Luther MADE himself right about works when he took the 7 books out of the Bible.
In the Book of James, “Faith without works is USELESS.” Check it out.
 November 3, 2014 at 2:24am
Maybe you forgot that it was GOD Who gave to His priests the power to forgive sins and GOD Who taught us in the Scriptures that this was the way HE wanted us to be forgiven. And He said to Peter “Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven in Heaven. And whose sins you shall retain, they are retained in Heaven.” Were it not for the Sacrament of Confession, we would not know with certainty that our sins have been properly confessed and forgiven. Confession is a great relief — not a burden on us. When Confession was frequent among the faithful, Psychiatrists often used to say it was the reason they saw very few devout Catholics. Today sin rules the world and wouldn’t you agree that the world is full of insanity?
That's total bull. Jesus did not give priests the power to forgive sins. He gave peter that power and his disciples because they were his apostles. They were very special people who saw and were with Christ. That does not translate to some European priest 1500 years later. You don't need any other human to forgive sins anyway when Jesus taught us the most important way to have your sins forgiven which is direct communication with the father aka prayer. That's what the Catholics have so wrong praying to the saints needing a priestly confessional it's all nonsense and man made. Nowhere in the bible does it endorse saint prayer and priest confessionals. It endorses prayer to the father only. Thank God Martin Luther got us back to sola scriptura or else we would still be in this stupid mess
That whole thing is immediately preceded by "Receive the Holy Spirit." Receiving the Holy Spirit is not limited to "priests" as defined by Catholicism. We are all called to be priests and receive the Holy Spirit which would mean we all have the ability to forgive or retain sin. What's funny is that Catholics believe a pedophile priest can receive the Holy Spirit but the rest of must rely on those same priests to benefit from the Holy Spirit though His Word tells us this isn't true and that God gives the Holy Spirit to those He chooses (not "the Church" chooses).
“Thank God M. L. got us back to sola scirputra”
At what point in history was there ever sola scriptura?
(Other than in heresy.)
“still be in this stupid mess”
Do you think being One as Jesus prayed in John 17 is stupid?
You think the 30,000+ denominations who can’t agree is not stupid? Every preacher is a little pope. Don’t like your preacher? Hey, switch churches and denominations —after all, the next guy (or girl) is close enough and at least the band and the coffee are good. Paul said we'd no longer be like children tossed to and fro
Also, the authority of the Bishops (and later priests) to forgive sins is in the Bible. Unless you hate the Church and choose not to see it. Your hero Luther went to confession until he died.
 November 3, 2014 at 2:19am
If we can ask our friends to pray for us, why wouldn’t we ask God’s friends to pray to Him for us? Who would He be more likely to listen to — our weak and sinful friends on this earth who many times offend Him or those who have overcome their frail and tainted nature, made amends for their sins, and now live a perfect life close to Him in heaven?
 October 30, 2014 at 1:00am
Hospice was started by the Hemlock Society. Check it out. Morphine is used to kill people under the guise of “keeping them comfortable.” Years ago I had Morphine after surgery.
I was never so scared in my life. Morphine paralyzes your chest muscles so that you can’t breathe but you know you want to and have to and you know you can’t but you are so wiped out from the Morphine that you can’t stay awake. I couldn’t reach a button for the nurse, no one came to check on me during the night and my lungs were filling up with crud . It was like slowly drowning and it was terrifying. During the night — around 2 a.m., a friend came by who was on her way home from work. She helped me sit up and got a nurse in who helped me expel the junk in my throat and chest as well. She stayed the entire night with me. I’ll never forget how thankful I felt for this compassionate friend. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that Morphine is a lovely death. Outside you are sleeping; inside you are petrified and you’re definitely not unconscious.
 October 30, 2014 at 12:40am
Pain and misery is nothing compared to the suffering of making your last act on this earth a mortal sin.
 October 26, 2014 at 10:01pm
That is exactly the plan. He’s being put up to run in order to keep more effective candidates from getting in. Nothing is happening by coincidence. The powers that be are running scared when they see the likes of Rand Paul and Dr. Ben Carson. Most likely, they haven’t been able to dig up any scandal on either of them that would kill their opportunity to win, so they are trotting out someone they can push who will kill it for them by diluting the vote.
June 12, 2014 at 3:06am
By the late 1950′s certain methods of “sensitivity training” were being used to change the thinking of the clergy on moral issues. I’m not surprised that this archbishop was confused. The seminaries were emptied, convents turned on their ear, priests left their vocations, and some who remained lost their way.
 May 30, 2014 at 5:39pm
People are not born to kill, divorce, become alcoholics, seduce priests, have sexual relations outside marriage, or be involved in homosexual acts.
These are all tendencies that have grown within them after mental and emotional acceptance of the possibility. The devil knows our weaknesses and when he sees a door that is not closed, he always walks in and takes over.
