Catholics look for direction from new Pope

Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 6:53 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 6:53 PM


            Catholics look for direction from new Pope

University of Dayton student Katie Baglieri had been standing in St. Peter’s Square for about 90 minutes Wednesday when the smoke began to pour from the chimney, indicating a new pope had been elected.

“The energy of the crowd was insane,” Baglieri said. “It is difficult to put into words how awesome it was to hear the crowd chant “Viva il Papa” and “Papa Francesco” over and over again. Then, when he came out to speak the roar of the crowd was incredible.”

He, as the world now knows, is Pope Francis, the first pope to use that historically significant name, the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas. Across the region, just as across the world, Catholics are looking at Pope Francis’ background and life story – unique in so many ways compared to his 265 predecessors – for direction as to what his papacy will mean for the future of the Church.

Many say they believe he intends to reform the Church, which has been plagued by scandal, and will emphasize economic justice for the poor – a focus both of the Jesuits and Liberation Theology, which started in Latin American Catholic churches in the 1950s and 1960s.

The selection of the Argentina native has also thrilled Hispanics worldwide.

“It was a historic moment,” said Miguel Diaz, UD professor and the American Ambassador to the Holy See from 2009 until November. “Undoubtedly, the church has made history in terms of expanding in to a more catholic, with a little ‘c,’ universal fold and embracing a new face in leadership.”

The new pope is a bit of an outsider, at least in Rome, where the Catholic bureaucracy is dominated by Italians. Dennis Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, said he has never met him. Neither has Diaz, who has books in his UD office that were signed by several of the other cardinals who had been considered leading contenders to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. Diaz said Francis, then known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was not one of the “Roman regulars, in terms of the Roman Curia.”

A Pope from Latin America would bring a definite change of perception, particularly on issues like poverty, said Jana Bennett, an associate professor of moral theology at UD.

“This is where liberation theology comes from, where there’s a strong focus on the people and focusing on the poor,” Bennett said. “That was a radical move in its time and I think it continues to be radical today.”

Picking a Pope who is not from Europe also sends a message that this is a global religion, representing people everywhere, she said.

“I think that’s what this pick means, that this is a church of the people,” she said.

Joe Valenzano, an assistant professor of communications at UD, said it was a day full of symbolism, starting with the chimney smoke, but the new Pope embedded a lot of symbolism himself, starting with his choice of name.

“Francis was someone who reformed the church and the church’s attitudes. He was very much about the poor, very much about helping people, which is also a lot about what this cardinal was doing in Buenos Aires,” Valenzano said

“He was of the people. He rode the bus to work. He lived in a very Spartan apartment. So there’s a symbolic link between the name and his background. And it also indicates what he’s going to do with the papacy.”

But despite the many firsts of this new papacy, some other things will not change — at least not rapidly. Few, if any, believe that Francis will suddenly allow the ordination of women priests, support gay marriage, or or change the Church’s views on abortion.

“Theologically, he’s conservative,” said Sister Louise Akers, a nun who was banned from teaching by the Cincinnati Archdiocese after she refused to publicly renounce her support for the ordination of women. “He’s a traditionalist.”

The new pope will have plenty of reform options, considering the ongoing pedophilia scandal, disarray in the Curia and the financial problems at the Vatican Bank, Akers said. But she said the choice of Francis, so different in background than other popes, shows that the College of Cardinals knows that the church is in need of great change, she said.

“We can expect no sudden change,” Akers said. “For me, there is a lot of hope. It’s not going to happen overnight, and this is one step in the long history of the church.”

Some are calling for rapid change. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s National Religious Leadership Roundtable called on Francis to re-evaluate the Church’s approach to gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender issues, noting that, as cardinal, he “spoke strongly against marriage equality and against the right for gay and lesbian people to adopt children.”

All Out, another gay rights group, went further, as spokesman Andre Banks said that “by electing Jorge Bergoglio to be Pope, the Catholic Church has renewed their commitment to oppose equality for lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people.”

