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  • The Bible In Paintings 10 – GABRIEL'S AMAZING NEWS FOR JOSEPH

    04/15/2021 6:28:06 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 11 replies
    c.2,200 BC - c.95 AD | by the Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    .. S H O U L D J O S E P H M A R R Y M A R Y ? . L U K E .. 1 New International Version, emphases added Abrdgd: the complete text is in your Bible . Resources to CLICK: To read LUKE 1 in full To hear MAX McLEAN reading it To hear a DRAMATIZATION of it To see an ANIMATION of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or JohnHarmony of the Gospels 5 B. C. Bible Timeline. MATTHEW, Chapter 1 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother...
  • Francis "Strongly Believes" In Abu Dhabi Heresy

    04/14/2021 10:09:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | April 14, 2021 | Gloria TV
    Francis "Strongly Believes" In Abu Dhabi HeresyOnly four people knew about the heretical February 2019 Abu Dhabi Declaration before it was completed, writes Judge Mohamed Abdel Salam in the 2021 book The Pope and the Grand Imam: A Thorny Path.The four persons were Francis, his former secretary Yoannis Lahzi, the Cairo Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb, and Mohamed Abdel Salam.The first draft was written by the Imam, and revised by Francis. The Imam wrote a second draft, and Francis gave again his input.During an October 2018 meeting - it was their fourth - Francis told the Imam and Salam, “I strongly...
  • [Catholic Caucus] UPDATE: Philly Carmelites’ departure confirmed by three priestly sources… so when will kneeling be banned?

    04/14/2021 5:32:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Non Veni Pacem ^ | April 14, 2021 | Mark Docherty
    [Catholic Caucus] UPDATE: Philly Carmelites’ departure confirmed by three priestly sources… so when will kneeling be banned?Said sources wish to remain anonymous, but I can say they are diocesan secular, not FSSP.Original story: https://nonvenipacem.com/2021/04/12/breaking-ocd-carmelites-of-philadelphia-abandon-their-cloister-flee-to-nebraska-for-unknown-reasons/Father Z. picked this up yesterday and posted it, many thanks to him for that. Also to Frank Walker at canon212.com and several other aggregators who picked it up.Earlier today, Fr. Z. posted an update:So there you go. New archbishop, new rules, Traditional nuns no longer welcome in the archdiocese. I just asked the communications director for a statement for the second time. I wonder what their...
  • Prominent Jesuit calls for young people to be banned from traditional Mass

    04/14/2021 2:15:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 14, 2021 | Michael Haynes
    Prominent Jesuit calls for young people to be banned from traditional Mass ‘Children and young people should not be allowed to attend such Masses,’ the dissident priest demanded.April 14, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The dissident former editor of Jesuit-run America Magazine, Fr. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., has launched a scathing attack on traditional Catholics and the traditional Mass, declaring that the form of the Mass which was the norm before the Second Vatican Council should “disappear,” and that children should be banned from attending it.Fr. Reese’s April 13 piece appeared at Religion News Service, and was entitled “The future of Catholic...
  • Hoeppner Case Highlights Pope’s Deeply Troubling Track Record on Clerical Abuse

    04/14/2021 8:56:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 13, 2021 | Steve Skojec
    Hoeppner Case Highlights Pope’s Deeply Troubling Track Record on Clerical AbusePope Francis is perhaps most controversial for his theological positions or his populist progressive sentiments, but what is often overlooked in evaluations of this lightning rod of a papacy is his absolutely abysmal record on clerical sex abuse. He has talked tough at times about clerical abuse. He’s even published guidelines on how it should be handled. But I’ve been asking where the pope really stands on clerical sex abuse since 2015 — and with good reason.When I read the story today about the forced resignation Bishop Michael Hoeppner of...
  • The future of Catholic liturgical reform

    04/14/2021 8:11:47 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | Agril 13, 2921 | Thomas Reese
    The future of Catholic liturgical reform(RNS) — Other than sex, nothing is more heatedly debated by Catholics than the liturgy. Everyone has strong opinions based on years of personal experience.In the 1960s and ’70s, Pope Paul VI implemented revolutionary liturgical reforms laid out by the Second Vatican Council, but after his death in 1978, the Vatican put a stop to the changes. It is now time for a second phase.In a previous column, I recommended that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome update the process by which it considers liturgical questions. I argued...
  • Male nuns? Blame Pope Francis and our effeminate prelature

