Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $82,510
Woo hoo!! And now less than $5.5k to go!! Thank you all very much!!

Catholic (Religion)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Gay Male Prostitute Outs Dozens of Active Homosexual Priests to Vatican in 1200-Page Dossier

    03/18/2018 5:48:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/9/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    ITALY, March 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A scandal now sending shockwaves through the Catholic Church erupted last week when a gay male prostitute produced a massive dossier outing scores of priests who allegedly lead a double life of both ordained minister and homosexual sex-fiend. The dossier included seminarians as well. The author of the dossier, gay “escort” Francesco Mangiacapra, said he wrote the report because he could no longer stand the “hypocrisy” of the many priests he serviced. The 1,200-page dossier, replete with explicit WhatsApp messages, erotic photos, and lurid descriptions of priests involved in gay sexual activity and drug...
  • Polish Church Leader Criticizes Priest Wishing Francis Death

    03/18/2018 5:38:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 3/18/18 | AP
    WARSAW, Poland - Poland’s leading archbishop deplored on Sunday comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to “wisdom.” Krakow Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said he heard about the comments with “great pain and regret” and has discussed them face-to-face with Monsignor Edward Staniek, who made them in a Feb. 25 church speech in Krakow. Krakow was the seat of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the late Pope St. John Paul II. Poland’s Church remains attached to John Paul’s more conservative stance. A majority of Poland’s bishops see their mission as preserving...
  • [Catholci Caucus] Vatican’s Fraudulent Doctoring of Letter from Benedict to Vigano Now Fully Exposed

    In the two days that have elapsed since my piece on this subject, the full extent of the Vatican’s doctoring of the letter from Benedict to Archbishop Vigano respecting the “theology of Pope Francis” has been revealed under growing public pressure for full disclosure.As has so often been the case, the sleuthing of Sandro Magister has led to a breakthrough. In the hyperlinked column, Magister notes another suspicious circumstance surrounding the letter, beyond the blurring of the first two lines and concealment of almost the entire second page by a pile of the eleven booklets on “the theology of Pope...
  • The Cross Always Wins - A Homily for the 5th Sunday of Lent

    03/18/2018 7:45:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 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,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 03-18-18, Fifth Sunday of Lent

    03/17/2018 9:33:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | 03-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent Reading 1 Jer 31:31-34 The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathersthe day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they broke my covenant, and I had to show myself their master, says the LORD.But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD.I will place...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Passion Sunday (Gueranger)

    03/17/2018 9:23:36 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Violet Semidouble (Privilege of the First Class) Hodie, si vocem Domini audieritis, nolite obdurare corda vestra. Today, if ye shall hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts. THE HOLY CHURCH begins her Night Office of this Sunday with these impressive words of the royal Prophet. Formerly, the faithful considered it their duty to assist at the Night Office, at least on Sundays and Feasts; they would have grieved to have lost the grand teachings given by the Liturgy. Such fervor has long since died out; the assiduity at the Offices of the Church, which was the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    03/17/2018 9:22:37 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Double IT WAS RIGHT that the Church should honor, during these days devoted to the instruction of catechumens, the Pontiff whose very name suggests the zeal and knowledge which pastors ought to show in preparing candidates for baptism. He has long had a place in the Martyrology of the Western Church, but today, in addition to expressing our gratitude for what he did fifteen hundred years ago, we ask him for aid, which is as necessary now as it was in the first ages of Christianity. It is true that baptism is now administered to infants. The gift...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Passiontide and Holy Week (Gueranger)

    03/17/2018 9:21:17 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    THE HISTORY OF PASSIONTIDE AND HOLY WEEK AFTER HAVING PROPOSED the forty-days’ Fast of Jesus in the Desert to the meditation of the Faithful, during the first four weeks of Lent, the Holy Church gives the two weeks, which still remain before Easter, to the commemoration of the Passion. she would not have her children come to the great Day of the immolation of the Lamb, without their having prepared for it by compassionating with him in the Sufferings he endured in their stead. The most ancient Sacramentaries and Antiphonaries of the several Churchest attest, by the Prayers, the...
  • In Damascus, Rebel Bombardments Have Christians Fear for Their Lives

    03/17/2018 5:39:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 3/12/18 | Staff
    AS THE SYRIAN regime continues to bombard rebel forces in Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, its opponents are shelling the Syrian capital in return. The Christian district at the eastern edge of the old city has come under fire. We spoke with Father Andrzej Halemba, who is in charge of Middle East projects for our organization, for an update on the situation.What do you know about the situation in Eastern Ghouta?Our organization is in close contact with many bishops in Damascus. One of them is the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic church, Patriarch Joseph Absi. Caritas Syria is on...
  • Bavaria Drops Challenge to Legalization of Gay ‘Marriage’ Citing Comparable Changes in Church

    03/17/2018 5:31:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/15/18 | Maike Hickson
    MUNICH, March 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- The traditionally Catholic German state of Bavaria has decided to drop its plan to challenge a June 2017 parliamentary decision to legalize same-sex “marriages” nationwide. The decision comes after two legal opinions were written for Bavaria pointing out that many countries in the world have legalized same-sex “marriage.” The Bavarian State Chancellor, in his white paper for the March 6th cabinet meeting refers to the fact that even representatives of the Catholic Church are now in the process of “carefully opening themselves up to a change.” On March 6th, the Government of Bavaria decided...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican Reveals Full Text of Benedict XVI’s Letter to Msgr. Viganň

    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 XVI’s Letter to Msgr. Viganň 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...
  • St. Patrick's Bad Analogies

    03/17/2018 1:41:21 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 03-14-2013 | Lutheran Satire
    The problem with using analogies to explain the Holy Trinity is that you always end up confessing some ancient heresy.
  • (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 Viganň, 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 Viganň 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 Viganň’s 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...
  • [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 Errázuriz Ossa – one of the members of the pope’s 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 pope’s visit to Chile in January of 2018 drew too much attention to his case. Cardinal Errázuriz 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...
  • The Prayer of Saint Patrick

    03/17/2018 8:54:32 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 10 replies
    BeliefNet ^ | St. Patrick
    I arise today Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock. I arise today Through God's strength to pilot me; God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's hosts to save me Afar and anear, Alone or in a mulitude. Christ...
  • 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: Daily Mass Readings, 03-17-18, OM, St. Patrick, Bishop

    03/16/2018 10:32:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 03-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    March 17, 2018 Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent Reading 1 Jer 11:18-20 I knew their plot because the LORD informed me;at that time you, O LORD, showed me their doings. Yet I, like a trusting lamb led to slaughter,had not realized that they were hatching plots against me:"Let us destroy the tree in its vigor;let us cut him off from the land of the living,so that his name will be spoken no more." But, you, O LORD of hosts, O just Judge,searcher of mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on them,for to you I...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, Bishop and Confessor (Gueranger)

    03/16/2018 9:03:51 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 5 replies
    White Double THE SAINT WE HAVE TO HONOR TODAY is the Apostle of that faithful people whose martyrdom has lasted three hundred years—it is the great St. Patrick, he that gave Erin the Faith. There shone most brightly in this Saint that gift of the Apostolate, which Christ has left to his Church, and which is to remain with her to the end of time. The Ambassadors of Missioners, sent by our Lord to preach his Gospel, are of two classes. There are some who have been entrusted with a small tract of the Gentile world; they had to...