Monthly Archives: October 2015

A Busy Day

Yesterday was a very busy day for me.  I was up at 6 a.m. to get ready to be at the Paul VI Hall at 8 a.m.  I took a cab down.  I noticed that after he took off with … Continue reading

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Diocese of Helena, MT Healing Service Homily of Bishop Leo Thomas

In the wake of the settlements with victims of clerical sex abuse in the Diocese of Helena, MT, Bishop George Leo Thomas has begun Healing Services in the various deaneries of the diocese.  Below is the text of his homily, … Continue reading

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Mary Untier of the Knots is Going To Need to Work Overtime

Pope Francis is devoted to Mary, Untier of the Knots.  You can read about that here.  I have seen a picture of him working at his desk with this image right above him.  He certainly must be taking recourse in … Continue reading

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Oh, the webs they weave…

Many of you may have heard news that 13 cardinals wrote a letter to PF complaining about the procedures and methods of the Synod.  You can access the text of the letter here.  Bear in mind that this journalist has … Continue reading

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All the Little Pieces

There are some places we have all had chance to visit that call us back and, if we are wise, we go.  Certainly, Rome itself is such for me, but particular places that I visited last year have tugged my … Continue reading

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No Rest for the Wicked Even on Saturday

There was a press conference this morning, even though it was a Saturday.  Fr. Lombardi, the Vatican Spokesperson, made some mention of an apology for holding one on Saturday, but only a mention!.  It was rather well-attended, although I did … Continue reading

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Words from PF

Because Francis says very little, if anything, to report from the Synod, I thought it might be helpful to hear what he does have to say in other venues.  Below is my translation of his “Catechesis” at the General Audience … Continue reading

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End of Week One and Small Group Reports

Tomorrow marks the end of week one of the Synod here in Rome.  At the news conference today, we were told that the small groups have wrapped up their work with Part 1 of the Instrumentum laboris (IL), their name … Continue reading

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Weekly Homily from Fr Jim Hogan, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 11, 2015

•Wisdom 7:7-11 • Hebrews 4:12-13 • Mark 10:17-30• Weekly Scripture Readings:28th Sunday in Ordinary Time I think it will be helpful to clarify the meaning of the word “ego” at the very beginning of this homily.  The word is taken directly from Latin … Continue reading

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Conspiracy Theories Abound

There seem to be no end to the rumors of “hermeneutic of conspiracies” occurring in the Synod.  There are groups insistent that the Synod is being “managed” to come up with a certain outcome.  Mainly, these are folks who think … Continue reading

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