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    01/20/2021 11:20:21 PM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 2 replies
    King James Bible | 1/21/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness” (Proverbs 21:12).

    01/19/2021 11:20:23 PM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 1 replies
    King James Bible | 1/20/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” (Proverbs 20:24).
  • A Pastoral Letter to the Clergy from His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH

    01/19/2021 8:01:24 PM PST · by lightman · 5 replies
    Antiochian Orthdox Christian Archdiocese of North America ^ | 18 January A.D. 2021 | Metropolitan Joseph
    January 18, 2021 Dear Reverend Clergy, Greetings and blessings to you and your families in the Name of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ! I pray that you and your holy communities have celebrated joyous and grace-filled feasts of our Lord's Nativity in the flesh, Circumcision on the eighth day, and Baptism in the Jordan. In all of these holy feasts, we witness the love, humility, and obedience of our Lord. He was born to the humble Virgin and laid in a manger to unite His divinity to our humanity. He submitted to circumcision in the flesh in accordance...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The day Anne Soupa decided, "I want to become a bishop"

    01/19/2021 4:38:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LaCroix ^ | January 18, 2021 | Christoph Henning
    [Catholic Caucus] The day Anne Soupa decided, "I want to become a bishop"Just a family joke at first, a French female theologian's declared candidacy to become Archbishop of Lyon has furthered debate on the place of women in Church governance Anne Soupa remembers it like yesterday.It was May 21, 2020, a day promised to be happy and peaceful. The first coronavirus lockdown in France had been lifted only ten days earlier and the spring weather on this Ascension Thursday made the Alpine peaks shine.In the family chalet, everyone was getting restless.Anne, who is a Catholic theologian, and her husband had...

    01/19/2021 1:05:48 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 6 replies
    King James Bible | 1/19/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach” (Proverbs 19:26).
  • Column: A Catholic Pastor Speaks Out About Trump. Some Parishioners Walk Out.

    01/18/2021 5:42:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/16/21 | Mary Schmich
    On the Sunday morning after the deadly riot at the United States Capitol, Father William Corcoran put on his black suit and clerical collar and stepped into St. Elizabeth Seton church in the Chicago suburb of Orland Hills to celebrate the 7:30 a.m. Mass. When it was time for the homily, he stood in front of the “celebrant’s chair” near the altar and removed his mask so that he could be clearly heard. He looked out at the 140 or so masked parishioners who sat in the sanctuary, which was still ornamented for Christmas. He had a feeling this might...
  • Msgr Charles Pope "Finding Peace in a Difficult Moment"

    01/18/2021 1:50:59 AM PST · by Cronos · 6 replies ^ | 17 January 2021 | Msgr Pope
    Some years ago, I wrote a parable of sorts to address why God might allow evil:An alien spaceship came near Earth to observe whether we were worthy of a visit. It focused its surveillance equipment on a random city and peered into a hospital operating room, where doctors were removing a cancerous tumor from a patient. The ship’s captain made the following report back to his superiors:This planet is to be avoided at all costs. Their most developed creatures exhibit great cruelty, putting other members of their species to sleep so that they cannot defend themselves. Then, they cut them...

    01/18/2021 12:31:23 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 2 replies
    King James Bible | 1/18/2021 | pilgrimsprogress
    “The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly. A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:23-24).
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Cancels Confessions Promptly. By Dr Geoffrey Brushwood

    01/17/2021 6:04:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    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 · 13 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 · 47 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...