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Pope Francis Hits Home Run: Chooses Dynamically Orthodox Bishops for Iowa and North Dakota Comments

In appointing his first US Bishops to care for the faithful in Fargo, North Dakota and Dubuque, Iowa, Pope Francis upset some who confuse his simple manner with a lack of doctrinal orthodoxy.Both of these gifted servants of the Lord are doctrinally orthodox, holy, happy and faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis, in his first time up at bat, sent a signal which bodes well for the years in which he will serve ... Continue Reading

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  1. Linda Daily
    1 year ago

    Deacon, Why is it that you seem surprised that Pope Francis would appoint holy, happy, orthodox, faithful men as bishop? I'm overjoyed at his selection-neither appears to be stunted, closeted, power hungry, or attached to wearing costumes. We are far too many unhealthy leaders already. This is a positive sign of the Spirit at work.

  2. KarlVDH
    1 year ago

    Dan- we have a real problem in this country in which way, way too many people equate their particular party or ideology with their faith. the TRUTH is that REAL Catholic issues, concerns and actions cross back and forth between "liberal" and "conservative," and neither the Republican nor democratic party is in any way interested in being the "Catholic" party... and we need to remember that. To Republican and Democratic parties and their politicians and operatives, ALL WE ARE is just another "special interest group." But we convince ourselves otherwise... ALWAYS to our detriment, ALWAYS at our expense... and we buy into it every single year.

  3. Dan Crawford
    1 year ago

    I hope and pray that these new bishops will not act as so many of their colleagues did in the past presidential election whose embrace of the social darwinism of a vice-presidential candidtate (Ayn Rand changed my life) and the xenophobia and anti-immigrant positions of the a certain political party not only demonstrated that they paid little attention to the social teaching of the magisterium but underscored their unwillingness (incapactity?) to act as a credible critic of both the political right and left in this country. I wish the new bishops well and pray they are a blessing to their flock. And may they be faithful to all the teaching of the church's magisterium.

  4. KarlVDH
    1 year ago

    Lili- my point was that it shouldn't harm anyone ELSE'S faith; there's no reason someone else's error in how they seek God should have any effect at all on someone else who's obviously striving to "get it right," as the poster we've been addressing clearly is. \
    Further, I think when we take it upon OURSELVES to make judgemebnts about who receives the Eucharist alone, we put ourselves in a very dangerous and almost Pharasaical position. When looking at, say, a politicvian or celebrity, about whom we already know too much in this "information age," it is NOT for us in our own humble and sinful state to judge... we must keep in mind always that Christ himself personally fed Judas Iscariot at the last supper... a man who'd already agreed to damn himself. And Jesus knew it.
    None of us has any business trying to make determinations about the state of another person's soul... we put our own at risk in so doing. It needs to be left to the Clergy, and only approached after long prayer and searching on their part.

  5. Lili
    1 year ago


    The Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord. Both Scripture and Tradition teach that we cannot partake of Eucharist unworthily (i.e., in a state of mortal sin).

    Are we sinners? Yes. Do we need Christ? Absolutely! That's why we have the sacrament of reconciliation (confession).

    If one partakes of Eucharist, conscious of unrepented mortal sin, this person commits sacrilege (which is another mortal sin). So it actually HURTS a person in this spiritual state to take communion because he's committing a grave sin.

  6. KarlVDH
    1 year ago

    Emma, if I may offer... remember that at the Lord's Supper, Christ himself gave the bread and wine to the apostles. Of the twelve, ONE would stay with him at the end. Now, Jesus knew this would all happen in a matter of HOURS. He served Peter, who, despite his boasts, would three times deny even knowing Jesus within the next twelve hours. He fed Thomas, who wouldn't believe until presented personally with Jesus' wounds. He served disciples who ran off in such a panic that they fled naked into the night- literally, and he personally gave it to Judas Iscariot. \
    something we need to keep in mind: none of us is any better than any (yes, any) of those people. Our faith- and the Eucharist- is NOT for the religious people who've got it all together. It's for the worthless, the poor, the abject sinner with no other way to come to God. SURE, people receive who really shouldn't. That's NOT ours to judge from our pews... because that person we feel shouldn't be there is the person who needs Christ more than anyone.

  7. Nicki
    1 year ago

    I feel hopeful after reading the article and about the decision of Pope Francis. The government of U. S. has propagated evil all over the world and the world reponds by following the blue print traced by this president and Hillary. Our children are in great danger of loosing their innocence. My hope is that the Catholic church does not succomb to the presuure of the world to change its teaching. May God continue to guide our Pope.

  8. Clinton
    1 year ago

    Dear Emma,

    "And your joy no man takes away from you".

    As a convert to Catholicism in 2009, I find these words of our Lord so precious! And you, too, have experienced the joy of our Eucharistic Lord! No one any longer needs to tell you what that means or how that transforms you -- you know. And this miracle of our Eucharistic Lord is found no where but in His one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. Please do not let the weaknesses and failures of others rob you of your joy by driving you from His Catholic Church -- the harbour or Truth! As others have suggested, please pray for the people who disappoint and scandalize you in relation to abortion, chastity, and all other issues, remembering your own weaknesses and potential for error and sin. And please hold fast to the joy and the glory that Jesus gives us in His Eucharistic presence!

    You are in my prayers, dear sister. Please pray for me, too.

    Your brother in Christ,


  9. Louantha Kerr
    1 year ago

    Thank you Deacon Keith!!!! God bless & long live Pope Francis!!! Being a convert to the Church, I can relate to Emma. Praying that we will continue to TRULY move forward.

  10. J
    1 year ago

    Emma, You can not ask a preist to read your heart. How you live your life is between you and God, not you and me or the preist. We the faithfull take very seriously the scripture in Cor. where Paul tells us those who recieve communion unworthly bring death upon our selves. The Bible is clear it is Gods way or the high way. While they may be in sin becareful that you are not. wether it is public or private sin is sin. Preists are not police. It is not their job to decide if you are recieving in sin. it is yours; and if those who do choose that, then they also choose the punishment. I hear you and I would like you to know that I have a friend who has received a letter from their preist who has advised them that they should not recieve anymore. What my friend and those who get those same letters do, is up to them not the priest.

    I loved this artical It is very well explained. And I love our new POPE!

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