Category Archives: Pope Francis

ASK FATHER: “We don’t go to Mass to adore Jesus…”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Last summer I heard a bishop say, “We don’t go to Mass to adore Jesus…” (I was too shocked to hear why we do go.) Last week, my own priest in his homily, said something to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis did two really cool things

First, yesterday, Pope Francis went to a parish near Ostia (Rome’s ancient port where St. Augustine’s mother, St. Monica, died – today is her feast in the traditional calendar). Before saying Mass, His Holiness heard confessions! Fathers… hear confession! Second, … Continue reading

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A curious lacuna in ‘Misericordiae vultus’, the Bull for the Holy Year of Mercy

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Today I was reading Misericordiae vultus and noticed that, in section 15 on the Works of Mercy, [Pope Francis] gives both full lists of 7 works, and then goes on to expand on all 7 of the … Continue reading

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The Wanderer’s Open Letter to Pope Francis

Over at my old stomping grounds, The Wanderer, there is an open letter to Pope Francis. Remember… we should all being asking our duly appointed pastors and Pope Francis himself to name St. Pope John Paul II Doctor of the … Continue reading

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Interesting SSPX development in Buenos Aires

I received some interesting email from one of you alert readers about something going on with the SSPX in, of all places, Buenos Aires. This looks legit. From the website of the Argentinian Boletino, you can see the resolution. Using the … Continue reading

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PETITION TO POPE FRANCIS: Declare St. John Paul II “Doctor of the Church”!

I, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, do hereby petition our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to declare St. John Paul II Doctor of the Church. I ask that St. John Paul II, who instituted the Feast of Divine Mercy, be declared Doctor of … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and “doctors of the law”

Here is an interesting contrast. First, a snip from an off-the-cuff, non-Magisterial remark of Pope Francis during a daily homily.  Note his disparaging words about “doctors of the law”. Hmmm… it seems to me that there is something missing.  Of … Continue reading

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Untying the Pope Francis “knot”. Some analysis.

“Looking at a short, partially improvised homily as if its words were the equivalent of an encyclical of Paul VI is simply ridiculous, and is an offense against the pope’s own intentions.” This is a quote from this good piece at Crisis … Continue reading

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NRO: Pope Francis Enters His Third Year of Scolding Introverts

At NRO, Nicholas Frankovich, a deputy managing editor, has some sharp comments on Pope Francis as he begins the third year of his pontificate. You can sense the frustration in his commentary, along with his hope. There is a lot … Continue reading

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Ross Douthat: three groups of Pope Francis’ critics on the ‘right’

The insightful Ross Douthat of, remarkably, Hell’s Bible (aka New York Times) has some comments about Pope Francis’ critics on the right.  This is worth your time.  It is long, so we’ll have just a taste here.  Keep in mind that … Continue reading

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