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The Married Guide to Surviving and Thriving over the Holidays

Patheos Book Club is featuring Lisa’s and my new book, Just Married: The Catholic Guide to  Surviving and Thriving in the First Five Years of Marriage.   They asked us to write a piece that could help couples at every stage of the marital journey make it through the holidays in one piece.  Check it out! Staying Married through the Holidays: Mission…Possible? Before [Read More...]

Missing the Evangelical Point: Our Impoverished Reception of the Pope’s Words

1st Oct 2013         

by Kathryn Jean Lopez
Catholic Pulse

Was anyone else disturbed not by Pope Francis’ widely covered interview published this month but by the hard polarization in the air in response to it? Politics is how we process things — “left” and “right,” my guy, your guy. I get it. But the Holy Father is pleading with us to go deeper, live deeper — in imitation of Christ. I’m sorry, but I’m not spending my life trying to fit into a Democrat or Republican paradigm, even as I have to vote one way or another and absolutely have an obligation to civil engagement.

Catching up on some of the commentary, I saw that in the midst of news analysis reflecting “conservative” and “liberal” enthusiasm for the first extended interview by Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first pontiff from the Americas, my own response was interpreted by some as a bitter clinging to “culture wars.” One commentator responding to my take offered as evidence my citation of George Weigel’s latest book. My initial reaction to the interview, on National Review Online, was taken as “my side,” so to speak, trying to stake claim to this pope. Some of the commentaries and even some of the news pieces depicted conservatives as being on the defensive after the papal interview, suggesting they were trying to tell the world what the pope meant to say.

Other editorialists pointedly claimed that conservatives and anyone with a heart for marriage and pro-life activism were being admonished and might want to get with a more Progressive program.



I assume the pope said what he meant to say, of course, and as his words exist in multiple languages now (after what was reported as rigorous translating), there’s no point to trying to invent words he didn’t say — even as I listened to and read news coverage that outright misled people about what the pope was saying, probably because those reporting the news had never actually read the interview.
For my part, I simply was reading the interview, always linking to the same interview, hoping to entice people to do what I did: Read it! Don’t take my word for it! Just like I pray you don’t take my word for what Catholicism is: Experience it. Encounter Christ! Let Him encounter you. My quoting Weigel (who would share his own response to the interview with NRO readers shortly thereafter) was an honest reaction in response to what I read from the pope.

(And, frankly, it presented an opportunity to link to an interview I did with Weigel when his book first came out about what Evangelical Catholicism is all about, which I happen to think is quite rich, for anyone wanting to know more. Another evangelical opportunity in linkage! )

Read the rest here: http://www.catholicpulse.com/cp/en/columnists/lopez/100113.html

Repentant abortionist lays his surgical instruments at the feet of the Pope

Posted by ProLife in News on 26 September 2013. 

On September 20th, during a Papal Audience, a man drew close to Pope Francis, carrying with him a somewhat suspicious looking bag. Inside were half a dozen surgical instruments of various types and sizes which he, Dr Antonio Oriente from Messina, ex-abortion gynaecologist, wanted to deliver at all costs to the Holy Father.
This luggage had already created problems as he boarded the plane from Palermo. He then became the central protagonist in an event, that despite being unscheduled on the programme of the Mater Care International Conference in Rome had an enormous symbolic impact on the participants.
 
These were the surgical instruments which, until 1986, Dr Oriente had used to break apart tiny developing human lives before they had a chance to be born; scalpels and forceps used by him, before his conversion, before he had embraced with courage and conviction the pro-life pathway.
Dr Oriente is now vice-President of the Italian Association of Catholic Gynaecologists and Obstetricians.
 
For those who read Italian the story is reported in the Catholic daily newspaper ‘Avvenire’ , Thursday 26 September.

The Pope: how the Church will change

 
The Pope: how the Church will change
Pope Francis (ap)
Dialogue between Francis and La Repubblica's founder, Eugenio Scalfari: "Starting from the Second Vatican Council, open to modern culture". The conversation in the Vatican after the Pope's letter to La Repubblica: "Convert you? Proselytism is solemn nonsense. You have to meet people and listen to them."
 
by EUGENIO SCALFARI

Pope Francis told me: "The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don't even look for them any more. They have been crushed by the present. You tell me: can you live crushed under the weight of the present? Without a memory of the past and without the desire to look ahead to the future by building something, a future, a family? Can you go on like this? This, to me, is the most urgent problem that the Church is facing."

