Pondering Peter’s Pence this Weekend
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Last weekend at many of the parish masses, the announcement was made from the pulpit and in the bulletin that this weekend’s second collection was for Peter’s Pence. As most Catholics understand, Peter’s Pence is the charitable fund for the Holy Father to dispense to his favorite charities. The USCCB provided sample bishop letters on its website for the solicitation. The Bishop’s Letter read as follows:
“Through the Peter’s Pence Collection, we stand in solidarity with Catholics all over the world to support the charitable works of our Holy Father. Contributions to this collection support Pope Francis as he reaches out to those suffering the effects of war and violence, natural disasters, and religious persecution.
”For the last 3 years, many Catholics have watched in horror the issues that Pope Francis promotes and supports with Vatican resources. We know the causes near and dear to his heart, i.e., climate change, migration of Muslims, reform of prisons, UN sustainable development goals, to name just a few.
Shockingly, the ISIS-led persecutions of Catholics and Christians in the Middle East has not captured his imagination or heart. Barely a papal peep about Christian genocide from the loquacious Vicar of Christ. Understandably, Francis wouldn’t want to damage the ecumenical rapport with his Islamic Imams by condemning the beheading of innocent Christians by Muslims.