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  • Fear of fire Sparks' policies toward fire art aren't cool, say members of Controlled Burn

    08/01/2013 12:11:32 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://www.newsreview.com ^ | 08.01.13. | By Kyril (Ky) Plaskon
    They wear black. They're illuminated by city street lights. Their pupils shrink, focused on the mesmerizing flame at their fingertips. They do not speak, but suddenly crack fuel-covered burning whips, swing blazing canes and fire balls on chains. Tracers of firelight linger in the smoky air. Sparks fly and bounce on the asphalt. Orange-blue stripes of ignited fuel on the ground stroke their dancing feet. Among the battery of fuel cans, extinguishers and heat a member of the clan stands intensely watching and holding an outstretched blanket like an unmanned cape, ready to smother any flame that might catch hold....
  • Full text- Papacy-winning speech of Cardinal Bergoglio

    03/27/2013 1:50:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Cathcon ^ | March 27, 2013
    Hours before his election, Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis made ​​a strong criticism of the Church and urged his fellow cardinals to wake up and work with the Gospel in the geographical peripheries as well as the existential peripheries pain, sin and ignorance . Cardinal Jaime Ortega, archbishop of Havana, revealed the contents of a document containing the intervention delivered by his counterpart Jorge Bergoglio, before being elected Pontiff. Ortega released the text Bergoglio gave him in handwritten form of his presentation made before the conclave in which the cardinals then elected him Pope. Bergoglio was elected on 13/3 by...
  • Full text of speech with which Pope Francis won Papacy

    03/26/2013 5:53:10 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 17 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 27/3/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    Hours before his election, Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis made ​​a strong criticism of the Church and urged his colleagues to draw cardinals from reverie and work with the Gospel in the geographical peripheries of the world as well as with those in existential pain, sin and ignorance . Cardinal Jaime Ortega, archbishop of Havana, revealed the contents of a document containing the intervention delivered by his counterpart Jorge Bergoglio, before being elected Pontiff.
  • Joe Biden: U.S. nearly got power of the papacy

    03/20/2013 10:14:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3-20-13 | Dave Boyer
    Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Wednesday the U.S. almost had a chance at power of the papacy, asserting that Boston Cardinal Sean OMalley nearly got elected pope. We almost made it big, Mr. Biden said. We almost had a chance at power. We came that close, that close. ~snip~ The vice president also read the first line of a poem by his grandfather called My Mothers Land A-Ruin, the first line of which went: Oh how I hate the name of England Mr. Biden asked members of the media to consider his recitation humorous.
  • Letter #53: Protect (Homily of Pope Francis and a relevant passage from the Book of Revelation)

    03/19/2013 1:32:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 19, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    March 19, 2013, Tuesday — ProtectPope Francis at his inauguration Mass. Today a new pontificate officially began.The essential message in the homily given by Pope Francis to open his pontificate draws on the work and image of St. Joseph, spouse of Mary, head of the Holy Family. And that message is to “protect.”This message is important at a time when the figure of the person who “protects,” be he a father, a mother, a priest, a scholar, a leader, is under attack — in a time when the “protection” is entrusted to others, or to none, when the “protectors” are...
  • CNN: "The Hope And Change Pope"

    03/19/2013 1:20:45 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/ ^ | March 19, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    "He hasn't actually done much in the way of real policy changes of initiatives, and he certainly is the hope and change pope, but he's at the head of a body, the Vatican, that's very resistant to change," said the CNN commentator. "I've read, for instance, that observers say that you don't change the Vatican, the Vatican changes you."
  • Pope Francis coat of arms and motto, explained (Benedict's pallium and a used ring)

    03/19/2013 1:09:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 18, 2013 | Catherine Harmon
    Today Pope Francis’ official coat of arms and papal motto were unveiled at a Vatican press conference. The coat of arms is almost identical to the one he used as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, except the wide-brimmed cardinal’s hat at the top of the shield has been replaced by a miter, and the papal keys have been added. From the Vatican Information Service, here are details about the symbols found on Francis’ coat of arms: The shield has a bright blue background, at the centre top of which is a yellow radiant sun with the IHS christogram on...
  • The Scandal of the Jewish Pope