    04/13/2021 5:48:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Agril 13, 2921 | Doug Mainwariing
    Male nuns? Blame Pope Francis and our effeminate prelatureLet’s drop the pretense of faithfulness to Church teaching once and for all: Catholic prelates have a soft spot in their hearts for feminine men, masculine women, and sodomy.Thanks to Pope Francis and our bishops, this guy thinks he can be a Catholic nunApril 13, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — “A 46-year-old Catholic man in Belgium who identifies as female is pushing to gain entrance to a convent as a nun where he hopes to live the remainder of his life as a religious sister,” reported my colleague, Pete Baklinski, last week.“Eefje” Spreuters told...
  • Blessing of Same-Sex Couples. That Time the Holy Office Washed Its Hands of It

    04/13/2021 2:08:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | April 12, 2021 | Sandro Magister
    Blessing of Same-Sex Couples. That Time the Holy Office Washed Its Hands of ItIn this phase of growing, thunderous rejection - especially on Germanic ground - of the “Responsum” of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith against the blessing of homosexual couples, it is startling to know that in Rome “five centuries ago there were marriages between men in church”, As Settimo Cielo documented in a previous post.In effect, same-sex unions have always speckled the history of the Church, which has always condemned them. But that such unions should aspire to be recognized as good and legitimate by...
  • Papal pokes in priestly eyes

    04/13/2021 7:16:26 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 11, 2021 | Peter M.J. Stravinskas
    Papal pokes in priestly eyesThere is nothing wrong with a Pope presenting points for priestly reflection and improvement, but the interminable negative drumbeat is a major factor in low morale among the clergy and seminarians.“Men, not Angels, the Priests of the Gospel”. So did St. John Henry Cardinal Newman entitle one of his lectures in 1849,1 four years after his conversion. Newman was not scandalized by that realization; he was actually comforted by it because it meant he could thus count himself among the Lord’s especially chosen disciples.On this recent Holy Thursday, the preeminent day of the Holy Eucharist and...
  • Turning chemicals into code: The origin of life and of the information that makes it possible remain the most significant challenge to a naturalistic worldview

    04/13/2021 6:58:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/13/2021 | John Stonestreet and Shane Morris
    Back in January, at a meeting held at the Royal Society in London, a team of scientists and investors announced the largest prize ever offered to solve a scientific mystery. Organized by engineer and business consultant Perry Marshall, the whopping prize of $10 million (ten times the Nobel Prize payout) will be given to any person or team who can “arrange for a digital communication system to emerge or self-evolve without…explicitly designing the system.” The point of the contest is to learn where the genetic code came from and how it became the basis for all life. The winning experiment,...
  • The Bible In Paintings 9 — THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

    04/13/2021 6:01:03 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 36 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c.2,200 BC - c.95 AD | by the Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    .. JOHN BURSTS UPON AN UNSUSPECTING WORLD . L U K E .. 1 New International Version, emphases added Abrdgd: the complete text is in your Bible . Resources to CLICK: To read LUKE 1 in full To hear MAX McLEAN reading it To hear a DRAMATIZATION of it To see an ANIMATION of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or JohnHarmony of the Gospels 5 B. C. Bible Timeline. LUKE, Chapter 1 57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great...
  • Before Creation: Possibility

    04/13/2021 5:05:22 AM PDT · by inpajamas · 12 replies
    Biblical News Christians Jews ^ | 04/13/2021 | The Editor
    It is written: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” - Hebrews 13:3 What are these things that do not appear, which, are the foundation of all things that do appear? First and foremost to be understood is the concept that more than one dimension exists: for there is a physical dimension and a spiritual dimension, one temporal the other eternal, one visible the other invisible. The second concept is an extension of the first. The two worlds of...
  • BREAKING: OCD Carmelites of Philadelphia abandon their cloister; flee to Nebraska for unknown reasons

    04/12/2021 9:55:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 53 replies
    Non Veni Pacem ^ | April 12, 2021 | Mark Docherty
    BREAKING: OCD Carmelites of Philadelphia abandon their cloister; flee to Nebraska for unknown reasonsAs far as I know, this story is being broken right here. Following is a guest post from a reliable source, with personal knowledge of the situation, who wishes to remain anonymous:For reasons not totally known at this point, the Carmelite Sisters of Philadelphia have abruptly abandoned their monastery.According to sources close to the monastery, the sudden move took place over this past weekend. On Friday, after the daily Mass, a van was noticed by the entrance to the monastery used by the cloistered sisters. Later that...
  • Why I Signed “To Awaken Conscience”