As cardinal, Bergoglio called gay marriage “a lie aimed at confusing and fooling the children of God” and “a destructive pretension against the plan of God,” according to All Out.

Daniel Frondorf, the leader of the Cincinnati branch of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said that Pope Francis has an opportunity to bring justice to abuse victims.

“By dismissing from ministry those bishops and cardinals who have been credibly proven to be enablers of abusive priests, Francis will send a message that a new day has indeed dawned in the Vatican: accountability will be required from not only those who perpetrated the crimes, but from those who looked out for the interest of the church instead of that of the children,” Frondorf said, calling for a world-wide extension of reforms undertaken by many North American bishops, such as finger printing, background checks, and victims’ assistance programs.

Those who challenge the new pope for reform and change point to his new name, that of two important saints: St. Francis of Assisi, a reformer who focused on helping the poor, and St. Francis Xavier, one of the first Jesuits.

“When I heard the news that a Jesuit brother of mine would be the next Pope, I was completely stunned,” said Michael Graham, president of Xavier University. “That the Holy Spirit should choose a man from the tradition of Ignatius Loyola to lead the Church must be a deep consolation for anyone and everyone associated with any Jesuit ministry throughout the world.”

Peter Huff, who holds the Besl Family Chair in Ethics, Religion and Society at Xavier, said the Jesuits were “formed with a very independent spirit from the beginning,” leading to jealousy and distrust from older orders. Because of that, there for centuries the view that a Jesuit would never be named Pope.

“We seem to be entering a new chapter,” Huff said. “Jesuits are known for their social activism, their concern for the poor and their concern for building institutions, particularly educational institutions.”

Diaz said he hoped that the new pope would follow the example of Francis of Assisi, known for his humility and his willingness to challenge the abuse of power and privilege.

“If he follows the example of the name of the saint he’s chosen, I think we’re in for an interesting ride in the next few months and years,” Diaz said.

Photo of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on Oval Office couch sparks Twitter debate

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5:36 AM


            Photo of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on Oval Office couch sparks Twitter debate

Just as the jokes about the fictitious "Bowling Green massacre" and "alternative facts" were starting to die down, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway is once again at the center of a Twitter debate.

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According to USA Today and The Week, the Agence France-Presse news service tweeted a photo Monday of Conway kneeling on the Oval Office sofa after taking a snapshot of President Donald Trump with the heads of dozens of historically black colleges.

>> See the tweet here

The image quickly went viral as critics and supporters clashed in a surprisingly fierce – and often humorous – feud over her sitting position. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 4:05 AM

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On southbound I-75 south of the Edwin C Moses Boulevard exit in Moraine, police were dispatched to a crash around 6:30 a.m. that is blocking the left lane. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • In the 3000 block of Beaver Ave. near Dorothy Lane, a car fire was reported around 5:20 a.m.

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures November 28th through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • South Gebhart Church Road between SR 725 and Maue Road, Road Closure February 6th – April 19th. The official detour is: Maue Road to Alexandersville Road to SR 725 to South Gebhart Church Road.
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Nightly Lane closures February 28th – March 4th 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Lane width restrictions until June 15th. Lanes are restricted to 12 feet. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville - St. Johns Road, road closure January 16th – March 17th. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • SR 362 between Fort Loramie Swanders Road and Canal Road, road closure February 16th through March 3rd. The official detour is: SR 362 to SR 66
  • Fair Road Ramp to I-75 south, scheduled ramp closure March 13th – 20th. The official detour is: I-75 north to SR 47 to I-75 south.

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Wet morning commute, strong storms tonight

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5:17 AM

Wet morning commute, strong storms tonight

Showers in Indiana will slowly move into the Dayton region during the morning. Roads will become wet for the commute.

  • Showers arrive for the morning commute 
  • Isolated storms through day 
  • More widespread strong storms through Wednesday morning

TODAY: Temperatures will soar late day to around 64 degrees. Isolated showers and storms possible during the afternoon and evening. Widespread showers and storms may come in rounds tonight. They will start after midnight, and continue through 3 or 4 a.m. Wednesday. Strong to severe storms will be possible. Damaging winds, larger sized hail and minor flooding are the main concerns.

