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  • Franciscans of the Immaculate: Vatican Attempts to Reassure -- Reasoning Not Convincing

    08/03/2013 2:38:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | August 3, 2013 | Tancred
    (Rome) The unrest has not remained hidden among Traditional Catholics from the Vatican, that has developed from the treatment of the Traditional Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. The need to intervene and reassure. However, the justification offered here is hard to believe. . The exemplary Franciscans of the Immaculata, which was canonically erected in 1990, will, by a decree dated the 11th of July be placed under provisional administration by the Congregation of Religious. It was also arranged that all the priests, would celebrate the liturgy according to the New Rite. It is a serious attack against the...
  • Pope Francis: The end of ‘fortress Catholicism’?

    08/03/2013 2:47:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 1, 2013 | John Gehring
    Something unexpected and extraordinary is happening in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis is rescuing the faith from those who hunker down in gilded cathedrals and wield doctrine like a sword. The edifice of fortress Catholicism – in which progressive Catholics, gay Catholics, Catholic women and others who love the church but often feel marginalized by the hierarchy – is starting to crumble.
  • Pope urges ‘mutual respect’ for Christians, Muslims

    08/03/2013 8:53:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    France 24 ^ | 08/02/2013 | (AFP/News Wires)
    Pope Francis called on Friday for “mutual respect” between Christianity and Islam and an end to “unfair criticism” in a personal message congratulating Muslims on the feast of Eid al-Fitr. “We are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values,” he said in a statement distributed by the Vatican press office. …
  • Raise Young to Respect Other Faiths, Pope Says in Message to Muslims

    08/02/2013 8:05:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 138 replies
    Muslims and Christians must raise young people “to think and speak respectfully of other religions and their followers, and to avoid ridiculing or denigrating their convictions and practices”, Pope Francis has said. In a personal message to the world’s Muslims to mark the end of Ramadan, the Pope said: “Turning to mutual respect in inter-religious relations, especially between Christians and Muslims, we are called to respect the religion of the other, its teachings, its symbols, its values. Particular respect is due to religious leaders and to places of worship. How painful are attacks on one or other of these! “It...
  • The Pope's powerful pro-life message at the mass for 3MM youths.

    07/30/2013 7:11:16 PM PDT · by dangus · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Mon Jul 29, 2013 13:13 EST | BY JOHN JALSEVAC
    BACKGROUND by Dangus: The Brazilian constitution guarantees the right to life, starting from conception. However, the Brazilian Supreme Court has ruled that such protection applies only to those babies destined to be born. Therefore, it has allowed the destruction of frozen embryos and anencephaletic babies, which it claims cannot be born, anyway. The court did this in defiance of opinion polls which show 80% of Brazilians oppose the liberalization of abortion. The court's strategy is clear: chip away at the notion of personhood, to move that majority towards the death camp. Senators, including chief allies of the President, have introduced...
  • The Imminent Abortion Legalization in Brazil and the Pope

    07/30/2013 5:17:06 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 11 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Imminent Abortion Legalization in Brazil: the Pope Has Spoken… That It Was Not Necessary to Speak! By Julio Severo The international media has been in frenzy about pope’s statements on homosexuality. Usually, when Christians speak about homosexual issues, the media do not forgive: the barrage of attacks is endless. I have been a victim of such attacks, and I have written many articles defending (Catholic and Protestant) Christians under such attacks. In the pope’s case, there were no attacks. Apparently, some of his words were misrepresented. But, overall, he was celebrated by the international press. I will not...
  • Cardinal Dolan Explains: Pope's remark on gays does not change church teaching

    07/30/2013 7:03:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 07/30/2013 | Catholic News Service
    NEW YORK New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a guest Tuesday on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the pope's impromptu news conference on a papal flight the previous day, stressed that Pope Francis "would be the first to say, 'My job isn't to change church teaching; my job is to present it as clearly as possible.' " Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was asked to comment in particular on the pope's remark: "If a person is gay, seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge? They should not be marginalized. They are our brothers."...
  • Misinterpreting Francis (Vatican official chided the mainstream media for its conflation of remarks)

