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December 16, 2013

Pope Francis drops a conservative Cardinal like a bad habit

  • Last week American Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said this about Pope Francis and the culture wars: “One gets the impression, or it’s interpreted this way in the media, that he thinks we’re talking too much about abortion, too much about the integrity of marriage as between one man and one woman. But we can never talk enough about that.”
  • This week Pope Francis removed Cardinal Burke from the Congregation for Bishops, a powerful Vatican committee, replacing him with the more moderate American Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who isn’t known for stepping in the middle of the culture wars very often. Some are taking it as a sign that Francis wants a more inclusive Church. source
23:00 // 8 months ago
October 30, 2013
NSA Scandal of the Day: Italy’s Panorama magazine claims that the National Security Agency hasn’t just been spying on U.S. citizens, suspected terrorists, and the leaders of our ally nations in recent years. According to the weekly publication, NSA agents have also been keeping close tabs on the Vatican, and even intercepted communications of Pope Francis. (Photo via the Catholic Church) source

NSA Scandal of the Day: Italy’s Panorama magazine claims that the National Security Agency hasn’t just been spying on U.S. citizens, suspected terrorists, and the leaders of our ally nations in recent years. According to the weekly publication, NSA agents have also been keeping close tabs on the Vatican, and even intercepted communications of Pope Francis. (Photo via the Catholic Church) source

16:16 // 10 months ago
October 26, 2013
Useful advice of the day: If you’re a bishop in the Catholic Church, don’t spend $41 million renovating both your diocese and your home, or you might get suspended by the pope.

Useful advice of the day: If you’re a bishop in the Catholic Church, don’t spend $41 million renovating both your diocese and your home, or you might get suspended by the pope.

19:25 // 10 months ago
September 19, 2013
It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.
Pope Francis • Saying that the Catholic Church needs to take a step back from thorny political issues like abortion, gay marriage and contraception. “We have to find a new balance,” he continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” Whoa, who replaced the Pope with a reasonable human being?!
11:14 // 11 months ago
July 29, 2013
Liberals around the world applauded Pope Francis for meeting the bare minimum standard of human decency on Monday by saying, when asked about the possibility of gay priests, ‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?’
Gawker’s Max Read with the best take on the news that Pope Francis appears to be willing to forgive gay priests.
8:45 // 1 year ago
July 27, 2013
It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people. … Be servants of communion and of the culture of encounter. Permit me to say that we must be almost obsessive in this matter. We do not want to be presumptuous, imposing ‘our truths.’
Pope Francis • Speaking to an audience of bishops and priests in Rio de Janeiro on the need for members of the Catholic Church to reach out to the public. The trip to Brazil is the Pope’s first trip abroad since first taking over for the still-alive Pope Benedict.
13:20 // 1 year ago
July 5, 2013
Soon to become a saint? Long-serving Pope John Paul II, who had a second miracle approved by Pope Francis on Friday, opening the way for his sainthood at canonization ceremonies later this year. It’s the fastest anyone has ever become a saint in modern times. (Not to be discounted: Pope John XXIII, who served between 1958 and 1963, also earned the honor from the Vatican.)

Soon to become a saint? Long-serving Pope John Paul II, who had a second miracle approved by Pope Francis on Friday, opening the way for his sainthood at canonization ceremonies later this year. It’s the fastest anyone has ever become a saint in modern times. (Not to be discounted: Pope John XXIII, who served between 1958 and 1963, also earned the honor from the Vatican.)

10:32 // 1 year ago
March 16, 2013
He hugged me. He kissed me. He said don’t forget about the poor. And that’s how in my heart came the name Francis of Assisi.
Pope Francis • Discussing the conversation he had with his close friend, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, regarding the inspiration for his name, which came during this week’s conclave. Francis of Assisi is fitting for this naming approach, as he was known for his missionary work.
8:27 // 1 year ago
March 13, 2013
nbcnightlynews:

BREAKING NEWS: White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling new pope elected

Reblogging for the white smoke crew. 

nbcnightlynews:

BREAKING NEWS: White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling new pope elected

Reblogging for the white smoke crew. 

14:13 // 1 year ago

hypervocal:

Because the media admiration from his North Korean basketball diplomacy trip was too much of a gift, first-class attention whore Dennis Rodman has arrived at The Vatican just in time for the election of a new pope. CHECK IT OUT.

AMERICA’S FINEST DIPLOMAT.

10:29 // 1 year ago