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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Cancels Confessions Promptly. By Dr Geoffrey Brushwood

    01/17/2021 6:04:51 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Gloria TV ^ | January 16, 2021 | Dr Geoffrey Brushwood
    [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Cancels Confessions PromptlyWestminster Cathedral, the seat of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has stopped offering Confession due to Covidiocy. This is disgraceful and cowardly.There are other Westminster Archdiocese churches who continue to hear Confession with safeguards in place that would make a public health officer smile in approval. There are priests who meet penitents in the open air, to hear confessions, with remarkable adaptability.However, Westminster Cathedral has decided to stop Confession altogether in her premises. This sends out all the wrong signals to the faithful who rely on Confession to keep their souls in a state of readiness if...
  • Msgr Charles Pope "A Picture of a Prophet – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year"

    01/17/2021 1:36:39 AM PST · by Cronos · 3 replies ^ | 17 January 2021 | Msgr Pope
    The first reading for Sunday Mass speaks to us of the call of Samuel. In examining it, we can see what it is that makes a great prophet. Put more theologically, we can see the ways in which God’s graces form a great prophet.Samuel was surely one of the most significant prophets of the Old Testament and lived at a critical time, as Israel shifted from the time of the judges to the time of the monarchy. Ultimately, it was he who would see Israel through the difficult time of Saul’s reign and prepare and anoint them for David’s...

    01/16/2021 10:57:14 PM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    King James Bible | 1/17/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house” (Proverbs 17:13).
  • Pontifical University Cancels Pro-life Priest

    01/16/2021 5:47:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/15/21 | Jules Gomes
    Pro-Trump Fr. Frank Pavone has award withdrawn for 'political' reasonsROME ( - A pontifical university known for its unique commitment to bioethical research has reversed its decision to award a prominent pro-life priest with its "A Life for a Life" award 2021. Rome's Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum announced Wednesday it was revoking the prestigious "Una vita per la vita" prize for 2021 awarded to Fr. Frank Pavone "after taking into account aspects that were not considered in the original decision." The sudden decision to rescind the award was taken days after the high-profile pro-life campaigner and national director of Priests...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis’ Lesson on How to Make Female Ministers

    01/16/2021 8:03:59 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 15, 2021 | Dan Millette
    [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis’ Lesson on How to Make Female MinistersIn one of my weaker moments, I did something rather foolish, born from curiosity. That is, I read Pope Francis’ new motu proprio: Spiritus Domini. It was not so much what the document promulgated that interested me – that women shall be made official acolytes and lectors of the Church – but rather in how it was accomplished. How exactly does a pope go about codifying an illicit and vexatious practice? Is it as simple as a few magic words, a stroke of the pen, and voila, women can officially...

    01/15/2021 11:39:35 PM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 2 replies
    King James Bible | 1/16/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass” (Proverbs 16:30).

    01/15/2021 12:12:06 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    King James Bible | 1/15/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow” (Proverbs 15:25).
  • 'We Are Not Each Other's Enemies'

    01/14/2021 7:53:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    The Family Research Council ^ | January 14, 2021 | Tony Perkins
    For most of us, the last week has felt like a lifetime. In the course of eight days, we've lost the Senate and an election challenge, watched as angry people stormed the Capitol and equally angry leaders impeached the president. We've seen the crushing of our voice, the silencing of our freedoms, and felt the wave of corporate punishment start to roll across the country. Americans are so badly shaken that 80 percent of them think the country is falling apart. And church leaders, political leaders, and Christians aren't far behind. The choice before us is as plain as it...
  • False Narrative of Papal Division ‘Harmful,’ Former Doctrinal Chief Says

    01/14/2021 6:45:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Virginian ^ | 1/13/21 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    VATICAN CITY — The constant comparison as well as false reports of division between Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI by both secular and Catholic media outlets threaten the dignity of the papacy and the faith of many, a former top Vatican official said. In an op-ed piece published Jan. 10 in the Italian daily La Bussola Quotidiana, Cardinal Gerhard Muller, former prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that with the “visual image of ‘two popes’ side by side, the subtle problem of comparing the pontificates of two living people has arisen.” He...
  • Bp. Strickland: Christians Need ‘to be Ready for a New Age of Martyrdom’

    01/14/2021 6:38:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/14/20 | Staff
    His Excellency made mention of President Trump's proclamation of the 850th anniversary of St. Thomas Becket's deathJanuary 14, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In this episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, Bishop Joseph Strickland focuses his attention on the importance and need for Christians to prepare for martyrdom in whatever form and whenever it may come. Strickland and host Terry Barber talk about the proclamation from President Trump last month on the 850th anniversary of the martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket. Bishop Strickland called the proclamation from the president a form of “true leadership.” Bishop Strickland states that Thomas Becket “was willing...

