Basic Rule of Thumb for Papal Controversies

Popes virtually never actually say something that can’t be squared with the Tradition.  Just about the last time it happened was the monothelite heresy, when Honorius expressed some incautious opinions in a private letter.  Beyond that it’s a pretty rare occasion. And yet, there are frequent panic attacks about the Pope throughout the past 40 [Read More...]

Combox Star Chamber Reactionaries Across St. Blog’s Deliberate, Figure out What’s Wrong with Francis

Turns out his problem is that he’s just a garrulous old fool who runs off at the mouth and gives the MSM all sorts of opportunities to misunderstand him.  No wonder comboxers who are more Catholic than him panic and declare him a traitor. That sort of thing never *ever* happened when good Popes like [Read More...]

Pope Francis Contradicts Himself!

On that thing he never said in the first place! Just after (reportedly) announcing “Abortion fiesta!  No problem! Lighten up, Catholics!” he now tells doctors not to perform abortions!  Press baffled! Chesterton, as is his custom, gets the confusion of the media, which was exactly the same a century ago: The great temptation of the [Read More...]

Francis’ Interview and the Unexpected Unity of the NY Times and the Francis Haters

Well, it’s been a day now since Francis’ terrific interview was published. First thing you should do go read the whole thing, cuz it’s great. What’s fascinating to me is how many people are reacting, not to the interview, but to the dunderheaded way in which it is being misread and misinterpreted in the media. [Read More...]

Remember: Take off 50 IQ Points When the MSM Covers Religion

You recall that when the MSM covers something you actually know about, they often get it badly wrong? So remember that when the MSM covers something you don’t know about.  So when you don’t really know what the Pope said during an interview and the MSM attributes something really bizarre and outrageous to him (“Pope [Read More...]

A reader remarks on Pope Francis

Refreshing Mark, though I’m sure you’ve read the original ages ago Pope Francis: neither a liberal nor a conservative, but a radical Christian with a heroic gospel Pope Francis is a beguiling, confusing pontif. Some in the media imagine him to be Fr Liberal, parachuting into the slums to feed the hungry and chastise the [Read More...]

I’m glad to hear such common sense was spoken at the Conclave

Before electing Pope Francis, cardinals heard plea for unity, holiness One of the biggest threats Grech (Maltese Cardinal Prosper Grech) saw was a threat to the unity of the Catholic community. (…) Between ultra-traditionalist extremists and ultra-progressive extremists, between priests rebelling against obedience and those who don’t recognize the signs of the times, there always [Read More...]

I wonder the same thing as Terry Nelson

Why are Catholics so worried about the Pope and what he says? It’s been mystifying to me that so many people want to massage what the Holy Father says and seem so embarrassed by him.  I agree completely with John Allen that Francis is part of the solution, not the problem, when it comes to the [Read More...]

Go Out. Make a Mess. Stir Things Up. Christify the World.

Pope Francis gets it.  So does Fr. Robert Barron.  God help us do it. What gifts these men are. Thanks be to God. They give me great hope. [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...]