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...]

While Combox Warriors Occupy Themselves Explaining Why the Church is Wrong…

to say that Christians and Muslims both worship the God of Abraham, Pope Francis sends Ramadan greetings to Muslims. Hilarious. [Read more...]

Friends Don’t Let HuffPo Writers Do Theology

“Pope Francis Says All Who Do Good are Redeemed – Atheists Included” It takes some doing to get so many layers of complicated errors all folded into 11 words, but if anybody can do it, it’s HuffPo. Let’s unpack this elaborate confection of blunders. 1. The first blunder is that what the Pope said–what he [Read More...]

Interesting Follow Up From Ethika Politika

Looks like I may have been wrong here. Here’s the skinny on what really seems to be going on: Big news from the Vatican—this time because of Pope Francis’s recent letter to South American bishops denouncing communion for pro-abortion politicians. Here’s the lead from an article published by A letter Pope Francis sent to [Read More...]

Francis Supports Coptic Pope vs. Islamic Thugs

Subtle, but clear: Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church on Friday, during an historic meeting with the Church’s leader, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. Francis spoke of the strong bonds that exist between the Catholic and Coptic Orthodox church and paid [Read More...]

I love this guy!

Pope joins 40,000 in Italian March for Life. The guy doesn’t phone it in. He shows up. God love him! [Read more...]


Pope Francis is urging the bishops in his own country of Argentina to enforce barring pro-death politicians from receiving the Eucharist. T’will be interesting to see if he expands that to the rest of the Church or is only focused on the pastoral situation he know best. The guy is full of surprises.  He even [Read More...]

Eye of the Tiber is Awesome

Heh: Pope Francis To Investigate Roman Curia On TV Show “Undercover Boss” Love the disguise: Speaking of which, in real life news, I’m liking the look of this.  If the guy take serious steps to reform the curia, that will be great.   [Read more...]

News Flash!

No word yet on when he will call the Third Vatican Council to reaffirm what the Church has always taught and disappoint Garry Wills. [Read more...]

Not Something You See Every Day

Pope Francis greeting Patti Smith: On a related note: The Francis Effect: Lapsed Catholics Being Lured Back by New Pope Lovely to me how our Popes have been providentially arranged by God to build on the work of their predecessors. [Read more...]


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...]

One final point about the foot-washing thing

The only people I’ve felt some sympathy for in the Great Foot-Washing Nutty have been priests who have written me saying, “Now what am I supposed to tell the people in the parish who view the washing of the feet as some sort of political platform for ‘making a statement’ about women’s ordination and Fighting [Read More...]