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  • Polish Prelate Posts Summaries of Synod Talks, in Apparent Violation of Procedures

    10/08/2015 9:02:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The web site of the president of the Polish Episcopal Conference has published, in Polish and in French, summaries of short speeches delivered by 42 prelates at the Synod of Bishops on October 5. The report on the prelates’ speeches appears to violate the rules established for this year’s Synod. In a break from past procedures, the Vatican has not released reports on the Synod interventions, although individual bishops have been free to make public their own talks. The summaries of the speeches, whose length was limited to three minutes, came as a journalist expressed his concern at the October...
  • How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

    10/08/2015 8:02:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How the Rosary Led Me to Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • October 7, 2015 • 8 Comments As a young child I was very close to God. I spoke to Him in a very natural way and He spoke plainly to me. Although I have very few memories of my early childhood, I vividly remember how close I was to God. When early puberty approached, though, I began to slip away, drifting into the rebellious and angry years of my teens. As the flesh came more alive, my spirit submerged.The culture of the time didn’t help, either. It was the...
  • The Hope of Christ’s Resurrection (Protestant/Evangelical/Lutheran Devotional&Caucus)

    10/08/2015 7:51:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v. 20). - 1 Corinthians 15:3–34 As we continue our look at the hope of life after death in relation to suffering, it is important to note that we can have hope in our suffering only if there is an afterlife—a place where all that is wrong with this world will be set right. Much of the suffering that we endure is unjust. People slander us, besmirching our good names without just cause. Others are jealous of us and thus act with...
  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB has become "THE STORY" to the disgrace of Federico Lombardi and...

    10/08/2015 5:39:19 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 10/7/15 | Vox Cantoris
    "Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB has become "THE STORY" to the disgrace of Federico Lombardi and Pope Francis himself!" Father Thomas J. Rosica, the Vatican's English-language spokesman for the Synod, has committed the greatest error of any media spokesman or communications expert -- becoming the actual story. Consider this screenshot from PewSitter.Com taken at 11:00PM, EDT on October 7. Read those headlines - four specific articles about Father Thomas Rosica and what he has said and not said. One, is a republishing by LifeSiteNews of his interview with the heretic, defrocked priest, Vatican II expert and same-sex so-called marriage supporter...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/8/15)[Prayer]

    10/08/2015 4:58:19 AM PDT · by left that other site · 4 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/8/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John the Baptist 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not...

    10/08/2015 4:56:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 6, 2015 | CARA GIAIMO
    A detail on Pope Gregory XIII's tomb, carved by Camillo Rusconi, shows the Pope being presented with a plan for what would become the Gregorian Calendar. (Image: Terfili/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)The Pope tends to be a powerful guy. He can start global conversations, rock all kinds of colors, and sometimes perform miracles.But only once in history has a pope made time literally disappear.In 1582, thanks to then-Pope Gregory XIII, October 6th—along with the 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th—simply didn't exist. Ten days, gone.Why? Because of that perpetual thorn in Christianity's side: the Sun. In the 16th century, much...
  • Nicholas II's Doctor, Servants May be Canonized

    10/08/2015 4:13:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/8/15
    Moscow, October 8, Interfax - The Russian Church may canonize the doctor of Russia's last emperor Nicholas II Yevgeny Botkin and his three servants. A proposal to this effect was made by the Yekaterinburg diocese. The issue is expected to be discussed at a meeting of the Holy Synod, Archpriest Alexy Kulberg, first aide to Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kiril, told Interfax-Religion. "We have no information that the life of these four loyal servants of the tsar was sinful and that they did anything in the course of their lives that would tarnish them as Christians. Enough materials have...
  • Sikhs set up food distribution in IS territory to feed Yazidis

