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  • Key Synod Official Sounds Strong Conservative Theme at Opening Session

    10/05/2015 6:35:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    A key official of the Synod of Bishops set a strongly conservative tone, unambiguously supporting the traditional teachings of the Church on marriage and sexuality, in the opening session of the October meeting. Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest—who, as relator general, was responsible for summarizing the main themes of the working document to be discussed by the bishops— tackled some of the most contentious issues directly during his Monday-morning address. The Hungarian cardinal stated that Catholics who are divorced and remarried cannot be admitted to Communion as long as they remain in a second conjugal union. He also rejected the...
  • The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of the World (Ecumenical)

    10/05/2015 3:36:05 PM PDT · by NRx
    The Ascetic Experience ^ | 09-15-2015 | Protopresbyter Dumitru Staniloae
    October 5 marks the anniversary of the repose of the renowned Romanian theologian Fr. Dumitru Staniloae. His many works include commentaries on the Church Father, a Romanian translation of the Philokalia, and his 1978 masterpiece The Orthodox Dogmatic Theology. Fr. Dumitru endured several years of imprisonment for his faith at the hands of Communists, after which he began to work for the Romanian Holy Synod and often traveled to international conferences to share his theological vision. He reposed in 1993 at the age of ninety.Below we offer his work on "The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of...
  • A Critique of Contemporary Ultramontanism (Catholic-Orthodox caucus)

    10/05/2015 1:58:28 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    No excerpt. The link goes to the index page for a series of posts on the title of this thread. I believe they are well worth reading.
  • Letter #41, 2015: The One Thing

    10/05/2015 11:54:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | October 5, 2015 | Robert Moynihan
    October 5, 2015, Monday — The One Thing“And he comes, moving slowly like a serpent, and makes those three proposals to Jesus: “If you are God, son of God, there are stones, you’re hungry, change them into bread”; “If you are the Son of God, why so much effort? Come with me to the terrace of the temple and thrown yourself down, and people will see this miracle and effortlessly you will be recognized as the Son of God”; the devil tries to seduce him and, in the end, as he could not seduce him, the last temptation: “Let’s be...
  • Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change

    10/05/2015 11:40:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis told a Roman Catholic meeting on family issues on Monday that the Church should not be a stuffy "museum of memories" but have the courage to change if that was what God wanted. Francis urged bishops at the start of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, to humbly empty themselves of conventions and prejudices. They should not "point fingers at the others to judge them" or feel superior to those with different ideas. In a passage that appeared to be directed at unbending traditionalists, the pope said bishops should beware the "hardening of some hearts, which despite...
  • St. Catherine of Siena to Pope: Use Your Virtue and Power or Resign

    10/05/2015 9:50:28 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies ^ | March 10, 2015 | John Vennari
    The website "Restoring Catholicism" just posted a prize quote from the one of the most remarkable saints in history, the 14th Century Saint Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church and Stigmatist. Saint Catherine wrote the following to Pope Gregory XI: “Most Holy Father,… because He [Christ] has given you authority and because you have accepted it, you ought to use your virtue and power. If you do not wish to use it, it might be better for you to resign what you have accepted; it would give more honor to God and health to your soul…. If you do...
  • Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs

    10/05/2015 7:49:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Things We Can Learn from Cats and Dogs Msgr. Charles Pope • October 4, 2015 • Here at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington D.C., we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (one day early, on Saturday, Oct 3rd) with the blessing of the animals. Although most folks bring dogs to be blessed, there are usually some cats and a few other animals like ferrets. Once, someone even brought a snake!Over the years, I have shared with the dog owners a list of “Things we can learn from dogs” (see below). When I was growing up, we always...
  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    10/05/2015 6:43:20 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | October 4, 2015 | Rorate-Caeli
    A follow-up on the procedural rigging created by Cardinal Baldisseri and Archbishop Forte (and the other Bergoglian strongmen) for the 2015 Synod. The Synod has officially opened today (right now, in fact, with its opening mass), and Xavier Rynne II explains in the Catholic Herald why the manipulation of this year's Synod is even worse than last year's - in fact, it is not a "synod" at all, barely a chat at tea time. More than one Synod father has described both the procedures and the final-report commission as “unacceptable.” ... Speeches (“interventions,” in Synod-speak) to the full assembly of...
  • Pope: Synod is not a parliament seeking a compromise

