Michael Gerson, a Thoughtful Evangelical, Looks at the Personalism of Pope Francis…

…and of the gospel: This guy gets it. [Read more…]

A suggestion for R.R. Reno at First Things

Mr. Reno:  Though I applaud your decision to give Maureen Mullarkey’s pope-hating blog the well-deserved ax, I think it is important to note that the level of sheer malice and batshit crazy in the comboxes announcing he ouster at First Things is, like the popularity of Donald Trump among the wreckage of what was once [Read More…]

Credit Where Credit is Due

John Fea penned a very thoughtful piece on Francis for FOX that, among other things, assesses how far the US has come in overcoming it anti-Catholicism and in giving a warm welcome to the pope.  A very fine piece that reads the pope as he should read and tries to eschew political labels for Catholic [Read More…]

Culture Shock

One of the most hilarious parts of the recent papal visit was listening to Evangelicals grimly warn Catholics “You shall have no other gods before me” and exhorting them not to worship the pope, while so many Catholics were spending all their waking hours complaining about what a terrible pope he is. Evangelicals really need [Read More…]

The Rhythm of Jimmy Akin’s Life

1. Crazy people spread loony rumor based on crazy misreading of something Francis said. 2. Jimmy explains what Francis actually said. 3. Crazy people complain, “If Francis is so orthodox, why are you constantly having to explain what he said?” [Read more…]


JOKE WITH THE POPE is the official welcome campaign of the Pope’s visit to the United States, endorsed by the Pope himself. People of all beliefs are invited to submit a written joke or a short video of themselves telling a joke at JokeWithThePope.org. They can also select a cause their joke will support: helping [Read More…]

Maureen Mullarkey Disgraces Herself One Too Many Times

…with her unhinged hatred of the Pope and First Things does the right thing and gives her embarrassing blog the ax.  Well done, First Things. [Read more…]

Read the Full Text of All the Stuff Pope Francis Said While He Was Here

A handy resource on line. [Read more…]

All in all, a spectacularly successful visit, thanks be to God

Here is one of the highlights, his speech to the World Meeting of Families.  What a lovely man: Had an interesting conversation with Sherry Weddell on “Connecting the Dots” last week and she remarked that Francis’ peculiar gift from the Holy Spirit seems to be a charism for building bridges of trust (as a Pontifex [Read More…]