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  • Pope Francis' official Coat of Arms

    03/18/2013 8:15:50 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 26 replies
    Monday, March 18, 2013 Pope Francis' official Coat of ArmsBy Brian Kopp From the Vatican website announcement (via Google translate, bold added): ...Pope Francis has decided to keep his coat front, chosen from his episcopal consecration and characterized by a linear simplicity.The blue shield is surmounted by symbols of papal dignity, the same as those taken by his predecessor Benedict XVI (miter placed between crossed keys of gold and silver, bound by a red cord). At the top, stands the emblem of the order of origin of the Pope, the Society of Jesus, a radiant sun and flamboyant loaded from...
  • Is Pope Francis a Liturgical Liberal?

    03/18/2013 3:31:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    >There have been some rumblings amongst traditionalist Catholics that Pope Francis is going to turn out to be a liturgical liberal. Apparently a few extremists are worried that Pope Benedict’s encouragement of the Latin Mass and his bringing back some of the older styles of clerical dress and papal customs are going to be thrown out in favor of happy clappy masses, clowns, balloons and big puppets.Everyone should stop and take a deep breath and get a sense of priorities. I am myself, on the more traditionalist side of the liturgy wars. I dislike anodyne, sentimental church music, a game...
  • Is Pope Francis Liberal or Conservative?

    03/18/2013 7:09:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/18/2013 | Selwyn Duke
    With the election of Pope Francis, there has been an almost "catholic" attempt to determine if he is liberal or conservative. CBS claims he is a "staunch conservative" based on the fact that, as correspondent Allen Pizzey put it, he "opposes abortion, supports celibacy, and called gay adoption discrimination against children," not to mention his opposition to faux marriage. Tingle Central's Chris Matthews said that the new pontiff is economically "progressive," which, if we were to be informed by actual statistics, should mean he wouldn't give one red cent to anybody. But none of these analysts will peg the pope...
  • Pope Francis & the poor

    03/18/2013 6:59:55 AM PDT · by Edmunds mom ^ | 3/18/2013 | Scott Walter
    ... Houselander concludes that the usual “efforts at reform” in the Church are useless. “There are only two weapons against the worldly spirit which has possessed so many Catholics for so long,” and they are “Contemplation and visible, voluntary Poverty.” How prophetic, given that Rome now has a Pope Emeritus devoted to the former and a new Pope devoted to the latter. Pope Benedict voluntarily gave away his power to devote himself to a cloistered life of contemplation. And Pope Francis famously said after his election, “How I would like a Church which is poor and for the poor.”
  • Pope Francis Warns Against "Demonic Worldliness"

    03/18/2013 3:16:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies ^ | March 18, 2013 | Staff
    ( -- When he said Mass for the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on Thursday, newly elected Pope Francis I warned these princes of the church against professing what he called “the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.”
  • Is Pope Francis a fraud? (That didn't take long)

    03/17/2013 9:59:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Salon ^ | March 16, 2013 | Andrew O'Hehir
    It’s easy — maybe too easy — for people with progressive political views to dismiss the Roman Catholic Church as a vile anachronism, a nightmarish patriarchy of aging pedophiles, woman-haters, homophobes and/or closet cases that can offer nothing of value to the contemporary world. When it comes to the church hierarchy, and especially the Roman Curia, the corrupt and labyrinthine Vatican bureaucracy that makes the Soviet-era Kremlin look like a model of transparency, that point of view seems more than justified. But the church is not just the hierarchy, and as the spectacle of the last several days has demonstrated,...
  • Did the Medieval Catholic Church Have a Female Pope?