    10/07/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by Cronos · 15 replies
    Times of India ^ | 7 October 2015 | Vibhor Mohan
    Large-hearted Sikhs have taken their traditional community kitchen to one of the most dangerous places on earth today - Syria. Giving a twist to the concept of langar, a group of Punjabi NRIs has collaborated with locals to provide fresh bread to nearly 14,000 refugees daily in the strife-torn region for several months now. Langar Aid, an extension of UK-based NGO Khalsa Aid, is located in the Pesh Harbour area, about 35km from the Kurdish city of Duhok and 10km from the Syrian border. Almost 70% of the members of Langar Aid are with Punjabi roots, besides some European...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-08-15, OM, Our Lady of Good Remedy

    10/07/2015 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 10-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 8, 2015   Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mal 3:13-20b You have defied me in word, says the LORD,yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”You have said, “It is vain to serve God,and what do we profit by keeping his command,And going about in penitential dressin awe of the LORD of hosts?Rather must we call the proud blessed;for indeed evildoers prosper,and even tempt God with impunity.”Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another,and the LORD listened attentively;And a record book was written before himof those who fear the LORD...
  • Towards a new prayer book

    10/07/2015 6:49:50 PM PDT · by NRx · 16 replies
    Episcopal Cafe ^ | 10-06-2015 | Rosalind Hughes
    The Church Divinity School of the Pacific offers a forum on “Imagining a new prayer book” as part of its Alumni Convocation Symposium, October 8, from 3-5 p.m., local time. The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, presenter, is the current dean of academic affairs, and a long-time teacher of liturgy and liturgics. She served on the Standing Commission for Liturgy and Music from 2008 – 2015, and as chair from 2009 – 2015.The seminary website describes the event:  The 2015 General Convention called for a plan for revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer that will “utilize the riches of...
  • Synod Showdown Report—October 7, 2015

    10/07/2015 6:43:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/7/15 | Michael Voris
    Very interesting information coming out of today's press briefing, and it all surrounds the use of language, both the Italian language and the language of what words mean. The first question that came up in the press briefing today was really about the use of Italian as the language for the Church in all of these official documents. Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput was there, and he said, "I'm at a bit of a handicap here because the document that we're working from is English, but it's not really official, and the one that we are supposed to be working off...
  • News of Homosexual Priest Surprises, Angers Catholics in His Polish Homeland

    10/07/2015 6:27:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/7/15 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Fr. Krzystof Charamsa's back story includes a running battle with the popular Fr. Dariusz Oko, a professor of theology at Krakow’s Pontifical University of Saint John Paul II On Saturday, October 3, curial official Father Krzystof Charamsa, 43, gave a press conference to the Italian media to celebrate his homosexuality and to introduce his lover Eduardo. The “coming out party” was staged on the eve of the Synod on the Family, thus attracting international attention. Fr. Charamsa was promptly dismissed from his posts. A priest of the Polish diocese of Pelplin, Fr. Charamsa has spent the past 17 years in...
  • Archbishops Chaput and Kurtz Named Relators of Synod Small Groups

    10/07/2015 4:34:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/7/15 | Edward Pentin
    (snip)At today’s press briefing, the Holy See Press Office announced that the synod fathers had elected moderators and relators for the 13 small groups of the synod, all determined by language. English-language moderators include Australian Cardinal George Pell and Canadian Cardinal Thomas Collins, while relators include Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Some moderators for the other language groups include Cardinal Sarah of Guinea, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, head of the Italian bishops’ conference, and Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, primate of Canada. The moderators conduct the discussions, keeping them focused and...
  • Remembering Lepanto —and How Far the Barque of Peter Has Drifted

    10/07/2015 3:17:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/7/15 | Nicholas Frankovich
    On this date 444 years ago, the Holy League defeated the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto, a Greek town in the Gulf of Corinth, halting the Muslim incursion into Christian Europe from the eastern Mediterranean, at least for a while. The defeat of the Ottomans by the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Vienna in 1683 put a full stop to that sentence about Muslim designs on that region of Christendom. But the paragraph continues. Europeans today, with no Holy League or Holy Roman Empire or any secular equivalent to defend them, watch in consternation as the...
  • Marriage as a witness to hope [+Chaput's Synod Intervention]

