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  • Pope condemns abortion in strongest pro-life comments to date, day after controversial interview

    09/20/2013 5:34:23 PM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies ^ | 09/20/2013 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    In a meeting with Catholic gynaecologists this morning Pope Francis strongly condemned abortion as a manifestation of a “throwaway culture.” The comments come one day after the release of an in-depth interview in which the Pope had explained that despite criticism he has avoided speaking about moral issues like abortion and gay “marriage” in his papacy, instead focusing on preaching about the love of Christ. In response to that interview the United State’s largest abortion advocacy organization, NARAL Pro-Choice America, even posted an image thanking the pope for his comments on their Facebook and Twiter pages. But NARAL’s celebrations were...
  • 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]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 ^ | 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.

    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Man sues pope: Church bells ruined my marriage

    09/06/2013 8:36:35 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies
    wnd ^ | 9/5/03 | Joe Kovacs
    A Rhode Island man has filed a federal lawsuit against Pope Francis and others, claiming the frequent bell-ringing of the Catholic church across the street has disrupted his life so much, it helped precipitate the demise of his marriage. John Devaney, 64, of Narragansett, R.I., lives directly across from the picturesque St. Thomas More Catholic Church. “The bells have been going off 700 times a week, very loud volume, and it’s been going on for too long,” he told the Providence Journal in a videotaped interview. “I’m not getting any response back from the people that control the bell-ringing.” “First...
  • Pope rings pregnant woman to tell her he will baptise her child ...

    09/06/2013 3:18:08 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/06/2013 | Nick Pisa
    Pope Francis has said he will baptise the unborn child of a woman who refused to have an abortion, after he telephoned her when she sent him an emotional letter. The call was the latest in a string of 'one to ones' Pope Francis has had with general members of the public and once again underlined his attempts at being a more human and in-touch pontiff after the 'stuffy' years of his predecessor Benedict XVI. Shop worker Anna Romano, 35, was on holiday when her mobile telephone started to ring with a mystery number on the screen and she was...
  • Vatican readmits leftist thinking

    09/05/2013 12:53:52 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 52 replies
    The Times (Australian) ^ | September 6, 2013 | James Bone
    THE Vatican has begun a historic move to rehabilitate the leftist Catholic movement known as “liberation theology” as the Pope refocuses the church on the poor. L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s official newspaper, devoted its centre spread to defending the virtues of liberation theology, which had been anathema since the Cold War. “With a Latin American Pope, liberation theology could not remain for long in the shadows to which it has been relegated for some years, at least in Europe,” wrote Ugo Sartorio, a priest and editor of a Catholic magazine. Father Sartorio even argued in his piece yesterday that, while...
  • Pope Francis writes letter to President Putin of Russia ahead of G20 summit

    09/05/2013 2:02:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 5, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written a letter to President Vladimir Putin of Russia as he prepares to host this year's G20 summit in St. Petersburg. Below is the full text of the Pope's letter to President Putin. To His ExcellencyMr Vladimir PutinPresident of the Russian Federation "In the course of this year, you have the honour and the responsibility of presiding over the Group of the twenty largest economies in the world. I am aware that the Russian Federation has participated in this group from the moment of its inception and has always had a positive role to...
  • Pope to Orthodox Syrian Catholicos from India: let us work towards reconciliation, unity

    09/05/2013 2:06:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 5, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) May we “continue and intensify the commitment to ecumenism, encounter and dialogue towards full communion:” with that message, Pope Francis on Thursday welcomed in the Vatican Baselios Paulose II, Catholicos of the East and Metropolitan of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. Tracey McClure reports: In his remarks to the Catholicos, Pope Francis recalled the efforts of his predecessor John Paul II and the former Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews I which led to the creation in 1990 of an ongoing commission which has laid out agreements for the “common use of buildings of worship and cemeteries,...
  • Pope to world leaders: Lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution in Syria

    09/05/2013 4:40:14 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies ^ | September 5, 2013
    September 5, 2013 (Romereports) Pope Francis is exhausting all efforts to avoid a military strike on Syria. The latest is a the letter he wrote to the world leaders at the G-20 summit, that is underway in St. Petersburg, Russia. With strong words, Francis wrote that ever since the start of the conflict, “one-sided interests” have interfered with finding a “solution that would have avoided the senseless massacre now unfolding.” Francis addressed each and everyone of the G20 leaders and asked them to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution.” The Vatican spokesman presented the letter during a...
  • Pope Francis asks Putin to prevent massacre in Syria

