Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Bede the Venerable, May 25,2018
Born in 673 A.D., Bede entered the monastery of Wearmouth in northeastern England at the age of seven, became a month, and was ordained. Bede never ventured further than fifty miles from the monastery. Drawing on the many manuscripts brought to Wearmouth from France, Bede produced his Ecclesiastical History of the English People and commentaries on Scripture for the edification of his fellow monks. His works show him as learned, steeped in the Church’s liturgical prayer, and eminently Catholic. Bede’s successor, William of Malmesbury, called him “marvelously learned and not at all proud.” Bede died in 735 and was named Doctor of the Church in 1899 A.D.read more
In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis strongly criticized leaders who take advantage of others in the workplace.
“Woe to you who exploit others and their work by evading taxes, not contributing to their pension funds, and not giving them paid vacation. Woe to you!… “Discounting,” not paying what’s owed, is a sin.”
The pope reflected on connection to riches, reminding and warning they can either take away one’s freedom or be a source of life if used generously and responsibly.read more
Speaking to pilgrims at Chartres Cathedral on Monday, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments warned, “Western society has chosen to establish itself without God. Witness how it is now delivered to the flashy and deceptive lights of a consumer society: to profit at all costs, and frenzied individualism.”
“Western society has become like a drunken boat in the night,” he said. “She does not have enough love to take in children, to protect them beginning from their mother’s womb, to protect them from the aggression of pornography.”read more
Both Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Abp. Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, Canada are slamming the German bishops’ proposal to allow non-Catholic spouses to receive the Eucharist under certain conditions after a “serious examination” of conscience and an “affirm[ation] of the Catholic [faith], among others.
This comes as German-speaking Catholics and Protestants met in Münster, Germany for a Catholic conference, Katholikentag, where some reaffirmed Holy Communion as the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, while others dismissed it as simply “a wafer.”read more
Call comes amid evidence of Communist infiltration of Church in China
VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) – Pope Francis is calling faithful across the world to be “spiritually united” with Chinese Catholics.On Thursday, the Pontiff dedicated morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta to the “noble Chinese people” who, he acknowledged, are enduring many “difficulties.”
On the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Sheshan, Francis told his general audience, “This anniversary invites us to be spiritually united to all the Catholic faithful who live in China.”
“Dearest disciples of the Lord in China,” he added, “the universal Church prays with you and for you, so that even amid difficulties you may continue to entrust yourselves to the will of God. Our Lady will never fail to help you and will safeguard you with her maternal love.”read more
GAY CIVIL WAR: Archbishop Fulton Sheen – Laity must fight this war
by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant.com • May 24, 2018
The civil war in the Catholic Church that is fomented by gay clergy and homosexual-friendly bishops must be fought by the laity.
By 1972, Abp. Fulton Sheen recognized the crisis of faith stemming from weak Catholic leadership and the poor formation of clerics. He also saw the role of the laity in turning the tide. That year, the holy and learned bishop said as much in an address to the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus:
Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious.read more
THE VORTEX: FLAT. OUT. WRONG – A fallible, personal opinion
May 24, 2018
The man who is the current pope is wrong in his very personal, very fallible opinion presented as a mere man, and not as Pope. God does not make people gay, and such a person is not born that way.
Jorge Bergoglio is wrong.
Now again, given the circumstances of a person repeating to the press what he said the pope said, we have to presume the victim of a long ago assault by a homosexual priest was not lying when he said the pope said God makes people gay and loves them that way. If Bergoglio the man — not Francis the Pope — did indeed say that, then the gay-controlled Vatican has a moral duty and obligation to come out and deny either that he said it or that was not what he meant.read more
Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Mary Magdale de Pazzi, May 24,2018
The Lord instructs us about the kind of detachment required “to enter into the Kingdom of God.” It requires cutting off from ourselves whatever causes us to cling to our false self: worldly treasure, injustice toward others, hearts fattened by self-indulgence, etc. Such mortification makes us super attentive to those who “belong to Christ” and ever generous in their service.read more
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