    07/30/2013 2:11:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 30, 2013 | EDWARD PENTIN
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ comments on homosexuality during a press conference on the papal plane back from World Youth Day in Rio were largely misreported by the mainstream press, according to a Vatican official and a Church expert. During a surprise and wide-ranging in-flight press conference Sunday that lasted 80 minutes, Pope Francis reportedly said: “If someone is gay, and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.” “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well,” the Holy Father went...
  • Pope Francis and Gays: “Loving the Sinner” Is Still Intolerance (Thanks for clarifying that, Time)

    07/30/2013 11:25:09 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 60 replies
    Time ^ | July 30, 2013 | Tim Padgett
    It's hardly surprising that the world, especially Roman Catholics like myself, is breathlessly decoding what Pope Francis told reporters on his flight back to Rome from Brazil on Monday regarding homosexuality: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” The Pope’s remarks... hardly represent a break with Catholic church doctrine, which still condemns homosexuality. The Vatican’s catechismal stance regarding the LGBTs in our midst remains the same: The church may love the sinner, but it hates the sin. And since Francis was referring specifically to gay priests—who like other...
  • The Pope, Homosexuality and Abortion in Brazil

    07/29/2013 12:51:24 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 21 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Pope, Homosexuality and Abortion in Brazil By Julio Severo As reported by Daily Mail, “The pope has said that he ‘will not judge’ gay priests. Speaking to reporters on a flight back from his week-long visit to sexually permissive Brazil, Pope Francis said he ‘would not stand in judgment’ of gays in the Vatican and that they should not be discriminated against. The pontiff’s remarks about gays mark a more conciliatory approach than his predecessor. Benedict signed a document in 2005 saying that men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests.” Speech about not judging gay priests...
  • Pope Francis in Favor of Gay and Women Priests? (It's sinful how the journalists twisted his words)

    07/29/2013 2:52:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | July 28, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Those who complain that the mainstream media doesn’t report on church matters should stop complaining….or should they? CBS, CNN, the BBC and the Daily Telegraph all report on the Pope’s conversation with reporters on his flight back to Rome. All have the screaming headline, “Pope Francis: Who Am I to Judge Gays?”One of the articles has the subtitle, “Pope answers questions on the possibilities of gay and women priests”….as if there were such possibilities. In fact Pope Francis spoke most clearly and firmly about the possibility of women priests saying, “The church has spoken on this matter. The door is...
  • Vatican's shift on gay priests may influence civil law in US

    07/29/2013 10:25:42 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 59 replies
    Allvoices ^ | Monday, July 29, 2013 | Paul Jesep
    Rome, Italy: Pope Francis made a seismic shift in Vatican policy this week. He appeared to accept the service of gay priests who don’t act on their sexuality. The implications can’t be overstated. It has the potential to influence the views of those opposed to LGBTQ legal rights in many American states and countries throughout the world. Celibacy is a requirement to serve in the Catholic priesthood. Hence, it shouldn’t matter if the priest is gay or straight. Hence, celibacy becomes the key, not the sexual orientation. This changes much of the discussion. According to the pope, “If someone is...
  • Pope Francis on Gays: “Who Am I to Judge Them If They’re Seeking the Lord in Good Faith?”—UPDATED

    07/29/2013 11:56:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 78 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | July 28, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The interview that will be making headlines around the Catholic media this morning, from John Allen in NCR: On the way to Rio de Janeiro on July 22, Pope Francis told reporters that “I don’t give interviews.” But at the end of his seven-day tour de force in Brazil, not only did the pope give an interview, it was a whopper.He took questions from reporters traveling aboard the papal plane for a full hour and twenty-one minutes, with no filters or limits and nothing off the record.Francis stood for the entire time, answering without notes, and never refusing to take...
  • Pope Says He Won't Judge Gay Priests

    07/29/2013 5:33:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 517 replies ^ | 7/29/13 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip... "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis was much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten. Francis' remarks came Monday during a plane journey back to...
  • Get Ready for the Intentional Misconstruing of the Pope's Words About Gays

