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  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-19-18

    12/18/2018 9:37:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 12-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 19, 2018 Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,"Though you are barren and have had no children,yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drinkand to eat nothing unclean.As for the son you will conceive and bear,no razor shall touch his head,for this boy is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed Anthony Grassi, 12-18-18

    12/18/2018 5:57:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 12-18-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: House of Loreto | J L Buchner | photo by unknown Blessed Anthony Grassi Saint of the Day for December 18 (November 13, 1592 – December 13, 1671)  Blessed Anthony Grassi’s Story Anthony’s father died when his son was only 10 years old, but the young lad inherited his father’s devotion to Our Lady of Loreto. As a schoolboy, he frequented the local church of the Oratorian Fathers, joining the religious order when he was 17.Already a fine student, Anthony soon gained a reputation in his religious community as a “walking dictionary,” who quickly grasped Scripture...
  • The Case Against Pell: New Details Emerge

    12/18/2018 5:23:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/17/18 | Ed Condon
    Washington D.C., Dec 17, 2018 / 06:05 pm (CNA).- Following the conviction of Cardinal George Pell in the Australian state of Victoria last week, new details have emerged about the nature of the crimes for which he has been found guilty. Pell was found guilty Dec. 11 on five charges of sexual abuse of minors, following accusations that he sexually assaulted two former members of the Melbourne cathedral choir. A sweeping court injunction prevents the nature of the accusations, the progress of the case, or the even the result of the trial from being discussed by the media in Australia....
  • Asia Bibis Christmas Will Be in a Closed Room: British Spokesman

    12/18/2018 5:17:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/18/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    December 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Asia Bibi will still be in protective custody in Pakistan over Christmas, her British spokesman has said. Asia Bibi, 53, is the Catholic Pakistani woman who was acquitted of blasphemy by Pakistans supreme court on October 31. Following her acquittal, there was mass unrest in Muslim-majority Pakistan, led by an Islamist political party. Dashing hopes that the woman and her family would soon find refuge abroad, the Pakistani government signed an agreement with the extremists, preventing Asia Bibi from leaving the country. The extremists hope to overturn Bibis acquittal and ensure her execution. Meanwhile, she,...
  • Belgian Priest Convicted for Not Revealing Suicidal Mans Confession

    12/18/2018 5:11:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 12/17/18 | Zelda Caldwell
    The court ruled that the secret of confession could not be used as a defenseA Belgian court convicted a Catholic priest of failing to seek help for a man who confessed to him that he was contemplating suicide, reported Reuters. The court issued Fr. Alexander Stroobandt a suspended one-month jail sentence, after ruling that he could not use the secrecy of confession as a defense in the case. Stroobandt had counseled a man, who was an acquaintance, about his struggles with depression. The man went on to commit suicide by inhaling car exhaust fumes. When the victims wife discovered that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vigan and Bux: A coordinated effort?

    12/18/2018 3:19:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | December 17, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    Vigan and Bux: A coordinated effort? On September 27, 2018, Archbishop Vigan issued the second in his series of three testimonies (thus far) that featured a special appeal to Cardinal Marc Ouellet; calling on the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops to bear witness to the truth by releasing key documents incriminating McCarrick and many in the curia for their cover-ups.On October 7, Cardinal Ouellet responded with an open letter of his own; disparaging Vigan while also (perhaps inadvertently) confirming thatdocuments do in fact existrelative to the restrictions that were placed against McCarrick.Six days later, on October 13, well-known Italian...

