August 30, 2018

At The Federalist, you can find this long and rambling article by Paul Rahe. Mr. Rahe goes on for almost 2500 words, attempting to tie together a bunch of disparate events scattered over a sixty-year period in order to prove that the Lavender Mafia “controls the papacy and the Vatican overall.” I can’t refute it all in one blog article. But I want to call your attention, dear reader, to this one sentence: “Since his election, Pope Francis has done… Read more

August 28, 2018

Last week:   This week:   You love me, you hate me, you know me, and then you can’t figure out the bag I’m in.   Read more

August 28, 2018

Canon 332 tells us why. “If it happens,” the canon says, “that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested.” If the pope resigns under the pressure of a public campaign in the media, he does not act freely. Consequently the resignation is not valid. Consequently any one elected by a conclave is an antipope. Remember when a number of reactionaries claimed that Benedict XVI’s resignation was not… Read more

August 26, 2018

But Alt!” a reader cries. Sodomy cries to heaven for vengeance!” I hear this from someone who seems to think I am a defender of gay sex, an LGBT apologist. That’s bizarre. (Exhibit A / Exhibit B / Exhibit C / Exhibit D / Exhibit E / Exhibit F / Exhibit G / Exhibit H / Exhibit I / Exhibit J / Exhibit K / Exhibit L.) In spite of this clear track record, people have called me all sorts… Read more

August 19, 2018

Somewhere I read a plea that we not say “they sexually abused” or “they molested” or “they are pedophiles.” These are “sanitary” words of many syllables. “No! They fucked, they raped, they groped, they grabbed, they snatched.” Even in my title, “sexual assault” is sanitary. Can we stipulate that what went on is rape, or at least the list of verbs that approach it? The Grand Jury Report describes a wide range of them: Most of the victims were boys;… Read more

August 5, 2018

  Pavone, who spends a great deal of time congratulating himself, does not specify what specific actions he has in mind when says “what people like me did.” Can I assume that he includes among them his despicable, canonically illicit act of putting a dead fetus on a Catholic altar and filming a sensationalist campaign commercial for Donald Trump? Because abortion, abortion, abortion. Certainly Pavone thinks this something he did, for which we ought to be grateful, resulted in Trump’s… Read more

August 5, 2018

John Zmirak, who denies that there is such a thing as Catholic social teaching (this though the Vatican published a whole Compendium of it), is worried that Pope Francis is “falsifying Catholic teaching.” The lack of irony is astonishing. Perhaps the only way out is if Mr. Zmirak will just admit that by “Catholic teaching” he means “my opinions.” There’s no social teaching in Zmirak’s opinions; the pope is falsifying Zmirak’s opinions. Sound better?   You Told Me Something Wrong… Read more

August 4, 2018

On Mr. Arroyo’s anti-Francis propaganda show The World Over, Fr. Murray said he had no idea, none, why the pope would think the death penalty violates the dignity of the human person. Death Site News tells the tale of his woe. Possibly Pope Francis might think so because Pope St. John Paul II had already said it himself. It’s in Evangelium Vitae. Perhaps Fr. Murray has read it; though, I begin to wonder whether he merely skimmed it for the… Read more

August 2, 2018

Pope Francis has said that the death penalty is “inadmissible.” He has put this into the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Read more

August 1, 2018

A weird discussion broke out on Facebook today, as they have a way of doing. It was in a friends-only post; so I won’t reveal names, or too many details. It involved a priest’s change to the reading of Matt. 13:44. The NAB translation reads: The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. The… Read more

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