The Insights eNewsletter
Charity, Saints and the Sign of the Cross
First appeared on 07/23/2013. Insights is also available to members via email delivery.
As Pope Francis joins the crowds at World Youth Day, I am reminded that this pope makes himself more accessible—and therefore more vulnerable—than any pope in recent history. A bomb has already been found near a site he plans to visit. We need to protect the Holy Father, and all the young pilgrims, with our prayers.
Among other things in the news that merit consideration, I'd like to point to the controversy over some recent grants by Catholic Relief Services. The current problem, I think, is not easily resolved, but it points to deeper issues which continue to haunt the Church's institutionalized charitable works. See Catholic Relief Services vs. Malaria: The Real Issue.
It is also remarkable how much critical news continues to surround the thorny problem of homosexuality. The failure to get this right distorts relationships and institutions throughout the world. Consider these three stories:
- Russian Orthodox leader vows to continue battle against 'gay propaganda': Strange that we should be looking to Russia for leadership on this issue!
- Former priest, dismissed on abuse charges, suing Milwaukee archdiocese: If a diocese can be sued for removing priests from ministry when there is less than adequate evidence for conviction of a crime, we are all in trouble.
- Vatican denies report that Vatican bank prelate is involved with 'gay lobby': Here's a story which I hope has no future!