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  • Pope begins ministry with biblical symbols, signs of universal ministry

    03/19/2013 2:31:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cns ^ | March 19, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis waves from the popemobile as he greets people in St. Peter's Square before celebrating his inaugural Mass at the Vatican March 19. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission. But before the solemn rites began March 19, Pope Francis -- known for choosing public transport over chauffeur-driven limousines -- took his first spin in the popemobile, blessing the...
  • CNN Poll: American Catholics approve of new pope (.... but ....)

    03/19/2013 2:09:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    politicalticker ^ | March 19, 2013
    Washington (CNN) – American Catholics are very enthusiastic about the choice of Pope Francis to head the Roman Catholic Church, according to a new national survey. But a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that you shouldn't expect them to pay any more attention to the new pope's teachings on issues like birth control than they paid to his predecessors."Pope Francis is starting off with a huge reservoir of goodwill in the U.S. Eighty-eight percent of American Catholics questioned in our survey approve of his selection as pope," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.By contrast, an ABC News/Washington Post poll in...
  • Letter #53: Protect (Homily of Pope Francis and a relevant passage from the Book of Revelation)

    03/19/2013 1:32:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 19, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    March 19, 2013, Tuesday — ProtectPope Francis at his inauguration Mass. Today a new pontificate officially began.The essential message in the homily given by Pope Francis to open his pontificate draws on the work and image of St. Joseph, spouse of Mary, head of the Holy Family. And that message is to “protect.”This message is important at a time when the figure of the person who “protects,” be he a father, a mother, a priest, a scholar, a leader, is under attack — in a time when the “protection” is entrusted to others, or to none, when the “protectors” are...
  • The Greatest Reaction To White Smoke...Ever.

    03/19/2013 12:36:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 3/19/13 | Matthew Archbold
    The reaction of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist to the white smoke is pure unbridled joy. It's your must watch video of the day. In the middle of recording their debut album for DeMontfort Music, the sisters heard the news that resounded in heaven and earth. VIDEO
  • CNN: "The Hope And Change Pope"

    03/19/2013 1:20:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies ^ | March 19, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    "He hasn't actually done much in the way of real policy changes of initiatives, and he certainly is the hope and change pope, but he's at the head of a body, the Vatican, that's very resistant to change," said the CNN commentator. "I've read, for instance, that observers say that you don't change the Vatican, the Vatican changes you."
  • Full text: Pope Francis homily for his inaugural Mass

    03/19/2013 12:16:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 19, 2013 | Catherine Harmon
    Flags, including those of his homeland of Argentina, are held up by pilgrims as Pope Francis make his way through the crowd in St. Peter's Square before celebrating his inaugural Mass at the Vatican March 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Today, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Pope Francis celebrated the Mass inaugurating his Petrine ministry, receiving the papal pallium and the Fisherman’s Ring. Below is the full text of the Holy Father’s homily, translated by Vatican Radio: Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on...
  • The Scandal of the Jewish Pope

    03/19/2013 12:24:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | March 18, 2013 | Michael Brown
    One of the first official acts of the newly installed Pope Francis was to reach out to the Jewish community of Rome, as his predecessor Pope Benedict had done, and he is being greeted warmly by many Jewish leaders worldwide. For most of the last 1,500 years, though, Catholic-Jewish relations have not been so warm. In fact, there was a time when the Catholic Church was rocked with a scandal: It was alleged that the Pope himself was Jewish. But that was almost 1,000 years ago, and the first order of business is to note how well received Pope Francis...
  • Pope Francis coat of arms and motto, explained (Benedict's pallium and a used ring)

    03/19/2013 1:09:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 18, 2013 | Catherine Harmon
    Today Pope Francis’ official coat of arms and papal motto were unveiled at a Vatican press conference. The coat of arms is almost identical to the one he used as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, except the wide-brimmed cardinal’s hat at the top of the shield has been replaced by a miter, and the papal keys have been added. From the Vatican Information Service, here are details about the symbols found on Francis’ coat of arms: The shield has a bright blue background, at the centre top of which is a yellow radiant sun with the IHS christogram on...
  • A Week of Firsts

