Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas and Shape Up

I have a Dominican priest friend who remarked shortly after Francis’ election that the main thing he was hoping for from this papacy was a reform of the Curia.  It would appear Francis has given him his Christmas present. Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how [Read More...]

Rick Warren Calls for Protestants to Unite with Catholics and the “Holy Father”

There are only two classes of people who regard this as a threat. Anti-Catholic Protestants like James White and anti-Catholic Reactionary Catholics who always construe kind words said about Francis as an indictment of Francis and not as the obvious evangelical opportunity they are. Weird to be living in a time when professional anti-Catholics are [Read More...]

Real Men

Another popular lie of the Torture Defender is enunciated by a manly laptop bombardier in my comboxes: War is dirty business. I guess there are people out there willing to do the dirty work so the rest of us can go about pursuing the American Dream. OK, libbys, bring on the tough love! In contrast, [Read More...]

Pope Calls Angry Blogger

Gets Excommunicated. The keenly discerning combox Magisterium of Real Catholic is really flexing its muscles. Fresh from its profoundly wise defenses of ramming food up a man’s anus as totally compatible with the holy will of Jesus Christ, it is now working hard to rid the Church of the scourge of Pope Francis. The awesome [Read More...]

Francis on the Burke Kerfuffle

After that the issue of the Order of Malta cropped up and we needed a smart American who would know how to get around and I thought of him for that position. I suggested this to him long before the synod. I said to him, “This will take place after the synod because I want [Read More...]

Yes! Finally!

Thank you, Bill Doino, for getting what the “Pope’s true agenda” is and helping others to get it too! For some, this vision of the Church is confusing, and symbolic of a papacy that is “all over the place.” But if Francis is all over the place, so too is Catholicism, which is a faith of many dimensions, as [Read More...]

The Brilliant Tom Kreitzberg Sums Things Up

Sez he: This business of Pope Francis “sowing confusion” reminds me of the American who gets angry at his wife for taking him to France because he can’t understand the language and says, “I didn’t used to not speak French.” If Pope Francis is confusing you, you’ve always been confused, you just didn’t notice it [Read More...]

Benedict XVI on the Council

He is his typical insightful self: “There was the Council of the Fathers — the real Council — but there was also the Council of the media,” said Benedict in his valedictory to his priests. “It was almost a Council apart, and the world perceived the Council through the latter, through the media. Thus, the [Read More...]

Cardinal George has some questions for Pope Francis

Very reasonable ones, it seems to me, and I’d love to be a fly on the wall at that conversation. One reader informs me that I divide the whole discussion of this papacy into Francis-hating Reactionaries vs. All is Well. Nope. There are perfectly legitimate things to wonder about with this pope as with any [Read More...]

Lizzie Scalia on Pope Francis

Chemist.  Yep.  The man is not afraid to make a mess.  One of the many reasons I love the guy. [Read more...]