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“What About You?”

I liked Pope Francis’s homiletic exploration of the call and response of one of my country’s great saints. It’s a question for the whole vector of the disciple’s life. (Pope Leo) asked her pointedly: “What about you? What are you … Continue reading

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The Impulse of Discernment

I remember that British politician who stepped down from Parliament after an Ignatian retreat. Did John Boehner have a similar moment? Pope Francis did speak of the fractiousness of politics yesterday. Mr Boehner had a good enough seat to look … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Thomas Merton

Pope Francis addressed Congress and all of the United States earlier today. I laud House Speaker Boehner for this initiative. The Holy Father lauded Thomas Merton for his “capacity for dialogue and openness to God” as well as his “contemplative … Continue reading

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Celebrity or Popularity, Front Porch Perspective

Matthew Schmitz on papal celebrity here. I am sure Mr Schmitz is partly right, partly wrong about his six talking points. 1. Personalities tend to be more popular than institutions. I think the First Things commentator has indulged a bit … Continue reading

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Mystagogue Bishops

In his address to new bishops, Pope Francis addressed mystagogy, a fascination since my grad school days. I find a lot of meat in the Holy Father’s words to groups to which I do not belong. I’ve made a resolution … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Gossip

Gossip is one of the forms of the Culture of Complaint. Often it is also a form of the hermeneutic of subtraction, chipping away at the peace and unity of the Body. Pope Francis condemns gossip here. Every day that … Continue reading

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More On Forgiving Abortion

Providence bishop Thomas Tobin on the pope’s initiative: Most dioceses have had permission to (forgive abortion) that for many, many years — so while it’s a wonderful gesture on behalf of the Holy Father, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference … Continue reading

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