Category Archives: Pope Francis I

Deaconesses

Someone in Rome has said something about reviving the order of deaconesses.  This has got all of the dissenters very excited. There are a couple of points to make: Deaconess ≠ Deacon – the earliest statutes of the Church pretty … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi Message – Easter 2015

Pope Francis: Urbi et Orbi Message Pope Francis greets the faithful from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Following the Solemn Mass for Easter morning, Pope Francis gave the traditional blessing “Urbi et Orbi” – for the City (of Rome) … Continue reading

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Perspective

As ever, Ches gets it right, as does Fr Hunwicke. We must call out the actions of the swinish* terrorists in France for the cowardly, unmanly and wicked barbarities that they are. But I shan’t be calling myself “Charlie”: the … Continue reading

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I’m sure that Æsop had a fable about this…

…physician heal thyself.

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Bishop Mark Davies: Assisted Suicide Bill Will Put Lives of Many Vulnerable People at Risk

From zenit.0rg: Legislation Proposes Licensing Doctors to Supply Lethal Drugs to Those With Less Than Six Months to Live An English bishop has warned that a bill to legalise assisted suicide may inadvertently lead to the deaths of large numbers … Continue reading

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A fine word

The Holy Father had something good and important to say yesterday: When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper … Continue reading

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God remembers

 From the Vatican Radio website: At his Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the day’s Gospel account of the conversion of Zacchaeus.  The Holy Father recalled that Zacchaeus, a man “short in stature,” because he was a publican “was … Continue reading

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Interview with Cardinal Pell

In this interview published on October 28 by Vatican Insider, the cardinal comments on the recent meeting of the Council of Cardinals with Francis, the reform of the Roman Curia, and Lefebvrist leader Bishop Fellay’s attack on the Pope. GERARD … Continue reading

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Vatican official reaffirms teaching on divorced and remarried Catholics

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)   From the Catholic Herald online: Amid rising expectations that the Catholic Church might make it easier for divorced and remarried members to receive Communion, the Vatican’s highest doctrinal official reaffirmed Church teaching barring such persons … Continue reading

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Nailing jelly to the wall

Once again Ches hits the nail on the head: … today’s events in Rome are another indication of how complex it is trying to get a handle on this pope. I have no need to rehearse again here the various … Continue reading

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Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

From the Catholic Herald online: The Bishop of Shrewsbury will consecrate his diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sunday. Bishop Mark Davies’s act of consecration will mirror Pope Francis’s, the Pope will consecrate the world to Our Lady’s … Continue reading

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The papal earth-quake

Ches sums up the impact of the Papal interviews: The most visible wreckage lies in the confusion, disillusion and demoralization of faithful men and women – small ones and those at the very top of the Church’s life – whose … Continue reading

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Full English translation of THAT press conference

Thanks to Dr Robert from The Moynihan Letters: August 3, 2013, Saturday — The Pope’s press conference, English Below, a complete English translation of the 80-minute press conference, made up of 20 questions, with Pope Francis on July 28, on … Continue reading

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