With Lent starting on March 5, Pope Francis announced that he will travel to Ariccia for a Lenten retreat March 9-14.
Using strong language in his morning homily, the pope says Christians must practice what they preach
. An excerpt:
"If you find yourself in front of – imagine! - in front of an atheist and he tells you he doesn’t believe in God, you can read him a whole library, where it says that God exists and even proving that God exists, and he will not have faith. But if in the presence of this atheist you bear coherent witness of Christian life, something will begin to work in his heart. It will be your witness that that he will bring this restlessness on which the Holy Spirit works. It’s a grace that we all, the whole Church must ask for: ‘Lord, [grant] that we might be coherent.’”
From the Chicago Tribune: "Pope Francis and his wayward universities."
John Allen writes on the African voices in the Catholic debate on divorced and remarried Catholics.
And related: From Catholic News Service
: Just because many Catholics don't understand the Church's teaching about the indissolubility of marriage doesn't mean the Church can change that teaching, says Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
In the Catholic World Report, Carl Olson rails on Religion News Service's David Gibson
for his report on U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke.
The Associated Press is reporting that a U.S. Maronite Church is preparing to ordain its first married priest.
Elizabeth Scalia says the culture wars — in this case the "Great-Gay-Marriage-Wedding-Cake-Debacle-of-2014"
— are all fun and games until someone gets hurt. And she's beginning to hate it.
Via the Deacon's Bench: A Katy Perry video, which some decried as blasphemous, was edited.
Finally, the new issue of OSV Newsweekly is online now, including my column on the 10 indicators that Pope Francis has changed your life
. Read it, and let me know if you have any to add.
Blessings on your day!