Posts Tagged Daniel Burke

CNN Exclusive: Pope held private meeting with same-sex couple in U.S. / CNN

As we continue to assess the effects of Pope Francis’ first U.S. visit and look forward to the opening in a couple of days of the Bishops’ Synod on the Family. we get this interesting take on events from Daniel Burke at CNN.

The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years.

“Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan, as well (as) several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on September 23 for a brief visit with the Pope. A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a warm hug.

“In an exclusive interview with CNN, Grassi declined to disclose details about the short visit, but said it was arranged personally by the Pope via email in the weeks ahead of Francis’ highly anticipated visit to the United States.

“‘Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug,’ Grassi said.

“The meeting between Grassi and the Pope adds another intriguing twist to the strange aftermath of Francis’ first-ever trip to the United States. Since news broke on Tuesday (Sept. 29) of Francis’ meeting with Davis, conservatives have cheered the seemingly implicit endorsement, while liberals have questioned how much the Pope knew about her case.

“In a statement on Friday, the Vatican said that the meeting with Davis was not intended as a show of support for her cause and said “the only real audience granted by the Pope at the nunciature (embassy) was with one of his former students and his family.'”

By Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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The lavish homes of American archbishops / CNN Belief Blog

Records reveal that 10 of the country’s top church leaders defy the Pope’s example and live in residences worth more than $1 million.

“Clearly, ‘lifestyles of the rich and religious’ doesn’t cut it for Pope Francis. The pontiff has said it ‘breaks my heart’ to see priests and nuns driving the latest-model cars. He’s blasted ‘airport bishops’ who spend more time jet-setting than tending to their flocks. And he’s warned against church leaders who bear the ‘psychology of princes.’ The Vatican fired one such ‘prince’ last year: German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst — aka ‘The Bishop of Bling’ — who spent $43 million to remodel his opulent pad. ‘God save us from a worldly Church with superficial spiritual and pastoral trappings!’ Francis said in his book-length blueprint for the church. Say what you will, but this Pope puts his preaching into practice.”

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor — Click here to read the rest of this article.

 

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How to Really Measure the ‘Francis Effect’ / CNN

In some ways, the ‘Pope Francis effect’ doesn’t seem very effective at all. Despite the immense popularity the aged Argentine has won since his election last year, not a jot of doctrine has changed, nor has the Catholic Church swelled with American converts. But there’s more than one way to measure a pontiff’s influence on his far-flung flock …

“‘He’s sent us an invitation,’ says Mark Mullaney, president of Voice of the Faithful, a Boston-based reform group born in the wake of the sex abuse scandal. And now many of us are deciding whether to come to the party.'”

By Daniel Burke, CNN — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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