Posts Tagged ‘Pope’

New TV series The Young Pope a hit with Catholics Comments 0

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The Young Pope is a new television series that premiered in the northern hemisphere in October. A youthful pope is in the job because the other cardinals hope to manipulate him, particularly the superficially cheerful Secretary of State. But Pius XIII, Lenny Belardo, makes it clear early on that he will be his own man. Read more

7 insanely bad TV shows and movies featuring popes Comments 0

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The National Catholic Register’s Matt Archbold went back and looked up some movies in which the pope and the Church were portrayed. What he came up with was not encouraging. Many Catholics are rightly upset about the scandalous anti-Catholic new HBO show called “The Young Pope.” But Hollywood has been attacking the Church for years. Read more

Taking the advice of the Pope: dare to dream Comments 0

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Here are four ideas that have helped me move forward with my dream of making a difference in the Church Last month, Pope Francis had an inspirational message for the laity, “Dare to dream!”. I am energised by his words because they reminded me why I left everything to follow Christ. Five years ago, I Read more

7 reasons why the Pope’s gaffes are OK Comments 1

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Pope Francis keeps making headlines, but not in a way that soothes all Catholics. This week CNN reported that “Pope says Christians should apologize to gay people”, a story which was relayed by NPR as “Pope Francis: Church Should Apologize To Gays And Other Marginalized Groups”. As usual, this upset a few Catholics who have Read more

Pope Francis’ comments about marriage make a point Comments 0

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Pope’s recent comments on marriage, which have raised a few eyebrows, do at least contain one statement with which I wholeheartedly agree. It is this: “Marriage is the most difficult area of pastoral work.” As for the rest of what the Pope has said, most of this raises a “Yes, but…” response from me. Read more

Benedict XVI can’t drive but can fly helicopters Comments 0

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

The emeritus bishop of Rome, Benedict XVI has a pilot’s license, and liked to fly from the Vatican to the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, but he does not have a driver’s license as he never learned to drive a car. April 16th was Benedict XVI’s birthday. He turned 89. Other trivia about Benedict: He loves Read more

Benedict XVI as the ‘great reformer’? Comments 0

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

By consensus, while emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was a great teaching pontiff, ecclesiastical governance on his watch often left something to be desired. Space does not permit a full listing of meltdowns and crises, but here are a few highlights: The appointment in 2007, followed by the swift fall from grace, of a new Archbishop Read more

Let’s not be obsessed with criticism of Pope Francis Comments 0

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

On Monday night I was in the diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota, to give the annual Bishop Raymond Lucker lecture. Lucker served as the bishop there for a quarter-century, from 1976 to 2000, and is remembered in New Ulm primarily as a caring pastor who loved his people and his place. Nationally, however, Lucker is Read more

Vatican releases pope’s Lenten schedule Comments 0

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The Vatican released Pope Francis’ liturgical schedule for March and April, including Holy Week and Easter. The pope’s schedule includes a penitential celebration and a consistory for several causes of canonization. However, the schedule does not say where he will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Greg Burke, vice director of the Read more

An “overview effect” of the pontificate of Francis Comments 0

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The “overview effect” is a term used to describe a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. It refers to the experience of seeing first-hand the reality of the Earth in space. From space, national boundaries vanish and Read more