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  • Letter #54: “My Brother Andrew” (Bartholomew I, Encyclical on Faith, Benedict XVI)

    03/20/2013 7:43:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 20, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    “My Brother Andrew”The key thing that Pope Francis did today was to greet Patriarch Bartholomew I, ecumenical patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, based in Constantinople, as “my brother Andrew.”Now, Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter, the first Bishop of Rome. They were fishermen together on the Sea of Galilee, 2,000 years ago.So Pope Francis, the successor of Peter, in 2013, is expressing the sense of friendship he feels toward the Orthodox, a friendship which reaches the level of fraternal feelings: the two men, Francis and Bartholomew, are as the brothers Peter and Andrew.The patriarchs of Constantinople are considered...
  • Canon Law and Two Popes

    03/21/2013 7:23:43 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 2 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | March 21, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q1: Could you please outline the canonical problems inherent in the fact that now we have two living Popes? –Rhonda Q2: Considering that all priests and bishops must belong to a diocese or religious order, my question would be this: now that Benedict has renounced the Chair of Peter but will be living on the Vatican grounds, as a Bishop, what diocese must he belong to? –Michael A: Now that we Catholics are gradually getting used to the notion that we have a Pope from Argentina named Francis, it’s only natural that many are also starting to wonder what it’s...
  • Pope Francis's unexpected encounter with an Ulsterman

    03/21/2013 6:30:55 AM PDT · by bronxville · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 17th March, 2013 | John Bingham
    Pope Francis's unexpected encounter with an Ulsterman The Telegraph's John Bingham, an Ulster Protestant, was in the Vatican City on Sunday when, suddenly, he found himself face to face with the new Pope. He describes what happened next. By John Bingham, Vatican City 6:14PM GMT 17 Mar 2013 Mr Paisley, I hope you are sitting down if you read this. In an unwitting ecumenical gesture, Pope Francis shook hands with the first Ulster protestant of his reign today: me. Pope Francis greets crowds, including the Daily Telegraph's reporter John Bingham (circled), before his Angelus prayer in the Vatican (Reuters) I...
  • Pope Francis did not denounce me to Argentinian junta, says priest

    03/21/2013 4:47:34 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Pope Francis did not denounce me to Argentinian junta, says priest Francisco Jalics, who was imprisoned for five months in the 1970s, says he and the new pope reconciled in 2000" Jonathan Watts The Guardian, Wednesday 20 March 2013 ..."I myself was once inclined to believe that we were the victims of a denunciation," Jalics said. "[But] at the end of the 90s, after numerous conversations, it became clear to me that this suspicion was unfounded. It is therefore wrong to assert that our capture took place at the initiative of Father Bergoglio."... ...The latest comments follow a less categorical...
  • The Media's Dirty War Of Words Against Pope Francis

    03/20/2013 4:56:38 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    Media: The left has been trying to paint the new Pope Francis as someone with a dark past dating to Argentina's dirty war. One problem: Their allegations are falling apart. So now it's all about endlessly repeated innuendo. Tell a lie often enough, and it becomes truth. That seems to be the premise for the constant references to "persistent doubts," "raising questions," "alleged charges" and other weasel-word qualifiers the press uses about the new pope. They can be found in the likes of the New York Times, the Daily Beast, the BBC, Der Spiegel and others. The idea seems to...
  • What Pope Francis Means for Latin America

    03/20/2013 6:28:17 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 2 replies
    PJMedia ^ | March 20, 2013 | Jaime Daremblum
    Jorge Mario Bergoglio has fought both poverty and radical leftism. Liberation theology is a radical, pseudo-Marxist school of Catholic social thought that first emerged in Latin America during the mid–20th century. On March 5, one of its strongest advocates died in Venezuela. Eight days later, one of its strongest critics was named pope. Each event could represent a watershed moment for Latin America.The late Hugo Chávez frequently clashed with Venezuela’s top Catholic authorities, who broadly opposed his efforts to create a socialist dictatorship in their overwhelmingly Catholic country. In 2005, for example, Archbishop Baltazar Porras of Mérida, who was then...
  • Will Pope Francis fulfill Benedict's legacy on abortion and Communion?

    03/20/2013 5:23:44 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 39 replies ^ | 3/20/13 | John-Henry Westen
    One of the little-known legacies of Pope Benedict XVI is his consistent push to have pro-abortion politicians given the opportunity to repent and come back to a right relationship with God by refusing them Holy Communion. Benedict’s public role in the matter began in 2004 prior to his pontificate, while head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope John Paul II.
  • Behind closed doors, pope supported civil unions in Argentina, activist says

