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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-02-16

    07/01/2016 9:45:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 2, 2016 Saturday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 9:11-15 Thus says the LORD:On that day I will raise upthe fallen hut of David;I will wall up its breaches,raise up its ruins,and rebuild it as in the days of old,That they may conquer what is left of Edomand all the nations that shall bear my name,say I, the LORD, who will do this.Yes, days are coming,says the LORD,When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,and the vintager, him who sows the seed;The juice of grapes shall drip down the mountains,and all the hills shall run...
  • Communion For All, Even For Protestants

    07/01/2016 7:57:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Chisea ^ | July 1, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    In addition to the divorced and remarried, for Luther’s followers as well there are those who are giving the go-ahead for the Eucharist. Here is how “La Civiltŕ Cattolica” interprets the pope’s enigmatic words on intercommunion by Sandro Magister ROME, July 1, 2016 – In his way, after encouraging communion for the divorced and remarried, in that it “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak,” Pope Francis is now also encouraging Protestants and Catholics to receive communion together at their respective Masses. He is doing so, as always, in a discursive,...
  • Pope preparing for Protestants to receive Communion?

    07/01/2016 7:52:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 1, 2016
    Veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister argues that Pope Francis is preparing the way for Protestants and Catholics to share the Eucharist, in an essay for L'Espresso. Magister points to an article in La Civilta Cattolica, the influential Jesuit journal, that argues the Pope's advice to a Lutheran woman represented a change in papal teaching, similar to the change that Pope Francis introduced in Amoris Laetitia regarding the reception of the Eucharist by Catholics who are divorced and remarried. The Pope is not suggesting an outright change in Catholic doctrine, the Civilta Cattolica article contends, but is taking "small steps forward"...
  • If the Church apologizes to homosexuals, what comes next? [Catholic Caucus]

    07/01/2016 6:17:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 1, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Pope Francis says that the Church should apologize to homosexuals. But how should we go about it? The Holy Father made it clear, in that remarkable statement, that he thought individual Christians, not the universal Church, had mistreated homosexuals. Certainly I should apologize to anyone that I have offended. But I can’t apologize on behalf of others, especially if I am not aware of how they have given offense. What it is, exactly, for which apologies are due? Are we taking it for granted that on balance, Christians have done more harm than good for people with homosexual inclinations? Are...
  • As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. And, sometimes, demonic possession.

    07/01/2016 4:02:55 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2016 | Richard Gallagher
    How a scientist learned to work with exorcists. In the late 1980s, I was introduced to a self-styled Satanic high priestess. She called herself a witch and dressed the part, with flowing dark clothes and black eye shadow around to her temples. In our many discussions, she acknowledged worshipping Satan as his “queen.” I’m a man of science and a lover of history; after studying the classics at Princeton, I trained in psychiatry at Yale and in psychoanalysis at Columbia. That background is why a Catholic priest had asked my professional opinion, which I offered pro bono, about whether this...
  • On The Importance of Silence in the Liturgy

    07/01/2016 3:39:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | June 29, 2016 | CYNTHIA TRAINQUE
    Many Catholics rightly complain about the absence of silence in…the celebration of our Roman liturgy. It is…important, therefore, to recall the meaning of silence as a Christian ascetical value, and therefore as  a   necessary condition for  deep, contemplative  prayer, without forgetting the fact that times of silence are officially prescribed during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, so as to highlight the importance of silence for a high-quality liturgical renewal.–Cardinal Robert SarahIndeed. Catholics do “rightly complain” about the lack of silence at Mass because silence is both a form of prayer in itself and it is also the opening...
  • 10 Reasons Jesus Will Come Back In Our Lifetime

