The Bergoglio Effect: These Gay Animals Were Banned In Venice But Applauded By The Pope

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Bergoglio making another mess…The blessings of Bergoglio

Heresy! The fact that he imparted a blessing upon her and her same-sex partner is a cause for outrage. The Pope closes the letter with his “apostle’s blessing” (a special benediction), for Pardi, she said, “together with Ms Maria Silvia Fiengo”—her same-sex partner and the other mother of her four children.

“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked,” the Vatican wrote to the author of several LGBT-friendly children’s books…

After the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, yanked a children’s book showing animals in different forms of families from pre-school libraries in his city, the publisher of The Little Egg was surprised to get an enthusiastic letter on behalf of Pope Francis in response to the book and several others with LGBT themes sent to the Vatican.
“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,” wrote Monsignor Peter Brian Wells of the Vatican Secretary of State in a letter to The Little Egg’s author, according to a report in The Guardian.
On her Facebook page, Pardi wrote that she sent copies of books published by her company, Lo Stampatello, to the pope along with a cover letter explaining that she started the company for the sake of her four children, which she is raising along with her partner, Maria Silvia Fiengo.
“The book, ‘Why are there two mothers?’ is simply our (their) story, and the book “Why are there two dads?” is the story of a family that we personally know,” she wrote. She said conservative groups have distorted the books in a campaign against them in Italy, saying “we support the teaching of masturbation to children in schools, inciting people against us.”
“In most cases, homosexuals are good people and face the task of parenting with great responsibility and competence,” she wrote. “Many put their hopes in a church that is not fundamentalist and inhuman as we have known in other historical eras … which is why I persist in trying to reach you with my voice.”

Here are several pages from the most popular and controversial of her books, The Little Egg, who encounters families led by lesbian cats, gay penguins, interracial dogs, and single-mama hippos:

Here are several pages from the most popular and controversial of her books, The Little Egg, who encounters families led by lesbian cats, gay penguins, interracial dogs, and single-mama hippos:

Lo Stampatello

Lo Stampatello

— Hey, are you a family?

— Yes we are two moms with our kitten.

— Look how many snuggles that pussycat gets!

Lo Stampatello

— You are also a family?

— Yes, responded the two dads with their little ones.

— But look at how beautiful this one is too!

Lo Stampatello

— You’re also a family?

— Of course, said the mom, dad and puppy.

— Amazing! And a brother is coming…who knows what color he will be!

Lo Stampatello

Little Egg was tired and satisfied. He had come to know many different types of families, all of which seemed wonderful to grow up in.

And there were so many others he could have met!

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Bergoglio sends letter praising gay children’s book!!

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Italian book that explores different family types including same sex was banned by mayor of Venice, but pontiff becomes unlikely supporter

The hippos, kangaroos and penguins adorning the cover of Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg) give little hint of the political and religious storm the children’s book has caused. While following the adventures of an egg may seem harmless enough, its discovery of different family types – including same sex – has prompted a backlash by conservatives who accuse Italian author Francesca Pardi of promoting a pro-homosexuality gender theory.

In the book, the egg encounters a pair of gay penguins, lesbian rabbits successfully bringing up a family, as well as other family models, including a single parent hippo, a mixed race dog couple, and kangaroos that have adopted polar bear cubs.

The book, however, was met with disapproval by Venice’s new mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, who in June banned Piccolo Uovo and about 50 other titles from schools. The decision led more than 250 Italian authors to demand their own books be removed from the city’s shelves, a move one writer described as a “protest against an appalling gesture of censorship and ignorance”.

Now Pardi has found an unlikely supporter inPope Francis, who through his staff has written to the author praising her work. “His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values,” wrote Peter B Wells, a senior official at the Vatican secretariat of state.

The letter, dated 9 July and recently seen by the Guardian, was a response to a parcel of children’s books sent by Pardi to the pontiff in June. The collection from her publisher, Lo Stampatello, including seven or eight books which deal with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues LGBT), was accompanied by a heartfelt letter from the author describing the attacks she has come under in recent months.

“Many parishes across the country are in this period sullying our name and telling falsehoods about our work which deeply offends us,” she wrote. “We have respect for Catholics … A lot of Catholics give back the same respect, why can’t we have the whole hierarchy of the church behind us?”

