Robert P. Imbelli
Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is an associate professor of theology at Boston College.
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In today's audience held in Saint Peter's Square Pope Francis again sounded his favorite theme of the "journey" (cammino). He developed it in a reflection on the Communion of Saints, anticipating Friday's Feast of All Saints. The Pope said:
The Gospel for Sunday is the parable of "The Pharisee and the Publican." In his Commentary on the Gospel of Luke (Liturgical Press: Sacra Pagina Series), Luke Johnson writes:
My friend, John Grange, longtime pastor of St. Jerome's Parish in the South Bronx, died early yesterday morning of cancer.
He was a man of many parts: as comfortable living in a Mexican village as enjoying a concert at Lincoln Center or visitng the Frick Museum; as absorbed in reading Saul Alinsky as Bernard Lonergan.
John was steadfast in friendship, generous with his time and gifts, a sometimes gruff exterior thinly veiling a keen sensitivity and sensibility. In him head and heart joined in fruitful union – but heart always prevailed.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: October 15, 2013
An earlier version of this article misspelled, on second reference, the surname of a representative. He is Charlie Dent, not Debt.
After teaching eight years at New York's Saint Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, I began an eight year period of teaching at the Maryknoll School of Theology. Though only thirty miles apart, they were, in those days, different theological worlds.
The first time I had occasion to preach at Maryknoll, it occurred to me that I would preach the same text differently in each seminary, because, at least in my discernment, the challenge of the Gospel would take on a different thrust in each context.
Today the Church commemorates the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman. Bill Portier, in a recent post, invoked Newman to elucidate some of what he finds in Pope Francis. Portier writes:
In my reflection on Pope Francis' interview with Father Spadaro, I remarked that it be best interpreted under the genre of "conversation," rather than "interview." The same was even more true of the "interview" with Signore Scalfari. But, even at its first appearance, I wondered how it had been recorded by Scalfari – did he bring an aide? (clearly not); did he use a recorder? (none was mentioned); is he adept at short hand? (even while discoursing on the "fabric of being").
During his historic trip to Assisi, Pope Francis visited the hall in the Bishop's residence in which Saint Francis stripped himself of his clothes and renounced his earthly birthright. Seemingly no previous Pope had ever visited the place.
On this feast of Saint Francis the Pope is in Assisi. Here is the beginning of the homily prepared for delivered at the Eucharist he is celebrating:
At the conclusion of his three sessions with Pope Francis, the editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, Father Antonio Spadaro, commented: “In truth ours has been a conversation more than an interview.” I suspect that Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of La Repubblica and the Cardinal-dean of Italian “laicità,” would say the same of his encounter with the irrepressible Jorge Mario Bergoglio.