    10/05/2015 6:27:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | October 5, 2015 | IACOPO SCARAMUZZI
    Family with child at the opening of the Synod Apostolic courage, evangelical humility and trusting prayer. The “deposit of faith” “is not a museum to be visited or even simply preserved” Iacopo Scaramuzzivatican city The Synod on the Family, which begins today “is not a parliament in which to reach a consensus or a common accord there is recourse to negotiation, to deal-making, or to compromise”. “The only method of the Synod is to open up to the Holy Spirit with apostolic courage, with evangelical humility and confident, trusting prayer”. It was with these pointers that Francis introduced the...
  • Children of Darkness (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:12:03 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6). Those who deny the reality of their sin affirm the unreality of their salvation. Ours is a society that rejects the concept of individual responsibility. People blame society, their parents, their genes—anything but their own actions and choices—for their problems. The biblical teaching that all people are responsible for breaking God’s holy law is scoffed at as primitive, unsophisticated, and harmful to a healthy self-esteem. Even some who claim to be Christians refuse to...
  • Longing for the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/05/2015 4:09:35 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation" (1 Pet. 2:2). Scripture is our source of spiritual growth. A newborn baby was abandoned in a pile of trash in a city alley. The mother had obviously left it there to die. The infant was near death when someone heard its faint cry and summoned medical help. The child survived, but not until it had received the attention and nourishment it needed. That situation has a spiritual parallel, which Peter used to illustrate the believer's dependence on God's...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-05-15, OM, St. Faustina, Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos

    10/05/2015 2:17:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 10-05-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 5, 2015   Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jon 1:1–2:1-2, 11 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of Amittai: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it;their wickedness has come up before me.”But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD.He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarshish,paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish,away from the LORD. The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea,and in the furious tempest that...
  • What is the Biblical Eschaton?

    10/04/2015 6:09:34 PM PDT · by grumpa · 22 replies
    self | October 4, 2015 | Charles Meek
    WHAT IS THE ESCHATON? The term ESCHATON refers to the so-called “last days” or “end times.” It is the same root word as ESCHATOLOGY, the study of the biblical “last things.” There is great confusion over the biblical “end times.” After studying this for many years, I am persuaded that the culmination of NONE of the mentions of the "last days" or "end times" in the Bible can be placed outside of the first century. While this is shocking at first to some Christians, it is worth taking the time to study this. There are 15 primary mentions of the...
  • Cd Pell: Catholic Doctrine on Homosexuality Tantamount to ‘Societal Heresy’ But Must be Proclaimed

    10/04/2015 11:02:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/2/15 | John Smeaton
    ROME, October 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Our Voice of the Family team here in Rome for the Family Synod attended a lecture today from Cardinal Pell at the Angelicum, "Living the Truth in Love", an international conference and resource event to address pastoral approaches toward men and women with homosexual tendencies. In a powerful, compassionate, address, His Eminence said: "Too little is known about the Church's teaching on homosexuality*". Quoting in full the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2357 - 2359, Cardinal Pell said: "Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual...
  • Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

    10/04/2015 7:13:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marriage Is a Miracle! A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 3, 2015 • Both today’s first reading and the gospel speak to us of the miracle of marriage. If your marriage is working even reasonably well, it is a miracle! We live in an age that is poisonous to marriage. Many people look for marriage to be ideal, and if there is any ordeal, they want a new deal. Our culture says, if it doesn’t work out, bail out. Thus, successful marriages today are a miracle. But marriages are also a miracle...
  • A PSalm For The Sabbath...(To my European Readers especially)

    10/04/2015 7:09:52 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    10-04-15 | Bill Randles
    Psalm 92It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:The mark of the Christian, is that He praises God! The dead praise not the Lord we are told, but those infused with the gift of Life are alive and can respond to Him. 2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,Morning and evening,The mercy of God and his covenant faithfulness is lauded by those of the Redeemed. The lost don’t understand this, and think we are silly for always having the song...
  • Fighting Over Directions

    10/03/2015 7:04:13 PM PDT · by metmom · 10 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 30, 2015 | Steve Brown
    I hate church retreats.They’re too religious and too intense, and always with too many people. So when I saw on my schedule a pastors/staff retreat for a church in Nashville, I reached for Prozac and booze. Well, that’s not true. I don’t drink and haven’t had to take anti-depressants yet. I did, however, think about both. Man, did God surprise me. The church was Midtown Fellowship, and we met at a large and quite beautiful home on a lake near Nashville. I spent Monday with the nine pastors at Midtown and then Tuesday and Wednesday with the rest of the...
  • The Problem with Religion-Steve’s Devotional(Protestant/Evangelical/Non-Denom Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:49:27 PM PDT · by metmom · 11 replies
    Key Life ^ | September 21, 2015 | Steve Brown
    Do you sometimes grow tired of religious people? Do you ever want to just grunt, scream and spit? I know I do.Sometimes I just want to say something shocking. And once that’s done, I’ll think, There, I did it and I’m glad! I try to stifle those feelings because, of course, no real Christian would even think such things. That is what I thought until I read Christ’s words in Matthew 6:1-8 and 16-18. “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who...
  • The Importance of Confession (from the book “Strength for Today”)(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:34:17 PM PDT · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:10). Confession is the first step toward defeating sin. It is often true that the hardest part of dealing with a problem is admitting that you have one. Beginning with Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:11-13), people have denied responsibility for their sins, and our generation is no exception. To acknowledge that one is a sinner, guilty of breaking God’s holy law, is not popular. People call sin by a myriad of other names, futilely hoping to define it...
  • The Ministry of the Word (from the book "Drawing Near")(Protestant/Evangelical Caucus)

    10/03/2015 6:31:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "My Word . . . shall not return to Me . . . without accomplishing what I desire" (Isa. 55:11). "Man does not live by bread alone, but . . . by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord" (Deut. 8:3). God’s Word is both productive and nourishing. The Bible contains many precious promises, two of which relate specifically to itself. First, the prophet Isaiah said that the Word is productive: "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and...
  • The U.N. is an Endtimes Player...Armeggeddon pt 3

    For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. (Joel 3:1-3)This past week has been incredibly compelling from a biblical Prophecy perspective. So much...
  • Gay Catholics Tell Synod to Promote Chastity – for Everyone

    10/03/2015 4:13:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/3/15 | Ann Schneible
    Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA).- Same-sex attracted Catholics who have turned away from a homosexual lifestyle are urging participants at the upcoming Synod on the Family to defend the Church's teaching on chastity for everyone – including for divorced and remarried. “I fear that chastity does not have enough of a voice at the Synod,” said Rilene Simpson, a member and spokesperson of Courage, an apostolate which offers pastoral support for men and women with same-sex attraction. She told CNA: “We need to have the Church’s support.” “We're talking about chastity for everybody. We're talking about...
  • Cardinal Kasper Gears Up For Vatican Synod: "You Are Born Gay"

    10/03/2015 4:05:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/2/15 | Thomas D. Williams
    On the eve of the Vatican synod on marriage and the family, progressive German Cardinal Walter Kasper has come out publicly against doctrinal “fundamentalism” in the Church, while expressing his hope that the synod will open a “dialogue” on contraception for Catholics and reconsider the situation of homosexuals. At a recent launch in Rome for his new book Witness to Mercy, the Cardinal complained of those who want to close off dialogue on certain issues as if they were settled forever. In his book, released to coincide with the opening of the synod, the Cardinal deals with a number of...
  • Cardinal Burke addresses truths of marriage, family