Your Holiness, I say, it is largely a political and economic problem for states, governments, political parties, trade unions."Yes, you are right, but it also concerns the Church, in fact, particularly the Church because this situation does not hurt only bodies but also souls. The Church must feel responsible for both souls and bodies."

Your Holiness, you say that the Church must feel responsible. Should I conclude that the Church is not aware of this problem and that you will steer it in this direction?"To a large extent that awareness is there, but not sufficiently. I want it to be more so. It is not the only problem that we face, but it is the most urgent and the most dramatic."

The meeting with Pope Francis took place last Tuesday at his home in Santa Marta, in a small bare room with a table and five or six chairs and a painting on the wall. It had been preceded by a phone call I will never forget as long as I live.
It was half past two in the afternoon. My phone rings and in a somewhat shaky voice my secretary tells me: "I have the Pope on the line. I'll put him through immediately."

I was still stunned when I heard the voice of His Holiness on the other end of a the line saying, "Hello, this is Pope Francis." "Hello Your Holiness", I say and then, "I am shocked I did not expect you to call me." "Why so surprised? You wrote me a letter asking to meet me in person. I had the same wish, so I'm calling to fix an appointment. Let me look at my diary: I can't do Wednesday, nor Monday, would Tuesday suit you?"
I answer, that's fine.
"The time is a little awkward, three in the afternoon, is that okay? Otherwise it'll have to be another day." Your Holiness, the time is fine. "So we agree: Tuesday 24 at 3 o'clock. At Santa Marta. You have to come into the door at the Sant'Uffizio."

I don't know how to end this call and let myself go, saying: "Can I embrace you by phone?" "Of course, a hug from me too. Then we will do it in person, goodbye."

And here I am. The Pope comes in and shakes my hand, and we sit down. The Pope smiles and says: "Some of my colleagues who know you told me that you will try to convert me."

Read the rest here: http://www.repubblica.it/cultura/2013/10/01/news/pope_s_conversation_with_scalfari_english-67643118/

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" – October 1, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on October 1

4:00 – 6:00 – The Pope Interview: Take 2
Pope Francis has again causes a sensation with a lengthy interview, telling the Italian daily La Repubblica that he will work toward a Church “that is not just top-down but also horizontal.” The interview—which appeared on the same day the Pope began consulting with the Council of Cardinals about possible Vatican reforms— ranged over the Pope’s hopes for the Church, his concerns about youth unemployment and neglect of the elderly, his favorite saints, and other topics. The interview was conducted by Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of the left-leaning Repubblica. Earlier in September the newspaper had published a long letter from Pope Francis, responding to an editorial by Scalfari. Now, Scalfari reveals, the Pontiff followed up with a phone call, suggesting a meeting. That meeting, which took place last week at the Pope’s apartment in the Casa Sanctae Marthae, furnished the material for the interview. Scalfari opened the conversation by expressing some misgivings that the Pope might try to convert him. The Pope quickly put him at ease. “Proselytism is solemn nonsense,” he said. “We need to get to know each other.” In answer to a leading question about the problems facing the Church today, Pope Francis answered: “The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old.” We look at this most recent interview.

Catholic View for Women Begins New Season!






CVFW 2013-1 SmWelcome back to season three of the Catholic View for Women!  Janet, Astrid, and I believe that you will find the topics we cover are spot on in terms of what's happening in our culture and our Church today.  That's because the shows are designed around issues facing you, our viewers.  The shows are also a direct result of ...

Just Married: A Patheos Book Club Interview with Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

Deborah Arca of the Patheos Book Club interviewed Lisa and I yesterday on our new book, Just Married:  The Catholic Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the First 5 Years of Marriage (Ave Maria Press).

"I Will Change the Church" – On Super 8 Eve, Reports Tip Interview #2

 
Monday, September 30, 2013
 
Six and a half months into the new Rule of Francis, among other patterns to emerge is that, when the Pope gets excited, he likes to "load the cannon."

