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  • The defining Question about Sola Scriptura and Tradition

    07/23/2016 8:40:34 PM PDT · by boatbums · 22 replies
    Apologetics and Agape ^ | May 25, 2016 | Ken Temple
    “Has the Roman Catholic Church infallibly defined a single word of Jesus or an apostle, that is not found in Scripture?” Dr. James White to Mitch Pacwa “I cannot think of any.” Mitch Pacwa This shows that everything the church needed for ministry was written down in the Scriptures. That is the clear implication of the verses below; and combined with the early church’s understanding of the rule of faith / apostolic tradition, when it is specifically spelled out, it indicates that everything needed was written down in the NT. Jude 3 – the faith was once for all delivered...
  • Fifty years of the other "Ottaviani intervention" [Catholic Caucus]

    07/23/2016 8:19:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/24/ 1996 - 7/24/2016 | Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani / Augustinus
    Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of the first doctrinal documents to be released by the old Holy Office under the new appellation "Doctrine of the Faith", the circular letter Cum Oecumenicum Concilium. The Latin text can be found in Acta Apostolicae Sedis 58 (1966), pp. 659-661. Signed only 7 months after the end of Vatican II by Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, the last Secretary of the Holy Office (1959 - 1965) and Pro-Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1965 until January 1968, it demonstrates the rapidity with which open heresy spread even more in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-24-16, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/23/2016 7:58:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 24, 2016 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 18:20-32 In those days, the LORD said: "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great,and their sin so grave,that I must go down and see whether or not their actionsfully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me. I mean to find out." While Abraham's visitors walked on farther toward Sodom,the LORD remained standing before Abraham. Then Abraham drew nearer and said:"Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty? Suppose there were fifty innocent people in the city;would you wipe out the place, rather...
  • Spin Of The Year (Possibly the most heretical seminary in the US is going out of business)

    07/23/2016 4:16:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 56 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 07-21-2016 | Rod Dreher
    The Very Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, lesbian cleric and then president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, delivers 2009 'abortion is a blessing' address (National Organization for Women/Flickr) Via the Episcopal News Service, a press release revealing that the ultramegaliberal Episcopal Divinity School is winding things down: Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided July 21 on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDS’s future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to...
  • Signers of Document Critiquing 'Amoris Laetitia' Revealed

    07/23/2016 3:43:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 7/22/16 | Joshua McElwee
    An until now unpublished list of names attached to a critique of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on family life shows the signatories to include professors at diocesan seminaries, a member of a pontifical academy, and the head of the church's ecclesiastical structure in Afghanistan. The signatories had sent a letter to the world's Catholic cardinals asking them to "respond to the dangers to Catholic faith and morals" from Francis' Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love") The letter, which attracted press coverage earlier in the month as a possible sign of wider disagreement with Amoris Laetitia, was sent to Italian Cardinal...
  • Vatican Statement Accuses Polish Politicians of Whipping Up Fear Against Muslims

    07/23/2016 3:31:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 7/23/17 | Christopher Lamb
    Bishops’ spokesman stresses Church in Poland has welcomed refugees as country prepares to welcome Francis for World Youth DayJust days before Pope Francis’ visit to Poland a Vatican statement has denounced an “artificially created fear of Muslims” which it says is being fed by some political parties in the country. The press release, released by the Holy See but written by spokesman for the Polish Bishops, describes Poland as “ethnically homogenous” and that immigration is a relatively new phenomenon seen as strange to the average Polish person. “For this reason, even through the official statistics relating to foreign citizens legally...
  • Was an Anti-Abortion Bishop Too Outspoken?

    07/23/2016 11:40:48 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://content.time.com ^ | September 2, 2009 | Amy Sullivan
    For suddenly departing politicians and CEOs, the standard line is to "spend time with family." Now the Catholic Church may have its own version of this unconvincing, stock answer. On Aug. 31, Joseph Martino, the controversial bishop from Scranton, Pa., stunned longtime church watchers by announcing that he was resigning his post because of problems with insomnia and fatigue. The Catholic leader, who has gained national prominence for his outspoken pro-life advocacy and aggressive criticism of pro-choice Democratic politicians, is still more than a decade away from reaching the church's automatic retirement age of 75. Martino's abrupt resignation, along with...
  • Eucharist in the creed?