    01/14/2021 12:32:49 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 2 replies
    King James Bible | 1/14/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox” (Proverbs 14:4).
  • North Dakota Bill Would Compel Priests to Violate Confessional Seal

    01/13/2021 6:44:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The Pillar ^ | 1/12/21 | Ed Condon
    North Dakota lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession or face jail time in the state. The measure would remove the ministerial exception from mandatory reporting laws related to child abuse, requiring priests to report knowledge or suspicion of abuse even if it arose from the context of sacramental confession. Senate Bill No. 2180, published on Jan. 12, would amend the state’s Century Code relating to mandatory reporting. It was introduced by state senators Judy Lee (R), Kathy Hogan (D), and Curt Kreun (R). Under the current law, “a member of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Far from the Spirit of the Lord: On the Pope’s New Motu Proprio

    01/13/2021 1:34:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 13, 2021 | Peter Kwasniewski
    [Catholic Caucus] Far from the Spirit of the Lord: On the Pope’s New Motu ProprioThe obvious problems with the recent opening of the ministries of lector and acolyte to women by Pope Francis has already been the subject of a number of articles, including one that I wrote earlier this week. As I reflect further on the motu proprio Spiritus Domini, I see more and more disturbing implications of this modification to canon law. Those who think “it’s not a big deal, it just formalizes what we’ve already been doing for decades!” greatly underestimate the difference between custom (which can...
  • Can we separate the good that Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias did from his sin?

    01/13/2021 7:50:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/13/2021 | John Stonestreet
    Two days before Christmas, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries confirmed that its founder had engaged in sexual misconduct over the course of many years. Ravi, a highly regarded speaker, author, and apologist, died a few months ago. In its initial “interim” report RZIM leadership not only confirmed the allegations but promised a full and thorough final report. Like so many others, I’m devastated. Ravi was not only a significant personal influence for me, he was a great friend of this ministry for years. In fact, he was a guest on one of the last radio broadcasts I co-hosted with Chuck Colson....
  • Welcome to “Ordinary Time”

    01/13/2021 5:41:54 AM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies ^ | 12 January 2021 | Msgr Pope
    Welcome to the wearing of the green, green vestments that is. The weeks of the year outside of seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter are termed “ordinary time.” It’s a rather dull-sounding description, isn’t it? “Ordinary” time, hmm …But in this case, the word “ordinary” does not refer to its typical meaning: “common, usual, or unremarkable.” Instead, it comes from the English word “ordinal” meaning “relating to a thing’s position in a series.” Some examples of ordinal numbers are “first,” “second,” and “third.” Thus ordinary time refers to weeks/Sundays that are numbered (e.g., 15th Week/Sunday in Ordinary Time).The...

    01/13/2021 12:22:56 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 2 replies
    King James Bible | 1/13/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly” (Proverbs 13:16).

    01/11/2021 11:57:04 PM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    King James Bible | 1/12/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit" (Proverbs 12:5).
  • Wading in the Troubled Water Saves You, Not Taking a Bridge Over It – A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

    01/11/2021 1:35:14 AM PST · by Cronos · 2 replies ^ | 9 January 2021 | Msgr Pope
    Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord provides a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we follow. And in these waters He acquires gifts to give us, as we shall see below.Why was Jesus baptized? It has been asked in every generation why Christ sought baptism. The baptism of John surely pointed to...

    01/10/2021 11:46:16 PM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 2 replies
    King James Bible | 1/11/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure” (Proverbs 11:15 KJV).
  • What Afflicts Us?

    01/10/2021 4:03:37 AM PST · by Cronos · 1 replies ^ | 9 January 2021 | Msgr Pope
    A Deeper Look from Scripture at What Afflicts Us In a pandemic, and after a summer of violence, a contentious election and now more violence, a reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah is striking by the fact that the ancient diagnosis of Israel applies to our times as well. By the following I don’t intend a commentary on the events of the last few days. Rather, I think the text from Isaiah and my remarks seek to go to a deeper and wider level of what ails us and has been growing for decades. Here is what Isaiah...