Pope Francis: it’s terrible children are taught they can choose gender

He told Polish bishops that there are powerful institutions funding the spread of gender theory in schools

Pope Francis has said that what he calls gender theory – “that everyone can choose their own sex” – is “the exact opposite” of God’s creation. In a meeting with Polish bishops during World Youth Day, whose transcript was released yesterday by the Vatican, the Pope said there were powerful institutions which funded the spread of “gender theory” in schools. The Pope also said … [Read more...]

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Al Gore: “Because of Pope Francis, I really could become a Catholic”

Former vice president and pro-abortion politician recommends that people of all faith traditions should read Laudato Si'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWfMU6gZ-Wg Glenmary Father John S. Rausch appeared on CNN Aug. 1 as part of a climate change town hall event with former United States Vice President Al Gore. After being introduced by host Anderson Cooper, Father John said his experience as a priest in Appalachia has led him to believe the climate crisis is a crisis in spirituality. Father … [Read more...]

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Vatican article says main obstacle for Pope Francis is bishops, priests

Antiquated image of priesthood and old theology are responsible for hostility towards pope

On the heels of one controversial Vatican article alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics in America, another potential eyebrow-raiser emerged Saturday claiming that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part of the clergy, at levels both high and low.” The term “high and … [Read more...]

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To understand Pope Francis, you have to understand the Jesuits

“You’re always looking for what is the spirit of the law: why does the law exist, what it is, what is it trying to do?”

Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians. He often expresses his desire for greater formation in discernment – a concept that may seem obscure without an understanding its importance to the Pope's Jesuit formation. “When a Jesuit says 'discernment,' they’re employing a term that has a very rich spiritual … [Read more...]

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‘A slap in the face for the Vatican’

Vatican official says If President Trump takes US out of Paris deal on climate change, “it would be a disaster for everyone"

One of Pope Francis’s closest collaborators in the Vatican’s fight against climate change has called President Donald Trump’s reported plan to pull out of the Paris accord a “disaster” and a “slap in the face for the Vatican.” Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, said that if … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names five new cardinals

New appointments demonstrate pope’s attention to 'the peripheries'

During his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis announced to pilgrims that he will be holding a June 28 consistory to create 5 new cardinals he said represent the “catholicity” of the Church. “Brothers and sisters, I wish to announce to you that Wednesday, June 28, I will hold a consistory for the nomination of 5 new cardinals,” the Pope said May 21, adding that “their … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: No research justifies destruction of human embryos

Meeting a group of people suffering from Huntington's Disease, Pope Francis told them that despite their illness, they are “precious in the eyes of God”

Meeting a group of people suffering from a rare disease, Pope Francis told them that despite their illness, they are “precious in the eyes of God” and in the eyes of the Church. Addressing the scientists present in the room, he also said that no research justifies the destruction of human embryos. “In many cases, the sick and their families have experienced the tragedy of … [Read more...]

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