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Pardi said she had not expected a reply and was surprised to receive the letter at her Milan home. “It’s not that I think that he’s for gay families, because there’s the Catholic doctrine, but we mustn’t think that we have The Vatican deems homosexual relationships “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to natural law”, preaching that gay people must live a life of chastity in order to be good Catholics. While such a doctrine has effectively excluded people in same-sex relationships from the church, Pope Francis has adopted a more welcoming approach during his papacy.

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” he said in 2013. The same year, a gay man in France told his local newspaper he had received a reassuring phone call from the pope – a claim the Vatican denied.

The pope’s more inclusive approach has been countered by those within the Vatican. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said Ireland’s decision to legalise gay marriage in May was a “defeat for humanity”.

Despite the pope’s praise of Pardi’s work, a significant shift in the Vatican’s view of gay relationships is unlikely. The pontiff will next month head to the World Meeting of Families, gathering Catholics from across the globe in Philadelphia in the US, but LGBT groups have not been invited to air their views.

Catholics worldwide have started campaigning against the pope’s openness, with more than half a million signing a petition calling on Francis to reaffirm church teachings on gay people and divorcees.

Signatories of the Filial appeal aim to have an impact on the Vatican’s synod on the family in October, when church teachings will be discussed by the world’s leading churchmen. The petition has notably been signed by traditionalist Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was demoted by the pope last year.

Catholicism has a strong influence on Italian society, and Pardi’s letter to the pope also took aim at the country’s “we defend our children” committee, which in June brought hundreds of thousands of people to Rome to protest against gay parenting.

But attitudes in Italy are changing, with recent polls showing the majority of voters are in favour of giving rights to gay couples. Pardi is herself in a same-sex relationship with her business partner, Maria Silvia Fiengo, but the pair had to travel to Spain to be legally married. Granted no legal rights to have a family in Italy, they had their four children in the Netherlands.

Although gay marriage and adoption are off the government agenda, Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has pledged to legislate for same-sex unions this year. He has come under growing pressure to fulfill the promise following a decision by the European court of human rights, which ruled that Italy failed to protect same-sex couples.

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Chill Pope and Vatican Set to Do Battle With Ghostly Bosnian Virgin Mary

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A spiritual battle is simmering between the Vatican and a popular shrine to the Virgin Mary in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the New York Times reports. The Vatican is investigating the shrine’s main claim to fame: that the Virgin Mary makes regular, in-person appearances. They are skeptical.

The Times reports that pilgrimages to the shrine, known as Our Lady of Medjugorje, have fallen sharply during the Vatican’s investigation of whether or not Our Other Lady really drops by. The shrine’s official website claims that the Virgin has been appearing regularly since 1981, when she appeared to six children to convey a message of peace, and that visiting the spot has offered heaven-sent healing to some pilgrims. (That is not an unusual claim for holy shrines; New Mexico’s Santuario de Chimayo is believed by many Catholics to have holy dirt with healing properties, which pilgrims say has cured their infertility and even cancer.)

But Medjugorje has also become a major tourist destination, with all the booming business that implies. In March 2010, the Vatican began investigating whether the shrine was in compliance with Catholic doctrine, and in 2013, an American archbishop warned U.S. Catholics not to participate in Medjugorje-related events, saying it was “not possible” to determine if the apparitions were real:

“The Congregation [for the Doctrine of the Faith] has affirmed that, with regard to the credibility of the ‘apparitions’ in question, all should accept the declaration … which asserts: ‘On the basis of the research that has been done, it is not possible to state that there were apparitions or supernatural revelations,’” Archbishop Carlo Vigano wrote in an Oct. 21 letter to the bishops of the U.S., sent to the general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The investigation concluded some 18 months ago, but its findings have not yet been released. In the meantime, business has fallen sharply, aggrieved pilgrim-fixers tell the NYT:

Already, since the pope announced in June that a decision was imminent, the numbers of Italians — once the bulk of the pilgrims here — have fallen by half.

“Whatever the verdict turns out to be, this wait is creating a state of uncertainty for the pilgrims, and that affects the season,” said Sante Frigo, an Italian married to a pilgrim guide in Medjugorje.

“From the point of view of the pilgrimage supply chain,” he added, “it’s been a catastrophe.”

