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The Second Vatican Council (also known as Vatican II) addressed relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Modern World.

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From the pastoral constitution on the Church in the Modern World of the Second Vatican Council The worldwide activity of man By his labour and abilities man has always striven to improve the quality of his life. Today, particularly by means of science and technology, he has extended his mastery over almost the whole of nature, and still continues to extend it. Through the development of the many means of communication among nations, the human family is coming to see itself, and establish itself, as a single worldwide community. As a result, where formerly man looked especially to supernatural forces for blessings, he now secures many of these benefits for himself, thanks to his own efforts. In the face of this vast enterprise now engaging the whole human race, men are asking themselves a series of questions. What is the meaning and value of all this activity? How should these benefits be used? Where are the efforts of individuals and communities finally leading us? The Church is the guardian of the deposi ...
Speaking before a crowd of half a million that included retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis praised St. John for his best-known accomplishment, calling the Second Vatican Council, which he said "showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit." "He let himself be led, and he was for the church a pastor, a servant-leader," the pope said of St. John. "This was his great service to the church. I like to think of him as the pope of openness to the Spirit." Pope Francis characterized St. John Paul as the "pope of the family," a title he said the late pope himself had hoped to be remembered by. Pope Francis said he was sure St. John Paul was guiding the church on its path to two upcoming synods of bishops on the family, to be held at the Vatican this October and in October 2015. The pope invoked the help of the two new papal saints for the synods' success, and he prayed, "May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, w ...
The EU is a Zionist creation. The Vatican was infiltrated by Jewish Masonry at the Second Vatican Council.
---READ THIS-- The Community of Sant'Egidio began in Rome in 1968, in the period following the Second Vatican Council. Today it is a movement of lay people and has more than 60,000 members, dedicated to evangelisation and charity, in Rome, Italy and in more than 73 countries throughout the world. --SO WHAT.??--
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The canonization of the two GIANTS is over. I want to look into the background: The Opeing Conference of Pope John XXIII at the second Vatican Council, 1962: Opening Speech to Second Vatican Council-Pope John XXIII Opening Speech to the Vatican II Council Pope John XXIII October 11, 1962 Mother Church rejoices that, by the singular gift of Divine Providence, the longed-for day has finally dawned when–under the auspices of the virgin Mother of God, whose maternal dignity is commemorated on this feast–the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council is being solemnly opened here beside St. Peter's tomb. The Ecumenical Councils of the Church The Councils–both the twenty ecumenical ones and the numberless others, also important, of a provincial or regional character which have been held down through the years–all prove clearly the vigour of the Catholic Church and are recorded as shining lights in her annals. In calling this vast assembly of bishops, the latest and humble successor to the Prince of the Apostles ...
"The visit to the Blessed Sacrament is a great treasure of the Catholic Faith. It nourishes social love and gives us opportunities for adoration and thanksgiving, for reparation and supplication. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Holy Hours and Eucharistic processions are likewise precious element of your heritage—in full accord with the teaching of the Second Vatican Council. It is also my joy to reaffirm before Ireland and the whole world the wonderful teaching of the Catholic Church regarding Christ's consoling presence in the Blessed Sacrament: his Real Presence in the fullest sense: the substantial presence by which the whole and complete Christ, God and man, are present. The Eucharist, in the Mass and outside of the Mass, is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and is therefore deserving of the worship that is given to the living God, and to him alone." ~~Saint John Paul II, 1979
The fruits are before us are evident. The fruits which come from the Second Vatican Council destroy the Church. Arch. Lefebvre
The biographer of Blessed John Paul II, George Weigel, talks about how the Second Vatican Council shaped the future pope's program for the church.
Did you know, there is a FREE downloadable bible software provided by the Holy See, that's cross-referenced to the documents of the Second Vatican Council and to the writings of the Church Fathers?
April 29, 2014 Mary's Pence. In the wake of the Second Vatican Council, a group of Catholic women decided to establish a fund that would especially meet the financial needs of impoverished women. "Mary's Pence" became the first Catholic women's fund, set up by women, for women. Its name was derived from Peter's Pence, the annual collection which helps underwrite the Holy Father's financial aid to various groups. Begun in 1987, the idea for Mary's Pence came up at a women's meeting in Chicago in which server women expressed their frustration in securing grants to aid their work with the poor. A few days later, Sr. Maureen Gallagher(an Adrian Dominican nun who had attended that meeting) imagined God asking her, "What did you do to help the woman minister?" She replied I'm a woman, I couldn't do anything." And God asked her again, "what did you do?" Taking that as a sign, Sr. Maureen secured a grant from the Congregation of St. Agnes, set up a board, and Mary's Pence was born. The following summer i ...
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John Paul II and Henri de Lubac His relations (de Lubac) with Rome became even more intensive during the reign of John Paul II, who, during a visit to Paris in 1980, interrupted a speech that he was giving when he saw the priest and said, "I bow my head to Father de Lubac." Henri de Lubac and Karol Wojtyla, who later became Pope, were already acquainted from the days of the Second Vatican Council and held one another in high esteem. They had worked together on that "Schema 13" which eventually became known as the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et spes (Joy and Hope). For his part, Henri de Lubac recognized, in his encounters with the learned Archbishop of Krakow, that he was dealing with an extraordinary individual. The two became friends and corresponded. De Lubac wrote a foreword to the French translation of Wojtyla's book Love and Responsibility, while Wojtyla commissioned a Polish translation of de Lubac's essay Églises particulières et Église universelle [Motherh ...
Several terms that were used within the context of the Second Vatican Council include aggiornamiento, development, and ressourcement.
The Second Vatican Council lasted from 1962 til 1965 and was very concerned about dealing with modern Christian thinking.
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St. John’s feast day is Oct. 11, the anniversary of the day in 1962 that he opened the Second Vatican Council.
"Nostra aetate" is the Second Vatican Council document that declares the goodwill of Catholics to Jews
The opening ceremony of the Second Vatican Council on 11 October 1962.
Archbishop Wenski: "The Second Vatican Council reminded that vocation to holiness was not for a select elite but...
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Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square. Never before have a reigning pope and a retired pope celebrated Mass together in public, much less at an event honoring two of their most famous predecessors. Benedict's presence was a reflection of the balancing act that Francis envisioned when he decided to canonize John and John Paul together, showing the unity of the Catholic Church by honoring popes beloved by conservatives and progressives alike. Francis made that point clear in his homily, praising both new saints for their work associated with the Second Vatican Council, the groundbreaking meetings that brought the 2,000-year-old institution into modern times. John convened the council in 1962 while John Paul helped ensure its more conservative implementation and interpretati ...
Before Second Vatican Council, all masses are celebrated in Latin. Pope John XXIII changed it to vernacular language
Whereas Pete Best was secretly canonised in a behind the scenes deal at the second Vatican Council.
became standardised in order to create a common liturgical practice. Centuries later,the second Vatican council of 1963
As we also canonized Pope John XXIII, we credit him with the start of the Second Vatican Council. He is shadowed by JP2, but still important
Francis presides over historic day of 4 popes: … having convened the Second Vatican Council. The meetings bro...
Today in Vatican City, His Holiness Pope Francis formally canonized Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II, thus recognizing them as Saints. During his papacy, Saint John XXIII came to be known worldwide for his humble leadership, attentive pastoral guidance and concern for the poor. He is especially known for convening the Second Vatican Council in 1961, which marked a significant development in the Catholic Church’s pastoral approach to the Modern World. His last and most famous encyclical, Pacem in Terris, called for the establishment of universal peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty. As the beloved Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Church for over 26 years, Saint John Paul II was an icon of faith and a defender of the truth about man's dignity and freedom. Along with being the first non-Italian Pope to be elected in 455 years, he was the longest serving Pope of the 20th century. He is remembered particularly for the depth and clarity of his teachings on social and moral issues, as well as ...
Congratulations and Celebrations. Late Pope John XXIII (left) and Late Pope John Paul II (Right) were cannonised today as Saints. They well deserved the rarest and rare honour. . Saint Pope John XXIII was instrumental in convening very rare and revolutionary Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), which through the Holy See, formally opened under the pontificate of Pope John XXIII on 11 October 1962 and closed under Pope Paul VI in 1965. It addressed relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Modern World. Some of the salient features of the outcome of the Council were: 1.Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate) urged Catholics to enter, with prudence and charity, into discussion and collaboration with members of other religions. 2. Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae) affirms each person's liberty to believe in God and worship Him according to one's conscience and reaffirms the Catholic Church's revealed freedom for herself and befo ...
"There were and there are many, both in the Church and in the secular media, who would have us believe that Papa...
Saint John XXIII, visionary & father of the Second Vatican Council, pray for us!
Pope John XXIII: the originator of the Second Vatican Council: Vatican, 27 April/MCN/. Today, the C...
"John reigned from 1958-1963 and is a hero to liberal Catholics for having convened the Second Vatican Council."
Pope John XXIII surprised those who thought he'd be a 'caretaker pope' when he convened the Second Vatican Council in 1962.
800,000 turn out to see Popes become Saints: … associated with the Second Vatican Council, the groundbreaking ...
The Second Vatican Council has been much in the news, Catholic and mainstream, occasioned by the canonization of...
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This is also the image of the Church which the Second Vatican Council set before us. John XXIII and…
Four popes in one ceremony: … having convened the Second Vatican Council. The meetings brought … who travel...
Despite a call from the Second Vatican Council to recover their traditions, Eastern Catholics in the U.S. must ask for permission to orda...
John L. Allen Jr. writing at the Boston Globe: This will be the first time two popes have been declared saints in the same ceremony, and although projections vary, well over a million people could turn out in Rome to watch history being made, with millions more following the event on TV or over the Internet. … In the Catholic street, John XXIII is an icon of the left, remembered as the pope who launched the reforming Second Vatican Council and opened the Church to the Modern World. John Paul II is a hero to the right, the pope who …read more Source: Breitbart
Well, THIS is good news!! Thursday evening it is then!! Historically, the season of Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday and includes the Paschal Triduum. This duration has been maintained by most Western Christian denominations, including the Anglican Church, Lutheran Church, Methodist Church, and Western Rite Orthodox Church. However, after the liturgical abbreviations of the Second Vatican Council in the Roman Catholic Church, Lent, in that denomination alone, is now taken to end on Maundy Thursday rather than Easter Eve, and hence lasts 38 days excluding Sundays, or 44 days in total. In other words, liturgically speaking, Lent ends just before the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening, when the liturgical season of the Easter Triduum begins.
From the dogmatic constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council. "The Church as sacrament of unity and...
Since the Second Vatican Council until this day, the authorities of the Roman Church are animated by the spirit of modernism.
