Category Archives: Pope Francis

How Pope John Paul II once saved a fallen priest from despair, homelessness and alcoholism

I have come to dread interviews with Popes.  I have from the beginning of the interviews decades ago.  I generally read them anyway because, well, I have to, don’t I.
The recent book interview / conversation with Dominique Wolton released in … Continue reading

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New Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio changes law about preparation, approval of liturgical translations

Today a new Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio was issued under the Latin title “Magnum principium”.   In various languages HERE (including the Latin text).
There’s a lot to say.  I can’t now be exhaustive. Also, I want to read slowly the commentary … Continue reading

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Pope Francis saw a psychoanalyst every week for six months

His Holiness of Our Lord has made an interesting revelation. See the story at the UK’s best Catholic weekly (for which I also write), the Catholic Herald.
Pope Francis saw a psychoanalyst every week for six months when he was 42, … Continue reading

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First thoughts on Pope Francis’ address to Italian liturgists

His Holiness of our Lord gave a speech to participants at a national assembly of Italian liturgists.  HERE
Given what I have seen and heard in Italy, my mind reels in dread at the very notion of a room full of … Continue reading

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Putin v. Francis – FAKE NEWS

Claimed: Russian Prime Minister and former-KGB Lt Colonel Vladimir Putin has offered some rather negative comments about His Holiness Pope Francis.
QUAERITUR: Is this “fake news”?
Sure looks like it.
From Your News Wire (my emphases and comments):
Putin: ‘Pope Francis Is Not A Man Of … Continue reading

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Did Pope Francis insult some young priests? Fr. Z opines and tells a story.

This isn’t the sort of thing that should pull much of our attention or energy.  However, I have been asked about it in email by a surprising number of people, including priests.
It seems that the site Messa in latino picked up … Continue reading

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Brief explanation of “heroic virtue” v. “ordinary virtue” in light of the new path to beatification.

Pope Francis, yesterday, issued a document by which he established a third iter or path for a process of beatification.
Hitherto, in processes for beatification, unless one is determined to have been a martyr, it has been necessary for a “Servant of … Continue reading

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Tosatti about Burke about Müller and Peters about Humanae vitae

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
The case of the former Prefect of the CDF, Gerhard Ludwig Card. Müller … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and Pope Benedict on Europe’s future

Pope Francis gave an interview to the 93 year old atheist Eugenio Scalfari who, when he was young, was a Fascist and then later a Socialist and, in previous interviews with the Pope didn’t take notes or make recordings.
In La … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could a “Pope Emeritus” under 80 vote in a Conclave?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Canonically speaking, if a Pope emeritus were alive at the time of the conclave to elect his successor’s successor, given he was a Cardinal and Pontiff, may he vote if he were under 80 years old? If he … Continue reading

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BUX “We are in a full crisis of faith!” Wherein Fr. Z muses on the times.

Some of you will remember those commercials years ago where some guys, sitting with friends is a loud restaurant, says something like, “My broker is Joe Bagofdonuts.  Joe says…”, and suddenly the entire restaurant is dead still with everyone leaning … Continue reading

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Engage in the “Battle for the Eternal Salvation of Souls” – Wherein Fr. Z beats to Quarters

UPDATE: 
So that you don’t miss it, I provide below an explanation of the Holy Father’s oft cited and puzzling maxim “time is greater than space”.  Don’t miss it.
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A young writer at the increasingly helpful – and descriptive – Crisis in a new … Continue reading

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A bishop says: “the actual pastoral action of Jesus Christ… does not first demand a change of life”

The National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) ballyhoos heterodoxy and immoral actions.
They have a story about a commencement address delivered by the Bishop of San Diego, Robert McElroy, to graduates at Jesuit-run Santa Clara University, a member of the Graduate Theological Union … Continue reading

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New book about influences of Communism and Socialism on Pope Francis

I arose today to a loud PING on my phone as a friend in Rome sent me a link to a piece in the American Spectator by the hardly-ever-subtle George Neumayr about the influence of Communism and Socialism on Pope Francis.
The Spectator provides … Continue reading

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Happy 1st Anniversary ‘Amoris laetitia’ and a terrific new book alert – ACTION ITEM!

It has been 1 year already since the unleashing of the text of the Post-Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia.
It seems longer, in some ways.
Since it’s release, sharp divisions have developed in the Church over objectively ambiguous, now infamous elements of Chapter 8.  You know … Continue reading

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