The Digital Catacombs…


... What's driving bloggers into silence?From Fr. Ray Blake,The reign of Benedict produced a real flourish of 'citizen journalists', the net was alive with discussion on what the Pope was saying or doing and how it affected the life of our own local Church. Looking at some of my old posts they invariably began with quote or picture followed by a comment, Benedict stimulated thought, reflection and dialogue, an open and free intellectual environment. There was a solidity and certainty … [Read more...]

Controlling our own reactions to Francis…

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... Some reader comments are just too good to be kept hidden away in the com-box. Some deserve the light of day.I really do have the best readers who contribute quite a good deal to the content here with comments and insights. I know some blogs don't even allow comments and I can see the appeal of that practice. It saves a great deal of frustration; however, you miss out on some wonderful opportunities for thoughtful dialogue.It would feel weird to me not to have comments enabled, like … [Read more...]

Rigid Traditionalists?


... Who called traditionalists rigid? Not the pope.To be clear, the pope said rigid uniformists.“Uniformists” who believe that everyone in the Church should be just like them. ”They are rigid!” said the Pope. “They do not have that freedom the Holy Spirit gives,” and they confuse what Jesus preached with their “own doctrine of uniformity.” Jesus never wanted the church to be so rigid, Pope Francis said. Such people “call themselves Catholics, but their rigid attitude distances the … [Read more...]

Islamic Prayers to be Held at Vatican…


From Al Arabiya news...For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians.Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic … [Read more...]

Can we please talk about the pope…


... I'm a convert, see, and in my memory I only have two popes.Benedict and Francis.So I have to ask, has it always been like this?Love Benedict and you're old stodgy fart stuck in the dark ages. Hate Benedict and you hate tradition. Love Francis and you are liberal, neo-con little 'c' Catholic. Hate Francis and again, you're a stodgy old fart stuck in the middle ages.Are we not allowed to have an opinion about the pope without having our Catholic street cred called into … [Read more...]

Antonio Banderas to Play Pope Francis in Film…


... Yes, that's right. A movie about Pope Francis, the pope who's only a mere fourteen months into his papacy.ROME (RNS) Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas may be cast in the role of Pope Francis in the first feature film to be made on the life of the Argentine pontiff.Italian director Daniele Luchetti plans to make the $12 million Spanish language film, titled “Call Me Francesco,” with producer Pietro Valsecchi, who has made some of Italy’s highest-grossing movies. Valsecchi’s Rom … [Read more...]

The First Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Pontificate…


... To celebrate, the Vatican released an online publication of homilies and photos. … [Read more...]

Caption This Potpourri of Popery…


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A Potpourri of Popery…


Image, News.VaThe Pope's message for Lent 2014; an invitation to evangelical poverty in our time.“Dear Brothers and Sisters,As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: 'For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich'. The Apostle was writing t … [Read more...]