Archbishop of Chicago Francis Cardinal George will discuss the consequences of the Second Vatican Council on Tues., April 8 as part of Saint Xavier University?s (SXU) Catholic Colloquium lecture series.
Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George will speak on the Second Vatican Council in a free lecture at Saint Xavier University on April 8.
Allah is not the God of the Bible: does not accept the dogma of the Holy Trinity, per the Qur'an. The Christian beliefs regarding incarnation and the crucifixion are also not shared by Muslims. Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate 3, October 28, 1965 “The Church has also a high regard for the Muslims. They worship God, who is one, living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth (Cf. St. Gregory VII, Letter III, 21 to Anazir [Al-Nasir], King of Mauretania PL, 148.451A.), who has spoken to men. They strive to submit themselves without reserve to the hidden decrees of God, just as Abraham submitted himself to God’s plan, to whose faith Muslims eagerly link their own. Although not acknowledging him as God, they venerate Jesus as a prophet, his Virgin Mother they also honor, and even at times devoutly invoke. Further, they await the day of judgment and the reward of God following the resurrection of the dead. For this reason they highly esteem an upright life and worship God, ...
As President Obama travels to meet Pope Francis in Rome this week, the New York Times has published an excellent article about Barack Obama's "Catholic roots." I know it's a commitment to read it (because it's lengthy), but I've pasted it below for your convenience. Take some time today to read it if you care about such issues. It's worth the investment for a greater understanding of the importance of this historic meeting. NY TIMES, author: Jason Horowitz CHICAGO — In a meeting room under Holy Name Cathedral, a rapt group of black Roman Catholics listened as Barack Obama, a 25-year-old community organizer, trained them to lobby their fellow delegates to a national congress in Washington on issues like empowering lay leaders and attracting more believers. “He so quickly got us,” said Andrew Lyke, a participant in the meeting who is now the director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics. The group succeeded in inserting its priorities into the congress’s plan for churches, Mr .. ...
Bleibt noch etwas vom Christentum übrig? One man who is out to open many old “secrets” in the Catholic Church is Pope Francis. Some of the beliefs that are held in the church but contrary to the loving nature of God are now being set aside by the Pope who was recently named The Man of The Year by TIME Magazine. Pope Francis 1 There Is No *** Fire; Adam & Eve Not Real – Pope Francis Exposes In his latest revelations, Pope Francis said: “Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal *** where people suffer. This doctrine is incompatible with the infinite love of God. God is not a judge but a friend and a lover of humanity. God seeks not to condemn but only to embrace. Like the fable of Adam and Eve, we see *** as a literary device. *** is merely a metaphor for the isolated soul, which like all souls ultimately will be united in love with God.” In a shocking speech that is reverbera ...
1. The Mother of the Redeemer has a precise place in the plan of salvation, for "when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba! Father!'" (Gal. 4:4-6) With these words of the Apostle Paul, which the Second Vatican Council takes up at the beginning of its treatment of the Blessed Virgin Mary,1 I too wish to begin my reflection on the role of Mary in the mystery of Christ and on her active and exemplary presence in the life of the Church. For they are words which celebrate together the love of the Father, the mission of the Son, the gift of the Spirit, the role of the woman from whom the Redeemer was born, and our own divine filiation, in the mystery of the "fullness of time."2 This "fullness" indicates the moment fixed from all eternity when the Father sent his Son "that whoever believes in h ...
"Christ is the light of humanity; and it is, accordingly, the heart-felt desire of this sacred Council, being gathered together in the Holy Spirit, that, by proclaiming his Gospel to every creature, it may bring to all men that light of Christ which shines out visibly from the Church." These words open the Second Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. By choosing this starting point, the Council demonstrates that the article of faith about the Church depends entirely on the articles concerning Christ Jesus. The Church has no other light than Christ's; according to a favorite image of the Church Fathers, the Church is like the moon, all its light reflected from the sun. There is hope!... Celebrate Lent!
Bishop Provost names Catholic Charities Director PDF Print E-mail Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:35 LAKE CHARLES – Bishop Glen John Provost has appointed directors of two very important areas of ministry in the Diocese of Lake Charles - Sister Mary Vianney Walsh, RSM, is now the Director of Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana and Sister Miriam MacLean will become the Director of the Office of Religious Education following her August 16 profession of perpetual vows for the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. Sister Miriam will assume the duties currently the responsibility of Father Nathan Long, who has served as interim director of the office since Feb. 1, 2012. The Bishop has also named Very Reverend Derek Covert, J.C.L., as Diocesan Chaplain for the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Father Covert retains his duties as Judicial Vicar. Sr. Mary Vianney, RSM, (at left) a native of Boston, graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing as a Register Nurse in 1969, received a Ba .. ...
Day 19 The transcendence of salvation and the autonomy of earthly realities Jesus Christ is the Son of God made man in whom and thanks to whom the world and man attain their authentic and full truth. The mystery of God's being infinitely close to man — brought about in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, who gave himself on the cross, abandoning himself to death — shows that the more that human realities are seen in the light of God's plan and lived in communion with God, the more they are empowered and liberated in their distinctive identity and in the freedom that is proper to them. Sharing in Christ's life of sonship, made possible by the Incarnation and the Paschal gift of the Spirit, far from being a mortification, has the effect of unleashing the authentic and independent traits and identity that characterize human beings in all their various expressions. This perspective leads to a correct approach to earthly realities and their autonomy, which is strongly emphasized by the teaching of the Second ...
MEET THE MAN WHO DESIGNS PAPAL VESTMENTS. His name is Raniero Mancinelli, and since the Second Vatican Council he...
"The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council.". -Vatican II
Romans not Jews killed Christ, The Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church categorically stated that
The Declaration of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, said: "Upon the Muslims the Church looks with esteem. They adore One God."
Absolutely. Plenty of what we see now is not the decision of Second Vatican Council.
Debating whether to watch this atrocious series on the Second Vatican Council... Am I gonna want to rip my hair out?
Drinking coffee, listening to Mark Knopfler, and reading documents from the Second Vatican Council.
Oh, the SSPX are this ultra-traditionalist group who reject the validity of the Second Vatican Council, and in particular...
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They're an ultra-traditionalist Catholic group that doesn't accept the Second Vatican Council.
About the Author II: In the years prior to the Second Vatican Council, I also remember attending daily Mass be...
Pope Francis Declares That “All Religions Are True” And “Adam And Eve Are A Fable” For the last six months, Catholic cardinals, bishops and theologians have been deliberating in Vatican City, discussing the future of the church and redefining long-held Catholic doctrines and dogmas. The Third Vatican Council, is undoubtedly the largest and most important since the Second Vatican Council was concluded in 1962. Pope Francis convened the new council to “finally finish the work of the Second Vatican Council.” While some traditionalists and conservative reactionaries on the far right have decried these efforts, they have delighted progressives around the world. The Third Vatican Council concluded today with Pope Francis announcing that Catholicism is now a “modern and reasonable religion, which has undergone evolutionary changes. The time has come to abandon all intolerance. We must recognize that religious truth evolves and changes. Truth is not absolute or set in stone. Even atheists acknowledg ...
Pope Francis: laity are 'protagonists' in Church's mission. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued a message Friday evening to the participants at a conference in Rome on the laity, urging them to work for the social inclusion of the poor and calling on lay movements to maintain a vital link with their local parishes. The March 7-8 conference, held at the Pontifical Lateran University, was organized under the theme, “The Mission of Lay Christians in the City”. In his message, the Pope cited the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and underlined that the lay faithful, in virtue of their baptism, “are protagonists in the work of evangelization and human promotion”. “Incorporated in the Church, each member of the People of God is inseparably a disciple and a missionary. We must always start again from this foundation, common to all of us, children of Mother Church,” he said. As a consequence of this common belonging to the Church and to participation in its mission, it is important that parishes ...
Lent Day 5 - Truly Risen from the DeadWhen we recite the Creed, we don't say a word about Jesus' teaching, but we do profess that Jesus was "crucified under Pontius Pilate." He did not simply die; he was put to death, precisely as a political criminal. He was killed on a Roman instrument of torture--overwhelmed, it seemed, by the hatred, violence, and dysfunction of the sinful world. In that case, why don't we see Jesus simply as another in a long line of tragic heroes, raging in vain against the powers of the world? Because, as the Creed puts it, "on the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures." Throughout much of the period after the Second Vatican Council, too many theologians, teachers, and preachers have tended to downplay the reality of the Resurrection, turning it into a vague symbol or an expression of the faith of the disciples. But if this is all the Resurrection means, then forget it! Anglican bishop and New Testament scholar N.T. Wright has commented incisively that if Jesus h ...
the assembly of chuch founder and leaders . Related pages: - Largest Assemblies of God Communities - Statement of Fundamental Truths - AG beliefs - Famous Other Pentecostals - Famous members of the Church of God in Christ - Pentecostal Science Fiction Writers - Pentecostalism in Science Fiction Religious Leaders: - Jim Bakker - once popular PTL televangelist (defrocked by AG after sex/financial scandal) - Jimmy Swaggart - televangelist; instrumental in exposing Jim Bakker scandal; soon thereafter scandalized himself after being repeatedly caught with prostitutes - Tammy Faye Bakker - former wife of Jim Bakker and PTL co-leader; featured in film The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Benny Hinn - televangelist; TV faith healer - Jack Coe - AG minister and faith healer - David du Plessis - AG minister; one of the founders of the Charismatic movement; served as the Pentacostal representative at the Second Vatican Council - David Yonggi Cho - Senior Pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Church, the world's largest known congrega ...
Nuns of various orders at a conference related to the Second Vatican Council, Hotel Lobby, Chicago, c1960s. Featuring from left to right: a Sister of the Holy Cross, a Franciscan Nun, a Dominican Nun, a Sister of St. Agnes, and a Daughter of Charity. I always thought other orders dressed so alien and weird compared to the nuns we had.
Few words from Archbishop Mark Coleridge: "Pope Francis has called the whole Church to have "a missionary heart". I commend Catholic Charismatic Renewal for their renewed focus on mission in the Archdiocese of Brisbane and for gathering people together for reconciliation and renewal as they begin their 2014 ministry year. I am deeply grateful to God for the ways in which Charismatic spiritually has been such a refreshment and power at the very heart of the Church since the Second Vatican Council. In ways both seen and unseen Charismatic spirituality has chained the face of the Church both in Australia and around the world since that extraordinary outburst of the Holy Spirit back in the 1970s when the Catholic Charismatic Renewal was born. I wish CCR every blessing in all their missionary works for the sake of the Gospel."