    04/12/2021 5:38:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 9, 2021 | Michael Pakaluk
    Why I Signed “To Awaken Conscience”The statement “To Awaken Conscience” on so-called “abortion tainted” vaccines was meant to propose an ideal, not give arguments. I signed it because I agree with that ideal. But a philosopher should have reasons too, and here I wish to give them. These reasons also explain why I reject the statement recently offered by some Catholics under the auspices of the Ethics & Public Policy Center (EPPC).In ethical questions, one has to follow the right method. Right method does not mean coming up with an argument that seems obvious to you, even if it implies...
  • The Vatican Remains Silent on the Persecution of Chinese Christians

    04/12/2021 5:08:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | Aprril 12, 2021 | Fr. Mario Alexis Portella
    The Vatican Remains Silent on the Persecution of Chinese ChristiansLast November, Pope Francis, for the first time, called China’s Muslim Uighurs a “persecuted” people, something human rights activists have been urging him to do for years. However, during his solemn Urbi et Orbi Easter blessing on Easter Sunday, Francis snubbed the Uighurs as he carefully omitted any reference to those suffering human rights abuses under China’s Communist regime when he named an array of countries, such as Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Nigeria, and Tigray where people are plagued by violence and conflict.All things being equal, there is one group...
  • Catholic Priests Who Have Maskless Moms Arrested Are Tyrants, Not Heroes

    04/12/2021 11:05:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 12, 2021 | Carina Benton
    Catholic Priests Who Have Maskless Moms Arrested Are Tyrants, Not HeroesPastors who bully parishioners over masks appear to have forgotten the soul-saving mission of the church, and are instead tyrannizing those they should serve.Despite Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s repeal of the state mask mandate, a pregnant Catholic mother was kicked out of Mass in the Diocese of Dallas for failing to wear a mask.Father Milton Ryan, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, is alleged to have called the police while the service was underway and have the young mother threatened with arrest for trespass. Deidre Hairston returned to her pew...
  • Francis' Personal Homosex Activist Expects "Reparation" For Not Blessing Sin

    04/12/2021 8:40:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | Gloria TV
    Francis' Personal Homosex Activist Expects "Reparation" For Not Blessing SinFrancis is “very hurt” about his own document against homosex "blessings," Francis' personal homosex activist Juan Carlos Cruz told LaTercera.com (April 10) without laughing.Five days after the publication of the document, Francis called Cruz informing him that he was the first homosex activist appointed to the Roman Curia, i.e. to the alleged "Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors."Cruz told LaTercera.com that he doesn't want to "excuse" Francis who is "responsible" for the document, but believes that “very powerful” prefects had also their say in this. In reality, Francis has surrounded...
  • Aldo Maria Valli Interviews Archbishop Viganò

    04/12/2021 6:53:26 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | April 6, 2021 | Aldo Maria Valli / Archbishop Vigano
    Aldo Maria Valli Interviews Archbishop ViganòRemaining Christ-centered in the march toward a new world orderAbp. Carlo Maria Viganò, the former apostolic nuncio to the United States, has been a vocal opponent to globalists' plans for a Great Reset — the world elite's plans for a godless, one-world government, whose changes, he says, are being ushered in using COVID-19 as pretext. In this Holy Thursday interview with Italian journalist Aldo Maria Valli, the Vatican whistleblower puts these changes in context with Scripture and explains what the faithful can and should do to remain Christ-centered.Aldo Maria Valli: Your Excellency, through your repeated...
  • The Bible In Paintings 8 – MARY'S "MAGNIFICAT" PRAISES GOD

    04/12/2021 6:07:50 AM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 7 replies
    Bing Images ^ | c.2,200 BC - c.95 AD | by the Father, Son & Holy Spirit
    .. MARY'S "MAGNIFICAT" PRAISES GOD . L U K E .. 1 New International Version, emphases added Abrdgd: the complete text is in your Bible . Resources to CLICK: To read LUKE 1 in full To hear MAX McLEAN reading it To hear a DRAMATIZATION of it To see an ANIMATION of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or JohnHarmony of the Gospels 5 B. C. Bible Timeline. LUKE, Chapter 1 39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s...
  • Cancel Cancel Culture

    04/12/2021 5:54:15 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 1 replies
    truthXchange ^ | 4-12-2021 | Dr. Peter Jones
    By Dr. Peter Jones The Phrase “Cancel Culture” “Cancel culture” came into the collective consciousness around 2017, after the idea of "canceling" celebrities for problematic actions or statements became popular.[1] American institutions and corporations now engage in censorship that was previously unimaginable, piling on critiques of a person, business, movement, or idea. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other Big Tech giants conduct coordinated censorship efforts, silencing important voices and shutting down civic dialogue. Former President Donald Trump is still banned from Twitter and other social media platforms, as are other prominent conservatives. Says The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan, “Cancel culture...