SSPX's Bishop Fellay Meets Pope Francis, Cardinal Müller

Reconciliation between the SSPX and Rome still appears some way off, but those looking to the Society to come to the Church's aid is increasing, according to Bishop Fellay.

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Palazzo Sant'Ufficio, the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


Pope Francis briefly greeted the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, at the Holy Father's Santa Marta residence on Thursday.

The cursory meeting, on the 99th anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun” apparition at Fatima, took place during a visit Bishop Fellay was making to the Vatican to meet Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The SSPX head also met with Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., Secretary of the CDF, and Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, according to an SSPX statement.

The Society said the meeting with Cardinal Müller was “planned long ago, and...READ MORE

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First Latin American Elected Head of the Jesuits

Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ has a specialized knowledge of politics and social justice.

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Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ has been chosen as the new head of the Jesuits.

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Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa Abascal has been chosen as the new head of the Society of Jesus, becoming the first Latin American superior general in the history of the order.

The 68 year old Jesuit was elected at the order's 36th General Congregation and will succeed Spanish Father Adolfo Nicolas, 80, who stepped down last week after serving eight years as superior general.

Born in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, Father Sosa has a doctorate in political sciences and from 1996 until 2004 was the provincial general of the Jesuits in his native country.

In 2008, Father Nicolas chose him to be counselor general, and since 2014, he has worked in the Jesuit curia in Rome in charge of the...READ MORE

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‘Priceless: She's Worth Fighting For’ Advances the Fight Against Human Trafficking

This Christian, anti-human trafficking movie, rated PG13, is a suspenseful love story that offers a compelling glimpse of how girls can become trapped in the callous sex trade.

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In oil fields of North Dakota, many of the drilling rigs have gone silent since the sharp drop in oil prices. Still, the industry continues to lumber along here so that tens of thousands still have jobs and many hundreds are still being sold—women and girls that is and sometimes men and boys. The sex trade business is alive and not well in oil country.

I thought of this tragedy while previewing the movie Priceless: She’s Worth Fighting For which opens in theaters this Friday. I’ll tell you about the movie first and then I’ll tell you about Windie Lazenko, who came to North Dakota 3 years years ago to fight human trafficking. Having worked in the adult sex industry for almost 20 years, she...READ MORE

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Showdown in Motown: Finally Running the Race

Athletic training (and particularly running) is a good metaphor for our most important race as members of the Catholic Church.

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:1-2).

Looks like I’m finally gonna run across that bridge and through that tunnel this Sunday in Detroit.

In 1999, I was all geared up to run the Detroit Free Press Marathon, and I also had good hopes of qualifying for the venerable Boston Marathon.

I remember 1999 well.  I was living in Ohio...READ MORE

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I Love the Catholic Church, But . . .; Showing Mercy and Charity on Social Media and More Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on“I Love the Catholic Church, But . . .” by Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg of Catholic Stand link to read more.

Diocese of Lincoln Sees Strong Turnout at First Sacred Music Clinic – Cathy Bender, Catholic News Agency

Showing Mercy and Charity on Social Media – Kevin Tierney, Catholic Exchange

Another Kim Davis? Christian Government Worker Attempts to Skip LGBT Diversity Video – Julia Duin, Get Religion

“I Love the Catholic Church, But . . .” - Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Catholic Stand

We Are At a “Precarious Moment in Our History” When Churches Must Speak Truth to Power – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

11 Brilliant Ways Every Couple Can Prepare For a Catholic Marriage – Chloe Mooradian, epicPew

These Converts Met the Church Through EWTN in the Middle East – Catholic News Agency

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What the Bible Says About Alcohol and Drunkenness

Scripture gives strong testament to the fact that merely drinking alcohol is not a sin, but getting drunk on alcohol is.

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– Eduard von Grützner (1846–1925), via Wikimedia Commons

 Q: I need some help. Sometimes when I share my Catholic faith with people, they mention to me that Catholics like to drink alcohol and how wrong that is. How do I respond to this?

A: I would ask them to tell you where in the Scriptures it says anything about drinking alcohol being wrong. Quick answer: it doesn't. It says getting drunk is wrong, but it doesn't say merely drinking is wrong. In fact, it tells us just the opposite:

1 Tim 3:8, "Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine..." Obviously, it is okay for them to drink some wine, they just cannot be addicted to "much" wine. Moderation is the key.

Matthew 15:10-11, "Hear and understand, not what...READ MORE

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Top 10 "Scientific" and Hilarious Explanations for the Miracle at Fatima

Face it: something remarkable happened in Portugal on that great day 99 years ago.

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I’m always amazed what people will believe in order to avoid believing in God.

The Miracle of the Dancing Sun at Fatima which was seen by 70,000 people on October 13th, 1917 has been written about often. But many continually attempt to explain away the vision of the sun dancing in the sky at a foretold time.

You don't have to look far on the internet to find "scientific" explanations to explain away the miracle. They're typically hilarious because they typically assume that everyone there at Fatima was either a lunatic or crazy dumb.

Here are the reasons (some of them brand new and unintentionally hilarious) they’ve amassed so we should believe nothing at all special happened in Portugal...READ MORE

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How Moms Can Raise Boys to Become Great Catholic Men

Through sound principles, strong parenting, true friendship, constant prayers, and the gift of God’s grace, all of our sons have the ability to be the strongest — and holiest — men in the world.

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Ary Scheffer, “St. Augustine of Hippo and His Mother St. Monica of Hippo” (1846)

­It’s no secret that Catholic moms are filled with anxiety these days, facing down a sex-obsessed society designed to undo all the sound Catholic teaching and virtue training we try so hard to instill in our children. Moms of boys are especially worried, as the culture of ubiquitous pornography is set to snare them at every turn.

What’s a mother to do?

As a veteran mom of eight children, six of them boys, I have spent the last few years trying to instill hope and confidence in my fellow Catholic mothers. Raising chaste Catholic boys and men is more than possible, even in this confused culture, and the tips I offer you here are expanded upon in my book, Raising Chaste Catholic Men:...READ MORE

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