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  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    04/19/2014 3:27:33 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2014 | JAVIER CORDOBA
    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest...
  • How the Pope Is Remaking the GOP

    04/18/2014 2:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michelle Cottle
    When Jeb Bush stepped up this month to declare illegal immigration an act of love, he provoked precisely the conservative pile-on youd expect. The rights favorite crabby uncle, Charles Krauthammer, dourly pronounced the comments bizarre.. Rep. Raul Labrador accused Jebbie of pandering. Noted intellectual Donald Trump declared Bushs thinking ridiculous and dangerous. And God help anyone who ventured onto sites like RedState.com. Most perfectly, fake-winger Stephen Colbert eulogized, He will be missed. In the midst of all the huffing and grumping, it was easy to miss the smaller, quieter sounds of satisfaction emanating from some of Bushs fellow Catholics, particularly...
  • Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity

    04/15/2014 11:52:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | April 15, 2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama. Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration. “I’ll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,” the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican. “I think it’s fair to say that those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved...
  • Pope Francis on the Devil, modern education horrors, mother and father families

    04/11/2014 1:46:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/11/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today the Pope spoke during his non-Magisterial, off-the-cuff fervorino at morning Mass in strong terms not just about generic, impersonal evil, but about the Enemy of your soul, the Devil.From VR: We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the devil because the spirit of Evil does not want our holiness, he does not want our Christian witness, he does not want us to be disciples of Christ. And what does the Spirit of Evil do, through his temptations, to distance us from the path of Jesus? The temptation of the devil has three characteristics and...
  • Pope Francis: Satan exists in the 21st century and how we can fight him

    04/11/2014 1:56:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    salesianity ^ | April 11, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said Satan exists in our present century and we must learn from the Gospel how to fight against his temptations. This was the core message of his homily at the Mass celebrated on Friday in the Santa Marta residence.Pope Francis said the life of every Christian is a constant battle against evil just as Jesus during his life had to struggle against the devil and his many temptations. And he warned that whoever wants to follow Jesus must be aware of this reality. “We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the...
  • Pope Francis calls abortion an abominable crime in strongest remarks to date

    04/11/2014 1:08:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 11, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    VATICAN CITY, April 11, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Human life is “sacred and inviolable” and “every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and most fundamental right, the right to life,” Pope Francis told an Italian pro-life organization today. The pope thanked the Movimento per la Vita, one of Italy’s leading political pro-life groups, for their work, urging them to continue “with courage and love” for life “in all its phases.” “It is therefore necessary to reiterate the strongest opposition to any direct attack on life, especially innocent and defenseless, and her unborn child in the womb...
  • Pope Francis prays for kidnapped (in Cameroon) priests, nun

    04/05/2014 8:40:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 5, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Pope Francis. Credit: David Ibanez / CNA. Vatican City, Apr 5, 2014 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is remembering in his prayers two Italian priests and a Canadian religious sister who were kidnapped in Cameroon Friday night. Vatican Radio reports that Pope Francis “hopes for a rapid and positive solution to the affair.” He “remains in constant contact with the nunciature.” The two priests and religious sister were kidnapped by armed persons around midnight on April 4. The identity of the kidnappers is unknown at this time, although the Islamic militia Boko Haram has been known to operate...
  • Shepherds & Kings

    04/04/2014 4:41:44 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 4 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 4 April 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Shepherds & Kings: A Look at the Papacy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnNo2LgnnyI(Music used available for purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/Cantiones-sacrae-II-Exsurge-Domine/dp/B00B9E18Y8) There is to be one Shepherd here. It was first King David (Ezekiel 34:23), then Jesus (John 10:11), and now is the Pope (John 21:17). This role is tied to the role of King. As David was King (2 Samuel 5:12) and Christ is King (Matthew 27:11), so the Pope is (as the Vicar of Christ) "father of princes and kings". Historically, the Pope has been the unifier of everyone: emperors, artists, the religious, and so on. Whenever emperors would abandon the Faith, they would...
  • Pope: OK to fight with God, hold him to his promise, remember his love