    03/19/2013 12:24:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2013 | Michael Brown
    One of the first official acts of the newly installed Pope Francis was to reach out to the Jewish community of Rome, as his predecessor Pope Benedict had done, and he is being greeted warmly by many Jewish leaders worldwide. For most of the last 1,500 years, though, Catholic-Jewish relations have not been so warm. In fact, there was a time when the Catholic Church was rocked with a scandal: It was alleged that the Pope himself was Jewish. But that was almost 1,000 years ago, and the first order of business is to note how well received Pope Francis...
  • Full text: Pope Francis homily for his inaugural Mass

    03/19/2013 12:16:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 19, 2013 | Catherine Harmon
    Flags, including those of his homeland of Argentina, are held up by pilgrims as Pope Francis make his way through the crowd in St. Peter's Square before celebrating his inaugural Mass at the Vatican March 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Today, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Pope Francis celebrated the Mass inaugurating his Petrine ministry, receiving the papal pallium and the Fisherman’s Ring. Below is the full text of the Holy Father’s homily, translated by Vatican Radio: Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the inauguration of my Petrine ministry on...
  • Pope Francis and Secularist Stereotypes

    03/19/2013 9:27:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/18/13 | Michael Coren
    Don't be surprised that the honeymoon lasted just a few hours.The Catholic Church looks neither right nor left but up. In other words, the Church is not a vehicle for conservatism or liberalism, capitalism or socialism, but a vehicle for Catholicism. Anyone who thinks and believes otherwise has surely misunderstood the teaching and purpose of the institution left us by Christ Jesus. I say this because within hours of Pope Francis taking to the balcony in Rome, commentators were trying to shape the man in their own image. Its an outrageous, but inevitable, thing to do. Pope Francis the friend...
  • Majority of Members of Congress Attending Catholic Colleges Back Abortion

    03/19/2013 3:29:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    LN ^ | Matthew Archbold
    A majority of members of Congress who were educated at Catholic colleges and law schools are pro-abortion. Thats the finding of a new report from The Cardinal Newman Society. In all, 52 of 92 (56 percent) elected officials in the last Congress and current Congress that attended Catholic colleges, according to their congressional websites, have voted for pro-abortion rights and/or related funding. In the 112th session of the House of Representatives there were 65 congressmen and women who attended Catholic colleges or law schools. Out of those, 35 support abortion rights. Out of the 12 Catholic-educated congressmen in the incoming...
  • CNN Poll: American Catholics approve of new pope (.... but ....)

    03/19/2013 2:09:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    politicalticker ^ | March 19, 2013
    Washington (CNN) – American Catholics are very enthusiastic about the choice of Pope Francis to head the Roman Catholic Church, according to a new national survey. But a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that you shouldn't expect them to pay any more attention to the new pope's teachings on issues like birth control than they paid to his predecessors."Pope Francis is starting off with a huge reservoir of goodwill in the U.S. Eighty-eight percent of American Catholics questioned in our survey approve of his selection as pope," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.By contrast, an ABC News/Washington Post poll in...
  • Pope begins ministry with biblical symbols, signs of universal ministry

    03/19/2013 2:31:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cns ^ | March 19, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis waves from the popemobile as he greets people in St. Peter's Square before celebrating his inaugural Mass at the Vatican March 19. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission. But before the solemn rites began March 19, Pope Francis -- known for choosing public transport over chauffeur-driven limousines -- took his first spin in the popemobile, blessing the...
  • Dominican Sisters first hear about Pope Francis

    03/19/2013 3:11:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | Dominican Sisters of Mary
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHXaYxfg1As&feature=youtu.be While recording for an upcoming album with De Montfort Music, the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, received news that rocked the world. "White Smoke!" Spirit Juice Studios, filming for their EPK, was there to capture the excitement. Dominican Sisters of Mary http://www.sistersofmary.org
  • EXCLUSIVE EWTN Interview with Pope Francis -- "The Voice of the Pastor"

    03/19/2013 4:52:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | 3/19/2013
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  • Pope Francis: Protect the poor and the Earth

