Francis concedes to killjoy bishops and ambiguity wins the day

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Well, the pope, apparently not being versed in Robert Frost, took the road most traveled and conceded to the bishops who did less than share his vision of familial issues would be handled in the church.

Talking about the issue of allowing divorced Catholic’s to I said in an earlier piece and if you were amongst the quarter dozen that read it, you remember  that I said that either a firm stance in the affirmative or a firm stance in the negative was preferable to the non-answer answer.

The pope, choosing not to seek my advice, chose to leave this item open to the interpretation of the priests. What ever could go wrong? I can hear countless Lutherans laughing in the background.

Giving the pope the spinnaker to the ship was done with intent, and the intent was to lead the church, to take the big swing at the fastball down the middle; not asked to be pinch hit for.

Your legacy is your legacy and if nothing else, he should have consulted with George W. Bush, because despite how you feel about him, he did what he wanted without consideration, and at least this is laudable.

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http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a39209/pope-francis-decentralized-doctrine/

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Francis concedes to killjoy bishops and ambiguity wins the day

Those who call Francis a Communist are in tight spot today…

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Andrew Napolitano and Alex Jones of infowars embarrassment are in a precarious position with this one. Pope Francis openly mourned the death of a cardinal who stood up to Czechoslovakia’s communist regime, working contrary to their belief that the pope is a communist.

“Slovak Cardinal Ján Chryzostom Korec, retired Bishop of Nitra who was secretly ordained a priest and bishop and spent more than a dozen years in prison, has died aged 91. In a condolence message Pope Francis said Cardinal Korec was a “fearless witness of the Gospel and a strong defender of the Christian faith and human rights”.

Whoa! Are you saying you can be a fearless leader and defender of faith and human rights without being a communist? Well, color me stunned, folks; I guess I had better head back over to amazon to cancel that hammer and sickle tapestry. The good news for you if you’re a fan of Alex Jones or Andrew Napolitano or conspiracy theories, it will certainly be painted that this is just a ploy to further entrench communistic sentiment in the world with Francis holding the brush.

Read the whole story here:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/10/27/pope-francis-mourns-cardinal-who-fearlessly-stood-up-to-czechoslovakias-communist-regime/

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Those who call Francis a Communist are in tight spot today…

Counter intuitive to fun and safety, trunk-or-treat gains steam

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You know, I don’t give much of a rip that we’ve created an environment where every child wins at everything at all times, or that Donald Trump has been embraced by a larger contingent than should have been afforded to Donald Duck, but it seems as though those numbers are slowing turning southward and that’s why the sacrament of penance is in place.

If I didn’t care about any of this, which I do, it is dwarfed in my disdain for trunk-or-treat. Trunk-or-Treat is touted as the safe alternative to trick-or-treating, and its origins are murky at best, but it seems clear the straw man was deeply involved.

It seems as though churches began the fun-sucking behavior as an alternative to Halloween because they feel that, despite the facts, it is a day with pagan origins. If you want to know more about the actual origins of Halloween, take a listen to this week’s podcast of ‘Critical Mass’, where Tom Breen and Tim Miller discuss this, as well as Ouija  boards:  http://criticalmass.cc/

Alright, if you’re unaware of the logistics of trunk-or-treat, it is simply the assemblage of dozens of decorated cars in a parking lot, often churches, where people pass out candy to children. This practice has gained steam and has spread to municipalities where fire houses and police stations are throwing events.

I mention these facilities because I want you to think logically as you consider trunk-or- treat. We entrust both the police and fire to keep us safe, unless of course, you’re an anarcho-punk who thinks Crass and The Casualties are the greatest bands ever (they’re not) but I digress. So if we agree that we largely look to these institutions for safety, it seems somewhat counter intuitive to hold such an event on their property. Why? I’m glad you asked;

We went from raising our children, telling them not to go to strangers, and furthermore, not to take candy from strangers. Now we are encouraging it. I mean, think of the absolute lunacy of it all. Not only do we encourage our kids to approach strangers with candy, we encourage them to approach the opened trunks of the strangers luring them with candy. THIS is the safe alternative to walking around your own neighborhood where at least you know some of the people? The headlines write themselves, folks. This is not a learned behavior I want to pass to my children.

