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  • Radical Ideology Run Amok

    04/19/2014 5:32:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    Pope Francis, your honeymoon with the Western press is over. Of course, media accolades and praise were never his motivation. In fact, he's directly warned against the cult of celebrity that is in danger of missing the point: the Gospel of Christ he teaches. But when Rolling Stone put him on their cover earlier this year, the piece inside was actually a secularist libertine warning: Don't disappoint us. Don't be another one of those guys reading from the Catechism. And now the pope, the Holy See, will be appearing before a United Nations committee on torture. The appearance is...
  • Pope breaks rules as he washes feet of disabled people in pre-Easter ritual

    04/18/2014 6:15:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 18, 2014 | CBSNews.com
    ROME - Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."
  • 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...
  • Msgr. Guido Marini reconfirmed as Papal MC

    04/12/2014 8:14:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://wdtprs.com/blog ^ | April 12, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today I saw on the front page of the Holy Sees daily that the Holy Father reconfirmed Msgr. Guido Marini as Master of Ceremonies for another term. Good sign. Pope Francis is keeping certain of Pope Benedicts people pretty close.
  • The Muslims Will Invade The Vatican, And Try to Destroy The Roman Catholic Church

    04/12/2014 9:30:55 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 133 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    The Muslims Will Invade The Vatican, And Try to Destroy The Roman Catholic Church By Ted on April 12, 2014 inFeatured, General SHOEBAT EXCLUSIVE By Theodore Shoebat I remember a few years ago spending time with an Evangelical friend of mine. Within our conversation, somehow, the subject of the Crusades came up. Of course, I defended the Crusades, explaining that they were fighting off Islamic invaders in the Middle East. He, on the other hand, vehemently condemned the Crusaders as evil and barbarous people. I asked him, Who would you rather win, the Muslims or the Crusaders? He said,...
  • 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 married men could be ordained priests if world's bishops agree on it

    04/10/2014 6:42:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 88 replies
    The Tablet ^ | April 10, 2014 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    A bishop who met with Pope Francis in a rare private audience on 4 April has said in an interview that the two men discussed the issue of the ordination of proven married men viri probati in a serious and positive way.
  • Francis looks to heal Church with two pope saints

    04/10/2014 6:01:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere (AFP)
    Pope Francis aims to unite conservative and reformist strands of Catholicism with the first canonisation of two popes this month -- an impressive masterstroke that has already stirred dissent in some quarters.
  • California Bishop Removes Openly Homosexual Priest from Berkeley Campus Parish

    04/09/2014 6:13:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/7/14 | Colin Kerr
    BERKELEY, CA, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, Pope Francis first U.S. episcopal appointment, has drawn ire from Catholic progressives after replacing the priests serving the University of California at Berkeley campus, one of whom is openly homosexual. Newman Hall Holy Spirit Church, which functions as the parish church for Catholic students at the university, has been led by its pastor, Fr. Bernard Campbell, for the past seven years. Fr. Bill Edens, a self-identified homosexual, has served as student chaplain for the last five. Both are members of the Paulist order, which normally appoints priests at the...
  • Lesbian couple says babys baptism a sign Catholic views changing,want gay marriage blessings

    04/08/2014 12:10:35 PM PDT · by massmike · 32 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 04/08/2014 | GUALBERTO GARCIA JONES, J.D.
    Fears that a public Catholic baptism ceremony for a Argentinean lesbian couples child would amount to little more than a media stunt to promote the Church's acceptance of homosexuality appear to have been borne out Saturday at the Archdiocese of Cordobas cathedral. After the celebration of the sacrament, the couple, Karina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz, kissed while posing for photos with the child, Umma Azul, at the front of the Church. Villarroel, the non-biological mother, told local press the Catholic Churchs decision to grant the baptism was important because it signifies that there is a real social change and acceptance"...
  • Pope presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

