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  • Jesus, Today’s Church, and ‘Inequality’: What the Lord Really Said (and didn’t say)

    07/28/2014 8:11:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/28/2014 | Jack Kerwick
    That Jesus commanded His disciples—of which I am one—to love “the poor” is beyond dispute. Equally beyond dispute, however, is that, regardless of what growing legions of left-leaning clerics would have us believe, Jesus never—never ever—addressed the issue of “inequality.” The head of my church and the most visible religious leader on the world stage today, Pope Francis, is as guilty a culprit as is anyone on this score. The Pope made headlines on more than a few occasions since his tenure began when His Holiness condemned “inequality” generally, and the traditional American economic system in particular, with a bluntness...
  • Pope Francis advances a counterfeit charity based on a "live and let live" philosophy

    07/30/2014 9:17:13 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 4 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | July 30, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    "For generations now, we have denied the food of revealed truth to our children; and we have permitted the moral polluters to dump their garbage into our culture with abandon. Why then, are we surprised that ours has become a stunted and sick society?" - Patrick J. Buchanan The times are growing very dark. Everywhere signs are emerging which point to the appearance of the Man of Sin. A Brazilian heavy metal band is announcing the Age of Antichrist (see here). We have a Pontiff who preaches a "live and let live" philosophy (see here) which is nothing less than...
  • Meeting 200 Pentecostals, Pope Francis renews friendship, talks unity

    07/28/2014 2:52:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    The Boston Pilot ^ | July 28, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis walks onstage with Giovanni Traettino, a Protestant pastor and his friend, in Caserta, Italy, July 28. Pope Francis said he knew people would be shocked that he would make such a trip outside of Rome to visit a group of Pentecostals, "but I went to visit my friends." (CNS photo/ L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- His voice breaking with emotion, Giovanni Traettino, a Pentecostal pastor in southern Italy and longtime friend of Pope Francis, welcomed the pope, "my beloved brother," to his partially built church in Caserta. Pope Francis said he knows some people were...
  • Pope Francis Reportedly Visiting US in September 2015

    07/25/2014 12:30:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput announced today at a conference in Fargo, North Dakota that Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to come to Philadelphia in September 2015 to attend the World Meeting of Families. Chaput's announcement confirmed rumors that the Supreme Pontiff was coming to the United States. The World Meeting of Families is an event held every three years by the Pontifical Council of the Family. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J. confirmed that the Bishop of Rome was indeed coming to Philadelphia for the event, and was also mulling offers to visit other major cities on the East...
  • Meriam Ibrahim arrives safely in Italy; will meet the Pope

    07/24/2014 7:43:52 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Alan B. West ^ | 7/24/14 | Alen West
    With all the horrible news for Christians in Iraq and elsewhere, there is one bright spot. While we slept, Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim arrived in Italy. As the UK Telegraph reports, the 27-year-old woman, who was spared a death sentence for apostasy in June for refusing to renounce Christianity, landed in Rome where she is to meet Pope Francis before traveling to the U.S. I know she will appreciate all of you who prayed for her and her children and her perseverance through an almost year long-ordeal. Ibrahim and her family were flown to Italy in a government aircraft to...
  • Meriam Ibrahim arrives safely in Italy, meets Pope Francis

    07/24/2014 4:12:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    CatholicWorldReport.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    Meriam Ibrahim arrives safely in Italy, meets Pope Francis July 24, 2014 08:17 ESTBy Catherine HarmonMeriam Ibrahim and her family meet with Pope Francis at the Casa Santa Marta July 24 (photo via Vatican Radio).The Sudanese Christian woman who was imprisoned and sentenced to death for apostasy arrived safely in Italy today with her husband and two young children, and met with Pope Francis at his Casa Santa Marta residence, Vatican Radio reports. Ibrahim was sentenced to death in May for converting from Islam and marrying a Christian. She gave birth to her second child while imprisoned and, while her...
  • 'Thank you for your faith and courage': Meriam Ibrahim is praised by Pope Francis

