Pope Hints at Short Papacy

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By Edward Pentin   

 The day before leaving on his weeklong trip to Latin America, Pope Francis told a large gathering of Catholics on Saturday that “a great temptation” is for leaders to believe themselves “indispensable” and that a “time limit” should be set for those with roles in the church.Although he didn’t refer to himself directly, the Pope’s comments, given at a gathering of thousands in St Peter’s Square, reignited speculation that the pontiff may follow Benedict XVI and resign rather than serve as Pope for life.
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“There exists a great temptation for leaders to believe themselves indispensable, step by step to head towards authoritarianism, to personality cults, and not to allow the communities renewed in the Holy Spirit to thrive,” Francis told members of the Catholic movement Renewal in the Holy Spirit.

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He said this temptation “renders ‘eternal’ the position of those who consider themselves indispensable,” but added that only the Holy Spirit is indispensable in the church and Jesus is the only Lord.

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“There are no others,” he said. “A time limit should be established for roles in the church, which are in reality a form of service.” The Pope went on to say that lay leaders need to prepare their successors as it would be “opportune” for all serving in the church to have a time limit. “There are no lifelong leaders in the church,” he said.

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In March, Francis told Mexican television he had a “feeling” his pontificate would be brief. “Four or five years, I do not know, even two or three,” he said. He praised Benedict¹s decision to step down as “courageous,” saying the Pope emeritus “should not be considered an exception” and that a “door has been opened” to what he calls an “institution” of papal retirees.

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But Pope Francis, 78, has also said that to keep a Pope in charge strictly up to 80 years of age “creates a sensation that the pontificate is at its end and that would not be a good thing.” This has led to speculation that the Pope has every intention of carrying on, but is raising the possibility of resigning in a bid to hasten his reforms while lulling his opponents into inaction.

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Last August, speaking to reporters on the papal plane back from Korea, Francis said “our lives are getting longer and, at a certain age, there is not the capacity to govern well.”Posing the question if he would emulate Benedict and resign, he said: “I will pray, but I would do the same.” He then said he felt his pontificate “won’t last long” and that he may have “two or three years” before going “up to the house of the of the Father.”

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Inside sources say Francis’ health is poor and in a worse state than he appears. He works tirelessly, takes little exercise, and has brought his doctor and, unusually, an extra medic with him on a grueling eight day, three-nation visit to his native Latin America this week.

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David Kowalski
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All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy


  • MONDAY, July 6, TALK: Pope’s Climate Encyclical – Walk through it with Sister Eileen O’Connor, Member, Diocesan Care for Creation Committee. Sponsor: Sierra Club’s Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group. 6:00-7:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor), 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo
  • SATURDAY, July 11, SOLAR JAM: PUSH Buffalo is hosting a “Solar Jam” with Solar Power demonstrations, Live Music, Roller Skating, Food and Fun. 12pm-5pm, Mass. Ave. Park (between Winter & Lawrence Streets), Buffalo; Visit Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo for details.
  • MONDAY, July 13, MEETING: Energy Committee of the Sierra Club Niagara Group CANCELED. Members are asked to attend the July 6 Writers Group Talk & Meeting

Web LINKS to all Events are in the sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo Click Here

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How Many Times Can A Politician Mention His Name?

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by Paul Wolf

As an Amherst resident I received a mailing from Assemblymember Ray Walters. It is really incredible the number of name drops Walter’s pulls off in one 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper.

The mailing at taxpayer expense highlights three events the Assemblymember is holding. Somehow in mentioning three events his name is dropped by my count 10 times! Along with three photos of himself.

Clearly the main purpose of the mailing is not to provide information, the purpose is to promote the Assemblymember at a time when he is campaigning for higher office.

It just get’s tiring how being in elected office is primarily about self promotion.

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Reverse Mortgages: Celebrity Pitchmen Aren’t Even the Worst Part

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by Ben Walsh
For years, there’s been a steady stream of stories laying out what was wrong with the US mortgage market. Now, the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) is out with a reporton reverse mortgages, which allow the elderly to tap into accumulated home equity without selling their homes. Monetization: it’s not just for the kids anymore!

In concert with their report, the CFPB has a good explainer of what exactly a reverse mortgage is. (Hint: “it is a loan”.) The NYT has a good wrap up of the some of the problems with reverse mortgages laid out by the CFPB. For starters, there other, cheaper ways of doing the same thing (home equity loans or lines of credit). Worse, seniors are increasingly choosing to take the lump sum payment to refinance their existing mortgage or pay off other debt. That’s a dire window into the finances of America’s grandparents.

Credit is tight and all but unavailable to many Americans who need it. It would be great if reverse mortgages were an incremental solution to that problem. However, indebted seniors using reverse mortgages to pay off other debts are more exposed to financial risks like unexpected medical bills or home repairs after taking out a reverse mortgage:

While they gain additional cash flow…they lose the ability to use their home equity as a cushion against other major expenses…Reverse mortgage borrowers in their 60s, especially those seeking to refinance a sizeable traditional mortgage balance, are at higher risk than other borrowers of finding themselves with few financial resources with which to cover unexpected expenses or finance a move later in life. Prospective borrowers in their 60s with few other retirement resources may simply be prolonging an unsustainable financial situation by using a reverse mortgage to refinance a traditional mortgage.

