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Thank you, Fr James Martin SJ

4And Thanks to A Beacon of Light  Bishop McElroy  who tells it like it is…

Bravo for coming to stand by the side of the well loved, respected,

esteemed, Fr James Martin 

 

“Father James Martin is a distinguished Jesuit author who has spent his life building bridges within the Catholic Church and between the church and the wider world. He has been particularly effective in bringing the Gospel message to the millennial generation. When we survey the vast gulf that exists between young adults and the church in the United States, it is clear that there could be no more compelling missionary outreach for the future of Catholicism than the terrain that Father Martin has passionately and eloquently pursued over the past two decades. There are few evangelizers who have engaged that terrain with more heart and skill and devotion.

Last year Father Martin undertook a particularly perilous project in this work of evangelization: building bridges between the church and the L.G.B.T. community in the United States. He entered it knowing that the theological issues pertaining to homosexuality constituted perhaps the most volatile element of ecclesial life in U.S. culture.”           From America Magazine

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“...The concerted attack on Father Martin’s work has been driven by three impulses: homophobia, a distortion of fundamental Catholic moral theology and a veiled attack on Pope Francis and his campaign against judgmentalism in the church.

The attacks on Building a Bridge tap into long-standing bigotry within the church and U.S. culture against members of the L.G.B.T. community. The persons launching these attacks portray the reconciliation of the church and the L.G.B.T. community not as a worthy goal but as a grave cultural, religious and familial threat.

Gay sexual activity is seen not as one sin among others but as uniquely debased to the point that L.G.B.T. persons are to be effectively excluded from the family of the church. Pejorative language and labels are deployed regularly and strategically.

The complex issues of sexual orientation and its discernment in the life of the individual are dismissed and ridiculed.”

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I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

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Top 20 Life Tips – Pope Francis

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A Gentle Reminder

From Pope Francis

This life will go by fast.

Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much. 

Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.

Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.

Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.

So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look…

Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.

So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.

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Divorced Catholics – can they receive Communion?

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Oh, wait!

They already do…

What will transpire at the Synod?

...Pope Francis finds himself in a daunting position. His immediate predecessors, from Paul VI to Benedict XVI, seemed to lock the church into a series of positions—on divorce, contraception, sexuality, the celibate priesthood, the ordination of women, and homosexuality—that are at radical variance with the beliefs and practices of the majority of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics…

 

The New Yorker

SEE:  OCTOBER 13, 2014
A Bombshell Document at the Vatican Synod
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Little Sisters of the Poor- leaders of Resistance rock the Rose Garden

He didn’t know what hit him…

 

Kansas City bully? Picks on Girls Scouts?

Some call him the “Kansas City Kook”

His reputation was greatly tarnished when it was discovered he was closely aligned with Archbishop Finn –  of the scandalous pedophile coverup.

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He took the bait and didn’t do his homework.

Disgusted by the myth: Girl Scout Cookie Sales go to Planned Parenthood – Archbishop Joe Naumann slammed the doors on the little girls. Some say he has control issues.

Had he done his due diligence he would have discovered The Truth

Girl Scouts is such an iconic organization that it’s easy to overlook how daring an idea it was for founder Juliette Gordon Low to gather those first 18 girls in that troop in Savannah, Georgia. It was 1912, after all, and women wouldn’t earn the right to vote for another eight years.

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) –
Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted three years ago of failing to report suspected child abuse, has resigned, but some in the Catholic community are still angry.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests maintains that Kansas City, KS, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, who was appointed temporary leader of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese after Finn resignation, isn’t the right choice.

SNAP members say Naumann is part of a child sex abuse cover-up that happened at the Catholic Archdiocese in KCK. They are calling for systemwide change in the Catholic church.

They held a protest at the Kansas City-St Joseph Diocese after they found out that Finn will preside over the ordinations of seven deacons next month due to a scheduling conflict for his temporary replacement.

Naumann will be leading the ordination ceremony of deacons in the KCK diocese he leads at the same time the May 23 ordinations are scheduled for the Missouri diocese.

SNAP members feel that makes Finn’s resignation uselessControl

The Red Hat Society in Rome…a reminder?

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Only  FIFTEEN Women

Sr Mary Luke Tobin was at Vatican Two

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Sister Mary Luke Tobin (May 16, 1908 – August 24, 2006) was an American Roman Catholic nun and one of only 15 women auditors invited to the Second Vatican Council, and the only American woman of the three women religious permitted to participate on the Council’s planning commissions.

