Benedict: Anchoring Pole for Francis and John Paul II

Over at Aleteia, Father Dwight Longenecker has a piece about Pope Francis as "reformer":Francis is hailed as a “reforming Pope” and he certainly seems intent on carrying through the plans initiated by Pope Benedict. Is it best, however, to regard him as a “reforming Pope”?People can and will make their own determination about that, but Dwight's not wrong that -- public perceptions and media narratives aside -- Francis is certainly moving forward on some Benedictine initiatives, even as h … [Read more...]

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John Allen’s Stark Reality of a Global War on Christians – UPDATED

Deacon Greg Kandra has linked to the words of an Orthodox Priest, Fr. Peter-Michael Preble, who is sketching out the difference between what American Christians perceive as persecution, and what what real persecution is:Are you, as a Christian, prevented by anyone from setting up a Christmas tree in your home? Are you, as a Christian, prevented from attending the church of your choice on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?. . .Have armed rebels stormed your church or home and taken you hostage … [Read more...]

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Stop the New Movements, I Wanna Get off!

Let me begin by sayingt that, if Fruit of the Loom put John Allen, Jr.'s face on Underoos, I'd be first in line for a pair -- and where I live, nighttime temperatures get up into the nineties, so that's really saying something. The man is the Man, the undisputed mack daddy, prince and heavyweight champeen of all Catholic journalists.In National Catholic Reporter, he advises us to "keep an eye on" Cardinal Angelo Scola who is currently presiding as Patriarch of Venice.First, he has enormous … [Read more...]

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Beatification Link Roundup

Here, some of the best and brightest weigh in on Pope John Paul II's beatification, and correct some popular misconceptions.The Curt Jester ripostes John Paul's critics by explaining the difference between heroic virtue and administrative brilliance.Fr. Z. reminds readers that they shall know a saint by the fruits of the people mourning him.While defending John Paul's sanctity, Pia de Solenni calls for more transparency on the handling of the Maciel and sex-abuse cases.In the National … [Read more...]

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