Benedict Hearts Francis

Yep. Love both these guys. In Benedict XVI’s own words, he sees “no breach anywhere” between his pontificate and that of his successor. “New accents yes, but no contradictions,” he told Seewald. “He is a man of practical reform. And that is the courage with which he addresses problems and searches for solutions. [Read more…]

A reader struggles with a sense of loneliness in the Church

He writes: I just came across your “honest and heartfelt exchange with a friend who feels l have changed” — on Patheos.  It resonates, thank you.  In many ways this has been my experience as well.  So I wanted to write a short note to encourage you. Our parish here in Alberta is very conservative [Read More…]

Turns out the Pope is Catholic

Says that you don’t choose your gender. Quelle surprise! [Read more…]

Glenn Greenwald on the Insularity and Failure…

…of Western elites. Hillary, as a dutiful servant of the 1%, will continue that failure. Trump, as a fascist demagogue, recognizes in that failure an opportunity, not to help the increasing numbers of people suffering from radical income inequality, but a way to direct their rage to his own advantage and enrichment. Lyndon Johnson touched [Read More…]

My friend Joe Grabowski writes…

I hope this is taken in the spirit in which it is offered… The thing is, I’ve tried to be upset about the Pope’s recent interview. It isn’t my default setting, I’m afraid. I’ve bristled a bit at the timing and the phrasing of some of his previous impromptu statements, however, and I know this [Read More…]

Pope Francis, in Armenia, calls Armenian Genocide, “Genocide”

I love this guy so much! My son Peter aptly described him as “inconveniently good”.  Perfect. [Read more…]

There is no special set of “non-negotiable” values…

…according to Pope Francis. Hoo boy is *this* going to cause some cow-having.  But he is, of course, perfectly right.  And the sooner the prolife movement figures this out, the sooner they will stop being everlastingly manipulated into using the unborn as human shields for war against the Church on behalf of GOP Culture of [Read More…]

Pope Raises Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a Feast

I love this guy so much. St. Mary Magdalene not only gets honored as the Apostle to the Apostles, but it’s a fitting act during this year of mercy given her common veneration as the “sinful woman” who received the mercy of God in washing Christ’s feet with her tears.  A characteristic gesture from a pope [Read More…]

All of Media History Re: the Church since 2005

With Benedict, the Right believed fantasies about him as the Great Rottweiler and the Left believed and feared the Right’s fantasies. With Francis, the Left believes fantasies about him as the Great Heretic Reformer and the Right believes and fears the Left’s fantasies. [Read more…]

Pope has unkind words…

…for “bloodsucking” bosses and prosperity gospel crap. I love this guy so much! Turns out denial of a just wage is still a sin that cries to heaven for vengeance. And you still cannot serve God and Mammon. [Read more…]