Pope Francis didn't just talk about Donald Trump's value as a Christian and contraception on his latest flight home to Rome. There is so much more that the mainstream media has failed to cover. So here it is....the stuff you probably haven't yet heard about:
Pope Francis on paedophilia in the Church and the part
played by Pope Benedict XVI to eradicate it:
“First, a bishop who moves a
priest to another parish when a case of pedophilia is discovered is a reckless
[inconsciente] man and the best thing he can do is to present his resignation.
Some people may well believe that there is some sort of war
of words brewing between Pope Francis and the outspoken Republican Presidential
hopeful Donald Trump. Trump hasn’t shied
away from criticising the pope’s recent visit to Mexico, suggesting that the
pope doesn’t appreciate the problems of an open border between the United
States and Mexico. He has also claimed
that the pontiff is becoming a “political person”.
What Trump doesn’t appreciate is that, while the pope may
not appreciate the perceived difficulties Trump has with the lack of a concrete
wall between Mexico and the US, he does appreciate the need for unity over
division, even when this means we may lose a little as a result.
Lent is now upon us and we can all hopefully look
forward to spending much time reflecting on our faith and our relationship with
Jesus as we embark on a journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
And while we have the option to develop our
relationship with Jesus all year round, there is perhaps no better time than
Lent to spend a little more time in the presence of Christ; one to one.
This Lent we are invited to get up and walk a while with our Saviour. We
are asked to pray more often than normal; to fast more; and to give more freely
to those in need.
40 Days for Life is coming to Scotland
As we prepare to participate in 40 Days for Life for the
first time here in Glasgow it is important to bear in mind a few home truths. Some sections of the media and other groups
in favour of abortion have had their say on the event in recent days and, not surprisingly,
their view on 40 Days for Life is extremely negative.
I would be careful not to take too much note
of the negativity expressed by these groups and individuals. Remember that their interest in this matter is
the polar opposite of ours.
40 Days for Life vigil in Little Rock, US
The 40 Days for Life initiative is coming to Glasgow! Between 10th February and 20th March (during the season of Lent) pro-life advocates and supporters are invited to commit to a prayerful vigil outside the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where abortions are known to take place.
The vigil will be one of quiet, peaceful prayer, without graphic imagery and without any attempts to approach people, unless they approach us.
Jesus is waiting to embrace each and every one of us
“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will
give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
It's often hard as human beings to admit we are tired or
weary. We have an in-built pride that
means we often brush aside any notion of weakness and soldier on. But sometimes we have to stop and appreciate
that we do have limitations and that we do need help.
In the scripture passage above Jesus is giving us the option
of going to him for that help.
You may not have heard it on the news, but Pope Francis this weekend reaffirmed the truth of marriage as being between one man and one woman. He also reaffirmed his conviction that all life is worthy of protection.
It’s the kind of chat that will dampen the spirits of those who see so called ‘progression’ on these fundamental areas of Catholic doctrine. It’s also the kind of chat that will delight Catholics who hold true to their faith and who value marriage between one man and one woman as decreed by God Himself, and who value the sanctity of life from its very beginning.
The pope received several standing ovations in Congress
Pope Francis, in his historic address to US Congress, has urged the world to follow Christ’s Commandment of love. The pope used the opportunity to tackle critical issues such as the dignity of human life, the death penalty and the refugee crisis. He also addressed recent attacks on marriage and family life, and his concerns that the very basis of the family and marriage is being called into question.
Here are the main quotes from the pope’s address to USC ongress this afternoon: