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  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-22-18, Fourth Sunday of Easter

    04/21/2018 10:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-21-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 4:8-12 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:"Leaders of the people and elders:If we are being examined todayabout a good deed done to a cripple,namely, by what means he was saved,then all of you and all the people of Israel should knowthat it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazoreanwhom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;in his name this man stands before you healed.He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,which has become the cornerstone.There is no salvation through anyone else,nor is there any...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Third Sunday After Easter: The Patronage of Saint Joseph (Gueranger)

    04/21/2018 10:13:30 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Semidouble ℣. In resurrectione tua Christe, alleluia. ℣. In thy resurrection, O Christ, alleluia. ℟. Cœli et terra lætentur, alleluia. ℟. Let heaven and earth rejoice, alleluia. THE EASTER MYSTERIES are superseded today by a special subject, which is offered for our consideration. The holy Church invites us to spend this Sunday in honoring the Spouse of Mary, the Foster-Father of the Son of God. And yet, as we offered him the yearly tribute of our devotion on the 19th of March, it is not, properly speaking, his Feast that we are to celebrate today. It is a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Soter and Caius, Popes and Martyrs (Gueranger)

    04/21/2018 10:13:26 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble THE PALMS OF TWO MARTYRED POPES are intertwined and grace this day of the Calendar. Soter suffered for Christ in the second, and Caius in the third century; a hundred years separate them; and yet we have the same energy of faith, the same jealous fidelity to keep intact the depositum left by Christ to his Church. What human society ever existed that produced heroes for century after century? The Society, however, which was founded by Christ—in other words, the Church—is based on that traditional devotedness which consists in laying down one's life for the faith. And...
  • [Cath Cauc/Barf Alert] Pope Francis Is a Mystic Trying to Solve Left-Right Dichotomy in the Church

    04/21/2018 4:17:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 21, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    The young Bergoglio is an assiduous reader of Fessards work La dialectique des Exercices spirituels de saint Ignace de Loyola. In it, the French Jesuit showed how Ignatian spirituality was determined by a polar tension between God and man, grace and freedom, the infinitely great and the infinitely small. From here rises the tensioned thinking of the future Pope. It is this thought that explains Bergoglios interest in the polar dialectic of Romano Guardini, when, in 1986, he went to Germany to do his doctoral thesis. Since then, Guardini has become his point of reference. This idea of polarity, which...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Video: Historian Henry Sire Discusses His Book The Dictator Pope

    04/21/2018 3:32:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 20, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Henry Sire says he wrote the book The Dictator Pope because he felt it necessary to uncover the gap between what he says is the media facade of Pope Francis and the reality as it is known in the Vatican. In a March 26 interview with the Register (see video below), Sire says that Francis is essentially a politician who relies on public relations, a maverick pope who manipulates the media and falls short of acting in a collegial manner with bishops. Pope Francis doesnt deal with bishops in a collegial spirit at all, Sire says, despite the Holy Fathers...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cuba: Pope Sends Message to Youth Ministers

    04/21/2018 2:40:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Zenit ^ | April 21, 2018 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis on April 21, 2018, sent a message to the participants in the meeting of heads of youth pastoral ministry in Cuba.Video Message of the Holy FatherDear young people,I encourage you to fall in love with Jesus and to be ever more committed in a concrete way to the service of the Church in this real Cuba of today, without fear of hearing the call of God in the situations that are presented every day. Good patriots, love your land, love your country! Be generous and open your heart to the Lord!May the next World Youth Day in Panama,...
  • We Can Still Call Fire Down from Heaven

    04/21/2018 2:14:18 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 12 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | April 21, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux Israel was steeped in idolatry under King Ahab, and God had cursed them with a drought. Rainfall was crucial to a civilizations survival in the ancient world; drought was usually followed by famine. But God was getting ready to shake things up. And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth (I Kings 18:1). Rain was coming; but first the Lord had a plan to rid Israel of its wickedness. Elijah...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis is Under Pressure

    04/21/2018 1:35:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | April 20, 2018 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Santiago de Chile) Twice yesterday, the case of Barros stood front and center: in Rome and in Santiago de Chile. Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati SDB, the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, opened an extraordinary gathering of the Chilean clergy yesterday. In Rome, the most important critic of Pope Francis was received in audience. The reason is Pope Francis' letter to the Chilean Episcopal Conference. With the letter, the Catholic Church leader responded to the report of his special envoy, Msgr. Charles Scicluna, on the sexual abuse scandal in Chile and around the ex-priest Fernando Karadima. The focus is Bishop Juan Barros...
  • Amir Tsarfati's report, April 21, on Iran, Gaza, Russia, Turkey, trouble

    04/21/2018 12:56:25 PM PDT · by firebrand · 5 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | April 21, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Russia is moving the S-300 surface-to-air missiles into Syria under a literal smokescreen, to be placed next to the Syrian air bases, but it will be "resolved." Turkey is calling for new surface-to-air missiles. Iran suffering tremendous unrest, which we are not hearing about in our media, and will suffer more if Trump pulls out of Iran deal. And in Gaza the assault on the Israeli border continues, with teenagers being sacrificed to the battle. Not a pretty picture, but stay tuned till the end to hear a very moving description of Israel's purpose in the world, and our role...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Of Truth and Idols

