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  • Catholic Word of the Day: LAX CONSCIENCE, 05-29-15

    05/29/2015 8:57:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-29-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:LAX CONSCIENCE An erroneous conscience when the mind decides on insufficient grounds that a sinful act is permissible or that something gravely wrong is not serious. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Silence Is Necessary – On Cultivating Silence in Our Soul

    05/29/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Silence Is Necessary – On Cultivating Silence in Our Soul By: Msgr. Charles PopeI suppose it goes without saying that we live in a very fast-paced, hectic, and noisy world.  We’re often in a big hurry to get somewhere. Stress is the norm and noise is all around us in the form of radios, televisions, iPods, etc. We’re plugged in but often tuned out. Very few of us live at the pace or volume of normal life.So overstimulated are we that many literally cannot relax when it is quiet; silence unnerves them. I recently took an informal poll in a...
  • Synod. The Battle of Germany

    05/29/2015 6:29:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 5/29/15 | Sandro Magister
    The German bishops are fighting to open the way for divorce and homosexuality. But six of them have broken ranks. And in a book one jurist thoroughly criticizes Cardinal Kasper’s ideas. "It is a crisis of faith," comments African cardinal Sarah ROME, May 29, 2015 - In perfect temporal conjunction four days ago, right when the council and general secretariat of the synod of bishops were at the Vatican with Pope Francis preparing the next session of the assembly, on the same day and not far away, at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the presidents of the episcopal conferences of Germany,...
  • Spokesman Says Bishops’ Gathering Was Not About Changing Doctrine

    05/29/2015 6:18:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/28/15 | Cindy Wooden
    German, Swiss and French bishops wanted to 'enrich thinking' about the foundations of the synodGermany’s bishops have denied that their talks with other bishops’ conferences ahead of the October family synod were about changing Church teaching. “It was a real fruitful discussion and very broad and that was important; it was not just about the hot topics” of divorce and homosexuality, Matthias Kopp, the German bishops’ spokesman, told Catholic News Service yesterday. The three bishops organised a study day in Rome on Monday, bringing together bishops and scholars, a couple of Vatican officials and a few journalists to discuss issues...
  • Arminian vs Reformed on Justification

    05/28/2015 11:44:08 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | May 26, 2015 | Mark Jones
    Introduction Recent scholarship on Arminius has pointed out that he was a theologian of grace. Of course, I am yet to read of a Christian theologian who would not wish to be described that way. Some scholars have also tried to narrow the gap between Arminius and the Reformed tradition, with some suggesting that Arminius was correct to view himself as Reformed.  Historically speaking, according to the judgment of many Reformed divines, Arminius, and his Remonstrant successors, deviated from the Reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone in a significant way. Arminius thought his difference was only minor. In fact,...
  • Rome, Her Saints, & the Gospel

    05/28/2015 8:12:00 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 138 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | May 20, 2015 | Eric Davis
    This past weekend pope Francis canonized four new saints in a ceremony which received extra attention as two of the four were of Palestinian origin. One of the new Palestinian saints, Sister Mariam Baouardy (1846-1878), was a mystic and stigmatic also known as “Mary Jesus Crucified.” She was a Palestinian and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem in the late 1800’s. The other new Palestinian saint, Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas (1843-1927), was a co-founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, who spent much of her life in Bethlehem founding schools and orphanages.Despite the interesting politics of the situation, we...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NET WITH FISH, 05-28-15

    05/28/2015 7:53:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-28-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NET WITH FISH Symbol of the Church based on the text "the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast unto the sea. When it is full the fishermen haul it ashore" (Matthew 13:47). Saints and sinners will fill the net to be sorted out later. Reminiscent of Christ's meeting with Peter and Andrew casting their nets into the sea as Christ bade them, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men" (Mark 1-17). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • A Distinction Without a Difference or a Distinction to Die For? John 21:16 – Peter, Do You Love Me?

