MARTYROLOGY-MAY 26

Martyrology-May 26th
Roman Martyrology-May 26th- on this date in various years-

For 2016 The Feast of the most Sacred Body of Christ.

At Rome, St. Philip Neri, priest and confessor, founder of the Congregation of the Oratory, celebrated for his virginal purity, the gift of prophecy, and miracles.

Also at Rome, St. Eleutherius, pope and martyr, who converted to the Christian faith many noble Romans. He sent Saints Damian and Fugatius to England, and they baptized King Lucius, his wife, and almost all his people.

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MARTYROLOGY-MAY 25

Martyrology-May 25th
Roman Martyrology-May 25th- on this date in various years-

At Salerno, the death of blessed Pope Gregory VII, a most zealous protector and champion of Church liberty.

At Rome, on the Via Nomentana, the birthday of blessed Urban, pope and martyr, by whose exhortation and teaching many persons, among whom were Tiburtius and Valerian, received the faith of Christ and suffered martyrdom for it. He himself endured many afflictions for the Church of God, and was crowned with martyrdom by being beheaded in the perscucution of Alexander Severus.

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CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND AND WALES IS FAILING TO ATTRACT NEW BELIEVERS, FINDS REPORT

CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND AND WALES IS FAILING TO ATTRACT NEW BELIEVERS, FINDS REPORT

24 May 2016 | by Rose Gamble , Megan Cornwell
www.thetablet.co.uk/news/5600/0/catholic-church-in-england-and-wales-is-failing-to-attract-new-believers-finds-report

The new report shows the number of people identifying as having no religion has increased significantly

Catholic Church in England and Wales is failing to attract new believers, finds report
The Catholic Church is failing to attract new believers and has the fewest number of converts compared to other Christian denominations, a new report produced by St Mary’s University, Twickenham, has found.

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Beware priests who don’t want to be ‘set apart’

Beware priests who don’t want to be ‘set apart’

By Phil Lawler | May 23, 2016
www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=1294

Is there a “Pope Francis effect” evident in the latest crop of young men training for the priesthood? Father Phillip Brown, rector of the Theological College seminary at Catholic University, says there is, in a report for the National Catholic Reporter [see angelqueen.org/2016/05/12/francis-effect-growing-among-seminarians-says-theological-college-rector/ ]. Matthew Pinto adds some interesting reflections on this “new wave” of seminarians. One difference, as reported by Father Brown, is that the younger seminarians embrace a “theology of encounter”—or, to put it somewhat differently, they show less interest in defending controversial Catholic teaching. “The latter often involves confrontation, which few prefer over harmonious relationship,” Pinto explains. Here I confess that I feel a bit disoriented—as I often do, when I hear denunciations of “harsh” and “judgmental” clerics. Where are all the older priests who prefer confrontation? I haven’t met them. In fact, in the past twenty years or so, when I’ve witnessed confrontations between priests and laity, the lay people being scolded have invariably supported Catholic teaching. Pinto goes on to report that Father Brown “believes that the new wave of seminarians is less focused on the “sacerdotal” nature of the priesthood, i.e., that priests are “set apart” with particular sacramental powers.” Pinto adds: “I hope this is not the case.” On that point—Pinto’s point, I mean—I couldn’t agree more strongly. If Catholic priests do not understood that they are “set apart,” and convey that understanding to other young men, soon there will be no one “set apart”—that is, no priests—to serve the faithful.”

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Trial starts for ex-Catholic priest, ex-EWTN host accused of abusing his son

Trial starts for ex-Catholic priest, ex-EWTN host accused of abusing his son

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David Stone, 55, formerly known as Father Frances Mary Stone, was host of the TV program “Life on the Rock” on Eternal Word Television Network. He fathered a child born in 2008. The mother was fired from EWTN and Stone was put on long-term leave of absence, according to Jefferson County court documents.

By Greg Garrison on May 24, 2016 @ www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2016/05/trial_starts_for_catholic_prie.html

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Catholic Church Prohibits Pro-Abortion Politician From Reading Scripture During Mass

Source: Lifenews.com

Catholic Church Prohibits Pro-Abortion Politician From Reading Scripture During Mass

INTERNATIONAL   STEVEN ERTELT   MAY 23, 2016   |   1:32PM    CORK, IRELAND

A local Catholic Church in Ireland has prohibited a pro-abortion politician from reading Scripture during Mass. St Colman’s Cathedral in Cork won’t let Ken Curtin read from the Bible during the service because he is a member of the Social Democrats, a party that supports abortion and repealing the 8th Amendment that provides legal protection for women and unborn children from abortion.

Fr John McCarthy told Curtin he would be dropped as a Mass reader because of his support for repealing the pro-life amendment. Here’s more:

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Is Just War Theory Obsolete?

