Pope Benedict Speaks
It was the celebration of his 65th anniversary of ordination when Pope Benedict spoke publicly and reaffirmed his admiration for and loyalty to Pope Francis. Both men spoke fondly of the other. CLICK HERE to read more...
The Pope's Man in Washington
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, recently handed in his resignation to Pope Francis. Learn more about this Catholic leader and his unique position as one of the go-to guys in the United States for Pope Francis.
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Pope Admits that He Fears Some Priests
It's no secret that the Catholic priesthood has been a haven for some men who have serious psychological disorders. The recent release of the film, Spotlight, the story of how the Boston Globe broke the silence about the Priest sex abuse scandal in Boston, reminds us of how important it is to evaluate priest candidates physically, psychologically and emotionally. They must be fit to lead an intergenerational community.
Pope Francis recently put his own down-to-earth spin on this issue by describing the kind of priest that scares him. Read More...
November 05th, 2015
Fifty years ago, a group of bishops met secretly to celebrate a Mass in the catacombs beneath the city of Rome. Their purpose was to create a pact to be models of and promoters of what it means to follow Christ's example of being for the poor. CLICK HERE to read more...
Emily Wirtz Named a Peace Scholar
The Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University awarded four scholarships to student scholars. The scholars -- Brianna Sargent, William Summers, Emily Wirtz and Ryann Crockett -- each received $1,000 scholarships from the Peace Scholars Program, which was established this school year through the center. CLICK HERE to read more.
Pope on the Meaning of Charity
“St. Paul then tells us that charity ‘is not arrogant or rude, it does not insist on its own way.’ These two characteristics show that those who abide in charity are not self-centered. The self-centered inevitably become disrespectful; very often they do not even notice this, since ‘respect’ is precisely the ability to acknowledge others, to acknowledge their dignity, their condition, their needs. The self-centered person inevitably seeks his own interests; he thinks this is normal, even necessary. Those ‘interests’ can even be cloaked in noble appearances, but underlying them all is always ‘self-interest.’ Charity, however, makes us draw back from the center in order to set ourselves in the real center, which is Christ alone. Then, and only then, can we be persons who are respectful and attentive to the good of others.”
“Charity, St. Paul says, ‘is not irritable, it is not resentful.’ Pastors close to their people have plenty of opportunities to be irritable, to feel anger. Perhaps we risk being all the more irritable in relationships with our confreres, since in effect we have less excuses. Even here, charity, and charity alone, frees us. It frees us from the risk of reacting impulsively, of saying or doing the wrong thing; above all it frees us from the mortal danger of pent-up anger, of that smoldering anger which makes us brood over wrongs we have received. No. This is unacceptable in a man of the Church. Even if a momentary outburst is forgivable, this is not the case with rancor. God save us from that!"
— Homily at the consistory and creation of 20 new cardinals, Feb. 14, 2015
Pope Quote on the Joy of Children
“There is a close link between the hope of a people and harmony between the generations. The joy of children makes their parents’ hearts leap and opens up the future. Children are the joy of the family and of society. They are not matter of reproductive biology, or one of the many ways of producing them, much less their parents’ possession. Children are a gift. They are a gift. Each one is unique and unrepeatable, and at the same time unmistakably linked to his or her roots. Indeed, to be a son or a daughter according to God’s plan, means carrying in oneself the memory and hope of a love that has become tangible by kindling the life of another human being, original and new. And for parents, each child is him- or herself, different, unique.”
— General audience, St. Peter’s Square, Feb. 12, 2015
IHM Parishioner Meets C.T. Vivian
Emily Wirtz, the daughter of Bob & Patti Wirtz, is a sophomore at Ashland University. She recently had the opportunity to meet civil rights legend, Dr. C.T. Vivian. She shared her reflections on the encounter in a blog she writes for the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. Emily is a lifelong IHM parishioner. Read more...
Crisis in Iraq Could Be Genocide
When a wolf attacks the sheep, how can a good shepherd stand by and simply hurl words at the wolf? This seems to be the question that the Vatican is wrestling with as Christians are being slaughtered by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Talk of just war is increasing. READ MORE...
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