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  • Nobody Expects the Modern Inquisition!

    03/23/2013 1:18:12 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | February 20, 2013 | Karol Keating
    The Inquisition! The Holy Office! The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith! Whichever name it has used, this is the arm of the Vatican that oversees the doctrinal integrity of the Faith. It watches, with eagle eyes, the goings on of theologians and other suspects around the world. Its staff is omnipresent, with sub-offices in every country and in most major dioceses. Its minions send daily reports to headquarters, where countless clerical workers do nothing but input information into massive databases. Very little escapes the CDFís attentionóand nothing of consequence. Its efficiency is the envy of national intelligence services....
  • Who is in charge when there is no pope? Part 4

    03/23/2013 7:34:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Reverend Know It All ^ | March 22, 2013 | Fr. Richard Simon
    When last I wrote, I mentioned that much of Europe had managed to throw off the shackles of the papacy with the help of Fr. Martin Luther. They had tried to take over the papacy by means of councils, but that having failed, they just decided to dump the whole notion of the papacy resulting in 128 years of war. It started with the German peasants rising up to slaughter the aristocracy, to which Luther responded by telling the aristocracy to ‚Äúsmite the peasants hip and thigh,‚ÄĚ which they happily did,¬† slaughtering perhaps 100,000 of them. Eventually about a third...
  • Traits of the Anti-Christ; sound familiar?

    03/23/2013 7:07:45 AM PDT · by jsanders2001 · 62 replies
    I came across this while doing some research on the Anti-Chist. Sound familiar? 46 Prophecies the Antichrist will fulfill 1. The antichrist will be a man - Daniel 7:24-25 2. He will confirm a covenant for 7 years - Daniel 9:27 Now also, this does not mean that he creates this covenant. The word here for "confirm" is 1396 gabar (gaw-bar'); a primitive root; to be strong; by implication, to prevail, act insolently: KJV-- exceed, confirm, be great, be mighty, prevail, put to more [strength], strengthen, be stronger, be valiant. The antichrist will strengthen a covenant for a 7 year...
  • Pope Francis said: "300 People Could Live Here!"

    03/23/2013 6:59:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | March 22, 2013 | Taylor Marshall
    Bird's Eye View of Saint Peter's & the Apostolic Palace Our Holy Father Pope Francis has yet to take residence in the papal†apartments known as the "Apostolic Palace"†in the Vatican. If you've been to Rome, and you're facing the facade of Saint Peter's basilica, it would be to your right (to the north). Please see the photo above. When escorted through the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis is rumored to have exclaimed, "Three hundred people could live in here!" In the mean time, Pope Francis has remained in the Vatican's guest house Domus Sanctae Marthae - House of Saint Martha,...
  • Cuba to Mark Good Friday as Holiday Thanks to Benedict XVI's Visit

    03/22/2013 6:39:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    And Cubans Able to Follow Some of Pope Francis' 1st DaysThe Cuban government announced that Good Friday will be a public holiday in Cuba. The news was published Monday in the Granma newspaper, indicating that the measure was established in Resolution 24 on March 29, 2009. The following day, the same newspaper, which is the official publication of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, published a note stating that "by an error the newspaper's editorial board omitted yesterday to state that the labor recess of the 29th is for Friday of Holy Week, the omission sparking numerous criticisms...
  • Obama lights candles, prays at Bethlehem's Church of Nativity compound

    03/22/2013 2:17:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    cns ^ | March 22, 2013 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, visiting the West Bank city of Bethlehem, stopped twice to light candles for his family and himself: first at the Church of Nativity grotto, where Christian tradition holds that Jesus was born, then at the adjacent Catholic Church of St. Catherine. On the last leg of his four-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Obama also took time for a few moments of private prayer and contemplation, said Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III, who was the first to greet the American leader inside the church, welcoming him as "a messenger of peace...
  • Letter #56: Holding to Benedict (Francis stands with on Christian conception of truth)

