Parish Communications in New York Going to a New Level

10/11/2014 Comments (4)

This week, Flocknote and eCatholic announced an exciting partnership with the Archdiocese of New York. The Archdiocese is going to be equipping each of their 350+ parishes with both Flocknote and eCatholic.

Connecting the Church from eCatholic on Vimeo.

The partnership hopes to accomplish a few goals. According to Matthew Warner, founder of Flocknote, “In working with thousands of parishes across the country, we've learned that one of the biggest hurdles for a parish is not just *having* technology, but it's having technology that they'll actually use and benefit from – which are two very different things! Both Flocknote and eCatholic have created simple approaches to solving key...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Synod for Marriage and Family / Increasing Lifelong Faithful Marriages

10/10/2014 Comments (1)

, Dan Burke gets insights from Ignatius Press’ Mark Brumley about the first week of the Synod for Marriage and Family in Rome. Also, Jeanette De Melo talks to Hilary Towers who together with 48 scholars and marriage advocates sent an open letter to the Synod Fathers. That letter included concrete ways of stemming divorce and cohabitation rates while increasing lifelong, faithful and happy marriages.

Mark Brumley on the Synod for Marriage and Family

Mark Brumley is the Chief Executive Officer for Ignatius Press. He also oversees the online magazines for Ignatius Press, is project coordinator for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. Mark joins us to talk about the Synod of the Family in the...READ MORE

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Context and Clashes, How the Synod and Council Compare?

10/10/2014 Comments (8)
Lothar Wolleh/Wikipedia Commons

Second Vatican Council

– Lothar Wolleh/Wikipedia Commons

A major difference between the atmosphere of Synod on the Family meeting now at the Vatican and the atmosphere surrounding the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s is the unavoidable pessimism generated by the decline of religious belief and practice in the West over the past half century.

As with Vatican II, much of the hierarchical leadership leading up to the Synod has come from Western Europe, where — also as at the Council — the primary response has been to seek accommodations with the secular culture through “dialogue,” a strategy that seems clearly to have failed in the 50 years since the Council.

While few bishops of the Third World played a significant role at the Council, they...READ MORE

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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."

We'd need...READ MORE

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