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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-23-18, OM, St. Adalabert, Bishop, St. George, Martyrs

    04/22/2018 9:17:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 04-23-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 23, 2018 Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 11:1-18 The Apostles and the brothers who were in Judeaheard that the Gentiles too had accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalemthe circumcised believers confronted him, saying,'You entered the house of uncircumcised people and ate with them." Peter began and explained it to them step by step, saying,"I was at prayer in the city of Joppawhen in a trance I had a vision,something resembling a large sheet coming down,lowered from the sky by its four corners, and it came to me....
  • [Cath Cauc] Great Falls-Billings Diocese bishop responds to Mayfair fundraiser controversy

    04/22/2018 7:51:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Billings Gazzette ^ | April 21, 2018 | Susan Olp
    Four days after a Great Falls priest called for a boycott of Mayfair, the Billings Catholic School’s annual fundraiser, Bishop Michael Warfel of the Great Falls-Billings Diocese weighed in on the controversy.Warfel both wrote a letter that will be distributed to parishes and missions throughout the Eastern Montana diocese and he spoke to a reporter Saturday.The bishop’s 1 ½-page letter was spurred by an incident last week in which the Rev. Ryan Erlenbush, priest at Corpus Christi Church, advocated on Facebook for the boycott after learning that a gay couple comprise two of the six co-chairs for the event.The annual...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Stick for Faithful Catholics, Carrots for Dissidents

    04/22/2018 6:51:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Eponymous Flower ^ | April 21, 2018 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Religion Digital is an anti-church site founded by ex-priest José Manuel Vidal, whose "line is incompatible with the faith of the Catholic Church and the minimum of ties that a Catholic should unite with his shepherds," says Fr Josè Antonio Fortea described the website on September 2016. Vidal has been engaged in constant attacks against the Church and her doctrine for more than 20 years. The range of anti-church propaganda ranges from a platform for Church opponents to the publication of blasphemous cartoons. InfoVaticana was founded in 2013 by Gabriel Ariza and Fernando Beltrán as a Church-loyal counterweight, so as...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis must end this 'reign of confusion'

    04/22/2018 5:22:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 22, 2018 | Barbara Simpson
    Roman Catholics were just entering the critical weekend of their Easter celebration – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, perhaps the most important commemorations in their religion – when Pope Francis threw another of his religious bombshells into the lives of his followers. ... It’s time for Pope Francis to step aside and spend time in deep reconciliation with his faith and God – thus putting an end to his reign of Catholic confusion.
  • Christian girl set alight for turning down Muslim man’s marriage proposal

    04/22/2018 5:03:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | April 20, 2018
    –Sialkot’s Rizwan Gujjar torched Asma using petrol after she refused to renounce her faith and marry himLAHORE: A Christian girl was set ablaze by a Muslim man in Sialkot for “refusing to renounce her faith and marry him”, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to the girl’s father Yaqoob Masih, his 25-year-old daughter Asma used to work as a domestic help at the house of Saeeduz Zaman in Mohalla Pakpura area in Sialkot.“On April 17, my son Maqsood and I went to Zaman’s house around to meet Asma and to inquire after the health of Zaman’s mother. We were sitting in...
  • [Cath Cauc] Priest shot hearing confessions in Mexico; second cleric murdered in 3 days

    04/22/2018 4:40:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Crux ^ | April 21, 2018 | Crux Staff
    Then-Deacon Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia in vocations video. The priest was murdered on Friday outside Guadalajara. A priest on the outskirts of Guadalajara has been murdered, the second priest in a week killed in Mexico.Father Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, 33, was shot dead late Friday in Tlajomulco de Zuniga by unidentified attackers in his parish office, reportedly while hearing a confession.“We make an urgent call to build a culture of peace and reconciliation. These lamentable events call all of us to a much deeper and sincere conversion. It is time to look honestly at our culture and society, and to...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Why Pope Francis's Gaudete et Exsultate won't make you Holy, but ...

