Category Archives: Pope Francis


By now you have heard that there will be a consistory in November to create new Cardinals.   The latest batch is a mixed bag. I have been going a zillion miles an hour since I hit Rome so I … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2016

When we desire to obtain indulgences we are often asked to pray for the Holy Father’s intentions. Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for October The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for October is: “That journalists, in carrying out their work, may … Continue reading

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Sober and sobering views of the “Francis Effect”

I point the readership to two must-read pieces. First, in of all places the New York Times (aka Hell’s Bible), an op-ed by Matthew Schmitz of First Things.  “Has Pope Francis Failed?” Next, Carl Olson’s opinion piece at Catholic World Report, which … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI: last Pope of old era or first of the next?

I’m reading the Italian edition of Pope Benedict’s book-long interview with German journalist Peter Seewald.  I’m jumping around a bit and I ran across an interesting section.  Here is my on the fly translation from the Italian (not from the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Pope Francis said Fr. Hamel is a martyr. Is he now “Blessed Jacque Hamel”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I saw today that Pope Francis confirmed that Fr. Hamel is a “martyr.” Does this mean we can now refer to him as St. or Blessed or Venerable Fr. Hamel? I strongly suspect that Fr. Jacques Hamel, recently … Continue reading

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Pope Francis writes to a bishop about the proper interpretation of Chapter 8 of #AmorisLaetitia

Pope Francis wrote to the Bishop of San Miguel of his old haunts Argentina, about the proper interpretation of Chapter 8 of the Post-Synold Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia. Let’s test your Spanish. Via InfoCatólica with my emphases: Carta del Papa Francisco … Continue reading

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Pope Francis creates a one new Dicastery out of four, which will be suppressed

Today it was announced that Pope Francis created a “Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development” through a Motu Proprio published on today in L’Osservatore Romano.  More from Vatican Radio HERE. The Dicastery will come into effect on 1 January 2017 … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Angelus: “our life is not a video game or a soap opera; our life is serious”

Here is Vatican Radio‘s translation of Pope Francis’ Angelus address today: Vatican Radio translation of the Pope’s Angelus address: “Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! [He said, “Buon giorno”. We are after noon, of course.] Today’s Gospel passage invites us to meditate … Continue reading

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Islamic State corrects Pope Francis: Yes, this is a religious war.

To paraphrase Trotsky, you might not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. At Christianity Today there is a sobering piece every leader in the Church should read.  My emphases. Islamic State attacks Pope, says its war against Christians … Continue reading

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Pope Francis blasts “gender” ideology, quotes Benedict XVI: “this is the age of sin against the Creator!”

Here’s something the Fishwrap (aka National Sodomitic Reporter) types will struggle with. On 27 July the Holy Father had a closed-door meeting with the bishops of Poland.  There was a brief Q&A.  Today Francis’ remarks were published. Here is an excerpt.  From … Continue reading

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Ultrapapalism is the other side of the coin of Sedevacantism

I extend my compliments to Fr. Hunwicke today for an excellent observation at his excellent blog Mutual Enrichment. Here is an excerpt from the post I have in mind. You can read the whole thing there: Two very brief pointers. … Continue reading

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Bp. Paprocki speaks up about Pope Francis’ remarks on marriage

Here’s something for your ongoing interest in Pope’s Francis recent off-the-cuff remarks. Pope Francis, after a firestorm of criticism, amends his official remarks from Diocese of Springfield in IL on Vimeo.

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Why aging liberals are so nasty and so frightened

At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is an analysis piece by a writer for First Things, Matthew Schmitz. He writes about the angst libs are experiencing, as they cope with the ticking clock: Pope Francis isn’t moving fast … Continue reading

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Wherein Pope Francis and Card. Burke agree about ‘Amoris laetitia’

Card. Schoenborn gave an interview about Amoris laetitia to Antonio Spadaro, SJ an excerpt of which is in Civiltà Cattolica.  Almost before the excerpt was released MS Winters at the National Sodomitic Reporter issued a 1500 word fatwah proclaiming Schoenborn’s infallibility, while also … Continue reading

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Wherein Pope Francis wears a maniple and kisses the foot of his predecessor

From a reader… I have been watching the Holy Father offer Mass for the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. It appears that he is wearing a maniple! HERE I first notice it at 31:32. Okay… let’s have a look. … Continue reading

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