    07/29/2013 11:47:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 28, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    Oh boy. There's nothing wrong with what Pope Francis said here but the words are vague enough that those who want to misconstrue them will have plenty of opportunities to do so. Yahoo News has the part in question: The National Catholic Reporter says Francis participated in a wide-ranging interview with reporters on the plane for close to 90 minutes. While he spoke openly about many church topics, Francis' most newsworthy soundbite came when he said he would not judge gay priests and seemingly opened the door for gay acceptance within the church. "When I meet a gay person, I...
  • Pope Francis distinguishes between homosexual orientation, gay lobby

    07/29/2013 8:51:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 07/29/2013
    Pope Francis has said that he does not judge homosexuals, including homosexual priests. “If they accept the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge them?” the Pope said. The Pope added that a homosexual orientation “is not the problem.” He called for charitable treatment of homosexuals, saying that they should not be marginalized. The Pope’s remarks-- made during a long and candid exchange with reporters who accompanied him on his return flight to Rome after a visit to Brazil for World Youth Day—were widely interpreted by reporters as an acceptance of homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood. But...
  • Pope: 'Who am I to judge' gay people?

    07/29/2013 7:07:04 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 275 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7/29/2013 | Anne Thompson and Henry Austin
    Pope Francis on Monday said “who am I to judge?” gay people as he discussed one of the most divisive issues affecting the Catholic Church. Pope Francis, who gave a press conference on his flight back from Brazil, said he had stayed away from the gay marriage debate on his trip because he wanted to stay positive. “I have yet to find anyone who has a business card that says he is gay,” the pontiff said at a press conference in which he addressed the reports of a "gay lobby" within the Vatican. “They say they exist. If someone is...
  • Pope Francis: address to CELAM leadership - strategies to renew and revitalize faith

    07/28/2013 1:52:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | July 28, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the leadership of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean, CELAM, which is holding its general coordinating meeting this week. The meeting was one of two appointments expressly desired by the Holy Father outside the context of World Youth Day, during his week-long visit to Rio for the World Youth Day celebrations. The first was a visit to the Marian shrine at Aparecida. It was in Aparecida in 2007 that the CELAM bishops held their 5th General Conference, which produced a major three-part document outlining a plan for assessment of...
  • Teen who walked across continent (1,829 miles) still hopes to meet Pope in Rio

    07/28/2013 2:49:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | July 27, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Facundo Antonio Sebastian Tolaba walked across South America to attend World Youth Day. Credit: Estefania Aguirre / CNA. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A teen who crossed South America in hopes of meeting Pope Francis walked by foot because he had no money – and now he wants to return by foot “to thank those who helped him.” “I met poor people that offer you everything and rich people that don’t offer you anything,” Facundo Antonio Sebastian Tolaba said. “Since they helped me, I want to help them now.” “I want to return...
  • Father Z Equates Catholic Bishops at WYD 2013 with Nazis

    07/28/2013 3:36:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Patheos ^ | July 27, 2013 | Sam Rocha
    Father Z Equates Catholic Bishops at WYD 2013 with Nazis UPDATED July 27, 2013 By Sam Rocha 31 Comments Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, also known (and hereafter referred to) as “Fr. Z,” will surely dispute the claim of this headline, however, this post will show that the proposition “Father Z equates Catholic Bishops at WYD 2013 with Nazis” is true, by examining the words used by Fr. Z in today’s post at his web log, “Your Excellencies? REALLY?!?”Fr. Z’s post begins with the YouTube video (below) of a large group of Catholic Bishops, dressed in ecclesial attire, rehearsing hand movements to an upbeat religious...
  • Krakow to host next World Youth Day

    07/28/2013 9:32:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | July 28, 2013
    Polish pilgrims celebrate after hearing the news that the next World Youth Day will be hosted by Krakow, Poland in 2016. Credit: Estefania Aguirre/CNA. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The next World Youth Day in the year 2016 will be in Krakow, in Poland!” the Pope said at the close of Sunday Mass in Rio July 28. The event is sure to attract millions. Bl. Pope John Paul II was Archbishop of Krakow before his election to the papacy. The archdiocese has about 1.5 million Catholics and over 1,100 diocesan priests across 439...
  • “Rebuild the Church of Christ!” – Francis incites 3 million youth present at Prayer Vigil