    03/19/2013 10:56:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 19, 2013 | Michael Severance
    Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating his inaugural Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Some of the less-experienced journalists covering the papal conclave were right on the money one week ago. As wrote in my report last Monday, many of these young vaticanisti covering their first conclave believed that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had a strong chance of surging from behind to beat leading papabili such as Cardinals Scola and Ouellet.  They were convinced the Argentine would have his rivincita—his comeback—in the 2013 conclave. Their rookie rhyme was not without reason....
  • Pope: Homily for inaugural Mass of Petrine Ministry [full text]

    03/19/2013 2:48:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 3/19/2013
    (Vatican Radio) Homily of the Holy Father at the Inauguration of his Papal Ministry 19 March 2013: Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the spouse of the Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. It is a significant coincidence, and it is also the name-day of my venerable predecessor: we are close to him with our prayers, full of affection and gratitude. I offer a warm greeting to my brother cardinals and bishops, the priests, deacons,...
  • Of the Popes mozzetta

    03/19/2013 10:34:13 AM PDT · by LovedSinner · 7 replies
    What Does the Prayer Really Say ^ | 3/19/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I read on an Italian blog (and so this is at the level of rumor for now) that the Roman ecclesiastical tailor shop Gammarelli sent a mozzetta over the the Apostolic Palace. A mozzetta is the elbow length red cape, often trimmed in ermine, worn by the Roman Pontiff over his white cassock. Tuesday, today, is the Mass of the inauguration of Francis pontificate. Tomorrow the Pope has an audience with delegations of Christian churches. Were the Pope to put on the mozzetta, that would be a good occasion. That would be the apt thing to do. It would be...
  • Pope Francis Often Quiet on Sex Abuse Cases as Archbishop (Hurlingham, Argentina)

    03/19/2013 10:19:00 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Monday March 18, 2013, 10:43 PM | NICK MIROFF
    HURLINGHAM, Argentina Father Julio Cesar Grassi was a celebrity in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. The young, dynamic, media-savvy priest networked with wealthy Argentines to fund an array of schools, orphanages and job training programs for poor and abandoned youths, winning praise from Argentine politicians and his superior, Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Grassi called his foundation Felices los Nios, "Happy Children." Today, Grassi is a convicted sex offender who remains free on a conditional release after being sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2009 for molesting a prepubescent boy in his care. Yet in the years after Grassi's...
  • Survey Says Catholics Upset Over Pope's Catholic Views

    03/19/2013 9:01:15 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 57 replies
    WASHINGTON (CAP) - American Catholics this week, while generally happy with the newly elected Pope Francis, expressed disappointment that the new head of the Catholic Church insisted on espousing such Catholic views. A new study out of the Pew Research Center said that while 74 percent of American Catholics approve of Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio's appointment as pontiff, almost 60 percent wished he held different views on abortion, premarital sex, contraception and same-sex marriage. "Most respondents questioned why the pope has to be so darn Catholic, to use a phrase that came up over and over again," said Pew spokesman...
  • Pope Francis Urges Protection Of Nature, Weak

    03/19/2013 6:50:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies ^ | March 19, 2013 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis urged princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass on Tuesday to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest, mapping out a clear focus of his priorities as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
  • More Objective Reality (Cardinal Bergoglio celebrating a "youth Mass" complete with puppets)

    03/18/2013 6:45:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies ^ | 03/17/2013 | Ann Barnhardt
    More Objective Reality Posted by Ann Barnhardt - March 17, AD 2013 1:02 PM MST From 2011, Pope Francis, then Cardinal Bergoglio, celebrating a "youth Mass" complete with puppets. This is just about as bad as it gets, folks. The consecrations are at the 5:30 and 6:15 marks. No genuflection. In fact not a single person there on the altar, such as it is, genuflects, much less kneels, except the young server in the front with the incense, who is on his knees. All of the rest of the concelebrating priests remain standing throughout, and of course, the two kid...
  • Thousands fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis installation

    03/19/2013 1:00:18 AM PDT · by Ron C. · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-19-13 | AP
    (Fox News excerpt of AP) VATICAN CITY Thousands of people are pouring into St. Peter's Square to witness the official start of the papacy of the first pope from the New World. (snip) The installation Mass is simpler than the 2005 ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI in keeping with Francis' style, but still grand enough to draw 132 official delegations and religious leaders from around the world, including the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians who is attending for the first time since the two branches of Christianity split 1,000 years ago. (Bold print above not in the...
  • AP Reporter asks if U.S. would monitor a Papal election

