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  • 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 "fiance"

    10/07/2015 8:43:57 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 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 "fiance"...
  • Our Heavenly Home (Protestant & Evangelical Devotional/Caucus)

    10/07/2015 8:00:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    In my Fathers 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. 23). - John 14:14 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. 20:1115). If,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    10/07/2015 7:47:32 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 3 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 · 21 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 · 5 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 3In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. 3This 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] 4Johns clothes were made of camels hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5People 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 · 23 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 Ambassadors Head

    10/06/2015 7:39:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/5/15 | Austin Ruse
    The sexual left wants someones head, now that its 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 Churchs 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 ReportOctober 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-Andr Durocher,...
  • 6 Oct Synod notes

    10/06/2015 6:07:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 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. Erd of Esztergom-Budapest gave a speech (English HERE) to put the participants on their course for the gathering. He effectively defended the Churchs 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 Germans are...
  • Synod Day 2: At Tuesdays Synod briefing, Catholic doctrine was apparently an open question

    10/06/2015 6:02:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 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 Kaspers Communion proposal, among other favored causes of the liberal faction, both of the Synod fathers at Tuesdays 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 · 45 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 popes 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 pontiffs 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 countrys most notorious abuser priest.Dont 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 · 9 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 problemsmuch 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 Christiansincluding 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...
  • Cardinals Emphatic Defense of Church Teaching Marks Day 1 of Synod

    10/06/2015 2:29:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 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 Erd 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 Gods 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 dont become Gods children by walking in the light, but rather we walk in the light because we are His children. The Greek...
  • Preparing for Spiritual Service (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/06/2015 12:45:30 PM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable . . . that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Scripture equips you for spiritual service. Each week I have the privilege of interacting with more than one hundred students at The Master's Seminary. One of my greatest joys is seeing their determination to do God's work in God's way. That attitude is the key to success in ministry, as Joshua learned when he assumed leadership over the Israelites after Moses' death. At that point, God said to him, "This book of the...
  • Vanity: Freeper Advice: Thoughts on 2nd Baptism

    10/06/2015 10:35:57 AM PDT · by envisio · 201 replies
    10/6/15 | DG
    I have read a little and did some research on baptism and if there is a need to get baptized as an adult after being baptized as a child. I looked for the Churchs standing on it and I looked for scripture written about it. My research left me with the half-baked conclusion, in the eyes of the Lord, one only needs baptized once. I was baptized as a small child without any realization of what was happening. In the 40 years to follow there were plenty of times I was lost, sinning, doing the devils deeds with the liquor...
  • "The Church has no authority...: On the Limits of the Pope

    10/06/2015 9:22:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 5, 2015 | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
    Papal authority cannot be used to promote favored papal causes, no matter how noble. It is to be used to keep the Church one and focused on the one true God. Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 4. (CNS/Paul Haring) The avalanche of media coverage of the Synod on the Family cannot be escaped, so rather than try to run from it, perhaps now is the time to try to provide some necessary context to what will (and will not) take place in the next few...
  • Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus Promises Real? What Hinders...Promises of Christ in Us?

    10/06/2015 8:02:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders the Promises of Christ in Us? Msgr. Charles Pope • October 5, 2015 • A text that was read at daily Mass last week features Jesus describing remarkable blessings received by the disciples. He states these blessings as a simple and obvious fact for them, blessings never before received by anyone!Do you see your life this way? Are your blessings obvious to you? Do they distinguish you from those who never knew Christ? Does your relationship with Jesus Christ grant you obvious transformation or is that just misinformation and exaggeration?Consider the...
  • On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

    10/06/2015 7:55:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Family News ^ | October 5, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    When the first Synod of Bishops on the family got underway last October, conservatives concerned with upholding traditional doctrine appeared caught off guard by a progressive push on several fronts, including relaxing the ban on Communion for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church. The leading symbol of that disorientation was the way Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő, ostensibly the man supposed to guide the summit’s work in his role as “General Relator,” appeared to be sidelined by more progressive prelates, especially Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, in producing a controversial interim report calling for greater openness on divorce, homosexuality, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-06-15, OM, St. Bruno, Priest

    10/06/2015 7:29:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 10-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 6, 2015 Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you.So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORDs bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single days walk announcing,Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fast...
  • The Lord's Heartstrings of Grace [Charismatic Caucus]

    10/06/2015 7:06:27 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Please start with this song . . . Beautiful day ~ Jamie Grace My orchestra plays in time with the strings of My heart that is My 7 Spirits of Righteousness in the truth of Who I AM for there is no other :o) Isaiah 11:1-2 Righteous Reign of the Branch 11 Then a Shoot (the Messiah) will spring from the stock of Jesse [Davids father], And a Branch from his roots will bear fruit. 2 And the 1Spirit of the Lord(Love) will rest on Him The 2 Spirit of wisdom and 3 understanding, The 4 Spirit of counsel...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(10/6/15)[Prayer]