There’s also been a great deal of speculation about how the usually chill Pope Francis will respond (although, as the Times points out, the investigation was initiated by his predecessor, former Hitler Youth Pope Benedict). In July, Pope Francis gave a clue; he cracked a veiled joke about the shrine, saying that Catholics shouldn’t be looking for “visionaries who can tell us exactly what message Our Lady will be sending at 4 o’clock this afternoon.”

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Eleison Comments – Issue CDXXIII (423)

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Contradictory Romans?

No doctrine? Then apostasy will win.
Doctrine must be maintained, through thick or thin.

Two Roman churchmen have seemed to contradict one another in remarks made recently about relations between Rome and the Society of St Pius X, but one explanation of the contradiction may be that Rome is playing on the Society a police trick as old as the hills. By the “good cop, bad cop” routine, when the police want to get a confession out of a criminal, firstly a brutal policeman is sent in to beat up the criminal until he is in a very sorry condition, requiring all kinds of sympathy. Then a really nice policeman is sent in, oozing with a sympathy which often makes the criminal open up and confess his crime.

The “bad cop” in this case would be no less than the Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Müller, who early this month in an interview with katholisch.de, official website of the German Bishops’ Conference, said about a Rome-SSPX agreement that “There is no substantial new development. The Holy Father wishes that we keep trying: “con tenacia e pazienza” – “with tenacity and patience.” The precondition for a full reconciliation is the signing of a doctrinal preamble in order to guarantee a full agreement in the essential questions of the Faith. In the past months, there were encounters of different ways which are meant to strengthen the mutual trust.”

Here it is clearly stated that the SSPX will have to sign a doctrinal text agreeable to neo-modernist Rome if it wishes for an agreement with Rome. The Cardinal is also being a “bad cop” when he reveals that there were “encounters of different ways” between Romans and the SSPX “to strengthen mutual trust.” Or is the SSPX happy that Rome is shedding the light of day upon contacts otherwise unknown? Yet who that has the Catholic faith is re-assured by mutual trust being established with neo-modernists? But now comes the “good cop.”

Earlier this year Bishop Athanasius Schneider visited two seminaries of the SSPX “in order to conduct a discussion on a specific theological topic with a group of theologians of the SSPX and with His Excellency Bishop Fellay.” Just recently he conducted an interview with a Hispanic website, Rorate Caeli en español, in which among other things he commented favourably on these visits. He himself was treated with cordial respect, and he observed a respect all around for the reigning Pontiff, Pope Francis. After his visits he could see “no weighty reasons to deny the clergy and faithful of the SSPX the official canonical recognition, and meanwhile they should be accepted as they are.”Bishop Schneider confirmed that he saw no doctrinal problem in the way of an agreement by downplaying the importance of Vatican II: the Council was primarily pastoral, and of its time, he said.

So who represents the real Rome? Cardinal Müller or Bishop Schneider? Certainly both. If the “good cop, bad cop” routine is not conscious, it is certainly instinctive. Rome, by keeping its options open, can continue to play the SSPX like a fish, reeling it in, letting it out, raising hopes and then dashing them, bending the wire and straightening it out again, and again, until finally it snaps. Alas, one may suspect that by “encounters”the leaders of the SSPX are complicit in this game of Rome.

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Half a million people sign petition urging Francis to reinforce Church teaching on marriage at synod!

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Anti-pope Bergoglio and his ilk relentlessly offend God and his Divine Laws…

Synod of Rot on the family recommends welcoming homosexuals… Gay people have ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer Christian community. From the get-go why discuss vile sins which are an abomination to God?? Who am I to judge the sodomites Bergoglio, is our chastisement and must be resisted!

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying…

Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, because it is an abomination.  Leviticus: 18:22 DRV

If any one lie with a man as with a woman, both have committed an abomination, let them be put to death: their blood be upon them.  Leviticus: 20:13 -DRV

For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.  Romans 1:26, 27 – -DRV

As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighbouring cities, in like manner, having given themselves to fornication, and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire. Jude 7- DRV

Brimstone calls to mind the foul odors of the flesh, as Sacred Scripture itself confirms when it speaks of the rain of fire and brimstone poured by the Lord upon Sodom. He had decided to punish in it the crimes of the flesh, and the very type of punishment emphasized the shame of that crime, since brimstone exhales stench and fire burns. It was, therefore, just that the sodomites, burning with perverse desires that originated from the foul odor of flesh, should perish at the same time by fire and brimstone so that through this just chastisement they might realize the evil perpetrated under the impulse of a perverse desire. – St. Gregory the Great

Five cardinals are among the signatories to a petition organized by Catholic student association TFP Student Action

More than 500,000 people, including five cardinals, have signed a petition asking Pope Francis to reinforce Church teaching on marriage and the family at the synod of bishops in October.

