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Pope Francis: Culture Warriors Out, "Collaboration and Consultation" In

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  • Cupich is known as a conciliator who has emphasized dialog and shied away from the types of high-profile confrontations that have come to define the Catholic Church in recent years. 
  • The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church

Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches

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September 24, 2014 | If the Obama administration’s blanket rule for foreign policy is “Don’t do stupid stuff,” it appears that Pope Francis’ rule of thumb for the Catholic bishops is “Don’t be a jerk.”

The replacement of Cardinal Francis George—outspoken opponent of gay marriage and a leader of the USCCB’s battle against the contraception mandate—with Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago is one of the pope’s clearest signals to date of how he intends to conduct his papacy in concrete terms.

Patricia Miller is the author of Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church. Her work on the intersection of sex, religion, and politics has appeared in The Nation, Ms., and Huffington Post. She was the editor of Conscience magazine and the editor-in-chief of the National Journal’s health care briefings.

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The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church, Jack Jenkins, Think Progress

  • Cupich — and possibly others like him — are primed to be the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of American Catholicism.
  • Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence

 

Jesus Hates Gays, Loves Bacon...Apparently

Let's be clear: the imbecilic Fischer rails against homosexuality because it is 'forbidden' in Leviticus. Without missing a beat, the odious Fischer sings the praises of bacon, which is also expressly forbidden in Leviticus.

Retroactive Genius, Daily Kos

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/Brickmason25/bacongrey.jpgSep 17, 2014 | Noxious fundamentalist gasbag Bryan Fischer has come up with a bizarre new definition of a 'Christian' nation: it's one where you can buy bacon. According to Fischer:

"You want one single item of proof that America is a Christian nation and not a Jewish nation and not an Islamic nation?" he asked. "One single bit of proof is all you need: we freely allow restaurants and grocery stores to sell and to serve bacon. That can only happen in a Christian country."

"So the sheer fact that we freely allow the sale and consumption of bacon," he continued, "is absolute proof that we are, in fact, a Christian nation"

Retroactive Genius: Daily Kos member

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Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence

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  • “Let no one consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression!” Pope Francis said.
  • The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church

Jack Jenkins, Think Progress <http://thinkprogress.org>

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September 22, 2014 | Pope Francis had some harsh words for religious extremists this weekend, voicing his strongest condemnation yet for those who use religion to justify violence.

Speaking on Sunday to an audience that included the President, governmental authorities, and diplomatic corps of Albania, where he is spending a one-day apostolic visit, the first Argentinean pope directly addressed the growing issue of religious violence. Francis first praised the “climate of respect” in Albania — which is a Muslim-majority country — between Muslims, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians, saying the culture of tolerance was a “precious gift.” He then expressed firm criticism for those who cite faith as grounds for killing of others.

Jack Jenkins is the Senior Religion Reporter for ThinkProgress. He was previously the Senior Writer and Researcher for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, and worked as a reporter and blogger for the Religion News Service. His stories and analysis have appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, National Catholic Reporter, and Christian Century.

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The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church, Jack Jenkins, Think Progress

Cupich — and possibly others like him — are primed to be the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of American Catholicism.

 

 

The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church

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  • Cupich — and possibly others like him — are primed to be the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of American Catholicism.
  • Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence

Jack Jenkins, Think Progress

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AP776234964511.jpgBishop Blase Cupich. Credit: AP

September 21, 2014 | The Archdiocese of Chicago announced on Saturday that Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate bridge-builder with a history of supporting many progressive-leaning positions, as the next archbishop of Chicago. The Nebraska native will be replacing a highly political — and deeply conservative — bishop, and could potentially usher in a new era of American Catholic leadership that spends less time fighting culture wars and more time echoing the populist leadership of Pope Francis.

The move might not seem like much to a non-Catholic, but the elevation of Cupich represents a significant change in tone for the Catholic church in America. Politically and theologically speaking, the 65-year-old Cupich, who will be leaving behind his position as Bishop of Spokane, is notably different from his predecessor, Cardinal Francis George, on several counts. George, who is currently fighting cancer, has enjoyed prominence among Catholic conservatives for his hard-line stance against abortion and marriage equality, but has often stoked controversy for how he expresses his views: in 2011, George compared organizers of the Chicago Pride Parade to the Ku Klux Klan, and recently wrote that being a Catholic citizen under a pro-gay, pro-choice government is akin to living under Shariah law.

Jack Jenkins is the Senior Religion Reporter for ThinkProgress. He was previously the Senior Writer and Researcher for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress, and worked as a reporter and blogger for the Religion News Service. His stories and analysis have appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics, National Catholic Reporter, and Christian Century.

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Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence, Jack Jenkins, Think Progress

“Let no one consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression!” Pope Francis said.

The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church

I Was Traumatized by Christian Dogma: I Won't Do the Same to My Child

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  • A new father reexamines the destructive Christian dogmas he experienced as a child.
  • The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums. 

Bill Moeller, AlterNet

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July 31, 2014 | Before I became a father, at the age of 36, I never suspected that adopting a young child, Nathan, would so powerfully dismantle my fortress-like evangelical beliefs. Nor did I anticipate the storm of turmoil, anger, and grief I would soon experience, as I relived my own childhood and confronted the dogmas I grew up with.

Nathan’s exuberant ADHD personality challenged and enchanted me and my wife from the day we first saw him. Nathan lived most of the first five years of his life in a dimly lit orphanage in western Ukraine. I will never forget the frigid November morning we first visited him at the orphanage. Although Nathan had never seen us or had any contact with us before, he dashed toward us with raised hands, exclaiming “mama, tata!” and kissed us on our cheeks. He instantly melted my heart.

Bill Moeller: I used to be a staunch evangelical. Then I adopted a child and realized how much I had suffered.

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The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums, Katie McDonough, Salon

  • With a whole new set of complaints and demands, here's how to finally stand up to the terror they're wreaking
  • Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

 

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