One of 15 women – she commented:

The L. C. W. R. report also described the conditions contributing to the alienation of women from church and society and their consequent need of reconciliation with both groups. Let me outline briefly some of the alienating factors described in the report:

1. Patriarchy has been a prime concept for the perception and organization of reality. Patriarchy as a worldview of its very nature assumes the alienation of women. It places the male in the center of reality and makes the masculine normative.

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Mercy! Little old Ladies in Iowa – clueless or not?

They have 40 acres of prime SiliconValley Real Estate

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This cadre of women…sitting far, far away in little ol’ Iowa are ruling the roost in Northern California.

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The old women –  truly dedicated souls- did not sign  up to be Real Estate tycoons. They wanted to be nuns… To teach and be nurses.

Bam! All of sudden they have become responsible for a very  important school in California! They fired the Head of School who was way too progressive. Sports and Girls – indeed!

The Sisters of Iowa:   Do they pretend to know anything about California, Silicon Valley, single sex schools in Northern California?

They appear to be clueless about the sharp decline enrollments at one school. One huge reason 8th grade girls are not enrolling  is because there are no sports facilities. Smart young women who want to succeed in high school and then college know the high importance of a well rounded student…

 

The Sisters of Mercy – San Francisco – rock!

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California Catholic School Accepts Transgender Teacher

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May 16 2016 – 12:23pm | Associated Press

Gabriel Bodenheimer, a teacher and the English Department chair, speaks in class at Mercy High School for girls on Thursday, May 12, 2016, in San Francisco. Bodenheimer who came out as a transgender man at a Catholic high school in San Francisco has been allowed to keep his job by the order of the nuns that runs the school. The San Francisco Chronicle reports an order of the Sisters of Mercy announced its support for Gabriel Bodenheimer on Wednesday. (Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
A teacher who came out as a transgender man at a Catholic high school in San Francisco has been allowed to keep his job by the order of the nuns that runs the school.

An order of the Sisters of Mercy announced its support for Gabriel Bodenheimer, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“This is significant for us; we did not take this lightly,” said Sister Laura Reicks, president of the 16-state region of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. “We feel because of our values, the choice was this, but that didn’t mean it was easy.”

Supporting the dignity of each person—regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identification—aligned with the order’s values, Reicks said

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Top Tips from Pope on Relationships

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“Love needs time and space; everything else is secondary. Time is needed to talk things over, to embrace leisurely, to share plans, to listen to one other and gaze in each other’s eyes, to appreciate one another and to build a stronger relationship. Sometimes the frenetic pace of our society and the pressures of the workplace create problems. At other times, the problem is the lack of quality time together, sharing the same room without one even noticing the other.”

Often the other spouse does not need a solution to his or her problems, but simply to be heard.
Pope Francis

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Sometimes, Just Listen

“Instead of offering an opinion or advice, we need to be sure that we have heard everything the other person has to say. … Often the other spouse does not need a solution to his or her problems, but simply to be heard, to feel that someone has acknowledged their pain, their disappointment, their fear, their anger, their hopes and their dreams.”

Accept Your Partner’s Shortcomings

“It does not matter if they hold me back, if they unsettle my plans, or annoy me by the way they act or think, or if they are not everything I want them to be. Love always has an aspect of deep compassion that leads to accepting the other person as part of this world, even when he or she acts differently than I would like.”

The fact that love is imperfect does not mean that it is untrue or unreal.
Pope Francis

… And Be Generous With Their Imperfections

“We have to realize that all of us are a complex mixture of light and shadows. The other person is much more than the sum of the little things that annoy me. Love does not have to be perfect for us to value it. The other person loves me as best they can, with all their limits, but the fact that love is imperfect does not mean that it is untrue or unreal.”

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“My advice is never to let the day end without making peace in the family,” Francis writes, then quotes himself from 2015: “And how am I going to make peace? By getting down on my knees? No! Just by a small gesture, a little something, and harmony within your family will be restored. Just a little caress, no words are necessary.”

Try To Find Your Partner Beautiful And Lovable … Even When They Make It Hard

“Loving another person involves the joy of contemplating and appreciating their innate beauty and sacredness, which is greater than my needs. This enables me to seek their good even when they cannot belong to me, or when they are no longer physically appealing but intrusive and annoying.”

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“[Irritableness or resentment is] a violent reaction within, a hidden irritation that sets us on edge where others are concerned, as if they were troublesome or threatening and thus to be avoided. To nurture such interior hostility helps no one. It only causes hurt and alienation.”

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Francis quotes a speech he gave in 2013: “Three words need to be used. I want to repeat this! Three words: ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’, ‘Sorry’. Three essential words!”

Love trusts, it sets free, it does not try to control, possess and dominate everything.
Pope Francis
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