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  • Severe reprimand by the Vatican for the German Church

    01/26/2023 12:27:29 PM PST · by Gillibrand1 · 1 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 26/01/23 | CG
    The letter of 21st December 2022, addressed by His Eminence the Archbishop of Cologne and the Most Reverend Bishops of Eichstätt, Augsburg, Passau and Regensburg to the signatories below, the Cardinal Secretary of State and the Prefects of the Dicasteries for the Doctrine of the Faith and for Bishops (copy), requires that the theme of the Synodal Path of the Church in Germany, which was already the subject of the inter-dicasterial meeting during the Ad-Limina visit of the German episcopate on 18 November, be taken up again. With regard to this meeting, we would like to begin by thanking the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Paul VI: Refounder of Catholicism

    01/26/2023 12:17:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 26, 2023 | John Byron Kuhner
    [Catholic Caucus] Paul VI: Refounder of CatholicismReligion Department Academics of a certain sort love to scandalize undergraduates by telling them that Jesus is a marginal figure in Church history; the real founder of the religion, they whisper, was Paul. In fact, they persist, the religion should really be called Paulianity.From the standpoint of Roman Catholicism, there is some truth to the claim.The Mass as Roman Catholics celebrate it today received its form under Paul. Paul changed the formula of consecration during the Mass, as well as the rites of baptism, marriage, confession, extreme unction (anointing of the sick), and burial....
  • Maintaining a Clear Perspective- Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    01/26/2023 8:44:45 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1993 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I pray that . . . you may know . . . what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints" (Eph. 1:18). How you perceive your spiritual resources dictates how you live. Throughout Ephesians 1 Paul is clearly struck with the magnificence of our inheritance in Christ. Here he prays that we will know the riches of its glory. Some commentators see "His inheritance" as a reference to believers, who are God's inheritance or special possession (v. 14). That view stresses the value God places on us as believers, as demonstrated in Christ's death, the...
  • DAY 613: THE LIFE-GIVING WATER

    01/26/2023 8:41:43 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    The Return ^ | January 25, 2023
    Help yourself! I am not speaking of the godless self but the regenerated self, possessed by Christ. One of the most important verses in God’s Word is John 4:14: “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (NKJV). This life-giving water is for us. Here is proof that everything you need in this life was given to you when Christ came into your heart. • “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and...
  • My Catholic Life!: The Manifestation of Your Soul to All - Thursday, January 26, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    01/26/2023 8:11:31 AM PST · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | January 26, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)“For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light.” Mark 4:22What a fascinating little line in the Gospel for today! What does this line mean? Though many have offered various commentaries upon the meaning of this line, let’s turn to the Catechism of the Catholic Church for some insight:In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man's relationship with God will be laid bare. The Last Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 26-January-2023

    01/26/2023 5:17:26 AM PST · by annalex · 14 replies
    26 January 2023Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops on Thursday of week 3 in Ordinary Time Saint Titus Catholic Church, Aliquippa, PA 15001 Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White. Year: A(I).Readings for the feriaReadings for the memorialThese are the readings for the feriaThe following reading is proper to the memorial, and must be used even if you have otherwise chosen to use the ferial readings.First reading2 Timothy 1:1-8 ©Fan into a flame the gift God gave youFrom Paul, appointed by God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus in his design to promise life in Christ Jesus; to Timothy, dear child of...
  • “Continuous ‘Aggiornamento’”: Synod Seeks to Preserve “Precious Legacy” of Vatican II

