Category: Pope Francis
The Catholic Church declares this month Poverty Awareness month: https://www.usccb.org/committees/catholic-campaign-human-development/poverty-awareness-month. The call to all Catholics is for “solidarity with the poor.” It is an honorable goal. The site above has information and links to sites where you can take action. A contrarian critical mood has gripped me regarding “solidarity with the poor.” We are the poor. No I am not saying I or you … Read More Poverty
“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”
The newest Encyclical Letter FRATELLLI TUTTI of the HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON FRATERNITY AND SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP includes a strong diet of healthy Catholic values like Love of thy neighbor, universal love, truth, kindness, gratuitousness, and forgiveness. Pope Francis provides ample liturgical context and scripture to ground these starting with the parable of the Good Samaritan assisting a stranger on the road followed by multiple … Read More Fratelli Tutti & the Catholic Vote
I just read Pope Francis ruled against married priest in the Amazon. This decision is not what I would say is covered by “Papal Infallibility” definitions. The article below admits as much as the Catholic Church has granted exceptions in the past. If any Pope would have allowed married priest or women clergy it would be Pope Francis. He is guided though by church … Read More Celibacy
A recent article sent me down the Rabbit hole of the intersection of politics, psychiatry, and spirituality. It has laid bare for me the difficulty of how to share the spiritual path in a secular society as well as how to live the spiritual path oneself. Here is the journey: The Martial Personality (MP) archetype was recently explored in the Psychiatric Times by Ronald … Read More The Rabbit Hole
Today 190 Church leaders are meeting with Pope Francis to address the Sexual abuse crisis. Hidden underneath it is the patriarchal structure of the church. At least three NYT articles today are discussing current immorality of church leaders with abuse of Nuns, Children, and other related legacies and current day abuses. A recent NYT article[i] exposes hypocrisy of Southern Baptist presenting rapist as men … Read More “Here the Cry of the Little Ones” Pope Francis
Aquinas Shorter Summa: Part I: Introduction, God, and the Holy Trinity: 1-63 Compendium of Theology (1273 AD) (Compendium theologiae ad fratrem Reginaldum socium suum carissimum) I am embarrassed to admit I have chosen to read a compendium of Saint Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica. It represents only about 10% of the full version above. “He has reduced to a brief compass for the sake of … Read More Descend to the level of God’s enemies?
Generally today might be a day for recollection of St. Tarcicius, a martyr at the age of 12, or recollections of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In a.m. masses or Noon, a small segment of the faithful may have joined together in Catholic Mass. Others may have had some solitude and prayer dedicated to this aspect of Catholic tradition and doctrine among their other prayerful … Read More Apologist
Seeking to live a holy life has many sojourners. Great care, discipline, and commitment is required to shape and mold our interior response to God. The paths to enlightenment and living a divinely inspired life have consumed many for a life time. Prayer, scripture, spiritual direction, the lives of martyrs and saints, heroes of the day, inspiring mentors, reading, and countless reflections of God’s … Read More Silence is Consent – Action is Required
It has come to an epic confrontation for all American Catholics and Christians. Politicians, families, friends, religious affiliations, and work associations once in comfortable silos have been shattered by a crisis of conscience over immigration. They have to face each other across the divide of rich and poor, red or blue, pro-Trump or not. There is real fear out there for the American middle … Read More Confrontation with thy neighbor?
Rejoice and be Glad.[i] The Vatican has just released “APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON THE CALL TO HOLINESSIN TODAY’S WORLD.” (End note 1). I recommend any serious Catholic read it now before reading any further here! What could I possible write that would be better stated or more informed than the Holy Father? Yes, that is a rhetorical … Read More Rejoice and be Glad
It is only January 16th today. Anthony Shore has been convicted of 5 heinous crimes (rape and murder) of young girls between the ages of 9 and 21. His conviction was November 15, 2004 some nine years after his last known victim. He is scheduled to be executed in Texas on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6 P.M.[i] He himself has asked for the … Read More Rest in Peace? – January 18, 2018