Cardinal Pell slams SSPX criticism of Pope Francis as “absolute rubbish”

Details from Gerard O’Connell at Vatican Insider:  The Australian cardinal George Pell, one of the eight cardinals that Pope Francis has chosen to advice  him, agreed to talk about his experience of their historic meeting (October 1-3) with the Holy Father on the understanding that “the only substantial information” available about that gathering is what Fr Federico [Read More...]

“The new head of the Roman Catholic Church is blowing everyone’s minds.”

With a grateful diaconal bow to Mark Shea, I offer some of what an Episcopal priest writes in a California paper: Put simply, the new head of the Roman Catholic Church is blowing everyone’s minds. He is saying and doing things that seem like fresh water in the midst of a desert. He is speaking [Read More...]

The Francis Effect in Nebraska

From the World-Herald in Omaha: At his sister’s wedding reception, Taylor Leffler sat down for a friendly chat with friends of hers who are gay. For Leffler, a 22-year-old Nebraska native studying for the priesthood, the conversation was spurred by a powerful reason: Pope Francis’ call for Catholics to reach out to others, rather than [Read More...]

Quote of the day: “Do you waste time with your children?”

“When I hear the confession of a young married man or woman, and they refer to their son or daughter, I ask, ‘How many children do you have?’ and they tell me. Maybe they’re expecting another question after that, but I always ask, ‘And tell me, do you play with your children? Do you waste [Read More...]

Pope meets with prison chaplains, laments injustice that lets “the big fish swim free”

Some telling remarks from the Holy Father this morning: Pope Francis on Wednesday before the General Audience met with 200 Italian prison chaplains, whose ministry he called “very challenging and very important.” The chaplains are in Rome for their annual national convention, and come from all over the country. Pope Francis began his remarks by [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...]

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...]

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...]

Pope writes letter to gay Catholics in Italy

America has the details:  Pope Francis turned to pen and paper to respond to a letter from a group of gay and lesbian Italian Catholics sent in June, according to the Italian daily La Repubblica(Note: this account in English relies on a Google translation; it may be imperfect). The group had written to Pope Francis in a [Read More...]

Pope Francis on what it means to be “catholic”

From his general audience today: In the Creed, we profess that the Church is “catholic”; in other words, she is universal. We can understand this catholicity in three ways. First, the Church is catholic because she proclaims the apostolic faith in its entirety; she is the place where we meet Christ in his sacraments and [Read More...]


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