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Advent is a prophetic time.

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Anyone who is paying the slightest attention to events unfolding in the Roman Catholic Church, cannot fail to be aware that we are witnessing the birth of a potential revolution in the church.

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Conservative Catholics have long defined themselves as being the Church. They have been the ones on the inside for the past thirty years, with two deeply sympathetic Popes whose beliefs and actions they found congruent and appealing.

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Andrew Brown, columnist at “The Guardian” speculated Thursday on the ugly possibility of schism in the Church of Rome under Pope Francis.

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In this blog, I have agonized a number of times over my inability as an Anglican to receive communion in the Roman Catholic Church. I have speculated, some would say fantasized, about the possibility Pope Francis might be set to loosen up the restrictions that forbid non-Roman Catholics from sharing fully in the Mass.

https://inaspaciousplace.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/is-pope-francis-opening-eucharist/

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Surprise! the head of the Catholic Church in Rome is not “spiritual but not religious.”

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There are two remaining challenges David Perlich identifies in his “5 challenges Pope Francis will face“. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/03/13/f-pope-issues.html):

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The pressures and expectations on the man who will be elected the new spiritual head of the Roman Catholic Church, probably this month, are going to be monumental. What kind of Pope does the Roman Church need?

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It is easy to be critical of institutions. For the most part they do not seem to work all that well and the bigger they are, the easier it is to point out their flaws.

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On May 19 The New York Times carried an opinion piece by Maureen Dowd in which she expressed her distress at what she perceives to be the current state of the Roman Catholic Church.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/opinion/sunday/dowd-here-comes-nobody.html

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