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Luther's Preface to The Small Catechism
10/31/2021 11:13:59 AM PDT · by Fester Chugabrew · 28 replies
Preface to Luther's Small Catechism ^ | 1525 | Dr. Martin Luther
Martin Luther, to all faithful and godly pastors and preachers: grace, mercy, and peace be yours in Jesus Christ, our Lord. The deplorable, miserable conditions which I recently observed when visiting the parishes have constrained and pressed me to put this catechism of Christian doctrine into this brief, plain, and simple form. How pitiable, so help me God, were the things I saw: the common man, especially in the villages, knows practically nothing of Christian doctrine, and many of the pastors are almost entirely incompetent and unable to teach. Yet all the people are supposed to be Christians, have been...

Clueless: Francis Lacks Elementary Catechism Knowledge
06/09/2021 3:20:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
Gloria TV ^ | June 9, 2021 | Gloria TV
Clueless: Francis Lacks Elementary Catechism KnowledgeIn his Sunday after Corpus Christi homily, Francis moralised that “we cannot break bread on Sunday if our hearts are closed to our brothers and sisters. We cannot partake of that Bread if we do not give bread to the hungry. We cannot share that Bread unless we share the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in need.”This reminded of his embarrassing June 2019 Corpus Christi homily in which he claimed that the Eucharist is “Jesus who becomes bread.”In the Catholic Faith which was transmitted by the apostles, it's the other way round: bread becomes...

Vatican fixes website glitch showing 2 versions of catechism
05/12/2021 5:46:39 PM PDT · by Marchmain · 10 replies
Catholic News Agency ^ | May 11, 2021 | Hannah Brockhaus
The Vatican has corrected a problem on its website that meant it displayed at least two different editions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in English. When using an online search engine, internet users could land on two different editions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in English, one of which was an earlier edition. Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office, told CNA last week that “it is one of those cases where the system updates are incompletely coordinated, so one page had the older version and the other the more recent one.” Bruni explained...

Germany's Catholic Bishops Aim to Rewrite the Catechism, Igniting a Potential Schism
03/07/2021 6:21:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
Religion Unplugged ^ | 3/1/21 | Clemente Lisi
(ANALYSIS) Germany’s Catholic bishops embarked on a series of conversations in 2018 aimed at reforming church teachings. It was an ambitious, if not audacious, effort on everything from homosexuality, priestly celibacy and the ordination of women. Conservative Catholics across the world decried the prospect. The tensions that arose at that time — and still simmering today — even caused some to warn that a permanent split could occur. Indeed, the dreaded “s-word” — schism — can be used to describe the current moment. It was just last year that a high-ranking prelate argued that pushing such changes could lead to...

German Catholic Bishops Call for Change to Catechism on Homosexuality
02/23/2021 5:52:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/23/21
CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 02:00 pm MT (CNA).- A German Catholic bishop has publicly defended his support for a book of blessings and rites for homosexual unions. Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz also suggested that Catholics with homosexual inclinations cannot all be expected to live chastely and the Church should adopt a pastoral approach that acknowledges this. “Quite a few people who have homosexual attractions belong to the Church and are truly pious in the best sense of the word,” Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz wrote in a column for his diocesan newspaper that was also published on...

Homosex “Blessings": President of German “Bishops" Wants to “Change" Catechism
12/28/2020 5:50:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 28 replies
Gloria TV ^ | December 28, 2020 | Gloria TV
Homosex “Blessings": President of German “Bishops" Wants to “Change" CatechismThe Catechism should be rewritten with regard to practised homosexuality and a "blessing" for homosex couples should be introduced, the president of the German Bishops, Georg Bätzing of Limburg told believes that "we" need solutions which would not only take effect in private, "but also have a public visibility - but make it clear that no marriage is being founded." Bätzing was unable to say what his "homosex blessing" would institute.Bätzing thinks it is possible to introduce homosex "blessings" independently of the Vatican. Alternatively, a council could discuss these "questions,"...

WATCH: Catholic school board bans catechism quotes on homosexuality as ‘dangerous’
11/13/2020 6:53:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
LifeSite News ^ | November 13, 2020 | Lianne Laurence
WATCH: Catholic school board bans catechism quotes on homosexuality as ‘dangerous’ Trustees claimed quoting the catechism was ‘putting down a marginalized and vulnerable community at our board.’ TORONTO, November 13, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A number of Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) trustees interrupted a delegate quoting the Catechism of the Catholic Church on homosexuality during a board meeting Wednesday and told him to stop. The comments were “treading … in dangerous waters … putting down a marginalized and vulnerable community at our board,” said trustee Norm Di Pasquale. “I must warn, uh, the delegate that, uh, some of the...

