Francis on the Burke Kerfuffle

After that the issue of the Order of Malta cropped up and we needed a smart American who would know how to get around and I thought of him for that position. I suggested this to him long before the synod. I said to him, “This will take place after the synod because I want [Read More…]

Yes! Finally!

Thank you, Bill Doino, for getting what the “Pope’s true agenda” is and helping others to get it too! For some, this vision of the Church is confusing, and symbolic of a papacy that is “all over the place.” But if Francis is all over the place, so too is Catholicism, which is a faith of many dimensions, as [Read More…]

The Brilliant Tom Kreitzberg Sums Things Up

Sez he: This business of Pope Francis “sowing confusion” reminds me of the American who gets angry at his wife for taking him to France because he can’t understand the language and says, “I didn’t used to not speak French.” If Pope Francis is confusing you, you’ve always been confused, you just didn’t notice it [Read More…]

Benedict XVI on the Council

He is his typical insightful self: “There was the Council of the Fathers — the real Council — but there was also the Council of the media,” said Benedict in his valedictory to his priests. “It was almost a Council apart, and the world perceived the Council through the latter, through the media. Thus, the [Read More…]

Cardinal George has some questions for Pope Francis

Very reasonable ones, it seems to me, and I’d love to be a fly on the wall at that conversation. One reader informs me that I divide the whole discussion of this papacy into Francis-hating Reactionaries vs. All is Well. Nope. There are perfectly legitimate things to wonder about with this pope as with any [Read More…]

Lizzie Scalia on Pope Francis

Chemist.  Yep.  The man is not afraid to make a mess.  One of the many reasons I love the guy. [Read more…]

Some Perspective on Francis, Priesthood, and Curial Appointments

I keep having panicky readers complain, “It is obvious that Francis has it in for faithful conservative Catholics. Look at how he just stripped Cardinal Burke of power and prestige!” Reality check. The priesthood is not about power and prestige. “He that would be greatest among you, let him be the servant of all” is the actual job [Read More…]

Pope to Host Conference on Why Marriage is Man-Woman

Turns out the guy is Catholic!  Who knew? [Read more…]

Elton John and the five stages of Intentional Discipleship

Since my post on Elton John admiring Pope Francis, lots of people are writing me to ring various changes on “Elton John is gay.  Don’t you realize that is a sin?” and “He has very false ideas of marriage and thinks the pope supports them.  You can’t evangelize on the basis of a lie.” and [Read More…]

Elton John greatly admires Pope Francis

He joins a growing list of people (who represent millions more), hitherto disaffected from the Church, who find they trust and admire him and are revisiting what the gospel has to say because of him. Meanwhile, it is the mark of the madness of our age that the Greatest Catholics of All Time see this [Read More…]