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  • The Synthesis of a Loveable Ascetic and a Grave-faced Administrator ~ Pope Saint Gregory the Great and his venerable parents

    09/03/2020 3:56:25 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 3 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | September 3, 2020 | Florentius
    Today, September 3, is the feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great on the modern calendar. This great pope who is simultaneously considered the last Father of the ancient Church and the first of the medieval Church, has featured frequently on this blog (see his rebuke of the bishops of Dalmatia and his ponderings on Purgatory, in particular). I had not previously looked into Gregory’s early life, however, and falling as it does in the mid-6th century which is right in my wheel-house, I figured I would do a little research. It seems that the earliest Vita of Gregory was...
  • The Two Popes - Official Trailer - Netflix

    12/06/2019 11:14:24 AM PST · by fishtank · 13 replies
    Netflix ^ | 11-5-19 | Netflix
    Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce star in this intimate look at a historic turning point in the Catholic Church. Directed by Academy Award nominee Fernando Meirelles. On Netflix December 20.
  • [Cath Cauc] Cardinal Danneels admits being part of clerical ‘Mafia’ that plotted Francis’ election

    05/27/2019 10:42:26 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jeanne Smits
    [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Danneels admits being part of clerical ‘Mafia’ that plotted Francis’ election September 25, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - The authorized biography of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, out next week, is even more of a bombshell than expected. Not only do the two authors, Jürgen Mettepenningen and Karim Schelkens, reveal that the Cardinal was a regular member of a secret pressure group of Churchmen that met in the Swiss town of Sankt-Gallen, but the Cardinal himself has publicly and good-humoredly admitted the fact. Danneels even said that what was officially but discreetly labeled “the Sankt-Gallen group” was referred to by its...
  • Meditation on a Blood Libel -- A Yiannopoulos Blood Libel

    05/05/2019 1:00:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | May 1, 2019 | Vanessa Jones
    On April 19, 2019, Frontpage Mag published Milo Yiannopoulos’ lamentation on the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral. While I share his grief over this irreplaceable loss to Western Civilization and Christianity, I was shocked to discover that he felt the necessity to trash the Jews. He did so under the convenient cover that he is a Jew -- as he states, through matrilineal descent. But, more significant than his bloodline, his belief system seems to be Catholic as evidenced by his adoration of the Virgin Mary: Mary—the ‘Our Lady’ of Notre Dame—is proof of the incarnation. It is her...
  • Saint Catherine of Siena to the Pope: "Don't believe in the counsels of the devil! [Cath Cauc]

    04/30/2017 2:55:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | Saint Catherine of Siena
    Saint Catherine of Siena to the Pope: "Don't believe in the counsels of the devil! Alas, sweet my father, with this sweet hand I pray you, and tell you to come to discomfit our enemies. On behalf of Christ crucified I tell it you: refuse to believe the counsels of the devil, who would hinder your holy and good resolution. Be manly in my sight, and not timorous. Answer God, who calls you to hold and possess the seat of the glorious Shepherd Saint Peter, whose vicar you have been. And raise the standard of the holy Cross; for as...
  • Conference on the Canonical Problem of the Deposition of Popes to be Held [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 8:20:02 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 21, 2017 | Sacredos Romanus
    For some reason, a certain provision of Gratian’s Decretals, an early collection of canon law, has been the subject of renewed interest in recent times. The relevant text runs: “No mortal shall presume to rebuke [the pope’s] faults, for he who is to judge all is to be judged by no one, unless he is found straying from the faith” (Dist. 40 c.6). The last condition “unless he is found straying from the faith” has sometimes been interpreted to mean that a pope who strayed into heresy could be deposed. At the end of March a scholarly conference on the...
  • Benedict XVI sends Pope Francis 3 mysterious gifts on his birthday

    12/18/2016 4:43:38 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 15 replies
    http://aleteia.org ^ | 12/17/2016 | n/a
    VATICAN CITY — Pope emeritus Benedict XVI today sent his best wishes and three mysterious gifts to Pope Francis as he celebrates his 80th birthday. The pope emeritus first offered birthday greetings in a “very warm” written message that was “particularly appreciated,” according to the Vatican. Then, in the afternoon, the pope emeritus called Francis personally. Benedict XVI also sent Pope Francis three gifts which were received “as three very personal and meaningful signs” for them both. The Vatican has not said what the gifts are. The pope began his 80th birthday by inviting 8 homeless people, two women and...
  • Did the Roman Catholic Church work to create socialism in the United States?