The petition, launched by Catholic student association TFP Student Action and backed by 25 pro-family groups around the world, was posted on the organization’s site in late January.

It has since been signed by five cardinals, 117 bishops and hundreds of civil leaders, in addition to the thousands of university students it was aimed at.

The cardinals who are signatories are Cardinal Raymond Burke, Cardinal Jorge Medina of Chile, Cardinal Ricardo Vidal of the Philippines, Cardinal Alexandre José Maria dos Santos, Mozambique, and Cardinal Jānis Pujats of Latvia.

Signatories from Britain include SPUC director John Smeaton, Luke Gormally, the director emeritus of the Ans­combe Bioethics Center, journalist John Laughland and author Piers Paul Read. Other leading figures who signed the petition include former US senator Rick Santorum.

Sodomy a Sin against the Most Holy Trinity, One God... God considers such to be an Abomination

John Ritchie, director of TFP Student Action, said:

“This prayerful petition asks Pope Francis to clear up the moral confusion that’s been spreading against natural and divine law.” Describing the Church as a “beacon of morality and stability in our godless culture”, Ritchie said that some statements from clergy that appeared to accept same-sex unions had caused confusion.

Ritchie also urged the Church not to “go along with the liberal pressures to soften Church moral discipline”. If the Church stood by its view on traditional marriage and family, he said, “God’s plan for marriage will win out against all attacks”

He continued: “After Ireland and the US Supreme Court both approved same-sex marriage, a strong reaffirmation of Church teaching could save the sacred institution of marriage. The Catholic Church is the centre of history. It is the moral compass of the world. As the Church goes, so goes the world.”

The petition, called a “Filial Appeal to His Holiness Pope Francis on the Future of the Family”, will be hand delivered to the Vatican on September 29, the feast of St Michael the Archangel. It can be viewed at here.

 

 

Pastor steps down after being found naked in school!

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HAMMOND, Ind. — A northwest Indiana priest has stepped down from his role as pastor at two churches after the Catholic Diocese of Gary says he was seen naked walking through a school.

Diocese spokeswoman Debbie Bosak said in a statement Thursday that William O’Toole will be on a leave of absence and get a psychological evaluation.

The (Munster) Times reported that police went to St. Casimir Catholic School in Hammond earlier this month after a caller said a naked man was seen through a window. Hammond Police Lt. Richard Hoyda said officers let the man get dressed and didn’t arrest him.

Bosak says a secretary who was at the school didn’t know O’Toole was there. According to Bosak, no one else was involved.

Bosak said O’Toole has apologized and that he said it was a regrettable lack of judgment.

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Wanted: One TV so parishioners of a ‘Poor Church’ can watch Bergoglio in Philadelphia!

Parishioners praying for a tv so can watch Heretic Bergoglio in Philadelphia!

Wanted: One TV so parishioners of a poor church can watch Bergoglio in Philadelphia…

St. Francis of Assisi, the poorest parish in Harrisburg, is hopeful and praying that it will come in possession of a TV so parishioners can watch Bergoglio when he visits Philadelphia in September. Most can’t afford to travel there.

The good friar is praying for a TV. That, by most church needs, is not a tall one.

But for the Rev. E. Orlando Reyes, a Capuchin Franciscan friar and head pastor at St. Francis of Assisi in Harrisburg, it could mean the difference between many of his parishioners having a chance to see Pope Francis or missing out on what is certain to be an historic event.

“There’s so many people that would love to go but they can’t,” said Reyes. His parish – which has been on Market Street in Harrisburg for 114 years – is the poorest in the Harrisburg Diocese. The majority of the parish is made up of immigrants from across most of Latin America, but increasingly from Asia and Africa. Reyes said many parishioners do not own TVs or cars, and unless he somehow procures a TV, many will miss out on “seeing” Francis when he visits Philadelphia in September as part of his first trip to the U.S.

