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  • Colossians Ch. 2

    08/19/2018 8:17:07 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 3 replies
    1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be...
  • [Cath Cauc] URGENT: HIDEOUS about SYMBOL on pastel vestments for World Meeting of Families in Dublin

    08/19/2018 7:50:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | August 18, 2018 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The other day I posted – HERE – about the truly weird vestments designed for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Dublin. At first, I objected to the impression given by the pastel colors chosen.It seems to me that, in Ireland and in this time of renewed clerical crisis, this is NOT the best choice.  In fact, it is completely tone deaf.Or is it?Then the comments started coming in about the symbols on the vestments.   “Maybe, so, maybe not,” I thought.But wait.  There’s more.I got an email from a reader who said that the swirly symbol is quite like the...
  • [Cath Caucus] Fr. John Lankeit Addresses the Scandal in His Homily

    08/19/2018 7:25:06 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 7 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | 8/19/2018 | Fr. John Lankeit
    Fr. John Lankeit, Rector the Cathedral for Diocese of Phoenix, Addresses the Scandal in His Homily VIDEO The homily starts at 20:00
  • Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

    08/19/2018 6:52:25 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-19-2018 | Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist
    Hours and Divine Liturgy (Mass) for the Feast of the Transfiguration. (English appx 2 hrs)
  • [Catholic Caucus] Reminder for Suffering Catholics: Satan Plays the Long Game

    08/19/2018 6:09:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 16, 2018 | Raymond Kowalski
    Satan plays a long game. We know from the Gospel of Luke that Satan intended to sift like wheat Peter and the apostles.Writing recently in National Review, Fr. Benedict Kiely has called the Church’s present trial the “summer of shame.” Before our eyes, the successors of the apostles are being sifted as well. Many Catholic commentators are saying the weakness of these wicked prelates is finally being exposed. I fear they may be wrong. Perhaps it is the diabolical strength of these prelates on display.This moment has been building for centuries. Steve Skojec recently observed that “only a structure already...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Wuerl's resignation

    08/19/2018 5:51:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 16, 2018 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    Cardinal Wuerl's resignation Donald Cardinal Wuerl submitted his letter of resignation as archbishop of Washington. Of course, this was done on 12 November 2015, when Wuerl turned 75 years old, as required by the new code of canon law.  Wuerl has been archbishop since 2006, when he replaced his friend and ally, Theodore McCarrick, in the position. At the time of his hand-delivered letter of resignation, nearly three years ago, Wuerl told Religion News Service:  "Now if the Holy Father were to accept it tomorrow, I would be well-prepared to take time to write, to read, to pray a lot more."...
  • Open Letter to the Bishops - The Church in Crisis

    08/19/2018 5:33:21 PM PDT · by pgyanke · 10 replies
    Yanke Academy ^ | 8/19/2018 | Patrick Yanke
    While everyone feigns shock at the revelations out of Pennsylvania this past week, this isn't news to the faithful in the pews.  We have been calling for accountability for years.  We all know someone or of someone who has been a victim of abuse or targeted for such abuse.  When confronted, prelates turned a deaf ear and a blind eye.  The abuse that came to light almost 15 years ago was an opportunity to cleanse the Church.  The result was a superficial cleaning that didn't touch the root problems, make amends with victims, nor administer appropriate penalties for offenders. The...
  • Flashback: Pastor Ted Haggard and his Wife talk about the Gay Sex Scandal

    08/19/2018 5:28:46 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 49 replies
    Ted Haggard was once one of the most power evangelical leaders in America. New Life Church leader Ted Haggard was once one of America's most charismatic and powerful evangelical leaders, with an audience of more than 30 million people. Ted began counseling foreign dignitaries and consulting on a weekly basis with President George W. Bush. By 2005, Time magazine named him one of the most influential evangelicals in America. But no one—not even his devoted wife, five children and his Colorado Springs, Colorado-based congregation—suspected that Ted was paying an admitted male escort for crystal meth. In November 2006, Mike Jones...
  • Cardinal Burke: U.S. Catholic Church in ‘Possibly the Worst Crisis that It’s Ever Experienced’

    08/19/2018 5:04:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/16/18 | Claire Chretien
    August 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic Church in the U.S. is undergoing “possibly the worst crisis that it’s ever experienced” right now, Cardinal Burke said tonight of the ongoing sex abuse scandals and the laity’s distrust for bishops who play a part in it. “That has to be recognized and it has to be dealt with in a thorough manner which is faithful to the Church’s moral law and to the Church herself and to the office of the bishops,” Burke, the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and one of orthodox Catholics’ most beloved cardinals, told EWTN’s Raymond...
  • Ely [Anglican] Cathedral Will Fly the Rainbow Flag for the City's First Pride Festival [UK]

    08/19/2018 5:00:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Cambridgeshire Live (UK) ^ | 8/8/18 | Matt Gooding
    The first Ely Pride Festival will be held this weekend (August 11).Ely Cathedral will fly the rainbow flag for the first time this year to mark the start of the city's new Pride Festival. Pride in Ely aims to celebrate people of all backgrounds, regardless of age, ethnicity, sexuality or gender. The rainbow flag will fly from the cathedral tower from Friday afternoon (August 10) ahead of the event on Saturday (August 11). The dean of the cathedral, the Very Reverend Mark Bonney, said: "I am pleased to lend my backing to this community event because it celebrates the breadth...
  • What God Has Not Joined Together: The Rise of the Humanist Wedding [UK]