    03/20/2013 4:12:52 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies ^ | 3/20/13 | Rafael Romo, Jose Manuel Rodriguez and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
    Buenos Aires (CNN) -- Less than an hour after he fired off an angry letter to Catholic Church leaders about their handling of Argentina's same-sex marriage debate, Marcelo Marquez says his phone rang. He was surprised to hear the voice on the other end of the line. It was Jorge Mario Bergoglio, then the archbishop of Buenos Aires, and now the pope. What Bergoglio said to him at a meeting soon afterward that year, 2010, was even more surprising, Marquez said.
  • Pro-abortion Biden and Pelosi receive communion, but not from Pope at inaugural Mass

    03/20/2013 11:03:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 20, 2013 | John-Henry Westen
    Pro-abortion Catholics Vice President Joe Biden and House Leader Nancy Pelosi both received Holy Communion at the inauguration Mass of Pope Francis in the Vatican yesterday. However, while the Pope did administer Communion to deacons assisting at the altar, he did not distribute Communion to any of the dignitaries present. Pope Benedict XVI stressed throughout his pontificate and before it began that pro-abortion politicians should be denied Communion. Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro, the head of the Rome office of Human Life International told LifeSiteNews that “While some Americans were perfectly entitled to received Communion, like Congressman Smith, as Cardinal Raymond Burke...
  • Sister Alicia Torres discusses symbolism of new pope’s name and more

    03/20/2013 9:47:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ |
    Along with the tradition of naming a new pope, there’s the symbolism. The name Francis is in reference to St. Francis of Assisi– who shares much in common with the new pope. Sister Alicia Torres from the Franciscans of the Eucharist spoke about the importance. VIDEO AT LINK.
  • Pope Francis – the real deal – has Audience with Cardinals

    03/15/2013 2:49:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 15, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today I took in the Audience Pope Francis held for the College of Cardinals in the Sala Clementina. It was entirely charming.There was a little scare, however. After the first greeting by the Dean of the College, Card Sodano, the Pope rose to go down to him and he almost fell on the stair. I noticed that in during the Mass yesterday he also had a little help going down the step from his chair.He again came in only the white cassock… I hope he will bend to decorum over time… and gave a talk that was partly prepared and...
  • Losing Patience With the New Pope

    03/20/2013 2:29:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Many millions of Catholics around the world were joyous with the naming of a new pope -- a holy man from the Third World no less. Even in choosing his name, Pope Francis is emphasizing a devotion to the poor, and humility in his clothing and manners. The liberal media should be lapping this up. There was an accurate recounting of the global rejoicing, especially in Argentina. There were hopeful words about his pastoral modesty. But as the day came for the pope to be installed, the natural secular liberal nastiness toward the oldest Christian faith bubbled up in demands...
  • Argentina's Fernandez raises Falklands with Pope Francis

    03/20/2013 8:02:58 AM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 March 2013 Last updated at 13:10 ET | BBC
    Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner says she has asked for the Pope's intervention in the Falklands dispute between her country and the UK. Visiting the Vatican, Ms Fernandez said she had asked the Pope to promote dialogue between the two sides. Argentine Pope Francis was elected last week and will be formally installed as pontiff at a Mass on Tuesday. In the past he has said the Falkland Islands, a UK overseas territory, belong to Argentina. Before Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected, the 76-year-old was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Relations between him, Ms Fernandez, and her late husband...
  • Does anyone have any pictures of Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi receiving communion?

    03/20/2013 7:45:56 AM PDT · by dangus · 101 replies
    Baby-killing advocates Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have told the press that they received communion at the papal mass. And I've seen loads of pictures of both at the papal mass. Seeing how the big news story their presence spurs is whether they'd receive communion, is there any evidence that they did? It's not like both have not directly lied about their relationships with the Catholic faith. Please understand that I am not making an assertion that they did NOT. I am only trying to find confirmation that they DID.
  • On Gay Unions, a Pragmatist Before He Was a Pope

    03/20/2013 7:13:04 AM PDT · by bronxville · 15 replies
    NY Tlimes ^ | May 19th, 2013 | SIMON ROMERO and EMILY SCHMALL
    On Gay Unions, a Pragmatist Before He Was a Pope By SIMON ROMERO and EMILY SCHMALL Published: March 19, 2013 BUENOS AIRES — The very idea was anathema to many of the bishops in the room. Argentina was on the verge of approving gay marriage, and the Roman Catholic Church was desperate to stop that from happening. It would lead tens of thousands of its followers in protest on the streets of Buenos Aires and publicly condemn the proposed law, a direct threat to church teaching, as the work of the devil. But behind the scenes, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio,...
  • President Mugabe says new Pope must visit Africa

    03/19/2013 9:40:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | March 20, 2013
    ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe said on Tuesday the newly elected Roman Catholic Church leader, Pope Francis, should take time to visit the African continent during his tenure as well as treat all believers in the church equally. President Mugabe, a devout Catholic, joined scores of international leaders and hundreds of thousands of Catholics who thronged St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City, for Pope Francis’s inauguration mass, Zimbabwe's news agency New Ziana reported. Pope Francis, formerly the Arch-Bishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina was appointed to the helm of one of the world’s oldest churches last week, replacing 85-year-old Pope...
  • Pope Francis lauded for interfaith dialogue

