Pope Francis, Catholics, and Christians in the news

Just 18 words? Now there's an Emerson I can tolerate!


A perfect antidote for bloggers and others tied to digital devices -- and 21st century trials


http://www.onepeterfive.com/lord-grant-me-humility-but-just-not-yet/


Oh, LOVE that Emerson quote.


Why do so many religions require self-effacement and debasement of their followers??



SouthernBaron said:
Also "semen est sanguis Christianorum"...

I thought the correct translation would be, "Semen is the blood of the Church." Please explain if I have been led astray. I only got as far as a B+ in Latin I.


The Latin semen=seed; you may remember that word order could be funky, so literally it's "the seed is the blood of Christians," but we usually put it the other way, and context implies that they are the "seed of the Church." Tertullian dropped this line in a gigantic treatise but it was taken up as a reminder that martyrdom was a source of joy, not sadness.



Jasmo said:


SouthernBaron said:
Also "semen est sanguis Christianorum"...
I thought the correct translation would be, "Semen is the blood of the Church." Please explain if I have been led astray. I only got as far as a B+ in Latin I.

Whereas I guessed what I could and then plugged the whole thing into Google. Yes, I am shameless... in some ways. smile


It's interesting how many languages have that order of words, including Anglo Saxon (precursor to English, German and High Dutch) and German as well as the Latin languages. The clues are in the forms the words take (object, subject, possessive, and so on). Translation is a lot like doing word puzzles.


http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/05/23/vast-crowd-sees-romero-beatified-as-a-martyr-and-hero-of-the-poor/

Wonderful event in Centra America


Speaking of wonderful events...

http://tinyurl.com/ko3rqaw


The Pope is anti-pet:


"He also expressed his astonishment when he read about what people spend money on. “After food, clothing and medicine,” he said, “the fourth item is cosmetics and the fifth is pets. That’s serious.”

In fact, for an “environmental pope,” Francis seems to think that people pay altogether too much attention to pets.

“Care for pets is like programmed love,” he said. “I can program the loving response of a dog or a cat, and I don’t need the experience of a human, reciprocal love.”

The Pope said this kind of trade-off is “worrisome.”


http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/05/25/pope-francis-wants-to-be-remembered-as-a-good-guy/


He may have said all that. I instinctively disbelieve he did because it's quoted in Breitbart.


OK. It is softened a bit in the original I think (translation by Google as I do not speak Spanish)


"- What are the worst ills of the world today?

- Poverty, corruption, human trafficking ... I can be wrong in the statistics, but do tell me if I ask what comes in spending item in the world after food, clothing and medicine? The fourth is the fifth cosmetics and pets. That is serious, huh. Caring for pets is scheduled as a little love, that is, I can program the loving response of a dog or a cat, and no longer need to experience a love of human reciprocity. I'm exaggerating, that does not take verbatim, but to worry."

http://www.lavozdelpueblo.com.ar/nota-27095--aoro-ir-a-una-pizzera-y-comerme-una-buena-pizza


Riiiiiiiiight. And basing any opinion on that translation makes perfect sense. Uh-huh.





MAY 31, 2015"Where there is no love, put love — and you will find love."
— St. John of the Cross





Let's wait for the official annuncio before engaging in mass pet sacrifice.

ridski said:
He may have said all that. I instinctively disbelieve he did because it's quoted in Breitbart.



http://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2015/06/stephen-colbert-cuts-up-with-fr-james-martin.html

A little humor goes a long way


A analysis ofthe Church worldwide...

http://bit.ly/1dMRHmM


Not the Pope and I don't think he's even a Catholic, but I appreciated the sentiment behind this Op-Ed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/06/03/for-god-so-loved-caitlyn-jenner/

Of course, don't read the comments. That way madness lies.


Ridski, your link is a version of what the Catholic Church has always taught and simply stated: love the sinner, but hate the sin. I do not mean to suggest that transgendering is a sin, and Jenner himself shouldn't be mocked.

However, is Jenner a role model for others questioning their genders? I think not. A super male athletic and now reality show actor who had the most expensive medical treatment available and was set up by top photographers, wig stylists and fashion designers and a cover story in Vanity Fair! Did I forget the plastic surgery to reshape his face and body? Hardly a realistic goal for most who might relate to this step.

Perhaps Caitlyn's upcoming reality show about being a transgender will provide answers and guidance to individuals who are gender challenged and those who love them



Actually, I read it as far more a case of not casting stones because you are not without sin yourself. I really don't think the writer was trying to say we should not hate Jenner but rather should hate the sin s/he is committing (is sexual reassignment a sin? I don't think it can be, since it didn't exist in biblical times). So, there is not even a sin there to throw stones at.

Basically, I think that op/ed piece was saying don't judge anyone else — leave it to God. Isn't that what grace is? That we can sin but that God will still love us and save us? I thought that was the whole point. Not that we still get to hate the sin, but that it is not for us to judge.


Peggy, while I wholeheartedly agree with the rest of your comment, I don't think most religions that have sin limit it specifically to what existed in biblical times.


As I agreed, and as Pope Francis remarked, "Who am I to judge?"

My comments about Jenner's transgendering concerned the tremendous cost and publicity it incurred. Only for that 1% to achieve. I read that ABC's Diane Sawyer was unaware of the Vanity Fair article to be released within days after her television exclusive interview with Jenner.

Seems to me to be a calculated PR roll out for the Caitlyn Jenner reality show.

Rolemodel for those with sexual diaspora? I think not.


I have to agree with that, mtierney. I think just about everything the Kardashian clan does is twisted to turn a profit, even this.


Pope Francis travels to Bosnia -- the 78 year old Pontiff's 8th trip abroad.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/world/europe/pope-francis-message-of-healing-to-a-divided-bosnia.html?ref=todayspaper


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/opinion/sunday/what-makes-a-woman.html?ref=todayspaper

I have posted the above link here as the topic has already been discussed. It is an example of the trip down a rabbit hole we are all going on



mtierney said:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/opinion/sunday/what-makes-a-woman.html?ref=todayspaper

I have posted the above link here as the topic has already been discussed. It is an example of the trip down a rabbit hole we are all going on

Good lord. This actually goes a long way toward explaining a lot of why I find myself uncomfortable about the Bruce/Caitlyn transformation. Some of what's in that article is just batshyte crazy. And I can't help but wonder what would happen if women making the transition to become men tried to get male groups to change how they approach self-identification. But a lot of it really resonates with me, and I have to admit I agree with just about everything she said.

Wow. Great article.


This is the same uncomfortableness I felt in the 60's when I was a housewife and feminists like Gloria Steinham were all over me. I wanted to tell them shh I have it the way I like it and I am sorry you don't feel the same.

I don't like nail polish and posing glamorously. Coming from a sisterhood of nine woman, some of us do and some of us don't.

I am very comfortable with Caitlyn defining herself this way. Do I want to? Not in a million years. Am I a woman as well? Yes I am.

Defining myself as a woman has nothing to do with menstruation or experiencing society's reaction to me. It is something I know at the core of my being. How I express it is up to me.

I wish Caitlyn the same freedom and have no objection to her doing so.


Peggyc, you can take a look at Cher's son Chaz for a female to male transformation.


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