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  • A Teaching from the Lord on the Nature of Suffering and the Cross

    12/08/2016 7:41:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-07-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Teaching from the Lord on the Nature of Suffering and the Cross Msgr. Charles Pope • December 7, 2016 • A familiar Gospel passage read recently in daily Mass gives us a short theological teaching on suffering and the cross:Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Matt 11:28-30).On reading a passage...
  • How God Created the World

    12/08/2016 7:14:50 AM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-08-2016 | Andrei Solodkov
    The time difference Hello, dear readers of Pravoslavie.ru. We are continuing our lecture series on the book of Genesis. At our previous meeting we discussed whether science has rejected God. We noted that many great scientists, such as Isaac Newton, Mikhail Lomonosov, Albert Einstein and others believed in God as the Creator and sustainer of this world. I would like to add a few more words to what was said last time. The main axiom supporting the idea that science has proved there is no God, is that our planet is billions and billions years old, and as...
  • Christ's Radiance and Representation

    12/08/2016 4:09:49 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature" (Heb. 1:3). Jesus is both God manifest and God in substance. Just as the rays of the sun give light, warmth, life, and growth to the earth, so Jesus Christ is the glorious light of God shining into the hearts of men and women. As "the radiance of God's glory," Jesus expresses God to us. No one can see God in HIs full glory; no one ever will. The radiance of that glory that reaches us from God appears in the Person of Jesus Christ. Just...
  • Christ's Identification with Sinners

    12/08/2016 4:09:16 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    . . . Made in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:7). Christ was fully God and fully man. In his Systematic Theology theologian Charles Hodge wrote, The Scriptures teach that Christ had a complete human nature. That is, He had a true body and a rational soul. By a true body is meant a material body which in everything essential was like the bodies of ordinary men. . . . It is no less plain that Christ had a rational soul. He thought, reasoned, and felt. Hodges assessment is correct, for Christ was given all the essential attributes of humanity....
  • The Creator of the World

    12/07/2016 11:20:12 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son . . . through whom also He made the world" (Heb. 1:2). Christ is the agent through whom God created the world. John 1:3 testifies, "All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." Jesus has the ability to create something out of nothing (cf. Rom. 4:17), and that sets Him apart from mere creatures. Only God can create like that; we can't. If you could create, you'd live in a different house, drive a different car,...
  • Christ as a Servant

    12/07/2016 11:19:38 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    Taking the form of a bond-servant (Philippians 2:7). Christ submitted Himself to the Fathers will. When Christ emptied Himself, He not only gave up His privileges but also became a servant. First, He was a servant by nature. Paul used the Greek word morphe (form) again to indicate that Christs servanthood was not merely external but His essence. It was not like a cloak that could be put on and taken off. Christ was truly a servant. The only other New Testament use of morphe is in Mark 16:12. There Jesus appears in a resurrection morphea form fully expressing the...
  • Cdl. Farrells Super-Dicastery Sidelines CDF on Amoris Laetitia

    12/07/2016 5:58:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/6/16 | Bradley Eli
    New prefect speaks as if doctrine is a matter of opinion while Cdl. Mller is mutedVATICAN (ChurchMilitant.com) - The prefect of the newly established super-dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life is critical of those who oppose his liberal interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia" (AL), while sidelining the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) by brushing off doctrinal objections to AL as mere differences of opinion. Cardinal Kevin Farrell in comments he made recently in the liberal U.K paper The Tablet "criticized opponents of the papal exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' for closing their minds to 'certain nuances that exist in...
  • Syria's Agony Foretold By Prophets of God...

    The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.(Isaiah 17:2)To get an idea of just how apocalyptic our times actually are, consider recent events of heartbreaking and shattering significance , in the Middle East , just since the 2011 Arab Sring , which I wrote about in my book A Sword On The Land: The Muslim World in Bible Prophecy ,Egypt went from being a relatively stable nation...
  • Christ Or Cain...I John pt 14

    For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brothers righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.( I John 3:11-15)Love...
  • Pope Francis: Everything in Amoris Laetitia Was Supported by the Synod

