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...]

More Francis Love

This will cause the normal exploding heads at the Reporter and MSNBC.  No “Progress” for you! In the Aparecida Document, a joint statement of the bishops of Latin America, Cardinal Bergoglio commented on the worthiness of individuals to receive the Eucharist. The text states in paragraph 436 that, “We should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, [Read More...]

What to Expect from the Insufferable Patheos Blogger Named “Weathers”

“Pope Frank” triumphalism to the nth degree. We’ll never hear the end of it. [Read more...]

What to Expect from the Faithful

Pretty much this: Number me with the rank and file who are delighted at our new Holy Father. A beautiful start to his papacy. At the end of the day we are looking at what a reader pointed out: A Jesuit Pope named Francis, who takes the bus to work, lives in a small apartment, [Read More...]