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  • Proverbs to Ponder

    02/22/2017 9:57:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-17 | Thomas Moses
    Proverbs to Ponder Msgr. Charles Pope • February 21, 2017 • In the Divine Office last week, we read from the Book of Proverbs; in this week’s Masses we are reading from Sirach. Both of these books are part of the Wisdom Tradition.Today, I’ll be reviewing a few of the sayings from Proverbs, but before doing so, I’d like to explain the use of the word fool (as contrasted with wise one) in the Wisdom Tradition. Without a richer understanding of the term fool, it is possible to interpret its use as a mere ad hominem attack.To the modern...
  • Trinity prez: Conway complicit in Trump's 'war on immigrants'

    02/22/2017 8:24:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | February 22, 2017 | Autumn Price
    The President of Trinity College in Washington D.C. is heavily criticizing not only President Trump, but prominent alumna and donor Kellyanne Conway, as well. According to Inside Higher Ed, President Patricia McGuire blasted Trump and Conway in a blog post on the colleges website concerning Lies and the Truths We Must Tell, accusing Conway of helping to facilitate the administrations use of deliberately misleading statements
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-17, FEAST, The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

    02/21/2017 9:47:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2017 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6R. (1) The...
  • Two Presidents at Prayer

    02/21/2017 7:05:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Presidents at Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • February 20, 2017 • We live in an age of often strident secularism. If a religious utterance is made by a government official (or it would seem, even a First Lady) a loud cry goes up from an increasingly hostile minority. The platitude about “Separation of Church and State” is usually bandied about, a phrase that does not even appear in the Constitution.Free Exercise clause – It is true that the First Amendment decrees that Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion, but it also specifies that it...
  • Ecumenism is everybodys responsibility . . . Christian Unity . . . service

    02/21/2017 1:10:02 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 4 replies
    The Catholic Sun ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Tony Gutirrez
    Ecumenism is everybodys responsibility. That was the message shared by two nationally-renown speakers at the annual Prayer for Christian Unity, held Jan. 23 this year at St. Marys Basilica. Fr. John Crossin, OSFS, and the Rev. Lowell Almen from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, both members of the U.S. Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, each reflected on the ecumenical progress that has been made. The presentations served as the homily for the annual prayer service which is sponsored by the Arizona Faith Network. The theme this year was Toward Greater Communion: Reflecting on the Reformation after 500 years, ahead of the 500th...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-17, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    02/20/2017 10:11:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2017 Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 2:1-11My son, when you come to serve the LORD,stand in justice and fear,prepare yourself for trials.Be sincere of heart and steadfast,incline your ear and receive the word of understanding,undisturbed in time of adversity.Wait on God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not;thus will you be wise in all your ways.Accept whatever befalls you,when sorrowful, be steadfast,and in crushing misfortune be patient;For in fire gold and silver are tested,and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.Trust God and God will help you;trust in him, and...
  • Why Does God Make Us Wait?

    02/20/2017 8:08:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-19-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Does God Make Us Wait? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 19, 2017 • One of the most common frustrations in the spiritual life is the fact that God often makes us wait. Many of our requests are made with an elevated sense of urgency. Frankly, we are in a big hurry about many things—but God is not. Although He could fix every problem in an instant, He does not, and He has His reasons for this.While the reasons for God’s delay may be somewhat mysterious, we can certainly understand some of them. For example, any parent knows that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-20-17

    02/19/2017 7:55:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 20, 2017 Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 1:1-10All wisdom comes from the LORDand with him it remains forever, and is before all timeThe sand of the seashore, the drops of rain,the days of eternity: who can number these?Heaven's height, earth's breadth,the depths of the abyss: who can explore these?Before all things else wisdom was created;and prudent understanding, from eternity.The word of God on high is the fountain of wisdomand her ways are everlasting.To whom has wisdom's root been revealed?Who knows her subtleties?To whom has the discipline of wisdom been revealed?And who has...
  • The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me - A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year

    02/19/2017 7:30:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cycle of Hatred and Retribution Ends with Me - A Homily for the 7th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • February 18, 2017 • In today’s Gospel the Lord is teaching us, by His grace, to break the cycle of hatred and retribution. When someone harms me I may well become angry, and in my anger seek to get back at the offender. If I do that, though, then Satan has earned a second victory and brought the anger and retribution to a higher level. Most likely, the one who originally harmed me will then take...
  • President Donald J. Trump Recognizes National Catholic Schools Week

