Category Archives: Pope Francis

The Real St. Francis of Assisi

Back when Pope Francis was elected, I wrote the piece below for Breitbart.com, and unfortunately, it got lost in the wave of stories about the saint’s surprising and charismatic namesake. And that’s too bad. Francis is my confirmation saint, and even in my wilderness years away from the Church, I never lost my fondness for [...]

Shipwreck and Cynicism

Last July, Pope Francis made his first papal trip outside of Rome to the Italian island of Lampedusa: a narrow slab of rock 70 miles off the Tunisian coast and a major point of entry to the EU for migrants (mostly illegal) fleeing poverty, violence and, upheaval in East Africa, North Africa, and the greater [...]

Quit the Cardinal Conspiracy Rumors on Communion and Marriage

The rumors are swirling: Are the rules about to change? No, they aren’t. The Church cannot provide communion to those who are divorced and remarried without an annulment. This is because the Church believes communion is real, and because it believes the marriage vows are real (as I happen to be in the midst of [...]

When Gaza Comes Home to Hollywood

On Monday, Aug. 24, actor and comedian Elon Gold penned a story for the Jewish Journal recounting an incident that happened to him and his family the previous Friday night, writing, ”We were walking home in Los Angeles after a Friday night dinner at a friend’s house, dressed nicely for Shabbat, easily identifiable as a Jewish [...]

Seven Ways CNN Gets It Wrong on Bishops’ Residences

CNN published an inflammatory and provocative piece of link-bait over the weekend criticizing the Catholic Church because some of the larger archdioceses happen to have “lavish homes” for their archbishops. In the process of concern-trolling for a religion he clearly despises, the writer, Daniel Burke, reveals how little he understands about the Catholic Church. Below [...]

What did Pope Francis actually say on the crisis on the U.S.-Mexican border?

You simply cannot trust media outlets like the Huffington Post or CNN to faithfully transmit anything that Pope Francis says. Thankfully, via Vatican Radio, we have the full and unedited statement by Pope Francis on the occasion of the “Mexico Holy See colloquium on human migration and development” dated on July 14, 2014, in which [...]


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