    03/18/2013 11:57:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 19, 2013 | Jack Kemp
    In a question that brought nervous laughter to other journalists, a question by Associated Press reporter Mathew Lee, asking whether the United States would monitor a Papal election, brought a serious formal non-answer, as reported by Family Security Matters via CNS News: 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...
  • Argentine LGBT group: Pope Francis will oppose 'diverse family structures'

    03/18/2013 8:42:24 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 17 replies
    LSN ^ | 03/18/2013 | Ben Johnson
    BUENOS AIRES, March 18, 2013 ( The head of a radical homosexual lobby in Argentina has said the election of Pope Francis is not a boon for advocates of same-sex marriage. The Argentine LGBT Federation (FALGBT) said the election of the former Cardinal of Buenos Ares, Jorge Bergoglio, as pope, marks a clear desire of the Vatican to radicalize its position against the recognition of diverse family structures.
  • Biden Jokes 'I'll Lose My Soul' If He Misses Cardinal Reception

    03/18/2013 8:09:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    YahooNews ^ | March 18, 2013 | Arlette Saenz
    Biden Jokes 'I'll Lose My Soul' If He Misses Cardinal Reception By Arlette Saenz Vice President Joe Biden joked today that his soul might be in jeopardy if he misses a scheduled reception with the U.S. Cardinals in Rome. "We invited the American cardinals to a reception," Biden told Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic during a bilateral meeting today, according to the print pool reports. "So unless I'm prepared to join the Eastern Orthodox Church, as a Roman Catholic, I'd better show up or I'll lose my soul." The vice president, who is the highest-ranking Roman Catholic politician in the United...
  • "This is the secret of Pope Francis..." (a mystical experience)

    03/18/2013 5:16:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 18, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    Robert Moyhnihan, editor of Inside the Vatican, remarks upon a very important bit of information about Pope Francis's youth: One of the central claims of the Catholic faith is not only that God exists, that He is real, but also that He can communicate with human beings, that human beings can be "pierced" by the actual sense of the divine presence, can experience and be aware of this real presence, can -- as the very first verse of the old Baltimore Catechism taught -- "know" God, then "love and serve Him." Today in Rome, the Vatican released a statement...
  • Buchanan: Pope Francis Against the West?

    03/18/2013 2:37:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Human Events ^ | March 15, 2013 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith, wrote Hilaire Belloc after that bloodbath we call World War I. Either Europe will return to the Faith or she will perish. By 1938, Belloc concluded Christian Europe was done: The bad work begun at the Reformation is bearing its final fruit in the dissolution of our ancient doctrines the very structure of society is dissolving. He was right. Europe is the dying continent. And looking back at the history of the Old Continent, we see the truth of G.K. Chestertons insight: When men cease to believe in God, they...
  • The First American Pope

    03/18/2013 1:19:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    NRO ^ | March 14, 2013 | George Weigel
    Rome — The swift election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, S.J., as bishop of Rome is replete with good news — and not a little irony. To reverse the postmodern batting order, let’s begin with the good news.A true man of God. The wheelchair-bound beggar at the corner of Via della Conciliazione and Via dell’Erba this morning had a keen insight into his new bishop: “Sono molto contento; e un profeta” (“I’m very happy; he’s a prophet”). That was certainly the overwhelming impression I took away from the hour I spent with the archbishop of Buenos Aires and future...
  • How the New York Times Smeared Pope Francis Today

    03/18/2013 12:43:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/18/2013 | Andrew Klavan
    When Benedict XVI was pope, the New York Times ran a scurrilous, distortion-infested campaign intended to link the former Joseph Ratzinger with the awful abuse scandals that have so harmed the Catholic Church. These pieces were manifestly dishonest and substance-free when you read them through. But the Times editors know most people don’t read the articles — they read the headlines and the first paragraph. So this morning, the pseudo-journalists at the Times began their campaign of lies against the new pope, Francis, under the damning (and damnable) headline: “Starting a Papacy, Amid Echoes of a ‘Dirty War’”: One Argentine...
  • Biden Says Hell Attend Dinner With Cardinals Or Ill Lose My Soul

