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  • Francis: Reformer or Revolutionary?

    07/12/2013 9:09:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | 7-12-2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    From the first days of his papacy Francis has been hailed as a radical reformer. The mainstream journalists have enjoyed creating a new narrative: The shadowy Dan Brown-type Vatican (as we all know) is worm eaten with secret pedophiles, a cadre of homosexuals, mobsters running the Vatican Bank, an ancient, sinister international conspiracy and Cardinals who are shady, secretive and scheming. Benedict XVI was, at best, a congenial old duffer more interested in red shoes and fancy vestments and giving top jobs to his cronies than in cleaning up the church. At worst he was the Goblin King sitting happily...
  • On contraception and the coming violence: Interview with Pope’s personal theologian

    07/11/2013 7:24:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    life site ^ | John-Henry Westen
    This is the second report from the 40-minute LifeSiteNews video-recorded interview with Fr. Giertych. The first report and video was Papal theologian: Treating homosexuals with dignity means telling them the truth) Fr. Giertych in front of St. Peters VATICAN CITY, July 11, 2013 ( – “I think clearly we can see that the economic crisis which we are observing in the western world is a direct consequence of 1968, of the rejection of Humanae Vitae, of the rejection of the Church’s teaching, and the approval of the sexual revolution, which has caused a demographic crash.” Those were the words of...
  • Sir Elton John says Pope Francis is ‘a miracle of humility’

    07/11/2013 6:54:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 24 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Wednesday, 10 July 2013 | Mary Katherine Haley
    The Italian edition of Vanity Fair has named Pope Francis as its Man of the Year with the backing of singer Sir Elton John. The magazine features Pope Francis on the cover of its new issue and says that Francis has done enough in his first 100 days as Pope to be put at the top of the list of world leaders who make history. In an accompanying tribute, Sir Elton writes: “Francis is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity.” He says he hopes that Pope Francis’s message would extend to communities who desperately need his love,...
  • Why Pelosi Catholics Love Pope Francis (What is a Pelosi Catholic Anyway?)

    07/11/2013 3:18:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | July 11, 2013
    Fr. Dwight Longenecker created this article about why liberals love Pope Francis (or hope to love him.) He coined a phrase the “Pelosi Catholic” which “Magesterial Catholics” liked so much he decided to fully define it. Here are both of Father Longenecker’s articles. Why are progressive Catholics and the secular press so in love with Pope Francis? Not because they love the Catholic faith, but because they see Francis as a vehicle for their own agenda. The Crescat has a couple of interesting posts about how the press is handling Pope Francis here and here. She says what I...
  • POPE CRACKS DOWN ON SEX ABUSE (Issues Motu Proprio)

    07/11/2013 3:34:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic League ^ | July 11, 2013 | Bill Donohue
    As Pope Francis proved today, he has no stomach for child exploitation, or for any type of sexual abuse. His decision to revise the norms affecting these crimes, complete with more stringent penalties, is a welcome tonic. However, he does not need to be congratulated for this initiative—he needs to be supported by those in a position to do so.Child sexual abuse is a serious worldwide problem. It affects every secular and religious organization where there is sustained interaction between adults and children. In the West, it is aided and abetted by a sick culture bent on eroticizing youth. From...
  • Muslim clerics for better Vatican ties

    03/19/2013 10:08:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies ^ | March 20, 2013
    DOHA: The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) led by noted Qatar-based Islamic scholar Dr Yousuf Al Qaradawi said yesterday that with the accession of a new Pope at the Vatican, the Union would like to reopen channels of communication with the supreme leader of the world’s Catholics. “The Union would like to announce that its freezing of communication with the Pope of the Vatican has ended. The Union’s earlier decision was due to the previous Pope’s stance on Islam. Now, however, we would like to open a new page with the new Pope,” said a statement issued by the...
  • Pope Francis Named Vanity Fair Italy's 'Man of the Year'

    07/10/2013 9:03:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    newsmax ^ | staff
    Vanity Fair in Italy on Wednesday named Pope Francis its "Man of the year", saying the pontiff's first 100 days at the Vatican had already made him one of the world's top leaders. Splashing on its front page a picture of the 76-year-old in his simple white robes, the magazine said his words and actions were "heavier than boulders." "The first 100 days of his pontificate have already propelled him to the top of the list of world leaders who are making history," said Vanity Fair Italy, adding: "The revolution continues." The magazine also published interviews with five celebrities, including...
  • Does Pope Francis want a Muslim Europe?

    07/10/2013 11:14:01 AM PDT · by ClaytonP · 24 replies
    OZ Coservative ^ | 7-10-2013 | OZ Coservative
    Pope Francis has chosen as his first papal visit the island of Lampedusa. This is an island belonging to Italy but close to the African coastline. It is where Muslim Africans seeking to enter Europe illegally head for. In a sermon on Lampedusa, Pope Francis made it clear that he supports the migration of Muslims into Europe "on their voyage toward something better". He said, I give a thought, too, to the dear Muslim immigrants that are beginning the fast of Ramadan, with best wishes for abundant spiritual fruits. The Church is near to you in the search for a...
  • Pope greets Muslim migrants on Ramadan

    07/08/2013 11:03:06 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies ^ | July 08, 2013
    Pope Francis, on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, Monday said Muslim migrants in Italy had the support of the Catholic Church. "I sent heartfelt greetings to dear Muslim immigrants who, this evening (Monday), will begin the Ramadan fast, and wish them abundant spiritual rewards," Pope Francis said as he held mass on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. "The Church is close to you in your search for better lives for yourselves and your families," Francis said. During his visit to Lampedusa, his first outside Rome as pontiff, Francis said he came to the island to "awaken...
  • Pope Francis meets with Scioli, urges him to 'fight against wild capitalism'

