It Didn't Go Out With Vatican II

10/19/2014 Comments (78)

My pal Dave is a convert like me. When he first began looking at the Church he often had conversations with confident, relaxed, and well-meaning lay Catholics who would assure him that this and that "went out with Vatican II".

"How about those doily thingamabobs on women's heads?" he'd ask.

"Oh, that went out with Vatican II."

"Latin?"

"Oh, that went out with Vatican II."

"The Immaculate Conception?"

"Oh, that went out with Vatican II."

"The doctrine of the Trinity?"

"Oh, that went out with Vatican II."

It was at this point that Dave paused and began to realize that even he, as little as he knew about Catholicism, was reasonably sure that the doctrine of the Trinity had not "gone...READ MORE

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Synod’s Final Report Lacks Bishops’ Consensus on Controversial Topics

The synod fathers agreed with a 2/3 majority to all 62 paragraph in synod report except those on communion for the divorced and “remarried” and on welcoming homosexuals.

10/18/2014 Comments (79)

VATICAN — In an electronic vote this afternoon, the synod fathers approved the final report — relatio synodi — of the synod of bishops, with two paragraphs on administering holy Communion to divorced and “remarried” couples and one on welcoming homosexuals failing to reach a two-thirds majority.

The final document of the Oct. 5-19 extraordinary synod on the family contains 62 points and the voting numbers for each of these was published. The most contentious paragraph, on allowing some remarried divorcees to receive communion after a period of penitence, received 104 votes in favor and 74 against.

A second paragraph on divorced and remarried persons, spiritual communion and a call to...READ MORE

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Unfortunately 'Unwind' Isn’t Really So Far-Fetched

10/18/2014 Comments (9)

My niece introduced me to the Unwind series of books last year after she had to read the first book in school. I found them so engaging and wonderfully written that I have since gone on to read them all.

Imagine that abortion was outlawed. There was a huge war (seemingly a sort of civil war). The flip side, according to the storyline, is that between the ages of 13 and 18, parents and guardians can have teens “unwound,” which is a sort of deconstruction of their body, though all the parts are have to be 90% or more repurposed, such as in transplants for others. 

This solved two problems, according to the book’s government: that of the “feral” teens who were causing problems and wreaking...READ MORE

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St Luke: 10 things to know and share

10/17/2014 Comments (11)

Who was St. Luke and what debt do we owe to him? Here are 10 things to know and share . . .

October 18th is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist.

Who was he and what do we know about him?

Here are 10 things to know and share . . .

 

1) Who was St. Luke?

St. Luke is mentioned by name in three passages of Scripture:

  • In Colossians 4:14, St. Paul writes: “Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.”
  • In 2 Timothy 4:11, Paul writes: “Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me.”
  • And in Philemon 23-24, Paul writes: “Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.”

Since Luke is mentioned in three letters, we can infer that he was a...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Marriage & Family Synod and Parish Communication

10/17/2014 Comment

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo gets a synod synopsis from Register blogger Jimmy Akin. Also, Elena Rodríguez and Matthew Warner talk about the Archdiocese of New York City and their adoption of a brand new parish communications strategy.

Jimmy Akin on the Marriage & Family Synod

Jimmy Akin is a regular blogger for the Register as well as Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live.” Today he’ll discuss the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, now meeting at the Vatican.

Akin mentioned, as he did recently at the Register, that there is good news coming from the Synod that’s just...READ MORE

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Sayonara Synod- Not So Fast

10/17/2014 Comments (58)

I am man enough to admit when I am wrong.

For a year, since it was first announced, and with increased zeal after Cardinal Kasper's speech in February, I have been warning about the dangers to the faith possible in the Synod on the Family. I thought that while re-stating the faith in the documents produced by it, the synod might undermine the faith by introducing changes to praxis not consonant with the faith it purports to support.

And so, I am here today to admit I was wrong. It was way worse than even I thought it would be! Sorry about that. You know me, never pessimistic enough!

They couldn't even bring themselves to re-state the faith without introducing novelties and language...READ MORE

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Of Hard Heads and Soft Hearts

10/16/2014 Comments (32)

My friend (we'll call him Bob) has a problem with the Church's "authoritarianism." In particular, he suspects the Church's creeds. For Bob, they are secret passwords which, if you say them while stupidly bobbing your head "yes," allow you into the Church. He complains creeds keep people from thinking. He argues they lead to persecution and cause well-meaning believers to be excluded from the Kingdom by rule-bound bigots.

Bob, of course, is not alone. I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard someone complain against "complicated theologies of men" and sigh that "all we really need is to love one another and believe the simple teachings of Jesus." Who can fault such a desire? For indeed,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Kasper's Confusion

10/16/2014 Comments (65)
Cardinal Walter Kasper denies giving reporter Edward Pentin an interview after the conversation appeared on Zenit Oct. 15.  Yet the interview did take place. 
Pentin approached the cardinal outside the synod hall on Oct. 14.  The recording is here.
The problem is Pentin had identified himself at that time as a Register correspondent, which he is. And the Register did publish Pentin’s story with the Cardinal’s remarks (which can be read here).
Pentin is a freelance writer so he also pitches news to other outlets, including Zenit. After filing the story on the cardinal’s interview with the Register but before it was published online, he posted the transcript at Zenit. Pentin has since ...READ MORE

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