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eNewsletter Subject: Catholic Speech: Yes or No!

Pope Francis' homily this morning is worth meditating on, as we listen to the way so many speak about the issues of the day, especially when trying to support things they shouldn't. The title is telling: Pope contrasts Christ's direct speech with Pharisees' corruption of language.

Think, for example, of politicians, advertisers, and wayward Catholic theologians. Surely they commonly subvert language through equivocation and the deliberate misuse of words. I'm afraid this is also a temptation we all face at times!

Some of us, however, pay more attention to Pope Francis than others. Phil Lawler notes the call of Australia's (resigned) Bishop Geoffrey Robinson for a new ecumenical council, and finds himself wondering what he really means: Please call an ecumenical council to discuss my book!

And I really do wonder what the Archbishop of Canterbury could possibly mean by the way he's framed his opposition to current legislation pending in the UK: As Much Dignity and the Same Legal Effect as Marriage?...

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