Catholic Bishops Fear Scotland's Hate Crime Law Could Criminalize Bible and Catechism
07/31/2020 6:44:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/29/20
CNA Staff, Jul 29, 2020 / 06:00 am MT (CNA).- Catholic bishops have said that proposed hate crime legislation in Scotland could criminalize the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In a statement issued July 29, the bishops argued that the Scottish Government’s new Hate Crime and Public Order Bill could lead to censorship of Catholic teaching. “We are also concerned that section 5 of the Bill creates an offense of possessing inflammatory material which, if taken with the low threshold contained therein, could render material such as the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other...

[Barf Alert] The Pope: not using or possessing nuclear arms will be added to the Catechism
11/26/2019 6:27:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 29 replies
Vatican News ^ | November 26, 2019 | Vatican News
[Barf Alert] The Pope: not using or possessing nuclear arms will be added to the Catechism "The use of nuclear weapons is immoral, which is why it must be added to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Not only their use, but also possessing them: because an accident or the madness of some government leader, one person’s madness can destroy humanity.”In addition to repeating this strong message pronounced at Hiroshima, Pope Francis responded to many questions posed to him by the journalists during the flight bringing them back to Rome from Japan.

Pope Says Financial Reforms Are Working, Wants Anti-Nuke Stance in Catechism
11/26/2019 5:16:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
Crux ^ | 11/27/19 | Ines San Martin
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis said Tuesday that the latest round of financial scandal at the Vatican is actually a success story, because the situation was revealed thanks to an internal Vatican probe, which he said demonstrates that new controls are working. The pontiff also called both owning and deploying nuclear weapons “immoral,” saying that point should be added to the Catholic catechism, and suggested that it might be time to re-think the veto power wielded by a handful of countries in the United Nations Security Council. His comments came during an airborne news conference on the return...

Theologians Praise Suggestion to Add ‘Ecological Sins’ to Catholic Catechism
11/24/2019 5:29:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 33 replies
Crux ^ | 11/20/19 | Nick Mayrand
DAYTON, Ohio - A possible recognition of “ecological sins” in the Catholic Church’s main teaching document would help “sharpen our consciences in matters of ecological abuse,” according to Dr. Christopher Thompson, a leading moral theologian. Twice in the past few weeks, Church leaders have used language of “ecological sin” to highlight acts and habits of pollution of the environment - first in the final document from the Amazon Synod and more recently on Friday, when Pope Francis said he was considering adding “ecological sin” to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Such a move would help to cement Francis’s teaching...

Pope Francis considers adding ‘ecological sin’ to Catholic Church Catechism
11/18/2019 7:17:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
Energy Live News ^ | 11/17/2019 | Jonny Bairstow
Pope Francis is considering adding ‘ecological sin’ to the official teachings of the Catholic Church. He said there are plans to update the Catechism of the Catholic Church to include environmental damages that risk “the common home” of humanity. The spiritual leader called on the global community to recognise ecocide as a “fifth category of crime against peace” and stressed corporations must not go unpunished if they cause harm to the planet. He said the term ‘ecocide’ covers “the massive contamination of air, land and water resources, the large-scale destruction of flora and fauna and any action capable of producing...

Pope Francis proposes adding ‘ecological sin’ against ‘common home’ to catechism
11/16/2019 6:32:56 AM PST · by ebb tide · 121 replies
LifeSite News ^ | November 15, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
Pope Francis proposes adding ‘ecological sin’ against ‘common home’ to catechism VATICAN CITY, November 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis said today that he is thinking about adding the “‘ecological sin’ against our common home” to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. "We have to introduce―we are thinking about it―to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, the 'ecological sin' against our common home, because a duty is at stake," Pope Francis told his hearers. The Argentinian pontiff made the remark in a speech he gave today to the 20th World Congress of the International Association...

Catechism Will be Updated to Include Ecological Sins, Pope Says
11/15/2019 6:36:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 82 replies
Catholic News Service ^ | 11/15/19 | Junno Arocho Esteves
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Following through on a proposal made at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, Pope Francis said there are plans to include a definition of ecological sins in the church's official teaching. "We should be introducing -- we were thinking -- in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, ecological sin against the common home," he told participants at a conference on criminal justice Nov. 15. Members of the International Association of Penal Law were in Rome Nov. 13-16 for the conference, which centered on the theme, "Criminal Justice and Corporate Business."Pope Francis...

