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- andia: Would you recommend one make an appointmen t if its been a Long time since one went to confession ? Say years or even decades? Or if one is unsure how anymore? [That could be a good idea. Of...
- JSzczuka: The thing that bothered me (most) about this article/au thor was the short paragraph neat the end of it that reads: “Jua n Carlos Cruz is gay, that’ ;s how God made him, and...
- jhayes: According to Crux, the comments were about certain, but not all persons with homosexual tendencies . The distinctio n is consistent with existing policy statements . ROME- According to...
- robtbrown: Antonin says, His mandate was to clean up the Curia, address financial issues, and enact certain ecclesiast ical reforms called for since VII (increase role of Bishop conference s,...
- Jack in NH: “Frankly, I think that the number of the saved is a good deal smaller than the number of the damned.” That’s why we have a ‘Highway to hell’, and only a ‘Stairway to Heaven’! ;-)
- Semper Gumby: Those Honus Wagner tobacco cards are rare, no wonder they had it in a separate case, and probably accessed by drawbridge over a crocodile- filled moat. VP: Thanks for that poem,...
- G1j: Our parish priest will not deny anyone communion either. He says he is not in a position to judge whether or not the individual is worthy of receiving. He says that is on the individual . What...
- Fr_Andrew: The terminolog y used by moral theologian s, I think helps. When we confess a sin and receive absolution for it then this sin is directly remitted. When we make our best effort to...
- VP: The Pope and those influencin g (or directing) him know that creating doubt over an issue is sufficient to upset existing order. Pastors everywhere will have to tread yet another critical line...
- mharden: Please be sure to always link the Second Edition of the Catechism (The Amazon link provided here seems to be the First or Second, depending on the publisher they ship from, see their...
- Ultrarunner: During a private audience the Pope asked leaders of the Lavender Mofia to use their discretion and deny enrollment to homosexual seminarian candidates . The trick at these meetings is...
- vetusta ecclesia: The German church and its fellow travellers are in de facto schism. Let’ s get it out in the open so that the orthodox Catholics can get on without worrying about these...
- David L Alexander: I was taught very early to end my confession thus: “For these and all the sins of my past life, I am truly sorry.R 21; I say this every single time. [past life… ;...
- Geoffrey: “Whi le we are obliged to confess all mortal sins in both kind (the sort of sin) and number (how many times or frequency) … 221; I have always wondered about this in those...
- Antonin: Grant And fast forward almost 50 years – you see no value in some of the liturgical changes? You don’ t think the OT, NT and gospel and related psalms is a good idea. [Wher...
- Antonin: The simplest answer is usually the correct one – no the Pope does not have a long range strategy – his thinking is loose and uneven and his comments impulsive – by...
- Antonin: The issue is not homosexual ity – the issue is Church leadership . There are always going to be instances of priests, bishops, etc acting waywardly – this has been the experi...
- aquinasadmirer: You are right that this is coming to a parish near you. I live in the archdioces e of Minneapoli s and St. Paul… ; A coworker, married to a Catholic, who is not Catholic, told...
- Semper Gumby: That’ ;s a motivating sermon, God bless Card. Sarah. Thanks NLM and Fr. Z.
- monstrance: Perhaps the Holy Father’s recent experience with the Chilean sex abuse scandal served as a bucket of cold water. The “Who am I to judge “ stance received a severe dose of reality.
- Cafea Fruor: I forget things all the time, and not from nerves. I just forget, even if I just prepared myself right before going in. The only solution I’ve found is to write everything down...
- Amerikaner: In practice the decisions are made by the Rectors 230; and pertinent info may not therefore be passed on to a bishop before ordination .
- Ave Maria: One time it is “Who am I to judge̶ 1; or recently “God made you gay” (paraphras e?) and there was the welcoming of a homosexual couple at the Vatican and also a...
- dbf223: Why is a Cardinal of the Church giving anyone investment advice? I know this is Honduras and not, say, Switzerlan d, but if you’ re the widow of a former high level government offic...
- millercr2: I travel 115K+ miles per year on United Airlines and while I don’ t record tail numbers, I was told by an industry insider to glance at the serial number that can be found inside...
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- Day Of Prayer For The Church In China
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- Does Pope Francis have a “long game” strategy?
- Interview about Honduran Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga
- Canadian Jesuit Archbp. Prendergast comments on crazy German bishops’ scheme
- Pope’s words about God making someone “gay”
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- “Where there is no temple there shall be no homes.”
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- WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: that strong stable edge
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- BACK IN PRINT! The Heresy of Formlessness
- My View For Awhile: Creston Edition
- “I used to think hosts found on floors was Traditional Catholic hyperbole…”
- Monday after Pentecost: Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church – TEXTS
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- ASK FATHER: As a lay woman, should I have a “Mass kit” in my “Bug Out Bag”?
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Daily Archives: 25 December 2006
His Eminence Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos read the text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi address aloud in Latin.
One might think that the Dean of the College of Cardinals would have read the message, if the Pope himself … Continue reading
Many years ago I had "hotwired" the phone of the office I working in in Rome so that I could dial out past the Vatican operator and get on Compuserve (Oh… how we thought that was cutting edge at the … Continue reading
Sometimes you have to wonder how the translations of major texts are coordinated between the different offices that cover language groups.
Here are the headers for the langauge texts of the Holy Father’s Christmas sermon.
ITALIAN:"Salvator noster natus est in mundo" (Missale … Continue reading
I want to make a brief visit back to 23 December for a moment and give you what I think is a fascinating entry in the Roman Martyrology for the day. I was pretty busy and didn’t get it posted. … Continue reading
Here is an excerpt from the Holy Father’s message for the blessing Urbi et Orbi. He is speaking directly to us, I think. My emphasis:
[D]oes a "Saviour" still have any value and meaning for … Continue reading
I have been back in my home town of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Christmas Eve has been busy. There were no confessions here last tonight, but last night there were hoards. This morning I drove over to a nearby parish … Continue reading
The first prayer of the Mass set the stage for our active participation in Communion. Though expressed in exalted language, it conveyed an attitude of humility before the creation of man in GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s image, the Eternal WordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s self-emptying in the Incarnation, and the possibility of our transformation both in the Eucharist to be received in the course of the sacred mysteries this day and in the happiness of heaven to come. In the second prayer, before the Eucharistic Prayer and consecration, we recognized how we sinners have need to appease God and how the God made Man, Jesus Christ was the source both of reconciliation and also of the very Mass we are participating in, the perfect form of worship renewing our completed reconciliation. In this final prayer we put book ends around our grasp of todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s meaning. We were able to partake of Communion and actively participate in Mass first and foremost because of our divine regeneration in baptism, deepened in a good reception of the Blessed Sacrament in Mass. At the same time, we see how our rebirth in the life of the Trinity in baptism aims ultimately at eternal life and our ongoing transformation in heaven. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“just asÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ so tooÃ¢â‚¬Â structure of the prayer shows us how the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Savior of the world born todayÃ¢â‚¬Â is the fulcrum both of all the ages of the world, born as He was in the Ã¢â‚¬Å“fullness of timeÃ¢â‚¬Â, but also of our own lives as individuals. All of the prayers today are connected by the theme of the transformation of manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s human nature from his sinful state to a state of glory in the transforming assumption of our human nature by Second Person of the Trinity who, once born, is Jesus Christ Ã¢â‚¬â€œ our brother in our humanity while remaining our God in His divinity. Continue reading