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...]

The Accuser of the Brethren Gets Right to Work

So, within an hour or so, I get a comboxer waving a torch and pitchfork: And what exactly should we expect from Mark Shea, who is supposedly anti-torture but has just now endorsed a Pope who is at least as complicit in torture (in Argentina’s Dirty War) as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were? [Read More...]

Oh What Fun This will Be!

Pope Francis is a “CULTURAL MARXIST” (which, being translated, means “He upholds the Church’s teaching about the preferential option for the poor”). Proof: “During a 48-hour public servant strike in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio observed the differences between, “poor people who are persecuted for demanding work, and rich people who are applauded for fleeing from [Read More...]

John Zmirak Kills Me Sometimes (Warning: Contains Naughty Word)

Sez he on his Facebook page: NY Times: “Despite Calls for Change, Bears Continue to Shit in the Woods.” Bwahahahahahaha! Also very funny, in that provincial way that New York’s local paper specializes in, is this quickie summary of the article: He vigorously backs Vatican positions on abortion, gay marriage, the ordination of women and [Read More...]

Rod Dreher’s Confusing Ecclesiology

I like Rod. Always have. But I have never understood his baffling and completely inconsistent ecclesiology. He left the Catholic communion for Orthodoxy, having come to conclusion that the claims of the papacy were false and in sharp reaction to the priest abuse scandals. However, such scandals are just as present in Orthodoxy. Yet Rod [Read More...]

The Catholic Herald in the UK has a good profile of Francis

Here. Meanwhile, in the secular attack media, it looks like the first line of assault to take shape is “He’s a fiendish fascist and a coward who washed his hands in the victims of the Argentinian junta.”  Think “Ratzinger the Nazi” and you more or less get the picture of the campaign the principalities and [Read More...]