Pope Francis announces a truism


Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
​Addressing Vatican diplomats, he said:​ (http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/01/12/pope-francis-warns-anew-of-a-piecemeal-world-war/?s_campaign=crux:email:ja) ​Peace, Francis said, is the indispensable condition for making progress on other fronts, such as economic development, care of immigrants, and the environment.​ ​Second only to freedom. When was the last time a Pope pushed freedom as a sine qua non?​ Well, he did…

Catholics vs. Obama in Nebraska


Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
To the ramparts, cries Bishop Bruskewitz: Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz has issued a blistering letter calling on Roman Catholics in the Lincoln Diocese to fight a federal decision requiring all employers to provide health insurance that pays for birth control, female sterilization procedures and “the morning after” pill. He socks it…

Married priests are also on Francis’ agenda


Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:
He’s given a go-ahead in some priest-short areas and has lifted the ban on ordination of the married among Eastern Riters. There’s been a lot of speculation the past several months that Pope Francis is willing to expand possibilities for ordaining married men to the Catholic priesthood. Austrian-born Bishop Erwin…