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  • Don't be shocked by Pope Francis

    09/20/2013 9:48:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-20-13 | William Donohue
    CNN) -- Not in my lifetime have I witnessed a pope who has so quickly succeeded in making more Catholics, and non-Catholics, hyperventilate than Pope Francis. Indeed, some are ready to jump off the bleachers. They all need to calm down. Pope Francis is delightfully frank, and that is what makes him positively engaging. He is also provocative in the best sense of that word. He seeks to challenge us and shake us out of our comfort zone. But he is not about to turn the Catholic Church upside down and inside out. Such talk is pure lunacy. In a...
  • Pope Francis: Catholic Church must focus beyond "small-minded rules"

    09/19/2013 2:46:04 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 309 replies
    CBS ^ | 19 Sep 13 | CBS staff writer
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church's moral structure might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make it a merciful, more welcoming place for all. Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in a lengthy and remarkably blunt interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. It was published simultaneously Thursday in Jesuit journals in 16 countries, including America magazine in the U.S. John Allen, a senior correspondent...
  • Pope Francis's stunning blow to conservatives

    09/20/2013 8:39:45 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 20, 2013 | Andrew Brown
    [SNIP] ....right from the beginning of his interview it is clear that he has turned his back on the fortress Catholicism of the last two popes: he quotes St Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, as saying that "Great principles must be embodied in the circumstances of place, time and people...." [SNIP] ....It is impossible to read this except as a criticism of his predecessor Benedict XVI, who once said the European civilisation reached its height in the 14th century.... [SNIP] ....what he has done here is to make it impossible for reactionary bishops to demand that their priests clamp...
  • Pope's Playlist: Pontiff Reveals Classical Favorites

    09/20/2013 7:42:41 AM PDT · by Borges · 7 replies
    WQXR ^ | 9/19/13 | Brian Wise
    Pope Francis, long reputed to be an opera lover, has opened up about his tastes in classical music, which turn out to be remarkably voracious and specific. His comments were part of a wide-ranging interview given to 16 Jesuit journals worldwide in which he also spoke about a host of social issues and about making the church more welcoming. The Pope tells America magazine: "Among musicians I love Mozart, of course. The ‘Et incarnatus est’ from his Mass in C minor is matchless; it lifts you to God! I love Mozart performed by Clara Haskil. Mozart fulfills me. But I...
  • Pope blasts abortion after decrying focus on rules

    09/20/2013 9:08:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2013 11:49 AM EDT | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them. Francis issued a strong anti-abortion message and cited Vatican teaching on the need to defend the unborn during an audience with Catholic gynecologists. It came a day after he was quoted as blasting the church’s obsession with “small-minded rules” that are driving the faithful away. In an interview that has sent shock waves through the church, Francis urged its pastors to...
  • Pope Francis: Catholic Church will fall like a house of cards if it focuses on doctrinal truth

    09/20/2013 8:30:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 16 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 20, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    The shock waves are reverberating throughout the Church and around the globe. Pope Francis has insisted that the Church founded by Jesus Christ must focus beyond "small-minded rules" or it may very well "fall like a house of cards." Translation: Doctrinal truths which the world finds offensive must be watered-down or pretty much ignored to accommodate the zeitgeist. Doctrinal truths constitute "small-minded rules"? Dr. Germain Grisez, in a talk entitled "Legalism, Moral Truth and Pastoral Practice" given at a 1990 symposium held in Philadelphia, had this to say: "Theologians and pastors who dissent from received Catholic teaching think they are...
  • Papal Biographer: Interview Was 'Classic Francis'

    09/19/2013 8:39:23 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 15 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 09/19/2013 | Paul Scicchitano
    Papal biographer Dr. Matthew Bunson tells Newsmax that there was no new church doctrine made in Pope Francis’ widely published interview on Thursday but that the Pontiff’s personable style was “classic Francis.” The senior correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor and author of the new book "Pope Francis," was not surprised by the interview, in which the Pontiff said that the Catholic Church should not allow its bans on gay marriage, abortion and contraception to dominate its teachings. “There’s nothing new here. He’s not changing church doctrine in any way,” asserted Bunson in an exclusive interview on Thursday. “I think he’s...
  • Pope Francis: God will forgive atheists who obey their conscience

