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  • Pope Francis says half of marriages today are invalid. He's wrong.

    05/22/2014 7:38:39 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 79 replies
    The Week ^ | 5/20/14 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    T o much fanfare in the press, Pope Francis has started a "dialogue" about the Catholic Church's marriage practices. The part that has received the most attention is whether civilly divorced and civilly remarried Catholics should be admitted to Holy Communion, without having to abandon their second marriage, which the church recognizes as continuing adultery. This issue will be addressed by the bishops of the Catholic Church at a "Synod on the Family" over this year and next. Unfortunately, the pope's favorite theologian and the pope himself have initiated this discussion in a befogging cloud of pessimism. The pope is...
  • Pope says his Holy Land trip will be 'strictly religious'

    05/21/2014 3:52:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cns ^ | May 21, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Asking prayers for his May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land, Pope Francis said his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories would be "strictly religious." At the end of his weekly general audience May 21, Pope Francis told an estimated 50,000 people in St. Peter's Square that he was about to make the trip. The first reason for going, he said, "is to meet my brother, Bartholomew," the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, to mark the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople. The meeting launched a new...
  • The Pope, Israel PR And Christ Killed By Jews

    05/21/2014 5:12:03 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 44 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | May 21, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    The Pope, Israel PR And Christ Killed By JewsBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyAfter living in Israel for over 25 years and consulting the government on both public relations and public affairs, I may have truly found the major source of conflict against the Jews and Israel. It took coming to the US for three years and seeing the United States as an Israeli and as an American. You see, we don't have anti-semitism in Israel. We only have war. Anti-semitism is much more covert. Much like an iceberg, only a very small part is visible to the eye. In...
  • Seminarians in the Holy Land anticipate Pope's visit

    05/21/2014 6:46:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | May 21, 2014
    Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel, May 21, 2014 / 12:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Holy Land prepares for the visit of Pope Francis, Catholic seminarians are praying for the visit's success and preparing with great anticipation to assist in a papal Mass. “Everywhere, in the Holy Land, people are praying for Pope Francis,” Joseph Sweiss, a Catholic seminarian from the area of Amman, Jordan, told Aid to the Church in Need. “We are so greatly looking forward to welcoming him. We Christians are only a small minority here in the Holy Land. Hence it is important to know that the Pope...
  • Israel: Pope Francis Coming for "Everybody"

    05/21/2014 3:09:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies ^ | May 21,2014 | Tzippe Barrow
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- While Israel's Tourism Ministry prepares for Sunday's arrival of Pope Francis on a two-day visit to the Holy Land, the Palestinian Authority says his decision to start in Bethlehem speaks volumes.
  • When will Pope Francis show all his cards? (The Left Laments)

    05/20/2014 1:41:23 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    NCR Today (Fishwrap) ^ | May 19, 2014 | Robert McClory
    In November, I gave a talk about Pope Francis at the Call to Action conference, and every story, every quote I gave about him was greeted with smiles, cheers and laughter. It was something like a papal pep rally. In my inbox on Friday morning were no fewer than four no-nonsense messages from very upset Catholic organizations urging the signing of petitions calling on Pope Francis to apologize for Cardinal Gerhard Mller's harsh words to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and urging him to tell the Vatican to back off the "unjust reform agenda" it imposed on U.S. nuns....
  • The Vaticans Real Housewives: 26 Women Petition Pope to Let Priests Marry

    05/20/2014 9:21:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05/20/2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    A group of women claiming to be the secret paramours of priests have written to Pope Francis to urge him to roll back the churchs celibacy requirements. A popular pontiff, Pope Francis receives hundreds of letters every daybut a recent one, signed by 26 women who would like his permission to have sex with their priest-boyfriends, was undoubtedly not like most of the others. The letter, published by La Stampa newspapers Vatican Insider website on Sunday, began with a plea for the pontiff to take heart and make celibacy optional for the signatories paramours, who happen to be priests. Dear...
  • Popes Last Supper Mass Raises Jewish Hackles