‘SINCE the Second Vatican Council in 1962, the Roman Catholic Church has striven to adapt to the Modern World. But in the West—where many hoped a contemporary message would go down best—believers have left in droves. Sunday Mass attendance in England and Wales has fallen...
Abraham Foxman joined the Anti-Defamation League, one of America’s most visible Jewish advocacy organizations, in 1965, the year the Second Vatican Council ended. Among its other accomplishments, that gathering of Catholic bishops from around the world attempted to set a new course for Catholic-Jewi...
The Old Roman Catholic Church refuses any contact with the so-called "Old Catholic" of Utrecht, an ultra-modernist and liberal Church. Our jurisdiction is absolutely traditional and rejects all doctrinal and liturgical innovations following the Second Vatican Council.
Rediscovering fundamental content of the Faith as set out in Catechism: Porta Fidei: presents d catechism of d Catholic Church signed @ the 30th anniversary opening of the Second Vatican Council as a precious nd indispensable tool for arriving Faith
Among the Cardinals who are not electors, one should notice Archbishop Capovilla, the secretary of Pope John XXIII (who will soon be canonized during the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council).
Fr. Ed will present his final reflection on the Parish Mission statement this Sunday. Please join us between the Masses on December 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Center Gym when Fr. Ed will be speaking on "Ecumenism." As with the homilies that Fr. Ed has given on the mission statement, we plan to make his talk available through the parish's audio Web site, and also make a printed copy of his reflections, including the reflection questions, available on our Web site and in this weekend's bulletin. Although it's not necessary to do so before listening to the talk, you would find it helpful to read the Second Vatican Council's "Decree on Ecumenism," Unitatis Redintegratio, available on the Vatican Web site at Also available on the Vatican Web site is Pope Bl. John Paul II's encyclical "On Commitment to Ecumenism," Ut Unum Sint.
Due to inclement weather, "In the Service of the Word: The Catholic Media & The New Evangelization," a symposium to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Decree on Social Communications of the Second Vatican Council, is being rescheduled to a later date (TBD).
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Fr. Peter Stravinskas on the Liturgy and Vatican II: "Sociologists of religion remind us that worship always occurs within a context: cultural, political, sociological, religious. Worship forms for the Catholic community underwent a tremendous change in the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council. The Council itself was a great blessing to the Church, but it took place in a time of unparalleled social upheaval. Not to have lived then is to be almost incapable of appreciating the degree of confusion and uprootedness which characterized the years of Vatican II and, most especially, its immediate aftermath. To many, it appeared that the train of the Church had been derailed, and one of the first victims of that crash was the Sacred Liturgy. If the plan of the Council Fathers had been followed; if unlawful experimentation had not been tolerated; if unwarranted and unwise changes had not been introduced; things would have been different. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo in Sri Lanka and former S ...
VATICAN ON EVANGELIZATION FIVE CHAPTERS DOCUMENT The Vatican has released Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium [Joy of the Gospel], one of the most important papal documents on evangelization of the past five decades. The apostolic exhortation, dated November 24 and devoted to the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world, follows the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which took place in October 2012. The synod’s theme was “New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” In the decades following the Second Vatican Council, whose documents included the Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church (Ad Gentes, 1965), Venerable Paul VI issued an apostolic exhortation on evangelization (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 1975), and Blessed John Paul II wrote an encyclical letter on the permanent validity of the Church’s missionary mandate (Redemptoris Missio, 1990).
Catholic Church and slavery: The issue of slavery was one that historically did not see a consistent position by the Catholic Church, but was a subject of a long debate that began early in the history of the Church, and which gave increased support toward abolition in the 19th century. In 1965 the Second Vatican Council declared without qualification that slavery was an "infamy" that dishonored the Creator and was a poison in society. [1] Throughout most of human history, slavery has been practiced and accepted by many cultures and religions around the world. Certain passages in the Old Testament sanctioned slavery [2] and the New Testament gave no clear teaching to indicate that slavery was now prohibited. Throughout Christian antiquity and the Middle Ages, theologians generally followed St. Augustine in holding that although slavery could not be justified under natural law it was not absolutely forbidden by that law. As a consequence the Roman Catholic Church, up until the modern era, came to accept cer ...
Eric Gajewski posted in Defeat the Heresies of Religious Liberty and Liberty of Conscience 8:37am Apr 26 Several things...first another reiteration of the humanistic principles of the conciliar church I again remind you these humanistic principles were condemned during the french revolution from the outside of the church attacking within now its taught by the Second Vatican Council and all the post conciliar popes against Tradition...then the other atrocity is the reiteration of consciences that think in unity for the common good of man this pertains nothing to Catholicism... 71. This deviation from solid humanistic principles that a technical mindset can produce is seen today in certain technological applications in the fields of development and peace. Often the development of peoples is considered a matter of financial engineering, the freeing up of markets, the removal of tariffs, investment in production, and institutional reforms — in other words, a purely technical matter. All these factors are of ...
Francis the Judaizer... HERESY! francis-skorka.jpg Jorge Bergoglio in 2010: "Jews Still God's Chosen People" The attacks on Catholicism perpetrated by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, former "Archbishop" of Buenos Aires and now "Pope" Francis in the Vatican II Sect, apparently know no bounds. In 2010, then-"Cardinal" Bergoglio co-authored a book with Jewish rabbi Abraham Skorka (as we reported here), entitled On Heaven and Earth. It has since been translated from the original Spanish and published in the United States and many other parts of the world. In Chapter 24 of this book, we find Mr. Bergoglio uttering the following incredibly bold heresy, which he bases, of course, on the Second Vatican Council (1962-65): There is a phrase from the Second Vatican Council that is essential: it says that God showed Himself to all men and rescues, first of all, the Chosen People. Since God is faithful to His promises, He did not reject them. The Church officially recognizes that the People of Israel continue to be the Chosen ...
What a great afternoon with Bishop Emeritus Remi De Roo! Here is Sue Valois as well as Deb and Linc Stine meeting with Bishop Remi and getting him to sign his book "Remi De Roo: Chronicles of a Vatican II Bishop." The third picture is the ring that Pope Paul VI gave to the bishops who were at the Second Vatican Council. Ah-Mazing!
Remi De Roo, Bishop Emeritus of Victoria, B.C., will be giving a presentation on Sunday (October 27) afternoon from 1-3 pm at Mary, Mother of the Church, in Burnsville, on his experiences at all 4 sessions of the Second Vatican Council. This is a truly rare and wonderful experience that shouldn't be missed!
TODAY IN HISTORY October 11 is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 81 days remaining until the end of the year. 1957 – Space Race: M.I.T. scientists calculate Sputnik I's booster rocket's orbit. 1958 – Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up). 1962 – Second Vatican Council: Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years. 1968 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham aboard. 1972 – A race riot occurs on the United States Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam during Operation Linebacker. 1975 – The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live debuts with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston as guests. 1976 – George Washington's appointment, posthumously, to the grade ...
The Pope: how the Church will change Dialogue between Francis and La Repubblica's founder, Eugenio Scalfari: "Starting from the Second Vatican Council, open to modern culture". The conversation in the Vatican after the Pope's letter to La Repubblica: "Convert you? Proselytism is solemn nonsense. You have to meet people and listen to them." Lo leggo dopo Pope Francis (ap) by EUGENIO SCALFARI Pope Francis told me: "The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don't even look for them any more. They have been crushed by the present. You tell me: can you live crushed under the weight of the present? Without a memory of the past and without the desire to look ahead to the future by building something, a future, a family? Can you go on like this? This, to me, is the most urgent problem that the Church is facing." Yo ...
"What happended after the Second Vatican Council could itself almost be called a cultural revolution..." Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
On this day in 1963, the parish began “a Solemn Novena for the success of the Second Vatican Council.”
Roman Chief Rabbi Praises Pope In Yom Kippur Address The righteous is guided by his friend; but the way of the wicked leadeth them astray. (Proverbs 12:26) In his Yom Kippur speech, delivered at sundown on Friday, Roman Chief Rabbi, Dr. Riccardo Di Segni, praised Pope Francis for a letter he wrote to the national daily La Repubblica. According to the Jerusalem Post, the letter was a response to challenging questions asked by Eugenio Scalfari, the paper’s cofounder and former editor, and a self-proclaimed “nonbeliever.” Scalfari has previously questioned whether God had actually kept his promise to Abraham and the People of Israel for prosperity and happiness, considering centuries of persecution culminating in the Shoah [Holocaust]. Pope Francis replied: “This is a question – believe me – that touches us profoundly as Christians, because with the help of God, especially since the Second Vatican Council [created 50 years ago], we have rediscovered that the Jewish People are still for us the hol ...
Vaticanum Secundum (Opening of the Second Vatican Council) - I: via
This is simply the letter that cites the doctrine established at the Second Vatican Council, yes?
On September 14th, 1964: The opening of the third period of the Second Vatican Council.
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On September 14th, 1965: The opening of the fourth and final period of Second Vatican Council.
Contrary to what the heretical Second Vatican Council, Pope John Paul II, Benedict XVI or Pope Francis tell you.
Pope at public audience. Sept 11. speaks of the Church as "our mother". as the Second Vatican Council did
Year of Faith: Msgr. Michael Magee speaks on “Word of God, Light of Nations: Re-discovering the Second Vatican Council" 9/11, Lourdes, 7pm
pope since the Second Vatican Council, and therefore the teachings promulgated by popes since then and by the council...
"Gaudium et spies" was promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on 07 December 1965. It is one of the Second Vatican Council documents.
"Ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ: Second Vatican Council
Finished reading 100 Years of Modernism: A Genealogy of the Principles of the Second Vatican Council last night -- wow. recommended to all
Pope Francis keeps making me think I should stop being a Protestant minister and instead become a Catholic priest. (Kidding!) But I like the Bishop of Rome more and more. The latest: He's paving the way for Pope John XXIII, who liberalized the Church, to become a saint. Wow. (BTW if Rome is looking for a second miracle performed by Pope John XXIII, I think convening the Second Vatican Council was a miracle in itself.)
If you don't know much about Pope John XXIII, other than he called the Second Vatican Council, do yourselves a favor and google him to get a better idea of the man, priest, and Pope. Like Pope Francis, Pope John XXIII led with faith, by example. He also used a pastoral hand, much like Pope Francis has already demonstrated. He reached out to men of other faiths, and acknowledged the role of the laity in the Church. As you can tell, Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII witnessed a faith and a Church that reached out to othersn not only in the forefront, but also behind the scenes. We are so blessed to have two men such as these as Saints.