    07/01/2016 2:26:42 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 60 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 7/1/16 | Gary
    Previously we've discussed 20 specific signs that were foretold in the Bible indicating that Christ's coming is now imminent.  This new list is a little different - these are ten indicators that we have reached the upper limits of when Christ can return.  God is sovereign and we can merely speculate, but I believe there is sound reasoning behind each of these: 1. The culmination of signs From the return of the Jews to their God-given land beginning in the late 1800s, to the rebirth of Israel in 1948 and the recapturing of Jerusalem in 1967, the signs foretold in...
  • Statement of the Secretariat of the Holy Synod of Antioch (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    07/01/2016 1:16:07 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Holy Synod ^ | 06-27-2016 | Holy Synod of the Antiochian Orthodox Church
    Anthiochian Orthodox Patriarchate – June-July 2016At the end of the seventh extraordinary session which begun on May 25th 2016, the Holy Synod of Antioch convened on June 27, 2016 in Balamand. The Synod was presided by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, with the participation of the Bishops of the Holy See of Antioch,The fathers congratulated their children on the occasion of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the holy, glorious and all-praised leaders of the Apostles, and the founders of the Holy See of Antioch. This See is where the disciples were called Christians first, and where its children...
  • Benedict XVI ‘Will Destroy a Diary He Kept During His Papacy’

    07/01/2016 9:41:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/1/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope Emeritus reportedly admitted to the diary in a book-length interview to be published in SeptemberBenedict XVI kept a diary throughout his papacy but plans to destroy it, according to an Italian newspaper. The retired pope apparently admitted to the diary in a new book-length interview to be published in September. The historic book, called The Last Conversations, follows the format of previous book-length interviews Light of the World and Salt of the Earth and shares the same German author, Peter Seewald. The Corriere della Sera newspaper, which has acquired the rights to publish excerpts of the book in...
  • Christians in Antioch Celebrate Feast of Sts Peter and Paul Together in the "Cave Church of Peter"

    07/01/2016 9:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 6/27/16
    Antakia (Agenzia Fides) - This year in Antakya, Turkey, Catholics and Orthodox will celebrate together the feast of Saints Peter and Paul at the "Cave Church of Peter", the ancient cave church on Mt. Silpius, reopened to visitors in 2015, after a restoration that lasted many years. On the morning of June 29, in the presence of Bishop Paul Bizzeti SJ, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, and envoy of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, the Christians of the local community will animate a joint celebration with songs, prayers and readings from the New Testament. Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, Apostolic Nuncio...
  • Canadian Court Upholds Denial of Accreditation to Christian Law School

    07/01/2016 9:25:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Upholding a lower court ruling, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that the Law Society of Upper Canada was justified in denying accreditation to Trinity Western University, an evangelical school whose students are required to pledge to avoid sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman. Comparing the pledge to rules against interracial dating, the court ruled found the pledge “deeply discriminatory to the LGBTQ community” and ruled that “public interest in ensuring equal access to the profession justified a degree of interference with the appellants’ religious freedoms.”
  • In Memoirs, ex Pope Benedict Says Vatican 'Gay Lobby' Tried to Wield Power -Report

    07/01/2016 9:16:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/1/16 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY, July 1 (Reuters) - Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The book, called "The Last Conversations," is the first time in history that a former pope judges his own pontificate after it is over. It is due to be published on Sept. 9. Citing health reasons, Benedict in 2103 became the first pope in six centuries to resign. He promised to remain "hidden to the world" and has been living...
  • Injustice to the Poor and the Coming Judgment

    07/01/2016 7:52:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Injustice to the Poor and the Coming Judgment Msgr. Charles Pope • June 30, 2016 • As we continue to read from the Book of the Prophet Amos it becomes clear that a grave sin among the people of that age was injustice to the poor. Consider an excerpt from today’s passage (Friday of the 13th Week of the Year):Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end … [you] buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/1/16)[Prayer]

    07/01/2016 7:15:51 AM PDT · by left that other site · 7 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/1/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John The Gospels) (John 2) 2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing,...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (7/1/2016) [Prayer]

    06/30/2016 9:13:10 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 11 replies
    1 July 2016 | NEWwoman
    The Creation of the Declaration of Independence; Narration by Ronald Reagan Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV) ----
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-01-16, OM, St. Junipero Serra, Priest

