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Hungarian Bishop Calls For Married Priests

charisma I think you have phrased yourself poorly. I think you wished to say that Bishop Beer (oh how the English speaking media would love that name) wants to ordain married men rather than "to add ordained men (to be able to provide new priests for the parishes) to the existing (unmarried) priests". But you are right that ordaining married men would undermine the value of celibacy. Even the … 더보기
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BrTomFordeOFMCap

Martin Luther Is About Nationalism, Not About Religion

I would've thought that Luther's 'protest' was all about Luther: his desires, prejudices and vanity.
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Did Cardinal Napier Attack the Dubia-Cardinals?

I would not be surprised if many bishops are simply 'hunkering down' and waiting for this papacy to pass. They too may be waiting for a biological solution. I fear that the same policy was taken by many bishops during the Reformation particularly in England. By the time they woke up it was too late.
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Brazil’s Bishops Admit Adulterers To Holy Communion

Angie W. "each episcopal conferences are now autonomous are replacing the papacy and annulling the dogmas and the Magisterium" unfortunately I think you are right. It's as if the Pope does not actually believe in or wishes to exercise his role. When one diocese can allow adulterers to receive Holy Communion (and if them why not fornicators, practicing homosexuals, paedophiles etc?) and another, perhaps next door, forbids them what then is left of Catholic unity? Is sacrilege no longer a sin?
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Catholic priest abuse allegations coming out of Guam’s shadows

mccallansteve The Synod of Elvira, Spain, (305) introduced penalties for clergy who abused boys. There was an Oder entirely dismantled (some members excommunicated, some moved to other Orders) by the Church in the Renaissance period for the same crimes. This is not new. Sin keeps reappearing. The price of peace (and safety for the vulnerable) is constant vigilance.
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German Bishops Forbid Marriages by Priests of the Society of Saint Pius X

Angie W. While Canon Law allows for lay people to be Duly Authorised WItnesses to marriages (note they are witnesses not ministers of any sort) more importantly it has always recognised the authority of the bishop (the local ordinary) over the administration of the Sacraments in his diocese. It remains a fact that the SSPX is not in communion with the Church. It is in an anomalous situation. … 더보기
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Father Richard Geoghegan

mccallansteve Knowing the reputation of his bishop I very much doubt it! I would guess that he's more of an embarrassment. There was a tradition (since the 70's) of some Irish priests singing etc for charitable purposes (e.g. The Priests) but this is way beyond that.
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New Raleigh Cathedral Neither Ugly Nor Modernistic

Lux de Coelo they seem to have the same root in Greek, kiborion, meaning a cup (derived from the shape of an Egyptian plant!) but how the canopy over the altar got to be named that is beyond me. Wikipedia has two articles on the word one referring to the container for the Blessed Sacrament and the other to the canopy. The latter is worth reading.
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Atheistic Abortionist in the Church - Catholic Pro-lifers thrown out

I simply cannot understand how Pope Francis praised this woman. She has not repented of her actions nor has changed her ways. Perhaps someone who knows Italy can explain this? Has no one in the Vatican the courage to explain to the Holy Father that even he can be guilty of giving scandal by acquiescing in evil. He is not above God's law.
BrTomFordeOFMCap

New Raleigh Cathedral Neither Ugly Nor Modernistic

Lux de Coelo I've heard it called that too. Perhaps the two terms are interchangeable today but earlier versions that were free-standing are always called ciboria. Perhaps baldichino is a later term?
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New Raleigh Cathedral Neither Ugly Nor Modernistic

GJA Taylor If you look under the Ciborium (pace Lux de Coelo, as far as I know, a baldacchino is suspended from the ceiling or attached to a wall) you will see the Crucifix and under that is the Tabernacle). Since this is a consecration there is no Blessed Sacrament reserved until after the Mass.
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Bishop: It's "Wrong" to Defrock Abuser Priests

