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  • Lead Portuguese cardinal: divorced and remarried couples can ‘return to the sacramental life’

    12/06/2017 2:59:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 6, 2017 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    The Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon appears to have endorsed giving the sacrament of Holy Communion to some divorced and remarried couples, claiming that in most cases their previous marriages were invalid. Cardinal Manuel Clemente, who is also the president of Portugal’s bishops’ conference, is urging the clergy to take a “fundamental attitude of ‘welcoming,’ of ‘accompaniment’ and ‘discernment’ of those who are divorced and remarried, stating that ‘in the greatest number of cases’ the marriage was null,” according to Agencia Ecclesia, the official news service of the Portuguese bishops. The cardinal told Agencia Ecclesia that divorced and remarried Catholics who...
  • [Catholic Caucus] On proselytism, Francis following in Benedict’s footsteps

    12/06/2017 2:29:59 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | December 5, 2017 | Louie Verrecchio
    On Saturday, Francis made the return flight from Bangladesh to Rome, and as is his custom, he answered questions from a number of journalists while en route. As Bergoglian in-flight press conferences go, this one isn’t especially noteworthy overall, but it does contain at least one exchange that merits our attention.A reporter named Etienne from France, asked:What is the priority: to evangelize or to dialogue for peace? Because to evangelize means to arouse conversions, that provokes tensions and at times conflicts among believers. So, what is your priority: to evangelize or to dialogue?Here we have the quintessential pitch tossed directly over...
  • Cath Cauc: Catholics ‘not permitted to adhere to the pope’s novel teaching’: expert

    12/06/2017 11:29:09 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 6, 2017 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    A Catholic theologian has told LifeSiteNews that Catholics may not follow the pope’s “novel teaching” endorsing Communion guidelines from the Buenos Aires bishops. The Buenos Aires guidelines, pronounced by Pope Francis to be the “only interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia, allow some divorced-and-remarried couples to receive both the sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist without a firm resolve to live chastely in continence. News broke on the weekend that both the Buenos Aires guidelines and Pope Francis’s private note endorsing them have been promulgated officially in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis. An accompanying comment from the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Cardinal Cupich's "Throwback" to the Bernardin Era: An Old Liberal Holiday

    12/06/2017 10:19:34 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | December 5, 2017 | Dr. Jesse Russell, Ph. D.
    Part 1: The Grinch Who Stole the Pro-life MovementGet out the Bartles and Jaymes and White Zinfandel because America Magazine and its legion of hipster Catholics are tickled pink that Cardinal Blaise Cupich has attempted to reboot the seamless garment cunningly crafted by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. In his article “Can the ‘seamless garment’ approach to pro-life issues make a comeback in the Catholic Church?” Michael J. O’Loughlin, a devotee of Pope Francis who wrote the fawning tribute to the Argentinian menace, called The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters, presents the case that the “tip of...
  • Preparing our Hearts for Mystery in Advent

    12/06/2017 8:56:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-05-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Preparing our Hearts for Mystery in Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 5, 2017 • As we look toward Christmas and ponder the incarnation, we ought to remember that so profound was truth of the incarnation that the early Church fell to her knees at these words: “and He was incarnate by the Holy Spirit, from the virgin Mary, and became man.” This act of falling to one’s knees at these words is still practiced in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite; in the ordinary form, we are asked to bow.These gestures acknowledge the profound mystery of the...
  • “The Dictator Pope”

    12/06/2017 7:52:01 AM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 6, 2017 | Robert Royal
    The title above is the name of a book that appeared Monday in English (after earlier publication in Italian) by a writer who has assumed a grand Renaissance pseudonym: Marcantonio Colonna (an admiral at Lepanto). He evidently could not publish under his real name, for fear of reprisals. But the case he lays out is largely convincing: that Pope Francis has carefully cultivated an image in public as the apostle of mercy, kindness, and openness; in private, he’s authoritarian, given to profanity-laced outbursts of anger, and manipulative in pursuing his agenda. This is hardly news, least of all in Rome....
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 6 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/06/2017 7:15:16 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | Solomon
    Proverb 6 (NKJV) Dangerous Promises Seven Deadly Sins 01 My son, if you become surety for your friend, 00 If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, 02 You are snared by the words of your mouth; 00 You are taken by the words of your mouth. 03 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; 00 For you have come into the hand of your friend: 00 Go and humble yourself; 00 Plead with your friend. 04 Give no sleep to your eyes, 00 Nor slumber to your eyelids. 05 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/6/17)[Prayer]