    10/03/2015 3:05:23 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | LAUREN RAMSEYER
    “We live at a time where the fundamental truth of marriage is under a ferocious and indeed a…diabolical attack, which seeks to obscure and sully the sublime truth of the married state as God intended it from the creation,” said His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, standing before a crowd of nearly 1,000 people in Franciscan University’s Finnegan Fieldhouse. Burke’s nearly hour-long keynote address on the evening of Sept. 8 focused on the “Instrumentum Laboris,” the draft document for the XIV Ordinary General Synod of Bishops, which will meet at the Vatican in October to address the mission of the...
  • 7 Ways St. Jerome’s Vulgate Helped Shaped the Church

    10/03/2015 1:37:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | September 30, 2015 | STEPHEN BEALE
    For roughly one thousand years, it was the Bible of Western Christendom. It was the version to which European Christians turned to compose their prayers and liturgies, that great saints consulted in their meditations, and that the greatest scholars quoted in their treatises.ItÂ’s harder to think of a translation of the Bible that has had more staying power than St. JeromeÂ’s Latin version, known as the Vulgate, which was completed late in the fourth century and held sway over the Church through the Council of Trent, in the mid-1500s. Of course, the Vulgate is not the work of Jerome...
  • Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV

    10/03/2015 8:15:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV Msgr. Charles Pope • October 2, 2015 • Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does He not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering?While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater blessing may occur. To some degree I have found this to be so in my own life; some of my greatest blessings required that a door slam shut or that...
  • The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 1

    10/03/2015 4:50:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | May 30, 2015 | Tim Staples
    The Rapture, the Antichrist, and the Second Coming of Christ – Pt. 1 In my next post, we will get into a biblical critique of the popular “Rapture” theology we find mostly among Evangelical, Fundamentalist, and Pentecostal Christians, but before we do that I would like to respond to a question I often get when talking about this question in general.“What’s the big deal?”In other words, so what if these confused Protestants have their beliefs about this aspect of eschatology awry. That’s not going to hurt anybody, is it?In fact, I argue, Dispensationalist theology is dangerous for many reasons, but one of them can...
  • Confraternity Bible: New Testament and Supplemental Commentary - INDEX OF SCRIPTURE TEXTS

    10/03/2015 1:57:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Haydock Catholic Bible Commentary ^ | 1941 | Catholic Biblical Association
    INDEX OF SCRIPTURE TEXTS ABRAHAM:  Patriarch, Matt. 1, 2; 22, 32; Luke 19, 9; John 8, 33; Acts 3, 25; 7, 2; Rom. 4, 1-3; 9, 7; Gal. 3, 6-9; 4, 22; Heb. 7, 1-10; Abraham's faith, Rom. 4, 1-25; Gal. 3, 6; Heb. 11, 8; Jas. 2, 21-23; spiritual children of, Rom. 4, 11 ff; Gal. 3, 7. 29. ABSOLUTION:  power of promised, Matt. 16, 19; 18, 18; John 20, 23. ACCESS TO GOD:  John 14, 6; Rom. 5, 2; Eph. 2, 18; 3, 12; Heb. 10, 19 ff; Jas. 4, 8. ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD:  Matt. 5, 12; Acts 5,...
  • Openly homosexual Vatican priest denounces CDF on video :"I AM GAY"

    10/02/2015 9:44:05 PM PDT · by Legatus · 29 replies
    Vox Cantoris Blog ^ | 10/02/2015 | Vox Cantoris
    The sodomite mafia that we've long suspected in the Vatican is raising its filthy head on the eve of the Synod to destroy the family. Father Oko's work on the infiltration of the priesthood in Rome and in Poland must be held up as a warning of what was to come. The dossier of three hundred pages handed over by Benedict XVI to Jorge Bergoglio gathers dust but the truth will come out along with coming out of these sodomite moles into the light where they can no longer hide. „Jestem gejem. Dumnym i szczęśliwym księdzem gejem”. Coming out księdza...
  • African Prelates Urge Clear Teaching on Marriage in New Book