    07/24/2014 7:32:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/24/2014 | By LEON WATSON and DANIEL BATES
    Pope Francis has met privately with a Sudanese mother in Rome who was put on death row for refusing to renounce her Christian faith and become a Muslim. The Vatican said Pope Francis had 'a very affectionate' meeting with Meriam Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small children. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope 'thanked her for her faith and courage, and she thanked him for his prayer and solidarity' during the half-hour meeting. He blessed Ms Ibrahim as she held her baby daughter Maya in her arms whom she gave birth to in prison two...
  • Meriam Ibrahim lands in Italy, on way to US; Update: Meets with Pope Francis

    07/24/2014 6:36:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    hotair ^ | Ed Morrissey
    There’s plenty of bad news already coming over the transom today and we’ll get to all of it, but one story we’ve followed here has a happy ending. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, the woman sentenced to death in Sudan for her Christian faith, has left Khartoum and landed in Rome, greeted by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the airport. Italy helped the US mediate her release with Sudanese officials in a quiet effort launched a few weeks ago:
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? Revisited

    07/21/2014 10:16:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ^ | 7/20/14 | Fr. Z's Blog
    I read at Il Giornale today that the prayer read by the Imam in the Vatican Gardens was indeed from the Sura 2, wherein Allah is asked to crush infidels (that’s us) and let Islam triumph over the whole world (that’s us, too). Vatican Radio, at the time, tried to give this an allegorical spin. It didn’t work very well. At a certain point it seems they also tried to edit out the troubling passage. Suffice to say that an Imam sang: “grant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidel” (Sura 2: 286) in the Vatican Gardens, in front of the Pope,...
  • Fear Indifference: Bordering on Inhumanity

    07/19/2014 7:37:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    "Perhaps the Catholic church would volunteer to pony up some cash for the illegals' care then? Hmm?" "Pope should stay out of it. Matter of civil laws, not church laws." "Thinking that the pope should want the illegals to go to Argentina to get better soccer players for World Cup." Those were just three Twitter responses I was tagged in, in response to a headline about Pope Francis calling so many of us out on our indifference. Based on some of the reactions, you would have thought Pope Francis himself was giving unaccompanied minors rides in his Popemobile into the...
  • Should Catholics take a chill pill about Pope Francis?

    07/18/2014 9:03:34 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 39 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | 7/18/14 | The Tenth Crusade
    Our friend Mike Voris is suggesting the proper response to Pope Francis style of saying every thought that comes into his head no matter how unwise or unsound is to wait a few days until the Vatican can crack the code and tell us what he meant. Here is a transcript. Even if Catholics ignore a year and a half of the consistent messages that moral theology and commandments can be violated and will not result in a judgment and adjudication from Christ, evangelism should be about what should be done with money, the economy, lonely people, teenage unemployment and...
  • Pope Francis: Man is Center of Universe

    07/17/2014 7:39:22 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 22 replies
    July 17, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Pope Francis has thanked those who seek to,"..recover man[kind], restoring him to the centre of reflection and the centre of life. 'He is the king of the universe'! he exclaimed. 'And this is not theology, it is philosophy and human reality.'" (See here). Does Pope Francis really mean to convey that theology has nothing to do with "human reality." As I have said so many times before, the retreat from truth is necessary before the reign of Antichrist. See here for example. There is a preparation. Many are "intellectualizing" themselves into dissent and apostasy from the true Faith. The battlefield...
  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magister’s blog—not his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for L’Espresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Church’s teaching on the matter: “For the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...
  • Pope: Kids Crossing US Border Illegally Should Be ‘Welcomed’

    07/15/2014 12:54:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 15, 2014 | Shannon McMahon
    In a Monday letter to a Mexico City Vatican conference, Pope Francis wrote that the tens of thousands of Central American children illegally crossing into the United States should be “welcomed and protected.” Just days after President Obama visited Texas and pledged a solution to the US border crisis, the Pope said migrant children’s human rights are being violated. “Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically,” he said. “Many of their rights are violated. They are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes.” The Pope also...
  • The Hermeneutic of...Oh I Give Up.

