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  • Cath Cauc:Former lesbian on why it’s cruel for Church leaders to go soft on same-sex relationships

    11/12/2017 4:19:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 12, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    Robin Teresa Beck, 59, lived through 12 lesbian relationships over the course of 35 years before her dramatic conversion to the Catholic faith and healing from homosexuality, just five years ago. Read LifeSiteNews’ coverage of Robin’s dramatic story here. Read the full interview here. Beck spoke with LifeSiteNews over the phone from her home in Michigan in the Detroit area about everything from the impossibility of creating a healthy gay relationship, to why lesbian relationships can never fulfill the emotional needs of women, to how she believes God looks on people struggling with homosexuality, to how the Church should approach...
  • Confession of sins

    09/30/2017 6:40:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 09-27-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Confession of sins We are to name and number our mortal sins during confession, which has its roots in sacred Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope 9/27/2017 Question: As a child, I was taught to confess my sins individually by name and the number of times committed. Is this practice legally required? Some confessors say this amount of detail is unnecessary. Also, how did the confession ritual of the Church get established? There is no biblical record that I know of.— Glen Morton, Peoria, Illinois Answer: Confessing sins in kind (by name) and number is required only for mortal sins. For lesser (venial) sins...
  • On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial

    08/19/2017 8:44:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • August 18, 2017 • One of the most commonly committed—yet least often confessed—sins, is that of rash judgment. The commercial below humorously depicts the sin and how wrong we can sometimes be.In reality, the sin is not often humorous and can lead us to some very dark places. On account of rash judgments, we may harbor grudges, resentments, fears, and unjust anger. We may allow it to foster pride, feeling ourselves superior to others. We may even seek revenge based on misinformation or as...
  • Sins Against Hope

    01/13/2017 9:11:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sins Against Hope Msgr. Charles Pope • January 13, 2017 • In yesterday’s post, we discussed the theological virtue of hope. This is the supernatural virtue whereby we confidently expect God’s help in attaining eternal life. The object of hope is not earthly things (e.g., better health, a higher-paying job), but rather God and the things awaiting us in Heaven. Hope pertains to things that are difficult but not impossible; we do not really need to hope for things that are at hand or easily obtained.Today, let’s ponder briefly some sins against hope. Expectation of God’s help must be...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Does Francis Want Ethics of the Rich? By Father Reto Nay

    09/23/2017 8:14:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 23, 2017 | Fr. Reto Nay
    The webpage of the German Bishops katholisch.de explained on September 20, that Pope Francis dismantled the Family Institute in Rome, in order to turn it into a "think tank for Amoris Laetitia", Francis' document, which, in contradiction to the Gospel, demands Holy Communion for adulterers. The article is written by chief-editor Thomas Jansen. He argues that Francis punished the Family Institute because its professors criticised Francis' arguments at the last Synod of the Family. For Jansen it is clear that the orientation of the Institute was "too conservative", by which he means, "too Catholic". He suggests that Francis intends replacing...
  • Catholic Caucus:Did the Pope just answer the dubia by abolishing the John Paul II Institute?

    09/19/2017 5:46:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 19, 2017 | Pete Baklinksi
    One year ago to this day, four Cardinals submitted five yes-or-no questions to Pope Francis asking him if his 2016 exhortation on marriage and the family — Amoris Laetitia — conforms to perennial Catholic teaching on marriage, moral absolutes, conscience, and the sacraments.  The Pope has refused to answer their questions, despite the moral and pastoral chaos that ensued throughout the whole of Christendom as priests, bishops, and cardinals interpreted his teachings in completely contradictory ways. Some allowed civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics living in habitual adultery to receive Holy Communion. Some did not.  Today, on the first anniversary of the dubia, has...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis Kills the "Institute for Marriage and the Family"