    04/22/2018 4:18:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Monitor ^ | April 20, 2018 | Fred Martinez
    Pope Francis's document Gaudete et Exsultate, which is supposed to be a call to holiness, has a lot of flowery religious Catholic language and even mentions prayer. This is why Dan Hitchens in First Things says of the document "there is an orthodox interpretation," but then writes: "But there is a different interpretation: that when someone says 'The Church teaches that X is intrinsically wrong,' he is probably a bit of a Pharisee. The history of Amoris Laetitia suggests that more expansive interpretation often gains the upper hand." (First Things, "An Ambiguous Exhortation," 4-12-18) Hitchens suggests that this papal document...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Does the Holy Liturgy

    04/22/2018 4:08:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Eponymous Flower ^ | April 21, 2018 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Pope Francis Does the Holy Liturgy Pope Francis is to ordain 16 deacons to the priesthood on April 22 The Words of Consecration and the Pope (Rome) The Holy See yesterday published the texts and chants for the Pope's Mass on the 4th Sunday after Easter, which Pope Francis will celebrate on April 22 in St. Peter's Basilica. On this occasion, the head of the Church will consecrate several candidates to the priesthood.   The priestly ordinations Pope Francis will ordain sixteen deacons preparing for the priesthood as priests, sincethe 55th World Day of Prayer is celebrated  at the same...
  • Cardinal Müller Unjustly Slams Pro-Lifers Who Criticise Francis' Pro-Abortion Bias

    04/22/2018 3:56:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | April 22, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Cardinal Müller Unjustly Slams Pro-Lifers Who Criticise Francis' Pro-Abortion Bias Pro-life activists worldwide criticise Pope Francis for relativizing abortion by equating it with social-justice issues like migration and poverty. In his Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, 101, Francis claims that the lives of people suffering are “equally sacred” as the lives of innocent children ignoring the fact that suffering and being killed is in no way the same thing. Continuing his zig-zag strategy Cardinal Gerhard Müller has criticised these voices talking to (April 21). Müller claimed that it is “clearly improper to categorize Francis as an ideologue of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Book Review . . . In Search Of The Lost Shepherd

    04/22/2018 3:50:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Wanderer | April 22, 2018 | Christopher Manion
    Lawler, Philip F. Lost Shepherd: How Pope Francis Is Misleading His Flock. Washington, D.C. Regnery, 2018. xii + 203 pp. Available at At times it appears difficult to keep up with Pope Francis. His words and his actions, both symbolic and sacramental, resemble the unpredictable trajectories of those steel balls on an old pinball machine — only there are no sides to make the ball stay in the playing field. Pope Francis has made it clear he doesn’t want to be pinned down. The Holy Father’s forays offer springboards of imagination to secular savants who welcome the collapse of...
  • Chemical suffocation? How Alder Hey doctors want Alfie Evans to die.

    04/22/2018 3:09:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 22, 2018 | LifeSite News Staff
    Save Alfie Evans! Tell the hospital to let his parents take him home. Sign the petition here. LIVERPOOL, England, April 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Alfie Evans will be given Midazolam and Fentanyl when his life-support is removed. Thomas Evans published part of a legal document today that explains how the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust plans to end his son’s life. LifeSiteNews reported on Friday that Alfie’s life-support is scheduled to be removed on Monday, April 23. That information is under a publication ban in England. The document Evans published states: “With regard to the process of withdrawal of...
  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter

    04/22/2018 8:11:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The King of Love My Shepherd Is - A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Easter Msgr. Charles Pope • April 21, 2018 • The Good Shepherd, St. John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, by Alfred Handel. Photo credit: Toby HudsonOn this fourth Sunday of Easter we turn a corner of sorts. Up until now we have been reading of the resurrection appearances themselves. Today we begin to see how the risen Lord ministers to us as the Good Shepherd. In effect, the Lord gives us four basic pictures or teachings of how, as the King of Love, He shepherds...
  • Rome Yanks Largest Pro-Life Poster in Its History

    04/22/2018 7:01:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/17/18 | Juliana Freitag
    Mayor claims pro-life display violates 'civil rights'Roman authorities have removed from a busy street near the Vatican the largest pro-life poster in the history of Italian pro-life activism. The huge poster, spanning three stories, features the image of an 11-week-old unborn child, and was part of a chain of demonstrations promoted by pro-life group ProVita Onlus to recall 40 years of legal abortion in Italy. The poster, which had been legally granted a permit to be posted from April 3–15, was taken down by Mayor Virginia Raggi after a mere three days. ProVita Onlus is used to censorship. The group...
  • The Great Danger of Triumphalism

