In Vatican City this morning, His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated daily mass in the chapel of his residence at Domus Sancta Marthae. In his sermon to those at mass, the Holy Father reflected on the Book of Kings with a particular focus on the theme of corruption. He said that once we journey down the path of corruption we lose our humanity and ultimately sell ourselves out. He identified three places we find corruption in our world today: politics, business and in the Church. In all of these varieties, he said that the poor ultimately end up suffering for the gain of a select few. Francis said theses people operate from a distance and rarely get their own hands dirty. He said these people are cursed by God and must first and foremost repent their sins and make amends. The Pope said it is our duty to pray for God’s forgiveness for such people that we read about in the news, to pray for their conversion as well as for the grace to avoid such sins ourselves.
Later this morning Pope Francis met with members of Italy’s Superior Council of Magistrates. Speaking to the magistrates, he told them of the legal norms designed to ensure the independence and autonomy of the judiciary in order to perform its critical role in society. He said their responsibility was to maintain impartiality, use objectivity as well as prudence and to ensure their judgments are based exclusively on legal norms. Pope Francis told the magistrates that Italian society expects much from them given the ongoing changes to the country’s democratic structures as well as it’s shrinking moral heritage. He concluded by urging them to set a proper example of moral integrity for the whole of Italian society.
In Phoenix, Arizona, police have made an arrest in the case involving the murder or Father Kenneth Walker. Father Walker was shot and killed last Wednesday evening at the rectory of Mother Mercy Mission Church in Phoenix. The mission’s pastor Father Joseph Terra was badly beaten but was today release from hospital. Police have arrested and charged Gary Michael Moran with first-degree murder, armed robbery and number of other crimes after only recently having been released from prison. A mass of requiem was held for Father Walker in Phoenix on Monday at Mother of Mercy Mission attended by Father Terra as well as His Excellency Bishop Thomas Olmstead, Bishop of Phoenix. A funeral mass will be held for Father Walker this Friday in Kansas.
The Archbishop of San Francisco, His Grace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has written a letter rebuking prominent critics who had publicly called on him to withdraw his support for the March for Marriage in Washington, DC on June 19. Leading the call for him to withdraw support was Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, herself a Catholic who congressional district includes most of San Francisco. In his letter the Archbishop said, “it is not anti-anyone or anti-anything. Rather, it is a pro-marriage March.” He continued by saying that “it affirms the great good of bringing the two halves of humanity together so that a man and?a woman may bond with each other and with any children who come from their union. This is precisely the vision promoted by Pope Francis, who recently said, “We must re-affirm the right of children to grow up in a family with a father and mother.”
This Thursday June 19, Salt and Light will air a live broadcast of Mass and Procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi with Pope Francis in Rome. Our live coverage begins at 1pm ET / 10am PT and will feature the Holy Father celebrating mass at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, followed by a procession through the city to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. For more information on the event, please visit saltandlighttv.org