    08/19/2018 4:53:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/13/18 | Severin Carrell
    Secular marriages are now the most popular in Scotland, prompting fresh calls for reform in England and WalesRobyn Hewatt and Andrew Downie were married with all the trappings of a traditional Scottish wedding: Hewatt’s father walked her down the aisle; she had maids of honour and Downie had a best man. A piper played at the door. But there was no priest, minister or registrar to lead the ceremony. Like thousands of Scots, Hewatt and Downie were legally married by a humanist celebrant. For the first time last year, in what was once a famously religious country, the Humanist Society...
  • Pennsylvania Prelate Says Bishops Who Hid Abuse Should Resign

    08/19/2018 4:44:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/18/18 | Rhina Guidos
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an Aug. 16 interview with Eternal Word Television Network, Erie Bishop Lawrence T. Persico said the only way to regain the trust of the laity after decades-long claims of sexual abuse by priests and others at six Pennsylvania dioceses is by deeds and one of those deeds may mean getting rid of bishops who hid abusers. During a report on EWTN’s evening show, reporter Jason Calvi asks him: “Should bishops who knew about or covered up abuse resign?” “I think they should,” Persico answered. “I think we need complete transparency if we’re going to get the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] McCarrick And Power

    08/19/2018 3:56:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | August 18, 2018 | Christopher Manion
    On Sunday, April 3, 2005, the day after the death of St. John Paul II, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick and at least a dozen other priests concelebrated the ten a.m. Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In attendance were, among other dignitaries, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. Cardinal McCarrick came out to the pews before Mass, fully vested except for his chasuble, and greeted Sen. Kennedy warmly. After the Mass, as the celebrants processed out, Sen. Kennedy stood up and took Cardinal McCarrick’s arm. Beaming, they strolled arm in arm down the aisle toward...
  • Is It Fitting for Calvinists to Adopt the Theology of a Man, and One Who Murdered Servetus?

    08/19/2018 12:48:40 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 58 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | May 2009 | R.C. Sproul
    As my friend Doug Phillips has pointed out, this year has brought, in the providence of God, a strange confluence of anniversaries. The two men who have had the greatest impact on these United States may well be, on the one hand, Charles Darwin, and on the other John Calvin. Darwin was born two hundred years ago this year, Calvin five hundred years ago. Our perspective on each of these men will serve as a potent bell-weather for our perspectives on a whole host of issues. In the culture wars most of our enemies will celebrate the birth of Darwin...
  • The Generosity of Love

    08/19/2018 10:19:53 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "[Love] does not seek its own" (1 Cor. 13:5). Love transforms selfish people into self-sacrificing people. From the time of Adam and Eve, replacing God with self has been at the root of all sin. Our first parents had only one restriction: "From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die" (Gen. 2:17). But Eve believed the serpent's lie that God was trying to keep her from realizing her full potential (Gen. 3:5). She ate the forbidden fruit, gave some to Adam,...
  • Dare to Be a Daniel

    08/19/2018 10:19:25 AM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “‘Thine is the dominion, O Lord, and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from Thee, and Thou dost rule over all’” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12). Trust God, who controls everyone and everything. In Daniel 6, King Darius chose 120 princes to help him govern his kingdom. Over the princes he appointed three presidents, with Daniel being the first president. The princes and other two presidents were jealous of Daniel, so they devised a scheme against him. They told the king that he should make a law requiring every person to make his requests only...
  • Costly Truth – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

    08/19/2018 7:22:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Costly Truth – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • August 18, 2018 • In the Gospel this Sunday, we continue with Jesus’ great treatise on the Eucharist (John 6).Although many of the Jewish listeners who hear Him speaking in the synagogue at Capernaum are grumbling and murmuring in protest at His insistence that they eat His flesh and drink His blood, Jesus does not back down. In fact, He “doubles down” and quite graphically teaches a very real (as opposed to symbolic) call to eat His flesh and drink His blood. Let’s...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich [tr]

    08/19/2018 6:53:17 AM PDT · by sitetest · 32 replies
    Archiocese of Chicago ^ | August 17, 2018 | Blase Cupich, anti-Christ
    Letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to the People of the Archdiocese of Chicago in Response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report August 17, 2018 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Anger, shock, grief, shame. What other words can we summon to describe the experience of learning about the devastating revelations of sexual abuse — and the failures of bishops to safeguard the children entrusted to their care — published in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, released Tuesday? This catalogue of horrors comes on the heels of news accounts of deeply disturbing sexual-abuse and harassment allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who recently...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    08/19/2018 6:42:07 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(8/19/18)[Prayer]

    08/19/2018 6:15:35 AM PDT · by left that other site · 9 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 8/19/18 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem The Gospel of John 
 (New Testament) John 3 John Testifies Again About Jesus 22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that...