An appeal by a Catholic priest kidnapped in Yemen by Islamic extremists last March surfaced over the holidays.
“I ain’t a killer but don’t push me, revenge is like the sweetest joy,” certainly isn’t a Sunday school staple.
CHR Comment: For a prayer booklet in Sri Lanka, the compiler picked up a rapper’s revision of a traditional Catholic devotional poem. This illustrates the dangers of cut and paste!
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.
From the prosperous-appearing church of 1979 to the disappearing church of 2016, the Irish experience elicits responses on countless grounds.
CHR Comment: Martin Marty describes the decline of Irish Catholicism, how older Irish priests suffer from isolation and feelings of irrelevance in their changing nation.
Pope Francis celebrated an active if low-key 80th birthday on Saturday, sharing breakfast with eight homeless people before celebrating Mass with cardinals as greetings flowed in from around the world.
Bishop Javier Echevarría, who served as a personal secretary to Opus Dei’s founder for more than 20 years, was the last link to the first generation of Opus Dei’s leadership. He died Monday at age 84.
(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.
CHR Comment: Fascinating example of how New England Protestantism was breaking down and its children were looking for spiritual direction.
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.
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.