    06/30/2016 8:41:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 1, 2016 Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 8:4-6, 9-12 Hear this, you who trample upon the needyand destroy the poor of the land!“When will the new moon be over,” you ask,“that we may sell our grain,and the sabbath, that we may display the wheat?”We will diminish the containers for measuring,add to the weights,and fix our scales for cheating!We will buy the lowly man for silver,and the poor man for a pair of sandals;even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!” On that day, says the Lord GOD,I will make the sun...
  • Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church works to recover from flood

    06/30/2016 7:36:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | June 30 2016 | Nicky Walters
    All week volunteers have been rolling up their sleeves and gutting a church that has been a place of comfort for generations. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Elkview, WV and their school Elk Valley Christian were filled with mud and water. Lee Swor has been the pastor for 30 years. He said the outpouring of help has been an inspiration.
  • “Who are we to judge?” Why this time is different. [Catholic Caucus]

    06/30/2016 6:40:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    non veni pacem ^ | Jun 30, 2016 | non veni pacem
    This is another game changer. HERE “The problem is a person that has a condition, that has good will and who seeks God, who are we to judge? And we must accompany them well…this is what the catechism says, a clear catechism.” Sounds a lot like three years ago, when Francis put an abrupt end to the +Ricca affair: “A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will – well, who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be...
  • Chinese Catholics puzzled by Bishop Ma's reversal, leery of Vatican stand

    06/30/2016 6:29:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 30, 2016
    Chinese Catholics continue to question the reversal of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai, who has indicated his support for the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association, after serving four years of house arrest for publically renouncing his membership in the same group. Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired Bishop of Hong Kong, has questioned whether Bishop Ma's reversal can be taken seriously. Other Chinese Church officials have said that he made his new statement under pressure. Father Gianni Criveller of the Pontifical Missions observes: "I believe that the question of whether Bishop Ma has written the article or not is misleading, because...
  • America's Rejection of Almighty God and Our Founding Fathers

    06/30/2016 6:19:25 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 22 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/1/16
    If this 4th of July George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Rush and the rest of our Founding Fathers were to come back from the grave and testified against America for her national departure from our founding, the majority of American’s would NOT hear them and would fully reject them. I truly believe Americans would be fully enraged by their words of condemnation and rebuke and seek to destroy and slander them 24/7 on all the media news outlets and then have them stoned. We as a nation are too far gone morally to restore this nation and the majority of...
  • The Gelding of America...a Fourth of July Lament

    06/30/2016 5:37:20 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 16 replies
    06-29-16 | Bill Randles
    Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city. They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers’ bosom.(Lamentations 2:11-12)The United States of America has long considered herself “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, for she has an incredibly honorable martial history, and...
  • No Exit (from Islam) [the chief catalyst for Brexit is Muslim immigration]

    06/30/2016 2:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 29, 2016 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    The world is abuzz with talk of Brexit—the British vote to leave the European Union. Britain’s reclamation of its independence is now prompting talk that other nations might exit the EU—the Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, Italy, and a dozen more. Over on this side of the Atlantic, the Brexit initiative has renewed discussion about the U.S. exiting the UN.What you won’t hear about is any discussion of Exslam—exiting Islam. No one seems to want to suggest that it might be a good idea for Muslims to consider leaving Islam. That’s curious because Islam figures prominently in the Brexit decision. It’s...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    06/30/2016 8:53:54 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 8 replies
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  • Resurrection power[Charismatic Caucus]

    06/30/2016 8:05:26 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Resurrection power is yours for I have already apportioned it in you the day you received My Spirit ! So go do and declare The Day of The Lord for truly where you are I AM. Galatians 2:19-21 19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me....
  • Peter in Jail - Five Facts of Faith We Learn from His Story

    06/30/2016 6:35:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Peter in Jail - Five Facts of Faith We Learn from His Story Msgr. Charles Pope • June 29, 2016 • Today’s Feast of Saints Peter and Paul honors two pillars of the early Church. While all the Apostles form the foundation, Peter and Paul stand out profoundly in terms of their influence and their work. And while some suggest a division between them, the Church insists that they must been seen together; hence their feast is set forth in this way.Indeed, those who see division between them base it on only one text (Galatians 2:11), in which St....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(6/30/16)[Prayer]

