Daily Archives: 16 December 2013

“You Deserve Better”

A headline and a fair and honest quote from the St Paul-Minneapolis archbishop, John Nienstedt, preaching at a suburban parish in his diocese. He also was quoted in CNS: The negative news reports about past incidents of clerical sexual abuse in … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 76-77

Pope Pius XII misfires on citing the author of Hebrews as Saint Paul. That anonymous author is indeed the source of much of New Testament-based teaching on the high priesthood of Jesus Christ. As is Saint Augustine, as cited in Mediator … Continue reading

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Aparecida 15-18: Why The Bishops Write

The introduction closes with a few paragraphs that are exhortations, calling for joy and hope, noting how faith in Christ is the foundation for this document. As a sign of renewing hope, the bishops cite Pope Benedict in paragraph 15, … Continue reading

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Wuerl’s Gig

Rocco has early goods on the switcheroo at the Congregation of Bishops: +Burke and +Rigali out. +Wuerl in. We’re reminded there of an earlier dust-up between the old and the new. Maybe this was the parting shot. I’ve never been … Continue reading

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On Female Cardinals

Pope Francis has supposedly shut the door on appointing women to the college of cardinals: I don’t know where this idea sprang from. Women in the Church must be valued not “clericalized.” Whoever thinks of women as cardinals suffers a bit … Continue reading

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The Two Minds of NSA

BBC reports that two different figures in the National Security Agency are in public differentiation about offering amnesty to fugitive Edward Snowden. I’m a skeptic on the line that Mr Snowden had a better course of action: report wrongdoing within … Continue reading

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EG 22-23: Don’t Fear the Unruliness

God is full of surprises, especially for those who cooperate with him–so says Pope Francis in today’s installment of Evangelii Gaudium. 22. God’s word is unpredictable in its power. The Gospel speaks of a seed which, once sown, grows by … Continue reading

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