The Truth About This Crisis

10/10/2014 Comments (265)

I think it is high time that we talk frankly about what is truly happening in the Church. It is quite probable that we are approaching the denouement of this horrible play, a century in the telling, in which the Synod on the Family, currently playing out in Rome, may be the opening scene of the final act.

We endlessly speculate and debate over who is with Cardinal Kasper and who is not, who will stand up and who will be quiet, and where does doctrine end and pastoral praxis begin.  Meanwhile, a “dark and false Church,” as foreseen by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, which has grown within the Church for a century, continues its unhindered progress.

We have many Cardinals and Bishops of...READ MORE

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The Meaning of Merit

10/09/2014 Comments (26)

For most of my Evangelical family of faith (I am an Evangelical who entered the Roman communion in 1987), the very word "merit" as a theological term is as sinister as it is (for most lay Catholics) unintelligible and disused. At best, many Evangelicals feel a sort of uneasy truce with Catholic belief since it appears to them that merit "went out with Vatican II" and is therefore no longer really taught by the Church (a misperception abetted by lay Catholic ignorance of the Faith). But the truce is very uneasy. For the fact that merit was ever taught at all by the Church is a cause of deep misgiving and suspicion. And the sickening revelation that merit is still taught by the Church can...READ MORE

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The Synod: What About Divorced Catholics Who Don't Remarry?

My friend didn't want to find a new husband, she still loved the one who left her.

10/09/2014 Comments (37)

Media stories about the Synod on the Family highlight the deep alienation experienced by Catholics who cannot receive Eucharist because they have divorced and remarried. But what about the men and women committed to living out their marriage vows, after their spouse has departed? It is a tale that makes a lot of people uncomfortable — in and out of the Church,  but that’s the story I want to share now.  I haven't heard their story, though Cardinal Raymond Burke discusses their plight in an EWTN interview broadcast on Oct. 9.

My story is about a dear friend. I'll call her, "Mary." Her husband left her behind for another woman, and that placed her in a difficult predicament, because she...READ MORE

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At Synod, Sex-Obsessed Catholic Church Finally Talks About Sex, Finally

10/09/2014 Comments (53)

Need a good laugh this morning? NBC's Ann Curry delivers. The headline: 

Can They Say That at the Vatican? Pope Francis Promotes Sex Talk 

The gist: Everybody knows that the main thing about the Catholic Church is that it is obsessed with sex, and can't stop meddling with people's sex lives, and thinks it has all the answers about sex, and the Church has no business having all these opinions about sex because Catholics have too many babies and think about sex all the time, and has way way too much to say about gay sex and unmarried sex and married sex, and why can't the Church stop talking about sex all the time, the big pervs? Also, this just in: the Church is finally talking about sex,...READ MORE

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Teachers Told to Call Kids "Purple Penguins" as "Boys and Girls" Not Inclusive

10/09/2014 Comments (82)

Teachers in a Nebraska school district have been told to not refer to children as boys and girls but instead as things like "purple penguins." I don't even know what that means.

Anyway, what would happen if one of the kids insisted they were a red penguin and wouldn't come to story time until the teacher acknowledged the redness of their interior penguin essence? They could say "I may appear to be a purple penguin but in my mind I am very much red. Bright freaking red. Please acknowledge it or you better call your union rep because I'm about to have an army of sensitivity trainers crawling around this kindergarten and contacting the media about how you're anti-penguin."

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Interview with Authors of Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?

10/08/2014 Comments (26)

Br. Guy and Fr. Paul

I knew, when I received the blue galley copy of Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?: … and Other Questions from the Astronomers’ In-box at the Vatican Observatory that it was a book I wanted to read.

I haven’t read it cover to cover, but what I have sampled of it has been a great read for anyone who loves science and faith. Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father Paul Mueller tag-team in the book and explore the intersection of faith and science. Their bios are impressive, and their approach is humble.

From the Big Bang theory to the Galileo controversy, the discrepancies in Genesis and the star of Bethlehem, Consolmango and Mueller deliver facts…and fun. They have a dialogue format, which...READ MORE

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Questionable Aspects of the Synod on the Family

10/07/2014 Comments (55)
YouTube

Vatican briefing on the Synod, Tuesday 7 October 2014.

– YouTube

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family enters its third day of discussions tomorrow and so far, much has gone as expected. Plenty of debate has already taken place about how to make the Church, and the Church’s teaching on marriage and family life, more attractive.

According to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the atmosphere has been lighthearted, enjoyable and conducive to the free and open debates desired by Pope Francis.

But the material, disseminated by the Holy See press office, is causing some concern: many of the interventions, for example, appear to seek reconciliation with the way the world sees the Church (one speaker reportedly said the Church should "show friendship towards the...READ MORE

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Father Benedict Groeschel's Funeral Arrangements & UPDATE

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Share Schedule

10/07/2014 Comments (16)
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UPDATE: EWTN will air domestically a special Sunday Night Prime program — A Tribute to Father Benedict Joseph Groeschel, CFR —  on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 8:00 pm Eastern, repeated on Monday, Oct. 13, at 2:00 am and 9:00 am Eastern.

Sitting down with host Father Andrew Apostoli to honor the holy life and charitable ministry lived out by the beloved Father Groeschel with be members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Father Glenn Sudano and Brother Shawn Conrad O’Conner, and Sister Lucille Cutrone, community servant of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal.

Specific details for Father Benedict Groeschel’s two-day wake and funeral Mass are now in place.

The Franciscan Friars of the...READ MORE

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