Council or after. The dividing line is the year 1961 (and happens to be my birth year). Two out of every three Catholics therefore have no living memory or experience of the Church how it was before the Council. My generation...
  • Pope Francis to Catholics: ‘Who are you to judge others?’

    08/24/2016 10:43:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 104 replies
    Religion News ^ | June 20, 2016 | Rosie Scammell
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Stop being judgmental hypocrites and take a look at yourself in the mirror — without covering up your wrinkles — Pope Francis advised Catholics in a sermon that reprised one of his favorite themes. In his last homily at morning Mass before taking a break for the summer, Francis on Monday (June 20) said those who constantly judge people should instead reflect on their own behavior. “Look in the mirror, but not to put on makeup to hide the wrinkles. No, no, no, that’s not the advice! Look in the mirror to look at yourself as you...
  • A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors

    08/24/2016 8:54:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Good Reminder from the Lord on Titles and Honors Msgr. Charles Pope • August 23, 2016 • Christ Showing A Little Child As The Emblem Of Heaven by Benjamin WestLast Saturday (20th Week of the Year) featured a Gospel in which the Lord cautions us on the use and collection of titles. Speaking of the religious authorities of His day, Jesus lamented,They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers....
  • There is no compromise in Jesus Kingdom[charismatic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 8:26:13 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    There is no compromise in My Kingdom for I AM THE WORD ETERNAL therefore I AM both Provider and the lover of your soul. I know the plans I have for you and there is no need for you to compromise with the evil one for he has already been judged by me as un-righteous therefore remain in My will and in My WORD for it is your rudder and key to open each door I have set before you and it is My Spirit that moves these doors as you declare My will in your life. So come and...
  • The Sealed Book...Revelation 4-7 pt 8

    And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. (Revelation 5:1-4)Revelation chapter Five is the continuation of...