“The Latin American ecclesial and theological movement known as “Liberation Theology”, which spread to other parts of the world after the Second Vatican Council, should in my opinion be included among the most important currents in 20th century Catholic theology.” This authoritative and glorifying h...
Does the Bible teach that there is an intermediate state for the departed soul called "Purgatory"? The doctrine of Purgatory in the Catholic Church is explained in this statement from the Second Vatican Council, p. 63, which says, "The truth has been divinely revealed that sins are followed by punishments. God's holiness and justice inflict them. Sins must be expiated. This may be done on this earth through the sorrows, miseries and trials of this life and, above all, through death. Otherwise the expiation must be made in the next life through fire and torments or purifying punishments. " The Protestant church has objected to the doctrine of Purgatory by stating that this teaching denies the sufficiency and full efficacy of Christ's atoning sacrifice. To say that our sins are expiated by our suffering is an insult to the cross of Christ since it says that the cross was not sufficient to cleanse us of our sins. It says that we must suffer, that we must do something to have our sins fully cleansed. Instead, ...
The first error of this article is to somehow have the appraoch that SSPX is not in the Church or already not in "full communion" with Eternal Rome therefore what is with this new push toward being "recognized" when we as true traditionalists are already recognized by the Faith and indeed Christ Himself it is they who have left the Church objectively speaking. Second, from the article it goes: "Though that April 15th declaration is not without need of some corrections – which Bishop Fellay himself acknowledged." Yes, you could say that it has clear DOCTRINAL problems hence the resistance. Three changes in the shift of the "new" direction of SSPX are from the Doctrinal preamble from Bishop Fellay: 5. The affirmations of the Second Vatican Council and of the later Pontifical Magisterium relating to the relationship between the Church and the non-Catholic Christian confessions, as well as the social duty of religion and the right to Religious Liberty, whose formulation is with difficulty reconcilable with ...
IN REPLY... ... TO A SUGGESTION THAT BELIEVERS SIMPLY REFUSE TO TAKE ON BOARD ANY EVIDENCE PRESENTED BY MODERN SCIENCE Alexander Hamlyn-Hyde: Oh, they do take it all on board - and a much larger proportion of them than you seem to be prepared to give credit for! One of the main reasons why we don't and can't agree on many more issues raised here, is your assumption that all believers must, by definition, be living in bygone times, if not in a total scientific and social vaccuum. In your eagerness to spread your views, you overlook not only the fact that believers are just as capable of individual thinking as non-believers, but also the recent, or relatively recent, changes that have taken place in many of the major religious organisations in our part of the world. Since the Second Vatican Council, some fifty years ago, even the famously traditionalist Roman Catholic Church has implemented a vast and far-reaching modernisation programme to meet the current expectations of both society and science - and th ...
Vatican City, 19 June 2013 (VIS) - Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis of the Wednesday general audience to the expression “of the body” that the Second Vatican Council used to indicate the nature of the Church: the Church is the body of Christ. The Pope recalled the text of the conversion of Saul, who became Paul, in order to explain how the Apostle, with that experience, tells us how profound the union between Christians and Christ is.   “The image of the body helps us to understand this deep bond between Church and Christ, which St. Paul particularly developed,” the Pope said. “The Church … is a living body … and this body has a head, Jesus, who guides, nourishes, and sustains it. … [But], the same way that in a body it is important that the lifeblood courses for it to live, so must we allow Jesus to work in us, so that his Word might guide us, his Eucharistic presence might nourish and inspire us, and so that his love might give strength to our love for our neighbour.”   “In th ...
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@ Fatima Portugal We urge every Catholic and others to search for the truth.Some points: *Many of the heirarchy at the time knew and read the secret. They all said it involved apostasy (denial of faith) and it would begin at the top of the Church. *The secret was to be published in 1960".- IT WASNT * The Church leaders decided it should be kept hidden "forever" against the will of God - but God knew they would!. * It was not read because it involved the Second Vatican Council and the souls lost through it. * Paul VI, who was on the Chair at the close of the Council, declared Satan had entered the temple of God. *They lied about what Lucia really said- contradicting her to the extreme. She decribed *** which Our Lady showed her- the Vatican says she said that Jesus condemns no one to *** . The Vatican II form of Ecumenism ,was always condemned by the Church. Now this false teaching is circulated, the Devil using the tactic of "they all should be one" - the condemned version - see what was taught before ...
Eight Good Reasons for Being Catholic by Richard Rohr, O.F.M., and Joseph Martos Many of us who are older and who grew up in the Church before the Second Vatican Council never seriously faced the question, "Why be Catholic?" Not being Catholic was almost unthinkable for us, as unthinkable as not being American. Yet today, many people are in fact asking the question, "Why be Catholic?" They ask that question when their parish liturgy becomes intolerably boring, when they disagree with the pope or bishops on social issues, when they divorce and remarry and are told that they can't receive Communion. Often the question is, "Why remain Catholic?" Following Vatican II, Catholics rightly rethought the narrow approach they had taken with the belief that outside the Church there is no salvation. They broadened the idea of salvation so that it could embrace God's love for all Christians, and indeed all persons of good faith. If good people of other religious persuasions can be saved, then why be —or remain—Cat ...
Theologian Hans Küng ... open letter to all Catholic Bishops Venerable Bishops, Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and I were the youngest theologians at the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. Now we are the oldest and the only ones still fully active. I have always understood my theological work as a service to the Roman Catholic Church. For this reason, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI, I am making this appeal to you in an open letter. In doing so, I am motivated by my profound concern for our church, which now finds itself in the worst credibility crisis since the Reformation. Please excuse the form of an open letter; unfortunately, I have no other way of reaching you. I deeply appreciated that the pope invited me, his outspoken critic, to meet for a friendly, four-hour-long conversation shortly after he took office. This awakened in me the hope that my former colleague at Tubingen University might find his way to promote an ongoing renewal of ...
Pope Francis' FULL SPEECH AT THE GENERAL AUDIENCE THIS MORNING:(GMT Roman time) "Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today I would like to touch briefly on another of the terms with which the Second Vatican Council defined the Church, that of “People of God" (cf. Dogmatic Constitution. Lumen Gentium, 9; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 782). I shall do so with a few questions upon which we can all reflect. 1. What does it mean to be "People of God"? First of all, it means that God does not really belong to any people; for it is He who calls us, who summons us, who invites us to be part of his people, and this invitation is open to all, without distinction, because God’s mercy “desires all people to be saved "(1 Tim 2:4). Jesus does not tell the Apostles and us to form an exclusive group, an elite group. Jesus says: Go and make disciples of all nations (cf. Mt 28:19). St Paul says that within the people of God, in the Church, "there is neither Jew nor Gentile ... for you are all one in Christ J ...
Bishop Fellay’s Doctrinal Preamble It seems necessary to comment on the April 15th, 2012 Doctrinal Preamble proposed by His Excellency Bishop B. Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX, to Cardinal Levada. It was a secret for almost a year and was finally made public this past few weeks. This version of the Doctrinal Preamble met strong protests at the General Chapter. Consequently Bishop Fellay withdrew it without however repudiating it. This text consequently gives us an idea of the concessions, which Bishop Fellay would agree to concede, should he be allowed to do so. As a matter of fact, Bishop Fellay seems to accept to some extent: 1.- Vatican II 2.- the N.O.M. 3.- the New Code of Canon Law. The Council “II.- We declare that we accept the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church in the substance of Faith and Morals, adhering to each doctrinal affirmation in the required degree, according to the doctrine contained in No. 25 of the dogmatic constitution Lumen Gentium of the Second Vatican Council. ( ...
Quick reminder ... Duc in Altum Young Adult Adoration and Holy Mass this Friday at Sacred Heart Parish in Ponsonby at 7.30pm. First Friday Vigil is dedicated to all vocations, especially the Priesthood. Friday 14, 21 and 28 June Fr Chris Denham will be giving talks on three key Vatican II documents after Adoration: Lumen Gentium, Dei Verbum and Gaudium et Spes. This is a great Year of Faith initiative as we recognise the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. All welcome - to register for more information contact Greg at ducinaltum2013
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS 1. EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved. Fifty years after the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, which helped to strengthen the Church’s mission in the world, it is heartening to realize that Christians, as the People of God in fellowship with him and sojourning among mankind, are committed within history to sharing humanity’s joys and hopes, grief and anguish, [1] as they proclaim the salvation of Christ and promote peace for all. In effect, our times, marked by globalization with its positive and negative aspects, as well as the continuation of violent conflicts and threats of war, demand a new, shared commitment in pursuit of the common good and the development of all men, and of the whole man. It is alarming to see hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequal ...
A series of workshops for Catholics seeking to know and practice their faith.
Tom Woodman: "It has been widely reported that Pope Francis' comment that 'good' atheists will go to heaven has been 'corrected' by a Vatican 'spokesman'. Yet the Pope said nothing new, and Vatican proclaimed this obvious truth a long time ago. The Church has said for many decades that those who follow their consciences as best they can will be saved by God. The report about the so-called 'Vatican spokesman' stems from a secularist paper, and is a bad misunderstanding. Fr Roskia is a Canadian member of the Vatican press corps. This does not make him an official Vatican spokesman reprimanding the Pope on behalf of the whole institution. This is just another example of the media either deliberately or out of ignorance misrepresenting the Church."
POPE SAYS ATHEISTS REDEEMED BY CHRIST (Friday Church News Notes, May 31, 2013, www.wayoflife.org fbns866-295-4143) - During papal mass on May 22, Pope Francis said everyone is redeemed by Christ’s blood. “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace” (“Pope at Mass,” Vatican Radio, May 22, 2013). Some Catholic publications have been trying to spin this to say that the pope only meant that Christ made it possible for all men to be saved, but the Roman Catholic Church has been preaching variations on universalism since the Second Vatican Council. “Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the ...
For some of my new friends... that is me with John Paul II before I woke up to what happened at the nondogmatic/heretical Second Vatican Council.
The great Erasmus once wrote: "The desire to write grows with writing." Couldn't agree more. I just scared myself by tallying up my current writing projects: 1) A new book on sacramental theology for Paulist Press; 2) A journal article for the "James Joyce Journal" on an aspect of "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"; 3) A chapter for a festschrift in honor of my doktorvater, Joseph A. Komonchak; 4) A chapter for a new book on the Second Vatican Council; 5) A collection of short stories based on the submarine patrols in which I participated; 6) My first novel, to be based on a mysterious ring found in my father's belongings after he passed away. All of this in addition to continuing monthly columns to two national journals. Love it!!!
Rev. Andrew Greeley, a leading sociologist of religion, social change, ethnic groups, the priesthood and other subjects at the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, died Wednesday in his apartment at the John Hancock Center. He was 85.