    10/07/2015 2:14:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | 10/7/15 | Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap
    Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the following speech, termed an intervention, Oct. 7 in Rome at the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Pope Francis is leading selected bishops from around the world this month to discuss pastoral issues concerning marriage and family.***Brothers,The Instrumentum seemed to present us with two conflicting views: pastoral despair or a decision to hope. When Jesus experienced the pastoral despair of his Apostles, he reminded them that for man a thing may seem impossible, but for God all things are possible.In mastering nature for the purpose of human development, we human beings have wounded our oceans...
  • Is Catholicism about to break into three?

    10/07/2015 2:02:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Crux ^ | October 6, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    In a recent letter to The New York Times, Marquette theologian Daniel Maguire suggested that the Catholic Church was headed toward a three-way schism.Writing about Pope Francis’ reforms to the annulment process, Maguire predicted: Catholicism is going the way of its parent, Judaism. In Judaism there are Reform as well as Conservative and Orthodox communities. This arrangement is not yet formalized in Catholicism, but the outlines of a similar broadening are in place …. While conservative and orthodox Catholics welcome this annulment concession by the Vatican, reform Catholics don’t need it. Their consciences are their Vatican. Reform Catholics, whose numbers are swelling,...
  • Fr. Rosica’s Bias: Are We Getting The Whole Synod Story?

    10/07/2015 1:57:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 10/7/15 | Steve Skojec
    What’s really going on inside the Synod? That’s the question many are trying to answer, including those journalists tasked with covering the proceedings. Despite revised procedures that were designed to give the appearance of transparency, the inner workings of the Synod are being obscured by a filter of “language attachés,” whose job it is to tell the media from various countries their version of what’s happening inside.Vatican spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica is the official point-man in relating what’s transpiring behind closed doors to English-speaking audiences. Considering the significance of his role, it is relevant to relate what we know about...
  • No Movement on Abp. Sheen Cause

    10/07/2015 1:55:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/7/15 | Joseph Pelletier
    The cause for sainthood for Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen has made no progress, according to the vice postulator of the process. Father Andrew Apostoli, a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, stated in an interview Sunday, in reference to Abp. Sheen's cause for canonization: "No, there are no signs of movement at all." However, Fr. Apostoli seemed confident that the process would move forward eventually, saying that "[Sheen] will be canonized" and that it was a matter of "how and when." Fulton J. Sheen is world-renowned as a pioneer in radio and television, twice winning an...

    10/07/2015 1:27:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 7, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    The Ordinary Synod on the Family moved much closer yesterday to a repudiation of the teachings of the Catholic Church on human sexuality. The hopes of faithful Catholics were raised on Monday by the reassertions of Catholic orthodoxy made in the relazione introduttiva of the General Relator of the Synod, Péter Cardinal Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest. Yesterday Erdő’s report and position were seriously undermined after an intervention of Pope Francis indicated to the synod fathers that the question of Holy Communion for the “divorced and remarried” was still open. Cardinal Erdő was also undermined by remarks made by synod fathers...
  • Letters from the Synod: October 7, 2015 (from various observers)

    10/07/2015 1:24:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 7, 2015
    FAULT LINES As has been noted in this space before, it’s virtually impossible to have a serious discussion when the basic materials allowed into the conversation are three-minute sound-bites. Nonetheless, that is the modus operandi the Synod general secretariat has devised for the Synod-2015’s general assemblies: three-minute speeches, with no follow-up questions, discussion, or debate.There is more openness and exchange in the Synod’s language-based discussion groups – the circuli minores, “or small circles” (memorably and mischievously mistranslated by the late Fr Richard John Neuhaus in Appointment in Rome as the “minor circuses”) – and in the hour of free discussion in...
  • LGBT Pre-Synod conference gets strong Episcopal backing

