Heroism For the Masses?

Friday, May 16, 2014 7:10 AM Comments (32)
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No one who saw it was unmoved by the suffering of John Paul II.  I will not forget the last time I heard him preach.  It was 2004.  He was barely audible, his words a slur.  He was seated.  But he radiated a kind of serenity.  It was clear to me that Pope John Paul II was a living saint.

Two years earlier, at World Youth Day in Toronto, I’d heard him say that “holiness is not a question of age; it is a matter of living in the Holy Spirit.”  Those who watched the last years of John Paul II watched a man alive in the Holy Spirit.

St. John Paul was holy.  He was heroic.  And legions of Catholics, young and old, modeled their lives after him: desiring to be like John Paul II, desiring to be...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on the Verge of Changing Church Teaching? Not Likely

Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:57 AM Comments (50)

A story has circulated around the Internet this week suggesting that Pope Francis telephoned Jacquelina Sabetta, an Argentine woman, to tell her that, despite being divorced and “remarried,” she could receive holy Communion.

The story began on Facebook, which is unsurprising, and then in the Argentine press; and the global media got interested when La Stampa, the Italian daily newspaper, began covering it.

The details of the story, like most things that begin with Facebook, are ambiguous. And it is unlikely that clarity will be forthcoming. But there are those who will use this story, however muddled, to buoy the simmering rumors that Pope Francis is on the verge of changing the Church’s...READ MORE

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About JD Flynn

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JD Flynn serves as Special Assistant to Bishop James Conley in the Diocese of Lincoln. He previously served as chancellor of the Archdiocese of Denver. JD serves as a canonical consultant to dioceses and religious communities, and serves on the board of Endow and of the Cultural Enterprise Foundation. His work has appeared in First Things, National Review Online, various canonical publications, and on the interwebs. He has a Juris Canonici Licentiate from the Catholic University of America, and Master’s degree in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. JD and his wife Kate live in Lincoln, Nebraska with their children, Max and Pia.