    09/19/2017 9:24:54 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 19, 2017 | Gloria TV
    The Roman Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family, founded by John Paul II to defend the indissolubility of Christian marriage and to fight abortion, has been abolished in its present form by Pope Francis through a recent motu proprio. The institute will now be called "John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences". It had incurred Francis' wrath because of its defense of Catholic doctrine during the Synod of the Family, although Francis excluded the institute from the work of the Synod. Now, Francis wishes that the institute propagates his controversial document Amoris Laetitia that relativizes the...
  • Pope to new bishops: ‘Discernment’ means avoiding ‘rigid’ answers to moral questions

    09/14/2017 7:45:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 14, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    Pope Francis told a group of newly ordained bishops that “authentic discernment” cannot be reduced to repeating “rigid” moral formulas to persons whose situations “can’t be reduced to black and white.” Discernment, the pope said, “can’t be reduced to repeating formulas such as ‘high clouds send little rain’ to a concrete person, who’s often immersed in a reality that can’t be reduced to black and white.” He cautioned bishops against being “imprisoned by nostalgia for being able to give just one answer to apply in all cases,” adding that discernment is an “antidote against rigidity, because the same solutions aren’t...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis: Forbidden Question

    09/13/2017 5:13:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 13, 2017 | Gloria TV
    After Dubia Cardinal Carlo Caffarra's death on the first day of the Apostolic Journey to Colombia, Pope Francis let the journalists, who accompanied him, know, that he would not accept any question regarding Caffarra during the press conference in the plane on his way back to Rome. The Italian blog Anonimi della Croce writes, that Francis was afraid of the question why he did not answer the doubts ("dubia") of the four Cardinals concerning his controversial document Amoris Laetitia.
  • Nashville Statement Is Biblical But Lacks Pastoral Wisdom, Further Alienates LGBT Persons

    09/09/2017 8:11:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 126 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2017 | Brandon Showalter
    The response to the Nashville Statement continues with some scholars now saying it damages the church's already negative reputation with homosexuals, and lacks pastoral wisdom even though they agree with the document theologically.Writing on his website Sunday, New York Times bestselling author Preston Sprinkle, who is currently a full-time speaker, noted that although he stood with the authors and signers of the Nashville Statement — a document published last week by the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission that promotes the long-held Christian view of marriage and sexual ethics — it falls short on important...
  • Levels of sin?

    10/15/2016 9:36:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    OSV.com ^ | from 09-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Levels of sin? While all sin is offensive to God, Church teaches the difference between mortal and venial sin Msgr. Charles Pope 9/21/2016 Question: I think the Catholic notion of mortal and venial sin is flawed. All sin is serious, and since it offends God, it is an infinite offense. The Catholic distinction leads to ignoring many sins and only focusing on some. All sin is a grave offense against God.— John Malvine, Boulder, Colorado Answer: It should first be noted that the distinction between mortal and venial sin is found in Scripture. The First Letter of John says, “There...
  • Homosexual "Pilgrims" Greet Pope Francis

    08/14/2017 1:34:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | 8-14-2017 | Gloria TV
    During the Angelus of Pope Francis on Sunday, August 13, a banner appeared carrying the text "Gay and lesbian pilgrims greet Pope Francis". According to the Communist Italian paper Il Manifesto it belonged to a group of [dissidenting] "Catholic" homosexualists who undertook a march from Siena to Rome. Vatican security did not intervene to remove the provocation.
  • Bishop, “Homosexuality, if it is not a choice ..., it is a gift given by God.”[Catholic Caucus]

    08/05/2017 7:00:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 60 replies
    Call me Jorge ... ^ | August 4, 2017 | hereisjorgebergoglio
    Bishop Antônio Carlos Cruz Santos, “Homosexuality, if it is not a choice and not a disease, it is a gift given by God.” “Our prejudices can not perceive the gift of God, just as it happened to the blacks, who were not seen as people because of prejudice.” — Bishop Antônio Carlos Cruz Santos on homosexuality — Antônio Carlos Cruz Santos, the Bishop of Caicó, Brazil. Bishop Antônio Carlos Cruz Santos, just the other day gave a homily about homosexuality.  He begins it by lamenting the “high suicide rate among homosexuals” and proceeds to tell the sad story of a...
  • Who knows our sin?