    03/17/2013 5:55:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 14, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The election of Pope Francis as the 266th bishop of Rome held many milestones. Francis is the first Latin American pope in history and the first non-European pontiff in about 1,200 years. However, some have claimed that a Medieval pope might have reached a milestone considered impossible given the standards and rules of Vatican City for ordained clergy. Legend has it that in the ninth century the Roman Catholic Church was ruled briefly by a "Pope Joan," who disguised herself as a man, rising through the ranks of the male-dominated hierarchy. Many have hailed the legend as true, with two...
  • Fatima Shrine recalls Pope Francis' sponsorship of the Pilgrim Image of the Virgin of Fatima

    03/17/2013 3:36:06 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 1 replies
    Summorum Pontificum blog ^ | 3/17/13 | Brian Kopp
    Sunday, March 17, 2013 Fatima Shrine recalls Pope Francis' sponsorship of the Pilgrim Image of the Virgin of FatimaBy Brian Kopp For the record, here is a Google translation of yesterday's email (in Portuguese) of the Fatima Shrine's announcement regarding Cardinal Bergoglio's 1998 sponsorship of the Pilgrim Image of the Virgin of Fatima:  From: Press Room | Fatima Shrine  Date: March 16, 2013 10:42:06 AM PDT To: Subject: Buenos Aires, 1998: Fatima Shrine recalls the reception of Pope Francisco to Image Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima  26/2013, of March 16, 2013 - 17:30 Buenos Aires, 1998 - "Benvinda the house, Mother!"  Fatima Shrine recalls...
  • Pope Francis takes over Vatican's top secret dossiers (Fr. Georg tasked with guiding Bergoglio)

    03/17/2013 1:32:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    La Stampa ^ | March 17, 2013
    Fr. Georg has the task of guiding Bergoglio in his journey through the Vatican's secrets (vatican insider) A discreet and unexpected presence on the eve of the Papal election, Fr. Georg has been constantly by Francis’ side during his first public appearances: from his visit to Saint Mary Major to pray, to the meeting with journalists in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The role of Archbishop Gänswein at the beginning of this Pontificate goes beyond that of Prefect of the Pontifical Household; indeed, his sentimental involvement is evident and says a lot about his personality. It also brings to...
  • Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's "Letter On the Year of Faith" (Crossing Threshold of Faith)

    03/17/2013 1:41:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 15, 2013 | CWR Staff
    Left: The Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Right: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., who was elected Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, in a 2005 photo. (CNS photo/Enrique Marcarian, Reuters) Editor's note: The following Letter On the Year of Faith was presented by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., now Pope Francis, on October 1, 2012, the Feast of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. It is published with the express permission of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. LETTER ON THE YEAR OF FAITH:TO THE PRIESTS, CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS...
  • Former SSPX seminarian constant companion of Pope Francis

    03/17/2013 2:08:55 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 19 replies
    Summorum Pontificum blog ^ | 3/17/13 | Brian Kopp
    Sunday, March 17, 2013 Former SSPX seminarian constant companion of Pope FrancisBy Brian Kopp Some traditionalist bloggers seem to want to suggest that Pope Francis' closest friends and confidantes are of the progressive persuasion, but his right hand man at present is a former SSPX seminarian ... Georg Gänswein, despite his athletic and youthful appearance, is extremely conservative. But he has been careful to tone down his “traditionalist” side. Shortly after the election of Benedict XVI in 2005, all references to the papal secretary’s life prior to his new-found fame disappeared from the internet. Only later did any personal information...
  • Pelosi to Reporters: ‘Get Excited’ About New Pope

    03/17/2013 7:12:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 14, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters present at her weekly Capitol Hill news conference to “get excited” about newly elected Pope Francis. While discussing with Capitol Hill reporters on Thursday her experience watching the selection of the new pope, Pelosi said: “Isn’t it exciting? I think so. Get excited. This is big, this is big.” Earlier in the press briefing, Pelosi said she was happy to hear Pope Francis chose his name based on Saint Francis of Assisi, for whom Pelosi’s home city of San Francisco is named. …
  • A great story of Jorge Bergoglio and a poor widow who wanted her children baptized

    03/17/2013 2:46:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 17, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    A revealing anecdote from an interview in 2009 with the man who would become Pope Francis: Just a few days ago I baptized seven children of a woman on her own, a poor widow, who works as a maid and she had had them from two different men. I met her last year at the Feast of San Cayetano. SheÂ’d said: Father, IÂ’m in mortal sin, I have seven children and IÂ’ve never had them baptized. It had happened because she had no money to bring the godparents from a distance, or to pay for the party, because she always...

