Sr. Kane (of “NUNS GONE WILD” fame) on Pope Francis’ feelings. Wherein Fr. Z rants and has some fun. | Fr. Z’s Blog

Sr. Kane (of “NUNS GONE WILD” fame) on Pope Francis’ feelings. Wherein Fr. Z rants and has some fun.

Posted on 31 July 2013 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

First, take a look HERE. 

This is where the Holy See posted the transcript of Pope Francis’ chat with newsies on the flight back to Rome from Rio. From what I can tell, it is the whole thing and in the original languages.

Next, (in my Rod Serling voice) we turn our attention to the odd musings of one Sr. Theresa Kane, former co-mentor of the LCWR and one of the sisters featured in my hit post NUNS GONE WILD.

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Voted Romney->PROUD OF IT!

i had to say that. Seemed about time now that our country has gone down the tubes.Now that we’re headed towards being a third world country.Now that we no longer RESPECT the values we did at one time. I voted Romney and am proud of it.NO,he was not some stingy mayo uncaring racist white dude.

NO,he was not out to trample women,babies,children and dogs.

NO, he was not out to spit on the poor or throw Hispanics under the bus.

YES,he is Mormon. NO, i am not going to become Mormon.No i don’t believe they are Christian but i also believe they live out their lives with Christian principles. NO,i do not think that was an impediment to his qualifications to be POTUS.

Is Obama a Christian? Does anything about what he does scream Christianity to you?

So how on earth could it matter if Romney was a Mormon? At least he RESPECTED our religious freedoms.That’s all i asked.

NO,I was not about to stay home and prove some stupid point.

(don’t bite your nose to spite your face as the saying goes).

You know what.I would love to see Gov MItt run again in 2016 and clean house.

We might actually stand a chance for our country to turn around.

BTW.The next time you see the liberals getting butt ugly on tv,in the schools or the media.Stand up.For Pete’s sake…it’s called free speech and we’re allowed to.What do they have to offer anyone?

Yep. They’ll call you racist.So what?If you’re not ,don’t worry about.

They’ll call you that made up word(and it IS made up)homophobe.So what? Name calling. Big deal.If that’s all they’ve got let em go for it.

They’ll call YOU intolerant as they try to shut down all opposition. 


Yes,i was a liberal at one time but sooner or later we all grow up. Sooner or later we figure out that just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.Sooner or later we figure out that it’s better for a tolerable society to stay within the lines than to be all over the place with absolutely no sense of direction or purpose.


I hear people say they voted for Obama because they like him and he’s trying.

How about i didn’t vote for Obama because liking someone doesn’t make them qualified to BE president and if he’s trying to do anything it’s take our country down.

There is something radically wrong here when people will defend a man no matter what he does or how diabolical he is.

He’s destroying our country and your best answer is,”I like him.”

PLS don’t stay home in 2014. Let’s get some decent ppl up there who represent our best interests. Clean house on the Senate. Just this once PLZ consider getting some fresh faces and not the same old.My dad was a Democrat(he wouldn’t recognize the party today)who always said, “If it’s good for the country,it’s good for the party.” I wish politicians today thought like that. Too bad Obama didn’t. I doubt he’d understand that-he’s too driven by idelogy.BTW. Sometimes my dad  voted Republican. I know he voted for Eisenhower.

Tomorrow I’ll start the blog entry on the Mass.Still thinking about how to pull it together. We’ll get there.

WYD 2013

What i took away from it. Of course this is from a distance.

We watched all the events but what we do not see is what goes on behind the scenes. Where the encounters are not broadcast. The young people get a sense of the universality of the Church. They discover they are not alone. Something we may not always discover in the smaller world of our parishes.

They came to hear and see Pope Francis. He,like Blessed John Paul II, knows that those young people are the future Church.

I wasn’t always crazy about the music but this is the Brazilian culture. I noticed how expressive and outgoing  they were-it’s the same passion Our Holy Father seems to have. The German culture -the last World Youth Day-was a little more subdued in comparison and i think the Polish culture will be different than both of them.Some of the interpretations the  young people worked so hard to present,putting their heart and soul into them may have seemed strange to us from a distance. We don’t know how it spoke to them. Maybe some of the events were over the top and at the least seemed a little silly to us on the outside. I heard a comment from someone in the news that “all those Catholics do is pray and sing. ”

I hear criticisms of WYD and people wanting to put it to rest. Ok. Then what?