    02/19/2017 5:13:59 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    White House ^ | February 03, 2017 | Donald J. Trump
    Today, the President issued a letter recognizing National Catholic Schools Week. THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON February 3, 2017 In recognition of National Catholic Schools Week, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of the dedicated Catholic school administrators, teachers, priests, and support organizations who work tirelessly to build and sustain quality Catholic schools across the Nation. The theme of this years National Catholic Schools Week is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service. I appreciate the many ways in which Catholic schools nurture devotion, impart wisdom, and minister to the 2 million students who enter...
  • Join Bishop David Zubik at a prayer service with immigrants and refugees

    02/18/2017 7:38:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Becoming One-Standing Together, is an interfaith gathering of prayer and celebration with immigrants, refugees, and allies. This worship event will take place on Monday, February 20 at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict the Moor Roman Catholic Church, 1500 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219. It will bring together leaders from faith communities who will lead prayers and read sacred scriptures, as well as immigrants and refugees who will tell their personal stories.
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-19-17, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/18/2017 9:49:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-19-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 19, 2017 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 17-18The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not bear hatred for your brother or sister in your heart.Though you may have to reprove your fellow citizen,do not incur sin because of him.Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against any of your people.You shall love your neighbor as yourself.I am the LORD." Responsorial Psalm Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.Bless the LORD, O...
  • Norma McCorvey, Roe in Roe v. Wade, Is Dead at 69

    02/18/2017 5:52:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    ny times ^ | Feb. 18, 2017 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States, reshaping the nations social and political landscapes and inflaming one of the most divisive controversies of the past half-century, died on Saturday in Katy, Tex. She was 69. Ms. McCorvey died of heart failure in an assisted-living home, said Joshua Prager, a New York journalist who has written about her for Vanity Fair and is working on a book about the Roe v. Wade decision.
  • Grace of the Spirit

    02/18/2017 9:16:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 02-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Grace of the Spirit The key difference in people of the Old and New Testaments is that the Holy Spirit now dwells in us Msgr. Charles Pope Question: I was asked the other day how people who lived in Old Testament times were really any different from New Testament Christians. We seem just as sinful and foolish, but also as virtuous as they were. I did not know how to answer this. What is the basic difference?— Stewart Johnson, via email Answer: The essential difference is grace. The Prophet Ezekiel records God’s promise to ancient Israel: “I will sprinkle clean...
  • 7 Powerful Ways to Pray for Christians Suffering in the Middle East

    08/11/2014 1:29:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Churchpop ^ | August 12, 2014
    Beheadings. Crucifixions. Thousands of refugees.It can seem hopeless reading these news reports of violence and persecution of Christians in the Middle East from afar. Is there anything we can do?Yes, and fortunately it’s one of the most powerful: prayer.There are obviously many ways to pray, and any prayer made in the name of Jesus is powerful. This is just a list of prayers that may be particularly effective or relevant to this situation.Some of the things listed here may make more sense for Christians who are part of older, more liturgical traditions (Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, etc.). But even if these...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-17

    02/17/2017 8:47:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-18-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2017 Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Heb 11:1-7Brothers and sisters:Faith is the realization of what is hoped forand evidence of things not seen.Because of it the ancients were well attested.By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice greater than Cain's.Through this, he was attested to be righteous,God bearing witness to his gifts,and through this, though dead, he still speaks.By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not...
  • Did Noah Really Live to Be 950?

    02/17/2017 7:30:35 AM PST · by Salvation · 106 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Did Noah Really Live to Be 950? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 16, 2017 • I occasionally get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider the ages at which these figures purportedly died: Adam – 930Seth – 912Enosh – 905Jared – 962Methuselah – 969Noah – 950Shem – 600Eber – 464Abraham – 175Moses – 120David – 70 How should we understand these references? Many theories have been proposed to explain the claimed longevity. Some use a mathematical corrective, but this leads to other pitfalls such as certain patriarchs apparently begetting children...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-17-17, OM, Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

    02/16/2017 9:18:50 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 17, 2017 Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 11:1-9The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,"Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire."They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so make a name for ourselves;otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth." The LORD came...
  • New Pew Center Poll Shows Improving Attitudes Toward Catholics and All Faith Groups

