Hundreds of Priests State 'Unwavering Fidelity' to Church's Doctrine

03/24/2015 Comments (46)

St. Thomas More

Almost 500 priests from England and Wales have signed an open letter stating their “unwavering fidelity” to the Church’s traditional doctrine regarding marriage and human sexuality.

Following “much confusion” that derived from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops last October, and ahead of an Ordinary Synod on the Family to take place this autumn, the priests said they wished to “commit ourselves anew” to presenting the Church’s teaching in its fullness while reaching out “with the Lord’s compassion” to those struggling with living the Gospel “in an increasingly secular society.”

Implicitly addressing the debate of readmission of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to holy Communion –...READ MORE

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Pope, Heresy, Marxist, Yawn

03/24/2015 Comments (28)

Perhaps the psy-ops are working.

What just 18 months ago would have set the Catholic internet on fire, this time around barely smoldered. In an editorial reflection (not a new interview) the Pope's infamous marxist atheist dialogue partner, Eugenio Scalfari, put the following words in the mouth of the Pope:

What happens to these extinct souls? Will they be punished? And how?
Francis’ answer is unambiguous and clear: There is no penalty but the annihilation of that soul. All others live on to share the the happiness in the presence of the Father. The extinguished souls have no part in this feast, with the death of the body is its end and this is the motivation of the missionary Church: to...READ MORE

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What Can Catholic Parents Learn from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

03/24/2015 Comments (41)

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarneav is on trial today, and we know something about the argument his defense team will make. They will say that, while Tsasarneav is indisputably guilty of carrying out a ghastly plan to murder civilians in the streets of Boston, he was no ruthless mastermind, but a vulnerable young man pushed around by his older brother, Tamerlan. The 19-year-old Dzhokhar was in a country foreign to him, just beginning college when his parents were divorcing; his home life was unstable, money was tight, and the only stability and guidance he could find came in the person of his violent, radical brother. Tamerlan took the opportunity to radicalize the teenaged Dzhokhar,...READ MORE

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Catholic vet training Iraqi Christians to fight ISIS says it would be an honor to give his life

03/23/2015 Comments (12)

Brett Felton

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On March 22, CBS' 60 Minutes provided a report on Iraq's ancient Christian community that is under attack by ISIS.You can watch the segment here.

The Overtime segment included a striking profile of a Catholic U.S. vet, Brett Felton, age 28, who has returned to Iraq to help train outnumbered, outgunned and underfunded Christian militias fighting ISIS north of Mosul.

"I'm not here serving my country. I'm here serving Christians," Brett Felton told 60 Minutes. He returned to his cradle-Catholic faith during a previous tour with the U.S. Army in Iraq and then went back as a volunteer to train the Christian militias. 

He is showing the local militias how to spot suicide vests and...READ MORE

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The Ambition of the Sons of Thunder

03/22/2015 Comments (14)

Leonardo da Vinci did us a disservice when he painted St. John in his Last Supper. In his zeal to show St. John as especially close to the loving heart of Christ, Leonardo winds up portraying the Evangelist like a wan and wilting flower. Yet Jesus nicknamed John and his brother James "Boanerges" or the "Sons of Thunder." Zebedee's boys were, we should recall, rough cut from solid peasant fisherman stock. They knew all about sweating in the sun, fishing in the Sea of Galilee, and cussing out people in no uncertain terms. In fact, the gospels actually record an incident in which these young turks, miffed at the crummy hospitality they received from the Samaritans, wanted to call down fire...READ MORE

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"He said this to show by what death he . . . "

03/22/2015 Comments (26)

What surprise does John's Gospel contain about the martyrdom of St. Peter?

Some time ago, I made a surprising discovery in the Greek text of John's Gospel.

In its final chapter, Jesus says to Peter:

"Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.” 

(This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, “Follow me” [John 21:18-19].  

The surprising thing is in the parenthetical remark by John: "This he [Jesus] said to show by what death he [Peter] was to glorify God."

Standard English translations render the final verbal phrase in the past tense ("was to...READ MORE

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San Gennaro Relic Liquefies in Presence of Pope Francis

03/21/2015 Comments (15)


The blood relic of San Gennaro, Naples' patron saint, liquefied in the presence of Pope Francis today, the first time the miracle has occurred in front of a Pontiff since Pope Pius IX. 

The miracle of the relic, in which half of the blood liquefied, took place during Francis' visit to Naples cathedral. Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the Archbishop of Naples, said it was "a sign that St. Gennaro loves Pope Francis: half of the blood turned to liquid.” Following applause from the faithful, the Pope said this "means the saint loves us halfway. We all have to convert a little more so that he loves us more.” 

The miraculous liquefying of the ancient relic of St. Gennaro usually takes place three...READ MORE

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Cath. seminarian with cancer opposes Conn. assisted suicide bill: My suffering has unleashed love

03/20/2015 Comments (10)
Photos courtesy of the Diocese of Raleigh

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I suffer, but this suffering has unleashed love into my life in ways that I could have never imagined. -- Seminarian Philip Johnson, in testimony before Connecticut legislators

This week, Connecticut state lawmakers heard testimony in response to proposed legislation that would legalize assisted suicide. One state representative testified that her father had needlessly suffered during the final stages of Parkinsons' disease, and finally killed himself by drowning. 

But Raleigh, N.C. seminarian, Philip Johnson, offered a very different message of hope amid the painful headaches and debilitating seizures that accompany his own battle with terminal brain cancer.  The Diocese of Raleigh...READ MORE

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