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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