    04/04/2014 1:58:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 129 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/03/2014 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) Dont hold back when praying to God tell him exactly whats wrong and insist on holding him to his promises, Pope Francis said. Prayer should be like speaking face-to-face with a friend: without fear, freely and also with insistence, the pope said in his homily April 3 during an early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Pope Francis homily focused on the days reading from the Book of Exodus (32:7-14), in which Moses begs God to spare his people, even though they have created a golden calf to worship as their...
  • Pope meets with Queen Elizabeth. Sends gift to little Prince George

    04/03/2014 1:34:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | April 3, 2014
    >With a row of Swiss Guards and cameras flickering away, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived to the Vatican. CARD. PIETRO PAROLINSecretary of State"Your majesty welcome”The Queen was about 20 minutes late, but as a true English woman, she was quite conscious of time.    QUEEN ELIZABETH II "I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. We were having lunch with the president.”  The meeting lasted about 20 minutes. It marks the first gathering between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth. First, she introduced her staff...  QUEEN ELIZABETH II"This is my private secretary. From Australia.”  And then gifts were exchanged. The Queen...
  • Obama urged to create religious envoy after papal meeting

    04/02/2014 4:44:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | April 2, 2014
    Persecuted and Forgotten infographic. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need. Washington D.C., Apr 2, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has called on President Barack Obama to follow up on his meeting with Pope Francis by backing the creation of a special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East and south central Asia. “I urge you to put your words into action, lest inaction be perceived as indifference,” Wolf wrote in a March 27 letter to Obama. “The scope of religious persecution around the world, but especially in the Middle East is gravely concerning,...
  • OBAMA GIVES ROSARY BLESSED BY POPE FRANCIS TO NANCY PELOSI

    04/02/2014 7:18:24 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 89 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Spril 2 2014 | No Attribution
    Following his visit with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week, President Obama has given a rosary that was blessed by the pontiff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). On Tuesday, Pelosi discussed Obamas gift to her with reporters after a luncheon with the president at the White House. As the Washington Times reports, Pelosi said, I was happy to receive a rosary blessed by Pope Francis. It means a great deal to me. Though Pelosi claims to be Catholic, she is an avid supporter of abortion and same-sex marriage, both of which conflict with the teachings of the...
  • Mass. lawmakers hail Pope Franciss message

    04/01/2014 10:20:24 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 3/31/14 | Lisa Grace Lednicer
    WASHINGTON From the beginning, Representative Jim McGoverns political life was entwined with his Catholic faith. As a young aide to Democratic Representative Joe Moakley in the early 1990s, McGovern led an investigation into the murders of six Jesuits and two lay women in El Salvador. As a congressman, he has pushed for more spending on global nutrition, higher taxes on the wealthy, and other positions that, he says, derive from the Catholic Churchs mission to serve the poor. But for most of the last three decades, McGovern wondered if progressives like himself still had a place in the church.He...
  • Finally, An Orthodox Pope?

    04/01/2014 5:50:25 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 4/1/14 | Mundabor
    I have been a vocal critic of this Pontiff whenever I thought it was necessary, but I must say perhaps (just perhaps) we are seeing the end of the tunnel here. In yesterdays homily, the Pontiff has invited the present to eliminate our non-Christian ways of acting: sodomy, abortion, adultery, fornication, because they can lead us straight to hell, no? I am not sure about the constant use of those rhetorical questions (it must be an Argentinian thing), but I do approve of every word. It is to my knowledge the first time the Pope condemns abortion and fornication openly...
  • Hobby Lobbys Green family meets with Pope Francis

    03/31/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/31/14 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Days after discussing the U.S. Catholic bishops fight over contraception with President Obama, Pope Francis met Monday (March 31) with members of the Green family, the Oklahoma billionaires whose company, Hobby Lobby, took their challenge to Obamas contraception mandate to the Supreme Court last week. The pope met with Obama on Thursday for the first time, touching on some hot-button disputes between the White House and U.S. Catholic bishops. A Vatican statement after the meeting said that the two men talked about issues including the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection, a veiled reference to...
  • Did the Bishops at the 1st Vatican Council, who voted on Papal Infallibility, possess infallibility?