    07/23/2016 9:19:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 07-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Eucharist in the creed? Msgr. Charles Pope Question: The true presence of Christ in the Eucharist is central to our Catholic faith, and many converts say it was essential to their conversion. If this is so, why is the true presence not mentioned at all in the Nicene or Apostles Creeds? Should it not be added at the end where we state things like our belief in the Communion of Saints, the resurrection of the body and so forth? — Jerry Roventini, via email Answer: There are many things that are not mentioned in the Nicene Creed. There is no...
  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/23/2016 8:18:41 AM PDT · by pinochet · 107 replies
    Calvinists teach that a tiny percentage of baptized Christians known as the "elect" will go to heaven. But most Christians are not Calvinists. If human meritocracy is not needed to get to heaven, shouldn't the majority of baptized Christians go to heaven?
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/23/16)[Prayer]

    07/23/2016 7:27:52 AM PDT · by left that other site · 17 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/23/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John The Gospels) (John 17) 17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now,...
  • Hillary's VP pick: The worst kind of Catholic politician

    07/23/2016 7:16:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | July 22, 2016
    A predictable pick by Hillary Clinton. Pandering to the Catholic vote, and in light of the fact that the majority of Catholics in America are poorly catechized and barely practicing, she tags Virginia Senator Tim Kaine for her running mate, a man who is a "Catholic but": In an interview in the Capitol, Kaine -- a Catholic who personally opposes abortion -- says his views on the issue have not changed over his career.  But asked if he would characterize himself as "pro-life," he said: "I've never embraced labels."  "I have a traditional Catholic personal position, but I am very...
  • The solution to racial war (The Cross and the Switchblade movie)

    07/23/2016 5:39:35 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 18 replies
    www.peacebyjesus.com ^ | 7-23-2016 | daniel1212
    The solution to racial war. All lives matter, but the problem is sin, not skin (though aspects of cultural can be sinful). The Cross and the Switchblade movie (1969, copyright Dick Ross and associates, and which can be seen here) is about the true story which is told in the book, the Cross and the Switchblade written in 1962. The movie (which mostly used local talent) stars Pat Boone as David Wilkerson and Erik Estrada as Nicky Cruz, the teen gang member whose life was dramatically transformed by Christ. Nicky was the leader of the notorious Brooklyn Puerto Rican gang...
  • WaPo: A "Pope Francis Catholic" can have a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood, NARAL

    07/23/2016 4:33:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 22, 2016 | Carl E. Olson
    Just one example of how the secular media is going to spin, spin, and spin some more in the quest to provide cover for pro-abort, pro-homosexual politicians. (us.fotolia.com/JJAVA) UPDATED (9:15pm, Pacific; July 22): Sen. Kaine has been chosen to be Hillary Clinton's running mate. In the meantime, CWR's managing editor, Catherine Harmon, reminded me of this interesting story from last year:  U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic and former missionary, had a clear message Wednesday for Pope Francis: Allow women to become priests. Kaine said ending the church's centuries-old rule that only men can be ordained would be the most significant...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-23-16, OM, St. Bridget, Religious

    07/22/2016 10:51:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-23-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 23, 2016 Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 7:1-11 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:Stand at the gate of the house of the LORD,and there proclaim this message:Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judahwho enter these gates to worship the LORD!Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:Reform your ways and your deeds,so that I may remain with you in this place.Put not your trust in the deceitful words:“This is the temple of the LORD!The temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD!”Only if...
  • [Archbishop] Nienstedt Denies Misconduct, Said He Was Targeted for Opposing Gay Marriage

