23Jan What Pope Francis was thinking of last Friday – the day of the Irish Bishops ‘ad limina’ and Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Last Friday Pope Francis also had other matters on his mind along with the ‘Ad limina’ visit of the Irish bishops. He gave hour and a quarter long interview with the Spanish Newspaper El País.
A lot of what he says will sound familiar.
"Talk, please. A fraternal conversation, if you feel up to it, or at least in a civilized way. Don't throw insults at each other. Don't condemn before talking."
"Too much order. When you read the Acts of the Apostles, Saint Paul's epistles, it was a mess, there were troubles, people moved. There was movement and contact with people. An anesthetized person is not in touch with people. He protects himself against reality."

12Jan Clearing one’s voice?

An interesting report by Sandro Magister is being carried at Settimo Cielo, that ‘Liturgiam authenticam’ is to be revisited by Pope Francis. ‘Liturgiam authenticam’ was the criteria for the translation of liturgical texts from Latin into modern languages which led to the “new missal” with its beauties like ‘prevenient grace’, ‘consubstantial’, and had us praying for ‘the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds’ at the start of Advent.

29Dec Francis and Leonardo Boff

It used to be said that once one became an Irish bishop the new bishop would never have a bad dinner and never again hear the truth.
Going on comments made by Leonardo Boff it would seem that some in the Vatican are trying to ensure the second half of that theory becomes reality for the bishop of Rome by controlling what mail gets through to Pope Francis. "The pope told Boff not to send the materials directly to him, however, because Vatican underlings would grab it and it wouldn’t get to him. He advised Boff to send the materials to the Argentinian ambassador."
Praytellblog carried a report of an interview with Leonardo Boff that appeared on Christmas Day in the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Cologne.
'Asked about the lack of concrete church reforms under Pope Francis, Boff maintains that "Pope Francis is more interested in the survival of humanity and the future of the earth than he is in the church and its inner workings. He wants above all that Christianity make a contribution to these overarching problems". '

23Dec We are Church – Curia Reform

Statement by 'We are Church, Ireland' in response to Pope Francis' address to the curia.

22Dec Message from Tony Flannery to Pope Francis

When An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, visited Pope Francis recently he agreed to take a message from Tony Flannery to the Pope.

22Dec Doctrinal Authority in the Francis Era

Richard R. Gaillardetz writes in commonweal magazine about the issue of doctrinal authority and Pope Francis.
"Pope Francis is refashioning the exercise of doctrinal teaching authority in the church. There should be no question of the pope’s fidelity to church teaching; by any account Francis must be considered a doctrinal conservative. Many Catholics, on the left and the right, by thinking of the magisterium in a largely juridical key, focus far too much on the pope’s authority to officially pronounce on doctrinal matters".

22Dec Reform of the curia and resistance to it

Gerard O'Connell in Americamagazine reports on the address of Pope Francis to the curia.

05Dec We’re not ready to meet the Pope

Brendan Hoban in his Western People column questions if we're ready to hear the message of our Papal visitor.
... "the sad and difficult truth is that we’re not ready in Ireland for the man from the pampas of Argentina or the message of mercy and compassion that reflects the gospel Jesus preached..."
"The terrible tragedy is that we won’t listen because we can’t hear what Pope Francis is saying or accept the direction in which he’s pointing the Church.
The sad truth is that while a defensive Church is up to its neck in denial, our people will have their tongues out for the message Francis brings and the promise he represents ­ wishing it, willing it and wanting it."

04Dec Doubting or dissenting Cardinals?

Michael Sean Winters writes in the National Catholic Reporter about the fact that "Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra and Meisner decided to publish their letter ........ openly challenging the pope to clarify parts of Amoris Laetitia that they find to be a source of confusion."
He concludes with the strong opinion that 'to publicly voice doubts about the magisterial teaching of the church is not something a cardinal should be doing or, if he does, he should have the decency to include his red hat with the submission of his dubia."

02Dec Pope Francis in dialogue with Jesuits

Pádraig McCarthy directs our attention to a meeting held on 24 October between Pope Francis and Jesuits who had gathered in Rome for their 36th General Congregation. Pope Francis conducted a “cordial dialogue” with delegates who asked him questions which Francis did not want to see beforehand.




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