    10/07/2015 1:18:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 7. 2015 | Emmanuele Barbieri
    Around a hundred people gathered at the Pilgrim Centre “Santa Teresa Couderc” in Rome, for the international conference entitled Ways of Love: Snapshots of Catholic Encounters With LGBT People and Their Families, sponsored by the “Global Network of Rainbow Catholics”, a worldwide network of organisations that, in the name of “social justice”, demand inclusion and dignity for LGBT people and their families within the Catholic Church and society in general. The meeting was attended by Catholic pastoral leaders from around the world, who came together to share, through their stories, their pastoral approach and work in favour of LGBT people...
  • The Prerequisite for Cleansing (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/07/2015 12:36:45 PM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Continuous confession characterizes Christians. Yesterday we learned that the only condition for receiving God’s gracious forgiveness is to “walk in the light”—in other words, to be a true Christian (1 John 1:7). At first glance, today’s verse appears to contradict that truth by adding a condition—namely, confession of sin. Such is not the case, however. First John 1:9 could be translated, “If we are the ones confessing our sins, He is forgiving us.” This verse...
  • Enjoying God's Blessings (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/07/2015 12:33:54 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are those who hear the word of God, and observe it" (Luke 11:28). Obeying Scripture brings spiritual blessing. When Scripture speaks of a person's being blessed, it usually refers to the reception of some temporal or spiritual benefit. It also includes the joy and sense of well-being that comes with knowing that God is at work on your behalf. The psalmist wrote, "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of...
  • Questions Raised Again About Official Synod Briefings

    10/07/2015 12:04:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register | October 7, 2015 | Edward Pentin
    At a Vatican press conference on the synod yesterday, language attachés for the meeting highlighted a number of subjects that appeared to take precedent in the opening debates. To take the English language attaché, Father Thomas Rosica, as an example, he placed a special emphasis on the need to end “exclusionary language” saying a synod father, (or was it synod fathers?) said the Church should “embrace reality as it is and not be afraid of new and complex situations.” Father Rosica was particularly focused on “homosexuals or gay persons,” saying “we don’t pity gay persons, but we recognize them for...

    10/07/2015 9:40:43 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    bible ^ | 10-7-15 | bible
    My gold and silver represent Me, It really is not hard to see, Just lock your attention into my mind(Mind of Christ), For it is only here that you shall find, The Gold of The Father is His Glory , And the Silver My Righteousness when you believe in Me! For truly it is purchased when you spend your time, With The Father and The Son that you enter into the Divine! Then Holy Virtue is yours for you have been set free, By The Blood of The Lamb and the WORD of My Testimony, So come to The Father...
  • Discerning a Vocation to a Trappist Monastery

    I am an Indian Catholic of Portuguese Descent. I am originally from Goa, India but I have lived all my life in Mumbai- formerly known as Bombay. I am 44 years old going on 45. I am interested in joining an English Speaking Trappist Monastery somewhere in the West as there are none in India. I still live in Mumbai. I am writing about Trappist Monasteries and about the Trappist Vocation as not much is known about them in the West as well as in the East. The Trappist Vocation : Trappists are Catholic - Christian Monks who live a...
  • Synod 2015: Serenity abounds

    10/07/2015 8:51:05 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 10/7/15 | Louie Verrecchio
    Conservative cheers resonated throughout much of Catholic social media when it was reported that on day one of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Péter Erdő, with Pope Francis seated directly by his side, delivered an address that forcefully reaffirmed traditional Church doctrine and discipline relative to the civilly divorced and remarried and those in homosexual relationships. Spurring on the applause is the fact that the cardinal’s intentions seemed rather obvious; namely, to preemptively discredit the arguments that are expected to be made by those who favor the controversial proposals put forth by Cardinal Walter Kasper. More provocative still is that...
  • SHOCKING IMAGE FINALLY APPEARS: When the Pope met the "transexual" woman and her "fiancée"

