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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>
  • Pope Francis Provides Inspiration for All Faiths

    06/10/2013 9:22:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/6/13 | Michael Gerson
    We tend to remember leaders in characteristic poses. For Pope Benedict XVI, the college professor, it was delivering a much-misunderstood lecture at the University of Regensburg, which made controversial reference to Islam. For Pope Francis, it is kneeling to wash the feet of a young Muslim woman in a prison on Holy Thursday. With due respect to Benedict’s learning, Francis’s symbolic act managed to more effectively communicate the essence of the Christian gospel. The Catholic tradition, from catacombs to cathedrals, is filled with potent symbols. There is the cross, the fish, the dove and the lamb. There is Mary’s blue,...
  • Nicklin' and Dimin' Pope Francis

    05/29/2013 7:53:41 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 41 replies
    Vivificat - from Contemplation to Action ^ | 29 May 2013 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    David Gibson wrote a very good piece for the Religious News Service which was republished by the Washington Post’s On Faith blog which I think you all ought to read. It is titled Is Pope Francis is a heretic? No, but he does raise questions and here’s an excerpt: Drawing of Pope Francis courtesy of Graphic News Speaking on Wednesday (May 22), Francis said that as human beings created in the image of God, everyone has a “duty to do good.” “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not...
  • Pope Francis takes aim at the Mafia

    05/26/2013 4:12:08 PM PDT · by skimbell · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 26, 2013 | CBS Interactive Inc
    ...The pontiff exhorted Mafiosi to change their ways, issuing the call Sunday, a day after the beatification of an Italian priest in Palermo who was slain in 1993 by mobsters after he defiantly preached against the Mafia...
  • Pope Francis's Economics: Yes, He Has A Leftist View Of Free Markets

    05/26/2013 7:28:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/25/2013 | Jerry Boyer
    When Cardinal Bergoglio was first chosen as Pope, my immediate reaction was that, although he would probably not tamper with the Church’s views on sexual issues, he would likely move it to the left in terms of economic rhetoric. I based that to some small degree on his choice of name: Saint Francis is something of a favorite of progressives in the Church due to his vow of poverty and his love of animals. But even more important to me was the intellectual milieu out of which he came: Argentine populism, and his own public statements as a cardinal in...
  • Pope Francis says atheists can do good and go to heaven too!

    05/24/2013 2:25:17 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 312 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/24/2013 | Catholic Online
    LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Holy Father is full of surprises, born of true and faithful humility. On Wednesday he declared that all people, not just Catholics, are redeemed through Jesus, even atheists. However, he did emphasize there was a catch. Those people must still do good. In fact, it is in doing good that they are led to the One who is the Source of all that is good. In essence he simply restated the hope of the Church that all come to know God, through His Son Jesus Christ. Francis based his homily on the message...
  • Pope Francis says atheists can be good

    05/22/2013 12:04:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 30 replies
    Reuters/The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 22 May 2013
    Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good, Pope Francis has said in his latest urging that people of all religions, and none, work together. The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made his comments in the homily of his morning mass at his residence, a daily event at which he speaks without prepared comments. He told the story of a Catholic who asked a priest if even atheists had been redeemed by Jesus. "Even them, everyone," the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. "We all have the duty to do good," he said. "Just...
  • Exorcism? Pope Francis caught on video performing strange ritual on fan

    05/21/2013 1:43:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Sun ^ | May 21, 2013 | Harry Haydon
    POPE Francis has been embroiled in a scandal after footage emerged today appearing to show him giving a man an exorcism in St Peter's Square. The astonishing incident between the Pontiff and the person in a wheelchair, took place immediately after Pentecostal mass on Sunday May 19. The video shows how a priest leans across the boy or young man to tell Francis something, at which point the Pope’s expression becomes more serious. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The Pontiff then grips the top of the subject’s head firmly and is seen pushing him down into his wheelchair. As this is happening Francis recites...
  • The pope and the devil: Francis' obsession with Satan leads to ... (barf)

    05/21/2013 6:30:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    AP ^ | 5-21-2013
    Is Pope Francis an exorcist? The question has been swirling ever since Francis laid his hands Sunday on the head of a young man after celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, convulsed and shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him. (snip) Fueling the speculation is Francis' obsession with the devil, a frequent subject of his homilies.
  • Pope may have 'exorcised' ill man, say experts