    06/06/2016 5:24:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 118 replies
    Renew America ^ | June 6, 2016 | Marita Vargas
    Before answering the title question, let's look at a few facts drawn, for the most part, from an episode on Saul Alinsky and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) produced by Church Militant T.V. Find it here: http://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/ciax-2010-03-07. The broadcast dates back to 2010, but Catholics, Protestants, and religious skeptics alike should watch it because the fruits of the Alinsky-USCCB partnership have ripened. In 1938 when atheist Saul Alinsky was working with juvenile delinquents in Chicago, he struck up a friendship with two Catholic brothers, Joseph and Msgr. Peter Meegan who together acquainted Mr. Alinsky with the inner...
  • Catholic Church has unbroken line of Apostolic Succession from Popes back to Peter!

    07/08/2015 8:54:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 44 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 7/7/2015 | Shaila D Touchton
    Catholic Church traces its origins back to Jesus Christ himself. Jesus Christ established a church nearly two thousand years ago. (1 Timothy 3:15) He said he will build one church not multiple churches. He said “Upon this Rock I will build My church." (Matthew 16:18) and "There shall be one fold and one shepherd." (John 10:16).The Holy Spirit will guide the Church.( John 16:13) through Apostles(Acts 4:8).Jesus Christ is the truth, then the Church which He founded and guides has all truth (John 14:6).If all denominations claiming to bible based churches all those 38,000 denominations teach and preach differently for...
  • Through an even darker glass: On knocking the popes for socialism.... (Catholic Caucus)

    07/07/2015 4:37:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 7, 2015 | Jeff Mirus
    If I have to read one more email explaining that modern popes have failed the Church by preaching socialism instead of the Gospel, I will not be held responsible for my reply. This complaint surfaces from time to time in orthodox Catholic circles for the simple reason that most politically conservative Catholics are orthodox. Such persons sometimes react as if political and economic conservatism is a Divine standard for judging Catholicism. But the reality is just the opposite. One also tires of the protestations of the ignorant. The word “socialism” has a clear and specific meaning. It refers to a...
  • The First 10 Popes of the Catholic Church

    06/20/2015 12:42:46 PM PDT · by rwa265 · 298 replies
    St. Peter's List ^ | December 17, 2012 | SPL Staff
    Listers, we’ve catalogued the first ten Vicars of Christ for the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Save the information on our first pope – St. Peter – all the information presented is taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia and links for further reading are provided. 1. Pope St. Peter (32-67) St. Peter held a primacy amongst the twelve disciples that earned him the title “Prince of the Apostles.” This primacy of St. Peter was solidified when he was appointed by Jesus to the Office of the Vicar – demonstrated by Christ giving St. Peter the Keys to the Kingdom. To...
  • Pope Joan: The Female Pope whose Real Gender was Revealed after she Gave Birth in a Procession

    05/28/2015 7:47:55 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 63 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 28 May, 2015 | Ḏḥwty
    The origins of the Papacy can be traced to St. Peter, one of the original disciples of Jesus. The current pope, Francis I, is the 265th successor of St. Peter. Needless to say, all 266 popes are male. Yet, during the middle ages, there existed a story about a pope who was actually a female in disguise. The name of this supposed female pope was Joan. Who was this mysterious Pope Joan, and did she really exist? The statue that still stands in Rome is Joanna with a papal crown.(ericcostanzo.com)The first written account of Pope Joan can be traced to...
  • Roman Catholic “presuppositions” on the early papacy are in retreat

    04/30/2015 10:26:38 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 23 replies
    triablogue ^ | January 17, 2014 | John Bugay
    Roman Catholic “presuppositions” on the early papacy are in retreat Galileo: “If I can do it, Bergoglio can do it” A “presupposition” is an elementary assumption in one’s reasoning or in the process by which opinions are formed… [In the case of Protestant/Catholic discussions], a “presupposition” is not just any assumption in an argument, but a personal commitment that is held at the most basic level of one’s network of beliefs. Presuppositions form a wide-ranging foundational perspective (or starting point) in terms of which everything else is interpreted and evaluated. As such, presuppositions have the greatest authority in one’s thinking,...
  • The secrets of the Santa Priscilla catacombs

