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Gloria.TV News on the 8th of July 2016

In the bible, Abraham had relations with his wife's maid, but he was still counted as righteous. Jacob had two wives and God blessed him. David had many more and he was counted among the prophets. Samuel ordered the killing of infants, and he was a holy prophet. Moses instructed the Israelites to pursue genocide and he was God's friend, who spoke to Him face to face.
All these people were violating God's law when they did these things, because His law is the same for all times in all places. … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 28th of June 2016

When John Paul II apologized for the burning of Jan Hus, it wasn't because Jan Hus was doing the right thing by leading people away from the church. I think he offered the apology was because even though Hus was doing the wrong thing, the approach the church took at the time in burning and destroying him was not the right way to handle it.
When John Paul II apologized for Catholic sins against Jews or against members of any other religion, including pagans, it wasn't because it was right for … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 21st of June 2016

危机 -crisis, 危 is danger, 机 can mean many things, but opportunity is an acceptable interpretation.
Chinese baidu dictionary also takes the opportunity interpretation
危机:'是有危险又有机会的时刻' - crisis: 'a time with both danger and opportunity'
Given Chinese traditional Taoist thinking (within evil there is good, within good there is evil), it also seems logical to me why people would think it means that. St Paul, 'Where transgression abounds, grace abounds even more'

Gloria.TV News on the 12th of May 2016

to say that the pope is not an object open for our public criticism or scorn and to say that we have to believe that everything he does or says is coming from God, are two entirely different questions.
Noah's sons walked in backwards to cover their naked father, and they knew that he was naked.
Paul would not have issued his sharp rebuke after being slapped had he known that it was the high priest, and yet the high priest at the time actually was trying to destroy the church. Even to him, Paul still applied the law 'you shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people'.

Gloria.TV News on the 13th of January 2016

Perhaps I am wrong, but I think none of the German bishops are pro-choice. They have that pill in their hospitals is because they think it is only a contraceptive and does not induce abortion. They could be mistaken, but that doesn't equal to meaning they are in favour of abortion.

Gloria.TV News on the 23rd of December 2015

I think there is nothing wrong with having certainty in God's endless mercy. The more important question, however, is whether you are willing to give mercy to others. His mercy is a certainty, but your reception of it is dependent on how you treat others.
Jesus said in the gospel that if you do not forgive your neighbour his debt, then your master will not forgive you your debt. Your master is always willing to forgive you, but not if you are not willing to forgive your neighbour. As the Lord … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 14th of December 2015

Mr. Li is the richest man in Asia; he lived in Hong Kong since he was a child, but he was born in the mainland. He owns a huge empire of different investments around the world, with the largest portion in the real estate market. You could probably find things in your own country that are owned by him, if you check.
Interestingly enough, he is also the owner of Husky energy in Canada, an oil company, which has been criticized for its projects in the Alberta tar sands, because it is a big source … [More]

The Sin of Sodom

I think the verse from Ezekiel makes it clear that the sin of Sodom was not only the sexual sins, but also the greed, the inhospitality, etc. Most importantly, a just person could not continue living in the place without being forced to engage in these sins by his neighbours.
I say 'most importantly', because if you think back at the exchange between God and Abraham what God said to him that if there were just a few just persons, then God would spare the entire place for their sake.
Now, if … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 27th of November

There is a story that when Pius X was Pope, he once encountered a four year-old child coming up for communion and the Pope, who was supposed to bless the child because the age of first communion had not been reached, held up the Eucharist and said 'who is this?' and after the child responded, 'Jesus', the Pope gave the Eucharist to the child.
Thanks be to God for the gift of the Eucharist, and thank you for presenting this story!

