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  • Is Pope Francis a Liberal Protestant?

    11/17/2017 3:03:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 442 replies
    First Things ^ | November 15, 2017 | Gerald McDermott
    As an outsider, I can’t help but wonder whether the pope and the USCCB were particularly provoked by Weinandy’s suggestion that Jesus had allowed this controversy in order “to manifest just how weak is the faith of many within the Church, even among too many of her bishops.” Catholics will have to make up their own minds—but I’ll admit I have questions about the faith of Pope Francis, which seems, if not weak, at least different from that of the Catholic tradition. Even before the release of Amoris Laetitia in March 2016, Francis had caused many to question his fidelity...
  • Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws

    11/16/2017 6:37:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2017 12:02 PM EST | Frances D’Emilio
    Pope Francis on Thursday urged lawmakers to ensure that health care laws protect the “common good,” decrying the fact that in many places only the privileged can afford sophisticated medical treatments. The comments came as U.S. lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have been debating how to overhaul the nation’s health insurance laws. In a message to a medical association meeting at the Vatican, Francis expressed dismay at what he called a tendency toward growing inequality in health care. He said in wealthier countries, health care access risks being more dependent on people’s money than on their need for treatment. […] Without...
  • Pope Francis sticks with popemobile instead of $200K Lamborghini

    11/15/2017 8:46:39 PM PST · by dayglored · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 15, 2017 | Morgan Korn
    Billionaires, get out your checkbooks. A one-of-a-kind Lamborghini -- blessed and signed by Pope Francis -- is coming to auction soon. The Italian sportscar maker designed and built a special Huracan for the pope, who officially received it at the Vatican today with Lamborghini executives in tow. The donated car was painted to replicate the Vatican's flag colors, complete with papal-gold accents on the hood, roof and doors. Pope Francis smiled as he signed "Francesco" with a black marker on the car. Sotheby’s will auction off the sportscar, the Vatican said in a statement. The money raised will go toward...
  • Pope stubs out cigarettes sales in Vatican

    11/09/2017 6:54:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 9 November 2017 15:26 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis has outlawed the sale of cigarettes at the Vatican in a bid to lead by example on healthy living. […] “The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,” it said, adding that smoking claims more than seven million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization. […] Francis, who has only one lung, does not smoke. He has let the locals keep their other guilty pleasure: tax-free alcohol. The cigarettes and booze are sold in a luxury duty-free shop, opened in 2003 in what was...
  • Pope Francis requests Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married

    11/03/2017 7:30:50 AM PDT · by detective · 64 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/3/2017 | Matilda Long
    Pope Francis has requested that Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married. The request applies to priests in Brazil, and is on the agenda for an upcoming synod (church council) in the Amazon region. The controversial move would address the critical shortage of men joining the priesthood
  • Pope Francis condemns terror attacks around the world

    11/02/2017 10:25:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 1 November 2017 14:12 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis condemned on Wednesday recent terror attacks around the world, including in New York where eight people were killed, saying he was “saddened” by events. “I am saddened by the terrorist attacks in recent days in Somalia, Afghanistan and yesterday in New York,” the pope said during his Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square. He asked people to pray that God “converts the hearts of terrorists and frees the world of hatred and murderous madness, which abuses the name of God to disseminate death,” adding that he was praying for the victims and their families. …
  • Pope admits to snoozing while praying

    11/02/2017 10:13:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 1 November 2017 08:50 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis has confessed he sometimes nods off while praying, and claims saints too have been known to grab some Holy shut-eye. “When I pray, sometimes I fall asleep,” he said in an episode of a Catholic TV2000 television program published Tuesday on Youtube. “Saint Thérèse did it too,” he said in reference to a 19th-century French nun, adding that Christians were called to feel like children lying in their fathers’ arms — a place conducive to napping, he implies. …
  • Pope Francis: Martin Luther Was Right, the Catholic Church Wrong

    10/31/2017 4:51:44 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 31, 2017 | JP
    Five hundred years ago today, the Augustinian monk Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 Theses to the chapel door of Germany’s University of Wittenberg. And for much of the ensuing half-millennium, the man who begat the Protestant Reformation has been reviled by the Catholic Church. Indeed, the view of Luther among many if not most of today’s Catholics is informed by a polemic written by the not entirely objective Catholic clergyman Henry George Ganss. It was published in the Catholic Encyclopedia all the way back in 1910 and republished on the Internet in 1995. Ganss suggested that Luther was given...
  • Pope Francis speaks out against nationalism in Europe

    10/28/2017 9:10:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.28.2017 | bik/jm (Reuters, KNA, AP, AFP)
    Pope Francis has warned Europeans against creating new divisions and building trenches, the former a reference to growing nationalism across the continent and the latter a reference to the carnage wrought by World War I. He pointed to the two world wars that ravaged the Continent during the last century, and described peace as a “fragile good,” when he spoke near the end of the two-day Catholic Church in the European Union (COMECE) conference on Europe’s future that was held at the New Synod Hall in the Vatican City. […] He called on Europe to be a continent of peacemakers,...
  • Pope: Salvation is "free", do not close the door to anyone seeking it

    10/22/2017 7:00:44 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 24 replies
    AsiaNews.it ^ | 10.19.2017 | Staff at AsiaNews.it
    "The doctors of the law are not just of those times, there are so many even today. That is why we need to pray for shepherds. Pray so that we do not lose the key to knowledge and do not close the door to ourselves and the people who want to enter." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Do not forget that salvation is free, an expression of God's closeness, because "when you forget the gratuity of salvation you fall, you lose the key to knowledge of the history of salvation". "That is why we need to pray for ourselves as shepherds",...
  • An Uncanonically Elected Pope?