    03/19/2013 5:27:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer / The Associated Press ^ | March 19, 2013 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY - After a week marked by acts of simplicity and openness, Pope Francis finally let his words do the talking as he officially began his stewardship of the Catholic Church on Tuesday. "Please," he implored the tens of thousands, both poor and powerful, gathered outside St. Peter's Basilica. "Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." --snip-- At one point, as he neared a group of people in wheelchairs, he signaled for the jeep to stop, hopped off and approached a disabled man held up...
  • Letter #51: Mystical experience

    03/19/2013 6:24:45 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | 3/18/13 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    Pope Francis, the Mystic The more we love God and enter into intimate contact with Him through prayer, the more He makes Himself known and enflames our hearts with His love. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, speaking on mystical union with God at his Wednesday General Audience on January 12, 2011 Why is Pope Francis so simple, so genuine, so evidently filled with the love of Christ? Part of the answer may be because God filled him with His love.
  • The Greatest Reaction To White Smoke...Ever.

    03/19/2013 12:36:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 3/19/13 | Matthew Archbold
    The reaction of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist to the white smoke is pure unbridled joy. It's your must watch video of the day. In the middle of recording their debut album for DeMontfort Music, the sisters heard the news that resounded in heaven and earth. VIDEO
  • AP Reporter asks if U.S. would monitor a Papal election

    03/18/2013 11:57:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 19, 2013 | Jack Kemp
    In a question that brought nervous laughter to other journalists, a question by Associated Press reporter Mathew Lee, asking whether the United States would monitor a Papal election, brought a serious formal non-answer, as reported by Family Security Matters via CNS News: State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said on Friday that if a request were to "come forward" that the papal election be monitored by an international organization called the Organization for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the U.S. government "would take it very seriously." Nuland made the remark only after she did some "digging" on the issue because...
  • Did the Medieval Catholic Church Have a Female Pope?

    03/17/2013 5:55:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 14, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The election of Pope Francis as the 266th bishop of Rome held many milestones. Francis is the first Latin American pope in history and the first non-European pontiff in about 1,200 years. However, some have claimed that a Medieval pope might have reached a milestone considered impossible given the standards and rules of Vatican City for ordained clergy. Legend has it that in the ninth century the Roman Catholic Church was ruled briefly by a "Pope Joan," who disguised herself as a man, rising through the ranks of the male-dominated hierarchy. Many have hailed the legend as true, with two...
  • Pelosi to Reporters: Get Excited About New Pope

    03/17/2013 7:12:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 14, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters present at her weekly Capitol Hill news conference to get excited about newly elected Pope Francis. While discussing with Capitol Hill reporters on Thursday her experience watching the selection of the new pope, Pelosi said: Isnt it exciting? I think so. Get excited. This is big, this is big. Earlier in the press briefing, Pelosi said she was happy to hear Pope Francis chose his name based on Saint Francis of Assisi, for whom Pelosis home city of San Francisco is named.
  • Fatima Shrine recalls Pope Francis' sponsorship of the Pilgrim Image of the Virgin of Fatima

    03/17/2013 3:36:06 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 1 replies
    Summorum Pontificum blog ^ | 3/17/13 | Brian Kopp
    Sunday, March 17, 2013 Fatima Shrine recalls Pope Francis' sponsorship of the Pilgrim Image of the Virgin of FatimaBy Brian Kopp For the record, here is a Google translation of yesterday's email (in Portuguese) of the Fatima Shrine's announcement regarding Cardinal Bergoglio's 1998 sponsorship of the Pilgrim Image of the Virgin of Fatima: From: Press Room | Fatima Shrine Date: March 16, 2013 10:42:06 AM PDTTo:Subject: Buenos Aires, 1998: Fatima Shrine recalls the reception of Pope Francisco to Image Pilgrim Virgin of Fatima 26/2013, of March 16, 2013 - 17:30Buenos Aires, 1998 - "Benvinda the house, Mother!" Fatima Shrine recalls...
  • Pope Francis takes over Vatican's top secret dossiers (Fr. Georg tasked with guiding Bergoglio)