Gloria.TV News on the 20th of November 2015

I don't know about Serra, but there were actually saints who approved of torture, especially in relation to the Inquisition. The catechism itself even mentions how in past times the church even condoned torture, although it was wrong to do so. Without checking, I seem to think that maybe Thomas More is on record of having approved of it, and perhaps also Thomas Aquinas argued in favour of it? Robert Bellarmine was a judge for the Roman inquisition when it burned people to death, which is also … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 29th of October 2015

Statistics can be misleading. The total number of priests and religious in Africa is still lower than it is in Europe. The number is increasing in Africa and decreasing in Europe, but the sum total is still higher in Europe.
The truth is that the western countries are actually among the areas in the world least affected by a priest shortage. Despite what you may think, Africa still has a much bigger priest shortage than the west does.
to give some figures, you may consider this. From www.catho… [More]

EXCLUSIVE Cardinal Pell: “The final document is much better than what we feared”

so you see... you never needed to attack the bishops and pope... catholic doctrine is upheld and God is in control, no need to worry-
Pius X said that lay people have no right to pass judgment on bishops, but that belongs to those who are above them in authority.
"On the other hand, to pass judgment upon or to rebuke the acts of Bishops does not at all belong to private individuals - that comes within the province only of those higher than they in authority and especially of the Sovereign … [More]

Spain's socialist party would ban religion classes – even in private schools

If parents can still do it at home or at church, then all this is doing is removing the power of teaching religion from the schools and into the hands of parents and pastors.
I don't know the situation in Spain, but if the schools were teaching a confusing or corrupted version of the faith to begin with, then perhaps this ought to be seen as a positive development, because the state is preventing people from being deceived any longer.
If they were teaching the faith correctly and its banned, then people perhaps can see this as a cross that they must take up to follow Christ.

Gloria.TV News on the 20th of October 2015

Austrian priest and friend of Hans Kung, Fr Gotthold Hasenhüttl was suspended of his priestly faculties in 2003 by Trier Bishop Reinhard Marx for inviting protestants at an ecumenical congress in Berlin to receive the Eucharist. Bishop Marx told him to recant, and he didn't do so, so the bishop revoked his license to teach theology in 2006. The following year he was made Archbishop of Munich by Pope Benedict- the same diocese that Benedict once held. This priest left the Catholic church in 2010; in the same year Pope Benedict made Reinhard Marx into a Cardinal.

Archbishop Cupich: Kasper's proposal 'very rich theologically'

The Kasper proposal is simply the suggestion that it is possible that some people may be divorced and remarried... and yet not be in mortal sin.
In catholic teaching, the conditions necessary for a mortal sin are:
1) the sin itself concerns something grave
2) the person is aware that it concerns something grave
3) the person voluntarily chooses to do it, even though they are aware, and not because something else has forced them to do it against their will masturbation, pornography, sex outside … [More]

Power in the Church? Women Have Always Had It

the priest must be a man because he is in the place of the bridegroom. St Paul said that the man is the head of the wife and God is the head of the man. The priest has authority over the church as a man has authority over his wife, because the church is the bride and he stands in place of the bridegroom.
each priest has authority over something different, depending on their status. Jesus Christ has authority over the entire church in heaven, earth and purgatory. The Pope has authority over the … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 9th of October 2015

The pre-Vatican II popes were not autocratic?
Whether Francis is autocratic or not, I don't know, but I'm fairly confident it doesn't surpass what happened in the past 1700 years of history since Constantine.
When Pius IX's soldiers massacred the inhabitants of Perugia in 1859, was it worse than Francis being disrespectful to the bishops under him?
When Paul IV ordered all Jews in Rome to wear badges to identify themselves and established a ghetto for them in Rome, was Francis' behaviour … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 7th of October 2015

McCain believes that the people the US are training is not Al-Qaeda. The Syrian archbishop thinks all the rebels are Al-Qaeda. Neither are bad people, they just understand the facts differently.
I suspect the archbishop is incorrect and not all the rebels are terrorists- the CIA probably knows better than him about the ideology of the rebels they are training; he has authority over spiritual matters, not over political facts.
And McCain is also incorrect because even 'moderate rebels' are a … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 6th of October 2015

Kim Davis divorced and remarried 3 times. Of course the Vatican can't support her.
She is exactly the person being referred to when the Lord said, 'first remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your neighbour's eye'. She does not accept gay marriage and she is right, but her own marriage is not marriage either.
Why do you treat her as a hero?

Free Kim Davis

If Kim Davis is a hero, then Cardinal Kasper is right.
If you think she is a person who is in God's grace, then you must also believe that it is possible to divorce, re-marry and yet not be in mortal sin.
I personally am not sure Kasper is right, nor do I assume she is a hero.

