Pope Francis appoints Kathleen Sebelius next Archbishop of Chicago

No.  Really.  It’s on the web and everything, so it’s obviously true. In other news, authorities report a series of “thick, meaty-sounding ‘thuds’ from the basements of the houses of various Rorate Caeli contributors’ mothers.  Witnesses report voices crying out “DEEP! SPIRITUAL! PAIN!” seconds before the muffled explosions.  “It sounded like an M80 going off [Read More...]

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Fundamentalist Protestants and Reactionary Catholics: Brothers Under the Skin

Scott Eric Alt notes: I have noted something quite interesting in the last few days. Among the most extreme of Traditionalists—I mean those who are speculating that Francis may be an anti-pope—there has been a tendency to defend this position by saying, “Well, of course, we’ve had heretics in the papacy before who have taught [Read More...]

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I love this guy so much!

Pope Francis to Mafiosi: “There is still time to avoid going to hell, which awaits you if you continue on this road”… That, my friends, is a shepherd who is willing to lay down his life for his sheep. [Read more...]

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For the life of me, I do not understand…

…the minds and hearts of people who read this thoroughly human and beautiful story and come away only with something to complain about. I love this guy so much! [Read more...]

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Pope Gets Last F-Bomb Out of His System…

…before giving up cussing for Lent. One more reason why I love Eye of the Tiber *and* this pope so much. [Read more...]

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Tod Worner Nails It

Loving Francis, Missing Benedict sums it up perfectly. I do not get the sort of mind that feels a perpetual itch to pit them against each other and demand we choose. The only sense I can make of it comes from Galatians: “Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, [Read More...]

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Before somebody panics…

You remember the “BENEDICT’S RESIGNATION INVALID!!!” panic a couple of days ago and the “NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER A LIZARD CREATURE!!!!” flap?  Sensible people exercise common sense about such matters and don’t ask, “Could this be true?”  Instead, they say, “Documentation please?” and put the burden of proof on the hysteric making the claim. But [Read More...]

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Cardinal Burke…

…on the Pope’s radical call to the New Evangelization. The guy gets it. Once you realize that Francis is all about evangelization, both the not-terribly-confusing “confusions” of his words and actions *and* the intense hostility of Reactionaries become perfectly comprehensible.  He is all about going into the highways and byways and bringing in the poor, [Read More...]

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Francis makes him…

…want to be a saint. That’s pretty much the job description for a pope. [Read more...]

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