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Why does the Catholic Church not ordain women as priests? Here's seven good reasons why not...

Catholic Answers' director of apologetics Tim Staples considers the question of women priests in the Catholic Church and reveals seven reasons why this is not possible.
 
The seven reasons are:
 
1. The Church has definitively declared it
 
2. The Church's constant Tradition for 2,000 years cannot err
 
3. The attitude of Christ
 
4. The practice of the Apostles
 
5. The permanent value of the attitude of Jesus Christ and the Apostles
 
6. The ministerial priesthood in the light of the mystery of Christ

Join in the First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Receive the Graces Necessary for Salvation

 
The First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is an incredibly rich, and ultimately rewarding, devotion to Our Blessed Mother Mary. 
 
Please try to participate in this most incredible act of devotion and allow Jesus to pour his abundant graces upon you.
 

This Sunday is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi; why not join a procession in your area?

The West End Corpus Christi procession has grown in recent years

This Sunday the Church celebrates the great solemnity of Corpus Christi.  It is an occasion for us to celebrate the beauty and truth of the Eucharist; the real body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.


The solemnity is often marked by a procession led by the Blessed Sacrament and Catholics around the country are encouraged to join in.  In Glasgow the West End Corpus Christi Procession has become increasingly popular in recent years with hundreds participating.

Jesus calls us to love politicians too you know

These people need our love and prayers too
 
 
It’s not often you hear people standing up for politicians but that is precisely what I am about to do!  As the dust settles on last week’s UK General Election the usual lampooning of political figures and parties has started up once again as we embark on another five year cycle of ridicule and abuse in the direction of those elected to lead our country.
 
 
As Christians our call is simple: to love one another and to keep God’s Commandments.

Fifteen things to know about Lent

 
What is Lent?  What are the rules for fasting during Lent?  Do you need to give up something for Lent?  Are you allowed instrumental music during Mass through Lent?
 
These are all questions ably answered by Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin in his great blog. 
 
Click here to learn 'Nine things you need to know about Lent':http://jimmyakin.com/2015/02/9-things-you-need-to-know-about-lent-2.html
 
Click here to learn 'Six liturgical no-no's during Lent':

Only Jesus can save us from the grasp of the devil (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 1st February 2015)

 
Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 1:21-28):

‘Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came he went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.
In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit and it shouted, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet!

This Catholic priest brought 15,000 young people to their feet with his pro-life story

Father Mario Majano
 
Father Mario Majano, a 28 year old Catholic priest from Washington DC, recently brought a 15,000 strong crowd to its feet during the Verizon Centre Mass for Life event in the capital.  The Mass was a follow-on from last week's March for Life which attracted hundreds of thousands of people.
 
Father Majano's story is one which brought tears to many people in the huge audience, but it was the tears of one woman in particular which made the headlines.
 
Click here to read the full story at lifesitenews.

The Kingdom of God is in your hands, now go forth and evangelise…. (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 25th January 2015)

 
Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 1:14-20):
 
‘After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’
 
As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him.

Philippines shows the way forward in love of the Church and the Catholic Faith

Filipinos just love being Catholic!
 
Pope Francis is on record as saying that "The Philippines bear witness to the youthfulness and vitality of the Church."
 
How true!  The Philippines is one of those nations where Catholicism is thriving because of an unconditional love and complete trust in the Catholic faith.
 
Unliek our own western and increasingly secular culture, the Filipinos rarely question their faith.  They are less inclined to be negative about the Church.

Archbishop tells people of Glasgow: "Do not be afraid, God is with us"

 
 
Picture: bbc.co.uk
 
The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has encouraged the people of the city to turn to God in their grief as they come to terms with the tragic loss of six lives in Monday's road accident in George Square. 
 
The Archbishop presided over Mass at the city's St Andrew's Cathedral as government ministers, council executives and officials from other faith groups gathered to remember the dead. 
 
Archbishop Tartaglia, in referring to today's scripture readings, suggested that, despite all the sadness and suffering we are currently experiencing, we must remember that we are not alone.
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