    03/31/2014 7:35:15 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 259 replies
    3/31/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) When the vote was taken on July 1870, at the First Vatican Council, with 433 votes in favour (placet) and only 2 against (non placet) against defining as dogma the infallibility of the pope when speaking ex cathedra, did those Bishops possess infallibility when (or at least only when) voting? Did any of them keep this infallibility (did it remain with all of them or any of them) after they left and returned home? Did any of these Bishops possess any infallibility at anytime before the vote was cast? B.) Was Mary's (the Mother of Jesus) mother immaculately conceived...
  • The Real Presence: How to Be a Loyal Catholic Today? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/30/2014 11:37:00 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 2002 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
    How to Be a Loyal Catholic Today?By Being Loyal to the Bishop of Romeby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.  Not too many years ago this would have been a strange title for a lecture, “How to Be a Loyal Catholic Today.” The reason is obvious. Catholics were Catholics. ....But much has happened in the last thirty or so years. Nowadays there are so many people who call themselves Catholic but really are not. There are books published and periodicals; there are conferences given, and symposiums held; there are religious programs and celebrations sponsored, and all professedly Catholic. But so...
  • Is Pope Francis Good for the Democrats? Obama in the Vatican

    03/29/2014 8:44:04 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    truthdig ^ | 3/29/14 | Juan Cole
    Could enormous popularity of Pope Francis spill over into American politics? Pope Francis is worried about inequality, a Democratic Party issue, and his statements and actions on the subject are a stunning rebuke to evangelical Catholics such as Paul Ryan, who tend rather to celebrate economic inequality or to deny it or to blame the victims. On the other hand, Francis is worried about Obamacare forcing Catholic institutions to pay for birth control for their employees, against their will. The real reason Joe Biden is vice president is that the Democratic Party has a White Catholic problem. Irish-Americans, Polish-Americans and...
  • Networks Hype Obama's 'Special Bond' With the Pope, Downplay Disagreements

    03/28/2014 7:34:51 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 23 replies
    MRC ^ | 3/27/2014 | Kyle Drennen
    Thursday's network morning shows tripped over themselves in their rush to fawn over President Obama meeting Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican. At the top of ABC's Good Morning America, co-host Robin Roberts touted how the President "feels a special bond with the Pontiff." On NBC's Today, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd spoke of an "ideological comfort level" between the two leaders, while on CBS This Morning, White House correspondent Major Garrett described their "genuine connection." [Listen to the audio] While ABC, NBC, and CBS provided a combined 14 minutes 30 seconds of coverage to the...
  • 12-year-old's wish to go to Vatican, see Pope Francis to come true (Make A Wish Foundation)

    03/28/2014 5:21:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | March 25, 2014 | Jose Luis Aguirre
    Isabela Munoz of Oakley, Calif., left, talks with her sister, Jasmine, about an upcoming trip to Rome. Isabela donated her bone marrow to help Jasmine survive leukemia. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Jasmine will realize a dream when she and her family travel to Rome in April to see the Vatican and attend Pope Francis' general audience. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Aguirre, The Catholic Voice)OAKLAND, Calif. - Jasmine Munoz could have met Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, gone to a beach or taken a cruise, but the 12-year-old leukemia survivor would rather see the Vatican and meet Pope Francis. Thanks to...
  • Who do you believe? Pope and President disagree about what was discussed in their meeting

