Sunday, October 5, 2014

POPE FRANCIS OPENS ROME SYNOD

Some very provoking and soul-full comments by the Pope to his Brother Bishops. . . .

http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/pope-opens-synod-criticizing-bad-shepherds-those-who-thwart-god

7 comments:

Radical Joe said...

Justin, on the article of "Pope Frances Opens Rome Synod". The article said that Vincent Nicols, will open the Theme for Marriage and Divorce It said that he is a
Catholic Cardinal. The Archbishop
of Westminster. I am confused.
Isn't that part of the Church of England. Or has the Church of England integrated into the Roman Catholic Church. I think I am wrong, or have I missed the changes.

gp said...

This Pope's priorities seem so much more humane and progressive than those of his two predecessors. It's a shame that he's not 10 or 15 years younger and that he seems to have so many reactionary bishops in the US who don't share his values or his priorities.

Gary Kelly said...

I haven't been to confession since I was a kid but I can't remember admitting to thwarting. I wonder what the penance would have been? Thou shalt not thwart.

Richard said...

I was going to email you a link to this story from the NYT yesterday, but I was certain that our Catholic boy would see it anyway. :)

I particularly liked this part: "Synod assemblies are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas, or to see who is more intelligent," said the pontiff. "They are meant to better nurture and tend the Lord's vineyard, to help realize his dream, his loving plan for his people."

All I could think when I read this was that this was a slam at Benedict, rightfully deserved.

Hopefully the Holy Spirit will guide the Synod into the current century.

Richard

J said...

A nun in North Carolina told a friend of mine a couple days ago that the Pope is well liked and gives everyone hope for change, but "middle management" remains a big problem. I saw a picture of all the cardinals assembled for this last meeting and recalled that when the last Chinese emperor was overturned a vast crowd of court eunuchs gathered in the Imperial City to demand that their severed testicles, which were maintained in jars for burial with their bodies so that they could enjoy the afterlife, be returned to them. Let's hope Francis maintains power over his middle managers, and is willing to apply pressure when the occasion requires it.

Coop said...

I am keeping an eye on things.
Cruxnow.com & America Magazine have good stuff on the web.

Not everybody is happy...
http://www.cruxnow.com/faith/2014/10/14/voice-of-the-family-report-is-a-betrayal/
(rolls eyes)
I translate it as: "The synod is acceptable insofar as we get our own way". God forbid.



J said...

The post mortem conclusion for this must be "One step forward, one step back." Time for His Holiness to squeeze a few nads.