    07/28/2013 3:52:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    wydcentral ^ | July 27, 2013
    Address of Pope Francis at the 28th World Youth Day Prayer Vigil on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, July 27, 2013 Dear Young Friends,We have just recalled the story of Saint Francis of Assisi. In front of the crucifix he heard the voice of Jesus saying to him: “Francis, go, rebuild my house.” The young Francis responded readily and generously to the Lord’s call to rebuild his house. But which house? Slowly but surely, Francis came to realize that it was not a question of repairing a stone building, but about doing his part for the life of the Church....
  • Pope Francis: WYD prayer vigil (full text)

    07/28/2013 3:07:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/27/2013
    Pope Francis joined over a million young people on Copacabana beach Saturday evening, for a prayer vigil on the eve of the final Mass marking World Youth Day, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The centerpiece of the vigil was a Eucharistic procession. The event featured litanies and hymns, as well as the testimonies of four different young people. In his remarks to the youthful pilgrims, Pope Francis focused on the image of the field of faith – the name of the venue at which the vigil was originally to have taken place, before the week’s inclement weather rendered it...
  • Pope Francis to Brazilian Bishops: Are we still a Church capable of warming hearts?

    07/28/2013 3:02:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/27/2013
    Pope Francis had a joyful but challenging message for the Bishops of Brazil today. As part of World Youth Day festivities, the Holy Father took the opportunity to meet with the world’s largest episcopate. Pope Francis thanked the Bishops for allowing him to speak as “one among friends”. For that reason, he said, he spoke in his native Spanish, in order “to better express what I carry in my heart.” Pope Francis spoke first about the miracle of Aparecida, the miracle at the heart of Brazil’s religious history. “Aparecida offers us a perennial teaching about God and about the Church.”...
  • Pope Francis named 'most influential' world leader on Twitter

    07/27/2013 1:57:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    EWTN ^ | July 27, 2013
    A new global communications report calls Pope Francis the most influential world leader on Twitter, who has the second-largest following among world leaders on the fast-paced social media network. “Although Pope Francis does not engage with other Twitter users ... his Spanish tweets are re-tweeted on average more than 11,000 times, making him the most influential world leader on Twitter,” the Switzerland-based public relation and communications firm Burson-Marsteller announced July 24. The firm's “Twiplomacy” report examined the presence and influence of world leaders on Twitter, a social network where users can publish messages of 140 characters or less, called...
  • The Pope and Abortion in Brazil

    07/27/2013 11:58:11 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Pope and Abortion in Brazil Brazilian president is about to enact pro-abortion law, and the pope does not know about it By Julio Severo A bill protecting victims of sexual violence was passed by stealth in the Brazilian Congress recently. There is no problem in laws protecting such victims. But pro-abortion groups praised it because it will effectively legalize abortion in Brazil. It will enforce another law that says that to get an abortion is enough for a woman to say that she was a victim of rape. There is no need of medical and legal evidence. Any...
  • Invisible people popping up in Rio

    07/26/2013 8:10:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 26, 2013 | Phil Lawler
    Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the crowds at World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio are much larger than the mainstream media predictions. Just last week we were hearing that WYD might be a disappointment. Early registrations were lagging behind expectations. The Brazilian government didn’t want to kick in extra funding. Lots of young Brazilians disagreed with the Pope. Those gloomy predictions didn’t even take into account the spectacularly bad weather that has turned outdoor meeting places into bleak acres of ankle-deep mud. Doom! Disaster! But wait. When the curtain rose on WYD, there were 500,000 enthusiastic...
  • Pope Francis: the humblest offer the world a lesson in solidarity

