Category Archives: Pope Francis

Patti Smith at the Vatican – A Thrill of Hope

A few of my friends on social media have groused this Advent about punk rock pioneer Patti Smith’s being invited to sing at the Vatican for Christmas. I can understand why they think it’s not fitting, but that ship has sailed. She already performed there – last year.  And I think she did a beautiful [...]

The Pope Criticizes the Curia

Pope Francis gave a talk to the officials of the curia that admonished them to guard against a variety of spiritual diseases.  The Washington Post seems surprised by the tenor of the talk.  You can read the Post‘s article here.  And here is another article that lists all of the fifteen spiritual diseases that Francis [...]

Should the Pope Keep Quiet?

Over at Aleteia, I run down the list of things the media got wrong about Pope Francis in “2014: The Year In Pope Francis Misunderstandings.” The media got Francis wildly wrong again and again. • The media said he wants to change the Church’s teaching on communion for Catholics who are divorced (and not annulled) and remarried. He didn’t, [...]

The Pope Didn’t Exile Cardinal Burke. The Pope Gave Him An Army. [Photos]

I wish someone would exile me the way Pope Francis exiled Cardinal Burke. When I think of exile or banishment, I think of tiny islands. Where friends are few and far between. The Associated Press described Cardinal Burke’s new position as “largely ceremonial” and said the Knights of Malta are a “charity” who provide “residences [...]

No Greater Freedom

Each of us has our own hobbyhorses. Michael Sean Winters, for example, seems to have a thing about Philly’s Archbishop Chaput and the World Meeting of Families which Philadelphia will host next October. Winters is also very fond of hymns—a fine pastime, that—and of trying to curb overzealous Catholic prelates’ deficient notions of freedom, which Winters often takes [...]

Father Larry Richards Defends the Pope

“Ok, I have had it.” Father Larry Richards wrote on his Facebook page on Oct 28. There followed the first strong words of a defense of the Pope that reached a high point yesterday (Nov. 9). Father Richards is the Erie, Pa., priest who first gained national attention for his inspiring talks on confession. Anyone [...]

‘Sexy Jesus’ and #HotJesus — Reactions Roll in to ‘A.D.’ Casting

Was Jesus sexy? Who knows? Unless you’re a devotee of the Shroud of Turin image purported to be of Jesus Christ (which shows him as fairly tall, strapping, bearded and long-haired), there’s no reliable physical description of the Son of God available. While it’s reasonable to assume He looked like His mother (who supplied the [...]

Breaking: Pope to host international conference on complementarity of man and woman

Big news, just announced by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Rome, November 3rd, 2014. On November 17-19, 2014, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will host a colloquium in Vatican City, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for [...]

Pope Francis’ Latest Bombshell

“A significant rhetorical break with Catholic tradition.” That’s what MSNBC’s Daniel Berger is calling Pope Francis’ latest “revolutionary” insight. Take it away, Mr. Berger: “Pope Francis made a significant rhetorical break with Catholic tradition Monday by declaring that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real, and remarking that God is not “a magician [...]

A Pope, a Jesuit and an Archbishop Create a Teachable Moment on Same-Sex “Marriage”

Creighton University president Father Timothy Lannon announced in a letter to the university’s board of trustees that the university will pay benefits to same-sex couples legally married in other states. The case became a teachable moment because Omaha Archbishop George Lucas responded to the letter — and it all happened on a day when Pope [...]


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