Category Archives: Pope Francis

PPOTD: Call for Captions!

This photo taken by Paul Haring of CNS is just begging for funny captions: You know the drill — submit your funny caption in the comments below and then rate the captions left by other papists! Today is also the six month anniversary of my accident. You can read about my exciting rehab progress and [...]

Pope Francis Auctions Off His Harley-Davidson

  If someone told me a year ago that this would be a real headline… Don’t get me wrong – when it comes to the Pope Francis Catholic Reaction-o-Meter, I’ll have you know that my results place me squarely in the “happy humbled mildly confused pleasantly surprised inspired challenged” group of Catholics.  Yes, it’s a [...]

Pope Francis and The American Dream

These days we hear a lot of praise for Pope Francis from folks we wouldn’t normally expect to hear it from – the Gay Advocate, Planned Parenthood, and the hosts of the MSNBC network. Their approval stems largely from statements made by the Pontiff that they construe as a softening on the Church’s position on [...]

I Have No Idea What The Pope Is Talking About, And Neither Do You

  In this photograph, I mean.   After all, not knowing what the person is actually saying is what makes a caption contest fun, right? Besides, if there’s anything we’ve learned in the past year, it’s that having no clue what Pope Francis is saying  should never be a hindrance to putting words in his [...]

A 12 Days of Christmas Year in Review

What’s the best answer to Christmas sentimentality? The Christmas season liturgy. In the days that follow Christmas, the Church brings us the slaughter of innocents, the first martyr, and more. Christmas isn’t just sugarplum fairies and Santa Claus after all. It is good that the Church does this, because if you compare each day from [...]

The Choice 2014 [Updated]

Catholics face an important choice in 2014 and in the years ahead. Some of the comments and reactions to my post earlier this week on Pope Francis’s decision not to renew Cardinal Burke’s membership on the Congregation for Bishops revealed a disturbing trend to me, namely, the extent to which many Catholics have adopted an apprehensive [...]

Pope Francis: Leave a Spare Place at your Christmas Table for the Poor

In his remarks at a recent audience, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to become humble in the service of others, and in so doing to imitate the Christ child, who is God humbling himself to become man. Pope Francis also urges us to remember the poor in a special way this Christmas: By leaving a [...]

Pope Francis, Breastfeeding, and Breaking with Catholic Tradition

We now know the answer to a question no one in the entire world was asking: What does the bishop of Rome think about breastfeeding in public? Sometimes it’s fairly easy to predict how a certain anecdote or even a certain phrase from Pope Francis will get reported by the media. Not surprisingly, the secular media’s reporting [...]

A Shockin’ Holy Saint?

In his classic book of Christian apologetics, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis warns against the position–common today among spiritual-but-not-religious types–that Jesus was a fine ethicist (“Love your neighbor”) but that his relevance for the modern world pretty much ends there. I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about [...]


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