Category Archives: Pope Francis

So the Pope and some journalists walk into an airplane…

I am sensing a pattern.
The Holy Father takes a trip.  The Holy Father talks to journalists on the plane.  The Holy Father is asked a question about a hot button issue.  The Holy Father speaks off the cuff.  The Press … Continue reading

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Francis, Cardinals and the Peripheries

I have occasionally written about the significance of “peripheries” for Pope Francis.  Today Andrea Gagliarducci drills into the topic, in view of the upcoming consistory and the nomination of new cardinals.
A taste:
Since becoming pope, Francis has asked the Church repeatedly … Continue reading

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What did Pope Francis really say?

I had the chance finally to review, to listen to, Pope Francis sermon for 1 January, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  It was interesting especially because I had first reviewed the written text that was released in the Bolletino (and … Continue reading

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German bishops pushing hard to overturn the Church’s doctrine

Over at The Spectator, Damian Thompson has a good summary piece. He recaps what happened at the last Synod of Bishop, where controversy over the Kasper proposals about Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried dominated the proceedings. Damian is … Continue reading

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Pope Francis greets Curia for Christmas, and rips them to shreds

Each year it is customary for the Roman Pontiff to meet and greet members of the Roman Curia just before Christmas. The Pope gives an address. Often that address is a kind of “State of the Union”, describing things that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Will I have my pets again in heaven?

QUAERITUR:
People have been asking me: Are there animal in heaven?  Will I have my pets in heaven?
This has probably been stirred up by something Pope Francis reputedly said recently in the press  (as it turns out, it was false reporting, but … Continue reading

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Discontinuity and coverage of pontificates of Popes Francis and Benedict

At Monday Vatican Andrea Galiarducci, has an interesting piece.  It is worth reading, but be prepared for a clunky translation, some rambling, and a buried lead.  To be sure this writer is smart, well-informed, and solid.  He could benefit from … Continue reading

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Pope sacks Swiss Guard Commandant

From The Telegraph:
Pope sacks the head of his Swiss Guard for being ‘too strict’
Daniel Anrig will no longer serve as commandant of Pontiff’s private army after Pope Francis is rumoured to prefer a ‘less military’ approach to security
He has dismissed … Continue reading

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Does Pope Francis get what it takes to feed the poor as he calls for?

We don’t have to take every pronouncement or opinion on every topic from every Pope as if it were the Lord’s ipsissima verba.  What the Bishop of Rome teaches about concerning faith and morals… those things we Catholics had better … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: “Europe is now a “grandmother”, no longer fertile and vibrant”

During the last few days someone remarked to me…
– birth rates are lower than ever in developed countries (except where certain groups seem to be having lots of children, such as Muslims in formerly-Christian Europe)
– a pop tart, Lady Gaga, … Continue reading

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