Disgusting. Cool for a hotel, not for a place where the Holy Sacrifice is offered. Looks like some Orwellian state-run Church in a totally post-Christian world... a place where all gather and 'worship'. Really scary.
The Second Vatican Council is THE moment of renewal for the Church, and for the Church’s mission and faith.
Feature Article Francis’ reform club ‘Cleaning up’ the Curia Robert Mickens - 20 April 2013 The new Pope’s unprecedented decision to create a commission of cardinals to study how the Catholic Church is governed has been seen by many observers as a response to recent Vatican scandals. But it is a far more radical move than that, as analysis of his choice of commissioners shows “Revolution does not easily come to mind when we think of the papacy.” Those words appeared in the opening lines of a book that Archbishop Emeritus John R. Quinn of San Francisco published in 1999. The Reform of the Papacy: the costly call to Christian unity (Crossroads, New York) was a response of the former president of the US bishops’ conference to John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical, Ut Unum Sint, in which the late Pope asked Christian leaders to help him find a new “way of exercising (papal) primacy”. Archbishop Quinn said that, similar to the Second Vatican Council, the encyclical was a “revolution”. As he wr ...
SEE THESE SAMPLE OF PICTURES AND TELL ME WHAT DO YOU UNDERSTAND + As I wrote before .. It is not something new that the Roman Catholic Church speaks about Atheists and followers of other religions as being saved. The Second Vatican Council says so.. The honored late Pope, John Paul II in his visit to India allowed the priestess of the pagan god SHIVA to anoint him with the oil prepared to bless the idol worshipers. Also he kissed the Quran the book of Islam as a holy scripture.. He met with Voodoo magician ( kind of black magic ) and shook hands with him .. I wonder, was he giving them hope ? Was he giving them the message of the Gospel ? Was he then preaching the good news and saved their lives ? Did they become Christians by these acts of -so called- love ? You know what happened ?.. some of the Christian Catholics left faith and converted to these false and primitive religions.. TELL ME I AM WRONG ... I WISH I AM ..
Question of the Day Is the Pope God? Q. Set me straight on the issue of the pope being God on earth, or heaven, or both? I'm not the best Catholic, but I do try in being the best person I can be. My mother stands fast with ridiculing any faith other than Seventh-day Adventist. It’s very hard trying to defend all the propaganda raised by other faiths that are against the Catholic Faith. — A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin: Ironically, individuals who criticize the Church for not interpreting the Bible literally in other matters overlook Catholics’ very literal interpretation of Jesus’ words, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Mt 16:18). These differences can probably never be resolved, so good manners ought to guide theological discussions between Catholics and non-Catholics. The Second Vatican Council’s document Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church) sums up the Church’s belief on the Pope’s authority. “When Christ instituted the Twel ...
1. Hearing the word of God with reverence and proclaiming it with faith, the sacred synod takes its direction from these words of St. John: "We announce to you the eternal life which dwelt with the Father and was made visible to us. What we have seen and heard we announce to you, so that you may hav...
announces he will begin a new series of audience talks on the church, using the texts of the Second Vatican Council
A disciple is called by God, not because of his talents and skills and what he can do, but according to God’s own purpose and grace (Second Vatican Council). :D
The Second Vatican Council has favoured, inconceivably, the diffusion of liberal errors.
The Second Vatican Council itself has been the chief agent in the self-destruction of the Catholic Church.
(RNS) Is Pope Francis endorsing heresy? It might look that way from headlines that made it seem as though the pontiff had said that everyone – even atheists! – were destined for heaven. What he actually said was boilerplate Catholic doctrine.
I think it is about time we have this discussion. Especially for our youth. There seem to be a bit of descent concerning this issue. A number of persons have even gone as far as saying that one way is correct and the other way down right wrong. Please read and share your thoughts and opinions. The Mass of Pope Paul VI was introduced in 1969, after the Second Vatican Council. Commonly called the Novus Ordo, (New Order) it is the Mass that most Catholics today are familiar with. Interest in the Traditional Latin Mass, celebrated in essentially the same form for the previous 1,400 years, has never been higher, largely because of Pope Benedict XVI's emeritus release of the “motu proprio Summorum Pontificum” on July 7, 2007, restoring the Traditional Latin Mass as one of two approved forms of the Mass. There are many small differences between the two Masses, but what are the most obvious differences? The Language of the Mass: The New Order is most commonly celebrated in the vernacular--that is, the ...
The Second Vatican Council was one of the greatest projects of the spirit of the Antichrist, which he successfully implemented in the Catholic Church in these End Times.
2012 HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI (Emeritus) FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI Dear Brothers and Sisters, This evening I would like to meditate with you on two interconnected aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery: worship of the Eucharist and its sacred nature. It is important to reflect on them once again to preserve them from incomplete visions of the Mystery itself, such as those encountered in the recent past. First of all, a reflection on the importance of Eucharistic worship and, in particular, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We shall experience it this evening, after Mass, before the procession, during it and at its conclusion. A unilateral interpretation of the Second Vatican Council penalized this dimension, in practice restricting the Eucharist to the moment of its celebration. Indeed it was very important to recognize the centrality of the celebration in which the Lord summons his people, gathers it round the dual table of the Word and of the Bread of life, nourishes and unites it wi ...
PASTORAL Given that the Democratic Party is absolutely committed to abortion rights and the legalization of same-sex marriage, and is therefore by very clear implication the enemy of the Catholic Faith, should the USCCB issue a pastoral letter warning American Catholics about the Democratic Party?
.. and lifetime fighting against the hijackers of the Holy Catholic Church ( as it was before the Second Vatican Council ) , against those apostate pretenders claiming to be the Catholics -
D.J. Grothe, president of the James Randi Education Foundation, an organization of skeptics, said he hears echoes of the landmark Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) in Francis' remarks. And while he takes issue with some policies of the Catholic Church — the promotion of miracles, the opposition to ...
Message Of President A MESSAGE FOR THE DIOCESAN PRIESTS OF INDIA Dear Brother Priests, Greetings in the Everlasting Name of the Eternal Good Shepherd! In the whole process of the establishment of the Conference of Diocesan Priests of India (CDPI), I perceive how even almost four and a half decades after the historic event of the Second Vatican Council, Holy Mother the Church is still in the process of realising the richness of the dream of the council fathers to become a Communion of Communities. The Bishops of the CCBI found it beneficial for the Church in India to nurture fraternity and mutual support among the diocesan priests in India through the Conference of Diocesan Priests and took painstaking steps to initiate the process by giving it a Constitution in their 20th Plenary Assembly held at Jamshedpur on 16th February 2008. I thank the former National Patrons of the CDPI and my predecessors for their hard work and commitment to this cause. The unity of diocesan priests is important not merely bec .. ...
Pope Benedict XVI declared that the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) holds no canonical status in the Church and that this is based on doctrinal rather than disciplinary reasons. How then, can a follower of SSPX claim to be in full communion with the Pope, especially if the follower denies the Second Vatican Council and holds that Conciliar Popes are in heresy? The infallible pre-Vatican II Church is the same Church that created all Conciliar and post-Conciliar Cardinal Electors and entrusted them with the responsibility of electing each subsequent Pope. All future Popes will be elected in continuity with the previous Popes. Is it possible that claiming to be more Catholic than the Pope is what caused SSPX to have no canonical status? Didn't the SSPX founding Bishops agree to respect and obedience toward the Pope and his Successors, as Priests do to their Bishop? Do they not recognize the Pope as first among equals, presiding in love, the Bishop of Rome, through whom Catholic Bishops remain in Apostolic Suc ...
Christian George Francisco Acevedo wrote: I really won't mind if Dan Brown calls Manila as gates of well. Or any part of that Philippines for that matter, or any part of the world. It's just a product of his creative genius. After all, *** does not exist. According to the teachings of the second Vatican Council, there is no *** In theology, *** is not a geographical place, but is a metaphor for distance from ...
Mary, Help of Christians Today, we celebrate the Feast of Mary, Help of Christians. Our Blessed Mother has been the help, counsel, succor, and success of Christians throughout time. She gave the Rosary to Saint Dominic as a powerful prayer aid, and has repeatedly encouraged its use throughout history, appearing and assisting at Guadalupe, Fatima, Lourdes, Banneux, Beauraing, Akita, Pontmain, New Orleans, Laus, and many other places. We are reminded of Our Lady’s love for us, and her unfailing assistance, every time we pray the opening words of the Memorare: “Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that it is a thing unheard of, that anyone ever had recourse to your protection, implored your help or sought you intercession, and was left forsaken…” The tradition of the title of Mary, Help of Christians, dates back to 1571 when Christianity was saved through the intercession of the Blessed Mother during the now famous battle of Leparto. It was in this battle—on October 7, later declared as the Feast o ...
Becoming Salty Christians in a World Without Flavor, Rotting from Within At the end of today's Gospel passage from St. Mark (Mk. 9: 41 -50), after Jesus emphasized the importance of avoiding all temptations to sin, Jesus offered what appears to be a cryptic admonition to his disciples: "Everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another." What did He mean? The Jerome Biblical Commentary reflecting on the passage notes, \"Salt and fire suggest the purification the disciples will undergo through persecution and suffering.\" The Venerable Bede suggested a further insight, \"Everyone will be salted with fire, says Jesus, because spiritual wisdom must purify all the elect of any kind of corruption through carnal desire. Or he may be speaking of the fire of tribulation, which exercises the patience of the faithful to enable them to reach perfection\" These words are offered within t ...
What are charismatic gifts? The Second Vatican Council affirmed the legitimacy of charisms, both ordinary and extraordinary. A charism is simply "a grace freely given by God to build up the Church," as opposed to the graces given to sanctify the individual. St. Paul gives a list of charisms in 1 Cor. 12. They include ordinary charisms like teaching and administration and extraordinary ones like healing, miracles, and tongues. These things by themselves don't make the person holier, rather they enable him or her to serve others. Finally, the authenticity of charisms must be discerned, since charisms are not necessarily from the spirit of God (1 John 4). The Council taught, Whether these charisms be very remarkable or more simple and widely diffused, they are to be received with thanksgiving and consolation since they are fitting and useful for the needs of the Church. Extraordinary gifts are not to be rashly desired nor is it from them that the fruits of apostolic labors are to be presumptuously expected. ...
When the Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a covenant, it is using an ancient and rich biblical concept to describe how God's steadfast and exclusive love for his people is a model for the loving union of a married couple.
Sorry, but the way some of my fellow priests celebrate Mass confuses me. Is it the same Roman Catholic liturgy? Musings on a busy (as usual) Marian feastday morning!
