You Can Lead a Beggar to Bread: Pope Francis on Evangelization & Proselytism

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It's Tuesday, and Pope Francis is smacking gobs again. We're still waiting for a better English translation of his latest published conversation with La Repubblica founder Eugenio Scalfari , but it's safe to say there's a lot of seasickness aboard ye olde Barque of Peter this morning. Again. My gob has been so far pretty unsmackable, but a few pull quotes from this latest piece made me reach for the spiritual Dramamine. One, in particular, seemed to be a stunningly insensitive and snarky way … [Read more...]

“Someone In the Family Is Suffering”

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Image Source While we in the US---Catholics, the media---are still parsingĀ and praying over last week's papal interview, Pope Francis himself is wasting no time in issuing marching orders (H/T The Deacon's Bench). "Am I indifferent or is it like someone in the family is suffering?" he asked. He asked everyone to be honest with themselves and respond in their hearts: "How many of you pray for Christians who are persecuted" and for those who are in difficulty for professing and defending … [Read more...]

Quick, Martha, Your Girdle! Slaying the Beast of Internet Ordure

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What with so many heads 'splodin' in so many directions this morning---see this wise, sane, unexploded post from The Anchoress Elizabeth Scalia if you've somehow escaped getting brain matter on you thus far---I am in grave need of the intercession of a holy buttkicker. As the grace of the Catholic calendar would have it, today is the Feast of St Martha. Couldn't be a better cavalry to call in. Wait, you say, St Martha of Martha, Martha, you worry too much? St Martha who appeared to get her … [Read more...]