Elizabeth Stoker-Bruenig has a Smart Look at Pope Francis

She is a rare bird: a lefty who takes seriously not only Francis as a Catholic with a heart for the poor and the week, but an orthodox Catholic Christian who gets that the faith really is about the revelation of Jesus Christ crucified and risen, including all that mystical spiritual warfare with the devil [Read More…]

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How Everybody Will Misread the Encyclical on the Environment

…and how it should be read: Yesterday I heard a story on NPR about the Pope’s forthcoming encyclical on the environment. While the “conservative” who was interviewed spoke all about “prudential” decisions and the non-expertise of the Church on this issue, the “liberal” insisted that our individual decisions are ultimately social, and have impact far [Read More…]

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Francis inspires rising tide of exorcists and exorcisms

Francis’ respect for and practical belief in the reality of the demonic has allowed people who were hitherto shy about discussing the devil and similar facts to come out of the woodwork and ask for the graces and helps the Church provides in confronting Old Scratch. This includes exorcisms and there has been a corresponding [Read More…]

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Pope Lauds Iran Nuke Deal

When the pope is happy and the guys responsible for the debacle in Iraq are upset, I take that as a win. My rule of thumb for nearly anything beyond abortion and euthanasia and the other three non-negotiables is that, with anything strongly approved or condemned by the right, you will never go wrong heading [Read More…]

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Francis’ Baffling Chilean Appointment

Bill Doino, Jr. writes: Pope Francis has done many admirable things during his pontificate, not least taking numerous initiatives against the evil of sexual abuse in the Church. He has spoken about the victims’ pain, promised zero tolerance for such crimes, and supported transparency and full accountability for anyone involved. He has followed those strong [Read More…]

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Pope Francis Minutes

Reader Garrett Johnson writes: Today, Catholic-link.com is launching the first episode of the the first digitally animated series on the pontificate of Pope Francis: The Pope Francis Minute. You can find the Press Release at this link: http://bit.ly/1N13LN3 The original publication can be found here: http://bit.ly/1Ht4re4 Check it out! [Read more…]

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Two Years Out from his Election to the Papacy, Bill Doino is delighted with Pope Francis

He sends along three pieces he has written on the Holy Father here, here, and here. He also sends along a link to Francis’ comments on his papacy so far. He adds: I think Francis has been a very impressive Pope, notwithstanding prudential controversies here and there. As a Catholic, I am most thankful the [Read More…]

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Getting to the Heart of Francis

Austin Ivereigh takes a look at what makes Francis tick over at OSV. Russell Shaw adds his perspective too. [Read more…]

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Francis to Address Congress in September

Some of my readers are fantasizing about him bringing a whip made of cords and overturning the tables of the legislators when he’s here. But, of course, that presumes that Congress is Our Father’s House, something we can all agree it has never been. This is why there has never been a National Creche along [Read More…]

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