Oh! Wait! Never Mind. The Cuomos Disapprove of the Pope. Do Over.

In a piece that constitutes a sort of platonic ideal form of Northeast Corridor Elite fatuity, the Cuomo clan delivers their verdict:  Francis is too Catholic and not nearly enough New York.  In other words, it’s exactly what you’d expect from the provincials of the Smart Set.  You really don’t even need to read it.  [Read More...]

Another Hopeful Sign

“The idea that celibacy produces paedophiles can be forgotten,” he says. “If a priest is a paedophile, he is so before he becomes a priest. But when this happens you must never look away. You cannot be in a position of power and use it to destroy the life of another person.” Bergoglio says he [Read More...]

Pope Francis: Chestertonian

Sean Dailey informs me: “The new pope is an honorary board member of the Argentinean Chesterton Society.” Seals the deal for me. [Read more...]

Rod Dreher Argues with me

About the pope sacking bishops. I’ve said this before but it tends to get lost in the shuffle: it’s not a question of what the Pope “can” or “should” do.  It’s a question of what he will do. I personally would like to see the Pope kick more butts (*cough* Mahony *cough*). But I think this [Read More...]

ChurchMilitantTV comes out in support of Francis

Only fair to post this after my earlier stupidity.  Well done, CMTV!  I particularly like the call to do works of mercy: [Read more...]

Francis bans Cdl. Law from his own church? It appears not

According to the Daily Mail: So when the appearance of a disgraced cardinal threatened to cast a shadow over his first engagement, Francis I made sure it couldn’t happen again – by banning him from his own church. Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Archbishop of Boston in 2002, after being accused of actively covering up [Read More...]

More Trad Attacks on Pope Francis

Um, actually Bergoglio arranged for Latin Mass to be offered within his diocese within 48 hours of Summorum Pontificum“ UPDATE: A friend of mine sent this along and said it was from Michael Voris organization.  It turns out it was from somebody else billing themselves as “Church Militant”.  I am relieved that this is so [Read More...]

The Skeptical Mind Hard at Work

With Amnesty International pulling the rug out from under the bigots indicting Francis as a vile fascist collaborator, the paladins of Reason and Fact now batten on the next line of attack: Wow! Pretty devastating! What a pig! Still, just for grins and giggles, could you, y’know, document that quote, O Anti-Theists. Pro Active Atheists. [Read More...]

So, about that whole Bergoglio the Fascist Fiend narrative

Reader Irenist writes: On the Wikipedia vetting process, and the way that journalists and comboxers who cite to it will end up with the results of a GIGO algorithm if they don’t wait until the initial edit war for a newly prominent page dies down, I found this instructive exchange on the talk page for [Read More...]

No. I Mean *Seriously*. This Guy is Fantastic!

Sherry Weddell, who has forgotten more about the Church’s mission work and engagement with developing countries than most of us will ever know writes: From an interview with Pope Francis in 30 Days, 2007. He clearly has an apostolic, evangelizing heart and expects the same of his priests and lay people as well. I wish [Read More...]

I’m Seriously Loving This Guy

Then-Cardinal Bergoglio, chewing out some of his priests for refusing to baptize children of single mothers: “In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage,” Bergoglio told his priests. “These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalize the Church. Those who [Read More...]

Now *This* is how a Traditionalist Welcomes Our New Pope

Fr. Z offers a lovely account of the election of Pope Francis that is filled with love and joy. Delightful. Well done, Fr. Z! Extra added bonus Way to Go awesomeness points to Fr. Z for this follow up. [Read more...]