    09/05/2013 4:41:35 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Rusia and India Report ^ | 9-5-13 | ITAR-TASS
    Pope Francis sent a letter to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin that is chairing the St. Petersburg G20 Leaders’ Summit, asking to ‘find a solution and prevent the massacre in Syria’, according to reports by Holy See’s press service. “The G20 leaders cannot remain inactive in the shadow of the Syrian people’s tragedy that threatens with more suffering the whole region in need of peace. I address to all urging to overcome divisions and refuse from any kind of solution by force,” the leader of the Roman Catholic Church wrote, pointing to the ‘duty’ of all states to provide humanitarian aid...
  • Pope: Abandon "Futile" Military Solution in Syria

    09/05/2013 5:08:43 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies
    VATICAN CITY September 5, 2013 (AP) By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press Pope Francis urged the Group of 20 leaders on Thursday to abandon the "futile pursuit" of a military solution in Syria as the Vatican laid out its case for a negotiated settlement that guarantees rights for all Syrians, including minority Christians. In a letter to the G-20 host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Francis lamented that "one-sided interests" had prevailed in Syria, preventing a diplomatic end to the conflict and allowing the continued "senseless massacre" of innocents. "To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt...
  • Pope Francis Bows to Jordan's Muslim Queen, Breaks Protocol

    09/04/2013 7:53:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/04/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    Pope Francis bowed before Queen Rania of Jordon, who was visiting the Vatican with her husband, King Abdullah II, breaking once again with protocol that requires visitors to bow to him when they see him at the Holy See. "Up until the 19th century visitors would kiss the pope's shoes, and the tradition is still that all visitors, women included, bow to him, but Francis behaves as he did before he became pope and is not interested in protocol," U.K.'s The Daily Telegraph quoted a senior Vatican official as saying. The leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide bowed to Queen...
  • The [Catholic] Church and the Syrian Refugees

    09/02/2013 9:05:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 1, 2013 | William L. Patenaude
    Syrians fleeing violence in their country wait to cross the border into the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq Aug. 25. (CNS photo/Azad Lashkari, Reuters) In a region that has seen increasing threats to ancient Christian communities, the Catholic Church is helping many of the two million refugees of Syria’s civil war. Besides physical aid, Church workers offer the Syrians the simple truth that they haven’t been forgotten—that they are loved and will be cared for. Most refugees are Muslim, children Sean Callahan, the Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Relief Services (CRS)—the humanitarian arm of the United States Conference of...
  • Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7

    09/01/2013 2:39:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    CNA ^ | 09-01-13 | By Kerri Lenartowick
    Pope Francis announces global prayer vigil for peace on Sept. 7By Kerri Lenartowick  Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Sabrina Fusco/CNA.Vatican City, Sep 1, 2013 / 07:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience today to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria.“I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1.“There are so many conflicts in this world which cause...
  • Feigned moral outrage: 100,000 v 1400

    09/03/2013 7:07:51 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 9 replies
    09-03-13 | Self
    I was watching hannity tonight and varney was hollering about the moral outrage over the 400 kids killed by gas attack in Syria and that we had to do something. Heck, the United States kills 100,000 unborn children a month and has done so since 1973. And it's all "legal"! Imagine the confusion on the part of the Syrians. Why the sudden concern over children when the US kills far more than they do. To quote bammy's pastor.....America's chickens have come home to roost.
  • Vatican official fears Syrian conflict could explode into world war

    09/03/2013 5:47:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 3, 2013
    The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace told Vatican Radio that “the conflict in Syria has all the ingredients to explode into a war of global dimensions.” Asked to comment on “the fear expressed by many voices in the Church that an attack on Syria would extend the violence throughout the region,” Archbishop Mario Toso said that the Pope has condemned “war that is conducted with the use of indiscriminate weapons and affects primarily the defenseless civilian population. It is never the use of violence that leads to peace." “No one would come out of it unharmed...
  • China thanks Pope for his appeal for peace in Syria

    09/02/2013 8:35:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Asia News ^ | September 2, 2013
    Beijing ( AsiaNews) - The appeal of Pope Francis for peace in Syria "is wise and true, and we Chinese are with him . We do not want to see conflicts in the Middle East any longer, we are opposed to any attack by the United States against the government Damascus. As the pontiff said War begets war, violence begets violence.' Pope Francis, thank you for these words".  These are the thoughts of two senior Chinese government officials, who want to remain anonymous who have spoken to AsiaNews about Francis' appeal at yesterday's Angelus and more generally the figure...
  • Pope Announces World Prayer Day For Syria

