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Apologetics (Religion)

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  • The Grumblings in the Wilderness Have Much to Teach Us. Here is Lesson One.

    03/19/2018 8:25:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Grumblings in the Wilderness Have Much to Teach Us. Here is Lesson One. Msgr. Charles Pope • March 18, 2018 • Here in the last full week of Lent prior to Holy Week we do well to ponder the grumblings of the ancient Hebrew people in the desert, for their grumblings are often ours as well. We are reading these passages in the Office of Readings just now, so it is the mind of the Church that we should meditate on them. The ancient Hebrews grumbled in many ways, and it will take us several days to consider...
  • The Cross Always Wins - A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

    03/18/2018 7:45:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cross Always Wins - A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope • March 17, 2018 • To the world and to those what are perishing, Sunday’s Gospel is utter madness, utter foolishness. Christ in effect declares that dying (to this world) is the only way to true life. While the world’s so-called wisdom holds that the way to life is through power, prestige, possessions, and popularity, Jesus says that in order to find true life, one must die to all that. This seems to be a paradox. The true gospel (not a watered down,...
  • A Christian Perspective on Stephen Hawkings Legacy

    03/17/2018 6:16:06 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 82 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | March 17, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    By Philip Cottraux Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76 this week. A theoretical physicist, professor of mathematics at Cambridge University (a position once held by Isaac Newton), and author of the best-selling book A Brief History of Time, he was a legend in the scientific community. When Hawking spoke, the world listened. At one time, he seemed to be ambiguously deist (open to the possibility of God, but not as a loving Creator). But by the end, he was a devout atheist. In light of his death, the media has proudly displayed some of his most notorious...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican Reveals Full Text of Benedict XVIs Letter to Msgr. Vigan

    03/17/2018 3:34:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | March 17, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Vatican Reveals Full Text of Benedict XVIs Letter to Msgr. Vigan The Vatican released on Saturday the full text of Benedict XVI's letter to Msgr. Vigano showing that two paragraphs were concealed. The Vatican said it had no intention to censor the letter but chose to leave out parts of it as the letter was confidential. The story as it developed. Edward Pentin See updates to this report below: March 13:The Holy See has yet to release the full text of the letter Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sent to Msgr. Dario Vigano, the prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, on...
  • (Catholic) Filipino school students press for gay rights bill

    03/17/2018 1:17:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    UCA News ^ | March 16, 2018 | Joe Torres
    Students from Catholic schools in the Philippines will march with LGBT groups this week to press for the passage of a bill designed to end discrimination on the basis of gender and sexuality.They will attend nationwide rallies with gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in major cities across the country on March 17 to show support for the proposed law in the Senate."We can no longer stay silent on the issue of discrimination," said Mikee De Vega, president of the student council at Manila's De La Salle University."As student leaders from Catholic schools, love and acceptance is at the core of...
  • Cath Cauc: More on the Letter of Benedict XVI. There's Another Paragraph, in Which He Writes

    03/17/2018 10:13:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | March 17, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    The end has not quite been written on the story of the personal and confidential letter written February 7 by Benedict XVI to the prefect of the secretariat for communications, Dario Edoardo Vigan, and partially made public by him on March 12.Not only was there a key passage in it that was purposefully omitted in the press release sent out by Vigan himself:> The Double "Foolish Prejudice." The Complete Text of the Letter by Benedict XVINot only had the beginning of this paragraph been manipulated to make it illegible in the photo of the letter released by Vigans secretariat:> Vatican...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Is It Coming: The Hybrid Missal?