    03/28/2014 4:33:18 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/28/14 | t lifson
    Hmm, whom are we going to believe? The occupant of the Throne of St. Peter or the current laureate in Politifacts Lie of the Year award? Here is CNNs reporting of the clashing accounts given by President Obama and Pope Francis of their conversation Thursday: The two men greeted each other with a smile and a handshake and posed for pictures before sitting down across a table from each other. They spoke privately for nearly an hour. When they emerged from the meeting, the President and the Vatican had slightly different takes on the tenor of their discussions, especially when...
  • Forgive Me Father: Rand Paul Tweets Confession Idea to Obama

    03/27/2014 6:27:29 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 7 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 03-27-2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), whos quite vocally suggested President Barack Obama use his visit to the Vatican to explain to Pope Francis the so-called contraception mandate, lobbed another idea at Obama on Twitter Thursday morning: go to confession about this whole spying-on-the-Vatican thing: The Italian magazine Panorama reported last October that the National Security Agency those guys! had monitored up to 46 million phone calls in and out of the Vatican during the Papal conclave in which Pope Francis was chosen.
  • Pope Francis raises abortion, religious liberty in candid meeting with Obama

    03/27/2014 4:24:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 27, 2014 | BEN JOHNSON
    Rome Correspondent Hilary White contributed to this report. ROME, March 27, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In their first face-to-face meeting, Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church's concerns with President Barack Obama's policies on abortion, conscience rights, and freedom of religion. A source familiar with the talks told LifeSiteNews that the Vatican press release on the meeting was "remarkably forthright" in emphasizing the fact that the pope raised these issues with the president. According to the press release, the pope launched a discussion with the American president about the proper role of church and state, raising “questions of particular relevance for...
  • GOP: Popes no liberal

    03/27/2014 1:33:30 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/26/2014 | By RACHAEL BADE
    Republicans say the liberal media has two world powerhouses all wrong: Barack Obama and the pope. Democrats believe Pope Francis is their guy, arguing hes softened the Catholic Church stance on gay rights and abortion and taken GOP economic theories to task. When he meets with Obama in Rome on Thursday, theyre hoping itll seal the deal. But many big-name conservative Catholics say Francis is no liberal, only painted as one by a biased media that wants a liberal Holy See alliance even though it doesnt exist. What Ive learned to do is ignore what the newspapers write...
  • Francis and President Obama (dissecting what did and did not happen)

    03/27/2014 11:16:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 27, 2014 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    March 27, 2014, Thursday Francis and President Obama "The two were scheduled to meet for just half an hour, but their private discussion lasted 52 minutes. At the end, they exchanged gifts, with the Pope offering Obama two medallions and a copy of his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel [Evangelii Gaudium]. 'You know, I actually will probably read this when I'm in the Oval Office, when I am deeply frustrated, and I am sure it will give me strength and will calm me down,' Obama said. 'I hope," the Pope responded." Associated Press report...
  • Popes box, with wood from Baltimore basilica, puts religious liberty in spotlight, rector says

    03/27/2014 9:23:26 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/27/14 | Maria Wiering
    The use of wood from Baltimores basilica to construct a seed chest given to Pope Francis by President Barack Obama March 27 points to the history of American Catholicism and Baltimores role in it, said Monsignor Arthur Valenzano, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Im very pleased, Monsignor Valenzano said of the gift. It gives us another chance to get the word out nationally, and now internationally, about the role that the basilica played and continues to play in the United States. Robert S. Reier, the basilicas operations manager, collected...
  • The Talking Points: "Freedom, Life, Conscience"...And A Promise Kept [Obama and Pope Francis]

    03/27/2014 7:44:15 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 8 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 03/27/2014 | Rocco Palmo
    Three and a half hours after the Pope and President wrapped up their 52-minute talks, the Holy See has just released the following readout.... This morning, 27 March 2014, the Hon. Barack H. Obama, President of the United States of America, was received in audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, after which he met with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States. During the cordial meetings, views were exchanged on some current international themes and it was hoped that, in areas of conflict, there would be respect for humanitarian and...
  • Wonderful meeting you, Obama tells Francis

