Francis Returns to the Quote Heard Round the World: “Who Am I To Judge?”

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but in an off-the-cuff interview on an airplane early in his pontificate Pope Francis said, when asked about homosexuality, “Who am I to judge?” Except he didn’t. He was asked about the alleged “gay lobby” of homosexual Vatican employees, and replied, in part, “A gay person who is [Read More...]

Catholics Coming Unglued: It’s Time to Calm Down

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A segment of the faithful Catholic population has been growing more and more distressed since the election of Pope Francis, and it’s really time they get a grip. Traditionalist site Rorate Caeli kicked off the madness by declaring the Holy Father “The Horror” and posting a string of increasingly demented attacks. That seemed to set [Read More...]

What it Takes to Make Pope Francis Stop Smiling

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Pope Francis: In the Mass We Enter the Mystery of God

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In the pope’s comments on today’s readings, he spoke about mass as a theophany: an encounter with God. There have been many posts in the past weeks about teaching the faith (Joanne McPortland rounds them up), but teaching the faith is a relatively simple matter for those who practice the faith. Sure, they can use [Read More...]

Pope Francis on the Internet as a “Gift from God”

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In anticipation of the 45th World Communication’s Day tomorrow, Pope Francis offers some observations on the centrality of communication in the modern world and the ways in which it can help forge solidarity and bridge gaps, but only if used properly. In a world like this, media can help us to feel closer to one [Read More...]

Francis, Benedict, and Pelagius

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Yesterday’s tempest in a Z-cup focused on Pope Francis’s curious phrase “self-absorbed promethean neopelagianism,” used to describe certain factions within Catholic traditionalism. I remain puzzled that Francis has, on multiple occasions, felt the need to single out traditionalists for criticism, given the nature of evil at large in world. Most traditionalists are good and holy [Read More...]

Pope Francis in Time Magazine: Does It Matter?

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The short answer is, “Of course it matters.” Pope Francis is Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. That’s a good thing. But it’s not as simple as that, so let’s break it down: The Good 1. Time is a fading relic of a dying media, but they still retain something of their former image, and [Read More...]

Francis on Proselytization

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Back in the silly season of summer, when new Pope Francis interviews were giving Catholics the vapors on a weekly basis, one thing that got a lot of knees a-jerkin’ was his comment about proselytization being “solemn nonsense.” I understood what he meant at the time, but, as I observed, aggressive proselytization in the Catholic [Read More...]


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