    02/16/2017 8:41:39 PM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    NCR ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Kathy Schiffer
    They like me, they really like me! A poll released by the Pew Research Center on February 15 reveals that Americans' attitudes toward people of faith have improved in just three years and that Jews and Catholics are especially well regarded by people of all faiths. Pew's survey of U.S. adults titled Americans Express Increasingly Warm Feelings Toward Religious Groups was conducted on January 9-23, 2017. The American Trends Panel's survey participants included both Republicans and Democrats, men and women, younger and older Americans. The respondents were asked to rate various religious groups on a feeling thermometer,...
  • Bishop to Pro-Abortion Politicians: You Cant Publicly be Catholic While Promoting Abortion

    02/16/2017 3:33:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Catholic bishop of Albany, New York did not spare any criticism this week for politicians who support abortion and claim to be practicing Catholics. Bishop Edward Scharfenbergers statement on Monday came in response to the national debate about defunding the abortion business Planned Parenthood, according to the Church Militant. Three politicians who represent his area and claim to be Catholic attended a pro-Planned Parenthood rallies last weekend, the report continued. Scharfenberger did not mention any names in his statement Monday, but he did criticize politicians who ignore the plight of unborn babies and biblical teachings about the sanctity of...
  • Knights of Malta Chief Says It Was Burke Who Asked Official to Resign

    02/16/2017 5:19:33 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | February 15, 2017 | Austen Ivereigh
    In an interview with an Austrian newspaper, the acting head of the Order of Malta has described being present at the meeting where the Grand Chancellor was asked to resign -- and that it was American Cardinal Raymond Burke, not the Grand Master, who made the request. The Knights of Malta’s chaplain, the pope’s arch-critic American Cardinal Raymond Burke, not its Grand Master, was the one who asked the order’s Grand Chancellor to resign, according to the Knights’ acting head.Ludwing Hoffmann von Rumerstein, who is Austrian, was present at a meeting on December 6 in which the Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Von Boeselager, was...
  • Two Pictures of Patience

    02/16/2017 8:41:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Pictures of Patience Msgr. Charles Pope • February 15, 2017 • The readings from Mass yesterday (Wednesday of the 6th Week of the Year) give two helpful images that call us to patience. Patience is a virtue through which we are willing to endure as we look for something better that will come to pass. The word comes from the Latin patior, which means “to suffer.” Thus the virtue of patience is the capacity or willingness to suffer some difficulty for a greater good rather than for immediate satisfaction. For example, we might be annoyed at someone’s behavior...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-16-17

    02/15/2017 8:30:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-16-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 16, 2017 Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 9:1-13God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them:"Be fertile and multiply and fill the earth.Dread fear of you shall come upon all the animals of the earthand all the birds of the air,upon all the creatures that move about on the groundand all the fishes of the sea;into your power they are delivered. Every creature that is alive shall be yours to eat;I give them all to you as I did the green plants. Only flesh with its lifeblood still in it you...
  • Clarifications on the Biblical Flood Narrative

    02/15/2017 9:40:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Clarifications on the Biblical Flood Narrative Msgr. Charles Pope • February 14, 2017 • As we read the flood story in Tuesday’s daily Mass, I feel that a few clarifications are in order.While we are not required as Catholics to interpret every detail of the flood story literally, there does seem to be some evidence (preserved in many ancient cultures) of a flood or “mega event” that drastically reduced the size of the human race. In addition, genetic, geological, and anthropological information point to a period some 70,000 years ago during which humans almost vanished from the planet [*].How...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-15-17

    02/14/2017 8:53:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-15-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 15, 2017 Wednesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 8:6-13, 20-22At the end of forty days Noah opened the hatch he had made in the ark,and he sent out a raven,to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.It flew back and forth until the waters dried off from the earth.Then he sent out a dove,to see if the waters had lessened on the earth.But the dove could find no place to alight and perch,and it returned to him in the ark,for there was water all over the earth.Putting out his hand, he...
  • The Ex-Anglicans of America Say No To Communion for the Divorced and Remarried

    02/14/2017 2:47:44 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 17 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 14, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    Pope Francis has never liked the Anglicans who become Catholic. He prefers that they stay where they are, and has said so. Meanwhile, however, he has received as a legacy from his predecessor, Benedict XVI, a special ordinariate set up in 2012, which takes care of none other than the faithful of the Unites States and Canada who have converted from Anglicanism.This ordinariate goes by the name of the Chair of Saint Peter and operates as an immense diocese headquartered in Houston, Texas. It is in charge of more than forty parishes. Its liturgies enshrine the Anglican tradition, which is...
  • How Is Adams Sin Different from Eves?

