Via: Huffington Post
Pope Francis announced changes in the influential Vatican office that evaluates and nominates candidates for bishop around the world.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington was appointed Monday to the Congregation for Bishops. The pope also reconfirmed Cardinal William Levada, the former archbishop of San Francisco and former head of the Vatican’s orthodoxy watchdog office.
Some members of the congregation were not reconfirmed. Cardinal Raymond Burke will no longer serve in the office. The former St. Louis archbishop had been a member for several years.
Burke drew attention in the U.S. in 2004 when he said he would deny Communion to Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a Roman Catholic who supports abortion rights.
I know the Miley Cyrus and Ted Cruz fans must be broken-hearted – but damn good choice.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Roman Catholic Church has been “OUTMARKETED” on the issue of gay marriage and has been “caricatured as being anti-gay.”
Dolan’s conversation with “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory will air Sunday on NBC.
Asked why the church is losing the argument on gay marriage, Dolan says it’s a tough battle when forces like Hollywood, politicians and “some opinion-molders” are on the other side.
But he said the gay marriage debate is not over and the church will not give up on it.
On another divisive issue, Dolan said the Catholic Church has long championed comprehensive health care.
But he indicated that U.S. Catholic bishops cannot support the Affordable Care Act as long as it includes coverage for abortion.
Found this story at Reddit today – “A couple being married at the Vatican were volunteers at a charity that uses humor therapy for sick children. So, when they met Pope Francis…”
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Speaking at daily Mass last Thursday, Pope Francis warned Christians against turning their faith into a rigid ideology.
“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” he said, according to Radio Vatican. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: RIGID.
“And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.”
“The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people,” Francis added. “But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”
I hope he’s planning a long trip to the U.S.
Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic church had grown “OBSESSED” with preaching about 1) abortion, 2) gay marriage and 3) contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics.
“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time [...] The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.
“We have to find a new balance,” the Pope continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” (freshness and fragance, at last!)
I predict some of ‘Dudes in the red socks’ are going to start asking for a ‘recount’, and soon.
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