    03/27/2014 5:56:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | March 27, 2014
    The 50 minute meeting between Pope Francis and Barack Obama has ended. The President commented on how wonderful it was to be in the Vatican again It is a great honour. I'm a great admirer. Thank you so much for receiving me, the US President, Barack Obama said at the start of his meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican Apostolic Palace. The meeting lasted just under one hour (from 10:28 to 11:20). After this, the Pope was introduced to the Presidents entourage and gifts were exchanged between the two leaders. The two were then photographed as per custom and...
  • Obama Gives Pope Chest of 'Fruit and Vegetable Seeds Used in the White House Garden'

    03/27/2014 5:41:15 AM PDT · by don-o · 53 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 27, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama has just concluded his meeting with the pope today in the Vatican. The White House sent details of the gift President Obama delivered to the pope. "President Barack Obama presented His Holiness Pope Francis with a custom-made seed chest featuring a variety of fruit and vegetable seeds used in the White House Garden. Earlier this month, Pope Francis made the historic announcement that he would open to the public the gardens of the papal summer residence, the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo," writes the White House in an email to reporters. "The chest is made from American leather,...
  • Another Papal Homily Head-Scratcher

    03/27/2014 5:39:00 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    RESTORE-DC-CATHOLICISM ^ | 3/25/14 | RESTORE-DC-CATHOLICISM
    Yesterday, during a homily, Pope Francis had some things to say about humility and salvation. Unfortunately I see only the excerpts as published by the Catholic News Agency. The puzzling statement is this: "Jesus tells us: if you do not put yourself on the margins, if you dont feel what it is to be an outcast, you will not obtain salvation.'" Biblical citation, please? What is this with "margins" and "feel what it's like to be an outcast"? I thought the idea was to recognize that I'm a sinner in constant need of His mercy, to repent of my sins...
  • At the Vatican, It's Obama's Turn... But The Pope's Trip Takes Center Stage

    03/25/2014 3:40:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | March 25, 2014 | Rocco Palmo
    A year into the new Rule of Francis, the Pope has met almost every key Western leader, with one particularly glaring exception. That'll change first thing Thursday morning, as President Obama returns to the Apostolic Palace for his first meeting with Papa Bergoglio and second overall with a Pope after hisJuly 2009 visit to Benedict XVI. Given its late afternoon scheduling to accommodate Obama's schedule and the now-retired Pope's desire to meet with him that earlier visit upended standard Vatican protocol, which invariably sees heads of state and government received from mid-morning until noon. This time, with...
  • Jimmy Carter: When They See That PopeSay Women Cant Serve As Priests

    03/24/2014 7:20:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 24, 2014 - 10:54 AM | Susan Jones
    The existing abuse of females is the worst and most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation on earth, says former President Jimmy Carter, who is making the rounds of various news shows to promote his new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.Carterrepeating something hes stated previouslysaid the abuse is indirectly derived from the fact that religious leaders say that women are inferior in the eyes of God, which is a false interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. But when they see that the pope, and the Southern Baptist Convention and others say that women cant serve as...
  • Upcoming day of reconciliation announced by Pope (Catholic Caucus)

    03/23/2014 3:42:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | March 23, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Pope Francis delivers his first Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2013. Credit: InterMirifica.net Vatican City, Mar 23, 2014 / 06:38 am (CNA).- During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that March 29-30 would be “24 hours for the Lord,” during which people can find special opportunities for prayer and the sacrament of confession. “Next Friday and Saturday we will live a special moment of penance, called ‘24 hours for the Lord.’ It will begin with a (liturgical) Celebration in the Basilica of St. Peter’s (on) Friday afternoon, then in the evening and night some churches in the center of Rome...
  • Pope to Mafia: Stop the Violence or Go to Hell