    12/06/2017 7:06:14 AM PST · by left that other site · 29 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/6/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of God


"Excellent" (Old Testament) Psalm 148:13 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,     for his name alone is exalted;     his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. (End of Scripture Passage) 



"Excellent" EXCELLENT!!!! Translated here as "Exalted", I prefer the Word "Excellent" (KJV), as it is Self-Active. God is Excellent All By Himself, and does don need "another" to Exalt Him. (Just me quibbling with the Awesome and Erudite Scholars of the NIV, with my own humble opinion!) "Excellent" is a Wonderful Name For Our...
  • Living According to Faith (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    12/06/2017 5:13:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    The angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me’ - Genesis 22:11-12 Spend some time listening to testimonies of people who have been converted to Christ, and it probably will not be too long until you hear a promise that believing in Christ will make your life easier in some way. Most people who...
  • Punch a Heretic Day or the Feast of St Nicholas [Catholic/Orthodox and Arianism Caucus]

    12/06/2017 4:06:22 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Fr Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 12/5/2014 | Fr Ray Blake
    I like this.  I know you will say to me we can't do this today, we have to find the odd Arian and embrace him. We can't call people Pelagians, 'Porridge eating scumbags' or pultibus Scottorum praegravatus, which is too racist for modern sensibilities to be translated into the vernacular. St Nicholas is another of those Advent saints who insist on being faithful to the Trinity and Incarnation. I love the old European custom of St Nicholas going around bishops houses disguised as a small child and demanding to know if they have been good in the past year and...
  • Pope has given historical momentum to Church: German cardinal (Marx)

    12/05/2017 9:49:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    La Croix ^ | December 5, 2017 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Cardinal Reinhard Marx / Wolfgang Roucka / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 The Catholic Church is experiencing a special momentum in church history under the leadership of Pope Francis, says Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich.And in an interview with the Bavarian daily Münchner Merkur, the 64-year-old cardinal said he’s doing everything he can to support the pope while encouraging all the faithful to do likewise.Marx, speaking with the paper on the tenth anniversary of his appointment as Archbishop of Munich (November 30, 2007), said he sees a new readiness to focus on the Christian faith. He said this is partly because of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, and Confessor (Gueranger)

    12/05/2017 9:33:14 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double DIVINE WISDOM has willed that on the way which leads to the Messias, our Great High Priest, there should be many Pontiffs to pay him the honor due to him. Two Popes, St. Melchiades and St. Damasus; two Holy Doctors, St. Peter Chrysologus and St. Ambrose; two Bishops, St. Nicholas and St. Eusebius: these are the glorious Pontiffs who have been entrusted with the charge of preparing, by their prayers, the way of the Christian people towards Him who is the Sovereign Priest according to the order of Melchisedech. As each of their feasts comes, we will...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL ~ December 6, 2017 (prayer)

    12/05/2017 9:32:27 PM PST · by V K Lee · 24 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com/ ^ | 12/5/17 | Free Republic Intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Wednesday of the First Week of Advent (Gueranger)

    12/05/2017 9:12:32 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Regem venturum Dominum, venite, adoremus. Come, let us adore the King our Lord, who is to come. De Isaia Propheta. From the Prophet Isaias. Cap. iii. Ch. iii. Ecce enim Dominator, Dominus exercituum, auferet a Jerusalem et a Juda validum et fortem, omne robur panis, et omne robor aquæ; fortem, et virum bellatorem, judicem, et prophetam, et ariolum, et senem; principem super quinquaginta, et honorabilem vultu et consiliarium, et sapientem de architectis, et prudentem eloquii mystici. Et dabo pueros principes eorum, et effeminati dominabuntur eis; et irruet populus, vir ad virum, et unusquisque ad proximum suum; tumultuabitur puer contra...
  • "Resist, Resist, Resist": Interview with Fr. Alessandro M. Minutella