“We have so many needs every day.” –  Rev. Orlando Reyes

Francis, who will make stops in Cuba, Washington, D.C. and New York, will cap of his trip with a stop in Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27. He is scheduled to celebrate an outdoor public Mass to an estimated 2 million people that Sunday. He will celebrate Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Although the Mass is open to the public transportation restrictions and lodging limitations are bound to make it difficult for visitors to make the pilgrimage. Reyes is praying – and he knocked on wood – that somehow, out of somewhere, his church comes in possession of a TV, which he would install in the church basement and invite the parish to watch the pope’s Mass and public addresses together. His parish, after all, bears the name of the popular Argentine-born pontiff.

In March 2013, when he was selected to succeed former Pope Benedict XVI, Francis explained that he chose to be called after St. Francis of Assisi, “the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.”

“How I would like a church that is poor and that is for the poor,” Francis said at the time.

Reyes has embraced Francis with special admiration and affection not just because he is a fellow Latino, but because of his work with the poor. “That’s what I see in him, another Jesus Christ walking among us, being the gospel to us, a gospel that is sometimes hard to understand,” Reyes said. “But we see the way he has embraced the people. That has touched my life.” Reyes said he trust in God to send benefactors, not only to deliver a TV, but to help in the work with the poor, “Not just to talk about the poor but to meet with the poor, to come and help us.”

St. Francis may be the poorest church in the diocese – and faces a $741,000 debt – but it runs a soup kitchen that feeds up to 280 people every day of the year, Monday through Saturday. Parishioners also volunteer to visit prison inmates and the sick in hospital. “We have so many needs every day,” said Reyes, who is from El Salvador. “It’s the poorest parish but at the same time we do so much here and offer to the community.”

Reyes has tickets to the papal events, including the private Mass the pontiff is scheduled to celebrate that Saturday with members of the Philadelphia clergy at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Reyes, however, says he probably will stay back in his church.

“My people,” he said. “They cannot come. I don’t feel comfortable just leaving them and me going over. One of my hopes is – knocking on wood – if someone can least help us or donate a tv or something that we can put in church basement and be able to have the whole celebration to present here in the church.”

In spite of the financial hardships that many of his parishioners face, Reyes last year challenged his St. Francis community to renovate the church, which was in disrepair. Parishioners went above and beyond his call. They stripped and restored the pews, refurbished the statues of saints and took up the old carpet in the altar to reveal a beautiful hardwood floor. All the materials – from the paint, to brushes, to the machines and tools needed for the various jobs – were donated by parishioners. “This is amazing,” Reyes said. “They have to work two, three jobs to be able to survive with their families but they were able to give back. That is so special. It’s such a special community. I’m so blessed with all of it.”

St. Francis, he said, also has a dedicated and faithful white membership. The work, Reyes said, brought the community together. “It’s adding to the community. They are taking care of the church,” he said. Now, he said, if anyone is caught scratching a pew, fellow parishioners will call out that person. “Those little things make a whole difference,” Reyes said.

Sunday collection at St. Francis – from its four Masses – rarely exceeds $3,500 – nearly $3,000 short of what the church needs to pay its bills and upkeep. That’s the reason St. Francis faces a $741,000 debt.

“What can we do?” Reyes said. “Like I told the bishop, what can we do? Just close the church and let them go? I don’t think so. We have to do something.”

Reyes says he is confident a TV will turn up.

“I have a hope that God will provide,” he said. I don’t know why I have that certainty but I do. I believe. I tell people we have to pray, we have work, but at the same time we have to find resources to be able to do it.”

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IRAN AND THE ‘BERGOGLIO FACTOR’

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BERGOGLIO GIVEN PLATFORM BY CONGRESS

Iran and the Francis Effect…

Congress is giving the left-leaning Pope a platform ahead of a critical vote on the Iran nuclear deal.

Members of Congress trying to derail the Iran nuclear deal will have to contend with the “Francis Factor.”

By sheer scheduling luck — let’s just say it probably wasn’t what House Speaker John Boehner intended — Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24.

