Francis is a Chemist; Chemists Seek Out Surprises

Pope Francis is a Chemist

Not everyone is in love with Pope Francis' remarks at the beatification of Blessed Paul VI, in particular they don't like all that talk of surprises:This is the perennial newness to be discovered each day, and it requires mastering the fear which we often feel at God’s surprises.God is not afraid of new things! That is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways. He renews us: he constantly makes us "new". A Christian who lives the Gospel is " … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: No Commendatore, No Michael Corleone

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It may have gotten a four minute standing ovation from his Bishops, but Pope Francis' closing remarks to the synod, which I thought were pretty beautifully wrought, are being praised-but-quietly by others, at least as I am surveying today.It seems to me people aren't really appreciating what Francis said there -- how capably and clearly he let both the "left" and the "right", the progressives and the traditionalists, know that neither side has a corner on the fullness of the faith or the … [Read more...]

How Does Vatican Interfaith Prayer Help the Peace Process?

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We're seeing lots of internet coverage, stories, and opinions regarding Pope Francis hosting Israel’s President Shimon Peres, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tomorrow -- on Pentecost Sunday, at the close to the Easter season -- and the prayers that will be said.Here's the deal:. . .Vatican officials also confirmed that Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople will participate in the prayer service [and] stressed that the prayer service should be seen not as a p … [Read more...]

Who didn’t walk out on Benedict will stay for Francis

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It was mere moments after Pope Benedict XVI left the balcony after pronouncing his first blessing as pope, and I perfectly recall the insta-drama-queening that commenced:E.J. Dionne described himself as "petrified" of what a Pope Ratzinger might bring. Sr. Joan Chittister suggested that Benedict was so retrograde he represented the theology of the 13th century, and predicted, "[if women are not allowed ordination] . . . we're going to lose an entire generation of young women and we're going … [Read more...]

The Tenderness of Francis: No, that’s Benedict! NO WAY!

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A few weeks ago I found myself in the middle of a dust-up on social media. A supposed "fan" of Pope Benedict made a remark that, in light of what I know of the Pope Emeritus from my reading, made no sense to me. So I asked this rather cranky anonymous entity about it, and there ensued a very strange conversation; the more I quoted Benedict to this person, the angrier he or she became with me.It was the tenderness of Benedict that seemed to be throwing this person off."Tenderness" … [Read more...]

“If you do not love, you do not know.” Benedict, Francis and a Relevant Church

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It was one year ago today that Pope Benedict XVI announced an action on his part that will resonate for many decades into the future -- to long past when we have all passed -- and throughout the world.The Catholic church is relevant to the whole world. It has been for 2000 years, and it will be relevant until the end of time. Decades of social revolution, transitioning moral outlook, broad educational opportunities and excessive materialism (combined with the church's own heinous sins) had … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: A School of Love On Legs

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My column at First Things this week was written on the energy of annoyance:Currently the Internet is abuzz with the news that Pope Francis, upon hearing that Catholic Traditionalist Mario Palmaro was ill, picked up the phone and called this vociferous critic of his papacy, assuring him that there were no grudges being held, only prayers being offered.I was astonished, amazed, above all moved [by] one of the most beautiful experiences in my life. But I felt the duty to remind the Pope … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Turns the World’s Words Back at It

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One chapter of Strange Gods is entitled, "Through the Looking Glass: Super Idols and Language", and part of it entails looking at how we use, over-use and misuse certain words -- or, sometimes, completely co-opt language -- in order to facilitate the creation of idols.. . . when we render words meaningless -- especially powerful words like peace and love -- our understanding of them becomes warped. Then, as when a teenager flings his stuff thoughtlessly and lazily about the house -- … [Read more...]

Francis and Benedict and a Pizza with Anchovies

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This is brilliant. Just brilliant. Thanks to friend Inge Loots for passing it my way, via JasonBachCartoons.com, where you can go to embiggen the toon, and where I will now be visiting frequently! … [Read more...]

Re Translating Francis’ Interview with Eugenio Scalfari – UPDATED

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Pope Francis called Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist editor of La Repubblica, and said, "how about an interview" and Scalfari, no fool, took him up on it. Reading the first English translation found online this morning, I cursed my poor Italian and kept thinking, "this must be a sloppy translation -- some of this isn't even making sense."Well, "Nunblogger" Sister Anne Flanagan, a Daughter of Saint Paul, saw issues too, and since she reads Italian well, she has become a piecemeal translation … [Read more...]


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