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  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, 09-23-18

    09/23/2018 2:56:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 09-23-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Pio of Pietrecina | San Sebastian Cathedral of Tarlac, Philippines | photo by Ramon FVelasquez Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Saint of the Day for September 23 (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968)  Saint Pio of Pietrelcina’s Story In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. It was the 45th canonization ceremony in Pope John Paul’s pontificate. More than 300,000 people braved blistering heat as they filled St. Peter’s Square and nearby streets. They heard the Holy Father praise the new...
  • [Cath Cauc] All holy martyrs of communism, pray for China; pray for the Church of China.

    09/23/2018 1:21:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    What is Up with the Synod ^ | September 22, 2018 | Hilary White
    All holy martyrs of communism, pray for China; pray for the Church of China. Sep 22, 2018 by Hilary White in Church of traitors Infamous photo of Mindszenty after months of torture, taken at his show-trial. To understand how the homosexual infiltration of the clergy happened, you must first understand when, why and how the Church first abandoned its opposition to Communism. The two issues are inseparable. The Churchs recent embrace of the Sexual Revolution comes from the same source; its infiltration by Marxists, and behind them, Freemasonry.Quite a lot of that history can be read about here and here.Many...
  • [Cath Cauc] Expert condemns Vatican for betrayal in secret agreement with Communist China

    09/23/2018 9:30:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 22, 2018 | Steven Mosher
    September 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) As someone who, over the years, has helped underground Catholics in China build churches and open orphanages, I believe that the "provisional agreement" is a betrayal of the Catholic Church in China. Actually, I see it as a betrayal on several levels. It betrays the authority of the papacy by giving the Chinese Communist Party the right to name bishops. It betrays the underground Church in China, a Church which not only has survived decades of persecution at the hands of the authorities but is now, once again, under siege. And--I would argue--because it is asecretagreement,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Fires Back at Crictics Despite Pledge of Silence

    09/23/2018 8:48:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | September 22, 2018 | Bree A. Dali
    Revealing The Great Accuser: Pope Francis Fires Back at Crictics Despite Pledge of Silence Bree A. Dail September 22, 2018 Although the pope pledged that he would not say a single word about the accusation that he was involved in the coverup of Cardinal McCarricks sexual abuse, he seems unable to stop making oblique references to exactly that situation. There has been a patterna theme if you willthat has overtaken the papal homilies of the past few weeks since the allegations first sufraced. Indeed, since news broke of the 11-page testimony from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan on August 25th, the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

    09/23/2018 7:59:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 22, 2018 • In the Sunday Gospel, the Lord Jesus is asking a crucial question. The word crucial here is selected carefully; it comes from the Latin cruces, meaning “cross.” Indeed, looming over this entire gospel reading is the cross. In it, Jesus makes the second prediction of His passion, death, and resurrection. It is in the context of this teaching that the Lord asks the “crucial” question of us: What is most central in your life? Let’s look at this...
  • China's Catholic Church Pledges Loyalty to Party After Vatican Deal

    09/23/2018 6:50:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/23/18 | Adam Jourdan
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinas Catholic Church reaffirmed its loyalty to the countrys ruling Communist Party on Sunday, while welcoming a landmark deal struck with the Vatican on appointing new bishops. The Vatican on Saturday signed an agreement giving it a long-desired and decisive say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled it a sellout to the government. Chinas around 12 million Catholics have been split between an underground Church swearing loyalty to the Vatican and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association. The Catholic Church in China said it would persevere to walk a path suited to a socialist...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-23-18, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    09/22/2018 9:05:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies ^ | 09-23-18 | Revised New American Bible
    September 23, 2018 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Wis 2:12, 17-20 The wicked say:Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;he sets himself against our doings,reproaches us for transgressions of the lawand charges us with violations of our training.Let us see whether his words be true;let us find out what will happen to him.For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend himand deliver him from the hand of his foes.With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the testthat we may have proof of his...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Gueranger)

    09/22/2018 9:04:30 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Green Semidouble THE PARALYTIC CARRYING HIS BED is the subject of this day’s Gospel, and gives the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost its title. It has been thought, by some, that its having the number it bears has caused it to be inserted in the Missal immediately after the Ember Days of autumn. We will not, like the Liturgists of the Middle Ages, discuss the question as to whether we should consider it has having taken the place of the vacant Sunday, which formerly used always to follow the ordination of the sacred ministers, in the manner we have elsewhere...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Linus, Pope/Martyr; Commemoration of Saint Thecla, Virgin/Martyr (Gueranger)

    09/22/2018 9:04:27 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Semidouble THE LIVES OF THE FIRST VICARS OF CHRIST are buried in a mysterious obscurity; just as the foundations of a monument built to defy the ravages of time are concealed from view. To be the supports of the everlasting Church is a sufficient glory: sufficient to justify our confidence in them, and to awaken our gratitude. Let us leave the learned to discuss certain points in the following short Legend; as for ourselves, we will rejoice with the Church on this feast, and pay our loving veneration to the humble and gentle Pontiff, who was the first...
  • [Cath Cauc] Chicago Priest Who Burned Gay Flag Flees After Archdiocese Threatens Forcible Removal

    09/22/2018 5:27:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | September 22, 2018 | Oakes Spalding
    Just hours ago, new Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Mark Bartosic arrived unannounced at Resurrection Parish on Chicagos Northwest side and told Pastor Paul Kalchik that he had just minutes to get his belongings together and vacate the premises or the police would be called to arrest him for trespassing.Fr. Kalchik was about to perform a wedding.Soon after, Fr. Kalchik left for an undisclosed location, accompanied by his brother who had been visiting the parish.Bp. Bartosic performed the wedding instead, hastily slipping out the door of the church only seconds after concluding the ceremony.Fr. Kalchik had been ordered by Cardinal Cupich and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions, 09-22-18