That’s a week after the Republican-led Congress is expected to vote down the nuclear agreement but probably ahead of a vote to override a presidential veto. The next day, Francis speaks at the U.N. General Assembly, whose timing means a slew of global leaders, many of whom favor the deal, also will be rubbing elbows with lawmakers in New York and Washington.

No one knows for sure what Francis will say, but he’s not shy about his opinions, and odds are that he will discuss his support for the Iran deal. If so, his remarks could prove the antithesis of the speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made to Congress in March, which was aimed at galvanizing opposition to the deal.

As a result, the White House sees the pope’s visit as a blessing. It insists, however, that it won’t be giving Francis any talking points.

“It’s the pope. So I’m not going to try and divine — no pun intended — what he’s going to say,” a senior administration official said. Still, “the pope is an authoritative voice on this, so obviously the timing is fortuitous.”

Just how much influence Francis will have on lawmakers’ votes is hard to gauge.

First, it’s still possible that the first vote on the deal won’t even happen on that timetable, particularly if Senate Democrats successfully filibuster a vote. Second, the White House believes it has enough support to sustain a presidential veto of a vote against the agreement, so even a lawmaker who secretly backs the deal but politically can’t vote for it may not feel the need to change his stance between the first and second votes.

And third, how Francis frames the Iran section of his speech could be critical in how it is received.

Pope Francis Institutes World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation September 1st Every Year

Already on a range of issues, from the dangers of income inequality to climate change, the left-leaning pontiff has unsettled many American conservatives, including some who are running for president. If Francis gets too blunt, unhappy lawmakers could turn to arguments used against him in the past — saying he should leave politics to politicians and stick to matters of faith.

Stephen Colecchi, a top official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, predicted Francis would take a positive angle on Iran, “whether to speak words of encouragement for Congress to reconsider if the situation warrants that” or “gratitude if indeed Congress upholds the agreement.” He also batted down the notion that the pope should avoid so-called “political” matters.

“Concern for the poor and concern for peace are profoundly spiritual issues,” Colecchi said. “These are not optional issues. These are at the heart of the gospel.”

The pope’s visit has been planned for months and was built around the World Meeting of Families, a major Catholic gathering in Philadelphia.

Francis lands in D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, after first visiting Cuba, whose recent detente with the U.S. he helped facilitate. The pope will meet with President Barack Obama that Wednesday, then speak to Congress the next day. After his Friday U.N. appearance in New York, Francis heads to Philadelphia, where his schedule includes a visit to a prison.

Boehner, who is Catholic and expected to vote against the nuclear deal, announced in February that Francis had accepted an invitation to speak to a joint session of Congress during his U.S. visit, making him the first pope to do so.

When asked what topics the pope may mention in his address, the Republican speaker recently said, “Well, listen, there’s one thing we know about this pope: He’s not afraid to take on the status quo or not afraid to say what he really thinks.”

A number of Catholic organizations have been trying to ramp up support for the Iran nuclear deal, aiming to win over Catholic lawmakers in particular.

The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. This, to me, is the most urgent problem that the Church is facing." – Pope Francis Oct/2013

The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. This, to me, is the most urgent problem that the Church is facing.” – Pope Francis Oct/2013

When asked about the pope’s influence on their thinking, aides to some of these lawmakers, such as senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), said only that they were still reviewing the agreement. Heitkamp’s office pointed out that she’s said she is “incredibly excited” about Francis’ visit.

Ambassadors from the five other countries who forged the deal with Iran alongside the U.S. have been meeting with American lawmakers to urge them to support the agreement. The U.N. General Assembly could draw an influx of heads of state to Washington during September, adding to the diplomatic pressure.

Netanyahu also will likely raise his objections to the agreement during his speech to the General Assembly. But he’ll have to contend then with Francis’ speech, as well as Obama’s.

