It’s What’s for Lent!

‘The season of Lent is upon us… a time of abstinence, fasting and penance.’ And alms giving… Or is it?

It’s what’s for Lent – What’s on your plate?

‘When you fast, don’t be as the hypocrites’. And ‘When you do your alms, don’t sound a trumpet as the hypocrites do… that they may have the glory of men…’ and…

‘Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees/Priests which is hypocrisy.’

Jesus (Matt 6:1-2, 16; Luke 12:1)
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Jesuit Chaplain – Guilty by Association

Patick Conroy Jesuit House ChaplainPatrick Conroy, a Jesuit Catholic, has been sworn back into office this week as the US House Chaplain after a couple of turbulent weeks.  Paul  Ryan met significant criticism from the Catholic members of Congress after asking for Conroy’s resignation in April.  Initially, Conroy conceded and he turned in a resignation letter.  Conroy rescinded his letter last week after receiving significant support from Nancy Pelosi and others.  His on-again, off-again position in this role has brought the House Chaplain role to the front pages.  What is this role all about and who is Patrick Conroy?  The findings are alarming and full of hypocrisy!

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Pope’s Hypocrisy – This Month

For the pontifex, this month has been a doozie.  Three incidents highlight the hypocrisy of the Vatican on the World stage.

Wealth of Catholic Inc. in Australia, Insurers Pay Abused

Church WealthOne of the first detailed investigations into the overall wealth of the Catholic church has just been completed in Australia.  The conservative estimate values the Church in Australia alone at a whopping $30 Billion.  Yes, Billion with a B.  At the same time, Francis came out asking for retired prelates to live more simply and to shun power.  $30Billion dollars buys a lot of power.  The pontifex has asked US donors for $25 Million to back a loan for a scandal-plagued hospital in Rome.  The donors should tell Francis to pay for it himself!  If the church is worth $30 Billion in Australia, how much is it worth in the rest of the world?!

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