    10/07/2015 8:43:57 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 40 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/6/15 | New Catholic
    We were the first to break the news in English at the time: the Pope granted a hidden audience to a same-sex couple (that is, two homosexual women) constituted of a transexual woman (who, after much transformation and hormones, uses the alias "Diego", and who complained of not being welcomed in her parish) and her "fiancée"...
  • Our Heavenly Home (Protestant & Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    10/07/2015 8:00:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (vv. 2–3). - John 14:1–4 As we have seen, Scripture tells us that there are only two ways to die. If we die in our sins, that is, without faith, we will be sent to the eternal suffering of the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11–15). If,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    10/07/2015 7:47:32 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 9 replies
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  • “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance

    10/07/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance Msgr. Charles Pope • October 6, 2015 • One of the questionable, and unfortunately common, forms of moral reasoning today is the rather narcissistic notion that God wants each of us to be happy. Sometimes it is put in the form of a rhetorical question: God wants me to be happy, doesn’t He?And this sort of reasoning (if you want to call it that) is used to justify just about anything. Thus, in pondering divorce, a spouse might point to his or her misery and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/7/15)[Prayer]

    10/07/2015 6:01:32 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/7/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John the Baptist 3 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord,     make straight paths for him.’”[a] 4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-07-15, M, Our Lady of the Rosary

    10/06/2015 8:24:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 7, 2015   Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Reading 1 Jon 4:1-11 Jonah was greatly displeasedand became angry that God did not carry out the evilhe threatened against Nineveh.He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD,is not this what I said while I was still in my own country?This is why I fled at first to Tarshish.I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God,slow to anger, rich in clemency, loathe to punish.And now, LORD, please take my life from me;for it is better for me to die than to live.”But the LORD asked, “Have you reason...
  • Kim Davis Blowback: Left Calls for Vatican Ambassador’s Head

    10/06/2015 7:39:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/5/15 | Austin Ruse
    The sexual left wants someone’s head, now that it’s compelled the Vatican to backtrack on support for Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis.Liberals are now campaigning for Pope Francis to fire Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who serves in the influential post of Papal Nuncio to the United States, one of the Church’s most important diplomatic postings. Vigano is credited with setting up the now controversial meeting between the Pope and Kentucky Council clerk Kim Davis that was immediately denounced by advocates for gay marriage. One of the groups calling for his head includes the George Soros-funded “Faithful America” that is running...
  • Synod Showdown Report—October 6, 2015

    10/06/2015 6:49:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/6/15 | Michael Voris
    There were a few fireworks at the very end of today's press briefing that took place after the morning sessions. It's clear what's going on here is that there are an awful lot of bishops sitting in the Synod who are not really expressing theological thoughts about some of these issues. Obviously some of them are, but some of them are getting their theology mixed up. And in one particular episode right at the very end of the press conference, one last question came up from the press gallery, and on stage was the archbishop of Gatineau, Quebec, Paul-André Durocher,...
  • 6 Oct – Synod notes

    10/06/2015 6:07:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 10/6/15 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    A couple interesting points:Yesterday, at the opening of the Synod, the General Relator (“president”) of the gathering, Hungarian Peter Card. Erdö of Esztergom-Budapest gave a speech (English HERE) to put the participants on their course for the gathering. He effectively defended the Church’s teachings and said that Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and issues of homosexual sex were off the table.The speech was a good one. A good sign that it was a good speech was the displeasure of the German Reinhard Card. Marx of Munich and Freising, President of the German Bishops’ Conference. When the German’s are...
  • Synod Day 2: At Tuesday’s Synod briefing, Catholic doctrine was apparently an ‘open question’

    10/06/2015 6:02:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Life Site News | October 6, 2015 | Patrick B. Craine
    If the biggest news out of day one at the Synod on Monday was the clear call to uphold Catholic teaching in the opening report by a leading Synod organizer, Cardinal Peter Erdo, the biggest news of day two may be the evident push-back against him. While Erdo strongly opposed Kasper’s Communion proposal, among other favored causes of the liberal faction, both of the Synod fathers at Tuesday’s Vatican press briefing – Cardinal Claudio Maria Celli and Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher – indicated in one way or another that allowing Communion for Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried is...
  • Church should shun derogatory words on gays, Vatican synod told