The Italians have a long way to go it seems. The English-speaking Catholic world has already been through all this. Being stripped of one's right to minister and present oneself as a priest ('defrocking') is often the only punishment that gets through to habitual abusers and more importantly it helps protect future victims! It's not perfect. I would be concerned though that a bishop wants to … 더보기
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Vatican Allowed Sister to Minister At Marriage

Ctc333 I am not sure what planet you are from. My comment suggested no approval for this sister officiating at a marriage but remains legal under CANON LAW in areas where clergy are not available, that is, there are places in the world that rarely see a priest. In those cases, rather than have couples wait a long time for a wedding (and be subject to temptation) the bishop can designate someone… 더보기
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Vatican Allowed Sister to Minister At Marriage

This has been a possibility under Canon Law since the 1983 Code came in. Any Catholic layperson can be a duly authorised witness and so preside over a Catholic marriage, providing that no clergy are ordinarily available. After all in Catholic theology the spouses are the ministers of the Sacrament not the one who presides. Still, she should not wear an alb. She's an official witness for the diocese not a cleric administering a Sacrament.
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Putin blasts the West for abandoning Christian Heritage at the G20

This is interesting if it shows what he really thinks. Unfortunately with a Total Fertility Rate of just 1.61 (though that is up from below 1.3) Russia is badly off as any other country in Europe and has a long way to go to get back to a healthy state ( a TFR of 2.1).
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The Three Franciscan Branches Talk About Merging

and the boys on the ground could slow it down and even bring it to shuddering halt. The reality is that while we get on well together the different branches have developed different traditions and even different identities. This looks as if it is another way to avoid the consequences of shrinking numbers. Good idea in theory but avoids reality in practice.
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Quotation of Saints: Most souls go to hell

Be careful of quoting saints. There are thousands upon thousands of saints (over thousand for January alone in the Roman calendar). The saints are not infallible and neither are the Doctors. I recommend you read the article on predestination in the Catholic Encyclopedia over at New Advent. This matter has long been debated and Augustine's position is not that of the majority of the Fathers (… 더보기
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Quotation of Saints: Most souls go to hell

I still don't see any quotations from a Council of the Church, a Papal document or even an approved catechism. We, Catholics, believe Hells exists and those who die in unrepented mortal sin will go there. When some people quote the saints on the 'massa damnata' (a doctrine favoured by Calvin by the way) they neglect to provide quotes from the Fathers other than a few in the West. Doctrine is not … 더보기
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Quotation of Saints: Most souls go to hell

Yet this is not the teaching of the Church! I have yet to see a Conciliar document or Papal pronouncement from any time in the last 2000 years that supports this. It is a theological opinion, one that seems to have no support among the Fathers of Eastern Christianity.
BrTomFordeOFMCap

Pontifical Academy for Lies? Archbishop Paglia in Troubles

Pope Pius XII is castigated for allegedly not doing enough to resist the Nazis but in todays's Church contemporary 'Nazis' are invited to take places of honour in Pontifical Academies. What will the future say about that?
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Breaking: Bishop Receives Divorcees into "Full Communion"

I just do not see how they can reason their way to these decisions. There is no consideration for their abandoned spouses, as Dr Reiss pointed out, nor for other family members and faithful Christians who are scandalised by this. Above all there is no consideration for the flouting of the clear teaching of Scripture! Wolves in shepherd's clothing.
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Pope Francis: "God Cannot Be without Man“

Thanks for the link Lisi. I went on to the full text and found this
"Dear brothers and sisters, we are never alone. We can be far, hostile; we can even say we are “without God.” But Jesus Christ’s Gospel reveals to us that God cannot be without us: He will never be a God “without man”; it is He who cannot be without us, and this is a great mystery! God cannot be God without man: this is a great … 더보기
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Pope Francis: "God Cannot Be without Man“

What is the source for this? When and where did he say it? I went along to the Vatican website and this is what it says the Pope said yesterday:
"Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we now consider the source of that hope in the fatherhood of God. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he taught them to call God Our Father. Here we see the … 더보기
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English Diocese: Catholics Should Bow to Pagan Deities

