Tag Archive for Pope Benedict XVI

‘Miserando Atque Eligendo’:
What Is the Holy Father Trying to Say?

“Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me.’” – Venerable Bede, commenting on the calling of St. Matthew the Apostle; the underlined text is the origin of Pope Francis’s motto, “Miserando atque eligendo.” It should come as no surprise to this group that I continue to be concerned about our Holy Father Pope Francis and the conflicting and conflicted coverage of his pontificate. For me, this is a practical preoccupation: on a regular basis, I encounter all sorts of people who want to draw nearer to

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Pope Benedict mirrored by Whole Foods?

Friends, I found this brief interview of John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, very interesting, mainly because I was surprised by his balanced view of free markets and a successful business whose sole purpose was not the profit motive.  I noted shades of Caritas in Vertate.  Perhaps, over time, Benedict’s genius can be extracted from the convoluted 2009 encyclical. It’s seven minutes long and worth a listen.

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