    09/13/2013 7:29:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 65 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 13, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    Pope Francis, referring to atheists who refuse to believe in God, His Commandments and His Church, recently said, "God forgives those who obey their conscience." See here. Pope John Paul II, in his Encyclical Letter Veritatis Splendor, explains that: "Conscience, as the judgment of an act, is not exempt from the possibility of error. As the Council [Vatican II] puts it, 'not infrequently conscience can be mistaken as a result of invincible ignorance, although it does not on that account forfeit its dignity; but this cannot be said when a man shows little concern for seeking what is true and...
  • Pope 'accepts PM's invitation' to visit (Thailand)

    09/13/2013 1:20:48 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | 09/12/2013 | Bangkok Post
    Teerat Ratanasevi posted the message on Twitter that the invitation was offered by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during her audience with the Roman Catholic leader on Thursday at the Vatican. The date for the visit has not been set. Thailand set up diplomatic relations with the Holy See for 390 years. Pope John Paul II visited Thailand in 1984. Ms Yingluck praised Pope Francis for his efforts to promote human rights, help the poor and encourage global peace, a Government House statement said. The visit to the Vatican is part of Ms Yingluck's European trip which includes Switzerland, Italy and...
  • Pope: Don't have to believe in God to go the Heaven

    09/12/2013 1:29:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 125 replies
    WND ^ | 16 hours ago
    In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences. Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go...
  • Pope Francisco writes to La Repubblica: "An open dialogue with non-believers"

    09/12/2013 10:10:37 AM PDT · by edwinland · 29 replies
    La Repubblica (Italy) ^ | Sept. 12, 2013 | pope Francis
    Dear Dott. Scalfari, I would cordially like to reply to the letter you addressed to me from the pages of "La Repubblica" on July 7th, which included a series of personal reflections that then continued to enrich the pages of the daily newspaper on August 7th. First of all, thank you for the attention with which you have read the Encyclical "Lumen fidei". In fact it was the intention ... not only confirm the faith in Jesus Christ, for those who already believe, but also to spark a sincere and rigorous dialogue with those who, like you, define themselves as...
  • Pope Francis rejects false religiosity

    09/07/2013 3:49:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 806 replies
    cna ^ | September 7, 2013 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Pope Francis greets the faithful at the May 8 General Audience (Credit: CNA / Stephen Driscoll) Vatican City, Sep 7, 2013 / 10:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on Saturday, Pope Francis reflected on the question of authentic Christianity and rejected the practice of focusing more on devotions than on Christ himself. Jesus is “the center” of faith, said the Pope. “A commandment is valid if it comes from Jesus: I do this because the Lord wants me to do this. But if I am a Christian without Christ, I do this and I don’t know why I...
  • Australia's PM elect Abbott vows quick action on asylum (Illegals)

    09/08/2013 7:20:48 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/8/2013 | BBC
    Australia's PM-elect Tony Abbott has said his top priorities are to abolish a tax on carbon emissions and to stop asylum-seekers arriving by boat. His government would "swiftly implement Operation Soverign Borders" aimed at "intercepting vessels and turning them around", Mr. Abbott told the Herald Sun. Outgoing PM Kevin Rudd has said he will not stand again in for Labor leadership. The Australian Election Commission confirmed on its website that the Liberal-National coalition had won 88 seats in the House of Representatives and Labor 57...
  • President Obama, Women's Rights, Islam, Christianity and Syria

