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  • Catholic Leaders and Scientists Urge Reform After Vatican Hosts Population Control Advocates

    11/24/2017 6:29:38 PM PST · by marshmallow
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/20/17 | Lisa Bourne
    ROME, November 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A group of prominent scientists and lay Catholic leaders is calling on the Holy See to reform its administration of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS), denouncing the influence that population control advocates are having at those Academies’ events. In a 12-page statement issued today, the signers detail how many prominent organizers and speakers at Academy conferences have a consistent record of advocating for methods of population control, including abortion, contraception and sterilization, in direct contravention of clear Catholic moral teaching. “At the very heart of...
  • Italian Professor Under Fire for Praying ‘Hail Mary’ in Class

    11/24/2017 6:23:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/1/17 | Julian Freitag
    Professor Clara Ferranti now target of the LeftA Catholic professor in Italy is facing strong backlash for doing the unthinkable in modern society: briefly interrupting a lesson to ask her Catholic students to join her in praying a "Hail Mary."Professor of Linguistics Clara Ferranti at the University of Macerata took the occasion of the national Rosary rally organized by the Italian Marian Association on October 13 (the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of Fatima) to encourage students to pray. The whole deed lasted less than 30 seconds, but the controversy that arose may have consequences for many months to come....
  • Cardinal Burke on the Rule of Faith

    11/24/2017 6:17:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 11/18/17 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Raymond Cardinal Burke gave a powerful interview to Edwin Pentin of the National Catholic Register earlier this week. He explained why he continues to seek authoritative clarity on the meaning of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL) by asking Pope Francis to respond to the five dubia that he and three other cardinals submitted well over a year ago. Cardinal Burke spoke about a problem with AL’s opening up of exceptions (footnote 351) to the Church’s refusal to admit divorced and remarried Catholics to the reception of Holy Communion. The main problem, he believes, concerns our understanding of the nature...
  • The Comeback of the Peripheries. "La Civiltŕ Cattolica" Also Rages Against Cardinal Sarah

    11/24/2017 6:10:47 PM PST · by marshmallow
    L'Espresso ^ | 11/18/17 | Sandro Magister
    After Francis’s public reprimand of Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the congregation for divine worship, there is no longer any doubt about the pope’s real intentions concerning translations of Latin-rite texts into the modern languages, completely delegated to the national churches, with Vatican approval reduced to a pure formality. But to add insult to injury - plus sarcasm toward those presumed to be backward - right on cue comes “La Civiltŕ Cattolica,” which has long stood out as the “house organ” of Santa Marta. In its latest issue, the historic magazine of the Jesuits directed by Fr. Antonio Spadaro has...
  • Dublin priest blasts Church for lack of training in exorcisms

    11/24/2017 3:33:22 PM PST · by tired&retired · 5 replies
    Dublin Live ^ | November 24, 2017 | LYNNE KELLEHER
    Ireland’s most prominent exorcist has accused the church of abandoning its flock by failing to train priests in the religious practice of demon hunting. In a special RTE Would You Believe documentary about evil, Fr Pat Collins, who is also a trained psychologist, claims he has experience in dealing with demonic spirits. “The Church is rightfully admitting its sinfulness in child sex abuse, that we did not defend children. Now it has all the safeguarding measures and that’s excellent," he said. “But it appals me that we have no safeguarding from the evil spirits. “I say that in the sense...
  • [Catholic Caucus] PETITION: Remove the ‘crucified cow’ on display in Catholic church

    11/24/2017 2:13:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Life Petitions ^ | November 23, 2017 | Life Petitions
    A “crucified cow” has been erected as “art” at the center of a consecrated Catholic church in the Belgian town of Borgloon. Local Catholics are urging the local bishop to have it removed and offer public prayers of reparation, but so far it has remained in place.The “art” exhibit by Tom Herck is to be displayed until early December in the small parish church of Saint John the Baptist.The “artist” went through the grueling process of actually nailing the 500 kg corpse of a cow to a cross before covering it with silicone paint. The cow on the cross,...
  • Pope: Being Faithful Involves the Capacity for Change