    02/25/2015 6:49:58 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 February 2015 | Amanda Ruggeri
    The frescoes of the Santa Priscilla catacombs in Rome call our knowledge of the past into question and challenge the teachings of the Church. Amanda Ruggeri investigates. When archaeologists in Rome at the end of the 19th Century began to excavate the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla, they hoped to find treasure: intricately carved monuments and vibrant frescoes of the type found in other ancient, underground cemeteries. Instead, they found devastation.
  • On Heretical Popes

    11/13/2014 2:40:09 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 29 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 11/11/14 | James V. Schall S.J.
    One man whom I know holds that all popes since Pius X were heretics. Whole groups maintain that all popes after Vatican II are heretics, even John Paul II. He invited leaders of other religions to Assisi to pray together, but he failed to evangelize them or insist in uniqueness of Catholicism. At Vatican I, several notable figures did not accept the infallibility doctrine. The Reformation itself mostly declared all popes heretical back to Peter. Pope Paul III excommunicated Henry VIII precisely over the question of the indissolubility of marriage. The Eastern Orthodox have rejected the papal position for centuries....
  • The Satanic Origin Of Medjugorje

    07/03/2014 4:20:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Christian Order ^ | March 2014 | MARK WATERINCKX
    1. During the first days in June 1981, after interrogation of all the ‘seers,’ Fr. Jozo Zovko concluded: “You have seen satan, not the Gospa; there is no sign, there is no message.” These words of the curate of Medjugorje have been tape-recorded, and are in the possession of the Bishop of Mostar (I wrote the text). Later on, Fr. Jozo manipulated the children. He refused to exorcise them. Ref.: Ces 10 jours qui ont fait Medjugorje, J.Bouflet, Ed. CLD,Tours 2007, ISBN 978-2-85443-512-2, pp. 147-8. 2. Ex-Father Tomislav Vlasic insinuates in a letter to the pope that his bishop is...
  • Catholics must learn to resist their popes — even Pope Francis

    05/06/2014 6:00:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    The Week ^ | 05/06/2014 | By Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Pope Francis has a funny way of naming and shaming certain tendencies in the church, using insults that are inventive, apposite, and confounding. His ear is finely tuned for the way the Catholic faith can be distorted by ideology. And I'd like to imitate his example when I say this: Most Catholics are completely unprepared for a wicked pope. And they may not be prepared for Pope Francis either. They are more loyal to an imagined Catholic party than to the Catholic faith or the church. Between Pentecost and the launch of Vatican.va, most Catholics did not have access to...
  • How does the Roman Catholic Church determine sainthood? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/27/2014 7:23:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    ABCActionNews ^ | April 24, 2014 | John Morris
    April 25, 2014 (WPVI) -- On Sunday, when Pope Francis presides over the dual canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII he will be following a long established process. Being named a saint is, usually, the end of a four-step process. First, after the candidate's death, someone needs to begin gathering the evidence to support sainthood, and then present that to the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints. ------------ , it turns the candidate's name over to the Pope who proclaims the candidate "venerable." ------------- The next step is the investigation of possible miracles attributed to the...
  • The non-revolutiton

    03/18/2014 10:12:54 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/18/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    Are you ready for a crazy statistic? Pope Francis, who just completed his first year as pope, had a favorability rating of 79 percent midway through his reign. Surprisingly, Pope Benedict XVl about halfway through his reign in April 2008 had a favorability rating of 83 percent. It’s shocking that the pope demonized and held to be unpopular by almost everyone in the media had a higher approval rating at one point than the pope celebrated daily in the news. Least, I seem dishonest. Benedict’s average for his entire reign was around 74 percent and Francis’s average over the entire...
  • Pope Urban II and the First Crusade

    05/04/2013 11:56:37 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 18 replies
    Italy Travels Guide ^ | 10 April 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Urban II, the 159th Pope of the Catholic Church, was one of the great Popes in history, and was beatified in 1881 by Pope Leo XIII. The most famous son of Châtillon-sur-Marne, in Champagne, France, he was Pope from 1088 until his death in 1099.We have to thank Pope Blessed Urban II for many things, including the internal reforms he made and his declarations against simony, the Medieval practice of selling church offices; but especially we have to be grateful to him for having saved Europe from subjugation to Islamic forces.Since the time of Islam's prophet Muhammad and after...