Posts Tagged ‘Pope’

Are the bishops up to the pope’s challenge to build a synodal Church?

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

There has been attention on Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation that elaborates on discussions regarding marriage and the family, which took places in 2014 and 2015 within the Synod of Bishops. But something has largely been neglected. It is the reception of the pope’s focus on synodality and its importance for the Church Read more

What Pope Francis has changed

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The date 13 March 2013, marks the day on which Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was the first South American in history to become Pope. Four years later, “La Croix” asks four individuals to give their perspectives on what changes the Pope has brought about in their particular domains. “A real encouragement of our activities” Sylvie Read more

Pope Francis’ call to action!

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

You may not have heard about it, but it was a big deal – big enough to inspire Pope Francis to get involved. The big deal was the under-reported U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM) that recently gathered (Feb. 16-19) in Modesto, Calif. Drawing together hundreds of faith-based and social justice organizers from Read more

New TV series The Young Pope a hit with Catholics

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

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

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

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

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

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’?

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