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Tag Archives: Evangelii gaudium
At Rorate today there is a piece, the title of which called to mind something I’ve posted in the past. The interesting part of the title… “Strong Communiqué of the Chartres Pilgrimage: “Clericalism-Caudillism never works well…” Note “Caudillism”. Caudillismo. This … Read More
Francis’ Four Guiding Postulates include: “Conflict cannot be ignored or concealed. It has to be faced.”
“What is Francis doing?” This is a question I get again and again in my mailbox. I am at a loss. This morning, however, it occurred to me that we might return to Francis’ “four postulates” which he included in … Read More
There was an interview with His Eminence Reinhard Card. Marx in America Magazine. We can trust that the interview really conveys what Card. Marx thinks because, as we are informed, he had a chance to go over it before publication. … Read More
I have been thinking more about His Eminence Oscar Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga’s shot in the German newspaper at Archbp. Gerhard Müller of the CDF. HERE In his public criticism Card. Rodriguez said of Müller: Er ist Deutscher – ja, ich … Read More
I note that Michael Novak has tackled the issue of the Pope’s comment on economics in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium. He had an interview with National Review. Alas, I think Mr. Novak got a couple things wrong. In a … Read More
I am close to being done with Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium. Let’s remember that it is not an encyclical. It is not even an Apostolic Letter. It’s only an Exhortation. It is, however, an Exhortation which has some … Read More
I have mentioned that people have raised translation problems with the new Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium. I posted under another entry about problems with par. 54, which in the English translation mentions “trickle-down” economics. Since that other post delved into more … Read More
Fr. Robert Sirico of Acton Institute has a video with a reaction to Pope Francis’ Evangelii gaudium. He has sincere questions for the Pope. This is useful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrKGGqErhM8&feature=player_embedded Also useful is a short excerpt from the series Poverty Cure which explores … Read More
Read reactions and analysis of Evangelii gaudium and you will quickly see that the catholic Left’s take on the Apostolic Exhortation inexorably veers into “Isn’t it great that the Pope hates traditionalists? He’s one of us!” Heh heh. Not so much. … Read More
Are we now too impatient to receive even good preaching? Should we, therefore, dumb preaching down? Those who are familiar with the Fathers of the Church know all too well that their sermons were often pretty long, well over an hour. Think … Read More
I am detecting rumblings that the English translation of the Pope’s new (first) Apostolic Exhortation is not so hot and that it may be, in some key places misleading. There are always going to be differences in opinion about how … Read More
The new Apostolic Exhortation is out: Evangelii gaudium. In English it is some 51000 words. It is a slog. It is not an encyclical. It is not an apostolic letter. It is only an apostolic exhortation. I caution all of you (and … Read More