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…..
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…..
In 2007, several weeks after retiring as a NYS Family Court judge, I was invited to participate with a number of others in planning, developing the curriculum for, and team-teaching an inter-disciplinary, multi-session adult education course eventually entitled The 2000 Year Road to the Holocaust — An Interfaith Project of the Greater Rochester Community. Looking for projects to keep me busy in retirement and wanting to study the Holocaust in depth, a topic that had intrigued and troubled me for…..