    07/22/2016 4:37:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Twin Cities.com ^ | 7/21/16 | Marino Eccher
    John Nienstedt, the former archbishop of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, said accusations of sexual misconduct against him were part of a false smear campaign in response to his opposition to gay marriage. Nienstedt’s denial came in a statement Wednesday night, first issued to KSTP and Minnesota Public Radio. That followed the release of internal church documents alleging the Vatican had sought to derail an independent investigation that turned up credible evidence against him. Nienstedt resigned last year as archbishop and returned to his home state of Michigan. He was briefly involved with a diocese there but left...
  • Heil to the Progressive Coming Utopia

    07/22/2016 2:19:48 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 9 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 07/22/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Commentators in major national newspapers in Scotland are aghast. A 100-member youth choir from a Southern Baptist church in Plano, Texas gave a free concert at a shopping center in Edinburgh. The journalists compared this event to Nazi or ISIS propaganda. One asserted: “as a nation we should be stating clearly: bigots are not welcome here.” Scotland is the land of John Knox, the great Scotts reformer (1513–72), and of the young, deeply spiritual Robert Murray McCheyne (1813–43) who declared: “The Christian is a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God.” Now Scotland is a land...
  • Pope’s climate encyclical ‘made possible’ passage of pro-abortion SDGs: UN leader [Catholic Caucus]

    07/22/2016 2:04:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 22, 2016 | Lianne Laurence
    Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican’s support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a June pontifical conference on human trafficking that featured an address by abortion and population control advocate Jeffrey Sachs. “We can also count an important and decisive collaboration with the United Nations,” the Holy Father told the Judges Summit Against Human Trafficking and Organized Crime, organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Added the pope: “I am grateful for the fact that the representatives of the 193 UN member states unanimously approved the new Sustainable Development Goals.” In his turn, Sachs, a Harvard-educated economist, bestselling...
  • Your Soul is Worth More than Your Vote (Catholic Caucus)

    07/22/2016 1:32:34 PM PDT · by rwa265 · 49 replies
    shamelesspopery.com ^ | July 20, 2016 | Joe Heschmeyer
    It’s election season, and I’ve hesitated to say much on the subject for many reasons. One of those reasons is because our obsession with politics is unhealthy and unholy (in that it reflects our fixation on this life rather than the next, and on worldly power instead of true discipleship). Another is that this election season has been like watching a slow-burning dumpster fire. I don’t plan to tell you how to vote, but I do want to establish a few basic principles: No well-formed Catholic should feel comfortable with Trump or Clinton; Thus, voters face a difficult decision this...
  • Syria: Patriarch Blasts Western Efforts to Remove Assad

    07/22/2016 7:26:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church—an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See—offered strong criticism of “American, French, English, [and] European Union politicians” whose efforts to remove President Bashar al-Assad have led to a nightmare for the region’s Christians. Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan told the National Catholic Register that Syria was a place “where they were fighting against illiteracy, where you had medical care for all, a peaceful country, where you could go wherever you wanted to go, 24 hours a day without any problem — they [the Western powers] find it has a dictatorship...
  • Pro-Life Medics Face Harassment and Discrimination, Admits Doctors’ Union [UK]

    07/22/2016 7:22:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 7/21/16 | Simon Caldwell
    Inquiry finds that doctors who conscientiously object to abortion are denied career choicesDoctors who refuse to take part in abortions are suffering increasingly from harassment and discrimination at work, the British Medical Association has told MPs. Healthcare professionals are complaining to the union that they are facing pressure to take part in abortions and confronted with glass ceilings to advancement when they refuse, a new report reveals today. The BMA highlighted the problem in written evidence submitted to a parliamentary inquiry into the working of the conscience clause of the 1967 Abortion Act. The BMA said in its evidence that...
  • Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”?"

