Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Unite the Right? Evangelicalism and Catholicism to Join Hands?

The Catholic Herald posted a fascinating article about the prospects of bridging the divide between Catholics and evangelicals. The move implemented by the Pope could bring in language that would have the Vatican acknowledge a 'shared mission', united by 'one Gospel'. A lot of the work to change centuries of theology and name-calling stemming from the Reformation, was pushed forward in 1999 as the Lutheran and Catholic churches came together to declare, “a common understanding of our justification by God’s grace through faith in Christ”. Unified under a common banner is certainly big thinking, but so big that God can't welcome the magnitude of reconciliation. It's time to recreate our language for each other.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pope Calls Armenian Genocide by What it is -- Genocide

Pope Francis on his recent visit to Turkey dropped a bombshell. It's always been a tenuous political issue to call the killing of the Armenians in Turkey at the turn of the 20th century 'genocide'. Well the Pope stopped all that by saying exactly that, it was genocide. His reasoning was simply that history needs to have an honest portrayal of actual events. Turkey in response ousted the Vatican ambassador and unequivocally stated that history is wrong and the numbers were inflated. It will look very mad on Turkey if they how to do is the distinction of being the first country in the modern era to attempt the eradication of a people group.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Miracle Pope Francis?

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A vial of blood turned into liquid? You can tell by his low he's trying to figure out what on earth is going on and whether or not the Archbishop's pulling his leg and trying to raise the prominence of his presence beyond what it should be.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2-3 Years More for Francis?

The main thing that came out of Vatican I was papal infallibility. Curiously the infallibility can be voted in.

Pope Francis is suggesting he would only choose to be Pope for another two to three years if he has anything to say about it. That's quite short for a pontiff that is in good health. More in the link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2993707/Pope-Francis-says-believes-remain-pontiff-two-three-years-says-hardest-thing-job-not-able-pop-pizza.html

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pop Francis Means Business for Business

Less than a year after Benedict appointed cardinals over the Vatican, Francis has fired all but one. Their five year term came to an abrupt end. The Pope has been reading the riot act throughout the Vatican and the Catholic church. The 'People's Pope' is trying to usher in a new culture for RC and expects Cardinals to be the primary people to lead the charge. http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/329/0/francis-sacks-four-cardinals-on-vatican-bank-commission-11-months-into-their-five-year-term The also comes on the heels of the appointment of 19 new cardinals http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/canadian-among-19-new-cardinals-to-be-elevated-next-month-1.2493511?cmp=rss

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pope Francis Time Person of the Year

http://poy.time.com/2013/12/11/pope-francis-the-choice/ Certainly a wise choice. Could go with the usual suspects, or heaven forbid, a popstar. Time magazine crowned Pope Francis this year's person of the year. The words from the Pope have started a seismic shift in the Catholic church returning it to simpler roots, and dare I say, the teachings of Jesus. Will he be successful in implementing change? Time will tell what's rhetoric and what's too big to shift the already massive organization set in its ways.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Corporate Greed Targeted by Pope

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/26/uk-pope-document-idUKBRE9AP0EO20131126 The Pope continues his attack on wealth disparity (which in some ways could be seen as hypocritical given the massive wealth, primarily in land, the Catholic Church possess) taking corporations to task yet again decrying the immense and usually obtuse salaries for executives. This Pope has long been a champion for the poor, seeking ways to raise their prominence in the face of oppression from a variety of sources, including wage disparity at the hands of greedy corporations. Impact? Likely none, but at some point at least some Catholics will be convicted to make changes that may see a trickle down effect to some workers (the working poor....)