    09/01/2013 12:42:47 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    France 24 ^ | September 1,2013 | France 24
    AFP - Pope Francis has called for the world to unite in a day of fasting and prayer for Syria on Saturday and said "God and history" would judge anyone using chemical weapons. "May the cry for peace enter the hearts of everyone so that they may all lay down their weapons," the pope told thousands of pilgrims at the Vatican on Sunday.
  • Pope bows for Muslim Queen Rania of Jordan in latest display of breaking with tradition

    09/01/2013 7:03:45 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 94 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 31, 2013 | John Hutchinson
    The Pope has once again shown his willingness to break with tradition by bowing to Muslim royal Queen Rania of Jordan. As leader of the world's 1.2billion-strong Catholic community, protocol usually dictates that visitors bow to him when they meet him at the Vatican. But when Rania came to the Holy See with her husband King Abdullah II on Thursday, he inverted that formality by lowering his head to her. He made no discernible bow toward her husband, the king. The Jordanian royals were leaving following a private audience with the pope in his library. 'Francis behaves as he did...
  • Pope breaks with protocol by bowing to Queen Rania of Jordan

    08/30/2013 10:39:56 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 151 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8-31-2013 | Tom Kington
    As head of state at the Vatican, not to mention the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, protocol requires visitors to bow to him when they meet him at the Holy See. But Francis, who has made the forgetting of formalities a trademark of his papacy, bowed when he met a smiling Rania as she visited the Vatican with her husband King Abdullah II on Thursday. "Up until the 19th century visitors would kiss the pope's shoes, and the tradition is still that all visitors, women included, bow to him, but Francis behaves as he did before he became...
  • Argentina Rape Victim Stunned by Phone Call From Pope

    08/29/2013 8:47:17 PM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies ^ | 08/29/2013 | Joel Himelfarb
    Alejandra Pereyra, 44, said she felt she had been “touched by the hand of God” after receiving the phone call from Pope Francis. Pereyra wrote to the Pope, who was archbishop of Buenos Aires before being elected pontiff in March, about 10 days ago. She said that after she had been raped by a policeman, Argentinean authorities tried to suppress her complaint and that the perpetrator had received a promotion. She was amazed to hear from the 76-year-old Pope personally when he called her on Sunday using a landline from the Vatican. They talked for approximately 30 minutes, during which...
  • Joel Osteen and Pope Francis

    08/28/2013 11:39:15 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 96 replies ^ | August 27, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Joel Osteen and Pope Francis August 27, 2013 By Fr. Dwight Longenecker 7 Comments Joel Osteen the prosperity preacher from Houston has just moved up from his $2m mansion to a $10m mansion. Here’s the news.This is one of the things that tickle me about American Protestantism. These are the folks who have traditionally beat the Catholics with a big stick about the Pope living in a palace surrounded by rich art works.The other thing is the way Protestants will beat up on Catholics for having a highly exalted infallible leader who is treated like a celebrity. Duh. The problem...
  • Does Pope Francis accept this truth?

    08/19/2013 9:49:03 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 8 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | August 19, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    The Holy Spirit assures us, through the Apostle St. Paul, that Christ is the head of the body which is the Church, while we are the members that suffer together and rejoice together: "If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together." (1 Corinthians 12: 26). Which makes it all the more disturbing that Pope Francis, before his election to the Chair of Peter, asserted that private homosexual unions do not affect third parties or society in general. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that, "..In the sanctorum communio, 'None of us lives...
  • From Frances to Francis

    08/02/2013 3:38:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 2, 2013 | Francis J. Beckwith
    On March 13, 2013, around 12:25 pm, I was standing behind a podium in a classroom at the law school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I was speaking there at the invitation of the school’s Federalist Society. Unexpectedly, in mid-sentence, my cell phone vibrated. I pulled it out of my pocket, flipped it open, and saw on the screen, “New Pope has been elected.” It was a text from my wife, Frankie, and was followed by similar texts from my three siblings and a phone call from my parents, who, wisely, don’t text. Seconds later, from the...
  • Pope Francis asks Knights of Columbus to defend life and 'authentic' marriage

