Tag Archives: Catholic Church

Disappointments

Some disappointments from recent news reports. Former speaker of the Dennis Hastert.  His portrait was removed from prominent display in a gallery in the House of Representatives. What is it about power that corrupts? Voltaire seems to know. The disappointment comes from Hastert choices, not the removal of the painting. The Catholic Church hierarchy in the Vatican apparently doesn’t want some things known. Two new books about what’s going on inside are about to surface. The Washington Post says one reports lavish spending by the…

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Pope Francis

Some thoughts about the Catholic Church now that it has a new Pope. A few years ago there was a blogger’s story out of Brazil. It was and is indicative of the Catholic Church’s role in our global society today. “A 9-year-old girl several times raped and made pregnant by her stepfather was guaranteed the right to have an abortion legally in Brazil. After the operation, the Roman Catholic Church excommunicated the mother, the doctor and the whole medical team responsible for the operation.” Let…

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Dogmatic Wanderings

There is an ambient sadness within the Catholic Church these days. Not because the Pope has resigned, but because the church’s internal morality is seen as fallible because of the actions of a few. This is the issue the next pope must confront. He must do so with openness, humility, admittance and remorse. Only when one or an institution that functions as one, admits to inappropriate behavior, cover-ups and duplicity can the root cause be addressed and healing begin. The Catholic Church is much more…

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Il Papa

The Chair of Peter will soon be vacant. Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign at the end of this month. It’s an unusual decision for a modern day Pope, but not unprecedented in papal history. The last resignation was in 1415. I’m OK with his choice. The Catholic Church is stuck between tradition and its needs for the future and I suspect this frail Pope sees that clearly. The Vatican is not only the administrative arms of the Catholic Church and its spiritual charge, it…

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Contraceptives and Controversy

The uproar and passionate controversy over the Obama administration’s healthcare requirement for all employers to provide birth control to their employees including those institutions owned and operated by the Catholic Church was a needless confrontation. Somebody didn’t think it through. Much of the contentious and political banter could have been avoided. The compromise solution offered by President Obama on Friday may not be enough for some although a number of former, non-clergy critics of the original requirement, have signed off on the compromise. Conservatives and…

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Prophesy?

In some disciplines they say that on one’s birthday there is the gift of prophesy. I don’t know if that’s true, but I will offer some mindful speculations for the future. My thoughts all lead to a positive outcome, but the process may be conflicting and catastrophic for what is considered the norm. So be it. Logic, meditation and a long time interest in the environment tells me that weather anomalies will continue to plague the planet. Our home planet has experienced unusual climate phenomena…

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The Catholic Church

I have read and watched with interest and disgust the contention escalating between the son of Senator Edward Kennedy, Congressman Patrick Kennedy and the Catholic Church. Representative Kennedy has been both privately and publically reprimanded by his local bishop for supporting abortion rights legislation. The bishop claims young Kennedy started it by attacking church doctrine. The church then responded, not with forgiveness and turning the proverbial cheek, but by denying Kennedy the sacrament of communion, privately at first, then publically after Kennedy publicized the church’s…

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Dogma

A special Sunday Post. Here is a blogger’s story out of Brazil. It is indicative of the Catholic Church’s role in our global society today. “A 9-year-old girl several times raped and made pregnant by her stepfather was guaranteed the right to have an abortion legally in Brazil. After the operation, the Roman Catholic Church excommunicated the mother, the doctor and the whole medical team responsible for the operation.” Let me state at the outset I was raised Catholic. I had a devout Irish Catholic…

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