    03/21/2014 3:37:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/21
    Pope Francis delivered a fire-and-brimstone message to the Mafia on Friday: "Repent." "Blood-stained money, blood-stained power you can't bring it with you to your next life," the pontiff said during a prayer vigil in Rome for victims of mob violence.
  • How a Hamilton LGBTQ activist was inspired by Pope Francis

    03/16/2014 5:08:38 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 21 replies
    CBC News ^ | 3/13/14 | CBC News
    Thursday marks the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Hamilton's Deirdre Pike is a lesbian who says the Pope's comments on poverty and homosexuality have inspired her and changed the way she sees the Church. Here's what she had to say to the CBC's Matt Galloway on Metro Morning. Last year Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) became the 266th Leader of the Roman Catholic Church. As the first Jesuit Pope, and one of the most unconventional Popes in history, Francis is shaking things up in the Vatican, and exciting activists like Pike. Pike is an organizer in Hamilton's...
  • The Francis Effect: A Gathering Storm

    03/12/2014 5:28:20 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 3/11/14 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    On March 9, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Americas foremost Catholic prelate, appeared on NBCs Meet the Press and commented as follows on the coming out of a gay college football star: Good for him I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya. I dont think, look, the same Bible that tells us, that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, Bravo. No sense of judgment. Bravo. That is how a Prince of Church in the Year of Our...
  • The Papacy in Scripture No Rocks Required

    03/12/2014 3:48:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 10, 2014
    In an earlier blog post, I made the point that the role of St. Peter and his successors is made remarkably clear in Matthew 16:18-19 and its immediate context: And I tell you, you are Peter (Gr.—petros—‘rock’), and on this rock (Gr.—petra—‘rock’) I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Jesus here promises infallible authority to Peter that...
  • Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

    03/12/2014 3:14:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 12, 2014
    Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the first pontiff to meet with those who are blind and deaf in an exclusive audience, Pope Francis will hold the gathering later this month – an encounter participants are highly anticipating. “I am pleased that the Pope is making the whole world aware of our world by having an audience with us for the first time” Jakob Badde told CNA on March 10, “we have a great deficiency and most people do not know why and what it means to us.” Badde hails from Germany – the son...
  • The Secret Pope Francis Haters

    03/11/2014 11:47:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    www.thedailybeast.com ^ | 3/11/14 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    On the one year anniversary of the popes election, Francis is the darling of the globebut he does have his critics from liberals and reformers to hard-core Catholics.
  • Liberal Catholics Fault the Pope

    03/07/2014 11:04:10 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | March 7, 2014 | WIlliam Donohue
    On the website of the liberal Catholic outlet, Commonweal, Mollie Wilson OReilly accuses Pope Francis of ignoring the problem of priestly sexual abuse. According to her, he [the pope] has said and done little about the scandal itself, maintaining that things havent been fixed. Similarly, Father Thomas P. Doyle says the pope has done almost nothing about this issue, calling one of the pontiffs efforts so meaningless it is almost comical. An editorial in the National Catholic Reporter also expresses its chagrin with the pope on this issue, imploring him to meet with victims of clergy sex abuse. Here are...
  • Eagan: Marching orders dont come from top

    03/06/2014 7:48:21 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 3/6/14 | Margery Eagan
    The parade plot thickens, deliciously. Yesterday Brother Thomas Daltons boss said the Catholic Church may soon approve gay civil unions. That boss would be Pope Francis. Brother Thomas, principal of the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, had vowed to keep his band from the South Boston St. Patricks Day Parade if gays march. As he said in a statement, Homosexual acts are acts of depravity and intrinsically disordered. Marching would appear to condone the homosexual lifestyle. Yet the pope not only appears to be condoning the lifestyle, he seems on the verge of approving its lawful recognition. Wow. Another Francis...
  • Vatican: Pope Francis wasnt talking about same-sex relationships; Update: Civil unions explained

