Tagged: Pope Francis

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Happy 84th Birthday, Pope Francis

Being pope carries no age requirement. Pope John XII is believed to have been 18 years old when he ascended to the papacy in 955. On his 84th birthday, our current pope wears orthopedic shoes and uses a cane at...

Happy 84th Birthday, Pope Francis
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“No One Chooses to Be a Priest”

Today, December 13, 2020, marks the 51st anniversary of Pope Francis’s ordination to the priesthood in Buenos Aires. He has often reflected on priestly ministry and vocation, and his reflections reveal a life of prayer and closeness to Jesus which...

“No One Chooses to Be a Priest”
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No Idle Dream

The Catholic world, and the world at large, is in need of unambiguous and prophetic spiritual guidance, and Pope Francis has provided just that in his new book with Austen Ivereigh, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future...

No Idle Dream
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Reclaiming Tradition on Fratelli tutti

I had the pleasure of having been invited to the podcast “Tradition Reclaimed“, a Youtube channel focused on advancing authentic tradition, in communion with the living magisterium. In this episode we talked about the encyclical Fratelli tutti and the richness...

Reclaiming Tradition on Fratelli tutti
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The judgement will be on love, not on feelings

During his homily at Mass this morning for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis spoke about the Gospel reading from Matthew, on God’s judgement. He reminded us that God gives us the freedom to choose what to do...

The judgement will be on love, not on feelings
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Mary shows us how God takes the reins

Mary did not autonomously conduct her life: she waits for God to take the reins of her path and guide her where He wants. She is docile, and with her availability she prepares the grand events in which God takes...

Mary shows us how God takes the reins
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When Patriotism Isn’t A Virtue

Catholic Americans seem to revel in polarization. Our country’s two-party political system, which siphons the electorate into severely limited options, certainly doesn’t help. But there’s an accompanying divisive insistence, particularly among Catholics, that one secular party or the other holds...

When Patriotism Isn’t A Virtue
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Pope Francis breaks a few plates

Today marks one week since the premiere of the documentary Francesco in Rome and since the statements made by Pope Francis on civil unions set off a media firestorm. This post is, by my count, the seventh piece we’ve published...

Pope Francis breaks a few plates
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Updates on the controversy on homosexual unions

I wish to make some updates to my previous piece on the subject, in light of recent controversies and findings. 1) It seems like the tweet I used containing the snippet from the documentary has been removed. A new one...

Updates on the controversy on homosexual unions
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The futility of “Explaining the pope away”

Signs of an all-too familiar pattern are appearing.  The narrative that the pope didn’t really say what he said seems to be developing in some conservative Catholic circles. We’re still in the midst of the media circus after Pope Francis...

The futility of “Explaining the pope away”
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Pope Francis and Civil Unions: Critical Context

Today, Catholic social media unleashed a fury of reactions to the revelation that Pope Francis had indicated support for the idea of same-sex civil unions in a clip from “Francesco,” an upcoming feature-length documentary by filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky.  It’s hard...

Pope Francis and Civil Unions: Critical Context
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Dubious Suspicions: My Journey Back to Pope Francis

I offer here a sketch of someone caught in the eddies of our time. A sketch because it is not complete; I am still in the midst of confusion and uncertainty. But something of an outline is taking shape, and...

Dubious Suspicions: My Journey Back to Pope Francis
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Vatican II and “weaponized ambiguity”

It has become common among critics of the Second Vatican Council to use the expression “weaponized ambiguity” to describe certain conciliar teachings. This expression assumes that language in the Vatican II documents is ambiguous, in the sense that teachings can...

Vatican II and “weaponized ambiguity”