 May 20, 2014 at 10:50pm
I have a statue that looks very similar to this and it’s St. Joseph. It’s white plastic with the same design. Someone probably hid a statue of St. Joseph inside a non-religious image so that they wouldn’t be criticized for being “superstitious” about asking him to help in selling their house.
Yes, I think they had 10 in all. One thing missing from this article is the fact that Maria was in the convent when she was sent by the Mother Abbess to become a temporary governess for the 7 children of a widowed navy captain. It’s just a lovely story and shows the beauty and goodness that prevailed in the Catholic Church and faith before the modernizing that occurred in the 60′s.
Wrong Maria! The sound of music had changed the names of the children the Maria they are talking about was the 3rd child and second oldest daughter, she is Louisa in the show
January 21, 2014 at 10:50pm
Funny — There’s no statute of limitations on the priests who were accused even though some of them died 40 years ago.
January 20, 2014 at 1:21am
In Los Cabo, Mexico I was not permitted to go into the hotel pool wearing a shirt over my bathing suit after suffering a severe sunburn the day before. I think that’s ridiculous.
January 16, 2014 at 2:35am
Anti-women?? THREE women were saved in this story — two from DEATH and one from a lifetime of regret and sorrow. This story made my day! God was surely holding the hand of this mother as her soul cried out to Him. If you open the door to Him, He will surely come in to aid you in every way and His love provides.
December 3, 2013 at 12:30am
To get every beautiful detail of the birth of Our Lord, one has only to read “The Mystical City of God” dictated to the Blessed Mary of Agreda in the 1700′s by the Holy Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. Pope Pius XII said that he read a bit from these four volumes (which he called “Second only to Holy Scripture”) every day and that until one has read it, he cannot say that he truly knows Jesus and Mary. This gives great detail from the beginning of the creation of the world until the beginning of the Church following the Resurrection of Jesus. And yes, Jesus was born in the midst of ice and snow in Bethlehem at the hour of midnight on December 25th in the year five thousand one hundred ninety-nine of the creation of the world. He was conceived on March 25th of that year and He died on March 25th at the age of 33. Skeptics can argue all they like, but his mother was there. She tells us: “With the Most High, everything is PERFECT and COMPLETE.”
November 25, 2013 at 2:19am
Oh, Charles, get off it. Women my age remember what it was like to be a pregnant teen in the 30′s, 40′s, and even the 50′s. We all had friends who “disappeared” from society for many months and the nuns weren’t the reason. Parents didn’t want the shame and, in those days, they didn’t take on the roles of caretaker of their children and grandchildren either. The nuns were the most compassionate route those girls could take. They didn’t wallow in emotionalism but gave concrete solutions that worked for both the mothers and their babies and provided a good life for each. The girls that I knew in that situation were, and still are, eternally grateful for those nuns’ guidance and the haven they provided for them in their time of distress. They didn’t get rid of their problem by killing their babies and then grieving over it for the rest of their lives. It was a win/win for all.
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” was the only fair way to handle these things. It was a “win/win” for those who are gay and for those who just wanted to respect the person without getting into their personal business.
"Don't ask, don't tell"
Don't ever mention that you have a wife/girlfriend/children. Be certain to never say anything about a date you had or who went on vacation with you. Leave us all guessing about what your sexuality is. Go ahead and live your life that way and let us know how well it works out for you. It's the only "fair way", isn't it?
October 17, 2013 at 11:36pm
It would be nice if this encourages some women who are worried about losing their figures for having children to go ahead and give it a try.
October 11, 2013 at 3:02pm
Bravo to Marco Rubio for standing up and proclaiming Christ when it is so unpopular to do so. Those who jeer should be so humble and brave. We should applaud instead of criticize that someone has this courage. I don’t know why he supported the immigration thing, but there’s no doubt that he felt, for some reason — maybe his heritage and struggles — that it was the right thing to do. One who loves Jesus Christ will not fail to be a good leader for his people.
Jimmy Carter loved Jesus, OK? It is NOT guaranteed to make you a good leader.
September 14, 2013 at 3:57pm
Oh, dear. Priests have no “subjects”, and the only “priest” who rewrote the Bible was Martin Luther who conveniently left out 7 books that didn’t fit his philosophy. When the Bible was given to the world, it just so happened that there were no printing presses — 13th century invention — and the common people couldn’t read anyway. In fact, the common people couldn’t read even after that for some centuries. Did you know that Bibles were the work of centuries and were hand-written treasured manuscripts that were the work of monasteries? It’s quite true and understandable that they weren’t passed out freely. Nuns choose to be nuns — no one forces that on them. And remember Mother Teresa’s answer when asked by a reporter why her nuns only owned a sari (their dress) and a toothbrush. She replied that “It is only in owning nothing that one is entirely free.” Good thought.
September 8, 2013 at 5:38pm
I love the recent comment from one homeschooling Catholic father who said of his children: “I care more whether they get to Heaven than whether they get to Harvard.”