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Eleison comments – Number CDXXII (422)

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Entertainer’s Alchemy

To think that two and two are four,
And neither five nor three,
The heart of man has long been sore,
And long ‘tis like to be.
—A.E. Housman (1859–1936)

A reader of these “Comments” forwarded to me in May a video-clip from the Internet (to be found here) which she said was then circulating widely on Facebook and was having “a massive influence on people.” The clip presents a well-known black American entertainer, Will Smith, being interviewed on “Progressive Thought Patterns,” which is a pompous title for a pile of nonsense. But then who ever resorted to Facebook or to icons of entertainment to hear sense? The interest lies for Catholics in seeing how the exact same Kantian nonsense that has overwhelmed the Church (see Pascendi, as the key to Vatican II) is also fermenting at street level amongst ordinary people without the least knowledge of Kant or of Pascendi. Here is what Will Smith says to his interviewer (with a few comments inserted in italics):—

“I don’t wanna’ (want to) be an icon (which he certainly is, as having been highly successful in Hollywood), I wanna’ be an idea. You know, I wanna’ represent an idea. I wanna’ represent possibilities. I wanna’ represent magic, right, that you’re in a universe, and two plus two equals four. Two plus two equals four only if you accept that two plus two equals four. Two plus two is gonna’ be what I want it to be, you know, and there’s a redemptive (note that word – so what is Redemption?) power that making a choice has, you know, like feeling you’re an effect (perhaps he means “cause”) to all things that are happening. Make a choice, like you just decide what is gonna’ be, who you’re gonna’ be, how you’re gonna’ do it. Just decide, and then from that point the universe is gonna’ get outa’ your way. It’s water, it wants to move and go around, and stuff, you know, so for me I wanna’ represent possibilities. I wanna represent th e idea that you really can make what you want.

“One of my favorite books is The Alchemist by Paul Coelho, and I just believe that. I believe that I can create whatever I wanna’ create. If I can put my head to it, study it and learn the patterns ( . . . ), I feel very strongly that we are who we choose to be. I consider myself an alchemist. An alchemist is basically a mystical chemist, right, and one of the great feats that alchemists used to do is that they would take lead, take a chunk of lead, and make it turn from lead into gold. So I connect it(my idea, presumably) symbolically to being able to turn lead into gold. My grandmother used to say, ‘Life give you a lemon, you go ahead and make lemonade’ (that of course is good old-fashioned common sense, two generations back. But for Will Smith –) To me that’s alchemy. That’s the same concept behind The Alchemist.”

All the above is a close reproduction of Will Smith’ s own words, not in order to make fun of him, but in order to show Kant at work amongst ordinary people who are far from being readers of Kant.

Notice that Will Smith is not completely devoid of common sense. If the word “alchemy” really means making lemonade out of lemons, then it respects reality. But if the word stands for making gold out of lead, as it often does, then it stands for a dream which has been dreamt down the ages and represents escaping from reality, or, worse, the refusal of natural reality and even a resorting to devils for a preternatural bending of it.

Now Will Smith is an entertainer, and his video-clip is quite entertaining, so nothing obliges us to take too seriously anything he says. But just recently a professional mathematician, one who is at the top of his profession, told me what scorn for objective reality he observes amongst his colleagues. The real problem goes way beyond mere entertainment.

Kyrie eleison.

An Online petition to have Bergoglio bless Sam Bradford’s knees!

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There’s a online petition to have Pope Francis bless Bradford’s knees

Unless you’ve been spending the summer in Hades with all of those Dallas Cowboys fans, you are surely well aware of Pope Francis’ impending visit to Philadelphia.

The last weekend in September this fall will certainly be an interesting one. And not just because the Eagles take on the New York Jets.

Philadelphians are going Pope crazy. The latest example of that is a Change.org petition for Pope Francis to bless the knees of Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (clearly God forgot about him for the past few seasons).

The petition reads:

The Pope is coming to Philly! Our city! With this Eagles season coming up, a lot of our Super Bowl hopes rely on Sam Bradford’s knees staying healthy. So, with one of the most religious representatives in the world visiting our wonderful place we call home, how about we get him to bless Bradford’s knees during his visit to Philly! This town deserves a Super Bowl, and a healthy Bradford is the only way we will have a parade down Broad Street! Please sign this petition and Go Eagles and Welcome to Philly, Pope Francis!!!!

There are currently over 250 supporters.

My question is, however, if you want Sam Bradford and the Eagles to win the Super Bowl, wouldn’t a deal with the devil seem more appropriate?

Also, by the time the Pope gets to Philly in September, there’s no assurance Bradford’s knees will still be intact. Say your prayers, Eagles fans. Or don’t? Maybe just sign the petition. Not sure how to get the football gods on our side exactly.

View video here.