    12/07/2016 9:41:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/7/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope said that in a synodal Church there was 'a movement from high to low'Pope Francis has said that everything in his post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia was agreed by a majority of the Synod fathers. In an interview (English translation) with the Belgian magazine Tertio, the Pope described his method as: Do not descend from high to low, but listen to the churches, harmonise them, discern. And so there is a post-Synodal exhortation, which is Amoris Laetitia, which is the result of two Synods, in which all the Church worked, and which the Pope made his own. It is...
  • Freedom Without the Truth Leads to Chaos and Slavery

    12/07/2016 8:15:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Freedom Without the Truth Leads to Chaos and Slavery Msgr. Charles Pope • December 6, 2016 • To most modern minds, freedom is a very detached concept; it is an abstraction of sorts, a free-floating power unmoored from any limits or defining standards. Freedom today is often viewed as personal and self-referential, with little consideration as to how one’s “freedom” might affect that of someone else. A healthy sense of the common good suffers mightily in a world of deeply conflicting personal freedoms.I have written before on the paradoxes of freedom and will not repeat all of that here,...
  • Plumbing the Depths of His Person (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus and Devotional)

    12/07/2016 8:11:10 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 12/7/2016
    When we consider Jesus as the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Logos who became incarnate, we note instantly that in any attempt to plumb the depths of His person we are stepping into the deep waters of the nature of God Himself. In Hebrews 1:3, the author describes Christ as the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. Imagine someone who not only reflects the glory of God as Moses did after his encounter with God on Mount Sinai, but who actually is the very brightness of the divine glory. The biblical concept of...
  • Time to choose sides in the civil war over Amoris Laetitia says Catholic academic

    12/06/2016 7:00:25 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 85 replies
    https://www.ewtn.co.uk ^ | December 6, 2016 | DEACON NICK DONNELLY
    Prof. Roberto de Mattei, the acclaimed Church historian, has warned that Pope Francis' decision not to respond to the four cardinals' dubia has plunged the Church into a civil war. Catholics now have to choose what side will to take in the "civil war", which Prof. de Mattei frames in terms of taking a stand for fidelity or siding with infidelity. Prof. de Mattei gave his stark assessment of the crisis in an exclusive interview with Lifesite news. Prof de Mattei is a professor at the European University of Rome and the president of the Lepanto Foundation. He told Lifesite...
  • Bp Schneider Likens Treatment of 4 Cardinals to Soviet Regime: We Live in a Climate of Threats

    12/06/2016 5:46:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/6/16 | Jan Bentz
    ROME, Italy, December 6, 2016, (LifeSiteNews) Before a packed room in Romes Centro Lepanto on Monday, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan urged the faithful to ardently hold on to the Churchs Magisterium on the indissolubility of marriage within the current state of ongoing ambiguities. When Christ preached 2,000 years ago, the culture and reigning spirit were radically opposed to Him. Concretely religious syncretism ruled, also Gnosticism among the intelligent leaders, as well as permissibilism among the masses especially regarding the institution of matrimony. [] The sole purpose of the Son of God was to reveal the truth to...
  • History and Symbolism of the Advent Wreath

    12/06/2016 4:33:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 30, 2016 | Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
    History and Symbolism of the Advent WreathPatrice Fagnant-MacArthur The lights of the candles on the Advent Wreath break through the darkness, reminding us of the Light of Christ that we anticipate during this holy season. Where did this tradition come from, of lighting four candles in an evergreen wreath to mark the weeks preceding Christmas? Like many of our Church traditions, the use of candles in the midst of late fall and winter was originally a pagan tradition. Rev. William Saunders, who wrote an article in the “Arlington Catholic Herald” on this topic, states that “pre-Germanic peoples used wreaths with...
  • The Heir of All Things

    12/06/2016 2:21:47 PM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things" (Heb. 1:2). Since Jesus is the Son of God, He is the heir of all that God possesses. When Christ first came to earth He became poor for our sakes, that we, through His poverty, might be made rich (2 Cor. 8:9). He had nothing for HimselfHe had "nowhere to lay His head" (Luke 9:58). Even His clothes were taken from Him when He died, and He was buried in a tomb that belonged to someone else. It is beyond our...
  • The Emptying of Christ

    12/06/2016 2:21:17 PM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    [Christ] emptied Himself (Philippians 2:7). Christ renounced His divine privileges. Although Christ never surrendered His deity, He did empty Himself in certain ways. One such way was to give up His heavenly glory. Thats why in John 17:5 Jesus prays, Glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I ever had with Thee before the world was. Christ gave up the glory of a face-to-face relationship with God for the muck of this earth. He gave up the adoring presence of angels for the spittle of men. Christ also emptied Himself of His independent authority. He completely...
  • An Epigraph for Advent

    12/06/2016 10:12:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 30, 2016 | Br. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P.
    An Epigraph for AdventBr. Bonaventure Chapman, O.P. Do you ever skip the introductory pages of a book you are reading? If so, STOP IT! You could miss one of the best parts, the epigraph. You know, that short quotation which the author has carefully selected to summarize, introduce, or preface his own work with. It is a tip of the hat to an older author, a humble recognition in the face of past genius, and a claim that this work you, the reader, are now holding stands in a tradition that almost makes the current volume at best superfluous, at...
  • Seeing More As God Sees

    12/06/2016 8:57:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-05-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Seeing More As God Sees Msgr. Charles Pope • December 5, 2016 • Today I’d like to reflect further on the Gospel from yesterday’s Mass (Monday of the second week of Advent). The Gospel tells of the paralyzed man whose friends lowered him through the roof in order to see Jesus. It is read during Advent because one of the prophecies about the Messiah was that He would make the lame walk. In a provocative way, this Gospel also helps us to focus on Jesus’ central mission for us.The Gospel passage contains a rather peculiar and somewhat awkward moment:...
  • Eternal Life Evidenced By Love...I John pt 13

    We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.( I John 3:14)We have been discussing the theme of First John , which is the threefold test of eternal life, based on three simple theological propositions. Firstly, because God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all, those who share in the gift of the life of God, hate evil and sin. Eternal Life is opposed to all that is false and evil, unceasingly exposing and repudiating it . Those who have eternal...
  • St John Paul II Truly Understood the Importance of Absolute Values

    12/06/2016 4:48:30 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Decewmber 5, 2016 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Freedom without the underpinning of clear and absolute values is not freedom at allThe Guardian has a leader on the role of Christianity in contemporary British society, which makes curious reading. If it were an undergraduate essay, I would be tempted to give it a rather low mark, for it lacks clarity and is full of assertions that are not backed up by any hard evidence. Perhaps the piece itself is a symptom of the problem that most British people have when dealing with religion: they find it hard to express themselves as they have failed to master the...
  • Never Mind the Twitter Spats Fr Spadaro Just Said Something Truly Eye-opening

    12/06/2016 4:40:48 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 6, 2016 | Dan Hitchens
    The controversies about screenshots and anonymous accounts have obscured Fr Spadaro's startling remarks about CommunionUntil yesterday, I was beginning to suffer from Spadaro Controversy Fatigue, a condition afflicting those who spend too long reading Catholic news. Fr Antonio Spadaro, the editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, has recently been involved in several simultaneous quarrels. He is known to be close to the Pope and so, amid the heated discussion of the four cardinals’ dubia, Fr Spadaro’s statements are read with special attention. Sometimes the attention seems over-the-top. But yesterday he said something truly eye-opening.It came in an interview with Crux, in which...
  • If We Walk In The Light...I John pt 12

    This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.( I John 1:5-7)In Johns epistle, which concerns itself with the true Knowledge of God as opposed to the false, there are...
  • The GREAT Sign

    12/05/2016 1:21:52 PM PST · by amessenger4god · 14 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 12/5/2016 | Gary
    In 2007 a man by the name of Frederick Larson released a documentary called The Star of Bethlehem that would quickly become an international phenomenon. With the help of The Passion of the Christ and Braveheart co-producer Stephen McEveety the message spread far and wide and soon Larson was doing speaking tours on the subject in Europe and elsewhere. Building on prior scholarship from Craig Chester and Ernest Martin, Larson discovered that anyone with access to astronomy software like Starry Night, Stellarium, or Celestia could actually find and witness the biblical Star of Bethlehem and even the possible dates...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Not Even a Pope Can Dispense With Divine Law

    12/05/2016 9:48:19 AM PST · by Petrosius · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 5, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    In an interview originally published in French weekly Homme Noveau, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments weighed in, if somewhat obliquely, on the question of the dubia. A quick (and slightly cleaned up) machine translation of the Spanish reprint in InfoCatólica gives us a somewhat rough, but understandable rendering: The Cardinal feels called to intervene as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, because the current disorientation involves three sacraments: marriage, penance and the Eucharist. According to the Cardinal, the confusion we draws its lifeblood from the...
  • Considerations on the dubia of the four cardinals [Catholic Caucus]

    12/05/2016 8:21:23 AM PST · by Petrosius · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 5, 2016 | John R. T. Lamont
    Cardinals Brandmller, Burke, Caffarra and Meiser have performed a signal service to the Church by sending five dubia on the apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia to the Holy See, requesting an authoritative clarification of the meaning of that document, and then making public the text of the dubia when no response to them was given. Cardinal Burke has performed a further service to the Church by explaining this initiative in an interview with Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register on Nov. 15th 2016, and stating that if no response was given to the dubia the cardinals would have to make...
  • A Mid-Advent Picture of What Our Savior Offers

    12/05/2016 8:03:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Mid-Advent Picture of What Our Savior Offers Msgr. Charles Pope • December 4, 2016 • The Gospel for today’s Mass (Monday of the Second Week of Advent) is the well-known story of the paralytic. There are many wonderful details that I could discuss (e.g., the four friends who bring him to Jesus—talk about great friends!), but I’d like to focus today on Jesus’ command: “Rise, take up your stretcher, and go home.” It is a small picture of the grace unto salvation offered to us by the Lord. Here is a man who is powerless to help or...
  • Eternal Life Proven By Righteousness...I John pt 11

    Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he...
  • In Wake of Dubia Card. Farrell Again Blasts Critics of Pope & Amoris Laetitia

    12/04/2016 4:34:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    EWTN Great Britain ^ | 12/3/16 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, has again blasted critics of Pope Francis and his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Previously Cardinal Farrell has publicly criticised Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia for issuing guidelines implementing Amoris Laetitia in continuity with the Magisterium. Cardinal Farrell made his latest comments to the "progressive" Catholic newspaper The Tablet. The Prefect for Laity, the Family and Life "criticised opponents of Amoris Laetitia for closing their minds to 'certain nuances that exist in the life of people'. He went on to observe that its critics "wished the world were...
  • A Prophet Who Prepares

    12/04/2016 7:50:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-03-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Prophet Who Prepares Msgr. Charles Pope • December 3, 2016 • The Second Sunday of Advent usually features the ministry of St. John the Baptist. He was the prophet who fulfilled the Office of Elijah, of whom it was said, See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction (Mal 4:4-6).St. John was a prophet who...
  • Could Pope Francis Be a Secret Protestant?

    12/04/2016 7:15:49 AM PST · by pinochet · 155 replies
    Pope Francis put up a statue of Martin Luther in a prominent place in the Vatican. He then received a delegation of Lutherans, who presented him with a copy of Luther's 95 Thesis. He then put on a blue scarf, representing the Lutheran tradition, at his meeting with the Lutherans. See: http://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A700-Luther.htm Luther, who was historically considered a Catholic heretic and apostate, has received more honor from Pope Francis than most Catholic saints. On the other hand, conservative Catholic cardinals like Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Sarah, are treated like dirt. What more evidence do we need, to prove that Francis...
  • Progressive Revelation

    12/04/2016 4:58:49 AM PST · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb. 1:1-2). The Old Testament is but a sample of what is revealed in the New Testament. When Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets [the Old Testament]; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill" (Matt. 5:17), He was affirming that Scripture progressed from promise to fulfillment, from partial to complete. We call that progressive revelation. For example, the Old...
  • Christ's Equality with God

    12/04/2016 4:58:22 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    [Christ] did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped (Philippians 2:6). Christ is equal with God but willingly yielded His divine privileges for our sake. At the time Christ lived, even His worst enemies, the apostate religious leaders, knew what Jesus claimed about Himself. John 5:18 says, The Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but was also calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. In Philippians 2:6 Paul affirms Christs claim of equality with God. The Greek word translated equality (isos) describes things...
  • The Advent Gift of John the Baptist

    12/03/2016 5:59:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016c | Jacques-Bnigne Bossuet
    The Advent Gift of John the BaptistJacques-Bnigne Bossuet Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her (Luke 1:57-58).True gatherings of the friends and families of Christians should have for their object to celebrate the mercy that God has shown to us. Without this object, the congratulations we receive have nothing solid or sincere about them and are vain things.God weaves the fabric of his designs in a wonderful order. He intended the...
  • The Threefold Tests of Eternal Life...I John pt 10

