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  • Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders

    12/16/2017 10:59:28 AM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    Dear Friends: As leaders of various communities of faith throughout the United States, many of us came together in the past to affirm our commitment to marriage as the union of one man and one woman and as the foundation of society. We reiterate that natural marriage continues to be invaluable to American society. We come together to join our voices on a more fundamental precept of our shared existence, namely, that human beings are male or female and that the socio-cultural reality of gender cannot be separated from one's sex as male or female. We acknowledge and affirm that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-16-17

    12/15/2017 8:43:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies ^ | 12-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2017 Saturday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord's word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day...
  • Judge Overturns Trump Repeal of Obamacare Mandate, Forces Christians to Pay for Abortions

    12/15/2017 3:09:09 PM PST · by Morgana · 65 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Dec. 15, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Christian groups and businesses once again may be forced to pay for birth control, including forms that may cause abortions, after a federal judge ruled against the Trump administration Friday. In October, President Donald Trump’s administration provided relief from the Obamacare birth control mandate by granting wider exceptions to religious groups. The new rules provided relief to groups like the nuns of Little Sisters of the Poor and the religious owners of Hobby Lobby, which were forced to challenge the mandate to the U.S. Supreme Court or face crippling fines. However, several state attorneys general challenged the decision. On Friday,...
  • Arise and Go Home - A Mid-Advent Reflection on What Our Savior Offers

    12/15/2017 8:37:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Arise and Go Home - A Mid-Advent Reflection on What Our Savior Offers Msgr. Charles Pope • December 14, 2017 • The Gospel for Mass earlier this week (Monday of the Second Week of Advent) is the well-known story of the paralytic. There are many wonderful details that I could discuss (e.g., the four friends who bring him to Jesus—talk about great friends!), but I’d like to focus today on Jesus’ command: “Rise, take up your stretcher, and go home.” It is a small picture of the grace unto salvation that is offered to us by the Lord. Here...
  • Planned Parenthood: Christians Should be Forced to Fund Abortions, It’s “Immoral” Not To

    12/15/2017 8:09:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 32 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Dec. 15, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Choice. It’s a word that Planned Parenthood loves to use when promoting the killing of unborn babies in abortions. But now, the abortion chain is abandoning its favorite word in an underhanded attempt to force Christians to pay for birth control, including methods that may cause abortions, in their employee health plans. Crystal Strait, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, recently wrote an opinion piece for The Sacramento Bee to argue their case. Strait blasted President Donald Trump’s administration for rolling back President Barack Obama’s birth control mandate. The onerous requirement forced groups like the nuns of Little Sisters...
  • Trump Pounds the Table in Face of Russia Investigation (barf)

    12/14/2017 10:02:58 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 9 replies
    newsmax ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | David Ignatius
    President Trump's recent denunciations of the Russia investigation recall the famous legal advice: "If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell." Trump shouted out his defense earlier this month: "What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion!" he told reporters over the whir of his helicopter on the White House lawn. Since then, Trump's supporters have been waging a bitter counterattack against special counsel Robert Mueller, alleging bias and demanding: "Investigate the investigators."...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-15-17

    12/14/2017 8:33:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 12-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 15, 2017 Friday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 48:17-19 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,the Holy One of Israel:I, the LORD, your God,teach you what is for your good,and lead you on the way you should go.If you would hearken to my commandments,your prosperity would be like a river,and your vindication like the waves of the sea;Your descendants would be like the sand,and those born of your stock like its grains,Their name never cut offor blotted out from my presence. Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 R. (see John 8:12) Those who...
  • Australian child abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession, voluntary celibacy for clergy

    12/14/2017 7:47:18 PM PST · by BusterDog · 10 replies
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia should introduce a law forcing religious leaders to report child abuse, including Catholic priests who are told of abuse in the confessional, according to a report into institutional child abuse released on Friday.
  • Muslims at Catholic School Grouse About Christmas Decorations

    12/14/2017 1:28:12 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | Dec. 14, 2017 | Moonbattery
    It turns out Muslims in the USA really are oppressed after all. How would you like to come over from the Middle East and attend an explicitly Catholic school like Loyola University Chicago, only to discover that Christmas is treated as if it were somehow a bigger deal than Islamic holidays, despite 5% of the students being Muslim? Sajedah Al-khzaleh grouses in the student paper that “there is a lack of public festivity compared to Christmas.” Sajid Ahmed, prayer coordinator for the terrorism-associated Muslim Students Association, says he “wishes Muslim holidays were just as prominent.” No worries; P.C. educrats are...
  • A Mysterious Word in the Lord’s Prayer

    12/14/2017 7:43:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Mysterious Word in the Lord’s Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • December 13, 2017 • Pope Francis recently made news by indicating a preference for translating the phrase “lead us not into temptation” as “do not let us fall into temptation.” He did not say that the English rendering should be changed, only that He was supportive of a recent similar change made to the French translation. I have written on that issue here, but in this post I would like to explore another difficult element in the Our Father.Within the Lord’s prayer is a mysterious word about which...
  • Church of Holy Sepulchre disavows keymaster’s Pence ‘boycott’

