Our Gutsy Pope
Last year, Pope Francis originated the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. It was evident that when the final report was issued by the 114 bishops, the Pope wasn’t pleased. When this group will meet again in October 2015, he said he was concerned about (1) hostility rigidity that seeks refuge in the letter of the law; (2) a destructive do-goodism based on false mercy; (3) transforming bread into stone and hurling it against sinners, the weak and the ill;(4) bending the spirit of the world rather than purifying it; (5) using a smooth language in order to say a lot without saying anything.(Comment: That’s what I term ‘calling it like it is’.)
In preparation for the October 2015 follow-up Assembly on the Family Assembly, bishops are expected to discuss the report among themselves, with the lay faithful and especially with families. Archbishop Bruno Forte, an Italian theologian, said, “We hope that in this year the laity will make their voices heard, and that the bishops listen.” As a pessimist, I am afraid most bishops will do only lip service and put this on the back-burner.
To confirm his displeasure with Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was a major stumbling block in the Assembly, Pope Francis removed him as head of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Sigantura. Then he demoted the hard-nosed old fellow to serve as chaplain for the Knights of Malta, the elitist, ultra conservative, robe-strutting, ancient Catholic order. There he’ll be appreciated and welcomed.
Recently, in speaking to the World Congress of Accountants at the Vatican, the Pope spoke about the plight of the jobless and said those working in the economy and financial sector must play a positive, constructive role in helping others. He warned against letting money become the end and the reason of every activity and initiative. (Comment: Hey Congressmembers, are you listening?)
In his article, “Will Modernity Mean the End of Catholicism?” in the November issue of New Oxford Review, Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., wrote, “Pope Francis’s solution is to stress an inner-worldly optimism based on the ‘joy’ of the Gospel and a simpler way of living that includes special concern for the poor. He thinks such examples will enable men to see another side of Catholicism, one based not so much on doctrines and laws.”
Kerry Weber, Editor of America, wrote: “Listening to Pope Francis, you want to be a better Catholic, not because you feel guilty, but because you want to rise to the occasion and accept his invitation to follow the Christian path.”
My thoughts are “Hurrah for Pope Francis!”
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- In Mandra, Kenya, Islamist terrorists attacked a bus and executed 28 passengers who couldn’t recite an Islamic creed.
- In San Francisco, the lawmakers are giving Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone a rough time for having a faculty guide denouncing masturbation, pornography, same-sex marriage and contraception.
The Archbishop tossed back the ball and asked the politicians, “Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general? I respect your right to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advocate your mission. I simply ask the same respect from you.” (Comment: This should give the bastards something to think about.)
Roster of Joyful Catholic Priests
The media loves to publicize bad priests, and we should give recognition to our Joyful Catholic Priests. Send me your recommendation for ones you think merit membership in this splendid group. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Fr. Robert Aufieri (New York, NY)
- Fr. John M. Bauer (Minneapolis, MN)
- Fr. Edmund Connors Katonah, NY
- Fr. Paul D.Counce (Baton Rouge, LA
- Fr. John Dowling (Fairfield Glade,TN
- Fr. Paul Duchschere (Fargo, ND)
- Fr. Anthony O’Gorman (London, UK)
- Fr. Edward Gorman O.P. (Providence, RI)
- Msgr. Edward Filardi (Bethesda, MD)
- Mark Henninger (Chicago, IL)
- Fr. Charles E. Jacobs (Hartford, CT)
- Bishop James Vann Johnston (Springfield/Cape Girardeau, MO)
- Fr. Raymond Kemp (Washington, DC)
- Fr. Robert Kus (Wilmington, NC)
- Bishop Joseph N. Latino (Jackson, MS)
- Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Milwaukee, MN)
- Fr. Richard Lopez (Atlanta Archdiocese, GA)
- Bishop Dennis Madden (Baltimore, MD)
- Msgr. Francis I. Malone (Little Rock, AR)
- Fr. Christian Marte, S.J. (Vienna, Austria)
- Msgr. Joseph Mayo (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Fr. John Mericantante (Pahokee, FL)
- Msgr. Thomas Modugno (New York,NY)
- Fr. Kevin Nelson (Lantana, FL)
- Fr. John O’Donoghue (San Antonio,TX)
- Fr. Kevin J. O’Neil (Washington, DC
- Fr.Francisco Pires (HydePark, NY)
- Fr. Antony Pulikal (Lntana, FL)
- Fr. Fr.James R. Purfield (Denver,CO)
- Fr. Fr. Paul S. Quinter (Pittsburg, Pa)
In 1218, who was the Saint who had a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then formed The Order of the Blessed Mary of Mercy for the Redemption of Captives, popularly know as the Mercedarians?