Don’t be a sucker for the manufactured Benedict/Francis Feud Narrative

One of the narratives you will find being manufactured by the Andrew Sullivans and HuffPo types is the dream of some sort of “repudiation” of Benedict by Francis. The narrative is basically “evil old Benedict is finally being broomed into history by our New Leftist Pope who is finally going to usher in the Great [Read More...]

JP II, Benedict and Francis: On the Same Page

In case it’s not clear, this: This man [Note: JPII is speaking of each and every person in the world] is the way for the Church–a way that, in a sense, is the basis of all the other ways that the Church must walk–because man–every man without any exception whatever–has been redeemed by Christ, and because with [Read More...]

As is well known, I am a liberal who hates Traditionalism and the Extraordinary Form

That’s why I am so thankful we have finally come out of the Dark Ages of Traditionalist Pope Benedict and into the New Age of Liberal Pope Francis. I mean, listen to this backward retrograde stuff (slightly edited for ease of comprehension) from that old arch-reactionary who has (thankfully) ceded the See of Peter to [Read More...]

Fr. Dwight Longenecker Ponders Pope Francis

Is he a Reformer or a Revolutionary? Dude. All I know is that Sir Elton John likes him. That ought to be divine approval enough for anybody. Seriously, what interests me is how Francis keeps being perceived as somehow uniquely humble (in apparent contradistinction to Benedict). This is weird for anybody who paid any attention [Read More...]

Always Take Off 50 IQ Points When the MSM Reports on the Church

CBS tries to divine the sinister curtain-gliding nefarious purposes as Benedict moves back to the Vatican.  What Svengali-like control is trying to exert over Francis?  What is his true (and, it goes without saying, sinister) purpose? Of course, it could just be that he’s old and sick and wants to be closer to people he [Read More...]

Prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict

He is not well.  God bless this great and good man. [Read more...]

Yep

A reader writes: Wow! Pope Francis is encouraging his priests to ‘Open the doors of the Church, and then the people will come in … if you keep the light on in the confessional and are available, then you will see what kind of line there is for confession’. Fantastic!  I’ve often felt that confession [Read More...]

The Illustrious Erin Manning writes

Mark, I’m asking you to do me a favor if you can.  Deirdre Mundy, a wonderful writer who doesn’t actually blog all that often (what with little ones at home and all) has written a pitch-perfect piece about Pope Francis’ decision to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in a juvenile prison. Here’s just a little of [Read More...]

Why are you reading me and not Amy Welborn?

Here she is, offering her customary sanity on the pontificates of Benedict and Francis: The red shoes – so maligned even by Catholics who should know better – are a symbol of blood.  Blood , people.  The blood of the martyrs and the blood of Christ on which His vicar stands, and through him, all [Read More...]

On this, his last day as Pope

I offer this wholly inadequate encomium to Pope Benedict XVI, Born Teacher. Thank you, Papa Benedict.  I will miss you and I am deeply grateful to you. [Read more...]


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