1 Open answer to the Open Letter of Bishop Williamson to the members of the SSPX Singapore, May 12, 2013 Most Reverend and dear Bishop Williamson, I hear the basic accusation: “the present leadership of the Society of St Pius X means to lead it away from the direction set for it by Archbishop Lefebvre, and towards the ideas and ideals of the Second Vatican Council.” “Superiors meaning to lead them and yourselves towards, even into, the great apostasy of modern times.” This is a very grievous accusation, that requires facts proportionate to prove it. But what do we get afterwards? An analysis of Bishop Fellay’s declaration of April 15, 2012 follows. From the very first paragraph one finds an evil twist. Indeed, Bishop Fellay wrote, as the first paragraph of his declaration: “We promise to be always faithful to the Catholic Church and to the Roman Pontiff, its supreme Pastor, Vicar of Christ, successor of Peter and head of the body of Bishops.” These words of bishop Fellay were almost an exact ...
Since the Second Vatican Council was convened fifty years ago, we have witnessed many changes in the way we celebrate liturgy and serve our church as laity, but in the midst of it all our Blessed Mother Mary has remained a constant companion for Catholic Christians. Pope Paul VI wrote about Mary, “S...
Wed. May 15 at 9 PM ET, Sat. May 18 at 8 PM ET Interviews with Church leaders from around the globe on the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Learn how this historical event not only marked Church history but the entire Modern World
BRIGHTON -- Continuing a lecture series on the Second Vatican Council for St. John's Seminary, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, related his first-hand knowledge of the council and one of its key figures for an audience at St. Columbkille's Parish in Brighton, April 29.
What is the purpose of veiling? For 2,000 years, Catholic women have veiled themselves before entering a church or any time they are in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament (e.g., during sick calls). It was written into the 1917 Code of Canon Law, Canon 1262, that women must cover their heads -- "especially when they approach the holy table" - but during the Second Vatican Council, Msgr. Bugnini was asked by journalists if women would still have to cover their heads. His reply, was that the issue was not being discussed. The journalists took his most undoubtedly deliberate lack of an answer, as a "no," and printed their information in newspapers all over the world with no rebuttal from Vatican officials, including Msgr. Bugnini. Since then, most Catholic women have lost this beautiful tradition. Veiling is a very serious matter, and not one that "just" concerns Canon Law, but also two millennia of Church Tradition -- which extends back to Old Testament tradition and to New Testament admonitions. St. Pau ...
Also in 1983: Pope John Paul II signs new Roman Catholic code incorporating changes brought about by Second Vatican Council.
The Magna Carta, Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, & the Second Vatican Council all have the scent of dank chronic on them.
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One Billion Rising with the Woman Caught in Adultery Liturgy and Life by Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers The Prairie Messenger|March 6, 2013   Fifth Sunday of Lent March 17, 2013 Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Philippians 3:8-14 John 8:1-11   As tragic as the number of women being assaulted or abused in the world, is the hypocrisy of religious leaders, especially the ones who justify hypocrisy in the name of God’s Son, a man of peace and equality who befriended women, even entrusted to women the great news of his resurrection, sending them as apostles to tell the men — who, at first hearing, did not believe them. The same hierarchy that brought shame upon the Vatican for recycling clergy child molesters, a scandal that continues to rock the church in many countries, has assumed a moral high ground in disciplining and “correcting” the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a group of women who have put their lives on the line by taking the social justice agenda of the Second Vatican Council to many of ...
A half century ago, the Catholic Church had a chance for reform in the Second Vatican Council, with a young advocate in Joseph Ratzinger. But reactionary popes shunted reform aside, with Ratzinger later joining them as Pope Benedict XVI.
Testimony of a Polish lay Dominican A few years ago my husband and I made a profession to live according to the Rules of the Lay Fraternities of Saint Dominic. For some of our friends and relatives, this decision was unintelligible and incomprehensible. For our parents, they had to be reassured that our decision would not deprive them of the hope of having more grandchildren since they associated the Order mainly with celibacy. Even our friends who are familiar with the Church were surprised because of our young age - Polish fraternities usually consist of elderly people. Zbigniew Nosowski, who is a friend and at one time a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Laity once asked us: “Why do you need to search for your identity and spiritual fulfillment in the Order when the Second Vatican Council has elevated the lay vocation in the Church as an equal way of sanctity”. Unlike before, today, it is clear that lay people achieve perfection exactly by immersing themselves in their world. Why then do ...
St. Patrick and Pope Benedict ... Compare and Contrast. Compare and Contrast … Pope Benedict and St. Patrick Does secular media have it out for Benedict XVI? That’s like asking “is the Pope Catholic?” The hateful electronic frenzy over the Pope’s well-deserved retirement is stunningly undeserved. In truth, his extraordinary life of public service remarkably resembles one of history’s most beloved Catholic figures: St. Patrick. In their youth, both men overcame enormous adversity. Patrick escaped slavery. Benedict survived the Nazis. Both dedicated their lives to God to serve others: Patrick as Ireland’s first bishop; Benedict as a key advisor at the Second Vatican Council, a leading Cardinal and, for eight arduous years, Holy Father. Both men humbly and voluntarily surrendered their power in old age. Patrick stepped down as bishop four years before dying on March 17, 461 at age 71. Benedict stepped down at age 85 after a full half century as a Church leader, just a few days before becoming t ...
The Season of Lent is one of both joy and serious reflection. It has some interesting 4th-century historical roots. The 40-day duration evolved from what originally had been a two-day paschal fast in observance of Easter. In our own time, the Second Vatican Council brought out the "baptismal" nature of Lent. Vatican II restored the Catechumenate with its many Lenten rituals culminating with Baptism at the Easter Vigil. As the elect prepare themselves for Baptism, the rest of the community accompanies them on the journey, ultimately renewing their own baptismal vows at the same Vigil ceremony.
!!! A Church always in transformation !!! In the Pope’s farewell discourse at Clementine Hall, Benedict affirmed he wanted to leave the 144 cardinals present with a simple thought about the mystery of the Church. “I am helped by an expression of Romano Guardini written in the year in which the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council approved the Constitution Lumen Gentium, in his last book with a personal dedication to me, so the words of this book are particularly dear to me.” More about Romano Guardini : In the liturgical sphere, he was also a continuator of Modernism and a full-bodied progressivist. As early as 1927, Guardini was saying the Mass versus populum and in German in a redesigned chapel at Burg Rothenfels. Discarding the Gothic altars and elaborate décor, he stripped the church, painted the walls white and installed a moveable altar surrounded on three sides by simple stools. The focus was entirely on the congregation and the priest, together forming a community gathered for worship with ...
Commentary of the day : Benedict XVI, pope from 2005 to 2013 Speech of 19/08/2005 in the synagogue of Cologne, in Germany (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana) " I have come not to abolish but to fulfill" This year marks the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council's Declaration Nostra Aetate, which opened up new prospects for Jewish-Christian relations in terms of dialogue and solidarity. This Declaration... recalls the common roots and the immensely rich spiritual heritage that Jews and Christians share. Both Jews and Christians recognize in Abraham their father in faith (cf. Gal 3,7; Rom 4,11ff.), and they look to the teachings of Moses and the prophets. Jewish spirituality, like its Christian counterpart, draws nourishment from the psalms. With the Apostle Paul, Christians are convinced that "the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable" (Rom 11,29). In considering the Jewish roots of Christianity, my venerable Predecessor John-Paul II... affirmed that "whoever me ...
Conclave updates. Of the 117 Voting Cardinals, 67 were named by Pope Benedict XVI. The remaining 50 were named by Pope John Paul II. Of the living Cardinals, only 6 were Council Fathers at the Second Vatican Council (Cardinals Angelini, Arinze, Canestri, Delly, Fernandes de Araújo, and Lourdusamy). All of them are over 80 and thus will not be in the Conclave.
Nevermind, I forgot that The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church doesn't go exactly in the same order as The Bible. So instead, I'll debunk the order the Catechism goes in, in relation to The Bible. Ok, so I'm looking through the Catechism that the Vatican has (Source: And, I'm already finding things that don't really make sense. So, under "Prologue" Roman numeral II. Handing on the Faith: Catechesis, it reads (I'll be disecting this): 4 Quite early on, the name catechesis was given to the totality of the Church's efforts to make disciples, to help men believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ.7 Confusion: This is where I get confused. First off, "Catechesis" or "Catechism" isn't found in the New American Standard Bible (a.k.a. what most Roman Catholics use). And, if we understand what Roman Catholics believe, it's a two-fold type of belief system. They supposidly ...
In the Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum, the Second Vatican Council states that the intimate truth of the whole Revelation of God shines forth for us “in Christ, who is himself both the mediator and the sum total of Revelation” (n. 2). The Old Testament tells us that after the Creation — in spite of original sin, in spite of man’s arrogance in wishing to put himself in his Creator’s place — God once again offers us the possibility of his friendship, especially through the Covenant with Abraham and the journey of a small people, the People of Israel. He did not choose this people with the criteria of earthly power but simply out of love. It was a choice that remains a mystery and reveals the style of God who calls some, not in order to exclude the others, but so that they may serve as a bridge that leads to him. A choice is always a choice for the other. In the history of the People of Israel we can retrace the stages of a long journey during which God made himself known, revealed ...
Evening all. Tomorrow we will look at the changing attitudes towards homework. Some countries have scrapped it, so should we do the same?
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PREDICTION OF LAST POPE BY ST. MACAULY IN 1140's LINK TO END TIME Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. The main topic of conversation now turns to who will be the next pope? The Papabili These candidates are called “Papabili,”1 a Latin term which literally means, “popeable” or “one who might become pope.” According to modern Catholic Church law, a pope is selected only from the College of Cardinals who meet in conclave to select the successor. A Papabile must be a cardinal, so the list of Papabili is fairly short, usually four or five men. Throughout modern Catholic Church history, the man who emerges from the conclave to lead the estimated 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide has sometimes been a surprise. Those that people may think will be pope many times are not elected. There is a saying in the Vatican, “He who enters the concl ...
Image courtesy of shutterstock.comA few days ago I received an invite from a major US newspaper (one I like and even count among its contributors a friend or two) asking if I would be interested in writing a 375 word rebuttal to an editorial; its publication next week will apparently identify the pr...