The Warped Catechism of Jorge Bergoglio
11/10/2019 11:54:03 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
American Spectator ^ | November 10, 2019 | George Neumayr
The Warped Catechism of Jorge Bergoglio His interviews with Eugenio Scalfari belong on the “Index of Forbidden Books.” A measure of this pontificate’s farcical dysfunction is that its leading chronicler is Eugenio Scalfari, a doddering apostate, atheist, and communist to whom Jorge Bergoglio routinely confides his heretical thoughts. Scalfari is the pope’s favorite interviewer, a veritable Boswell to Bergoglio’s Samuel Johnson. The pope is so fond of their exchanges that he had the Vatican publishing house issue an early batch of their interviews as a book. In one of those interviews, the pope told Scalfari, an ex-Catholic, that he had no...

“What Good is a Changing (Catholic) Catechism?...
06/16/2019 6:01:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
Rorate Caeli ^ | June 15, 2019 | Peter Kwasniewski
“What Good is a Changing Catechism? Revisiting the Purpose and Limits of a Book” — Dr. Kwasniewski’s Chicago Lecture Note: Below is the lecture I gave at the Union League Club in Chicago on Friday, June 14, 2019, as part of the lecture series of the Catholic Citizens of Illinois. My lecture could have been given the alternative title: “The Death Penalty for the Catechism? A How-To Guide for Excluding a Text from the Catholic Tradition.” Fortuitously, the lecture came at the end of an eventful week in Illinois and in Baltimore. On Wednesday, June 12, the state of Illinois disgraced...

Bishops Vote to Revise US Catechism's Capital Punishment Section
06/14/2019 6:40:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
The Boston Pilot ^ | 6/11/19 | Carol Zimmermann
BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops voted June 13 to revise what the U.S. church teaches its adult members about the death penalty in a passage on the issue in the U.S. Catechism for Adults. The full body of bishops approved the revised passage by a vote of 194 to 8 with 3 abstentions. It now will need the approval, or "recognitio," of the Vatican. The passage was the work of the bishops' Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, chaired by Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles. On the first day of the bishops' spring assembly in Baltimore, Bishop...

Pope’s new teaching on death penalty appears in revised theological commentary on catechism
06/05/2019 2:05:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
LifeSite News ^ | June 5, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
Pope’s new teaching on death penalty appears in revised theological commentary on catechism Vatican City, June 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The revised edition of the 1993 Theological Commentary on the Catechism of the Catholic Church will contain Pope Francis’ new doctrine on the death penalty. Although in recent decades Catholic popes have encouraged civil authorities not to use the death penalty, they did not label it intrinsically evil until 2017 when Pope Francis declared capital punishment to be “contrary to the Gospel.” In an interview with America magazine, the editor of the revised edition, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, said that Pope...

[Catholic Caucus] “Of What Use Is a Changing Catechism?”
05/14/2019 11:45:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
Rorate Caeli ^ | May 14, 2019 | Peter Kwasniewski
[Catholic Caucus] “Of What Use Is a Changing Catechism?”: Dr Kwasniewski in Chicago, June 14 I have been invited to give a talk by the Catholic Citizens of Illinois at their monthly Forum Luncheon on June 14, 2019. The event is held at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, and begins at 11:45 am. Tickets are $40; the Club requires business attire. To register, call Maureen at 708-352-5834 or use this link. My topic will be “Of What Use Is a Changing Catechism?” After the 16th-century Council of Trent, Pope St. Pius V promulgated the first...

A Priest's Pain: Crosses Destroyed, Ban on Catechism, the Vaccine Scandal [China]
08/12/2018 7:17:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
AsiaNews ^ | 8/6/18 | han Ren Shen Fu
Cross and inscription "Catholic Church" removed from church facade. The ban on holding summer youth camps for catechism. Meanwhile, the vaccine scandal breaks out, a sign of a lack of moral values in Chinese society. Vaccinating young people in the spirit, helping them discover their faith, would help Chinese society. The considerations of a priest blogger.Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Chinese authorities have been eliminating visible Christian signs, crosses and engravings for several months due to a campaign of "synicization". This adds to the ban on meetings even in summer, with young people under the age of 18, who are also...
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