November 5, 2018

Adebate has broken out online following Catholic radio host Patrick Coffin’s decision to invite pederasty apologist Milo Yiannopoulos on his radio show. Coffin used to be at Catholic Answers; Milo is in a same-sex marriage but presents himself as a critic of Pope Francis and “homosexualist leaders” in the Church. There’s your dose of irony, or hypocrisy (what you will), for today. When he was Cardinal Bergoglio, Pope Francis said that same-sex marriage is a “machination of the father of… Read more

November 4, 2018

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. When I have written about Church social teaching on this blog, that’s the only text I have ever cited. (Well, okay, I’ve also cited Gaudium et Spes and papal encyclicals that comprise Church social teaching, such as Rerum Novarum or Quadragesimo Anno or Caritas in Veritate.) But my point is: When I write about Church teaching, I cite Church documents. When I want to know what the Church teaches, I read… Read more

October 21, 2018

It’s not what you may have heard. Death Site News is promoting the words of Fr. Mark Goring; he says that “The blood of these unborn children is on your hands if you vote for and support an aggressively pro-abortion politician.” This is false. The Church nowhere teaches that a person who votes for a pro-choice Democrat incurs the guilt of abortion. Now, in 2004, the CDF—with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as its prefect—put out a document entitled “Worthiness to Receive… Read more

October 20, 2018

On Facebook there’s a funny little guy who runs around interrogating people on whether they agree with John Paul II that abortion is just like the Holocaust. He’s a self-appointed Inquisitor who seems to think that it’s not enough to accept Church teaching that abortion is a grave sin; you must also accept a particular metaphor, or historical comparison, one pope used to describe it. Even the metaphors are infallible on this topic. If you reject them, you’re a heretic,… Read more

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

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