    10/06/2015 5:15:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/6/15 | Philip Pullella
    Catholics should stop using condescending language such as "pity" toward homosexuals and find ways to welcome them as sons and daughters of the Church, bishops have told a major gathering on the family. The comments supporting more inclusive language for homosexuals in the Church were made in the first two rounds of interventions at the closed-door gathering, known as a synod, Vatican officials told a news conference on Tuesday. The calls by over half a dozen bishops for more inclusive language on homosexuals stood out because conservative clerics made sure an interim report at a preliminary meeting last year deleted...
  • Marie Collins, member of pope’s sexual abuse panel, criticizes his response to Chile scandal

    10/06/2015 4:40:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/5/15 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Perhaps the best-known sexual abuse survivor on a panel created by Pope Francis to lead the Church on a path of reform has criticized the pontiff’s comments on an abuse case in Chile, saying she is “discouraged and saddened” by his response.Irish laywoman Marie Collins made the comments via Twitter, in reaction to news of a five-month-old video made public Friday that shows the pontiff brushing off criticism of his appointment of a bishop in Chile accused of covering up allegations against his country’s most notorious abuser priest.“Don’t be led around by the nose by these leftists who are the...
  • Archdiocese Removes Popular Suburban Priest for 'Inappropriate Relationship'

    10/06/2015 4:33:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    WMAQ ^ | 10/4/15
    Archbishop Blase Cupich has removed a popular suburban priest from the ministry after the Archdiocese discovered the priest had an "inappropriate relationship" with an adult man.The Archdiocese removed Father Marco Mercado, who was the rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, on Thursday. The Rev. Adan Sandoval Duron was appointed as the interim administrator."On October 1, 2015, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich removed Rev. Marco A. Mercado, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines from ministry because of Fr. Mercado's inappropriate relationship with an adult man," a statement from the Archdiocese...
  • Synod, Day 2 - It's becoming Vatican III

    10/06/2015 4:31:09 PM PDT · by Legatus · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/06/2015 | New Catholic
    Whatever one might say of the sacrilegious "Kasper proposal" (the very embodiment of what Saint Thomas Aquinas warns us not to do in the Lauda Sion - not throw the Blessed Sacrament away...), at least it has a very tenuous link to some structure one might identify as a "couple". The Tennis Court Oath was made by the Progressive Bishops in Rome a few months ago, and the Revolution is in full swing, in the Jacobin phase -- they will not let go of their chance to strike deep, fast, strongly, and in all directions, and nothing is a coincidence....
  • British paper claims Italian monastery used to 'cure' homosexual priests

    10/06/2015 4:28:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The English daily The Independent has published a sensationalized story claiming that a monastery in Italy is being used to “cure” priests of homosexuality. Father Gianluigi Pasto, speaking for the Venturini monastery, explained that his community actually helps priests with many different sorts of problems—much like the treatment centers in the US and elsewhere. “I can only say that here we help priests become healthy,” he said. Nevertheless, the story about the Venturini monastery prompted a statement of outrage from New Ways Ministry, an American group that promotes acceptance of homosexuals. “Being gay is not a disease,” said Francis DeBernardo....
  • ISIS executes 12 Christians—including boy and 2 women who were raped and beheaded (Graphic)

    10/06/2015 4:09:40 PM PDT · by NRx · 21 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 10-05-2015 | Shianee Mamanglu-Regala
    Islamic State militants have brutally murdered 12 Christians, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ and embrace Islam instead, the Gospel Herald reported. The horrific executions took place last Aug. 28 in an unnamed village outside Aleppo, Syria, according to Christian Aid Mission, a humanitarian group that assists indigenous Christian workers in their native countries. "In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop...
  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, Spokesman for Pope Francis says that "Certain other issues, he shared...

