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Canonist Ed Peters on the changes to law for marriage nullity procedures

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

You will want to have at least a glance at largifical canonist Ed Peters take on the changes to Canon Law for the Latin and the Eastern Churches concerning the procedure for handling marriage cases which were announced yesterday. A first look at Mitis Iudex He points out the changes, major and minor. And A second look at Mitis, especially at the new fast-track annulment process Toward the end of that post he writes: Looking ahead At the pope’s request, a tiny group of experts, most from just one country, developed these new canons and...

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Who Is Pope Francis?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires on December 17, 1936, to Italian immigrants. Studious throughout his young life, he studied at the University of Buenos Aires, receiving a master’s degree in chemistry. He began his religious training at the Jesuit seminary of Villa Devoto, entering the Society of Jesus in 1958. He attended the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, earning a degree in philosophy and a doctorate in theology in Freiburg, Germany. Bergoglio’s climb in the Catholic world was relatively swift. He was...

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The Red Wheelbarrow: An Image to Contemplate

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A brief and simple poem by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), gives us an unusual image to delight in. I offer here, for your heart’s enjoyment and contemplation, “The Red Wheelbarrow.” The Red Wheelbarrow so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens Williams’ poem provides a fresh, simple “word picture,” which the reader can simply enjoy for its own sake without needing to analyze further. Imagine standing in awe before a “red wheelbarrow glazed with...

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The Red Wheelbarrow: An Image to Contemplate

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

A brief and simple poem by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), gives us an unusual image to delight in. I offer here, for your heart’s enjoyment and contemplation, “The Red Wheelbarrow.” The Red Wheelbarrow so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens Williams’ poem provides a fresh, simple “word picture,” which the reader can simply enjoy for its own sake without needing to analyze further. Imagine standing in awe before a “red wheelbarrow glazed with...

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Pope Francis on Motherhood

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Sister Joanne Schatzlein, OSF, a frequent contributor to St. Anthony Messenger. On my way to board a plane in Milwaukee’s airport, I recently noticed a “Lactation Station.” Although this enclosed “container” had a happy face painted on the outside, it seemed a most uninviting place to nurse a baby. I was reminded that when Pope Francis baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel last January, he departed from his homily to speak directly to the mothers of crying babies: “You mothers give your children milk and even...

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Canonical process for marriage cases to be changed

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Bolletino is … packed today with news that I don’t consider all that good. There will be a presser tomorrow at the Sala Stampa. Two Motu Proprio Letters will be rolled out on the reform of the canonical process for declarations of nullity of marriage in the Code of the Latin Church and of the Eastern Churches. Avviso di Conferenza Stampa, 07.09.2015 Si avvisano i giornalisti accreditati che domani, martedì 8 settembre 2015, alle ore 12.00, nell’Aula “Giovanni Paolo II” della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, avrà luogo la...

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Canonical process for marriage cases to be changed

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Bolletino is … packed today with news that I don’t consider all that good. There will be a presser tomorrow at the Sala Stampa. Two Motu Proprio Letters will be rolled out on the reform of the canonical process for declarations of nullity of marriage in the Code of the Latin Church and of the Eastern Churches. Avviso di Conferenza Stampa, 07.09.2015 Si avvisano i giornalisti accreditati che domani, martedì 8 settembre 2015, alle ore 12.00, nell’Aula “Giovanni Paolo II” della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, avrà luogo la...

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Pope Francis in a “town hall” TV broadcast on ABC

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

While I am confused about why ABC (and not other networks or all networks) was given a special privilege by the Pope’s handlers for a special TV “town hall” event, there was a good moment. It was packaged by the network with teasers as if it were reality TV.  I haven’t watched regular network TV (with its commercials) for quite a while, but wow … just… wow.  I feel a little dumber now. Anyway, in this “town hall” we saw the human condition on display as it might be anywhere.  This was supposed...

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Blessed Are You: Spiritual Poverty

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

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Rigney, author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 5:3 Interesting, isn’t it, that Jesus begins this beautiful sermon by talking about the poor? It was certainly the earthly life he knew: birth in a lowly stable; growing up as a carpenter’s son. During his public ministry we learn that he had nowhere to rest his head, that he had no money to render unto Caesar, that those in his hometown thought him...

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Blessed Are You: The Peacemakers

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Rigney, author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” —Matthew 5:9 We love peacemakers, in theory anyway. Think of all the poems and songs that have been written about the concept of peace over the millennia. In City of God, St. Augustine waxed poetically about peace in and between the body and soul; peace with God; and among people. “The peace of the whole universe is the tranquility of order,” he concluded....

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Blessed Are You: The Peacemakers

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Rigney, author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” —Matthew 5:9 We love peacemakers, in theory anyway. Think of all the poems and songs that have been written about the concept of peace over the millennia. In City of God, St. Augustine waxed poetically about peace in and between the body and soul; peace with God; and among people. “The peace of the whole universe is the tranquility of order,” he concluded....

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Knowing Forgiveness

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a fourth-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. When I found out about Pope Francis’ recent announcement that priests would be able to grant absolution to women who had gotten abortions, I was shocked.  It wasn’t because the news itself was shocking, though; I was shocked that the mere notion of the Church forgiving people’s sins came as a...

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Knowing Forgiveness

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a fourth-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. When I found out about Pope Francis’ recent announcement that priests would be able to grant absolution to women who had gotten abortions, I was shocked.  It wasn’t because the news itself was shocking, though; I was shocked that the mere notion of the Church forgiving people’s sins came as a...

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In Family

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently my brother Tommy’s illness, death and funeral led me to reflect on my family. We are bonded and stick together like glue in times of crisis and in times of joy. Families are always amazing, albeit imperfect, in forming the future of our society and world. We were a big family, five girls and five boys. So, with Mom and Dad we made a household of twelve. Being the youngest of the bunch, I learned a lot from my siblings. They say I was spoiled, but they taught me lots, from how to wash dishes and how to clean up and make my bed. We...

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In Family

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Recently my brother Tommy’s illness, death and funeral led me to reflect on my family. We are bonded and stick together like glue in times of crisis and in times of joy. Families are always amazing, albeit imperfect, in forming the future of our society and world. We were a big family, five girls and five boys. So, with Mom and Dad we made a household of twelve. Being the youngest of the bunch, I learned a lot from my siblings. They say I was spoiled, but they taught me lots, from how to wash dishes and how to clean up and make my bed. We...

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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."