…and one cold dousing for not a few Catholics.
First, the awful, from the always dependably prurient Dan Savage.
Near the program’s end, a woman from the audience asked, “Which so-called dangerous idea do you each think would have the greatest potential to change the world for the better if it were implemented?”
Savage said, “Population control. There’s too many god—- people on the planet! And I don’t know if that’s a – you know, I’m pro-choice. I believe that women should have the right to control their bodies. Sometimes in my darker moments I’m anti-choice.”
“I think abortion should be mandatory for about 30 years,” he said. “That’s a dangerous idea. She wanted a dangerous idea. So throw a chair at me.”
In stark contrast, as one beam of the cross clashes with the other, we have this marvelous icon of the Gospel:
Pope Francis’ compassionate nature was poignantly captured in this image of him tenderly comforting a sick man by kissing him on the head.
Amen! Axios! (The comments there are also encouraging.)
And now for something irksome (HT to Louie Verrecchio).
The Synod of Bishops will undergo changes so that it can be “a real and effective instrument of communion which through the collegiality called for by the Second Vatican Council is expressed and realized,” the secretary-general of the Synod told a November 5 press conference.
Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, who was selected by Pope Francis to head the office of the Synod, said that the goal of reforms will be to ensure that the Synod “adequately fulfills its mission to promote episcopal collegiality, cum Petro et sub Petro, in the governance of the Church.”
… [T]he Holy Father is determined to enhance the role of the Synod as a means of giving the world’s bishops an active voice in establishing priorities and setting policies for the universal Church.
Read Verrecchio’s post for an idea of why this is murky talk at best.
Finally, this cold bucket of water on “Medge” jarred me (HT to Fr. Z). I have no attachment to Medjugorje, and only a smidgen more knowledge about what it is, but I do know a parish, how to say, not far from me which has done just what it seems is being forbidden.
“…official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, understood as a place of authentic Marian apparitions, are not permitted to be organized either on the parish or on the diocesan level…”
(Most Rev. Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Letter to Bishop Taverdet, 23 March 1996)
“…concerning pilgrimages to Medjugorje which take place in a private manner, this Congregation holds that they are permitted, on the condition that they not be considered a validation of events in progress and which still call for examination by the Church.”
(Most Rev. Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Letter to Bishop Aubry, 26 May 1998)
As Johnny Carson liked to say, “I did not know that.”