    06/18/2016 7:39:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 03-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who knows our sin? While Scripture could be taken to mean saints in heaven are aware of details of our sin, it is unlikely Msgr. Charles Pope Question: Do the souls in heaven know our sins, or is that knowledge reserved to God alone?— Peter Tate, Long Beach, California Answer: We are in the realm of speculative theology when it comes to answering questions like this. However, it does not seem to pertain to God’s justice that he would reveal our sins to others (even the saints in heaven), especially our more hidden sins. We are not to reveal to...
  • Explaining disasters

    06/11/2016 6:36:35 AM PDT · by Salvation · 26 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Explaining disasters While the loss of life stemming from tragedies is heartbreaking, we can’t fully understand God’s plan Msgr. Charles Pope May 29, 2016 Question: Given God’s mercy, how do we explain devastating earthquakes and other natural disasters? It certainly tests our faith!— Gerald Olesen, Fortuna, California Answer: Part of the answer we must accept is that we cannot really know the full answer since there is so much we don’t see or understand. This was the basic answer God gave Job, who asked the meaning of suffering in his own life. In effect, God challenged Job to explain...
  • The Four Cardinals Plead for an Audience; Why It Will Never Happen [Catholic Caucus]

    06/21/2017 11:40:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 20, 2017 | Christoper A. Ferrara
    The Four Cardinals Plead for an Audience Why It Will Never Happen by Christopher A. Ferrara June 20, 2017 The Corrispondenza Romana website has just published the full text of a letter from Cardinal Carlo Caffarra to Pope Bergoglio dated April 25, 2017. Cardinal Caffarra is one of the four cardinals who presented to Pope Bergoglio the famous and never-answered dubia concerning the disastrous Amoris Laetitia (AL). He is also the cardinal whom Sister Lucia warned about the coming “final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan” over “marriage and the family” — the battle now raging throughout...
  • BAD LANGUAGE ; A load of empty words with no power to save.[Catholic Caucus]

    06/21/2017 8:54:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | June 21, 2017 | Michael Voris
    Do you remember the two shocking synods in October of 2014 and 2015? Lots and lots of controversy as it became increasingly clear that something completely crooked was going on. One of the leading behind the scenes characters was Washington D.C.'s Cdl. Donald Wuerl, who kept pushing the ridiculous notion that you can change the practice of something without causing a change in the doctrine — sort of like they don't really have anything to do with each other. Sure they don't. Among various cardinals and archbishops, Wuerl was out front in describing the synods as what he termed a...
  • Is eternal security a "license" to sin?

    06/08/2017 5:24:08 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 107 replies
    gotquestions.org ^ | unknown | Got Questions Ministries
    Question: "Is eternal security a "license" to sin?" Answer: The most frequent objection to the doctrine of eternal security is that it supposedly allows people to live any way that they want and still be saved. While this may be "technically" true, it is not true in reality. A person who has truly been redeemed by Jesus Christ will not live a life characterized by continuous, willful sin. We must draw a distinction between how a Christian should live and what a person must do in order to receive salvation. The Bible is clear that salvation is by grace alone,...
  • It's The Sin, Dummy!

    06/01/2017 12:12:01 PM PDT · by Trad Bishop · 37 replies
    June 1, 2017 | Trad Bishop
    In all my years in the priesthood, the topic of Fatima, as so many people like Fr. Gruner and the Fatima Crusader, and many other authors too many to count, have made the central focus on the Consecration of Russia to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart with a close secondary focus on the Third Secret. Neither of which will get any body to Heaven. My priestly function and Jesus Christ's mission center on the salvation of souls. Therefore, the more important part of what Our Lady had to say to the three seers in 1917 at Fatima was just to one...
  • Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future

    05/30/2017 9:16:21 AM PDT · by fwdude · 30 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | August 11, 2014 | Mark Regnerus
    [Header Synopsis] Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions.