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  • Bishops Seek Pope's Guidance over Sex Abuse [Catholic Caucus]

    02/26/2017 2:27:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 25, 2017
    Australia's most senior Catholic leaders will ask the Pope to settle the issue of whether the seal of confession can be broken to protect children from sexual abuse as one likened it to bugging the confessional.Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher said for a priest to repeat anything that has occurred during confession would be a very serious breach of trust and the sacrament.Archbishop Fisher said he could not withhold absolution from someone who confessed to abusing a child and if they were genuinely contrite would forgive their sin, as he would a terrorist or a murderer.'What I can't do is effectively...
  • International Answer The Dubia Day!

    02/26/2017 2:10:54 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 25, 2017 | William M. Briggs
    Before we get to the fun and exciting details of the International Answer The Dubia Day!, we need first to understand some background.There was presented to Pope Francis more than five months ago a sort of Theology 101, True-False quiz by some of his more academically minded colleagues from the College of Cardinals.Before we get to the quiz’s questions, the reason for its origin is that the Holy Father published a paper (not peer-reviewed) called Amoris Laetitia which appeared to argue (via a footnote) that marriage was not for life and indissoluble as our Lord Jesus said it was.I...
  • Living in a Worthy Manner

    02/25/2017 7:46:48 PM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "So that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects" (Col. 1:10). Your manner of life should be consistent with Christ’s. In Colossians 1:9 Paul speaks of being controlled by the knowledge of God's will. In verse 10 he speaks of walking in a manner worthy of the Lord. There is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between those verses. When you are controlled by the knowledge of God's will, you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. The Greek word translated "walk" means "to order one's behavior." It's a common New...
  • God Is Faithful to Care for Us

    02/25/2017 7:46:10 PM PST · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). God is completely faithful to do what He has promised. We live in a day of unfaithfulness, don’t we? Some husbands and wives are unfaithful to their marriage vows. Children are often unfaithful to the principles taught by their parents. Parents are often unfaithful to meet the needs of their children. And all too frequently we are unfaithful to God. Only God is always faithful, a fact often celebrated in Scripture: “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is...
  • Feed The Flock Of Slaughter...Zechariah pt 14

    Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down. There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled. Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;(Zechariah 11:1-4)We have seen Zechariah’s prophetic preview of the coming centuries, in which Jahweh would fulfill the “good and...
  • Leftists and Socialists Dominate LA Religious Ed Congress

    02/25/2017 5:18:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/25/17 | Michael Voris
    Jim Wallis: "White Christianity is an idol"ANAHEIM (ChurchMilitant.com) - The aging leftist founder of Sojourners, Jim Wallis, took the main stage Saturday morning at the L.A. Religious Education Congress (LA REC) and immediately began pushing a leftwing version of Christianity, saying that "the Church" had to "rediscover Christ" — implying that Christians, for the most part, no longer follow Christ. His is an entire "social gospel" predicated on a liberal interpretation of Scripture, where care of the body is given prominence over care of the soul. In a typical swap of meaning, Wallis quoted — or rather, misquoted — the...
  • Geo W Bush says Christians & Muslims worship the same God (Jesus answers in John 14:6)

    02/25/2017 12:17:32 PM PST · by Sontagged · 83 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 28, 2011 | LoneStar1776
    Uploaded on Feb 28, 2011 George Bush says that Christians and Muslims worship the same God (Read what Jesus says in John 14:6) COMMENTS • Tara Risser 8 months ago and he obviously has no idea that God is not allah. We do not follow the same beliefs at all. desiachar 2 weeks ago Tara Risser you need to go read a book cicada 1 week ago Then I guess you don't worship the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus Polizei1945 9 months ago George W. Bush is an idiot. Christians worshps Yahweh a true God and Islam worships a different...
  • Familial bonds

    02/25/2017 6:53:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 02-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Popeo
    Familial bonds Question: We are often told that “brother” or “sister” in the New Testament texts can also be understood as cousins. By why then, in Luke 1:36, does the New Jerusalem Bible refer to Elizabeth as Mary’s “cousin?” Why was the word for “sister” not used there as it is elsewhere?— Robert Tisovich, via email Answer: The Greek word used in Luke 1:36 is “suggenes” and means “relative” or “kinsman.” It is from the Greek roots “syn” (with) and “genos” (seed or offspring). So, the word here refers to Elizabeth as being related to Mary in some physical but unspecified...
  • Pope Francis: Jesus Did Not Tell the Pharisees that Divorce is Forbidden

    02/24/2017 7:03:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 57 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 2/24/17 | Maike Hickson
    There are coming to us now different reports about Pope Francis’ Santa Marta homily of today which are very troubling. He mentions the Pharisees’ question about divorce and whether it is permitted and then comments on the reaction of Our Lord (Mark 10:1-12), as follows: Jesus does not answer whether it is permitted or not. He does not enter into their [the Pharisees’] classic casuistry. Because they [the Pharisees] thought of faith merely in the framework of “one may not” or “one may” – up to which point one may, up to which point one may not. Thus logic of...
  • The Shepherd King of Israel...Zechariah pt 14

    Zechariah 9-11 are of one section, as are Zechariah 12-14, the first speaks of the first coming of the Messiah, the lowly King riding on a foal as a contrast to Pagan conquerors which the God of Israel had used, as his scourge, to chastise the nations which had afflicted Israel in her lowliness, and even to deliver Jerusalem itself, as a token of her final deliverance.The second section takes us to the end of time, long after the coming of Messiah to the nation, as a Shepherd to a poor flock. Ask ye of the Lord rain in the...
  • FR Weekly Torah Discussion: Parashat Mishpatim

    02/24/2017 3:40:20 PM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb 23, 2017 | YIBONEH
    Rabbi Aaron Dovid Poston YIBONEH Midrashiah in Baka, Jerusalem (Video Length: 42m) Ex 21:1 "And these are the judgments that you shall place before them." Parashat Mishpatim / פרשת משפטים Next read in the Diaspora on 25 February 2017. Parashat Mishpatim is the 18th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Exodus 21:1 - 24:18Next week: Parashat Terumah / פרשת תרומה Next read in the Diaspora on 04 March 2017. Parashat Terumah is the 19th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Torah Portion: Exodus 25:1 - 27:19
  • Understanding God's Will

    02/24/2017 10:03:28 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Col. 1:9). Godly living results from being controlled by the principles of God’s Word. Paul's prayer for the Philippians (Phil. 1:9-11) is closely paralleled by his prayer for the Colossians (Col. 1:9-12). Both epistles were written from the same Roman prison at about the same time in Paul's life. Both prayers focus on godly living, but each approaches it from a slightly different perspective. The Philippians were gracious people who needed to...
  • God Is Truth

    02/24/2017 10:02:58 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘He who has received His witness has set his seal to this, that God is true’” (John 3:33). Since God is true in everything He does, we can trust Him and His Word. God’s truthfulness is taught often in Scripture. Balaam, though no righteous man, got this right: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it?” (Num. 23:19). Samuel said to King Saul that God “will not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man that He should...
  • What Does It Mean to Be Salted with Fire?

    02/24/2017 7:32:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Be Salted with Fire? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 23, 2017 • Spilled salt with salt shaker on wooden background The Gospel from yesterday’s daily Mass featured one of Jesus’ lesser-known teachings: Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another (Mark 9:49-50).Let’s begin with a few observations about salt in those times. Salt was valuable. Some people were even paid with salt (which is where we get the word...
  • Bishop Schneider: Priests ‘have to refuse’ order from bishop to give Communion to adulterers

    02/24/2017 6:25:23 AM PST · by Petrosius · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 23, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    [Catholic Caucus] February 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider says bishops who order their priests to give Holy Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics are “committing a grave abuse of his power.” “He’s ordering (the priest) to sin and when a bishop even or a Pope commands me to sin I have to refuse,” Bishop Schneider explained in a recent interview with Rorate Caeli and Adelante la Fe. “I have to obey God and therefore in this case the priest has to say to the bishop, ‘Your Excellency you order me to commit a sin and I cannot...
  • The Lowly King of Israel...Zechariah pt 13

    Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I...
  • It Is Sometimes Necessary to Risk Giving Offense

    02/23/2017 8:25:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It Is Sometimes Necessary to Risk Giving Offense Msgr. Charles Pope • February 22, 2017 • We live in times when many people take offense very easily. While this may have been a human problem seen in all ages, it is particularly evident today, when relativism and subjectivism are so widespread. Relativism is essentially a form of subjectivism. In subjectivism, the measure of truth shifts from the object (i.e., that which is being perceived) to the subject (i.e., the one who is perceiving). In this system, truth becomes relative, because there are as many versions of truth as there...
  • Realizing Our Ultimate Priority

    02/23/2017 5:42:49 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "To the glory and praise of God" (Phil. 1:11). To glorify God is to reflect His character in your words and deeds. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-11 closes with a reminder that love, excellence, integrity, and righteousness bring glory and praise to God. God's glory is a recurring theme in Paul's writings, and rightly so because that is the Christian's highest priority. But what is God's glory and what does it mean to bring Him glory? After all, He is infinitely glorious in nature, so we can't add anything to Him. His glory is never diminished, so it doesn't have...
  • God's Wrath

    02/23/2017 5:42:04 AM PST · by metmom · 7 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). God hates sin and will judge unrepentant sinners. We now come to a topic that is perhaps unpleasant to discuss, but it is essential if we are to have a right understanding of God: His wrath. The idea of a wrathful God goes against the wishful thinking of fallen human nature. Even much evangelism today speaks only of the joys and blessings of salvation without mentioning that those who are without God are under His wrath...
  • The Difference between True Revival and False Fire

    02/22/2017 5:55:09 PM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Sept 23, 2016 | Shane Idleman
    As believers, we are to discern truth from err, light from darkness, and right from wrong…but how? Jeremiah 23:17 offers one answer, “They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, You shall have peace;’ And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’” False teachers often don’t warn, confront, or convict. They offer comfortable messages and a false sense of peace, or they encourage very odd behavior. Many mislead with rules and regulations as found in 1 Timothy 4:2-3—“speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their...
  • Let’s Start Calling Progressive Catholics What They Really are: ‘Mainline’

    02/22/2017 4:31:01 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 39 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 22, 2017 | John Zmirak
    Last week I noted how many prominent Catholic institutions and leaders are starting to morph into liberal “Mainline” Protestantism. Look at the moral message and public witness broadcast by fashionable Jesuits, secularized Catholic universities, and bishops obsessed with “social justice” issues — like San Diego bishop Robert McElroy, who is joining the anti-Trump “disruption” campaign.Can you really tell these Catholic groups and people apart from their functional equivalents at the Episcopal Church or Presbyterian Church, USA? Would a child growing up in the parish which Tim Kaine attends get a much different understanding of Jesus than if he grew...
  • De Mattei: When Public Correction of a Pope Is Urgent and Necessary

    02/22/2017 4:27:05 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 22, 2017 | Roberto de Mattei
    May a Pope be publicly corrected for his reprehensible behaviour? Or should the attitude of the faithful be that of unconditional obedience, until the point of justifying anything the Pope’s says and does, even if  openly scandalous? According to some, like the Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli, it is possible to express “tète a tète” one’s dissent to the Pope, without, however, manifesting it publicly. This thesis nonetheless, contains an important admission. The Pope is not infallible, unless he speaks ex cathedra. Otherwise it would not be licit to dissent even privately and the path to follow would only be that...
  • Gentile Powers Will Be Overthrown...Zechariah pt 12

    02/22/2017 4:12:56 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    02-18-17 | Bill Randles
    The burden of the word of the Lord in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the Lord. And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise. And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets. Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire. Ashkelon shall...
  • A Brief Primer on Catholic Faith and Conscience

    02/22/2017 2:48:13 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 22, 2017 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    In 1930, the Anglican Communion abandoned the universal Christian moral teaching of two millennia, which condemned artificial birth control as a grave moral evil, contra naturam, and destructive of marriage. It did so by allowing the individual subjective conscience to overrule the absolute moral norm that such actions are intrinsically evil and thus allow no exceptions.This was a death knell for Anglicanism as a moral authority. The result has been not only the total independence of Anglicans from their traditional moral teaching but the collapse of religious practice among the laity (except for the African branches of this once vibrant...
  • Jesus didn’t “turn the other cheek”—neither should you

    02/22/2017 2:16:40 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 22, 2017 | Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ
    What’s the second most misunderstood passage of Scripture? (The first: “Judge not, lest ye be judged” in Matthew 7:1, quoted by the otherwise biblically illiterate or indifferent, as a kind of pseudo-benediction on moral relativism.) I’d say second place goes to Matthew 5:39, “…if a man strike you on the right cheek, turn to him the other as well.”Misunderstanding this passage has led to public prayers for “our so-called ‘enemies’”—as if Christ and his Church don’t have enemies both human and spiritual. Misunderstanding this passage has led to exhortations to a literally helpless pacifism—which would have puzzled Pope Pius...
  • Proverbs to Ponder

    02/22/2017 9:57:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-17 | Thomas Moses
    Proverbs to Ponder Msgr. Charles Pope • February 21, 2017 • In the Divine Office last week, we read from the Book of Proverbs; in this week’s Masses we are reading from Sirach. Both of these books are part of the Wisdom Tradition.Today, I’ll be reviewing a few of the sayings from Proverbs, but before doing so, I’d like to explain the use of the word fool (as contrasted with wise one) in the Wisdom Tradition. Without a richer understanding of the term fool, it is possible to interpret its use as a mere ad hominem attack.To the modern...
  • Cultivating the Fruit of Righteousness

    02/22/2017 7:16:53 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ" (Phil. 1:11). Bearing spiritual fruit is the acid test of a true believer. After facing life-threatening situations, people often say, "I saw my entire life flash before my eyes." That's the picture we get in Philippians 1:11. "The fruit of righteousness" refers to what is produced in you as you operate in love, pursue excellence, and maintain your integrity. It includes every attitude and action consistent with God's standard of what is right. "Having been filled" speaks of something that happened in the past with continuing results....
  • Being Merciful

    02/22/2017 7:16:22 AM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful’” (Luke 6:36). Since we have received mercy from God, we are obligated to show mercy to those with physical or spiritual needs. Jesus demonstrated His mercy many times as He went about healing people and casting out demons. Two blind men cried out, “‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ . . . And moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight, and followed Him” (Matt. 20:30, 34). He was also deeply moved in spirit and wept when He saw the sorrow that Lazarus’s death caused...
  • Coccopalmerio Says There’s No Doctrinal Confusion Over ‘Amoris’[Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 3:43:03 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | February 21, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who heads a Vatican office for the interpretation of Church law, says that as far as he's concerned, there's no legal confusion about the meaning of Pope Francis's document 'Amoris Laetitia' and its implications for access to Communion. ROME— Since the release of Amoris Laetitia, bishops and cardinals around the world have offered their own guidelines and interpretations of Chapter Eight, which deals with what the Catholic Church calls “irregular” situations, particularly divorced and civilly remarried believers who want to access the sacraments of Confession and Communion.One of the latest voices to join the ongoing debate is Italian...
  • Marriage and Divorce. The General of the Jesuits: "Jesus Too Must Be Reinterpreted"[Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 1:56:41 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 22, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    Incredible but true. In the eighth chapter of "Amoris Laetitia,” the most heated and controversial, the one in which Pope Francis seems to “open up” to remarriage while the previous spouse is still alive, there is no citation at all of the words of Jesus on marriage and divorce, presented primarily in chapter 19 of the Gospel according to Matthew: «Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and...
  • Gloria.TV News for the 21st of February

    02/21/2017 8:53:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Gloria.TV ^ | February 21, | Gloria TV
    Secrecy: Referring to its source in Santa Marta, the blog Anonimi della Croce reports of secret meetings of Pope Francis with the Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby and other Anglican and Lutheran dignitaries. Protestant representatives participate also in the secret group that works on changing the New Rite into a new ritual that can be used by Catholics and Protestants alike.
  • Two Presidents at Prayer

    02/21/2017 7:05:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Presidents at Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • February 20, 2017 • We live in an age of often strident secularism. If a religious utterance is made by a government official (or it would seem, even a First Lady) a loud cry goes up from an increasingly hostile minority. The platitude about “Separation of Church and State” is usually bandied about, a phrase that does not even appear in the Constitution.Free Exercise clause – It is true that the First Amendment decrees that Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion, but it also specifies that it...
  • I Will Purpose To Do Good Unto Jerusalem...Zechariah pt 12

    But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the Lord of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let...
  • Maintaining Spiritual Integrity

    02/21/2017 4:53:59 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "In order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ" (Phil. 1:10). Seek to have a life that bears scrutiny. In our society, those whose lives are marked by moral soundness, uprightness, honesty, and sincerity are usually thought of as people of integrity. However, society's standards often fall far short of God's. Spiritual integrity calls for the highest possible standard of behavior and requires supernatural resources available only to those who trust in Him. Paul's prayer in Philippians 1:9-10 outlines the path to spiritual integrity. It begins with love that abounds with knowledge and discernment (v. 9) and...
  • God's Great Mercy