    03/19/2013 10:01:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    AP ^ | March 19, 2013
    The election of Pope Francis has thrilled Jewish leaders in Argentina, who predict that their friend will continue to foster warm relations and open dialogue between Catholicism and other faiths during his pontificate. They've seen it firsthand as recently as December, when then-Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio lit the first candle on the menorah at Temple NCI-Emanu El during a Hanukkah ceremony. "He's got a very deep capacity for dialogue with other religions," Rabbi Alejandro Avruj told The Associated Press on Monday, recalling the moment. "He spoke of light as renovation, of the re-inauguration of the temple of Jerusalem...
  • CBS Follows ABC to Airing Ugly Accusations Against Pope

    03/19/2013 10:29:54 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    Monday night's CBS Evening News followed CNN and ABC to the ugly decades-old accusations against Pope Francis from his time in Argentina. CBS featured the same critic of Pope Francis that ABC did on Sunday. CNN, meanwhile, was the only one of the three networks to seriously question the accusations. "There are still questions, though, about the Pope's relationship with Argentina's former government, a military dictatorship that kidnapped and killed thousands in the '70s and '80s," reported fill-in anchor Bob Schieffer. CBS centered the story around Francis' accuser, with only one quote in his defense.
  • Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass

    03/20/2013 6:53:10 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 11 replies
    St. Peter's List ^ | Mar 19, 2013 | SPL Staff
    Life & Leisure Credit: Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass by SPL Staff on Mar 19, 2013 • 3:10 pm 1 Comment Listers, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph 2013 His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated his inauguration to the Petrine Ministry. In his expected style, Pope Francis charmed the crowd by stopping the popemobile to kiss a baby and bless a handicapped man. His Holiness’ homily spoke of the poor and weakest amongst us to the delegations from over 130 countries and hundreds of thousands of people. Everyone described their experience of the papal inauguration...
  • Pope Francis and Secularist Stereotypes

    03/19/2013 9:27:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/18/13 | Michael Coren
    Don't be surprised that the honeymoon lasted just a few hours.The Catholic Church looks neither right nor left but up. In other words, the Church is not a vehicle for conservatism or liberalism, capitalism or socialism, but a vehicle for Catholicism. Anyone who thinks and believes otherwise has surely misunderstood the teaching and purpose of the institution left us by Christ Jesus. I say this because within hours of Pope Francis taking to the balcony in Rome, commentators were trying to shape the man in their own image. It’s an outrageous, but inevitable, thing to do. Pope Francis the friend...
  • Majority of Members of Congress Attending Catholic Colleges Back Abortion

    03/19/2013 3:29:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    LN ^ | Matthew Archbold
    A majority of members of Congress who were educated at Catholic colleges and law schools are pro-abortion. That’s the finding of a new report from The Cardinal Newman Society. In all, 52 of 92 (56 percent) elected officials in the last Congress and current Congress that attended Catholic colleges, according to their congressional websites, have voted for pro-abortion rights and/or related funding. In the 112th session of the House of Representatives there were 65 congressmen and women who attended Catholic colleges or law schools. Out of those, 35 support abortion rights. Out of the 12 Catholic-educated congressmen in the incoming...
  • EXCLUSIVE EWTN Interview with Pope Francis -- "The Voice of the Pastor"

    03/19/2013 4:52:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | 3/19/2013
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  • Letter #51: Mystical experience

    03/19/2013 6:24:45 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | 3/18/13 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    Pope Francis, the Mystic “The more we love God and enter into intimate contact with Him through prayer, the more He makes Himself known and enflames our hearts with His love.” —Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, speaking on mystical union with God at his Wednesday General Audience on January 12, 2011 Why is Pope Francis so simple, so genuine, so evidently filled with the love of Christ? Part of the answer may be… because God filled him with His love.
  • Pope Francis: Protect the poor and the Earth

    03/19/2013 5:27:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer / The Associated Press ^ | March 19, 2013 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY - After a week marked by acts of simplicity and openness, Pope Francis finally let his words do the talking as he officially began his stewardship of the Catholic Church on Tuesday. "Please," he implored the tens of thousands, both poor and powerful, gathered outside St. Peter's Basilica. "Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." --snip-- At one point, as he neared a group of people in wheelchairs, he signaled for the jeep to stop, hopped off and approached a disabled man held up...
  • Dominican Sisters first hear about Pope Francis

    03/19/2013 3:11:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | Dominican Sisters of Mary While recording for an upcoming album with De Montfort Music, the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, received news that rocked the world. "White Smoke!" Spirit Juice Studios, filming for their EPK, was there to capture the excitement. Dominican Sisters of Mary
  • 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 Pope’s 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 Nińos, "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. Chesterton’s 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 He’ll Attend Dinner With Cardinals ‘Or I’ll 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 Bongarrá, president of the Argentine Bible Society....