    09/22/2018 5:07:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Church | photo by Judgefloro Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions Saint of the Day for September 22 (1600 – September 29 or 30, 1637)  Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions’ Story Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them, and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cardinal: Pope is ice cold, sly Machiavellian, and, what is worse he lies

    09/22/2018 2:54:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 22, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    Print this Page BlogsCatholic Church Sat Sep 22, 2018 - 2:49 pm EST Cardinal: Pope is ice cold, sly Machiavellian, and, what is worse he lies Maike Hickson Follow Maike catholic, der spiegel, pope francis, vatican September 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Today, the German magazine Der Spiegel, one of the most influential political magazines in Europe, published a report on the failures of the papacy of Francis. LifeSiteNews already summed up the parts of this report about the involvement of Pope Francis in a cover-up of abuse cases in Argentina. But the Spiegel authors also make a report...
  • [Cath Cauc] Holy See Signs Provisional Agreement With China on Appointment of Bishops

    09/22/2018 11:23:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 22, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    The Vatican announced today that the Holy See and the Peoples Republic of China have signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, allowing the faithful to have bishops who are in communion with Rome but at the same time recognized by Chinese authorities. In a shortcommunique(see full text below), the Vatican said the agreement is the fruit of a gradual and reciprocal rapprochement that follows a long process of careful negotiation. In an accompanying briefing note, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had decided as part of the agreement to readmit to full ecclesial communion eight bishops (one...
  • Mental reservation

    09/22/2018 10:22:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | 09-23-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mental reservation Deception, even for very good reason, is always a sin, but we can still rely on God’s abundant mercy Msgr. Charles Pope September 23, 2018 Question: As a product of Jesuit education, I learned that if someone is not entitled to know the truth, then it is permissible to lie in order that the truth not be revealed to them, especially if they will use that information to harm others. Is this a valid view? — Ed Siering, Muscatine, Iowa Answer: If someone is not entitled to know the truth or facts about a certain situation, the clear...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cdl. Zen calls for Vatican's Parolin to resign over betrayal in China deal

    09/22/2018 8:22:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 21, 2018 | Lianne Laurence
    HONG KONG, September 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong is calling for the Vatican secretary of state to resign over the Holy Sees impending deal with China that he says is an incredible betrayal. Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who is considered papabile,was chief negotiator in the agreement that is expected to be finalized when a Vatican delegation travels to China at the end of this month, according to AsiaNews. America Magazine reported Tuesday a Vatican source confirmed a high-level Holy See delegation will travel to the Chinese capital for the signing and that a...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-22-18

    09/21/2018 9:23:52 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 09-22-18 | Revised New American Bible
    September 22, 2018 Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49 Brothers and sisters:Someone may say, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come back?" You fool!What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.And what you sow is not the body that is to bebut a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind. So also is the resurrection of the dead.It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.It...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Thomas of Villanova, Bishop and Confessor (Gueranger)

    09/21/2018 9:01:43 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double IN 1517 A CRUEL BLOW fell upon the great Augustinian family; Luther, one of its members, raised the cry of revolt which was to be echoed for centuries by every passion. But the illustrious Order, which had unwittingly nurtured this child of evil, was none the less acceptable to God; and He deigned, before long, to demonstrate this, for the consolation of institutes whose very excellence exposes unworthy subjects to more dangerous falls. It was at the First Vespers of All Saints that Luther broached, at Wittenburg, his famous theses against indulgences and the authority of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Matthew, 09-21-18

    09/21/2018 7:11:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: St. Matthew and the Angel | Guido Reni Saint Matthew Saint of the Day for September 21 (c. 1st Century) Saint Matthews Story Matthew was a Jew who worked for the occupying Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. The Romans were not scrupulous about what the tax farmers got for themselves. Hence the latter, known as publicans, were generally hated as traitors by their fellow Jews. The Pharisees lumped them with sinners (see Matthew 9:11-13). So it was shocking to them to hear Jesus call such a man to be one of his intimate followers.Matthew...
  • Archbishop Close to Pope Suggests Archbishop Vigan Suffers from a Delusional Mental Illness

    09/21/2018 5:09:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/20/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    ARGENTINA, September 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) An Argentinian archbishop who is a close friend of Pope Francis has suggested that former U.S. nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan suffers from megalomania, a delusional mental illness marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur. Vctor Manuel Tucho Fernndez, Archbishop of La Plata, Argentina said in an interview that Vigan has placed his conservative ideological interests above the good of the people who, as a result, end up confused and hopeless. The Fernndez interview is filled with hyperbolic statements ranging from accusing Vigan of seeking to groundlessly discredit Pope Francis through his testimony...
  • Dolan Impatient Waiting for Apostolic Visitation in Response to McCarrick

    09/21/2018 5:03:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    US bishops have asked for a Vatican investigation, but the Pope has so far not committedThe Archbishop of New York said Thursday that while he has confidence in the way Pope Francis is handling the Churchs ongoing sexual abuse crisis, he has grown impatient while awaiting a decision from the pope on a request made by U.S. bishops more than one month ago. Speaking at a press conference Sept. 21, Cardinal Timothy Dolan called for a formal investigation- an apostolic visitation- of the Church in the United States in response to allegations that have surfaced in recent months regarding decades...