    02/21/2017 4:53:40 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3). Because of His mercy, God desires to lift sinners out of their pitiful condition. Several years ago I spent about a week in India. Each day I saw countless starving, diseased people with no home but a few square feet of filthy street. I could not help but feel compassion and pity on those people who lived in such misery....
  • Archbishop of Malta Claims Fidelity to Pope on Exhortation Guidelines [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 2:15:18 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 20, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    The focus is back on the Maltese bishops this week after it was revealed that in a meeting with the priests of his archdiocese, Archbishop Charles Scicluna had said that he had no choice in issuing the deeply controversial Maltese bishops guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, because in his conscience he could not oppose the wishes of Pope Francis.The National Catholic Register‘s Rome Correspondent, Edward Pentin, reports: At a meeting with Malta’s priests on Feb. 14, Archbishop Scicluna appealed for understanding, saying he had no choice in co-signing the guidelines. According to sources present, he said in conscience he could not...
  • Turmoil in the Catholic Church? The Lord Will Guide and Protect [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 1:47:15 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | February 20, 2017 | Rev. Kevin Bezner
    The Catholic Church is in turmoil. Some say it’s in crisis. Some believe that schism is already underway. Almost daily, you can read about the turmoil in Catholic news and commentary.Cardinals and groups representing thousands of priests ask the Pope for a clarification of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Bishops of Germany and Malta offer guidance that says the exhortation allows the divorced and remarried who lack an annulment to receive communion.Pope Francis interjects himself into the governance of the Knights of Malta. One of the questioning cardinals is maligned in the media and sent off to Guam on a...
  • Card. Kasper on Anglican, Catholic parishes 'twinning' for papal visit [Catholic/Anglican Caucus]

    02/20/2017 7:38:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 20, 2017 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Anglican church of All Saints in central Rome on Sunday will be marked by the ‘twinning’ of the Church of England community with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti on the south side of the city. The Pope’s visit comes as part of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the first Church of England Eucharist, which took place in the so-called ‘English ghetto’ near the Spanish steps on October 27th 1816. He will be the first pope to visit an Anglican Church in his own Diocese of Rome. Members of All Saints and Ognissanti have...
  • Tish Ba'Av, or True Repentence? ...Zechariah pt 10

    In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev. The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melek, together with their men, to entreat the Lord by asking the priests of the house of the Lord Almighty and the prophets, “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?”(Zechariah 7:1-3)Notice that Zechariah carefully dates this prophecy, rooting it in a historical incident, two years after the night of visions of Zechariah 1-6. A delegation...
  • Malta’s Archbishop: Seminarians Can Leave if They Don't Agree With Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 3:57:43 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 20, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The Archbishop of Malta has confirmed to the Register that he told the country’s seminarians earlier this month that if any of them do not agree with Pope Francis, “the seminary gate is open,” implying they are free to leave. Archbishop Charles Scicluna’s remarks are the latest in what Church sources in Malta say is a heavy-handed crackdown on any ecclesiastic unwilling to subscribe to the Maltese bishops’ interpretation of the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia — an interpretation the bishops say is identical to the Holy Father’s... Since the Criteria were published Jan. 13, a number of clergy sources in...
  • Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare Sunday)

    02/20/2017 3:07:50 PM PST · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 03-06-2016 | Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
    Last Judgment. The Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy      In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, on our preparation journey towards Lent, we have come to the ultimate stage: we are confronted with judgment. If we pay attention to it, next week our spiritual destiny will be in our own hands, because next week is the Sunday of Forgiveness. The link between these two days is too obvious. If we only could become aware that each and everyone of us stand before the judgment of God and the judgment of...
  • 9 Truths About Sex and Marriage From the First Two Chapters of Genesis

