elected 40 years ago!
Is he young or old?
does it matter?
Of course, loyalty to the papacy is a sine qua non for faithful Catholics. But the stronger is one’s belief in the papacy, the more difficult it is reconcile the fact of a pope whose actions appear to actively encourage heresy. Perhaps the greatest damage is to the papacy itself, if it seems that the unquestioning trust in their pope that ordinary Catholics once had is no longer tenable. These are difficult times especially for those who are both faithful and informed, but are now confronted with new moral questions whose answers are disturbingly elusive.
JusadBellum,If your question applies to my comment, yes, one's age is an essential part of one's identity. In his case, it's hard for me to tell his age.
I think he's about 50.I'm not sure if the hair is his. But to each his own. I try not to focus on the package. It's the payload that matters.
Are you serious? Get real.
I've been to see/hear Mr. Voris speak twice. I can tell you that he is a very humble and congenial Catholic man.The persona he portrays on "The Vortex" does not encapsulate this man at all.God bless,Catechist Kev
Today is the feast day of St John Paul II whose life as we know was marked by great suffering.Many saints have had to suffer much, *even at the hands of their fellow Catholics* both lay and religious. Two recent saints whose feast day was celebrated recently: - Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), Feast Day October 16 Some of her own sisters were hostile toward her. Theologians declared her visions delusions and suggested that it had to do with her lack of proper diet. Later, parents of children she taught called her an impostor, an unorthodox innovator. Theodora Guerin (1798-1856) October 3, 2014Her early years were marked by sickness and a painful home situation. Her father was murdered when she was 15.She and her community persevered through fires, crop failures, prejudice against Catholic women religious, misunderstandings and separation from their original religious congregation. She had problems and difficulties with her bishop. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque:"What a weakness it is to love Jesus Christ only when He caresses us, and to be cold immediately once He afflicts us. This is not true love. Those who love thus, love themselves too much to love God with all their heart." Remember if you suffer much, if you are afflicted, if people do not treat you well, if they insult and spread rumors about you, if they even hold you in contempt, remember that these kind of things happened to God's holy ones and even as we know to Christ Himself.
By the ongoing polarization and worldly expectations -- His Holiness is "d****d if he does and d****d if he doesn't". For all of us, this is a time when revelation, Truth and faith are tested.There is much talk of unhappy Catholics leaving The Church if The Church doesn't change her teachings and "get with the times". Is there much talk that there may be greater leavings of Christ's Church because some stewards (who have been given much) said there is no longer sin? Perhaps not so often. This tempest is an attack on Christ's death and resurrection.At Final Judgement, those guilty of sin will point to those who authorized it.Convey the Truth directly and simply and let God's Will be done.
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