    05/19/2014 6:18:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The Financial Times (UK) ^ | 5/18/14 | John Reed
    A plan by Pope Francis to celebrate mass in a Jerusalem room believed by Christians to have hosted the Last Supper has brought criticism, controversy and conspiracy theories worthy of a Dan Brown novel. The popes first official visit to the Holy Land this month was meant to showcase interfaith tolerance and the improved ties between Israel and the Holy See. But the plan to hold mass in the room, known as the Cenacle, has sparked an ugly disagreement that is threatening to undermine the visit. The Cenacle is on the upper floor of a Crusader-era building that is holy...
  • Pope in Visit Will Recognize Palestine, Call to End Occupation (says Pali Christian priest)

    05/19/2014 2:29:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    INN ^ | 5/19/2014, 12:10 PM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) and Arab Christian sources are already celebrating Pope Francis visit to Israel starting next Sunday, saying his choice to begin the trip directly in PA-held Bethlehem is meant to recognize Palestine and oppose the occupation. He is taking a helicopter directly from Jordan to Palestineto Bethlehem. Its a kind of sign of recognizing Palestine, Father Jamal Khader of the Latin patriarchate in Jerusalem told AFP. The claims that his trip will begin in a recognition of Palestine comes amid reports from February by Rabbi Sergio Bergman, a member of the Argentinian parliament and close friend of Pope...
  • (Pope) Francis: Pray with your heart, not like a parrot

    05/17/2014 3:53:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 108 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | May 16, 2014 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    At this mornings mass in St. Marthas House, Francis mentioned three doors to knowing Jesus: Praying to Jesus, celebrating Jesus and imitating him Vatican City Pope Francis says studying Jesus is not enough to get to know him, we must also pray to him, celebrate him and imitate him. This was the Popes core message at Mass on Friday in the Santa Marta residence, Vatican Radio reports. In his homily the Pope reflected on the best way for us to get to know Jesus, describing it as the most important work in our lives. At the same time he warned...
  • In Holy Land, Pope Francis will focus on unity, not ignore conflict

    05/16/2014 1:53:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cns ^ | May 16, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    A Christian pilgrim walks from the courtyard of St. Catherine Church where a poster for next weekend's visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land is displayed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (CNS/EPA) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On Pope Francis' first trip to the Holy Land, May 24-26, his agenda will focus on the search for Christian unity, particularly between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But inevitably, in a region so rich in history and so fraught with conflict, he will address other urgent issues, including dialogue with Jews and Muslims,...
  • The Spontaneity of Pope Francis: The Pope's spontaneous words and actions reflect his personality

    05/16/2014 9:46:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 05/16/2014 | Russell Shaw
    Spontaneity that reflects good-heartedness is a highly attractive trait, but the spontaneity of self-indulgence is reckless and often cruel. Spontaneity of either kind can cause confusion and dismay. Pope Francis spontaneity is clearly of the first sortgood-hearted, that isbut as with spontaneity of any kind, it can sometimes have confusing results. Last month brought what may have been another instance of that when it was reported that the Pope had told an Argentine woman, civilly married to a man for 19 years, that she could receive communion; accounts differed on whether the woman or the man was divorced. The womans...
  • Republicans Have Only Themselves To Blame For Piketty And The Pope

    05/15/2014 6:56:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/15/2014 | Louis Woodhill
    First, take todays Unconventional Logic pop quiz: If you were kidnapped by terrorists, whom would you want to come to rescue you? Captain Sweden Captain Denmark Captain Belgium Captain France Captain America OK, now back to economics. With both Thomas Piketty and Pope Francis in the news calling for government-coerced redistribution to reduce inequality, it is useful to ask, Why this, and why now? Pikettys argument for additional government redistribution programs, which he bases upon numbers that dont take government redistribution programs into account, is certainlyto put it delicatelycreative, but the question still remains why Pikettys ideas (which have been...
  • Girl, 10, Gets Emotional Reunion With Dad At LAX After Making Plea To Pope Francis