    10/06/2015 3:27:30 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 10/6/15 | Vox Cantoris
    "Father Thomas J. Rosica, Spokesman for Pope Francis says that "Certain other issues, he shared, may also make sense to consider locally, such as polygamy."" I have nothing to say except to repeat what he has said himself: "Doctrine changes when pastoral contexts shift and new insights emerge such that particularly doctrinal formulations no longer mediate the saving message of God's transforming love?" Does he mean that "Doctrine changes when the Church has leaders and teachers who are not afraid to take note of new contexts and emerging insights?" Or does he mean that, "It changes when the Church has...
  • An Open Letter to the Synod From Over 100 Converts (Complete text with signatories)

    10/06/2015 2:42:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 5, 2015
    September 24, 2015Your Holiness; Dear Fathers in Christ,We are all converts to the Catholic faith. Some of us were raised in other Christian communities; some of us came, unbaptized, from other faiths; some of us had once been thoroughly secular and thought of ourselves as agnostics or atheists. Despite the diversity of our backgrounds we all have this in common: we entered the Church as adults. As you prepare for the Synod on the Family we hope that you will be encouraged by the multitude of lay faithful who were, and continue to be, attracted to the Church in...
  • Cardinal’s Emphatic Defense of Church Teaching Marks Day 1 of Synod

    10/06/2015 2:29:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    NC Register ^ | October 6, 2015 | EDWARD PENTIN
    VATICAN CITY — The first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdö, who reasserted much of the Church’s traditional teaching and cast doubt on the prospect of a controversial proposal to readmit civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion. The proposal, first raised by German Cardinal Walter Kasper at a consistory in February 2014 and which is based on the practice of Eastern Orthodox Churches, was one of the most controversial issues at last year’s extraordinary synod on the family. The current...
  • Synod should reflect on possibility of allowing female deacons, says Canadian archbishop

    10/06/2015 1:47:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau said, where possible, women should be given higher positions in the Church Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, said the synod should reflect on the possibility of allowing for female deacons as it seeks ways to open up more opportunities for women in Church life.Where possible, qualified women should be given higher positions and decision-making authority within Church structures and new opportunities in ministry, he told Catholic News Service on Tuesday.Discussing a number of proposals he offered the synod fathers to think about, he said, “I think we should really start looking seriously at...
  • Abp. Gadecki: ‘Gender Ideology Is Worse Than Marxism’

    10/06/2015 1:43:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/6/15 | Miles Swigart
    Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, Poland is denouncing "gender ideology" and the attempt by some German bishops to split doctrine from discipline. Archbishop Gadecki is well known for his faithfulness to Church teaching. In late September, he and his brother bishops issued a statement in anticipation of the Synod on the Family reasserting Church teaching on marriage and the Eucharist, after having vowed in June to protect those teachings at the Synod. In a recent interview, Abp. Gadecki upheld Church teaching on marriage and Communion and said gender ideology is "worse than communism." Speaking on the Synod, he said all...
  • Pope Francis makes first direct intervention; was Cardinal Erdö undermined?

    10/06/2015 1:40:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/6/15 | Fr Nicholas Gregoris
    It seems as though Cardinal Péter Erdö's presentation on the first day of the Synod, in which he reiterated the clear doctrinal content of the "Instrumentum Laboris," struck a raw nerve among certain Synod Fathers, as well as among other participants, priests and laity alike, who favor a more progressive (and, dare I say, a more revolutionary!) approach to the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church regarding marriage and the family, especially as concerns divorce and remarriage and homosexuality. Consequently, Pope Francis probably felt pressured to make his first direct intervention at the Synod in the course of the past...
  • Children of Light (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/06/2015 12:47:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). God is light, and His children share His nature. First John 1:5 aptly describes God’s nature as “light” (truth and holiness). Because they partake of His nature (2 Peter 1:4), His children also walk in the light. It must be understood that we don’t become God’s children by walking in the light, but rather we walk in the light because we are His children. The Greek...