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  • The Mission of St. John the Baptist – A Homily for the Birth of John the Baptist

    06/24/2018 7:43:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-23-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Mission of St. John the Baptist – A Homily for the Birth of John the Baptist Msgr. Charles Pope • June 23, 2018 • John the Baptist, by Alonso Cano (1634)We briefly step out of the “green” of Ordinary Time to celebrate the birth of the last prophet of the Old Testament, St. John the Baptist. In so doing, we not only commemorate a great prophet of history, but we also consider the office of prophet itself, one to which we are summoned by our baptism.As we consider John the Baptist, we also learn of our own duties...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fifth Sunday After Pentecost (Gueranger)

    06/23/2018 9:58:53 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Green Semidouble THIS SUNDAY, which, with the Greeks, is called the fifth of Saint Matthew, was known by the Latins as the Sunday of the Fishing; such was its name up to the time when the Church had transferred to the previous Sunday the Gospel which suggested that title. The week which it commences is, in some ancient lectionaries, called the first after the Feast of the Apostles or of St. Peter; in others, it is the second or third after the same feast; these, and other similar varieties of names, which it is no rare thing to find...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (Gueranger)

    06/23/2018 9:58:50 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double of the First Class (with an Octave) The Voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord; behold thy God!” Oh! in this world of ours grown now so cold, who can understand earth’s transports at hearing these glad tidings so long expected? The promised God was not yet manifested; but already have the heavens bowed down to make way for his passage. No longer was he “the One who is to come,” he for whom our fathers, the illustrious saints of the prophetic age ceaselessly called, in their indomitable hope. Still...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-24-18, SOL, The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

    06/23/2018 9:19:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | 06-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 24, 2018 Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist - Mass during the Day Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O coastlands,listen, O distant peoples.The LORD called me from birth,from my mother's womb he gave me my name.He made of me a sharp-edged swordand concealed me in the shadow of his arm.He made me a polished arrow,in his quiver he hid me.You are my servant, he said to me,Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain,and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,yet my reward is with the LORD,my recompense...
  • Ex-President of Ireland Says Baptism Creates “Infant Conscripts”

    06/23/2018 6:00:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/23/18 | Charles Collins
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom - Baptizing babies is a violation of their human rights, according to the former president of Ireland. Mary McAleese, who served in the largely ceremonial role of president from 1997-2011, also said she would not attend the Aug. 22-26 World Meeting of Families taking place in Dublin. She told the Irish Times the event, which Pope Francis will attend Aug. 25-26, will only serve as a “political rally” for the “reinforcement of orthodoxy.” McAleese told the newspaper that by baptizing children before they have reached the age of reason, the Church is creating “infant conscripts who are...
  • Nearly 200 Priests Apply for Gun Permits After Spate of Murders in Philippines

    06/23/2018 5:57:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/22/18 | Staff Reporter
    The figures come after three priests were murdered in the space of a yearAlmost 200 priests in the Philippines have filed for permits to carry firearms in response to four attacks on clergy in the past year. Since the law was changed in 2014, members of certain high-risk professions are exempted from going through the usual process to obtain such a permit. According to a report by the Inquirer, this includes priests, ministers, rabbis, imams, lawyers, journalists, cashiers, bank tellers, physicians, nurses, and certain businessmen. People employed in these fields no longer have to prove they are in serious danger...
  • Burke: Cardinal Caffarra “Personally Delivered” Dubia Letter to Papal Residence

    06/23/2018 5:54:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 6/21/18 | Steve Skojec
    Cardinal Raymond Burke has once again been forced to publicly correct the errors of Pope Francis, this time regarding his insistence that he only learned about objections to his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia raised by some of the top prelates in the Church by reading about it in the news. In an interview with Reuters that appeared yesterday, Pope Francis said that he had only learned of the theological dubia submitted by four cardinals — Raymond Burke, Joachim Meisner, Carlo Caffarra, and Walter Brandmüller — by reading about it “from the newspapers.” The pope then took a swing at the...
  • Pope Says Local Bishop Should Make the Call on Intercommunion

    06/23/2018 5:49:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/21/18 | Christopher White
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - After a day of touting ways in which Christians might share in greater unity, that commitment to coming together didn’t prevent Pope Francis from backing the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog in its decision to insist on caution regarding proposals for intercommunion with Protestants. On a return flight to Rome on Thursday from a day-long ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva, Francis said he supported the Vatican’s Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-elect Luis Ladaria, in requiring a rethink of a draft proposal from the German bishops that would allow for non-Catholics to receive...
  • Abandoned French Monasteries Being Reopened by Orthodox Church

    06/23/2018 2:17:44 PM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-17-2018 | Orthodox Church
    Abandoned monasteries in France are being taken over and restored to monastic use and in one case a seminary.
  • Philippine President Duterte blasts Bible creation story: 'Who is this stupid God?'

