- Last week American Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said this about Pope Francis and the culture wars: “One gets the impression, or it’s interpreted this way in the media, that he thinks we’re talking too much about abortion, too much about the integrity of marriage as between one man and one woman. But we can never talk enough about that.”
- This week Pope Francis removed Cardinal Burke from the Congregation for Bishops, a powerful Vatican committee, replacing him with the more moderate American Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who isn’t known for stepping in the middle of the culture wars very often. Some are taking it as a sign that Francis wants a more inclusive Church. source
Like, it kinda cracks me up how mad people in the Church are getting over the fact that the Pope is literally following Jesus’ example… you know, encouraging less focus on the rule heavy, outdated doctrine and teaching about love and acceptance instead…
Pope Francis does not have time for your bullshit.
Yo, BB, hypothetically, when Steve Rogers dies, could someone make a motion for him to be canonized?
He’s Catholic and he’s committed miracles, (Like coming back from the dead)
Well, first off, they’d have to wait at least five years. Then he’d be investigated to make sure he exemplified Catholic virtues (which would be the case since he’s a superhero and sainthood requires superheroic levels of goodness).
HOWEVER, performing miracles in life is no longer criteria for sainthood. You must have performed miracles after death (as in, someone prays to you and is miraculously cured of their incurable disease or whatever), at least three times - once to be Blessed (beatified), and two more to be a saint (canonized).
There’s some iffiness on whether or not he might be considered a martyr as a result of a heroic act of charity (say he dies saving a lot of people) because it’s not an official definition of martyr, but that would make him automatically beatified without the first miracle. But then he’d still need another two after his death.
Pope Francis on Monday continued to recast the Catholic Church’s image by focusing on its inviting, merciful aspects, this time shocking a planeload of reporters by saying of homosexuality: “Who am I to judge?”
“If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?” the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics said in a remarkably candid and off-the-cuff news conference en route to Rome from Brazil. “They shouldn’t be marginalized.”
The pope’s seemingly casual remark was another example of his approachable style, which was on full display during his visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day. He carried his own bag onto the plane and traveled around Rio in a small Fiat without being shielded by hordes of security. He met with recovering drug addicts in a hospital and condemned inequality in a visit to crime-ridden slums.
He made his comments about gays, signaling that the church looks on them as brothers and sisters, as he fielded questions from reporters for an 80-minute stretch, at times leaning on the back of an airplane seat as if he were just another passenger. With his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, reporters had to submit questions ahead of time, and the Vatican decided which ones the pontiff would answer.
… His predecessor made remarks that many gay Catholics interpreted as hostile. Even though Benedict called on Catholics to show “great respect for [gay] people,” he oversaw the publication of a church document that called homosexual inclinations “disordered” and called for men with “deep-seated” gay tendencies to be barred from the priesthood. He also said same-sex marriage was insidious threat to the common good.
Oh don’t worry, the rest of the Catholic Church leadership won’t follow.
At least he’s better than Pope Palpatine. Which, granted, isn’t very hard to do, but…