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  • Finding St. Francis (we don't hear much about the saint who submitted to Church authority)

    03/22/2013 3:48:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 21, 2013 | STEPHEN BEALE
    St. Francis of Assisi today is often thought of in revolutionary, avant-garde images: the merchant’s son who stripped naked in public to renounce his worldly possessions and attachments, the mystic who preached to the birds, the friar who embraced lepers, and the erstwhile evangelist who crossed enemy lines during a crusade to preach to a sultan. St. Francis indeed was all these things. But as for the St. Francis who lamented abuses of the liturgy, submitted to Church authority, displayed the utmost respect for the clergy, and also debated the meaning of the gospels with the same sultan—we don’t hear...
  • Chesterton and Saint Francis

    10/04/2011 5:00:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | 2011 | Joseph Pearce
    Chesterton and Saint Francis | By Joseph Pearce This essay appears in Joseph Pearce's new book Literary Giants, Literary Catholics. Chesterton enjoyed a lifelong friendship with Saint Francis of Assisi. As a small boy, long before he had an inkling of the nature of Catholicism, Chesterton was read a story by his parents about a man who gave up all his possessions, even the clothes he was wearing on his back, to follow Christ in holy poverty. From the moment the wide-eyed Gilbert first heard the story of Saint Francis, he knew he had found a friend. As such,...
  • Pope Imposes Tighter Controls on Events of Franciscian Monks

    12/04/2005 7:58:28 AM PST · by Knitting A Conundrum · 15 replies · 440+ views ^ | 12/4/05 | Daniel Williams
    ...In ''all initiatives with pastoral aspects," the Franciscans ''will have to request and obtain the consent" of Assisi's bishop, who will in turn ''hear the opinion" of the Umbria regional bishops conference and the Italian conference, Benedict's decree declared. The future papal delegate will ''perpetuate, with his moral authority, the close bonds of communion" between the Vatican and the sacred places in memory of Saint Francis.... Benedict's decree is a benchmark in the evolution of his seven-month-old papacy, many church observers say. So far, his reign has been an exercise in the tightening of practice to match church doctrine as...
  • Saint Francis and Renewal

    10/04/2005 8:29:02 PM PDT · by miketheprof · 1 replies · 140+ views
    The Waffling Anglican ^ | 10/4/2005 | Mike the Geek
    One thing I always get from the story of Saint Francis is a lesson on renewal in the Church. The authorities of a corrupt church, like authorities everywhere, tend to worry about structures and organizations and control and property.