Monthly Archives: February 2016

Pope, Synod, Contraception

I haven’t seen this many comments on a Commonweal article in ages…..Reyanna By Peter Steinfels          February 22, 2013          dotCommonweal on-line Did Pope Francis’s unrehearsed comments on the morality of using contraception in … Continue reading

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Bishop challenges Catholics to combat ‘ugly tide of anti-Islamic bigotry’

Bishop McElroy is an appointee of Francis.  I think it shows.  Bishop McElroy was an auxiliary under San Francisco’s Cordileone.  Do you think he remembers to say prayers of gratitude every night that he was appointed by PF to San Diego?  Yes, … Continue reading

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Where there is pain, there is God

I  suffer from fibromyalgia and have done so for years.  I tell you this not to whine but as the lead-in for this article.  This morning when I got up, as usual, my muscles hurt, but this morning was one … Continue reading

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Viewpoint: Holy Thursday Washing of Women’s Feet Now Official

I think as we get closer to Holy Week, it might be wise to read this article.  It brings out a bit how pastors might be thinking about dealing with this issue.  The comment string, while from “liturgy nerds”–and I … Continue reading

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Francis’ challenge to bishops

I know that many of you are regular readers of National Catholic Reporter, but I wanted to make sure you caught this article.  Fr. Reese does a good job of weaving together threads from various addresses PF has given to … Continue reading

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Weekly Homily from Fr Jim Hogan, Third Sunday in Lent, February 28, 2016

•Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 • 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 • Luke 13:1-9• Weekly Scripture Readings:Third Sunday of Lent For a printable PDF of the homily click HERE. Recently I listened to an Islamic scholar speak here in Missoula.  For the first … Continue reading

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Eye on Francis February 22, 2016

As many readers may know, I write a monthly column for the American Catholic Council Newsletter.  This month in talking with Janet Hauter, director of the American Catholic Council, about my impressions of Pope Francis’ recently completed trip to Mexico, … Continue reading

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Best Practices

The American Catholic Council (ACC) has developed a Best Practices form for two reasons:  to commend and spotlight parishes and faith communities who have developed new ideas that are working and as an idea generator for others to fuel innovation … Continue reading

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Francis’ Call to Conscience

You know there is always a wonder that occurs, something amazing that occurs everyday.  Encountering this article and realizing there is a bishop who “gets it”, was one of those wonders.  One down, how many to go?. It is Lent … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: A sinner and a moral compass for our time

In the hoopla that occurred in reaction to Pope Francis’ comment in the on-board press conference on the return flight from Mexico to Rome last week regarding Trump and the building of the wall along our southern border, I found … Continue reading

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