    10/02/2015 8:16:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    In another new book released just before the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, ten African prelates call for a clear and vigorous affirmation of Catholic doctrine on marriage and the family. The book, entitled Christ’s New Homeland- Africa, emphasizes the need to resist the pressure of secularization in Africa; the prelates argue that the African continent will play a critical role in forming the Church’s response to secularization. In one of the featured essays, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, critiques the instrumentum laboris, the working document for the Synod. He says that...
  • Unecumenism and the Sins of All (part III [Ecumenical Thread] )

    10/02/2015 2:28:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 10-02-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The concept of the One Church shifted during the Reformation. I offer a case in point as well as a reflection on it changes our current understanding. The old Anglican Book of Common Prayer offers one of the early examples of a subtle shift in Christian thinking and speech. In the Thanksgiving after Communion we read: Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favor...
  • Stump the Priest: Millennialism? (Why it is a condemned heresy)

    10/02/2015 11:44:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies
    One of many charts from the premillennialist book "Dispensational Truth" Question: "Why do the Orthodox adhere to Amillennialism, when it is so obvious that Satan is alive and active now and not confined. The following fathers were premillenarians: Justin Martyr, Melito, Hegesippus, Tatian, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Hippolytus and Apollinaris. So why is Chiliasm a heresy?" Of the names that are listed, I do not believe there is any clear evidence that St. Hegesippus held premillennialist views. St. Hippolytus actually changed his mind on this question, in favor of rejecting premillennialism. Tatian, Tertullian, and Apollinaris all ended their lives in heresy and schism,...
  • On the Wonder of the Word of God

    10/02/2015 7:29:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Wonder of the Word of God Msgr. Charles Pope • October 1, 2015 • The first reading at Mass today (Thursday of the 26th week of the year) from Nehemiah 8 is a wonderful meditation on the glory and wonder of the Word of God; it deserves our attention.The background of the text is that Israel had been conquered by the Babylonians (in 587 B.C.) and the survivors of that war were led into exile in Babylon. After 80 years the Persians conquered the Babylonians and Cyrus, the king of Persia, permitted the Jews to return to the...
  • "God, or Nothing!”: Exclusive Interview with Cardinal Robert Sarah

    10/02/2015 6:27:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 10/1/15 | Diane Montagna
    Talking about mercy, sin, participation in the Church, and the urgent need to respect the Holy EucharistROME — The prodigal son left home in order to say, “I’m independent, I’m autonomous from my father,” and his father wants to forgive him. But if he doesn’t return home, he can’t be forgiven. And returning home means leaving sin behind. This was just one thought shared by Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, who spoke exclusively to Aleteia at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last week. Appointed Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 2014,...
  • Sovereign over Suffering (Protestant & Evangelical Caucus/Devotional)

    10/02/2015 5:07:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (v. 20). - Genesis 50:15–21 Conversion to Christ brings with it a great number of blessings. Chief among these are that we have peace with God, receive Him as our Father, and have the sure hope of eternal life (John 1:12–13; 3:16; Rom. 5:1). We also benefit from the joy that is given to us as part of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Yet at the same time, we...
  • The Folly of Comfortable Christianity (Ecumenical Thread)

    10/01/2015 4:45:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10-01-2015 | Bishop Pitirim
    On diluted Christianity, the rapid spread of Islamization, new “European values”, hatred for true Christianity, and where it all may lead. Bishop Pitirim of Dushanbe and Tadjikistan     “Comfortable Christianity is not wanting to carry your cross.” —Your Eminence, what are the “comfortable Christianity” and “pink Christianity” you talk about in your sermons that we publish on our site []? Could it be said that comfortable Christianity is the spiritual illness of our times? —What did the Lord say? Take up your cross and follow Me. This is the meaning of Christianity. Comfortable Christianity is, first of all, not wanting to...
  • Russia is a player in Prophecy, but not the USA...

