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Pope Calls Out "Bad Shephards" as Conservatives Prepare to Fight Change

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  • What’s evolving isn’t so much a battle over doctrine but a fight for the soul of the church. Francis and his allies are promoting a vision of the church that’s much more live-and-let-live, repeatedly turning to the word “mercy” to describe how they view the application of doctrine to the actual lives of Catholics, guided by a sense of the larger mission of the church as spreading the Gospel, not enforcing laws.
  • Pope Francis: Culture Warriors Out, "Collaboration and Consultation" In

Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches

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synod-1050x700.jpgOctober 6, 2014 | Just a day before gay marriage in the U.S. received a significant boost from the Supreme Court, the much-anticipated Extraordinary Synod on the Family opened in Rome yesterday with Pope Francis pointedly criticizing “bad shepherds” who seek money and power and “lay intolerable burdens on the shoulders of others, which they themselves do not lift a finger to move.”

As some 190 bishops and a collection of lay advisors meet to discuss “pastoral challenges” facing Catholic families, divisions are being laid bare in the church that were largely suppressed in the Pope John Paul II/Benedict years, with a cabal of conservative bishops (presumably the “bad shepherds”) looking to beat back any liberalization of church doctrine promoted by more moderate cardinals.

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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Pope Francis: Culture Warriors Out, "Collaboration and Consultation" In, Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches

  • 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

The Church’s Gay Obsession

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  • What’s happening amounts to persecution. And it’s occurring not because the workers in these situations called any special attention to themselves or made any political fuss. No, they just loved in a fashion displeasing to many church officials, whose concerns with purity are spasmodic and capricious.
  • Pope Francis: Culture Warriors Out, "Collaboration and Consultation" In

Frank Bruni, New York (NY) Times

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1005BRUNI-superJumbo.jpgOctober 4, 2014 | Repeatedly over the last year and a half, I’ve written about teachers in Catholic schools and leaders in Catholic parishes who were dismissed from their posts because they were in same-sex relationships and — in many cases — had decided to marry.

Every time, more than a few readers weighed in to tell me that these people had it coming. If you join a club, they argued, you play by its rules or you suffer the consequences.

Oh really?

Frank Bruni, an Op-Ed columnistfor the New York Times since June 2011, joined the newspaper in 1995. Over his years at the Times he has worn a wide variety of hats, including chief restaurant critic (from June 2004 through August 2009) and Rome bureau chief (2002 to 2004).

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Pope Francis: Culture Warriors Out, "Collaboration and Consultation" In, Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches 

  • 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

Special Report | Pope Francis I: Week Ending October 5, 2014

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Francis I is the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of Catholic Church.

  • 8 New Items including:
    • Pope Francis: Culture Warriors Out, "Collaboration and Consultation" In
    • Pope Francis: You Can’t Use Religion To Justify Violence
    • The Pope Gave This Man A Promotion And He Could Dramatically Change The Focus Of The Catholic Church
    • Can Pope Francis Change the Church?
    • Catholic Church ramps up opposition to Minnesota anti-bullying bill
    • Pope Francis, CIA and 'Death Squads' 
    • A New Pope Won't Save The Sinking Ship,
    • Roman Church admits the Pope's Guilt

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Pope Francis: Culture Warriors Out, "Collaboration and Consultation" In, Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches

  • 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

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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

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

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

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Can Pope Francis Change the Church? Frances Kissling , Nation Magazine

  • It would be better still if there were no pope, no infallibility, no bishops with fiefdoms, and if a democratic church emerged. In that church, same-sex marriage would be celebrated, contraception would be the prelude to responsible parenthood and abortion would be understood as a necessary right. It is no accident that many Christian denominations without pope have moved in that direction. 
  • Let’s Face It, Pope Francis Still Ain’t That Great
  • This Pope Could Save the Catholic Church, And Maybe, America

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Catholic Church ramps up opposition to Minnesota anti-bullying bill, Beth Hawkins, MinnPost

“All we are asking folks to do is to make sure a school setting is safe and allows a child to learn,” Senator [Scott] Dibble" — a Minneapolis DFLer and the chief author of both the same-sex marriage bill and Safe Schools said. “Why should it be so hard to make sure kids are not singled out for harassment?

“The archdiocese has done nothing to sit down and problem-solve what would be best for kids,” Dibble concluded. “The truth is bullying is a problem we have to solve. It happens every day and it is a real problem.”

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Pope Francis, CIA and 'Death Squads' Robert Parry, Consortium News

  • In the 1970s, Father Jorge Bergoglio faced a moment of truth: Would he stand up to Argentina’s military neo-Nazis “disappearing” thousands including priests, or keep his mouth shut and his career on track? Like many other Church leaders, Pope Francis took the safe route, Robert Parry reports.
  • Argentina begins prosecution of military-era human rights abuses
  • A New Pope Won't Save The Sinking Ship

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A New Pope Won't Save The Sinking Ship, Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out  

  • It would take nothing short of a miracle to avert failure for the next Pope and a crisis of faith for believers. Here are four reasons why the next Pope will be met with nearly insurmountable challenges, no matter how talented or charismatic.
  • Scandal Spectacle: The 10 Most Corrupt and Compromised Cardinals Voting For the New Pope

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Roman Church admits the Pope's Guilt, Reuters

  • Joseph Ratzinger to Evade Justice and Hide out in the Vatican for his own legal immunity and "protection"
  • An Urgent Update from the International Tribunal into Crimes of 
  • Church and State (ITCCS)

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

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller 

/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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