Is Just War Theory Obsolete?

ANDREW LATHAM
4/24/16
www.crisismagazine.com/2016/just-war-theory-obsolete

In an essay that appeared recently on National Catholic Reporter online, Professor Terrence Rynne of Marquette University offered five reasons that support abandoning Catholic Just War Theory and toward what he calls a positive vision of peace:

Modern wars have made the just war theory obsolete;

The rise of a Christology “from below”;

A clearer understanding of how the New Testament relates to contemporary problems;

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The Great Thirst

The Great Thirst

James V. Schall, S.J.
The Catholic Thing
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

In The Range of Reason, Jacques Maritain wrote: “The world is prey to a great thirst, an immense mystical yearning which does not even know itself and which, because it remains without objective, turns to despair or neurosis.” Most people easily comprehend the notion of a great “thirst.” Thirst concentrates our attention. If thirst is great, we do not ask: “What quenches our thirst?” We know. The “object” of our physical need is “water, cool clear water,” as the Sons of the Pioneers used to sing.

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Anti-Catholicism Rising: Even in “Catholic” Philippines

Anti-Catholicism Rising: Even in “Catholic” Philippines

May 23, 2016
Posted by Tantumblogo
veneremurcernui.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/anti-catholicism-rising-even-in-catholic-philippines/

So the Filipinos have elected a new president, it seems, a man who has made numerous virulently anti-Catholic statements, and who promises to institute a “3 child policy” (I don’t believe he has specified what penalties will occur if families “violate” the policy), divorce on demand and government-funded contraception.

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Report: Average Vatican Employee makes $10.50 an hour!?

Report: Average Vatican Employee makes $10.50 an hour!?

Headlines of other reports on this topic:

Crux: When pope backs workers, Vatican laity wonder, ‘What about us?’

The Eponymous Flower: Pope Francis Exploits [Vatican] Workers

[“Popes who live in glass-houses shouldn’t throw stones”]

May 23, 2016
Posted by Tantumblogo
veneremurcernui.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/report-average-vatican-employee-makes-10-50-an-hour/

In the light of Pope Francis’ incredible statements made last week, seeming to attribute mortal sin to “bloodsucking” employers who fail to provide what he feels are adequate wages and, more specifically, health insurance, it is reported that the average Vatican employee makes $22,000 a year, and this in Rome, one of the more expensive places in the world to live. If you assume a 40 hour work week (indications below are that many work much more than that) and 52 weeks work a year (the article also claims most receive no paid vacation), that works out to just over $10.50 an hour, about what a moderately experienced grocery store clerk makes. However, this income is supposed to be tax free, the impact of which is unclear to me in real terms. In the US, people who make under $45k a year rarely pay any income tax, anyway, but I’m not certain of the situation in Italy.

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Christians have a mission to convert all non-Christians including Muslims but NOT Jews, says Vatican official

Christians have a mission to convert all non-Christians including Muslims but NOT Jews, says Vatican official

Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting in Cambridge

posted Monday, 23 May 2016

Christians have a mission to convert all Muslims, says Vatican official

Christians have a mission to convert all Muslims, according to one of Pope Francis’s senior aides.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting held by Cambridge University’s Woolf Institute.

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Leader of global sisters’ group envisions Catholic nuns serving as deacons

Leader of global sisters’ group envisions Catholic nuns serving as deacons

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Francis greets Sr. Carmen Sammut, president of the International Union of Superiors General, during an audience with the heads of women’s religious orders in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 12.

[“The cat is out of the bag”]

by Joshua J. McElwee
May. 23, 2016
National un-Catholic Reporter

Rome, Italy – Catholic sisters could be of greater service to the church in various parts of the world were they able to “go a step further” and be ordained as deacons, says the leader of the global network of some 500,000 Catholic women religious.

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Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI Sees Resignation as Expanding Petrine Ministry

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI Sees Resignation as Expanding Petrine Ministry

Prefect of Pontifical Household [for Pope Francis and personal secretary for Pope Emeritus Benedict] also recalls “dramatic struggle” of 2005 Conclave.

[“No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other …” (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13). If so, which one does His Excellency serve, and how does that affect the “spin” of this article?]

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NY dioceses file suit against abortion insurance mandate

NY dioceses file suit against abortion insurance mandate

[Where is His Immensity Cardinal Dolan in this matter?]

Catholic World News – May 23, 2016

Joined by conservative Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Baptist bodies, two dioceses in New York State—the Diocese of Albany and the Diocese of Ogdensburg—have filed suit against the New York State Department of Financial Services over “model language” requiring health insurance plans to cover abortions.

“The Department of Financial Services, without any authority by the legislature, has taken it upon itself to force religious organizations and individuals with strong conscientious objection to abortion to fund this procedure which, in every case, kills a developing unique human person,” said Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany.

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