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Amherst Town Board Meeting Tonight, July 6th, At 7:00 p.m.


There is an Amherst  Town Board meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m.  If you plan to speak you have to sign the sheet before 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers.

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Carli Lloyd Leads U.S. to Women’s World Cup Title in 5-2 Win Over Japan

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The history of soccer in America will not be written without this name: Carli Lloyd.

The United States star midfielder scored three times in the first half to vault the Americans to their third Women’s World Cup title on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over Japan at B.C. Place.

Lloyd scored from close, she scored from far and she scored a place in U.S. sports lore for a team that came together beautifully to vanquish all comers and now will stand aside the 1999 team as most cherished ever by a still-growing soccer nation.

The theme of the team has been “She believes” and Lloyd made everyone believe within the first five minutes of the match, redirecting a shot from Megan Rapinoe at three minutes and then knocking in a second goal two minutes later. Lauren Holiday scored on a volley in the 14th minute to make it 3-0, and then Lloyd’s missile from the halfway line sailed over Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori to make it 4-0 in just the 16th minute. The elated roar from Lloyd as she sprinted toward her teammates will be replayed for years and years. She is the first ever to score a hat trick in a World Cup final.
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The ADC Screwed Again By It’s Traitorous Chairman

Concerned Citizen:
We probably have more committeemen with multiple college degrees than anywhere – is this job the best job match for most? Is this the best he can come up with?  A $37K motor mechanics job?? Other than a select few, downtown ECDC seems to want to starve the ADC – unless you can be tempted with a $37K motor mechanics job!!

Why doesn’t Jerry Schad ever list any vacancies – like that lucrative secretary position ($160K) at the Erie County Water Authority they just filled – where he is one of the board who actually does the hiring ??!!!   In fact, since he has been on the Board at the ECWA how many people from Amherst have they hired for anything there?  Not one I am aware of.  It just goes to show how out of touch this Chair is.
Hope you celebrated your political and governmental Independence yesterday!

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Are You Ready For Old Home Days

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Old Home Days are coming this week.  The festivities begin on Tuesday July 7, 2015.  The park opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 11:00 p.m.

There will be the traditional kick-off parade down Main St. set to start at 6:30 p.m.

There will be many options for you to decide between when you are hungry.

On opening night there will be a Chicken BBO sponsored by St. Stephens-Bethlehem UCC located at 750 Wehrle Dr.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015   4:00 – 8:00 pm
Adults – $10.00  Children $6.00 (ages 5 – 12)

They will host the BBQ in the pavilion for all those wanting a yummy dinner including 1/2 chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, a roll and butter.  A drink will be available for $1 for anyone purchasing a dinner.

On Thursday there will be a dinner sponsored by the Williamsville East Cheerleaders.

Weidners Chicken Dinner Sponsored and served by members of the Williamsville east Cheerleaders Pre sale tickets are available on Tuesday during the parade in front of the Amherst Bee

On Friday night the members of the Amherst Youth Foundation will offer yet another chicken dinner.


They will offer a Krolick’s roasted 1/2 Chicken Dinner.  It will include 1/2 chicken, coleslaw, potato salad and roll.

Call 633-6777 (office) or 725-7798 (Sherry) for Advance Tickets!

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New Rules in Place for Youth at Old Home Days

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During Monday’s work session, the Village Board discussed new policies for youth who plan on attending Old Home Days in July.

The board met with members of the Jolly Boys of Williamsville, whose members are the founders and organizers of the event.

According to village officials, the organization is responding to growing complaints in recent years that large groups of teens have gathered at the Island Park entrance.

The Old Home Days Committee’s new policies include:

• A ban on backpacks carried by minors, younger than age 18, after 6 p.m.

• A ban on minors, younger than age 18, after 6 p.m. unless they are accompanied by an adult.

• A strict 10 p.m. end time for rides, which will be followed by a police “push” and the closing of the beer tent at 11 p.m.

• The introduction of ride bracelets from 6 to 10 p.m. to encourage families to come to the event while saving money and having a fun time with their children.

Officials said they are trying to set the stage for this family friendly event.

Old Home Days is taking place Tuesday, July 7, through Friday, July 10, with the fishing derby scheduled for Saturday, July 11.

A Main Street parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 7, and other activities will include rides, games, live music and a bicycle rodeo.

For a full listing of events, visit www.oldhomedays.org.


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May All Good People Living In America Enjoy A Safe And Happy Birthday


Today is July 4th, America’s birthday.  I must and want to acknowledge the women and men in all branches of our armed forces who stand on guard against all our enemies, foreign and domestic, day and night.

GOD Bless America. On our country’s birthday our wish is that Americans can turn around to be kinder, nicer, more honest and truthful to each other before our country rolls into another 2nd rate country.

History has shown us that first rate countries all crumble because the civilizations become bored and decadent.  We must be aware to stop in our tracks and stand up for the right things, to stand up and fight corruption which is the root of the destruction of a country.

Enjoy this beautiful day.  God bless America!

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