    02/14/2017 7:36:56 AM PST · by Salvation · 60 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Is Adam’s Sin Different from Eve’s? Msgr. Charles Pope • February 13, 2017 • In yesterday’s post, we explored the details of original sin and learned that there are subtleties and stages to it that can teach us something. Original sin was more than eating a piece of fruit; there were things that led up to it, both externally and internally.I also mentioned that it was worth exploring how the sacred text speaks of the “Sin of Adam” and differentiates it to some extent from the sin that Eve commits. Biblically, original sin is properly denoted as the...
  • Rorate Caeli: It is More Likely Than Not That Francis is a Formal Heretic

    02/14/2017 3:01:34 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | February 12, 2017 | Mahound
    All sorts of rumors are now swirling about current events in the Church: Cardinal Burke has been cancelling engagements. Why?Cardinal Muller has resigned from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Was he forced or was it voluntary?A formal correction of the Pope has already been made in private and is about to become public.The Pope and his allies are intending to radically revamp the Novus Ordo Mass to make it even more amenable to Protestants and others.And these come against the background of significant public events and incidents: The official and public endorsement of a heretical understanding of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-14-17, M, Sts. Cyril, Monk and Methodius, Bishop

    02/13/2017 11:04:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-14-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 14, 2017 Memorial of Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop Reading 1 Gn 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10When the LORD saw how great was man's wickedness on earth,and how no desire that his heart conceivedwas ever anything but evil,he regretted that he had made man on the earth,and his heart was grieved. So the LORD said:"I will wipe out from the earth the men whom I have created,and not only the men,but also the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air,for I am sorry that I made them."But Noah found favor with the LORD. Then the...
  • The Anatomy of Original Sin

    02/13/2017 8:16:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Anatomy of Original Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • February 12, 2017 • Last week we explored the creation accounts of Genesis, finishing with the account of original sin, that committed by Adam and Eve. Today and tomorrow I’d like to examine original sin more closely. Today, I’ll present the stages of sin that are manifested in Adam’s and Eve’s struggle.Many tend to describe original sin merely as the eating of a forbidden fruit. While this accurate, it is incomplete and leads many to wonder why all this trouble came just from eating a piece of fruit. I believe...
  • Interview with Bernard Janzen about Fr Malachi Martin's Message for our Times [Catholic Caucus]

    02/13/2017 12:58:58 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | February 13, 2017 | Jason Kippen
    I had the honour of interviewing Bernard Janzen, a Canadian Catholic Journalist who during the 1990’s conducted a series of interviews with Fr. Malachi Martin regarding the state of the Catholic Church and the world at the time.  The talks are incredibly interesting and show the great faith that both men have in Our Lord Jesus and His Church.   While many churchmen during that time had been leading a “reform” of the Church; Martin and Janzen were expounding the school of thought that Vatican II had gone too far with its subsequent initiatives and the so-called “spirit” of the Council...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-13-17

    02/12/2017 9:06:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-13-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 13, 2017 Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 4:1-15, 25The man had relations with his wife Eve,and she conceived and bore Cain, saying,"I have produced a man with the help of the LORD."Next she bore his brother Abel.Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil.In the course of time Cain brought an offering to the LORDfrom the fruit of the soil,while Abel, for his part,brought one of the best firstlings of his flock.The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,but on Cain and his offering he...
  • A Slide Show of Sanctity - A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

    02/12/2017 7:30:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Slide Show of Sanctity - A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • February 11, 2017 • The Gospel for Sunday’s Mass is from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), specifically 5:17-37. In a way the Lord is drawing a picture for us of the transformed human person. He is presenting a kind of slide show of what sanctity really is. In understanding this rather lengthy text we do well to reflect on it in three parts. I. The Power of New Life in Christ – We have discussed before that an...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-12-17, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    02/11/2017 9:47:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-12-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 12, 2017 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 15:15-20If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you;if you trust in God, you too shall live;he has set before you fire and waterto whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.Before man are life and death, good and evil,whichever he chooses shall be given him.Immense is the wisdom of the Lord;he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.The eyes of God are on those who fear him;he understands man's every deed.No one does he command to act unjustly,to none does he give license to sin. Responsorial...
  • Bannon Before The Fame