    These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. ( I John 5:13)The apostle Johns ministry is one of restoration. The true knowledge of God had been supplanted in the minds of many believers by mystics and gnostics, whose visions, dreams and exotic spiritual experiences undermined confidence , in their own simple faith in Jesus Christ. The issue is the knowledge of God; Who truly knows God? Who is truly...
  • Penetrating the Box

    12/03/2016 3:46:32 PM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb. 1:1-2). Man cant discover God on his own; God must reveal Himself to man. Since the beginning of time, man has deceived himself by thinking he can discover God through various religions. But in reality, man lives in a box enclosed within the walls of time and space. God is outside the box, and man senses He's there but can't get to Him. Each new religion is but another...
  • Christ's Deity Defended

    12/03/2016 3:46:07 PM PST · by metmom · 67 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    [Christ] existed in the form of God (Philippians 2:6). Scripture makes clear that Christ is God. The deity of Christ is the heart of the Christian faith. Inevitably when people attack the Christian faith, they attack the deity of Christ. Scripture makes clear, however, that such attacks are unfounded. The apostle John said, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he began his Gospel by affirming the deity of Christ. John further declared Christs deity when he wrote, All things came...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Burkes critics fall into serious errors . . .

    12/03/2016 12:58:50 PM PST · by Rashputin · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Dec. 1, 2016 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Cardinal Burkes critics fall into serious errors about the true nature and authority of the Papal Magisterium December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) Jeffrey Mirus, the founder of CatholicCulture.org, is concerned that Cardinal Raymond Burke might have confused the faithful by stating his intention to possibly make a formal correction of Pope Francis if Burke does not receive a response to several queries or dubia he and three other cardinals submitted to Francis regarding questionable affirmations in his recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. However, it is Mirus whos more likely to confuse the faithful with his own ambiguous language and apparently...
  • Race in the Bible

    12/03/2016 9:38:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 11-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Race in the Bible Question: A friend of mine, referencing some sort of black studies program she attended, says that the opening line of the Song of Songs is racist. It says, “I am black and beautiful, Daughters of Jerusalem” (Song 1:5). She tends to be radical, but I must admit I couldn’t really give her an answer. Can you help?— Name and place withheld Answer: The reference is more likely to economic class than to race. She is a Jewish woman, from the region of Shulem, speaking to other unspecified Jewish women about how she found love. She speaks...
  • Vatican Doctrinal Chief: Its Not My Job to Engage in the Dubia Controversy

    12/03/2016 9:23:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/2/16 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Gerhard Mller said the CDF could only speak with the authority of the PopeCardinal Gerhard Mller, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has said that his role is not to participate in the controversy over the four cardinals letter to the Pope. He has also indicated that he does not believe Church doctrine can change on Communion for the remarried. In an interview with the German website Kathpress, Cardinal Mller said that the CDFs role was to speak with the authority of the Pope, not to participate in the controversy of opinion. He...
  • Keeping Advent when its not yet Christmas

    12/02/2016 5:17:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jenny Uebbing
    Keeping Advent when it’s not yet ChristmasJenny Uebbing It’s nearing the end of November. Which means Christmas music has already begun playing in stores, and I’m too late to buy Thanksgiving blend at Starbucks, because Christmas blend has already been out for weeks and weeks.The grocery stores are starting to fill out their fabricated forest of Christmas trees out front, and okay, yes, I’ve let my kids watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol on Netflix. Twice.But I don’t want to get pulled too far down the path of celebrating Christmas before we’ve kept Advent.Now, we live in a culture that beckons us...
  • Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and Prayer

    12/02/2016 5:05:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016 | Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and PrayerFr. Ed Broom, OMV Advent is a season of very special graces! It is time of waiting, hope and joy. Waitingfor the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Hopebecause Jesus came to save us; finally Joybecause Jesus birth, life and Resurrection is a promise of eternal life for those who obey His commandments and love Him.Silent Night On Christmas Eve it is most appropriate to sing the hymn Silent Night. In the profound depths of that most special night Jesus was born in silence. How important silence is for those...
  • Four Advent Attitudes

