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Friday Link Roundup

March 22nd, 2013, Promulgated by b a

What a week and half we’ve had! Were you watching as the newly introduced Pope Francis bowed his head and asked the world to pray for him? What a moment that was! Ever since that moment, the blogosphere has been oh so noisy with reactions to Pope Francis, reactions to reactions, condemnations of reactions, and on and on. Much has been childish and nasty, but there’s also been a good amount of adult conversations about a “poor Church” and a pope that has decided to distance himself from much of the papal traditions. I started tagging articles immediately, but probably the best advice I can give is to read everything Fr. Z posts. If you read this blog and not Fr Z., then stop reading this right now and go there – Read everything he’s posted in the last week and a half. One thing I’ve realized about the blogosphere is this – it doesn’t make sense to try and read it all. In my opinion, even some of the more popular sites aren’t worth your time. Just pick a few folks that you trust, folks that make you think and deepen your faith and grow in your understanding of the faith and then get off the Internet and do spiritual reading and prayer. It doesn’t really benefit you to follow every little thing that Pope Francis has done and said every day of his pontificate (I’m preaching to myself as I quickly became a self-described Pope Francis junkie. Thankfully, I’m about 11 steps into working my way out of the addiction). For me, the folks I trust are Fr. Z… and Jimmy Akin… and more recently Crisis – with excellent articles like The Black-and-White Pope

I saw at least 2 people (one a VERY popular mainstream Catholic blogger) make erroneous statements associating Michael Voris with Pope Francis bashing. These were false accusations! Michael Voris ought to be commended for another excellent video:

Theology of the Body at St. Louis

Have you ever wondered what Blessed John Paul II meant by the Theology of the Body? Have you ever thought there might be healthier, natural ways to monitor and maintain your fertility that embraces Church teaching? Well here is your chance to explore these topics with professionals from our area!

The Saint Louis Consistent Life Ethic Team Presents:

Theology of the Body
by Father Mickey McGrath and the Creighton Method of Fertility Care and NaPro Technology by Elissa Sanchez – Speech, M.D., Karen Dalton, M.D. and Anne Olek, F.N.P.

When April 11, 2013
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Where: St. Louis Church, Parish Meeting Hall
Questions: Contact Kathleen McMahon, Pastoral Associate for Social Ministry & Justice, or 586-5675 x228. Thank you!

Once again, I’ll say, “well, how about that?!”

Bp. Cunningham’s Easter Message

The diocese of my hometown of Greensburg, PA recently had their first Extraordinary Form mass. Nearly 400 people were in attendance.

Got any links you want to share? Anything going on the diocese that we missed? Feel free to post them in the comments.


3 Responses to “Friday Link Roundup”

  1. Choir says:

    Tomorrow, Palm Sunday, and the Sunday next, Easter, there will be two Missa Cantatas sung at the Tridentine Latin Mass. Both ceremonies will be with Gregorian Chant. A Missa Cantata is a sung Mass. Unlike a High Mass, there will be no Asperges or incensation during the Mass. Mass is offered at 1:30 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Church in Rochester. The church is at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Norton Street. There is plenty of parking along with security patrolling the premises.

    Divine Mercy Sunday – April 7: On this Sunday there will be a High Mass followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Divine Mercy Chaplet (sung) and Benediction. Post time is 1:30. End time is approximately 3:15 p.m.

  2. Jim says:

    Thanks, Ben, for including Michael Voris’ talk on the secular media and the two popes. Again, he hits the nail right on the head.

  3. annonymouse says:

    All the nasty things I’ve said and thought about Voris? I take them back – as Jim says, he hits the nail right on the head.

    The secular media and those in the Church buying into their narrative (their “love” of Francis over and against Benedict) are buying a diabolical (meaning “to divide”) theme. I confess that I’ve perpetuated this more than once over the past couple weeks when asked “what do you think of the new Pope?” Thanks to Voris and CF, I’ll no longer be an agent of that narrative. Thanks for posting!

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