    02/11/2017 9:24:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2017 | Kathryn Lopez
    I used to host a radio show with Steve Bannon. Yes, that Steve Bannon. It was a Catholic radio show, and we talked about life and faith and how you integrate the two. It aired weekly over the course of a number of months in 2012, and I do remember we had one political show around Election Day, in which we talked with Steve's friend Pat Caddell (formerly of the Jimmy Carter White House) about Catholics and the political culture of both parties. "Surreal" would seem the appropriate word as I've watched an array of successive news stories and commentaries...
  • Statue Defaced at SJ Catholic Diocese After Show of Solidarity with Muslims

    02/11/2017 10:43:08 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 10, 2017
    Hate mail and the defacing of a religious statue. Its happening at the Catholic Diocese of San Jose. And it started after a meeting with the Muslim community. Somebody chopped off the fingers off the statue of St. Joseph and the left hand off the statue of Jesus outside the office of the diocese. The vandalism happened right after the Martin Luther King holiday in January. Thats the day the bishop of San Jose met with Muslim leaders in a show of solidarity. NBC Bay Area has learned the defacing of the statue outside the diocese was accompanied by hundreds...
  • Never Say Never, as Seen in a Commercial

    02/11/2017 10:03:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Never Say Never, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • February 11, 2017 • I have met a good number of people who at one time said that they would never become Catholic yet now are; some are lay leaders in the Church and some are even priests! I have met other people who at one time said that they would never believe in God, yield to any religious instruction, or confess to “any man,” yet now they do (and teach others to do the same).Growing up I never thought that I’d become a priest; the thought...
  • Population controller who says all Catholics are terrorists coming to speak at Vatican

    02/10/2017 4:00:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 2/10/17 | Pete Baklinski
    You can imagine my shock as a Catholic when I read a passage from the father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement where he denounces faithful Catholics as terrorist[s]. Here is what pro-abort population controller Dr. Paul Ehrlich in his 2014 book Hope on Earth: A Conversation: Thus you have God-fearing people trying to maintain their rigid positions, especially trying to control the lives of women. I consider that their rigid opposition to something so basic, so critical to the future of life on Earth, as controlling reproduction to be just as unethical as any major affront to the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-11-17, OM, Our Lady of Lourdes

    02/10/2017 9:11:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-11-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 11, 2017 Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 3:9-24The LORD God called to Adam and asked him, "Where are you?"He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."The LORD God then asked the woman,"Why did you do such a thing?"The...
  • Former Catholic Priest Sentenced 30 Years Prison for Production & Distribution of Child Pornography

    02/10/2017 10:31:04 AM PST · by Perseverando · 11 replies
    U.S. Department of Justice ^ | February 8, 2017 | Office of Public Affairs
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Former Catholic Priest Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Production and Distribution of Child Pornography A former U.S. Navy Lt. Commander and ordained Catholic priest was sentenced to 30 years in prison today for charges involving the sexual exploitation of children, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Departments Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III of the District of Delaware. John Thomas Matthew Lee, 51, of Millsboro, Delaware, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leonard P. Stark...
  • Stern Love -- A Meditation on a Moment When Jesus Was Unkind

    02/10/2017 7:29:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Stern Love -- A Meditation on a Moment When Jesus Was Unkind Msgr. Charles Pope • February 9, 2017 • The Gospel for today’s Mass shocks most modern readers and perhaps a few ancient ones as well. It is the story of the Syrophoenician woman who begs Jesus to heal her daughter. But Jesus ignores and then rebuffs her. Our shock says perhaps more about our poor understanding of love than about Jesus’ terse response.For review, here is the well known passage:Jesus went to the district of Tyre.He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it,but...
  • French court rules it's OK to 'publicly promote infidelity'

    02/10/2017 4:32:24 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    A French court has ruled that extra-marital affairs dating website has the right to advertise its services and ruled that couples are not bound by the countrys civil code to be faithful to each other. The row began back in the winter of 2015 when French Catholics association sued Black Devine, the publisher's for extra-marital affairs dating site Gleeden, over some provocative adverts that promoted its services to those willing to cheat on their partners. "Contrary to anti-depressants a lover costs the Social security system nothing," read one of the bus stop adverts for Gleeden. "Being faithful to two men...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-17, M, St. Scholastica, Virgin