    07/12/2014 8:50:54 AM PDT · by Legatus · 228 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 07/11/14 | Patrick Archbold
    Some Papal Quotes that somehow and in some way beyond my meager intellect are in continuity with each other, or something. First Quote Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441. ex cathedra (infallibly defined): “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so...
  • Pope Francis: 'About 2%' of Catholic clergy paedophiles

    07/14/2014 10:37:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/14/2014
    Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper. He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands". But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis's exact words. The BBC's David Willey in Rome says there is often a studied ambiguity in Pope Francis' off-the-cuff statements. He wants to show a more compassionate attitude towards Church teaching than...
  • What Pope Francis Meant to Say about the Origin of Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 4:52:15 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 107 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 07/13/2017 | David L. Gray (יוסף דוד)‎
    The third installment in Pope Francis’ series of interviews with atheist reporter Eugenio Scalfari took place on Thursday, July 10, 2014, and was published the following Sunday (07/13/14) in La Repubblica daily. Being that Scalfari doesn’t record these interviews on tape, but, rather, re-prints the dialogue based upon his memory of the interview, we can only say what the Pope Francis ‘allegedly’ said in them. One of the things that the Pope allegedly told Scalfari is that he wants to continue these interviews is because he “believes that an interview with a non-believer is mutually stimulating.” Typical of Scalfari’s interviews,...
  • Pope Reportedly Promises "Solutions" to Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 331 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 7/13/14 | AFP
    Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the VaticanVATICAN CITY: Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican. Interviewed by Italy's La Repubblica daily, Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the Church and cited his aides as saying that...
  • Pope Francis to visit Pentecostal church in Italy

    07/11/2014 5:57:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 11, 2014 | CINDY WOODEN
    The Pope's visit to the church is likely to be 'extremely quick' (CNS) Pope Francis will pay a brief “private visit” to the Italian church of a Pentecostal pastor he knew from Argentina, a Vatican spokesman has said.The visit to the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, about 130 miles south of Rome, “is under study and likely would take place July 26″, said Fr Federico Lombardi.Fr Lombardi said the Pope knew the church’s pastor, Giovanni Traettino, from Buenos Aires, where the Pentecostal pastor participated in ecumenical events with Catholics, especially Catholics belonging to the charismatic renewal movement. The then-Cardinal...
  • Pope Francis meets US televangelists, and the first-ever ‘papal high-five’ follows

    07/10/2014 2:24:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 07/10/2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    What does it take to produce the first-ever papal high-five? A meeting with American televangelists, apparently. The gesture came during a three-hour meeting of Pope Francis and Texas televangelists Kenneth Copeland and James Robison, just weeks after the pontiff met with televangelist Joel Osteen and other religious leaders. At the June 24 meeting, Robison said he was so moved by Pope Francis’ message of the gospel that he asked the translator to ask Francis for a high-five. The pope obliged, raised his arm and the two men smacked hands. The televangelists are among some wealthier U.S. evangelicals who have recently...
  • Francis against 'orthodoxy'?

    07/10/2014 7:58:09 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 7/9/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    For those who have a little theological insight or understanding of the history of theology in the last 150 years it is pretty obvious that what is commonly described as orthodoxy has been struggling for existence against a pragmatic approach to belief. Really, the big difficulty many of us have with Pope Francis' theology is that he seems to be an advocate of pragmatism and disfavours orthodoxy. In the previous papacy orthodoxy seemed to be triumphing over the theological approach Congar, Rhanner and the greatest of all proponent of this new approach to Catholic theology Hans Kung. Now, under Francis,...
  • The people that walk in darkness have seen a great light

