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Untying the Pope Francis “knot”. Some analysis.

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“Looking at a short, partially improvised homily as if its words were the equivalent of an encyclical of Paul VI is simply ridiculous, and is an offense against the pope’s own intentions.” This is a quote from this good piece at Crisis by my friend of many years Msgr. Hans Feichtinger, who was until recently a long-time official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Demystifying the Pope Francis Enigma Every modern pope has had his own style. Paul VI was personally like a global student chaplain, intellectually...

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Untying the Pope Francis “knot”. Some analysis.

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

“Looking at a short, partially improvised homily as if its words were the equivalent of an encyclical of Paul VI is simply ridiculous, and is an offense against the pope’s own intentions.” This is a quote from this good piece at Crisis by my friend of many years Msgr. Hans Feichtinger, who was until recently a long-time official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Demystifying the Pope Francis Enigma Every modern pope has had his own style. Paul VI was personally like a global student chaplain, intellectually...

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NRO: Pope Francis Enters His Third Year of Scolding Introverts

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

At NRO, Nicholas Frankovich, a deputy managing editor, has some sharp comments on Pope Francis as he begins the third year of his pontificate. You can sense the frustration in his commentary, along with his hope. There is a lot to chew over in this piece.   Some people are going to hate this while others should avoid precipitous high fives.  THINK as you read. Pope Francis Enters His Third Year of Scolding Introverts He preaches mercy for everyone except them, when the Church needs them more than ever. ‘I want the Church to go out into the...

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Russ Douthat: three groups of Pope Francis’ critics on the ‘right’

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The insightful Russ Douthat of, remarkably, Hell’s Bible (aka New York Times) has some comments about Pope Francis’ critics on the right.  This is worth your time.  It is long, so we’ll have just a taste here.  Keep in mind that he doesn’t go into Francis’ critics on the other end of the spectrum, and they are growing in number as their disatisfaction with him grows. My usual black and red treatment: Who Are Pope Francis’s Critics? The latest cover of the new New Republic features Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig taking...

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JUBILEE YEAR ANNOUNCED – OF MERCY!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

On the 2nd anniversary of his election to the See of Peter, Pope Francis announced a Jubilee Year “of Mercy”. The Jubilee will begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on the 8 December 2015, Feast of the Immaculate Conception and 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. The Jubilee will conclude on 20 November 2016, Christ the King (in the Novus Ordo calendar). He will promulgate the Bull proclaiming the Jubilee on the Sunday after Easter, “Divine Mercy”. The last major...

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Lent: A Season for Sacrifice

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Kyle Kramer, the executive director of the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville, Kentucky.. Years ago, as Lent approached, I asked a trusted spiritual counselor what he was going to give up. He gave me a sly grin and said, “I’m giving up giving things up for Lent.” He was no spiritual sloth. Looking back, I imagine he was probably trying to correct my overzealous understanding of Lent as a time to flex my spiritual muscles and hone my ascetic self-denial to a razor-sharp edge. For (too) many years I had...

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Laetare. Mid-Lent Announcement.

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Rev. Br Jean Marie, F.SS.R. Official announcement  of  the Priestly Ordination of  Brother Jean Marie, F.SS.R. The Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer announces with great joy the ordination of Reverend Brother Jean Marie, F.SS.R. to the Sacred Priesthood and share this joy and this announcement with Brother’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Lewis and his sister Roanna. We cordially invite you to attend this historic ceremony, which will be celebrated according to the more ancient use by the Most Reverend Basil...

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Pope Francis to assassins: Make sure it doesn’t hurt because “I’m a wimp”

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

From the Daily Mail: Pope Francis says he accepts he may be assassinated – but asks God to make sure it doesn’t hurt because he is ‘a real wimp’ Pope Francis has said he has accepted that he may be assassinated- but has asked God to make sure it doesn’t hurt too much as he is ‘a real wimp’. Francis said that if fanatics want to kill him, it is ‘God’s will’. He said: ‘Life is in God’s hands. I have said to the Lord, “You take care of me. But if it is your will that I...

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Jesus’ Experience of Temptation

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, co-author of the free e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. To subscribe to this FREE e-newsletter, click here. One of the most significant aspects of the season of Lent is to remind us of how Jesus entered into the human experience. We face that fact when the Passion and death of Jesus are revealed to us during Holy Week. We know from Church teaching that Jesus was both divine and human in nature. That’s referred to as the “hypostatic union,” which we cannot fully comprehend. For many...

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Journey Toward God’s Love

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest today is Amy Ekeh, a freelance writer from Milford, Connecticut, where she writes her blog (amyekeh.com) and keeps busy with her four children. A Blatant Display of God’s Love St. Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth that what he wanted was to “know nothing while was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2). From Paul’s perspective, the crucified Christ is the spiritual lens through which our Christian lives come into focus. Knowing “nothing . . . except Jesus Christ, and him crucified” is a proclamation that at...

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Another liberal turns on Pope Francis

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A couple days ago (I’ve been busy) Breitbart had a summary of how Hell’s Bible (aka New York Times – “Women See Themselves as Left Out Amid Talk of Change in Catholic Church”) is cooling in regard to the Left’s Pope Francis’ Frenzy. I’ve been saying all along that, eventually, they would start to turn on him. I also said that it would be women (feminists) who turn on him. Then the women will start putting pressure on weak men to turn on him. Why will feminists turn on him? Women’s...

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Another liberal turns on Pope Francis

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A couple days ago (I’ve been busy) Breitbart had a summary of how Hell’s Bible (aka New York Times – “Women See Themselves as Left Out Amid Talk of Change in Catholic Church”) is cooling in regard to the Left’s Pope Francis’ Frenzy. I’ve been saying all along that, eventually, they would start to turn on him. I also said that it would be women (feminists) who turn on him. Then the women will start putting pressure on weak men to turn on him. Why will feminists turn on him? Women’s...

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Faith Is Not a Popularity Contest

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A study released yesterday by the Pew Research Center reports that Pope Francis’s popularity is steadily rising in the U.S., achieving numbers not seen since a saint held the chair of Peter. The current pontiff has an approval rating of 90% (compared to 16% for Congress—the people we actually voted for) among U.S. Catholics. The number reaches to 95% among Catholics who attend Mass weekly and still achieves a respectable 86% among those who attend Mass, well, weakly. While having “pope” as your job title gives you a head...

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Faith Is Not a Popularity Contest

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A study released yesterday by the Pew Research Center reports that Pope Francis’s popularity is steadily rising in the U.S., achieving numbers not seen since a saint held the chair of Peter. The current pontiff has an approval rating of 90% (compared to 16% for Congress—the people we actually voted for) among U.S. Catholics. The number reaches to 95% among Catholics who attend Mass weekly and still achieves a respectable 86% among those who attend Mass, well, weakly. While having “pope” as your job title gives you a head...

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Lent and a Reader’s Inspiration

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Lent has begun, and both for those becoming Christians and those already baptized, our conversion as Christians prompts us to help shape a just world. Catholics traditionally pray, fast, and give alms during Lent. Those three “pillars” of the Lenten season can take many forms. But true to the “baptismal focus” of Lent—that is, walking in solidarity with those preparing for Baptism, our Lenten penances must be outer-directed. Our own conversion helps prepare us to serve others. In the Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent, Jesus rejects the...

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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."