Who were the Prophets and what did they say? No 1: Amos
An Overview of the Prophet Amos during the reign of King Uzziah, prior to Assyrian incursions into Syria, Israel and Judah. The prophecies take place about 35-40 years prior to the destruction of the Northern Kingdom Israel and the exile of its people, and less than 200 years before King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took the Southern Kingdom of Judah into exile in Babylon and destroyed King Solomon's Temple.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:13:31 AM
Pope's Decision To Establish Commission for Protection of Minors
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed the decision of Pope Francis to establish a commission on the protection of minors. The move was urged by the Council of Cardinals, an advisory group to the pope that met at the Vatican, December 3-5. Archbishop Kurtz praised the effort in a December 5 statement.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:45:47 AM
I had to write a book!
In thinking about it, God has a history of using common men. As you well know, He called a trio of common fishermen, a couple of common tax collectors, a common little Judean shepherd boy, a common carpenter and his virgin fiance, etc, etc, etc. Even God's own Son became a common man in order to reach common sinners. He was born in a common stable rather than a palace and chose a common donkey rather than a chariot to ride triumphantly into Jerusalem to die a common criminal's death.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:17:26 AM
Idols in Ministry No 8: The 'Bible'
When we listen to people quoting Scripture - chapter and verse - at the drop of the hat, we can be forgiven for thinking that such people 'know God'. The reality might just be that they 'just know the Scriptures' - the written word of God as opposed to the 'Living Word of God'.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:15:23 AM
Family Rosary offers free mobile app for Advent and Christmas
Family Rosary created the Advent & Christmas mobile app to help people stay focused on keeping Christ in Christmas. Featuring meditative music with scripture and reflections, this app, for iPhones, iPads, Androids, and all other Smartphones, is the perfect spiritual aid while standing in line to buy presents or trekking to stores in the wee hours for that midnight madness sale. When Advent begins on Sunday, Dec. 1, the mobile app will feature a new prayer each day to help keep the focus right where it needs to be.
Nov 30, 2013 - 12:10:15 AM
CARA Report Finds Young Catholics Active in Online Giving
Thirty-two percent of working-age Catholics have given online to some cause at some point in the past. Among these, 17 percent donated online using automated payments, according to a report on U.S. Catholic and online giving from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.
Nov 28, 2013 - 5:10:08 AM
Pope Francis' Exhortation on the New Evangelization
Pope Francis is leading the world to deeper faith, and the U.S. bishops look forward to sharing his words in their dioceses, said the chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, welcomed the release of Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), the pope's post-synodal apostolic exhortation to 2012's Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.
Nov 27, 2013 - 5:17:45 AM
Idols in Ministry No 7: Secret Wisdom
Our commission is not to scare the wits out of simple souls, and nor is it to enter into academic arguments with the intellectually superior. Our commission is to spread the good news of the Work, the Grace, and the Salvation freely provided us through the love of God. People who constantly preach on or teach the 'End Times' (Armageddon - the rapture - the millennial reign of Christ), particularly those doing so in a prophetic way having allegedly calculated the timing of the events, are acting in direct contradiction to the will of God.
Nov 24, 2013 - 12:15:34 AM
'Tis the Season to Remain Virtuous: The 5 G's to Having a Good Holiday Season
So many variables can lead to an erupting volcano of emotions...someone cut you off on the road, someone responded to your question in a disrespectful tone, or you just don't feel like dealing with the crowds this year. Remember it's not what someone says to you but how you respond
Nov 24, 2013 - 12:13:32 AM
Defining Marriage in Illinois
Archbishop Cordileone added, "The courageous efforts of those, including religious leaders and legislators, who helped defend marriage in Illinois is to be commended. The defense of truth and goodness is never in vain."
Nov 23, 2013 - 12:05:13 AM
USCCB Launches Book Series on Pope Francis
The Simple Wisdom of Pope Francis Series, two brief books of homespun messages of Pope Francis, have been released by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Communications Department. The first, on hope, is 66 pages; the second, on evangelization, is 73.
Nov 22, 2013 - 8:25:19 AM
Religious Communities Retirement Shortfall
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held December 7-8 in Catholic parishes across the nation. Now in its 26th year, the collection is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and benefits over 34,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests.
Nov 20, 2013 - 5:25:37 AM
Special Message from the Bishops of the United States
The bishops of this country have just concluded their traditional fall meeting in Baltimore and have spent time on issues important to them and their people: help to those suffering from Typhoon Haiyan; an update on the situation in Haiti; matters of worship and teaching; service to the poor; and comprehensive immigration reform. Among those priorities is the protection of religious freedom, especially as threatened by the HHS mandate.