    05/28/2015 6:50:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-27-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Distinction Without a Difference or a Distinction to Die For? Wrestling With the Subtleties of John 21:16 – Peter, Do You Love Me? By: Msgr. Charles PopeLast week, as we wrapped up the Easter season, we read the beautiful dialogue between Jesus and Peter: “Peter, do you love me?” Analyzing this beautiful text is one of the great indoor sports of New Testament Biblical Scholarship: how to interpret the subtleties in that dialogue between Jesus and Peter.And thus Jesus asks, “Peter do you love me?” And Peter responds, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” This exchange occurs three times. But...
  • When Hell Has a Hashtag

    05/27/2015 6:36:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies
    ncr ^ | 5.26.15 | Simcha Fisher
    #CharlieCharlieChallenge is a popular hashtag on Twitter today. According to the BBC Trending blog, it refers to a game which involves balancing pencils over the words "yes" and "no" on a piece of paper. Players ask questions which are supposedly answered by Charlie - a mysterious demon who spookily moves the pencils, if you believe in that sort of thing. The BBC says, "if you believe in that sort of thing" because it does sound pretty goofy: A mysterious Mexican demon moving pencils around at the behest of eleven-year-old Mackynzie, who wants to know if Conor likes her or not. Who...
  • Wisdom Cries Out...What the Irish Tragedy Teaches US

    When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.(Luke 11:24-26)Ireland has long been considered a throw back example of an earlier morality, being one of the last of the western nations to liberalize divorce...
  • Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Here’s Why

    05/27/2015 5:42:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Is There a Vocation to the Single Life? I Think Not and Here’s Why By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere are some today who think that the Church should give greater recognition to the “call” to the single life. And therefore when we pray for  vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and marriage in the Prayer of the Faithful (or at other times) some will say, “Why don’t you ever pray for those called to the single life or mention the vocation to the single life?” Here in the blog, too, when I write about vocations there are usually some who comment...
  • The Soul, Its Burdens, & the Path to Restoration (Part 4)PODCAST

    05/26/2015 8:49:04 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Podcast Garden ^ | 5/26/2015 | Rob W. Case
    In the fourth part of our series on the Soul, Its Burdens, and the Path to Restoration, after we finish our discussion on how God transforms and influences the mind, we discuss how God can (and does) touch and influence the will and the emotions, and restore them to where they can act and/or react from a newly reapportioned disposition. (The program can be accessed by clicking on the "Source" link, or by clicking HERE.
  • As Synod Council Meets, 'Shadow Council' Pushes Acceptance of Gay Unions

    05/26/2015 8:15:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Rome, Italy, May 26, 2015 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the Synod of Bishops' ordinary council gathered to discuss the upcoming Synod on the Family this week, a private group of bishops and experts convened behind closed doors in Rome to consider the most controversial issues at the synod, particularly support of gay unions and Communion for the divorced and remarried. Pope Francis chaired the May 25-26 meeting of the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops, which is preparing for this October's synod on “the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in contemporary world.”...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EMPIRICISM, 05-26-15

    05/26/2015 9:06:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-26-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:EMPIRICISM In moral philosophy, the system of thought that claims that experience is the only valid source of knowledge. This is more than saying that experience is a presupposition to all human knowledge or a test of that knowledge once gained. It holds that the mind can regulate only the data of experience. All so-called universal ideas and all judgments in which people speak of the nature of things, according to empiricists, are not universals or natures at all. They are merely a series of sense data drawn from experience and connected by reason in a...
  • Canonization of St. Alexis of Wilkes Barre 21 years ago (Ecumenical)

    05/26/2015 9:03:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 05-25-2015 | OCA
    Video from the canonization of St. Alexis of Wilkes Barre PA in 1994.
  • Do we really love those that hate Christ Jesus

