Reader Dan C Gets it…

That is, he gets that the only real difference between Francis and his immediate predecessors is not a change in the Church’s teaching, but simply a particular gift for being able to make the Church’s teaching heard. All the recent popes have said the same thing.  The difference is that Francis is unavoidable.  Three central [Read More...]

Is Francis a Medjugorje Skeptic?

Hard to tell, but interesting if true. Fr. Z comments. [Read more...]

One of the Many Reasons I Like the Imaginative Conservative…

(apart from their snappy new design) is that, unlike so many conservatives confronted with a Pope who says things that are not in accord with the normal playbook, the folks at Imaginative Conservative attempt the astounding spectacle of trying to listen to him, understand him, and even apply his teaching to their lives instead of [Read More...]

Don’t be a sucker for the manufactured Benedict/Francis Feud Narrative

One of the narratives you will find being manufactured by the Andrew Sullivans and HuffPo types is the dream of some sort of “repudiation” of Benedict by Francis. The narrative is basically “evil old Benedict is finally being broomed into history by our New Leftist Pope who is finally going to usher in the Great [Read More...]

Simcha Fisher Continues Speaking Common Sense

to panicky bedwetters who are convinced that every time the pope clears his throat his sole purpose is to betray them. It is truly bizarre to live in a time when self-described faithful Catholics seriously seem to believe that God has laid it on their humble shoulders to defend the Faith from the Pope. What [Read More...]

Friar Roderick Burke Commits Grave Sins of Faith, Hope and Love

…instead of doing his duty as a Real Catholic and panicking about Bad Pope Francis and his imminent destruction of the Church based on The Latest Rumor from Wherever. He writes: The Data from the Questionnaire of the Visitation of the Franciscans of the Immaculate has been published on Vatican Insider. Here is a translation [Read More...]

A really fine exchange between Tom Kreitzberg and a reader upset by Pope Francis

A reader writes: Mark, any chance for a little compassion for people who are feeling nervous? Could you maybe come alongside us and walk with us a bit and maybe share your faith and optimism? Any chance that instead of yelling and shaming people who are feeling uneasy, you could maybe instead show us the [Read More...]

Simcha Fisher Talks Sense…

…to bedwetting panicmongers. If some stranger came to me and said, “I thought I overheard your wife say that she is a Zoroastrian who spits on Jesus Christ” my first thought would not be, “Could this possibly be true? Is everything I know of her a lie? What do I do? O what do I [Read More...]

JP II, Benedict and Francis: On the Same Page

In case it’s not clear, this: This man [Note: JPII is speaking of each and every person in the world] is the way for the Church–a way that, in a sense, is the basis of all the other ways that the Church must walk–because man–every man without any exception whatever–has been redeemed by Christ, and because with [Read More...]

American Spectator writer suffers dramatic delusion; imagines he is St. Paul

Whenever a Christian wants to get angry about something, no matter how dumb or unjust his anger, he always likens himself to Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers. Whenever a Catholic wants to blow off something the pope says that challenges his cherished lifestyle commitments or political allegiances he has two choices. If he [Read More...]


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