    03/30/2014 11:01:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies ^ | March 29, 2014 11:28 PM | Brittney Hopper
    LOS ANGELES ( A 10-year-old Panorama City girl got her prayers answered Saturday during an emotional reunion at LAX with her dad. The girl, Jersey Vargas, had gone to the Vatican with a group who met with the Pope hoping to get the pontiff to speak to President Obama to move on immigration reform. Her father, Mario Vargas-Lopez, had been held in a Louisiana detention facility. Hes an undocumented immigrant who was in custody in Tennessee for a DUI since last September. Before Jersey left with the delegation, she told Associated Press, in Spanish, that her big wish was...
  • Pope Francis reminds us, Lucifer is real

    05/14/2014 10:30:12 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/10/14 | Anthony Faiola
    “ ‘But Father, how old-fashioned you are to speak about the Devil in the 21st century,’ ” Francis, quoting those who have noted his frequent mentions of the Devil, said last month while presiding over Mass at the Vatican’s chapel in St. Martha’s House. He warned those gathered on that chilly morning to be vigilant and not be fooled by the hidden face of Satan in the modern world. “Look out because the Devil is present,” he said. *** The Rev. Cesar Truqui, an exorcist based in Switzerland, recounted one experience he had aboard a Swissair flight. “Two lesbians,” he said, had...
  • Cardinal OBrien weighs in on popes Holy Land pilgrimage

    05/14/2014 7:41:07 AM PDT · by Welchie25
    Catholic Review ^ | 5/14/14 | Paul McMullen
    When Pope Francis highlights his upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land by meeting with the leader of the Orthodox Church, the papal delegation will include Cardinal Edwin F. OBrien, a most interested observer. Since May 2012, the archbishop emeritus of Baltimore has served as grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, which promotes the support and protection of Christians in the Holy Land. The pope is scheduled to meet May 25 in Jerusalem with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, according to Catholic News Service, considered first among equals by Orthodox bishops. According to an official itinerary, the...
  • Pope Francis Says He Would Definitely Baptize Aliens If They Asked Him To

    05/13/2014 9:35:11 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 220 replies
    Pope Francis would absolutely baptize an alien from Mars, if one showed up at the Vatican and asked for it. During his weekly homily on Monday, Franics said that aliens which he imagines could be "Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them" should be baptized just like anyone else who asks for it, because it's not up to any human to decide who should receive the Holy Spirit. In other words: if God prompts some Martians to come to Earth, find the Pope, and say "we want in on this Catholicism thing."...
  • Michael Savage: Pope Francis Should Redistribute Vatican's Income First

    05/12/2014 9:45:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 180 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 05/12/2014 | Greg Richter
    Conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage says if Pope Francis wants income redistribution he should start with his own Church. On his Friday show, Savage said he would bid $1 million for Michelangelo's famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. "The reason I'm offering that money to the pope and the Vatican is so they can redistribute the wealth that begins in the Vatican itself," Savage said. Savage said he was making a point that there is vast wealth within the Catholic Church, including priceless works of art and major shares in global companies....
  • Pope Francis: 'Tea Party Catholic'?

    05/10/2014 8:46:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | May 10, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    On Breitbart News Saturday, Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and Editor in Chief Alex Marlow discussed Pope Francis's remarks to the United Nations where he called for "legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State," using government and the private sector. Bannon asked guest Austin Ruse, former head of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and a Breitbart contributor, Is Pope Francis a Commie?" "I know he is a Jesuit," Bannon said, explaining that Jesuits sit at the vanguard of the Communist revolution in Latin America there, before asking if "Pope Francis been taken over by liberation theology? Bannon,...
  • Does a "legitimate redistribution" of wealth include the Vatican archives, Vatican library...?

    05/10/2014 2:47:21 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 66 replies
    5/10/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I wonder if a "limited redistribution" of wealth includes selling the Vatican archives, the Vatican library, Vatican papers, vatican treasures, etc, etc to various museums and other institutions around the world, and then "redistributing" the wealth that would be procured from this? Some may say that words have been misinterpreted. If so, then clarify without any possible misunderstanding. But... if there is no misinterpretation, then why not include these in the redistribution of wealth?