Unpacking Pope Francis’s Interview (Part II) UPDATED

Do you know what the secret of life is? One thing…

I’m back to unpacking Pope Francis’s interview, though the world seems to have moved on. Last time we left off with thoughts on aligning our minds with the mind of the Church, and I’ll will pick up from there. [Read more...]

Joe Six-Pack Unpacks Pope Francis’s Interview (Part I) UPDATED

Pope Francis knows who really pays our bills…

“I do not know what might be the most fitting description….I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.”

Pope Francis’s candid answer to the first question of the interview read ’round the world set the tone for all that would follow. [Read more...]

Pope Francis’s Homily On the Last Ember Day of Autumn

It seems fitting to me, at least. Especially this part, [Read more...]

One Question to Pope Francis Went Unasked, and Unanswered.

Sigh. Maybe next time.

Now that you’re here, you might be interested in Fr. James Martin’s take on Pope Francis’s interview.  [Read more...]

Your “Must Read” of the Day: The Pope Francis Interview in America Magazine UPDATED

It’s big. It’s bold. And it’s the first time America has ever interviewed a pope. Actually, a Jesuit priest from the Italian journal La Civiltà Cattolica did the interviewing from questions drafted by various Jesuit publications, including America.

Titled A Big Heart Open to God, it’s chock full of quotes that will make you nod your head in approval, even if some of them will catch you by surprise. Quotes like, [Read more...]

My Family And I Spent The Weekend With Jesus, And 5,000 of His Friends…

The occasion was the first Eucharistic Congress ever held in the Diocese of Knoxville. Why now? It was the Jubilee celebration of the diocese’s 25th Anniversary. The theme? His Presence + Our Faith + Families Together In Christ.

Some of Jesus’s friends showed up too. [Read more...]

HHS Mandate News That Makes Me Go, “Hmmmmm”

Credit: CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

There was a time when a news story like this would invigorate me. Via the Catholic News Service, Cardinal Dolan is quoted as saying the Catholic Health Association’s decision earlier this year to agree to the final rule of the HHS Contraceptive Mandate, is “less than helpful.”

Take a look. [Read more...]

Al-Qaeda Learns How To Lobby Congress? UPDATED

Elisabeth O’Bagy, researcher of “moderate opposition” in Syria.

Just put together an American 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation, call it the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and get busy swaying the opinions of seat holders in the House and Senate, writing op-ed pieces in the big papers, etc. One of my senators, Bob Corker (R-TN) was totally hoodwinked by them.

But they made a mistake in hiring a person who lied about having a doctorate. Oops.

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Check Out Pope Francis’s New Car…

It’s no surprise that Joe Six-Pack is a car guy. I’ve held forth on the fact that I enjoy planes, trains, and automobiles before.

Truth be told, I’m a bit of a gearhead. So when I saw the story from the Catholic News Service that a priest up and gave his old car to Pope Francis, I was pretty jazzed. It’s a 1984 vintage Renault 4, with 186,000 miles on the clock. Or maybe it’s kilometers.

At least it’s the right color!

Photo Credit: Catholic News Service

Awwww. Ain’t it cute? [Read more...]

PSA: Charlie Rose Interviews Syrian President Assad on PBS Tonight, 9PM Eastern

I don’t normally tune in to Charlie Rose on PBS, but seeings how tonight’s guest is Bashar al-Assad, I will be. Tune in, as it should be an interesting conversation. Hopefully my local PBS station will be carrying it, but you never know.

I want to get a look at the bad guy, and here what he has to say to Charlie. Lord knows I’ve heard about as much about the Syrian Free Army as I can stand. Did you hear what the rebels did to several of the ancient and beautiful churches in the city of Maloula, about 45 minutes north of Damascus?

Just one more reason not to support military action in Syria.

Locals protesting outside the Federal Courthouse today…


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