    04/07/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 7, 2013 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV. Francis was speaking Monday at the Vatican to bishops from Tanzania. Many non-Catholic health care workers advocate condoms as an important weapon to fight the spread of the HIV virus that causes AIDS. The Vatican opposes condom use because church teaching forbids contraception. Francis praised church health care workers in Africa who care for those with HIV/AIDS and "all who strive diligently to educate people in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity." In 2010, Pope...
  • Why does progressive Pope Francis allow anti-gay bishops to preach hate? [BARF]

    04/07/2014 3:54:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 4/5/2014 | Michael O'Loughlin
    A president struggling in the polls at home recently traveled to the Vatican. He was hoping that a photo with the wildly popular Pope Francis might boost his dismal approval ratings. But because the president had been championing historic LGBT legislation to appeal to his base, some wondered if the pope would actually use their meeting to chastise the president reminding him how the policies he favors are out of sync with church teachings. Barack Obama, right? No the president was Nigerias embattled leader, President Goodluck Jonathan. As we all know, the media reported, analyzed, critiqued, conjectured and...
  • Pope Francis: Put-Down Artist?

    04/06/2014 6:52:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | April 2014
    From the moment Jorge Mario Bergoglio stepped out onto the central balcony of St. Peters Basilica and asked the world to pray for me, a persistent theme has resounded in the mainstream media. Pope Francis, as the popular narrative would have it, has singlehandedly set a new tone for the Church after decades, if not centuries or millennia! of crankiness and stagnation. Consider these headlines:
  • 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...
  • Bishops Follow Popes Example: Opulence Is Out

    04/03/2014 5:54:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 3,2014 | Michael Paulson
    The archbishop of Atlanta had a plan to resolve the space crunch at his cathedral: He would move out of his residence so priests could move in, and then he would build himself a new house with donated money and land.
  • 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 Pelosi rosary beads blessed by Pope Francis

    04/01/2014 9:43:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 1, 2014 | Caroline May
    President Obama gave House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rosary beads blessed by Pope Francis during lunch Tuesday at the White House, according to an NBC News reporter. Carrie Dann @CarrieNBCNews Pelosi says she received a rosary blessed by Pope Francis from Obama at lunch today 12:24 PM - 1 Apr 2014 Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican for the first time last week. Pelosi, a Catholic, has been criticized for her support of abortion a practice which she has called sacred ground by other Catholics. Last year, a Vatican official in Rome said that the California lawmaker...
  • Vatican says it wants to help Venezuela

    03/29/2014 11:40:56 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    3news.co.nz ^ | 03/29/2014 | Nicole Winfield
    The Vatican said Friday (local time) it was "willing and desirous" to intervene diplomatically in Venezuela's crisis after weeks of deadly unrest but says it must study expectations and options about what role it could play. On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accepted the idea of a good-faith facilitator after coming under mounting pressure to reconcile with opponents who have been protesting for nearly three months. He mentioned Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, until last year the Vatican's ambassador to Caracas. Critics of Maduro's socialist administration have pressed for Vatican involvement: Shortly before he was arrested, opposition leader...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: Words Of Institution, 03-29-14

    03/29/2014 9:07:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-29-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:WORDS OF INSTITUTIONThe words of Christ at the Last Supper, recorded by the sunoptic Gospels (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-21); and St. Paul (I Corinthians 11:23-29). Their essential features are: 1. Christ separately consecrated bread and wine; 2. over the bread he said "This is my body" and over the wine "This is the chalice of my blood"; 3. The elements of bread and wine were thus changed into the living Christ; 4. he empowered the Apostles and their succesors to perform the same consecrating action; 5. he bade his followers to partake of...
  • 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...
  • Catholic Univ. of America Professors Release Catechism for Business

    03/29/2014 8:25:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 3/26/14 | Kelly Conroy
    Two professors at The Catholic University of America (CUA) are releasing a new book which draws together the rich teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to business, according to a Facebook event planned for the books launch. Andrew Abela, dean of the School of Business and Economics, and Joseph Capizzi, associate professor of moral theology, teamed up to edit, A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching.At the beginning of 2013, CUA announced the creation of a new School of Business and Economics based on Catholic social doctrine and the natural law with Abela...
  • What Exactly Happened in the February Consistory? Majority of Cardinals Against Kasper Doctrine