    05/20/2013 11:53:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    ANSA ^ | 5-20-2013
    Exorcism experts said on Monday that it appears that Pope Francis may have performed an exorcism on an ill man on St Peter's Square following mass on Pentecost Sunday. According to a panel of clergy specialized in exorcism speaking on the religious satellite channel TV2000's program Vade Retro, images appear to show the pontiff placing his hands on a man's head and reciting a prayer to liberate the him from demons. Next Friday's edition of the program on the religious satellite channel will be dedicated to "Pope Francis' battle against the devil and his seductions," the program conductor said. TV2000...
  • Pope Should Recognize That Free Markets Are Best Way To End Poverty

    05/20/2013 11:41:55 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 18 May 2013 | Editorial
    Statism: Pope Francis seemed to have an economic blind spot, to say the least, when he urged more "state control" to cut global poverty Thursday. On the contrary — the biggest poverty-killer in history is free enterprise.Before we go further, let us say that we know that the pope does seem to have the best intentions and his devotion to the poor is indisputable. But it appears he has been infected by the local economic pathologies of his homeland, Argentina, and its liberation theology among the Jesuits, at least when he warned ambassadors about "the tyranny of money" and called...
  • Germany's Merkel visits Pope, urges tougher market controls

    05/19/2013 9:24:35 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 18, 2013 11:26am EDT | James Mackenzie
    (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Pope Francis on Saturday and, apparently responding to his criticism of a heartless "dictatorship of the economy", called for stronger regulation of financial markets. On Thursday, Francis appealed in a speech for world financial reform, saying the global economic crisis had made life worse for millions in rich and poor countries. Merkel visited Rome for a few hours specifically to meet the pontiff and spoke with him privately in his library for 45 minutes, unusually long for a private papal audience. She told reporters afterwards that the scandals and excesses criticized by Francis...
  • Gossip is like slapping Jesus, Pope asserts

    05/19/2013 2:33:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    cna ^ | May 18, 2013
    Vatican City, May 18, 2013 / 09:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis spoke today about how gossip by Christians is a “slap” to Jesus “in the person of his children.” “All three - disinformation, defamation and slander - are sins! This is sin! It is to slap Jesus in the person of his children, his brothers,” the Pope said May 18 in the chapel of St. Martha’s House. The topic game up in Pope Francis’ homily because of the day’s Gospel reading from John 21 in which Peter asks if John will be alive when Jesus returns to earth. ?“What...
  • Pray and Grow Rich: Neo-Pentecostalism gives Rome a run for its money

    05/16/2013 9:29:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | May 16, 2013 | Christopher Orlet
    Many Vatican-watchers interpreted the election of Pope Francis as Rome’s counter-offensive against the rise of neo-Pentecostalism in the global South. Pentecostalism is the fastest growing sect in the Latin America, where a third of the world’s Catholics live, and is giving the established Roman Church a run for its money — so to speak. The latest figures show that the numbers of Pentecostals throughout Latin America has soared since 1970 — when they represented a mere 4 percent of the population — to nearly 30 percent. In Guatemala it is estimated that four in ten are Pentecostals. Reasons for the...
  • Pope Francis urges global leaders to end 'tyranny' of money

    05/16/2013 8:45:01 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 75 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 16, 2013 | Nick Squires
    Pope Francis has called on world leaders to put an end to the "cult of money" He said free-market capitalism had created a “tyranny” and that human beings were being judged purely by their ability to consume goods. Money should be made to “serve” people, not to “rule” them, he said, calling for a more ethical financial system and curbs on financial speculation.
  • Pope Francis Surprises Pro-Life Advocates by Joining March for Life in Rome

    05/13/2013 2:06:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | May 13, 2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    To the delight and surprise of about 40,000 participants in Rome’s Marcia per la Vita (March for Life) Internazionale in Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis left the Apostolic Palace to join them in the popemobile as they gathered in the street. In an interview with LifeSiteNews, Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro, head of the Rome office of Human Life international, said that it was highly unusual for the pope to have effectively joined the March for Life with the other participants. Though, in his short papacy, Pope Francis has developed a reputation for a fair amount of spontaneity, it appears the Vatican...
  • The Pope and Godless Capitalism (Globalism)

