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Cardinal Sins: Cardinal Burke

Cardinal Burke

Cardinal Burke

“Cardinal Raymond Burke is a 66-year-old guy who lives in Rome,

dresses like Queen Elizabeth,

and talks like someone who majored in misogyny at some bogus,

backwoods, Bible-banging tent school.”

( Mike Barnicle 2015 )

 

ROME – Despite widespread perceptions of animosity between Pope Francis and American Cardinal Raymond Burke, seen as the leader of the pope’s conservative opposition, the pontiff has declared in a new interview that “I do not see Cardinal Burke as an enemy.”

Francis also denied that the recent decision to send him to Guam to lead a canonical trial of an archbishop accused of sexually abusing minors was any kind of exile.

“Cardinal Burke was [in Guam] because of some terrible incidents there. For that I’m very grateful to him, he’s an excellent lawyer, but I believe the assignment is almost completed,” the pope said.

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Catholic Bishops Alt Right or just all right?

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Lobbying Expenditures: $26,662,111 

The USCCB for years has lobbied in Washington, D.C., to make the hierarchy’s ultra-conservative stands on reproductive rights, marriage, school vouchers and other public policies the law for all to follow.

This year, the USCCB escalated its efforts in the “culture war” arena, forming the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.Led by Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, the committee seeks to:

  1. reduce Americans’ access to birth control,
  2. block efforts to expand marriage equality
  3. and ensure federal funding of church-affiliated social services, even if the services fail to meet government requirements.

The Alt Right Bishops have a $26 million Budget…and many opinions of their own…

How many Catholics will they offend and alienate?

American Catholics often disagree with the hierarchy’s stance on social issues, but the bishops’ clout in Washington, D.C., and the state legisla­tures is undeniable.

 

Spooky BLOG See Here

 

Wacky Woman Takes Quotes out of Context to debase famed Jesuit author Fr James Martin.

Another Very Spooky Site: Church Militant – shreds the truth and sheds darkness on reality.

 

The Washington Post Notes the Top 6 Points of the Pope’s Recent Document of Family Issues.

Father Tom Reese in CA

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Welcome back to Northern California!

Most summers, if we are lucky, Fr Reese spends time At Santa Clara University

and graces 

St Ignatius and St Annes parishioners with two presentations.

Generally  they are very well attended.

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Save the Date: Tom Reese, S.J. To Speak at St. Ignatius Church

Tom Reese, S.J. will be giving two talks at SI Church:  “The Joy of the Family by Francis” and  “Religion and Politics”

He writes:

If you are a layperson and want to read the pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family, skip the first three chapters and start with Chapter 4.

If you are a priest, moral theologian, or divorced Catholic, read Chapter 8.”

 


The 263-page exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”)

 

See Here NCR

 

Both events take place in the Xavier Room, Fromm Hall, USF, 10:50- 11:45am.

The Sisters of Mercy – San Francisco – rock!

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California Catholic School Accepts Transgender Teacher

NEWS
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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Ix-nay Mea Culpa!

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No Apologies.”

Humor Free Zone: Catholic Church Comedy of Errors and Airs

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Psst…No one is Laughing…

Sister Joan Chittister – a Rock Star Benedictine nun to some -and a Rock- to others-  dared to speak out…

See Here

“But Chittister — now 79 and very much alive, thank you — has another reason why the time has come.

“All my professional life, I have spoken my heart out for the role of women all over the world. It’s a theological thing, a deeply moral thing, the determining issue for the integrity of the Church and the advancement of any state,” she told Religion News Service in an interview about the book.

“It’s time to acknowledge that this material is not just theological and rhetorical. It’s real. I’m not just talking from compassion, from a world I don’t know anything about. I’m talking about myself — and all social classes, all kinds of people.”

“I saw it as maybe my last major presentation on behalf of women who are trapped by circumstances of religion, law, custom, and culture,” said Chittister.

In the book and in interviews, she tells of joining the Erie Benedictine community “not as a refuge or escape from life, but for the kind of life I thought was possible — a Christian community as a model of peace.”

See Here

http://www.cruxnow.com/faith/2015/10/27/sister-joan-chittister-the-maverick-nun-shares-her-secret-life/

 – In 2001, the Vatican forbade Sr Joan to speak on discipleship at a women’s ordination conference in Ireland.

Chittister spoke anyway.

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 Bonus: See Top 10 Reasons Men Should not be Priests

Cardinal Burke

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Comedy of Errors (and bonus assignment!).”

What Catholics really think about sin, divorce, re-marriage and birth control

Birth Control? – What percentage of Catholics use it? No big surprise…indexpillls photos

Divorce and Re-marriage?

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You read it here first: 

http://www.pewforum.org/2015/09/02/chapter-5-beliefs-about-sin/

Oh, Brother! Really? Fr Tom Reese asks the good questions

consensus through ambiguity

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“Thanks to a perceptive question by Thomas J. Reese, S.J., former editor in chief of America and currently a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter.

Brother Herve Janson, a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, an order noted for its poverty and simplicity, was one of the participants at the daily press briefing. It was noted that he was also a voting member.

Father Reese asked, rightly, “What is the rationale for you being admitted to the synod and religious women not being admitted to the synod?”

What does that mean? Basically, Brother Janson is not ordained. Some may not be aware of this tradition, but you can be a member of a men’s religious order and not be ordained: thus the term “Brother.”

Brother Janson is neither a bishop, nor a priest, nor a deacon. Technically, his canonical “status” in the church is that of a layman. That is, he has the same “status” as that of a woman religious, or in common parlance, a Catholic sister. And the same status as a laywoman as well.

In response to Fr. Reese’s question, which produced some uncomfortable laughter from the other panelists (who immediately grasped the challenging nature of the question): Brother Janson said “That is a big question…I felt very uncomfortable …Before, the distinction was between cleric and lay. And now, it became between man and woman, exactly as you said very well…I asked myself the same question.” Strikingly, Brother Janson said he thought of refusing the invitation to be a voting member, out of solidarity with women religious.”

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See Fr Tom Reese: Five reasons the synod is doomed to fail  Here

“This is a serious failure for the Synod.

Previously, at least as far as I had known, it seemed that ordination was a prerequisite for voting. That is, there were priests who were appointed, in addition to the bishops, as voting members. There were strong theological arguments that could be advanced for that: it was a synod of bishops, and, in Catholic theology, priests participate in the ministry of the bishop through the sacrament of holy.”

very old-working

See Fr James Martin Complete Article Here

Hey! Women are already serving priestly roles

1fa14fb0“It’s time that we acknowledge that women are already serving priestly roles,

and that the church benefits from women’s service and perspective…

Too often we lose sight of the priestly work that’s being done

without bishop-presided ordination.”

–Sister Simone Campbell

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“Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

See Sister Simone in Time Magazine Here

Rome enraged? Women earn less than men?

images-40“Why should it be taken for granted that women must earn less than men?”

the pontiff said.

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Pope Francis: It’s ‘pure scandal’ that women earn less than men for the same work”
The remarks during his weekly general audience at the Vatican were part of a broader statement on the importance of marriage.
WASHINGTONPOST.COM

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