    03/06/2014 6:31:56 AM PST · by mgist · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3/5/14 | Ed Morrisey
    One of these days, Pope Francis will give an interview in English. What will the media do then? In the latest version of Thats Not What The Pontiff Said, the Vatican is acting quickly to dispel the idea that Francis endorsed gay relationships in his interview with Corriere della Sera:. The Washington Posts Michelle Boorstein tweeted out the response: Frankly, I didnt see anything in the primary reporting that even suggested a same-sex relationship context. This does remind me of a conversation my young-adult group had years ago with a priest. We were discussing the church teaching on contraception, and...
  • Pope reveals he took his late confessor's cross

    03/06/2014 6:23:40 AM PST · by yldstrk · 147 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 6, 2014 | Nicole Winfield
    <p>Pope Francis confessed Thursday that he took the rosary cross of his late confessor from his casket and wears it to this day in a fabric pouch under his cassock. He said he did so telling the late priest, "Give me half your mercy."</p>
  • Pope Francis: Church could support civil unions

    03/05/2014 2:19:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/05/2014 | By Daniel Burke
    Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday, but suggested in a newspaper interview that it could support some types of civil unions. The Pope reiterated the church's longstanding teaching that "marriage is between a man and a woman." However, he said, "We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety." States, for instance, justify civil unions as a way to provide economic security to cohabitating couples, the Pope said in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday in Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily. State-sanctioned unions are thus driven by the need to...
  • Transcript: Pope Francis' March 5 interview with Corriere della Sera

    03/05/2014 11:59:15 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 35 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 03/05/2014 | n/a
    ...Many nations have regulated civil unions. Is it a path that the Church can understand? But up to what point? [Pope:]Marriage is between a man and a woman. Secular states want to justify civil unions to regulate different situations of cohabitation, pushed by the demand to regulate economic aspects between persons, such as ensuring health care. It is about pacts of cohabitating of various natures, of which I wouldn't know how to list the different ways. One needs to see the different cases and evaluate them in their variety. ...At half a century from Paul VIs Humanae Vitae, can the...
  • I'm not a superman, Pope Francis says

    03/05/2014 10:29:42 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 5, 2014 | Philip Pullella
    (Reuters) - Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic Church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.
  • Pope Francis could support civil unions

    03/05/2014 9:41:00 AM PST · by tomsbartoo · 122 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/5/2014 | Daniel Burke
    Pope Francis has said that he could support civil unions between members of the same sex; but could not support same-sex marriage.
  • Pope Francis Drops F-Bomb During Address in St. Peters Square [video]

    03/04/2014 2:11:28 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 3, 2014 2:59pm | Billy Hallowell
    Pope Francis stunned a live audience in St. Peters Square Sunday when he accidentally dropped the Italian equivalent of the F-bomb instead of a similar-sounding word he meant to use. If each of us were to accumulate wealth not only for ourselves but to put at the service of others, in this f*** in this case Gods providence would manifest itself in this gesture of solidarity, he said. The pontiff apparently meant to use the word caso, which means example in Italian. Instead, he said cazzo a simple mistake, but one that came along with wildly different context,...
  • Pope drops F-bomb during Vatican blessing

    03/03/2014 2:27:37 PM PST · by Gamecock · 144 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3 March 2014 | Bob Fredricks
    Pope Francis dropped an F-bomb during his Sunday prayer at St. Peter's Square If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this fk [pause], in this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity, Francis said to the faithful gathered in St. Peters Square, Italian media reported.
  • Pope Francis: accompany, don't condemn, those who have experience failure in marriage

    02/28/2014 11:23:36 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies
    http://en.radiovaticana.va ^ | February 28, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican this morning. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the beauty of marriage and warned that the Church must accompany not condemn those who experience failure in married life. He explained that Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church, and therefore you cannot understand one without the Other. The Holy Father also warned against giving in to the temptation to entertain special pleading in questions regarding marriage. The Pharisees, he noted, present Jesus with...