Posts tagged Catholicism
Posts tagged Catholicism
So, I’m thinking about making a post regarding Catholic interpretations (purposefully plural) of political/economic philosophy given the war going on on my dashboard right now, but it will essentially boil down to:
"Help people, especially those who need help, and don’t be jerks."
1. Congratulations to Bishop Salvatore Matano who has been appointed to succeed Bishop Matthew Clark as Bishop of Rochester. Read more at Whispers in the Loggia, in Rocco Palmo’s article, “For Rochester, Rome Declares Matano Law – Vt. Prelate to Upstate Post.”
2. Last week Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany celebrated his 75th birthday, which is the age all bishops are required to submit their retirement letter. Bishop Howard Hubbard has served the longest of any American bishop of a single diocese. He has been bishop of Albany for the last 33 years. He is also the last of the so-called “Jadot Bishops” serving. These bishops were named by Pope Paul VI, and are known for their liberal positions, which means his expected retirement marks the end of an era in the American Church.
According to a Catholic writer in Italy, Pope Francis was aware that his reported words in an Oct. 1 interview published in
A graph of the number of accused priests in the abuse scandal during each of the 4 pontiffs reign in which it occurred.
As I’m sure a lot of you know, the government shutdown in the U.S. is really hitting hard on the poor. The government gives a lot of necessary funding to soup kitchens and food pantries, and wouldn’t you know it, that funding was one of the first things to disappear during the shutdown.
So, if you’re willing, I’d invite you to consider the government shutdown as an opportunity give. Like, maybe give up your morning starbucks and give the money you save to the poor. Or if you smoke, give up cigarettes for the shutdown and give the money saved to a soup kitchen or food pantry. Another option would be centers that give supplies to new mothers. If you can’t afford the money, but have time on your hands, these places also need volunteers, and would be grateful for your help.
I think this would be a nice gesture for all of us to make in a time when a lot of people are going to be hurting. For non-U.S. citizens, it might be more difficult to donate to U.S. organizations, but we’d still appreciate the solidarity and I’m sure the poor in your home countries would appreciate the help even if your government is still functioning. And remember, if you are unable to make this commitment, you can always remember those in need in your prayers. Thank you for your time.
"If we let ourselves be drawn into these discussions, [about ordination of women, contraception, and abortion] the Church is then identified with certain commandments or prohibitions; we give the impression that we are moralists with a few somewhat antiquated convictions, and not even a hint of the true greatness of the faith appears. I therefore consider it essential always to highlight the greatness of our faith - a commitment from which we must not allow such situations to divert us."
-Pope Benedict XVI, 2006
“We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”
-Pope Francis, 2013
Just started reading Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI. In just the 8 pages of the introduction, Pope Benedict completely reshaped how I think about Jesus.
Little bit of a tongue-in-cheek article from the Eye of the Tiber.
A Day in the Life of a Priest
Great video. If you think you may be called to the priesthood, check it out!