    03/22/2013 1:23:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 22, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    Holding to Benedict‚ÄúBut there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, the dear and venerated Benedict XVI, called the ‚Äėtyranny of relativism‚Äô‚Ķ‚ÄĚ(Original Italian: ‚ÄúMa c¬í√® anche un¬íaltra povert√†! √ą la povert√† spirituale dei nostri giorni, che riguarda gravemente anche i Paesi considerati pi√Ļ ricchi. √ą quanto il mio Predecessore, il caro e venerato Benedetto XVI, chiama la ‚Äėdittatura del relativismo‚Äô‚Ķ‚ÄĚ)‚ÄďPope Francis, March 22, 2013 (today), in the Vatican, speaking to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, citing words...
  • Black Christians Silent on Philly Abortion Atrocities

    03/22/2013 12:35:05 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 22, 2013 | JP
    Adrienne Moton wept this week as she recounted her role in the mass murder of at least 10 pre-born babies. The West Philadelphia medical assistant testified during the capital murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, owner of an abortion clinic in the supposed ďCity of Brotherly Love.Ē Moton told a jury that she snipped the spines of at least 10 babies, a heinous procedure even by abortion standards. She said she was ordered to do so by Gosnell, the abortion-rights equivalent of Josef Mengele. She also recalled taking a cell phone snapshot of one of the baby murder victims left...
  • Pope Francis to diplomatic corps: a glimpse at his program?

    03/22/2013 11:58:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 21, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    His Holiness Pope Francis gave an address to the diplomatic corps which deserves attention: [...]As you know, there are various reasons why I chose the name of Francis of Assisi, a familiar figure far beyond the borders of Italy and Europe, even among those who do not profess the Catholic faith. One of the first reasons was Francis’ love for the poor. How many poor people there still are in the world! And what great suffering they have to endure! After the example of Francis of Assisi, the Church in every corner of the globe has always tried to care...
  • Michael Voris on attacks on Francis and Benedict

    03/22/2013 11:55:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 21, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Michael Voris has some good things to say about the negative reactions to Pope Francis. Attacking the Pope - You Tube Video
  • Why Joe Biden didn't kiss the Pope's ring (Hypocrite Alert)

    03/22/2013 8:50:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 50 replies
    htto://www.cbsnews.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | AP
    "Biden says his mother told him that no one is "better" than him. And while Biden should treat everyone with respect, his mother said her son should also "demand respect."
  • Under the New Popeís Teaching, Should Pelosi and Biden Be Ex-Communicated?

    03/21/2013 2:30:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | March 21, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Before he became Pope Francis, the Argentine cardinalís doctrine would have excluded Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from Communion. Father Shenan J. Boquet president of Human Life International explains: While we cannot know what is truly in someoneís heart, all too often political or other high-profile figures who profess to be members of the Catholic faith give rise to scandal when they publicly promote intrinsic evils such as abortion, euthanasia, the redefinition of marriage, and contraceptionĖseveral of which have been championed by Vice President Biden and Rep. Pelosi throughout their political careers. As Cardinal Bergoglio,...
  • Social Justice And Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

    03/21/2013 11:37:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/20/2013 | Alejandro Chafuen
    Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, ďhe is a man of few words.Ē I lived half of my life in Buenos Aires. Few things are more difficult there than finding leaders with his humble demeanor and his preference for teaching by example. Most in his native Argentina have been captured by a political and economic environment ruled by a government dominated ďsocial justiceĒ mentality. Hopefully, Pope Francis will also rise above his culture and help recover a different...
  • Biden and Pelosiís ďIn Your FaceĒ to Pope Francis

    03/21/2013 9:09:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 21, 2013 | FR. MICHAEL P. ORSI
    There had been a little off-track betting going on among pro-life Catholics ( a tautology for sure) as to whether or not Vice Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would receive Holy Communion at the Mass of Installation for Pope Francis in Rome on Tuesday. The yeas far out-polled the nays and the yeas proved to be right.It was really a no-brainer. Biden and Pelosi and other proĖchoice politicians have been thumbing their noses at church teaching for many years now. Even though it has been repeated ad infinitum that their behavior is contrary to the Catholic teaching...
  • Pope Francis's unexpected encounter with an Ulsterman

