EWTN.com - Minnesota Catholic Leaders Say 'Gay Marriage' Group Is Misleading

EWTN.com - Minnesota Catholic Leaders Say 'Gay Marriage' Group Is Misleading: "A self-described Catholic group advocating "marriage equality" in Minnesota is misleading Catholics and others about the nature of marriage and is not recognized by the Church, according to church leaders in the state.

The group Catholics for Marriage Equality MN "seeks to confuse Catholics and the public about authentic Church teaching related to matters of marriage and sexuality," the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said on Sept. 29.

Both the conference and the archdiocese made it known that this group "does not speak for the Catholic Church" and has "no authority" to determine what does and does not constitute Christian doctrine and morality.

"The Archdiocese asks that Catholics avoid associating themselves with this group, and not be deceived by its messages, which are in conflict with the fundamental teachings of the Church," the statement said.

The group proposes a false view of the Church that undermines the legitimate authority of the bishops and the Magisterium as the interpreter and teacher of the faith given to the apostles by Jesus Christ."

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EWTN.com - Marian Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament

EWTN.com - Marian Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament: "Q: In a number of countries we pray the rosary and the litany of the saints with the Blessed Sacrament exposed. When we believe Jesus Christ, who is fully alive, is present in the Blessed Sacrament, is it right to pray the rosary or a litany in which we address our prayers to Mary? When Christ is present before us, why should we take a roundabout way through Mary to Jesus, instead of praying directly to Jesus himself? I would be very grateful to hear from you because I am quite disturbed when this happens in my church. I love the Blessed Mother and pray to her, but sometimes I feel that we give more importance to her than to Jesus. -- T.N., Manathavady, India

A: This is a question that often arises and which we have addressed on other occasions, most extensively a year ago on Oct. 26, 2010."

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Defenders of the Catholic Faith : Hosted by Stephen K. Ray » Is Mormonism Christian? a Cult? a Heresy?

Defenders of the Catholic Faith : Hosted by Stephen K. Ray » Is Mormonism Christian? a Cult? a Heresy?: "Mormons call themselves “Christians.” They say they believe in Jesus and the Bible and should be considered one of the many respected Christian denominations.

However, Mormons have a serious problem if they want to claim the title of “Christian”. From the earliest days of Christianity battles have raged over orthodox theology — what is it that makes a Christian? There were a good number of tenets that distinguished an orthodox Christian from a heretical group. The Fathers of the Church, the Popes and the Councils were very clear on this."

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