Dearest Pope Francis . . . Snap Out of It!

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I love you dearly, Holy Father. But there's no denying you're overdue for an earful---a come-to-Nonna meeting, with all due respect---from some ladies of a certain age and station, for whom I dare to speak.Don't get me wrong. My beef is not with your theology. You probably don't get to read the Sunday Los Angeles Times, so you may have missed an op-ed piece calling you on the carpet for being a traitor to feminist hopes. One of the co-authors is a kind of TV theologian called Candida Moss … [Read more...]

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Don’t Judge a Bishop by His Residence (or the Pope’s)

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I love Pope Francis. I don't love when the world---(including more than a few Catholics)---uses Francis as a stick to beat bishops with.Today's CNN frontpage feature, headlined "The Lavish Homes of American Archbishops," uses public real estate and tax data to profile U.S. archepiscopal residences valued at more than $1 million. The investigation's subhead says it all: "10 of the country's top church leaders defy the Pope's example."I'm no fan of bishops who bling for bling's sake. And … [Read more...]

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