    12/02/2016 4:56:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-28-16 | Fr. Edward Looney
    Four Advent AttitudesFr. Edward Looney Its hard to believe Advent has already arrived. If Im not mistaken, this is the longest observance of Advent we celebrate because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. It seems Advent is one of the seasons that happens, and usually goes quicker than we would like! We are always in a hustle and a bustle preparing for Christmas that we do not slow down enough to take in the purpose of these Advent days of waiting. As we wait for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day, here are four Advent attitudes we can...
  • Staunch Dubia Opponent Father Pinto on Famous List of Freemasons

    12/02/2016 1:27:36 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | December 2, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    I don’t know about you, but I just love a good Freemasonic conspiracy.Let’s face it: Freemasons have been trying to infiltrate the Church for over a century. They even announced their intentions in the mid 1800s, and were condemned by several popes who had no qualms about expressing the danger they represented to the Faith.The ubiquity of the threat, however, began to numb most Catholics to its reality. The subtlety of their work makes them appear innocuous, and this is by design. Their method of infiltration was laid out in a document known as The Permanent Instruction on the Alta Vendita,...
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church on the Council of Crete "It was neither Great, nor Holy, nor Pan-Orthodox"

    12/02/2016 12:25:13 PM PST · by NRx · 2 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-02-2016 | Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church
    Sofia, November 29, 2016 Photo: http://bknpk.com/?p=8976     At a full session meeting on 11.15.2016, protocol № 22, the Holy Synod reviewed the text “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World,” adopted at the Council on Crete, Greece in June of this year, and adopted the following declaration: At its session on 06.01.2016, protocol № 12, the full body of the Holy Synod decided to propose a postponement of the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church, in order to continue preparing for it. Otherwise, the Holy Synod declared, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church would not take...
  • On Eternal Life...I John pt 9

    And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.(I John 5:11-13)The letter of the apostle John is all about clarity.His burden is to let christians know what is what and who...
  • German Theologian and Book Author Strongly Comes to the Defense of the Four Cardinals

    12/02/2016 3:30:46 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | November 30, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    This Is an Insult Toward Many Catholics! is the trenchant title of an article written in defense of the Four Cardinals and published today on the Austrian Catholic news website, kath.net. The author of this text is Dr. Markus Brning, a German theologian, lawyer, book author, and father of a family. Several of his books have dealt with the question as to how one is to grow in holiness; one book deals with the aspects of the virtues (with a foreword by Cardinal Joachim Meisner, one of the Four Cardinals); another book discusses the importance of the Sacramentals for our...
  • Bergoglian Thug, Don Pinto, Leads Once Again with His Chin

    12/02/2016 3:15:31 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | December 2, 2016 | N/A
    What rock did this pathetic cretin crawl out from under? Who thought this modernist thug was ever fit for ordination? Clearly trying to distance himself from the blowback that his boss might remove the red hats from the Four Cardinals, this intellectually challenged clericalist and papal hitman has, by his seemingly backing off, doubles down. Maike Hickson has the story at OnePeterFive. Let's take a look at hit-man Pinto's statement, shall we? They have written to the pope and that is correct and legitimate. But, after there did not come [from the pope] an answer after a few weeks, they...
  • Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto Redoubles His Rebuke of the Four Cardinals

    12/02/2016 3:08:57 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | December 1, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    After there has now come to us a sort of denial concerning the recent words attributed to Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto about the Four Cardinals – namely, that he did not say that the pope would remove the red hats of these Cardinals – the German Catholic website Katholisch.de has published its own interview with Archbishop Pinto where he now redoubles his critique of the four prelates. In this interview, Pinto again uses very harsh language against these Four Cardinals who have expressed their serious concern that Amoris Laetitia could teach the faithful doctrines that go against the traditional...
  • Whose Side Are We on? (Amoris Laetitia)

    12/02/2016 3:01:20 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 2, 2016 | David Carlin
    If you approve of bank robbery, you wont be able to condemn the act of shoplifting candy bars from a convenience store. I mean, you wont be able to do this if you are to be logically consistent. If you approve of a greater evil, you cant logically condemn lesser evils of the same genus.Likewise, if you approve of murder you cannot, if you wish to retain your reputation for logical consistency, condemn assault and battery.Again, if you are a Catholic who approves of adultery, you cannot very well condemn contraception and fornication.But in the now famous (perhaps I...