POPE BENEDICT'S RESIGNATION AND INTERFAITH DIALOGUE (followed Deedat dare to challenge public dialogue with Pope John) When Pope Benedict XVI formally resigned last Thursday (Feb. 28), it was a dramatic moment. No pope had resigned since 1400, historians said. However, what I would like to address here is how Benedict's papacy tried to reverse advances made in Catholic dialogue with other religions, especially Muslims, and what to expect from the new pope. Early in his tenure, Pope Benedict XVI set the tone in his relationship with Islam and Muslims. In a speech he gave in Regensburg, Germany, in September 2006, he demonstrated poor understanding of Islam's history and teachings. The pope cited a 14th-century Byzantine emperor’s offensive remarks about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He then went on to accuse Muslims of spreading their faith by the sword, of intolerance toward those who differed with them, and that those attitudes were deeply rooted in their faith. None of these clai ...
the second vatican council was a significant remodeling effort in the house of God.
Today's meditation is about the Second Vatican Council. It really was, and is, an amazing and exciting process to watch. It was not reform. It was a revisit of practices from the early church. A return to basics, simplicity, and depth. We're only at the beginning of this new day in our relationship with one another and the Holy Spirit. It reminds me of something known by sailors or people who live by water. It's called "cats paw"... Cats paw is the first, gentle stirring of the water, in the still morning. We're at the beginning of an exciting time in the kingdom of heaven.
Being Sunday, here are some more papal photos: Pius XII, John Paul II, and of course Benedict XVI.
THANK YOU, AND YOU TOO SAIN DAVID [ AND R.I.P. DAVID MY GOD CHILD] Feastday: March 1 According to tradition, St. David was the son of King Sant of South Wales and St. Non. He was ordained a priest and later studied under St. Paulinus. Later, he was involved in missionary work and founded a number of monasteries. The monastery he founded at Menevia in Southwestern Wales was noted for extreme asceticism. David and his monks drank neither wine nor beer - only water - while putting in a full day of heavy manual labor and intense study. Around the year 550, David attended a synod at Brevi in Cardiganshire. His contributions at the synod are said to have been the major cause for his election as primate of the Cambrian Church. He was reportedly consecrated archbishop by the patriarch of Jerusalem while on a visit to the Holy Land. He also is said to have invoked a council that ended the last vestiges of Pelagianism. David died at his monastery in Menevia around the year 589, and his cult was approved in 1120 by ...
BAGNASCO Card. Angelo Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa (Italy), was born on 14 January 1943 in Pontevico, Brescia, Italy. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1966 and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Genoa. From 1966 to 1985, he served as assistant parish priest at San Pietro e Santa Teresa di Bambin Gesù in Genoa. In 1975 until 1984, he taught Italian to high school students at the Genoa seminary, and from 1980 until 1998 he taught metaphysics and contemporary atheism at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy. During this time, from 1980 until 1995, he served as assistant to the Italian Catholic University Students Association. He also served as director of the catechetical office and regional delegate for pastoral ministry in schools. From 1986 to 1994 he headed and taught at Genoa’s Higher Institute for Religious Sciences, and from 1990 to 1996 directed the education office. In addition, from 1993 to 1996 he was director of Liturgical Apostolate and from 1995 to ...
Here is an interesting article I copied from America magazine about cardinals who could be our next pope. We Have Papabili! SIGNS OF THE TIMES March 4, 2013From CNS, Staff and other sources Irish bookmakers have ranked Cardinal Angelo Scola of Italy, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana and Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada as favorites among the papabili (literally “pope-ables”). Has Cardinal Turkson already blown his chances by saying that he would be happy to take the job? Is New York’s Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan out of the running because he is, well, an American? Such are the speculations of “papabili watching” as the conclave that will elect the new pope approaches in March. If you would prefer to let your reason, rather than an Irish bookie, be your guide, here are some short bios of the leading candidates for the job. Cardinal Angelo Scola (Italian, born Nov. 7, 1941). Archbishop of Milan since 2011, Cardinal Scola, a respected theologian, was patriarch of Venice, where he earned a reputation as ...
College of Cardinals Biographical notes [Updated: 31.01.2013] Notice: the biographical notes are only a working instrument for the press. TAGLE Card. Luis Antonio G: Cardinal Louis Antonio Gokim Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, was born on 21 June 1957 in Manila, the Philippines. He received religious instruction at St. Andrew’s School, Parañaque, then run by the Scheut Missionaries. After leaving school he entered the inter-diocesan St. Jose Seminary in the capital, run by the Jesuits, and in seminary he studied philosophy at the Athenaeum of Manila University and theology at the Loyola School of Theology. He was ordained to the diaconate on 18 July 1981 and to the priesthood on 27 February 1982. For the first three years as a priest he served in parish ministry and as spiritual director of the Diocesan Theological Seminary in Imus of which he was later Rector. He taught philosophy and theology at the Divine Word and San Carlos Seminaries and at the Loyola School of Theology. In 1985 he was sent to the Ca ...
The Divine Mercy Novena BackgroundSt. FaustinaThe ImageFeast of Mercy Indulgence The ChapletThe NovenaThe HourSecond ComingAudio/VideoHome Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said: "These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy." In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her: "On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces fo ...
Knock it off with all the Pope Prophecies!
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has landed in a fresh controversy, just weeks after he faced protests while delivering his speech at Delhi's Sri Ram College for Commerce. Sources have told NDTV that the management of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a top US business school,...
“There’s no place for a Pope Emeritus,” Karol Wojtyla declared dryly as recently as 1994. Yet beginning at 8 PM today, we have an Emeritus Pope, with consequences for the Catholic Church that are impossible to overstate. The decision announced two and a half weeks ago by Joseph Ratzinger—from now on...
Fastest growing religion in the world! TAKE NOTE! the Sedevacantist sect numbering just a few thousand Thursday morning but this week gained 1.2 billion members over night!!!
Pope Benedict resigned to avoid arrest, seizure of church wealth by Easter Posted on February 13, 2013 by itccs Diplomatic Note was issued to Vatican just prior to his resignation New Pope and Catholic clergy face indictment and arrest as "Easter Reclamation" plan continues A Global Media Release and Statement from The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State Brussels: The historically unprecedented resignation of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope this week was compelled by an upcoming action by a European government to issue an arrest warrant against Ratzinger and a public lien against Vatican property and assets by Easter. The ITCCS Central Office in Brussels is compelled by Pope Benedict's sudden abdication to disclose the following details: 1. On Friday, February 1, 2013, on the basis of evidence supplied by our affiliated Common Law Court of Justice (itccs.org), our Office concluded an agreement with representatives of a European nation and its courts to secure an arrest warrant against Joseph R ...
WHO IS KNOCKING ON THE POPE’S DOOR? By Father John Walsh Will the next Pope be from the Americas, Europe, or Africa? Speculation is growing exponentially about who the future occupant of the papal residence will be. More so for us in Quebec with the mention that a Canadian Cardinal, a Quebecker, Marc Ouellet, is in the running! The other names on the list are several in number and not known by many outside of Italy or South America or Ghana. The choice will be made shortly but while waiting I recall a priest I knew as a teen-ager, Father Wally Sutton. Father Wally welcomed veterans whose DVA cheques he would receive as their “guardian.” When they came to visit he would give them a part of their money over the period of a month so that they wouldn’t squander it. It was evident, just looking at them, that they were living hard times. We gave them names. The one without teeth, chewy; the one with combs in his pockets, combs; and the one with newspapers in his coat pockets, the paper boy. Fa ...
Three theologians who teach in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis shared their thoughts recently on the legacy of Pope Benedict in regard to his office as the principal teacher of the Catholic Faith for the universal Church.
In contemporary theological reflection there often emerges an approach to Jesus of Nazareth that considers him a particular, finite, historical figure, who reveals the divine not in an exclusive way, but in a way complementary with other revelatory and salvific figures. The Infinite, the Absolute, the Ultimate Mystery of God would thus manifest itself to humanity in many ways and in many historical figures: Jesus of Nazareth would be one of these. More concretely, for some, Jesus would be one of the many faces which the Logos has assumed in the course of time to communicate with humanity in a salvific way. Furthermore, to justify the universality of Christian salvation as well as the fact of religious pluralism, it has been proposed that there is an economy of the eternal Word that is valid also outside the Church and is unrelated to her, in addition to an economy of the incarnate Word. The first would have a greater universal value than the second, which is limited to Christians, though God's presence wo ...
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Are the lamps going out over the Church? Catholicism is under increasing threat in a fast changing world
Benedict resigns papacy: Who's running the Catholic Church? AP | Mar 1, 2013, 02.16 PM IST inShare 2 167 Comments More AA READ MORE Vatican|Tarcisio Bertone|Catholic Church?|Benedict XVI|Pope With the pope's retirement, ultimate power now resides with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and the College of Cardinals. RELATED Pope Benedict XVI calls for Roman Catholic Church to 'renew', thousan...Pope Benedict XVI considered a friend in IsraelPope Benedict XVI to resign due to 'health reasons'Pope Benedict XVI decries slaughter of 'defenseless' Syrians CASTEL GANDOLFO, ITALY: As bells tolled and the clock struck 8, the brass-studded wooden doors swung shut on Thursday at this palace in the Italian hills, marking an end to Benedict XVI's papacy and the start of his final journey as a "simple pilgrim." Capping a day of tearful farewells that included an extraordinary pledge of obedience to his successor, Benedict entered history as the first pope in 600 years to resign — leaving the Catholic Church in unprecedented l ...
RESPECT FOR OTHER RELIGIONS? by Edward D. Waller, Ph. D. Since the Second Vatican Council, there has been great emphasis on ecumenism or unity among all religions. We are now hearing from all levels within the Roman Catholic Church that we must RESPECT all religions. We are told that we must refrain from forcing our beliefs onto others. We are told that all religions hold some truth that may lead to salvation of souls. What we have not been told is that this notion is UTTER NONSENSE and contrary to our traditional faith. In the encyclical, Humani Generis, Pope Pius XII warns the faithful about false "irenics" (ecumenism). He states: "Another danger is perceived which is all the more concealed beneath the mask of virtue. There are many who, deploring disagreement among men and intellectual confusion, through an imprudent zeal for souls, are urged by a great and ardent desire to do away with the barrier that divides good and honest men; these advocate an 'irenism' according to which, by setting aside the qu ...
"The Eucharistic Sacrifice (Mass) is the source and summit of the Christian life." (Lumen Gentium 2). These words from the Second Vatican Council remind us that there is nothing we do as Catholics that is as important or significant as Sunday Mass. Here at St. Ann's Sunday Mass us offered 4 pm Saturday; 8, 9:30, 11 am & 5pm on Sunday. Please join us! Feel free to share this status. Thank you!
+Colchester references Second Vatican Council & in the same sentence. Astonishing!