    05/11/2013 4:18:13 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 38 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 3, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    "This is called slave labor," said Pope Francis. The Holy Father was referring to the $40 a month paid to apparel workers at that eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh that collapsed on top of them, killing more than 400. "Not paying a just wage ... focusing exclusively on the balance books, on financial statements, only looking at personal profit. That goes against God!" The pope is describing the dark side of globalism Why is Bangladesh, after China, the second-largest producer of apparel in the world? Why are there 4,000 garment factories in that impoverished country which, a few decades ago,...
  • 2 popes praying: Egyptian Copt and Pope Francis

    05/10/2013 4:50:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5-10-2013 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two popes prayed together Friday at the Vatican, one Catholic and one Orthodox, in a sign of improving ties following the election of new leaders for both churches. Pope Francis welcomed the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, in the first such meeting at the Vatican in 40 years, saying his visit "strengthens the bonds of friendship and brotherhood" between the two churches. The Coptic and Catholic churches split in the fifth century over theocratic differences. Christians comprise about 10 percent of Egypt's population. The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt counts...
  • Pope tells nuns: you're spiritual 'mothers' not 'spinsters'

    05/08/2013 4:15:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    cathnews ^ | May 8, 2013
    Pope Francis told 800 nuns gathered at the Vatican on Wednesday that they should be spiritual "mothers" rather than "spinsters", and stressed the importance of showing obedience to the Catholic Church, reports AFP in The West Australian.The pontiff, 76, told the assembly of the International Union of Superiors General they should strive for "a fertile chastity, a chastity which produces spiritual children within the Church.""The ordained woman is a mother, she must be a mother and not a spinster! You are mothers, like the figures of Mary and the Mother Church," he told the nuns representing women's religious orders...
  • Pope Francis Urges Bishops to Deny Communion to Pro-Abortion Catholics

    05/04/2013 8:26:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | May 4, 2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Pope Francis has directed the bishops of Argentina, his home country, to govern the Church there following a document that makes clear that holy communion should be disallowed for any person who facilitates abortion, including politicians. “These are the guidelines we need for this time in history,” the pope wrote to the bishops. According to LifeSiteNews, Pope Francis emphasized use of the Aparecida Document as a framework in a letter to the Argentine Assembly of Bishops sent in late March. In 2007, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio--now Pope Francis--first presented the document on behalf of the bishops of Latin America. Cardinal Bergoglio...
  • Pope Francis Set to Canonize 800 Christians Slaughtered By Muslims in Otranto

    05/02/2013 7:55:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 2, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The Otranto Cathedral was consecrated in 1088. In August 1480, clergy and survivors of the Ottoman siege of Otranto took refuge in the cathedral – the Ottoman force eventually broke in and killed those inside, turning the church into a stable or a mosque and destroying its 13th century frescoes. After Otranto was retaken in 1481 by a force under Alfonso V of Aragon it was turned back into a church and heavily rebuilt to house the relics of the Martyrs of Otranto, who had been executed after the 1480 siege. Behind the chapel’s altar is the ‘stone of martyrdom’,...
  • Cardinal Pell: "We've got a Pope who's got mud on his boots"

    04/24/2013 3:02:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 4/23/2013 | Gerard O'Connell
    “We’ve got a man who has been tempered by fire or, to use a different metaphor, we’ve got a man who’s got mud on his boots after years of work”, the Cardinal Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, told me in this interview for Vatican Insider as he spoke enthusiastically about the Pope from “the new world”.  “I think we will be well served by this new pope”, he remarked on April 22, shortly before going for a private audience with Pope Francis who has chosen him to be one of the eight cardinals from all five continents to advise him...
  • Pope: every ideological interpretation of the Gospel is a falsification

    04/19/2013 5:07:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/19/2013
    May God free the Church "from all ideological interpretations" and open her up "to the simple Gospel, to that pure Gospel that speaks of love, which brings love and it is so beautiful." Because "any ideological interpretation is a falsification of the Gospel." A call to pray for the Church and for the conversion of hearts concluded the Mass that Pope Francis celebrated, like every morning, in the chapel of the Casa Sancta Marta. The Pope's reflection, published by Vatican Radio, is centered on the biblical readings on the Conversion of St. Paul and the discourse of Jesus in the...
  • Pope Reaffirms Vatican's Call for Reform of U.S. Nuns' Group

    04/15/2013 1:40:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    American Catholic ^ | April 15, 2013 | CAROL GLATZ
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican's call for reform of the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the U.S.-based nuns' group that he had "recently discussed the doctrinal assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform for this conference of major superiors." The doctrinal congregation met April 15 with the LCWR leadership and Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who had been assigned by the Vatican to oversee the reform of the pontifically recognized leadership...
  • The Honeymoon May be Over....

    04/15/2013 1:05:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 4/15/13 | The Motley Monk
    With the publication of one paragraph by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, it appears that the Catholic left’s honeymoon with Pope Francis may have hit a dead end. The paragraph reads: …Archbishop Müller informed the Presidency that he had recently discussed the Doctrinal Assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the Assessment and the program of reform for this Conference of Major Superiors.What’s this? Pope Francis is going to continue the process initiated by Pope Benedict XVI that is intended to curtail the doctrinal and liturgical errors propounded by the leadership of the Leadership Conference...
  • Let the Bible be “entrusted” to the faithful

    04/12/2013 5:10:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 246 replies
    La Stampa ^ | April 12, 2013 | Alessandro Speciale
    In his speech to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Pope Francis said “the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures cannot be only an individual scientific effort, but must always confront itself with, be inserted within and authenticated by the living tradition of the Church” The speech given by Francis to members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission this morning followed faithfully in the footsteps of his predecessor Benedict XVI teaching. Members of the Commission – scholars and theologians from all over the world gathered under the leadership of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Mgr. Gerhard...
  • Pope Francis creates committee for reforming the Curia

    04/13/2013 7:17:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/13/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    When I covered the papal conclave last month from Rome and Vatican City, one of the most discussed topics was reform of the Vatican’s bureaucracy, called the Curia. The selection of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentine as Pope Francis was seen as a signal from the College of Cardinals that reform was high on their agenda for the near future. Today the Vatican announced that Francis has created a new commission to revise Vatican law on the Curia and institute reforms, and it’s notable for who is and is not on the panel: Vatican City, 13 April 2013 (VIS) –...
  • Fifteen Days in Rome: How the Pope Was Picked [WSJ e-book: "From the End of the Earth to Rome."]

    04/12/2013 5:54:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 12, 2013 | STACY MEICHTRY and ALESSANDRA GALLONI
    April 12, 2013 Fifteen Days in Rome: How the Pope Was Picked The inside story: From the Red Room where Bergoglio's name was first dropped to a faithful night on Rome's Piazza Navona By STACY MEICHTRY and ALESSANDRA GALLONI Though the public paid little notice to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, his name had made the rounds among a small group of cardinals who had descended upon Rome from different parts of the globe to choose a new pope. On Feb. 27, a mild, dewy morning, Alitalia Flight 681 landed at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome after 13 hours in...
  • Pope Francis meets head of German Evangelical (Lutheran) Church

    04/09/2013 1:33:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Vatican Today ^ | 04/09/2013
    On Monday morning, Pope Francis received in audience Dr. Nikolaus Schneider, Präses (“President”) of the Evangelical Church (Lutheran) in Germany, who was accompanied by his wife, and a small group of associates. The head of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, described the meeting as “very friendly”, noting the Präses expressed his appreciation for the choosing of the name Francis, “because it is the name of a saint that truly speaks to all Christians in a very effective manner.” The Evangelical leader also spoke about his concern for the victims of the recent flooding which has caused...
  • Pope Francis seeks decisive action in church sex abuse cases

    04/05/2013 12:37:26 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 05, 2013 | AP
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis indicated Friday that he will seek to have the church act `'with determination" against clergy sex abuse cases. The pope pushed for decisive action during a meeting with the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, the Vatican said in a statement. Read more
  • The day Pope Francis embraced my disabled son

    04/04/2013 5:50:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 3, 2013 | PAUL GONDREAU
    April 3, 2013 ( - “Small acts with great love,” Mother Teresa was fond of saying. On Easter Sunday, Pope Francis bestowed an extraordinary Easter blessing upon my family when he performed such an act in embracing my son, Dominic, who has cerebral palsy. The embrace occurred when the Pope spied my son while touring the Square, packed with a quarter million pilgrims, in the “pope mobile” after Mass. This tender moment, an encounter of a modern Francis with a modern Dominic (as most know, tradition holds that St. Francis and St. Dominic enjoyed an historic encounter), moved not...