“Divorce wasn’t in style. The Church didn’t accept it, our community didn’t accept it, and our families were divorce-free.”

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Married for 50 years? Poland says you deserve a medal.

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If Catholics Called Things By Protestant Names

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The Assumption of Mary –> The Rapture of Mary

The term “rapture” does not appear anywhere in Scripture, but rather was a concept that was developed much later on (just to re-enforce an earlier point about how such terminology comes about). That said, in recent decades this idea has received renewed interest, especially on account of the popular “Left Behind” series. In Latin the word simply means to be “carried away”, or “taken up”, but in some Protestant circles it has practically become the lens through which the present age is to be interpreted.

The premise of this end time theology goes something like this: if you wish to be “taken up into heaven” and thus avoid the coming “tribulations” (i.e. when everything hits the fan), you must believe in Jesus Christ coupled with this doctrine, lest you risk being “left behind”.

As it corresponds to the doctrine of Mary’s Assumption, I am not precisely sure where the objection lies. What the dogma essentially states is that at the end of Mary’s life she was taken up body and soul into heaven, or to put in more evangelical Christian terms, Mary was “raptured”.

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Editor’s note: Coming up next week – What if Pope Francis could fly?

Musings of a Modernist Pope: Sorry Francesco, the Mass of the Ages isn’t the passing “fad”. You are!

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[Abp. Jan Graubner speaks:] When we were discussing those who are fond of the ancient liturgy and wish to return to it, it was evident that the Pope speaks with great affection, attention, and sensitivity for all in order not to hurt anyone. However, he made a quite strong statement when he said that he understands when the old generation returns to what it experienced, but that he cannot understand the younger generation wishing to return to it.

When I search more thoroughly – the Pope said – I find that it is rather a kind of fashion [in Czech: 'móda', Italian 'moda']. And if it is a fashion, therefore it is a matter that does not need that much attention. It is just necessary to show some patience and kindness to people who are addicted to a certain fashion. But I consider greatly important to go deep into things, because if we do not go deep, no liturgical form, this or that one, can save us.

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So sick it’s funny: The Catholic year 2013 in review.

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Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o realized he had been duped into playing for fake a Catholic university, and in a controversial move, the Chicago School Board banned crosses and lower case T’s.

In February, parishioners were mystified by the sudden appearance of a mysterious “shiny, golden box,” which turned out to be a tabernacle.

Later that month, Vatican insiders confirmed that the reason Benedict XVI resigned was because the Roman Curia was too “fabulous” for him, revealing that Benedict was a simple man who could not keep up with the non-stop furniture re-arrangements, hair stylings, or near-hourly musical numbers he found himself surrounded by in the Vatican.

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Snake bit: Figuring out (the hard way) which Bible texts apply specifically to you – and which do not.

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Jamie Coots, one of the stars of National Geographic‘s reality show Snake Salvation, died Saturday of a venomous snake bite. According to reports he refused medical attention after being bitten in his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Kentucky and died shortly thereafter in his home. 

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At length he (Jesus) appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again.

And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall he condemned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents: and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay their hand upon the sick: and they shall recover.

And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God. But they going forth preached every where: the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed. (Mark 16:14-20)

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And when Paul had gathered together a bundle of sticks and had laid them on the fire, a viper, coming out of the heat, fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging on his hand, they said one to another: Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, who, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance doth not suffer him to live.

And he indeed, shaking off the beast into the fire, suffered no harm. But they supposed that he would begin to swell up and that he would suddenly fall down and die. But expecting long and seeing that there came no harm to him, changing their minds, they said that he was a god. (Acts 28:2-6)

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But he, (Jesus) considering their guile, said to them: Why do you tempt me? (Luke 20:23)

Shake Up the Church, Just Don’t Step Out of Line

Well, actually, you can step out of line as long as you step to the left. An entire Episcopal conference can be in open rebellion and that is tolerated because they are stepping away from long held Church teaching.  You can openly ridicule the head of the CDF and you will be tolerated.

If you step the other direction, you will be squashed.

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