    04/22/2018 3:44:11 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 4 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | April 16, 2018 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    On April 16, 2018, the administrators of the Facebook group ‘One Million Connected Catholics’ did not publish my post: “How many Catholics today could answer simple questions such as the following? … “Who Decides The Truth?” ( (See below for the complete post.) In the Description for the group ‘One Million Connected Catholics’, we find: “Dan Burke established One Million Connected Catholics. … You can ALWAYS post things from the National Catholic Register and any EWTN News outlet…” “EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo: ‘Good Catholics’ can’t ignore controversy over Pope Francis” (Note: When pasting this document into Free Republic, it seems...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-22-18, Fourth Sunday of Easter

    04/21/2018 10:38:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies ^ | 04-21-18 | Revised New American Bible
    April 22, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 4:8-12 Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:"Leaders of the people and elders:If we are being examined todayabout a good deed done to a cripple,namely, by what means he was saved,then all of you and all the people of Israel should knowthat it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazoreanwhom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;in his name this man stands before you healed.He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,which has become the cornerstone.There is no salvation through anyone else,nor is there any...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Third Sunday After Easter: The Patronage of Saint Joseph (Gueranger)

    04/21/2018 10:13:30 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    White Semidouble ℣. In resurrectione tua Christe, alleluia. ℣. In thy resurrection, O Christ, alleluia. ℟. Cœli et terra lætentur, alleluia. ℟. Let heaven and earth rejoice, alleluia. THE EASTER MYSTERIES are superseded today by a special subject, which is offered for our consideration. The holy Church invites us to spend this Sunday in honoring the Spouse of Mary, the Foster-Father of the Son of God. And yet, as we offered him the yearly tribute of our devotion on the 19th of March, it is not, properly speaking, his Feast that we are to celebrate today. It is a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Soter and Caius, Popes and Martyrs (Gueranger)

    04/21/2018 10:13:26 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble THE PALMS OF TWO MARTYRED POPES are intertwined and grace this day of the Calendar. Soter suffered for Christ in the second, and Caius in the third century; a hundred years separate them; and yet we have the same energy of faith, the same jealous fidelity to keep intact the depositum left by Christ to his Church. What human society ever existed that produced heroes for century after century? The Society, however, which was founded by Christ—in other words, the Church—is based on that traditional devotedness which consists in laying down one's life for the faith. And...
  • [Cath Cauc/Barf Alert] Pope Francis Is a ‘Mystic’ Trying to Solve Left-Right Dichotomy in the Church

    04/21/2018 4:17:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 21, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    The young Bergoglio is an assiduous reader of Fessard’s work La dialectique des “Exercices spirituels” de saint Ignace de Loyola. In it, the French Jesuit showed how Ignatian spirituality was determined by a polar tension between God and man, grace and freedom, the infinitely great and the infinitely small. From here rises the “tensioned thinking” of the future Pope. It is this thought that explains Bergoglio’s interest in the polar dialectic of Romano Guardini, when, in 1986, he went to Germany to do his doctoral thesis. Since then, Guardini has become his point of reference. This idea of polarity, which...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Video: Historian Henry Sire Discusses His Book ‘The Dictator Pope’

    04/21/2018 3:32:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 20, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Henry Sire says he wrote the book The Dictator Pope because he felt it necessary to uncover the “gap” between what he says is the media “facade” of Pope Francis and the “reality as it is known in the Vatican.” In a March 26 interview with the Register (see video below), Sire says that Francis is essentially a “politician who relies on public relations,” a “maverick pope” who manipulates the media and falls short of acting in a collegial manner with bishops. Pope Francis doesn’t deal with bishops “in a collegial spirit at all,” Sire says, despite the Holy Father’s...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cuba: Pope Sends Message to Youth Ministers

    04/21/2018 2:40:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Zenit ^ | April 21, 2018 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis on April 21, 2018, sent a message to the participants in the meeting of heads of youth pastoral ministry in Cuba.Video Message of the Holy FatherDear young people,I encourage you to fall in love with Jesus and to be ever more committed in a concrete way to the service of the Church in this real Cuba of today, without fear of hearing the call of God in the situations that are presented every day. Good patriots, love your land, love your country! Be generous and open your heart to the Lord!May the next World Youth Day in Panama,...