    05/26/2015 8:06:55 AM PDT · by Chauncey Uppercrust · 52 replies
    Psalm 139 The Bible | 5/26/2015 | Chauncey Uppercrust
    21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate you? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against you? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them my enemies. Psalm 139 American King James Version You Have Searched Me and Know Me 1O lord, you have searched me, and known me. 2You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off. 3You compass my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, see, O LORD,...
  • Beware: Strangest Idol of All – Reflection on...Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ

    05/26/2015 7:47:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Strangest Idol of All – A Reflection on How Even Works of Charity Cannot Eclipse Obedience to Christ By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere is a passage in the gospels that breaks conventions and cuts to the core of what has come to be called the “Social Gospel.”  Before looking at the passage we need to define “Social Gospel.” The phrase “Social Gospel” emerged in the Protestant denominations but has also come to be used in Catholic circles as well. The Social Gospel is an intellectual movement that was most prominent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The...
  • From Lambeth to the Land of Nod

    05/26/2015 6:10:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/22/15 | John S. Hamlon
    Catholic teaching on contraception will always be a "sign of contradiction" and it will always point to an inconvenient, counter-cultural truth: more contraception means more divorce and more abortion.In his preface to A Man for All Seasons , playwright Robert Bolt describes protagonist Thomas More as "a man with an adamantine sense of his own self. He knew where he began and left off… but at length he was asked to retreat from that final area where he located his self. And there this supple, humorous, unassuming and sophisticated person… was overtaken by an absolutely primitive rigor, and could no...
  • Extent of the Biblical Last Days

    05/25/2015 5:41:44 PM PDT · by grumpa · 45 replies
    self | May 25, 2015 | Charles S. Meek
    Extent of the Biblical Last Days By Charles S. Meek Amillennialists often understand that the biblical Last Days began in the first century, but are under the impression that the Last Days extend to the present time. Here’s why that cannot be correct. There are at least fourteen specific mentions of the Last Days or “End Times” in the New Testament: Matthew 24:14; Acts 2:14-20; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Hebrews 1:2; 9:26; James 5:3-9; 1 Peter 1:5; 1:20; 4:7; 2 Peter 3:3; 1 John 2:17-18; Jude 18. The culmination of none of these can be...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SPIRITUAL EXERCISES, 05-25-15

    05/25/2015 9:51:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-25-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:SPIRITUAL EXERCISES Any set program of religious duties, notably the prayers, meditations, and spiritual reading required of persons following a distinctive rule of life. Also the period of silence and prayerful reflection practiced annually (or more often) in a retreat. Particularly the Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius Loyola, drawn yp as a method of arriving at the amendment of one's life and resolving on a determined way of holiness. The Exercises of St. Ignatius were first composed by him in a cave at Manresa, in Spain, after his conversion. They have been recommended by successive popes...
  • On the 25th Anniversary of the CDF's Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian

    05/25/2015 6:50:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/24/15 | Peter Kwasniewski
    On May 24, 1990, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published one of the most important documents of the postconciliar period: the Instruction on the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian,or more succinctly, Donum Veritatis. This carefully written document, undergirded by centuries of prior teaching, not only reaffirmed the obviously important role of theologians in explaining, clarifying, and enriching the Church's teaching, but also called on theologians who disagree with Church teaching not to use the mass media to publicize their views or try to pressure for change in the Church. Could any message be more timely, as we...
  • Who Really Speaks For God?

    05/24/2015 1:57:09 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 257 replies
    The Highway ^ | May 24,2015 | John H. Armstrong
    Serious evangelical dialogue with Roman Catholicism finds it virtually impossible to avoid the issues raised by the institution of the papacy. These issues were central in the sixteenth-century division, and they remain problematic for modern discussion as well. It is hard for many Catholics in the West to understand the serious concerns evangelicals have regarding the papacy, since they often think of John Paul II as a benevolent and kind gentleman who warmly radiates love for Christ and non-Catholics. In a special commentary on the Feast Day (1971) honoring St. Peter and St. Paul, the Vatican radio declared, “The Church...
  • Could ‘Strange Sound From the Sky’ Signal End of Days?