    11/24/2017 1:09:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Zenit ^ | November 24, 2017 | Zenit staff
    “Being faithful involves the capacity for change,” Pope Francis said November 23, 2017, in a video message for 7th Festival of the Social Doctrine of the Church.The festival runs November 23-26 in Verona, with the theme “Fidelity is Change.”“The Word of God helps us to distinguish between the two “faces” of change: the first is trust, hope, openness to the new; the second is the difficulty of leaving certainties to head for the unknown,” the Holy Father said. He continued: “Indeed, it makes us feel calmer to stay in our enclosure, to conserve, to repeat the usual words and gestures...
  • Pope, “Those who foment fear for political ends are sowing violence”

    11/24/2017 11:04:16 AM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    La Stampa / Vatican Insider ^ | November 24, 2017 | Salvatore Cernuzio
    Addressing, once again, the 250 million migrants and 22.5 million refugees all over the world, Pope Francis sends his message for the 51st World Day of Peace to be celebrated on January 1,2018, condemning the “rhetoric”, widely diffused in many destination countries which “decries the risks posed to national security or the high cost of welcoming new arrivals”, and by doing so demeans the human dignity due to all as sons and daughters of God.”    Bergoglio is clear, “Those who, for what may be political reasons, foment fear of migrants instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination...
  • Sacrifice and Worship

    11/24/2017 7:48:50 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 11-21-2017 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    In the 1970’s, the BBC did a series, “The Long Search,” in which Ronald Eyre explored various religions. To my mind, it remains the best such series I’ve seen. When it came to Christianity, the series wisely presented three separate treatments: the Orthodox, the Catholics and Protestants. In its program on Orthodoxy, Eyre traveled to Romania, which was then under the boot of Ceausescu and official “atheism.” The persecution only allowed the Church to shine brighter in Eyre’s examination. The Patriarchate assigned one of its spokespersons to accompany and guide the filmmaker.In an early conversation, Eyre asks a particular question...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    11/24/2017 7:25:18 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 24 (NKJV)Do Not Envy Evil Men 01 Do not be envious of evil men, 00 Nor desire to be with them; 02 For their heart devises violence, 00 And their lips talk of troublemaking. 03 Through wisdom a house is built, 00 And by understanding it is established; 04 By knowledge the rooms are filled 00 With all precious and pleasant riches. 05 A wise man is strong, 00 Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 06 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, 00 And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 07...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(11/24/17)[Prayer]

    11/24/2017 6:34:24 AM PST · by left that other site · 11 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 11/24/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of God

Desire of All Nations (Old Testament) Haggai 2 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. (End of Scripture Passage) 

Desire of All Nations Although the Name "DESIRE OF NATIONS" only appears in the KJV and the NKJV translations, (Other translations translate it as "That which is desired" or "Desirable"), It is a Wonderful Descriptive Name For the Lord. In Haggai, the Name is used in Connection with...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Accompanying, Discerning, Integrating Weakness

    11/24/2017 5:45:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    L'Osservatore Romano ^ | November 21, 2017 | Cardinal Marc Oullet
    Should we be worried that a Jesuit Pope is offering, as a pastoral approach for the whole Church, the experience of the charism of accompaniment and discernment developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises ? This charism, which has been widely recognized and celebrated for centuries, is implemented effectively in the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, especially in chapter 8 dealing with the journeys of persons in situations deemed “irregular”. [1] For us bishops we find here a vast open field for the “pastoral conversion” that Francis has promoted since his flagship Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium of 2013 which...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John of the Cross, Confessor (Gueranger)