    07/22/2016 7:20:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why is Original Sin Called the “Sin of Adam”? Msgr. Charles Pope • July 21, 2016 • Original sin is that first sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, committed when they ate the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3:1-7). And while it clearly involved both of them, Scripture and Tradition refer to it formally as the “Sin of Adam” or “Adam’s Sin,” not the “Sin of Adam and Eve.” It is also described as coming to us “through one man,” not “through a man and a woman.”...
  • Pope Issues Rules to Help Contemplative Women be Beacons for the World

    07/22/2016 7:15:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/22/16 | Carol Glatz
    Every institute of contemplative women religious will have to revise its constitutions in light of the new documentIn an effort to help contemplative women religious renew their life and mission in the Church and the world, Pope Francis has issued a series of new rulings dealing with formation, assets, prayer life, authority and autonomy. The new rulings include a mandate that “initially, all monasteries are to be part of a federation” based on “an affinity of spirit and traditions” with the aim of facilitating formation and meeting needs through sharing assets and exchanging members. Monasteries voting for an exception from...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/22/16)[Prayer]

    07/22/2016 6:58:23 AM PDT · by left that other site · 13 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/22/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John The Gospels) (John 16) 16 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the...
  • Recognizing Our Enmity (Evangelical/Protestant Caucus and Devotional)

    07/22/2016 6:00:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7/22/2016
    As children we played games drawn from the scenario of war. When a friend approached we pretended that we were sentries. The dialogue was simple: “Halt! Who goes there? Friend or foe?” Our categories left no room for indifferent neutrality. They were restricted to two options, friend or enemy. Those are the only options we have in our relationship with God. No one is neutral. We are either God’s friends or God’s enemies. Jonathan Edwards once preached a sermon titled, “Man, Naturally God’s Enemies.” In this sermon Edwards declared: “Men, in general, will own that they are sinners. There are...
  • Praising God for Your Eternal Inheritance

    07/22/2016 5:32:17 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 1:3). God has blessed you richly and is worthy of your praise. The source of your eternal inheritance is God, whom Peter described in several ways. First, He is our blessed God (1 Pet. 1:3). The Greek word translated "blessed" in that verse speaks of that which is worthy of blessing, adoration, praise, or worship. Peter's praise for God is an example for us to follow. Our God is especially worthy of our praise in light of the glorious inheritance He has granted us in His Son...
  • Diligence and Excellence

    07/22/2016 5:31:45 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence” (2 Peter 1:5). God’s provision does not preclude our responsibility. There are some who believe that since God has provided everything needed for the Christian life, believers should expect Him to do everything for them. Their motto is, “Let go and let God!” If Peter had a motto for the Christian life, it would have been more along the lines of the popular World War II song, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!” Peter knew the Christian life is a struggle in which believers...
  • Cardinal Sarah’s Ambitious Liturgical Reform

    07/22/2016 5:08:14 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 22, 2016 | L. Joseph Herbert
    “Education,” according to Plato’s Socrates, “is not what the professions of certain men assert it to be”—it is not the putting of knowledge into the soul “as though [one] were putting sight into blind eyes.” Rather, education is the art of turning souls around so that our natural human powers, directed toward “what really is,” may “couple” with reality and give birth to intelligence, truth, and justice. Though it involves human interaction, what defines education is the reorientation by which it facilitates a union between the human and the superhuman. A closely analogous dynamic is—or should be—at the heart of...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (7/22/2016) [Prayer]

    07/21/2016 9:17:19 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 16 replies
    22 July 2016 | NEWwoman
    "Blue & Beautiful" - Neil Armstrong Tribute The day is Yours, and Yours also the night; You established the sun and moon. Psalm 74:16 (NIV) ----
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-22-16, M, FEAST: St. Mary Magdalene

    07/21/2016 7:18:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-22-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 22, 2016 Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene Reading 1 SGS 3:1-4b The Bride says:On my bed at night I sought himwhom my heart loves–I sought him but I did not find him.I will rise then and go about the city;in the streets and crossings I will seekHim whom my heart loves.I sought him but I did not find him.The watchmen came upon me,as they made their rounds of the city:Have you seen him whom my heart loves?I had hardly left themwhen I found him whom my heart loves. OR 2 cor 5:14-17 Brothers and sisters:The love of Christ...
  • A Pope Like None Before. Somewhat Protestant