    12/18/2018 3:01:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 18, 2018 | Father Richard Gennaro Cipolla
    A Letter to Archbishop Vigan: TEMPUS ADEST -- The Time has Come ARCHBISHOP VIGAN: TEMPUS ADEST! THE TIME HAS COME! Dear Archbishop Vigan: I, as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. write this letter to you during the season of Advent, this time of waiting, of expectation, this time of violet that asks us to ponder the meaning of the coming of Jesus Christ into this world of sin and death, to ponder these things in the darkest part of the year when the darkness seems to overwhelm the light. This is the liturgical season in which John...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Defending True Devotion to the Chair of St. Peter

    12/18/2018 2:53:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | December 17, 2018 | Professor Roberto de Mattei
    Defending True Devotion to the Chair of St. Peter: A Response to Professor Douglas Farrow This article appears in the current issue (Dec. 2018) ofCatholic Family News(clickHEREto subscribe; current subscribers can access the E-EditionHERE).*****On Nov. 10, 2018, Professor Douglas Farrow published a long article on the website of the Catholic World Report entitled, The Conversion of the Papacy and the Current Church Crisis, in which in a friendly manner he criticizes several theses which I proposed on the occasion of the Catholic Family News Conference in Deerfield, Illinois, on April 8, 2018, speaking on the theme, Tu es Petrus:...
  • [Catholic Caucus] On the Necessity of Prayer

    12/18/2018 8:29:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Necessity of Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • December 17, 2018 • To say that something is “necessary” is to declare that it is so essential that to be without it causes grave if not deadly harm. The word comes from Latin: ne– (not) + cedere (to withdraw, go away, yield). The root sense is that what is necessary is something from which we cannot stray, something from which there is no withdrawal, something we cannot evade. There is an expression in Latin, sine qua non, which literally means “without which not.” Its fuller meaning expresses something so...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Experts question Francis attack on popes over death penalty

    12/18/2018 8:15:47 AM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    Sawing off the branch on which he sits: Experts question Francis attack on popes over death penalty ROME, December 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Pope Francis has incited further controversy in a recent address expounding on his reasons for changing theCatechism of the Catholic Churchon the death penalty. As LifeSitereported earlier,Pope Francis told adelegation fromthe International Commission against the Death Penalty in a Dec. 17address that popes in centuries past ignored the primacy of mercy over justice in usingthe death penalty, which he called an inhumanform of punishment thatis now always inadmissible. Insisting that the change to n. 2267 of theCatechismis...
  • Rome's Revision of the Lord's Prayer and the Coming Hour of Testing

    12/18/2018 6:55:36 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 48 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 12-17-2-18 | Jeff
    If you regularly check the headlines, then you may have read about the Vatican's efforts to revise a particular verse in what is commonly called "The Lord's Prayer." Led by Pope Francis, Rome wants to change the wording of a long-standing translation that has brought a mixture of comfort and confusion to many. The verse in question can be found in Matthew 6:13 and Luke 11:4, and in the eyes of the Pope and the leaders of the Roman Catholic institution, they believe that "lead us not into temptation" should be reworded to something like "abandon us not when...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-18

    12/17/2018 10:03:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 12-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2018 Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:The LORD our justice. Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;but rather, "As the LORD...
  • Vatican Delegation in China for Practical Steps to Implement Bishop Agreement: Spokesperson

    12/17/2018 7:14:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Global Times ^ | 12/15/18 | Li Ruohan and Zhang Yu
    Duty change in Mindong diocese should be read with goodwill: bishop A Vatican delegation has been in China this week for talks about the implementation of a bishop-appointment agreement signed between the two sides, said a Holy See spokesperson. The delegation is in China for talks with "both government and church officials" to work on "practical steps" to implement the recent provisional agreement, Greg Burke, director of the Holy See press office, told the Global Times in an emailed statement on Friday local time. The content of the provisional agreement on the appointment of bishop has not been made public...
  • Caravan Demands $50k Each to Go Home. Vatican Wants Global Agencies to Decide.