    06/23/2018 11:34:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    GMA Network ^ | 06/22/2018
    After ranting about the Catholic Church, the President of the Philippines now has a beef with the concept of 'original sin' in the Genesis creation story MANILA, Philippines – After recent tirades against priests and the Church's "hypocrisy," Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte cursed God and called God "stupid" for the concept of "original sin" in the Bible's creation story. Duterte, on Friday, June 22, began with retelling the story of Adam and Eve and how they ate the fruit from the forbidden tree and thus brought original sin upon humankind. "Kinain ni Adam (Adam ate it) then malice was born....
  • At the name of Jesus

    06/23/2018 7:48:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 73 replies ^ | 06-10-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    At the name of Jesus Bowing at the mention of Jesus’ name is an old practice that has since fallen into wide disuse Msgr. Charles Pope June 10, 2018 Question: I was taught to nod my head when the name of Jesus was spoken. I see some priests and congregants do it, but not most. What is the current practice? — Diane Garrett, via email Answer: Liturgically it is not required. This is a pious custom that, while less common today, is still observed by many. This is not only in the liturgy, but at any time the name of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-23-18

    06/22/2018 9:23:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 06-23-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 23, 2018 Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Chr 24:17-25 After the death of Jehoiada,the princes of Judah came and paid homage to King Joash,and the king then listened to them.They forsook the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers,and began to serve the sacred poles and the idols;and because of this crime of theirs,wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem.Although prophets were sent to them to convert them to the LORD,the people would not listen to their warnings.Then the Spirit of God possessed Zechariah,son of Jehoiada the priest.He took his stand...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Vigil of Saint John the Baptist (Gueranger)

    06/22/2018 9:09:16 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Violet Simple There was in the days of Herod the King of Judea, a certain priest named Zachary, of the course of Abia, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name Elizabeth. And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame. And they had no son, for that Elizabeth was barren, and they both were well advanced in years. And it came to pass, when he executed the priestly function in the order of his course before God, according to the custom of the priestly...
  • Cardinal McCarrick: Everybody Knew

    06/22/2018 11:18:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 22 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 06-20-2018 | Rod Dreher
    Remember how, after Harvey Weinstein was busted as a serial sexual abuser, it emerged that a whole lot of people knew this about Weinstein, but never said anything about it? The same thing is true about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was outed today (by the Catholic Church) as having sexually abused a minor years ago. I had never heard that McCarrick abused minors, but I heard from many sources that he would go after seminarians. He had a habit of inviting them to his beach house, and always inviting one more young man than there was bed space for. The...
  • True Freedom, As Articulated in the Story of an Ancient Philosopher

    06/22/2018 8:10:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-21-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    True Freedom, As Articulated in the Story of an Ancient Philosopher Msgr. Charles Pope • June 21, 2018 • credit: Xufanc, Wikimedia CommonsThere is an old story that speaks to the true source of freedom:The philosopher Diogenes was eating bread and lentils for his supper. He was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who said, “If you would learn to be more subservient to the king, you would not have to live on lentils.” Diogenes replied, “Learn to live on lentils and you will not have to cultivate the king.”We often think that money, power, and access give us freedom;...
  • Former pro football player prepares to take final vows as a nun

    06/21/2018 9:48:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | June 18, 2018
    Toronto, Ohio, Jun 18, 2018 / 03:26 am (CNA).- Every single vocation story is different, but Sr. Rita Clare (Anne) Yoches is probably one of the more unusual. Sr. Rita Clare, who this month will profess final vows with the Franciscan Sisters T.O.R. of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother, was a four-time national champion professional football player prior to entering the convent. Yes, that’s American football. (She was a fullback.) Nowadays, the only football Yoches is playing is the annual two-hand touch game she organizes with the 38 T.O.R. sisters she lives with in Toronto, Ohio. Although she was raised...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-22-18, OM,Sts. John Fisher & Thomas More, St. Paulinus/Nola

    06/21/2018 9:18:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 06-22-18 | Revised New American Bible
    June 22, 2018 Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20 When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah,saw that her son was dead,she began to kill off the whole royal family.But Jehosheba, daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah,took Joash, his son, and spirited him away, along with his nurse,from the bedroom where the princes were about to be slain.She concealed him from Athaliah, and so he did not die.For six years he remained hidden in the temple of the LORD,while Athaliah ruled the land. But in the seventh year,Jehoiada summoned the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Paulinus, Bishop and Confessor (Gueranger)

    06/21/2018 9:16:57 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White Double WHILE WE WERE CELEBRATING the Infancy of our divine Lord, Felix of Nola rejoiced our hearts with the sight of his sanctity at once so triumphant and yet so humble, revealing under gentlest aspects the potency of our Emmanuel. Illumined by the glow of Pentecostal fires, Paulinus now comes before us, from that very same town of Nola, by his glory doing honor to him of whom he was the happy conquest. For indeed the sublime path whereby he was at length to gain the heavenly mountain tops, was not at the first opened before him; and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Alban, Proto-Martyr of England (Gueranger)

    06/21/2018 9:16:54 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red   LET THE HEAVENS REJOICE, let the Island of Saints exult, and let all the universe shout with her a song of victory: for now indeed earth has been everywhere empurpled with the blood of testimony. Alban, Proto-Martyr of fruitful Britain, seals today the conquest of the far West. Already, doubtless, even from the earliest days, Albion had yielded abundant flowers beneath the foot steps of the Spouse, whose giant stride had reached even unto her. Later on, Eleutherius and Lucius had added the fresh charm of other plants to this new garden, wherein far away from sterile...
  • Bishop suggests excommunication for Catholics implementing border enforcement

    06/21/2018 6:41:20 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 88 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | June 21, 2018 | Deal Hudson
    (Newsmax) – Last week, Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson called upon his fellow bishops to issue a "prophetic statement" on immigration that would support "canonical penalties for Catholics who are involved" in implementing President Trump's immigration policy. Why would the thought of excommunication even enter the mind of Bishop Weisenburger? Does he mean to say that any Catholic Border Patrol Agent or ICE Officers enforcing the law are "obstinately preserving in manifest grave sin"? If so, what is the "grave sin" that meets the criterion of excommunication according to Canon 915? The 19,500 employees of the U. S. Border...