Posts tagged "Pope Francis"

Pope Francis on abortion, gays and same-sex marriage in the context of Catholic social teaching

Some commentators who have hailed Pope Francis’ supposed rejection on the church’s “pre-occupation with doctrine,” (i.e. abortion, gays, same-sex marriage) ┬áhave revealed a deep and troubling ignorance or misunderstanding of Catholic social teachings. The church always has been welcoming of all people, following Christ’s example of hanging out with sinners and speaking out for the... Read more »

Pope Francis should appoint women to be cardinals

It’s possible. And wouldn’t that be something? Under present Catholic Church canon law, you have to be ordained (e.g. a deacon, priest or a bishop) to become a cardinal. But it was not always so. The last non-ordained cardinal was Teodolfo Mertel, who died in 1899. But Pope Benedict XV in 1917 promulgated a canon... Read more »

A practicing Catholic weighs in on Pope Francis

So much commentary about Pope Francis seems to come from non-Catholics and lapsed Catholics, I thought it might do some good to hear from a practicing Catholic. That’s so we can dispense with some of the nonsense that we’ve been hearing about what the Catholic Church is and should be. After absorbing the commentary for... Read more »
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