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Personalism Is the Key to Understanding Pope Francis (8010)


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Pope Francis does not speak like an intellectual. He is not, like John Paul II, an original thinker, or, like Benedict XVI, a supreme scholar of the Tradition. He is a pope whose manner is simpler and more ordinary, and yet, when I hear him, I hear them.

Or, rather, I hear the same love song in glorious polyphony. His voice is individual and distinctive, but his concerns are their concerns; his themes are their themes. His words and gestures as Pope bespeak, like theirs, the essential personalism of the Church in the modern world.

To be a human person is to be made in the image and likeness of God. It is to be absolutely unique and unrepeatable. It is to exist from love and for love, with...READ MORE

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Jesus Rejected Unlawful Marriage, Here's Why; Pope Francis and Revitalizing Culture and More! (5454)

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Click on Jesus Rejected Unlawful and Unchaste Marriages in His Own Day, Here’s Why and Where by Monsignor Charles Pope link to read more.

Jesus Rejected Unlawful and Unchaste Marriages in His Own Day, Here’s Why and Where by Monsignor Charles Pope - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis and Peripheries Revitalizing a Decaying Culture - Fr. Z’s Blog

A Crash Course on Purgatory – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Faithful Catholics: The Periphery Is Not Us - Big Blue Wave

Frankenstein’s Monster, Then, and Now – Foxfier, The American Catholic

My Personal Abraham Moment – Jonathan Kiehl

Why Contraception Is Wrong – John McNichol, Catholic Stand

Saint John Paul II Was a Marvel Comic Book Here in the '1980s - ChurchPOP

Pope Francis and Reckless Accusations by Brian Miles of One Peter 5 – BigPulpit.com

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Called to Be Good Stewards (2496)

COMMENTARY: We do not dictate the rules of how the vineyard should operate; instead, we receive them from God, who is the proprietor.

11/04/2014 Comments (3)
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The Wicked Husbandmen from the Bowyer Bible, 19th century.

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Several weeks ago, during the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, I attempted to use my Sunday homily to address the crisis of marriage and the family facing the Church.

It was the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Gospel reading was the Parable of the Tenants (Matthew 21:33-43). I explained that the landowner in the parable was God the Father and that the vineyard was the Church. We, the members of the Church, are the tenants.

What is crucial to note is that the vineyard does not belong to the tenants; they are simply leasing the land. So, as Catholics, we must realize that the Church does not belong to us, and as a result, we do not dictate the rules of how the vineyard...READ MORE

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‘What We Have Is a New Ecumenical Instrument’ (3224)

COMMENTARY: Anglicanorum Coetibus, Five Years Later

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Msgr. Andrew Burnham

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It was no accident that the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus was promulgated on the feast of that leading reformer and Counter-Reformation divine St. Charles Borromeo. Some have dismissed the document as no more than a pastoral response to groups of disenchanted Anglicans.

What we have here, however, was not just a pastoral response, but a new ecumenical instrument.

As a pastoral response, Anglicanorum Coetibus extended assistance already given to incomers. In July 1980, Pope St. John Paul II had set up a pastoral provision for groups from the Episcopal Church seeking communion with the Holy See.

In 1983, the Book of Divine Worship emerged. Based on the Book of Common Prayer,...READ MORE

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Self-Absorption Makes It Hard to Hear God’s Voice, Pope Warns (2546)

In his daily Mass homily, the Holy Father discussed how self-centeredness can lead to a rejection of God’s generosity.

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VATICAN CITY — In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis cautioned against excessive self-reliance, saying that this attitude can lead to a self-centered egoism that fears God and refuses to hear or accept his generosity.

“It is so difficult to listen to the voice of Jesus, the voice of God, when you believe that that the whole world revolves around you: There is no horizon, because you become your own horizon,” the Pope told Massgoers in the Vatican’s St. Martha residence on Nov. 4.

The Holy Father centered his reflections on the parable Jesus told in the day’s Gospel, taken from Luke, in which the master of a house prepares a feast and invites his friends who refuse and give excuses as to...READ MORE

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Anglican Ordinariates Mark Five Years of Benedict XVI’s Unitive Document (5011)

A former Anglican priest said, ‘Every now and then, a momentous event takes place. Few if any since the Reformation have more significance than Anglicanorum Coetibus.’

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WASHINGTON — When Cardinals Donald Wuerl of the Washington Archdiocese and Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stopped by for a visit to the ordinariate community of St. Luke’s at Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, the cardinals and priests halted in the church on the way out to sing together the hymn Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy.

In a quiet way, it was a remarkable, unplanned scene: Fathers Mark Lewis and Richard Kramer, who had begun their ministries as Episcopal priests, singing a hymn to the Virgin Mary with two cardinals of the Catholic Church, Msgr. James Watkins, pastor of Immaculate Conception, and several priests from...READ MORE

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Grief Over Brittany Maynard’s Suicide Prompts Christian Response (8095)

While the Catholic Church teaches that suicide is a grave sin, it also preaches a profound trust in God’s mercy and recognizes that only God can judge where an eternal soul will go.

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Brittany Maynard

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PORTLAND, Ore. — After typing a final Facebook message, Brittany Maynard ended her own life on Saturday, at home in Oregon surrounded by family.

“Goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!”

For weeks, the 29-year-old has been the face of advocacy for the controversial "Death With Dignity" laws, which allow terminally ill patients to request lethal prescription drugs from their doctors. To date, physician-assisted suicide is only legal in five states.

Maynard’s death came as a shock to many, since just two days prior, she released a heartwrenching video reconsidering the Nov. 1 date she had set for her suicide. She was still having good days with her family and friends, she said,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller: The Church and Theology Exist to Enlighten and Evangelize (2813)

The prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith presented his remarks Nov. 3 at The Catholic University of America.

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller

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WASHINGTON — Theologians must not be content with an intellectual pursuit of truth, but must evangelize with charity, so that the Gospel retains its freshness, the head of the Church’s doctrinal office insisted.

In a Nov. 3 lecture at The Catholic University of America, Cardinal Gerhard Müller,  prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, expressed his appreciation for the “charism of the theologians” in helping “the Church in her commitment to evangelization.”

However, the cardinal continued, in carrying out “this service as part of the Church’s saving mission,” theologians should carry the truth to the world.

Theologians, he urged, “must always remember that the Church...READ MORE

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