    06/30/2016 5:57:44 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 6/30/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John The Gospels) (John 1) 35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” 39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was...
  • Pakistani Muslim Clerics Allow Transgender Marriage

    06/29/2016 10:01:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Rodney Pelletier
    LAHORE, Pakistan (ChurchMilitant.com) - A group of Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a religious decree on Sunday declaring that transgender people can marry. So-called transgenderism exists in the majority-Muslim country and is more widespread than Westerners might expect. In 2009, Pakistan added "third gender" to national identity cards, allowing them to vote in 2011, and in 2012 allowed them the ability to inherit property and assets. According to a 2009 census, up to 300,000 Pakistanis identified themselves as transgender. The religious decree — known as "fatwa" — declares, "The hijras are human beings and they have rights given by Islam....
  • Trump Gains with ‘Highly Religious’ White Protestant Republicans

    06/29/2016 9:11:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KTIC-AM/FM ^ | June 29, 2016 | ABC News Radio
    Donald Trump has maintained and even increased his favorability numbers among white Protestant Republican voters in the past few weeks, a recent Gallup poll shows. The numbers stand in stark contrast to the latest ABC News-Washington Post poll showing his loss of support in the past few weeks among several other key voting blocs, including Hispanics and African-Americans. The Gallup poll found that Trump’s favorability among “highly religious” white Protestant Republicans increased to 66 percent this month from 57 percent in the window between February and the end of May. The 9-point gain is reflective of attitudes among evangelical Republicans,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-30-16, OM, First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

    06/29/2016 8:57:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 30, 2016 Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Am 7:10-17 Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam,king of Israel:“Amos has conspired against you here within Israel;the country cannot endure all his words.For this is what Amos says:Jeroboam shall die by the sword,and Israel shall surely be exiled from its land.” To Amos, Amaziah said:“Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah!There earn your bread by prophesying,but never again prophesy in Bethel;for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.”Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet,nor have I belonged to...
  • EWTN Panel: Pope’s Comments on Marriage “Unacceptable”, “Reckless”

    06/29/2016 7:38:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 29, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    On the June 23rd episode of The World Over With Raymond Arroyo, we witnessed one of the best (if not the best) discussions of papal impropriety in mainstream Catholic news. Again and again, Arroyo shows us that he gets it. And his guests (even with Robert Royal’s tendency to softpedal things) are right there with him. If the video doesn’t take you there directly, go to 27:46. Even if you’re not a regular viewer of the show (or not a fan) this is definitely worth your time:
  • Who smiles like this near the moment of death?

    06/29/2016 7:08:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    altetia.org ^ | June 25, 2016
    Death is a tragedy for mortal man, and yet with faith in eternity and anticipation of the embrace of our heavenly Father, death becomes radiant. We share today the news of the death of Sister Cecilia, a Carmelite of Santa Fe in Argentina, who suffered from lung cancer. She astonished those who surrounded her in her agony, [smiling as she approached her culmination.] The Carmel of Santa Fe announced the death of Sister Cecilia to their brothers and sisters and friends of the Carmel, with a brief but profound note. Dear brothers, sisters and friends: Jesus! Just a few lines...
  • Brexit? Old Testament Salvation? Evidence of ETs? QA 29 June 2016 (video)

    06/29/2016 5:26:18 PM PDT · by Lera · 16 replies
    Koinonia House ^ | Jun 29, 2016 | Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen
    This week, Chuck and Ron discuss some more of your questions. If you would like to skip to a particular question, please use the times below: 04:30 - 7 Lampstands = the Church? 07:46 - What about the “New Jerusalem?” 14:17 - Brexit? 27:21 - Evidence of ETs? 35:45 - Anointing with Oil? 36:05 - Kingdom of Heaven? 42:45 - Where did Cain get his Wife? 46:15 - Gender of Angels? 47:31 - Love Vs. Fear? 49:20 - Source of Old Testament Salvation? 54:14 - Abandonment Wrath?
  • Is This Cave in Turkey the Place Where Saint Peter Celebrated Mass?