Kim Davis: Resistance Is Not Futile

If Kim Davis is a hero, then Cardinal Kasper is right.
If you think she is a person who is in God's grace, then you must also believe that it is possible to divorce, re-marry and yet not be in mortal sin.
I personally am not sure Kasper is right, nor do I assume she is a hero.

Gloria.TV News on the 15th of September 2015

I am pretty sure by fundamentalists he was referring to ISIS, Al-Qaeda, etc.
The quote from Francis is: 'Their mission is to destroy in the name of an idea, not a reality.... They kill, attack, destroy, malign in the name of an ideological god'

Gloria.TV News on the 11th of September 2015

If I understand it correctly, the Pope's 'streamlining' is just moving the decision-making power out of the hands of a tribunal and into the hands of the bishop. He hasn't done anything about actually changing the rules regarding who can get an annulment. The reason why they made this decision was because there were people waiting 1, 2, 5 years or more in waiting for their case to be heard. The idea is that if the bishop has the power to grant the annulment, then they can get it faster.
An annu… [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 8th of September 2015

The oil-rich Gulf states flood Syria with weapons and finances to support the war, but when Syrians are running for their lives because of the war, these countries all close their borders, guard them with armed soldiers and refuse to take in any of the victims of the wars they are funding. There are many Muslims who are good and just people, who will help such people in their hour of need; but you unfortunately see in this how much love there really is among a great many Muslims, how much of a … [More]

Russland bekämpft IS

honestly, I think that what Putin has done here is the most sensible option. If the great powers really want to end the war in Syria, the world ought to give support to Assad to crush the rebellion and then the country will have peace. If they were smart, then they would attach strings to any such help by requiring Assad to consent to letting foreigners observe his soldiers and prevent them from engaging in any kind of human rights violations, and I am sure he would be desperate enough to agree. … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 6th of August 2015

Russia has the highest per capita abortion rate of any country in the world. It is nearly double what it is in America or western Europe. It has a higher suicide rate than Japan. It has high rates of street crime, racism, drug use, alcohol abuse, corruption, pre-marital sex, organized crime, wife beating, atheism, prostitution...
The West has these things too, and I am not pro-western... but I think it is very naive for someone to think that Russia is a Christian society.
They are intervening … [More]

Quote of the day - St. Gregory Nazianzen, on idolatry

even in pagan cultures that worship mythical gods inspired by the devil, the Holy Spirit is still there planting seeds.
In 1.33 of this video, that picture is a picture of the judgment upon the soul in the Egyptian afterlife. The heart of the soul, inside of the jar, is measured against a feather and if it weighs more than a feather, then it is fed to the crocodile-headed monster next to it, and if it is lighter than the feather, the soul enters paradise. Catholics understand it in a similar … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 9th of July 2015

But - We say with profound sorrow - there were to be found afterwards among the Faithful men who, shamefully blinded by the desire of sordid gain, in lonely and distant countries, did not hesitate to reduce to slavery Indians, negroes and other wretched peoples, or else, by instituting or developing the trade in those who had been made slaves by others, to favour their unworthy practice. Certainly many Roman Pontiffs of glorious memory, Our Predecessors, did not fail, according to the duties … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 9th of July 2015

Nevertheless, though much has thus been done for the Indians, there is much more that still remains to be done. And, indeed, when we consider the crimes and outrages still committed against them, our heart is filled with horror, and we are moved to great compassion for its most unhappy race. For what can be so cruel and so barbarous as to scourge men and brand them with hot iron, often for most trivial causes, often for a mere lust of cruelty; or, having suddenly overthrown them, to slay … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 9th of July 2015

The enemy of the human race, who opposes all good deeds in order to bring men to destruction, beholding and envying this, invented a means never before heard of, by which he might hinder the preaching of God's word of Salvation to the people: he inspired his satellites who, to please him, have not hesitated to publish abroad that the Indians of the West and the South, and other people of whom We have recent knowledge should be treated as dumb brutes created for our service, pretending that … [More]

