Something New to Worry About: Will a Typhoon Hit the Pope’s Mass?

This just out from CNN:  A typhoon with winds approaching 75 miles per hour and heavy rain is approaching the Philippines--and heading right to where Pope Francis' big outdoor Mass is supposed to be held on Saturday.The Mass is planned in Tacloban, where 6,300 people died in 2013 in Super Typhoon Haiyan.  This year's storm, Typhoon Mekkhala, has not been that fierce and is not expected to make landfall until two hours after the papal mass begins.Still, though, what a worry!  Even the he … [Read more...]

Thomas Williams Addresses Priestly Celibacy, As Philippine “Father-Priests” Hope for Change

Dr. Thomas D. Williams with his family in Rome

When Pope Francis visits the Philippines this week, the self-styled "Company of Priests With Families" holds hope that the pontiff will recognize them.  According to Reuters, Father Jess Siva from the town of Lambunao, founder of the group, is one of at least five priests from the Archdiocese of Jaro and the neighboring Archdiocese of Bacolod who have abandoned the Church's celibacy requirement and are raising families.In 1997 Silva officiated at the wedding of a fellow Catholic priest, … [Read more...]

Is Pope Francis Safe from Terrorists?

Is Pope Francis really safe from Islamic extremists?  One has to wonder.  The Islamic State has been known to hold a grudge (Charlie Hebdo, of course, being the most recent case in point).But fearless in the face of the brutal slaughter of the comic artists in Paris and countless others in Middle Eastern countries, Pope Francis has spoken harshly against ISIS and their "unjust aggression" of "deviant forms of religion."Speaking to the diplomatic corps in his State of the World address, th … [Read more...]