Pope Francis Seems to be Connecting with Americans

He chatted with three different audiences the other day. [Read more…]

Philly inmates create carved chair for papal visit

Very nice craftsmanship.  And fitting, particularly for this pope. [Read more…]

Bill Doino, Jr. on the Pope’s Upcoming Visit to America

In which he is, as I am, banking on it being a big success, even as there are likely to be some who will exploit the papal visit, for their own purposes–something to watch for–but he (and I) have confidence Francis will outmaneuver them, and ultimately win the day with the American public. [Read more…]

A Reader is Miffed at a Reflection I Wrote on the Gospel a While Back

He writes: Forgive me if I am reading into it, but your reflection on the Pharisees, sound and insightful in itself, seems to insinuate a rather harsh criticism of Pope Francis’ Catholic critics, or at any rate of an undefined subset of them. On this interpretation, the Holy Father is charismatically (not just juridically) in [Read More…]

Welfare Queens, St. James, Trump, Francis, and Recent Polls

These guys need to learn how to work for a living and not go around expecting society to provide for them. I say they be forced to pee in a cup and have it analyzed–preferably on a weekly basis. Then we can talk about some kind of community service they can do at minimum wage [Read More…]

The Mysterious Conservative Loathing of Francis

A reader writes: Have you read Pope Francis’ speech at the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Bolivia? Full text here. It was a real eye-opener for me. I had heard plenty of negative things about it, so I braced myself for a lot of leftist politics & economics. But after having read the whole [Read More…]

Fr. Robert Barron on Laudato Si and the Pope’s Recent Comments on Capitalism

Customary thoughtful common sense from Fr. Barron, punctuated across the blogosphere by outraged people asking absurd questions like “Why do we have to understand the context of the pope’s remarks?” I remember when Catholics understood that texts needed to be read in the context of the Tradition?  When did so many of us morph into fundamentalists? [Read more…]

Pope Receives Summer Re-Education Camp Arts and Crafts Project

So the Pope is in South America right now and at a recent audience, some guy brought him a geegaw as a diplomatic gift. It’s a truly ugly reworking of a hammer and sickle into a crucifix, and the pope’s magnificent “What the WTF?” expression .brings tears of laughter to my eyes. Here, watch for [Read More…]

Where in the US is Flat Francis?

So this is a thing. [Read more…]

Funniest Thing I’ve Seen This Month

I have no idea who made this, but it is screamingly funny: I’d love to see a treatment like this for previous encyclicals. My only regret: nobody says “In a world where…” [Read more…]