The Vatican’s Greg Burke on Francis: “Not a politically-correct pope”

Carol Glatz at CNS has a blog post up today about how the Vatican’s senior media advisor views the pontiff. Former TV reporter Greg Burke describes the pope as “not politically correct,” and goes on to list 10 important things to know about him. To wit:  1.Mercy — The story of the Prodigal Son is a [Read More...]

Could a woman vote for the next pope?—UPDATED

The notion of Pope Francis naming a woman cardinal is gaining more currency—though it’s hard to tell who, exactly, is spreading the idea. David Gibson from the Religion News Service has a closer look:  Whether it’s even possible is a matter of debate. But that hasn’t stopped the feverish speculation, which was sparked last month [Read More...]

How about going HERE for a retreat?

Behold, Ariccia, where Pope Francis and the curia will be spending a few days during Lent on retreat. From CNS:  “As a good Jesuit,” Pope Francis knows it is best not to try to make a retreat where one lives and works, so he has decided the annual papal Lenten retreat with Roman Curia officials [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: five-alarm Francis

Pope Francis wears a firefighter’s helmet as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 16 October. (photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Read more. [Read more...]

Pope Francis: “Are we ‘sacristy Christians,’ Christians only by word but that live like pagans?”

“The Church is Apostolic because she is sent to take the Gospel to the whole world. The same mission that Jesus entrusted to the Apostles continues in the journey of history: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy [Read More...]

Washington Post: conservative Catholics questioning the pope’s approach

The Washington Post is picking up on a phenomenon some of us have been aware of for some time: conservative Catholics who are struggling with Pope Francis.  One of the experts they interviewed is our own Dr. Gregory Popcak.  Snip:  Rattled by Pope Francis’s admonishment to Catholics not to be “obsessed” by doctrine, his stated [Read More...]

“Am I a Christian full-time?”

“Mary said her ‘yes’ to God: a ‘yes’ which threw her simple life in Nazareth into turmoil, and not only once. Any number of times she had to utter a heartfelt “yes” at moments of joy and sorrow, culminating in the ‘yes’ she spoke at the foot of the Cross. Here today there are many [Read More...]

Church confronts the “silent schism” of divorced and remarried Catholics

From Vatican Insider:  Shock declarations, such as the ones contained in the document issued by the Diocese of Freiburg which offers recommendations on communion for remarried divorcees end up complicating rather than facilitating reflection on the issue. Pope Francis’ intention is for this issue to be discussed at an Extraordinary Synod in October 2014. The Synod [Read More...]

On Pope Francis: “The lapsed are listening”

From Timothy Egan in the New York Times:  He is — gasp — a liberal. Or at the least, as he said, “I have never been a right winger.” But to put him in those restrictive political terms does a disservice to the quiet revolution of Pope Francis. It’s long been known that most North [Read More...]

The Francis Effect

“Every day, I hear from Catholics who, like me, are reconsidering their lives, their actions, their faith practice, all because of an Argentine priest who proclaims, ‘I am a sinner.’ The pope isn’t getting this reaction by outlining a list of do’s and don’ts. Instead, the world’s parish priest proclaims the message of God’s mercy [Read More...]