    07/09/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 7/8/14 | Louie Verrecchio
    The latest Pope Francis interview was granted to Franca Giansoldati of the Italian daily Il Messaggero and published on Sunday, June 30, 2014. (English translation provided by Zenit.) As with each of the pope’s previous forays into the secular press, this interview contains a number of highly disconcerting statements; the one receiving the most attention having to do with the notion that the Communists have stolen the “flag of the poor” that properly belongs to the Church. (See also Mundabor’s treatment of the pope’s side-splitting Scripture “joke.”) Much has been written on this topic already; I will only add that...
  • Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity

    07/07/2014 10:16:41 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 74 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/7/14 | Carol Glatz
    Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.” “There is no place in the church’s ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not,” and to hold all bishops accountable for protecting young people, the pope said during a special early morning Mass for six survivors of abuse by clergy. The Mass and private meetings held later with each...
  • Pope phones rabbi, offers condolences over murder Israeli teens’ murder

    07/02/2014 1:11:43 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/2/14 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis telephoned Rome’s chief rabbi to personally express his sadness over the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found June 30 in Hebron, West Bank. Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the pope phoned him at home late in the afternoon July 1 and said: “Good evening. This is Pope Francis. I wanted to personally express my sadness for the death of the three youths.” The rabbi told Rome’s Il Messaggero newspaper he was surprised since the Vatican press office had already published a strong statement condemning the murders of the boys who were kidnapped in mid-June...
  • POPE FRANCIS KEEPS MISSING THE DICHOTOMY OF JUDGEMENT

    06/30/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | June 30, 2014 | David L. Gray
    There are three big problems with what Pope Francis said in his homily. Altogether the Pope’s non-judgmental theology tends towards indifferentism and apathy towards sin, in that he would have us just ignore what everyone is doing and mind our own business and, essentially, not love.
  • Pope says communists are closet Christians

    06/29/2014 3:20:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 148 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/29/2014
    Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.
  • Francis’ Honeymoon is Over – Another Liberal Bites Back

    06/28/2014 8:30:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | 6/27/2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Last week Salon ran a hatchet piece on Pope Francis by Anna March. In one of the most ludicrous article I’ve ever read it was suggested that Pope Francis’ nice guy image is nothing more than a PR stunt run by a sinister conservative member of Opus Dei… I commented on March’s piece here.Today Patricia Miller–a pro-abortion Catholic lets rip about Pope Francis.At the Huffington Post she declares that Pope Francis has let women down in three ways. Her article is here.You can predict what three ways the Pope has let women down: First he has not allowed women’s ordination:...
  • Pope Francis Meets Evangelical Delegation

    06/27/2014 3:58:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 233 replies
    TruNews ^ | June 27, 2014 | Rick Wiles
    By Rick Wiles | June 27, 2014 Two prominent Fort Worth-based Christian ministers led a delegation of Evangelical Christian leaders to Rome to meet privately with Pope Francis.James and Betty Robison, co-hosts of the Life Today television program, and Kenneth Copeland, co-host of Believer’s Voice of Victory, met the Roman Pontiff at the Vatican on Tuesday. The meeting lasted almost three hours and included a private luncheon with Pope Francis.Mr. Robison told the Fort Worth Star Telegram, “This meeting was a miracle…. This is something God has done. God wants his arms around the world. And he wants Christians...
  • The Holy Father, say those close to him, is wearing himself out. He should slow down.

    06/27/2014 2:35:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 27, 2014 | WILLIAM ODDIE
    FULL TITLE: The Holy Father, say those close to him, is wearing himself out. He should slow down, beginning with at least three weeks off at Castel Gandolfo 'Most popes have quite rightly taken August off. Pope Francis? He is off to Korea (Photo: CNS) Last week the Telegraph reported that, according to the Vatican press office, Pope Francis would not be walking in the traditional Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome, from St John Lateran (where he would be celebrating the Mass on the steps) to Santa Maria Maggiore, a distance of nearly a mile. He would...
  • Would the Mafia ever order a hit on Pope Francis?