    03/29/2014 8:18:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 3/24/14
    The Kasper controversy (with the attempt by Cardinal Kasper, invited by the Pope as the keynote speaker, to undermine and destroy the Catholic dogma of the indissolubility of the matrimonial bond) dominated the consistory discussions of February. Some had given the impression that all were quite pleased with the views presented by Cardinal Kasper - Cardinal Mller (see notes at the end) had been quite clear about the issue since the second half of 2013, but the first member of the College of Cardinals to speak up clearly in public following the consistory was Cardinal Caffarra, followed by Cardinal Burke....
  • Longtime peace activist removed from ministry after concelebrating Mass with woman priest

    03/29/2014 5:21:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    NC Reporter ^ | March 28, 2014 | Brian Roewe
    A longtime peace and human rights activist arrested countless times, Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada has been removed from public ministry for concelebrating Mass with a woman priest in 2011. The letter removing the 76-year-old's public priestly faculties -- a copy of which NCR obtained March 21 -- came from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which reviewed documentation related to the Nov. 22, 2011, liturgy Zawada concelebrated with Roman Catholic Womanpriest Janice Sevre-Duszynska. "Having carefully examined the acts of the case, and the vota of the former Minister General and the Rev. Zawada's Provincial Superior, this Dicastery...
  • Pope Francis: confession is not condemnation, but mercy

    03/29/2014 5:37:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    cna ^ | March 28, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square during his General Audience on Dec. 4, 2013 Credit-Kyle Burkhart/CNA Vatican City, Mar 28, 2014 / 07:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a speech given to priests and seminarians attending a course on the Sacrament of Confession, Pope Francis spoke about the mercy of God, stating that it is the most important aspect of their ministry. “Confession is not a court of condemnation, but an experience of forgiveness and mercy!” the Pope expressed in his March 28 speech to those attending the annual Course on the Internal Forum. The Internal Forum part of...
  • Obama Says Pope Francis Is Not Concerned About the Religious Freedom of Catholics Under His Edicts

    03/28/2014 6:27:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | March 27, 2014 | TTC
    According to Barack, the Pope did not express any concern about the murder, mayhem or religious freedom under his regime. The Pope simply was looking to find common ground with him. It must have been an exhaustive search. The good news is, the Vatican was very proactive about reporting Obama was taken to the shed regarding his offenses against religious freedom. This is an excellent step in the right direction. That being said, Pope Francis once again said nothing. He distanced himself, giving the world the appearance everyone speaking about the murder and mayhem is an enemy of the mission...
  • Bless me, Father: Pope leads by example, goes to confession (with video)

    03/28/2014 6:23:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    cns ^ | March 28, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis surprised his liturgical adviser by going to confession during the service. After an examination of conscience March 28, the pope and 61 priests moved into confessionals or to chairs set up against the walls to offer the sacrament to individual penitents. However, as Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, was showing which confessional the pope would be using to hear confessions, the pope pointed to another confessional nearby, indicating that he himself was going to first confess. A priest steps out of his confessional...
  • Charlie Daniels: Only People With Guts To Face Down Obama Is A Group Of Catholic Nuns

    01/06/2014 8:43:03 PM PST · by hope · 67 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 1.6.2014
    Excerpted from BizPac Review: ost freedom-loving Americans celebrated the recently reported news that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted an order on Dec. 31 to temporarily halt the Obamacare mandate requiring the Little Sisters of the Poor to offer contraception. When Attorney General Eric Holder dug in to fight the Little Sisters, country rock icon and conservative tweeter Charlie Daniels offered his encouragement to the nuns.
  • Anger at Charlotte Catholic school after speaker criticizes homosexuality