    12/05/2017 8:36:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | December 5, 2017 | CFN
    Dec 5 Dec 5 "Resist, Resist, Resist": CFN Exclusive Interview with Fr. Alessandro M. Minutella "I am dumbfounded that in Italy, I am still the only one."Suspension and Double-Excommunication: "These are medals of honor""Resist, resist, resist!"Editor's Note: Father Alessandro Maria Minutella is an Italian priest of the Archdiocese of Palermo. Born in 1973 and ordained in 1999, he became known in the past month to English speakers around the world thanks to a Youtube video about resisting Pope Francis and Amoris laetitia. Catholic Family News is happy to present this exclusive interview with Don Minutella, (to our knowledge) the first...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-06-17, OM, St. Nicholas, Bishop

    12/05/2017 8:05:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-06-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 6, 2017 Wednesday of the First Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 25:6-10a On this mountain the LORD of hostswill provide for all peoplesA feast of rich food and choice wines,juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroythe veil that veils all peoples,The web that is woven over all nations;he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe awaythe tears from all faces;The reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said:"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!This...
  • [Catholic Caucus]‘Dictator Pope’ book causes stir in Rome

    12/05/2017 7:56:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 5, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    @import url("chrome://global/skin/aboutReaderContent.css"); A woman walks past an anti-Pope Francis poster in Rome (Getty Images) The book, published under a pseudonym, makes numerous allegations about the Pope's behaviourA search is on for the author of a new book about the Pope which accuses him of being a “dictator”.Published on Kindle in English and in Italian, The Dictator Pope appears under the pseudonym “Marcantonio Colonna”, the name of an admiral who fought at the Battle of Lepanto.Colonna claims to be an Oxford-educated historian now based in Rome. His book tells the story of Francis’s pontificate, as well as his life before...
  • Bishop Knestout To Richmond

    12/05/2017 7:11:28 PM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Bishop Barry Knestout, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, has been chosen by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Francis DiLorenzo as Bishop of Richmond.  The latter died this past August.  The online version of the Catholic Standard already has a write-up of this appointment.  In it is a congratulatory statement by Cardinal Wuerl, who talks of "our close association in ministry".  Well there certainly was close association. Again I call to memory what happened in my own parish within the Archdiocese of Washington in Lent of 2012.  Father Marcel Guarnizo denied Holy Communion to an avowed lesbian and...
  • Cath Cauc: Pope’s letter to Argentine bishops ... part of official record

    12/05/2017 7:05:09 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Catholic World News via Crux ^ | December 5, 2017 | Cindy Wooden
    Describing them as “authentic magisterium,” Pope Francis ordered the official publication of his letter to a group of Argentine bishops and their guidelines for the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia, his apostolic exhortation on the family. According to a brief note by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, Francis wanted his letter and the bishops’ document to be published on the Vatican website and in the “Acta Apostolicae Sedis,” the official record of Vatican documents and acts.The papal letter, dated Sept. 5, 2016, was written in response to guidelines published by the bishops in the Catholic Church’s Buenos Aires region....
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions, 07-08-17

    12/05/2017 6:55:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 07-08-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Images from Whitworth University | Whitworth Digital Commons Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions Saint of the Day for July 8 (d. July 9, 1900)  Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions’ Story Christian missionaries have often gotten caught in the crossfire of wars against their own countries. When the governments of Britain, Germany, Russia, and France forced substantial territorial concessions from the Chinese in 1898, anti-foreign sentiment grew very strong among many Chinese people.Gregory Grassi was born in Italy in 1833, ordained in 1856, and sent to China five years later. Gregory was later ordained Bishop...