    03/17/2013 1:32:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    La Stampa ^ | March 17, 2013
    Fr. Georg has the task of guiding Bergoglio in his journey through the Vatican's secrets (vatican insider) A discreet and unexpected presence on the eve of the Papal election, Fr. Georg has been constantly by Francis’ side during his first public appearances: from his visit to Saint Mary Major to pray, to the meeting with journalists in the Paul VI Audience Hall. The role of Archbishop Gänswein at the beginning of this Pontificate goes beyond that of Prefect of the Pontifical Household; indeed, his sentimental involvement is evident and says a lot about his personality. It also brings to...
  • Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio's "Letter On the Year of Faith" (Crossing Threshold of Faith)

    03/17/2013 1:41:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 15, 2013 | CWR Staff
    Left: The Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Right: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., who was elected Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, in a 2005 photo. (CNS photo/Enrique Marcarian, Reuters) Editor's note: The following Letter On the Year of Faith was presented by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., now Pope Francis, on October 1, 2012, the Feast of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. It is published with the express permission of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. LETTER ON THE YEAR OF FAITH:TO THE PRIESTS, CONSECRATED RELIGIOUS...
  • Former SSPX seminarian constant companion of Pope Francis

    03/17/2013 2:08:55 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 19 replies
    Summorum Pontificum blog ^ | 3/17/13 | Brian Kopp
    Sunday, March 17, 2013 Former SSPX seminarian constant companion of Pope FrancisBy Brian Kopp Some traditionalist bloggers seem to want to suggest that Pope Francis' closest friends and confidantes are of the progressive persuasion, but his right hand man at present is a former SSPX seminarian ... Georg Gnswein, despite his athletic and youthful appearance, is extremely conservative. But he has been careful to tone down his traditionalist side. Shortly after the election of Benedict XVI in 2005, all references to the papal secretarys life prior to his new-found fame disappeared from the internet. Only later did any personal information...
  • A great story of Jorge Bergoglio and a poor widow who wanted her children baptized

    03/17/2013 2:46:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 17, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    A revealing anecdote from an interview in 2009 with the man who would become Pope Francis: Just a few days ago I baptized seven children of a woman on her own, a poor widow, who works as a maid and she had had them from two different men. I met her last year at the Feast of San Cayetano. She’d said: Father, I’m in mortal sin, I have seven children and I’ve never had them baptized. It had happened because she had no money to bring the godparents from a distance, or to pay for the party, because she always...
  • Letter #49: Black Shoes (Curia Officials Reappointed ... But ... only temporarily!)

    03/17/2013 10:10:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 16, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    March 16, 2013, Saturday — Black Shoes“First of all I would say a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us all pray together for him, that the Lord bless him and Our Lady protect him.” –Pope Francis, asking all to pray for Emeritus Pope Benedict, during his first public words after his election on March 13, 2013It is now official. Pope Francis, 76, will go to Castel Gandolfo, about 15 miles outside of Rome, to meet Emeritus Pope Benedict, 85, on March 23, next Saturday, one week from today. It will be their first meeting since Benedict renounced...
  • THE FULL PAPAL MASS AT SANTA ANNA'S PARISH THIS MORNING (laity kneel to receive)

    03/17/2013 11:56:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    southern Orders ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. Allan J. McDonald
    SOUTHERN ORDERS: BOMBSHELL, THE HOLY FATHER GIVES HOLY COMMUNION TO THE DEACONS BY WAY OF INTINCTION AS THEY KNEEL BEFORE HIM AT THE PARISH CHURCH OF SAINT ANNA'S AND THEN DOES NOT DISTRIBUTE HOLY COMMUNION TO THE LAITY NOR ANY OF THE BISHOPS, THE TWO DEACONS DISTRIBUTE ONLY THE HOSTS TO THE LAITY AS THEY KNEEL TO RECEIVE!!!!!!! I am watching a live feed from the Mass within the Vatican at Santa Anna parish. The altar is dressed in the free standing altar is dressed in the Benedictine fashion as it was in the Sistine Chapel. The Holy Father is...
  • Liberals will soon turn on Pope Francis

    03/17/2013 11:37:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 17, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    We are still a bare few days into the pontificate of Pope Francis. I have therefore declined to gush out lots of entries here, burbling my every half-formed notion about what is going to happen. I have also avoided surfing from site to site, news agency to news agency, to sift the wonky grindings of those who want to be in-the-know.Today, however, I went to see what the National Schismatic Reporter had to say. John Allen is a well-informed, hard-working analyst, of course, and well-worth consulting, while the rest of the writers over there are good for a laugh.With amused...
  • State Dept.: If Request Were Made for International Monitoring of Papal Election....