    03/21/2013 6:30:55 AM PDT · by bronxville · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 17th March, 2013 | John Bingham
    Pope Francis's unexpected encounter with an Ulsterman The Telegraph's John Bingham, an Ulster Protestant, was in the Vatican City on Sunday when, suddenly, he found himself face to face with the new Pope. He describes what happened next. By John Bingham, Vatican City 6:14PM GMT 17 Mar 2013 Mr Paisley, I hope you are sitting down if you read this. In an unwitting ecumenical gesture, Pope Francis shook hands with the first Ulster protestant of his reign today: me. Pope Francis greets crowds, including the Daily Telegraph's reporter John Bingham (circled), before his Angelus prayer in the Vatican (Reuters) I...
  • Pope Francis did not denounce me to Argentinian junta, says priest

    03/21/2013 4:47:34 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | March 20, 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Pope Francis did not denounce me to Argentinian junta, says priest Francisco Jalics, who was imprisoned for five months in the 1970s, says he and the new pope reconciled in 2000" Jonathan Watts The Guardian, Wednesday 20 March 2013 ..."I myself was once inclined to believe that we were the victims of a denunciation," Jalics said. "[But] at the end of the 90s, after numerous conversations, it became clear to me that this suspicion was unfounded. It is therefore wrong to assert that our capture took place at the initiative of Father Bergoglio."... ...The latest comments follow a less categorical...
  • China: Illicit Ordination On Same Day As Popeís Inauguration

    03/20/2013 2:40:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    UCA News ^ | March 19, 2013
    Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin ordained Paul Yue and Joseph Bu as deacons last December (file photo) Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin of Kunming, who is not recognized by the Holy See, ordained two priests in Yunnan province today, raising new questions about the troubled relationship between the China Church and the Vatican.A priest of Kunming who concelebrated the Mass told ucanews.com they had planned the ordination for the solemnity of St. Joseph ‚Äď inadvertently coinciding with Pope Francis‚Äô installation ‚Äď several months ago.‚ÄúIt was impossible to change the date because many relatives and friends have expected and prepared for this...
  • On Gay Unions, a Pragmatist Before He Was a Pope

    03/20/2013 7:13:04 AM PDT · by bronxville · 15 replies
    NY Tlimes ^ | May 19th, 2013 | SIMON ROMERO and EMILY SCHMALL
    On Gay Unions, a Pragmatist Before He Was a Pope By SIMON ROMERO and EMILY SCHMALL Published: March 19, 2013 BUENOS AIRES ó The very idea was anathema to many of the bishops in the room. Argentina was on the verge of approving gay marriage, and the Roman Catholic Church was desperate to stop that from happening. It would lead tens of thousands of its followers in protest on the streets of Buenos Aires and publicly condemn the proposed law, a direct threat to church teaching, as the work of the devil. But behind the scenes, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio,...
  • Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from Pope Francisí Inaugural Mass

    03/20/2013 6:53:10 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 11 replies
    St. Peter's List ^ | Mar 19, 2013 | SPL Staff
    Life & Leisure Credit: Heavy.com Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from Pope Francisí Inaugural Mass by SPL Staff on Mar 19, 2013 ē 3:10 pm 1 Comment Listers, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph 2013 His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated his inauguration to the Petrine Ministry. In his expected style, Pope Francis charmed the crowd by stopping the popemobile to kiss a baby and bless a handicapped man. His Holinessí homily spoke of the poor and weakest amongst us to the delegations from over 130 countries and hundreds of thousands of people. Everyone described their experience of the papal inauguration...
  • Chinaís Hardline Continues as Pope Francis is Installed

    03/20/2013 6:35:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/20/13 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Little has changed in Chinaís official attitude toward the Vatican since Chairman Mao famously described Christians and other religious groups as, ďenemies without guns.Ē During the most intense years of the Maoist era, the Chairman praised the ďlife-and-death class struggleĒ between religion and the People, and continued: ďThe enemies without guns are more hidden, cunning, sinister and vicious than the enemies with guns.Ē While Chinaís rhetoric has softened somewhat since Mao, it still adheres to its position that the Catholic Church interferes in Chinaís affairs ďunder the cloak of religion.Ē Chinaís spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying,...
  • Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion: General Principles by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

