What Did The Pope Just Say? Zero Things To Know And Share

07/14/2014 Comments (77)

The internet is once again abuzz with the second-hand hearsay of an unrecorded Papal interview.

Pope Francis once again (the third time by my estimation) has given an unrecorded interview to known atheist Eugenio Scalfari in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. And once again we have "shocking" quotes from the Pope that are impossible to substantiate.

And once again we have Vatican Spokesman stating that the 'non-interview' interview authentically "captures the spirit of the conversation," but that the interviewer in the non-interview is a scheming to "manipulate some naïve readers" with inaccurate quotes in his accurate interview.

So let's bottom line this.  The interview is accurate,...READ MORE

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The Seamless Garment: What It Is and Isn’t

07/14/2014 Comments (269)

The Church proposes what is called a “consistent ethic of life”.  It must, of course, do so because it is bound by sacred tradition to the proposition that all human beings, without any exception whatsoever, are made in the image and likeness of God and that Jesus Christ died for all human beings, without any exception whatsoever.  Therefore each human person—without any exception whatsoever—is sacred and is the only creature that God wills for its own sake.

This simple fact is one that our civilization has tremendous difficulty grasping.  All sorts of social and political groups have all sorts of human beings they wish to exempt from this truth—often for purely utilitarian purposes that...READ MORE

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A Conversation with Rio's Cardinal on the Pope, the Poor, Peace & Sports

07/12/2014 Comments (2)

With the one year anniversary of World Youth Day 2013 coming up in less than two weeks, its memory and mission lives on the city of Rio de Janeiro.

In almost perfect timing, I was invited to a special press opportunity this morning, commemorating the full reconstruction of Rio’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue, after lighting destroyed several fingers and part of its head.

The statue, considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is struck by lightning an average of six times each year, and needed nearly $1,000,000 worth of renovations. Sponsored by the international tire company Pirelli, the work took place from January to June, and included the installation of four cameras on...READ MORE

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It turns out there's only one paragraph in the whole Catechism about Islam

07/10/2014 Comments (135)

Just to refresh memories, it says this:

841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."

Nota bene: it does not say the Muslims are saying and doing exactly the same things as us, or that Jesus is unnecessary for salvation, or that it's okay for Muslim radicals to behead, rape, subjugate, lie and kill, or that we should not evangelize Muslims. How do I know?  Because so far from saying that nobody is a sinner and we should not evangelize,...READ MORE

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World Cup Soccer: Players, Fans and Faith

07/10/2014 Comments (3)

Until traveling abroad, I was never a huge soccer fan. Like most Americans, I wasn’t born and raised watching the sport.

But in most countries across the globe, soccer is king. By far the world’s most popular sport, soccer has an estimated 3.5 billion worldwide fans – the most passionate of whom seem to be here in Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

During the past month, I’ve witnessed a fervor for sports I’ve never experienced during five years covering both college and professional sports in the United States: people moved to tears at the sight of watching their countries compete on the world’s biggest international stage – a stage bigger than the Winter Olympics, and second only to...READ MORE

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From World Cup to Pope Cup

07/10/2014 Comments (2)
Edward Pentin / Irish Catholic (www.irishcatholic.ie)

– Edward Pentin / Irish Catholic (www.irishcatholic.ie)

It has to be a providential turn of events that our soccer-loving Pope should see his native national side not only reach the World Cup Final, but also face the national team of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. 

The Vatican has said Pope Francis “might” watch the Argentina v Germany match on Sunday but is unlikely to do so alongside the Pope Emeritus. “He might want to watch the final,” Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi told reporters today, but added the late kick-off would be too late for him as he is normally in bed before 10pm. As for Benedict XVI, he said: "I don’t believe he watches sport, I don’t know, but in the past I didn’t get the impression that he watched it much.” 


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Maite Roche Is a Treasure

07/10/2014 Comments (10)

Back before Easter, I planned to review a lovely little book that came to our house: My First Pictures of Easter by Maite Roche (Ignatius Press).

Better late than never! This book is a treasure. With simple, carefully chosen words and phrases describing the events of Holy Week, it is a springboard for parents to tell their kids the story of the Passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, giving as much or as little detail as they would like. My kids have absconded with the Easter book, but I do have in front of me another of Roche's books: My First Prayers with Mary.  

It's a sturdy little board book with rounded edges. It includes several short, simple prayers to Mary, with large, bright...READ MORE

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A Look at Lord Patten, the Vatican's New Media Czar

07/09/2014 Comments (3)

One of the most interesting Vatican appointments announced this morning by Cardinal George Pell is that of the British peer Lord Patten.

A well known figure in Britain and one of the country’s most prominent Catholics, the Vatican has chosen him to head a committee advising Pope Francis on reforming the Holy See’s media operations.

Cardinal Pell said he chose the former British politician on account of his wide experience and is “delighted” he’s accepted.

Currently chancellor of Oxford University, Christopher Patten has had a long and highly distinguished career in public life. He served as a member of parliament from 1979 to 1992, during which he was a Foreign Office and...READ MORE

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