    03/17/2013 8:21:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 3/17/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said on Friday that if a request were to "come forward" that the papal election be monitored by an international organization called the Organization for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the U.S. government would take it very seriously. Nuland made the remark only after she did some digging on the issue because Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee had questioned her at Thursday's briefing about whether the administration believed the papal election had met international standards. At both Thursdays and Fridays briefings there was more than a little jocularity in the way Nuland handled Lees...
  • Weigel thinks Pope Francis embodies Church's future

    03/17/2013 5:48:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | March 16, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Francis meets with the cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on March 15, 2013. Credit: CTV. Rome, Italy, Mar 16, 2013 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Catholic author and scholar George Weigel believes that Pope Francis embodies the type of Catholicism that is needed for the Church to thrive in the modern cultural context. “I think Pope Francis embodies the Church's turn into the Evangelical Catholicism of the future in a profound way,” Weigel told CNA on March 15, just two days into the new papacy. “If he can reform the Curia and turn it into...
  • Pope wades into crowd before 1st window appearance

    03/17/2013 7:05:34 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 3.17 | d'emilio
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis delivered off-the-cuff remarks about God's power to forgive instead of reading from a written speech for the first Sunday window appearance of his papacy. He also spoke only in Italian - beginning with "buon giorno" (Good day) and ending with "buon pranzo" (Have a good lunch) - instead of greeting the faithful in several languages as his last few predecessors had done. His comments and humor delighted a crowd of more than 150,000 in St. Peter's Square, drawing cheers and laughter. But Francis did tweet in English and other languages, saying:...
  • South Africa cardinal says pedophilia not a crime

    03/17/2013 7:44:11 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 16, 2013 | David Dolan and Jason Webb
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis this week has told the BBC pedophilia is an illness and not a crime. Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, told BBC Radio 5 on Saturday that pedophilia was a "disorder" that needed to be treated. "From my experience, pedophilia is actually an illness. It's not a criminal condition, it's an illness," he said. Napier said he knew of at least two priests who became pedophiles after they were abused as children. "Now don't tell me that those people are criminally responsible like somebody who...
  • Pope Francis Speaks of Gods Mercy at First Sunday Angelus

    03/17/2013 9:16:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/17/13 | Madeleine Teahan
    Pope Francis made the power of Gods mercy his central message this morning as he celebrated Mass at SantAnna church in Vatican City and delivered his first Angelus address to pilgrims in St Peters Square. During his homily at the local church, Pope Francis said: Mercy is the Lords most powerful message. If we are like the Pharisee before the altar, who said: Thank you, Lord, for not making me like all the other men, and especially not like that fellow at the door, like that publican well, then we do not know the heart of the Lord, and we...
  • Pope Francis Delivers Message of Mercy to Crowd of 300,000

    03/17/2013 10:02:44 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 17, 2013
    Pope Francis Delivers Message of Mercy to Crowd of 300,000 VATICAN CITY, March 17, 2013 Before an astounding crowd of some 300,000 in and around St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis today delivered his first angelus as pontiff, urging the faithful to be merciful and forgiving. Hours earlier, the humility and spontaneity of the 76-year-old Argentine was on display when he greeted onlookers near the edge of Vatican City. As the pope was entering a mass in St. Anna Parish, he decided to stop and greet a crowd of people awaiting his arrival. Walking up to the crowd, Francis shook hands,...
  • Will 'transgender rights' drive Catholics out of public schools?