    03/19/2013 9:36:11 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 8 replies
    Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith/ EWTN ^ | July 2004 | Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
    Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion: General Principles Cardinal Joseph RatzingerPrefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [Note: The following memorandum was sent by Cardinal Ratzinger to Cardinal McCarrick and was made public in the first week of July 2004.] 1. Presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion should be a conscious decision, based on a reasoned judgment regarding oneís worthiness to do so, according to the Churchís objective criteria, asking such questions as: "Am I in full communion with the Catholic Church? Am I guilty of grave sin? Have I incurred a penalty (e.g. excommunication, interdict) that forbids me...
  • Despite abortion views, Biden, Pelosi receive communion in Vatican Mass [Catholic Caucus]

    03/19/2013 8:44:43 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 70 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/19/2013 | Dave Boyer
    <p>Vice President Joseph R. Biden and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi both received communion during the Mass to celebrate the installation of Pope Francis in spite of their pro-choice position on abortion.</p> <p>The vice presidentís office confirmed Tuesday night that both he and Mrs. Pelosi took communion during the Mass at St. Peterís Square in Rome.</p>
  • Evangelical Leaders Back Universal Background Checks for Gun Buyers

    03/19/2013 11:29:47 AM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 39 replies
    Religion Today ^ | 18 March 2013 | Tiffany Owens
    Two of the nationís leading evangelicals are throwing their weight behind President Barack Obamaís push for universal background checks for all gun buyers, a measure that faces stiff opposition in both the House and Senate. Rev. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritanís Purse, and Dr. Richard Land from the Southern Baptist Convention told TIME Magazine they supported the proposal. ďAs ministers, we agreed together that we could stand on a united front for universal background checks,Ē Graham said. ďWe think thatís reasonable and responsible.Ē
  • The Logic of the Court and the Prospect of Homosexual Marriage

    03/19/2013 9:41:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 3/19/13 | Robert R. Reilly
    Next week, the Supreme Court will begin its consideration of two cases, one concerning the Defense of Marriage Act and the other Californiaís Proposition 8 Amendment, which may settle in the near-term the questions concerning the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Both the Marriage Act and Proposition 8 define marriage as being between a man and a woman. The litigants, along with the Obama administration, claim that this definition denies a fundamental human right to homosexual couples. In order for this claim to be true, a marital union would have to be just as legitimately based upon a sodomitical act, as...
  • Majority of Congressional Members Educated at Catholic Universities are Pro-Abortion Rights

    03/19/2013 6:57:47 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 26 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | March 19, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    A majority of members of Congress who were educated at Catholic colleges and law schools are pro-abortion. That’s 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 freshman...
  • Christian Pastor/Author Rob Bell Supports Gay Marriage

    03/19/2013 4:20:22 AM PDT · by rintense · 46 replies
    woodtv.com ^ | 3/18/13
    ay, 19 Mar 2013, 1:18 AM EDT GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Controversial author and former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville came out in support of marriage equality during a forum March 17 in San Francisco. During the forum at Grace Cathedral, an Episcopal church, Bell was asked about his position on gay marriage, and responded by saying, "I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it's a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. I think the ship has sailed and I think the church...
  • Buchanan: Pope Francis ó Against the West?

    03/18/2013 2:37:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Human Events ^ | March 15, 2013 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    ďThe Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith,Ē wrote Hilaire Belloc after that bloodbath we call World War I. ďEither Europe will return to the Faith or she will perish.Ē By 1938, Belloc concluded Christian Europe was done: ďThe bad work begun at the Reformation is bearing its final fruit in the dissolution of our ancient doctrines ó the very structure of society is dissolving.Ē He was right. Europe is the dying continent. And looking back at the history of the Old Continent, we see the truth of G.K. Chestertonís insight: When men cease to believe in God, they...
  • American Anti-Catholicism

