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  • The Rotten Fruit of Secularization

    02/15/2019 9:33:46 AM PST · by Petrosius · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 15, 2019 | Cardinal Gerhard Müller
    The root cause of this evil is disregard for the Sixth Commandment. Without chastity, piety and strict discipline, priestly life cannot succeed. Only he who lives according to the commandments of God can be a good shepherd and a model for the flock. When it comes to a path toward healing with respect to episcopal accountability, some bishops and their propagandists, particularly in Germany and the United States, do not want to admit at any price that the sin of unchastity is the root of the problem. They don’t want to know anything more about Christ who died because of...
  • The Anatomy of Original Sin

    02/15/2019 8:07:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-14-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Anatomy of Original Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • February 14, 2019 • James Tissot (1902)In the readings at Mass this week we are pondering the account of original sin. Let’s explore the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam’s and Eve’s struggle.Many tend to describe original sin merely as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this accurate, it is incomplete and leads many to wonder why all this trouble came just from eating a piece of fruit. I believe it is helpful to consider the sin of Adam and Eve more richly. While the eating of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-15-19

    02/14/2019 9:09:29 PM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | 02-15-19 | Revised New American Bible
    February 15 2019 Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 3:1-8 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animalsthat the LORD God had made.The serpent asked the woman,“Did God really tell you not to eatfrom any of the trees in the garden?”The woman answered the serpent:“We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;it is only about the fruit of the treein the middle of the garden that God said,‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.’”But the serpent said to the woman:“You certainly will...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Reflects on Changed Attitudes toward Liberation Theology

    02/14/2019 6:13:02 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | February 14, 2019 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope reflects on changed attitudes toward liberation theology VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Time, experience and reflection have "purified" liberation theology and its attempts to make clear what the Gospel says about social injustice, Pope Francis said."Today, we old people laugh about how worried we were about liberation theology," the pope told 30 Jesuits from Central America when he met them Jan. 26 in Panama during World Youth Day."Let me tell you a funny story," he told the Jesuits. "The one most persecuted, (Dominican Father) Gustavo Gutierrez, a Peruvian, concelebrated Mass with me and the then-prefect of the Congregation for the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Sts. Cyril and Methodius

    02/14/2019 5:41:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 02-14-19 | franciscanmedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saints Cyril and Methodius monument in the city of Vratsa, Bulgaria | photo by MrPanyGoff Saints Cyril and Methodius Saint of the Day for February 14 (Cyril: c. 827 – February 14, 869; Methodius: c. 815 – April 6, 884)  Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Story Because their father was an officer in a part of Greece inhabited by many Slavs, these two Greek brothers ultimately became missionaries, teachers, and patrons of the Slavic peoples.After a brilliant course of studies, Cyril (called Constantine until he became a monk shortly before his death) refused the governorship of a district...
  • Four in Five Vatican Priests are Gay, Book Claims

    02/14/2019 5:28:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2/12/19 | Harriet Sherwood
    French journalist’s book is a ‘startling account of corruption and hypocrisy’, publisher saysSome of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay, according to a book to be published next week. Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active, it is claimed in the book, In the Closet of the Vatican. The 570-page book, which the French journalist and author Frédéric Martel spent four years researching, is a “startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican”, according to its...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Pope Francis names Cardinal Kevin Farrell camerlengo

    02/14/2019 1:29:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February 14, 2019 | Hannah Brockhaus
    Pope Francis names Cardinal Kevin Farrell camerlengo Vatican City, Feb 14, 2019 / 05:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Thursday nominated a new camerlengo, Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, and a former bishop of Dallas.The responsibilities of camerlengo include overseeing the preparations for a papal conclave and managing the administration of the Holy See in the period between a pope's death or renunciation and the election of a new pope.Farrell was one of several bishops about whom questions were raised last summer regarding prior knowledge of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick's misdeeds in...
  • [Cath Cauc] Audience with participants in the Plenary of the Congregation for Divine Worship ...