    05/24/2015 8:43:10 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 47 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 24, 2015 | JP
    The UK’s Daily Mail published a news story last weekend speculating on the source of a “strange sound from the sky” that has been heard across the globe for nearly a decade. Witnesses told the Mail that what they heard sounded very much like the blast of a trumpet. And that it was so loud it shook the ground beneath them. In a sidebar, the Mail listed seven possible theories, from the unremarkable to the fantastical, that could account for the strange sound from the sky. The first six included (in order) tectonic plates grinding, atmospheric pressure, trains shunting, construction...
  • The Fire Next Time -- A Homily for Pentecost

    05/24/2015 6:39:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Fire Next Time – A Homily for Pentecost By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhat a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us, because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to the Apostles and still says to us, “I have come to cast a fire on the earth!” (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire—about a transformative, refining, and purifying fire that the Lord wants to kindle in us and in this world. It is about a necessary fire, for as the...
  • 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage: May 22 - June 30

    05/23/2015 12:05:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CatholicVote.org ^ | 05-22-15 | 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage
    The Supreme Court is deliberating right now on how to rule on the case involving marriage. This court case will have a major impact on marriage, and the future generations of Americans not yet born. This case could change our country forever.The court’s ruling is due by the last day of June. As we await the court’s ruling, CatholicVote.org is calling on all Catholics to join our 40 Days of Prayer for Marriage from May 22 to June 30.Can we count on you? Will you Pledge to Pray for Marriage? We have voted for marriage at the ballot box....
  • San Fran Teachers Shift from Contracts to Doctrine: Great Reversal in Church Teaching Underway

    05/23/2015 11:00:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/21/15 | Joan Desmond
    In an escalation of the teacher-contract dispute in the San Francisco Archdiocese, a spokesman affiliated with the group opposing Archbishop Cordileone published a manifesto that dismissed his "interpretation" of Catholic teaching as a flawed approach that required "fraternal" correction. "Archbishop Cordileone’s authority is not in his assertions but in his arguments," read the rambling open letter addressed to school administrators. Published in the National Catholic Reporter, the May 20 statement was written by Jim McGarry, a former Catholic high school teacher, who once taught religious studies at the Jesuit-run St. Ignatius College Prepatory and at Mercy High School. Supporters of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DUALISM, 05-23-15

    05/23/2015 9:52:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:DUALISM Any view of reality that holds there are two fundamentally and irreducibly different types of being or operations. Thus God and the world, spirit and matter, intellect and will, truth and error , virtue and sin are typical expressions of dualism. (Etym. Latin dualis; from duo, two.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Necessity of Mass

    05/23/2015 8:22:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 05-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Necessity of Mass While the faithful are obligated to attend Mass, the compulsion to do so shouldn’t take away the joy Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly5/20/2015 Question: I wonder if the blessing of attending Mass would be greater if we didn’t compel Catholics to attend. Further, keeping the Lord’s Day holy is about 24 hours, not just one hour.— William Bandle, Manchester, MissouriAnswer: I am not sure on what basis you say blessings would be greater. Perhaps you mean that someone who joyfully attends Mass enhances both the experience of the one who attends and the communal experience of...
  • From Southern Baptist to Goddess Worship, Sue Monk Kidd

    05/22/2015 8:54:09 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 329 replies
    Excerpted: What Catholic mysticism does is reject the Bible as the sole and sufficient and perfect revelation of God and tries to delve beyond the Bible, even beyond thought of any kind, and find God through mystical “intuition.” In other words, it is a rejection of the God of the Bible. It says that God cannot be known by doctrine and cannot be described in words. He can only be experienced through mysticism. This is a blatant denial of the Bible’s claim to be the very Word of God. This opens the practitioner to demonic delusion. He is left with...
  • Why I am No Longer a Dispensationalist