    06/29/2016 4:03:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 22, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Chapter 11 of the Acts of the Apostles says that Antioch was the city in which, for the first time, the disciples of Jesus were called “Christians.” Tradition has enthroned Peter as the founder of the Church of Antioch, following the narration of the very same Book of Acts, which tells not only of the arrival of Peter and Barnabas to the Turkish city, but also of their preaching.Moreover, this very same tradition claims that it was in the Knisset Mar Semaan Kefa (“Grotto of St. Peter” in Aramaic) where Peter would celebrate the Eucharist for this community. That is to...
  • 3 saints who probably had learning disabilities (Catholic Caucus)

    06/29/2016 3:43:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 28, 2016 | Philip Kosloski
    In her book, The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run, on the life of Fr. Stanley Rother, America’s first declared martyr, María Ruiz Scaperlanda details how poor scholarship, possibly stemming from a learning disability, almost derailed Rother’s ordination. Recently Aleteia featured a prayer for struggling students to Saint Joseph Cupertino, another famously weak theologian, and it got us thinking about how God uses the sublimely brilliant, like Aquinas and Augustine, as well as everyday folks who do not feel called to be scholars, for his divine purposes.For instance, look at these three saints who failed numerous academic examinations, but continue to...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation(6/29/16)[Prayer]

    06/29/2016 2:52:48 PM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 6/29/16 | left that other site
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Stand Firm Psalm 116:5-6  “The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.  The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.”
  • The Final Form of The Roman Empire...Europe pt 6

    And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly...
  • Bishop Fellay: SSPX ‘Does Not Seek Primarily a Canonical Recognition’

    06/29/2016 2:05:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The superior general of the Society of St. Pius X said in a June 29 statement that the Society “does not seek primarily a canonical recognition.” “In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay. The prelate’s new statement comes one month after he expressed optimism about an accord between the Vatican and the Society, which was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre....
  • Brussels Archbishop Deals Potentially Fatal Blow to Rising Vocation Numbers

    06/29/2016 1:58:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/28/16 | Jan Bentz
    BRUSSELS, June 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Primate of Belgium, who has been in office less than a year, has closed down, for dubious reasons, a priestly fraternity that had been blessed with many vocations. At the end of last year, Jozef De Kesel was named the archbishop of Belgium's main See, Mechelen-Brussels, the successor of the traditionally-minded Archbishop André Léonard. While his predecessor was outspoken concerning pro-life issues and attacks on human sexuality, De Kesel promotes a church "not closed within herself" and that gives "reverence to homosexual people." Now De Kesel has taken yet another step towards the...
  • Supreme Court Justice Alito: 'Those Who Value Religious Freedom Have Cause for Great Concern'

    06/29/2016 1:50:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6/29/16 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a case challenging a Washington state law that forces a family-owned pharmacy to dispense emergency contraceptives is an “ominous sign” for those who value religious freedom, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said. “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern,” Alito said Tuesday in a critical dissent. Alito was joined in his dissent by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas, falling one justice short of the four needed for the...
  • Breakaway Catholic group accuses pope of spreading errors [SSPX]

    06/29/2016 11:02:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2016 1:27 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield
    A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group accused Pope Francis on Wednesday of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining a chorus of conservative criticism over his perceived lax doctrine and emphasis on mercy at the expense of morals. A statement from the schismatic Society of St. Pius X suggested that a new attempt at reconciliation with Rome had stalled, or that the society itself was divided over next steps and decided at least to take a hard line against Francis. The statement, issued after a meeting of the society’s superiors, said its members weren’t primarily looking for a legal resolution...
  • Who May Speak, After Orlando?

