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Off the cuff Francis on the family

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Francis in Philadelphia speaking off the cuff about the family with a more or less simultaneous translator. Start at 1:58:29 to about 2:20:30...

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The World Meeting of Families

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Gina Loehr whose work has been featured in St. Anthony Messenger magazine. “It was like Catholic Disneyland.” That’s how my friend, Rachel Bond, described the exhibitor plaza at the World Meeting of Families which she attended with her husband and two young daughters. Nearly five hundred Catholic organizations, ministries, companies and communities set up their booths at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Some twenty thousand attendees visited these vendors in the moments between the densely packed schedule of...

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Pope Francis: Women priests? “NO.”

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Women don’t have the capacity to receive the sacrament of holy orders because they lack maleness.  That is the case for both the priesthood and the diaconate.  Not male? No ordination. During the during his flight back to Rome from these USA, Pope Francis was asked by a female reporter if there could be women priests. Of course, the Pope said “No.”  He said “No.” again, of course. Over at the non-Catholic National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap), there is a piece entitled: Francis again rejects women priests...

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Pope Francis in Philly: Hope Lives

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Pain, Healing, and Hope Pope Francis brought his well-documented humility to the United States. The timing could not be better. He has come to what was once the most powerful nation on the planet and reminded us that we, too, are human—a part of the family, not the whole. Pope Francis looked our nation’s leaders in the eye, then the world’s, and yesterday ours. And he did so “as a brother.” Yesterday, he stopped to bless a disabled child. Today, he reminded all of us we are no different with a warm embrace. Francis...

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Popaphobia in Philadelphia—Part Two

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.“—Plato Reading about the preparations Washington, New York, and Philadelphia have made for the Papal Visit are scaring me. One might be lax. Another is over-buttering their bread. The third seems indifferent. All of them seem at the same mad tea party of constant propaganda campaigns against one another. All of them reading newspapers aloud to the other in stuffy accents, over too-long moustaches. One is the...

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Pope Francis in Philadelphia—Day 1

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Remaining True to Our Founding Principles After day 1 of Pope Francis in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love was certainly not disappointed. Nor did his seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy wane. After remarkable trips to both our nation’s capital and New York City, the indestructible Francis seemed more in his element. In D.C., Francis spoke English often. In New York, he spoke Spanish, but was more formal at the UN than in Harlem. Each day, his heart seemed perfectly set for wherever he was, but his eyes seemed to tell a...

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Pope Francis in Philadelphia—Day 1

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Remaining True to Our Founding Principles After day 1 of Pope Francis in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love was certainly not disappointed. Nor did his seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy wane. After remarkable trips to both our nation’s capital and New York City, the indestructible Francis seemed more in his element. In D.C., Francis spoke English often. In New York, he spoke Spanish, but was more formal at the UN than in Harlem. Each day, his heart seemed perfectly set for wherever he was, but his eyes seemed to tell a...

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Popaphobia in Philadelphia—Part One

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“I will not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” —Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, Frank Herbert’s Dune Though a cradle Catholic, I am more interested this week in observing the human condition, and less in its religious specifics. Instead of imagining who will sneeze...

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Pope Francis in New York City

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A Healthier, More Peaceful Earth Yesterday we saw Pope Francis in New York City, completing a majority of his visit to the Big Apple. The previous night was relatively quiet for him, after the excitement over his arrival at JFK Airport. He attended vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but there were no other events scheduled. Could it be that the indomitable Pope Francis was finally starting to get tired? Perhaps. But yesterday’s events suggest otherwise. Yesterday morning, he was back to meeting and speaking with world leaders, this time at...

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Methods of Travel—Part Two

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“I, too, am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility.” —Pope Francis I’ve spent a lot of time going over the river and through the woods of how Philadelphia will be handling the influx of over 1.5 million new bodies in their city, but these little questions keep nagging. I chose to drive in to the city for this very reason. I want to experience that fast-moving Philadelphia air filling my nostrils through an open car window as an adult. Flying...

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The Pope Francis Universal Translator

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The secular press and media are having a field day spinning and extrapolating what Pope Francis’ words mean and imply. Politicians and pundits alike pontificate as if they were biblical scholars doing exegesis on passages from scripture. Opinionated commentators posing as journalists dissect and scrutinize every papal utterance as if they were all of the same weight and importance. Curiously, Jesus’ opponents did the very same thing. They took his words and deeds OUT OF CONTEXT. This is what is happening now with Pope Francis. Just as the...

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Pope Francis in the U.S. Day 2—DC and NYC

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

On This Day in History When Pope Francis addressed a joint session of the US Congress on Thursday, he became the first pontiff to ever do so. And he did not let the opportunity to go to waste. Framing his message around four well-known Americans—Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton—the pope addressed a wide range of issues, many of which he had mentioned the previous day during his speech at the White House. He told members of Congress: “Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them...

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Pope Francis in a Post-9/11 World

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I can remember my parents talking about where they were when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Looking back to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, I’m starting to get the feeling that I’ll talk about it in much the same way as time goes on. I had just started my senior year of high school at St. Xavier, a Jesuit high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. In a somewhat ironic twist, I was in the middle of a class called “20th-Century History” when news of the attacks was announced. Our professor stopped his lesson for the day and said, “Gentleman,...

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Pope Francis in a Post-9/11 World

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I can remember my parents talking about where they were when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Looking back to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, I’m starting to get the feeling that I’ll talk about it in much the same way as time goes on. I had just started my senior year of high school at St. Xavier, a Jesuit high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. In a somewhat ironic twist, I was in the middle of a class called “20th-Century History” when news of the attacks was announced. Our professor stopped his lesson for the day and said, “Gentleman,...

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Pope Francis to US Congress on threats to the family

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

As I am in Tokyo, I haven’t kept my eyes glued to coverage of the papal visit of Pope Francis. I did, however, tune in via Slingbox to watch His Holiness address Congress. I had wished for stronger, clearer, obvious, inescapable words on some important issues, but he got the job done… at least if the listener is willing to hear him properly. That said, one of my correspondents texted me: CNN is reporting (Anderson Cooper) that Francis was intimating in his speech before Congress that he’s pro- gay marriage. If I haven’t been...

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."