    11/24/2017 1:42:00 AM PST · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    White Double LET US go with the Church to Mount Carmel, and offer our grateful homage to John of the Cross, who, following in the footsteps of Teresa of Jesus, opened a safe way to souls seeking God. The growing disinclination of the people for social prayer was threatening the irreparable destruction of piety, when in the sixteenth century the divine goodness raised up Saints, whose teaching and holiness responded to the needs of the new times. Doctrine does not change: the asceticism and mysticism of that age transmitted to the succeeding centuries the echo of those that had...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-24-17, M, St. Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest & Companions, Martyrs

    11/23/2017 10:37:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies ^ | 11-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    November 24, 2017 Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs Reading 1 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59 Judas and his brothers said,"Now that our enemies have been crushed,let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it."So the whole army assembled, and went up to Mount Zion. Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month,that is, the month of Chislev,in the year one hundred and forty-eight,they arose and offered sacrifice according to the lawon the new altar of burnt offerings that they had made. On the anniversary of the day on which the...
  • Please pray for my Father-in-law.

    11/23/2017 9:48:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    Free Republic | November 23, 2017 | 2ndDivisionVet
    Please pray for my father-in-law Ed, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given three months to live earlier in the week. That is why we were not at Thanksgiving today. Ed is a lifelong Catholic but I invite everyone to pray for him. Thank you.

    11/23/2017 8:44:28 PM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 43 replies
    Tablet ^ | November 22, 2017 | Jenna Weissman Joselit
    No sooner had it become a national holiday than America’s Jews took to its growing repertoire of rituals with gusto. Thanksgiving was a day in which “all classes and masses participated and delivered the same Yankee Doodle with slight variations,” observed one San Francisco Jew in 1884. Much like their neighbors, America’s Jewish citizens prepared a sumptuous repast at home and saw to it that the underprivileged among them, especially those of their coreligionists in orphanages and old-age homes, were treated to a turkey with all the trimmings. [snip] Focusing on what they had in common rather than on the...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - (11/24/2017) [Prayer]

    11/23/2017 8:42:58 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 28 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 24 November 2017 | NEWwoman
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Heroes and Nation Prayer Thread” have combined to form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL prayer thread! Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. November – Native American Heritage Month Nez Perce, The Lord's Prayer: Chief Shatka Bear Step offers the...
  • Redefining Deviance: The Gay Assault on Franciscan University

    11/23/2017 5:33:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11/13/17 | Anne Hendershott
    The success that the gay community has achieved in shedding the “deviant” label has relied upon convincing the heterosexual world that homosexual behavior is perfectly normal. The recent uproar over a social work course titled “Deviant Behavior” at Franciscan University of Steubenville—which lists homosexuality as a form of deviant behavior—demonstrates just how vigilant the gay community remains in confronting anyone who might suggest that homosexual behavior could be anything but normal. It also shows how difficult it is for faithful Catholic institutions to teach students what the Church says about the nature of homosexual acts. The dispute at the Steubenville,...
  • Wojtyla, the “Islamist” Invasion and Those Words Spoken to Bush Jr.

    11/23/2017 5:27:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/21/17 | Andrea Tornielli
    Monsignor Longhi’s confidence, which ended up on YouTube, stirs discussion. The prelate tells Vatican Insider about John Paul II’s words to the US President, “At the feet of this idol you call security, you want to sacrifice all human dignity”Saint John Paul II was a mystic, “he dialogued” with Our Lady and had prophetic visions. One of these visions has to do with the future of Europe and a potential “Islamist invasion”. But there is also talk of a war that “will not be between religions”. And of a strong sentence pronounced by the Pope to American President George Bush...
  • Russian Church to Decide How Many Marriages to Allow

    11/23/2017 5:22:02 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 11/23/17
    On the agenda of the upcoming session of the Council of Bishops is the question of how many times the Church should bless the faithful to marry, as Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Nikolai Balashov stated in a recent press conference, RIA-Novosti reports. “How many times is it allowable to marry, and should only marriages blessed with a Church wedding be counted, or also those that were concluded in the civil order, in the registry office? There is no clear answer in current ecclesiastical law, and as for how to interpret the canonical norms we...