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…]

Planned Parenthood Mistakenly Angry at Pope

Somehow Planned Parenthood has gotten the impression that Pope Francis expressed a very clear opposition to abortion while on our soil and has blasted him for it. I have no explanation for this since I have been repeatedly assured by the Greatest Catholics of All Time in comboxes across St. Blog’s that our weak-kneed Che [Read More…]

Which comment would you say is more hilariously detached from all reality?

A Lefty who actually complained, “The Pope is a PR guy for the Bronze Age.” or Michael Savage’s remark, “The same people who gave us Obama gave us this pope”. Vote and discuss in the combox. [Read more…]

It is Jesus, not Ideology, Who Saves

Mark, why do you hate conservatives? A: I don’t. What I hate is idolatry. Because I’m a Catholic. An idol is always a good thing. Otherwise, nobody would worship it. And conservatism is a good thing, because conserving is good. But the Thing that Used to be Conservatism is no longer good. It has become [Read More…]

Cheerful Signs of the Times

When the devil gets furious, he knows his time is short, according to the book of Revelation. So when FOX comes unglued and starts screaming that the Pope is a “false prophet” I scent the stink of fear in the powers and principalities behind Movement Conservatism, and that makes me want to whistle a happy [Read More…]

Say what you will, but he didn’t use the words, Shea

The pope danced all around it, but couldn’t bring himself to say the words. He alluded to it, implied it, referenced it, and tiptoed up to it, but he refused to say it. And now *nobody* knows what he thinks–about climate change. I mean, come on: “the environmental deterioration caused by human activity”? What does [Read More…]

The text of the Pope’s Address to the UN

Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express to [Read More…]

Wow! Boehner Resigns…

…and connects it directly to Francis’ speech: Boehner, who didn’t speak to reporters on Friday, also told the lawmakers that Pope Francis’ visit to Congress the day before was a crystallizing moment, according to the lawmaker. Boehner then read the prayer of St. Francis to the conference after announcing his decision. Makes you wonder what [Read More…]

The Curious Difference between the Left and Right Ear

So the Pope spoke to Congress yesterday and the righties of St. Blogs are going mad because, just like Benedict XVI addressing European Parliamentarians, he never mentioned the word abortion.  But, of course, since he’s Francis and not Benedict, we are to conclude that this makes him (I am not making this up) the worst [Read More…]

Sherry Weddell will be on “Connecting the Dots” today

Sherry is the author of Forming Intentional Disciples.  We will be discussing the Francis Effect on the revival of American Catholic life and his impacts on evangelization across the world. You can listen live at 5PM Eastern here. Feel free to call in at 1-573-4BREAD4.   [Read more…]