    To all who have any discernment,we are currently witnessing the diminishment of the 70 year US sphere of influence in the Middle East. I cringed as I witnessed the spectacle of Vladimir Putin’s U.N. speech excoriating the western nations for ignoring international law, dis-embowling Libya, Syria and creating ISIS through our meddling in the Middle East. Putin is a supporter of embattled Syrian President Bashir Assad. He has committed Russian ground troops, tanks, ships and an air strike force to defend Assad. Putin is also an ally of the terrorist Iranian regime. They too have poured troops into Syria to...
  • What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think

    10/01/2015 7:39:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-30-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Trust God? Maybe Not What You Think. Msgr. Charles Pope • September 30, 2015 • We are often told to trust in God. And most of us have counseled others who are anxious or downcast to trust in God. But what does it mean?In too many cases what people mean when they counsel trust is this: “Don’t worry, God will eventually give you what you’re looking for. Just keep praying and trust that He’ll come through for you.” What is meant by “coming through for you” is some answer on your terms; it’s as if...
  • Twitter blasts Pope Francis over meeting with Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

    09/30/2015 7:28:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | PAUL LIOTTA
    Kim Davis seemed to put an end to Pope Francis fever. The controversial county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been drawing negative attention on social media since she came to the forefront of the news for denying same-sex couples marriage licenses guaranteed to them by the Fourteenth Amendment. Now the Pope is getting some of that same social media heat for meeting with the embattled clerk during his visit to the United States last week. The meeting was first disclosed by Davis' attorney and has since been confirmed by the Vatican. When reporters asked the pope about Davis on...
  • Russia Muscles In...Syria in Prophecy pt 1

    Vladimir Putin has received authorization to use Russian military power in defense of besieged Syrian President Bashir Assad. He has wasted no time, having launched a series of airstrikes against the terror group ISIS, but there are ominous reports that Putin has also attacked US backed rebel army elements as well. The situation is very confusing, but I think it would profit to try to make some sense of it, since it has extremely serious Geopolitical implications and most importantly it is of immense prophetic significance as well. How did the world arrive at this mess? The Syrian Civil War...
  • Pope Francis Reaffirms that Catholic Marriage is Indissoluble

    09/30/2015 11:43:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 30, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Answering a question about the Synod and annulment reform, Pontiff says the door to divorce is closed Those who fear that the Church is about to allow divorced Catholics to remarry can take heart by something Pope Francis said on his way back to Rome from the United States.The Pope’s words might also reassure those worried that his recent motu proprio Mitis Iudex reforming the annulment process will weaken the sanctity of the marriage bond.“Marriage is indissoluble when it is a sacrament. And this the Church cannot change. It’s doctrine. It’s an indissoluble sacrament,” the Pope told reporters during an...
  • Letter #38, 2015: Kim and Francis - “Thank you for your courage“

    09/30/2015 9:42:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    September 29, 2015, Tuesday — Kim and Francis “For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come to light.” —Luke 8:17“Holy Father, you visited the Little Sisters of the Poor and we were told that you wanted to show your support for them and their case in the courts. And, Holy Father, do you also support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example in issuing...
  • Consequences of the One Church – Unecumenism (Part II)

    09/30/2015 9:29:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-30-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    Fr. Stephen Freeman 1 Comment In thinking through a theological question, I often engage in thought experiments. The Fathers might call it a form of theoria, but I won’t presume that word for myself. But what I do is to make a concerted effort to let go of unexamined assumptions. I look at a different set of assumptions and ask, “What if that were true?” The result many times yields a dead end. But knowledge of dead ends can be just as useful as other information. However, on occasion, the result is genuine insight, even a realization that the assumptions that have...
  • Nearly 800,000 Sign Appeal Calling on Pope Francis to Clarify Church Doctrine