    10/06/2015 6:28:37 AM PDT · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 10/6/15 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John the Baptist 67His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. 69He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us 72to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, 73the oath he...
  • Suffering and Death (Protestant and Lutheran Caucus/Devotional)

    10/06/2015 6:10:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth (v. 13). - Hebrews 11:1316 No discussion of suffering could long proceed without addressing the subject of death. History books tell us of numerous events, such as the Black Plague, in which immense suffering culminated in death. But death does not touch us only from a distance through the study of the past. We have all felt the impact of death personally as we have seen friends and...
  • Head of Polish Bishops: No Compromise Between Truth and Untruth

    10/06/2015 3:37:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/6/15 | Edward Pentin
    The head of Poland’s bishops has given a lengthy and hard-hitting interview in which he upholds the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family, voices his opposition to Church decentralization, and calls gender ideology worse than Communism. In the interview broadcast on EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki said that the Church “can’t sing with 100 different voices as postmodernity would like it to.” “If the Church were to teach 10 or 100 doctrines,” he added, “she would break apart into 100 churches, but the Church is one, catholic and apostolic.” The archbishop, who is one of three Polish bishops attending...
  • Leader of Synod: Majority of Synod Fathers Oppose Communion for Divorced Adulterers

    10/06/2015 2:45:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/5/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    Cardinal Peter Erd, general relator for the ongoing Synod on the Family, is saying most of the Synod Fathers are opposed to the idea of giving Holy Communion to civilly divorced and remarried Catholics. In an interview last week with a Hungarian Catholic newspaper, His Eminence said, "The majority is of the conviction that, according to the Church's law, whoever lives in an invalid marriage may not then go to Holy Communion." While he said he believes the Synod will clarify the Church's teaching on marriage, Cdl. Erd also said the Church must show pastoral care for people who live...
  • Prayer for Our American Heroes and Our Nation

    10/06/2015 1:16:05 AM PDT · by Jeanbl · 7 replies
    October 6, 2015 | Jeanbl
    The LORD hath done great things with us; we are rejoiced. Psalm126:3
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/05/2015 8:59:06 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 4 replies
    10-5-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 33:18 Behold, the Lord's Eye is upon those who Fear Him [Who Revere and Worship Him with Awe], Who Wait for Him, And Hope in His Mercy and Lovingkindness.
  • Russia Now More Christian than the United States

    10/05/2015 8:58:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 36 replies
    Washington Times January 2014 op-ed; ^ | Washington Times January 28, 2014 June 29, 2015 | Gary DeMar
    Russia in the form of the Soviet Union used to be Americas greatest enemy. Ronald Reagan called it the Evil Empire. One nation under God was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 in response to godless Communism. The United States was different, Americans were told. We believed in God. The Russians were officially atheistic. How times have changed. The following is from Whos Godless Now? Russia Says Its U.S. At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a godless nation. More than two decades...
  • Argument Over

    10/05/2015 6:57:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | 10/2/15
    New Yorks St. Patricks Day Parade capitulates in a two-decade-long dispute with gay groups. One of New York Citys longest-running civic and political battles came to an end this week, not with a bang but a whimper. The organizers of the New York City Saint Patricks Day Parade announced that they would allow the Lavender and Green Alliancea group composed of gay, lesbian, and transgender people of Irish descent to participate in the annual march up Fifth Avenue. The groups application to join the parade had been denied every year since 1994 due, parade organizers said, to its advocacy of...
  • Key Synod Official Sounds Strong Conservative Theme at Opening Session

    10/05/2015 6:35:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    A key official of the Synod of Bishops set a strongly conservative tone, unambiguously supporting the traditional teachings of the Church on marriage and sexuality, in the opening session of the October meeting. Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapestwho, as relator general, was responsible for summarizing the main themes of the working document to be discussed by the bishops tackled some of the most contentious issues directly during his Monday-morning address. The Hungarian cardinal stated that Catholics who are divorced and remarried cannot be admitted to Communion as long as they remain in a second conjugal union. He also rejected the...
  • ACLU Suit Seeks to Require Catholic Hospitals to Perform Abortions in Some Cases

    10/05/2015 6:27:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has brought a lawsuit against a Catholic health-care system based in Michigan, seeking to force the Church-run hospitals to perform abortions. The ACLU suit against Trinity Health Corporation alleges that affiliated hospitals, guided by the US bishops health-care directives, refused to perform abortions for women who had incomplete miscarriages. The suit claims that in these cases, the breaking of amniotic sac leaves the unborn child defenseless, with no realistic chance of survival, while exposing the mother to risk of complications. ACLU sues Catholic hospital chain over emergency abortions (USA Today)
  • Pope Francis and Synod 2015: A Humanae Vitae Effect in the Offing?