    03/18/2013 2:35:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 20, 2010 | George J. Marlin
    During Lent and Easter this year, America‚Äôs anti-Catholics were out in force spreading misinformation and distortions in the hopes of toppling the pope and crippling the hierarchy of the Church.The assailants ‚Äď the usual suspects led by the New York Times ‚Äď would have people believe that the sex-abuse scandals are widening. This is false. The Church in the United States has become a model for effectively dealing with the crisis. Our bishops implemented programs to protect children almost a decade ago: to train and screen clergy and to impose tough internal reporting regulations regarding suspected abuse.But we have to...
  • Biden Says Heíll Attend Dinner With Cardinals ĎOr Iíll Lose My Soulí

    03/18/2013 10:44:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    TPM ^ | 3/18/13 | TOM KLUDT
    Looking ahead to a reception scheduled for Monday evening in Rome that will feature American Cardinals, Vice President Joe Biden quipped that his attendance at the event is mandatory if he wishes to retain his soul. According to the vice president's office, Biden will attend the reception at Villa Aurelia in Rome along with the Presidential Delegation to the Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis, U.S. Cardinals, U.S. Members of Congress, and officials from U.S Embassy Rome, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome. Speaking with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic...
  • Is Pope Francis a fraud? (That didn't take long)

    03/17/2013 9:59:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Salon ^ | March 16, 2013 | Andrew O'Hehir
    Itís easy ó maybe too easy ó for people with progressive political views to dismiss the Roman Catholic Church as a vile anachronism, a nightmarish patriarchy of aging pedophiles, woman-haters, homophobes and/or closet cases that can offer nothing of value to the contemporary world. When it comes to the church hierarchy, and especially the Roman Curia, the corrupt and labyrinthine Vatican bureaucracy that makes the Soviet-era Kremlin look like a model of transparency, that point of view seems more than justified. But the church is not just the hierarchy, and as the spectacle of the last several days has demonstrated,...
  • American Nuns Struggle With Vatican For Change-"60 Minutes" [America's "Political" Nuns]

    03/17/2013 9:08:49 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    CBSNews ^ | March 17, 2013
    American Nuns Struggle With Vatican For Change-"60 Minutes": Will Pope Francis change the way the Vatican has been dealing with the largest U.S. nun's organization?
  • 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...
  • Nothing to Religious ĎNones,í Gallup Pollster Says

    03/17/2013 2:47:03 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 7 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 17, 2013 | JP
    Frank Newport, author of the recently published book, ďGod is Alive and Well,Ē made a timely appearance this past week at a forum hosted by Concordia University in Southern California. It followed the much-hyped release of a new survey by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Duke University that stated, ďAmericans and religion increasingly parting ways.Ē Deliberately misinterpreting data culled from the General Social Survey, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, the researchers claimed that the percentage of Americans ďpreferring no religionĒ had risen to 20 percent in 2012, down 12 percentage points from 1990. ďWe...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    03/17/2013 12:28:17 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    3-17-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Matthew 5:3-10 Blessed are the Poor in Spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are they that Mourn: for they shall be Comforted. Blessed are the Meek: for they shall Inherit the Earth. Blessed are they which do Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness: for they shall be Filled. Blessed are the Merciful: for they shall Obtain Mercy. Blessed are the Pure in Heart: for they shall See God. Blessed are the Peacemakers: for they shall be Called the Children of God. Blessed are they which are Persecuted for Righteousness' Sake: For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven....
  • Why has a Jesuit never been elected Pope, until now?

    03/16/2013 4:25:22 PM PDT · by FoxPro · 45 replies
    I have been researching this today and I haven't found anything definitive on this topic. The order was formed in 1540. That is a long time to be shut out.
  • 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...
  • Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi will represent the United States at Pope Francisí Inaugural Mass

    03/15/2013 7:44:34 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 146 replies
    http://www.catholicvote.org ^ | March 15, 2013 | Stephen Kokx
    Vice President Joe Biden, Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia will represent the United States at the Mass of Inauguration for Pope Francis on March 19th, according to the Daily Caller. I sincerely hope Pope Francis denies Communion to Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. Not because Iím a jerk, but because itís for their own good. In order to receive Communion worthily you must 1) be in a state of grace 2) have made a good confession since your last mortal sin 3) believe in transubstantiation 4) observe the Eucharistic...
  • Beijing Cautions New Pope on Meddling in China

