Articles Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

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Managing Mammon

God's Bankers

  You can’t run the Church on Hail Marys. - Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, former head of the Vatican Bank A new book about the history of the Vatican’s finances confirms yet again that the handling of money—in both large and small amounts—is always a sticky business. This, of course, is a hard fact of life, one that all the popes have understood and hated—including Pope Francis, who has made it known that he despises the stuff he calls “devil’s dung” because of its potentially harmful impact on ... (Continue reading)

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The pope is a superhero?

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Have you seen the satirical article in the The Onion about Pope Francis? The headline reads: "Pope Francis Pursues Sinner Across Vatican City Rooftops." There's a photo-shopped picture of the pope chasing a man in a hoodie and both of them appear to be running over Vatican City rooftops. The supposedly humorous article describes Pope Francis pursuing the criminal atop the Sistine Chapel, scaling walls, and leaping across 30-foot gaps before finally tackling the bad guy and sending both of them crashing ... (Continue reading)

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Confession and the little child within us

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I have been thinking a lot about Confession lately. As the First Confession and First Communion catechist at my parish, the past few weeks of class have been focused on mortal and venial sin, repentance, forgiveness, mercy, and contrition. It has been a very fruitful time for my hard-working students. With the assistance of their parents, the children memorized the Act of Contrition. We rehearsed mock confessions so the kids would know what to expect and what to say and our ... (Continue reading)

Moral conscience and who am I to judge

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A lesbian couple in Missouri were denied Holy Communion at one of the women's mother's funeral when it came to light that the two were in a same-sex relationship. The two women had been parishioners at St. Columban Catholic Church for twelve years. Ms. Parker, one of the women, was quoted as saying that she hoped the priest, Fr. Kneib, would "open his eyes and fully receive the LGBT community into the church." She further added: "We're all God's children ... (Continue reading)

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All You Need is Love (Doo doo do do doo)!

“The proclamation of the saving love of God comes before moral and religious imperatives.” Yikes. Scandal. Gasp. The Internet explodes and sides begin to form. One side gloomily predicts the end of the world; the other side joyfully predicts women priests. What does this mean? Pope Francis speaks those words into a world desperately in need of truth, of the knowledge of right and wrong, of how to be truly happy. Those words felt incredibly uncomfortable to me on first reading. My brain wailed ... (Continue reading)

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Vatican releases survey on faith and doctrine: world says Church is now democracy

The Vatican just released a survey asking for parish-level input on next year's Synod on Faith and Family. The questionnaire has been sent to all Catholic parishes; England has already set up a website where Catholics can complete the form. It is 38 questions long and includes a preamble detailing the Church's official position on each subject. The reader is meant to answer the questions according to how they understand and live the teachings. Despite what most "news" sites are claiming, Pope ... (Continue reading)

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The Pope Francis effect (or why I’m having a tough time)

I have a confession. I'm having a tough time adjusting to Pope Francis. I admit that I'm a Pope Benedict XVI fan girl and I'm still getting over Pape Bene's understandable departure. It's like when your best friend moves far away and no matter how hard you try, you can't help but compare all your other friends to him. Or when you're at an extended family gathering and both your grandads are there and even though you respect both of them, ... (Continue reading)

On unemployed youth and forgotten elderly

There's a great line in the book Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know by Diane Moczar. In writing about the downfall of Rome, she quotes an historian's description of the Roman Empire before its demise, "a terrifying sluggishness of the whole population." For me, this phrase denotes aimlessness, a lack of motivation and initiative, a sense of malaise and apathy. She further elaborates on the economic crisis, political corruption, sensual depravity, decadence, disregard for human life, worldliness of the clergy, and pagan ... (Continue reading)

Ten suggestions for contemplation in a noisy world

I sat in my kitchen on the morning of Labour Day, watching and listening to the activity around me. My husband, myself, and our three youngest children had arrived home on the previous evening from a three-week vacation in Newfoundland and this was the first time that the family (or at least, nine of the ten of us) were together. Our young adult children were unable to come with us and now they were simultaneously relaying all the events of the ... (Continue reading)

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Demand reverence

Michael Coren

Earlier this year a group of bishops from the Italian region of Tavoliere met with Pope Francis. Such meetings are held only every five years, and are an opportunity for local episcopal leaders to explain to the Holy Father the most pressing and challenging concerns that they have. The great dilemma for these men, it seemed, was not the state’s increasingly aggressive war against the Church, not the slaughter of myriad unborn babies, not the loss of countless souls through ... (Continue reading)

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