    06/24/2014 1:13:36 PM PDT · by mojito · 26 replies
    The Week ^ | 6/23/2014 | Peter Weber
    Pope Francis has declared a sort of holy war on the Mafia. And it's not unreasonable to believe that the Mafia may fight back. On Saturday, the pope traveled to Calabria, the heartland of one of Italy's biggest organized crime enterprises, the 'Ndrangheta, and, in front of a crowd of more than 100,000, blasted the 'Ndrangheta as example of "the adoration of evil and contempt of the common good." Then he dropped the hammer: Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated. [Pope Francis] This is...
  • Pope Francis stops car (en route from Calabria to Rome) to bless young disabled woman

    06/23/2014 1:48:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | June 23, 2014
    Rome, Italy, Jun 23, 2014 / 10:19 am (CNA).- During his June 21 pastoral visit to the region of Calabria in southern Italy, Pope Francis stopped the car that was transporting him to see a young disabled woman and her family on the side of the road. A video posted online by a family in the southern Italian region of Calabria depicts the encounter with the Holy Father. The Pope passed by the highway near the family’s house as he returned from Cassano allo Jonio, where he spoke out against the mafia. The Vatican’s news.va website reported that family members...
  • Pope Francis Declares Mafiosi 'Excommunicated' at Mass in Mafia Power Base

    06/22/2014 10:41:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/22/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Speaking to a gathering of tens of thousands of people at the power base of a highly dangerous organized crime group in Italy, Pope Francis Saturday condemned the mafia's "adoration of evil" and declared all mobsters as effectively excommunicated from the Catholic Church. The pope traveled to, and held a mass in, the southern region of Calabria, the power base of the global drug trafficking syndicate 'Ndrangheta, to comfort the family of a 3-year-old boy who, along with his grandfather, was gunned down in a January shootout involving the mafia. "Those who in their lives follow this path of evil,...
  • Pope Francis condemns legalization of marijuana, says it won't produce good results

    06/20/2014 4:27:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    AP ^ | 6/20/2014
    Pope Francis condemns legalization of marijuana, says it won't produce good results
  • Report: gay man in Michigan removed from parish ministry after “commitment ceremony”

    06/18/2014 2:12:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 18, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    This story isn’t that unusual. But the swift response from the bishop is.Details: A gay man in Marquette was told he can no longer have an active role in his Catholic church after he and his longtime partner held a commitment ceremony, according to news reports out of Northern Michigan.Bobby Glenn Brown and his partner ,Don Roberts, held a ceremony celebrating 31 years together among friends and family on Saturday, June 14. The next day, officials at St. Michael Parish said he couldn’t continue his role on the pastoral council or positions of cantor, lector and a member of the...
  • Pope Francis Cancels July Appointments, Raises Question If Vatican Is Hiding Declining Health

    06/19/2014 11:18:46 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 6/18/14 | Esther Tanquintic-Misa
    From a hardworking and physically resilient stature since accepting the post in March 2013, Pope Francis has decided to take a breather from his demanding job to cancel all his audiences and daily masses in the month of July. The Vatican's official news service on Monday announced the 77-year-old Argentinean spiritual leader of the 1.2-billion strong Roman Catholic church has suspended his popular Wednesday audiences in July, including his daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta where he lives. The latter will be suspended till August.
  • An Open Letter To Pope Francis

    06/18/2014 7:20:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 103 replies
    Christian Order ^ | September 23, 2013 | Lucrecia Rego de Planas
    Dearest Pope Francis, I am so pleased to have the opportunity to greet you. You'll surely not remember me and I understand, since, seeing so many new people every day, it must be very difficult for you to remember all the people with whom you have conversed and lived at some point during in your life. Over the past 12 years, we happened to meet, several times, you and I, in some meetings, gatherings, and Church congresses that were held in the cities of Central and South America on various topics (communication, catechesis, education). During these pastoral meetings I had...
  • Pope Francis calls out 'greedy' bankers: 'Stop getting rich on financial speculation!'