    06/29/2016 9:37:44 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 23 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 6/28/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Who has a right to speak out about homosexuality after the Orlando Gay Bar massacre, and what should be said? It is tempting for Christians who hold to the biblical condemnation of homosexuality to go silent, but is that right? One group that does not hesitate is ISIS, which from the beginning has openly claimed responsibility, describing the gunman as one of its heroic fighters. Various Islamic spokesmen, like Fahad Qureshi, admitted in 2013 that the desire to see homosexuals killed was a belief held even by “moderate” Muslims. Just weeks before Orlando, Muslim cleric Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, during a...
  • African cardinal rebukes Cardinal Marx’s call for apology to homosexuals

    06/29/2016 8:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 28, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    In a pithy tweet on Saturday, a prominent South African cardinal rebuked German Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s claim that the Church should “apologize” to homosexuals. “God help us! Next we’ll have to apologise for teaching that adultery is a sin! Political Correctness (PC) is today’s major heresy!” Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier tweeted. Napier posted his tweet in response to African pro-life and pro-family activist Obianuju Ekeocha, the founder of Culture of Life Africa, who tweeted an Irish Times article about Marx’s comments. Marx, the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, said that up until “very recently” the Catholic Church had been “very...
  • A Warning from Amos - What Do We Face?

    06/29/2016 6:32:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-28-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Warning from Amos - What Do We Face? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 28, 2016 • Though he lived in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, the prophet Amos was sent north by God to preach to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Perhaps no other prophet was as searing in his condemnation and as demanding in his call as was Amos. His prophecies of doom largely came true in the form of a huge earthquake that struck the region in 760 B.C. (two years after his death) and forty years later in the utter conquest and destruction of Israel...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(6/29/16)[Prayer]

    06/29/2016 6:23:09 AM PDT · by left that other site · 14 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 6/29/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John The Gospels) (John 1) 19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders[c] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 John replied...
  • Mainline Christian Denomination Praying to Allah?

    06/29/2016 6:04:50 AM PDT · by Lera · 126 replies
    CBN ^ | 6/28/16
    The Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week. "Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path - the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad." These were the words that rang out over the congregation at The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA meeting in Portland, Oregon. Wajidi Said, co-founder of the Muslim Education Trust, led the attendees in the prayer to the Islamic deity - a move arranged by the Ecumenical and Interfaith...
  • Enjoying Friendship with God

    06/29/2016 6:01:59 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,' and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone" (James 2:21-24). You are a friend of God if you love Him and obey His Word. Can you imagine life without friends—those...
  • Integrity Draws Men to God

    06/29/2016 6:01:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language who were living in all the land: ‘May your peace abound! I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel; for He is the living God and enduring forever, and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, and His dominion will be forever. He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions’” (Daniel...
  • Poland’s history is a story of resilient Catholic faith

    06/29/2016 2:06:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Catholic world report ^ | 28 June 2016 | Filip Mazurczak
    With World Youth Day in Krakow just around the corner—a look at how the Catholic Church guarded Polish identity and culture throughout the centuries.This year is doubly important for the Catholic Church in Poland. In addition to hosting this year’s World Youth Day, Poland also celebrates the 1,050th anniversary of its Christian heritage in 2016. Since 966, Poland has often been Antemurale Christianitatis, the bulwark of Christianity against invasion, and has time and again defended our civilization. Now is the perfect opportunity to revisit the always dramatic, constantly inspiring, and often tragic history of the faith in this land that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-29-16, SOL, Sts. Peter and Paul

    06/28/2016 10:20:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    June 29, 2016 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul - Mass during the Day Reading 1 Acts 12:1-11 In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.He had James, the brother of John, killed by the sword,and when he saw that this was pleasing to the Jewshe proceeded to arrest Peter also.–It was the feast of Unleavened Bread.–He had him taken into custody and put in prisonunder the guard of four squads of four soldiers each.He intended to bring him before the people after Passover.Peter thus was being kept in prison,but prayer...
  • Who May Speak, After Orlando?

    06/28/2016 2:49:28 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 10 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 06/28/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Who May Speak, after Orlando? Who has a right to speak out about homosexuality after the Orlando Gay Bar massacre, and what should be said? It is tempting for Christians who hold to the biblical condemnation of homosexuality to go silent, but is that right? One group that does not hesitate is ISIS, which from the beginning has openly claimed responsibility, describing the gunman as one of its heroic fighters. Various Islamic spokesmen, like Fahad Qureshi, admitted in 2013 that the desire to see homosexuals killed was a belief held even by “moderate” Muslims. Just weeks before Orlando, Muslim cleric...