    02/14/2019 8:45:41 AM PST · by ebb tide ^ | February 14, 2019 | Pope Francis
    Audience with participants in the Plenary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 14.02.2019 This Plenary comes at a significant time. Fifty years have passed since, on 8 May 1969, Saint Paul VI wished to establish the then Congregatio pro Cultu Divino, in order to give shape to the renewal desired by Vatican Council II. It was a matter of publishing the liturgical books according to the criteria and decisions of the Council Fathers, with a view to fostering, in the People of God, “active, conscious and pious” participation in the mysteries of Christ (cf....
  • In the Winter of Faith Just Keep Working

    02/14/2019 8:09:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-13-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Winter of Faith Just Keep Working Msgr. Charles Pope • February 13, 2019 • As I write this, it is mid-winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Like each season, winter has its time, its three months. To many of us, there seems to be a metaphorical winter in the Church and in our culture, one that has lasted for years. Those of us who are older probably remember a time when Masses were crowded. The church parking lots were packed full, and if you didn’t arrive early enough you often had to park elsewhere and then stand during Mass....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-14-19, M, Sts. Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop

    02/13/2019 10:29:11 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-14-19 | Revised New American Bible
    February 14 2019 Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop Reading 1 Gn 2:18-25 The LORD God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” So the LORD God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals; but...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Giles Mary of St. Joseph, 02-13-19

    02/13/2019 9:23:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 02-13-19 | franciscanmedia
    Post by Franciscan Media Image: Engraving of Saint Giles of St. Joseph | Giuseppe Gnaccarini Saint Giles Mary of St. Joseph Saint of the Day for February 13 (November 16, 1729 – February 7, 1812) Saint Giles Mary of Saint Joseph’s Story In the same year that a power-hungry Napoleon Bonaparte led his army into Russia, Giles Mary of Saint Joseph ended a life of humble service to his Franciscan community and to the citizens of Naples. Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His father’s death left the 18-year-old Francesco to care for the family. Having secured...
  • Pope to Visit Moroccan Imam School to Boost Moderate Islam

    02/13/2019 6:50:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/10/19 | AP
    <p>VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will meet with migrants in Morocco and visit a training institute for imams that seeks to be a bulwark against Islamic extremism during his March 30-31 visit to the North African nation.</p> <p>The Vatican on Saturday released the schedule for the pope’s trip to Rabat, the capital of Morocco.</p>
  • Top Iraqi Catholic Says Country’s Christians ‘Really Need’ a Papal Visit

    02/13/2019 6:32:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/11/19 | Ines San Martin
    ROME - Though reaction to Pope Francis’s recent joint declaration with the leader of Al-Azhar, arguably the most important figure in the Sunni Muslim world, received a mixed verdict - from being hailed as historic, to being dismissed as another feel-good statement without teeth - few men have more reason for wanting it to be the former than Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako. The Patriarch of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church, Sako is among those who openly described the Feb. 3-5 papal visit to United Arab Emirates, the first ever to the Arabian peninsula, as “historic” and the declaration on “Human Fraternity...
  • [Cath Cauc] Msgr. Peter Jin Lugang of Nanyang and the dilemma of the Patriotic Association.

    02/13/2019 2:22:54 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies ^ | February 13, 2019 | Sergio Ticozzi
    Msgr. Peter Jin Lugang of Nanyang and the dilemma of the Patriotic Association. A clarification Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Msgr. Peter Jin Lugang, who on January 30th was recognized by the government as coadjutor bishop of Nanyang (Henan), has done everything possible not to belong to the Patriotic Association (PA), whose statutes " are irreconcilable" with Catholic doctrine, even asking for forgiveness from the Pope. This is what emerges from the words of Fr. Sergio Ticozzi, PIME missionary and expert sinologist, who knows Msgr. Jin personally and the community of Nanyang. The testimony of this bishop is an example for...
  • Vatican clears way for canonization of Blessed Cardinal Newman (Catholic Caucus)