    09/30/2015 7:05:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/29/15 | Edward Pentin
    A petition of nearly 800,000 signatures from individuals and associations around the world including 202 prelates was presented to Pope Francis today, calling on the Holy Father to issue words of clarity on the Church's teaching on marriage and family. The “filial petition”, which has received 790,150 signatures since the appeal was launched in March, reflects concerns emanating from last year’s Extraordinary Synod. The appeal expresses concern about “widespread confusion” arising from the possibility that “a breach” had been opened within the Church at last year's meeting, one “that would accept adultery—by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to...
  • Gay Catholics Urge Synod Fathers to Reject ‘Harsh Language’

    09/30/2015 6:56:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/30/15 | Staff Reporter
    Appeal comes in briefing paper sent to English bishops attending family synodGay Catholics have sent a briefing paper to the two English bishops attending the family synod next week, urging them to reject “harsh” language about homosexuality. The LGBT Catholics Briefing Paper resulted from a reflection day, sponsored by the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, held in June 2013. The briefing paper is addressed to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and Bishop Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton and chairman of the bishops’ conference Committee for Marriage and Family Life, who will be at the synod which opens on Sunday....
  • Crack the Whip – How a child’s playground activity Speaks to our Times

    09/30/2015 6:47:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-29-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Crack the Whip – How a child’s playground activity Speaks to our Times. Msgr. Charles Pope • September 29, 2015 • The following is a longer version of an article I wrote for the Blog of the USCCB earlier this month. Due to space requirements I had to shorten the article. Here is the full version. Many years ago I heard an analogy for what has happened in this country and how the sins unhealthy patterns of the elite, the powerful and the wealthy trickled down to the poor, but with far more disastrous effects.The analogy was the game of...
  • “Unacceptable.” The Base Document of the Synod “Compromises the Truth”

    09/29/2015 5:45:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 09-29-2015 | Sandro Magister
    On the verge of the synod, three theologians with the support of cardinals and bishops critique and reject the “Instrumentum Laboris.” Here is the complete text of their charges of accusation by Sandro Magister ROME, September 29, 2015 - The text that is made public here joins the numerous statements of various viewpoints on issues of family, marriage, divorce, homosexuality, that have followed each other with growing intensity with the approach of the opening of the synod. It is presented as a collective work. Not only because the text has three authors, but even more because it was born and...
  • For Him Who Has Ears To Hear...Mystery Babylon pt 3

    Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express to you, Mr Ban Ki-moon, my heartfelt gratitude…Address of …Pope Francis to The General Assembly of the United NationsDid you catch that? The Pope, is one of the Gentile Kings of the Earth, having episcopal authority over the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, and claiming to be the vicar of Christ on...
  • Unbelief in Our Culture Is More Serious Than Most Imagine – A Reflection on the First Commandment

    09/29/2015 6:59:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Unbelief in Our Culture Is More Serious Than Most Imagine – A Reflection on the First Commandment Msgr. Charles Pope • September 28, 2015 • But, frankly, all of us should be concerned at the rise of unbelief in our culture, whether it is atheism, agnosticism, indifference, or the rampant secularism that relegates God to a marginal place. We should be concerned because unbelief on a wide scale (as we are seeing today) is not only unhealthy for a culture, it is dangerous to it.This danger is fairly obvious when one considers that, in the end, unbelievers think they answer...
  • Dissenters Express High Hopes for Synod

    09/29/2015 6:56:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/28/15 | Edward Pentin
    Meanwhile orthodox-thinking Catholics to reassert Church doctrine with four major Rome conferences scheduled for this weekAs the Synod on the Family approaches, those pushing for radical reform in the Church — or rather dissent from established Church teaching — and those upholding the Church’s doctrine, are both making their views more widely known. Beginning with the dissenters, Swiss Vaticanist Giuseppe Rusconi has helpfully summarized their views on Pope Francis and the synod. The heterodox views of 30 individuals including Italian priests, a bishop, and a leftist politician appear in a special issue of “Micromega”, a secularist journal, published in time...