    02/09/2017 8:50:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-10-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2017 Memorial of Saint Scholastica, Virgin Reading 1 Gn 3:1-8Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animalsthat the LORD God had made.The serpent asked the woman,"Did God really tell you not to eatfrom any of the trees in the garden?"The woman answered the serpent:"We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;it is only about the fruit of the treein the middle of the garden that God said,'You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.'"But the serpent said to the woman:"You certainly will not die!No, God knows...
  • All Things Wise and Wonderful; All Creatures Great and Small

    02/09/2017 8:00:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    All Things Wise and Wonderful; All Creatures Great and Small Msgr. Charles Pope • February 8, 2017 • We have been reading the Genesis account of Creation in Mass, and so I’d like to ponder with you the awesome mystery of size and numbers as we look outward to all creatures great and inward to all creatures small.Outer Space: As we look out on God’s universe, we cannot even fathom how huge and magnificent it is; we cannot comprehend its immensity. If one were to make a scale model of the Milky Way galaxy and reduce each star in...
  • 17th-Century Catholic Samurai-Martyr Beatified

    02/09/2017 7:45:20 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register/CNA/EWTN News ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 | National Catholic Register
    Justo Takayama Ukon was an example of ‘great fidelity to the Christian vocation.’ CNA/EWTN News TOKYO, Japan — A 17th-century Catholic Samurai and martyr was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan, on Tuesday. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the beatification Mass of Justo Takayama Ukon, who was declared a martyr by Pope Francis in January last year. Takayama Ukon was born in 1552 in Japan during the time when Jesuit missionaries were being introduced within the country. By the time Takayama was 12, his father had converted to Catholicism...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-09-17

    02/08/2017 10:35:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-09-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 9, 2017 Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 2:18-25The LORD God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone.I will make a suitable partner for him."So the LORD God formed out of the groundvarious wild animals and various birds of the air,and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;whatever the man called each of them would be its name.The man gave names to all the cattle,all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals;but none proved to be the suitable partner for...
  • Milo Yiannopoulos: The Leading Catholic Guilt Evangelist

    02/08/2017 4:01:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | 26 January, 2017 | Martin Hughes
    Image via OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS under CCL 2.0Ive found it strange that so many atheists even many anti-theists strive toprotect and hail Milo Yiannapoulos, considering the fact that Milo is the leading Catholic evangelist of the modern era. It can be difficult to see this, due to what is, on the surface, an irreverent provocateur image. But a look at what Milo actually criticizes, what he extols, and when shows that he is very strategic about a completely different agenda: reinforcing Catholic guilt.One of the reasons that people say he cant be a serious Catholic is his own...
  • On Church-speak and the Tendency to be Obscure

    02/08/2017 8:45:15 AM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-07-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On “Church-speak” and the Tendency to be Obscure Msgr. Charles Pope • February 7, 2017 • /a> Many groups have a tendency to use words that make sense to their members but are unintelligible to outsiders. I have sometimes had to decode “Church-speak” for recent converts.For example, one time I proudly announced, “RCIA classes will begin next week, so if you know anyone who is interested in attending please fill out an information card on the table just outside the sacristy door.” I thought I’d been perfectly clear, but then a new member approached me after Mass to inquire...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-08-17, OM, St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

    02/07/2017 9:11:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-08-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 8, 2017 Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Gn 2:4b-9, 15-17At the time when the LORD God made the earth and the heavenswhile as yet there was no field shrub on earthand no grass of the field had sprouted,for the LORD God had sent no rain upon the earthand there was no man to till the soil, but a stream was welling up out of the earthand was watering all the surface of the groundthe LORD God formed man out of the clay of the groundand blew into his nostrils the breath of life,and...
  • Lessons from Thomas Aquinas for President Trump

    02/07/2017 7:45:11 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Feb 3, 2017 | Joseph Pearce
    What would Thomas Aquinas, in his wisdom, say about President Trumps executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim countries, in terms of its justness and conformity to right reason? I am grateful to The Imaginative Conservative for publishing Fr. Dwight Longeneckers reasoned defence of President Trumps executive order placing a ninety day moratorium on immigration from countries deemed to pose a terrorist threat to the United States.I am grateful also for a recent essay by John Horvat II in which Mr. Horvat discusses what Thomas Aquinas says on the thorny topic of immigration.[1] Both of these essayshave served as...