    03/17/2018 9:44:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Family News ^ | March 15, 2018 | Louis Tofari
    Continuing from my previous article, Addressing Mass Rumors, let us examine the practical aspects of the speculated Hybrid Missal.To re-summarize, Pope Francis is supposedly cooking up a new traditional version of the Roman Missal that will incorporate elements from the Novus Ordo Missae, including its three-cycle Lectionary and some saints from its calendar. Furthermore, it has been reported that this Hybrid Missal is coming soon and will be imposed on those who offer the traditional Mass (with an initial exception for the Society of St. Pius X).For starters, let us recall that this gossip of an impending Hybrid Missal began...
  • D.C. archbishop has a pioneering plan to implement Amoris Laetitia

    03/17/2018 9:23:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2018 | Michelle Boorstein
    Pope Francis made global news in 2016 with a high-level document on family life meant to bring the church into modern times. It emphasized the need for priests to welcome divorced Catholics who remarry outside the church and many others in what the church calls irregular situations.Francis fans cheered his emphasis on inclusion. Critics rued his lack of clarity.Two years later, Washingtons archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, has released one of the most comprehensive responses from a Catholic leader on how to implement the popes more lofty and theoretical document.Like the popes, Wuerls document sidesteps giving a specific answer to the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] An Update on the Chilean Barros Scandal and its Ties to Pope Francis

    03/17/2018 9:15:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    One Peter Five ^ | March 16, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    In recent weeks, more information about the Barros case has come to us which is worth reporting. The Chilean Cardinal Javier Errzuriz Ossa one of the members of the popes Council of Nine Cardinals recently wrote a letter to various Latin American bishops conferences complaining about the fact that Bishop Juan Barros presence during the popes visit to Chile in January of 2018 drew too much attention to his case. Cardinal Errzuriz himself did not seem to be concerned about the whole Karadima sex abuse scandal itself, or that Bishop Barros might be culpably complicit in it. We...
  • On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial

    03/17/2018 8:19:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Sin of Rash Judgment, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • March 16, 2018 • One of the most commonly committed—yet least often confessed—sins, is that of rash judgment. The commercial below humorously depicts the sin and how wrong we can sometimes be.In reality, the sin is not often humorous and can lead us to some very dark places. On account of rash judgments, we may harbor grudges, resentments, fears, and unjust anger. We may allow it to foster pride, feeling ourselves superior to others. We may even seek revenge based on misinformation or as...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Analysis: Was Benedicts letter an endorsement, a critique or neither?

    03/16/2018 2:32:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 16, 2018 | Dan Hitchens
    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (CNS) Benedict's past statements mean his letter was inevitably of interestThis weeks furore over Benedict XVIs letter could seem a little overblown. First the Pope Emeritus was reported to have written a note paying a compliment to Pope Francis. Then it emerged that the official Vatican photo had blurred and concealed another part of the letter in which Benedict declined to write a short passage on a new collection of booklets about Franciss theology. (The refusal was mentioned at the press conference, but not on the Vatican website or in the original reports.) It...
  • [Catholic CaucusVatican on "Pre-synod:" The Church Wants Young People to Voice Their Opinion

    03/16/2018 1:45:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    xT3 ^ | March 15, 2018 | Rome Reports
    How are personalities of young people formed in today's world? How do new technologies influence them? How do they view God and the Church? These are some of the questions that young people will study during the pre-synod meeting to take place in Rome from March 19 to 24. Three hundred youth will address them physically from the Eternal City, while thousands of others will join in through social networks. The objective is to encourage believers and non-believers to participate. From the answers a working document will be written by bishops who will participate in the Synod on "Youth, faith...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Polish Bishops Leaning Towards Allowing Some Remarried Divorcees Holy Communion

    03/16/2018 1:39:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | March 16, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Ahead of the publication of pastoral guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, the bishops have voiced support for some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist, even if living in a state of objective adultery. Edward Pentin Polish bishops appear to be showing support forallowing confessors to determine on a case-by-case basis whether remarried divorcees living in a state of objective adultery can receive Holy Communion. In a statement issued after a two-day plenary meeting, the bishops stressed the importance of discernment, accompaniment and inclusion in dealing with such cases, according to the Polish Catholic website Pch24. The website added that...
  • A Different Look at the Cross

    03/16/2018 8:48:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-15-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Different Look at the Cross Msgr. Charles Pope • March 15, 2018 • When I was young and throughout my seminary years, I usually contemplated the crucifix and Jesus’ suffering on the Cross somberly. It was my sin that had put Him there, that had made Him suffer. The Cross was something that compelled a silent reverence in me, and suggested that I meditate deeply on what Jesus had to endure. I would often think of John, Mary, and the other women beneath the Cross, mournfully beholding Jesus’ slow, painful death.These were heavy and somber notes, but deeply...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fr. James Martin Doubts Pope Francis on TV