    12/13/2017 9:49:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 13 December 2017, 6:39 pm | Dov Lieber
    Officials at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Wednesday dismissed the significance of a letter written by the site’s Muslim keyholder in which he vowed not to receive US Vice President Mike Pence as irrelevant, since the man is not an official of the church and does not represent it. A spokeswoman for Pence, who is due next week, said the vice president has not reached out to plan a visit to the church at this stage, and a church official said no visit had yet been planned. Adeeb Jowdeh al-Husseini, the Custodian of the Keys to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-14-17, M, St. John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor/Church

    12/13/2017 8:55:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 12-14-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2017 Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 41:13-20 I am the LORD, your God,who grasp your right hand;It is I who say to you, "Fear not,I will help you."Fear not, O worm Jacob,O maggot Israel;I will help you, says the LORD;your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.I will make of you a threshing sledge,sharp, new, and double-edged,To thresh the mountains and crush them,to make the hills like chaff.When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them offand the storm shall scatter them.But you shall rejoice in...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Veronica Giuliani, 07-10-17

    12/13/2017 11:41:08 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Statue of Saint Veronica Giuliani | Mercatello sul Metauro, Marches, Italie | photo by Adri08Saint Veronica Giuliani Saint of the Day for July 10 (December 27, 1660 – July 9, 1727)  Saint Veronica Giuliani’s Story Veronica’s desire to be like Christ crucified was answered with the stigmata.Veronica was born in Mercatelli, Italy. It is said that when her mother Benedetta was dying she called her five daughters to her bedside and entrusted each of them to one of the five wounds of Jesus. Veronica was entrusted to the wound below Christ’s heart.At the age...
  • Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions, 07-09-17

    12/13/2017 11:36:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 07-09-17 | Fr. Don Miller, OFM
    Fr. Don Miller, OFM Image: Stained glass window of Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and companions | The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception | photo by hugo poon Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions Saint of the Day for July 9 (d. 1648 – 1930)  Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions’ Story Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria in the 600s. Depending on China’s relations with the outside world, Christianity over the centuries was free to grow or was forced to operate secretly.The 120 martyrs in this group died between 1648 and 1930. Eighty-seven of...
  • Look for Christ in Advent and Do Not Be Dismayed

    12/13/2017 8:39:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Look for Christ in Advent and Do Not Be Dismayed Msgr. Charles Pope • December 12, 2017 • Wedding at Cana, “Do whatever he tells you.”During Advent we are reminded to look to Christ and ask for His presence in our life so that we can become deeper, brighter, and richer by His grace. One of our unfortunate tendencies is to be dismayed by the world around us. We must be soberly aware of both the events and conditions in our world—sober, not drunk with excessive attention on 24/7 news feeds.In our spiritual lives, too, we ought to be...
  • Metro Allows Ads From Pro-Abortion Group Denies Ad Celebrating Christmas and Jesus’ Birth

    12/13/2017 6:52:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Dec. 12, 2017 | Tony Perkins
    When it comes to advertising on the D.C. metro, free speech is in for a bumpy ride. In a classic case of viewpoint discrimination, a federal judge is siding with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for turning down ad space to the Catholic Church. WMATA defended the move by saying it bans “religious, political, or advocacy” messages (depending on who’s defining them, apparently, since the Human Rights Campaign still enjoys a prominent space in the subway’s line-up). Even so, the Archdiocese of Washington complains, nothing about their message was overtly spiritual. The scene is three wise men, two...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-17, M, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2017 8:39:17 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 12-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2017 Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Is 40:25-31 To whom can you liken me as an equal?says the Holy One.Lift up your eyes on highand see who has created these things:He leads out their army and numbers them,calling them all by name.By his great might and the strength of his powernot one of them is missing!Why, O Jacob, do you say,and declare, O Israel,"My way is hidden from the LORD,and my right is disregarded by my God"? Do you not knowor have you not heard?The LORD is the eternal God,creator of the ends...
  • On The Hidden Mercy of the Tilma of Guadalupe

    12/12/2017 9:05:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On The Hidden Mercy of the Tilma of Guadalupe Msgr. Charles Pope • December 11, 2017 • On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, it is a chance for us to rejoice in the great mercy of our divine Lord and our blessed Lady. I am drawn to mediate on the miraculous quality of our Lady’s eyes on the tilma.As many of you know, recent discoveries using modern magnification and ophthalmological equipment have shown the seemingly miraculous reflection of as many as a dozen persons in her eyes. How such tiny and accurate reflections could occur in both...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-17, FEAST, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2017 8:04:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 12-12-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2017 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. Or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab...
  • Walking Toward the Light in Advent

    12/11/2017 8:46:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Walking Toward the Light in Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 10, 2017 • Many people think of Advent merely in terms of pre-Christmas activities: office parties, shopping, decorating, and so forth. In the Church, though, Advent is something of a penitential period, a time of preparation for both the Christmas Feast and the Second Coming of the Lord. The purple vestments represent penance. The faithful are encouraged to go to Confession and the liturgical texts and readings emphasize readying for the coming of the Lord.The theme of preparation (and much of the season itself) is couched in the...