    08/09/2013 8:09:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies
    Sentiments Conveyed in Letter of Papal Greeting to Knights’ International Convention Greeting(SAN ANTONIO) – Pope Francis praised the charitable works of the Knights of Columbus and encouraged the organization to defend the sanctity of marriage, the dignity of life, the beauty and truth of human sexuality, and the rights of believers.The pope’s sentiments are contained in a letter of greeting to the Knights’ 131st annual convention, now taking place in San Antonio.The letter, which was sent by Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone on behalf of Pope Francis, expressed the Pope’s “esteem for the ideals of faith and fraternity...
  • Speaking of divorce, pope refers to practice of Orthodox churches

    08/08/2013 3:56:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 97 replies
    Catholic Free Press ^ | August 7, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis waves after leading the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 4. (CNS photo/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters) (Aug. 5, 2013) By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis spoke to journalists about the need for a stronger Catholic pastoral approach to marriage and to divorced people, he made a parenthetical reference to how the Orthodox churches handle the breakup of marriages differently. “The Orthodox have a different practice,” he told reporters July 28 during his flight back to Rome from Rio de Janeiro. The Orthodox “follow...
  • Cardinal O’Malley explains the pope’s silence on abortion

    08/07/2013 3:47:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 61 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | August 7, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis has not mentioned traditional hot-button Catholic issues like abortion because he prefers to emphasize that Catholics “love people” and are not “mean or old-fashioned,” Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has said.O’Malley, the only North American Francis asked to serve on a group of eight cardinals advising him on reforming the church, made the comments during a keynote address Tuesday in San Antonio at the annual convention of the Knights of Columbus.“Some people think that the Holy Father should talk more about abortion,” O’Malley told approximately 2,000 attendees, according to a copy of the remarks posted...
  • Pope Francis is unsettling – and dividing – the Catholic right

    08/07/2013 2:13:17 PM PDT · by haffast · 57 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | David Gibson
    (RNS) For more than three decades, the Vatican of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI operated on a version of the conservative maxim, “No enemies to the right.” While left-wing theologians were silenced and liberal-to-moderate bishops were shunted aside in favor of hard-liners, liturgical traditionalists and cultural conservatives were diligently courted and given direct access to the apostolic palace. But in a few short months, Pope Francis has upended that dynamic, alienating many on the Catholic right by refusing to play favorites and ignoring their preferred agenda items even as he stressed the kind of social justice issues that...
  • Should Priests Drive Fancy Cars?

    08/05/2013 2:35:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    First Things ^ | August 5, 2013 | William Doino Jr.
    Of all the challenging things Francis has said since becoming pope, none has been more quoted than this line: “How I would like a Church which is poor, and for the poor!” Simple and direct, it perfectly captures the spirit of Francis’ new pontificate. And what gives it such power and meaning is the personal witness behind it. Francis’ sparse and austere lifestyle is well-known: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he shunned limousines and chauffeurs, opting instead for public transportation. Rather than live in the bishop’s residence, he chose a modest apartment. After becoming cardinal, he continued his own grocery...
  • 10 Quotes That Prove The Pope Is A Liberal

    08/05/2013 7:23:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 65 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 05, 2013 | Pat Archbold
    The Pope is soft on Islam. "It is true that the Muslim world is not totally mistaken when it reproaches the West of Christian tradition of moral decadence and the manipulation of human life." Encourages Homosexuality. "It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the church's pastors wherever it occurs." [SNIP] He is overtly humble and does not embrace his office: "The authority of the pope is not unlimited;" "The cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble worker in the Lord's vineyard....
  • Pope Francis' 'Mess'

    08/04/2013 5:24:23 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/1/2013 | Raymond Arroyo
    Engaging with the secular world has risks — but the potential for real rewards Pope Francis has lost none of his ability to surprise. On his seven-day journey to Rio he eschewed traditional security protocols (which allowed a crowd to mob his traffic-trapped mini-Popemobile), wandered into Rio’s slums, accepted drinks from strangers on the street, and just for the fun of it added a meeting with young people to an already packed schedule. At the impromptu July 25 meeting, in the Cathedral of San Sebastian, Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks that capture not only his wish for the young, but the...
  • Do the Pope’s Remarks Undermine Celibacy?

    08/03/2013 3:02:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 2, 2013 | Fr. Michael P. Orsi
    .... Therefore, Francis is being naive when, he says, referring to the alleged presence of a lobby of gay priests within the Vatican ranks “that the problem isn’t having the orientation. The problem is making the lobby.” The fact is, that any group with a strong common identity is a natural lobby which effects an organization. ....Pope Francis’s remarks have implications for the church far beyond a pastoral approach to homosexual priests.