    09/08/2013 10:31:04 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 8, 2013 | Dan Miller
    President Obama has been touted as four-square in favor of the rights of women. Yet He tries very hard to further the spread of Islam.Islam and the rights of women[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbmeQtGMkUU]Video linkIslam is a religious, ideological and political movement that seeks an Islamist Caliphate through world conquest to convert heathen to Islam or to kill them and to make slaves of women. There is no Islamist "race" and disapproval of, and effective opposition to, Islam and its objectives are not racist. They are, however, necessary for the survival of what's left of our civilization. I wish some "feminists" would watch...
  • Cardinal Dolan: Congress Must Pass 'Once-in-a-Generation' Immigration Reform

    09/08/2013 7:15:30 AM PDT · by NoKoolAidforMe · 66 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 09-07-13 | Tony Lee
    The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Congress must seize on a "once-in-a-generation" chance to pass comprehensive immigration reform when it comes back from its August recess next week. Writing in the New York Daily News, Timothy Dolan, who is also archbishop of New York, invoked Pope Francis and Martin Luther King, Jr. in arguing that immigration reform would help families and the economy while improving the country's security.
  • NUN IN SYRIA CLAIMS SHE HAS ‘EVIDENCE’ PROVING VIDEO FOOTAGE OF CHEMICAL ATTACK WAS FABRICATED

    09/08/2013 6:15:59 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    the blaze ^ | 9/8/2013 | Jason Howerton
    A nun in Qara, Syria, claims she has “evidence” proving video footage of the deadly chemical attack in Syria was fabricated. Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St. James Monastery, told Russia Today that she plans to submit her findings to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Before we go any further, it must be noted that RT is widely considered to be the media mouthpiece of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime. Given the political differences in the Syria conflict between the U.S. and Russia, as well as the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the chemical attack, it’s...
  • Archbishop: Congress must pass immigration reform

    09/08/2013 6:13:37 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    startribune.com ^ | September 5, 2013 | JOHN C. NIENSTEDT
    The Catholic Church in Minnesota and, indeed, around the United States, is deeply concerned about our nation’s immigration policy. It is inconsistent and ineffective, and it does not promote the common good. For more than two decades, this country has simultaneously had both a “keep out” and a “help wanted” sign at our borders. Our national policy has been to encourage (and permit) illegal immigration in order to create a new and inexpensive labor source. We have sent mixed messages to migrant workers and their families. Businesses, farmers, homeowners and communities rely on immigrants for labor, yet we simultaneously attack...
  • Pope Francis: overcome temptation to be "Christians without Jesus" (Daily Mass)

    09/07/2013 5:48:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 161 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 9/7/2013
    Christians must never forget that the centre of their life is Jesus Christ. That was the message of Pope Francis at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope emphasised that we must overcome the temptation to be “Christians without Jesus” or Christians that seek only devotions, without Jesus. Pope Francis dedicated his whole homily to the centrality of Jesus in the life of the Christian. “Jesus,” he said, “is the centre. Jesus is the Lord. And yet, he maintained, this is not always understood well, “it is not easily understood.” Jesus is not a lord of this...
  • What does the Pope say about Obama bombing Syria?

    09/05/2013 6:48:48 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 18 replies
    vanity | 9/5/2013 | self
    Everytime a Republican President has engaged our military the media has run stories that the pope would not intervene. I was searching for the Pope's comments on Obama's air strikes in Syria and could not come up with anything. Has anyone seen what the pope has said about this?
  • Pope telephones woman who refused abortion: offers to baptize her baby

    09/06/2013 10:58:03 AM PDT · by massmike · 42 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 09/06/2013 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    Anna Romano, 35, couldn’t believe her ears when she picked up the phone a few days ago. On the other end of the telephone was Pope Francis himself, who called to offer to baptize her baby after she refused to have an abortion. “I was just so surprised that he had telephoned me. He said that he had read my letter and he wanted to speak to me personally about it and reassure me that someone was worried about me,” Anna, hailing from Arezzo near Florence, told the Daily Mail. Feeling humiliated, betrayed, and that she had no one else...