    06/17/2014 8:54:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 100 replies
    Russia Today ^ | June 17, 2014
    Pope Francis has called on "greedy" bankers to establish a stricter ethics code, and stop getting rich through financial market speculation. He attacked the practice of hedging as ‘intolerable’ equating it to stealing food from the poor. "It is increasingly intolerable that financial markets are shaping the destiny of peoples rather than serving their needs, or that the few derive immense wealth from financial speculation while the many are deeply burdened by the consequences," Pope Francis said at an investors ethics’ seminar at the Vatican on Monday. Specifically, the pope denounced the practice of betting on the price of commodities...
  • Pope Francis At It Again (Comrade Frank)

    06/17/2014 9:05:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 145 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Jun. 17, 2014 | Michael Sean Winters
    I am pretty sure the editors of the Wall Street Journal would be disinclined to endorse Pope Francis' call for international regulation of markets via state action, to promote impact investment. Yet, that is just what he called for yesterday in speaking to a meeting at the Vatican on the theme "Investing in the Poor," which was organized, in part, by the University of Notre Dame. The pope said: Advances in technology have increased the speed of financial transactions, but in the long run this is significant only to the extent that it better serves the common good. In this...
  • Pope Francis, Chagall And Asher Lev

    06/17/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    The Jewish Week ^ | 06/17/14 | Noam E. Marans
    Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in his fictional character Asher Lev. As a young boy, Asher, a painter prodigy and the son of a chasidic luminary, is drawn to a Brooklyn museum where he surreptitiously views crucifixions and nudes. He subsequently paints such scenes. Asher’s mother tries to understand her son’s artistic longings, yet says in exasperation, “Your painting. It’s taken us to Jesus. And to the way they paint women. Painting is for goyim, Asher. Jews don’t draw and paint.” Asher responds, “Chagall is a Jew,” but his mother cuts him...
  • What’s Behind Pelosi’s Attack on Archbishop Cordileone? (Names names: Soros,"Faithful America")

    06/17/2014 12:07:58 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    Crisismagazine ^ | June 17, 2014 | Anne Hendershott
    Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the U. S. House of Representatives Minority Leader, and one of the most powerful Catholic politicians in the United States, has recently warned the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, the Archbishop of San Francisco, to cancel his plans to speak at the June 19 National Organization for Marriage march on the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Calling the event “venom masquerading as virtue,” Pelosi urged Archbishop Cordileone to stay away from the event, and “join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred.” Pelosi has partnered with other self-described Catholics including California Lt. Governor Gavin...
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? [At the Vatican with the Pope]

    06/13/2014 5:46:16 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 30 replies
    Fr. Z/ WDTPRS ^ | 06/13/14 | Fr. Z
    What Did the Imam Really Say? Posted on 13 June 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf You probably know that, during the prayer for peace event in the garden’s behind St. Peter’s basilica, held by Pope Francis with the leaders of Israel, Palestinians and also the Ecumenical Patriarch, one of the invited guests, an Imam, reportedly prayed for Allah to grant victory over infidels.“No, he didn’t!”, say some.  ”Yes, he did!”, say others.I read at Gates of Vienna: In his own words in the end he asked god to assist those in the state of weakness. He said intasar al mustaDaafin fil ArD...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Is All of Us

    06/12/2014 2:30:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | June 12, 2014 | The Editors
    ‘Was He Worth It?” blared the cover of Time magazine, as if that should be the question Americans ask in light of the release of Bowe Bergdahl after five years of brutal captivity by the Taliban. No, the question we should be asking is a version of the one Pope Francis made famous in a different context: “Who Are We To Judge?” Who are we, in the safety of our civilian homes, to judge whether an American soldier captured overseas is worthy of rescue? Who are we to decide whether, somehow, the fact that he was imprisoned for so many...
  • ‘The door is always open’: Celibacy for priests not unchangeable dogma, Pope Francis says

