Sarah Palin “taken aback” by “kind of liberal” comments of Pope Francis

From CNN:  Sarah Palin said she is trying to follow Pope Francis, but is wary of what she called the media’s interpretation of his message. “He’s had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me,” said Palin. But “unless I really dig deep into what his [Read More...]

Cardinal says Francis has no intention of restricting access to Latin Mass

Details:  The former prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy has told a traditionalist group that Pope Francis has no intention of restricting access to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin liturgy. “I met Pope Francis very recently and he told me that he has no problem with the old rite, and neither does he [Read More...]

Rise in Italian church attendance pegged to the “Francis Effect”

From Religion News Service:  Italy’s Center for Studies on New Religions reported Sunday (Nov. 10) that around half of the 250 priests it surveyed reported a significant rise in church attendance since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis in March. “If we project these findings nationally, and if half of the parishes have been [Read More...]

The pope’s new BFF?

From Amy Sullivan in the National Journal: Stephen Colbert may be—as he bragged in character last month at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner—”America’s most famous Catholic.” But he has serious competition for the title of most important Catholic in the United States. Until recently that distinction arguably belonged to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, head [Read More...]

Pope: “It is everyone’s Church!”

That’s the gist of his homily from this morning:  At the heart of Christianity is an invitation to the Lord’s feast. That was Pope Francis’ message at Mass this morning at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope said that the Church is “not only for good people;” the invitation to be a part of it [Read More...]

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...]


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