August 9, 2013
IF HE really had the power, Pope Francis would be a lot more lenient than his predecessors and would seriously shake up things in the Vatican. He reminds me so much of Pope John Paul I (from the reading I've done of the latter). I don't know why it surprises anyone that Pope Francis would do things for himself and not live in opulence while preaching the opposite. Jesuits are not diocesan priests: These dudes actually take a vow of poverty and aren't restricted to mainly working in parishes, as diocesan priests mainly are. The article by Will Bunch seemed to lay much of the blame for the Catholic Church's hardline stances on social issues at the feet of Benedict XVI. While he was certainly far from liberal and was the architect of many of those stances, he probably felt the need to continue the hard-line, rather boorish conservative stance of the Church that was the order of the day during the horrific reign of Karol Wojtyla.
August 1, 2013
POPE FRANCIS is a little bit like that chatty friend up the street who gives you his opinion on everything, even when you haven't asked. He is garrulous, joyful, easy to approach (just ask his apoplectic bodyguards who have to keep him from straying off course in crowds) and quite candid about anything and everything. If he were Jewish and did stand-up, he would have made a terrific addition to the old Catskill circuit. You might be saying that this is a rather sacrilegious way to be talking about the Vicar of Christ, but his most recent appearances in public almost invite this type of familiarity.
July 10, 2013 |
Pope Francis is proving himself to be a genuinely holy man, a brilliant politician, and a leader who knows that reform requires a keen understanding of how creating a better future demands sophisticated invocations of the past. Nothing demonstrated all three traits better than Francis' announcement that he would make both Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII saints. The obvious political analysis here is correct: On the whole, conservative Catholics will cheer swift sainthood for John Paul, while progressive Catholics will welcome the news that an overly long process of elevating John to the same status had reached its culmination.
July 7, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Friday cleared two of the 20th century's most influential popes to be declared saints, approving a miracle needed to canonize Pope John Paul II and waiving Vatican rules to honor Pope John XXIII. It was a remarkable show of papal authority and confirmed Francis' willingness to bend church tradition when it comes to things he cares deeply about. Both popes are also closely identified with the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that brought the Catholic Church into modern times, an indication that Francis clearly wants to make a statement about the council's role in shaping the church today.
July 7, 2013 |
Denise Baron was 9, a fourth grader at St. Adalbert School in Port Richmond, when she and her classmates filed past the man in red robes. She could not pronounce his name, and now, 37 years later, she can't recall whether he touched her head or her shoulders. What she remembers clearly, though, is going home that night knowing she had been blessed by a great man. "Being Catholic and Polish, I knew that being in his presence was pretty cool," Baron said. "As a little kid, you went, 'Wow!
July 4, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis and a date for the ceremony that could come as soon as Dec. 8, a Vatican official and news reports said Tuesday. The ANSA news agency reported that a commission of cardinals and bishops met Tuesday to consider John Paul's case and signed off on it. A Vatican official confirmed that the decision had been taken some time back and that Tuesday's meeting was essentially a formality.
June 20, 2013
13 die in attack on U.N. facility MOGADISHU, Somalia - Seven al-Qaeda-linked militants on a suicide mission attacked the U.N. compound Wednesday with a truck bomb and then poured inside, killing at least 13 people before dying in the assault. At least three foreigners were slain during the raid in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, where the United Nations expanded its presence this year, about 18 months after Islamic insurgents were pushed from the city. The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, calling the U.N. "a merchant of death.
June 11, 2013
Baseball STATE CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS Upper Moreland vs. Keystone Oaks at Greene Township Park, 4 STATE CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS North Penn vs. Pennridge at Spring-Ford, 6 Softball STATE CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS Nazareth Academy vs. Valley View at Patriots Park, 4 STATE CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS Pennsbury vs. Canon McMillan at Carlisle High School, 2 North Penn vs. Neshaminy at William Tennent, 4 Girls' Lacrosse ...
April 8, 2013 |
ROME - Pope Francis was formally installed as bishop of Rome on Sunday in a ceremony characterized by more simplicity than the usual ritual and pomp enjoyed by papal predecessors taking up their pastoral duties. In yet another sign that Francis sees his mission as pontiff as one of humble service, he used his arrival at St. John in Lateran Basilica to honor a past pope who remains wildly popular in Rome. Francis arrived a half-hour early to bless a plaque renaming a corner of the piazza outside the church after Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005.