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February 14, 2020
February 14, 2020
After months of agitation around the Amazonian Synod, the Holy Father’s post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonia was received with relief by many.  Pope Francis simply ignored the radical reforms demanded by rich, bourgeois liberals in Germany.  They funded much of the Amazonian synod, and they wanted results. They wanted exceptions to compulsory priestly celibacy —
February 14, 2020
Pope Francis has a lot to say – but none of it on the subjects journalists were expecting A good deal of the early reporting on Querida Amazonia focused on whether the door to “married priests” was open or shut. It’s understandable. Indeed it was inevitable after all the time and energy spent on the
February 14, 2020
The growing threat of the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all church activities from February 15 to 28, including Sunday and Ash Wednesday Masses. Ucanews.com reported that Cardinal John Tong, apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, said the “disappointing” decision had been made “because the next two weeks will be a
February 14, 2020
We are living in the golden age of the papal film. On Sunday night, The Two Popes, a movie starring Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins as Benedict XVI, competed for three Academy Awards. Ultimately, it was overlooked in all three categories: best actor (Pryce), best supporting actor (Hopkins) and best adapted screenplay.
February 14, 2020
Pope Francis told a group of US bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with – like not mentioning married priests in his document on the Amazon. “You could see his consternation when he said that
February 14, 2020
After months of agitation around the Amazonian Synod, the Holy Father’s post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonia was received with relief by many.  Pope Francis simply ignored the radical reforms demanded by rich, bourgeois liberals in Germany.  They funded much of the Amazonian synod, and they wanted results. They wanted exceptions to compulsory priestly celibacy —
February 14, 2020
The Letters of Cole Porter Edited by Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh Yale, 672pp, £25/$35 Cole Porter, who was born in 1891 and died in 1964, was the grandson of the richest man in Indiana. He was busy writing songs while still a schoolboy, and never stopped until 1958, when he had to have one
February 14, 2020
Pope Francis told a group of US bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with – like not mentioning married priests in his document on the Amazon. “You could see his consternation when he said that
February 14, 2020
The growing threat of the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all church activities from February 15 to 28, including Sunday and Ash Wednesday Masses. Ucanews.com reported that Cardinal John Tong, apostolic administrator of Hong Kong, said the “disappointing” decision had been made “because the next two weeks will be a
February 14, 2020
The question of married priests “must now be worked out with the Pope and the offices of the Holy See”, Cardinal Cláudio Hummes has said. Hong Kong diocese has suspended public Masses for two weeks in response to the coronavirus epidemic. More than 200,000 pilgrims have prayed for victims of the outbreak at an Indian
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