I eventually found it here: hallam-diocese.com/about-doh/bishops-commissions/ So the report is accurate. Like I said in my first comment someone in Hallam needs to review their theology.
BrTomFordeOFMCap

English Diocese: Catholics Should Bow to Pagan Deities

Further I have looked at the website of the diocese of Hallam and I can find no sign of such a document. What's the source for this report please?
BrTomFordeOFMCap

English Diocese: Catholics Should Bow to Pagan Deities

While bowing to pagan (Hindu, Shinto etc) images etc., merely as an act of respect might not actually be a violation of the first commandment (since a Christian does not actually believe them to be Divine) such behaviour is an act of scandal-giving since one is giving the impression that one worships someone other than the Most Holy Trinity. It seems to me whoever wrote this advice of the diocese of Hallam needs to go back to school and correct their error forthwith.
BrTomFordeOFMCap

Leo Varadkar:gay and "conservative"

Actually I read somewhere that there was an early 19th Century American president who made no secret of his homosexuality. People just looked the other way!
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Muslim Migrant destroys 9th century statues in Roman Church

I hope they prosecute and deport him. The statues are clearly not 9th century but much closer to 19th century, Still this is desecration. Christians would not be allowed to do this in his homeland.
BrTomFordeOFMCap

Hostage to the Devil - Malachi Martin

I watched some months ago and found it both interesting but flawed. If Fr Martin (part of a brilliant family) had documents saying he could leave the Jesuits and still minister as a priest without incardination in a diocese where are they? Priests are not meant to minister outside of the ecclesiastical structure so where is the proof that he got such an extraordinary permission? Was he ever … 더보기
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Gloria.TV News on the 8th of May 2017

The report gives the impression that Stephen Fry is Irish. Thank God, though he has admirers here in Ireland, Fry is thoroughly English. He passed his remarks in an interview with Irish TV personality Gay Byrne. Fry suffers from bi-polar disorder and, though a brilliant and gifted man, is militantly atheist. He needs our prayers.
BrTomFordeOFMCap

A sock for every baby Planned Parenthood kills in a year

Holy Cannoli - actually all priest-members of orders of pontifical right (e.g. Franciscans, Dominicans, Jesuits etc.) can absolve from any reserved sin, including abortion, anytime once they have faculties in the diocese. Some of us who are religious clergy therefore found the whole 'special confessors' thing a bit of a gimmick.
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EWTN News | St. Clare Media (EWTN)

alexamarie - Canterbury is Anglican and there have always been strong links not only between the English Aristocracy/ruling classes and Freemasonry but also between the Anglican hierarchy and the Freemasons. They have backed off somewhat in the last few decades but the connection remains. Where I live the foundation stone of the local Anglican cathedral was laid with full masonic honours. It is … 더보기
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Gloria.TV News on the 29th of April 2016

While the Church needs to breathe with both her lungs, East and West, the Orthodox are not necessarily the bastions of orthodoxy they claim to be. Some of their national Churches allow contraception, nearly all allow remarriage after divorce and they are riven with national and ethnic divisions. The Catholic faith has more to offer them that they have to offer us.
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Poslední reformace: Začátek (2016)

Protestantism anyone? How do they know Acts is scripture? Because the Catholic Church decided it was. I have no problem with street evangelisation, nor with prayer for healing but if they are not in the Church established by Christ then it is all for nothing.
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Pope, in book, says homosexuality incompatible with priesthood

The problem with vocations is complex; there are many factors. One that is often overlooked is contraception. Once Catholics start contracepting the Catholic population begins its decline. it's there in the statistics. Before contraception was legalised in Ireland about 1978 the Net Fertility Rate was about 3. After legalisation it declined steadily and dropped below Replacement Rate (2.1) about … 더보기
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3MC - 3 Minute Catechism - SHORT TRAILER

I think it's a very good idea! It does resemble that Irish animated series 'Give up yer pool sins!' though. As someone who teaches teenagers though I would have one criticism: language. Words like 'pedagogy' are way over the heads of the weaker students. It does mean that teachers will have to explain these words but they can be a barrier to understanding. Other than that these kinds of videos … 더보기
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Ciò che abbiamo perso della vera Chiesa cattolica

