Video of kidnapped priest raises hopes, concerns

An appeal by a Catholic priest kidnapped in Yemen by Islamic extremists last March surfaced over the holidays.

Source: Video of kidnapped priest raises hopes, concerns


Pope: Resistance to Vatican reform inspired by devil

It marked the third consecutive year that the pope has slammed the highest levels of the Catholic Church’s administration in his annual holiday greeting at the Vatican.

CHR Comment: The pope’s comments perhaps illustrate his rising frustration as he attempts reforms. Conservative Catholics are not accepting Francis’s modernism; liberal Catholics are waiting for more substantial changes and not receiving them.

Source: Pope: Resistance to Vatican reform inspired by devil

Fidel Castro, Jesuit-influenced Marxist

(RNS) “I believe Karl Marx could have subscribed to the Sermon on the Mount,” Castro once said.

CHR Comment: Castro was also known for propagandizing his way to power. It is very difficult to discern the beliefs of such a person. Lord, have mercy. Below I’ve added a link to a USA Today story about potential new Catholic efforts in Cuba.

Source: Fidel Castro, Jesuit-influenced Marxist revolutionary | Religion News Service

USA Today

Pope Francis allows priests to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion

Pope Francis: “I want to insist as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin because it puts an end to an innocent life.”

CHR Comment: The story also includes the closing of the cathedral doors that were symbolically opened for a year of jubilee mercy. The pope’s statement also includes a good example of the Roman Catholic views on repentance in distinction from that traditionally proclaimed by Protestant denominations.

Source: Pope Francis allows priests to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion

Pope Francis denounces growing ‘demonization’ of enemies and outsiders

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pontiff’s exhortation, at a ceremony to elevate 17 new cardinals, seemed to take aim at nationalist anger roiling countries around the world, including the U.S.

CHR Comment: The reporter interprets statements of Francis and applies them to Donald Trump and to conservative Catholics. None of the quotations mention Trump or the conservatives so the writer’s applications to them seem odd and inappropriate. The pope’s comments seem clearly international rather than directed against persons in the United States. The article feels less like reporting and more like editorializing.

Source: Pope Francis denounces growing ‘demonization’ of enemies and outsiders | Religion News Service