It’s the one chance the youth of the Church get to encounter our Holy Father.It’s a big deal. He’s the successor of St. Peter.

It’s the one chance the youth of the Church get to encounter other young people with their struggles and hopes in other countries.

We don’t know what difference WYD may have made in someone’s life. Even if 1 million of those 3 million experience conversion that’s 1 million more than we had.

It’s a witness to the world that young people don’t find the Church irrelevant. I remember when Blessed John Paul Ii was to meet with young people in France. Officials in the Church urged him not to go because it might make him look foolish when no one showed up. The meeting was overflowing with young people anxious to be taught by the Holy Father.

Two other things really stood out to me. The young couple who had a baby born with Encephalitis . They could have had the baby aborted.Abortion  was offered and it’s common place for a baby who is going to be born with Encephalitis . They chose not to abort. and Pope Francis had them bring up the gifts to the altar and he asked specifically they bring the baby. Spoke VOLUMES when the crowd went wild cheering this couple.The Pres of Brazil was in attendance. Maybe she got the message?

The other was when Pope Francis blessed a young pregnant woman and THEN blessed the baby in the womb.

Yes,  i think Pope Francis is shaking things up. Some people are nervous. I hear from a few  consternation and a lot of  hand wringing. We don’t have a choice but to have things shaken up a tad in the Church with the spiritual warfare raging wildly about us.I also hear our Pope talks too much as if to say the person wishes he would shut up. I heard about his brown shoes and his supposed saying something about the circus has ended. I even heard he’d be tossing Marini under the bus. Yes, he still wears those brown shoes. Yes, he lives in a simple apartment and people have criticized that as a false humility. I’m sorry but he comes from a country where the classes are sharply divided and the poor are really poor. We, in the United States, do not know that kind of poverty. Pope Francis has his reasons.We never did have that quote about the circus attributed to him and Marini and he appear to be getting along famously.Can we stop the hand wringing now and see what God may surprise us with?

We can’t afford to be sleeping or as Pope Francis put it just content at what the Church is giving us and our making our way to heaven. It’s about us getting everyone else there too.I have had a sense that Pope Francis feels an urgency and that time may be short.I also wondered that it wasn’t providential that Pope Emeritus Benedict picked RIo for the 2013 WYD and we had a South American elected Pope. I see something providential in the next WYD being in Krakow Poland-where the Divine Mercy Devotion began and where one young man named Karol became a priest.Pope Francis said,be surprised by God.
Finally,i noticed that were a lot of people and most of them were young. I noticed that the world took notice.

Tomorrow i’d like to get the chance to write about the TLM and the NO. For those that aren’t Catholic TLM stands for Traditional Latin Mass and NO stands for Novus Ordo.

Church invaded by pro-abort attackers, confessions and altars desecrated | Fr. Z’s Blog

I have been saying that we are going to see more direct, physical attacks on the Church – on churches – from both pro-homosexuality and pro-abortion (pro-sterility and pro-death) advocates.

I saw this at CNA with my emphases and comments:

Abortion rights activists vandalize cathedral in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Jul 26, 2013 / 04:31 pm (CNA).- Abortion activists interrupted Mass at the Cathedral of the Chilean capital Santiago the evening of July 25, destroying confessionals and defaming several side altars with blasphemous graffiti.

“We were celebrating the feast of St. James the Apostle, with the mayor in attendance, and offering thanks to so many Catholics who serve the public, in an atmosphere of peace and recollection when protestors suddenly came in,” said Bishop Pedro Ossandón Buljevic, an auxiliary bishop of the Santiago de Chile archdiocese.

“The truth is that we are always for dialogue, for civilized debate. We believe in the God-given gift of reason.”

“Therefore we invite everyone to protest in whichever way they wish, but that they do so with respect for the law, for democracy, and the for the dignity of others.”

Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello was saying Mass on the eve of the feast of St. James, the city’s patron and namesake, when the activists unexpectedly stormed the cathedral at the conclusion of a pro-abortion march.

Abortion is illegal in Chile, even in cases of rape. Of the country’s population, around 85 percent is Christian.

The current government opposes liberalization of abortion access. Last year, Chile’s senate rejected three bills easing the absolute ban, the Associated Press reports.

The faithful present at the Mass, including Santiago’s mayor, Carolina Toha, prevented the activists from reaching the main altar.

With help from the faithful, police who in riot gear were able to remove the protestors from the cathedral, dispersing the crowd outside as well, and making several arrests. The protestors had barricaded themselves in with pews.

Isabel Carcamo of the Right to Choose organization told CNN Chile that although she was present during the incident and understood “the people’s anger” against the Church because abortion is not legal in the country, she did not agree with the violent attack. [Surrrrre she didn’t.]

The protests came ahead of a presidential election, to be held in November.

Bishop Ossandón commented, “at this time when Chile is getting ready to choose candidates for the presidency and for congress, let us all please respect the rule of law.”

Chilean president Sebastian Pinera said the vandalism was “not respecting that rights of others” and that “they’re not tolerant and are contradicting their own views.” [I wouldn’t say it’s a contradiction. Both what they did and what they promote are a kind of desecration.]

The protestors destroyed a confessional and spray-painted blasphemies on side altars and statues, such as “Mary wanted to abort” and “abortion is the best.”

Police said charges would be filed against several protestors for destroying a national monument. Church officials said they would also file a lawsuit against those responsible for the vandalism. [GOOD!]

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Apologies. little errors cannot be helped :(

Know that i’ve mentioned it a couple times but i have meneire’s and it doesn’t usually affect me on the computer. Let’s face it. We just never know about life do we? I was also taken off meclizine. Dr believes it does more harm than good.IRONICALLY it can CAUSE dizziness so he may have a point. I also found out that my blood pressure which is typically spot on 120/60 has been fluctuating. Not a little…   a lot. It spikes on and off during the day and i’m so used to good bp it’s been crazy.I can really feel it. If i change a post a zillion times know one of 2 things,OR BOTH(like today). I’m not happy with it or there’s an error i just can’t quite get corrected. Or i’m tired and decide to add or take out bits and pieces. It is Sunday. I guess we can be patient with each other. Eventually we’ll get it right.

I also write 3 blogs.This one which i hope appeals to different groups of ppl It still has a Catholic identity. Not trying to hide it but the focus can go back and forth between Catholicism, news stories and current politics. Or just some random idea that comes up.

The other 2 blogs(on blogger btw)are strictly Catholic.The focus on one is abortion and life issues.Most of it. The other is Catholicism in general and that would also include politics to some extent. Can’t be avoided.

THEN there’s my blog which is just general blatherings from politics to religion to various memes but MOSTLY dedicated to taking a jab at our terrible Potus.

I stop in there now and then. I suppose i ought to put more effort into it but that would make 4 blogs. I try to keep each one unique and not duplicate stories unless it’s something that is so important(or at least important enough to me)that it bears posting several times.

I also spend some time at our Catholic Social Network-Catholic Pillar and Foundation on the tab but Portia is the other admin and she does a very good job of keeping up.

And then there’s Twitter. Image @theratzpack

I have a few accounts.You know about the twitter gulag. Been there far too many times. Wised up and set up some back up accounts.

It’s a lovely day and it is Sunday .Don’t want to spend all day on the computer and let such a great day pass by. Good time to holler at the pooch and have him sit with me while we watch WYD on EWTN. Yes, he looks like he actually watches the tv. He’s right there for the rosary and Mass every morning. We have our spot.

(will have someone get a photo of him in front of the tube this week).

everyone take care. Carpe Diem-whatever you’re doing or able to do.

Be sure to catch the final Mass of WYD with Pope Francis; an encore at 11:00 pm EST on EWTN. You can get it live on their website too.

It’s everywhere.

God Bless!

Pope Francis 2 Youth!(these 3 words)




 People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

This version is attributed to  Mother Therese of Calcutta

It’s not Coke but…



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