    03/15/2013 6:39:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/14/13 | Gerry Mullany
    HONG KONG ó China congratulated Pope Francis on Thursday on his ascension to the papacy, but also warned the Vatican not to interfere in what China deems to be its internal affairs. The reaction underscored the tensions between the Vatican and Chinaís government, which has been accused of suppressing Catholicism under Communist rule. Hua Chunying, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said that Beijing hoped the pope, who was elected on Wednesday, would work with Chinese officials on improving relations. But, she said, the Vatican ďmust stop interfering in Chinaís internal affairs, including in the name of religion.Ē She also said the...
  • New Pope snubs Cardinal Law

    03/15/2013 4:35:53 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 21 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 15/3/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    The first days of his papacy to Pope Francis, the archbishop of Buenos Aires elected Pope with the white smoke on Wednesday evening began with a visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
  • Dear Christians: Do Stop Believiní

    03/15/2013 10:51:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/15/2013 | David French
    I may be a Reformed Protestant, but I still care a great deal about the new pope. He is, after all, only the world‚Äôs most prominent advocate for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Christians everywhere should be grateful that the new pope is by all credible accounts a humble, devout man with a heart for the ‚Äúleast of these.‚ÄĚ In fact, for millions of our more secular citizens, the Catholic Church is essentially a stand-in for all (orthodox) Christendom, and critiques of Catholics are often critiques of all Christianity.I was reminded of this fact when I read Frances...
  • Argentine priest kidnapped in Dirty War reconciled w/ Pope Francis (Don't blame Pope for Pinochet)

    03/15/2013 9:24:51 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | March 15, 2013 | Brian Roewe
    An Argentine priest kidnapped and tortured during the South American countryís ďdirty warĒ said Friday that he has since reconciled with Pope Francis. Jesuit Fr. Francisco Jalics was kidnapped in 1976 along with a fellow priest by the military junta who ran the government as a dictatorship from 1976-1983, Argentinaís ďdirty war.Ē The Associated Press reported Friday that the priest, through a statement on the German Jesuitsí website, said he and Francis met ďyears later,Ē believed to be in 2000, to discuss the events. ďFollowing that, we celebrated Mass publicly together and hugged solemnly. I am reconciled to the events...
  • Ouellet was an early favourite in conclave vote: report

    03/15/2013 8:31:59 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    The Globe And Mail ^ | Mar. 15 2013 | Daniel J. Wakin
    While the workings of the conclave are secret, Bergoglio won the papacy, according to comments from cardinals, Vatican experts and leaks to Italian newspapers, in part because the Vatican-based cardinals protective of their bureaucracy snubbed the presumptive front-runner, and a favored candidate of reformers, Cardinal Angelo Scola. Bergoglio apparently went through the first round of voting, which took place on Tuesday evening, into the conclave as a leading vote-getter, but a number of other eminences garnered some votes, which were handwritten on Latin ballots with Pilot gel pens. Carlo Marroni, who covers the Vatican for Il Solo 24 Ore, reported...
  • Pope Francis tied up in Argentina's 'dirty war' debate

    03/15/2013 6:50:18 AM PDT · by traderrob6 · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | 3/15/13 | staff
    Pope Francis' role as a priest more than 30 years ago during Argentina's 'dirty war' comes into question as he assumes the leadership of the Catholic Church. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Ė It's beyond dispute that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, like most other Argentines, failed to openly confront the 1976-1983 military junta as it kidnapped and killed thousands of people in a "dirty war" to eliminate leftist opponents. But human rights activists differ on how much responsibility Pope Francis personally bears for the Argentine church's dark history of supporting the murderous dictatorship.
  • Links of Pope Francis to military dictatorship