    10/21/2017 10:31:18 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/21/17 | David Martin
    With all the controversy that surrounded the election of Pope Francis upon the resignation of Pope Benedict in 2013, it seems that Catholics may have lost sight of a key element in this episode, namely, that Benedict XVI never resigned his papal office, but only the active exercise thereof. On the eve of his resignation, he said: “Anyone who accepts the Petrine ministry no longer has any privacy. He belongs always and completely to everyone, to the whole Church… “The ‘always’ is also a “forever”—there can no longer be a return to the private sphere. My decision to resign the...
  • Resigned Pope Creates ‘Multiplied and Divided’ Authority, Author Says

    10/19/2017 5:39:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/16/17 | Claire Giangrave
    Italian journalist and scholar Fabrizio Grasso says that when Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, he changed the institution of the papacy forever. Among other things, Grasso says, "it’s not hard to imagine a possible near future with more than one emeritus pope and, consequentially, an exclusive papal club, which could be no other than a proto-parliament of the Vatican State."ROME - Catholics have had to get used to a lot lately. The secularized state in the West has been progressively pushing faith to the margins, and Christians have been victims of persecutions around the globe. What’s more, the Church...
  • Pope Francis Criticized the U.S. for Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord

    10/16/2017 3:34:32 PM PDT · by detective · 65 replies
    Fortune ^ | Pope Francis Criticized the U.S. for Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord
    Pope Francis implicitly criticized the United States on Monday for pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change, praising it as a means to control the devastating effects of global warming. The U.S. is the only country out of 195 signatories to have withdrawn from the accord, which aims to cut emissions blamed for the rise in temperatures. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision in June shortly after visiting the pope, a strong supporter of the deal. At the time a Vatican official said the move was a “slap in the face” for the pope and the Vatican.
  • Pope urges world to tackle migration crisis with 'love'

    10/16/2017 7:06:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 16 October 2017 14:23 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialized world. In a speech to the global body’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Francis said love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and threw his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration. “Is it too much to ask to think of inserting the concept of love into the...
  • 'Superpope' Francis T-shirts to help poor, needy

    10/15/2017 12:43:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 14 October 2017 10:28 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    A work of street art that turned Pope Francis into “superpope” will now support Vatican charitable projects through the sale of t-shirts bearing the flying pontiff, artist MauPal said on Friday. In 2014, graffiti artist MauPal — whose real name is Mauro Pallotta — depicted Francis as a superman on a wall in the Eternal City, flying through the air with his right fist outstretched and white cassock billowing behind him. The pope clutched his trademark black bag in his left hand, from which a blue-and-red striped scarf peeked out. When it appeared in Rome in January 2014, it captured...
  • Pope: Catholic Guide Needs Updating on Death Penalty Issue

    10/11/2017 5:58:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 10/10/17 | Nicole Winfield
    <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of a landmark compilation of Catholic teaching by saying Wednesday it should be changed to address an issue close to his heart: the death penalty.</p> <p>During an anniversary ceremony at the Vatican, Francis repeated his insistence that capital punishment is “inadmissible” under any circumstance. He said the death penalty violates the Gospel and amounts to the voluntary killing of a human life, which “is always sacred in the eyes of the creator.”</p>
  • Pope Francis Tells Migrants: ‘You Are Warriors of Hope’

    10/01/2017 5:29:25 PM PDT · by Lera · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Oct 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    Pope Francis flew to Bologna, Italy, Sunday and met with a large group of migrants and refugees, calling them “warriors of hope” while insisting that nations open broader avenues for immigration. During a full day in Bologna, Francis spent an hour meeting hundreds of migrants personally while posing with them for selfies under light drizzle. Later, the pontiff hosted a luncheon for asylum-seekers and prisoners in the St. Petronius basilica. He even donned a yellow plastic ID bracelet used by asylum-seekers to express his solidarity with them. “Do you know what you are? You are ‘warriors of hope’!” Francis exclaimed...
  • Pope Francis to wage war on 'fake news'

    09/29/2017 6:19:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 29 September 2017 14:48 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis is to tackle the rise of fake news in a bid to stop trolls and irresponsible media outlets fomenting hate. “I have chosen this theme for World Communications Day 2018: ‘The truth will set you free’. Fake news and journalism for peace,” he said on Twitter on Friday. Francis has repeatedly warned journalists of the weight of their responsibility in a world dominated by social media. […] The Vatican said on Friday the Argentine pontiff wanted to tackle “an often misleading distortion of facts” and the spread of “baseless information that contributes to generating and nurturing a strong...
  • Pope warns media over "sin" of spreading fake news, smearing politicians

    12/07/2016 9:37:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 45 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/7/16 | Philip Pullella
    Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Wednesday. Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly "Tertio" that spreading disinformation was "probably the greatest damage that the media can do" and using communications for this rather than to educate the public amounted to a sin. Using precise psychological terms, he said scandal-mongering media risked falling prey to coprophilia, or arousal from excrement, and consumers of these media risked coprophagia, or eating excrement.
  • With Vatican on the Defensive, Now is the Time for Formal Correction

    09/26/2017 11:35:08 AM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | September 25, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    “The Great Firewall of China,” says Wikipedia, “is the combination of legislative actions and technologies enforced by the People’s Republic of China to regulate the Internet domestically. Its role in the Internet censorship in China is to block access to selected foreign websites and to slow down cross-border internet traffic.”