It’s official: Burke to Malta

After the longest run-up, the least surprising papal move of the year:  At Roman Noon this Saturday, the Pope named Cardinal Raymond Burke as patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, removing the Wisconsin-born prelate from his role as the church’s “chief justice” as head of the Apostolic Signatura, where he’s served since 2008. …The wheels [Read More…]

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Pope warns against becoming “pagan Christians”

From his homily this morning: Even today there are “pagan Christians” who “behave like enemies of the Cross of Christ”, said Pope Francis at morning Mass Friday at Casa Santa Marta, warning that we must guard against the temptations of a worldly society that lead us to ruin. Pope Francis was inspired by the words [Read More…]

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Cardinal Burke says he has no animosity toward pope, those who claim he does are trying to discredit him

From Edward Pentin via Breitbart:  Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he is at the service of Pope Francis, has no personal animosity towards him, and those who claim the American cardinal is an opponent of the Pontiff are trying to discredit him. The head of the Vatican’s highest court also told Breitbart Tuesday the Catholic [Read More…]

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Forbes names world’s most powerful people—and the pope is near the top

He’s #4. As the magazine puts it: The spiritual leader to one-sixth of the world’s population — 1.2 billion souls. Pope Francis has made it his mission to transform the longstanding conservative image of the Catholic Church. In October, the pontiff said the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are true, adding that God [Read More…]

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“Nothing like this has happened since the backstabbing behind the scenes at the Second Vatican Council…”

Damien Thompson unloads in The Spectator: ‘At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the church is like a ship without a rudder,’ said a prominent Catholic conservative last week. No big deal, you might think. Opponents of Pope Francis have been casting doubt on his leadership abilities for months — and [Read More…]

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Pope Francis asks faithful to pray for bishops: “It isn’t easy. We are all sinners, so pray for us.”

From his Wednesday audience: A Church that is not united around its bishop is a sick Church.  Jesus wanted unity between the bishop and all the faithful, starting with priests and deacons. However the role of bishop is not a position of honor, it is a service.  Therefore, there is no room in the Church [Read More…]

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Minneapolis pastor hosts controversial priest, cites pope “wanting a mess”

Somehow, I think we’ll be hearing more stories like this one:  A south Minneapolis church plans to bring in controversial Irish Redemptorist priest Tony Flannery to speak on Wednesday, despite warnings from Archbishop John Nienstedt. And the church’s pastor is using the words of a powerful church leader to justify it: Pope Francis. Father Mike Tegeder, pastor [Read More…]

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Pope slams “rivalry, vainglory” in the Church

From Monday’s homily:  Taking a cue from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, the Pope noted that a bishop’s joy lies in seeing love, unity and harmony in his Church. “This harmony – he said – is a grace, which the Holy Spirit creates, but we must do our part, we must do [Read More…]

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Backlash: “A schism isn’t out of the question”

That’s the assessment of religion writer Andrew Brown in The Guardian:  Until this weekend, I had largely believed in the liberal narrative which holds that Pope Francis’s reforms of the Catholic church are unstoppable. But the conservative backlash has been so fierce and so far-reaching that for the first time a split looks a real, if distant, possibility. [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “We are all the Church!’

From today’s audience:  Often, we hear people say: the Church doesn’t do this …the Church doesn’t do that!’ ‘Tell me who is the Church? – ‘Well the Church is the priests, the bishops, the Pope …’ We are all the Church! All of us all of us Baptized! We are the Church, the Church of [Read More…]

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