The Greece. The Prophecy of Elder Joseph of Vatopedi from Athos

Libor Halik, I remember in 2008 on this website you predicted that after Obama was elected there was going to be a civil war in America. There has been lots of arguing and anger, but Obama is near the end of his term and there is still no civil war in America; however there has been a war in the Ukraine, partly created by Orthodox who follow ideas similar to the ones presented in this video.
Jesus prays for Peter so that his faith does not fail him. The bishops of Rome throughout all of history… [More]

'Abortion Drone' To Fly Pills Across German Border Into Poland

I don't understand these people. On the one hand, there are women with tears in their eyes who go through an abortion because they feel like they cannot handle a baby... and on the other hand there are these women who are actively trying to get more abortions throughout the world? Neither is right, but the former I can understand, the latter I can't.
I hope the police shoot down the drones.

World Over - 2015-06-04 - EXCLUSIVE Cardinal Walter Kasper with Raymond Arroyo

If I hadn't seen this, I don't think I would have ever realized what Cardinal Kasper's actual position was. Watching catholic media- I thought he was trying to say that the church should allow all divorced and remarried to receive communion after a penitential period, and that second marriages are possible.
It turns out he is neither denying that the first marriage was valid, nor that a second marriage is invalid. He upholds this completely.
What he is suggesting is rather that in certain speci… [More]

Cardinal Burke's new role

The Holy Father made a very good choice in putting him here. As he says, he doesn't even interfere with the governance of the order, but he just has a spiritual role.
I think he must have the least time consuming work duties among all the non-retired cardinals of the church and thus this gives him a great deal of free time in which he can use his talents to write books, make interviews, speeches, etc. and be a pastor to the larger church in times of confusion. No other non-retired cardinal in the church will have as much time as he has now to do that. Bless the Pope's wise decision!

Gloria.TV News on the 3rd of February 2015

the whole video is here: FFI: How they were
In the life of St Odo of Cluny, before he was abbot of Cluny, he was a monk at St Martin's in Tours. There is a story he told when he was abbot of Cluny about two of the monks from his days in Tours.
He said that many of the monks in Tours didn't like to wear their habits in public (this is the 10th century, not the 21st) and so they would dress in ordinary clothes when they went outside of the monastery. One day two of the monks were sent on some … [More]

Gloria.TV News on the 21st of January 2015

These people in Niger are obviously brainwashed. They are burning churches because of the Charlie Hebdo magazine... what does a church have anything to do with an atheistic magazine that attacks Islam? Why would you burn churches because an anti-religious French magazine attacked Muhammad? The Christians in the West are doing nothing to cause this; it is their own stupidity that is causing this.
If a western magazine or media source were to publicly attack God and mock the idea of Him, Muslims … [More]

German woman fight for Putin

Russia is a country with widespread abortion, prostitution, drug use, street violence, corruption.... how can anyone think that fighting for its national aspirations is fighting for Jesus?

Why TFP is Wrong?

I have lived in Beijing for years and I think this is the most ruthlessly capitalistic place I have ever been to in my life. The gap between the rich and the poor is far more pronounced than it is in the West.
Just a few hours ago I walked past an extremely wealthy school owned by a corporation in Abu Dhabi that gives very expensive and high quality education for the richer Chinese who control the government. Along the same street, a little further down, there is a line of poor people in dusty … [More]

Freemasons and Catholic Bishops Meet in Belfast

The Orange Lodge and the Free Masons are two different organizations. Where does the title come from?
The first bishop of Upper Canada in the 19th century. Alexander MacDonell, was a Scottish catholic who was a loyalist to the British crown and allied himself with the Orange lodge against Irish republicanism when he was bishop. When he was only a priest and still in Scotland he helped form a group of loyalist catholics to fight for the crown against the rebels in the 1798 uprising alongside … [More]

Vatican Surrenders to Luther: A Neo-Catholicism Update

Pius XII in his 1943 encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi
"13. If we would define and describe this true Church of Jesus Christ - which is the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church [12] - we shall find nothing more noble, more sublime, or more divine than the expression "the Mystical Body of Christ" - an expression which springs from and is, as it were, the fair flowering of the repeated teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and the Holy Fathers.
14. That the Church is a body is frequently… [More]