    01/25/2023 6:44:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | January 25, 2023 | Matt Gaspers
    “Continuous ‘Aggiornamento’”: Synod Seeks to Preserve “Precious Legacy” of Vatican IIThis article first appeared in the December 2022 Edition of Catholic Family News (click HERE to subscribe; current subscribers can access the E-Edition by following the instructions posted HERE).After months of “listening to the People of God” and reviewing reports prepared by dioceses and episcopal conferences around the globe, the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops in Rome has produced a “Working Document for the Continental Stage” (DCS), the next phase of the three-year Synod on Synodality (Oct. 2021—Oct. 2024).[1]The 49-page text, released on Oct. 27, 2022 via a...
  • My Catholic Life!: Becoming an Evangelist - Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    01/25/2023 5:20:56 AM PST · by fidelis · 4 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | January 25, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB)“Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17Saint Paul (who in Hebrew was known as Saul of Tarsus) was a devout Jewish Pharisee who vigorously defended the law. After Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven, the newfound Christian faith began to grow rapidly. As a result, Saul of Tarsus vigorously tried to end this new religion which he perceived as erroneous. He traveled about looking for followers of Jesus to arrest...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 25-January-2023

    01/25/2023 4:10:06 AM PST · by annalex · 11 replies
    Wednesday 25 January 2023The Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle Feast St. Maurus Roman Catholic Church, Biehle, Missouri Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White. Year: A(I).First readingActs 22:3-16 ©'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'Paul said to the people, ‘I am a Jew and was born at Tarsus in Cilicia. I was brought up here in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was taught the exact observance of the Law of our ancestors. In fact, I was as full of duty towards God as you are today. I even persecuted this Way to the death, and sent women as well...
  • Understanding Your Calling - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    01/25/2023 3:58:39 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1993 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    "I pray that . . . you may know what is the hope of [God's] calling" (Eph. 1:18). The hope of your calling is grounded in God’s promises and in Christ’s accomplishments. In Ephesians 1:3-14 Paul proclaims the blessings of our salvation. In verse 18 he prays that we will comprehend those great truths, which he summarizes in the phrase "the hope of His calling." "Calling" here refers to God's effectual calling—the calling that redeems the soul. Scripture speaks of two kinds of calling: the gospel or general call and the effectual or specific call. The gospel call is given...
  • Mythbusting: “African Catholicism is a Vatican II Success Story”

    01/24/2023 1:36:54 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 24, 2023 | Dr. Peter Kwasniewski
    Mythbusting: “African Catholicism is a Vatican II Success Story”Bishop Gregory Ochiagha, of Orlu Diocese in Nigeria, offering pontifical Mass in the old riteA recent episode of “Word on Fire” responds to Ross Douthat’s two NYT pieces on Vatican II and its failure with two arguments:Argument #1: To blame the collapse of Catholicism in the West on Vatican II is a “post hoc propter hoc” fallacy.Argument #2: The growth of the Church in Africa since Vatican II is entirely thanks to The Council.It hardly requires pointing out that the second argument commits the same fallacy.Nevertheless, this oft-repeated claim about Africa really...
  • Receiving Spiritual Enlightenment - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    01/24/2023 11:23:07 AM PST · by metmom · 2 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1993 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened” (Eph. 1:18). Spiritual enlightenment doesn’t come through self-effort or introspective meditation but through God’s Holy Spirit. Our society has been enamored with the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, especially since the influx of Eastern thought into the West during the 1960s. Now we are drowning in a sea of false religions and New Age philosophies. True enlightenment continues to elude many because they have denied its source and have turned to gurus and teachers who have no light to give. They propagate self-effort and introspective meditation, but spiritual enlightenment doesn’t...
  • [Catholic Caucus] My Catholic Life!: Doing the Will of God - Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    01/24/2023 7:05:23 AM PST · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | January 24, 2023 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCB “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:34–35Jesus said many things that caused people to pause and think. Today’s Gospel passage is one of those times. Just prior to the passage quoted above, Jesus was told that His mother and brothers were outside looking for Him. After hearing this, instead of going to greet them, He asked those around Him, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” Then He looked around and answered His own question with the above quoted...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 24-January-2023

    01/24/2023 5:46:16 AM PST · by annalex · 14 replies
    24 January 2023Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor on Tuesday of week 3 in Ordinary Time Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, Saint Louis, Missouri Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: White. Year: A(I).Readings for the feriaReadings for the memorialThese are the readings for the feriaFirst readingHebrews 10:1-10 ©Christ’s self-offering sanctifies usSince the Law has no more than a reflection of these realities, and no finished picture of them, it is quite incapable of bringing the worshippers to perfection, with the same sacrifices repeatedly offered year after year. Otherwise, the offering of them would have stopped, because the worshippers, when they had...
  • More Bad News from the Vatican: Catholics Told Not to Kneel or Receive Communion on the Tongue

