Category Archives: Reading Francis Through Benedict

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 Vatican Insider:
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Pope Francis’ “accompaniment” language is not new. Pope Benedict XVI, in fact…

The way that some gush over the new insights in Amoris laetitia, you would think that a Pope had finally discovered that there are people out there, with … lives, and everything!  However, it could be that there is less innovation than … Continue reading

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If you want peace, DEFEND LIFE!

There are rumors floating around about a restructuring of the Roman Curia, and a document which would replace Pastor bonus (will it be called”Mercenarius malus“?).
Something in an article in CNA (HERE) that caught, and disturbed, my eye.
The draft is under … 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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Pondering Francis: Part II

A while back I posted an entry entitled “Pondering Francis“.  I am trying to get my head around this enigmatic man who is now the Vicar of Christ.  He sends mixed signals.  Surely there is a way to decode some … Continue reading

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Large gesture of openness toward SSPX!

Apparently one of the Francis Effects is “apertura”, “an opening up … openness”.
I have suggested elsewhere on this blog, and not too long ago, that Pope Francis could be the one to show TLC to the traditional side.  Benedict XVI … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on the airplane: The Synod, the family, Communion for the divorced and remarried

You may have heard that Pope Francis visited the Holy Land.  On the flight back to Italy, His Holiness held another presser.
At this point many of you might be cringing as the thought “What could possible go wrong?” flashes through … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z thanks Michael Sean Winters for support of all Pope Francis says

I’d like to thank Michael Sean Winters of the National Schismatic Reporter (the journal of record for all things schismatic, aka Fishwrap) for summarizing some points I made recently about the Holy Father’s remarks to a UN delegation, including his … Continue reading

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Update on The Tablet Sourpusses, the Gänswein Interview

Over HERE I wrote about the sour reaction of the assistant editrix of The Pill (aka The Tablet, aka RU-486) to the interview given by Archbp. Georg Gänswein gave to German TV in which he spoke, inter alia, about Francis asking Benedict … Continue reading

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Francis is shaping the role of Pope Emeritus

There is a 14 March ZDF video interview in German with Archbp. Georg Gänswein, the Prefect of the Pontifical Household and, simultaneously, particular secretary of Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus.
The interview reinforces my view that Pope Francis wants Benedict XVI to be … Continue reading

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