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Divine Worship (Anglican Use) in Springfield Missouri

You are cordially invited to experience the sacred liturgy according to Divine Worship (the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite) at Immaculate Conception Church in Springfield Missouri on Saturday, October 4th, at 7:30pm. Confessions will he heard at 7pm prior to mass. The sacred liturgy according to Divine Worship is a Vatican approved English version of a liturgy modelled after (and similar to) the Extaordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass). It may include prayers at the foot of the altar, ad orientem (priest facing the Lord), reading of the last gospel, communion on the tongue while kneeling, all in Tudor English. This particular celebration will be modelled after the low mass according to the Extraordinary Form, and will include all of the customary solemnity and reverence. (Modest dress and head coverings are welcome.) The mass will be celebrated by Father Kenneth Bolin, priest for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, who is currently assigned as a …

Does Pope Francis Believe in the Rapture?

Just about the time I start to think Pope Francis is losing clarity in his message, he turns around and says something so profoundly clear that I have to applaud him. On September 19, 2014, in an early morning mass, Pope Francis said... This is the future that awaits us and this is the fact that brings us to pose so much resistance: resistance to the transformation of our bodies. Also – resistance to Christian identity. I’ll say more: perhaps we are not so much afraid of the Apocalypse of the Evil One, of the Antichrist who must come first – perhaps we are not so afraid [of him]. Perhaps we are not so afraid of the voice of the Archangel or the sound of his trumpet – that shall sound the victory of the Lord. Fear of our resurrection, however, we have: we shall all be transformed. That transformation shall be the end of our Christian journey. The subject here is resurrection. Pope Francis has clearly and succinctly outlined an official teaching of the Catholic Church that often doesn&#…

The Vatican and Aliens from Outer Space

It seems there is a buzz going around the Internet that the Vatican is preparing some kind of statement on the Catholic Church's response to the possibility of extraterrestrial life, or aliens on other planets. Some of the more fringe Evangelicals are linking this to a conspiracy that the Vatican is allegedly trying to start a new one-world religion, of the New Age type, that links all religions together in the worship of an alien messiah.  An entire book has been written on this (Exo-Vaticana), from the same crackpots that brought us Petrus Romanus, the book that claims that Pope Francis is the last pope in history, and is in some way connected to the Antichrist prophesied in the New Testament. Now the Internet (particularly YouTube) is swarming with articles (and videos) that make this same ridiculous connection.

Putting all of this nonsense aside, there are millions of people who legitimately wonder what the Catholic Church's response would be to the discovery of extraterr…