While I am not doubting for one moment that much has changed since Vatican II and there has been much lost it is unjust to ascribe this loss to the Council. A faithful, orthodox reading of the Council documents does not justify any of the changes made after the Council. Pope Paul VI was, to my mind, easily swayed and he trusted too much that those who 'experimented' would respect tradition and … 더보기
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Gloria.TV News on the 13th of February 2013

Well said Cannoli! There are differences between the situation of Bl. John Paul and the present Holy Father. John Paul's illness was of the body alone - his mind was intact but Pope Benedict has hinted that his illness is affecting his mental abilities. In such a situation a pope is open to serious error or even manipulation. If the captain cannot govern his ship he needs must pass the burden on … 더보기
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Pope Benedict XVI to resign, citing age and waning energy

Video of his Holiness' resignation speech is online from CNS on Youtube and at blog.newadvent.org/…/watch-video-of-…

I don't believe priest's are 'born priests' but we are called to be priests from eternity by the mercy of the Father. Even when called there are those who refuse to listen, those who follow the call but for selfish or immoral reasons and even those who perhaps set out to destroy … 더보기
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Students taught cannibalism allowed

While this might be misused by some Muslims and Islamic extremists to do more evil . I would be very careful of Walid Shoebat's interpretation of anything. There's a video on YouTube of him identifying an Islamic group as a sign of the end times based on his reading of a corrupted very late addition to a very early copy of the book of Revelations - it took me a few minutes research to check it … 더보기
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Abp. President of Family Council calls for recognition of same-sex civil unions

Pax et Bonum!

We all need to remember that we will each answer to God not only for every act but for every word spoken or written, in deed for every evil thought we have indulged.

This archbishop, who may be quoted out of context, has not committed any public sin to my knowledge - apart from this faux pas. He is in serious error if he thinks that state protection of homosexual relationships (… 더보기
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The First Friars & The Singing of the Salve Sancte Pater

Thank you for this! I don't know Italian but these are Conventual Friars at the Basilica of St Francis (looks like the lower church) with the remains of Brs. Bernardo di Quintavalle, Silvester, William of England, Electus and Valentino. All of them were very early companions of St. Francis and are buried in the basilica. For further information see www.keytoumbria.com/Assisi/Early_Franciscans.html
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“Queer” Approved for Campus Social Events

“[S]tudents have taken this really impressive leadership role in this issue,” Anne Hoffman, associate chair of the English department and advisor to the queer task force, said. “The university is a place of inquiry and freedom to explore and that the students have really shown us the way.”

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Ten thousand unite for life: Pro-life vigil against abortion in Dublin

I was there but I don't think there was 10,000 others! It seemed closer to about 5,000 or so. I base that on our annual school sports awards where we have 1,000 students and their teachers in our gym- so I know what a big crowd looks like. Still it was impressive and I hope our politicians got the message. Unfortunately with the budget out today it's likely to be quickly forgotten. The real way … 더보기
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Fr. Austin,fssp - The Liturgical Reform of Pope Benedict XVI

Thank you for posting this! This is exactly what gloria.tv should be about - accessing good Catholic talks and building up our knowledge and love for the Faith. Thank you again!
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The Halloween Conspiracy: The Biggest Pagan Holiday Of All

Really, guys, do we have to turn to Protestants for our thinking? They at least acknowledge that Halloween is the eve of the feast of All Saints - that's why there's a celebration. The present feast has become 'paganised' but that does not make it a pagan feast. These people can't even be bothered to get pronunciations right: it's Celtic with a hard 'C' not a soft 'C' (that's a Scottish football … 더보기
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U.S. Following France

Perhaps no plan will work. I am working on an article relating the decline in the Irish (and Western) fertility rate with the decline in vocations. The grim reality is that just as governments refuse to see that contraception is killing their societies so many in the Church refuse to see that contraception is also killing the Church. Perhaps the whole system has to collapse before we can start … 더보기