    12/17/2018 7:03:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    The Stream ^ | 12/14/18 | John Zmirak
    Surprise, surprise! Pope Francis Vatican supports the Global Compact for Migration. Even the Compacts thinly veiled support for abortion isnt enough to put the Vatican off. Thankfully, the Trump administration continues to follow the actual Catholic Catechism. That guarantees nations the right to regulate immigration unilaterally. You know, for the common good of the citizens who actually live in them. Im tempted at this point simply to echo the brilliant Yoram Hazony. He argues in The Virtue of Nationalism that a global, imperial impulse is baked into Catholic political culture. We believe that a single, centralized Church should rule mens...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis: Former popes ignored mercy in using inhuman death penalty

    12/17/2018 4:58:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    Pope Francis: Former popes ignored mercy in using inhuman death penalty ROME, December 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Pope Francis todaysaid that popes in centuries past ignored the primacy of mercy over justice in usingthe death penalty, which he called an inhuman and form of punishment thatis now always inadmissible. The Popes remarks came in a Dec. 17 address toadelegation fromtheInternational Commission against the Death Penalty. During the private audience, the Pope set aside his prepared address and spoke to the delegation in unscripted remarks. After the meeting, the Vatican released the prepared address to reporters, noting that it had...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Hildegard of Bingen, 12-17-18

    12/17/2018 3:57:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 12-17-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Hildegard von Bingen | Line engraving by W. Marshall | Wellcome Images Saint Hildegard of Bingen Saint of the Day for December 17 (September 16, 1098 – September 17, 1179)  Saint Hildegard of Bingen’s Story Abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, theologian—where to begin in describing this remarkable woman?Born into a noble family, she was instructed for ten years by the holy woman Blessed Jutta. When Hildegard was 18, she became a Benedictine nun at the Monastery of Saint Disibodenberg. Ordered by her confessor to write down the visions that she had received since...
  • Football coach is fired for attending funeral of teen he 'bullied' against his parents' wishes...

    12/17/2018 12:53:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 90 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | DECEMBER 17, 2018 | Jennifer Smith
    FULL TITLE: Football coach is fired for attending funeral of teen he 'bullied' against his parents' wishes then taunting them on Facebook after the service where the boy's parents say the priest painted their son as a 'sinner' A full version of the homily LaCuesta's homily has also emerged but it does not make reference to heaven as the boy's parents said it did. According to the version which was circulated on Monday, the priest said: 'I think that we must not call what is bad good, what is wrong right. 'Because we are Christians, we must say what we...
  • Jesuits name priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children, including in D.C. area

    12/17/2018 11:49:46 AM PST · by detective · 16 replies
    MSN News ^ | 12/17/2018 | Julie Zauzmer
    The Maryland Province Jesuits, a Catholic religious order with priests serving throughout the Washington area and across eight states, released a list Monday of priests in the order who have been credibly accused of abusing children since the 1950s. The list includes five living Jesuits, three who left the order, and five who have died. We are deeply sorry for the harm we have caused to victims and their families. We also apologize for participating in the harm that abuse has done to our Church, a Church that we love and that preaches Gods care for all, especially the most...
  • [Catholic Caucus] About that funeral Mass homily, some points

    12/17/2018 10:14:58 AM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | December 15, 2018 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    About that funeral Mass homily, somepoints I do not know Fr. Don LaCuesta or the Hullibarger family nor do I know what LaCuesta said in his homily at last weeks funeral for 18-year-old Maison Hullibarger (who had killed himself some days before) or how LaCuesta said what he said (reportshere and here). Such caveats, however, in light of my treatments of other issues related to the canon law on Church funerals, might qualify me to make some objective comments on the controversy erupting in the wake of LaCuestas funeral homily wherein, it seems, Maisons life was not celebrated and doubts...
  • Of Weather and Warnings: A Pro-Life Meditation

    12/17/2018 8:44:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Of Weather and Warnings: A Pro-Life Meditation Msgr. Charles Pope • December 16, 2018 • The weather in Washington, D.C. was dismal on Saturday: more than two inches of rain. 2018 has now surpassed 1889 to become the wettest year since records have been kept. So far, more than 62 inches of rain have fallen this year; the annual average is only about 40 inches.On this cold, rainy December morning, a group of us stood in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic in northeast D.C, just as we do on many Saturdays throughout the year. We prayed the Rosary...