    04/21/2018 12:34:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 20, 2018 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Pope Francis celebrated and preached at the Chrism Mass in St. Peters Basilica on Holy Thursday morning. He addressed the concelebrating priests on the themes of the closeness of God and the closeness that priests should have to their people. This priestly closeness is an attitude that engages the whole person. He praised street priests who are close, available, priests who are there for people, who talk to everyone. Closeness, he believes, is the key to mercy and also the key to truth. Further, truth is not only the definition of situations and things from a certain distance, by abstract...
  • Pope Francis appoints three women as consultants to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

    04/21/2018 12:20:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    America Magazine ^ | April 21, 2018 | Gerard O'Connell
    In a historic decision, Pope Francis has appointed three womentwo Italians and one Belgianas consultants to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as part of his ongoing effort to give a greater role to women in the work of the Roman Curia offices, the central administration of the Catholic church.
  • [Cath Cauc] New York Catholic LGBT ministry holding event at raunchy gay baragain

    04/21/2018 11:26:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 20, 2018 | Joseph Sciambra
    [WARNING: Links contain explicit material.] April 20, 2018 (Joseph Sciambra) On May 15, 2018, the official LGBT ministry Out at St. Paul, located at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in New York City, will host a "Rooftop Social" at gay sports barBoxersin Hell's Kitchen. According to Out at St. Paul: Please join us for an OSP social on Tuesday, May 15, at Boxers Hell's Kitchen. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your old friends in the OSP community and to meet new friends as well. Please join us, especially if you are a newcomer to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Holy See joins the EPA ( Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes)

    04/21/2018 11:08:33 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Council of Europe ^ | April 9, 2018
    Strasbourg, France 9 April 2018 On Wednesday 21st March 2018, the Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for the Holy Sees Relations with States, informed Mr Thorbjrn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe of the Holy Sees accession to the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, registered as of the 21st March 2018. The Holy See becomes the 32nd member State of the EPA. We should like to thank Msgr. Paolo Rudelli, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe for his support during the accession process, and look forward to welcoming the Holy See to...
  • The surprising reason why LGBT and abortion activists have been close allies from the beginning.

    04/21/2018 11:00:54 AM PDT · by jonrick46 · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Apr 17, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) The pro-abortion and LGBT movements are linked spiritually, ideologically and politically, a Christian pro-family advocate says. Because of this, it has become more important than ever before for pro-life and family advocates to unite against these enemies of life and the family. Former abortion volunteer and Christian convert Linda Harvey explained to a recent pro-life conference how the LGBT and abortion movements have the common elements of rejecting Gods plan for humanity and targeting children. Children are the targeted of sexualization via comprehensive sex education in schools, Harvey said, and through dangerous and...
  • Salvation and Church

    04/21/2018 9:30:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 174 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 03-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Salvation and Church The teaching of ‘no salvation outside the Church’ is important and one that must rightly be understood Msgr. Charles Pope 3/14/2018 Question: I hear the Catholic Church teaches there is no salvation outside the Church. This would seem to condemn most to hell. Or am I missing something? — Name, location withheld Answer: It is in fact a doctrine of the Church often repeated by the Fathers of the Church and taught formally. However, it must be understood properly. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this to say by way of explanation: “‘Outside the Church...
  • Acts of the Apostles, Ch. 27

    04/21/2018 6:37:15 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    1 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. 2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. 3 And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself. 4 And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. 5 And...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(4/21/18)[Prayer]

    04/21/2018 5:44:23 AM PDT · by left that other site · 12 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 4/21/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Shared Meal 
 (Old Testament) Leviticus 23 The Appointed Festivals 23 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies. The Sabbath 3 “‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the Lord. The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread...
  • The Cushion of Peace

    04/21/2018 5:43:00 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). Gods peace cushions the soul during difficult times. I remember reading about what is called "the cushion of the sea." The ocean surface is often greatly agitated, but as you descend, the water becomes increasingly calm. At its greatest depths the ocean is virtually still. Oceanographers dredging ocean bottoms have found animal and plant remains that appear to have been undisturbed for hundreds of years. Similarly, Christians can experience a cushion of peace in their souls regardless of their troubled surroundings. That's because they belong to...
  • The Centrality of the Resurrection

    04/21/2018 5:42:33 AM PDT · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said (Matthew 28:5-6). The fact of Jesus resurrection is the culmination of redemptive history and the essential basis of the Christian faith. Without the Resurrection, our Christian faith would just be a lot of wishful thinking, no better than human philosophies and speculative religions. In fact, the noted seventeenth-century philosopher John Locke, some of whose ideas were incorporated into the Declaration of Independence, wrote, Our Saviours resurrection is truly of great importance...
  • Alfie Evans Father Says Vatican Hospital is Ready to Take Alfie Immediately

    04/21/2018 3:29:51 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | April 19, 2018 | Steven Ertelt
    After meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican, Alfie Evans father says the Vatican hospital is ready to take Alfie immediately and provide the care and treatment Alder Hey Childrens Hospital refuses to provide. Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, have fought an extended legal battle with the childrens hospital to get it to allow them permission to take Alfie to the Bambino Ges hospital in Rome. But Alder Hey hospital says its in Alfies best interests to pull his life support, potentially killing him. Last night Tom Evans posted on the Alfie Army Facebook page to describe his time...