So if it’s not safe, surely it’s fun?

No, no it isn’t. Sure, churches and municipalities have increased their budgets to incorporate games and bounce houses and the like to attract the children, and sure, I’ll concede that children probably enjoy themselves, but its a solution to a problem that didn’t exist. I will be walking my children around the neighborhood this year as I have done every year for the past six years, enjoying my monthly limit of Sam Adams Oktoberfest (2) as I walk around, running into other mom’s and dad’s doing the same thing, stopping for small talk as the kids run to the houses for candy. It’s a community event – it should be enjoyed IN the community. When the kids get old enough, I’ll let them run around with their friends in the hopes that I have raised them well enough to be respectful of their community. If not, they’ll act as kids do from time to time and they’ll learn an invaluable lesson on the heels of their actions.

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Counter intuitive to fun and safety, trunk-or-treat gains steam

This week’s homily – Follow your faith

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This week’s homily spoke to following your faith, drawn from a  reading from Mark:

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
“Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
“Son of David, have pity on me.”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
“Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.”
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

This was a nice reading and the surrounding homily was nice, but I had a moment in church that was a bit more moving. ‘Amazing Grace’ was one of the hymn’s on the board. As the music began and I began to sing, much to the chagrin of all surrounding me, I was overcome with emotion. Amazing Grace had been sung at my grandmother’s service, and while it has been nearly six years since her passing, the waterworks began to rain down. When I had finally collected myself, I felt much better. It at least felt more genuine than when I cry over Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

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This week’s homily – Follow your faith

Conservatives shut down the lane – Francis considers 3-pt. shot for the win

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Closing the synod on the family, Pope Francis warned bishops against a  “spirituality of illusion,” and reminding pastors of their duty to accompany the faithful and be bearers of God’s mercy especially in times of suffering and conflict. Among others things, the Pope said, “Quis vestrum non placet”, and “Papa i terribilis”, translating to, ‘I don’t like any of you’ and ‘The pope is awesome’. He also ensured that all return flights for dissenting bishops would be rerouted to Antarctica.

This, of course, came on the heels of not garnering the support of bishops for initiatives he had hoped to move forward with, namely the allowance of communion for divorced Catholics.

The question now becomes, will Francis ignore the bishop’s dissention and speak ‘from the chair’, or will he respect the wishes of the bishops and continue to regard some of it people as lepers? Or, will he leave it with ambiguity looming, offering it to be interpreted the world over.

For the record, I believe you were called to the chair, so you should speak from the chair if it is in your heart, but that’s just me; I also feel a 20 hour work week in my heart, so my authority on the matter may be questionable. I do know that while I do not like the second option, granting ambiguity is ever worse. Ambiguity opens the doors to a host of issues. Before you know it, New Englanders will replace the ‘our father’ with, ‘our Tom Brady’ and prayers will only be on behalf of the Patriots. There is also nothing worse than he non-decision, decision.

No one likes that – A bad decision is better than no decision, right?

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/pope-francis-weighs-response-to-setback-on-divorce-issue-1445809918

Conservatives shut down the lane – Francis considers 3-pt. shot for the win

Surrounded by press and camera’s, Ryan provides an intimate look at poverty

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Since the leading story out of Vatican is whether or not Pope Francis has a brain tumor (A story we covered here yesterday), this story, written my the esteemed New York socialite woman of the night, Ann Coulter herself, actually provides for some afternoon hilarity.

Enjoy.

http://townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/2015/10/21/save-us-from-paul-ryan-and-the-kemp-boys-n2069258/page/2

Surrounded by press and camera’s, Ryan provides an intimate look at poverty

Ramping up the heat, Sin-nodder’s report Francis has brain tumor

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I guess those that want to run Francis out of town took my advice to step up their game.

The report that says Francis has a curable brain tumor is kind of sophomoric, though. I mean, there’s no way to really corroborate the story. Well, at least not in the same way that an inoperable tumor is. Bush league, guys, bush league.

http://news.yahoo.com/vatican-denies-report-pope-small-curable-brain-tumor-071137564.html#

Ramping up the heat, Sin-nodder’s report Francis has brain tumor