Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Reading the Franciscan Tea Leaves

RealClearReligion - Reading the Franciscan Tea Leaves by Dr. Adam DeVille
Having written my first book on the papacy in light of Eastern Orthodox thought, it was a point of small, admittedly geeky, pride that I seem to have been one of few people -- amidst the crushing mass of commentar -- to have picked up a hugely significant phrase used by the new pope. In his second paragraph from the loggia last Wednesday, Pope Francis quietly and without explicit reference quoted one of the oldest phrases extant to describe the Church of Rome as being the one "which presides in charity over all the Churches." This phrase goes back to Ignatius of Antioch, one of the earliest fathers of the Church who died somewhere around the turn of the second century... TO READ MORE CLICK THE ABOVE LINK.
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