    07/25/2013 6:25:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/25/2013
    Pope Francis on Thursday visited the Community of Varginha which is part of the Manguinhos Favela in Rio. Here he visited the local parish, prayed in the tiny Church of St. Jerome Emiliani, and addressed the community gathered to greet him in a football field. Please find below the full text of the Pope's discourse. Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is wonderful to be here with you! From the start, my wish in planning this visit to Brazil was to be able to visit every district throughout the nation. I would have liked to knock on every door, to say...
  • Pope scolds rich, demands social justice in visit to Brazil slum

    07/25/2013 7:58:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 112 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 25, 2013 | By Philip Pullella and Anthony Boadle
    Pope Francis on Thursday issued the first social manifesto of his young pontificate, telling slum dwellers in Brazil that the world's rich must do much more to wipe out vast inequalities between the haves and the have-nots. The pope also urged Brazil's youth, who have taken part in recent protests showing discontent with the status quo, to keep alive their "sensitivity towards injustice" and be a catalyst in the fight against corruption. The first Latin American pope, who has rallied the Church on behalf of the poor and who lives more austerely than his predecessors, called for a "culture of...
  • Slum Trip, Mass Youth Meeting Await Pope In Rio

    07/25/2013 6:06:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 25, 2013l | Nicole Winfield,Jenny Barchfield
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis will bless the Olympic flag, visit a slum and address upward of 1 million young Roman Catholics in Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach on Thursday, as Latin America's first pope continued his inaugural international trip as pontiff.
  • Pope names Vatican official as successor to Cardinal Keith O’Brien

    07/24/2013 9:36:19 PM PDT · by haffast
    Catholic Herald UK ^ | Wednesday, 24 July 2013 | By Staff Reporter
    Pope Francis has named Mgr Leo Cushley as the new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. The appointment was announced at noon today in Rome. The archbishop-elect succeeds Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who led the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh from 1985 until his resignation in February. Mgr Cushley is currently head of the English-language section of the Vatican Secretariat of State and has been a close collaborator of both Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. In his capacity as Prelate of the Anticamera, Mgr Cushley has been involved in the visits of heads of state and other important guests...
  • Pope Francis shakes up Catholic Church (Brazil)

    07/24/2013 8:51:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Deutsche Well ^ | 24.07.2013 | Astrid Prange / sst
    Many Catholics hope Pope Francis will strengthen laymen and women in church, who have been taking on responsibilities of priests in some rural areas. That might trigger a revolution, experts say. The Catholic Church in Latin America has a way of dealing with contradictions: Instead of discussing whether women should be allowed to be ordained to the priesthood or debating the celibate, laymen go ahead and create precedents in their religious communities. They've come up with new forms of church services - services without a priest. Hopes are high during this year's World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro that...
  • Catholic Caucus: Archbishop Chaput: Non-Catholic enthusiasm for Pope [Francis]

    07/24/2013 12:46:07 PM PDT · by topher · 8 replies ^ | Wed Jul 24, 2013 14:23 EST | by John-Henry Westen
    Full Title: Archbishop Chaput: Non-Catholic enthusiasm for Pope based on hope he’s unconcerned with moral issues RIO, July 24, 2013 ( - In an interview with John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput noted the enthusiasm for Pope Francis coming from “alienated Catholics, non-Catholics and non-Christians,” even more than from the faithful. Asked for an explanation, the Archbishop said it is possible that these admirers “think they would prefer a church that wouldn't have strict norms and ideas about the moral life and about doctrine, and they somehow interpret the pope's openness and friendliness as being...
  • Pope: Resist "Idols" Of Money,Power,Pleasure

    07/24/2013 9:47:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 24, 2013l | Nicole Winfield,Jenny Barchfield
    APARECIDA, Brazil (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Catholics to resist the "ephemeral idols" of money, power and pleasure in celebrating the first public Mass of his initial international foreign journey as pontiff during an emotional visit to one of the most important shrines in Latin America.
  • Fears Grow For Pope's Safety In Brazil

    07/24/2013 3:10:57 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 24, 2013l | Nick Squires and Donna Bowater
    The Pontiff was forced to arrive at Guanabara palace, the house of the governor of Rio state, by military helicopter, as protesters clashed with riot police using tear gas, water cannon and stun grenades.
  • Report: Pope Francis Appointee Has History of Gay Affairs (Ricca)