One earlier example of this came on 5 July, when – within a matter of hours – Papa Bergoglio released his first encyclical (a work "of four hands" with his predecessor), announced the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II and made his first joint public appearance with B16. And now, on the day that he formally set next 27 April for the first sainting of two Popes at once – and with the all-important summit of what's now officially in business as the "Council of Cardinals" opening in the morning – an already full news-cycle will reportedly soon see an added dose of chaos: namely, another interview.

The Pope's second on-the-record conversation to emerge in 11 days, a notice late tonight on the website of Italy's largest daily, La Repubblica, announced the imminent publication of an interview with Francis conducted by the paper's co-founder, the atheist Eugenio Scalfari, long a significant figure of the Italian Left. It's not the first interaction between the two; a July letter Scalfari sent to Francis was replied to by the pontiff in an extensive op-ed for the paper earlier this month.


The news was likewise relayed in a midnight tweet from the daily's editor, Ezio Mauro.
 

For once, an exposé that helps the Vatican bank

  • "Earthquake at the Vatican Bank," a story in the Oct. 3 edition of l'Espresso
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Steamy magazine exposés are rarely good news for the people or institutions featured in them. That's probably especially true for the troubled Vatican bank, which over the years has been the church's premier magnet for conspiracy theories and scandals of every imaginable sort.

On Friday, however, the bank finally caught a break.

There was yet another gossipy piece in an Italian newsmagazine, in this case l'Espresso, featuring ominous storm cloud art, which was full of unnamed sources describing an "earthquake" related to the bank. (The place is technically the "Institute for the Works of Religion," often referred to by the Italian acronym IOR.)

Immediately after it appeared, the piece had phone lines buzzing inside the Vatican, in part because after last summer's leaks scandal, the perception that insiders are spilling the beans to reporters usually means going to Defcon 1.

Yet despite the melodramatic flourishes in the piece, its overall effect is probably to burnish, rather than erode, the bank's new image. 
Explore our print edition, featuring our annual Health & Well Being special section.
That's because the "earthquake" to which the title refers is a growing sense of shock that bank officials aren't just talking about transparency, but actually implementing it – beginning with insisting that Vatican personnel, including those at the very top of the food chain, explain where the money they have parked at the bank comes from and what they're doing with it.

"In the Vatican, the unthinkable is happening," the article reports. "A deadly tightening up has been imposed … in the name of legality and absolute transparency."

For most outsiders, the application of tighter controls probably seems less unthinkable than long overdue. Aside from its checkered historical past, such as the celebrated scandals involving Roberto Calvi and the Banco Ambrosiano in the 1980s, the IOR has recently stumbled through a series of embarrassments:

Read the rest here: http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/once-expos-helps-vatican-bank

After Years of Decline, Catholics See Rise in Number of Future Priests

    
seminary
Faculty and candidates for graduation assemble in the Bruening-Marotta Library of Saint Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio, on May 8, 2013. (Photo by Renata M. Courey / courtesy Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology and Diocese of Cleveland)
After decades of glum trends—fewer priests, fewer parishes—the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate-level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades.

This year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology students represents a 16 percent increase since 1995 and a 10 percent jump since 2005, according to Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

Seminary directors cite more encouragement from bishops and parishes, the draw of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the social-justice-minded Pope Francis, and a growing sense that the church is past the corrosive impact of the sexual abuse crisis that exploded in 2002.

Ultimately, it was “a calling in my heart,” says Kevin Fox.

He walked away from his electrical engineering degree and a job in his field, working with CT scanners, to enter St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio, in his home diocese, Cleveland, this fall.
“I always had an inkling that I might want to be a priest and my parish priest told me he thought I might be called,” said Fox, 24. “But I put it aside.”

With a fresh degree from Case Western Reserve and his first post-graduation job, Fox soon realized the secular path “wasn’t filling my soul with joy.”

Now, after years of pure science, Fox is immersed in pure theology–and loving it. The challenges of the culture, such as crude jokes from strangers about the abuse crisis, have not dissuaded him.

Read the rest here: http://www.charismanews.com/world/41158-after-years-of-decline-catholics-see-rise-in-number-of-future-priests
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