ARINZE,ONAYEIKAN LEFT OUT AS A NEW POPE SOON TO EMERGE As the College of Cardinals goes into the Conclave to elect the successor of Pope Benedict XV1, one African is among those tipped to emerge as the new pontiff. He is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. Going by the rule that only cardinals below the age of 81 will enter the Conclave, it means that the new Pope would not be above 80 years. This rules out Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, who is 81. Below are the profiles of cardinals, who may emerge as bishop. Cardinal Peter Turkson A Ghanaian, he got his red hat from Pope John Paul II in 2003. He is president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for justice and peace. Born on October 11, 1948 in Nsuta-Wassaw, a mining hub in Ghana’s western region, to a Methodist mother and a Catholic father, he was educated in New York and Rome before being ordained to the priesthood in 1975. In 1992, he was appointed archbishop of Cape Coast, the former colonial capital of Ghana and a key diocese. As archbishop, . ...
by Christopher Logan In the wake of the recent persecution of Pastor Terry Jones, I would like to take a look at the surrounding players and their pro-Isla...
In the past I had very biased views on traditional Christianity and the official Church. This attitude is quite common for many friends I meet on the path. Some of them, although born in Christian countries, hardly have any notion about Christianity apart from what they have heard or read in alterna...
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"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do." Pope John XXIII
It was not a vow, only a respite; a self-imposed penance, or better "faith imposed". I mean the option to keep silence. It has been more than two weeks, and a lot of things happened. We lost a Pope, and there's a coming Election. It's not as if I'm being drawn out of my shell. It's just that in this Lent, coincidentally there are happenings which grab my attention and I cant help musing on them. Since it is a time for reflection, so we reflect and our reflection can't help but find its way to this page. I received a text message urging participation for a snowballing Pro-Life campaign against those who voted for the RH Bill. But the official stance of our Archdiocese (each diocese is autonomous to uphold positions, on non-dogmatic issues, or issues that touch doctrine peripherally) is our priests will not initiate such a campaign but if our lay people initiate such a move, the clergy will support it (through statement of Fr. Amadeo Alvero, the Archdiocesan Chairman, Commission of Social Communication) Sin ...
Debunking 'conventional' conclave wisdom John L. Allen Jr. | Mar. 1, 2013 All Things Catholic Now that the papacy of Benedict XVI is over and the sede vacante has begun, the period before the white smoke rises over the Sistine Chapel will be filled with commentary and speculation about the looming conclave, much of it based on time-honored conventional wisdom about how these things work. Here are three common bromides you're likely to hear over and over again in coming days: "He who enters as pope exits as a cardinal." The idea is that too much attention before the fact can hurt more than it helps, and that the actual results of conclaves are always a surprise compared to what people had expected. "You follow a fat pope with a thin one." The gist is that after a particular style has had its day for a while, cardinals will be in the mood for something different, so they'll elect a pope who contrasts with the previous one. "This is the most secretive process in the world." This assertion usually comes bun . ...
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Another before and after, Saint Joseph's church in Bonnybridge, Scotland.
Dave's Quest for the Papacy: Day 19 That nuncio twit surprised us at dinner last night with a talent competition. What a friggin' ordeal. Not just having to come up with something, but also having to sit through the other candidates' performances. Some were just lame, like Cardinal Ortiz's stigmata that looked a lot like catsup, and some were plain dreadful. Namely, Cardinal Cantone's rendition of "My Heart Will Go On," done in Latin. And as a Gregorian chant. Talk about going on and on and on and... I'd say I won with my reenactment of the Second Vatican Council done entirely with sock puppets. I think I killed, but they all just sat there and second-guessed my choice of socks. I personally think using argyle for Pope John XXIII was just fine, but they just complained and complained that I should have used a sweat sock. So, They are all off to Rome, and I am backed at Highland Terrace. I have taken the liberty of renaming it to Castel Garydolfo. My manservant, Cheeto doesn't have nearly as many ...
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be remembered in Church history for his work to recover the beauty of traditional liturgy, according to Bishop James D. Conley.
Last night amidst all the blather about the Pope, Poggioli speculated briefly that there is some hope that the Cardinals will be backed in to returning to the principles of the Second Vatican Council. There would be great potential if that happened.
LIFE AND TIME OF POPE BENEDICT XVI.was born in germany,real name is joseph Aloisius Ratzinger,he was a professor of dogmatic and theology at d university of regensburg,university of tubingen and muester university in 1965-66.at d second vatican council 1962-65,ratzinger served as d chief theological experts to cardinal joseph frings of cologne.he is one of d founder of theological journal communio.in march 1977 he became an archbishop of munich,3months later,was named a cardinal by pope john paul vi .in 1981 pope john paul ii name cardinal ratzinger d head of vatican office dat enforce church theology and rules.1998 he became d vice dean at d college of cardinals and was elected dean in 2002.on april 19 2005 cardinal ratzinger then 78yrs was chosen by hs fellow cardinals as pope upon d death of pope john paul ii.on february 11,2013 at d age of 85 announced dat he would be resigning on 28th of february 2013.become d first pope in 598 yrs to step down frm his post..BY: COMRADE AKPOYIBO GLORY OVAKPORAYE.
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Happy Friday! Did you see the Pope's helicopter depart the Vatican?
Fish Fry tonight! Come on down tonight to enjoy a meal, 430 - 630. Followed by Stations of the Cross at 7, and the next segment of the lecture series on the Second Vatican Council.
Catholic and Proud wrote: "While Christ, 'holy, innocent, undefied', knew nothing of sin, but came to expiate only the sins of the people, the Church, embracing the sinners in her bosom, is at the same time holy and always in need of being purified, and incessantly pursues the path of penance and renewal." - (Second Vatican Council-'The Church')
Priests from several parts of the globe have asked versions of the following question: "During the interregnum, what should be said in the Eucharistic Prayer at the prayer for the Pope?" Most of the recent manuals don't go into such detail but thankfully old manuals from before the Second Vatican Council can still be found touching on the more arcane aspects of liturgy. In this case the Pope's name, and the entire phrase referring to the Pope, is omitted from the Eucharistic Prayer during the period of the "Sede Vacante." Mention is made only of the local bishop and the clergy according to the literary form of each prayer. For example, in Eucharistic Prayer II it would be: "Together with ... N. our bishop, and all the clergy," and in the Diocese of Rome: "Together with . all the clergy." An analogous procedure is followed in each diocese following the death or retirement of the local ordinary. An Australian reader queried: "I was intrigued to see the Holy Father lying in state wearing red liturgical vestm ...
Tim Stanley says the next pope is going to have to move a church beset by many problems beyond them, and reinvigorate Catholicism for the 21st century.
The truth about the person and about love is thus confirmed. With regard to the truth about the person, we must turn again to the Second Vatican Council: "Man, who is the only creature on earth that God willed for its own sake, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of self".59 Blessed John Paul II
This teaching, with its Biblical foundation, was brought fully to the fore by the Second Vatican Council, to the great advantage of the Church's life. For when we become aware that we share in Christ's triple mission, his triple office as priest, as prophet and as king140, Blessed John Paul II
The Second Vatican Council and the 3rd Secret of Fatima:
The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. -From Gaudium et Spes (The Church in the Modern World), Second Vatican Council, 1965
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The Pope Benedict's final message to the the Cardinals shortly before the retirement took effect: Vatican City (Catholic Online) - On his last day serving as the successor of Peter, His Holiness Benedict XVI greeted 140 Cardinals who had already arrived in Rome to begin the conclave which will choose his successor. We offer our readers the full text of his closing comments. The message to his brother Bishops letter once again reflects the mettle of this humble "Servant of the Servants of God", a title entrusted to the occupant of the Chair of Peter. The message, quoting Romano Guardini, also reflects Benedict's rich ecclesiology (theology of the Church) and deep spirituality. As he now enters into a monastic life, he will continue to be joined to this Church, this living reality, in profound prayer. He will, we all hope, also continue to offer his extraordinary gift of theological reflection and insight in the years which the Lord has assigned to him. The Church is in need of and will be enriched by his c ...
It was difficult for me to grasp that anyone on FB was talking about anything but the last day of Pope Benedict's pontificate. We are now "sede vacantes."
WHY DID THE POPE RESIGN? Forget religion, forget prayer, forget God, FOLLOW THE MONEY! I Received this following info on the 16th Feb, with news of the Popes' resignation.. It will be most interesting to see if Cardinal Peter Turkson, who is currently one of the favourites in the election of the new Pope, is in fact elected. It could be said, watch this space! A must read.. especially for those interested in the possible global financial collapse... IC 16/02/2013 WWIII News Headlines. Some considered it was the sex scandals but I don't. It has to be something FAR more interesting. This is a well researched report, I suggest you do your own thinking because if we follow this down it means the system is on the edge of crashing. We've seen a massive swing to off loading company shares by owners of the companies and this cannot be ignored either. A Trail of Breadcrumbs: The Resignation of Pope Benedict and the Great Financial Collapse On Tuesday, February 12th, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world and his cong ...
Reestablishing papal resignation is probably the most important reform in the Church since the Second Vatican Council.
The Italian Job "You were only supposed to blow the Second Vatican Council off"
Petrus Romanus will eliminate the cancer of Protestantism in the world and the leprosy spread by John XXIII and his Second Vatican Council.
Benedict’s Farewell: Am I wrong to see in this an invocation of the Second Vatican Council’s insistence that ...
A good reflection by one of the luminaries and perhaps few remaining ones of the Second Vatican Council... Moving...
"... living the second Vatican council forward in continuity with Tradition." Best thing heard on this morn. YES, FATHER! Exactly!
The reforms of the Second Vatican Council were not informed by public opinion polls.
Of course, like Islamists, the Catholic Church also rejected secular human rights until the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.
he follows the path of Pope John XXIII and the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. THAT Pope is not next
Message of the People of God Year of the Faith Fiftieth Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council...
if you need me, I am studying the Second Vatican Council
Fr Bradley, You may check this out? New Pope will call for an extension of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council?
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is our task for the Year of Faith to bring the real Second Vatican Council to life.
Dr. Alan Schreck details the Second Vatican Council's legacy in regards to evangelization and inter-religious...
Following the next Vatican Council, 8 employees of the Second City will be tried for murder
It was not the media who hijacked the Second Vatican Council
Also in this week - Benedict's best-selling books and his personal memories of the Second Vatican Council
The Second Vatican Council saw the role of lay people as central to the ministry of the church.. Breda O'Brien
The Meaning of Mercy: The Second Vatican Council taught us that the Eucharist is the “Source and Summit” of th...
Awesome that a german with revolutionary mind in Second Vatican Council changes his view and became at butcher of progress...
I finished reading Second Vatican Council: Ecumenical and Apolitical by Paul C. DeCelles
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