Parsing Francis, Shepherd of a Lost Sheep UPDATED

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Another week, another Pope Francis interview to set the internet atwitter. I liked it better when a quiet little German scholar issued clear and carefully structured catechetical lessons instead of free-ranging, off-the-cuff interviews with a hostile press. But then, the church isn’t here to make me comfortable. In fact, she’s here for the opposite purpose.  [Read More...]

The Mainstream Media School of Religion Reporting …

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… most recently on display in the awful reportage about the Pope Francis interview, is illustrated by an old, old joke: A man goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Help me, doc! I can’t stop thinking about sex!” The doctor puts him on the couch and begins to show him ink blots. “What does this [Read More...]

Francis and Benedict, Peter and John

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I’m fortunate to have read Pope Francis’ interview before reading any of the fooforaw. Reading him cold, I saw not a single thing out of line with the papacy of Benedict XVI, which is why I was surprised at all the gnashing of teeth going on about a few words taken out of context by the [Read More...]

Meditations on the Tarot: A Conclusion UPDATED

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Note: This is the last in a series which looks at the real history of Tarot. I do not deny that Tarot has occult connections which are seriously problematic for Catholics. This series is not about fortune telling, but about cultural history and gaming. I was beginning to worry that God and the Machine would be All [Read More...]

Benedict is Fading UPDATED Fr. Lombardi Denies

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Damian Thompson writes what we all suspected: our beloved Benedict XVI is fading fast. In the video with Francis, he appeared very frail and, in my opinion, nearly blind. Here’s what Thompson writes: I think all of us were distressed by the fragility of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when we saw him greet his successor, [Read More...]

Lego: Habemus Papam Edition

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Here’s a closeup, but I want you to go to Shower of Roses to see the whole thing from various angles. Too cool. [Read more...]

Pope Francis Is a Dangerous Modernist!

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Pope Benedict XVI wrote everything longhand, the way God intended. Now, word is leaking out that Pope Francis … I can’t even say it. I’ll let the report speak for me: In a fast-paced, globalized world in which billions send emails, share photos on smartphones and get their instant news online, the newly elected pope [Read More...]

Yeah, This is The Guy

Just a quick follow-up to my longer post. Just watch this. Look at his demeanor, body language, quick smile, and easy laughter. And buckle up: it’s gonna be an interesting ride. None of this is to say anything against Benedict. It’s just … different. From shyness to openness. We can embrace all of it.     [Read more...]


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