    03/17/2013 11:56:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    southern Orders ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. Allan J. McDonald
    SOUTHERN ORDERS: BOMBSHELL, THE HOLY FATHER GIVES HOLY COMMUNION TO THE DEACONS BY WAY OF INTINCTION AS THEY KNEEL BEFORE HIM AT THE PARISH CHURCH OF SAINT ANNA'S AND THEN DOES NOT DISTRIBUTE HOLY COMMUNION TO THE LAITY NOR ANY OF THE BISHOPS, THE TWO DEACONS DISTRIBUTE ONLY THE HOSTS TO THE LAITY AS THEY KNEEL TO RECEIVE!!!!!!! I am watching a live feed from the Mass within the Vatican at Santa Anna parish. The altar is dressed in the free standing altar is dressed in the Benedictine fashion as it was in the Sistine Chapel. The Holy Father is...
  • Liberals will soon turn on Pope Francis

    03/17/2013 11:37:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    We are still a bare few days into the pontificate of Pope Francis. I have therefore declined to gush out lots of entries here, burbling my every half-formed notion about what is going to happen. I have also avoided surfing from site to site, news agency to news agency, to sift the wonky grindings of those who want to be in-the-know.Today, however, I went to see what the National Schismatic Reporter had to say. John Allen is a well-informed, hard-working analyst, of course, and well-worth consulting, while the rest of the writers over there are good for a laugh.With amused...
  • State Dept.: If Request Were Made for International Monitoring of Papal Election....

    03/17/2013 8:21:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 3/17/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said on Friday that if a request were to "come forward" that the papal election be monitored by an international organization called the Organization for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the U.S. government “would take it very seriously.” Nuland made the remark only after she did some “digging” on the issue because Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee had questioned her at Thursday's briefing about whether the administration believed the papal election had met international standards. At both Thursday’s and Friday’s briefings there was more than a little jocularity in the way Nuland handled Lee’s...
  • Weigel thinks Pope Francis embodies Church's future

    03/17/2013 5:48:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | March 16, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Francis meets with the cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on March 15, 2013. Credit: CTV. Rome, Italy, Mar 16, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Catholic author and scholar George Weigel believes that Pope Francis embodies the type of Catholicism that is needed for the Church to thrive in the modern cultural context. “I think Pope Francis embodies the Church's turn into the Evangelical Catholicism of the future in a profound way,” Weigel told CNA on March 15, just two days into the new papacy. “If he can reform the Curia and turn it into...
  • Pope wades into crowd before 1st window appearance

    03/17/2013 7:05:34 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 3.17 | d'emilio
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks about God's power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech for the first Sunday window appearance of his papacy. He also spoke only in Italian - beginning with "buon giorno" (Good day) and ending with "buon pranzo" (Have a good lunch) - instead of greeting the faithful in several languages as his last few predecessors had done. His comments and humor delighted a crowd of more than 150,000 in St. Peter's Square, drawing cheers and laughter. But Francis did tweet in English and other languages, saying:...
  • South Africa cardinal says pedophilia not a crime

    03/17/2013 7:44:11 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 16, 2013 | David Dolan and Jason Webb
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis this week has told the BBC pedophilia is an illness and not a crime. Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, told BBC Radio 5 on Saturday that pedophilia was a "disorder" that needed to be treated. "From my experience, pedophilia is actually an illness. It's not a criminal condition, it's an illness," he said. Napier said he knew of at least two priests who became pedophiles after they were abused as children. "Now don't tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who...
  • Pope Francis Speaks of God’s Mercy at First Sunday Angelus

    03/17/2013 9:16:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/17/13 | Madeleine Teahan
    Pope Francis made the power of God’s mercy his central message this morning as he celebrated Mass at Sant’Anna church in Vatican City and delivered his first Angelus address to pilgrims in St Peter’s Square. During his homily at the local church, Pope Francis said: “Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message. “If we are like the Pharisee before the altar, who said: ‘Thank you, Lord, for not making me like all the other men, and especially not like that fellow at the door, like that publican’… well, then we do not know the heart of the Lord, and we...