Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's Not Just Cardinal Burke

It's Not Just Cardinal Burke


February 14, 2017

Cardinal Burke denies mission in Guam is a ‘punishment’

Cardinal Burke denies mission in Guam is a ‘punishment’

When American Cardinal Raymond Burke was recently dispatched to Guam to preside over a Church trial for an archbishop accused of abusing altar boys in the 1970s, some were inclined to interpret the move as a sort of exile.
Burke, a former president of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s Supreme Court, is well known as the perceived face of conservative opposition to Pope Francis, and also ran afoul of the pontiff in a recent controversy involving the leadership of the Knights of Malta, the group for which he serves as the ecclesiastical patron.
In an interview with an Italian TV outlet, however, Burke denies that the assignment in Guam is any sort of punishment. In fact, the outlet reports that it was the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, not Pope Francis, who entrusted the assignment to Burke, and Francis didn’t even know about it until Burke was already in Guam.
Translated excerpts from that interview appear below, courtesy of TGCom 24.
How was this mission on the island of Guam born?
Burke: It was born with a request from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which I serve as president of its Apostolic Tribunal. I have to deal with a delicate ecclesiastical penal case.
Why were you chosen?
The pope entrusted the case to the congregation, and the congregation went ahead according to the just procedure to form members of the tribunal. In any case, I think I was selected on the basis of my studies in canon law and my long experience with ecclesiastical processes.

Editorial: Keep the Johnson Amendment

Editorial: Keep the Johnson Amendment
We say: Repealing the Johnson Amendment would inevitably tarnish the church by subjecting it even more to the temptation to politicize the Gospel.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Krista Tippett: Religion does not have a monopoly on faith.

Faith Faith in Focus
Krista Tippett February 01, 2017
Krista Tippett shares unexpected wisdom from 20 years of interviewing people about faith

Who's showing whose true colors?

Who's showing whose true colors?


Just Catholic: Unlike other seagoing ships, pirates only showed their true colors when close enough to attack. Remind you of the cardinals against Amoris Laetitia?

On immigrants and the poor, Pope Francis walks his talk

Looking Back: Judy Valente

Religion and Ethics: PBS
“I think the purpose of the monastic life in the modern world is to show that we don’t need a purpose,” says Brother Paul Quenon of Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. “The purpose of life is life, and you are to be just to be. Everybody measures their importance by how useful they are. That’s not it. That’s not what life is.” More

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pope Francis to activists: Stand with migrants, do not deny climate science, there is no such thing as ‘Islamic terrorism’


Pope Francis visiting a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece in 2016. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis visiting a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece in 2016. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
In a letter written to a leaders of grassroots organizations and social movements meeting this week in California, Pope Francis said Christians must resist the temptation to demonize others, protect the earth and fight against “the invisible tyranny of money that only guarantees the privileges of a few.”
Writing that the world is in the midst of an “historic turning point,” Francis said the “worsening crisis” presents both danger and opportunity, using language sure to recall tensions between some Catholic leaders and the fledgling Trump administration.
“The grave danger is to disown our neighbors. When we do so, we deny their humanity and our own humanity without realizing it; we deny ourselves, and we deny the most important Commandments of Jesus,” Francis wrote in the letter, which was dated Feb. 10 and published in Spanish.
“By confronting terror with love, we work for peace.”