This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

Wow. Transgender man writes to the Pope after getting rejected from his church. On Saturday, the Pope met with him. http://t.co/hb73WbsUwB — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) January 26, 2015 A reader puts it well: It seems to me that this is pretty big Pope news; he had a private audience with a transgender man and his fiancee. It’s … Continue reading This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

Last week the Vatican released a document laying the groundwork for next year’s Synod of Bishops on the Family, a gathering of bishops from around the world focusing on pastoral challenges related to modern family life. As well as laying out the essentials of relevant Church teachings, the document poses 39 questions to the bishops … Continue reading This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

A reader writes: I’m a grateful subscriber, so I thought you might enjoy a copy (pdf) of the first Annual Report issued by the Vatican Bank (IOR) in its 126-year history. This is a direct result of Pope Francis’s call for oversight and transparency. In June 2013, Pope Francis appointed a Papal commission to conduct an … Continue reading This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

Watching the theocons respond to the rebirth of Christianity in the Catholic church was bound to be a bewildering experience. For thirty years, the Ratzingerian dynamic held sway – an era in which papal authority was elevated far above the faith of the people of God, in which doctrinal orthodoxy in every single particular was … Continue reading This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

This Extraordinary Pope: Your Thoughts

A reader refers to the above segment from last night’s AC360 Later: I am an elderly Catholic Chaplain of 30 years, long a gay rights activist, serving prisons, hospitals and communities as advocate, counselor, and helper-as-able. I was beyond delighted to see you with Anderson Cooper, speaking with such passion about our new Pope. I had not … Continue reading This Extraordinary Pope: Your Thoughts

This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

True: Receptionist @americamag said a man called our offices to say, “That interview with Pope Francis changed my life.” #HablaFrancisco — James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) September 19, 2013 Thomas Reese declares, “I have never been prouder to be a Jesuit or prouder of my church or more surprised by the Spirit”: For Francis, three words … Continue reading This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

Well, if the theocons hadn’t got the message by now, they can only blame themselves. The new interview with Pope Francis is a revelation. This Pope is not the Pope of a reactionary faction obsessed with controlling the lives of others – a faction that has held the hierarchy in its grip for three decades. … Continue reading This Extraordinary Pope, Ctd

This Extraordinary Pope

I’ve just watched the actual video of Pope Francis’ airplane press conference, and it’s even more remarkable than the quotes we gleaned earlier from reporters like John Allen. What’s so striking to me is not what he said, but how he said it: the gentleness, the humor, the transparency. I find myself with tears in … Continue reading This Extraordinary Pope

The Best Of The Dish Today

This was a day the new Pope proved how remarkable he is – simply for speaking the way Jesus spoke. No ideologies, no rigid certainties, committed to community, engaged with the margins, speaking of mercy, mercy, mercy. Readers will, I hope, forgive me for some of the gushing. But those 12,000 words – after such … Continue reading The Best Of The Dish Today