    03/17/2013 8:43:07 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 40 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 03/16/2013 | Mary Hasson
    The Massachusetts Board of Education recently issued formal guidance to the states public schools, telling them how to implement new laws protecting against gender identity discrimination. The Board of Education insists that schools must not only provide equal access to educational activities programs but also proactively create a culture that would make gender-nonconforming and transgender kids feel safe, supported, and fully included. The result? Transgender children must be allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex, if they so choose. Teachers will work with other students who object to the invasion of privacy, helping them over...
  • Opening Wartime Archives? (Pope Francis will open Pope Pius XII - Shoah - WWII-era archives)

    03/17/2013 9:43:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    Jewish Week ^ | 03/14/13 | Stewart Ain and Steve Lipman
    The selection of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church is being seen as a move that will continue to cement Catholic-Jewish relations and perhaps end the debate over the Church’s actions during World War II. Bergoglio, 76, who took the name Francis and is the first Jesuit ever to be chosen pope, has publicly called for the opening of the Vatican archives to learn the true role Pope Pius XII during the Holocaust. There have been allegations that Pope Pius XII, who is on track to be canonized by the...
  • Pope Francis Warns Catholic Cardinals Against Demonic Worldliness

    03/16/2013 10:26:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 16, 2013 | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    When he said Mass for the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on Thursday, newly elected Pope Francis I warned these princes of the church against professing what he called the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness. Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil, Francis said, quoting Leon Bloy, a French writer who died in 1917, and who converted from agnosticism to Catholicism. When we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord, we are worldly: we may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord,...
  • Pope Francis' first moves hint at break with past

    03/16/2013 2:08:29 PM PDT · by cothrige · 58 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 March 2013 | David Willey
    The first 48 hours of the pontificate of Pope Francis have given the world a foretaste of what it is going to be like to have a Jesuit priest for the first time in history as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholic believers. Minutes after the election result was declared in the Sistine Chapel, a Vatican official called the Master of Ceremonies offered to the new Pope the traditional papal red cape trimmed with ermine that his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI gladly wore on ceremonial occasions. "No thank you, Monsignore," Pope Francis is reported to have replied. "You...
  • A Pope of Contradictions

    03/16/2013 11:44:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | March 15, 2013 | Todd Aglialoro
    The Catholic Answers staff was gathered in the small office library, lights dimmed, EWTN feed from St. Peters Square projected onto the blank wall. We did our best to break up the nervous wait with jokes and chatter, and with last-minute predictions and side bets. Then, finally, the balcony curtains opened and we all cheered as Cardinal Tauran stepped out to confirm what the smoke and bells had already announced: We had a pope.Then a hush. We strained through our meager Latin to catch the name, but when it cameBergogliothe silence persisted. Who? That wasnt one of the names...
  • Evangelist Luis Palau: New Pope Francis a Friend of Evangelicals

    03/16/2013 11:18:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/16/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    Evangelist Luis Palau, who knows and has prayed together with Pope Francis on several occasions, called the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics a friend of evangelicals who is respectful of all sides of Christianity. "I exploded," Palau told oregonlive.com, of his reaction after his son, Kevin Palau, president of the Luis Palau Association, shared the news that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected pope this week. "I just couldn't believe it. In the last election, he was in the running but he told me he felt led by God to remove himself from the...
  • A Pope for All Christians

    03/16/2013 11:03:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 3/13/13 | Timothy C. Morgan
    Why believers of all stripes should care about the new head of the Catholic Church.When the new pope is consecrated, he will inherit a troubled global church. Internal scandal and unaddressed external problems pose great risks to the vitality of Catholicism. But the consequences of success or failure are huge for the church universal, the world's 2.1 billion Christians of every denomination. This is more than a butterfly effect. Rome is not Las Vegaswhat happens in Rome will not stay within the borders of Vatican City. One consequence of globalization is that the walls that have long divided Catholics from...
  • Quotes from Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, on 7 Moral Issues

    03/16/2013 9:54:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | March 14, 2012
    Listers, habemus papam Franciscum. The world was stunned and the pundits proved wrong as the Argentinian Jesuit walked out on the Loggia of St. Peter’s. In a soft but strong voice, Pope Francis gave his first words as the Vicar of Christ: Brothers and sisters good evening.You all know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone almost to the ends of the earth to get him… but here we are. I thank you for the welcome that has come from the diocesan community of Rome.First of all...
  • Pope Francis explains name, calls for church 'for the poor'