Nov 17, 2013 - 12:17:06 AM
Who were the Prophets and what did they say? No 4: Introducing Isaiah
These four prophets prophesied at the same approximate time for the same reasons. As we have seen in the first three, so we shall see in the prophet Isaiah. God's judgments are true and righteous altogether, but man quite often pays lip service to the ways of the Lord. As it was 2700 years ago, so it is now. Unless the people of God (the people God has chosen - not the people who have chosen God) pay close attention to their behavior, chastisement must come, and if the religious and secular leaders do not take care to do justly, then the nation itself will fall. We should beware.
Nov 17, 2013 - 12:10:28 AM
Protect Poor and Vulnerable While Responsibly Replacing Sequestration
As Congress works on a budget package, it should replace sequestration and protect programs that serve the poor and vulnerable, at home and abroad, wrote Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, and Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California. Bishop Pates and Bishop Blaire, who addressed their November 12 letter to the leadership of Budget Conference Committee, chair the U.S. bishops' Committees on International Justice and Peace and Domestic Justice and Human Development, respectively.
Nov 16, 2013 - 12:27:06 AM
USCCB says Marriage redefinition in Hawaii 'disappointing'
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, responded today to the bill passed by the Hawaii legislature and signed by the governor to redefine marriage.
Nov 15, 2013 - 5:33:13 AM
Idols in Ministry No 3. Religious Rituals
And therein lays the problem with rules, regulations and rituals. When our rituals and practices lock out the grace and Spirit of Christ, we have the form of religion, but not the purpose. We have in fact, made an idol of them. Jesus himself would be locked out from communion with us, if he did not fulfill our ritualistic practices.
Nov 10, 2013 - 1:03:03 AM
Canonization Cause of Mary Teresa Tallon
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will perform the required canonical episcopal consultation on the sainthood cause of Mary Teresa Tallon, servant of God, during the bishops' annual fall General Assembly, November 11-14, in Baltimore. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, vice president of USCCB, will present the cause to the bishops for a discussion and a voice vote.
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:53:31 AM
America - Church: Turn Back to God
Then if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, if they will pray and seek me and stop their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land. Now I will see them, and I will listen to the prayers prayed in this place. -- 2 Chronicles 7:14-15
Nov 8, 2013 - 6:08:38 PM
Chaplain Medal of Honor Winners highlighted on bishops' blog for Veterans Day
The chaplains include Father Emil Kapaun, an Army chaplain from Kansas, who died as a prisoner of war in Korea; Father Vincent Capodanno, a Maryknoll priest from Staten Island, New York, who died when, despite his own war injuries, he tended injured Marines during battle in Vietnam; and Father Joseph O'Callahan, a Jesuit priest and Navy chaplain in World War II, who ministered to injured sailors on a ship hit by two bombs.
Nov 6, 2013 - 5:37:11 AM
Catholic Leaders Urge Congress to Support a Farm Bill That Meets Needs of Hungry People, Farmers and Families
"Agriculture policies must adequately respond to the needs of the most vulnerable and hungry people, and farmers and families at home and abroad," wrote Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace; Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA; Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services; James F. Ennis, executive director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference; and Sheila K. Gilbert, president of the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Nov 6, 2013 - 5:27:28 AM
USCCB Chairmen Explain Opposition to ENDA
The bishops emphasized the dignity of all people, quoting Pope Francis' statement that "Work is fundamental to that dignity." They added that "the Catholic Church has consistently stood with workers in this country and continues to oppose unjust discrimination in the workplace. No one should be an object of scorn, hatred, or violence for any reason, including his or her sexual inclinations."
Nov 5, 2013 - 4:44:12 AM
Holy, Wholly or Holey? Gifts of God
Whilst the Bible tells us that Jeremiah was 'touched' by God, many people in his day considered him just 'touched'. Jeremiah's job description required saying a lot of things that just didn't sit too well with the 'powers that be', both religious and secular.
Nov 3, 2013 - 3:57:29 AM
Orthodox and Catholic theologians call for peace in Middle East
Mississauga, ON -- The North American Orthodox Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement on the plight of Christians in the Middle East at their meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, Oct. 24-26, calling for the release of a Greek Orthodox Metropolitan and a Syriac Orthodox Archbishop, both from Aleppo, Syria, and repudiating the kidnapping, torture and killing of not only Christians but all civilians.
Nov 1, 2013 - 12:10:12 AM
Bishop Zubik Named Episcopal Liaison to Catholic Charities USA
Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh has been named the new episcopal liaison to Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA). He succeeds Bishop Michael Driscoll of Boise, Idaho, who has held the post since 2002. The appointment was made by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Nov 1, 2013 - 12:05:45 AM
Catholic Campaign for Human Development Sets National Collection for November 23-24
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is slated for November 23-24, the weekend before Thanksgiving. The collection is taken up in parishes and dioceses nationwide. The theme of this year's collection is: "Defend Human Dignity. Take Poverty Off the Map."