    03/18/2013 10:44:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    TPM ^ | 3/18/13 | TOM KLUDT
    Looking ahead to a reception scheduled for Monday evening in Rome that will feature American Cardinals, Vice President Joe Biden quipped that his attendance at the event is mandatory if he wishes to retain his soul. According to the vice president's office, Biden will attend the reception at Villa Aurelia in Rome along with the Presidential Delegation to the Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis, U.S. Cardinals, U.S. Members of Congress, and officials from U.S Embassy Rome, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome. Speaking with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic...
  • Argentine Evangelicals Say Bergoglio as Pope Francis Is 'Answer to Our Prayers'

    03/18/2013 9:17:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 3/14/13 | Jeremy Weber
    First Latin American pope offers opportunity to 'rethink differences' and 'join hands in mission.'Argentina's evangelical leaders were just as surprised as anyone when Jorge Mario Bergoglio, former archbishop of Buenos Aires, was revealed Wednesday as the new Pope Francis. But they were not surprised when his first words broke from papal tradition. In a move that Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano called "unprecedented and shocking," before Francis offered the world the traditional papal blessing, he asked those watching to first pray for him. Such a request is one of Bergoglio's trademarks, said Juan Pablo Bongarr, president of the Argentine Bible Society....
  • 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
    Its 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 PDTTo:Subject: Buenos Aires, 1998: Fatima Shrine recalls the reception of Pope Francisco to Image Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima 26/2013, of March 16, 2013 - 17:30Buenos 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 Gnswein, 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 secretarys 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: Isnt 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 Pelosis 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. She’d said: Father, I’m in mortal sin, I have seven children and I’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 Thursdays and Fridays briefings there was more than a little jocularity in the way Nuland handled Lees...
  • 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 Gods 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 Gods mercy his central message this morning as he celebrated Mass at SantAnna church in Vatican City and delivered his first Angelus address to pilgrims in St Peters Square. During his homily at the local church, Pope Francis said: Mercy is the Lords 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...
  • Pope Francis Delivers Message of Mercy to Crowd of 300,000

    03/17/2013 10:02:44 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 17, 2013
    Pope Francis Delivers Message of Mercy to Crowd of 300,000 VATICAN CITY, March 17, 2013 Before an astounding crowd of some 300,000 in and around St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis today delivered his first angelus as pontiff, urging the faithful to be merciful and forgiving. Hours earlier, the humility and spontaneity of the 76-year-old Argentine was on display when he greeted onlookers near the edge of Vatican City. As the pope was entering a mass in St. Anna Parish, he decided to stop and greet a crowd of people awaiting his arrival. Walking up to the crowd, Francis shook hands,...
  • Will 'transgender rights' drive Catholics out of public schools?

    03/17/2013 8:43:07 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 40 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 03/16/2013 | Mary Hasson
    The Massachusetts Board of Education recently issued formal guidance to the states public schools, telling them how to implement new laws protecting against gender identity discrimination. The Board of Education insists that schools must not only provide equal access to educational activities programs but also proactively create a culture that would make gender-nonconforming and transgender kids feel safe, supported, and fully included. The result? Transgender children must be allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex, if they so choose. Teachers will work with other students who object to the invasion of privacy, helping them over...
  • Letter #49: Black Shoes (Curia Officials Reappointed ... But ... only temporarily!)

    03/17/2013 10:10:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 16, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    March 16, 2013, Saturday — Black Shoes“First of all I would say a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord bless him and Our Lady protect him.” –Pope Francis, asking all to pray for Emeritus Pope Benedict, during his first public words after his election on March 13, 2013It is now official. Pope Francis, 76, will go to Castel Gandolfo, about 15 miles outside of Rome, to meet Emeritus Pope Benedict, 85, on March 23, next Saturday, one week from today. It will be their first meeting since Benedict renounced...
  • Opening Wartime Archives? (Pope Francis will open Pope Pius XII - Shoah - WWII-era archives)

    03/17/2013 9:43:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    Jewish Week ^ | 03/14/13 | Stewart Ain and Steve Lipman
    The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations and perhaps end the debate over the Church’s actions during World War II. Bergoglio, 76, who took the name Francis and is the first Jesuit ever to be chosen pope, has publicly called for the opening of the Vatican archives to learn the true role Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust. There have been allegations that Pope Pius XII, who is on track to be canonized by the...
  • Pope Francis Warns Catholic Cardinals Against Demonic Worldliness

    03/16/2013 10:26:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 16, 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. Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil, Francis said, quoting Leon Bloy, a French writer who died in 1917, and who converted from agnosticism to Catholicism. When we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord, we are worldly: we may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord,...