Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s video: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time A & St. Agnes of Assisi, November 19,2017
Why does the master call the two servants “good and faithful”? Because, when entrusted with a vast amount of money, they do not run off or spend the money on themselves. Rather, they invest what was given them as their way of revering their relationship with their master. His reply is, “Since you were faithful, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share my joy.” Which means, come and be my equal. The worthy wife is valued “far beyond pearls” because she loves her husband and family with just such gratuitous, self-sacrificing love. We are “children of the light” in as much as we have been given an all-surpassing Master and the chance to glorify him by our obedience.read more
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time & Dedication of St. Peter & St. Paul Basilicas, November 18,2017
This feast celebrates the dedications of two of the four major basilicas of Rome.
Saint Peter’s Basilica was originally built in 323 by the emperor Constantine. The basilica was constructed over the tomb of Peter the Apostle, the Church’s first Pope. After standing for more than a thousand years, Pope Julius II ordered the building to be torn down due to structural concerns. The construction of the new church spanned over 200 years before its completion. It was dedicated on Nov. 18, 1626. It is considered the most famous church in Christendom.read more
“Stop to think of death,” was Pope Francis advice in the morning mass he celebrated at Santa Marta, in the Vatican, on November 17, 2017. Not to have a morbid imagination, he specified, but to prepare oneself for “the encounter with the Lord.”read more
Catholic parish invites Islam apologist to offer talk
BRISTOL, Conn. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A Muslim woman set to talk at a public school on Islam will no longer be speaking after parents pushed back against the administration. The event was canceled for safety concerns. Her talk will now be offered at an interfaith service at a local Catholic parish.
Annam Choudhry’s speech was scheduled for November 20 at Northeast Middle School in Bristol, Connecticut. Embittered residents blasted the event on social media and wrote complaints to the school. Some invoked the separation of Church and State, while others accused school administrators of being anti-Christian.
Several faculty members claimed they received threatening emails, according to a report Thursday from local news outlet Hartford Courant. These alleged threats caused administrators to cancel the event.read more
Targeting the Culture of Death, the consecration will intercede “for the unborn, sick, elderly, unwanted and for an end to the violence, sex abuse, drugs, alcoholism and sex trafficking.” Organizers are asking participants to come together from noon–2 PM PST on December 9 “in public, around churches close to you or near the California coastline” to “pray for the conversion of California and in reparation for sins in our state.”
On Thursday, Church Militant spoke with the pioneer of Consecration Day, director, writer and storyboard artist Angelo Libutti.read more
Parishioners deliver stinging rebuke to archdiocese
NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) – New York Catholics are pushing back against corruption in the archdiocese. After Fr. Peter Miqueli was cleared of all wrongdoing — a priest sued for allegedly embezzling $1 million from two parishes to use on a gay-for-pay prostitute — parishioners of St. Frances de Chantal in the Bronx are slamming the archdiocese and the district attorney for protecting a bad priest.
“We contest your praise of the ‘diligent efforts’ of the DA,” read parishioners’ November 10 letter to Bp. Gerald Walsh, Vicar for Clergy, “and question the fact that a ‘thorough investigation’ could have been accomplished without interviews of several parishioners with first-hand knowledge and physical evidence regarding Peter Miqueli’s illegal activities, notably, the piles of cash witnessed on the floor of Miqueli’s living quarters.”read more
It’s now the week leading up to American Thanksgiving, and that means that the bureaucrats who run the U.S. bishops’ conference are going to be passing out the CCHD envelopes in parishes all over America this weekend. Don’t give them a dime.
For those of you who may not know about the CCHD — the Catholic Campaign for Human Development — it’s been a source of scandal for the bishops’ conference for decades. It was the brainchild of modernist churchman Cdl. Joseph Bernardin of Chicago back in 1970 and allegedly began in response to the race tensions from the 1960s. The bishops identified that some of the poverty in America among black Americans as owing to racism, so they established what was then called the Campaign for Human Development. It was to raise a few million dollars and then close shop. But like all cash cows, once the bishops saw it generated a few million bucks a year at the annual collection, they kept it going in perpetuity.read more
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Bishops’ discussion of marriage document, pastoral plan strikes traditionalist tone – ‘Amoris Laetitia’ connected to ‘Humanae Vitae’
Nov 14, 2017 by Heidi Schlumpf
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone gestures Nov. 14 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS/Bob Roller)
BALTIMORE — A year and a half after the release of Amoris Laetitia, the U.S. bishops have voted to create a document and pastoral plan on marriage and family life in light of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation that followed the Synods of Bishops on the Family in 2014 and 2015.
But some bishops said they hope to avoid focusing on the controversial portions of Amoris Laetitia and instead to take advantage of the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the 1968 papal encyclical that affirmed church teaching opposing artificial contraception.read more
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