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Apostolic Exhortation Will Be Released Friday, April 8

In a briefing in Rome this morning, Father Frederico Lombardi of the Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis’ long-anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation — titled, ‘Amoris laetitia‘ (The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family) — will be released on Friday, April 8. The event will begin with a press conference to present the exhortation … Read more

What if St. Jean-Marie Vianney Were Assigned to a Parish Today?

Bear with me in a little folly. I present a fictional account on a hypothetical “what if?” question. That is, what if the great patron saint of parish priests, the Curé of Ars (St. Jean-Marie Vianney), were alive in our times and placed in a typical parish? Based on the Abbé Francis Trochu’s biography of … Read more

In These Ominous Days, Benedict Must Speak

I begin by recounting a magnificently horrible tale from the Church’s past: the exploits of the iniquitous Pope Stephen VI. It speaks to corruption, power, and the extent one is willing to go to “undertake” macabre vengeance. Briefly, the notorious Stephen VI, soon after his election in 896 A.D., had the rotting corpse of his … Read more

Amazon Synod Reveals Vatican Bureaucracy Nightmare

We’ve heard it before: universities have changed. Professors no longer teach “Shakespeare 101,” but “Shakespeare and Gender in Multimedia” or “Elizabethan Bard Culture.” And poets like Milton and Crashaw have been “canceled.” The classics aren’t just too dead, too white, and too male — they’re too elitist now, too. To delight in the grandeur of … Read more

An Ecclesiastical Pompeii

We were caught up and lost in all of our vices In your pose as the dust settled around us And the walls kept tumbling down In the city that we love Grey clouds roll over the hills Bringing darkness from above The pop song “Pompeii,” by the band Bastille, is an upbeat earworm that … Read more

Irreal Church: As Bad as You Think, but Also Worse

Imagine you are arriving early for a Friday-night youth event at a nearby Catholic parish. The youth minister is busy strumming the three chords of his newly created worship song, so you strike up a conversation with the longtime parish youth coordinator, Joan, a former nun who has never had a job, nor a life, … Read more

The Curious Case of Maximum Beans

Allow me, if you will, a discursive break in a Friday blog post from my normal policy of not writing about other writers. Sometimes, a person generating enough bizarre commentary warrants a response. I am referring to Massimo Faggioli. Faggioli, whose name translates roughly to something like “Maximum Beans,” (a popular observation that apparently really bothers … Read more

If You Always Wanted to Read The Dictator Pope…

…but never quite found the time, take yourself over to Crisis Magazine and read the excellent overview of the Francis Pontificate from Julia Meloni entitled, Francis Allies Reveal Their Plans for Revolutionary Change. Here’s an excerpt, and yes, it’s all this well-written: For Murphy-O’Connor and other mafia alumni, including Cardinals Kasper and Danneels, had expertly toured pre-conclave gatherings … Read more

In Defense of Ignorance of the Pope

I grew up with a deep affection for the pope. My childhood featured Pope John Paul II, and my siblings and I learned to love and appreciate him for being a bold defender of the Catholic faith. Indeed, the pope’s portrait was hung prominently in our home. His Koran-kissing, or further, his appointments of kissing … Read more

Of False Prophets and Nations Not Holy

Editor’s note: During the Synod on the Family in 2015, Panamanian cardinal José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán had this to say about divorce: “Moses drew near to the people and gave way. Likewise today, the ‘hardness of hearts’ opposes God’s plan. Could Peter not be merciful like Moses?” Keeping in mind that “God’s plan,” according to … Read more

Where is the Church?

Yesterday, I asked a question on my Facebook page that has been on my mind: Does the proposition, “The Catholic Church as we know it no longer exists” seem like an overreach? I think we’ve reached a point where we have to re-define our terms. Dozens of comments later, I can’t say that I have … Read more

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