Pope Francis: Rigid People Are Sick

A person who is rigid in many cases conceals a "double life", lacks the freedom of God's children and needs the Lord's help, Pope says in morning homily.

10/24/2016 Comments (80)

Pope Francis preaching in Casa Santa Marta this morning.


Pope Francis again returned to the theme of rigidity today, saying those who unbendingly follow the law of God are "sick" and in need of the Lord’s help.

In his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta, the Pope drew on today’s Gospel reading from Matthew in which Jesus’ healing of a crippled woman angered the Pharisees, leading him to denounce the leaders of the synagogue as “hypocrites”.

This is an accusation Jesus often makes to those who follow the Law with rigidity, the Pope said. “The Law was not drawn up to enslave us but to set us free, to make us God’s children”, he said.

From Vatican Radio:

Concealed by rigidity, Pope Francis said, there is always something else! That’s why Jesus...READ MORE

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If We Want Better Bishops First Look at Our Seminaries, Problems with Christian Film and More Links!

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10/24/2016 Comment

Click on If We Want Better Bishops We Must First Look at Our Seminaries by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith of Catholic Herald link to read more.

If We Want Better Bishops We Must First Look at Our Seminaries – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Mark Wahlberg Planning Biopic of Ex-Boxer Who Became a Beloved Priest – Catholic Herald

Pre-Tridentine Ambrosian Breviary Online – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Memes Every Catholic Should Always Have on Hand - Doug Johnson, epicPew

On Allowing the Unworthy Reception of the Eucharist – Julia Meloni, Crisis Magazine

More Catholic Schools are Making the Switch to Classical Curricula – Leslie Fain, The Catholic World Report

The Problems with Christian Film – Patrick Malone, Catholic Stand

The Darwinism of Hollywood Filmmakers – Robert Brennan, Crisis Magazine


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Our Elders are Lonely Do We Care, The Ongoing Surrender of Terminology to Secularists, and More!

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10/23/2016 Comment

Click on Our Elders are Lonely – Do We Care? by Mary Rezac of Catholic News Agency link to read more.

Our Elders are Lonely – Do We Care? – Mary Rezac, Catholic News Agency

The Ongoing Surrender of Terminology to the Secularist Agenda – Omnia Vincit Veritas

Catholics in an Age of Secular Moralism – Samuel Gregg D.Phil., The Catholic World Report

My Catholic School, Providence College, Succumbed to the Totalitarian Diversity Cult - Anthony Esolen Ph.D., Crisis Magazine

Parental Rights on the Line: VidAngel Being Sued by Disney – Editor, Catholic Lane

Did The Rosary Save This Priest from the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima? – Godwin Delali Adadzie, epicPew

Archbishop Gomez: It’s Time to End the Death Penalty – Catholic News Agency

The Resurrection: Hallucination or Vision? – Karlo Broussard,...READ MORE

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Italy's Bishops Give Full Support to Radical Party March for Prisoners

Bishops' backing follows two major pro-life demonstrations in which the episcopal conference chose not to participate.

10/22/2016 Comments (25)

Marco Pannella pictured at a previous march for amnesty, justice and freedom.

After choosing not to back two recent pro-life demonstrations, the Italian bishops' conference has now agreed to participate in an upcoming "March for Amnesty, Justice, Freedom" organized by the anti-clerical Radical Party.

The Nov. 6 Rome march, dedicated to Pope Francis and Marco Pannella, the party’s long-serving and recently deceased leader, will end in a call for a prisoner amnesty and coincide with the Pope’s Jubilee of mercy for prisoners that day, according to Italian media reports.

A spokesman for the Italian bishops' conference, Father Ivan Maffeis, said its general secretary, Bishop Nunzio Galantino, gives his "steadfast commitment" to the march because the bishops see it "as...READ MORE

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Oklahoma City’s Archbishop on Satanists, Vocations, and a Unique Canonization Case and More!

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10/22/2016 Comment

Click on Oklahoma City’s Archbishop on Satanists, Vocations, and a Unique Canonization Case by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report link to read more.

Oklahoma City’s Archbishop on Satanists, Vocations, and a Unique Canonization Case – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Showing God’s Mercy By Listening to Others – Anne De Santis, Catholic Stand

Two Acres and a Cow: Our Back to the Land Adventure – Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

So, What If We Attach a GoPro to the Compostelan Botafumeiro? – Daniel Esparza, Aleteia

Unlocking the Mystery of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Reclaiming St. Josemaría Escrivá for the New Liturgical Movement – Peter Kwasniewski Ph.D., New Liturgical Movement

A Defense of the Christian Teaching Against Contraception – Sherif Girgis Ph.D., Crisis Magazine

Bishops of...READ MORE

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The Al Smith Dinner Caught in the Crossfire

The annual charity dinner becomes a battleground between Trump and Clinton.

10/21/2016 Comments (14)

Cardinal Dolan of New York sits between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

The annual charitable event of the Al Smith Dinner is an institution not merely in New York City and the Archdiocese of New York but in American political life. For 70 years, the dinner has raised money for children in honor of the honorable Catholic politician Al Smith, who was elected the Governor of New York four times and was the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928. Smith’s unlikely climb to the White House was crushed by a combination of bad timing (Herbert Hoover, the Republican, rode a wave of seeming prosperity to victory) and the simple fact that America was unready to choose a Catholic. The 1928 campaign was marked by poisonous anti-Catholicism across much of the...READ MORE

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Bishops Consecrate Wisconsin to Mary, Mother of Mercy

The bishops of Wisconsin consecrate the faithful in the dioceses and state to Mary, Mother of Mercy, and add an important daily follow-up.

10/21/2016 Comment
Tim Townsend photo for Rosary Evangelization Apostolate

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki at St. Veronica’s Church during the entrustment ceremony.

– Tim Townsend photo for Rosary Evangelization Apostolate

Cheers in heaven are certainly still ringing for the Bishops of Wisconsin. On Oct, 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, they entrusted the faithful in all five dioceses to our Blessed Mother as Mary, Mother of Mercy.

This jubilee year made the picture-perfect backdrop for this major act. In fact, the bishops directly said in their proclamation this act is to recognize the Jubilee Year of Mercy and to celebrate the intercession of Mary our Mother through the Most Holy Rosary. It adds, Mary’s “faith and love give us hope in our salvation through God’s Divine Mercy.”

There was another heavenly bonus at the Oct. 7 entrustment. More on that in a moment.

Before the event took place, Bishop...READ MORE

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Clinton to Apologize to Cardinal Dolan and Catholics? Nah.

Cardinal Dolan requested an apology. He didn't get one.

10/21/2016 Comments (24)

There have been some awful things said about Catholics recently from a number of people in the Hillary Clinton campaign. You might have heard about them. But then again you might not have if you're getting your news from the mainstream media.

From those WikiLeaks released emails, we have John Podesta, now the Clinton campaign chair, admitting to working to undermine Catholic teaching by creating "Catholic" groups that obfuscate true Catholic teaching on abortion and marriage.

Clinton campaign Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri said, “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion.”

While those things were said by those with the...READ MORE

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