    05/22/2015 4:54:44 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 724 replies
    Credo House ^ | May 21, 2015 | C. Michael Patton
    My Dispensational Upbringing I have been taught Dispensationalism from my mother’s womb. I was born in a dispensational environment. It was assumed at my church to be a part of the Gospel. There was never another option presented. It made sense. It helped me put together the Scriptures in a way that cleared up so much confusion. And, to be honest, the emphasis on the coming tribulation, current events that prove the Bible’s prophecy, the fear that the Antichrist may be alive today (who is he?) was all quite exciting. But what might be the biggest attraction for me...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: TANTUM ERGO, 05-22-15

    05/22/2015 9:25:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-22-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:TANTUM ERGO The last two verses of the hymn Pange Lingua, composed by St. Thomas Aquinas and long prescribed for singing at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A modern English version reads: Down in adoration falling, Lo, the sacred host we hail. Lo, o'er ancient forms departing Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying Where the feeble senses fail. To the everlasting Father, And the Son who reigns on high. With the Holy Spirit proceeding Forth from each eternally, Be salvation, honor, blessing, Might and endless majesty. Amen. All items in this dictionary...
  • THE BLASPHEMY OF THE MASS

    05/22/2015 9:05:44 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 256 replies
    Ex Catholics for Christ ^ | Circa 2014 | unknown
    When sharing with catholics the wonderful news about the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of the world, one of the most tragic and miserable deceptions that many of them have blindly bought into is their worship and idolization of the eucharist.   Breaking bread is something that all Bible believers cherish and take very seriously, especially after reading Paul's solemn admonition not to come to the Lord's table with any unconfessed sin in our hearts (1 Cor. 11:23-34). However, communion is only for those of us that have already been saved from...
  • Wisdom Cries Out...On Stoning The Duggars

    05/22/2015 8:53:13 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 64 replies
    billrandles/wordpress ^ | 05-23-15 | Bill Randles
    Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.(Proverbs 1:20-23)I believe that one of the ways Wisdom from God cries out in the streets, is through notable current events. Through the media culture we are...
  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed

    05/22/2015 7:18:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody Knows but Jesus: A Meditation on a Grief Observed By: Msgr. Charles PopeAs a follow-up to the recent post on comforting the sorrowful, I was led to consider the grief of my parents and the difficulties they faced in raising a daughter with serious mental illness.My father died eight years ago, and except for essential papers related to his estate, I simply boxed up most of his papers and stored them in the attic of my rectory for future attention. At long last I am sorting through those boxes. Among his effects were also many...
  • Can a Catholic Criticize the Pope? (Catholic Caucus)

    05/22/2015 6:57:08 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 26 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 21, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    Pope Francis’ appointment of Fr. Timothy Radcliffe to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace this past weekend was most disconcerting. Any openly dissident priest who advocates for Catholic acceptance of gay relationships and identity, women’s ordination, and the “Eucharistic” nature of sodomy — a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance — should not be given a platform of any kind. In a sane world, they would be disciplined. Since the Radcliffe appointment, I’ve spent a good bit of time looking at the reaction of Catholics on various websites and social media. Many are perplexed. Some are outraged....
  • Synod. An Unconventional Voice from Argentina

    05/22/2015 6:21:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 5/19/15 | Sandro Magister
    A jurist and father of 14 children demolishes Cardinal Kasper’s ideas of in favor of communion for the divorced and remarried, not approved by the synod fathers but already put into practice in many places ROME, May 19, 2015 – He was just stating the obvious when during the synod last October South African cardinal Wilfrid Napier he said that “the message has gone out and whatever we say hereafter is going to be as if we're doing some damage control.” The “message” was the one issued by proponents of a change in pastoral practice in the matters of homosexuality...
  • What Is a "Coming of God"?