    03/14/2013 8:41:50 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 11 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 15/3/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    Jorge Mario Bergoglio's election as Pope has already triggered fierce debate about his past. Was Francis a helper of the Argentine military regime? No, says a Nobel Peace Prize. And rather that he was affirm the surviving relatives of a torture victim. Speechlessness followed the cheers: With a simple "Buonasera" the new Pope Francis welcomed his flock in Rome - and made a joke about his origin "at the end of the world" . A rhetorical hit that was highly appreciated at the crowd. Even in his native Argentina enthusiasm and a party atmosphere prevailed. However, not among all. "I...
  • Pope Francis, and Blessed Aloysius and Blessed Agnellus: how the saints chose Bergoglio for pope

    03/14/2013 2:42:23 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 8 replies
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 3-14-13 | Tom O'Toole
    Letís not be naive, weíre not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God. ĖCardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) on the issue of gay marriage A frightful cataclysm may be about to change the face of the world. Let us trust wholly in God...corruption and evil are indeed rampant, but I still maintain that God will triumph in the end. ĖBlessed Aloysius Orione,...
  • Native Americans to new Pope: Recant the ĎDiscovery Doctrine,í which gave Catholics dominion

    03/13/2013 11:16:09 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 56 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 13, 2013 | Stephen Rex Brown
    A 15th century Catholic decree permitting Europeans to seize Indian land in the New World is a load of papal bull. That was the message Tuesday from the Onondaga Nation, which is calling on the new Pope to revoke the so-called Discovery Doctrine, which evolved from a papal decree written by Pope Nicholas V in 1455. ďNow is the time for the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church to extend a hand and talk about these issues,Ē said Tonya Frichner, the president of the American Indian Law Alliance. The Discovery Doctrine was a key element in the moral justification...
  • LA archdiocese, Cardinal Mahony settle sex abuse cases

    03/13/2013 8:23:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    DNA ^ | Mar 13, 2013 | Reuters
    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger Mahony and a former priest have agreed to pay a total of nearly $10 million to settle four child sex abuse cases brought against them, lawyers for the victims said on Tuesday. Mahony, who retired in 2011 as head of the largest U.S. archdiocese and is now in Rome taking part in choosing a new pope, was accused of helping a confessed pedophile priest evade law enforcement by sending him out of state to a church-run treatment center, then placing the priest back in the Los Angeles ministry. As part of...
  • Papal conclave: Anti-mafia police raid offices in diocese of frontrunner

    03/13/2013 7:37:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Nigerian Tribune ^ | 13 March 2013 | Seyi Gesinde
    Cardinals began election of a new Pope on Tuesday, with a special Mass in St Peterís Basilica, as 1.2 billion Catholics wait to know who takes over as head of the Roman Catholic Church. The 115 cardinal-electors, after the Mass went into the Sistine Chapel to begin their secret deliberations. They will vote four times daily until two-thirds can agree on a candidate. Before the election began, a report had it that anti-mafia investigators had carried out a string of raids in the diocese of the leading candidate, just as the cardinals had been urged to overcome divisions at a...
  • Muslims have ideas about who should be Pope

    03/12/2013 4:52:41 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 24 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 12/3/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    Before the conclave today in Rome, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD) and the movement "We Are Church" for spoke in support of a cosmopolitan Pope. In an interview with the "Neue OsnabrŁcker Zeitung" the ZMD-chairman Ayman Mazyek said he wanted a cosmopolitan pope who would introduce spirituality and a renewal of faith in God.
  • From Rome to Africa: Meet the 20 men who could be pope

    03/12/2013 7:00:48 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 36 replies
    NBC ^ | Tracy Connor
    As the papal conclave begins in Rome, wrapped in mystery and secrecy, there is no indication that the 115 cardinals will be deciding between just a couple of front-runners in choosing a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.Milan's Cardinal Angelo Scola and Brazil's Cardinal Odilo Scherer are names that keep cropping up on the lists of papabili, but NBC News Vatican analyst George Weigel says no fewer than 20 men could get votes when balloting starts Tuesday in the Sistine Chapel.They come from the traditional bastions of Italy, from growth areas like sub-Saharan Africa, even from the United States. Only time...