    10/05/2015 5:56:11 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | Octoober 5, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    An unexpected side effect of Pope Francis trip to United States came out when the news broke that he had secretly met Kim Davis in Washington. Kim Davis is the Kentucky county employee jailed in the last month because she not only practiced the conscientious objection by refusing to issue marriage licenses for same-sex marriages, she also forbade her staff from issuing them. The several interpretations and over interpretations that followed the news of the meeting show a general concern about Pope Francis pontificate. It has been depicted as a revolutionary pontificate, but how does this image square...
  • Orthodox Living in the Modern World: Steps to Spiritual Transformation (Orthodox-Catholic Caucus)

    10/05/2015 3:53:08 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10-05-2015 | Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer)
    On August 22, 2015, Schema-Archimandrite Sergius, abbot of St. Tikhons Monastery delivered an address to the annual Womens Retreat sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Education of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern PA, held at St. Tikhons Monastery and Seminary in Waymart, PA, on the topic of Orthodox Living in the Modern World: Steps to Spiritual Transformation. In his talk Fr. Sergius spoke on several important themes, including the benefits of pilgrimage for helping us to encounter God, the power of the saints, moving away from an inner monologue towards a dialogue with God beginning with a consistent...
  • The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of the World (Ecumenical)

    10/05/2015 3:36:05 PM PDT · by NRx
    The Ascetic Experience ^ | 09-15-2015 | Protopresbyter Dumitru Staniloae
    October 5 marks the anniversary of the repose of the renowned Romanian theologian Fr. Dumitru Staniloae. His many works include commentaries on the Church Father, a Romanian translation of the Philokalia, and his 1978 masterpiece The Orthodox Dogmatic Theology. Fr. Dumitru endured several years of imprisonment for his faith at the hands of Communists, after which he began to work for the Romanian Holy Synod and often traveled to international conferences to share his theological vision. He reposed in 1993 at the age of ninety.Below we offer his work on "The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of...
  • A Critique of Contemporary Ultramontanism (Catholic-Orthodox caucus)

    10/05/2015 1:58:28 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    No excerpt. The link goes to the index page for a series of posts on the title of this thread. I believe they are well worth reading.
  • Letter #41, 2015: The One Thing

    10/05/2015 11:54:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | October 5, 2015 | Robert Moynihan
    October 5, 2015, Monday — The One Thing“And he comes, moving slowly like a serpent, and makes those three proposals to Jesus: “If you are God, son of God, there are stones, you’re hungry, change them into bread”; “If you are the Son of God, why so much effort? Come with me to the terrace of the temple and thrown yourself down, and people will see this miracle and effortlessly you will be recognized as the Son of God”; the devil tries to seduce him and, in the end, as he could not seduce him, the last temptation: “Let’s be...
  • Bracing for the SynodMeans, Motive, and Opportunity

    10/05/2015 11:42:06 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 1 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/5/15 | Patrick Archbold
    A few weeks back, I happened upon an article from Catholic Answers own Karl Keating in which he speculated upon the possibility that Pope Francis might resign in a year or so in acceptance of his own limitations and suitability to the role. While that is certainly an interesting topic, it was not that part of the article that greatly interested me. After making fair and respectful critique of Pope Francis communication style and general suitability to the role of Vicar of Christ, Mr. Keating makes the following remarks: "I dont think it [retirement] would be before Octobers synod. He...
  • Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change

    10/05/2015 11:40:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis told a Roman Catholic meeting on family issues on Monday that the Church should not be a stuffy "museum of memories" but have the courage to change if that was what God wanted. Francis urged bishops at the start of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, to humbly empty themselves of conventions and prejudices. They should not "point fingers at the others to judge them" or feel superior to those with different ideas. In a passage that appeared to be directed at unbending traditionalists, the pope said bishops should beware the "hardening of some hearts, which despite...
  • World's First Lesbian Bishop Calls for Church to Remove Crosses, to Install Muslim Prayer Space

    10/05/2015 10:01:46 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 38 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | October 5, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    The Bishop of Stockholm has proposed a church in her diocese remove all signs of the cross and put down markings showing the direction to Mecca for the benefit of Muslim worshippers. Eva Brunne, who was made the worlds first openly lesbian bishop by the church of Sweden in 2009, and has a young son with her wife and fellow lesbian priest Gunilla Linden, made the suggestion to make those of other faiths more welcome.