WEDNESDAY: Some storms may become strong with wind, hail and minor flooding the main threat. Highs will be in the low 60s early with temperatures dropping late afternoon and evening behind our front. Some passing rain or snow showers possible at night. Gusty winds over 30 mph possible during the day and night.

THURSDAY: Cooler day in the low 40s. Some passing rain or snow showers late afternoon. Passing snow showers at night.

FRIDAY: Temperatures start in the 20s. Coldest bus stop forecast of the week. Flurries will likely linger especially in the eastern Miami Valley for the first half of the day. Highs in the upper 30s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, and warmer than normal with highs around 50.

Girl survives car crash, is shot to death moments later

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 12:03 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 6:24 PM


            Girl survives car crash, is shot to death moments later

A Texas 8-year-old who escaped harm in a car accident early Saturday was shot and killed just moments later, police say.

De'Maree Adkins was asleep in the back seat of her mother’s car around 1 a.m. Saturday as they drove through southwest Houston. The Houston Chronicle reported that mother and daughter were just five minutes from home when a Pontiac Grand Prix blew through an intersection and collided with the Honda driven by De’Maree’s mother, Toyia Thomas.

Thomas’ first instinct was to be sure her daughter was OK.

“I called her name and I said, ‘Are you OK?’” Thomas told the Chronicle. “(She said) ‘Yeah, I’m OK. What happened, mama?’”

Thomas said that was when a third vehicle, a four-door sedan, pulled up next to her Honda. A woman got out of the car and opened fire on Thomas and her daughter.

“I don’t know who it was and I don’t know why she was shooting,” Thomas said.

She said she didn’t realize that De’Maree had been hit until she tried to get her daughter out of the car. That’s when she saw the blood.

“I told her to stay with me, stay with me,” Thomas told the Chronicle, breaking down in tears. “Her body just went limp.”

De’Maree was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

My Godchild is gone to soon because of senseless violence.  Please keep Toyia Jarmon and family in your prayers, and donate to the GoFundMe account that has been set up for De'Maree's Memorialization.  🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Posted by Anzel Jennings on Sunday, February 26, 2017

Investigators said between five and seven shots were fired, though it is not yet clear if the shooter was targeting Thomas’ vehicle or someone in the Grand Prix involved in the crash.

“We don't know if they were firing at each other and struck the vehicle, or if once the accident happened, they got angry, jumped out and they shot the vehicle,” Detective David Stark told the newspaper. “We just don’t know.”

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As detectives looked for those responsible for De’Maree’s death, her family remembered her short life and mourned the milestones they won’t see her achieve. The MacGregor Elementary School honor student had recently started learning the violin.

Soliciting prayers for the family of De'Maree Adkins, one of our MacGregor babies and Frederick McBride's 3rd grade...

Posted by Stephanie York Blue on Sunday, February 26, 2017

Her grandfather, Melvin Jarmon, told KPRC 2 in Houston that De’Maree, who he called “the boss,” enjoyed making him toe the line. De’Maree’s older cousin recalled the last time she spoke to the little girl.

“Before the accident, she FaceTimed me and she told me that she loved me,” Victoria Jarmon said.

Thomas was struggling to understand her daughter’s death.

“She was a good girl, an honor roll student. Full of life,” Thomas told KPRC. “They took my baby away from me. Why? She didn’t deserve this. She was only 8.”

Police said that the driver of the Pontiac that was involved in the crash got into the sedan with the shooter and they fled together. No suspects had been publicly identified as of Monday morning.

Houston’s Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has added an additional $10,000 to that reward.

“Cecilia and I send our deepest sympathies to De'Maree’s family during this unimaginably difficult time,” Abbott said in a statement. “There is no place for heinous acts like this in Texas. We urge anyone who has any information to contact Houston Crime Stoppers immediately to bring those involved to justice.”

Anyone with information on De’Maree’s slaying can call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477, visit crime-stoppers.org or text a tip and “TIP610” to 274637. 

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