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Pope Francis Reaches Out To Islam -- And Why It Matters

On Friday, March 22, 2013, Pope Francis did something remarkable.  In honour of his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, he reached out toward the Muslim people in the name of fighting poverty and building bridges of peace.  To do this, he cited a phrase used by his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, which defined his papacy.  With many of the world's leaders in audience, Pope Francis stated...
But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the “tyranny of relativism”, which makes everyone his own criterion and endangers the coexistence of peoples. And that brings me to a second reason for my name. Francis of Assisi tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no true peace without truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, withou…

The Pope And The Press

Pope Francis prays at St. Mary Major on 3-14-2013
Video Courtesy of Catholic News Service
In a previous article (see here), I pointed out the boorish predictability of the mainstream press in their dealings with the papal conclave.  Equally crude and reliable will be their dealings with the new pope.  Why?  Because we've seen it all before.  We saw it with the way the press dealt with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and the late Pope John Paul II.  Of course, this is how it played out in the conclave as well.

To review...
So almost immediately after His Holiness Benedict XVI announced his abdication, they went to work, putting forward the so-called "frontrunners" that the news media decided should be the "frontrunners," along with ignoring any cardinal who may not fit the media's ideal profile.  So what is the media's ideal profile?  Well for starters, none of the current cardinal electors fit it, so that must be a bit frustrating to the press.  Inste…

Welcome Holy Father Francis !!!

Yesterday my eyes were glued to EWTN as I watched the white smoke billow from the Sistine Chapel chimney, followed by the bells, the pageantry, and then this meek and unimposing figure appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's.   He was not wearing the traditional red cape, and he saved the pallium strictly for prayer.  The pectoral cross was a simple one, unlike the gold and jewelled cross usually worn by popes.  It was quite a unique and fascinating spectacle.  Then he did something truly amazing.  He asked the people to pray that God would send him a blessing, as he bowed his head to pray with us.  After, he gave the traditional papal blessing to the people.  What a way to start a new pontificate!  So different, yet so refreshing.

I wish to thank the Holy Spirit, and the cardinal electors, for giving us this pope.  I know that I am only just now beginning to understand the reason why they selected him.  I have received word, via various Internet sources, that His Holiness Pope Fra…

The Conclave And The Press

The procession of cardinals into the 2013 conclave.
As I write this, the cardinal electors are locked inside the Sistine Chapel casting their first round of votes for the new pope.  They are completely cut off from the outside world, finally, and there is nothing to interfere with their decision making process.  Even electronic devices will be useless within that sacred space during this time, as telecommunications are currently being jammed by devices beneath the Sistine Chapel floor.  It's as secret as anything can be made without burying these guys in a cave somewhere, and all I can say is THANK GOD for the secrecy!  There are some things the news media should never be part of.

As I reflect on the last month, since His Holiness Benedict XVI declared his abdication to take effect on February 28 of this year, I finally have a moment to pause and take a deep breath.  For the first time, just today, the behaviour of the press finally makes sense.  The cardinals are now beyond thei…

Cardinal Raymond Burke -- My Hope For Pope

I want to begin by saying that I will gladly submit to the authority of the next pope no matter who he may be.  However, that being said, everyone has his favourites.  I've been asked this question dozens of times now and this is my answer...
"I don't believe the cardinals will elect an American, but if they did by chance, there is one whom I am very partial to, and that is Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, the former Archbishop of Saint Louis."My family and I have twice visited the Cathedral Basilica in Saint Louis, and upon seeing it, it's no wonder Saint Louis used to be called the "Rome of the West."  In truth, I once wrote a letter to Cardinal Burke, back when he was the Archbishop of Saint Louis.  I offered him my support and prayers as he endured the ridicule of the Saint Louis press for no other reason than being a strong, sound and orthodox bishop!  I told him plainly, that he and Pope Benedict XVI speak with one voice to me.  The same held true all …

Catholicism and the "Big Bang" Theory

No, this is not about the comedy television show.  I'm talking about the mathematical theory on the origin of the universe.  The so-called "Big Bang" theory was created by a Catholic priest named Father Georges LemaĆ®tre.  (Yes, it's true, Google it.)  Now Father LemaĆ®tre didn't call it that originally.  He called it the "hypothesis of the primaeval atom" and Albert Einstein gave him full credit for this, even though the press tried to give it to Edwin Hubble instead.

Now, any scientific theory is defined simply as this: "the best explanation we have for the scientific data... until a better one comes along."  That's why it seems like scientific theories are always changing.  Because they are changing!  They are not designed to be constants.  They are not intended to be dogma.  Rather, they are designed to be models.  These are mere models, which scientists use in an attempt to solve more problems.  They continue to use these models, until…