    06/11/2014 9:04:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    National Post ^ | 06/11/2014
    ROME — Pope Francis says he believes that Roman Catholic priests should be celibate but the rule was not an unchangeable dogma and “the door is always open” to change. Francis made similar comments when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires but his remarks to reporters on a plane returning from a Middle East trip were the first he has made since becoming pope. “Celibacy is not a dogma,” he said Monday in answer to a question about whether the Catholic Church could some day allow priests to marry as they can in some other Christian Churches. “It is a...
  • Fears for Pope Francis’ health after he cancels morning mass and the rest of Tuesday’s engagements

    06/10/2014 10:46:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11:08 EST, 10 June 2014 | Hannah Roberts
    Fears for the health of Pope Francis have surfaced after he canceled two days of engagements. Following an intense working weekend, the 77-year-old decided not to hold Mass in Santa Marta this morning and canceled his appointments for the rest of the day. He had already had advisers clear his schedule yesterday to rest, after hosting a diplomatically tricky prayer meeting with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents on Sunday. […] (H)e has some underlying health problems, including sciatica, a back problem, and is missing most of one lung due to an infection in his youth. Some observers have claimed the...
  • Pope Francis: Pets Can't Replace Children

    06/10/2014 10:24:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Pope Francis said something so important last week that it will either be widely ignored or widely disparaged. The pope criticized "these marriages, in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility. This culture of well-being ... convinced us: It's better not to have children! It's better! You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside; you can be carefree. It might be better -- more comfortable -- to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the...
  • The Pope Is Right about Pets: Yes, they’re replacing children in the West.

    06/10/2014 7:13:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/10/2014 | Dennis Prager
    Pope Francis said something so important last week that it will either be widely ignored or widely disparaged. The pope criticized “these marriages in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility.” “This culture of well-being,” he said, has “convinced us: It’s better not to have children! It’s better! You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be carefree. It might be better — more comfortable — to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two...
  • Pope: Half-hearted Catholics aren't really Catholics at all

    06/06/2014 11:46:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 334 replies
    cns ^ | June 5, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Those who insist others pray and believe exactly like they do, those who have alternatives to every church teaching and benefactors who use the church as a cover for business connections may call themselves Catholics, but they have one foot out the door, Pope Francis said. "Many people say they belong to the church," but in reality have "only one foot inside," the pope said June 5 at the morning Mass in the chapel of his residence. (CNS/Paul Haring) "For these people, the church is not home," but is a place they use as a rental...
  • Pope Francis leads Catholic Church in pro-Jewish direction

    06/09/2014 5:07:40 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 82 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/08/2014 | PADDY MONAGHAN
    I strongly disagree with Caroline Glick’s conclusion in her May 27 article that Pope Francis “is leading the Catholic Church in a distressingly anti-Jewish direction.” I can understand Caroline’s distress at some of the pope’s actions and words but it is important to have balance and not draw wrong conclusions. Pope Francis is totally committed to reconciliation between the Church and Israel. I would like to demonstrate this under five headings: 1. State of Israel Pope Francis in his first Encyclical in November 2013 affirmed God’s everlasting covenant with the Jews: “We hold the Jewish people in special regard because...
  • Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

    06/09/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 46 replies
    Original source: Catholic News.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. “More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it,” the pope said June 8 at an evening ceremony in the Vatican Gardens. “That is why we are here, because we know and we believe that we need the help of God.” The pope addressed his remarks to Israeli President...
  • Pope Francis tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

    06/08/2014 1:45:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 8, 2014 | FRANcis X. Rocca
    Pope Francis (front L), Israeli President Shimon Peres (front R), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (rear L) and Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual head of the Orthodox Christians, arrive in the Vatican Gardens to pray together at the Vatican June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi Pope Francis has called on God to act where human efforts have failed to end what he described as violence inspired by the Devil during a ceremony attended by the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian territories. “More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the Evil One, employing a variety of means, has...