    07/21/2016 6:16:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Chisea ^ | July 22, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    The idyll between Francis and the followers of Luther. The alarm of cardinals and bishops against the “Protestantization” of the Catholic Church. But also the distrust of authoritative Lutheran theologians by Sandro Magister ROME, July 22, 2016 - In the alarmed letter that thirteen cardinals from five continents were preparing to deliver to Pope Francis at the beginning of the last synod, they were warning him against leading the Catholic Church as well to “the collapse of liberal Protestant churches in the modern era, accelerated by their abandonment of key elements of Christian belief and practice in the name of...
  • Concern Grows for Christians in Turkey After Failed Coup

    07/21/2016 1:49:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/20/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Concerns are growing for the future of Christians in Turkey, the birthplace of St Paul, in the wake of the failed coup. Two churches in eastern Turkey in places already known for historic murders of Christians were vandalised during the attempted coup, reports Middle East Concern. In Trabzon on the Black Sea, ten people attacked the Catholic church of Santa Maria where Catholic priest Father Andrea Santoro was murdered in 2006. Muslim neighbours intervened and drove them away. In Malatya, where three Christian workers were murdered in 2007, there was an attempt to smash the windows of the Protestant Church....
  • US cardinal says ‘Christian nations’ in West must counter Islamic influx

    07/21/2016 1:39:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | July 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Amid heightened tensions over ISIS-fueled terror attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric, a prominent U.S. cardinal says Islam “wants to govern the world” and Americans must decide if they are going to reassert “the Christian origin of our own nation” in order to avoid that fate. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Rome-based prelate known as an outspoken conservative and critic of Pope Francis’ reformist approach, said in an interview on Wednesday (July 20) that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” While Catholic teaching recognizes that all Abrahamic faiths worship the same God, Burke criticized Catholic leaders who, in an effort to be...
  • US Cardinal [Burke] Says ‘Christian Nations’ in West Must Counter Islamic Influx

    07/21/2016 1:38:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Seervice ^ | 7/21/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) Amid heightened tensions over ISIS-fueled terror attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric, a prominent U.S. cardinal says Islam “wants to govern the world” and Americans must decide if they are going to reassert “the Christian origin of our own nation” in order to avoid that fate. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Rome-based prelate known as an outspoken conservative and critic of Pope Francis’ reformist approach, said in an interview on Wednesday (July 20) that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” While Catholic teaching recognizes that all Abrahamic faiths worship the same God, Burke criticized Catholic leaders who, in an effort to...
  • COULD THE TIME BE RIPE FOR THE GREAT MONARCH? IS HE HERE AMONG US NOW?

    07/21/2016 1:20:31 PM PDT · by Just a little eagle · 59 replies
    JULY 11,2016 | SANDRA AIREY
    Could The Time Be Ripe for The Great Monarch? Is He Here Among Us Now? by Sandra Airey I'm a Catholic born in 1947, raised in a family with many devout Catholics, and taught by pre-Vatican II nuns for 12 years. My life has been unusual for more than one reason. I was born the second child to a woman with Rh negative blood and a severe heart defect. I ended up with minimal brain damage ( causing partial seizures affecting awareness ) and connective tissue disease. My mother knowing about the circumstances of my birth was aware that I...
  • Liberal Catholicism’s unexpected crisis [Catholic Caucus]

    07/21/2016 10:16:28 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 21, 2016 | Matthew Schmitz
    Even as Pope Francis wins the applause of the world for giving Catholicism a friendlier face, critics have started to grumble. On social media and in opinion columns, they have drawn up a list of grievances. While they approve of his pastoral outreach, they are concerned that he is leaving the Church unprepared to face the challenges of our age. They admire many of the men he has promoted, but fret that he has also empowered bishops who want to lead the Church on a dangerous, radical course – and may well do so once he departs. No, these critics...
  • When God Allows Divorce. (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional & Caucus)