    05/21/2015 6:19:52 PM PDT · by grumpa · 25 replies
    Prophecy Questions blog ^ | May 17, 2015 | Riley O'Brien Powell
    There is much confusion in Christianity today surrounding the milieu of biblical eschatology. Specifically, there is widespread misunderstanding about the nature and timing of Jesus’ coming, arrival or presence (parousia in Greek). In popular preaching and imagination, it’s often called his “second coming” or “return.” Many life-long Jesus-followers are surprised to learn that these are not terms found in the Bible – and then to consider how these terms affect our thinking on just what this all means. But the rabbit-hole goes even deeper: What if the confusion about Jesus’ coming reaches even farther back, to a more basic misunderstanding...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: NEOLOGY, 05-21-15

    05/21/2015 9:25:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-21-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:NEOLOGY In theology the introduction of new doctrine, contrary to the Church's teaching but expressed in traditional terms or phrases. (Etym. Greek neos, new + logos, discourse.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? It’s Not in Your Wallet and It’s Much Closer Than You Might Think

    05/21/2015 7:42:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 95 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? It’s Not in Your Wallet and It’s Much Closer Than You Might Think By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn polling friends as to what they think is the deepest root of all sin, I got three main answers. One was a shrug indicating no answer at all (i.e., “I dunno”). Another was to refer to Scripture: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils (1 Tim 6:10). I’ll discuss below why this is an inadequate answer. The third main response was that original sin (and the concupiscence that followed) is the source of all of our other...
  • Priests Are Bucking Catholic Church Leadership to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland

    05/21/2015 6:24:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/20/15 | Sarah Kaplan
    For the Rev. Pádraig Standún, a Catholic priest in western Ireland, voting “yes” is a matter of what’s right. To another Irish priest, the Rev. Iggy O’Donovan, it’s about creating an inclusive state. To the Rev. Martin Dolan, Ireland’s upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage is deeply personal. “I’m gay myself,” he announced to his Dublin congregation in January. It was a surprise ending to Dolan’s homily, in which he urged his congregation to vote “yes” in the referendum. But his parishioners took it in stride — they gave him a standing ovation, according to the Belfast Telegraph. As the Friday...
  • The Catholic Church’s German Crisis

    05/21/2015 6:19:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/20/15 | George Weigel
    One rarely finds, among German churchmen today, a sobered openness, born of the recognition that something has gone terribly wrong and that another approach to evangelization and catechesis must be found The 21st-century Church owes a lot to 20th-century German Catholicism: for its generosity to Catholics in the Third World; for the witness of martyrs like Alfred Delp, Bernhard Lichtenberg, and Edith Stein; for its contributions to Biblical studies, systematic and moral theology, liturgical renewal, and Catholic social doctrine, through which German Catholicism played a leading role in Vatican II’s efforts to renew Catholic witness for the third millennium. At...
  • Courageous Teen Convert Continues to Risk All for Jesus

    05/21/2015 4:13:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | May 20, 2015
    Six years ago, the nation was captivated by the story of a young teen named Rifqa Bary who was forced to flee her family home in Ohio after converting from Islam to Christianity. Even though she still canÂ’t reveal her whereabouts, her new book chronicles her journey from a life of fear into that of a happy Christian college student who is now free to love the God who set her free.The Columbia Dispatch is reporting on BaryÂ’s new book, Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus, which documents the long and turbulent...
  • Defenders of the Faith: Augustine, Aquinas, and the Evolution of Medieval Just War Theory

    05/21/2015 3:11:32 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.medievalists.net ^ | May 19, 2015 | Robert Busek
    The attempt to reconcile Christ’s injunctions against violence with the unfortunate necessity of war resulted in the development of what philosophers now call the “just war theory,” the conditions under which war can be waged without sin. It is fitting that the first great philosopher to write about the just war, Augustine of Hippo, lived during the death throes of the Roman Empire, in a world plagued by the strife of nations. Over eight hundred years later, the man who would further develop this theory, Thomas Aquinas, lived in a world where warfare had assumed a truly spiritual function through...
  • Daniel Wallace Blasts Yusuf Ismail on John 1:1