    03/16/2013 10:44:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/16/2013 | Laura Smith-Spark and Hada Messia
    Rome (CNN) -- The new pope gave an insight into his choice of the name Francis in an audience with journalists Saturday -- and said how he wished for a church that was both poor and "for the poor." His words came in his first meeting with the media since he became the only Jesuit and first Latin American to be chosen as leader of the Roman Catholic Church three days ago. Francis, who before he became pope was known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, said a fellow cardinal from Brazil had told him "don't forget the poor" as the votes...
  • South African cardinal says paedophilia is 'not a criminal condition'

    03/16/2013 12:59:25 PM PDT · by mojito · 61 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/16/2013
    A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not "a criminal condition". The Catholic Archbishop of Durban, Wilfrid Fox Napier, said that people who were abused as children and became paedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions in the same way as somebody "who chooses to do something like that". Cardinal Napier, who was among the 115 cardinals in the conclave at the Vatican that elected Pope Francis earlier this week, called paedophilia a "psychological disorder". He said: "What do you do with disorders? You have got to try and...
  • Pope to journalists: 'I love you so much and I thank you for everything'

    03/16/2013 9:28:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | March 16, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Pope Francis speaks to 5,000 journalists at Paul VI Hall. Credit: Estefania Aguirre Vatican City, Mar 16, 2013 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told thousands of journalists today he loved them and thanked them for their recent work. “I love you so much and I thank you for all that you have done,” Pope Francis told over 5,000 journalists today at Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. “We aren’t called to communicate about ourselves, but on this trinity of truth, goodness and beauty,” he told the journalists at 11:00 a.m. local time. The newly elected Pope from...
  • Pro-Abortion Catholic Nancy Pelosi to Attend Pope Francis Inaugural

    03/16/2013 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    LN ^ | Steven Ertelt
    One of the least Catholic and most pro-abortion members of Congress, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, has been added to the official U.S. delegation to attend the installation of newly-elected Pope Francis. Pelosi will join pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden to attend the Inauguration Mass celebrating the Pontificate of His Holiness Pope Francis, which will take place on March 19. The news comes as newwly-elected Pope Francis used his second-ever blessing as the head of the Catholic Church to bless a pregnant mother and her unborn child. Pope Francis, who as been hailed by pro-life advocates once called abortion a...
  • Oh, we are in deep, deep trouble

    03/16/2013 7:33:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 182 replies
    Barnhardt.biz ^ | 03/16/2013 | Ann Barnhardt
    Posted by Ann Barnhardt - March 16, AD 2013 8:08 PM MST Here is the full video of Pope Francis' first Mass in the Sistine Chapel. The consecration of the Host happens at 51:47. The consecration of the Chalice happens at 52:32. I cannot believe I am about to type these words. The Pope DID NOT GENUFLECT after either consecration. He did a weird bow thing, but didn't feel the need to bend his knee to God Almighty, physically present in his hands upon the altar. HE. DID. NOT. GENUFLECT. This is absolutely stunning. And unprecedented. Oh yeah, we're in...
  • The Pope's chalice: silver-made, austere and featuring Our Lady of Lujn

    03/16/2013 3:32:16 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Pablo Jimnez
    Sitting in his workshop in San Telmo, pencil in hand, goldsmith Juan Carlos Pallarols drafts one of his most meaningful works of art: a chalice that will be delivered to Pope Jorge on behalf of all Argentines. Pallarols knows that this is not just another piece amongst his many other works that have earned him the reputation of being one of the best goldsmiths in the world. This is special. Its a particular gift, its for a friend, for a good man, but this is not just a gift coming from me. It comes from the Argentine population, he said,...
  • Pope explains name, urges 'church for the poor'

    03/16/2013 6:51:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2013 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) The focus of Pope Francis' papacy began to emerge Saturday as he offered some intimate insights into the conclave that elected him pontiff, describing how he was immediately inspired to name himself after St. Francis of Assisi because he wants to see a church that is "for the poor." His comments provided further evidence that this first Latin American papacy would be one that looks beyond the confines of the church itself to the most disadvantaged, named for a 13th-century friar who renounced a wealthy, dissolute lifestyle to embrace a life of poverty and simplicity and...