    07/21/2016 8:56:57 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 7.21.2016
    “In the house the disciples asked [Jesus] again about this matter. And he said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.’ ” Mark 10:10–12 Given modern no-fault divorce laws and the allowance for divorce in cases of “irreconcilable differences,” both of which reflect a disdain for Christ’s teaching on marriage (Mark 10:1–9), it is unsurprising that many Christians believe divorce is never acceptable. Moreover, passages such as today’s text, at least on first reading, seem to lend credence to the idea that...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(7/21/16)[Prayer]

    07/21/2016 8:21:17 AM PDT · by left that other site · 16 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 7/21/16 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Character Studies From The Bible John The Gospels) (John 15) 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in...
  • More details surface about 45 theologians’ appeal to correct Amoris Laetitia’s errors

    07/21/2016 8:03:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 20, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    New details have emerged about the letter 45 theologians sent to every Catholic patriarch and cardinal asking them to petition Pope Francis to fix a list of erroneous propositions in Amoris Laetitia. The group’s spokesman Dr. Joseph Shaw, a University of Oxford academic and chairman of the Latin Mass Society, told LifeSiteNews that the list of signatories is not in any way limited to theologians who are viewed as liturgical traditionalists, thus showing that there is wide concern about Amoris Laetitia across the world of Catholic academia. Upon the announcement of the existence the letter, Shaw said, “Numerous propositions in...
  • Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage

    07/21/2016 7:39:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-16 | Revised New American Bible
    Our Most Primal Fear and the Source of Our Bondage Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2016 • Let’s ponder a significant yet often overlooked text from Hebrews, which describes our most basic and primal fear. Our inordinate fear of what people think of us is rooted in an even deeper fear, one which is at the very core of our being. The Hebrews text both names it and describes it as being the source of our bondage. In order to unlock the secret of the text, I want to suggest to you an interpretation that will allow its...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    07/21/2016 6:56:48 AM PDT · by Hiskid · 7 replies
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  • Remembering Your Inheritance

    07/21/2016 5:41:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you" (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Victory over present circumstances comes when you focus on your eternal inheritance and praise God for it. One amazing privilege you have as a Christian is to be the beneficiary of a rich and exciting spiritual inheritance. Jesus gave us a...
  • Reminders of Assurance

    07/21/2016 5:41:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you” (2 Peter 1:12). Remembering where you’ve been is the key to getting where you want to go. The summer of 1980 was a turning point in my ministry. After nearly a dozen years as pastor of Grace Community Church, I took a three-month sabbatical. In my heart I wasn’t sure if I would come back. I felt I had taught my congregation all I knew, and I feared boring them...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-21-16, OM, St. Lawrence Brindisi, Priest and Doctor/Church

    07/20/2016 10:49:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-21-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 21, 2016 Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 This word of the LORD came to me:Go, cry out this message for Jerusalem to hear! I remember the devotion of your youth,how you loved me as a bride,Following me in the desert,in a land unsown.Sacred to the LORD was Israel,the first fruits of his harvest;Should any presume to partake of them,evil would befall them, says the LORD. When I brought you into the garden land to eat its goodly fruits,You entered and defiled my land,you made my heritage loathsome.The priests asked...
  • Public revelation reveals some detail of life of St. Joseph

    07/20/2016 6:24:11 PM PDT · by rwa265 · 7 replies
    St. Louis Review ^ | July 7, 2016 | Fr. John Mayo
    The life of St. Joseph is largely veiled to us by history. While there are some writings from the early centuries of the Church about St. Joseph, they are part of the apocryphal literature. Writings in this category are largely viewed with suspicion, as they were written more to convey hidden, secret knowledge that was believed to be needed to attain salvation, rather than to give an account of events that took place. We also have the writings of mystics such as Anne Catherine Emmerich and the Venerable Mother Mary of Jesus of Agreda, which pass along vivid details of...
  • Top rabbis: Unmistakable signs of Messiah coming