Oct 31, 2013 - 5:50:54 AM
Holy, Wholly or Holey? Idolatry
With Scripture as our guide it ought to be an easy task to keep ourselves from idols, but while it is very easy to see the many false gods of this materialistic and hedonistic age, it is often almost impossible for us to realize that sometimes, the god we worship, is not God the Lord, but an idol living in our own hearts and minds.
Oct 27, 2013 - 12:15:00 AM
Halloween, Martin Luther and the Start of the Modern World
We think of Halloween as jack-o-lanterns and children going door-to-door shouting "Trick or Treat!" And, of course, it is. But October 31st was also the day 496 years ago when Martin Luther started the modern Western world. It was on this day in 1517 that the young priest in Wittenberg Germany "protested" one of the practices of the Catholic Church: Indulgences. He nailed to the door of the local cathedral Ninety-Five Theses which laid out the reasons for his protest.
Oct 23, 2013 - 7:01:52 AM
U.S. Bishops to Vote for Next President, Vice President at Fall General Assembly
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will elect the next president and vice president of USCCB during the bishops' annual fall General Assembly, November 11-14, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel.
Oct 23, 2013 - 6:52:21 AM
U.S. Bishops Welcome End of Shutdown
"The shutdown has had a widespread impact on many people, especially the poor, who suffered for lack of basic services during the period," said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, California, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. "With the government now open, beneficiaries of government services, particularly the elderly and children, can hope to resume a normal life with a safety net securely in place."
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:07:31 AM
U.S. Bishops To Vote on Liturgical items at November meeting
The U.S. bishops will vote on five liturgical items presented by the Committee on Divine Worship during the annual fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) November 11-14, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel.
Oct 17, 2013 - 6:48:13 AM
More than a third of U.S. parishes multicultural, notes CARA study
The percentage of multicultural parishes in the U.S is on the increase, according research by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).
Oct 11, 2013 - 6:52:52 AM
U.S. Bishops to Vote at General Assembly in Baltimore
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will vote for the chairmanships of six of its committees during the bishops' annual fall General Assembly, November 11-14, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel. A bishop elected to chair a USCCB committee serves as chairman-elect for one year before beginning a three-year term as chairman.
Oct 9, 2013 - 6:15:47 AM
Is Bible Prophecy Correct: Is the End of the World Nigh?
Are the Bible prophecies true? This interesting one hour presentation of Joel Rosenberg's Dome of the Rock offers political insight into what is actually happening in the Middle East today. It includes interviews with Israel's Prime Minister, Muslim converted to Christianity, Pastors in Israel and other places and provides lots of interesting information that does make one wonder if Bible Prophecy is about to come true.
Oct 4, 2013 - 12:12:48 AM
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops November 11-14
The annual fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be November 11-14, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel. During the meeting, the bishops will hear addresses by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of USCCB, and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Oct 1, 2013 - 11:13:58 PM
Fifty years of liturgical reform
"The Liturgy always has been and always will be about our taking part, our experiencing again and again, through rites and prayers the central events of our redemption and sanctification in Jesus Christ...We commend the great strides that have been taken to invite such engagement over the past 50 years: catechesis on the Liturgy that has shaped the role of the liturgical assembly, the service of the faithful in a great variety of liturgical ministries, and the devotion of so many to the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist," the Committee said.
Sep 29, 2013 - 12:13:25 AM
Catholic statement on Marriage and Religious Freedom Act
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, gave their strong support for the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 3133) introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Raul Labrador.
Sep 22, 2013 - 12:30:58 AM
Evangelizing American Chinese
The upcoming 25th anniversary of the U.S. Catholic China Bureau Conference and the recent publication of the first parallel translation of the Old Testament in English and Chinese are signs of the strengthening evangelization efforts in the Chinese American community, said the chairman of the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Sep 14, 2013 - 12:15:12 AM
Nationwide Catholic Push for Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON--Catholic dioceses across the country will hold events about the need for immigration reform beginning September 8. The events are meant to highlight the urgency of the issue and to show Congress the broad support in the Catholic community for immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
Sep 7, 2013 - 7:12:59 AM
Cardinal Dolan and Bishop Pates seek political solution in Syria
"Our focus is on the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Syria and on saving lives by ending the conflict, not fueling it," the bishops wrote. They echoed the appeals of Pope Francis and bishops in the Middle East who "have made it clear that a military attack will be counterproductive, will exacerbate an already deadly situation, and will have unintended negative consequences."
Sep 5, 2013 - 5:51:08 AM