    02/20/2017 2:17:13 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 19, 2017 | SEAN MCDOWELL
    Critics have sometimes claimed that marriage is not that important to God. But interestingly, the Bible both begins and ends with a marriage. In fact, marriage is the defining metaphor God uses to illustrate His love for the Church, His “bride.”The natural place to begin an investigation into what God thinks about marriage (and sex) is in Genesis 1 and 2, where scripture describes God’s creation of the world and everything in it. Here are nine truths about sex and marriage from the first two chapters in Genesis:1. Sex and marriage are a creation of God. Sex is not...
  • A Pastor Says the ‘Amoris’ Mess on Communion Must End [Catholic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 12:49:35 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | February 19, 2017 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    From the in-the-trenches perspective of a pastor, the welter of competing guidelines and interpretations of 'Amoris Laetitia' is a mess. Why can't the pope reaffirm timeless Catholic teaching, and set to work to revise the rules for annulments to reflect contemporary pastoral realities? The course of true love never does run smooth, and neither does any papal pronouncement about love. The tsunami caused by Humane Vitae— Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical on birth control— still continues to ripple around the world, and the waves of emotion over Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia also don’t look like they’re subsiding anytime soon.The worst thing...
  • Catholics Are Not Faithful to Doctrine, We Will Face Anglican-style Divisions

    02/20/2017 12:06:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 30 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 17, 2017 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Those proposing change have not shown how it can be reconciled with Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. The Church is in a full-blown civil war over doctrine, as Dan Hitchens observed earlier this week in a carefully argued and fully evidenced article. Coincidentally, the Church of England’s doctrinal civil war has taken a new turn at the latest sitting of the General Synod, with heated debates over same-sex relationships. Michael Fabricant MP suggests in the Telegraph that Anglicans should jettison their “conservative” wing. In the same newspaper, the devout and passionate Andrea Minichiello Williams makes a convincing case for Christian tradition.The Williams article makes one...
  • A Quantum Leap Into the Paranormal

    02/20/2017 10:36:48 AM PST · by truthxchange · 13 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 2/21/2017 | Dr. Peter Jones
    A Quantum Leap into the Paranormal I just received an invitation to sign up for a teaching webinar offered by Jean Houston, a highly popular occult channeler and close friend of Hillary Clinton. Houston’s series is entitled: Unlock your Quantum Powers. Her terminology is arcane and mystifying. What are our “quantum powers”? Her explanation doesn’t help: “You are an organism in the universe of totality.” This is only a fancy, seductive way of describing what folks in the new spiritual circles call “being one with nature.” Houston gets even more spiritual when she invites participants into a “Partnership with the...
  • Why Does God Make Us Wait?

    02/20/2017 8:08:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does God Make Us Wait? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 19, 2017 • One of the most common frustrations in the spiritual life is the fact that God often makes us wait. Many of our requests are made with an elevated sense of urgency. Frankly, we are in a big hurry about many things—but God is not. Although He could fix every problem in an instant, He does not, and He has His reasons for this.While the reasons for God’s delay may be somewhat mysterious, we can certainly understand some of them. For example, any parent knows that...
  • Can I lose My Salvation?

    02/20/2017 5:31:52 AM PST · by metmom · 350 replies
    Westside Christian Fellowshihp ^ | Jan 12, 2017 | Shane Idleman
    A common question for many is, “Can I lose my salvation?” I’ve heard both sides of the argument, and only God truly knows a person’s heart, but I can share a few thoughts. The reason there is a debate is because the Scriptures teach that salvation is a gift from God that cannot be earned, but they also offer warnings about falling away. There should be a healthy tension between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. This issue should not create a spirit of division, elitism, or theological superiority. One school of thought suggests that salvation cannot be lost, as in...
  • Pursuing Excellence

    02/20/2017 5:26:11 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "So that you may approve the things that are excellent" (Phil. 1:10). In a world of mediocrity and confusion, God calls you to excellence and discernment. There's the story of a pilot who came on the loudspeaker mid flight and said, "I have some good news and bad news. The bad news is we've lost all our instrumentation and don't know where we are. The good news is we have a strong tail wind and are making great time." That's an accurate picture of how many people live: they have no direction in life but they're getting there fast! We...
  • The Measure of Grace

    02/20/2017 5:25:39 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20). God will lavish grace upon sinners who are truly repentant. Did you ever sin so terribly that you felt, I really blew it this time. There’s no way God would want to forgive me now? It’s easy sometimes to let our past sins be a constant burden to us, even after we’ve confessed and repented. Paul has comfort for those who feel this way, and that comfort is founded on the power and measure of God’s grace to us. Before his conversion, Paul (then known as Saul) persecuted the church...
  • The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me - A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

    02/19/2017 7:30:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me - A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • February 18, 2017 • In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger and retribution to a higher level. Most likely, the one who originally harmed me will then take...