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Published on Catholic Online. Permission to republish given by the author. This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of our liturgical year. Yet, for many Catholics who commemorate the Feast, it is just one more somewhat esoteric celebration which we go through every year at this time. This mistake is at least right on one count, it really is all about time.  The It is one of many opportunities the Liturgical Church year offers to each one of us consider...

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November 04, 2015

The scandal that wasn't

By Alejandro Bermúdez

Two books are about to hit the shelves this week, supposedly testing Pope Francis' Vatican's capacity to withstand fresh scandals. The first and most important, “Merchants in the Temple” is authored by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of the 2012 blockbuster “His Holiness,” which sparked the scandal known as the “Vatileaks” and resulted in the conviction of Pope Benedict XVI’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, precisely for leaking Nuzzi the documents. The second book, “Avarice:...

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October 22, 2015

Family, the Synod and the Pope

By Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie

The ever-popular Pope Francis received a rock-star welcome in the United States recently, doing what he usually does: challenging entrenched opinions and blithely crossing political lines which seemed impassable.  It was in Philadelphia, where his focus was the needs and pastoral care of the family, where he was at his most charming and endearing. In his musically accented Spanish, he went happily off-script during one of his speeches, clearly energized by the enthusiasm of the...

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At a time when there is much antagonism, polarization, pain, and inequity in the world, at a time when socially responsible leadership at all levels of society is lacking and there are “unrestrained ambitions and collective forms of selfishness,” the visit of Pope Francis to the United States is a breath of fresh air.  His touch is a light shining in darkness; his voice echoes with compassion, love, and wisdom.   Pope Francis’ several speeches—especially in front of a joint session of...

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October 01, 2015

Pope Francis has done it again

By Jennifer Manning

Pope Francis has done it again.  He has reminded us what it means to be an elected official, a leader, a responsible citizen of the world.  I had the privilege of watching Pope Francis’ address to Congress with my 11th grade students. The focus of 11th grade Religion in our school is Morality and Ethics, and Pope Francis offered a master class in morality in his address.  Below are some of my class’s favorite moments.  “You are called to defend and...

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September 25, 2015

Pope Francis — a comforting, uncomfortable pope

By Tina McCormick

Pope Francis is the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. There are bound to be some who don’t like him. But what is of greater interest is that so many non-Catholics love him. In fact, this week’s People magazine features Pope Francis on its front cover and describes him as a saint for all. A local witness to the Pope’s visit to Cuba called him “the most loved man in the world.” There is ample evidence of Pope Francis’ global appeal. No doubt, this church leader has what...

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September 24, 2015

Our Missionary Pope Named Francis and Political Piracy

By Deacon Keith Fournier

The word pirate calls to mind images from movies or books which often romanticized them. However, they were plunderers who robbed ships at sea for nefarious purposes. I suggest that an historic event is being plundered by some political pirates, the first address given by a Pope to a joint session of congress in the history of the United States.   The address was the last in a series of addresses and sermons given by this missionary pope in Washington, D.C. The real message could...

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September 23, 2015

Time to Rescue the Rule of Law from a Judicial Aristocracy

By Mat Staver and Keith Fournier

The framers of the Constitution of the United States were not fond of unjust monarchs or aristocracies which showed no regard for the people. They fled the abuse of power in the hands of an unjust monarch and formulated a system of governance to protect against the concentration of power in the hands of a privileged few. We have a prohibition against titles of nobility embodied in the U.S. Constitution for good reason. It attests to the seriousness with which they approached...

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September 06, 2015

Pope Francis shines a light on mercy

By Jennifer Manning

Pope Francis has called for an extraordinary Jubilee Year—typically, Jubilees are held every 25 years (the most recent was in 2000) but Pope Francis called this one a bit early and for good reason—what the world needs now is mercy, sweet mercy. Pope Francis has made headlines for declaring that during this Jubilee year (which begins on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8), all priests will be granted the necessary faculties to absolve women who have had abortions. ...

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Should Catholic nuns be forced to include contraceptives in their health insurance plans?  The government thinks so and has spent the better part of the past two years trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to do just that. For over 175 years, the Little Sisters, an international congregation of Roman Catholic religious women, has served the nation’s elderly poor with love and dignity. The order operates group nursing homes dedicated to the physical, emotional, and spiritual...

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