    07/20/2016 6:07:01 PM PDT · by amorphous · 66 replies
    WND ^ | 20 July 2016 | WND Staff
    A conversation between two of the most distinguished rabbis in Israel indicates scholars of the Torah see unmistakable signs of the coming of the Messiah. What’s more, in the Messianic era, Christians will become a source of Torah learning, as believers in Jesus Christ rediscover the source of their beliefs in both Judaism and the Torah. The conversation took place between Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, both of whom are regarded as leading experts in the Torah. During the conversation, Rabbi Kanievsky reportedly predicted the imminent coming of the Messiah, before the end of the year after the...
  • Buttiglione backs Amoris Laetitia in L'Osservatore Romano article [Catholic Caucus]

    07/20/2016 4:27:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 20, 2016
    The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has published a front-page essay by Rocco Buttiglione, the Italian political leader and adviser to St. John Paul II, supporting the argument of Amoris Laetitia that Catholics who are divorced and remarried might, under some circumstances, be allowed to receive Communion. Buttiglione argues that the Catholic Church has always recognized the possibility that individual circumstances determine whether or not someone is in a state of sin. He writes: The path that the Pope proposes to divorced and remarried is exactly the same that the Church proposes to all sinners: Go to confession, and your confessor,...
  • Ven. Fulton Sheen on the Devil: "As Theologians Dropped the Demonic, Psychiatrists Picked it Up"

    07/20/2016 3:58:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Big Catholics ^ | July 19, 2016
    Venerable Fulton J. Sheen discusses the Devil's incessant attempts to turn our heats away from God. May we never forget that Satan, the father of lies, is a cruel deceiver of men whose only desire is our destruction. Below is a partial transcript of Venerable Sheen's remarks.The Devil - Venerable Fulton Sheen Starting at 4:43: I thought perhaps you might be interested in hearing about the Devil from a sound philosophical and theological point of view. I'm going to describe to you the Devil, first from the psychiatric point of view, and secondly from the biblical. First the psychiatric....
  • EWTN To Air Comprehensive ‘World Youth Day’ Coverage Live From Kraków, Poland

    07/20/2016 1:27:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    globenewswire.com ^ | July 05, 2016 | EWTN Global Catholic Network
    EWTN Global Catholic Network’s live coverage of World Youth Day 2016 airs July 26-31 from Kraków, Poland with three of the best-known and most popular youth speakers in the country. Expect the unexpected from the Network’s in-country team including Fr. Mark Mary Cristina, MFVA (”Life on the Rock”); internationally acclaimed Author and Speaker Chris Stefanick (“Real Life Catholic,” “The Gospel Unplugged”); and “Chastity Project” and “Totus Tuus Press” Founder and Speaker Jason Evert. The team will be bringing viewers the sights and sounds of Kraków, along with their sure to be entertaining interviews with young people attending WYD, to both...
  • First stop of World Youth Day adventure - Berlin

    07/20/2016 12:01:08 PM PDT · by Shark24 · 9 replies
    Self
    Arrived last night in Berlin for first stop of World Youth Day Tour. I'm with about 150 attendees from Los Angeles Diocese that includes many smaller groups of teens, young adults and chaperones. Also includes four priests and a really great nun that has been to every WYD. Attended Mass this morning then toured Reischstag, Brandenburg Gate, Olympic Stadium and CheckPoint Charlie. Excellent learning experience for the teens and young adults. We will also be visiting Potsdam, Dresden, Prague and Auschwitz before getting into Krakow for start of formal WYD events. The Diocese wanted the youth to experience some history...
  • Remember the Copts ISIS Martyred in Libya? This Priest Does.

    07/20/2016 7:29:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/19/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Minya, Egypt, Jul 19, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Christians in Egypt, the possibility of martyrdom is not a remote one. Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com“It is something they concretely feel, it is part of their Christian life,” Father Paolo Asolan, an Italian priest who recently visited Egypt, told CNA. “And for a mother and a father, the fact that one of their sons can become a martyr is always a great gift.” The Islamic State’s beheading of 20 Coptic Christians and another man shocked the world in February...