    03/28/2014 5:13:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    CWN ^ | 3-28-2014
    Some parents and students at one of North Carolinas largest Catholic schools are outraged after a Nashville Dominican nun who holds a doctorate in theology criticized homosexuality in a presentation to students, according to the Charlotte Observer. We the students of Charlotte Catholic High School would like to issue a formal complaint regarding Sr. Jane Dominic [Laurel]s speech, according to an online petition. We believe that same sex couples have the ability to raise happy, well-adjusted and successful children We believe that homosexual couples are capable of monogamy. As rational people, we know that most homosexual people lead healthy,...
  • Editor of ISI College Guide Explains Why Gonzaga Was Dropped

    03/28/2014 6:05:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 3/26/14 | Matthew Archbold
    1887 Trust, an organization committed to promoting Gonzaga Universitys Catholic identity, is pointing to the Jesuit Universitys exclusion from the most recent edition of the Intercollegiate Studies Institutes (ISI) Choosing the Right College to call the University to recommit to its Catholic identity. The editor of the guide, John Zmirak, in an interview with the Trust, pointed to the decrease in Catholic identity since the departure of Father Robert Spitzer as president of the Jesuit university. Gonzaga had shown promise under the leadership of Father Spitzer, he reportedly said. The change of administration, and the termination of Father Spitzers policies,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Obama and the 'Hipster Elite'

    03/28/2014 5:12:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Politico reported something interesting before President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis: "The visit is a rare chance for Obama to associate himself with a world leader whose cool factor far outweighs his own." It's rare for pundits to admit that someone else might top their revered Barack in the coolness category. They're equating coolness and popularity, and the pope certainly polls much better than the president, which is no surprise these days. Liberals have developed a collective man crush on Pope Francis, even though he hasn't budged an inch on the church's teachings. The Catholic Church is just as...
  • Two versions of Obama-Pope Francis discussion: Agreements, but some divergences

    03/27/2014 6:32:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 1 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 3/27/2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    VATICAN CITY ― There were gaffes and there were laughs, but U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Rome clearly served its purpose, if the hope was to bask in the glow of the popular Pope Francis. The day began with a stiff handshake between Obama and the pope, but the mood quickly lightened when the president quipped, “His Holiness is probably the only person who has to undergo more protocol than me,” after observing the whimsically dressed Swiss Guards and row of tuxedoed papal attendants when he was on his way to the pontifical library. They shared a giggle when...
  • Obama: Pope Didn't Raise Obamacare 'In Detail' But I Told Vatican Sec. of State 'Most Religious

    03/27/2014 5:14:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    (CNSNews.com) President Obama said Pope Francis did not raise Obamacare in detail when they met on Thursday, but that in a separate meeting with the Vaticans secretary of state we discussed briefly the issue of making sure that conscience and religious freedom was observed in the context of applying the law. At a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama also acknowledged that he differs with the Vaticans stance on some issues, but added that he heartily agrees with most of its positions. - See more at:
  • 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...
  • NBC and CBS Hope Pontiff's Popularity Rubs Off On Obama

    03/27/2014 2:04:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | March 27, 2014 | Kyle Drennan
    During coverage of President's Obama meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday, both NBC's Today and CBS This Morning hoped the papal visit would boost the commander-in-chief's sinking poll numbers. Today co-host Matt Lauer wondered: "The Pope, enormously popular....Is there something in just rubbing elbows with the Pope for President Obama?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd observed: "I think that the President, particularly right now where his own approval ratings are not so hot, just being seen with the Pope, particularly in some places where there are a lot...
  • 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...
  • Obama Uses Pope to Recapture Cool

    03/27/2014 2:32:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: According to media reports, President Obama met with Pope Francis for 52 minutes in the Vatican. Obama didn't intend to show up there. He looked at the word quickly and thought it said "vacation." And when they were pulling up to St. Peter's, Obama said (impersonating Obama), "What -- what -- what -- what are we doing here?" "Sir, you said you wanted to come to the Vatican." "No, I said vacation." So once they were there, they were committed. Giant entourage shows up at the Vatican. So Obama went in there, and he met with Pope...
  • Obama meets with Pope at time of 'tense' relations with Church (no smile on O's face)

