In the News, August 14th

A group of schismatic African priests is looking for a new Pope to call their own, one who shares their belief that priests should be allowed to marry.

Egyptian forces raid camps occupied by pro-Morsi protestors, death toll is being reported very differently by both sides.

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In Birmingham, Alabama this morning a U.P.S. cargo plane crashed while landing, killing its pilots.

Cory Booker wins the Democratic primary to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg in New Jersey’s upcoming special election. Steve Lonegan wins the Republican primary.

Vatican overseer, Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, tells the Leadership Conference of Women Religious that he is a ‘brother and friend.’

New report argues for lifting the ban on explicit political endorsements by clergy.

Matthew Carnes, S.J., declares that ‘inequality is the issue of the next century’; James Martin, S.J., discusses how you can reduce income disparities

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Bruce Snowden
5 years ago
How do those schismatic African priests looking for a new Pope who shares their belief that priests should be allowed to marry, plan to get one? Will they get an African Bishop of like mind willing to be leader, who like Linus becomes Pope without the help from a College of Cardinals, hand-picked by the Faithful, to be Peter's first successor? I can understand, even agree, that there is room in the Church of Rome for married priests and I believe that in the next century it will happen, a move that may likely be ecumenically helpful in bringing Eastern and Orthodox Christianity into union with Rome, with Bishops as the Orthodox do, chosen only from celibate clergy. A pipe dream? Hopefully not! At any rate the Church of Christ does not need schism and a kind of anti-Pope baloney to achieve what is going to happen anyhow in the Spirit's time and in the Spirit's way. And I suggest it will happen in such a way that the charism of celibacy will be honored as the Gift that it is, in accord with Gospel insight which says, "For those who can."

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