St. Pope Pius X (1903–14), born Giuseppe Sarto, vigorously prosecuted Pius IX’s war against Modernism, which targeted, among other things, liberalism, rationalism, communism, socialism, democracy, religious tolerance, freedom of conscience, separation of church and state, freedom of religion, speech and press. Modernists argued that church doctrine…..
Edith Stein, a German Jewish convert to Catholicism, born into an observant Jewish family but an atheist by her teenage years, was baptized on January 1, 1922, and received into the Discalced Carmelite Order as a postulant in 1934. Although the Order relocated her out of Germany to the Netherlands to avoid Nazi persecution, Sr. Edith Stein in 1942 was arrested, along with other Jews from the Netherlands including Anne Frank, and was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death…..
Pope Francis, according to the Catholic News Agency, is weighing the possibility of proceeding with the cause for canonization of Pope Pius XII without waiting for the approval of a miracle, which is generally required. CNA cites an anonymous Vatican official as saying that Pope Francis has great admiration for Pius, and could invoke his own authority to speed up the process by waiving the miracle approval requirement. Pope Francis has already taken that step with the canonization of Pope…..
Pope Gives Catholic Traditionalists “Aceto”
Syndicated Editorial Cartoonist Mike Keefe’s cartoon for August 2, 2013 shows a smiling Pope Francis, arms outstretched on the balcony outside the papal apartments (which he does not occupy), saying, “Gay Priests? Who Am I To Judge?” and “Women Priests? I’ll Be The Judge Of That.” Four months into his pontificate, the cartoonist captures Francis’ dilemma, the tightrope he is walking – how to appeal to Progressive Catholics calling for meaningful…..