    07/21/2013 9:32:16 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Jul 2013, 5:32 PM PDT | Kate O'Hare
    Depending on whom you ask, it’s either the infamous “gay lobby” scrubbing the personnel records of a misbehaving priest to protect one of their own, or it’s opponents of Pope Francis’ efforts at reform – who may or may not be members of the infamous “gay lobby” – whipping up falsehoods about a priest who only wants to help Francis hose out dirty dealing from the Institute for Works of Religion, aka the “Vatican bank.” Both options are unsavory, and neither one bodes well for the 76-year-old Argentinian-born pope’s aim of stamping out corruption in the heart of the Roman...
  • Why Pope Francis May Be a Catholic Nightmare [barf alert]

    03/14/2013 8:20:02 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 18 replies
    Slate ^ | 03/13/2013 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    There are two ways to look at the election of Pope Francis. He takes the name of the famous saint, whose life was defined by a vision in which he was commanded by a crucifix to “rebuild my Church, which is in ruins.” That name, combined with rumors that Cardinal Bergoglio impressed his fellow Cardinals at preconclave meetings with his willingness to clean up the Curia, may be a signal that reform is on the way. His choice of name may also signal an affiliation with the Jesuit saint Francis Xavier, an exemplary evangelist and missionary. Cardinal Bergoglio is known...
  • Pope Francis ‘Will Disappoint Conservatives and Progressives,’ Says Cardinal Kasper

    07/18/2013 7:00:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 7/18/13 | Carol Glatz
    Both ‘conservative’ and ‘progressive’ Catholics will be disappointed in Pope Francis’ programme of spiritual renewal, doctrinal continuity and emphasis on the poor, a top German cardinal said. In an interview with the Italian newspaper, Il Foglio, Cardinal Walter Kasper, a theologian and retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said: “Many people are enthusiastic about (Pope Francis). He is a true pastor, he has great charm, a direct approach with people.” But he added that “many will be disappointed in Francis”, claiming that the “conservative” branch of the Church already feels let down “because he doesn’t have...
  • UN Partners With WYD for Panel on Youth Leadership (Sustainable Development)

    07/19/2013 3:47:55 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | July 19, 2013 |
    World Youth Day organizers and the United Nations are partnering to sponsor a morning of debates about the role of youth in sustainable development and peace. The event "Youth and the culture of peace" will take place on July 23rd. There will be participation on behalf of Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General's special envoy, and a moment for presentations by five youth representatives, from the five continents. About 650 youths are expected to attend. The event will take place at the Brazilian Bar Association building (Edifício OAB), where consulates of the international delegations will have offices during the WYD Rio2013....
  • Too Sexy for the Pope?

    07/16/2013 6:57:22 AM PDT · by National Review · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | July 16, 2013 | National Review
    As scandal-ridden politicians attempt comebacks, the Holy Father urges us to respond to God’s love. By Kathryn Jean Lopez ‘Couldn’t we have one?” That was Chuck Todd’s question on his political geek show, The Daily Rundown, on MSNBC one recent morning. Todd was moderating a panel discussing former New York congressman Anthony Weiner’s insistence on running for mayor of New York City despite his history of Twitter ill repute, coupled with former governor Eliot Spitzer’s zeal for political comeback as the city’s comptroller, despite the prostitution scandal that ended his tenure in Albany. Politicians don’t have to be and frequently...
  • Catholics must ‘watch their tongues’, says Pope

    07/13/2013 5:39:18 AM PDT · by haffast · 38 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Thursday, 13 June 2013 | Staff Reporter
    Catholics must “watch their tongues” and resist the temptation to resolve disputes with “insults, slander, and defamation,” Pope Francis has said. Delivering a homily at morning Mass on Thursday, which was attended by men and women who work at Argentina’s embassies and consulates to Italy and the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation in Rome, the Pope said: “There is no need to go to a psychologist to know that when we denigrates another person it is because we are unable to grow up and need to belittle others, to feel more important. “Jesus, with all the simplicity says: ‘Do not...
  • 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...