    07/06/2013 12:47:03 PM PDT · by Celtic Cross · 36 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | Thursday, July 4, 2013 | none given
    The new Pope had a meeting today with Buenos Aires governor Daniel Scioli, at the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican City. “We should fight against wild capitalism and confront social injustice”, expressed the official in a press release.
  • Marriage One Man And One Woman For Nurturing Children: Pope Francis’ First Encyclical

    07/05/2013 3:42:30 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies ^ | July 5, 2013 | Hillary White
    ROME, July 5, 2013 ( – In his first encyclical letter, released this morning, Pope Francis has reiterated that marriage is a union of one man and one woman for the procreation and nurturing of children.
  • Pope Francis issues first 'joint' encyclical [Says Same Sex Behavior is a Sin]

    07/05/2013 5:37:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/5/13
    Pope Francis has paid tribute to his predecessor Benedict XVI in his first letter to clergy, acknowledging that most of it was written by Benedict. The encyclical to Roman Catholic bishops, called Light of Faith ("Lumen Fidei" in Latin), speaks of faith as a beacon of hope for those who suffer... ... the document says that modern society tends only to accept the truths of technology and science. In a passage relating to faith and family life, the Pope restates the Church's opposition to gay marriage.
  • Pope Francis: prayer requires courage, tenacity

    07/01/2013 9:00:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7-1-2013
    We must pray with courage to the Lord, and with tenacity just as Abraham did. That’s what Pope Francis said to the faithful gathered for early morning Mass in the chapel of the Vatican guest house Santa Marta Monday. The Pope reiterated that praying is also “negotiating with the Lord,” even coming “out of left field” as Jesus teaches us. Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Secretary Bishop Brian Farrell concelebrated today’s mass which was attended by members and staff of the same council. In his homily, Pope Francis referred to Abraham’s courage...
  • Pope Francis and the drama of sodomy in the Church and in the Diocese of Rome

    06/27/2013 2:27:40 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 99 replies
    RorateCaeli blog ^ | 6/27/2013 | New Catholic
    Pope Francis and the drama of sodomy in the Church and in the Diocese of Rome The explosive report by La7 network The affirmation by Pope Francis that there is a “gay lobby” in the Vatican, should not be reduced to an extemporaneous quip, but evaluated and weighed in all of its tragic consequences. “There are truly some saintly people in the Curia, but there is also a current of corruption. There is talk of a “gay lobby” , and it is true, it exists. We have to see what we can do about it.” The Holy Father pronounced...
  • Pope at Mass: The joy of fatherhood

    06/26/2013 4:05:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 6/26/2013
    The desire to be a father is ingrained in all men, even priests, who are called to give life, care, protection to their spiritual children entrusted to them. This was the focus of Pope Francis homily at morning Mass Wednesday, in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta. Mass was concelebrated by the Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Palermo, Salvatore De Giorgi, who was celebrating the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination. "When a man does not have this desire, something is missing in this man. Something is wrong. All of us, to exist, to become complete, in order to be mature,...
  • Pope: “True Christian Cannot Be Anti-Semite”

    06/25/2013 2:00:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 6/25/2013, 2:16 AM | Rina Tzvi
    Pope Francis has condemned anti-Semitism, saying that it has no place in the church. “Because of our common roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic,” Francis said on Monday at a meeting with a delegation of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC). …
  • Pope Francis Invites Teen With Down Syndrome for a Ride in the Popemobile

    06/19/2013 7:56:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    In what pro-life advocate are cheering as another celebration of life from newly-minted Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church invited a teen with Down Syndrome for a ride on the famous Popemobile. As the Associated Press reports: Pope Francis has given a 17-year-old boy with Down Syndrome the ride of his life — sort of. Francis invited Alberto di Tullio up onto his open-top Mercedes at the end of his general audience Wednesday, letting him spin around on the pontiff’s white chair while tens of thousands of people looked on. The boy’s father, Celestino di Tullio, told The...
  • Op-Ed: Imminent: Israel's Capitulation to the Vatican

    06/13/2013 6:27:11 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | June 13, 2013 6:20 AM | Giulio Meotti
    A long-awaited agreement between the Vatican and Israel appears to be near finality. The two main points revolve around the Church's requests to build two centers in Israel: a church in a section of the Caesaria National Park where a site dedicated to Paul once stood, and the use of a plot on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. The structure on Mt. Zion, the highest point of Jerusalem, is known as the Cenacle, where the Last Supper is believed to have taken place, and according to the deal which will be signed in the coming months, it will become open to...
  • Pope Is Quoted Referring to a Vatican ‘Gay Lobby’

    06/12/2013 1:57:37 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    New York times ^ | June 12, 2013 | RACHEL DONADIO
    For years, perhaps even centuries, it has been an open secret in Rome: Some prelates in the Vatican hierarchy are, in fact, gay. But the whispers were amplified this week when Pope Francis himself, in a private audience, appeared to have acknowledged what he called a “gay lobby” operating inside the Vatican, vying for power and influence. Speaking to a meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women on June 6, Francis discussed a dossier he had received from his predecessor, Benedict XVI. “The ‘gay lobby’ is mentioned, and it is true, it is there....
  • Pope admits there is a ‘gay lobby’ at the highest levels of the Vatican

    06/11/2013 11:34:20 AM PDT · by NCjim · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 11, 2013
    <p>Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a 'gay lobby' inside the Vatican's secretive administration for the first time.</p> <p>Speaking during an audience with Latin American Catholics, the Argentine Pontiff said that there was a 'current of corruption' in the Roman Curia - the central governing body of the Catholic Church.</p>