    02/13/2019 2:00:06 PM PST · by Hieronymus · 11 replies
    America Magazine ^ | Feb. 13, 2019 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has signed a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, the English cardinal, clearing the way for his canonization. The Vatican announced Feb. 13 that Pope Francis had signed the decree the day before. Also Feb. 12, he formally recognized that the late Hungarian Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, jailed and exiled by the communists, had lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way; the recognition is an early step in the sainthood process. In the sainthood cause of Blessed Newman, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth had reported in November...
  • Pope Francis’ climatologist visits New Orleans

    02/13/2019 10:15:55 AM PST · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    NOLA ^ | February 13, 2019 | Sarah Sneath
    Pope Francis’ climatologist visits New Orleans The Rev. Eduardo Scarel is best known for his role in advising Pope Francis on climate change. As such, he’s been dubbed the Pope’s climatologist. A Carmelite priest and atmospheric scientist, Scarel was in New Orleans earlier this week speaking with high school students and to an audience at the Notre Dame Seminary Tuesday evening.Why does the Pope need a climatologist? “Because the care for environment, for nature requires to see the state of the planet,” Scarel said. “And the tools of science provide the best way to see.”Scarel helped advise Pope Francis on...
  • Glittering with the Indescribable Brightness of the Sun: St Polyeuctus and his temple in Byzantium

    02/13/2019 10:15:52 AM PST · by Antoninus · 3 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 2/13/19 | Florentius
    February 13 is the feast day of yet another victim of the persecution of Decius, Saint Polyeuctus of Melitene in Roman Armenia. Though practically unknown today, Polyeuctus was renowned in antiquity as a soldier-martyr. An epitome of his acts was recorded by Symeon Metaphrastes in the 10th century, though it is likely that Symeon was working from a much older tradition. Indeed, Polyeuctus was revered in antiquity from at least the time of the Empress Eudocia (mid 5th century AD) who built a shrine dedicated to him in Constantinople. Here is an English translation of Metaphrastes’s acts of Saint Polyeuctos...
  • Does God Approve the Abuse of Women?

    02/13/2019 9:54:18 AM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-12-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Does God Approve the Abuse of Women? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 12, 2019 • One of the darker passages in Scripture comes just after the fall of Adam and Eve. Announcing the consequences that they have ushered in, God says to Eve, I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children; yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he shall be your master (Gen 3:16). The Hebrew word מָשַׁל (mashal) means “to have dominion, reign, or ruling power over another.” The New Jerusalem Bible (the most widely used Catholic Bible outside...
  • [Maike Hickson] Bishops applaud Cardinal Müller for ‘prophetic’ Manifesto of Faith

    02/13/2019 8:58:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 11, 2019 | Maike HIckson
    February 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – At least three bishops so far are publicly supporting Cardinal Gerhard Müller after he issued a “Manifesto of Faith” on Friday in the hope of clearing up the growing doctrinal confusion in the Church. Bishops Joseph Strickland, Thomas Tobin, and Marian Eleganti all expressed their gratitude to Cardinal Müller, the former head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for reaffirming the essential tenets of our Catholic Faith. “Thank God for Cardinal Müller's strength and fidelity to Christ and his Teaching,” says Bishop Strickland. Bishop Strickland, of Tyler, Texas, responded only half...
  • Catholic Church names 63 New Jersey clergy accused of sexual abuse

    02/13/2019 7:54:14 AM PST · by massmike · 8 replies ^ | 02/13/2019 | AP
    NEWARK, New Jersey -- The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, has released a list of 63 Roman Catholic clergy members they say have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors dating to 1940. New Jersey's four other dioceses are also expected to release names soon of clergy suspected of abusing minors. Newark's list includes Theodore McCarrick, a former Newark archbishop who served as Washington, D.C., archbishop from 2000 to 2006. McCarrick was removed from public ministry last June.