    03/15/2018 3:38:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Church Militant ^ | March 15, 2018 | David Nussman
    In a recent interview with CNN about his so-calledLGBT ministry, Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin expressed discontent with how the Holy Father has responded to sex abuse. In a televised interview on Tuesday, the pro-gay Jesuit celebrity priest spoke with CNN's ChristianeAmanpour.She asked Fr. Martin about the priest sex abuse scandal. She noted that traditionalists are discontent with the popebut so are liberals. Father Martin agreed that Pope Francis has fallen short of handling sex abuse, especially regarding bishops who cover up abusive priests. He said, "You have priests who are removed immediately, but what do you with bishops? And...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Don't miss ...

    03/15/2018 3:27:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | March 15, 2018 | Fr John Hunwicke
    15 March 2018 Don't miss ... ... the story all over the internet about how PF's spin-doctors gave the waiting world a deliberately mutilated and falsified letter of Benedict XVI. Just don't miss it! This episode provides a hilarious, immensely funny insight into the minds of the dodgy operators who surround PF, and how far they are prepared to go to manufacture their Fake News. You couldn't .... as we say .... make it up! It epitomises the superbly corrupt and deliciously sleazy atmosphere of the Renaissance Court which sprawls at the luxurious top of the Santa Marta. Happily, the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Laura Ingraham on Benedicts doctored letter: Two Popes. Da Vinci Code stuff?

    03/15/2018 1:24:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 15, 2018 | Doug Mainwaring
    WASHINGTON DC, March 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) In a televised conversation with EWTNs Raymond Arroyo about about the Vatican doctoring a photo of a letter by Pope Benedict so that it appears he is praising Pope Francis, Laura Ingraham was moved to ask, What is this all about . . . Da Vinci Code stuff? While said in jest, Ingraham merely expressed aloud what many ponder inwardly. Why do Catholics need to be told that Pope Francis is A Man of His Word? The Fox News Ingraham Angle segment featuring Arroyo began with a discussion about a soon-to-be released movie,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Benedicts letter: Real, forced, or fake?

    03/15/2018 11:54:15 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | March 13, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    The Catholic world is all abuzz over a letter that was written (allegedly) by Benedict the Abdicator praising his successor (alleged) and declaring interior continuity between the two pontificates.The text was written for inclusion in a series of books recently published by the Vatican Library entitled, Theology of Pope Francis.The series, according to the letter, rightly demonstrates that Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological formation.What shall we make of this? Is it real? Was it forced? Is it fake?First, lets be clear; Ratzinger is a modernist; a man whose own theological writings were such that he...
  • Catholic Caucus] More Fake News from the Vatican, the Pope in the Attic,...

    03/15/2018 11:16:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Remnant ^ | March 14, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The AP catches the Vatican doctoring a crucial photo of a letter from Benedict praising Francis. Its business as usual for the Bergoglian propaganda machine.Meanwhile, Msgr. Dario Vigano, Vatican Communications/PRchief launches the SuperPope Tee.Five years after Benedict XVI fled the Chair of Peter, allowing The Dictator Pope to occupy itthus accomplishing the temporarily thwarted objective of the St. Gallen mafia Benedict now declares in a purported letter from him that there is an internal continuity between his pontificate and the Bergoglian dictatorship. Addressed to Msgr. Dario Vigano, Prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, the letter has all the earmarks of...
  • Four Proofs Advanced by Jesus to Show His Divinity

    03/15/2018 10:02:31 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Proofs Advanced by Jesus to Show His Divinity Msgr. Charles Pope • March 14, 2018 • In the Gospel for Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent (John 5:31-47), Jesus sets forth a case for his divinity and presents evidence to his Jewish listeners of his divine status. He does not just come out of Galilee calling himself God. He demonstrates his power and calls other witnesses to testify. More of this case he presents in a moment. But ponder first just some of the ways Jesus describes himself to the crowd including claims of his divinity:Jesus teaches...