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A Template for Real Catholic Reform in 2017 (Commentary) CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 17, 2017 ... here on earth. The Church is always in need of this, in so far as she is an institution of men here on earth." One of the key principles of reform is the idea of return, or rediscovery. To reform is not to change one's nature or alter one's identity, but to return to the truth of oneself that may have become distorted or atrophied over time. For Catholics, this anniversary year offers a sterling opportunity to reevaluate and come to a deeper appreciation of the way the Church herself responded ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-template-for-real-catholic-reform-in.html
Manzoni's the Betrothed and Pope Francis' Economics CRISIS MAGAZINE - January 12, 2017 ... Which brings me to Alessandro Manzoni. Manzoni was an intriguing personality. Raised largely by nannies, he certainly "sowed his wild oats" as they say, until he finally settled down, returned to the practice of his faith and evidently brought both his wife and his mother into the fold as well. Manzoni may have inherited his own liberal (in the European sense) sensibilities from his maternal grandfather Cesare Beccaria, who is reported to have anticipated in some ways the economic theories of ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/GjVbM1kAkDc/manzonis-betrothed-pope-francis-economics
The Moral Weakness of Pope Benedict's "Last Testament" (Comment) CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 21, 2016 It seems impolite to say so, given Pope Benedict XVI's chastened retreat to the shadows of the Vatican, back in 2013, but his papacy was a failed one. For nearly eight years, he led the Catholic Church in the broad collapse of its moral authority, from the crisis of criminal priests to the further alienation of women to the blatant dysfunction of the Church's own bureaucracy. Still, there is one sense in which Benedict succeeded. After a career spent railing against ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-moral-weakness-of-pope-benedicts.html