Richard Gaillardetz’s new book An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis and the Renewal of Catholicism is the first of what we can anticipate will be many theology books that look back at Vatican II in the light of the magisterium of Pope Francis. Gaillardetz examines the shape of renewal and the contours of reform that now seem possible and, in doing so, sets a high standard for other theologians who explore this terrain.
At this morning's General Audience, the Holy Father had this to say:
"I think of some benefactors of the Church, who come with an offer for the Church and their offer is the fruit of the blood of people who have been exploited, enslaved with work which was under-payed” he said.
“I will tell these people to please take back their cheques. The People of God don’t need their dirty money but hearts that are open to the mercy of God” he said.
Distinctly Catholic: The key takeaway from yesterday's results -- anger continues to drive the Republican race and continues to not drive the Democratic contest.
Distinctly Catholic: Was Pope Francis out of line, as Donald Trump and others assert, by making a categorical judgment about persons who hold a certain view on immigration issues?
Distinctly Catholic: In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis challenges us to "leave the nest that contains us."
Distinctly Catholic: For his leadership in confronting climate change and the degradation of the environment, Pope Francis should win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Distinctly Catholic: Francis isn't a socialist, but a radical Christian who takes Jesus Christ's command to exclude no one and put the poor first seriously.
Distinctly Catholic: Why the rush to defend Donald Trump by many prominent Catholics and other religious leaders? An answer may be found in the theory of voter rationalization.
You would think the Archbishop had better things to do with his time. His Grace of Philadelphia felt the need to comment about Justice Scalia. I can assure him that many people who have been on the losing end of Scalia's rulings do not share his assessment.
The Republican establishment is carrying their hearts and, more importantly, their checkbooks to Sen. Marco Rubio as fast as they can. These are the same people who lavished former Gov. Jeb Bush with over $100 million to spend on his campaign, and it earned him all of four delegates before he suspended his campaign Saturday night.