    01/23/2023 11:00:58 AM PST · by ebb tide · 95 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | January 22, 2023 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    More Bad News from the Vatican: Catholics Told Not to Kneel or Receive Communion on the Tongue Pope Francis Confers Lay Ministries Upon Ten People in St. Peter’s BasilicaWhat has been considered a "right" of the laity was soundly squashed Sunday when Francis conferred the ministry of lector and catechist on ten lay people at St. Peter's, four men and six women. In the protocols before the event, the laity were instructed (mandated) that they could not kneel or receive Communion on the tongue. It's unclear from reports whether the mandate applied only to the ten or to all...
  • Comprehending What You Have - Protestant Caucus/Devotional

    01/23/2023 7:47:16 AM PST · by metmom · 3 replies
    Gracetoyou.org ^ | 1993 | John McArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[I pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him" (Eph. 1:17). Your inheritance in Christ is so vast and profound that you cannot comprehend it apart from God’s enabling. The late newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst invested a fortune in collecting great works of art. One day he read of an extremely valuable work that he determined to add to his collection. His agent searched the galleries of the world but to no avail. Finally, after many months of effort...
  • DAY 612: HOPE FOR THE STRUGGLING CHURCH

    01/23/2023 7:43:42 AM PST · by metmom · 1 replies
    The Return ^ | January 23, 2023
    I think Leonard Ravenhill had the best definition of revival that I’ve heard. Ravenhill said this: “Revival is when God gets so sick and tired of being misrepresented that he shows up himself”, and I think that’s what revival is. Now we should delineate between revival and awakening. I think awakening is what happens when the Spirit moves in the world; revival is so much harder because it’s when God has to pry away what’s easy from his church. What I see in revival is God is coming back to do something in his church first. I think it’s when...
  • My Catholic Life!: Daily Humble Repentance - Monday, January 23, 2023 - Catholic Caucus/Devotional

    01/23/2023 6:55:32 AM PST · by fidelis · 2 replies
    My Catholic Life (YouTube) ^ | January 22, 2017 | My Catholic Life
    (Daily readings from the USCCBThe scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” Mark 3:22By this time, Jesus was fully engaged in His public ministry. He had healed the sick and lame, cast out many demons, called the Twelve Apostles and given them authority over evil spirits, and preached the Good News to many. Just prior to this Gospel passage, some of Jesus’ own extended family had criticized Him, claiming that Jesus was out of His mind. Then the scribes began their public condemnation...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 23-January-2023

    01/23/2023 6:33:32 AM PST · by annalex · 11 replies
    23 January 2023Monday of week 3 in Ordinary Time Saint Marianne Cope parish, Solvay, NY Readings at MassLiturgical Colour: Green. Year: A(I).First readingHebrews 9:15,24-28 ©Christ offers himself only once to take on the faults of manyChrist brings a new covenant, as the mediator, only so that the people who were called to an eternal inheritance may actually receive what was promised: his death took place to cancel the sins that infringed the earlier covenant. It is not as though Christ had entered a man-made sanctuary which was only modelled on the real one; but it was heaven itself, so that...
  • The Council and the Eclipse of God by Don Pietro Leone: CHAPTER 11 (part 1) : The Effects of Council Teaching

    01/22/2023 5:43:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 22, 2023 | Don Pietro Leone
    The Council and the Eclipse of God by Don Pietro Leone: CHAPTER 11 (part 1) : The Effects of Council Teaching After having terminated his analysis of the Council and its causes, Don Pietro returns to the quotation at the beginning of the book: "How does the city sit solitary that was full of people...?" attempting to understand the present state of the Church and the world in the light of his findings. He first surveys the heterodoxy and the chastisement of the Church and the World subsequent to the Council, and then the role that the devil has...