    05/20/2015 7:31:24 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Answering Muslims ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | David Wood
    In the tradition of charlatans like Ahmed Deedat and Zakir Naik, Yusuf Ismail is convinced that he can be as inaccurate as he likes, because most of the people listening to him won't bother examining what he says (so long as he sounds confident when he speaks). This tactic is based on numbers. If 400 people are watching a debate, and a Muslim debater completely distorts the facts while sounding like he knows what he's talking about, how many in the audience will take the time to research his claims? One or two? And if one or two do the...
  • QUO VADIS FRANCIS?

    05/20/2015 5:54:15 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 10 replies
    SELF | 5/20/2015 | DQBAN22
    QUO VADIS FRANCIS?FRANCIS, THE LIBERATION POPEAccording to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis has close ties with liberation theology, the same Discaterio that once condemned the movement. In the 1980s the CDF under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, attacked liberation theology as borrowing “from various currents of Marxist thought and praxis“.By embracing and supporting Marxist liberation theology Francis has renegade the Magisterium of the Church that condemned Communism as “the fatal plague which insinuates itself into the very marrow of the human society only to bring about its ruin” Pope Leo XIII...
  • How Can the (Catholic) Church Teach Angels?

    05/20/2015 2:41:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 313 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | March 15, 2015 | Tim Staples
    In John 5:43, Jesus declared:I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.With the advent of Protestantism and the confusion that followed, and that continues to this day, Christians, outside of the Catholic Church, have, at best, an incomplete understanding of the power of these words. When Jesus says, “I come in my father’s name,” he reveals the nature of the authority he possesses from God, the Father.We use this phrase—at least, the “in the name of” part—similarly in modern parlance in law enforcement when a police...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FISHERMAN'S RING, 05-20-15

    05/20/2015 9:27:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 05-20-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:FISHERMAN'S RING  The Pope's signet ring, used for the sealing of important documents, such as papal briefs. It represents St. Peter fishing and bears the name of the Pope. When he dies, an official document is drawn up testifying that his ring was destroyed. This is done to prevent falsification of briefs. See Also: RING OF THE FISHERMANAll items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?

    05/20/2015 8:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | not given | Jimmy Aking
    What's Wrong with a Little Indulgence?  by Jimmy Akin Ever since Luther's Ninety-Five Theses was posted in 1517 to the door of the castle church in Wittenburg, the topic of indulgences has been a controversial one. In this article Jimmy Akin explains exactly what indulgences are and how they may be applied by Catholics to mitigate the temporal punishment due to sin. He discusses the nature of punishment, the role of grace, and the role of the Church, ending with an explanation of how an indulgence may be obtained. October 31, 1517, is sometimes celebrated as the birth date...
  • Comfort the Sorrowful – A Consideration of the Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy

    05/20/2015 7:13:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-19-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Comfort the Sorrowful – A Consideration of the Fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe fourth Spiritual Work of Mercy is to “comfort the sorrowful.” Sometimes it is listed as to “comfort the afflicted.” This description broadens the work just a bit and also fits more with the original notion of the word “comfort,” as we shall consider in a moment.But of all the spiritual works of mercy, comforting the sorrowful requires the greatest patience, sensitivity, and also silence. This is because sorrow (or grief) often has a life and logic of its own; often it must be allowed...
  • Three Ways to Teach Children About the Eucharist

    05/20/2015 4:29:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 22, 2015 | JEANNIE EWING
    I was sixteen years old when the concept of the Transubstantiation became clearer to me.  Until that time, I attended Mass with my parents half-heartedly and out of obligation.  It wasn’t until I left my Catholic elementary school only to enter the cesspool of public high school, riddled with all varieties of unbelievers and even some colorful Satanists, that I began to question what I believed and why in terms of religion.My parents reluctantly permitted me to attend a megachurch youth group with my closest friends from school, as long as I agreed to continue attending Mass on the weekends...