    03/27/2014 11:24:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    cna ^ | March 27, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama speak during a private audience at athe Vatican, March 27, 2014. Credit: ANSA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO. Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. President Barack Obama’s March 27 meeting with Pope Francis comes at a time of tension between his administration and the Church over religious liberty, several Catholic leaders have said. “There has been a great deal of acrimony over issues related to religious freedom. This is something new and quite serious, since it affects the ability of the Church to carry out its mission,” V. Bradley Lewis, a philosophy...
  • Sede Vacante

    03/27/2014 9:54:31 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-27-2014 | MOTUS
    Official debrief following the return of Lady Ms China entourage: It turned out to be a somewhat more substantive swing through this massive country than expected, displaying Obamas deft ability to mix diplomacy with her personal narrative. Before flying home late Wednesday afternoon, she had raised the issues of minority rights, Internet access and religious freedom, all while charming the Chinese public by skipping rope, practicing tai chi with high school students and declaring herself awed by the nations ancient tourist sites. In other words: an awesome piece of soft diplomacy success, according to the Washington Post, as well as...
  • Jimmy Carter says Pope Francis promised women should have a greater role

    03/27/2014 6:00:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/26/14 | Michelle Boorstein
    Former President Jimmy Carter isnt exactly known for withholding his opinion, so it wasnt surprising on Wednesday to hear him say he typed out and mailed a letter to Pope Francis challenging the pontiff on the status of women in the Catholic Church. He promised me he thought women should have a greater role, the 39th U.S. president told an audience during an appearance at The Washington Post. Carter was promoting his new book A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.Answering questions from journalists David Ignatius and Sally Quinn, Carter talked about the intersection of religion and gender...
  • Pope: A Bishop doesn't own his diocese, just like a priest doesn't own his parish

    03/27/2014 5:49:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | March 26, 2014
    In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis talked about the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  He explained that priests are ordained to serve, therefore, a Bishop doesn't own his diocese, just like a priest doesn't own his parish. Rather, the Pope explained, it all belongs to the Lord.  To not lose this call to service, the Pope asked all priests and Bishops to nurture their vocation through prayer and the Sacraments.  SUMMARY OF CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH:  Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our catechesis on the sacraments, we now turn to the sacrament of Holy Orders.  Building on the vocation received in...
  • 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...
  • Obama Tells Pope Francis He is a 'Great Admirer'

    03/27/2014 5:52:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/27/14 | Jim Kuhnhenn and Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A visibly energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hourlong audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, expressing his great admiration for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House. Although Obama and the church remain deeply split over abortion and contraception, Obama considers the pontiff a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality, and their private meeting in the Papal Library ran longer than scheduled. After they emerged to cameras, Francis presented Obama with a copy of his papal mission statement decrying a global economic system that excludes the poor. Obama...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis...Pope KICKS HIM....

    03/27/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by carlo3b · 20 replies
    CookingWithChefCarlo ^ | March 27, 2014 | Carlo3b DAD/CHEF/AUTHOR
    President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis in Vatican City and Pope KICKS HIM IN THE BALLS.Pope Francis claims that he was "answering the prayers of millions of Americans, and Billions around the world." President Obama was left speechless, White House mum.. Developing...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: President Obama should explain to the Pope why hes pushing HHS mandate

    03/26/2014 7:20:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) A prominent U.S. senator has said that President Obama should explain to the pope why he is telling businesses in America they cant remain true to their faith and stay in business. On Thursday, President Obama will meet with Pope Francis for the first time. According to probable 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, a topic of top priority should be the abortifacient, sterilization, and contraception insurance coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act. Speaking on Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning, Paul did not mince words. The Hobby Lobby case is...
  • Obama wants halo effect

    03/26/2014 4:26:36 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 26 Mar 2014 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    ROME President Barack Obama was once the biggest superstar on the international stage. On Thursday, he heads to the Vatican to benefit from the popularity of his replacement: Pope Francis. The visit is a rare chance for Obama to associate himself with a world leader whose cool factor far outweighs his own, and it comes at a critical time in his presidency. The White House is still recovering from what aides call a lost year, and the presidents job approval ratings at home are dipping to new lows. Obama will use the closely watched meeting to show how aligned...