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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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Just curious: what do you make of Steve Skojec’s call for boycotting the reception of communion at Pope Francis’s outdoor Masses later this month? I don’t know about those less scrupulous than I, but this blog-post is scary enough to … Continue reading

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What Pope Francis Intends On Abortion Forgiveness

Lots of commentary today to overshadow the observance of the day for the care of all creation, not the least of which is Pope Francis’s announcement on forgiving abortion. Where John Allen sees a “double-play,” and Ed Peters is “less … Continue reading

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